Please can you help in finding a lost friend in the local area.
I have recently lost contact, through a house move, with a friend who lives in Pathfinder village. Her name is Jill (Nee Jill Porter ) and she is married to Tony.
My name is Margaret Ginster and I was carer to Jill’s father Ronald for several years.
I would like to make contact with Jill again. If you can help please contact me on




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The second defibrillator is now installed at our village shop. It is situated in a cabinet just out of sight behind the front facade as you approach the ‘ramp’ walkway to the shop door. This is an external location meaning access to it is 24/7. 

Obviously one hopes it will never be used but, should the need arise, it can be operated by anyone by just removing the device from the cabinet and following the automated voice instructions. 

The voice instructions start once the device is opened and easily guide the rescuer through the entire defibrillation process. 

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The ‘journey’ to obtain the defibrillator started in 2015 when the old tel’ kiosk was still in use. Alternative ‘homes’ were therefore investigated and Clive and Sylvie kindly offered to provide a location within the planned extension to their shop. The extension work was completed in late 2017. We still didn’t have enough funds for the purchase at that time and a fund raising New Year Party in the village hall was planned and proved both enjoyable and successful. Substantial donations from village organisations quickly brought us within sight of our goal and the Parish Council decided to loan the difference. This allowed us to purchase the device before an imminent price increase. Money was also generously given by individuals who, I am sure, would not want to see their names in print and, anyway, there is always the danger of missing someone, especially by me!! 

Anyway, a big thank you to everyone who has helped with the project in any way whether with a donation or by just being ‘around’. 

I am sure it is alright to name the organisations and they are:- The Mingles Group (Pathfinder), The Womens Institute, TADS, Community Choir, the Methodist Church and Tedburn School. If I have left an organisation out please let me know and I will make amends in the next edition of The Tedburn Times. 

Thank you isn’t complete without mentioning Clive and Sylvie and also Warren the electrician who kindly donated his time and materials for the electrical work. 

‘Familiarisation’ of the defib’ is offered by the supplier so please watch this space for a date and time. 

Roger Sibley. 


This is a charitable body set up to help parishioners of Tedburn St Mary who find themselves in urgent financial need.

This could be because of bereavement, illness, loss of job, help needed with urgent repairs to property or any other reason when financial help is needed .

If you or anyone you know finds themselves in these sort of situations contact with the Trust can be made via the chairman on 01647 61655 or the secretary on 01647 270099.

All help is given in the strictest confidence so if anyone is in need of assistance please get in touch.

The Trust is there to provide help but we need to be advised of anyone who needs assistance.


We are looking for new members to join our small club. We have two tennis courts at the beautiful Recreation Association field. Twice a week, weather permitting, we meet informally to play. Only basic skills needed, as we are all improvers! Full details are posted at the courts. We also like to encourage hiring of the courts on a casual basis.

If you would like to make direct contact with us, please ring Linda or Gil Bellshaw on 01647 61479.

or email:

Tedburn Kitchen

Can you help with our community project?

The idea is that we give the gift of a home-cooked, oven ready meal to people who might have trouble cooking at the moment, maybe due to moving home, illness, a new baby, or having lost a loved one.  The Methodist church provides freezer space and containers for meals.  If you’re cooking, you put a few extra portions aside and give to one of our members, to freeze, ready to give when needed. We then co-ordinate delivery of the meals to people who need them, by friends or neighbours.

In our first month we have provided more than 30 meals to local households, and have received lots of lovely thankyou messages.

If you can help, with occasional cooking, or (just as important) letting us know of people who might need this, you can contact Helen Fry on 07772 436516, or search ‘Tedburn Kitchen’ on facebook.

Tedburn Kitchen is a project based at Tedburn Methodist Church.


‘Your Tedburn – Our History’

The Little Chapel Trustees and the Parish Council are working together to set up a permanent display of our village history in the Little Chapel which will be open to the public on a regular basis.

As you will know from recent displays in the Village Hall we have a multitude of articles, letters, cuttings and artefacts from the last hundred years or so. We would like to be able to display these for the enjoyment of parishioners and visitors.

We have a number of people interested in helping with the project but we need help with:

  • Display of items
  • Cataloguing and Archiving
  • Management of the Project

If you can help, please contact either Terry Wood 01647 61454 or

Gil Bellshaw 01647 61479           Email:


Need something to do on a Tuesday evening then why not try BADMINTON in the village hall?

Any age, any ability, fun and fortnightly. You never know you could be an Olympic Champion!

Contact Malcolm on 01647 61511.

2nd Tuesday of the month, check the Tedburn Times for dates 7pm-11pm or just drop in.

See you there.


Acorn is looking for volunteer’s to help us continue to support the elderly and vulnerable in our communities. Whilst we live in a beautiful part of the country, our rural location can be isolating for some individuals. Acorn works hard to reduce this isolation by support the emotional and social needs of the elderly.

We are in search of volunteers who can contribute some volunteering time. That could be anything from 1 hour a month to one morning a month.

The services that need support are:

  • being prepared to drive clients to appointments such as the GP surgery, hospital or podiatry clinics;
  • driving our minibus to Sainsbury’s so our clients can do their shopping (minibus training provided);
  • Engaging with our clients at our various services which include coffee mornings, lunch clubs and much much more

If you have any time please do call Jackie Thomas on 01647 252701.


Free service – Tedburn Community Library
Need something different to read without going into town? Come and see our large selection of books and dvds. Open Saturdays
10am till 12 and Thursdays 3 till 4.30 in the Methodist Hall, when possible. No charge or membership required (yes, really. We just ask that you return the books when finished). We are very grateful for extra volunteers and also small donations of ‘popular’ books & dvds in good condition. Any enquiries to Chris on 61311. Thank you.

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