Community

At the heart of village life

Community

Our friends and neighbours

In 2012, Whalton preschool and out of school club merged to become PAWS. We now also have a breakfast club and holiday clubs.

Our building was built in 2001 on the grounds of the Primary School. Most of our preschoolers move on to Reception at the school, and most of our breakfast and after school club children are attending the school.

Our positive relationship with the school provides a happy transition from pre-school to Reception, and helps children feel confident and proud to be moving up to ‘big’ school.

Whalton village show

Baal fires and Whalton village

Northumberland Baal fires were an annual tradition in the Middle Ages celebrated in many villages in the county. Whalton is the only village in which this tradition has consistently been upheld, even through World Wars I and II when the bonfire was replaced by the lighting and speedy extinguishing of a few small twigs. It is said that in years gone by villagers jumped over and through the flames of the fire. No such thing happens today but all the village is involved in building the fire, and celebrations include children from the primary school dancing round the fire following a performance from a visiting troop of Morris Dancers.

The Beresford Arms has seen a dramatic renovation in recent years and is a focal point for families and local groups. They run regular events, live music and adapt their menus to reflect seasonal and local produce.  They have a beer garden, rooms to hire and accommodation. In addition, Whalton Village Hall provides a welcoming space for community groups and local services, including a parent and toddler group and a weekly post office.

Whalton Manor opens its doors throughout the summer as part of the Open Garden Scheme. There are three acres of walled gardens designed by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll from 1908. The gardens have since been developed by the Norton family, from the 1920s onwards, and include listed summerhouses, pergolas and extensive borders.

Whalton provides the best of both worlds for both its new and long-established families. All the benefits of rural life, but brimming with community spirit and opportunities to get involved.

Whalton village