Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A good year

As 2013 comes to an end it's an opportunity to look back on the last year and look forward to the next.

Westgate clock appeal, Movember, and the Graham Pears Memorial Pool tournament raised an a huge amount of money.

During the last months of the year the whole village did a remarkable job raising funds for the Westgate Memorial Clock appeal and local charities.  For the repair of the clock £14966.27 was raised with a target amount of £15664.80 leaving a shortfall of £698.53. The Parish Council has agreed to cover. By the end of February 2014 the clock will be repaired and reinstalled in the centre of our village.
Westgate Village Hall Management  Committee would like to thank everybody who was involved in the fundraising for this appeal. 

Movember and the Graham Pears Pool tournament  were  Hare and Hounds  activities. Both events were organised by Carlos Graham and once again he managed to motivate people to have fun and raise much needed money for the Movember charity, raising awareness of men's health. This year the Hare and Hounds Mo Bros and Mo sisters raised a record amount of £825.00 by a combination of growing moustaches, making sculpture and remaining silent.

The Graham Pears Pool Tournament was ever was a great success. This year it was won again by Daz Fletcher, his second win. One this occasion the final was contested by Daz and Jammie Emerson. The total raised was £336 which will be shared by local charities. 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Darts results 19. 12. 13

A draw with wolsingham club. Micheal Ginty did very well finished most of our games, Colin stubbs  got a 180. Good man , but the man of the match was Paul Beddard . Well done you lads.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

R.I.P Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela will always be remembered at the Hare and Hounds in Westgate.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Darts results 5dec

Hare & Hounds  v blue bell A team

8-4 to them 140 for Charlie  180 for Mr Micheal  Ginty .

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The Graeme Pears Pool Tournament at the Hare and Hounds in Westgate.

The Graeme Pears Pool Tournament at the Hare and Hounds in Westgate.  

It's that time of the year again when the people of the dale start thinking about competing for their name to be engraved on the prestigious Graeme  Pears shield. 

Entries for this popular Pool tournament start at 1.30 pm on Saturday December 7th.
Carl would welcome raffle prices to raise funds for charities .

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Friday, 16 August 2013

Cold nights

Colin's new take on dark nights, cold nights.every body loves it.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Anniversary year

The Hare and Hounds pub in westgate in Weardale is 220 years old this year. It hasn't stayed open that long for nothing. 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Apprentice of the year.

Apprentice of the Year in Intermediate Catering
Congratulations Diane

Diane Beddard, from Westgate has just competed her first year as the first Apprentice in catering at the Hare and Hounds pub in Westgate. As part of her apprenticeship she has been attending New College Durham.

Alison and Colin the owners of the pub and all the staff are delighted that Diane has been selected by the course team at New College Durham Apprentice of the Year in Intermediate catering for demonstrating outstanding achievements during their apprenticeship programme.

Diane was presented with her well deserved award by Tony Lewin ( Deputy Principal and Chief Executive) at a presentation evening at New College Durham on 20th June.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

25 ton of beer made at the hare and hounds

A mile stone tonight, Weard'Ale  brewery produced its 600th barrel of much loved beer. Well done Colin.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Support for our rescue services

The Hare and Hounds at Westgate in Weardale and it's customers appreciate the vital and courageous  work done by the men and women of our local rescue services. Especially the Great North Air  Ambulance and the Teasdale and Weardale  search and Mountain Rescue Team
The collecting boxes in the bar get very full. The Air Ambulance bow was so full recently that not a single penny could fit in. When it was emptied I had the grand sum of £63.97.

An update on the money raised for the Movember Charity. The customers raised a grand total of to date £612.00.

The bottom 8 Darts final 3rd May.

The hare and hounds darts team spent this season mainly second from the bottom of the Weardale Winmau League. Despite our position in the table, individuals have been mentioned favourably in the local press during this season for their finishes and 180s.

The team got to the finals of the bottom 8 cup, played at the Wolsingham club 3rd. May. We came second. Never mind, must do better next year.

Late news (History now)

Westgate associated sea angling club, were out in force in late April. They hired the community bus for trip to Bishop Auckland food festival . No fish were eaten on this occasion, but a lot of fine beers were sampled at the beer festival.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Monday, 11 March 2013

Ale and spirit drinking is the cardinal failing of the men of Weardale.

I came across this interesting chapter in a book called



Ale and spirit drinking is the cardinal failing of the men of Weardale.
This cannot be disputed – as witness the waste of money – the frequent fightings – the loss of work – the disordered body - the remorse of conscience – torn clothes and bloody shirts – late hours and distressed friends – with a number of other ills.
Of all the vices which belong to us, this is the first we should try to overcome. Into this error, I confess, I have too frequently fallen, without any plea to offer in justification. Unfortunately there are too many of the same description. Even if country life, particularly in winter, be gloomy and solitary, and company be oftentime to be sought for in the tavern, it is a paltry excuse, and will not bear the test of next morning’s reflection. It is my firm and decided, because well considered, opinion that, be the yearly pays ever so good, Weardale will never be in a reasonably prosperous state till this foolish and expensive practice be consider-ably diminished. We drink and spend in days as much as would serve some people, in other countries, weeks ; though let it be mentioned and borne in mind that there is no systematic tippling among us as there is in towns.