Kielder Water: Yvonne Marie Moore 30-04-1950 to 22-08-2017

You will encounter many sculptures and works of art as you walk around the shores of Kielder Water in Northumberland. This open air art gallery is popular with visitors and we have enjoyed exploring the stone passages of the Minotaur Maze designed by artist Shona Kitchen and architect Nick Coombe and in the forest we have stumbled upon the shimmering Mirage. Created by Kisa Kawakami from Japan, this piece of art brings together the light and dark of a forest. New pieces are added every year and I think it will soon be time to return and see what has been added.

On our last visit to Keilder Water I found this memorial bench to Yvonne Marie Moore. The bench is a beautifully made seat that is certainly a work of art in its own right. Twin owls are carved into the back and a hand print waves alongside these birds. There are two plaques on the bench, each decorated with doves and there are bird references in the text. The wood of this solid bench has a beautiful weathered look after being out in the open for a few years.

As soon as we came upon this bench along the shores of Kielder Water I stopped for a moment to quietly read the dedications. The loving words from her family painted a warm picture of Yvonne Marie Moore. She was only 67 years old when she died and was clearly very much loved during her life and she is still missed.

Yvonne Marie Moore
30-04-1950 to 22-08-2017
Soar high like an eagle, be free as a bird,
Our beautiful angel finally at peace
Missed by all who knew her
Loved forever by husband Brian and daughter Jenna xxxxx
In loving memory of a beautiful wife
I still say i love you, but now theres no reply,
I always feel your presence as if you never left my side
Missed by husband Brian xxx

Stonehaugh: Sam Harrison 2017

Stonehaugh is a remote Northumberland village in Wark Forest in the southern area of Kielder Forest. It lies between the bustle of Kielder Water and the tourist hotspots of Hadrian’s Wall but is a world away from these popular attractions. If you are looking for somewhere away from the crowds then this is a perfect place to visit.

The village was created for forestry workers in the 1950s and was originally planned to be a larger settlement that would have included a church and a pub. Changes in forestry practices and increased use of machinery meant that a smaller workforce was required and Stonehaugh stayed small. Today the houses cluster around a village green and are painted in colourful shades.

Stonehaugh also has a lovely campsite and during our stay there we took an evening walk around the village and down towards the burn. Here there is The Star Dome, a wooden circular shelter for comfortable star gazing in these dark skies, three tall wooden totem poles and this welcoming memorial bench.

This memorial bench remembers Sam Harrison who lived in Stonehaugh with her partner from 1988 until her death in 2017. This newspaper piece tells how her organs helped to improve the health of others after her sudden death in 2017. This giving nature is reflected in Sam Harrison’s work as she supported the NHS with public engagement projects.

A Just Giving page fundraising in memory of Sam Harrison tells us that, ‘Sam was a beautiful person, with a passion for sailing , and spent all of her spare time with her husband David out on their yacht.’ ‘She will never leave us because a life that touches others goes on forever,’ will give anyone who sits on this bench and enjoys the view pause for thought and also comfort.

In memory of Sam Harrison

Who lived here from 1988 – 2017

A Kind, Crazy and Loving Wife, Sister and Daughter

‘She will never leave us because a life that touches others goes on forever’

Craster: Willie Archibold 1935 to 2010

The pretty Northumberland fishing village of Craster was on the route of our walk to Dunstanburgh Castle earlier this year.  The tide was out when we got to the village.  However, fishing villages are always lovely places to stop and enjoy the view and this bench in memory of Willie Archibold is a lovely place to rest for a while.  Willie Archibold lived to the age of 74 years and did not quite reach his 75th birthday.

The inhabitants of Craster have carried out a considerable amount of local history work and a couple of websites record stories from the past.  The Craster Local History Group website has lots of interesting information about the activites of this group and a History Walk of the village.  The Craster Living History site gives the history of the local economy and social activities in Craster.  These two sites both refer to contributions from a Willie Archbold but no Archibold.

Craster, Northumberland

Craster, Northumberland

In Loving memory of Willie Archibold BORN June 15th 1935 DIED May 14th 2010

In Loving memory of Willie Archibold BORN June 15th 1935 DIED May 14th 2010