Shilbottle Shows Its Community Spirit

A host of locals showed what working together can achieve in aid of worthy causes in recent days as two fundraising events are hailed a success.

The first, a football match arranged by the committee of The Stephen Carey Fund in association with Shilbottle Colliery Welfare FC pitted the “Young’uns” against the “Old’uns”.

As expected the youngsters, wearing the traditional green of Shilbottle, came flying out of the blocks and took an early lead which didn’t bode well for the “more senior” opposition, who were clad in blue and white.  By half time the score was 5-3 to the Young’uns but the Old’uns had begun to show signs that they weren’t out of the match just yet.

Sure enough the Old’uns proved that tactics and determination are the equal of raw strength and agility and pulled level mid way through the second half.  The youngsters having now lost their composure could only watch as their more senior counterparts creaked past them and won the match with the scoreline standing at 10-7 at the final whistle.

The Distorted
The Distorted

Later that evening two local bands, The Distorted and NE66, took to the stage to entertain the masses at The Farriers Arms.  The bar reverberated with the sounds of live music, there was dancing, animated chat and perhaps just a few drinks flowing.  Come closing time everyone left with a big smile in the knowledge they had enjoyed a great evening.

The tally the next morning stood at £740 which will be split equally between The Stephen Carey Fund and the family of Aidan Jackowiak.

A huge thank you to all the players and officials who took part in the football match and Shilbottle Working Mens Club for the post match reception, a massive thank you to The Distorted and NE66 for taking the time to perform completely free of charge, thanks to Liz Wallace of The Farriers Arms for hosting us and last but not least thanks to you all for turning out and supporting both events.

NE66 To Hit The Bottle


Local band NE66 have announced they will be appearing at The Farriers Arms, Shilbottle on Satuday 29th June 2013 in support of The Stephen Carey Fund and the family of Aidan Jackowiak.

The live music is from 8pm til late and NE66 will be supported by The Distorted.  The Farriers Arms is open from noon onwards so if you want to get in early for a few cheeky ones we are sure Liz won’t mind.

All monies taken at the door will be split equally between the two causes.

Entry is £3.50 payable on the door (includes a The Stephen Carey Fund wristband) so get yourselves along to listen to covers from The Jam, Buzzcocks, Skids Sham 69, Fingers, Toy Dolls, Undertones right through to the Kaiser Chiefs and perhaps even a little Abba and The Bay City Rollers thrown in for good measure.

Old’uns v Young’uns


Those involved with Shilbottle Colliery Welfare Football Club have got themselves together in support of two local funds, The Stephen Carey Fund and also the family of local boy Aidan Jackowiak.

The football club have arranged a Old’uns v Young’uns football match which will kick-off at 14:00pm on Saturday 29th June 2013 at the Shilbottle Welfare.

Collections and donations will be taken prior to and on the day, all are welcome and if you would like get involved please contact Dougie McEwan on 07783 668351 or Scott McEwan on 07702 029247.

All of the proceeds from this event are to be equally split between the two causes.