Welcome to the Cornhill-on-Tweed Community Website
The village of Cornhill lies on the Scottish border, approximately 1½ miles from Coldstream, and so is on the northerly edge of Northumberland. It was in ancient times known as Cornell. The parish carries the same name and incorporates Old and New Heaton and Tillmouth. The river Tweed runs eastward about a mile from the village, where there is an eighteenth century bridge with a span of five arches over the river. Agriculture plays a part here, with a rich soil that supports diverse crops such as turnips, beans, and a variety of grains.
Cornhill was, for political purposes, part of the county of Durham, but in 1844 by act of parliament was separated from it and then joined with Northumberland. The Anglican St. Helen's Church is dedicated to St. Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor. Legend says that it was erected in 1082AD, because Norham had become the property of Durham Cathedral. It has undergone rebuilding and restoration work both in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with the bell tower being added in 1840. The Church could boast a harmonium by 1856, when the choir was created. In addition to this, the rectory held a lending library of 300 volumes. There have been several gifts bestowed upon this church by the Earls and Countesses of Home, including stained glass windows, an organ, and a new font.
A school was raised in 1837, for the education of both boys and girls following the national system. The master's house was constructed in 1860, the land for both buildings being given by the Collingwoods. The school was enlarged and improved in 1868 at a cost of nearly £200. The school was closed however in 2012.
(Information supplied by Northumberland Communities NCC)
Coffee Morning - St Helen's Church
Cornhill Church raises over £300 for cancer charity
The Parish Church of St Helen, Cornhill on Tweed, held a Coffee Morning with a bit of a difference on Saturday 6th June.
The event was held in the church itself … and raised over £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Vicar of Cornhill, the Revd Rob Kelsey, said that, ‘We’d always planned to share the proceeds of the Coffee Morning with the Village Shop’s fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support. We were really pleased to raise over £600 in total, and to pass on a cheque for more than £300.’
Lynda Waite, from Cornhill Village Shop, said, ‘A huge thank you to everyone from St Helen’s Church for their fantastic fundraising efforts. Your very kind donation to our ongoing Macmillan Cancer Support total is greatly appreciated, and helps us bring the total amount raised so far to over £15,000. Thanks again!’
Rob added, ‘The staff at the Village Shop were encouraging customers to attend the Coffee Morning, so it was something of a joint effort. It’s good when the church and the shop can work together in this way.’
Lynda went on to say that the Village Shop’s next fundraising effort for Macmillan Cancer Support will be a Summer Fair at Cornhill House, by kind permission of Richard Palmer, on Sunday 26th July, from 12 noon till 4pm. Anyone wishing to have a stall should call Lynda on (01890) 883313.
The photograph shows (from left to right) Sue Lindsay, Churchwarden, Rob Kelsey, Vicar, and Barbara Richmond, Church Treasurer, handing over a cheque for £307.47 to Lynda Waite of Cornhill Village Shop.
For more information contact:
· Sue Lindsay, (01890) 882399
· Rob Kelsey, (01289) 382325
· Lynda Waite, (01890) 883313
St Helens Church, Cornhill
The "First and Last" Church in England
is open daily for residents and tourists to visit, please come and take a look at our lovely church.
If you would like to join us for a service - visit the link on our "Community Page" for service times.