Hexham Courant Article 27 September 2013
Obituary - Christine Westmacott (September 2013)
The death of Christine so close to the death of her husband Christopher has taken from Newton village two well respected people who have contributed a great deal to village life over several decades.Christine died on 3rd September 2013 only eight months after Christopher and our sympathy and condolences go to their children Diana and Philip and all their family.
Christine was born in 1921 in central Newcastle and was the second of five children of heart physician Dr William Errington Hume and his wife Marie Elisabeth (known as Mimi) who originated from Wimereux near Boulogne. Christine went to Central High School, Newcastle followed by boarding at St Mary’s in Ascot. She enjoyed School life and there were many family holidays to stay with her French relatives and to the Lake District.
On leaving School Christine spent a year at Cookery School before teaching domestic science she met Christopher at Jesmond Tennis Club they were married in 1951 for what was to be 62 years of happy marriage. By 1954 Diana and Philip were born initially living in Jesmond before moving to Gosforth. Family life was very happy with holidays in Sandsend, Craster, Ullswater taking part in many outdoor activities including walking on Christine’s favourite fell, Cat Bells in the Lake District.
Christine was a volunteer for the Red Cross and had interests of ornithology, gardening, sailing and ballet. In 1977 after a move to London she was employed helping in the office which organised Royal Garden Parties and it was at this time that her brother George Hume became Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.
Retirement brought Christine and Christopher to Newton where they have enjoyed village life. Here they took pleasure in supporting their aged parents and grandchildren and last year Christine was delighted by the arrival of George, her first great grandchild. A devout catholic all her life Christine was a most gracious, kind and thoughtful lady.
Obituary - Elizabeth (Betty) Blythe (Feb 2013)
Until recently, as a staunch member of Stocksfield Methodist Church,she walked to Church and back twice on a Sunday in her Sunday best to attend services, stubbornly refusing offers of lifts unless the rain was pouring down.
Betty was never idle and was well known for her baking. She was happiest in the kitchen where she produced her well known cakes, scones and lemon curd, and cooked regular Sunday lunches for her children and their families.
She will be sadly missed by all her friends and Bywell neighbours.I am told that 'google earth' shows her quite plainly walking down the road,as the only person living and moving in Bywell. What a fantastic memorial for an amazing woman.
Bywell lost it's oldest and perhaps longest resident earlier this month when Elizabeth (Betty) Blythe, of 2 Bywell House,died in Redbrick House, Prudhoe aged 96.She was born in Prudhoe, in 1916, part of a strong Methodist family, and brought up to be a fine cook, knitter and embroideress.
She met her husband to be, Tommy, while she was in service and he was the gardener at a house in New Ridley Road, Stocksfield After qualifying in nursing and midwifery, she and Thomas were married in Dec. 1951, and moved into No 2 Bywell House, where her husband was employed as Head gardener for the Allendale Estates.After the birth of her 2 children, David and Elizabeth, she continued her nursing career as night sister at Hexham hospital until herretirement in the 1960's.
A fiercely independant lady, she would cycle to Stocksfield Station in all weather to get the Hexham train and was known to walk home from Dilston after a night on maternity duty.
Two bitterly cold winters took their toll on her, and in April 2012 she reluctantly moved to 80 Guessburn, a warm bungalow with all the comfort she needed. Her only complaint was ' but it isn't Bywell'.