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Kirknewton Parish Council.  November 2017 Meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council. November 2017 Meeting.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

KIRKNEWTON PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting held 7 Nov. 2017 at the Village Hall.

PRESENT

Cllrs: Steve Marriott ( Chairman ), Kay Aisthorpe ( Dept. Chairman ), John Lloyd Margaret Heatley ( Volunteer Clerk), County Cllr Anthony Murray, Liz Martin.

Parishioners, Jean Davidson, Colin Martin, Stephen Cleworth, Patrick Edwards. Jenny Edwards:

Liz Martin agreed to join the Parish Council.

1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE - Keith Warmington

2 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 22 AUG.2017 - agreed and signed.

3 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING

Broadband

John Cooper ( i Northumberland ) and Simon Robeson ( BT Openreach) attended the meeting and provided comprehensive information of the Government and Local Authority Fibre Broadband investment programme for rural Northumberland.

SM has submitted an application to BT Community fibre for a cost assessment to provide Superfast fibre broadband to Glendale, including Coupland , Lanton, Kirknewton, West Newton, Hethpool and Canno Mill. JC stated that there was funding available up to around £2500 per property in rural locations and that it would be hoped that action for this service could be achieved by 2019 if the costs were within budget.

JC also presented alternatives for “Better Broadband” which offer improved speeds but not Superfast and may be available in a shorter timescale. These are either satellite broadband ( for which funds are available towards equipment and installation costs) or wireless broadband (see below) Both these systems have drawbacks so the long term aim is for fibre as it is faster and more reliable.

Mobile Phone Signal

A new mast has been erected (Lanton Wood) and SM asked whether this would provide both emergency services coverage and a mobile network (EE). SR agreed to investigate this and provide further information re timescales for operation.

(follow up received to confirm the mast will be operating end of first quarter 2018 and provide both emergency services and a 4G signal to the valley.) Unfortunately this relies on line of sight and so Hethpool and Canno Mill may not be in wireless communication. It will also require user contracts with either EE or BT mobile.

ACTION

JC and SR agreed to attend a further P.C. meeting in February 2018, with more decisive information on both the fibre application and on the Lanton Wood mast.

4 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

These were reviewed and none required action.vc vb

5 PARISH COUNCILLORS NOMINATIONS AND BANK MANDATES

Keith Warmington and Kay Aisthorpe have completed their identity checks. John Lloyd is already mandated.

6 FINANCIAL REPORT

Credit Balance - £ 1643.52 on 19th October 2017

7 COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT.

Wooler is to go ahead with the neighbourhood plan

Langleyford road improvement plan. The bridge is to be strengthened up to to 40 ton capacity.

The school transport costs which can be as high as £600 per family are to be subsidised.

8 POLICE REPORT
Two local police officers attended.

There have been no reports of serious crime in Kirknewton and surrounding Parishes.

An interesting and lively discussion followed. SM thanked them for attending at short notice and for their support,

ACTION
DIAL 101 for Non Emergency police calls and ask for directions.

9 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

9a The Northumberland National Park local plan ( policy option paper ) The drop in Consultation is at the Cheviot Centre Wed 8 Nov 17.

Jean Davidson reminded as many people as possible to visit.

The Consultation Document can be viewed on The Northumberland National Park Web Page.

9b The Wooler U3A had submitted an Information Leaflet. This included activities with Contact details.

ACTION Given to Patrick Edwards for the Kirknewton Web Page.

10 DATE OF NEXT MEETING To be announced for February 18

Signed................................. Date...................................

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WOOLER U3A

WOOLER U3A

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Posted by Pat Edwards
 
 

Wooler U3A

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Wooler U3A is one of the largest voluntary sector memberships in Glendale, maintaining and increasing the mental and physical health and well being of around 120 residents.

Membership of The U3A is open to all in their 'third age', which is not defined by a particular age, but by a period in life in which full-time employment has ceased. Members promote the value of lifelong learning and the positive attributes of belonging to U3A.

Members form interest groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire: by the members, for the members. There is no distinction between learners and leaders: all are U3A members.

Currently, Wooler U3A has seventeen interest groups: Bridge, Carpet Bowls and Table Tennis meet weekly: Art Appreciation, Board Games, Craft, Film, Gardening, Geology, History, IPads, Painting and Drawing, Philosophical Discussion, Play-Reading, Reading for Pleasure, Science and Wine Appreciation meet each month.

Full details of monthly programmes and contact details for Group Leaders can be found on the Wooler U3A website:

http://u3asites.org.uk/wooler

Further information can be obtained from Veronica Gilbert on 01668 281362 or

Kelvin Rushworth on kelvinnspc@outlook.com

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Kirknewton Parish Council.  November 7th 2017

Kirknewton Parish Council. November 7th 2017

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Posted by Pat Edwards

 

 

Kirknewton Parish Council

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 7th November 2017, at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Police Report

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 22nd August 2017 to be agreed and signed

4. Matters arising from the minutes

5. Kirknewton Broadband - presentation of possible options for improvement to broadband speed and mobile signal in Glendale by John Cooper (iNorthumberland).

6. Parish Councillors - nominations and bank mandates

7. Planning Applications


8. Financial Report

9. County Councillor’s Report

10. Any other business 11. Date of next meeting

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CHEVIOT ARTISTS RAISING FUNDS FOR MACMILLAN NURSES.

CHEVIOT ARTISTS RAISING FUNDS FOR MACMILLAN NURSES.

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CHEVIOT ARTISTS RAISING FUNDS FOR MACMILLAN NURSES.
 

Well, what a fantastic, successful fund raising evening Cheviot Artists had last Saturday. 

As a result of auctioned art work, we will be sending a cheque off to Macmillan Nurses this week for a total of £1,210.
A lot of hard work went into organising this event, and we would like to thank everyone concerned for all their help, not least the Artists who gave their work so generously.
 
Without them we could not have done it. Our local auctioneer expert Jim Railton who worked hard on the night, and encouraged the bidding.
 
People and businesses in and around Wooler were so generous, and kindly donated raffle prizes. Thank you.
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New Transport Service.

New Transport Service.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

NEED LTD.
North East Equality and Diversity Ltd.
Reg. Charity No: 1120968
 

Dial and Ride Wooler – Alnwick (and back again!!)

Operated by North East Equality & Diversity Ltd

Pickups in Wooler every Thursday between 10.30 – 11am Drop off and pickups in locations across Alnwick
Return pickups from 1.30pm
Become a member for £4.50

Return fare £6 – free to bus pass holders.

More information and to book your seat call;

01665 605780 10am – 2pm Monday - Thursday 

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KIRKNEWTON PARISH COUNCIL.

KIRKNEWTON PARISH COUNCIL.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

KIRKNEWTON PARISH COUNCIL


Minutes of the meeting held 22 Aug. 2017 at the Village Hall.

PRESENT.

Cllrs: Steve Marriott ( Chairman ) Kay Aisthorpe ( Dept. Chairman ) John Lloyd, Keith Warmington, County Cllr Anthony Murray, Parishioners Stephen Cleworth, Doreen Cleworth. Clerk : Margaret Heatley agreed to co-opt as volunteer clerk.

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: None

SM informed the committee that Liz Martin had expressed an interest in joining the Parish Council and would be invited to attend the next meeting with a view to being co-opted as a member.

2. POLICE REPORT: No representative at the meeting. It was agreed that a local police presence would be supportive, or a report outlining current trends in criminal activity within the area.

  1. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 16 MAY 2017 were agreed and signed.

  2. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING.

4a BROADBAND

Discussion continued re the lack of both proper and adequate provision to Kirknewton and area. SM read from the Community Action Nothumberland news re Government commitment of broadband universal service obligation of min 10Mbps. The College Valley Estate has entered into the debate. There is a satellite broadband at Dunsdale which struggles to send e-mail.

ACTION SM to correspond with John Cooper (iNorthumberland) and to invite him to the next Parish Council Meeting.

SM also to send a letter to Ann Marie Trevelyan MP 5. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Exterior staircase to Girl Guide amenity building Kirknewton - App 17NP0077 Old Schoolhouse. Two story extension to rear - App no 17/02768/FUL

Gregory Hill House - variation of conditions - App no 17NP0083Nb SM kindly retired from the meeting for this entry.

All applications - no objections were raised by the PC.

6. FINANCIAL REPORT

Credit Balance stands at £1.583.45.

Signatories to that account agreed as SM, JL, KA, KW. (Bank mandate forms to be completed after the meeting) SM and JL are already signatories.

7. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

8.

Bus Transport. Glendale Valley Company no longer have a contract but services to Kirknewton are preserved.

ACTION. An update on any impact on services and links to wider area was requested.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

8a. KW raised the issue of a traffic black spot at Middle Yeavering caused by a significant dip in the road. A warning sign could prevent a potential accident.

ACTION. PC to write to NCC with this suggestion
8b. Timber extraction - There are difficulties to road surfaces due to

haulage transport.

ACTION. To be reviewed after works are complete - Oct. 17.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING Tues 7 Nov.2017, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

Signed .................................................... Date........................................................ 

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Cheviot Artists.  Raising funds for Macmillan Nurse

Cheviot Artists. Raising funds for Macmillan Nurse

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

Cheviot Artists 
Raising funds for Macmillan Nurse

ART AUCTION
Saturday 30 September 2017

Afternoon Tea & cake plus auction pre-view 2-4pm
&
Art Auction with bar & raffle: 7-10pm?
Come to both or either

Village Hall, Kirknewton Northumberland 
NE71 6XF

Paintings by local artists on every theme for every pocket
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CHEVIOT ARTISTS MACMILLAN AUCTION

CATALOGUE

PRE-VIEW AND PRE-BIDS WITH 
AFTERNOON TEA
Saturday 30 September 2017
2-4pm at Kirknewton Village Hall, NE71 6XF

&

AUCTION & SOCIAL EVENT
Saturday 30 September 2017
7-10pm at Kirknewton Village Hall, NE71 6XF

The sole objective of the auction is to raise funds for the great work of Macmillan Nurses who touch so many lives. Any funds raised will contribute to financial support such as grants and advice; helping answer calls on the Macmillan Support Line and helping nurses to be there when people need them most. This endeavour will be part of the Macmillan fund-raising programme, which is regulated by the fundraising Regulator.

We would like to thank the artists who have donated their work and made this event possible. We could never have done this without them

This catalogue is for your reference when viewing and/or bidding for the artwork in the auction. We recommend that you attend the Afternoon Preview (with the pleasure of afternoon tea) to consider the items. If you cannot attend the evening auction but would like to bid for a piece of work, please complete the silent bid form at the back of this booklet and available at the pre-view afternoon. Hand it to Angie Gregg. While we guarantee that your bid will be considered, we cannot guarantee that you will not be out-bid!
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CATALOGUE

F=framed and UF=unframed piece

LINDISFARNE PRIORY
Watercolour
F
John Davison
• 
A COLD DAY IN COLDSTREAM
Watercolour
F
John Davison
• 
SEA URCHIN
Encaustic (Wax)
F
Joyce Lloyd
• 
POPPIES
Encaustic (Wax)
F
Joyce Lloyd
• 
WENDING HOME
Print
F
Joe Hush
• 
WINTERS NIGHT
Mixed Media
F
Pat Tait
• 
LOW TIDE
Watercolour
UF
W. Smeaton
• 
BOATYARD AMBLE
Watercolour
UF
W. Smeaton
• 
MIXED LOT OF 6 PICTURES
Watercolour
UF
W. Smeaton
• 
MIXED LOT OF 6 PICTURES
Watercolour & Mixed Media
UF
W. Smeaton
• 
CUMBRIAN HILLS IN AUTUMN
Acrylic
U
D.H. Carr
• 
RELECTIONS
Acrylic
U
D.H. Carr
• 
TIME TO GET UP-HIGHLAND HEIFER
Oil
F
Brenda Smith
• 
THE LOCH
Watercolour
F
Maggie White
• 
LIFE IS SWEET
Watercolour
F
Maggie White
• 
NUDE
Ink and watercolour
UF
Maggie White
• 
NUDE
Ink-monochrome
UF
Maggie White
• 
THE CHILLINGHAM BULL
(After Thomas Bewick)
Woodcut-open edition
UF
Jonathan Lloyd
• 
“MEADOW” (American Kestrel)

Giclee print
UF
Irene Hilsdon
• 
“TOBY” (long Eared Owl)

Giclee Print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
BARBARY MACAQUE

Giclee Print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
“DOLCIE” (Barn Owl)

Giclee Print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
“MINIMUS” (Alpaca)

Giclee Print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
“DOLCIE” (Barn Owl on post)

Giclee Print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
THE FERRY HUT AT ALNMOUTH

Watercolour
F
Irene Hilsden
• 
PATTERN FOR A PATCHWORK QUILT
Pen, Ink & Watercolour
F
Susan Bell
• 
SUNRISE AT BERWICK-UPON-TWEED
Soft Pastels
F
Susan Bell
LOT
NO.
TITLE OF PIECE
MEDIUM
F/
UF
ARTIST
• 
HIDDEN VALLEY
Oil
F
Judy Eglington
• 
SUNRISE
Acrylic
F
Judy Eglington
• 
HARBOUR SUNSET
Acrylic
F
Judy Eglington
• 
CALM
Acrylic
UF
Judy Eglington
• 
BAMBURGH CASTLE
Pastel
F
Susan Brodie
• 
LAKELAND
Acrylic
UF
Joe Hush
• 
YELLOW GLORY
Watercolour
F
Jan Johnston
• 
READY FOR THE SHOW
Pastel
F
Judi Collins
• 
PLOUGHMAN
Pastel
F
Judi Collins
• 
SHEEPDOG
Pastel
F
Judi Collins
• 
SANDERLING
Pen & Ink
F
Judi Collins
• 
OWL HUNTING
Mixed Media
UF
Angie Gregg
• 
THE CHASE
Acrylic
UF
Angie Gregg
• 
REFLECTIONS
Acrylic
UF
Angie Gregg
• 
OWL
Acrylic
UF
M. Burns
• 
KIRKNEWTON
Acrylic
F
Alan Holmes
• 
GONE FISHING
Watercolour
F
Anne Brydon
• 
RUNNING FREE
Watercolour
U
Lucille M. Murray Fenton
• 
CLEMATIS
Watercolour
U
Lucille M. Murray Fenton
• 
THE THAMES AT OXFORD
Watercolour
F
Bill Hayley
• 
A HIGHLAND CROFT
Watercolour
F
Bill Hayley
• 
BORDER COUNTRY
Watercolour
F
Bill Hayley
• 
OLD SHEPHERD’S COTTAGE, KIRKNEWTON
Acrylic
UF
J.M. Tully
• 
FLOWERS
Watercolour
UF
J.M. Tully
• 
BURNING BRIGHT
Charcoal
F
Ginnie Rucastle
• 
HIDEAWAY
Inktense pencils
F
Ginnie Rucastle
• 
JUST CHILLING
Watercolour
F
Ginnie Rucastle
• 
CIR MHOR, ISLE OF ARRAN
Watercolour
F
Ron Gale
• 
READY
Oil
F
Ron Gale
• 
FIRST SOLO
Oil
F
Ron Gale
• 
CARSICK CASTLE
Watercolour
F
Ron Gale
• 
AUTUMN BOUNTY
Watercolour
F
Helen Forrest
• 
MEG
Pencil
F
Charles Forrest
• 
LOW WATER
Ink
UF
Bill Hayley
• 
WINTER TREES
Ink
UF
Bill Hayley
• 
FLOUR MILL IN SUFFOLK
Ink
UF
Bill Hayley
• 
FISHING DINGIES
Ink & watercolour
UF
Bill Hayley
• 
ROBIN
Watercolour
UF
Valerie Glass
• 
GREYWALLS
Watercolour
UF
Valerie Glass
• 
HARE
Watercolour
F
Valerie Glass
• 
DALES SCENE
Watercolour
F
Valerie Glass
• 
ROBIN
Photograph
U
Graham Bell
• 
THRUSH
Photograph
U
Graham Bell
LOT
NO.
TITLE OF PIECE
MEDIUM
F/
UF
ARTIST
• 
BLUE TIT
Photograph
U
Graham Bell
• 
BULLFINCH
Photograph
U
Graham Bell
• 
BUTTERFLY
Photograph
F
Graham Bell
• 
BOWMORE DISTILLERY, ISLE OF ISLAY
Ink & watercolour
F
Alison Tymon
• 
STAINED GLASS-BLUE & GREEN
Ink & watercolour
F
Alison Tymon
LOT
NO.
TITLE OF PIECE
MEDIUM
F/
UF
ARTIST
• 
CUP & RING MARKS-GREEN
Watercolour
F
Alison Tymon
• 
CUP & RING MARKS-BLUE
Watercolour
F
Alison Tymon
• 
ROSE
Watercolour
F
Doreen Hirst
• 
ROSEHIPS
Watercolour
F
Doreen Hirst
• 
BLACKBERRY
Watercolour
F
Doreen Hirst
• 
CLEMATIS
Watercolour
F
Doreen Hirst
• 
BARBARY MACAQUE

Giclee print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
“MEADOW” AMERICAN KESTREL

Giclee print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
“DOLCIE” BARN OWL

Giclee print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
“MINIMUS” ALPACA

Giclee print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
“DOLCIE” BARN OWL

Giclee print
UF
Irene Hilsden
• 
LINDISFARNE
Watercolour
F
Iris McCombie
• 
LOCK VIEW
Watercolour
F
Irs McCombie
• 
MUSE DEL ARTE CATALUNYA
Mixed Media
F
Gill Walton
• 
POMEGRANATE AND EGGS
Mixed Media
F
Gill Walton
• 
NUDE STUDY
Drawing and Watercolour
UF
Gill Walton
• 
NUDE STUDY
Drawing and Watercolour
UF
Gill Walton
• 
PUFFINS

Acrylic
F
Pauline Brown
• 
LAST RESTING PLACE
Watercolour & ink
F
Steve Marriot
• 
HOLY ISLAND
Watercolour & ink
F
Steve Marriot
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CONDITIONS OF SALE

The highest bidder shall be the purchaser except in the case of a dispute. If the Auctioneer considers that a dispute has arisen he has absolute discretion to settle it or to re-offer the lot.?

Each lot as set out in the catalogue or as divided or combined with any other lot, or lots, is sold with all faults, imperfections and errors of description.?

Each lot will become the property of the purchaser at the point of payment. No lots may be removed until full payment is made.?
The payment for the lot will be the hammer price. It will be forwarded to Macmillan Nurses less a small contribution towards the cost of running the event (hall hire and publicity). This retention will not exceed 10% of the purchase price and hopefully less.?
The purchaser will be responsible for collection, wrapping and protection of their purchase(s)
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CONTACTS

ANGIE GREGG
01668 283004
angieg@angie1.plus.com

GINNIE RUCASTLE
01668 281861
ruckie1@sky.com

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EVENTS:      WAUCHOPE HALL,  TOWN YETHOLM

EVENTS: WAUCHOPE HALL, TOWN YETHOLM

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EVENTS COMING UP AT WAUCHOPE HALL, 
TOWN YETHOLM.

Thursday 20th July 2017 – Pt 1
(Millennium Approaches)

Thursday 27th July 2017 – Pt 2
(Perestroika)
Time: 7pm.

Entry £12 per performance or 
£20 for both.
Tickets available online at borderevents.com(booking fee applies),Yetholm Village Shop or phone 01573420231

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Wauchope Hall Yetholm Presents 2017

(Contact Susan Stewart 01573420231)

Saturday 23rd September at 7 30pm. 
Iona Fyfe and Band Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe.


Saturday 28th October at 7 30pm 'TOP FLOOR TAIVERS'

Top Floor Taivers are a young and fresh Glasgow based band performing traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and tunes. Coming from Scotland, England and Ireland,they combine stunning vocals with piano, fiddle and clarsach to create unique arrangements of traditional folk songs and tunes as well as their own compositions.


Friday November 10th at 7 30pm - North Country Theatre present "NIGHTMARES IN NORLFOLK"

Two terrifying tales from the masters of the ripping yarn, one told tongue in cheek and one …. straight down the line

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Draft Minutes of the 2017 Annual Parish Meeting + Draft Minutes of Parish Council May Meeting

Draft Minutes of the 2017 Annual Parish Meeting + Draft Minutes of Parish Council May Meeting

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PLEASE NOTE: Listed are 2 sets of Kirknewton Parish Council minutes.

1. Draft Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting.
2. Draft Minutes of Parish Council May Meeting.

Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

DRAFT Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting
held on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Andy and Helen Blowers,
John Lloyd, Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Parishioners Keith 
Warmington and Patrick Edwards, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

1. Apologies for absence: none.

2. Chairman’s opening remarks:
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and congratulated Cllr. Anthony Murray on his re-election to Northumberland County Council. He thanked Cllr. Murray for his attendance at meetings and dealing with matters raised by the PC. The Chairman also thanked the parish councillors and the clerk for their support during the year, and Pat Edwards for uploading the agendas and minutes on to the Kirknewton website.
Items discussed and dealt with during the year:
• Potholes – many of these had been repaired, but the filling had in several cases been pulled out by heavy vehicles.
• Westnewton Bridge works – strengthening of the parapet and straightening of the river had been carried out.
• Forestry operations – extensive felling and re-planting had taken place up the College Valley, and concern had been expressed at the condition of the roads being used by the logging trucks.
• Japanese Knotweed – the incidence of this on the side of the U1019 road at Yeavering had been reported to NCC and would be monitored by the PC during the growing season.
• Broadband and lack of mobile coverage – these were still causing problems and had been reported to Member of Parliament, Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Work is ongoing, but Kirknewton is outside the range of the local telephone exchange, and it appears would need a mast erecting.
• U1019 road through the ford at Yeavering had been recorded as a BOAT (Byway open to all traffic). The PC had objected to this, as several vehicles had become stuck in the river, and as a result of the objections warning signs had been erected at the top of the road.
• Planning applications – several applications had been lodged, with no objections from the PC, and subsequently permission granted.
• Post Office Lane – the roadside ditch had been cleared, and fencing re-erected following the floods.
• Phone boxes – BT had again expressed its intention to remove the phone boxes in the village and at Southern Knowe. The PC had again objected, due to the lack of mobile signal.
• Dark Skies Project – Duncan Wise had given a presentation on this and pointed out that Kirknewton is a key site due to its lack of street lighting.
3. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 17th May 2016 were agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising from the minutes: none.

5. Presentation of the unaudited accounts for the year ended 31st March 2017:
The clerk presented the accounts and Annual Return which were approved by the Councillors. It was agreed that Helen Tarron should be asked to carry out the internal audit, and the accounts would be available for inspection by members of the public from 5th June to 14th July 2017 and posted on the website.

6. County Councillor’s Report:
Cllr. Murray reported that the proposed moving of County Hall from Morpeth to Ashington is likely to be shelved at a saving of some £70 million, due to a larger number of Conservative members having been elected to the County Council. This would be voted on at the NCC meeting on 31st May. A large amount of money had already been spent on the proposed move, which was sadly money down the drain.
Cllr. Murray reported that there were likely to be cuts in the number of committees.

7. Parish and County Elections held on 4th May 2017: 
 Parish Councillors elected unopposed:
Stephen Marriott
Kathleen Aisthorpe
John Lloyd
County Councillor Anthony Murray was elected with a large majority.
The requisite Register of Interests forms were completed and handed to the clerk to be forwarded to NCC. The Forms of Acceptance were signed for retention by the clerk.

8. Resignation of Clerk:
Angela confirmed her intention to resign from the position once the minutes of today’s meetings had been compiled, the internal audit of the accounts completed, and the NCC forms sent off, etc. Advertisements requesting a new clerk had been posted on the notice board and on the website, but so far there had been no response.

9. Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman:
Chairman: Steve Marriott – proposed by Keith Warmington, seconded by Pat Edwards.
Deputy Chairman: Kay Aisthorpe – proposed by Steve Marriott, seconded by John Lloyd.

10. Programme of meetings for the year to 31st March 2018:
It was agreed that with so little business to deal with, quarterly Parish Councils would be sufficient. These would remain on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2.00pm in the Village Hall. The next meeting, however, would be on 22nd August, due to the Chairman being unable to attend on the 15th. Subsequent meeting dates:
Tuesday, 21st November 2017
Tuesday, 20th February 2018
Tuesday, 15th May 2018

11. Any other business:
Co-option of new Parish Council member:
It was unanimously proposed and agreed that Keith Warmington be co-opted to serve on the Parish Council.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Steve to Ted Brown for the huge amount he has done for Kirknewton over the years, including getting the water supply sorted out and the new Village Hall up and running; also his warm welcomes to new-comers.
Similarly, thanks were extended to Andy and Helen Blowers for their great support during their period of office, particularly Helen’s extensive exploration of the County Council website to find difficult to access information.

Signed.......................................................

Date.........................................................

 

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DRAFT Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, at the Village Hall

Present: Cllrs. Steve Marriott (Chairman), Kay Aisthorpe (Deputy Chairman),
John Lloyd, Keith Warmington, County Cllr. Anthony Murray.
Edward Brown, Andy and Helen Blowers, Patrick Edwards,
Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

Keith Warmington had agreed to be co-opted as a member of the Parish Council and was welcomed by the other councillors.

1. Apologies for absence: none.

2. Police Report: none.

3. The minutes of the meeting held on 18th April 2017 were agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Broadband – a message had been received from Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP informing that broadband investment is making good progress, though it is very slow for those in the last 5%. However, The Digital Economy Act will help ensure that decent broadband will be available to every property, and this would mean there would be no need for a mast.
Complaints had been made about the phone line having dropped into the river and therefore causing disruption to the service. 
 It was agreed that as many people as possible should write individual letters to John Cooper at NCC, copied to Anne-Marie, complaining about the lack of mobile signal and slow and intermittent broadband. Cllr. Murray said that John Cooper would be willing to attend a PC meeting to talk about and answer questions about these problems. Cllr. Murray would speak to him.
(email: john.cooper@northumberland.org.uk trevelyanoffice@gmail.com )

5. Financial Report:
The first half of the annual precept (£350.00) had been received, and a payment of £32.85 made for travel expense to Alnwick for delivery of the Parish Council candidates’ documents. This left a credit balance at the bank of £1,583.45.
It was agreed that the signatories to the account would have to be changed – retiring councillor Edward Brown’s name would be removed, and Kay Aisthorpe, John Lloyd and Keith Warmington would be added as signatories. Steve Marriott would remain. Cheques and other bank documents would require two out of the four signatories. Angela agreed to get the relevant forms from the bank.

6. NNPA Elections:
There were no candidates from Kirknewton PC. However, the Deputy Chairman, Jean Davidson, resident in the village, can presumably be contacted on behalf of the parish.

7. Definitive Map Modification Order (No. 6) 2017 – Footpath No. 3 from Demesne Farm, (Milfield Parish) and Footpath No. 4 to north of Crook House (Kirknewton Parish) have been upgraded to restricted byways. 
 (Restricted Byway. A category of right of way created under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 . A restricted byway allows a right of way on foot, on horseback, or leading a horse, cycling and for any vehicles other than mechanically propelled vehicles. Green Lane.)

8. Any other business:
• Timber extraction on land west of Fleehope Farm from end of May for 6 months.
• Phone box at Southern Knowe – this is reported to require cleaning, and the phone apparently does not work. It has a coin box, but callers are asked to reverse the charges. The clerk to write to BT and NNPA, and Cllr. Murray will bring it up at the NNPA meeting.

9. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 22nd August 2017, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall.

Signed ....................................................

Date........................................................

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2017 Annual Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting followed by May KPC Meeting

2017 Annual Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting followed by May KPC Meeting

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All are welcome to attend.

 

Kirknewton Parish Council

Notice of the Annual Parish Council Meeting
to be held on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

 

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Chairman’s opening remarks and report for year ended 31st March 2016

3. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 17th May 2016 to be agreed and signed

4. Matters arising from the minutes

5. Presentation of unaudited accounts for the year to 31st March 2017, approval of Annual Return, and appointment of Internal Auditor

6. County Councillor’s Report for the year to 31st March 2017

7. Parish and County Elections held on 4th May 2017
• Parish Councillors elected
• County Councillor elected
• Signing of Register of Interests and Forms of Acceptance

8. Resignation of Clerk

9. Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman

10. Programme of meetings for the year to 31st March 2018

11. Any other business

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KIrknewton Parish Council

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, in the Village Hall at approximately 2.00pm following the Annual Parish Meeting

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Police Report

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 18th April 2017 to be agreed and signed

4. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Broadband speeds

5. Financial Report

6. NNPA elections

7. Letter from Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP

8. Any other business

9. Date of next meeting

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CONGRATULATIONS HARRY THOMPSON

CONGRATULATIONS HARRY THOMPSON

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CONGRATULATIONS HARRY THOMPSON, 

WELSH OPEN BOCCIA CHAMPION 2017.

Local Boccia Athlete, Harry Thompson won the recently held Welsh Championship. The event was hosted by Swansea University Sports Village, and was attended by athletes from around the country. Harry practises weekly in the Kirknewton Village Hall, and also set up the very successful Boccia Organisation, Sans Frontieres Boccia Club. Based centrally in the Midlands, this is a Boccia Club with a difference, open to all UK Boccia athletes (BC1-5) focusing on quality training and competitive opportunities. Well done Harry, and wishing you continued success.

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Kirknewton Parish Council 18th April, 2017 Meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council 18th April, 2017 Meeting.

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DRAFT           Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 18th April 2017,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Helen and Andy Blowers, Kay Aisthorpe,

John Lloyd, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, PC Dan Perry,

Parishioners Pat Edwards and Dennis Mullen, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Steve Marriott.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Perry said there had been no reported crime in the area since the last meeting.

PC Darren Moffatt will not be joining the local team until early May, but Dan will continue to police the area.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 21st March 2017 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • NNPA Local Plan meeting held on 6th April – This had been attended by Cllr. Murray and Pat Edwards, and the NNPA were pleased that as many as seven people had attended and with their enthusiasm.   It was reported that the main topics of discussion were the lack of mobile signal and the slow broadband in the area.   New housing should not be considered due to the lack of services.
  • Broadband speeds – the clerk had forwarded Pat’s record of his broadband speeds to Tom Forrester, but had not yet heard back from the Conservative office.

The clerk had heard nothing from BT about their wish to close the telephone kiosk in the village, and assumed that no news is good news, and that the phone would remain.   NNPA had also requested that it be left, due to the lack of mobile signal.

It was again brought up that the Police mast might be used.   It was suggested that a  phone line separate to the emergency services line might be installed on the same mast.   

Quote from 19th May Week in Westminster from Anne-Marie Trevelyan:

                                                                                                                                         

“Broadband investment and the hard graft of digging trenches, getting wayleaves agreed with local landowners and the council, is making good progress - though for those of us in the last 5% - it really still seems very slow! The Digital Economy Act which has now come into law will help ensure that we get decent broadband to every property.”

5.  Financial Report:

There were no further transactions since the last meeting and the current balance stands at £1,266.30.

The unaudited accounts would be presented at the Annual Parish Council and an internal auditor appointed.

 

6.  County and Parish Council Elections – 4th May 2017:

Since there were no further outside nominees, the three existing councillors standing had been elected unopposed.   This leaves three vacancies, and it was hoped that more members would agree to be co-opted in the near future.   Notices would be put on the board and on the website asking for applicants.

Angela said she would be standing down as clerk from May, and she would contact NALC to   ask them to request applicants for the job.   Notices to this effect would also be put on the board and website.   Since there was very little going on in Kirknewton Parish this would be a very part-time job ideally suited to someone living in the parish.   It was also agreed that it is not necessary to have a parish council meeting every month – and quarterly meetings would be sufficient.   It was suggested that the new council may wish to alter the time of the meetings to 6.00pm.

 

7.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray reported that, due to the forthcoming local elections, the County Council had been unable to make many decisions.

The NNPA Sill Project is moving forward.   This is a £14.2 million initiative of international importance that will create a Landscape Discovery Centre and new YHA Hostel at Once Brewed.   It is due to open this summer.   

 

8.  Any other business:  none.

 

9.  Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 16th May 2017.   Annual Parish Meeting at 2.00pm,

      followed by the monthly meeting.

 

The new Parish Council will commence on Monday, 8th May, but resigning councillors are invited to attend the annual meeting.

 

 

 

 

Signed...........................................

 

 

Date.............................................

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Kirknewton Parish Council. VACANCIES.

Kirknewton Parish Council. VACANCIES.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE.

 

Kirknewton Parish Council is looking to co-opt three new members.

Eligibility for co-option is as follows:

 

(a)  must be 21 years of age or over

 

(b)  either:

  • Be a local government elector for the parish, ie. registered on the electoral roll, or
  • Be an occupier (owner or tenant) of land or premises in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
  • Have their place of work in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
  • Have resided in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
  • Have resided within three miles of the parish boundary for the previous 12 months.
  • Be on the internet.

 

 

Anyone showing an interest should contact the Clerk, and/or attend the Annual Parish Meeting at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, at the Village Hall.

 

 

Clerk:  Angela Hallam-Baker, Branxton Villa, Branxton, Cornhill-on-Tweed,

TD12 4SW.   Email:  angela@hallam-baker.com   Tel:  01890 820501

 

 

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There is also a vacancy for the part-time job of Parish Clerk.   For details, please contact the current clerk.

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Police Officer Mark Lynn (Retired)

Police Officer Mark Lynn (Retired)

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Congratulations to recently retired Police Officer Mark Lynn
on being awarded the HIGH SHERIFF CUP for an outstanding
contribution to rural and wildlife crime.

Thank you Mark for all the help you given to our community, You have achieved, and contributed so much, and you will be missed. Enjoy a happy and long retirement.

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Kirknewton Parish Council. Minutes of meeting March21st, 2017.

Kirknewton Parish Council. Minutes of meeting March21st, 2017.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown, Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd,

County Cllr. Anthony Murray, PC Dan Perry (Northumbria Police), 

Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

 

In attendance:   Tom Forrester (Chief of Staff to Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan),

    Parishioners Pat and Jenny Edwards.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Kay Aisthorpe.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Perry stated that there had been no reported crime in the area since the last meeting.   However, there are unidentified people selling generators and television sets from the back of vans.   The public are asked to be vigilant and report suspicious vehicles and registration numbers to the Police.

PC Perry informed the meeting that Sgt. Andy Pullen is moving to Berwick until October.   In the intervening months he will be replaced by Sgt. Neville Warrior.

PC Mark Lynn’s area will be taken over from 24th April by PC Darren Moffat who will work with PC Perry.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 21st February 2017 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Northumberland National Park Authority Local Plan meeting – reminder that this will take place at Kirknewton Village Hall on Thursday, 6th April from 2.00pm to 5.00pm to receive comments from parish councillors and residents.
  • Border Forestry Consultants – the clerk had written and expressed concern at the condition of the College Valley roads being used by logging trucks.   A reply was received from the Soil Association informing that there is co-operation between the Estate and the Roads Department.   The timber operations are generally planned to use times of the year when damage is less likely, and they utilise trucks with “on-board-tyre-pressure” systems which can deflate the tyres to lessen impact.
  • Potholes – Cllr. Murray had reported these, and it appeared that at least some of them had been filled.   It was pointed out that these are just tamped down and the filling is easily removed by heavy vehicles.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The clerk’s half-year fee of £80.00 plus expenses of £70.25 (mileage, postage, stationery, internet) was paid up to the end of March in order to have the cheque cleared before the year end.   The current balance stands at £1,266.30.

 

6.  Planning:

Application ref:  17NP0020 - Construction of a single storey extension at The Hut, Fleehope Farm, College Valley, NE71 6TU.

Application ref:  17NP0023 – Construction of temporary forestry track for timber extraction at land west of Fleehope Farm, NE71 6TU.

There were no objections from the Parish Council to these two applications.

 

7.  Parish Council Elections – Thursday, 4th May 2017:

Nomination forms are available from Berwick Customer Information Centre, Walkergate Building, Walkergate, TD15 1DU, or can be downloaded from www.northumberland.gov.uk (search for “Becoming a councillor”.

They must be hand-delivered on any working day from Tuesday, 21st March to Monday, 3rd April (9.00am – 4.00pm) to Alnwick Registry Office, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW.

Cllr. Helen Blowers has kindly agreed to delivery all the nominations to Alnwick, but an appointment will have to be made.   Contact Helen on:  nelliblow@gmail.com  or 01890 883550.

 

Dormant parish councils:

A notice had been received from NALC with information that in a number of areas parish councils legally exist, but have not met for some years.   The two adjacent to Kirknewton are Akeld and Kilham.   When these parishes were invited to join Kirknewton, Akeld said they had more in common with Wooler, and Kilham did not want to pay towards the precept.   Consequently, they both remain dormant.

NALC hope that the notices being displayed in Akeld, Kilham and Kirknewton might encourage the residents to form or resurrect parish councils.

Cllr. Murray said that smaller parishes without parish councils, such as these, are generally looked after by the County Council.

 

8.  Boundary Commission changes:

Tom Forrester explained that, in view of powers having been transferred to the EU the previous Government administration wished to reduce the number of Westminster MPs from 650 to 600.   This would mean that boundary changes would need to be made to reduce the number of constituencies.   Consequently, the Boundary Commission had submitted proposals to do this, without consideration of topography, communities, rural areas, etc.   It just works in figures, and requires a similar number of voters in each constituency.   Boundary changes are generally made every 5 or 7 years.

The Berwick Constituency is the second largest in the country, but has the smallest electorate.

After a consultation meeting in November, it was proposed to put all of Morpeth into the Berwick constituency, but that has been changed to take out Morpeth, Rothbury and Longhorsley, and add Ashington to Berwick.   This proposal is considered by residents and all political parties, except Labour, to be completely impractical in terms of the current services, commercial transport routes, schools, etc., and particularly the huge difference between the rural towns of Berwick, Alnwick and Morpeth, and urban Ashington.

Tom said that the Boundary Commission takes into account public opinion, and people are urged to send their comments to the Boundary Commission’s website at:  www.bce2018.org.uk before 27th March.

9.  Broadband Speeds:

It has been continually reported that the broadband speeds are particularly slow in Kirknewton.   Tom Forrester said that Anne-Marie Trevelyan is working hard to ensure that rural areas are not left behind by BT.   He asked the clerk to send him details of the problems which he would pass on to her office.

It was also noted that there is no mobile signal in Kirknewton and the College Valley, and this should also be mentioned.

 

10. County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray reported that the proposed move of County Hall from Morpeth to Ashington is currently on hold due to hiccups in the planning application.   The move would cost £80 million, whereas updating the existing building in Morpeth is estimated to cost £8 million.   It is reported that the people of Morpeth are opposed to the move and the proposed retail park planned for the abandoned site, and that the people of Ashington would not benefit either, since there would be no new jobs.

Cllr. Murray said that the main computer currently at Morpeth is to be sent to Darlington, since there is no room for it.

 

11. Any other business:

Pat reported that Evelyn Pendleton is in the Borders General after a fall at home.   She is recovering well, but is being kept in hospital for observation.

 

12. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 18th April 2017, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

Signed........................................

 

 

Date..........................................

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Election of County and Parish Councillors – Thursday, 4th May 2017

Election of County and Parish Councillors – Thursday, 4th May 2017

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Election of County and Parish Councillors – Thursday, 4th May 2017

The will be 3 vancancies on the Kirknewton Parish Council. Mr. E. Brown (Chair) will be stepping down after many years od service, and also Councillors Helen and Andy Blowers have moved to Coldstream, and will not be eligible to stand. Helen and Andy have also given many years of service to the Parish Council.

 

Nomination forms are available from Berwick Customer Information Centre, Walkergate Building, Walkergate, TD15 1DU, or can be downloaded from www.northumberland.gov.uk (search for “Becoming a councillor”).

 

They must be hand-delivered on any working day from Tuesday, 21st March to Monday, 3rd April (9.00am – 4.00pm) to Alnwick Registry Office, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW.

 

Cllr. Helen Blowers has kindly agreed to deliver all the nomination forms to Alnwick, but an appointment will have to be made.   Contact Helen on:  nellieblow@gmail.com  or 01890 883550.

 

There is little time to act, so if you wish to stand either for the County or Kirknewton Parish Council, please get your forms filled in straight away.

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 21st March 2017.

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 21st March 2017.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 21st March 2017,

at 2.00pm at the Village Hall


Everyone is welcome to attend.
Tom Forrester is Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP’s Chief of Staff, and has been invited to the meeting. Tom is attending parish council meetings in the constituency and has offered any help he and Anne-Marie are able to give. He is very well informed about the Boundary Commission’s proposed changes, and can advise what would be best for the constituency. Currently it is proposed to take Rothbury and Longhorsely out of the constituency, and put Ashington in instead!

 

Agenda

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 21st February 2017 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Reply from the Soil Association regarding damage to access roads in the College Valley

 

5.  Financial Report

 

6.  Planning:

Application ref:  17NP0020 – Construction of a single storey extension at The Hut, Fleehope Farm, College Valley, NE71 6TU.

Application ref:  17NP0023 – Construction of temporary forestry track for timber extraction at land west of Fleehope Farm, NE71 6TU.

 

7.  Parish Council Elections – Thursday, 4th May 2017

 

8.  Boundary Commission changes

 

9.  Broadband speeds

 

10. County Councillor’s Report

 

11. Any other business

 

12. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 18th April 2017 at 2.00pm at the Village Hall  

 

 

 

 

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council. February 21st meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council. February 21st meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 21st February 2017 at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,

Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. John Lloyd.

 

2.  Police Report:  no report.   Cllr. Murray reported that a new officer for this area will be appointed in due course.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 17th January 2017 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Byway open to all traffic at Yeavering – nothing further to report.

 

5.  Financial Report:  

There were no further transactions since the last meeting and the credit balance remains at £1,416.55.

 

6.  NNPA Local Plan Issues Consultation:

The Northumberland National Park Authority has begun the process of reviewing its Local Plan and requests views of the parish council and residents.   A meeting for parish councillors is scheduled for Wednesday, 1st March 2017, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Ingram Village Hall, but a more local meeting open also to residents and businesses will take place at Kirknewton Village Hall on Thursday, 6th April from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Cllr. Aisthorpe had received a letter from the Soil Association, requesting comments on forest management carried out by Border Consultants Forestry Ltd. at Grid reference NT953282 in the College Valley.   A feedback form was attached to be returned by 28/02/2017.

It was agreed that the Parish Council was not qualified to comment on forest management, but it was concerned at the condition of the roads caused by endless logging trucks.   It was therefore agreed that the clerk should complete and return the form together with a covering letter.

 

7.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray said there was nothing to report from County Hall, but he did say that there is trouble with parking at Wooler Middle School, to which problem there did not appear to be a solution.

Cllr. Murray was asked to report specific potholes on the B6351 road on the Kirknewton side of the Gefrin Monument, and on the U1118 on the right turn after Westnewton.   Circles had been painted round various spots where the road surface is breaking up, and it was assumed that these are on the list to be re-filled.

Cllr. Murray was also asked to enquire whether a facility could be made in the village for the collection of glass bottles and jars.

 

8.  Correspondence:

  • Planning Enforcement – this section of the NCC website has been updated to facilitate reporting planning breaches and to provide a brief overview of what the team do.   The officer in charge for this area is Liz O’Brien based at the Berwick Office.
  • HospiceCare –  general information and letter requesting donation.   It was confirmed that this Parish Council does not make donations to outside bodies.

 

9.  Any other business:

  • Parish council elections – these are scheduled for 4th May 2017 and information is expected to be received from NCC early in March.   Since three of the current parish councillors, including the chairman, have stated that they will not stand for re-election, there is concern that there will not be a report on the previous year at the Annual General Meeting on 11th May.   Consequently, Cllr. Brown was asked to submit a report to be read out by the new chairman.
  • War Graves sign – this has been posted on the churchyard gate opposite the Village Hall.
  • Broadband speeds – since these are still very slow, it was agreed to make another approach to Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP.   The clerk is due to see her Chief-of-Staff, Tom Forrester, on 9th March, when she will mention this to him and invite him to the next KPC meeting.

 

10.  Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 21st March 2017, at the Village Hall at 2.00pm.

 

 

 

Signed..........................................

 

 

Date............................................

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Harry THompson, Boccia Athlete.

Harry THompson, Boccia Athlete.

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Harry & I would like to thank the Kirknewton Hall Committee for their continued support of Harry. Allowing him the use of the Hall on a regular basis aids his training programme immensely and we are very grateful.
It's a privilege to have such a local facility available to us, which also happens to be in one of the most beautiful parts of the Country - The Northumberland National Park, and to be supported by a great community is invaluable. 
Thank you !!

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Kirknewton Parish Council, January meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council, January meeting.

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DRAFT                          Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 17th January 2017,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Present: Cllrs.  Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,

John Lloyd, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, PO Dan Perry (Northumbria Police),

Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Kay Aisthorpe.

 

2.  Police Report:

PO Perry stated that no crime had been reported in the parish area since the last meeting.

PO Mark Lynn had retired in December and as yet no replacement officer had been appointed.   Consequently, PO just Perry and a colleague are covering the neighbourhood area.

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 15th November 2016 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Japanese knotweed – it was confirmed that the knotweed is growing on the grass verge and in the hedge, therefore on County land.   Photographs taken by Pat Edwards illustrated this, and Cllr. Murray would communicate these to NCC and ask them to deal with the problem.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The latest bank statement dated 28th November 2016 shows a debit of £171.16 insurance premium and a credit balance of £1,416.55.

Precept for 2017/18:  it was agreed to leave the precept at £700.00, although it was mentioned that the County and Parish/Town elections in May could possibly incur a high charge if there were to be more candidates than the six permitted for this Parish.   In this event, the cost would not be known until October, but NCC would allow time for payment.

Cllrs. Edward Brown, Helen and Andy Blowers informed the meeting that they would not be standing for re-election in May.

 

6.  Planning Application Ref:  16NP0097:

Permission had been granted for raising the height of the boundary wall between Westnewton House and the U1118 road.

 

7.  Byway open to all traffic at Yeavering:

Cllr. Helen Blowers had gone into this in detail, and considered that the PC should not withdraw its objection to this road’s definition as a BOAT.   The new signs at the top of the road, informing drivers that it is not suitable for motor vehicles, were obviously having an effect since fewer cars had used the road and there had been no reports of any vehicles becoming stuck in the river.   Nevertheless, there was much discussion, and a unanimous vote resulted in a decision to uphold the objection.   It was, however, suggested that a Traffic Legislation Order might be imposed restricting access for residents only who live down the lane, and a sign containing the words “deep ford” erected. 

  

8.  National Park’s objections to removal of certain rural phone boxes:

The National Park had lodged objections to the removal of a number of rural phone boxes including those in Kirknewton village and at Southern Knowe, both due to their isolation and lack of mobile signal.   The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team also opposed the removal.

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray had nothing to report from County Hall, but he said that the extension of Wooler churchyard, the Wooler drop-in centre, and the joinery workshops at Haugh Head, are in financial trouble.   The Chairman also commented that the Patchwork centre at Haugh Head is having to close.

The former site of Wooler First School has been sold, and it had been requested that some of the profit should go into the community, but allegedly this will be spent in the south-east of the County.   The former school farm beside the Middle School is on the market.

The former Ryecroft Hotel has been sold to Eric Laidler and is to be converted into bed and breakfast accommodation.   The former Police Station has also been sold for bed and breakfast purposes.

 

10. Any other business:  none.

 

11. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 21st February 2017, at the Village Hall at 2.00pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Signed........................................................

 

 

Date..........................................................

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

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Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year 2017

 
 
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Happy Christmas and a peacful 2017.

Happy Christmas and a peacful 2017.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

 

Best wishes to everyone, both family and friends, here in the Kirknewton locality.

Enjoy a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

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 Kirknewton Parish Council, November meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council, November meeting.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.


DRAFT       Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 15th November 2016,

At 2.00pm at the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Steve Marriott (in the Chair), Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd,

County Cllr. Anthony Murray, parishioners Jean Davidson, Pat and Jenny 

Edwards, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

Guest speaker:  Tony Gates, Chief Executive Northumberland National

Park Authority.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Chairman Cllr. Edward Brown, Cllr. Kay

Aisthorpe, PC Mark Lynn, Glen Sanderson, Chairman NNPA.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Lynn had sent a report concerning suspicious vehicles in the area:  a vehicle made to look like Highway Maintenance trying to sell tarmac, and a Citroen van reg. No. OV56 XUR eyeing up machinery at farms.

PC Lynn discouraged anyone from dealing with such tarmac sellers, since people in other areas have paid over inflated charges for shoddy work.

 

3.  Presentation by Tony Gates, Chief Executive, NNPA:

Mr. Gates said he and Chairman Glen Sanderson are attempting to visit all the parishes within the National Park to explain what the Authority is doing.   

It has a new Management Plan with visions for the next 25 years.   A five-year business plan has been put in place, but between 2011 and 2016 40% funding has been lost from DEFRA.

The Chairman has taken steps to protect money for tourism.

The Local Plan for National Parks runs out this year, and the renewed plan contains three documents:  Statement of Community Involvement, Housing Land, and Economic Land Available.   By December the Authority hopes to have the current plan issued, and by February to consult with the public.

The Sill is a project which attempts to re-connect people with the countryside and landscape.   Two items – a new National Landscape Discovery Centre on Hadrian’s Wall, and 30,000 day activities spread right across the National Park – North Tyne,  Redesdale, Coquetdale, and the Cheviots,   The  Kirknewton Archaeology Festival also is an important feature of this local area.

 

Mobile phone coverage:  Mr. Gates explained that this is not a National Park responsibility, but the Authority is working together with the Mobile Operators Association in England and the Home Office.   This area is the most remote part of the most remote county in England.  

Ten per cent of properties are not on the National Grid.

The NP does not want to spoil the landscape with numerous masts, although it has received no enquiry from a mobile operator wanting to erect one.

It was stated that there is a mast for emergency services within the curtilage of Kirknewton.   Mr. Gates stated that the Home Office needs these masts, and it is up to the operators to say whether they would like to share them.   However, it was pointed out that these masts use radio signals and not mobile signals.   A line of sight is required for a mast to operate, and 5% of areas in the country are not within range.   

Mr. Gates agreed to speak to Openreach about the low broadband speed.

Raised again was the fact that BT is again wishing to remove phone boxes from isolated

rural areas.   The PC had submitted objections, and the NP had supported these.

 

Mr. Gates was asked whether it is the intention of the NPA to extend the boundary of the 

Park as far as the Scottish border.   He said that in theory they would like to do this, but it 

would be up to DEFRA, which has no spare money to allocate.   He said there is no logic to 

the boundary since there are hill forts and other historical interest which are outside the 

Park.

 

Asked about the Mountain Rescue, Mr. Gates said this is a separate charity, but the 

Northumberland branch is the only one in the country which bears the county name.   As 

well as operating in rural areas, the Mountain Rescue is also active in urban areas searching

for missing people, etc.

 

Mr. Gates was thanked for his interesting and informative talk, and left the meeting.

 

4.  The minutes of the meeting held on 18th October 2016 were agreed and signed.

It was pointed out that these are documented as being in draft until they have been agreed

and signed as a true record.

 

5.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Knotweed – the clerk had reported this, but had had no response back from NCC.   Cllr. Murray said he had had no response as to whether NCC has a policy regarding the clearance.
  • Commonwealth War Graves notice – this did not appear to have been put up, and Cllr. Blowers agreed to ask Lynda Cairns if she knew anything about it.

 

6.  Financial Report:

No transactions since the last meeting.   The precept for next year would be discussed at the January meeting.

 

7.  Planning:

Application ref:  16/03119/FUL – permission had been granted for a double garage at Laburnum House.

Application ref:  16NP0097 – to raise the height of boundary wall between Westnewton House and the U1118 road – this involved raising 27m of wall from 1.3m to 1.8m.   Jean Davidson said this would raise the wall to match the adjacent wall’s height.   There were no objections from the PC.

 

8.  Byway open to all traffic at Yeavering:

Just an acknowledgment had been received to the letter of objection sent to NCC Legal Services Manager saying this had been forwarded to the Definitive Map Officer.   It was hoped that the signs erected at the top of the lane are having the desired effect.   

Cllr. Murray felt this should not be a BOAT, and in fact he was opposed to all BOATS.

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray reported that the work repairing the pavements in Wooler is to continue, but they are currently waiting for more materials.

He stated that he is to attend a meeting in Jedburgh this week where the possibility of the Scottish Borders Council creating a Borders National Park will be discussed.

 

10. Correspondence:

  • Request for donation from Great North Air Ambulance – no donation, but up to Village Hall to hold a fund-raising event if they so wish.

 

11. Any other business:   none.

 

12. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 17th January 2017, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

Signed.....................................

 

 

Date........................................

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WASPI..........Women Against State Pension Inequality.

WASPI..........Women Against State Pension Inequality.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

The WASPI fund raising event arranged for Saturday 3rd December, has unfortunately been postponed.


This event is to be re-arranged in the new year, 2017.

 
When a new date has been arranged, it will be posted on this website, and also on the Kirknewton Facebook page.

 

 

WASPI.........Women Against State Pension Inequality.

Come along to the Kirknewton Village Hall for a great evening of fun, dancing and a fabulous Fish and Chip supper.

 

Saturday 3rd December 2016.   &.00pm until late.

 

Decades Disco Kelso.    DJ Stuart Ainslie's non-stop 60's music.

 

Tickets are £12 each and includes a Fish and Chip supper.

Tickets available from SUSAN:   Tel. 07521221377

or Email: waspi.localgroup@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. October 18th 2016.

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. October 18th 2016.

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DRAFT Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 18th October 2016,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown, Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, Kay Aisthorpe,

John Lloyd, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

 

In attendance:  Patrick Edwards (Parishioner)

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police)

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Mark Lynn, who was unable to attend the meeting, had informed the clerk that there had been no reported crime in the area since the last meeting.   

PC Lynn is due to retire from the Police Force in December, and it is not yet known who will replace him.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 20th September 2016 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Japanese knotweed – the clerk had spoken to Geoffrey Tate of Yeavering Farm who had said that NCC had removed the knotweed from the U1019 roadside, but could not find any other patches of the weed.   He said this is a notifiable weed, but apparently the law is somewhat vague about this.    Cllr. Murray offered to make enquiries at County Hall as to whether NCC has a policy on removing the weed.   It was agreed that we should look again in the Spring when it comes into flower, and Pat Edwards was asked to put a copy of his photograph of the weed on the notice board so that people will know what it looks like.  
  • It was noted the Westnewton bridge works had been completed.
  • The “Unsuitable for Motor Vehicles” sign had been erected on the junction of the B6351 and U1019 next to the “No Through Road” sign.   However, a modification order had been made on 26th September 2016 to the definitive map and statement which designated the U1019 as a BOAT (byway open to all traffic).   When the officer in charge was asked why this had been done when the Parish Council, Yeavering Farm and the local residents had spent several years trying to get through traffic stopped from using this road, he had said that it was an alleged  public right of way and the order was just a modification.   He said that commercial organisations, when enquiring about road routes, were not given specific information such as BOATs.   Cllr. Marriott considered that this is possibly a legal matter, since objections are to be submitted to the NCC Legal Services Manager.   It was agreed that the Parish Council should submit an objection, but in the meantime it was hoped that the new sign would deter motor vehicles from using the road.
  • Proposed removal of phone box – an application to remove the phone box had now been submitted, and the clerk had written again to the Planning Department with the PC’s reasons for needing to retain the phone.   It had been established that the phone had been used 48 times during the last twelve months.   This did not include emergency calls, so it was not known whether it had been used for any of these.   Cllr. Murray considered that this is a matter for the Strategic Planning Committee.   
  • Insurance – an invoice dated 27th September 2016 had been received for the annual premium of £171.16, the insurance to be effective from 1st June 2016.   It was agreed that this should be paid.
  • Visit by NNPA officers to PC meeting on Tuesday, 15th November – letters had been sent to the residents living in the National Park area asking for any comments to be made.   

 

5.  Financial Report:

No further transactions since the last meeting, and the credit balance remains at £1,587.71.

 

6.  Planning:

An application ref:  16/03119/FUL for demolition of existing garage and erection of double garage at Laburnum House, Kirknewton, had been made available for inspection in the Village Hall.   The PC had received no objections to this from residents, and the Councillors had no objections. 

 

7.  Commonwealth War Graves notice:

Notices are being attached to the gates of churchyards and cemeteries which contain war graves.   It was suggested that the Kirknewton notice should be displayed on the corner gate opposite the Village Hall where it would be more visible.

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray reported that work on the house on The Peth in Wooler, damaged by a tree, was being undertaken and barriers had been removed.

Phase 1 of repairing the pavements in Wooler had been completed at a cost of £50,000, £10,000 of which was attributed to getting the equipment to the site.   The second phase is due to be undertaken next year.   Cllr. Murray commented that £10,000 would have been saved if the whole lot had been done at the same time.

 

9.  Correspondence:

Revised Arrangements for Local Services Liaison Meetings – due to financial cuts, the programme of regular meetings between NCC and Town and Parish Councils is to be re-scheduled based on the ability of the local councils to be involved in service delivery and hence linked to level of annual precept.   KIrknewton falls into Level C, having a precept of below £100k, and Area 10, and the meetings will be scheduled annually.

 

10. Any other business:

a)  Area meeting – as reported at the last meeting, the clerk had attended the Area meeting held on 12th September 2016 at Ford.   She said she was disappointed that the NCC members and officers did not introduce themselves at the beginning of the meeting, and Cllr. Murray agreed to inform the Chairman of this.

The main comments/complaints concerned the lack of grass-cutting and the condition of the roads.   

 

b)  Track along Post Office Lane – Cllr. Lloyd reported that the new fencing is nearly completed, and gates were ready to be installed.   It was hoped a digger would be brought in to clear the debris.

 

11. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 15th November 2016, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

Signed.................................................

 

 

 Date....................................................

 
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CONGRATULATIONS TO HARRY THOMPSON.

CONGRATULATIONS TO HARRY THOMPSON.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO HARRY THOMPSON AND SANS FRONTIERES BOCCIA CLUB.
 

 

Harry travelled to Poland recently to compete in Poznan at the Polska Boccia 2016 International.

Together with his pairs partner Marco Dispaltro (Canada) he won Silver in the Bc4 pairs competition.

Harry also produced some great performances in the Individual competition too, winning his group and advancing to quarter finals.

The club that Harry runs - Sans Frontieres Boccia Club also achieved 2 medals in the Bc3 pairs competition, a Silver & a bronze.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Kirknewton Parish Council

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DRAFT Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 20th September 2016,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown, Stephen Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John

Lloyd, Kay Aisthorpe.

Parishioners Pat and Jenny Edwards, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from County Cllr. Anthony Murray and PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

 

2.  Police Report:  none.   However, Cllr. Aisthorpe was surprised that the Parish Council had not been notified of an Army exercise, which took place at Hethpool in the early hours of 11th September.   Since there were bright lights in the College Valley and vehicles along the road, she found this somewhat alarming.   She later discovered that Wooler PC and the Police had been informed.   

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 19th July 2016 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes – most of these had been filled.
  • Japanese knotweed – this had not been removed – Yeavering Farm to be contacted.
  • Westnewton bridge works – these are progressing.
  • Sign on U1019 at Yeavering – a sign with the words “Unsuitable for motor vehicles” was ordered by NCC, but the employee charged with installing it had been told to locate it by the old railway crossing.   Judith and David Dobson, who live just by, told the employee that the sign needed to be located at the top of the road at the junction with the B6351.   He needed to clear this with his boss, and so took the sign away with him.

The clerk would write to the three people at NCC who appeared to be involved with this (Graham Bucknall, Neil Howie and Mitch Young), with a copy to Cllr. Murray, to ask them to have the sign returned and located in the appropriate place.

  • Household waste – it had been agreed that from 1st October 2016, that the Wooler waste disposal centre would be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, only, from 8.00am to 7.30pm in the summer, and 8.00am to 6.00pm in the winter.
  • Boundary fence at the end of Post Office Lane – this was being replaced by Westnewton Estates and paid for by NCC.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The annual audit had been completed by the external auditors and no issues were raised.

The annual return had been publicised and already agreed by the PC, and this was again agreed following the external audit.

Transactions this month:

Income: Precept 2  -  £350.00

Expenditure:            Clerk’s half-year fee - £80.00, and expenses £72.16 (mileage, postage, stationery, internet charge).

This leaves a credit balance of £1,587.71.

 

6.  Notice of  proposed removal of telephone box:

A notice had been posted in the village telephone box that BT intended to remove it, due to infrequent use.   It was advised that comments should be addressed to NCC Planning Officer, and the clerk had written to lodge the PC’s reasons for retaining the ‘phone as follows:

i)   no mobile reception in the area

ii)  area regularly used by walkers of all ages

iii) a rapid link to emergency services is essential

iv) the nearest town is Wooler 6 miles away

A reply had been received stating that no application for the removal of the ‘phone boxes had yet been submitted, but NCC would bear the PC’s comments in mind when the application is received.

 

7. Projected cuts in services:

Grass cutting, bus services, community group support, public toilet provision, are amongst possible cuts.   It appeared the only one which applies to Kirknewton is the bus service, but it is understood that the Wednesday bus to Wooler is in place for the next five years.

 

8. Insurance:

Although this should be due, no invoice had yet been received from NCC.

 

9.  Correspondence:

  • Public Spaces Protection Order for the Control of Dogs – a new order had been issued including the exclusion of dogs from beaches in Blyth and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.   The laws regarding control of dogs which are already in place, remain.
  • CAN – request for donation – this was refused.

 

10. County Councillor’s Report:  none, due to Cllr. Murray’s attendance at another meeting.

 

11. Any other business:

  • Proposed visit by NNPA Officers – a request had been received to invite the Chief Executive, Tony Gates, and Chairman, Glen Sanderson, to the PC meeting on 15th November, to give a short talk and answer questions about the National Park.   This was agreed, and the item would be put at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Application for removal of single garage and replace with double garage at Laburnum House – this had been submitted to NCC, but no notification had yet been received by the Parish Council.
  • Area Meeting on 12th September at Lady Waterford Hall, Ford – the clerk had attended this and reported that a strong complaint had been made by Shilbottle PC about the lack of grass cutting and the state of the roads in the north of the county.   It appeared that these and other services are being concentrated in the south east of the county.
  • Dark Skies – Duncan Wise gave a presentation on the Dark Skies Project, saying that a number of schools and communities had formed groups to study the stars.   He said that Kirknewton is a key site due to its lack of street lighting.

 

12. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 18th October 2016, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

Signed..........................................

 

 

Date............................................

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 2.00pm 20th September 2016

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 2.00pm 20th September 2016

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 20th September 2016,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Agenda

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 19th July 2016 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Japanese knotweed by the river
  • Westnewton Bridge works – progress – comments requested from residents
  • Sign on U1019 road preventing vehicle access

 

5.  Financial Report

 

6.  Threat to remove telephone kiosk

 

7.  Projected cuts in services

 

8.  Insurance

 

9.  Correspondence

 

10. County Councillor’s Report

 

11. Any other business

 

12. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 18th October 2016, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bob Redhead. Art Exhibition at the Cheviot Centre, Wooler

Bob Redhead. Art Exhibition at the Cheviot Centre, Wooler

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AUGUST ARTIST OF THE MONTH........BOB REDHEAD.

Bob is displaying his work during the month of August at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler. His vibrant paintings reflect childhood memories of Newcastle, and also view on rural life as he sees it since moving to a remote part of North Northumberland in his late 30's.

Bob has some wonderful paintings on display of life in Wooler from bygone days. He mainly uses the medium of water colour, gouache, and acrylics.

Entrance is free, and his paintings are available to purchase.

You can view some of Bob's work on this website's 'Gallery', and also on Bob's own website.


www.bobredhead.weebly.com

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Heritage Open Day, Kirknewton Village Hall and St. Gregory

Heritage Open Day, Kirknewton Village Hall and St. Gregory's Church.

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HERITAGE OPEN DAY

Kirknewton Village Hall and St. Gregory's Church

Saturday 10th September. 10.00am - 4.00pm
FREE ENTRY

Bondager Farm System: Bob Fraser Exhibition

Guided tours of St. Gregory's Church

Local History film: "The Forgotten Workers"
(10.30am, then hourly through the day)

Refreshments in aid of the Village Hall
(including soup. scones, cake)

For details see:  www.heritageopendays.org.uk OR
www.KirknewtonNorthumberland.co.uk
Tel: 01890 850285

 


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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 19th July 2016

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 19th July 2016

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 19th July 2016,

in the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Agenda

 

  • Apologies for absence

 

  • Police Report

 

  • Minutes of the meeting held on 21st June 2016 to be agreed and signed

 

  • Matters arising from the minutes:

 

  • Potholes – letter from David Laux, Head of Technical Services NCC
  • Japanese knotweed

 

  • Financial Report

 

  • Westnewton Bridge repairs

 

  • U1019 road at Yeavering

 

  • Local Transport Programme 2017-2018

 

  • Household waste disposal centres

 

  • County Councillor’s Report

 

  • Any other business

 

  • Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 16th August 2016, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

 

 

 

 

 

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November Club. Tell us your stories!

November Club. Tell us your stories!

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Do you have a story to tell?

We are November Club, a theatre company based in Northumberland and we would like to hear your story! 

We are making a musical which explores the stories of different communities across Northumberland. 

It is called ‘Beyond the end of the Road’; when the city meets the countryside all is not what it seems….  what’s the news at the end of the road?

Please join us on 13th July and share your experiences of living in or near Wooler.

We are interested in hearing tales from your village of everyday life, of hopes and aspirations, of memories and shared experiences – of farming, commuting, changes and choices, of family, friends and home-life.  

The final play will be performed in each community during Summer 2017.  Each performance in each village will be slightly different – unique to that place, and will feature professional actors and musicians alongside local people from that village.

So – this is your chance to get involved or just find out more about the project.   Help us create a story for Northumberland’s communities.   

 

Story Gathering session

13th July 2.00-4.00pm

Cheviot Centre, Wooler

Just turn up, have a cup of tea and a chat.

This will be an informal session where members of November Club will be there to listen to and gather your stories.

There will be a chance to contribute to a story map for your area, this will start to tell a visual story of your home and community. 

November Club is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. November Club is registered in England, Company No.2612362, Registered Charity No.1016172

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JESMOND CHORAL GROUP CHOIR.

JESMOND CHORAL GROUP CHOIR.

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JESMOND CHORAL GROUP CONCERT. JULY 9th, 2016

6.30pm at St. Gregory's Church, Kirknewton.

Come along and enjoy the wonderful singing of the Jesmond Choral Group, who will be peforming in St. Gregory's Church, Kirknewton. Enjoy a variety of songs ranging from Classical to Gilbert and Sullivan.

In aid of HOSPICE CARE.

Tickets £8.00p to include refreshments are avaiable from

BRANDS NEWSAGENT, High Street, Wooler, or

online: www.hospicecare-nn.org.uk

 

For more information, please contact:
Christian Collins on 01890 850380

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 21st June,  2016.

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 21st June, 2016.

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Draft Minutes.


Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 21st June 2016, in the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs.  Edward Brown, Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd,

Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria 

Police), Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

 

In attendance:      Parishioners Pat and Jenny Edwards.

 

1.  Apologies for absence:  none.

 

2.  Police Report:  PC Lynn stated that there had been no reported crime in the Parish during the past month.   

Bracken spraying was to take place in the College Valley during July and August.   This had been licensed and was therefore legal.

When asked about wildlife crime, PC Lynn there had been nothing further to report in this area following the arrest of poachers at Humbleton, who had been fined £400 each.

 

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 17th May 2016 were agreed and signed following an amendment to Item 9 where this should have read “superfast broadband”.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes – it was stated that some of these had been roughly repaired by just filling the holes without digging out a sufficient quantity of tarmac to cover the area which would be more likely to prevent them from opening up again. 
  • Japanese Knotweed – it was reported that the knotweed alongside the U1019 road at Yeavering had been removed, but it was not known whether this had been done by the landowner or the County Council.   However, there was still a patch of the weed beside the river on either Lanton or Copeland land.   The clerk would make enquiries.

 

5.  Financial Report:

There had been no transactions since the last meeting, and the bank balance at 15th June 2016 remained at £1,389.87.

The Annual Return for the year to 31st March 2016 had been checked by the internal auditor, who had no adverse comments to make.   This contained the figures agreed at the Annual Parish Meeting, and it was further agreed it should be sent off to the external auditor to meet the allotted date.

 

6.  Westnewton Bridge repairs:

At long last it was noted that the repairs are about to begin, and that contractors’ vehicles are on site.   It was noted that meetings which recently took place in the Village Hall involved only the contractors, and not the Parish Council or the public.

Cllr. Helen Blowers had looked at the website and found there were no objections listed.   The Habitats Regulations Assessment appeared to have been carried out and agreed.

The work was estimated to taken some 13 weeks and would be completed by September.

The Contracts Manager had apparently had difficulty in recruiting local labour.

The clerk was asked to express the Parish Council’s gratitude to Peter Brewis and County Highways for all their work during this long drawn-out process.

 

7.  Planning:  Ref. 16/00911/FUL:

Permission had been granted for the single storey extension at Gregory.

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray reported that nothing of note had been happening at County Hall with relevance to the Wooler area.

The amended Northumberland Plan was tabled, and copies made available in the Village Hall for parishioners’ comments.

 

9.  Any other business:

  • Vehicles accessing the  U1019  road at Yeavering – in spite of the No Through Road notice situated where this road joins the B6351, traffic, including heavy goods vehicles, are still driving down to the ford.   This is impassable by road traffic and there is no room for the vehicles to turn round.   Cars have been stuck in the river and pulled out by the farmer, and large goods vehicles have had to reverse all the way back up the road.

At a meeting of the NCC Planning and Rights of Way Committee, held on 12th April 2016 it was agreed that a schedule would be drawn up of fords where warning signs were considered necessary, and these would be passed to Highways to be looked at as part of the LTP Programme.   It was resolved at the meeting that the route be included in a future Definitive Map Modification Order as a byway open to all traffic (BOAT).

In view of this, the PC considered that firstly Highways should be asked to erect a warning sign forthwith where the U1019 meets the B6351 to the effect that the ford is impassable by road traffic and that there is no room for vehicles to turn.   The clerk would write to Highways explaining the problems being experienced and the danger and inconvenience caused to the residents and to the local landowner.

 

10.  Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 19th July 2016, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

Signed..................................................

 

 

Date....................................................

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Kirknewton Annual Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 2.00pm, 21st June 2016

Kirknewton Annual Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 2.00pm, 21st June 2016

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 PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOTICE FOR THE JUNE PARISH COUNCIL MONTHLY MEETING, NOT THE ANNUAL PC MEETING.

 

All are welcome to attend.

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 21st June 2016,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Agenda

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 17th May 2016 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes
  • Japanese Knotweed

 

5.  Financial Report

 

6.  Westnewton Bridge repairs

 

7.  Planning:  Ref. 16/00911/FUL Single storey extension at Gregory – granted

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report    

 

9.  Any other business

 

10. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 19th July 2016, at 2.00pm.

 

 

 

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 17th May,  2016.

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 17th May, 2016.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 17th May, in the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Andy and Helen Blowers, John Lloyd.

PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police), Parishioner Pat Edwards, Clerk Angela 

Hallam-Baker.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from:  Cllrs. Steve Marriott and Kay Aisthorpe.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Lynn said there had been no reported crimes in the Kirknewton parish since the last meeting.   However, there had been reports of poaching and persons fraudulently obtaining money from businesses in neighbouring parishes.

PC Lynn then left the meeting to attend to other duties. 

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 19th April 2016 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes – the Chairman had attended the Joint Area Committee meeting on

 9th May where these were one of the main topics of discussion (see Item 6 below).   The clerk would continue to report the potholes in the parish until they had been attended to.   A letter she had written to Grant Davey, Leader of NCC on this subject had not been answered.

  • Westnewton Bridge – Cllr. Helen Blowers had researched the planning application on line and had printed out responses from:

i) Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP  - insisting that all the Agencies must be in full agreement with the revised application before it goes to the Planning Dept, and that it is submitted in good time for the work to be carried out this summer.

ii) Kirknewton Parish Council – in agreement with revised application, and also insisting that the Agencies are in full agreement with each other, and that the work be carried out this summer.

iii) County Ecologist – the College Burn, as part of the Tweed catchment area, is the habitat of salmon, otter and three species of lamprey.   Therefore NCC will be required to undertake a Habitat Regulations Assessment of the development to assess whether it will have a significant effect on the integrity of the site.

iv) Environment Agency – no objections, but numerous comments listed.

v) Natural England – no objections, but requires Habitats Regulations Assessment.

Nos. (iii),  (iv) & (v) are brief summaries of the communications.   The complete texts may be found on the NCC website under Planning – Simple Search – Planning reference:  16/01076/CCM.

The clerk was asked to write to Cllr. Murray and Peter Brewis for their comments, and it was noted that NCC will make the final decision as to whether the application is granted.

 

5.  Financial Report:

There had been no further financial transactions since the last meeting.

 

6.  Joint Area Committee meeting held on 9th May 2016:

The Chairman reported that the meeting was laid out with six tables for parish representatives, and the NCC officers present visited each one in turn.   

The large number of potholes in the local roads was discussed pointing out the damage to vehicles and the dangers of having to avoid them.    In one instance reported, a car swerving to avoid a lorry crossing the middle of the road dropped into rutted area adjacent to the road edge causing £8,500 of damage to the vehicle.     

It was learnt that the County Council had a new machine for mending potholes and it was hoped this would be used in the north of the County.

 

7.   County Councillor’s Report:  none, due to Cllr. Murray’s absence.

 

8.  Correspondence:

  • Proposed Forestry Operations – a letter dated 19th April had been received by Hethpool residents informing them that the clearing of windblow at Whitehall and Fawcett Shank was due to start in early May and estimated to take 3-4 months to complete.   It was reported that this work had already started by 19th April, and the clerk had written to Border Consultants Forestry Ltd. to ask them to notify her in future of any proposed works which would affect the road users.

 

9.  Any other business:

Japanese knotweed – it was reported that this is still growing in the hedge bordering the grass verge on the U1019 road at Yeavering, and that it is able to grow through the road surface.    It was not known whether this is the responsibility of the landowner or NCC.   The clerk would write to NCC to ask them to remove it.

Broadband – Pat Edwards had received an email from inorthumberland informing him that Super Fast Broadband is now available at his address, but he reported that this is not the case!

 

10. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 21st June 2016, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed.........................................

 

 

Date...........................................

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Beautiful hills around Kirknewton

Beautiful hills around Kirknewton

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Thanks to Dr.Ian Kille for this beautiful photo of his walk coming off Yeavering Bell.
 
Walking off Yeavering Bell this evening before heading of for a very nice meal at the Collingwood Arms; last night with my brother. Fabulous day, peewits, black grouse (including hen pretending to have a broken wing), curlew and skylarks filling the air with sounds and gorse with scent.
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NOTICE OF REFERENDUM

NOTICE OF REFERENDUM

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NOTICE OF REFERENDUM

 

Referendum on 

the UK's membership of the European Union

 in the Northumberland voting area

 

 

A referendum will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016 to decide on the question below:

 

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? 

 

Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 7 June 2016. Applications can be made online:  HYPERLINK "http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote" www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

 

Postal vote applications, amendments or cancellations must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016.

 

New applications to vote by proxy at this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016. Requests for changes to existing proxy vote arrangements and cancellations must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016.

 

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this referendum on the grounds of disability or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF by 5pm on 23 June 2016. The disability must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

 

 

 

17 May 2016 Counting Officer:  Geoff Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printed and published by the Counting Officer, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF 

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B.A.R.K. Open Day and Plant Sale.

B.A.R.K. Open Day and Plant Sale.

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Help to protect our living landscapes, and save our wildlife.


The Kirknewton Community, and both visitors and holiday makers are passionate about, and love the beautiful North Northumberland countryside. We already support and donate to the Hedgehog Rescue Centre down in Longframlington, and now we can help protect, and encourage our wildlife by planting our gardens with plants that bees and other insects love, which in turn will attract the birds
On Saturday 28th May, B.A.R.K. in Berwick Upon Tweed are holding a Plant Sale, and Open Day at the kennels.
All the plants that are on sale are for bees, butterflies, hoverfiles etc., and the proceeds taken look after the cats and dogs, that are awaiting rehoming and adoption.
How bad can it be?

Saturday 28th May

Noon - 3.00pm

BARK Kennels
Windmill Way East
Ramparts Business Park
Berwick Upon Tweed
TD15 1TU

Tel: 01289 306299
Details at www.b-a-r-k.co.uk

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Kirknewton Annual Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 2.00pm, 17th May 2016

Kirknewton Annual Parish Council Meeting. Tuesday 2.00pm, 17th May 2016

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of The Annual Parish Council Meeting

to be held on Tuesday, 17th May 2016, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

 

 

Agenda

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Chairman’s opening remarks and report for year ended 31st March 2015

 

3.  Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 19th May 2015 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes

 

5.  Presentation of unaudited accounts for the year to 31st March 2016, approval of Annual Return, and appointment of Internal Auditor

 

6.  County Councillor’s Report for the year to 31st March 2016

 

7.  Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman

 

8.  Programme of meetings for the year to 31st March 2016:

  • Tuesday, 21st  June 2016
  • Tuesday, 19th July 2016
  • Tuesday, 16th  August 2016
  • Tuesday, 20th September 2016
  • Tuesday, 18th  October 2016
  • Tuesday, 15th  November 2016
  • No meeting in December
  • Tuesday, 17th January 2017
  • Tuesday, 21st February 2017
  • Tuesday, 21st  March 2017
  • Tuesday, 18th  April 2017

 

9.  Any other business

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 17th May 2016,

at approximately 2.30 pm immediately after the Annual Parish Meeting

 

 

Agenda

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 19th April 2016 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes

 

5.  Financial Report

 

6.  Report on Joint Area Committee Meeting held on Monday, 9th May 2016.

 

7.  County Councillor’s Report

 

8.  Correspondence

 

9.   Any other business

 

10. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 21st June 2016, at 2.00pm

 

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Harry

Harry's International Boccia Quest.

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Let's make ‘Help fund Harrys International Boccia quest’ a reality
Pledging on Crowdfunder.co.uk is secure and easy

Help this disabled athlete compete Internationally to aid his development & progression to help him reach his ultimate goal of GB Boccia.

My name is Harry Thompson, I am 21 years old and I live with a severe, progressive muscle wasting condition, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

I am a full time wheelchair user and I play the Paralympic sport of Boccia (pronounced Bot-cha),  a strategic target sport likened to French boules or pétanque.

Boccia is played on a badminton sized court, it can be played in individual matches, pairs or teams and is played in specific classification groups according to severity of disability. I am a BC4, a non cerebral palsy thrower. Most athletes of my age within my condition, use an assistive device to propel balls onto court (a ramp) and play within the BC3 classification

 

The fact I still have the ability to throw competitvely is something I am very proud of and its atributed to many things, my determination in life and sport and my commitment to Boccia, the 20 hours a week on court training I dedicate myself to, and my ambition to reach my goal of GB Boccia.

I first started playing Boccia 7 years ago, when I was a keen powerchair footballer, the Sports Academy where my team trained had a Boccia Club which I joined, 3 months later I won my 1st National Boccia Championship. Even though I was self funding throughout, I spent 4 years on the England Boccia Squad, before making the decision to step off the squad and to become an independent athlete to increase my International competitive opportunties, a requirement to ensure my development and progression in the sport. To date I am twice English National BC4 Champion, 4 times DSE/Boccia England Open Champion and have medalled at the last 3 Internationals I have attended. 

 

Achievements

 201415th & 16th March - DSE National Championships - Gold

29th & 30th March - English National Championships - Gold

9th - 11th May - Cheshire International, BC4 Pairs, Captain Harry Thompson with Evie Edwards and Joshua Wilkins - 3rd Position

18th September - "Best of Northumberland" Sporting Achievement award winner

10th October - PolskaBoccia 2014 International, BC4 Individual event - Bronze

11th October - PolskaBoccia 2014 International, BC4 Pairs, Captain Harry Thompson with Joshua Wilkins - Gold

 

201514th & 15th March - Boccia England Open Championships - Gold

25th & 26th April - English National Championships - Bronze

7th & 8th June - Tatra Cup, Slovak International - Silver

30th October - Scottish National Boccia Closed Event - 4th Position

27th & 28th November - Polish International Boccia Championships - Bronze

 

Why you should support me ?

I can help promote your business, if you can help to support me, by displaying your logo on my competition kit and equipment, depending on your pledge amount. ( please see rewards for further details )

I have an active website and facebook page where I will acknowledge your support and also help promote your business.

 

The aim ?

My aim is clear, to progress in the sport of Boccia and to compete at as many International competitions that I can, that I am eligible to enter. Without competing Internationally I will not be able to develop adequately and progress. It is at these International competitions where I can gain the most experience, but they of course come with a price. This includes, travel, accomodation and entry fees and any equipment and kit I may require.

 

 Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. Please share and spread the word. 

For further information, and to follow my competitions, please like my facebook page....

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 19th April  2016.

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 19th April 2016.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 19th April 2016,
at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Andy and Helen Blowers,
John Lloyd.  
Parishioners: Patrick Edwards, Peter Brewis.
Clerk: Angela Hallam-Baker

1. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony
Murray, and PC Mark Lynn.

2. Police Report – none. 

3. The minutes of the meeting held on 15th March 2016 were agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Potholes – the potholes on the B6351 between Yeavering and Westnewton Bridge had been reported, as had those on the Hethpool road. The clerk had also written to Grant Davey, Leader of the County Council, to complain that potholes are causing damage to vehicles and a risk of collisions. No response had been received. A serious accident was reported when a Land Rover had overturned near Yeavering after hitting a pothole. The Police had attended, as a consequence of which the pothole was filled the next day. Other potholes remained unfilled, although Cllr. Lloyd reported that potholes along the Lanton road on the other side of the river in Milfield Parish had been filled.
• Northumberland National Park Planning – in response to the minute referring to plastic pvc windows in the National Park, an email had been received from the Head of Development Management stating that the planning officer had been visiting Listed Buildings where reports had been received of pvc windows having been installed without consent. PVC window frames in unlisted buildings are permitted.  
The email also clarified that the Planning Review relates only to applications processed by NCC, and that the automatic trigger to refer applications to the NNPA Development Management Committee, where parish councils disagree with officers’ decisions, still remains.

5. Financial Report:
Payments since the last meeting: Clerk’s half-year fee and expenses - £151.59
Receipts “ “ “ CAN Transparency Grant - £653.84
Bank balance at 24th March 2016 - £1,693.71

6. Planning:
• Report on Cabinet Meeting on 21st March 2016 – Cllr. Murray had said that according to the minutes of the meeting, there had been little discussion on planning, and he could not see anything which would greatly affect small rural communities.  
• Application ref: 16/00911/FUL – Single storey extension to rear of property at Gregory, Kirknewton – the plans had been examined by the Parish Council, and there were no objections.
• Application ref: 16/01076/CCM – Resubmission for provision of permanent scour protection to Westnewton Bridge. Peter Brewis stated that the two main matters to be dealt with are stability and blockage. A concrete apron would be installed across the river to minimise scour and gravel deposition, and NCC now has permission to remove gravel blocking the flow (Gravel Management Plan).
The old railway abutment will be removed, raising the crest of the flood embankment to improve the risk of flooding to adjoining land.
It is envisaged that the work will take place between the beginning of May and end of September, and the PC asked the clerk to write to Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, reminding her of the meeting she attended at County Hall in September last year, and asking her to ensure that the Agencies are all in agreement with the revised application before it goes to the Planning Department, and that it is submitted in good time.  
The clerk was also asked to write to the Planning Department supporting the application and emphasising its request that the work be carried out this year.

7. County Councillor’s Report: none.

8. Correspondence:
• NE Ambulance Service is to provide training on Thursday, 28th April, from 7-9pm in the Village Hall to operate CPR and the Defibrillator. Anyone wishing to attend should let Tony Reed-Jones know (tonyreedjones@aol.com) 
In view of the installation of the defibrillator in the Village Hall, and the fact that the Hall is designated as a “rescue centre”, the PC considered that a telephone land line should be installed. The clerk would contact NCC about this and also request that the mast by Westnewton Bridge should be made available for a mobile connection.
• Battle of the Somme Commemoration on 1st July 2016 – a letter from Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP stated that funding is available for repair, conservation and protection of war memorials. Since the war memorial in Kirknewton had recently been re-furbished, it was not thought that anything more was required to be done.
• Grant to start new activity groups – the GGT has grants of up to £100 for new groups to promote healthy projects in the community. The information was passed on to Peter Brewis of the Village Hall Trust to discuss this with the members.
• Love Northumberland Awards – it was not known of any local projects which might apply for this, but flyers have been left in the Village Hall for anyone who might be interested.
• Citizens Advice Bureau merger – the CAB is to be known from 1st April 2016 as Citizens Advice Northumberland. The local contact for this area is:
Gillian Walker – Advice Service Manager – Berwick Office/Wooler, Tel: 01289 330502, email: gillianwalker@citizensadvicenorthumberland.org.uk 

9. NALC News:
Following the retirement of David Francis, NALC Chief Officer is Stephen Rickett, and CAN’s Chief Executive is Andy Dean.

10. Any other business:
• Litter pick on Sunday, 17th April – volunteers from the parish collected over 24 bags of rubbish between Kilham and Akeld. This was kindly organised by Tony Reed-Jones.

11. Dates of next meetings: Annual Parish Meeting followed by May monthly meeting at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 17th May 2016.

Signed..........................................

Date............................................

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COULD YOU SAVE A LIFE?

COULD YOU SAVE A LIFE?

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

COULD YOU SAVE A LIFE?

Could you save a life? Hopefully after last evenings opportunity to learn CPR and how to use Kirknewton's newly installed Portable Defibrillator, anyone who may have suffered a heart attack, or cardiac arrest, now has a better chance of survival thanks to First Responders.

The evenings training was lead by members of the North East Ambulance Service First Responders, Mark and Billy. They gave excellent, and clear instruction on the many aspects that could be encountered when dealing with an emergency situation. Their teaching was given alongside practical demonstrations on how to administer CPR and how to use the Defibrillator.

Four "Dummies" were available for everyone to have a go at mouth to mouth resuscitation, and CPR, with Mark and Billy alongside to instruct and guide.
Given the small size of our community, 20 local residents went home wiser, more aware, and grateful for this opportunity to "Save and Life".

The Defibrillator which is located in the entrance hall (fixed to the wall) to the left as you enter the Village Hall, was purchased with a grant from the British Hear Foundation.

Our thanks to Mark and Billy for their excellent, and friendly instruction.
Thank you Tony (Reed-Jones) who organised the evening, and to Helen and helpers for the refreshments.
Also thank you to all who came along. Kirknewton will in the future be in a better position to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.

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COULD YOU SAVE A LIFE?

COULD YOU SAVE A LIFE?

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COULD YOU SAVE A LIFE?

Date: Thursday 28th April 2016 7pm – 9pm

 

Venue: Kirknewton Village Hall

 

Effective CPR AND the use of an automated external defibrillator will increase the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest

 

Come and learn how to carry out effective CPR and use your local defibrillator:


Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere.

 

 

 

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Lambing time.

Lambing time.

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We're surrounded!! 

The lambing season is in full swing and the fields around us are full of new born lambs, and cows with calves.. New life that is gorgeous and wonderful to see and enjoy.

Please respect the Farmers, their livestock, and the fields you have permission to walk through. Keep your dogs under control, and keep them on their leads where there is livestock 
Let's all enjoy this wonderful time of year. Thank you..

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Kirknewton Parish Council.

Kirknewton Parish Council.

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Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 15th March 2016,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,

Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Antony Murray, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker, and 

4 parishioners.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. John Lloyd and PC Mark Lynn.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Mark Lynn had sent a message advising that there had been no reported crimes in the area during the past month.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 16th February 2016 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Kirknewton Village Hall Trust AGM minutes – these had been distributed to the Parish Councillors.   It was agreed that the removal of the dividing wall between the two small rooms to give a bigger space was an improvement for small meetings, rather than using the main hall.
  • Mobile phone coverage –  Cllr. Helen Blowers said that the possibility of mounting a mast on the church tower had been discussed at the PCC meeting, although she had been unable to attend.   Since wiring would be required, this would entail obtaining a faculty and there would be no help from the Diocese.         

 

5.  Potholes:

The clerk had reported potholes along the edges of the B6351 on the approach to and exit from Yeavering covering a distance of approximately 200 yards.   There are also potholes on the same road between the Village Hall and Westnewton Bridge.   The potholes on the Hethpool road had been filled, but badly done and the surface had not improved.

The clerk would report all these again with a copy to Kevin Bartlett (NCC Localities Officer).   She would also write to the Leader of the County Council, Grant Davey, highlighting the damage to vehicles and the danger of having to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid the potholes.

 

6.  Financial Report:

No financial transactions since the last meeting and the bank balance remains at £1,191.46.

 

7.  Area Committee North meeting:

Cllr. Brown attended this meeting held on 14th March 2016.   There was a presentation on Ambulances Services in Northumberland.   Ambulances are stationed at Berwick,  Alnwick and Belford, and generally emergency cases are taken to the nearest hospital.   Attendees from Berwick said they need more cover, but Cllr. Brown felt that the service is being run as well as it could be with the vehicles and personnel available.

An informative presentation was also given by Tom Fairfax, chair of the North Northumberland Committee of the Royal British Legion.

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report:

  • Potholes - Cllr. Murray said he would bring up the subject of potholes with NCC. 
  • Ambulance service  - He also attended the Area meeting and agreed that the ambulance service was doing its best, but he said that there was more difficulty in servicing rural areas due to their geographical locations.
  • Swimming pool at Middle School – the sides of the pool have moved and repairs are going ahead.   There had been a good response from donations which have raised in excess of £20,000.   The pool would be fit for use by the community – young and elderly people, and should be up and running within the next couple of months.

 

9.  Any other business:

  • National Park Authority AGM – this is to be held at 9.30am in the Village Hall tomorrow, 16th March, and it is hoped that a fair number of people will attend.
  • Plastic windows - Cllr. Brown reported that the NNPA was checking windows, since plastic ones are not allowed in the National Park.
  • Planning Review - an email had been sent round to the chairs of all Town and Parish Councils by Bryn Owen, the Chair of Craster PC, with regard to a new planning system which removed the automatic trigger ensuring that when town and parish councils disagreed with officers on planning grounds, the application would be reviewed by a planning committee.   Town and parish councils were not consulted on this decision which was implemented in April 2015.

At a Cabinet Meeting on 21st March a review of the new system is to be tabled, which uses two criteria to assess the efficiency of the changes that were made:

  • whether the application was processed within the government set timescales
  • whether the applicant appealed the decision.

A number of questions were put by Mr. Owen.   These were read out to the Kirknewton meeting and the answers given would be sent to Mr. Owen in order that he could collate the information gathered from the town and parish councils and  produce a report for the Cabinet Meeting.

Cllr. Murray stated that the planning system was undemocratic, and that there was no local impact now.   Officers were  dealing with applications for sites they had not even seen.

  • Queen’s 90th Birthday Commemorative Medal for Schools and Councils – a sample of the medal had been sent to the Parish Council with an order form for not fewer than 50 units @ £1.99 each.   This was of no interest to the PC.

 

10. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 19th April 2016, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall.

 

 

 

Signed........................................................                  Date..............................................

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 15th. March,  2016.

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 15th. March, 2016.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 15th March 2016,
at 2.00pm at the Village Hall

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Police Report

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 16th February 2016 to be agreed and signed

4. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Kirknewton Village Hall AGM minutes
• Mobile phone coverage

5. Potholes

6. Financial Report

7. Notice of Area Committee North meeting to be held on Monday, 14th March, at East Ord Village Hall at 6.00pm

8. County Councillor’s Report

9. Any other business

10. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 19th April 2016, at 2.00pm

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 16th February 2016.

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting. 16th February 2016.

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Residents expressed their appreciation and thanks to Northern Power Grid for acting so quickly with the installation of emergency power generators in the locality. This enabled our electricity supplies to be restored, and efficient for the duration. 
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DRAFT Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 16th February 2016,
at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriot, Helen and Andy Blowers,
County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker, and 6 Parishioners.

Guests from Northern Power Grid:
Kevin Parkin - Customer Liaison Officer
Jim Cummings - Design Engineer
Dave Brown - Delivery Manager
Amanda Parry - Customer Care Manager

1. Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. Kay Aisthorpe, John Lloyd, PC Mark Lynn.

2. Northern Power Grid:
Jim Cummings gave an interesting and informative presentation on how electricity is supplied, the damage caused by the recent flooding from the River Glen, NPG’s efforts to restore power to residents, and the possible long term solution.
Mr. Cummings said that on 6th January some of the electricity poles had snapped and some washed away. NPG was immediately on the scene, and the following day 37 generators were installed to communities stretching from Coupland and up the valley. Work started in appalling weather conditions to try to install new poles, but the land was too soft and the river had changed its course northwards to the Lanton House boundary. Heavy machinery was brought in to try to return the river to its original course, and as the water subsided, this was achieved.
A possible long-term solution to the problem will be to move the original cable to north of the river on to higher ground. The course of the new line was pointed out on a map of the area. New sturdier poles and much stronger cables will be used.
Mr. Cummings explained that the use of overhead cables is preferable to putting cables underground, which, if a problem occurs, require laborious excavation.
Before the new overhead line is put into action, all landowners, farmers, residents, the National Park, etc., will be consulted. Cllr. Murray, in his capacity as a member of the Northumberland National Park Authority, confirmed that the NNPA would be sympathetic towards the planned locations of poles.
Planning permission, legal consents, and finance will all be taken into account. It is hoped that the work will be completed before the end of the year.  
When asked how NPG is funded, Mr. Cummings said that an average of £86.00 per customer per year is taken from the standing charge made on electricity bills.
A resident brought up the subject of short interruptions to the supply, which affected computers and timers on electric appliances. Mr. Cummings said that if there is a glitch in the supply, this is automatically corrected, so that the supply is only off for a very short time. Mr. Parkin asked that he be notified if these cut-outs occurred regularly.
Power cuts west of the sub-station at Coupland are likely to take longer to restore.

The Chairman thanked Mr. Cummings and his team for all their hard work to restore power to Kirknewton Parish and for coming to the meeting to explain what is to be done to update the supply. The team then left the meeting.

3. Police Report: none.

4. The minutes of the meeting held on 19th January 2016 were agreed and signed.

5. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Potholes – these have been reported to NCC.
• KVHT AGM minutes - not yet available.
• Westnewton Bridge Works – an email from Peter Brewis stated that the recent changes to the river are about to be re-surveyed and that this may cause some minor changes to the proposals. He is hoping to submit the revised planning application sometime this month, but details are still being discussed. However, he does not anticipate any significant hold ups to delivery this year.
• NALC Transparency Fund – an application had been lodged for new equipment to comply with the new regulations.

6. Financial Report:
There were no financial transactions since the last meeting, and the bank balance remains at £1,191.46.

7. Plan to upgrade restricted byway to bridleway from Milfield to Crook House:
A letter had been received from NCC outlining a plan to upgrade this byway to bridleway. It had been established that the landowners involved, Lord Joicey and Mr. and Mrs. Ian McKie are happy for this to go ahead, and the Parish Council had no objections.

8. Northumberland LED Street Lighting Project:
A notice had been received to inform that street lighting is being modernised across Northumberland to fit existing lights with new LED lights, likely to take place in the local area in the summer of 2017. Since Kirknewton has no street lighting, and speed limit signs no comment would be made.

9. Correspondence:
• Copy of letter to the Prime Minister re provisional local government funding – this had been signed by 14 County Councils including Northumberland, pointing out that, in spite of extra government funding, rural areas will not be allotted as much finance per head of population as urban areas.
An accompanying note from the Leader of NCC stated that although the Council will receive an extra £3.15m over the next two years, this does not change the overall financial position, due to £58m which will have to be cut from the budget over the next four years. Consequently, council tax will have to be raised for local residents by 16% over the next four years and they will receive less in services.

• Mobile phone coverage – the clerk had written to the Dept. of Culture, Media and Sport on 8th September 2015 following advice from NCC, and had received a reply dated 8th February 2016. She was advised by DCMS to contact one of the Mobile Network Operators. It was pointed out that this had already been done without success, having been told that Kirknewton is too far away from the exchange.
The clerk agreed to get back in touch with the local MP. In the meantime, Cllr. Helen Blowers would mention at the forthcoming PCC meeting the possibility of putting a mast on the church tower.
• Future external audit arrangements – new arrangements are to be put forward for smaller authorities with neither income nor expenditure exceeding £25,000 with effect from 2017/18. These authorities are being asked whether they require Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd. to make the arrangements, or whether they wish to opt out and appoint their own auditors. It was agreed to opt in, as it is unlikely any audit fee will be charged.

10. County Councillor’s Report:
Corporate Parenting Panel – Cllr. Murray, as Chairman of the Panel, said that children’s services are being looked at over a three-week period, and that he hoped they would come up to the required mark.
Wooler Post Office – the current owner wishes to retire and sell the premises, but there has so far been no serious interest due to the onerous post office hours. There is no threat as yet of the post office closing, but there has been talk of a mobile if it were to close.
Land by the Old Vicarage – an application has been submitted for retirement bungalows on the field adjacent to the Old Vicarage and possibly a new wing on to the house. This would be a replacement for Horsedenside, which has been demolished.

11. Any other business:
David Francis of Community Action Northumberland is due to retire at the end of March, and donations towards a leaving gift may be sent to Andy Dean at CAN.

12. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 15th March 2016, at 2.00pm.

Signed..............................................

Date.................................................

 
 
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Berwick Male Voice Choir in Concert.

Berwick Male Voice Choir in Concert.

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KIRKNEWTON VILLAGE HALL PROUDLY PRESENT,
THE BERWICK MALE VOICE CHOIR IN CONCERT.

 

IN AID OF THE GREAT NORTH AIR AMBULANCE.

Friday 19th. February, 2016. 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Doors will be open at 7.00pm
Tickets cost £10 and the price includes Cheese and Wine.

Come along and be uplifted by the voices and sounds of the Berwick Male Voice Choir.

All monies raised by this concert is in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance. 
Please come along, and support the important and vital work carried out by the Air Ambulance Service.

Tickets can be purchased from:
T.W. Brand Newsagents - Wooler
Dorothy Sharpe - Tel. No. 01890 850285
Peter Brewis - Tel. No. 01668 216300

(These are the correct phone numbers. Slight printing error on poster)

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 16th February 2016,
at the Village Hall at 2.00pm.

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Police Report

3. Mr. Kevin Parkin, Customer Liaison Officer, Northern Power Grid, to discuss the local electricity supply

4. Minutes of the meeting held on 19th January 2016 to be agreed and signed

5. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Potholes reported
• KVHT AGM minutes not yet available
• Westnewton Bridge works
• NALC Transparency Fund

6. Financial Report

7. Plan to upgrade alleged restricted byway to bridleway running from Milfield to above Crook House to join existing bridleway

8. Street lighting

9. Correspondence:
• Letter to the Prime Minister re provisional local government funding
• Letter from Dept. of Culture, Media & Sport re mobile phone coverage
• Letter from CAN re future audit arrangements

9. Any other business

10. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 15th March 2016, at 2.00pm

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Kirknewton Parish Council, January 2016 Meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council, January 2016 Meeting.

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MEETING.

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DRAFT 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 19th January 2016,
at the Village Hall at 2.00pm


Present:Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,
John Lloyd; Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker; Parishioner Dennis Mullan.

1. Apologies for absence were received from: Cllr. Kaye Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony
Murray, PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

2. Police Report:
PC Lynn had sent a report stating that 3 farm outbuildings had been broken into – 2 at Kilham and 1 at Mindrum, and a number of caravans were broken into on Milfield Airfield; also poaching continues to be a problem. A number of Operations to combat rural crime are taking place over the next month.

3. The minutes of the meeting held on 17th November 2015 were agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Roadworks – drainage works had been carried out on the Westnewton to Hethpool road 1024, but the potholes had not been filled.
Large potholes on the B6351 road above Canno Mill, and south east of Kirknewton towards Yeavering to be reported.
• Kirknewton Village Hall Trust AGM – this, according to the agenda issued, was scheduled for 30th November 2016, and no minutes were available. The clerk to ask Peter Brewis.
• Borehole test – as requested the holding tank had been tested at no further charge.

5. Financial Report:
Precept for 2016/2017 – after discussion, it was agreed to leave the annual precept at £700.00.
The sum of £394.96 VAT refunded was paid to Kirknewton Water Society, and a credit balance of £1,191.46 was recorded on 24th December 2015.

6. Loss of electricity:
Cllr. Marriott had spoken to Northern Powergrid regarding numerous power cuts, and was told that work is being carried out to update the system. Following this, the recent heavy rain, which had brought down three electricity poles at Lanton, had caused the system to fail along the valley. Consequently, generators had been brought in and sited adjacent to all the communities to restore power. These are still in place while work is being carried out to re-install the poles, but this is proving difficult as the river has moved and is flowing next to Lanton House garden hedge. Efforts are being made to return the river to its former course.  
In view of this, the Northern Powergrid engineer, Kevin Parkin, has offered to attend the PC meeting on 16th February to explain what they are proposing to do to improve the system.  
The engineers working in atrocious weather conditions were thanked for their tremendous efforts to restore electricity to the community.

7. Westnewton Bridge works:
There had not been any significant flooding in the area of the bridge, but in view of the adverse weather, the clerk was asked to follow up the request, made at the meeting with local MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, that the Parish Council be kept informed regarding the progress of the new planning application. It is important that this is lodged and agreed by the Environment Agency in time for the work to be started and completed during the summer of 2016. 

8. Planning:
• Application ref: 15/03464/FUL - Gregory, Kirknewton, loft conversion and driveway widening – granted permission
• Application ref: 15NP0078 – Thompsons Walls, Kilham, new farmhouse, etc. – granted permission conditionally.

9. County Councillor’s Report:
None, due to Cllr. Murray’s attendance at another meeting.

10. Correspondence:
• Neighbour Area Application by Wooler Parish Council – NCC has approved the application from Wooler PC for the designation of a neighbourhood area for the purpose of neighbourhood planning activity in the Parish of Wooler.
Kirknewton PC had issued a statement to NCC that development is not supported in the parish, and is advised that Kirknewton Parish is not within the proposed neighbourhood area of Wooler and the designation will therefore not impact on the parish.
It was noted that adjoining parish councils have expressed no intention of joining with Wooler to create a larger neighbourhood area.
• NALC Transparency Fund – in view of legislation to make parish and town councils’ activities transparent, funding is being offered to supply them with the necessary equipment and means to publicise their meetings, minutes, and proposals, etc. It was agreed that this funding should be applied for.
• Requests for donations had been received from the Great North Air Ambulance, Hospice Care and Citizens’ Advice Bureau. These were noted, but the PC has a policy of not making donations to outside bodies.
The CAB had offered a representative to visit and discuss money managing matters, but it was agreed that it would be difficult to find a large enough audience to justify this.

11. Any other business:  
• Thanks were expressed to local farmers, Colin Martin and Robert Whitton for keeping the community informed and updated regarding the state of the local rivers during the severe wet weather, and their reassurance that all would turn out all right. Parishioner, Pat Edwards, expressed on behalf of the community, his thanks that local people with local knowledge and experience were more than happy to share this.

12. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 16th February 2016, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall.


Signed................................................ Date.........................................

 
 
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KIRKNEWTON VILLAGE HALL

KIRKNEWTON VILLAGE HALL

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KIRKNEWTON VILLAGE HALL

WINTER QUIZ NIGHT
. ++++
FISH AND CHIP SUPPER

FRIDAY 22nd JAN 2016

7 for 7.30pm. (Food first)

Tickets £34 per team of 4. (Includes food)

Limited numbers BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Tel: 01668 216300. Peter Brewis

BAR + FOOD + FUN + PRIZES

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 19th January 2016,
at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Police Report

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 17th November 2015 to be agreed and signed

4. Matters arising from the minutes:
• Roadworks
• Kirknewton Village Hall Trust AGM held on 30th November 2015
• Borehole test

5. Financial Report – including setting precept for 2016-2017

6. Loss of electricity

7. Planning:
• Application ref: 15/03464/FUL - Gregory, Kirknewton, loft conversion and driveway widening – granted permission
• Application ref: 15NP0078 – Thompsons Walls, Kilham, new farmhouse, etc. – granted permission conditionally.

8. County Councillor’s Report

9. Correspondence:
• Neighbourhood Area Application approval (Wooler)
• NALC – Transparency Fund
• Requests for donations: Air Ambulance, Citizens Advice Bureau, Hospice Care

10. Any other business

11. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 16th February 2016, at 2.00pm

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DARK SKY EVENT

DARK SKY EVENT

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DARK SKY EVENT......8.00pm - 10.00pm.

Just to let you all know that a 'Dark Sky' event is being held in the Kirknewton Village Hall on FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER. The evening has been organised, and is will be run by the NNPA. The details are on the link below and tickets are booked through the NNPA.

The link for the event is - http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/…/stargazing-…/


There will be soup and rolls available through the evening as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

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Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 17th November 2015, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall
 
Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,
John Lloyd, Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr.  Anthony Murray,  Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker, and four parishioners (Jean and Moira Taylor, Jean Davidson, Peter Brewis).
 
1.  Apologies for absence were received from PC Mark Lynn.
 
2.  Police Report:
PC Lynn had sent a report stating that burglaries had taken place at the following premises on the periphery of the Parish:
• Mike Hope, Wooler
• Whitton Hill Farm, Milfield
• Branxton Moor Farm
 
PC Lynn reminded all residents to be security conscious and report any suspicious activity to the Police on the “101” number.
 
3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 20th October 2015 were agreed and signed.
 
4.  Matters arising from the minutes:
• Roadworks – a notice had been received of road closure on the U1024 Westnewton to Hethpool Junction for it entire length to attend to the drainage problems.   It is expected that the road will be closed from 7th-9th December 2015.   It is noted that there is no alternative route for vehicular traffic, but that access will be maintained for affected residents.
A further notice was issued of closure of the U1019 Marleyknowe Junction to Yeavering Junction for a distance of 50 metres either side of Coupland Ford Bridge.   The road is expected to be closed from 4th January to 29th February 2016.   The alternative  route for vehicular traffic will be via the B6351, the A697 and the U1021 and vice versa.   
The residents affected by these closures had not yet been notified personally.
• Northumberland Plan – the consultation document had been made available in the Village Hall.   The general feeling among the County and Parish councillors is that there are only slight changes from previous years, the Plan being a long term 15 year plan, and no further comments were made.
 
5.  Financial Report:
The only transaction since the last meeting was a payment of £267.60 to the PC account from the Kirknewton Water Society.   This to pay the plumber’s account from which the VAT will be reclaimed, and then paid to the Water Society.
Precept  2016-2017 – this will be discussed at the next meeting in time for NCC’s deadline date for receipt of 1st February 2016.
 
6.  Planning:
Application ref:  15/03464/FUL for proposed Loft Conversion and Driveway Widening at Gregory, Post Office Lane, Kirknewton.
The PC had no objections to either of these works.   It was noted that the loft conversion would not overlook other properties, and the applicant reported that there were no pipes near the driveway.
 
7.  County Councillor’s Report:
Closure of A697 - Cllr. Murray had called a meeting to discuss the closure of sections of the A697.   The two engineers were positive and explained that the machinery is too big to keep the road open during repairs to the road, and regretted the necessary aggravation caused to motorists. Work at night would cost a further £25,000.
They agreed that the diversions were badly signed – the route through Fenton was unsuitable for heavy traffic, but the alternative route via Barmoor and Doddington was a very long way round.
Milfield residents had been upset at the diversions, as these had affected local businesses.  
Community Action Northumberland – a new Chief Executive has been appointed, and it is anticipated that the charity will be more positive.
Branton School – the school has remained open, currently having 17 or 18 pupils, with a further 11 in the 2-5 age group.   The children will go to Glendale Middle School at the age of nine.
 
8.  Wooler Area Meeting:
Cllr. Brown attended this meeting on 16th November, along with representatives from Wooler, Carham and Doddington.   He  brought up the question of the private borehole test, saying that there had been a test only once at one of the houses, rather than at the holding tank.   This had cost the Water Society £90.00.   Kevin Bartlett (Locality Development Officer) had agreed to follow this up and ask for a test at the holding tank, for which it was anticipated that the KWS would not be charged another £90.00.
Wooler PC had asked whether planings from the repair of the A697 could be used to repair the surface of the car park outside the Garden Centre and Carrs of Billington.   Under new regulations this was not an option, and Cllr. Murray is in discussion towards having the necessary repairs carried out.
Cllr. Marriott asked Cllr. Murray if there are any plans to develop the old Fergusons buildings and yard in South Road, Wooler.   The Councillor knew of none for this privately owned site.
 
9.  Correspondence:
• Parking Enforcement Vehicle – this vehicle is designed to visit schools and enforce the keep clear restrictions , and any vehicle found to be parked in contravention of the regulations will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice by post.
There will be an initial period of training and it is planned that the vehicle will be fully operative from January 2016.
• Review of Public Conveniences – various of these will be closed during the winter.   However, Cllr. Murray said that timed locks may be introduced so that the loos could remain open during the day.
• Kirknewton Village Hall Trust – a notice had been received that the Annual General Meeting is to be held in the village hall at 7.30pm on Monday, 30th November 2015. Notice of all relevant business should be submitted in writing to the secretary at least 7 days before the meeting at kirknewtonvillagehall@gmail.com 
 
10. Any other business:
• Three blocked gullies on the corner opposite the phone box have been reported to NCC.
• Village Hall Pub Night – to be held on Wednesday, 18th November.
• Proposed Village Hall activities – dominos, exercise to music for over 50s, book club, etc.;  afternoons and evenings.
 
11. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 19th January 2016 at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 17th November 2015, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

Agenda

1.Apologies for absence
2.Police Report
3.Minutes of the meeting held on 20th October 2015 to be agreed and signed.
4.Matters arising from the minutes:
Roadworks
Japanese knotweed
Northumberland Local Plan
5. Financial Report
6. Planning:
Application Ref: 15/03464/FUL – Proposed loft conversion and driveway
widening at Gregory, Post Office Lane, Kirknewton.
7. County Councillor’s Report
8. Correspondence:
Parking Enforcement Vehicle outside schools
Review of public conveniences
9. Any other business
10. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 19th January 2016, at 2.00pm

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Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 20th October 2015,at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,

John Lloyd, Kay Aisthorpe, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker, and 3 Parishioners.

1. Apologies for absence were received from County Cllr. Anthony Murray (who had 2 other meetings to attend) and PC Mark Lynn (on leave).

2. Police Report:
PC Lynn was unable to attend the meeting, but had reported no crimes in the Parish over the past four weeks.

3. The minutes of the meeting held on 15th September 2015 were agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising from the minutes:
Broadband – as previously reported, Kirknewton is too far away from the cabinet at Milfield to make any difference to the speed of reception. However, Cllr. Marriott said that he had heard that the internet can be connected via a mobile phone app on 02 and Vodaphone Iphone6.
Roadworks – the problem with drainage and potholes on the U1118 road had been reported again to Highways Dept., as a result of which workmen had met Cllr. Aisthorpe on site and filled some of the broken surface, but did not complete the job. Highways officer, Neil Hodgson, had told Cllr. Aisthorpe that he would email the clerk informing her that Northumbria Drainage Company would need to make alterations, but they could not do this until the end of October when the logging trucks had completed their work in the College Valley. The clerk would chase up the email. The road will have to be closed while the work is done, but a bailey bridge would be erected in case of emergencies. It was noted that the pipe under the road would empty on to Derek Whitton’s land.
Japanese knotweed: the clerk had reported this to NCC, but so far nothing had been done about it. She would contact them again and copy this to Geoffrey Tate whose land the hedge bordered.

5. Westnewton Bridge Works:
Cllrs. Helen Blowers and Edward Brown had attended a meeting at County Hall to discuss the reasons for the delay in starting the necessary works to strengthen the foundations of Westnewton Bridge.

The meeting had been set up by Cllr. Murray who had invited Berwick MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to attend. David Laux (NCC) stated that a great deal of effort had gone into preparing and submitting the plans for the river works in order to meet the stringent requirements of the Environment Agency and Natural England. These two agencies had submitted last-minute objections after the cut-off date, and the plans were subsequently withdrawn. Highways had commented that the EA had “at the last minute moved the goalposts”. It was noted that no representative from either agency attended the meeting, and it was said that one of their reasons for objecting to the plans is the maintenance of water after the work has been done.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan said she would “go to the top” in an effort to move things along, and Cllrs. Brown and Blowers had requested that the Parish Council be kept in the loop regarding the progress, and that the plans be submitted in plenty of time before the next “window of opportunity” arrives for the work to be done.

The County Council representatives seemed confident that the work will be carried out next summer.

6. Financial Report:
The Chairman stated that the audited accounts had been made available to parishioners for the statutory length of time. A note from the auditors stated that there were no matters which came to their attention which required further investigation.

The accounts were again presented to and agreed by the Parish Council. There was no charge for the audit.

Transactions since the last meeting:

Receipts:Precept 2 - £350.00; Kirknewton Water Society - £2,102.18.

Payments:Dales Water - £2.030.18; electricity - £72.00; Clerk’s half-year fee - £80.00;

Clerk’s half-year expenses (travel to meetings, stationery, postage) - £74.99.

Note:the water bills are paid by the Parish Council in order to reclaim the VAT.This expense is then re-imbursed by the Water Society.

7. Planning Application 15NP0078 – Construction of new farmhouse, walled garden and plant room/garden building. Demolition of existing cottages and conversion of threshing barn to form 2 holiday/tourism units with parking and farm office, at Thompsons Walls:

Plans which changed the order of the work had been re-submitted to allow construction of the new farmhouse to be undertaken before the other work. The Parish Council submitted no objections.

It was noted that the request for the “byway open to all traffic” beyond the farm (a continuation of U1017) to be demoted to “bridleway” had been refused, as this road is used by drivers to access the footpath.

It was mentioned that the U1017 road was apparently being used by cars racing up and down causing danger to grazing animals. This had not been verified, but the clerk would mention it to the Police.

8. Kirknewton Water Supply:

The Chairman reported that of the 13 properties taking water from the bore hole, NCC had carried out a random check on only one of these (Cleworths) and it failed the test. It was found, following excavation, that a valve from the old spring to the holding tank had been opened by a person or persons unknown, which allowed contamination to occur. A new valve has been fitted and 2 sterilisation tablets are to be put in every two days. NCC want to come again and check the water quality, but it was agreed they should wait a couple of weeks or so. It was agreed that they should be advised to check other tanks.

9. Wooler PC Neighbourhood Area Application:

A letter had been received from NCC informing them that Wooler PC had applied for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of neighbourhood planning activity in the parish. Comments need to be submitted before 20th November 2015.

As reported several times to the Planning Office, Kirknewton has no facilities for additional housing, and these points would again be made.

10. County Councillor’s Report:

None, due to Cllr. Murray’s absence at other meetings.

11. Road closure – A697 Bendor Corner to Wooler from 13th October for 2 weeks maximum:

This is due to re-surfacing which has been moved from the original date in July to October. The road is open at the weekend and from 6.00pm to 8.00am every day.

12. Any other business:

Parish and Town Council meetings – the Chairman agreed to attend the local meeting on Monday, 16th November, at the Cheviot Centre, Wooler.
CAN Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday, 3rd November, at Whalton Village Hall, Morpeth.
Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy – the consultation documents were made available for study, and comments invited. As mentioned above in Item 9, there are no facilities for additional housing in Kirknewton.

13. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 17th November 2015 at 2.00pm.

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Kirknewton Parish Council. 20th October Meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council. 20th October Meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 20th October 2015, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence
2. Police Report
3. Minutes of the meeting held on 15th September 2015 to be agreed and signed
4. Matters arising from the minutes:
Broadband and mobile phone reception
Roadworks
Japanese knotweed
5. Westnewton Bridge Works – report on the meeting with Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
6. Financial Report including presentation of audited accounts for year ended 31/03/2015
7. Planning Application 15NP0078 Construction of new farmhouse, walled garden and plant room/garden building. Demolition of existing cottages and conversion of threshing barn to form 2 holiday/tourism units with parking and a farm office.
8. Kirknewton water supply
9. Wooler PC Neighbourhood Area Application
10. County Councillor’s Report
11. Road closure – A697 Bendor Corner to Wooler from 13th October for 2 weeks maximum
12. Any other business
13. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 17th November 2015 at 2.00pm

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Kirknewton Parish Council. 15th September Meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 15th September 2015, at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd,

Kay Aisthorpe, PC Dan Perry, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker and 5 parishioners.

1. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Steve Marriott, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, and PC Mark Lynn.

2. Police Report:

PC Perry reported no crime in the Kirknewton parish, although thefts from farms had occurred in surrounding areas. Persons have been arrested in connection with these and other crimes.

PC Perry was questioned about poaching reported at an earlier meeting. He said this is being monitored by PC Mark Lynn, who is the Police Wildlife Officer, and none had been reported recently.

The public were urged to report any suspicious vehicles, noting registration numbers. The number to ring is 101 asking for Wooler Policing Team. If a crime is observed being committed, 999 should be called.

PC Perry was thanked for this attendance, and then left the meeting.

3. The minutes of the meeting held on 18th August 2015 were agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising from the minutes:

Westnewton Bridge Works – a meeting has been arranged for Friday, 18th September, at County Hall, for PC members to discuss this matter with Berwick MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Cllrs. Edward Brown and Helen Blowers will attend.
A letter had been received from Jean Davidson, Westnewton Estate Manager, enclosing photos of the site of the weir removal. It is pointed out that the removal of the weir has directed the river flow towards the pier of the footbridge which is now extremely vulnerable to scour. Ms. Davidson had met with representatives of the Tweed Forum and the Environment Agency, and was assured that this would be addressed and protection put in place to protect the pier.

Ms. Davidson also mentioned the amount of contamination in the river which the removal of the weir has produced, and asked that the PC contact Robert Cussen of Natural England and Tracy Hall of Tweed Forum. However, since the work is ongoing, it was agreed that, before doing this, the clerk should contact Ms. Davidson to find out what steps had been taken to remedy these issues.

It was pointed out by the PC that the work on the weir was now being carried out, whereas the work to Westnewton Bridge was still being delayed.

It was hoped the whole matter of the river and bridge works will be sorted out at the 18th September meeting, and that the new amended planning application will be submitted in good time for the work to begin in May 2016, and that any objections by the agencies would be forthcoming before the cut-off date.

Kirknewton Village Hall – a letter had been received from the Chairman, Colin Martin, in reply to the clerk’s letter in which she informed him that Cllr. John Lloyd would no longer be representing the PC on the VHT committee. This, he said, had been noted, but that the Trust would endeavour to keep the PC up to date with relevant information regarding refurbishment plans and future hall events.
It was noted that the PC is still the Custodian Trustee of the Village Hall, and it was agreed that it should tender its resignation from the Trust at the AGM to be held in November. This should be communicated to the VHT in advance of the meeting to enable it to appoint a replacement.

5. Financial Report:

The current bank balance stands at £966.45.

6. Broadband and Mobile Phone Reception:

A reply from John Cooper (NCC Digital Engagement Manager) stated that there are no plans to provide fibre to Kirknewton, but the County Council is working with BT to try to get 95% coverage of the county, and it is possible that Kirknewton could be included.

He also states that the cabinet at Milfield has been upgraded, but due to the distance, this will make no difference to the speeds residents in Kirknewton can receive.

It was suggested by the PC that as a solution, a satellite dish could be placed on the church tower, but since this is a Grade 2 listed building, and it is in the National Park, there could be problems obtaining planning permission.

7. Planning:

Applications 15NP0051 and 15NP0053 for work at Thompsons Walls have been withdrawn.

8. Charges for disposal of builders’ and DIY waste:

A leaflet had been issued by NCC imposing charges from 14th September on disposal of builders’ rubble and household DIY waste. Copies had been deposited in the Village Hall for information. It was agreed that these charges would lead to indiscriminate fly-tipping, and there had been no consultation with the parishes or the NFU before this ruling had been made. The clerk was asked to write to NCC pointing this out.

9. County Councillor’s Report – none, due to Cllr. Murray having been called to attend another meeting.

10. Any other business:

Local Transport Plan 2016/17 – the following requests had been submitted:

Priority 1 - safety concerns on double bends on B6351. Traffic approaching from Wooler is travelling too fast, obviously looking ahead to the unadopted road in front of them, but are then confronted with a right-angled bend on the main road. The mirror on the corner has made the road safer for traffic approaching Wooler.

Priority 2 - U1118 road from Westnewton to Hethpool – potholes have been filled and re-filled; drainage has been carried out in the wrong place so that water draining off the fields keeps opening up the potholes. Request the drainage be attended to and the road re-surfaced.

(The clerk will put in a request immediately for an NCC representative to meet Cllr. Aisthorpe on site so she can point out the areas of the road requiring pothole repairs and drainage.)

Priority 3 - Resurfacing U1023 from Village Hall to Kirknewton House. Please note that the gravel from the car park adjacent to this road washes on to the road and will inevitably find its way down the drains.

Japanese knotweed – it has already been reported to NCC that this is growing in the hedge and on the grass verge on the U1019 road at Yeavering. The clerk would chase this up.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning - the PC had been asked to publicise this, to be held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care on Friday, 25th September, from 10.30 – 12.30 in the Village Hall.

11. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 20th October 2015, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

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Harry Thompson

Harry Thompson's 2 Mile Boccia Challenge.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.
 
Harry Thompson is our local, and very successful International Boccia athlete, and uses the Kirknewton Village Hall on a weekly basis for training purposes. Harry will be fund raising by undertaking a 2 mile throwing challenge of Boccia balls, which is a big undertaking. Please come along and support Harry, and cheer him on. Good luck Harry.
 
 
 
 
Harry's fundraising pack has just arrived for his 2 Mile Boccia Challenge
As part of MD UK's "Move a mile for muscles" Harry will be throwing 2 miles of Boccia balls at Kirknewton Village Hall on the 10th October.
 
Thank you to everyone who has donated/sponsored already.
For anyone who might be interested in watching this event or donating/sponsoring please see the link below for more details.
 
There is also a sponsor sheet available at the village hall.
https://www.justgiving.com/harry-thompson8/?utm_id=57 — with Harry Thompson.
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Northumberland National Park Public Consultation.

Northumberland National Park Public Consultation.

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The Northumberland National Park are reviewing their National Park Management Plan, and have arranged a number of public consultation meetings to be held at various locations.  

There are to be 'Drop In', Public Information and Parish Council Events.

Please click on the 'Northumberland National Park Public Consultation' shown in purple, and then click on 'Gallery' where you will find posters showing dates, locations, and times of meetings.

This is your chance to help shape our National Park. You are very welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Kirknewton Parish Council. 15th September meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council. 15th September meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 15th September 2015,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Agenda

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 18th August to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Westnewton Bridge Works – meeting at County Hall on 18th September
  • Kirknewton Village Hall

 

5.  Financial Report

 

6.  Broadband & Mobile Phone Reception

 

7.  Planning – Thompsons Walls’ Applications 15NP0051 & 15NP0053 withdrawn

 

8.  Charges for disposal of DIY waste

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report

 

10. Any other business

 

11. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 20th October 2015 at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

 

 

 

 

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council. Tuesday 18th August 2015

Kirknewton Parish Council. Tuesday 18th August 2015

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 18th August 2015,

at the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,

John Lloyd, Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, PC Mark Lynn,

4 parishioners, Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

 

1.  Apologies for absence:  none.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Lynn reported that there had been no incidents of note in the Parish since the last meeting.   However, cars had been broken into in isolated car parks in Etal, Branxton and Alnwick area.   A white transit van with a short roof rack was suspected.

Poachers using lurcher/staffie dogs had been hunting deer in the Ford area.   Ford PC is trying to combat crime and anticipating using CCTV.

PC Lynn was asked about the Wooler interactive speed sign which is placed under a tree and not working.   He said this is to be moved to a more suitable place.

PC Lynn was then called away and left the meeting.

 

3.  The draft minutes of the meeting held on 21st July were approved and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Broadband – Cllr. Brown had attended a seminar held in Rothbury hosted by Conservative MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan.   It was reported that BT had finished the first stage of installing superfast broadband in the Rothbury area as far as Alwinton and up to Milfield. 

The clerk had reported the slow reception in the Kirknewton area and was informed that there had been no known issues in the area affecting broadband performance, but that the cable distance from the Milfield exchange to Kirknewton is over 7km, which would reduce the speed.   Also affecting the speed would be how many devices are being used and times of the day when the internet is being used.

Advice to any user experiencing slow speed is that they should talk to their own Service Provider and ask them to carry out diagnostic checks.

Mr. Tony Reed-Jones had responded to the report and said that an Openreach engineer had said that if the box in Westnewton was upgraded, that would make a difference.   It was therefore agreed that the clerk should write to Openreach and ask that this be done.   Cllr. Murray suggested that an email to John Cooper at County Hall would also be useful.   It was suggested that the NFU would probably be taking this up with Openreach, since farmers are having trouble submitting their forms on time.

As it is expensive putting in cables, NCC is looking towards satellite or wireless connections, but it was pointed out that satellite, although quick for downloading, is slow for two-way internet traffic.

  • Mobile phone reception – the clerk had also reported to the Conservative MP that there is no mobile signal in Kirknewton.   This is being followed up and a reply expected in due course.   It was suggested that a repeater mast could be installed, possibly by mobile phone company 3G.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The latest bank statement (dated 28th July 2015) showed a credit balance of £1,170.74.

A cheque in the sum of £174.29 was drawn for the insurance premium for the year from

1 June 2015 to 31 May 2016.

 

6.  Westnewton Bridge Works:

A message received from NCC stated that the Planning Application Ref:  15/01652/CCD for work to the river and bridge has been withdrawn.   A message from Peter Brewis states that the design will be modified since it is viewed as a potential barrier to the fish passage and may have compromised the ecological status under the Water Framework Directive.   Consequently, the work cannot be undertaken this year.

It was agreed that Peter had put in a great deal of work on the application  having had consultations with the agencies, and that he should be asked when the new application would be submitted.    The PC would expect a May 2016 start.

The PC wished to know how much alteration to the current plans would be necessary, and whether the agencies had offered any alternatives;   the consultations having already cost over £40,000, it was asked whether a further cost would be imposed?

Cllr. Murray felt that the delays were caused by lethargy on the part of the agencies, and not the fault of the County Council, but because this work is not classed as an emergency, it would have to follow the pattern.

Cllr. Murray had forwarded the ongoing correspondence to Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, and she had asked to be briefed on where the County Council and community stand in relation to the bridge works, and had proposed a meeting at County Hall in September.   The clerk would ask her to let the PC know when the meeting will be and whether members will be welcome to attend.

 

7.  Kirknewton Village Hall:

As agreed at the last meeting, Cllr. Lloyd had passed on the minutes of the Village Hall Trust meeting held on 1st June 2015.   The clerk had circulated these to the members of the PC with an instruction that they were not to be passed on to anyone else.

An error in the minutes, stating that parish councillors are elected at the annual meeting of the PC, was pointed out.   Parish Councillors are elected by poll every four years, with by-elections, or co-options made by the Parish Council, in the intervening years when necessary.

 Cllr. Lloyd had been told by the Trust that future minutes must not be passed on to the PC.   It was therefore agreed that Cllr. Lloyd would no longer have the status of Parish Council Representative on the Village Hall Trust.   His status as a Parish Councillor and as a Village Hall Trustee would be completely separate positions, and that there would be no interaction on his part between the two organisations.

In view of this, it was noted that the paragraph in the Village Hall Trust Constitution, stating that the Trust Committee would include a representative of the Parish Council, would need to be amended at its annual general meeting in November.   Cllr. Lloyd agreed to inform the Parish Council of the date of this meeting.

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray spoke of the new education system in Wooler when from September, the First School will be moved to the same site as the Middle School. 

The facility for 0-2 year-olds at the Sure Start Nursery will be discontinued until new arrangements can be made, and this will result in two or three of the fifteen employees facing redundancy.   Cllr. Murray stated that there is no legal obligation for the County to provide for 0-2 year-olds, but many mothers of very young children need to get back to work following maternity leave and he believes that these people should be looked after.

With Sure Start vacating the old fire station, this building will return to its original use and fire crews are currently being recruited and trained and a new fire engine installed.

 

9.  Any other business:

  • Planning Protocols Training Session – the Berwick meeting is to be held on Wednesday, 23rd September, at the William Elder Building, and will include a session on The Development Management Process which was originally scheduled for July but was postponed.   No interest in attending this was forthcoming from the PC.

 

10.  Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 15th September, 2.00pm at the Village Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed.......................................................

 

 

Date.........................................................

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Removal of the gauging weir on the River Glen.

Removal of the gauging weir on the River Glen.

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Posted by Pat Edwards

 

Recieved this email from Tracy hall (Tweed Forum) regarding removal of the gauging weir on the River Glen.

Hi Patrick;

Further to our conversation a few weeks ago in relation to the proposal to remove the redundant gauging weir on the River Glen at Kirknewton, the EA have now secured the consents and funding required to undertake the removal works as planned this summer.

 

The EA operations team will be co-ordinating the removal works, in partnership with the Esh Construction group, and the intention is to begin site preparation works during the course of next week (w/c 24th August) with a view to actual in channel works to remove the weir anticipated to begin the following week (w/c 31st August).

The structure is being removed as it is no longer required for the function for which it was originally installed – i.e. to record levels and flow rates – and is being removed in line with the aspirations of the Till River Restoration Strategy which in part seeks to remove any redundant structures from river channels to facilitate normal natural functions to become established and/or enhanced.

 

As part of the project development work, an independent assessments has been made of the impact that removing the weir will have on the river channel and the adjoining land, and the main landowners have been fully engaged in discussions to date.

 

The work will be carried out using an access route from the Lanton side, but throughout the work there will be machinery and personnel on site during normal working hours.

 

I hope that disruption and inconvenience to local residents will be minimal, but it would be really helpful if you could circulate this information via the community website on our behalf in order to ensure that information is provided to as many people as possible who may wish to know what is going on, and why.

 

I will continue to be the main point of contact for any questions, queries, comments or concerns any of the local community may have in relation to the project, and can pass any technical questions on to the relevent people within the operations team if required.

 

Many thanks for your offer of help with circulating this information, and I hope that these notes are sufficiently comprehensive to provide the information likely to be required.

I am intending to put together a general information sheet about the works to display in the village hall as well, and have provided similar information to the parish council.

 

With kindest regards

Tracy 

Update:

Hi Patrick – apologies, I’ve only just seen this second message.  The EA operations team anticipate the actual removal works to take approx. two weeks, with an anticipation of approx. 3 weeks on site in total by the time site preparations and tidying up are completed.

As you allude to below, this is of course dependent upon weather conditions as any rainfall that leads to an increase in flow in the river will delay works as there is a need for low flow conditions to be able to manage the diversion of water to allow for works to be carried out.

 

I hope that this helps, 

Regards

Tracy

 

 

Tracy Hall  BSc(Hons), MIAgrM
Till River Restoration Strategy Project Officer

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Tweed Forum, South Court, Drygrange Steading, Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 9DJ 
T: + 44 (0)1896 849 723

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Kirknewton Parish Council. Tuesday 18th August 2015

Kirknewton Parish Council. Tuesday 18th August 2015

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 18th August 2015,

at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

 

 

Agenda

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.   Police Report

 

3.   Minutes of the meeting held on 21st July 2015 to be agreed and signed

 

4.   Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Broadband
  • Mobile phone reception

 

5.   Financial Report

 

6.   Insurance

 

7.   Westnewton Bridge Works

 

8.   Kirknewton Village Hall

 

9.   County Councillor’s Report

 

10. Any other business

 

11. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 15th September 2015, at 2.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

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Dairy dates.

Dairy dates.

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Future dates for your diary.

Kirknewton Open Gardens. 23rd August 2015. 
(Same day as the Sheepdog Trials)

Heritage Day. 12th September 2015.

Further information for both events to follow.

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Basket Making Day.

Basket Making Day.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

Basketmaking day Sunday 11th October 2015, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Want to learn a traditional new skill? How about making a beautiful bread, or fruit basket, and then taking it home to show to family and friends. If you are interested, then come along to the Kirknewton Village Hall for a day's course aimed at introducing beginners to basketmaking. Anna Turnbull will be guiding, and showing you how to weave, and you will also be provided with all the necessary materials and tools to make your basket. Previously held courses have always been fully booked, so book early to avoid disappointment. 
Please contact Mary Barber:

Tel.No. 01289 388293
Email: mary.barber@virgin.net

Cost of days course including materials £20. 
( Members of Etal Basketmaking Group £15)

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From Here To Absurdity.

From Here To Absurdity.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

Kirknewton Village Hall are proud to present...............

"FROM HERE TO ABSURDITY"
Feel like a good laugh? Then this will be the act to raise a smile.

"From Here To Absurdity" have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and many other Festivals, and you will be treated to 90 minutes of comedy made up of many short sketches that will have you in stitches.

Tickets cost £10 and will sell fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please contact:
Peter Brewis: 01668 216300
Dorothy Sharpe: 01890 850285

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Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper

Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

QUIZ NIGHT and FISH and CHIP SUPPER.

Well, what a fantastic time in the Village Hall last evening. Another 'Full House" for some great fish and chips, all of which helped to feed our brains in readiness for the task of answering Louis, the Quiz Masters questions. Famous people, world history, sport, and royalty were just some of the topics for all to think on. Brian and Tony ran the bar, keeping the thirsty satisfied, and quenching the thirst. While it was competitive, it was all about fun and friendliness, so lots of cheering, groaning and clapping, and importantly raising funds for the village hall. 
5 rounds of questions, with the Team scoring the lowest points on each round were having to wear false moustaches, much to everyone's amusement. At the end of the Quiz, the wooden spoon was awarded to Team 'Aquadulca Claudia', sounds exotic but is in fact a variety of Broad Bean!! Brilliant name, and comprising of Karen, Steve, Linny and John.
The nights Champions with a score of 43 pts, and presented with the new 'Wise Owl' trophy were Team 
'The Grand Designers'. Congratulations to Peter, Jean, Gizzy and Ian. We will all be swotting up between now and the next Quiz Night, and will be after that trophy!!!
Thank you to everyone involved for organising this, and many other events, and work so hard for everyones enjoyment, and supporting Kirknewton's community spirit.

Apologies for quality of photos.

 
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Kirknewton Parish Council

Kirknewton Parish Council

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 21st July 2015, at the Village Hall

 

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd.

Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk) and four parishioners.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from:  Cllr. Steve Marriott, Kaye Aisthorpe, and PC Mark Lynn.

 

2.  Police Report:   

PC Lynn had advised by email that there were no crimes in the parish to report since the last meeting.

 

3. The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd June 2015 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes – see agenda items.

 

5.  Village Hall Trust:

Cllr. Lloyd did not have the minutes of the meeting to hand and would deliver these to the clerk to be passed on to the Councillors.

He stated that Jean Davidson is to resign as Treasurer, and the office would be taken over by Tony Reed-Jones.

 

6.  Westnewton Bridge Works:

The PC had been informed by Peter Brewis that planning permission will not be granted in time for works to the bridge to be implemented this year.   He stated that “during consideration of the application, several issues have been raised by Natural England and the Environment Agency, and further clarity is required”.   

Peter said he will be taking forward all of these points with the consenting Authorities and hopes to report shortly.   He envisages that the works would be delivered in 2016, but subject to successfully obtaining planning permission.

Cllr.Murray had replied to Peter saying that he would try to get a swift change of heart from the Agencies, and would be willing to take up the matter with  local MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan.   He had also asked Peter if he had the power to sanction work over the heads of the Agencies if the safety and livelihood of individuals is to be put at risk indefinitely.

The PC agreed that Peter had done his best to move this issue forward, and agreed that Cllr. Murray should be asked to contact the MP.   It was also suggested that the local Press should be informed of the long delay, etc.   

Cllr. Helen Blowers had been through the many documents on the website relating to this matter, and agreed that a package of these should be put together and forwarded to Cllr. Murray, and a question asked as to whether the application had been withdrawn, or re-submitted.   The clerk agreed to collate the documents.

These documents revealed that the objections from NE and EA were submitted after the cut-off date laid down by the Planning Department.

 

7.  Planning Applications:

  • Ref:  15/01272/FUL Glen Cottage, Post Office Lane – permission granted for entrance porch and garage.
  • Ref:  15NP0051 Thompson’s Walls – approval applied for of details reserved by conditions1,2,3,4,6,8 & 14 of planning permission 12NP0026.
  • Ref:  15NP0053 Thompson’s Walls – approval applied for of variation of conditions 7 and 10 of planning permission 12NP0026.
  • Ref:  15NP0037 Long Back Cottage – Certificate of lawfulness granted in respect of residential use of existing dwelling.
  • Footpaths 230/003 and 226/004 known as Common Loaning running from Milfield over the hill to join a bridleway just above Crook House – prior notice of application to upgrade to Restricted Byway.   There were no objections to this from the PC.

 

8.  Planning Training scheduled for 15th July 2015:

Cllr. Lloyd went to Berwick for this event, as did representatives from other parishes, only to find it had been cancelled without prior notice.   A letter was subsequently received from NCC with apologies and advising that travel expenses can be reclaimed.

 

9.  Financial Report:

Payments:  Reimbursement of VAT in respect of repairs and overhaul of water treatment installation.................................................................... £   236.47

Current bank balance ...................................................£1,170.74

 

10. Coldstream Energy Switch:

Flyers were distributed at the meeting and made available in the Village Hall foyer explaining this initiative organised by Coldstream Community Centre, whereby residents throughout the UK are invited to register to switch their gas/electricity, or just gas, or just electricity, suppliers.   Across the national switch, the average savings are £200 per household per annum, and have a 75% chance if doing so.   

Registrations will take place from 4th August 2015, and the auction with energy suppliers is on 13th October 2015.   Offers of (hopefully) cheaper prices are sent out to households from 23rd October, and the acceptance window closes on15th November 2015.

 

11. Local Transport Plan Programme 2016/17:

The requests listed on the programme so far are:

  • Priority 1  -  amendments to “No Through Road” sign U1019 at Yeavering.

The PC requested that the sign should indicate that there is a deep ford at the end of this road and that turning large vehicles is not possible due to the narrow lane.

The reply from NCC was that the sign cannot be amended as it must remain in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations.

  • Priority 2  -  resurfacing U1023 from Village Hall to Kirknewton House.

This section of the road is being considered through the annual review of road maintenance priorities.

It was noted that the fine gravel on the car park surface washes into the drain after heavy rain, and the clerk would report this to Highways Dept.

 

12. County Councillor’s Report:  none, due to absence of Cllr. Murray.

 

 

 

 

13. Any other business:

  • Internet connection – this was reported to be very slow, or impossible, during office hours, throughout Kirknewton.   Since local MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, is working to obtain faster broadband, it was agreed that the clerk would write and ask her to help.
  • Mobile phone reception – this is non-existent in the village.   A mast was offered some years ago by Orange, but this was opposed by one resident, who has since left the area.   If one of the phone companies would be prepared to install a mast, it was suggested that an ideal location would be on the church tower.   Enquiries to be made.

 

14. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 18th August 2015, at 2.00pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed...........................................

 

 

Date..............................................

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Kirknewton Parish Council. July meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council. July meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council


Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 21st July 2015,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Agenda

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 23rd June 2015 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes

 

5.  Village Hall – report - Cllr. John Lloyd

 

6.  Westnewton Bridge works

 

7.  Planning Applications:

  • Ref:  15/01272/FUL  Glen Cottage, Post Office Lane –  permission granted for entrance porch & garage
  • Ref:  15NP0051  Thompson’s Walls – approval of details reserved by conditions
  • Ref:  15NP0053  Thompson’s Walls – variation of conditions
  • Ref:  15NP0037  Long Back Cottage – certificate of lawfulness granted
  • Footpath 230/003 and 226/004 upgrade to Restricted Byway

 

8.  Planning training – report – Cllr. John Lloyd

 

9.  Financial Report

 

10.Coldstream Energy Switch

 

11. Local Transport Plan Programme 2016/17

 

12. County Councillor’s Report

 

13. Any other business

 

14. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 18th August 2015, at 2.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper

Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper

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Back by popular demand....it’s the news you have been waiting for, …….Yes…..it’s “Quiz Night!”
Stay hungry, because we will be enjoying the fantastic “Fish and Chip Supper!” satisfying not only our tummies, by also our wish for knowledge, and correct answers.
Come and join the fun, and enjoy a great evening. If you want to reserve a table or, there is only a pair of you, or even if you want to come by yourself, we'll find you a team.
Don't delay, as tickets will sell quickly.
Contact Peter Brewis on 01668 216300

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Kirknewton Parish Council. June meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council. June meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council


Posted by Pat Edwards.

DRAFT



 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 23rd June 2015, 

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown, Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John

Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

 

In attendance:  Peter Brewis and Andrew Birch (NCC))

  Clive Coyne and Claire Bromley (NNPA)

  Parishioners:  Pat & Jenny Edwards, Tony Reed-Jones, Jean & Moira Taylor

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Lynn had sent a message informing the PC that there were no crimes to report in the parish.

 

3.  Westnewton Bridge Works:

Peter Brewis distributed photographs showing the build-up of gravel blocking the bridge arch and the damage to the bridge foundations.   Concrete-filled sandbags had been placed under the arch as a temporary measure, and latterly concrete blocks placed at the abutment where the two arches meet.   A further photograph shows the original course of the river, and another shows the route of the river after the flood.

Concern was expressed by the PC as to the load-bearing capacity of the bridge, particularly as it is currently being used by logging trucks.   Peter assured them that it was capable of carrying 40 tons and more.

The NCC works are intended to straighten the river and keep it straight, although the Environment Agency  believes the river should be allowed to take  its natural course.   The three landowners involved are in agreement with NCC to keep the river straight, as the meanders take out sections of their valuable land.   A document from the EA states that it has no duty or responsibility to undertake river maintenance or maintain flood defences on the College Burn;  this responsibility lies with the riparian landowners.   However, the document further states that “anyone wishing to undertake any work or maintenance in, over, near or adjacent to, the watercourse may need prior written consent from the EA and Natural England”.

Diagrams were provided to the meeting showing details of the intended works, which include raising the embankment in certain places and the placement of groynes directing the flow of the water to the centre of the river.

The plans, which have taken three years to put together, have been submitted to NCC and NNPA.   The Parish Council raised no objections and, provided planning permission is granted, expects the work to be completed by October 2015.

Peter stated that it will not be necessary to close the road since all the work will take place underneath the bridge.

   

4.  NNPA Management Plan Review:

Clive Coyne told the meeting that the Management Plan (available to view on the NNPA website) is reviewed every five years or so.   The Plan sets out the aims and objectives of the NNPA, and in order to seek views from the public, a six-week consultation period will take place from 11th September to 23rd October 2015, the Plan to be completed by March 2016.   Also included in the consultation will be stakeholders, the Environment Agency, Natural England,  the Ministry of  Defence, and the Local Plan.

Meetings for parishes in the north and south of the Park will be held later in the year – the northern one to be held at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler in September, and led by Cllr. Sue Bolam.   Details to follow.   The Chairman said the PC would discuss prior to the meeting what pertinent questions would be asked.

Concern was expressed by the PC over the possibility of permission for wind turbines, dumping of nuclear waste in the Cheviots and fracking.   Since the wind turbine subsidies are to cease next year, this should not be a problem, and Clive considered that the other two issues are most unlikely.

 

5.  Planning Application Ref:  15NP0037 – Long Back Cottage, Kirknewton

A planning application had been received for a Lawful Development Certificate in respect of residential use of this existing dwelling.   The PC had submitted no objections to NCC and NNPA with the following comments:

 

The property lacks the main basics – no electricity, no mains/piped water, no drainage, and poor access.   No insulation/damp proofing, etc.

The cottage would need a considerable amount of funding to bring it up to present day regulations.

The track which passes the front of this building is listed as a permissive path on the OS map, and is part of the Hillforts Trail.   Bearing in mind the attempts a few years ago by some residents to prevent walkers using the road which passes Nos. 1-4 East Kirknewton Cottages, we need to ensure that usage of this particular permissive path (going past Long Back Cottage) remains open to walkers.

If there were to be a temporary closure of the track while building/renovation works were going on, it might be all too easy then to keep it closed permanently.

 

6.  Minutes of the meeting held on 19th May 2015 were agreed and signed.

 

7.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes – two of the three issues reported to Highways had not yet been dealt with and the clerk would send a reminder, pointing out that the trench which had been dug on the Hethpool road was causing flooding.
  • Grass cutting in the churchyard – Cllr. Helen Blowers reported that the PCC intends to leaflet the Ecclesiastical Parish with a view to possibly forming a Friends of Kirknewton Church group.   She had told them that Kirknewton PC will not make a financial contribution, but will help with any fund-raising event they might put on.   The clerk stated that she had heard that Milfield PC will not make any financial contribution, but may also help with an event.

 

8.  Training Session – Planning:

A training session on planning is to be held on Wednesday, 15th July, at the William Elder Building in Castle, Berwick, between 6.00pm and 8.00pm.   Cllr. Lloyd agreed to attend this.

 

9.  Financial Report:

A total of £470.21 had been received in VAT repayments, and the current bank balance stands at £1,170.84.

 

10. County Councillor’s Report:  none due to absence of Cllr. Murray

 

11. Any other business:

  • Kirknewton Village Hall - a letter had been received from the Chairman of the Village Hall Trust explaining that the minutes of its meetings are not open documents and do not have to be made available for public inspection, but that the current representative on the Parish Council, Cllr. John Lloyd, would keep the PC up to date with any relevant information.   This was accepted by the PC, but Chairman Cllr. Brown pointed out that no organisation can expect support, including financial, if outcomes are not given.   Any competitive quotes, etc., could be stated as “commercial in confidence” and then everyone knows the position.   The main reason for the PC being kept informed is that, should difficulties arise, then the PC has to take over until a new Hall Committee is formed.

It was noted that the AGM is held in November each year and that members of the public are welcome to attend.   Cllr. Lloyd was asked to let the PC know the date.

  • Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2015 – a letter had been received from NCC informing parish councils that a review of polling districts and places is due to be completed by November 2015.

This is to ensure that all electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances, and that the polling places are accessible to those who are disabled.   Factors that need to be considered include boundaries, size of polling districts, population changes and the emergence of new housing developments.

Copies of the consultation notice will be posted on the village noticeboard, and initial representations should be received by 28th July 2015.

  • Friends of Rural Northumberland – CAN (Community Action Northumberland) is recruiting volunteers for a new network which will report issues facing rural communities.   Communication will be by email and newsletters.   The PC agreed that it would join as a member – no fee required.

 

12. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 21st July 2015, at the Village Hall at 2.00pm.

 

 

 

 

Signed..............................................

 

 

Date.................................................

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NEPAL D.E.C. EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

NEPAL D.E.C. EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

NEPAL. An illustrated talk by local expert and Geologist Dr. Ian Kille.

 

Kirknewton Village Hall was the perfect venue for Friday evenings talk,and Nepali supper, organised to raise funds for the D.E.C. Earthquake Appeal.
Peter Brewis introduced Dr. Ian Kille, now a resident of Kirknewton, and who gave an enthralling, informative and entertaining talk to a capacity filled Hall.
Ian has travelled widely, but his visit to Nepal before the recent devastating earthquake, made a lasting and huge impression on him, and he fell in love with the country, and the Nepalese people and culture. 
Everyone listened intently to his explanation as to why this area is prone to earthquakes, and why the Nepalese people are amazingly resilient, incredibly brave, and hard working in overcoming major problems, and disasters such as this massive earthquake.
Ian's talk concentrated on the stunning landscape, the warm, welcoming and friendly people and a country full of diverse cultures and religions.
Ian's talk was illustrated with his beautiful, and awesome photographs which were projected on to the village hall wall, many which left you breathless.
At the end of the talk, Ian was given a spontaneous round of applause from a very appreciative audience. Peter warmly thanked Ian for both his input to this event, and for a wonderful talk. I think many of us felt we had been on the journey with him. 

Before Ian's talk, everyone enjoyed a traditional, and typical Nepali meal of Dal Baht, which is a rice and lentil curry which may be eaten at all times of the day in Nepal. Jean Davidson prepared and cooked this delicious food which was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you Jean, and I think the recipe for Dal Baht will be on this site very soon. So come back, read the recipe, and have a go at cooking this yourself. You won't be disappointed!
Thanks, and appreciation also go to Brian and Dorothy Sharpe. Brian for running the bar, and Dorothy for being one of the event organisers, and also ensuring the projector and photographs kept up with Ian's enthusiastic talk. A fantastic evening.

This evenings event was organised by Jean Davidson, Dorothy Sharpe and Dr. Ian Kille. Thank to you all.
Thank you to Dr. Ian Kille for giving permission to use, display and upload his photographs onto the Kirknewton FB page and website.

 
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Kirknewton Parish Council.

Kirknewton Parish Council.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 23rd June 2015,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Agenda

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Northumberland National Park Authority Management Plan Review  -  Clive Coyne

 

4.  Planning Application Ref:  15NP0037 – Long Back Cottage, Kirknewton

 

5.  Westnewton Bridge works  -  Peter Brewis

 

6.  Minutes of the meeting held on 19th May 2015 to be agreed and signed

 

7.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes
  • Grass cutting in the Churchyard

 

8.  Training Session – Planning – Wednesday, 15th July, William Elder Building, Berwick

 

9.  Financial Report

 

10. County Councillor’s Report

 

11. Any other business

 

12. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 21st July 2015, at 2.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

An Illustrated talk, and supper.

Please come along to the Kirknewton Village Hall, 7.30pm Friday, June 19th to hear Dr. Ian Kille talking, and sharing his experiences of his visits and travels in Nepal. Enjoy a traditional Nepali meal of Dal Bhat. There will be a raffle, and a bar to quench the thirst.
All proceeds to the DEC Earthquake Appeal.

Tickets are £10 each.

Tel: 01668 216 300 or
01890 850 285

E-mail: kirknewtonvillagehall@gmail.com

Event Organisers: Dorothy Sharpe, Jean Davidson, Dr. Ian Kille.

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CHEVIOT ARTISTS

CHEVIOT ARTISTS

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CHEVIOT ARTISTS.

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The meeting of our art group which meets every Tuesday in the Kirknewton Hall, changed location today. Lucille, (art member) invited us to meet at her home in Westruther in the Scottish Borders. What a wonderful location for us to paint and relax, and enjoy ourselves. Not only were we able to enjoy Lucille's beautiful garden and home, but also her home cooking. Lucille very kindly provided us with a fabulous lunch which was enjoyed by all. While it may have be stormy and very windy in many parts of the country, we enjoyed a very sheltered, and sunny garden, so we could paint without having to chase after our art paper!! It really has been a lovely, and thoroughly enjoyable day for us. Thank you so much Lucille for inviting us.

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Kirknewton Parish Council, and AMG  minutes of the meetings held on May19th.

Kirknewton Parish Council, and AMG minutes of the meetings held on May19th.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015,

at the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

Parishioners:  Pat and Jenny Edwards.

 

1.  Apologies for absence:  PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

 

2.  Police Report:  nothing to report.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 21st April 2015 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes – the potholes on the Hethpool road had been filled.   Some drainage work had been carried out, but not in the specified place, and this had caused the passing place to be removed, and ruts in the road.   The pothole at Yeavering had been filled, but the edges of the road outside the Old Vicarage still needed to be done.                                                                   

Cllr. Marriott reported that the road-sweeper had torn out tarmac from the edges of the unadopted East Kirknewton road.

These matters would be reported to Highways.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The bank balance remained at £937.00.

 

6.  Timber extraction in the College Valley:

A copy of the Timber Transport Management Plan had been received stating that timber extraction had been due to start on 20th April 2015, and listing restrictions/conditions for the haulage contractors.   The gross weight restriction on Westnewton Bridge is 44 tons, and it was noted that during the work to strengthen the foundations, due to be done this summer, the road will remain open to all traffic.

Councillors reported that the timber wagons had been speeding on the Yeavering to Kirknewton road and driving on the grass verge to avoid oncoming vehicles.

 

7.  Westnewton Bridge Repairs:

A message from Peter Brewis stated that he is to submit a planning application today, 19th May, for the bridge and river works, and that he would be pleased to come to the 23rd June PC meeting to discuss this.   He anticipates a works programme from the end of July to November with the river works completed in September.   The hold-up has apparently been due to satisfying Environment Agency requirements.   It is understood that the bridge is not in any imminent danger of collapse.

 

8.  Grass cutting in the Churchyard:

After making enquiries, it was discovered that most parish councils do not contribute towards grass cutting in open churchyards, but raise money via fund-raising events or circulating households with requests for donations.   

It was pointed out that it is the PCC’s responsibility to find the money to pay grass-cutters.   The Parish Council agreed that it would not make a contribution from the precept, but would be pleased to help with a fund-raising event if the PCC would do the organisation.

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray was asked to update on the following items:

  • Rural bus services – it appears that the proposed cuts will not affect the Kirknewton/Wooler service.
  • Education – Wooler First and Middle Schools coming together on one site is on track, and should be completed by September.   This would mean that children have just one move at the age of 13.   Surestart, which operates from the same site as the First School, will also have to move.
  • Review of the Planning service – parish and town councils have been assured that they will be consulted on all planning applications.   The Review has not been well carried out, but decisions are due to be ratified at a County Council meeting on 20th May.
  • Neighbourhood Plan – Wooler and Tillside have confirmed that they are to carry out neighbourhood plans.

 

10. Northumberland National Park Review of its Management Plan:

A letter had been received from NNPA stating that it is to undertake a public consultation on its Management Plan and would like to arrange a meeting to discuss the issues and gather the views of the PC.   This will take place over a six-week period from 11th September to 23rd October 2015.

It is being suggested that there could be two meetings – one for the northern parishes and one for the south, with each parish sending a representative to one or other of the meetings.   The meetings would be led by a member of the NNPA, ie. Cllr. Sue Bolam the north and Cllr. Kirsten Francis in the south.

A request was made for suitable dates and venues.   The PC considered that Wooler would be the most suitable venue for the north, and would discuss at a later meeting the number of meetings per year and possible dates.

 

11. Planning Application Ref: 15/01373/FUL:

This application, for the erection of a new entrance porch, removal of existing garage/store to be replaced with new structure on the same site, and the removal of trees at Glen Cottage, Post Office Lane, Kirknewton, had been displayed in the Village Hall foyer.   The Parish Council agreed that it had no objections and that it would improve the property.

 

 

12. Kirknewton Website:


Pat Edwards gave a website update and and explained that the layout design of the website is well in hand, and reported that visitors to the site will be able to view Articles in a more clear fashion which will avoid any articles dropping down the list and becoming lost.   There will be a list of Users so that people can find articles which are of interest, and can be quickly accessed.   There will also be a page for uploading videos, so that anyone who wishes to watch films of interest can find all the videos content in one place.

Visitors to both the website and the Kirknewton FaceBook page are growing, with over 200 followers, with new posts and photographs being uploaded regularly.

 

Parish Council minutes can be found under “Articles”

 

13. Any other business:  none.

 

14. Date of next meeting  Tuesday, 23rd June 2015, at 2.00pm.   (Note:  this is a week later than the usual date.)

 

 

 

 

Signed...........................................

 

 

Date..............................................

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015,

at the Village Hall

 

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy 

Blowers, John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

 

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

 

2.  The Chairman opened the meeting and reported on the year ended 31st March 2015, a copy of which was circulated to the meeting and is attached hereto.

 

3.  The draft minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 20th May 2014, which had been circulated, were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:  none.

 

5.  Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2015:

The unaudited  accounts were presented to the meeting and the Chairman went through the income and expenditure transactions, explaining that the invoice for Kirknewton Water Society for pump maintenance and electricity had been paid by the Parish Council, as agreed, in order that the VAT may be reclaimed.   This had been repaid to the Parish Council by the Water Society, which would be reimbursed with the VAT reclaimed.   There were no questions and it was agreed that the accounts be accepted.

The Annual Return, which contains the figures taken from the accounts, was also agreed, and would be submitted to the appointed Internal Auditor, Helen Tarran.   The accounts will be available for inspection by the parishioners on request from 1st to 26th June 2015.

 

6.  Risk Assessment:

A document had been drawn up and agreed on 16th September 2014, and was agreed for the current year.

 

7.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray reported that most of the issues from the previous year are still in progress.

 

 

8.  Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman:

Chairman:

Cllr. Edward Brown – proposed by Cllr. Helen Blowers, seconded by Cllr. Steve Marriott

Deputy Chairman:  Cllr. Steve Marriott – proposed by Cllr. Andy Blowers,

 seconded by Cllr. John Lloyd.

 

9.  Programme of meetings for the year to 31st March 2016:

Tuesdays at 2.00pm:

  • 23rd June 2015
  • 21st July 2015
  • 18th August 2015                                  
  • 15th September 2015
  • 20th October, 2015
  • 17th November 2015,       
  • 19th January 2016
  • 16th February 2016
  • 15th March 2016
  • 19th April 2016

 

10. Any other business:  none.

 

 

 

 

Signed....................................................

 

 

Date......................................................

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Kirknewton Parish Council and AMG minutes of the meetings held on May19th meeting and AMG.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015,

at the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

Parishioners:  Pat and Jenny Edwards.

 

1.  Apologies for absence:  PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

 

2.  Police Report:  nothing to report.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 21st April 2015 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes – the potholes on the Hethpool road had been filled.   Some drainage work had been carried out, but not in the specified place, and this had caused the passing place to be removed, and ruts in the road.   The pothole at Yeavering had been filled, but the edges of the road outside the Old Vicarage still needed to be done.                                                                   

Cllr. Marriott reported that the road-sweeper had torn out tarmac from the edges of the unadopted East Kirknewton road.

These matters would be reported to Highways.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The bank balance remained at £937.00.

 

6.  Timber extraction in the College Valley:

A copy of the Timber Transport Management Plan had been received stating that timber extraction had been due to start on 20th April 2015, and listing restrictions/conditions for the haulage contractors.   The gross weight restriction on Westnewton Bridge is 44 tons, and it was noted that during the work to strengthen the foundations, due to be done this summer, the road will remain open to all traffic.

Councillors reported that the timber wagons had been speeding on the Yeavering to Kirknewton road and driving on the grass verge to avoid oncoming vehicles.

 

7.  Westnewton Bridge Repairs:

A message from Peter Brewis stated that he is to submit a planning application today, 19th May, for the bridge and river works, and that he would be pleased to come to the 23rd June PC meeting to discuss this.   He anticipates a works programme from the end of July to November with the river works completed in September.   The hold-up has apparently been due to satisfying Environment Agency requirements.   It is understood that the bridge is not in any imminent danger of collapse.

 

8.  Grass cutting in the Churchyard:

After making enquiries, it was discovered that most parish councils do not contribute towards grass cutting in open churchyards, but raise money via fund-raising events or circulating households with requests for donations.   

It was pointed out that it is the PCC’s responsibility to find the money to pay grass-cutters.   The Parish Council agreed that it would not make a contribution from the precept, but would be pleased to help with a fund-raising event if the PCC would do the organisation.

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray was asked to update on the following items:

  • Rural bus services – it appears that the proposed cuts will not affect the Kirknewton/Wooler service.
  • Education – Wooler First and Middle Schools coming together on one site is on track, and should be completed by September.   This would mean that children have just one move at the age of 13.   Surestart, which operates from the same site as the First School, will also have to move.
  • Review of the Planning service – parish and town councils have been assured that they will be consulted on all planning applications.   The Review has not been well carried out, but decisions are due to be ratified at a County Council meeting on 20th May.
  • Neighbourhood Plan – Wooler and Tillside have confirmed that they are to carry out neighbourhood plans.

 

10. Northumberland National Park Review of its Management Plan:

A letter had been received from NNPA stating that it is to undertake a public consultation on its Management Plan and would like to arrange a meeting to discuss the issues and gather the views of the PC.   This will take place over a six-week period from 11th September to 23rd October 2015.

It is being suggested that there could be two meetings – one for the northern parishes and one for the south, with each parish sending a representative to one or other of the meetings.   The meetings would be led by a member of the NNPA, ie. Cllr. Sue Bolam the north and Cllr. Kirsten Francis in the south.

A request was made for suitable dates and venues.   The PC considered that Wooler would be the most suitable venue for the north, and would discuss at a later meeting the number of meetings per year and possible dates.

 

11. Planning Application Ref: 15/01373/FUL:

This application, for the erection of a new entrance porch, removal of existing garage/store to be replaced with new structure on the same site, and the removal of trees at Glen Cottage, Post Office Lane, Kirknewton, had been displayed in the Village Hall foyer.   The Parish Council agreed that it had no objections and that it would improve the property.

 

 

12. Kirknewton Website:


Pat Edwards gave a website update and and explained that the layout design of the website is well in hand, and reported that visitors to the site will be able to view Articles in a more clear fashion which will avoid any articles dropping down the list and becoming lost.   There will be a list of Users so that people can find articles which are of interest, and can be quickly accessed.   There will also be a page for uploading videos, so that anyone who wishes to watch films of interest can find all the videos content in one place.

Visitors to both the website and the Kirknewton FaceBook page are growing, with over 200 followers, with new posts and photographs being uploaded regularly.

 

Parish Council minutes can be found under “Articles”

 

13. Any other business:  none.

 

14. Date of next meeting  Tuesday, 23rd June 2015, at 2.00pm.   (Note:  this is a week later than the usual date.)

 

 

 

 

Signed...........................................

 

 

Date..............................................

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Kirknewton Annual Parish Council Meeting followed by May Parish Council Meeting.

Kirknewton Annual Parish Council Meeting followed by May Parish Council Meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council


Posted by Pat Edwards

 

Notice of The Annual Parish Council Meeting

to be held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall

 

 

Agenda

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Chairman’s opening remarks and report for year ended 31st March 2015

 

3.  Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 20th May 2014 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes

 

5.  Presentation of unaudited accounts for the year to 31st March 2015, approval of Annual Return, and appointment of Internal Auditor

 

6.  County Councillor’s Report for the year to 31st March 2015

 

7.  Election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman

 

8.  Programme of meetings for the year to 31st March 2016:

  • Tuesday, 16th June 2015
  • Tuesday, 21st July 2015
  • Tuesday, 18th August 2015
  • Tuesday, 15th September 2015
  • Tuesday, 20th October 2015
  • Tuesday, 17th November 2015
  • Tuesday, 19th January 2016
  • Tuesday, 16th February 2016
  • Tuesday, 15th March 2016
  • Tuesday, 19th April 2016

 

9.  Any other business

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015,

at approximately 2.30pm following the Annual Parish Meeting

 

 

Agenda

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 21st April 2015 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes

 

5.  Financial Report

 

6.  Timber extraction in the College Valley

 

7.  Westnewton Bridge repairs

 

8.  Grass cutting in the Churchyard

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report:

  • Rural bus services
  • Education
  • Review of the Planning Service

 

10. Northumberland National Park consultation meeting

 

11. Planning Application Ref:  15/01373/FUL – New entrance porch and garage 

at Glen Cottage, Post Office Lane

 

12. Kirknewton website

 

13. Correspondence:

  • Consultation – Street Trading Policy

 

14. Any other business

 

 

15. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 16th June 2015

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Walking on the West Hill

Walking on the West Hill

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The opportunity arose to do some filming on West Hill in Kirknewton and as the project developed a pattern emerged. It was realised that within a very small and manageable area we could achieve a 'walk back in time' from the present day to that of the Iron Age forts. With beautiful photography and stunning aerial shots the result is impressive and attractive. Ably led by Chris Jones from the Northumberland National Park the commentary is informative and accessible as a taster for those who would like to learn more and go out to explore similar sites themselves. It is also hoped that the video will give a lot of pleasure to those who are not able to do the walk themselves or simply want ot learn more about this interesting area.

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting

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Posted by Pat Edwards

 

Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 21st April 2015,

in the Village Hall

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

Parishioners:  Pat and Jenny Edwards, Jean and Moira Taylor.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from County Cllr. Anthony Murray.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Mark Lynn attended briefly and had no crimes to report.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 17th March 2015 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising:

  • Electricity cables – it was reported that some of the trees near the cables were to be pruned in six week’s time.
  • Village Hall meeting minutes – there appeared to be a problem with putting the minutes on to the website.   As Cllr. Lloyd is the Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Trust, he agreed to send the minutes of each meeting to Pat Edwards to put on the website, and also to the Clerk.
  • Rural Bus Services – nothing further had been heard following the County Council meeting.   The Clerk would ask Cllr. Murray to send a report.
  • Gullies in Post Office Lane – Pat Edwards reported that these had been cleared and cleaned by a friendly and efficient engineer from NCC (Peter Gray) who reported back when the job had been done.   Pat had written to thank him, and suggested that the Parish Council do the same.   Cllr. Lloyd reported that the pipe at the end of Post Office Lane needs to be cleared of vegetation and debris, and the Clerk would ask Highways to attend to this.
  • Education – the Clerk would ask Cllr. Murray to report on the proposed reorganisation of the schools in Wooler.

 

5. Financial Report:

The first half of the precept (£350) had been paid into the bank account leaving a credit balance of £937.00.

The unaudited end of year accounts would be presented at the next PC meeting in May.

 

6.  Grass cutting in the Churchyard:

A further letter had been received from the PCC stating that “no one pays for a space in the ground, and that costs incurred for burial in a churchyard are pre-determined by the Home Office to cover wages and fees for the professional assistance of those involved in the service”.

Cllr. Helen Blowers stated that it is the PCC which has to pay all its bills, and not the Diocese.

 

The Clerk had ascertained that the Ecclesiastical Parish includes:  Akeld, Paston (Pawston), West Paston (West Pawston), Coupland, Crookhouse, Grey’s Forest, Heathpool (Hethpool), Howtel, Kilham, Lanton and Milfield.   Milfield and Kirknewton are the only two parishes with parish councils.

Cllr. Blowers informed the meeting that the PCC had had no reply from Milfield PC, and the Clerk agreed to contact the Parish Clerk and enquire whether they proposed to make a contribution to the maintenance of the churchyard.

If Kirknewton PC did consider making a donation, it was agreed that a public meeting should be called and take up the PCC’s offer to be represented.

The Clerk had enquired of other local parishes what they do about contributions to the grass-cutting, and found that in general they contribute £100 per year per churchyard.

 

7.  Review of the Planning Service:

It is understood that no decision had been made at the full Council meeting on 1st April, but the Clerk would contact Cllr. Murray and ask him if has any further information.

 

8.  County Council Property Review:

A letter had been received from NCC outlining plans for the regeneration or redesigning of towns to provide a more efficient use of buildings and assets and reduce the current running costs of public buildings.   Plans for the larger towns, including Berwick, were documented in an attached press release.

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report:  none due to Cllr. Murray’s absence at another meeting.

 

10. Any other business:

  • Timber extraction in the College Valley – the PC had been advised of timber extraction operations in the College Valley.   A plan was included of various footpaths to be used, which might have to be temporarily closed.

Comments are invited before 27th April with regard to restrictions and conditions.

The main concerns of the PC are the running of timber wagons over Westnewton Bridge, which is due to be strengthened this summer, the impact on the road surfaces, the dangerous double bend on the south side of the village, and the increased summer tourist traffic, cyclists and walkers  to and through the College Valley.

The Clerk would communicate these concerns to the Timber Transport Liaison Officer, as well as enquiring of Highways Dept. when the bridge works are due to start and finish.

  • Potholes – the Chairman had produced a map of the area showing the location of potholes, and the Clerk would send this to Highways asking for them to be filled.

Cllr. Aisthorpe reported that the potholes on the Hethpool road had opened up again, and these would also be reported.

 

11. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday. 19th May 2015. 

 

           Annual Parish Meeting at 2.00pm, followed by the May monthly meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Signed....................................

 

 

 

Date......................................

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Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting

Kirknewton Parish Council Meeting

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 21st April 2015,

in the Village Hall

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).

Parishioners:  Pat and Jenny Edwards, Jean and Moira Taylor.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from County Cllr. Anthony Murray.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Mark Lynn attended briefly and had no crimes to report.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 17th March 2015 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising:

  • Electricity cables – it was reported that some of the trees near the cables were to be pruned in six week’s time.
  • Village Hall meeting minutes – there appeared to be a problem with putting the minutes on to the website.   As Cllr. Lloyd is the Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Trust, he agreed to send the minutes of each meeting to Pat Edwards to put on the website, and also to the Clerk.
  • Rural Bus Services – nothing further had been heard following the County Council meeting.   The Clerk would ask Cllr. Murray to send a report.
  • Gullies in Post Office Lane – Pat Edwards reported that these had been cleared and cleaned by a friendly and efficient engineer from NCC (Peter Gray) who reported back when the job had been done.   Pat had written to thank him, and suggested that the Parish Council do the same.   Cllr. Lloyd reported that the pipe at the end of Post Office Lane needs to be cleared of vegetation and debris, and the Clerk would ask Highways to attend to this.
  • Education – the Clerk would ask Cllr. Murray to report on the proposed reorganisation of the schools in Wooler.

 

5. Financial Report:

The first half of the precept (£350) had been paid into the bank account leaving a credit balance of £937.00.

The unaudited end of year accounts would be presented at the next PC meeting in May.

 

6.  Grass cutting in the Churchyard:

A further letter had been received from the PCC stating that “no one pays for a space in the ground, and that costs incurred for burial in a churchyard are pre-determined by the Home Office to cover wages and fees for the professional assistance of those involved in the service”.

Cllr. Helen Blowers stated that it is the PCC which has to pay all its bills, and not the Diocese.

 

The Clerk had ascertained that the Ecclesiastical Parish includes:  Akeld, Paston (Pawston), West Paston (West Pawston), Coupland, Crookhouse, Grey’s Forest, Heathpool (Hethpool), Howtel, Kilham, Lanton and Milfield.   Milfield and Kirknewton are the only two parishes with parish councils.

Cllr. Blowers informed the meeting that the PCC had had no reply from Milfield PC, and the Clerk agreed to contact the Parish Clerk and enquire whether they proposed to make a contribution to the maintenance of the churchyard.

If Kirknewton PC did consider making a donation, it was agreed that a public meeting should be called and take up the PCC’s offer to be represented.

The Clerk had enquired of other local parishes what they do about contributions to the grass-cutting, and found that in general they contribute £100 per year per churchyard.

 

7.  Review of the Planning Service:

It is understood that no decision had been made at the full Council meeting on 1st April, but the Clerk would contact Cllr. Murray and ask him if has any further information.

 

8.  County Council Property Review:

A letter had been received from NCC outlining plans for the regeneration or redesigning of towns to provide a more efficient use of buildings and assets and reduce the current running costs of public buildings.   Plans for the larger towns, including Berwick, were documented in an attached press release.

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report:  none due to Cllr. Murray’s absence at another meeting.

 

10. Any other business:

  • Timber extraction in the College Valley – the PC had been advised of timber extraction operations in the College Valley.   A plan was included of various footpaths to be used, which might have to be temporarily closed.

Comments are invited before 27th April with regard to restrictions and conditions.

The main concerns of the PC are the running of timber wagons over Westnewton Bridge, which is due to be strengthened this summer, the impact on the road surfaces, the dangerous double bend on the south side of the village, and the increased summer tourist traffic, cyclists and walkers  to and through the College Valley.

The Clerk would communicate these concerns to the Timber Transport Liaison Officer, as well as enquiring of Highways Dept. when the bridge works are due to start and finish.

  • Potholes – the Chairman had produced a map of the area showing the location of potholes, and the Clerk would send this to Highways asking for them to be filled.

Cllr. Aisthorpe reported that the potholes on the Hethpool road had opened up again, and these would also be reported.

 

11. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday. 19th May 2015. 

 

           Annual Parish Meeting at 2.00pm, followed by the May monthly meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Signed....................................

 

 

 

Date......................................

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Cheviot Artists.

Cheviot Artists.

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CHEVIOT ARTISTS.

 

Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

We had another successful Easter Exhibition this year. The weather was better than we could have hoped for, perhaps a little too good for anything happening indoors as people want to spend more time out and about in the sunshine.

However visitors were treated to a larger display this year as we had more crafters exhibiting their local crafts, and as you can see from the photographs taken, both paintings and crafts were of a very high standard.

The refreshments always go down well as you cannot beat homemade cakes and scones, and we had a wonderful selection of these provided by club members.
As usual the donations towards The Great North Air Ambulance was over a £100 and that has already gone to that marvellous charity whom do such a good job in areas like North Northumberland. We also had a raffle, two watercolour paintings one won by a gentleman in Berwick and the other to a lady in Crookham.
I hope perhaps you were one of the visitors this year and that you enjoyed it and we look forward to next year’s Exhibition and perhaps seeing you again.

Angie G.
Chair.

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Kirknewton Parish Council April Meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council April Meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 21st April 2015,

in the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

Agenda

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 17th March 2015 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Village Hall meetings
  • Rural bus services
  • Gullies in Post Office Lane
  • Education

 

5.  Financial Report

 

6.  Grass cutting in the churchyard

 

7.  Review of the Planning Service

 

8.  County Council Property Review

 

9.  County Councillor’s Report

 

10. Any other business

 

11. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 19th May 2015.   Annual Parish Meeting at 2.00pm 

                                                                                           followed by May monthly meeting  

 

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 You are welcome to attend. Meeting starts 2.00pm and finishes approximately 3.30pm.
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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 17th March 2015, at the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd,

Kaye Aisthorpe, parishioner, Pat Edwards;   clerk, Angela Hallam-Baker. 

Police Officers Mark Lynn and Dan Perry attended for the Police Report.

 

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Steve Marriott, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, and Inspector Davy Garrick.

 

2.  Police Report:

The Police Officers said they had no crimes to report in the area since 1st January 2015, although a number of motorists had been caught speeding on the A697.   The number of unmarked police cameras would be increased on this fast road.   Flashing speed signs in Milfield and Wooler were helping to slow down the traffic.

 


3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 17th February 2015 were agreed and signed.

 


.  Matters arising from the minutes:


  • Potholes – Cllr. Aisthorpe reported that the potholes on the U1118 Hethpool had been filled.
  • Replacement of overhead electricity supply with underground cables – a reply from Northern Powergrid to the clerk’s email stated that the notices had been posted to try to ascertain the ownership of the land affected.   The scheme was to proceed, but only partially, with the LV lines being placed underground from the transformer near Catkin Cottage to pole 4 just beyond the Village Hall, and from the Hall to the BT call box.   However, the poles will remain until BT has finished putting their lines underground, so telephone services will not be affected by the electricity works.

Northern Powergrid agreed to inform the Parish Council when the work is due to start.

  • Village Hall works – the wall between the two small rooms had been taken down, and the new chairs purchased.   It had been agreed that most of the old chairs would be sold to the CVNN Hunt. 

  • Village Hall meetings – Cllr. Lloyd was asked to request the Hall Committee to email the minutes of the meetings to Pat Edwards so he could post them on the website.   The PC considered that it should have its own page on the website;  Pat Edwards said this is the case, but it has not yet come up.   He agreed to speak to Alysoun Sharp about this.   In the meantime, the Chairman would enquire about a link to the GGT website.

  • Rural bus services – the clerk had written to Kirksten Francis pointing out the importance of bus services in rural areas, particularly the Kirknewton to Wooler Wednesday route.   It was stressed that the need for this service fulfilled all the qualifications.

The clerk was asked to write to Cllr. Murray to ask him when decisions regarding the services are to be made.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The only transaction since the last meeting was the clerk’s half year fee of £80.00 plus out of pocket expenses for mileage, postage and stationery of £51.79, leaving a bank balance of £587.00.

 

6.  Kirknewton Water Supply:

The Chairman reported that the electricity to the pump had gone off.   He had therefore had the pump serviced and the filter material had been changed and two new pressure gauges fitted.   The cost of this was just under £1,000, and it was agreed that this sum should be transferred to the PC so that they could pay the bill and reclaim the VAT, which would then be repaid to the Kirknewton Water Society.

A red light had been attached to the outside of the hut housing the pump which would come on if there was no power getting through.   This work had been executed by Messrs. James Stewart & Sons of Kelso, and the account was to come.

 

7.  Review of the Planning Service:

It was reported that over 100 town and parish councils had strongly objected to the proposed alterations to the planning service.   Consequently, it was requested that a representative from each of these should attend the full Northumberland County Council meeting on Wednesday, 1st April, at County Hall, at 3.00pm, when the matter was to be discussed.   The Chairman agreed to go to this, and the clerk would write to Cllr. Murray stating KPC’s objections to the alterations.

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report:

Education - Cllr. Murray is unable to attend the PC meeting today since he will be at a Conservative Group meeting to discuss, amongst other things, the education system in Glendale.   He reported that Glendale wished to retain the three-tier system and run the two schools in Wooler on the Glendale Middle School site after September.   He will urge support for Glendale at the meeting. 

Proposed move of County Hall to Ashington – Cllr. Murray reported that this is almost decided, but there are still ways that this can be opposed.

 

9.  Any other business:

  • Grass cutting in churchyard – a letter had been received from the PCC asking for a contribution towards the grass cutting in St. Gregory’s Churchyard.   This is apparently done 9 times a year at a cost of £100 per cut.   It was noted that a similar letter had been sent to Milfield PC.

The cost appeared to be excessive, and it was agreed that in order for the PC to make a contribution to what is considered to be a PCC expense, the precept would have to be raised, and to do this, a public meeting of parishioners would need to be held.   They would have to be asked whether they consider the church to be a material village asset, since the majority of the residents do not attend church services or use the churchyard for burials.

It was pointed out that there are only two civil parishes in the Ecclesiastical Parish which pay towards the precept, these being Kirknewton and Milfield – and they would therefore have to pay more to cover the unparished communities.

It was agreed that the clerk would draft a letter to the PCC, and perhaps suggest they obtain another quote for the grass cutting.   It would also be useful to find out what other churches are paying to have their churchyards cut.

  • Gullies in Post Office Lane – the clerk was asked to report again to Highways that these need cleaning out to prevent flooding.

 

10. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 21st April 2015, at 2.00pm

 

 

 

 

Signed............................................................

 

 

Date...............................................................

 

 

 

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Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

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Cheviot Artists will be exhibiting in the Kirknewton Village Hall this Easter weekend. Many of the paintings will be for sale, and refreshments will be available. So make a date in your Diary, and come along to the Hall.

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Kirknewton Parish Council March meeting.

Kirknewton Parish Council March meeting.

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Kirknewton Parish Council meeting, 17th March at 2.00pm.

 

Just a quick reminder that Kirknewton Parish Council will be holding the March meeting tomorrow in Kirknewton Village Hall. Meeting starts at 2.00pm prompt. All are welcome to attend.

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Willow weaving with John Galloway

Willow weaving with John Galloway

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KIRKNEWTON VILLAGE HALL

Thanks to the support of a grant given by The Northumberland National Park, a 3rd and 4th willow weaving day was held this weekend in the Kirknewton Village Hall.

This weekends event took place on Saturday March 7th, and Sunday 8th March.
10.00am - 4.00pm. 

Mr John Galloway led both weekend sessions, using dyed willow to make baskets. He also taught the Weavers how by using a choice of weaves, give a different finished basket.

The recent stormy windy weather, was in contrast to John's dyed, and brightly coloured willow, which certainly brightened up the Village Hall. Weavers were taught by John how to make a variety of different shaped baskets with a ready made structure, so that the weaving of the sides could be started immediately, and the border put down in the days session.

All who took part thoroughly enjoyed both days willow weaving. Some were first time weavers, others had been weaving for a short period of time, and a few were more experienced, and they were able to help those who were a little unsure, whilst still being able to finish their basket.

Thanks are due to Mary Barber, (Brackenside Farm) who successfully applied to the Northumberland National Park for the grant, and organised these two days, and also 2 previous workshops that were held last October and November.

Saturday lunch was provided by Caroline Burn  (Wooler)
Sunday lunch was provided by Emma Edwards (Brackenside Farm)

You can see and learn more about John and his work on his website.
www.john-galloway-baskets.co.uk

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Dark Sky Event. Kirknewton Village Hall. SOLD OUT.

Dark Sky Event. Kirknewton Village Hall. SOLD OUT.

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IT"S A SELL OUT!

 

The Dark Sky evening arranged for 14th March 2015, will be the first of its' kind to be held since the hamlet of Kirknewton became part of the Northumberland Dark Skies Park. Only 30 places were available, and the tickets have already been sold.

It is planned that further Dark Sky events will be organised.

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Kirknewton Parish Council

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DRAFT.

 

Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 17th February 2015,

at the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Helen and Andy Blowers and Kaye Ainsthorpe.   County Cllr. Anthony Murray, PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police), Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker, and 3 parishioners.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. Steve Marriott and John Lloyd.

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Lynn reported a break-in at the cafe in Milfield, and said that burglaries were 

occuring at properties along the A697 road.   Consequently, the Police are stopping vehicles 

travelling along this road at night.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 18th November 2014 were agreed and signed after

an amendment in paragraph 4:  for “Lord Lambton” read “the Hon. Claude Lambton”.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Planning permission for alterations at Old Station House has been granted.

It was noted that in paragraphs 2.2 and 7.3 of the Delegated Report, reference to the eastern end of the property should read “western”.

  • Kirknewton Reading Room – it was noted, the day after this meeting, that planning permission had been granted for the work to be done.
  • Gritting – piles of grit have been deposited on the verges of the U1118 Hethpool road, but the potholes have not been filled.   These were marked on a map which the clerk will forward to Graham Bucknall requesting the work to be done before the Easter holiday season starts.

 

5.  Financial Report:

It had been agreed by contact with the councillors that the precept should remain at £700.00.

The current bank balance stands at £718.19, there having been no financial transactions since the last meeting.

 

6.  Replacement of overhead electricity supply with underground cable:

Notices dated 2nd December 2014 advertising the installation of an underground  cable had been posted on poles round the village, with a request that representations regarding the proposal should be sent to Jessie Johnston at Northern Powergrid within 28 days.

The route shown on a diagram is from Catkin Cottage, past the Village Hall and round to East Kirknewton Farm Steading.

There was surprise that the Parish Council had not been informed of these proposed works, and the clerk was asked to write to Northern Powergrid asking that they be kept informed as to when the work is to start and any disruption to the power supply.

It was explained that this work had been initiated by NNPA with a Government grant, and that they also should have contacted the Parish Council

It was noted that some of the telephone wires are attached to the electricity poles, and that this may also cause disruption to the lines.

7.  National Park – changes to Development Management Protocols:

A letter had been received from NNPA setting out changes to the way in which planning applications are dealt with.   An attached document described these changes, and would be referred to in the event of an application being questioned

 

8.  Report from Village Hall meeting:

Cllr. Lloyd, the PC representative on the Village Hall Trust, had left a copy of the minutes of the last Village Hall meeting, in which the item regarding the proposed extension and internal alterations was discussed.   It was noted that the grant of £4,813 from NNPA SDF has to be spent by the end of March.   New seating is to be purchased and also steel shelving for the main store room.

 

9.  Glendale Gateway Trust Mission Statement:

A copy of this had been sent to the councillors, and since there had been no adverse comments, it was assumed they were agreeable to its proposals.   This was confirmed.

 

10. Report on NALC Roadshow on 12th February 2015:

Cllr. Brown had attended the Roadshow and reported that the main topic concerned the transparency of town and parish council meetings following the problems which had arisen in Berwick Town Council.

It was agreed that the Kirknewton PC meetings were open to anyone who wished to attend, and that the agendas and minutes are posted on the village noticeboard and on the Kirknewton website.

Cllr. Brown also reported that PCs with a turnover of more than £25,000 would be subject to more regulations.

 

11. Report on Area Meeting on 9th February 2015:

This meeting also brought up questions about Berwick Town Council, but the main topic was the Review of Supported Bus Services.   It was reported that 80% of bus services are commercially operated, but the other 20%, which would not otherwise be financially viable, receive a subsidy from NCC.

The clerk was asked to write to Kirsten Francis and stress the importance of the Wednesday Kirknewton to Wooler service, particularly for elderly people without transport to visit doctors, dentists, solicitors, banks, etc.  

 

12. NCC’s Review of the Planning Service:

A letter had been received from Geoff Paul, Director of Planning, Economy & Housing at NCC, informing parish and town councils that as part of the review, it was proposed in the Deloittes report that County Councillors consider a proposal to remove the automatic “triggers that result in applications being taken to committee, including objections requiring a committee decision”.   It is intended that the adoption of this change would streamline the planning process.

A consultation period of only two weeks had been given for local councils to consider this, and many parish and town councils had written to Mr. Paul asking for this period to be extended.   They had also complained about the proposal that local councils and local residents would be denied the opportunity of having their comments and objections discussed by the committee.   Kirknewton PC agreed with these comments and the clerk would send an email to Mr. Paul endorsing them.

Cllr. Brown added that at the NALC Roadshow, David Francis had stated that the planning service is poor and that NCC must sort it out, otherwise the Government would step in.

Cllr. Murray said that planning is a long, drawn-out process, and all representations have to be discussed by the committee.   Many of these are not based on planning regulations, and for the most part, the people raising the objections do not attend the meetings to speak on their representations.   The clerk felt it would be useful if the Planning Service were to issue a list of planning regulations.

Cllr. Murray also told the meeting that deadlines for planning are set nationally, so County Councils are obliged to adhere to these.

 

13. Northumberland Development Plan:

The majority of this large document does not apply to small parishes such as Kirknewton, and it was agreed that the representations the PC had made on last year’s plan had not changed.

 

14. County Councillor’s Report:

Rural bus services - Cllr. Murray emphasised the importance of parish councils pressurising NCC to retain the rural bus services, and the clerk would send a letter as agreed in Item 11.

 

Education – a  public meeting had been arranged at Wooler Middle School on Thursday, 26th February, at 7.00pm, to discuss the reorganisation of the education system.

If Alnwick were to adopt the two-tier system, Wooler Middle School would not be able to exist, as there are not enough children in Glendale to make it viable.   The First and Middle Schools could be combined on one site with one headmaster and a central governing board.   If the two-tier system were to be adopted, the 4-11 year olds would be in Wooler and then go on to Alnwick, which would negate the 11-13 year olds from taking part in any after school activities.   There is also talk about stopping parents from choosing the schools their children attend.

 

15. Any other business:

  • Prescriptions – a facility is to be made available for over 60s to collect their prescriptions from Milfield and Lowick.   This would not appear to help Kirknewton residents, as the distance to Milfield is the same as that to Wooler.

 

16. Date  of next meeting:   Tuesday, 17th March 2015, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall.

 

The meeting was closed at 3.15pm.

 

 

 

 

Signed.................................................

 

 

Date....................................................

 

 

 

 Kirknewton 

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Kirknewton Parish Council

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 18th November 2014.

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,

John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe.   Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker, and parishioners

Pat and Jenny Edwards.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from County Cllr. Anthony Murray and PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Lynn had sent a report stating that there had been no reported crime in the Parish during the past month, but that in other areas there had been thefts of chain saws from outbuildings.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 14th October 2014 were agreed and signed.   The clerk reported that the Auditors had requested that loose leaf minutes must be numbered consecutively and each page initialled by the person signing them.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • The phone boxes in Kirknewton Village and at Southern Knowe had been cleaned.   The Southern Knowe phone had been mended and would remain card only due to the insecurity of a cash box in such a remote area.   It was noted that this could be used with a credit card.
  • Kirknewton Reading Room – Westnewton Estate had taken exception to the report in the August minutes (not September, as quoted by them) that “the Reading Room had been given to the village of Kirknewton in times past, but it now appears to be the property of Westnewton Estates”.   There was obviously a misunderstanding, and the minute should have read “the use of the Reading Room had been given to the village of Kirknewton by Lord Lambton and was always in the ownership of Westnewton Estates” .   The clerk would send an apology to Simon Douglas-Home for having misunderstood this.

 

5.  Financial Report:

The last received bank statement dated 28th October 2014 showed a credit balance of £718.79.

The Church had asked the Parish Council to fund a floodlight for the Christmas period at a cost of £91.00.   This was discussed, and it was pointed out that the PC’s policy is not to make donations to charity, this being a small parish with a small precept.   However, a vote was taken – two of the members declared an interest, and the other four voted against making the donation.   It was also mentioned that a floodlight would be against the Dark Skies policy.

 

6.  Gorse clearance:

An email dated 17th November 2014 had been received from Westnewton Estate stating that  “the gorse clearance had ceased on 8th August which was the day after it began”.   Cllr. Marriott disputed this, saying that he had phoned Steve Pullen of Natural England on 23rd July to report the clearing of the gorse, whereupon the work was stopped.   He had then taken aerial photographs on 25th July showing that the work had ceased.    

The Parish Council had apologised to Westnewton Estate and Robert Whitten for having disclosed in the minutes content of a letter from NNPA, but following enquries made by County Cllr. Anthony Murray, the Parish Council in turn received an apology from NNPA for having sent this letter in the first place.

 

7.  Planning:

Application Ref:  14/03675/FUL Old Station House, KirknewtonDismantle existing entrance porch and erect new structure to accommodate entrance lobby and shower/cloakroom, replace existing casement windows with traditional design sliding sash to original house design size, the remainder on modern extensions (flat roof) replaced with side hung casements.

There were no objections to these alterations, although the following observations were made by members of the Parish and the Parish Council: 

  • This is a Conservation Area.
  • Description of proposed works – “internal alterations to first floor shower room” should read “bathroom”.
  • Description should also mention conversion of existing bathroom to fourth bedroom.
  • “New structure to accommodate entrance lobby and shower cloakroom” – the original dwelling was extended in the late 1970s to create a sun lounge and enlarged kitchen.   Will the new enlarged extension exceed the “permitted area” of extension?

 

Application Ref:  14NP0082 Westnewton Bothypermission for change of use from shooting box to pottery and geology workshop including fenced parking area measuring

 3m x 6m.

Permission had been granted conditionally.

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report:  none due to Cllr. Murray’s absence.

 

9.  Correspondence:

  • Letter from Campaign to Protect Rural England giving facts and concerns regarding commercial wind turbine development in Northumberland (circulated to members).
  • Northumbrian Citizens Advice Bureau request for a donation – this was turned down due to the PC’s policy not to make donations to outside bodies.

 

10. Any other business:

  • Rights of Way – Ordnance Survey Maps dated 1860, 1897 and 1920 were presented showing a right of way from the War Memorial corner through to the Church.   The farmer had put a gate across this, but it was noted that this could easily be opened for access.
  • Gritting – Cllr. Aisthorpe said that the road to Hethpool was not gritted and asked the clerk to make enquiries to NCC.

 

11. Date of next meeting:   Tuesday, 20th January 2015, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.

 

 

 

Date.................................. Signed................................

 

 
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A Triumph for Shadowcat Films

A Triumph for Shadowcat Films

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What a treat we all enjoyed in the Village Hall on the 6th of February.

 
"To The Border Bred" is a triumph, and the best film made about the iconic Border Collie and their Shepherds, and all set in our wonderful wild and beautiful landscape. 
It is a film that is guaranteed to stir all the emotions. You laugh, you cry (well I did), you oww and ahhh, and you are amazed at the bond between dog and shepherd, I have seen the film a number of times now, and at the end, I always feel uplifted. Who will ever forget the lovely American gentleman Rob Merritt, talking about his Father, still filled with emotion and sadness regarding how he died in that plane crash on the Cheviot, but so glad he came over and met John Dagg's son who he keeps in contact with.

Congratulations to all involved at Shadowcat Films. You have produced a truly inspiring, and fantastic film.
Thank you for showing this film on the big screen, and enabling all who came along to Kirknewton to enjoy a great experience.

Keep up to date with our facebook page as well as the website for all the latest news and events in Kirknewton. 

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"TO THE BORDER BRED"….Showing in the Kirknewton Village Hall.

"TO THE BORDER BRED"….Showing in the Kirknewton Village Hall.

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

Shadowcat Films present "To The Border Bred" tonight, Kirknewton Village Hall. 

The day has arrived for a great weekend treat in the Kirknewton Village Hall. Just a few hours to go before the brilliant film "To The Border Bred" will be showing on the big screen. Come and enjoy

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THE SILL PROJECT

THE SILL PROJECT

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Inspirational Northumberland project achieves £7.8m HLF grant:


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There are celebrations all round today as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help more people explore and learn about the nation's finest countryside, has been awarded a grant of £7.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Sill will become the country's first national landscape discovery centre, giving more people than ever before, the chance to experience the countryside's special and often hidden treasures.

It will revolutionise everyone's ability to find and experience nature and the great outdoors, inspiring, involving and engaging people from all walks of life in the natural and cultural heritage of Northumberland.

The Sill will deliver a comprehensive programme of interpretation, education, research and events that will inspire people to celebrate, value and conserve the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Northumberland landscape. It's set to attract more than 100,000 visitors each year, and will offer an all-weather and year-round facility that provides hostel accommodation, retail facilities and a café.

Both NNPA and YHA are celebrating the latest stage of all the hard work and dedication by the people and organisations involved in this flagship project. The partners hope this achievement will act as a springboard to help raise the remaining £2.2million funds needed to ensure the project reaches its full potential.


As well as being a building, THE SILL is a concept with benefits to all parts of the Park including Kirknewton. There will be exhibition and retail opportunities in the Sill building and electronic links to our website. There are  also opportunities for linked activities for those staying at the new Sill hostel being able to visit this part of the park. 

Keep in touch and share your thoughts via our social media channels or emailthesill@nnpa.org.uk .

 

You can also keep up-to-date with recent Sill news and updates via our website www.thesill.org.uk



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Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

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CHEVIOT ARTISTS:

 

Posted by Pat Edwards.

A belated Happy New Year to all. The club is once again looking forward to a busy and enjoyable year ahead and hoping for some good weather during the summer months to enable us to get out and about to do some painting. We are presently looking at possible venues to enable us to do just that. In this part of the world we are spoilt for choice with such beautiful scenery right on our doorstep. In fact we just need to step outside of our club doorway of the village hall in Kirknewton and we are surrounded by it.

We are also in the process of looking for local artists who are willing to visit our club to either do a demonstration, or run a workshop during the coming year, both of which have been successfully received in the past. If you are a local artist, and would like to visit our club, to do either, please get in touch, you would be very welcome.

Already thinking, and planning for our Easter Exhibition which takes place over the Easter weekend, this year being April 4th,5th and 6th. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Also if you are new to the area and keen on joining a local art group do get in touch we would love to see you.

Cheers,
Angie.
(Chairman)

Contact Angie on 07521 123549 or email to angieg@angie1.plus.com

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Licensing Act 2003. Application for a Premises Licence for Kirknewton Village Hall

Licensing Act 2003. Application for a Premises Licence for Kirknewton Village Hall

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                                                                LICENSING ACT 2003 

                                           APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT I / WE

Kirknewton Village Hall Trust

(full name of applicant)


have submitted an application for a Premises Licence in respect of

Kirknewton Village Hall, West Kirknewton Farm, Kirknewton,

Wooler, NE71 6XF

(name of postal address of premises)


THE PROPOSED APPLICATION IS FOR:

(State the proposed lisensable activities and the proposed hours of opening)

Variation of Premises Licence to allow sale of achohol:

10.00a. - 02.00pm Monday to Sunday.

A record of the application may be inspected during normal

office hours at the offices of Northumberland County Council,

Morpeth NE61 2 EF

(insert the address of the lisensing office dealing with the application)

Not later than 04/03/2015

(insert date, which must be not later than 28 consectutive days starting on the day

after the day on which the application was given to the Lisensing Authority)

Dated this: 03/02/2015

Note: It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to my a false statement

in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a

person is liable on summary conviction for the offence, will apply.

 

 

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"TO THE BORDER BRED"….Showing in the Kirknewton Village Hall.

"TO THE BORDER BRED"….Showing in the Kirknewton Village Hall.

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Hi everyone. 

A reminder that we are showing the Border Collie Documentary, 'To the Border Bred' in the Kirknewton Village Hall a week today. It would be great to see as many people there as possible.

7.30pm  6th February. £5 which includes cheese and biscuits, and a bar will be available on the night.

* Running time 66minutes.

To reserve your ticket please telephone 01890 850 285

Don't miss this wondeful opportunity to see the Border Collie in it's element on the big screen.

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Another successful Quiz Night.

Another successful Quiz Night.

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QUIZ NIGHT……..a work out for the brain, and fantastic fun!

Wow, a brilliant, and hugely successful Quiz Night in the Village hall was held last evening. This very popular event was a sell out, and all who came along had a great time. 
There was much ooohhhhing and aaaahhhhing, cheering and clapping to the questions asked, and answers and scores given. Teams of 4 people with often funny, and inventive Team names fought throughout the evening over a number of question, and picture rounds. For those with the lowest score at the end of a round, had the forfeit of wearing colourful and crazy wigs, with round winners wearing funny spectacles, much to everyones amusement.
Before brains were tested, and the quiz got underway, we all enjoyed a freshly cooked supper of Fish and Chips, and the bar provided drinks to refresh the thirsty. 
The Master of Ceremonies and Quiz Master for the night, Louis, asked the teams the questions, kept everyone in order with his humour, and wore his Viking helmet and wig to show his power and status. What an excellent job he did, to everyones appreciation.
The Village Hall Committee members have worked hard to put on another successful evening. This was the 3rd Quiz Night they have arranged, and it was the best so far. Well done , and thanks to all involved. Enjoy the photos!

The winners who put in s strong performance throughout were 
"The Mindrum 4" who scored a massive total of 32 points. Congratulations to "Mindrum 4" team members.

Wigs worn regularly by Team "Newton Wonders" illustrates just how bad we were!!! I can say that because that was my team!!! Maybe we just liked to indulge in wig wearing!! Great fun

 

Check out the gallery photos! Just click on  'Another Successful Quiz Night' at the top of the article. Enjoy.

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January Kirknewton Parish Council meeting CANCELLED>

January Kirknewton Parish Council meeting CANCELLED>

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Todays January Parish Council Meeting Cancelled.

Just been down to the Village Hall to attend todays 2.00pm Parish Council Meeting. Notice on door to say CANCELLED.

I would have posted onto our Community page earlier if I had known. Not aware of any new date yet for a January meeting. No minutes received from November meeting, so not uploaded, and it was agreed that there would be no December meeting.

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QUIZ NIGHT SELL OUT

QUIZ NIGHT SELL OUT

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Just to let you all know that the Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper is now a sell out. Thanks for all your support. It will be a great fun filled evening. See you there

 

Quiz Night now Sold Out

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KIRKNEWTON ARCHAEOLOGY AND WALKING FESTIVAL

KIRKNEWTON ARCHAEOLOGY AND WALKING FESTIVAL

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This is an edited account of the full report which is available via the Northumberland National Park website. The report contained photographs which at this stage owing to the format cannot be uploaded. However it is hoped they will be avaiable to uploaded soon.

 

KIRKNEWTON FESTIVAL REPORT 2014.

Working in partnership with Kirknewton Village

 

The 2014 Kirknewton Festival took place between Friday 15th August and Friday 5th September. It was a two part event, consisting of an Archaeology Weekend [Friday 15th August to Sunday 17th August] and a Walking Week which provided six days of walking, beginning on Sunday 31st August 2014.

The Archaeology Weekend was based at Kirknewton Village Hall (see left) where there were exhibits from the Gefrin Trust and Northumberland National Park providing information about the past in this part of Northumberland, the Northern Heritage bookstall run by Northumberland National Park volunteers as well as Coquetdale Community Archaeology and Tillvas stalls and an area of tables and chairs for the light refreshments provided by the Village Hall Committee.

There were also showings of the recently produced virtual tour of the local church dedicated to St Gregory the Great. Outside, in the grounds behind the Village Hall, there were demonstrations during all three days of heritage crafts by Graham Taylor [pottery], Paula Constantine [textiles], David Constantine [horn carving] and Lance Robson [woodworking].

In addition there was a visit to the Gefrin site led by Roger Miket each day and also a walk to an archaeological site on each of the three days [West Hill (see right) on Friday and Sunday and Yeavering Bell on Saturday] led by Chris Jones, Chris Burgess and Krissy Moore.

On the Friday and Saturday evenings talks were given on the history and archaeology of the area in St Gregory the Great and on the Saturday afternoon a literature course “Border Ballads” took place in Cheviot View. The Sunday was also the day of the annual sheepdog trials and, associated with this, the local archery club offered the public the opportunity to try out the sport.

The Walking Week began on Sunday 31st August and provided two walks per day for six days with starting points between Wooler and Hethpool. .

The objectives of the 2014 Kirknewton Festival were to build on the success of the initial 2012 Kirknewton Festival and, while providing continuity with what was valued in 2012, to develop the event and provide greater variety of activity. In 2012 the driving force for the two voluntary rangers, Ann Logan and Brian Rogers who initiated the event, was a desire to help raise the profile of the northern edge of Northumberland National Park, to provide an event for visitors and local people which showcased the archaeology of this part of Northumberland National Park and offered the opportunity to explore the area on foot and also to work co-operatively with local people to provide an income generating opportunity for the local community. These continued to be key aspirations for 2014.

The Team who developed and delivered the event consisted of Northumberland National Park staff and volunteers and would not have been possible without close partnership working with Kirknewton, and the Gefrin Trust.

Funding for the 2014 Kirknewton Festival came from a successful bid to the Action Areas Budget for £2,130 and from donations from The NNP Volunteer Liaison Committee of £1,000 and from the Gefrin Trust of £100. In addition to this many people gave substantial amounts of time to make the Kirknewton Festival a success. Members of the NNP volunteer Service contributed a total of more than 97 days to the 2014 Kirknewton Festival [Archaeology Weekend delivery 25 days; Walking Week reconnoitres and delivery 45 days; organisation and associated activities 27 days]. For these purposes a day is considered to be seven hours long and the totals include travelling time. This equates to a financial contribution of £4850.00. It does not include the volunteer time involved in designing the leaflet, nor does it include the time, expertise, commitment and support provided by Northumberland National Park staff, in particular Ruth Dickinson and Chris Jones.

Since 2012 The NNP Guided Walks programme, run by fellow NNP Voluntary Rangers, has become a successful and well known annual feature for the local walking community and, with good publicity coverage, is also accessed by visitors to the area. It was agreed that the 2014 Guided Walks programme would carry information about the walks available during the Kirknewton Walking Week.

During the Archaeology Weekend it is estimated that more than seventy people attended on each of the Friday and the Saturday and that there were in excess of one hundred visitors on the Sunday. 

The talks in the church  in the evening were also well supported with seventy to eighty turning out on the Friday evening to hear a talk given by Max Adams on “King Oswald’s Northumbria” and forty to fifty on the Saturday evening to listen to Colm O’Brien on “Cows, books and estate organisation in early Northumbrian monasteries”. The “BorderBallads” course [the only activity during the Festival for which a charge was made to members of the public] had nine bookings.

The ancient craft demonstrators expressed overall satisfaction with how the event had gone although there was concern at the small number coming out to visit them on the Saturday [a concern shared by the organisers] and useful suggestions were made regarding having specific time slots. The Gefrin Project suggested having large banners in places such as in the High street in Wooler and perhaps in Berwick and the organisers are aware of the need for improvement and differentiation in the publicity strategy.

The Village Hall group worked very hard in providing refreshments during the three days of the Festival and also cheese and wine on two of the evenings. A pleasing profit was made but it was hard work for the small group involved. The enthusiasm and willingness to support the Festival and help solve the problems which arise on the part of Kirknewton residents is key to the success of the Festival and the organisers would be loath to try and deliver an event such as this without that support.

Visitors also appreciated the presence of two local archaeology societies – Till Valley and Coquetdale who brought the opportunity to look at finds, read local research, buy books and find out more about how to get involved.

 

What Next?

It is clear that the Kirknewton Festival has once again been a success. The people who came to the Archaeology Weekend and the Walking Week all enjoyed themselves and the activities offered were well supported and this has encouraged the team to commit to organising a third Kirknewton Festival in 2016.

The objectives are very similar to those of 2012 and 2014 in seeking to help showcase and promote the scenery and archaeology of the north end of Northumberland National Park and to work cooperatively with the local community to develop and diversify the range of what can be delivered. Funding the 2016 Kirknewton Festival will be a key challenge but the positive feedback received from visitors during the course of the 2014 Kirknewton Festival has encouraged the team to commit to continuing to develop this event.

The 2016 Kirknewton Festival will be launched with a concert on the evening of Thursday 11th August 2016. The Kirknewton Walking Week will commence the next morning and there will be seven days [Friday 12th August – Thursday 18th August] of exploring the area on foot culminating in the Festival Weekend [Friday 19th August – Sunday 21st August].

Ann Logan November 2014 

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ETAL WILLOW WEAVERS

ETAL WILLOW WEAVERS

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KIRKNEWTON VILLAGE HALL


Etal Basketmaking Group, thanks to the support of a grant given by The Northumberland National Park, have been able to arrange an extra weaving day in the Kirknewton Village Hall.

The event has been arranged for Saturday March 7th. 
10.00am - 4.00pm. 

Mr John Galloway will be leading the session, using dyed willow to make baskets, using a choice of weaves.

John will be bringing glorious dyed willow and will be teaching how to make round baskets with ready made structure so that the weaving of the sides can be started immediately, and the border put down in the session. Extras such as handles(rope, ridgid or finger-holes) are an option for the quicker workers. There will be an opportunity to make a shaped basket, or a straight cylinder, usuing a choice of weaves.

You can see and learn more about John and his work on his website.

www.john-galloway-baskets.co.uk

Places are limited and will cost £10 for the day. (low cost due to a subsidy from the Northumberland National Park)
To book your place please contact Mary Barber: 

email address: mary.barber@virgin.net 
or ring Mary on 01289 388293 to book your place.

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Kirknewton Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper

Kirknewton Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper

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Make a note in your diary for our popular Annual Kirknewton Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper!


Friday 23rd January 2015. Kick off 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

If you don't have a complete team of 4 let me know and I will try and put you together with other folks in the same boat.

Just ring if you need to discuss.

Happy New Year.
Peter Brewis
01668 216 300
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KIRKNEWTON VILLAGE HALL√ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT +++
FISH & CHIP SUPPER! FRIDAY 23 January 2015
7 for 7.30pm (Food first!)
Tickets £34 per team of 4 (includes food) Limited numbers BOOKING ESSENTIAL Tel 01668 216 300 Peter Brewis
or 01668 216 337 Clare Ryan
BAR + FOOD + FUN + PRIZES!!

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Thank you from the Northumbria Hedgehog Trust

Thank you from the Northumbria Hedgehog Trust

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Posted by Pat Edwards.

 

NORTHUMBRIA HEDGEHOG TRUST.

 

THANK YOU KIRKNEWTON FOR HELPING HEDGEHOGS.

 

Most of us, maybe all of us love our prickly friends, and the gardeners friend, the Hedgehog. Hedgehogs have sadly declined, and suffered over the years due to loss of habitat, and the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads. Helen, one of Kirknewtons dedicated animal lovers, has been supporting the Trust by placing baskets in the Village Hall so that donations of food and newspapers can be placed. 

 

Carole Catchpole(Longframlington) set up the Northumbria Hedgehog Trust in 1998, and rescues up to 400 hedgehogs every year. Carole would like to thank everyone for the kindness shown, and have helped, and supported the Trust, with the donation of food and newspapers left in the Kirknewton Village Hall before Xmas. Helen took all of these donations down to the Trust before Xmas, and Carole was so pleased and delighted. Support of the trust is hugely appreciated.

 

The containers are still in the Hall for both food and newspapers, as there are still many hedgehogs to be looked after over the winter period, and indeed, all the year round.

 

Best food for hedgehogs is cat biscuits, and also tinned cat food in jelly other than varieties containing fish.

 

The best newspapers are the small ones similar in size to the Berwick Advertiser and if someone is really interested, torn into strips with staples removed would be great.

 

Thank you again to all who have supported us at the Trust. 

 

Website:  hedgehogs-northumbria.org.uk

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Community Action Northumberland

Community Action Northumberland

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BERWICK ADVERTISER:

New project to tackle problem of rural isolation.

Lottery funding has been won by Community Action Northumberland for a Village Agent’s pilot project to work in and around Milfield, Kirknewton, Branxton and Crookham.

The project will use volunteers, living in the parish ‘clusters’ they support.

They will help bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs in those areas.

The agents will be trained to enable them to provide information and access to a range of services from home safety to benefit advice, and energy efficiency.

Agents will identify unmet needs within their community and respond by initiating and supporting new social and healthy activities.

If you are interested in becoming a village agent call 01670 517178.

http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/all-news/new-project-to-tackle-problem-of-rural-isolation-1-3646781

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Celebrating the New Year, 2015.

Celebrating the New Year, 2015.

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Kirknewton friends and families gathered together in the flood field to celebrate and see in the new year, 2015. A fantastic monster sized bonfire that had been built up over the past 6 months (thanks to Bob, and others), was lit and with the help of strong winds was very quickly ablaze. Wow, what a fantastic fire it was, virtually no smoke, burnt very artistically, and kept us all warm and cosy. Food and drinks were shared, to keep the inner fires burning, and at the midnight hour, we cheered, hugged, and toasted our good health and happiness for the coming year. Happy new year everyone. Hope it will be a great one for all.

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A very Happy Christmas, and best wishes for 2015.

A very Happy Christmas, and best wishes for 2015.

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas, and a healthy and peaceful 2015. 

Thank you for supporting the new Kirknewton website, which is reaching more and more people. In the early part of next year, there will be 'tweeks' and improvements made to the layout, making the site even better. Happy days to one and all.

Acknowledgement and thanks must be given to Dorothy Sharpe for all her hard work fund raising, and applying for grants which has enabled the Kirknewton website, Kirknewton's very own Community Facebook page, and Twitter Account to be established. Also to Colin the Web "Miester' for his expertise setting up the site, and a big thank you to Alysoun 'Shadowcat Films' Sharpe who has brought her ideas, energy, boundless enthiusiasm, filming expertise, and fun to the website's development. Thank you to you all for your support and encouragement. Happy Christmas.

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Harry Thompson, England Boccia National Champion.

Harry Thompson, England Boccia National Champion.

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Harry Thompson, England Boccia Athlete.

Harry is back in the news. Our local Boccia athlete, and England BC4 National Champion, was recently a guest at the largest Boccia competition to be held in Cumbria. Harry was demonstrating his skills, and inspiring young Boccia players from local Cumbrian schools. The youngsters were excited to see his National Gold and Bronze medals won at the Poznan International Games held in Poland. Well done Harry. We are all proud of you, and your many achievements.
An article from the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald featuring Harry's recent guest appearance at the Cumbrian Schools Boccia Competition.
Michelle Thompson with Harry Thompson
An article from the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald featuring Harry's recent guest appearance at the Cumbrian Schools Boccia Competition.

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St. Gregory

St. Gregory's Church, Kirknewton.

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Christmas worship will be held in St. Gregory's Church, here in Kirknewton at the following times.
Everyone is warmly welcomed to come along and celebrate, and enjoy this special time of year.
 
Sunday 21st Carol service and Christingle at 3pm

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 11.30pm

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Forth coming events early 2015

Forth coming events early 2015

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Posted by Pat Edwards:

Dates for your 2015 Diary:

Christmas is just around the corner, and for many the countdown is well underway. Hope you are feeling festive, and all your preparations are going well. Not wanting to push Christmas to one side, but want to bring to your notice two exciting events being planned for the new year, and are to be held in the Kirknewton Village Hall.
So here are some dates for your 2015 diaries!!

We have a Quiz Night on Friday, 23rd January, 7.00 for 7.30. There will be a Fish and Chip supper, all freshly cooked, mouth watering good, and always enjoyed. 
Tickets are per team of 4: £32.
There are prizes for rounds won, great atmosphere and fun and also a bar for drinks to quench the thirst. Come and join in the fun, and enjoy the friendly competition. 
When you have your Team, or you just want to come along, please email:
dorothyjsharpe@googlemail.com
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Many requests to bring this event to our own Hall have been heard. Yes, the fantastically successful Shadowcat Film "To The Border Bred" is to be shown on Friday 6th February at 7.30pm. 
There will be a bar. Savoury snacks included in the ticket
price of £5. Please come along, and enjoy this wonderful story of the Shepherds, their faithful Border Collies, and of course the amazing landscape of The Cheviots and Borders. Not to be missed.
To book for tickets, please email Dorothy at:
dorothyjsharpe@googlemail.com
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This is just to make you aware that these events will be happening soon in the new year, and more information and publicity will be published.

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Kirknewton Archaeology and Walking Festival

Kirknewton Archaeology and Walking Festival

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Congratulations to Ann Logan and her band of Volunteers on their fantastic achievement. Well done to you all.

 

8 December 2014

Northumberland volunteers scoop top National Parks awards

 

Kirknewton Archaeology & Walking Festival has won Volunteer Project of the Year.

The UK National Parks 2014 Volunteer Awards have been announced – and volunteers at Northumberland National Park have scooped two of the four awards, which recognise the incredible contribution individuals and volunteer groups make to the betterment of our most prized landscapes.

The awards are an annual opportunity for the 15 members of UK's National Parks family to thank hundreds of volunteers, and recognises the efforts of those who have gone above and beyond expectations in helping to protect, maintain and enhance the environment and heritage of their area. 

The awards are supported by Merrell, Natural Resources Wales and Natural England.

This year's judging panel comprised television presenter and outdoor enthusiast Helen Skelton, TV presenter Julia Bradbury, National Parks UK Director Kathryn Cook, and Simon Vingoe, the UK marketing manager for National Parks brand partner Merrell.

The awards were broken into four categories and the two Northumberland National Park winners were:

Young Volunteer of the Year - Jerome Bass, Northumberland National Park (Council for National Parks Mosaic Youth Project)

Known to friends as Jerry, Jerome volunteers for Northumberland National Park through the Mosaic Youth Project. Coming from a financially challenging situation, Jerry typically makes use of sustainable transportation when getting to the park but has been known to walk several miles to be able to take part in volunteering activities.

Volunteer Project of the Year - Kirknewton Archaeology & Walking Festival, Northumberland National Park

A celebration of the archaeology and cultural history of the Northumberland National Park area, the weekend is comprised of numerous events including guided trips to special sites, guided walks, evening talks, a literature course, demonstrations of ancient crafts, and music played on the traditional Northumbrian pipes.

Paddy Villiers-Stuart, CNP Mosaic Youth Project Officer, said: "It is so exciting that Jerry has won this award. I am over the moon that he has received such recognition for his efforts and commitment."

Anne Logan, one of the leading volunteers who helped organise the Kirknewton Festival, speaking on behalf of the volunteers, said: "I am delighted Kirknewton Festival has won this award. The festival is about showcasing the world class archaeology and stunning scenery of the north end of The Cheviot Hills. This award will encourage us all in planning our next Kirknewton Festival in 2016."

Volunteering contributes significantly to the management of Northumberland National Park, one of the most remote – and tranquil – national parks in the UK  and its volunteers come from all over the rural and urban areas of North East England.

John Riddle, Chairman of Northumberland National Park, said: "It is great the excellent work of the volunteers is recognised in these awards. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and differing age groups, their knowledge, enthusiasm and good work are invaluable to National Parks and the environment. Congratulations to the winners."

To learn more about the winners and what makes their work so special visit:

www.nationalparks.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs/2014-volunteer-awards

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Kirknewton past and present days.

Kirknewton past and present days.

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Posted by Pat Edwards

We had a fantastic evening last night previewing the three new Shadowcat Films Kirknewton Northumberland videos for the website. A particular thanks to Jim, Joyce, Louis, Colin and Chris for their presenting and interviewee skills. Thank you to everyone who came along, a very full house! Huge thanks to GIS Photographic - Photographer and Filmmaker and Horizon APas well.

Kirknewton Village Hall entertained a "full house" to see three short films made and produced by ShadowcatFilms.

Dorothy Sharpe was the Project Leader responsible for these brilliant films which illustrated life in the past and present here in beautiful Kirknewton.

Film 1. A film recording the life of Bob Fraser (shepherd, dog breeder and mentor) – a legend in his own lifetime.

Film 2. A virtual tour of the church of St Gregory the Great.

Film 3. A guided virtual tour of the West Hill Hillfort trail.

At the end, as the film titles rolled, the audience showed their appreciation with spontaneous applause.

The fantastic ariel footage was filmed by HorizonAP, and captured in wonderful detail the full scenic beauty of the wonderful landscape around Kirknewton.
The village hall again was an excellent facility, able to provide for the large turn out of people who came along. Thanks to those who provided welcome light refreshment, and drinks after the showing.

Congratulations to all involved in the making of these films, and for the opportunity of being able to enjoy them. The films are to be uploaded onto the Kirknewton website at a later date. Brilliant. Watch this space!!

 

 

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Kirknewton Parish Council

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Notice of a meeting to be held on Tuesday, 18th November 2014,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm

 

 

 

Agenda

 

1.  Apologies for absence

 

2.  Police Report

 

3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 14th October 2014 to be agreed and signed

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Southern Knowe phone box
  • Kirknewton phone box

 

5.  Financial Report including precept for 2015/2016

 

6.  Gorse Clearance

 

7.  Planning:  Application Ref: 14/03675/FUL Old Station House, Kirknewton

          Application Ref:  14NP0082  Westnewton Bothy – granted conditionally

 

8.  County Councillor’s Report

 

9.  Correspondence

 

10. Any other business

 

11. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 20th January 2015, at 2.00pm

 

The Parish Council meetings are open to members of the public. You are very welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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letter from NNP to Kirknewton Parish Council

letter from NNP to Kirknewton Parish Council

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The Northumberland National Park has written a letter of apology to the Kirknewton Parish Coiuncil, with a copy to Westnewton Estate regarding the gorse clearance on West Hill.

Click on the Gallery tab to see the letter in detail. 

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Etal Willow Weavers

Etal Willow Weavers

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Etal Willow Weavers Workshop at Kirknewton Village Hall.

Thanks to a grant from the Northumberland National Park, Etal Willow Weavers have organised 3 workshops in Kirknewton. Today was the second workshop, with 12 people attending, and was expertly led by Anna Turnbull. Everyone enjoyed making willow sculptures which had an animal theme, such as Geese, and pheasants etc. The Village Hall provided excellent light and space, the prefect facility for the all day workshop, which also included a very tasty, and very welcome home made lunch, which was prepared and provided by Emma Edwards from Brackenside Farm. A third workshop is to be held in the new year……watch this space!!!

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Kirknewton Parish Council

Kirknewton Parish Council

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Kirknewton Parish Council

 

Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 14th October 2014,

in the Village Hall

 

 

Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown, Steve Marriott, Andy and Helen Blowers,

John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, and

Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.

 

In attendance:    Jean Davidson, Robert and Derek Whitten (Westnewton Estate)

    and 4 parishioners.

 

1.  Apologies for absence were received from PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).

 

2.  Police Report:

PC Lynn had left a message that there were no local crimes to report.

 

3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 16th September 2014 were agreed and signed.

 

4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Phone box at Southern Knowe – Cllr. Aisthorpe had visited this and found that it is not working, and that it is a card-only machine.   Due to its isolated location with no mobile signal, it was agreed that a coin-operated phone is necessary.
  • The vegetation in the Kirknewton phone box had been partially cleared, but the box and phone mechanism needs cleaning.   The phone is not working, with no dialling tone.   The clerk will report these two items.
  • Potholes in the U1118 Hethpool road had been reported to “ask.northumberland”, 

Ref. 101002771825.

  • Akeld bus shelter – the Chairman had found out that this belongs to a Mrs. Allan, who is no longer resident in Akeld.   Since this is not within Kirknewton Parish, it was therefore agreed to do nothing about it.

 

5.  Footpaths on Westnewton Estate and Gorse Clearance:

Jean Davidson and Robert and Derek Whitten kindly attended the meeting to answer questions.

 Firstly, they stated that normally a bull in a field where there is a public footpath does not pose any problem.   Only docile bulls, with cows, would be put in such fields.

Secondly, it was explained that the gate across the track from Post Office Lane had been put there to prevent walkers falling into a deep hole caused by flooding.   Since the river is still volatile, this had not been filled in, nor has the original fencing been replaced – two fields have in fact been made into one.   The gate, which NCC Highways have agreed may be left there permanently, is not locked, and walkers are able to go through, although the track does not lead anywhere.   The stile in the fence before reaching the gate is still there and this leads the footpath across the field to the bridge on to Lanton land.   These explanations were accepted by the Parish Council.   It was also pointed out that the ditches are cleared by NCC regularly.

 

 Gorse clearance:  there had obviously been misunderstanding between the National Park Authority, Natural England, Westnewton Estate, and the Parish Council.   Jean Davidson and the Whittens had taken exception to the way in which the matter had been reported in the minutes of the PC meeting held on 16th September.   It was, however, explained that this had been taken directly from an email from Gill Thompson of the National Park Authority dated 21st August 2014.

Robert Whitten said that they had received no communication from NNPA or Natural England by this date, and when they were contacted on 26th August, they immediately stopped the gorse clearance.

Jean stated that the content of the letter should not have been made public.   The PC agreed that, had it been marked “private & confidential”, it would not have been minuted, and apologised for this error.   However, Cllr. Murray agreed to look into the matter with the NNPA.

Westnewton Estate queried the anxiety by the Vicar and the Parish Council that the clearance of the gorse could cause flooding in the churchyard and the properties at the bottom of the hill.   They stated that the aerial photograph did not show the topography accurately and that the slope is not as steep as this portrays.   They also stated that there is a track, a wood and a wall between the denuded hillside and the course of the churchyard burn.

The Chairman stated that the clearance had not been done according to the specification, but Steve Pullan of Natural England had apparently said the instructions had not been clear.   A bulldozer had been used which had taken out the roots of the gorse leaving a bare area.   The Wittens said the operation had been stopped as soon as they learnt that the instructions were “incorrect”.   The Parish Council stated that it was not averse to the gorse being “pruned”, provided it was done less severely.

Cllr. Marriott said that he thought the gorse was to be removed around the Iron Age fort on the top of the hill, and that the gorse further down had been planted many years ago to prevent run off of water.

Jean considered that these matters were to do with farming and not the Parish Council, but it was pointed that anything which affects or might affect the Parish needs to be addressed by the members on behalf of the residents.

Finally, Jean stated that the hedges along Post Office Lane are cut by the Estate every year in October, one side one year, and the other side the next.   The Whittens stated that they had permission from the NNPA to burn the cut gorse.

The Chairman wound up the discussion with apologies to Westnewton Estate and the Whittens for misunderstandings, and hoped the cordial relationship between them and the Parish Council would not be damaged.   Any further problems relating to the land in the Parish would be addressed initially to the Estate.

Resident, Pat Edwards, wished to express his appreciation to the Estate and the Whittens for their help and co-operation during flooding and heavy snow in previous years.

 

The clerk raised the question of the “Footpath Closed” sign by the gate at Westnewton on to the path crossing the bridge to Lanton.   This had been there for some time, and she assumed it was due to the damage to the bridge.   Jean said the bridge had been repaired a while ago, and the reason for the notice was that the bridge at Reedsford was down .   This is mentioned on the notice, but it does not indicate that the path is open towards Lanton Mill and Crook House.

 

6.  Financial Report:

Transactions since the last meeting:    Income:  Precept – 2nd half  -  £350.00;

Expenditure:    Clerk’s half-yearly fee and expenses - £148.69;

Current bank balance:   £718.78.

The audited accounts were re-presented to the Parish Council and agreed.   There were no reports from the auditors arising from the accounts.

 

7.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray had attended the Glendale area and Neighbourhood Planning meeting held on 13th October.   David English had outlined what a Neighbourhood Plan entailed and stated that funding would be available in excess of £9,000 for a single parish, or the same amount for several parishes combined.

Agreement would need to be reached by all the parishes wishing to participate in a Neighbourhood Plan, but Wooler would be the likely place to set up businesses, build houses, etc.   The Plan would run over 15 years;  it could be updated, but this would cost nearly as much.   Cllr. Murray stated that in his opinion, a Neighbourhood Plan would not be advantageous, and that the conversion of  Wooler Police Station, when vacated by the Police, would be a more cost-effective way of spending money.   This is a listed building and would provide ample space for, say, office pods, as the Cheviot Centre is now running out of space for these.

The Police would be shortly moving into the Cheviot Centre and they had been allocated two parking spaces in the car park.

 

8.  Correspondence:

  • Request from Great North Air Ambulance for a donation – this was turned down as the PC does not fund outside organisations.
  • Request from LegaCare for a £500 donation– a charity and company limited by guarantee providing free legal services to terminally ill people.   This was also turned down.

 

9.  Any other business:  none.

 

10. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 18th November 2014, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.


 

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Local History Evening

Local History Evening

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Local History Evening

 

Come and enjoy a short programme of local history films:

 

a. A virtual tour of the church of St Gregory the Great.

b. A guided virtual tour of the West Hill Hillfort trail.

c. A film loop recording the life of Bob Fraser (shepherd, dog breeder and mentor) – a legend in his own lifetime.

 

 7.30pm Wednesday 19th November in Kirknewton Hall

 

Free entry. Light refreshments of wine/ fruit juice, cheese and biscuits for a donation. An e-mail or phone call would be appreciated to have some idea of numbers.

 HYPERLINK "mailto:dorothyjsharpe@gmail.com" dorothyjsharpe@gmail.com or 01890 850 285

 
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Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

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Posted by Pat Edwards

 

We had a wonderful day on Tuesday 7th October with wildlife artist Jina Gelder who had travelled from Newcastle to do a days workshop with us. Jina works in ink and watercolour, a combined medium that very few of us had tried before. Dip pens, and brush work were used for the ink work, and watercolor layered for the main body of work. A little white acrylic was used for the finishing highlights.

Jina broke the work done into approximately 4 sections throughout the day to enable us to all produce a finished picture. The day started at 10.00am with a break for lunch which we had organised in advance and was included in the price of the days workshop, which finished at 4.00pm. Jina was extremely helpful and patient, and all of us were pleased with the finished pictures we had been able to produce under her guidance.

It was a most enjoyable day, and I'm sure more of our members will try combining the two mediums in the future. Check out some of our first attempts using this medium and technique.

Cheviot Artists meet every Tuesday from 10.00am till 1.00pm in the Kirknewton Village Hall. If you wish to contact the group, please contact Angie on 07521 123549.

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Congratulation to Harry Thompson, Boccia medalist.

Congratulation to Harry Thompson, Boccia medalist.

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Congratulations to Harry Thompson, our local Boccia athlete, and England Squad member, who has won a Bronze and a Gold medal at the International Boccia Tournament, recently held in Poznan, Poland. Harry won the individual Bronze medal in his class, and a team Gold in the Bc4's class. It was a fantastic indvidual, and team effort, winning against strong and highly competitive teams which included Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, and of course Poland, the host country.

Harry has achieved such high standards in this sport through dedicated hard work and training, and deserves his success. Harry's Mother, Michelle, has been Harry's greatest supporter, getting him to training sessions not only in Kirknewton Village Hall, but often travelling many miles to Edinburgh, and of course England Team get togethers. So it's a huge well done to the England Boccia Team, well done to Harry, but also a huge well done to Team 'Thompson'. 

Photos in the gallery will need to be reloaded. A few heads have been chopped off!!!

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Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton: Introduction.

Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton: Introduction.

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Welcome to Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton. We are a small, friendly group of artists that meet once a week. every Tuesday in the Kirknewton Village Hall. Art sessions are held from 10.00am - lunch (12.00sh). 

The Hall is light and spacious, and therefore provides an excellent facility for our painting and art work. Kirknewton village, set in a beautiful and varied landscape, and surrounded with an abundance of flora and fauna, is an ideal outdoor setting for capturing your subject. 

Artists use a variety of media including watercolour, oils, pen and ink, and acrlyic, and we invite guest artists to hold workshops, teaching us new skills and techniques. Throughout the year we also organise trips to exhibitions, and visit a number of local places to paint such as Mindrum House gardens, and Mounthooley in the wild and remote Collge Valley.

We organise our own exhibitions in the Hall to display our work and where visitors can purchase the art work and cards on sale. 

New members are always welcome so why not drop in on a Tuesday to meet with us, and chat to the artists at work.

Sessions are £3.00p

Please telephone Angie Gregg, Chair of Cheviot Artists on 01668 283004 for more information.

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Boccia Athlete Harry Thompson wins "Best of Northumberland Sporting Achievement 2014"

Boccia Athlete Harry Thompson wins "Best of Northumberland Sporting Achievement 2014"

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Harry Thompson our local England Boccia Team member, had been shortlisted for Best of Northumberland Sporting Achievement 2014.

Along with other sporting athletes both able bodied and disabled, when the announcment was made, it was Harry that was declared the winner. Harry, 19 years of age is an inspiring and successful disabled athlete, who represents England in the sport of Boccia. He uses the Kirknewton Village Hall for training and practice sessions, as well as attending training sessions in Edinburgh, and also England Squad get togethers prior to International competitions. Harry's biggest supporter is his Mum, Michelle, who has always encouraged him to reach his personal and sporting potential. Together they are a potent and determined team.

Soon, Harry will be joining the England Boccia squad particpating in an International Boccia competition in Poznan, Poland. As a self funded athlete, Harry, family and friends have worked hard raising the required funds through organised coffee mornings, and donations through 'Just Giving'.  Our congratulations to a true Champ, and good luck in Poland.

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In the Kirknewton Hall with Etal Basketmaking Group.

In the Kirknewton Hall with Etal Basketmaking Group.

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Thanks to a grant from Northumberland National Park, the Etal Basketmaking Group have organised the following 3 sessions at Kirknewton Village Hall. Each session will cost £10, but numbers are limited so places must be booked and paid for in advance.


Please email Mary Barber to book you place.

Email address: mary.barber@virgin.net or ring 01289 388293


OCTOBER 12th - Anna Turnbull will be teaching traditional round frames and some 'boat shaped' variations. Anna will bring some pre-made frames, available for a small additional charge, but show you how to make hoops, set shapes ready for weaving and prepare ribs.


NOVEMBER 9th - Paula Constantine will be exploring different techniques to create a seasonal sculpture for the house or garden. Maybe a Reindeer, or a bird, or come with ideas of your own.


MARCH 8th 2015 - John Galloway will bring some glorious dyed willow and teach us to make round baskets with a ready-made structure so that weaving of the sides can be started immediately and the border put down in the session. Extras, such as handles (rope, rigid or finger-holes) are an option for the more quick weavers. There will be opportunity to make a shaped basket or a straight cylinder, using a choice of weaves.


Etal Basketmaking Group meet on a Sunday each month from !0.00am - 4.00pm in the Etal Village Hall. From time to time beginners classes or a taught session are organised, but most sessions are run on a self-help basis.


If you would like further information please contact:
Mary Barber at mary.barber@virgin.net

 

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Kirknewton website is looking for feedback.

Kirknewton website is looking for feedback.

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Since the launch of the new Kirknewton website, more and more people are becoming aware of our community, and every day it is gathering a pace.

Plans are in hand to include exciting new blogs, video content and photographs, so keep logging on to the website, and also the Kirknewton Facebook page.

As this project is very new, we welcome honest and constructive feedback, most importantly about what you may feel is missing, or in need of improvement. This will enhance the site, and make it stronger.

Thank you for all the fantastic support, and interest in our Kirknewton community. If you would like to make a comment, then please click here to access our contact page.

 

 

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Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton.

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Cheviot Artists, Kirknewton have organised a workshop in the Kirknewton Village Hall.

Tuesday,7th October from 10am - 4pm

You are invited to a painting and drawing workshop with Newcastle based wildlife artist Gina Gelder.

All you need to provide is watercolour paper, paint and permanent ink with pens for dipping and technical work. Brushes will be provided by Gina.

Linch and workshop - £15.

Limited places so secure you place early. Please contact ANGIE on 01668 283004 no later than Wednesday 1st October.

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