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Storm drains overflowing in Powburn

Storm Frank: storm drains overflowing

[All images © Robbie Burn 2016 – used with permission]

In the wake of Storm Frank (29 – 30 December 2015), north Northumberland continues to experience heavy rain. The recent storms (beginning with Storm Abigail on 12 December 2015) have caused structural damage, uplifted several trees, destroyed iconic views, left fields flooded and a number of roads currently barely passable.

On the evening of 3 December 2015, local residents helped to avert flooding in Powburn. However, the relentless rain over the past few days continues to cause concern for Powburn residents. Several of the storm drains are blocked. There are problems with more than a few drains around Powburn but a number on the A697 South of the village are causing concern.

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Gallery of Wonder on Tour video

Science, art and wonder…

The Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition at the Powburn Show 2015 was a great success.

It surprised visitors who had expected a traditional country show with dog trials, wrestling and jam-making with a “showground curiosity” from the past… “a black tent full of video installations, and taxidermy and all manner of strange and engaging things!”

Wow! That’s the reaction we’re looking for!

Funded by Arts Council England, Berwick Visual Arts, Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Northumberland County Council, the Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition aimed to encourage questioning of relationships between art and science, gallery spaces and museums.

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Cheviot Views online (December 2015)

Cheviot Views online: No 24, December 2015

The latest issue of Cheviot Views: the newsletter for Hedgeley Parish is now available and, if you’re a resident of Hedgeley Parish, it should be dropping through your letterbox any moment.

A few of the highlights include:

  • Of this Parish – Richard Poppleton looks back over his life from childhood in Sussex through to Hedgeley Parish Clerk living at Titlington Mount
  • Nature Matters – Hugh Tindle reflects on how the recent change in weather has affected our local flora and fauna
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In Memoriam Sarah Wilson

Thursday 10 December 2015

Remembering Sarah Wilson 1952-2015

Sarah Wilson: 1952 – 2015

A service of remembrance was held for Sarah Wilson at St Michael & All Angels church in Ingram today, commencing at 2:00pm.

Sarah sadly passed away last week, having fought lung cancer for several months. Sarah was well known to the people of Northumberland. She was a much-loved wife, mother and grandmother who was known for her ‘straight talking’, her love for her friends and family, and her enduring love for the countryside, including her horses and dogs who were always by her side. Sarah is also known in the Breamish Valley as the author of ‘Reflections: The Breamish Valley and Ingram’ that charts the lives and times of people and places in the valley, and ‘A Short History and Guide to Ingram Church’.

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Hedgeley Parish Council policies updated

Hedgeley Parish Council policies

Following the December Hedgeley Parish Council meeting, a couple of policies and procedures have been reviewed and updated:

  • Data Protection and Information Security Policy
  • Publication Scheme

If you’d like a hard copy of either of the above they are available by post from the Parish Clerk at a charge of 10p per A4 side, plus second class postage.

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Christmas Crafts success

Christmas Crafts success…and Santa too!

The Christmas Crafts and Santa event that took place in the Breamish Hall on Saturday 28 November 2015 was a great success.

This is an annual event in Powburn and more people than ever attended this year. In fact, it was so successful that £490.00 was raised for good causes.

As usual, there were a number of Christmas crafts stalls and the light lunch of soup and bread roll, with a lovely cup of tea or coffee went down very well.

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Powburn flooding averted

Powburn flooding prevented by locals

On Thursday night (3rd December) heavy rain caused flooding in Powburn. Water streamed down from the Glanton road and the A697 into the heart of the village flooding the pub car park and down to the bridge over the Pow Burn.

About twenty villagers turned out in the dark and torrential rain to help. The emergency sandbags stored at the Breamish Hall were filled by one team, another team delivered them whilst another began stemming the flow down the Glanton road.

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Heating Oil Club

Whittingham and Powburn Heating Oil Club

Local Powburn resident, Julia Simpson has been in touch to alert us to the Whittingham and Powburn Heating Oil Club.

It’s affiliated to the national ‘The Oil-Club’ and has had a number of recommendations. It’s featured in Which? on line (Getting the Best Oil Price), The Sunday Times & The Telegraph Money Section, on Radio 4 and ITV’s Tonight program Power to the People. It’s the largest oil club in the UK and works to ensure members get the best price and service by negotiating the bulk purchase of heating oil, saving our members £100’s.

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