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Tribute to John Taylor

Remembering John Taylor

John Taylor, who served as a councillor for more than 28 years, died peacefully at home last week aged 77, after a short illness.

John represented the Longhoughton ward of Northumberland County Council. During a political career of more than 28 years he had served as leader of the former Alnwick District Council and also as a parish councillor. John was active on the district council from 1986 to 2009 and had been a serving member of Northumberland County Council since 2001.

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Antiques Centre Re-launch


Hedgeley Antique Centre IMG_3751

Just on the A697 in Powburn at the Hedgeley Services a change is underway. The long-term organiser of the Antiques Centre will now be focussing her attention on the Village Tea Room & Emporium in Powburn. But that doesn’t mean that the Centre is going to close. Instead, it’s going to be run as a co-operative of existing traders. I met with Tracy Fiddes to find out more.

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A697 Closed – accident – 21 Jan 2014

The A697 Powburn is closed following a road traffic collision involving a heavy lorry which has left the carriageway. 

Police are at the scene with diversions in place whilst specialist vehicle recovery is being arranged.

The road remains closed in both directions. Emergency services are in attendance.

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Christmas Cheviot Views 2013

The latest issue of Cheviot Views: the newsletter for Hedgeley Parish has now been printed and should be dropping through your door in the next few days or so. Our distributors will be braving the cold weather to bring you all the news. Look out for an article about George Dagg from West Lodge, Shawdon Hall, a history of Crawley Tower by Mike Smith, seasonal recipes from May Wilson…and much more!

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A History of Crawley Tower

By MIKE SMITH (Sep 2013)

[Crawley Tower is at OS Grid Reference: NU0616]

The ancient name of Crawley was Caer-law, or Crawlawe, signifying the ‘fortified hill’. Appropriately, the most significant historic landmark remaining today at Crawley is Crawley Tower, a scheduled monument and a grade 2* listed building, consisting of a medieval Pele tower surrounded by fortified buildings, which stand on top of a steep hill immediately to the East of Powburn, positioned with fine views of the Cheviot Hills and the length of the Breamish Valley.

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Newcastle Police Aid to Romanian children

Police Aid

ROBBIE BURN of Powburn gives us an account of his work in helping destitute, disadvantaged and disaffected children in Romania.

[All images © Robbie Burn 2013 – used with permission]

Brutal Background

Romania is situated on the far eastern outskirts of Europe, bordered by the Black Sea to the east, Bulgaria to the south, Moldova and the Ukraine to the north and Hungary and Bosnia to the west.

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