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A picturesque landscape of high hills, open moorland, gently rolling farmland and the scenic River Breamish!

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Ice Day

What an ice day!

The start of a new (and hopefully much brighter and happier) year brought a cold snap to the valley. Temperatures were below freezing and the Met office was suggesting the possibility of a new Beast from the East later in the month. The original Beast from the East hit us in March 2018, when the whole of the Breamish Valley was knee-deep in snow. Well, we didn’t have to deal with that yesterday but it was cold enough to begin freezing the lakes.

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Shawdon Hall Image Added

Shawdon Hall added to Breamish Valley Photographic Collection

With the recent republication of A History of Shawdon Hall, this prompted me to search for a vintage image of the Hall, as the ones we’ve had access to are relatively recent images. I eventually found and purchased a postcard from Berlin. Yes! Berlin in Germany. Who’d have thought that you’d have to go back to the EU to obtain old images of your local area?

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A Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

However you celebrate the Christmas season, songs and carols are such a staple. We hear them on the radio, as background music in shops, rousingly played by brass bands in our streets, and on the tinkling pianos and other instruments that our children and grandchildren are learning to play. And we would have enjoyed singing them as a local community around the Christmas tree such as Powburn’s Community Garden.

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Christmas Bubble 2020

A Merry North Northumberland Christmas

We have today received some helpful guidance information from Ruth Armstrong, Locality Coordinator North Northumberland (part of Northumberland County Council’s ‘Northumberland Communities Together’). It focuses on Christmas Bubbles, the local Tier System, so-called ‘winter guidance’ and more.

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