Articles April 2022

National and local support for refugees

Almost 4 million Ukrainian refugees have fled their country. The UK allows in refugees if they have a family member already living here, or if they have a UK sponsor (family or organisation) who will take them in. Only refugees named by a sponsor are allowed into the country.

A number of charities and other organisations are working to match potential sponsors and Ukrainian households seeking to come to the UK. One of them is Homes for Ukraine.

At the time of writing, the government is still working on a scheme to allow local councils to provide support to those who are taking in refugees.

The council are now asking that, instead of goods and supplies, that people make financial donations directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Appeal.

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Longhorsley Parish Council

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on 13th April, in the Village Hall, starting at 7pm, with a parishioner slot at 8pm. Meeting notices are displayed on village notice boards, with minutes and other info found on the Parish Council website.

Contact details for the current members are detailed below:

Clerk: Gillian Turner, 4 Lowther Close, Seaton Manor, Ashington, NE63 0HY 01670 812704 or

Chairman: Penny Ford 788278

Councillors: Kirsty Bell, Peter Boyle, Norman Douglas, Andy Hedman, Anne Peat and David Pringle.

MUGA Lights

Owing to issues getting the token box repaired by the current supplier, we have now sourced an alternative box to operate the MUGA lights. The new box will take the existing tokens to operate the lights for 1 hour. Additionally, the new box will also accept £1 coins for 30 mins and 50p coins for 15 mins. Multiple coins can be used to get the required time, so inserting 4 x 50p coins or 2 x £1 coins will provide 1 hour of lighting.

Important Date for your Diary!

Every English Parish, by law, must hold an Annual Parish Meeting/Assembly, which is a relatively informal event, for the whole community.

This is an opportunity for the Parish Council to report to its electorate what it has accomplished in the preceding year. It is also an opportunity for residents to ask questions and provide feedback to the Council.

The Longhorsley Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Wednesday 4th May at 6.30pm in the Village Hall. This is your chance to air your views or indeed to raise any issues. All are welcome.

Maintenance Work to Tree Protectors

Some of the tree protectors on the Common are worse for wear and are looking somewhat dilapidated. As the trees are now well established, it has been decided to remove the old protectors during April. The trees will be kept under review to see how they fare.

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

High fuel prices may be leading to an increase in oil theft. Northumberland Police recommend that all oil tanks are secured safely, fitted with padlocks and, if possible, security lighting to deter opportunistic thieves.

They ask residents to stay vigilant and report any suspicious individuals and vehicles to police. If you wish to report any incident please contact Northumbria Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.

You can also report using the ‘Contacts’ page of

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Your County Councillor

The key task for us over the past two weeks has been to do all we can to help Ukrainian citizens caught up in the appalling conflict. We raised their flag at County Hall and lit the Border Bridge in Berwick with blue and yellow.

We opened 16 Collection Points across the County for donations and we have been overwhelmed with donations. Lorry loads have left for Poland with more to go next week.

I also wrote to the Prime Minister asking for a refugee programme that would allow us to play our part. Hopefully this will be agreed soon.

The kindness and generosity of Northumbrians has been just fantastic so thank you.

As always if I can help with anything please let me know.

Glen Sanderson 07730 979737

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Longhorsley St Helen’s C of E First School

Welcome to School News

The children are holding a fun run on Friday 1st April from approximately 9.20am - 10.20am, in aid of our charities that we have chosen this year (St Oswald's Hospice and The Ghanaians’ Trust).  Please cheer them on if you see them on their run through the village!

The School Eco Committee is taking part in the Great Big School Clean 2022, which is taking place from the end of March until the 10th April. The children will be litter picking in the village so please look out for them as they help to keep the village tidy!

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Ultrafast Broadband Project Update

The build in Longframlington is starting next month and Longhorsley should be after that.

It is therefore predicted that connections will start in June and July.

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Old Church Update

After last year’s work by volunteers clearing the church interior from weeds and rubble, work is now under way to create and populate the flower beds inside the church.

The first area has been cleared of weeds again and has been planted with donated flowers.

Two benches are in production, and the information boards are ready, which have been funded by the Windfarm Fund.

We’re well on the way to our goal of caring for the old building and making it a pleasant place to stop.

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Coquet Concert Band

The Coquet Valley’s own concert band is getting back to rehearsing this year’s programme of challenging and varied music, following successful concerts in Felton, Rothbury and Acklington towards the end of 2021.

The diary for 2022 is beginning to fill up so look out for one of our performances near you. Better still, be part of the music making! If you play a brass or woodwind instrument to Grade 5 standard or above, why not come and join us on a Wednesday evening in Swarland.

Contact us: or via our Facebook page.

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Longhorsley Takeaway Food

We will send out a Breaking News if we are notified of any changes.

The Shoulder of Mutton

The Shoulder of Mutton is open and offering takeaways every day.

Sunday lunches 12-6pm ~ Monday to Saturday 5pm-8pm

See their menu at ~ phone 788236 to order

Pizzeria Padre

Pizzeria Padre at West Moor Farm (by Forget Me Not Country Park) is open for collection every Thursday & Saturday 5pm - 8pm.

Order by 5pm Tuesday for Thursday or 5pm Thursday for Saturday.

See the menu and place orders at

The Flying Fryer

The Flying Fryer will be here every Friday from 4pm to 7pm, depending on demand.

They won't be here Friday 22nd April.

Facebook The Flying Fryer 07984 426 725


Dou_h&co are here some Thursdays 4:30pm – 7:30pm.

Next visit is 7th April.

Pre-order on 07507 834 628 from Tuesday 9am each week.

See their menu on the Dou_h & Co Facebook page and

Mivesi Naan Truck

Mivesi Naan Truck have not notified us of any future visits.

For updates see the Mivesi Facebook page.

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Post Office in Longhorsley Village Hall

Monday 9:15am to 12:15pm

Tuesday 9:15am to 10:45am

Friday 11:30am to 1:30pm

Please note that this Outreach Service cannot accept large parcels.

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Mobile Library Visiting Times

The Mobile Library visits Longhorsley once a month, on Fridays between 3pm and 4pm, in the Village Hall car park.

The next visit will be on Friday 8th April.

The Mobile Library Service website can be found here

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May Edition

The last date for submissions is 20th April. You can email or phone us, or leave short articles in Millar's Village Shop.

If you leave an article in the shop, please include your phone number.

Please keep articles under 250 words, if at all possible.

Jan and Sheena Haveman 07834 740649

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