Articles May 2022

Longhorsley Parish 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. The presentation of the Longhorsley Community Award will also take place at this meeting.

The Annual Parish Council meeting will be held on 11th May 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.

Archies Pond

The refurbishment works are now drawing to a close. The ponds have been dredged and three smaller run-off ponds created, the footpaths have been installed and the new decking is scheduled to be installed by the end of April. Once the surfacing of the pathways has settled, a compactor will be used to ensure that they are level and smooth.

Three new benches, made out of recycled plastic, are also to be installed, hopefully by the time you read this article!!

Litter on the Common

It has been noted that litter is being left on the Common, making it look untidy and unkempt. Can we please remind you to use the litter bins provided. If you have an event on the Common, with lots of waste, please make sure that you have made arrangements to bag the waste and take it home with you in order to prevent the bins overflowing.

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

To celebrate the Jubilee, Longhorsley Parish Council is taking part in the official “Lighting of the Beacons” event on 2nd June, to take place on the Village Green. The lighting time is 9.45pm, and we hope to provide music from the Proms from 9.00pm to get us all into the National Spirit of the event. We have also planted 7 native fruit trees, one for every decade of the Queen’s reign, and the area will be known as the “Longhorsley Jubilee Orchard”.

We know that many of you will be holding Street and Garden parties over the weekend – but did you know that a special Jubilee Tart has been commissioned and we hope some of you will try it at your events?

The recipe has been designed to incorporate ingredients from all four nations of the UK.

England: Cheddar Cheese Northern Ireland: Potatoes

Scotland: Smoked Salmon Wales: Leek

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Tart


5 oz plain flour

1 1/4 oz margarine

1 1/4 oz vegetable fat

1 1/2 tbsp cold water

OR "use ready-made shortcrust pastry"

8” loose-bottom flan tin

baking beans


4 oz smoked salmon (trimmings or chopped)

2 oz leek

4 oz cooked potatoes

2 3/4 oz Cheddar cheese (grated)

7 fl oz single cream

2 large eggs (beaten)

1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

black pepper

butter or oil

1. To make pastry - place flour in bowl add the fats and rub in lightly with fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add enough cold water to bind to a soft dough, knead briefly and shape in to a ball. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

2. Roll out the pastry and use to line the flan tin. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Line pastry shell with foil and fill with baking beans. Place tin on a heated baking tray and bake in preheated oven at 200°C Fan (Gas 7) for 10 minutes, remove foil and baking beans, return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.

3. Reduce oven temperature to 160°C Fan (Gas 4)

4. Scrub potatoes and place in a pan of lightly salted boiling water to cook for 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool before removing the skin and then slicing thinly.

5. Finely chop leek. Heat a little butter or oil in a small frying pan, add chopped leek to the pan and cook over a low to moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until soft but not coloured - allow to cool.

6. Mix together cream, beaten eggs, chopped parsley and plenty of ground black pepper. Layer filling in pastry case: spread smoked salmon over base of tart followed by cooked leek and then 2 oz grated cheese (keeping remaining 3⁄4 oz to sprinkle on top). Top with thinly sliced cooked potatoes. Sprinkle remaining grated cheese over the top then gently pour cream and egg mixture in to the tart.

7. Bake in oven for 30 - 35 minutes until filling is set and golden. Serve cold.

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

Northumbria Police are encouraging people to use their new tool Northumbria Connected to help them in their Neighbourhood Policing strategy. On sign up you can decide on the updates that you will receive by text or email, and there is a short survey to highlight what is important to you and your community.

You can subscribe at

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

Included in this year’s NCC Budget is over £2 million of new money for U and C class roads so we can catch up on some of our smaller roads that need work. I’ve put forward a number of bits including around Todburn, but we have hundreds of miles across the County to work on.

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

Glen Sanderson 07730 979737

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Longhorsley Sewage Treatment Works Upgrade

Northumbrian Water are planning to improve the performance of their wastewater treatment at Longhorsley. This essential work will help to improve the water quality of the Longdike Burn and ensure that the treatment facility continues to serve the community effectively.

They hope to start construction work in late September 2022, and expect the work to take up to 3 months to complete.

They don’t expect significant disruption, apart from a noticeable increase in construction traffic along East Road off the A1 during the construction period.

More information can be found here.

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Citizens Advice - Are you struggling with your finances?

It’s always worth checking if there are benefits you don’t know about that you’re eligible for, including support with your energy costs and living costs. On the Citizens Advice website there’s a benefits calculator, advice on how to reduce living costs and information on other ways to increase your income: here is the link.

There’s also emergency support that you may have access to, such as food bank vouchers or fuel vouchers. You could contact your local council to see if they could also offer support.

If you’re struggling to stay on top of bills, it’s really important to understand what money you have coming in and going out each month. Citizens Advice has a budgeting tool on its website that can help with this.

And if you’re already behind on bills, prioritise paying your rent or mortgage, plus energy bills and Council Tax first. Not paying these bills has the most serious consequences. You should speak to the person or company you owe money to, to see if they can help you repay your bills sustainably.

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Remote Access Scams

This alert was distributed by the Northumbria Connected service, which is mentioned earlier in this Tree.

More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.

Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank, saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative, the fraudster’s goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

Only install software or grant remote access to your computer if you’re asked by someone you know and trust, such as a friend or family member, and never as a result of an unsolicited call, browser pop up, or text message.

Remember, a bank or service provider will never contact you out of the blue requesting remote access to your device.

If you believe your laptop, PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or some other type of malware, follow the NCSC’s guidance on recovering an infected device.

Protect your money by contacting your bank immediately on a different device from the one the scammer contacted you on.

Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 or on this website.

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Changes to X14 Bus Times (was Breaking News)

Timetable effective from Sunday 10th April 2022.

Changes are in red.

X means: service cancelled.

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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.

Facebook The Flying Fryer 07984 426 725


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

Next visit is 5th May.

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 is planning to visit on Wednesdays.

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 visits will be on 6th May and 3rd June.

The Mobile Library Service website can be found here

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June Edition

The last date for submissions is 20th May. 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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