Articles June 2022

Longhorsley Community Awards 2022

In March 2022, parishioners were asked to nominate a person or organisation who they believed had enhanced the parish through:

  • service to the community

  • contributing to the life of the parish

  • credit to Longhorsley’s reputation

  • charitable works

  • selflessness

The number of nominations received determined who the lucky recipient would be. This year we had joint winners, Jan Chisholm and Tanya Graham.

Those parishioners who nominated Jan and Tanya said that they demonstrated “perfectly” what Community Spirit is about when some residents needed help and support during and after Storm Arwen. They went above and beyond normal neighbourly help, organising daily hot evening meals for those without power, and ensured that hot drinks were available throughout the day. They also checked properties they suspected were without power or communications to see if anyone needed extra help from the Council and other services. Not only that, but they are carrying on and have acquired a grant to update the Village Hall kitchen facilities to cater for larger numbers should similar situations arise in the future. Jan emphasised that it was a “Team” effort and thanked everyone who had offered support.

Unfortunately, Tanya could not attend the meeting, but her husband kindly accepted the award on her behalf - their awards were presented by the Chairman Penny Ford – Congratulations to you both!

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Longhorsley Parish Council

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, 8th June, 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: Norman Douglas 07485 174529

Councillors: Kirsty Bell, Peter Boyle, Penny Ford, Andy Hedman, Anne Peat and David Pringle.

Longhorsley Parish Council welcomes its new Chairman

At the Annual meeting of the Parish Council on 11th May, Cllr Norman Douglas was elected to the position of Chairman.

Thanks were given to Cllr Penny Ford who took over the reins in the interim period following the passing of former Chairman Iain Elliott. She will now continue as Vice-Chair.

Archies Pond

The refurbishment work is now complete and we will be holding an official opening ceremony at the end of June - the date of which will be announced soon.

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Your County Councillor

One of the bits about being a county councillor I enjoy the most is to have £15,000 each year to allocate to specific projects in my patch. Longhorsley has had contributions for Archie's Pond, the MUGA, and other very different projects over the years including speed monitoring signs and so on. I would be very happy to make a contribution to something this year - there are some stipulations but please drop me an email if there is a project I may be able to help with. If it meets the criteria then I will gladly look to see if I can help.

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

Glen Sanderson 07730 979737

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

Our Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Andrea Teasdale, is on secondment at the moment.

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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Longhorsley St Helen’s C of E First School News

Litter & Waste - this is part of the Eco Committee's Newsletter which has gone out to parents this week.

  • To complement the ‘The Great Big School Clean’, which took place last half term, we will be taking part in village litter picks. 

  • We will be putting up some anti-litter posters in the village. 

  • We are taking part in the UK's biggest school recycling programme!

We are becoming battery recycling pioneers. Please send your used batteries into school so the Eco Committee can put them in their collection boxes.

Bible Club 

Some of the children are taking part in the School Bible Club every week, lead by Reverend Audrey.

Yesterday's theme was about how the early church began and Matthaeus. They then went on to look at the story of the Lost Sheep, from Matthew 18: verse 12.

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The Servant Queen

A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Honour her for all that her hands have done…

Proverbs 31:30-31

Warrior, Servant, Woman

Battle-scarred but undefeated,

Faithful in service;

Mother, and matriarch of the Commonwealth;

She has offered her life

Unquestioning to God, her King.

She has washed undeserving feet;

Given hospitality to strangers;

Turned the other cheek;

She has stood resolutely in the

Light of God’s Wisdom

And heeded His strengthening whisper in the darkest of nights.

And He has made her

Victorious, happy and glorious in this life;

His warrior, His servant, His child – and another crown awaits her,

In eternity, more lasting and precious than anything on earth.

Lesley Smith Longhorsley Mission

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June Tweets along Archie’s Pond

Now that the path has been restored, a slow walk past the ponds will produce a big variety of song from our summer migrants. Blackcaps hold at least three territories, with the males singing to attract a mate and define their “patch”. Look for them in the village too, by the bottle recycling and from the path between Whitegates and Church View. These migrants from North Africa are not shy and will often show themselves as they sing. It has quite a complex sequence of phrases to its song, something like a harsher version of a Blackbird. Another fine singer is the Garden Warbler, with overlapping habitat requirements to the Blackcap. So almost the same places along Archie’s Pond and the village, but slightly fewer chances to hear them.

Another reliable singer is the Willow Warbler with territories along the East and South Roads and by the Haining path if you cannot make it to Archie’s Pond. This species is noted for singing right through to September. It has a distinctive descending scale in the main body of the song. Also widespread throughout the village and along the walk is the Chiffchaff, with a two-note song of its name.

These are the commonest migrant songbirds around, look on the British Trust for Ornithology or RSPB websites to hear recordings of their songs and calls.

Andrew Brunt 788352

For more information about birds in Northumberland, visit the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club website

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Longhorsley Ball Update

We are delighted to let you know that we are able to distribute £1,800 profit made at the Longhorsley Ball. The local causes benefitting from donations are St Helen’s Church, St Helen’s First School, Longhorsley Junior Football Club, Longhorsley WI and Longhorsley Village Playgroup. We are also delighted to give a donation to the Parish towards the work being carried out at the Old Church and wood, and Archie’s Pond.

We are very grateful to all those who have supported the Ball; it continues to be a fantastic local tradition and excellent fundraiser. However, in order to secure the future of the ball, and to ensure that it continues to generate profit, Karen and I are being joined this summer by two new committee members (from Rothbury and Longframlington). We hope this will widen the net a little and allow us to maximise our ticket sales.

This year’s ball will be the 25th!! It will be held on Saturday 3rd December, and we’d love to make it a bumper one on its silver anniversary!

To reserve your table please contact either of us. No need for payment yet but if you want to secure your place please get in touch.

With our best wishes, and hoping you’ll join us on the 3rd of December.

Lizzy Prescott 07595 909510 and Karen Fish 07803 603376

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Northumberland News

The Summer Edition of the County Council’s free newsletter is now available on the Council website, or from the online version of the Tree.

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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

The Flying Fryer

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

They will not be here on Fridays 1st and 8th July.

Facebook The Flying Fryer 07984 426 725


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

The next visit dates are 9th June and 7th July.

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 3rd June and 1st July.

The Mobile Library Service website can be found here

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July/August Edition

The last date for submissions is 20th June. 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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