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Name our Sheep

The Longhorsley Illuminated Sheep will arrive on the 22nd October, and we're asking for suggestions for its name.

Write on a piece of paper: your name and a contact phone number and your suggestion for the Sheep’s name.

Post your suggestion in the Sheep Post Box which is now in the Village Hall until the 8th October. It will be in St. Helen’s School next week, 10th - 14th October.

Added October 4th

Commemoration Service

On Thursday 15th September 2022 at 12pm a Commemoration Service marking the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held on the Village Green - or St Helen’s Church in case of wet weather.

Added September 11th

Post Office: Modified Opening Times from Monday 15th August

The Post Office will reopen this coming Monday 15th August, but with modified opening hours until the end of September / early October.

The new opening times are:

  • Monday: 9.15am - 11.15am

  • Tuesday: 9.15am - 1.15pm

  • Friday: closed

We will send out a further update once we know when the Post Office will return to its normal opening hours.

Added August 13th

Post Office Reopening from Monday 1st August

Brooke has let us know that the Post Office service in the Village Hall will reopen on Monday 1st August - so the Post Office will still be closed this coming Friday.

There will be some changes to the Post Office opening times (changes in red below):

Monday 9:15am to 11:45am

Tuesday 9:15am to 10:45am

Friday 11:30am to 1:15pm

Added July 28th

Local History Society at Eshott Airfield

Longhorsley Local History Society is having a tour of Eshott airfield and hangars on Tuesday 12th July. Could anyone wishing to go please meet at the airfield for a 5pm start.

Directions are attached and the event is free of charge.

Added July 11th

Live Music in the Village Hall

On Friday 15th July the Lounge Lizards will be playing in Longhorsley Village Hall.

They play "red hot rhythm & blues with a few 60s classics thrown into the mix and a bit of rock & roll on the side". Check them out on Facebook "The Lounge Lizards UK".

Doors open at 8.15pm, and there will be a bar.

Admission is £5, all are welcome!

Added June 28th

Affordable Rented Property Available in Longhorsley

Karbon Homes have a 1 bed bungalow available to rent in Longhorsley.

Details are available on the Homefinder website.

Applicants who have registered with Homefinder and are eligible for this type of property have until 23:59 Monday June 6th to place a bid.

"IMPORTANT: Priority for over 55 or with ground floor assessed medical need. Will be let in line with Karbon Homes allocation policy."

The Parish Council's Affordable Housing Information document provides information for those people trying to understand if they may qualify for affordable housing, how to register and how to bid for an affordable home.

Added June 2nd

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Lighting of the Beacon

On Thursday 2nd June 2022, Longhorsley Parish Council is honoured to be taking part in the official beacon lighting ceremonies.

The Beacon will be lit on the Village Green at 9.45 pm with some traditional music leading up to this historic event.

Help us celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Added May 31st

Affordable Rented Property Available in Longhorsley

Karbon Homes have a 1 bed bungalow available to rent in Longhorsley.

Details are available on the Homefinder website.

Applicants who have registered with Homefinder and are eligible for this type of property have until 23:59 Monday May 30th to place a bid.

"IMPORTANT: Priority for over 55 or with ground floor assessed medical need. Electric night storage heating, bath and on street parking. Will be let in line with Karbon Homes allocation policy."

The Parish Council's Affordable Housing Information document provides information for those people trying to understand if they may qualify for affordable housing, how to register and how to bid for an affordable home.

Added May 26th

Songs of Praise on the Village Green

As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations you are all invited on Sunday 5th June at 4pm to Songs of Praise on the Longhorsley Village Green.

Bring a chair and a picnic. Crowns and Tiaras welcome!

The song list and lyrics can be found here.

Added May 12th, updated June 2nd

Affordable Rented Property Available in Longhorsley

Karbon Homes have a 1 bed bungalow available to rent in Longhorsley.

Details are available on the Homefinder website.

Applicants who have registered with Homefinder and are eligible for this type of property have until 23:59 Monday May 16th to place a bid.

"IMPORTANT: Priority for over 55 or with ground floor assessed medical need. Electric heating. Will be let in line with Karbon Homes allocation policy."

The Parish Council's Affordable Housing Information document provides information for those people trying to understand if they may qualify for affordable housing, how to register and how to bid for an affordable home.

Added May 12th

St Helen's Church now open again

St Helen’s Church will be opened for worship on Sunday 24th April. They are very grateful to Ian Pagan for enabling them to use Longhorsley Mission for worship.

Everyone is welcome. The wearing of face covering and social distancing are discretionary.

Added 21st April

Archie's Pond now open

The path along Archie's Pond is now open for walking. There is still some work ongoing on finishing the path edges and the decking.

Added 3rd April

Funeral of June Thorns

June passed away on 20th March. She was instrumental in the creation of the Millennium Embroidery which hangs in the Village Hall, and was very well known by many villagers.

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday 6th April at 10.30 in the Catholic Church in Longhorsley.

Details can be found in this Death Notice.

Added 2nd April

Changes to X14 Bus Times

Effective from Sunday 10th April 2022.

Added 2nd April

Bag2School Appeal at Longhorsley First School

Longhorsley First School is doing a Bag2School event on Friday 25th March via their PTA. They are collecting good quality second hand items (clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories) as they are saving for a new kitchen in their Early Years provision, so all of the children can learn about food safety, food hygiene and can start cooking and baking here in school.

If anyone has any donations for the Bag2School event then please do drop them in at the school any time this week before 9am on 25th March - it would be very much appreciated!

Added 22nd March

Scam Alert: Fake text messages and emails

Watch out for fake text messages pretending to be from the NHS. Since 1st Jan, 412 victims have reported losses totalling more than £531,000.

Below is an example of the fake NHS messages reported to Action Fraud.

Action Fraud has also received many reports of fake emails claiming to raise money for the Ukraine - for example by selling t-shirts or asking for bitcoin donations. The links in these emails lead to malicious websites aiming to steal your money and personal information.

Also stay alert for texts claiming to report a failed parcel delivery, with a link to a malicious website. These are still around.

For more information see the Action Fraud Facebook page.

Updated 20th March

Road closure near Cragside entrance

The B6341 going North from Rothbury (past Cragside) will be closed at Debdon Bridge (just North of the Cragside main entrance) to repair the bridge parapets. The closure is expected to last from 14th March to 1st April, at all times.

For further details please check the one.network website.

Added 12th March

Planning Appeal - 1-2 South Road

The refused planning application for the conversion of 1-2 South Road to 2 dwellings is being appealed by the applicant.

You can find full details on the county's Planning Portal.

Added Feb 21st

Pub Quiz in the Shoulder on Tuesday 1st March


Added Feb 26th

Overnight Roadworks on A697 at Weldon Bridge

The bridge over the River Coquet will be resurfaced during the night of February 24th.

There will be traffic control with convoy working, whereby traffic is guided through the works by a vehicle, between 8pm and 5am.

Added Feb 21st

Affordable Rented Property Available in Longhorsley

Karbon Homes have a 1 bed bungalow available to rent in Longhorsley.

Details are available on the Homefinder website.

Applicants who have registered with Homefinder and are eligible for this type of property have until 23:59 Monday February 21st to place a bid.

"IMPORTANT: One bedroom bungalow. Priority for over 55 or with ground floor assessed medical need. Electric night storage heating. On street parking. Bath. Will be let in line with Karbon Homes allocation policy."

The Parish Council's Affordable Housing Information document provides information for those people trying to understand if they may qualify for affordable housing, how to register and how to bid for an affordable home.

Added Feb 17th

Share your views about accessing GP practices


Patients, carers and members of the public in Northumberland are being urged to have their say about accessing healthcare at GP practices.

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for buying and planning the county’s healthcare, would like to better understand patient experiences to help inform any future changes to accessing GP services in the county.

Through an online survey, the CCG wants to gather patients’ views on issues such as which healthcare professional they are willing to see, how quickly they want to be seen, if weekend and evening appointments are useful, and how far they are willing to travel or if a telephone or online consultation would be preferred.

The survey is available here and is open until 25 February. It will take around 10 minutes to complete. And as a thank-you, those sharing their views will be given the option to be entered into a prize draw where they could win a £100, £50 or £25 High Street voucher.

For more information or to receive paper copies of the survey, please email the NHS Engagement Team norccg.comms@nhs.net or call 01670 335 157.

Added Feb 11th

Road Closure

East Road will be closed between Burgham Park and the A1 due to roadworks. It is expected that the road will be closed from Wednesday 9th February until Friday 11th February between the hours of 09.30 and 15.00.

For further details please check the one.network website.

Added Feb 6th

Play Area Closure

The Church View Play Area will be closed on Wednesday 9th February for essential maintenance.

Added Feb 6th

MUGA Floodlights Out of Action

The MUGA floodlights will be out of action from Monday 24th January for up to 2 weeks. The slotted front plate of the token box needs urgent repair.

Added Jan 22nd

Smallburn Road Closure

Smallburn Road will be closed for roadworks during daytime hours (8:00 - 16:00) from Monday 17th January for up to five days.

For further details please see this Letter from the Council or check the one.network website.

Added Jan 14th

Affordable Rented Property Available in Longhorsley

Karbon Homes have a 1 bed bungalow available to rent in Longhorsley.

Details are available on the Homefinder website.

Applicants who have registered with Homefinder and are eligible for this type of property have until 23:59 Monday January 17th to place a bid.

"IMPORTANT: Priority for over 55 or with ground floor assessed medical need. Will be let in line with Karbon Homes allocation policy."

The Parish Council's Affordable Housing Information document provides information for those people trying to understand if they may qualify for affordable housing, how to register and how to bid for an affordable home.

Added Jan 13th

Longhorsley Ball

Our annual Longhorsley Ball on Saturday 4th December 2021 had to be postponed as a result of Storm Arwen.

It is going ahead on Saturday 29th January at Linden Hall.

If anyone would like to purchase tickets (even if you weren’t coming on the 4th December), then please get in touch by the end of this week.

Lizzy Prescott 07595909510

Added Jan 10th

Flying Fryer Visiting Times

The Flying Fryer will not be here this Friday Jan 7th. Normal service will resume next week.

Added Jan 5th

GP Surgery Updates

Greystoke Surgery Covid Vaccination Clinic - Saturday 8th January


Greystoke Surgery and Gas House Lane Surgery’s next Covid Booster clinic will be held at Morpeth NHS Centre on Saturday 8th January.

If you have had a text from us please book via the link or alternatively contact the surgery to book an appointment as soon as possible please.

Added Jan 5th

Local Pharmacies Open at Christmas

Dec 25th Dec 26th Dec 27th Dec 28th

Boots Pharmacy, 41 Bridge Street, Morpeth 2pm-4pm 10am-4pm

Asda Pharmacy, Ashington 10am-noon 10am-4pm 10am-4pm 10am-4pm

See Northumberland CCG's spreadsheet of Christmas and New Year pharmacy opening times here
Added Dec 19th

A1 Dualling

The Secretary of State has decided to set a new deadline for decision on the application to dual the A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham.

A decision was due 5 January 2022. The deadline is now extended to 5 June 2022.

See the written statement here

See details of the preferred route on our A1 Morpeth to Ellingham Dualling webpage.

Added Dec 19th

Covid Pass Scam

NCC are warning residents about a scam email circulating in the region.
The scam email invites people to fill out an application for a Covid pass via a link:
https://covidpass-info.com which takes them to what appears to be a convincing replica of the NHS website.

Once on the site you are asked to enter your name, date of birth and address and then asked to pay £4.99 to receive your Covid pass.
Residents wanting an NHS Covid Pass can get it free of charge, digitally through the NHS App or the online NHS COVID Pass service, which can be found directly on the NHS website
www.nhs.uk

See the NCC news item Beware of Covid pass scam asking for money

Added Dec 19th

GP Surgery Updates

Rothbury Practice

We now have Covid-19 vaccine appointments available at our practice site.
If you are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine please call us on 01669 620 339 to book in.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of your second vaccine.
Haven't had your first vaccine yet? You can book that with us too.

Added Dec 16th Updated Dec 20th

NCC Budget Consultation

Residents are being encouraged to have their say on county council budget proposals for next year.
People can give their views on a wide range of issues online at
https://nland.uk/22-23-budget until January 21st.
See the NCC news item
People encouraged to have their say on budget plans

Added Dec 11th

Storm Arwen

Compensation and Welfare Support Payments

Northern Powergrid report that the majority of customers who were affected by Storm Arwen will receive their payment before Christmas and without having to contact them.
If they do not hold all the information they need you can expect a letter from them early next week inviting you to provide the required details.
The compensation payment will be £70 after the first 48 hours and £70 for every 12 hours beyond that - no limit.
All payments will be made via cheque - they will not request any bank details from you at any time.

They are continuing to process claims for payments where customers have incurred any reasonable costs and have set up an online form to help customers progress their claim.

For full details, the online claim form and FAQ go to the Northern Powergrid webpage Storm Arwen compensation & welfare support

If you have a query about compensation you can email Compensation-queries@northernpowergrid.com or phone 0800 028 9517.
The phone line will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022 and operate 9am to 5pm on weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays).

Beware of Rogue Roofers and Repairmen

NCC’s Trading Standards Service is warning people to be on their guard against rogue traders cold calling at their home offering roofing or building services, following the recent Storm Arwen. The council is advising residents to be on their guard but is also asking them to watch out for their older neighbours or vulnerable family members that may be approached by scammers.
Full details in the NCC alert
Beware of rogue roofers and repair men

Added Nov 29th Updated Dec 24th

Storm Arwen

Beware of Rogue Roofers and Repairmen

NCC’s Trading Standards Service is warning people to be on their guard against rogue traders cold calling at their home offering roofing or building services, following the recent Storm Arwen. The council is advising residents to be on their guard but is also asking them to watch out for their older neighbours or vulnerable family members that may be approached by scammers.
Full details in the NCC alert
Beware of rogue roofers and repair men

Emergency Waste Collections

If you have excess food waste caused by freezers being without power you should dispose of as much of this spoiled food waste as possible into your general household waste bin, or take it to your nearest HWRC.
There are also emergency waste drop-off points in place until Friday 10 December for bagged, spoiled food waste.
There is a drop-off point at Felton Village Hall - see the full list in the NCC news item
Emergency Waste Collections for communities badly hit by Storm Arwen

Our County Councillor

NCC has a Storm Arwen webpage with Information and support for those affected by Storm Arwen.
This includes a leaflet for residents - see below.

Glen Sanderson 07730 979737 glen.sanderson@northumberland.gov.uk

Our MP

A recent update from our MP included a section on compensation and reimbursements - see the full report here

Compensation and reimbursements

As you may know from my previous updates, Ofgem has agreed to lift the cap on compensation. The daily rate is £140 per home per day of power outage. This was previously capped at a maximum of £700. This cap has been lifted.

Northern Powergrid and Scottish Power will be proactively contacting customers about this compensation. I would expect them to be doing so once the reconnection work is complete and they can turn their resources to compensation.

Please remember this is in addition to reimbursements they are making for meals (£15 per person per meal maximum), generators and alternative accommodation. Please send your receipts and details of your claim to: StormArwen@northernpowergrid.com

[Also see the CAN webpage Claim compensation for power cuts due to Storm Arwen]

Added Nov 29th Updated Dec 14th

Met Office Warnings

The Met Office has issued an Yellow warning for wind. The warning runs Tuesday 9am till midnight and covers much of the UK. As of 11am Sunday the Met Office forecast for Longhorsley was winds gusting to 40mph during Tuesday.

The Met Office has also issued an Yellow warning for snow. The warning runs Tuesday 11am till midnight and covers parts of northern England and Scotland. As of 11am Sunday the Met Office is not forecasting snow for Longhorsley.

Check the latest forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk
Added Dec 5th

Affordable Rented Property Available in Longhorsley

Karbon Homes have a 1 bed bungalow available to rent in Longhorsley.
Details are available on the
Homefinder website.

Applicants who have registered with Homefinder and are eligible for this type of property have until
23:59
Monday December 6th to place a bid.

"Priority for over 55 or with ground floor assessed medical need."

The Parish Council's Affordable Housing Information document provides information for those people trying to understand if they may qualify for affordable housing, how to register and how to bid for an affordable home.

Added Dec 4th

Storm Arwen

Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid report that Storm Arwen resulted in about 240,000 properties losing power.
By the morning of Monday Nov 29th power had been restored to about 211,000 of these.
For more details see the full
Northern Powergrid report
Although most houses in Longhorsley now have power the Northern Powergrid website shows 40 properties where they are still currently reviewing how long it will take to get power back on.

Community Hub

The side room in Longhorsley Village Hall is available for warmth, hot drinks and phone charging for anyone without power.

A microwave oven has been placed in the side hall.

Please be aware that there may be private or group bookings in the main hall.
Weekday daytime the hall is used by Playgroup - ring the bell for access.
Outside Playgroup hours keys are available from Jan (07718 906358, Oak Tree House, Drummonds Close), Fiona (07933 721685) and Sue (788847) from 9am to 8pm.

Northumberland Communities Together

If you or anyone you know is having a difficult time you can contact Northumberland Communities Together.
They can help with a wide range of problems including getting food or medication.
If you need support phone them on 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm seven days a week.
If it's urgent you can contact Julie outside those hours on 07966 331704.

Our County Councillor

If anyone knows of anyone vulnerable that might need extra help can they phone or email me please?
Glen reports that he has spoken to Powergrid who are offering hotel stays for those in need.
NCC staff are visiting a number of Longhorsley outlying older people to offer help.
Glen Sanderson 07730 979737
glen.sanderson@northumberland.gov.uk

NCC has a Storm Arwen webpage with Information and support for those affected by Storm Arwen.
This includes a leaflet for residents - see below.

Our MP

The latest update from our MP includes a section on accommodation and food - see the full report here

Alternative accommodation and food

If you are not able to stay with a family member or friend PLEASE take advantage of the reimbursement offer form Northern Powergid as below:

If any customer is without power and is unable to make alternative arrangements to stay with family or a friend, Northern Powergrid will reimburse all reasonable costs for alternative accommodation:

  • Customers who can coordinate this themselves are encouraged to do so, being asked to keep receipts and to send details of costs incurred to Northern Powergrid’s dedicated email address StormArwen@northernpowergrid.com

  • Anyone who may need support in arranging alternative accommodation should call the 105 power cut number

Customers can also continue to access Northern Powergrid’s welfare facilities for free hot food and drinks, as well as claim the cost of takeaways or meals from local establishments, up to £15 per person per meal. Other reasonable costs incurred by customers impacted by Storm Arwen will also be considered and customers are asked to retain their receipts in order to obtain reimbursement.

Added Nov 29th Updated Dec 4th

Storm-Arwen-Flyer.pdf

Storm Arwen Social Night

Join us at Longhorsley Village Hall for music, food and drink.

Friday December 3rd 6pm to 8pm

Music supplied by Andy Craig ~ Hot and cold food ~ Hot drinks, beer and wine

Everyone welcome - even if you have power

FREE - but donations welcomed

If you could help by supplying food – particularly hot pot meals – or ingredients, please contact Jan 07718 906358

Added Dec 3rd

Met Office Warning

The Met Office has issued an Amber warning for wind.
The warning runs from 3pm Friday to 9am Saturday and covers the east of Scotland and the north east of England.

High winds associated with Storm Arwen are expected to cause some travel disruption and damage.

  • Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life

  • Probably damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs

  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected

  • Some roads and bridges likely to close

  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties

As of 10am Thursday the Met Office forecast for Longhorsley was winds gusting to over 50mph during Friday night.

This is likely to change - check the latest forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk
Added Nov 25th

Jan and Ian Millar

Covid cases infection levels are still high and we don’t want this to be a Super Spreader Event.
Many people who have Covid don’t show symptoms so please be considerate, maintain social distancing, consider wearing a mask and consider having a lateral flow test.
Don’t forget that Jan is particularly vulnerable.

You may be aware that Jan and Ian Millar are retiring from running the shop in Longhorsley.

No doubt you have found the shop invaluable and have had your day brightened by talking to Jan and Ian, so I imagine that you'd like to say 'thank you'.....and how about out saying thank you together?

If you'd like to to be involved in saying 'thank you' from the village, please use any of the following ways:

Write a brief message to Jan and Ian and post it through the door of any of the following individuals in the village, who will stick your message into a shared card:

  • Sally at 29 Whitegates

  • Lizzy at Braefoot, West Road

  • Louise at Dawn cottage, South Road

  • Jane at Lindisfarne House, East Road

  • Neil and Catherine at 19 Wilding Place

  • Jan at Oaktree cottage, Drummonds close

If you'd like to contribute to a pooled collection, please post any money along with your message, but there's no pressure to do this. Some of you have already given cards or gifts when they were expecting to leave earlier this month.

Please drop off your contributions by this Saturday evening (November 13th).

Any donated money will be used to buy Jan some flowers and Ian a bird feeding station. Any additional monies will be presented by cheque along with the shared cards and gifts this Sunday at 12 as they finish their shift. Please come along and share the moment.

If you are aware of any neighbours who might like to be involved but who don't use a computer, please let them know.

Thank you, and see you on Sunday!


PLEASE DO NOT post anything on Facebook about this as Jan & Ian will see it but they don’t receive Breaking News.

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Harvest Thanksgiving

A Harvest Thanksgiving service will be held at Longhorsley Mission on Sunday 26th September at 11am.
A warm invitation is extended to all.
All gifts will once again be donated to the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank.
Ian Pagan 788263
Added Sept 15th Back to top

NCC Offer 15,000 Free Trees

NCC’s free tree giveaway is back for a second year.

The popular Free Tree scheme is offering 15,000 tree saplings to residents, schools and community groups

For full details and to request a tree see the NCC news item Free trees to help tackle climate change
You should be notified by NCC week commencing 4th October if your request has been successful.

Requesting a tree for Old Church Wood
If you would like to apply for a free tree but don't have room for it we would welcome it for the community wood.

Please select a tree for a large garden (Wild cherry or English Oak) or medium garden (Silver birch or Rowan) and, if possible, email Tim Fish at timfish105@btinternet.com to let him know what you have selected.
You will also be asked to select a collection point, date and time.
Can we suggest you collect your tree from Morpeth in November ready for a planting session towards the end of the month.
Penny Ford 788278

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Missing Cat

Update: Stevie has been found - thanks to everyone who was keeping an eye out for her.
An all-black cat has gone missing from Wyvestow, East Road on the evening of Sunday 12th September.
She is a house cat and has only recently been re-homed so is not familiar with being outdoors and certainly not the area.
She is very timid and called "Stevie".
She can be distinguished by her aqua blue collar and her right eye being very slightly closed.
Any sightings, please contact Ross on 07795 820361.
Added Sept 13th Back to top

September 2021

Post Office Problems

The problems with the kit they use in Outreach Services appear to have been fixed - the kit is working at another location.
The Post Office will be open as normal in Longhorsley Village Hall from 11:30am today, Friday September 10th.

Added Sept 5th Updated Sept 10th Back to top

August 2021

Roadworks on A697

NCC have a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) for traffic control (two-way signals) on the A697 on Tuesday August 17th for patching repairs after the accident beside the Field Head Junction - see one.network/?GB123167414

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Damage to the Post at Millar's Layby

On Monday morning someone knocked down the post at the west end of Millar's layby.

It's a substantial post set in concrete so whoever caused the damage would have known.

If anyone saw the incident or has any information could they contact the Parish Clerk -

Gillian Turner email parishclerk@longhorsley-pc.gov.uk or phone 01670 812704

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Adult 5-a-side Football

There's a group of us who play 5-a-side on Sunday evenings around 6.30/7pm for an hour either at the MUGA or on the Common, if light permits.

We are always looking for fresh faces to welcome into the group.

I would be the point of contact for anyone interested in joining us.

Steven Bates 07793 888 311

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Become a Covid Champion

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July 2021

Covid Guidance for Local Businesses and Venues

Now we have moved to Step 4 of the Roadmap the majority of Covid legal restrictions have now ended.

They have been replaced with guidance emphasising personal judgement and responsibility.

People are expected to protect themselves and others through informed choice and move to Step 4 cautiously. (See press release)

In line with this guidance St Thomas, Longhorsley Mission, Longhorsley Village Hall, The Shoulder of Mutton, Sandwiches @ Millar’s, Carr's Corner and Green's are all asking people to continue with the pre-step 4 rules for face coverings and social distancing.

Added July 19th Back to top

Dog Thefts

Our Neighbourhood Policing Team have asked us to make residents aware that thieves broke into dog kennels in Whitegates in the early hours of Tuesday 29th June but, luckily, the kennels were empty at the time.

The number of dogs being stolen in Northumberland is low but did double in 2020 and 70% of dog thefts are from the home or garden.

Anybody who is a victim of this type of crime should report it to the police.

You should make sure your dogs are microchipped and that their details are updated, so in the event they are lost or stolen, they can be returned quickly when found.

The Metropolitan Police website has a Protecting your dog from theft webpage.

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May 2021

The 'Nextdoor' App

Longhorsley residents have been receiving invitations by email and letter inviting them to start using the ‘Nextdoor’ app.

Although these letters appear to come from local residents this is not necessarily the case.

If you register, the app asks for your permission to send out invitations to your neighbours.

Users can inadvertently give their permission for Nextdoor to send out invitations or their behalf - perhaps years after they joined Nextdoor.

Nextdoor is a legitimate social networking app that is often compared to Facebook.

Where Facebook was created to help family and friends connect online Nextdoor aims to connect neighbours.

If you join Facebook you don't give your address but you do if you join Nextdoor - your neighbours will see it.

You will see adverts on Facebook and Nextdoor - Nextdoor is part of the Facebook Audience Network.

Our Longhorsley Facebook Group page has 1,248 members - we don't know how many Longhorsley residents have joined Nextdoor.

Our Facebook group and is administered and moderated by a local resident - Nextdoor is moderated by Nextdoor.

There are many people that are delighted with Nextdoor but there are also reports that bullies, trolls, and worse are not monitored nor restrained in the Nextdoor forums.

We would suggest that you do your own research before joining Nextdoor.

These are some of the articles we came across:

Positive

Why You Should Be Using Nextdoor

Where tech is helping people become better neighbors

Negative

The Nextdoor Website Is Not Safe, Useful, nor Pleasant.

Nextdoor on Wikipedia

Information

Nextdoor Confirmed to be Part of Facebook Audience Network

Nextdoor neighborhood app sends letters on its users’ behalf

Added May 1st Back to top

Candidates in May 6th Elections

The candidates for the May 6th elections have been announced

Candidates for County Councillor for the Longhorsley ward:

FINDLAY Andrew Alexander James ~ Liberal Democrat ~124 votes

LINDLEY Ian Paul ~ Labour Party ~ 311 votes

SANDERSON Hugh Glen Howard ~ The Conservative Party Candidate ~ 1,240 votes ~ Elected

Northumberland Council members elected: Conservative 34, Labour 21, Independent 7, LibDem 3 and Green 2

Candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner for the Northumbria Police Area:

CRUTE Duncan Carlyle ~ The Conservative Party Candidate ~ 206,467 second round votes

KILBURN Julian Richard ~ Independent

MAUGHAN Peter James ~ Liberal Democrats

MCGUINNESS Cara Kim ~ Labour and Co-operative Party ~ 206,467 second round votes ~ Elected

Longhorsley is one of the 170 parishes where the Parish Councillors were elected without a contest:

Kirsty Bell, Peter Boyle, Norman Douglas, Iain Elliott, Penny Ford, Andy Hedman and David Pringle.

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Post Office Closed Tuesday May 4th

Brooke regrets that she is unable to open the Post Office in Longhorsley Village Hall on Tuesday May 4th.

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Appeal from Northumbria Police

We're appealing for witnesses to a one vehicle collision.

Shortly before 10.20pm ~ Sunday May 2 ~ A697, in Longhorsley, Northumberland

We received a report that a silver Vauxhall Corsa had, for reasons yet to be established, come off the road and rolled.

The five people inside the car were all taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

An investigation into the circumstances behind the collision is underway and we're keen to hear from anyone who might have seen the incident, or who might have dashcam footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact us by calling 101 or using the Tell us Something page on our website quoting log 1240 02/05/21.

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April 2021

Car Keys Lost on Longhorsley Moor

If you come across a set of car keys that have been lost on Longhorsley Moor can you phone David on 788283

UPDATE: The car keys that had been lost on Longhorsley Moor have been found.

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Post Office Closed Tuesday April 13th

Brooke regrets that she is unable to open the Post Office in Longhorsley Village Hall on Tuesday April 13th.

She expects to be back as normal on Friday April 16th.

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March 2021

Report Potholes

Extracts from NCC news item Teams out in force for road inspections

Given the severe weather conditions there may well be areas where potholes have now suddenly appeared.

Council teams have been out inspecting roads to identify and repair any hazardous defects, starting with the major roads.

However, with over 3,000 miles of roads, we’d always ask people to report hazardous defects at Report a pothole.

Damage that is considered a serious risk will be repaired within 24 hours.

Other damage will be repaired within 28 days. NCC rely on reports from the public so don't assume that someone else will report the damage.

NCC are only potentially liable for damage if they have been negligent - they can't be expected to repair damage that they don't know about.

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St Helen's Sunday Service Streamed

St Helen's are now live streaming their 10am Sunday service via Zoom.

If anyone would like to join us then you are most welcome.

Please email Diane Armstrong diane.armstrong67@yahoo.com to receive the link.

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Council Tax Scams

NCC is warning residents to be aware of several Council Tax scams offering a promise of a reduction or refund.

There is a scam email about eligibility to a council tax reduction, a scam letter about eligibility for a council tax support scheme and a scam letter offering a reduction in council tax as part of the Government’s response to Covid19.

See the NCC news item Council Tax scam warnings

It's always the same advice for all unsolicited calls, text, emails and letters.

• If you think the communication could be genuine then contact the person or company the communication purports to come from.

• Use your normal contact details or look for a reliable source.

• Don't use the link or contact details in the unsolicited communication.

• If it's a phone call, dial 1471 first so you can check that the line is OK to use, or use a different phone.

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Terrace Car Park Morpeth Closure

From March 1st the Terrace Car Park in Morpeth will close.

There will be a replacement long stay car park on Gas House Lane.

The Terrace Car Park will be used as the construction site compound while the new leisure centre is being built.

See the NCC news item Car park changes as leisure centre works start

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Census 2021 - Sunday March 21st

All households should have received a letter with their household access code to complete the census form online.

If you haven't received your letter or you have misplaced it you can go to census.gov.uk or phone 0800 141 2021

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Met Office Warning

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for wind.

The warning runs from 9pm Wednesday to 3pm Thursday and covers the whole of England and Wales.

Strong winds accompanied by heavy and blustery showers may bring some disruption to England and Wales.

As of 9am Wednesday the Met Office forecast for Longhorsley was winds gusting to over 40mph from 6pm Wednesday till 3am Friday morning.

This is likely to change - check the latest forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk

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February 2021

Met Office Warnings

The Met Office has issued Yellow warnings for snow and ice.

The warnings run from 3pm Saturday to midday Wednesday and cover the east of Scotland and England.

Snow showers may lead to disruption to travel in places.

As of 4pm Friday the Met Office were forecasting light snow/heavy snow showers for Longhorsley from 7pm Saturday till at least Thursday evening.

This is likely to change - check the latest forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk

NCC is reminding people that on top of the current the lockdown restrictions, they should only be travelling if absolutely necessary.

Anyone who has to travel this weekend should be prepared for difficult driving conditions due to forecasts for strong winds, heavy rain, snow and ice.

See the NCC news item Residents in Northumberland reminded to only travel if absolutely necessary!

As of 7:30am Saturday the B6344 (Rothbury to Morpeth road) is closed as is likely to remain closed for a while.

The B6344 (Rothbury to Morpeth road) reopened about 5pm Sunday.

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January 2021

Damage to the Entrance at the Common

On Friday afternoon, probably between 11:30am and 4pm, a vehicle turned into the new entrance / exit to the common and took out the rope and bent over the posts keeping it in place.

If anyone has seen this and can identify the vehicle please contact Councillor Peter Boyle peter.boyle@longhorsley-pc.gov.uk

Longhorsley Parish Council

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C133 Closed High Hedley to West Moor

NCC have a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) to close the C133 between Monday January 25th and Friday February 5th 8am-5pm.

This is for 'civils work and carriageway resurfacing' - see one.network

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Planning Application - Land East of Normandy Terrace

There is a planning application to build 9 houses on the land east of Normandy Terrace.

Full details on our Planning Application - Land East Of Normandy Terrace webpage.

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Met Office Warning

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for snow and ice.

The warning runs from 10pm Monday to midnight Tuesday and covers Scotland and the north of England.

Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast during Tuesday, bringing difficult travel conditions.

As of midday Sunday the Met Office were forecasting light snow for Longhorsley from 9pm Monday turning to sleet overnight.

This is likely to change - check the latest forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk

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No Post Office Friday Jan 29th

Brooke sends her apologies but, unfortunately, the Post Office in Longhorsley Village Hall will not be open on Friday January 29th.

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NCC's Budget Consultation

A public consultation is open NOW on NCC's next year’s draft budget proposals.

There will be a focus on economic recovery after a challenging financial year, and this is your chance to get involved.

Consultation runs until January 21st.

Read more and complete the survey here

See the NCC news item Residents' views sought on council's draft budget plans

There will be a budget Q&A session at 5.30pm on January 7th.

Watch the broadcast live on NCC's Facebook page at facebook.com/NorthumberlandCC

Submit questions by 5pm on January 4th here

See the NCC news item Ask your questions on council's draft budget plans

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Missed Bin Collections

NCC issued an alert about missed bin collections.

Due to the snow on 14 January we missed bin collections in the Fontburn and Whitegates areas, near Longhorsley.

We will return to service these bins next week (w/c 18th January) so please present your bin for collection from Monday morning in the usual location and we will return to service it as soon as we can. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Met Office Warnings

The Met Office has issued Yellow warnings for ice and snow.

The warnings run from 3pm Monday to 9pm Thursday and cover Scotland and the north of England.

The Met Office has issued an Amber warning for heavy snow causing disruption west of Longhorsley from 3pm Wednesday to 10am Thursday.

As of 11 Wednesday the Met Office were forecasting snow for Longhorsley from 5pm Wednesday turning to sleet from Wednesday evening to Thursday lunchtime.

This is likely to change - check the latest forecast at www.metoffice.gov.uk

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No Post Office Friday Jan 15th

Unfortunately the Post Office in Longhorsley Village Hall is unable to open today.

Brooke sends her apologies and says she excepts to be here on Monday.

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Monroe's Food Truck

Monroe's Food Truck will be visiting Longhorsley on Saturday January 9th from 4pm to 8pm

They will park opposite the Village Store. Click on the menu to see it full screen.

Pre-order by text to 07568 096276 or message the Monroes NCL facebook page.

Please specify if you want your chips cooked in beef dripping or vegetable oil.

Pay on collection - cash and card accepted.

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