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The successful bid to own a new long arm quilting machine by Lowick Quilters is one of several successful bids from local groups to add to the facilities they offer members of the community. The full list of awards is published below. All the recipients have been informed and are proceeding to order or install their request.

The bidding process for the next round will take place in the spring, and all local groups who can identify a need should start to plan their applications.

Applicants should be established local organisations, and will be looking to provided, in the main, capital equipment for their activity.

Ancroft Memorial Hall Shipping container for storage £1,500
Bowsden Village Hall New games equipment and coffee machines £2,148
Crookham Village Hall New heaters in the main hall £3,212
Etal Village Hall Floor cleaning equipment £2,000
Lowick Quilters Long-arm quilting machine £7,330
Milfield Reading Room Ceiling repairs, heating and insulation £6,445
Wooler Cricket Club Fencing, sightscreen and pavilion repairs £4,822


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Here are the newsletters for our first school, for November.


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The Black Bull, which was recently restored and upgraded, has been put of the market, for sale by agents Sidney Phillips Limited , Northern Counties. At a price of £695000, the pub is described as being in an idyllic village setting and is immaculate throughout.

It consists 10 high end letting rooms, outdoor seating area (40), and seating for over 90 covers indoors. It has been voted as being in the Top 10 Pubs In The North East by Living North Magazine


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Estate Agents YoungsRPS are selling part of the agreed development site, east of the village, on behalf of the owners. On the market at a guide price of £450,000, the company describes the sale as a Residential development opportunity, with Full and Part planning permission for 12 detached homes

Set on the eastern edge of the village the site is located on the northern side of Main Street, Lowick

The freehold of the site is being sold by way of Informal Tender in one lot with vacant possession on completion. It has Full Planning Permission for 2  Five bedroom dwellings.

The remaining plots have outline permissions and with the opportunity at reserved matter stage for the developer to refine the size and design of these to suit their own requirements.

The 10 outline plots consist of 2 Three bedroom dwellings, 6 Four bedroom dwellings and 2 Affordable dwellings.

A 17% affordable housing mix has been agreed with Northumberland County Council.

Further details are available on the YoungsRPS website or by contacting YoungsRPS Alnwick on 01665 606800 or alternatively by emailing or



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The Glendale Gateway Trust has purchased the former Barclays Bank building on Wooler High Street to retaining the building for the community, and to avoid land banking by an investor. The building is a grade II listed building of 1863 and the Trust plans to convert the two upper floors to affordable housing.

According to the Trust, the ground floor “is to be decided but will be in the interests of residents and local businesses and ultimately add value to the High Street offer”.

Purchase and development costs are around £320,000 and the Trust has already successfully raised £150,000 towards this sum.

Andy Dean from Communites CAN praised the scheme: “This is a great example of Community-led Housing in action. This latest project from Glendale Gateway Trust will renovate a town centre asset, provide affordable accommodation for local people and put a key building in local ownership and management. At Communities CAN, we are here to help anyone else who would like to get involved in local projects to deliver locally managed affordable homes. If you are interested just get in touch.”

Investment Opportunity

Residents, members and supporters are invited to invest in Glendale Community Bonds, each worth £1,000, with the promise to pay back bondholders at any time after three years from the date of issue.

Following the success of a previous Community Bond Scheme, launched in 2014, the Trust raised £128,000 towards the creation of nine new affordable homes.

For more information contact Tom Johnston at Glendale Gateway Trust on


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This is to  to alert you of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order from Highways England as follows:

A1 Fenwick to Haggerston Scheme

A1 A1 From J B6525 To J B6353 Berwick-upon-tweed

Closure of the A1 between Fenwick and Haggerston for carriageway resurfacing. The Road is expected to be closed 03/11/2019-25/11/2019 20:00-06:00.

For more information please contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000


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On display in St John the Baptists’s Church, Lowick is this magnicent Noah’s Ark, complete with Noah, Mrs Noah and a host of animals – all hand-made by Sheila Bell.