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The Jubilee Celebrations will feature a fete on the Common – the organizers are looking for tents and gazebos that can be used by groups wanting to organize a stall on the day.

If you could lend us one for the occasion we would be very grateful, and so will the happy families and friends who come to our Platinum Jubilee on June 4th. Please let Ann Gold know on 01289 388205, email lowickparishcouncil@btconnect.com.

Thanks, in tents ly!



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Ideas for the Jubilee Fete on the village Common are gathering. On the Saturday we hope that the weather will smile, and hosts will gather for fun and games! There will be traditional games, music, ice cream, and a street party.

If you run or are a part of a local group, why not have a stall to tell the village what you are about? You could display what you make, have competitions, sell your produce or cups of tea, and recruit new members.

If you would like a space for a table, tent or gazebo, please let Ann Gold know on 01289 388205 or email lowickparishcouncil@btconnect.com.


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The County Council has launched the Storm Arwen Review to examine the response of the Council and involved partners; the impact on communities and make recommendations that aim to ensure better preparation for similar events in the future.

The Council is inviting submissions from Members of Parliament, Elected Members, Parish and Town Councils, and residents and businesses in the county on their experiences during the storm and the multi-agency response to it, including that of the County Council.

Written submissions should be sent to nccstormarwenreview@northumberland.gov.uk or by post to Sean Nicholson, Scrutiny Co-ordinator, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.

The Council then propose to run a number of evidence gathering sessions at which respondents may be invited to attend to present their testimonies.


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Full details of the programme for Lowick’s Jubilee celebrations will be published next month. In the meantime here is a summary of what is planned:

Thursday 2nd June A Fifties Film Night in the Village Hall, featuring a range of classic films from the era.
Friday 3rd June Ceilidh in the Village Hall, with supper and bar
Saturday 4th June Jubilee Fete on the Common, with Street Party
Sunday 5th June Service of Celebration in St John’s Church with a garden party in the Churchyard to follow

Local groups have already started volunteering to provide stalls and entertainment, and more are being planned.

There will be

  • competitions for jubilee themed windows and gardens – expect early details so you can get planning and planting,
  • a Queen look-alike competition.
  • It is hoped that the school will be involved in the fun and preparations,
  • there will be displays of photos and memories from the fifties,
  • And various presentations to commemorate the event, and to winners of awards and competitions.
  • expect the Jubilee Pudding competition to feature as well!
  • a road train will give rides round the village during the Fete

Part of our commemoration will be the restoration of bells in the Church Tower. These have been silent for many years, due to issues with the tower and the condition of the bells following earlier efforts to repair them. It is hoped that one of the original bells will be a working condition to ring out the Jubilee, and that a new peal of four bells can be sourced for later installation.

We also are planning to issue a booklet of Jubilee Walks, featuring heritage trails devised by the Heritage Group, and a new Circuit of Lowick Trail, designed to complete the Beating of the Bounds route already designed by the Church.

Watch this space for more details, and let us know if you want to help.


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The Parish Council has agreed to request a precept from the County Council of £6000 for the next financial year.

Reviewing its spending fro the last 12 months showed that spending on its usual responsibilities had amounted to approximately £5000. Special projects, including the Playpark and its new equipment had been made, and these had been covered by Grants from the Community Foundation. Total spending, including these items, came to IRO £15,300.

Normal expenditure in any year includes the salary of the Clerk, Inspections and Insurance on the Playpark, Insurance and Maintenance of Council property, and expenses related to awards and donations. Cllr Colin Hardy advised that a significant sum be included as a contingency in the light of new requirements that emergency planning might impose, and to provide reserves, should any of the equipment owned need repair or replacement.