Although the elections for the County Council have yet to be held, there will be no poll required for the Parish Council, as nominations did not exceed the number of councillors required. 8 nominations were received for the 9 places on the Council. As a result, a vote will not be required and the nominees will be returned as councillors automatically.
The Council will meet again on 20th May when it will vote to co-opt a further member to make up the full complement. One nomination has been received, and if this remains the case a further election will not be required.
The council will be formally announced after the May meeting.
Vivienne Bruce Charlton of Barmoor Mill, Lowick.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that, after a short illness, Vivienne passed away on February 25th, 2021, aged 81.
A former pupil of Newcastle Church High School in Jesmond.
A great lover of dogs and all animals. She will be greatly missed by all her friends.
Vivienne’s funeral was on the 22nd April. It was arranged by 4 of her friends from Church High School, Class of 58.
The Parish Council recently planted a birch tree on the Common, to honour the memory of Alec Bookless, who played a big role in the village, all his life.
Below, Peter Calder pays tribute.
In memory of Alec Bookless 1935-2019
Good Lowick citizen. Garage owner. Golfer.
Alec came to Lowick from Newcastle in 1958 when he bought Robinson’s garage. In 1959 he married Margaret, a marriage that lasted 60 years. Bookless Motors became a successful business repairing agricultural machinery and cars, contracting combines at harvest time and selling all manner of useful items from a well-stocked store room and fuel from the roadside pumps.
He was a member of Lowick parish council for 30 years and chairman for many of those.
A keen golfer and one time captain of Goswick he enjoyed recounting his exploits on the links to the many who visited the garage where a friendly welcome, news, gossip and excellent workmanship were all part of the service.
There have been a number of further complaints recently about the frequency of dog poo, abandoned on the wayside by dogs and their owners, out for a stroll.
The vast majority of pooches and walkers behave lawfully, but hotspots near the village have been commented on.
The grass alongside the path to the football field is a favourite site, where poo is frequently left by dog owners. Ironically a dog bin awaits at the gate of the field. As children can be expected to walk this way to the field for practices and games, the PC asks you to get into the habit of clearing it up. Within a day of its being mowed, 12 separate poo sites were counted in the grass.
As part of its war on poo, the PC has ordered another bin, to be placed in Dry Burn Lane. It is seeking more reminder signs, and is considering placing free poo bag receptacles in hot spots.