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The annual British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival  is held in a different part of the country each year.  This year, it will be held not too far away from us at Mindrum Mill, Northumberland TD12 4QL on 9th and 10th October 2021 (by kind permission of D Harvey & Son).  This is only the third time it has been held in Northumberland and the first time it has been so far north in more than 50 years.

It is a very unique and traditional event and will have over 200 ploughmen and women from throughout Great Britain showing  their skills in the art of ploughing. But it’s not just about ploughing – it’s a fantastic way to see our farming heritage and how agriculture has changed over 200 years or more, all working in the same place.

On both days there will be 9 pairs of magnificent heavy horses; 4 giant steam ploughing engines which, in pairs, pull a huge plough from one end of a field to the other by cable; lots of different vintage tractors and equipment from throughout the 20th century; up to the present day with local companies demonstrating their newest tractors and machinery.

A great day out can be had for the whole family, as with all of this plus trade stands, shopping, tractor and trailer rides and craft stalls, the Championships promise to be lots more than just a ploughing match!

If you would like to read a bit more see www.ploughmen.co.uk/events/2021-british-national-ploughing-championships.


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Northumberland County Council is keen to support local group with community activities which need funding. Click the link below to listen to the account of previous winners of funds, and how to apply for your community project.

It is pleased to announce that the Community Chest Scheme for 2021-22 is now open. For more information, please contact: communitychest@northumberland.gov.uk The aim of the Community Chest Scheme is to support community groups and organisations to deliver activities which contribute to achieving the Council’s ambition for Northumberland.



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You may have heard that LNER has looked again at its proposals to reduce rail services in and out of Berwick. Here’s the quote from the MP’s latest newsletter to prove it!

“I wanted to end this week’s email with a thank you. Hundreds of Northumberland residents took part in LNER’s consultation on their new timetable, which would have seen a reduction in services to Berwick and Morpeth stations.

Thankfully, after months of meetings, lobbying, and setting out the case to the Secretary of State and LNER, they have listened to us, and confirmed the timetable change won’t now go ahead. LNER have told me they will be making changes to their proposals, and consulting afresh on those, and any new changes would come in from 2023. 

As you will expect, I will be very interested to see the changes they make to their plans, but I would expect them to take into account the economic and social arguments we made in support of better rail links for Northumberland and to see those echoed in their new proposals.

I know LNER was surprised by the strength of response from Northumberland residents, so thank you for the part you have played in making this change.”


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This latest note clarifies the situation re the sale of the shop. According to a source [Richie], it isn’t sold, but there are interested parties. And there are only 3 weeks until no shop.