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Do you wish you could use a computer and get on-line to your relatives and friends?

And maybe some services you need to access?


If there’s some help available to train you up and get you started, would you be interested?

 If there’s a number of people and if you would be interested in learning how to use the technology – in simple and easy lessons … please just let me know and we’ll see what can be arranged. Jane Pannell – 01289 388321. No commitment! Just an expression of interest ….



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The vacancy on the Parish Council has been filled by Tim Cryar.

He was unanimously elected by the Parish Council at its meeting last week.

Tim has lived in the village for many years, and is an ex-naval officer. He has played an active part in the preparations for the Neighbourhood Plan, and is also the chair of the Local British Legion.

Most recently, he has conducted the Remembrance ceremonies for VE and VJ Day at the War Memorial.


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Yesterday I joined a zoom meeting with the Health Minister Nadine Dorries and Professor Peter Kelly, Director of Public Health for the North East, to discuss new measures which will come into force in our region at midnight tonight.

The measures have been brought in because covid-19 cases in some areas of the north east are now very high, especially in Sunderland and Newcastle.  Although the rates in Northumberland are much lower, they are rising fast so the decision has been taken to include our county in the measures in the hope that we can reverse that trend quickly.

I will be reviewing figures on a ward level and making the case for wards or areas to be removed from the restricted area as soon as possible. I do not want to see these restrictions in place any longer than is necessary and I will be pushing for them to be lifted as soon as case numbers start to decline once more.

The measures being brought in do not constitute a “lockdown”. People will continue to be able to go to work, school, restaurants and cafes and go on holiday.  However, there will be tighter restrictions on mixing between households.

The changes:

  • There will be no socialising between households allowed, indoors or outdoors. If you have a support bubble (where one person living alone is added to your household)  or children under shared custody agreements, those arrangements remain unaffected;
  • There will be restrictions on the “night time economy”. Bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes, bowling alleys, cinemas, and nightclubs will have to close between 10pm and 5am;
  • The existing guidance that restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars should offer table service only, will now become a hard and fast rule;
  • Only essential visits to care homes and hospitals will be allowed;
  • People should not go on holiday with people from other households.

I will be keeping my website up to date with links and information to all Government advice on this, and will of course send out further emails if and when there is a change to the restrictions.

Best wishes



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I have continued to show the impact that the Lockdown has had on the flow of traffic, by comparing the data for July and August from 2019 with that of 2020.  The Police have not informed me of any spot speed checks during these periods. Full stats are on the Parish Website..


As it can be seen from the table (below) the percentage of vehicles coming past the West Sign is still returning to pre-covid levels:


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A sign that things are getting back to normal is the appearance of a large hole in the road at Barmoor Corner! Cllr Hanson supplies the news:

My thanks go to Cameron Bell for alerting me to the hole in the Barmoor Lane junction, along with Marjorie Bell for keeping me updated.  You will be pleased to know that NCC’s Highways Department is now looking into this void (sorry I could not resist typing that). 

As you can see from the attached photographs, a kerbstone at the Barmoor Lane junction has dropped over half a metre into the void below it.  The B6353 (Barmoor Lane) has been significantly undercut.  In view of the weight and volume of the harvest traffic currently going over this road junction, I am pleased that the Highways Department acted so quickly out-of-hours to cordon the area off.  No doubt there will be major roadworks in due course to fill the hole and to prevent its recurrence.

See more pictures? Click the link: Barmoor Lane End Kerbstone

Best wishes

Phillip Hanson
Kern Cottage  .  Barmoor Lane End  .  Lowick  .  Berwick-Upon-Tweed  TD15 2TR