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.
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.
The Parish Council which looks after the Common is happy to see planting of memorial trees or placing of more memorial seats in parts of the Common. It has identified sites where trees or seats could be placed, and would be happy to discuss a memorial or gift with anyone interested.
Family members or residents of the village are eligible. The Parish Council can give help and assistance with the choice of memorial, as well.
Once established or set, the Parish Council will be responsible for the memorial, and will endeavour to look after it.
Space for trees and seats include the top of the bank, adjacent to the pinfold, or along the south side, next to the stream. The Parish Council will plant a new hedge along part of the boundary shortly, and is looking to keep the area round the old trees there tidy. It hopes to use the existing stumps to carve seats or figures, as part of the tidy up.
Please get in touch with the Parish Clerk, if you would like to discuss a tree or seat:
KA Gold, Barmoor South Moor, Lowick, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 2QF Tel: 01289 388205