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The Reverend Victor Dickinson, who has been the Anglican Minister for Ancroft, Ford & Etal and Lowick retired at the end of January. He has been the vicar of the 3 parishes for 21 years.

His grateful parishioners held a celebration dinner for him on his final Sunday in the Village Hall at Lowick, with 100 guests from all the parishes to say farewell.

John Daniels, Church Warden for Lowick, summed up the feelings of all who attended in one of the farewell addresses of the evening. He said “For many his community and church work came to fruition in the Souper Saturdays held throughout the winter months, which were a focal point for many people, with the Church going out into the community.”

Andrew Joicey, speaking on behalf of Ford & Etal, also thanked Victor for his role of School Governor and Visiting School Chaplain at Ford C of E First School.

Victor has retired because he has reached the statutory retirement age of 70 in the Church of England. He will be missed by members of the parishes he served, and will be remembered for his humour, and his fine singing voice, both in Church and on stage. He was busy in many local causes and events. He served as a school governor, and made countless contributions to community life by hosting quizzes, and taking part in Heritage Group Docudramas, and Village pantomimes, where he willingly took on the role of principle dame.

The Revd. Dickinson, speaking at the dinner, said: “It’s been a great joy and a great privileged to be with you for these 21 years. You can’t do anything in the community unless you’re around for a long time. You need a fair length of time to get to know what’s going on, and get to be known, and get to be trusted, and all the other things that go with being a parish priest in the Church of England, and that’s what I have always been. I was curate in South Wales, and moved on to be the assistant chaplain at the University of Cardiff. I then moved to Wallsend for 7 years followed by Kenton where I was there for 11. It’s been a wonderful time here, and I can promise you that when the Church makes up its mind what to do in the future, there will still be Parish Priests for Ancroft, Ford & Etal and Lowick, though the three churches may not be still together as they have been for thirty years.”

The period until the new Vicar has been appointed has been arranged as follows. Services in all three Parishes will continue with cover provided by a local team including Archdeacon Robinson, Revd. Rob Kelsey, Revd. Alan Hughes, Revd. John Vilaseca, Revd. . Linda Gardner and Revd. Gilham. Arrangements for the Lowick services for the next two months have been posted on village noticeboards and in Lowick Village Stores.

Victor and his wife Judith hope to settle in Southern Scotland when they finally leave Lowick.


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The sudden death of Moira Metcalf after a courageous battle with cancer has left the whole village saddened.

Moira whose friendly and outgoing spirit was undiminished by her illness was loved and admired by everyone. That she and husband Michael went on looking after the Village Hall without a moment’s hesitation is a testimony to the energy and commitment both Metcalfs always showed.

When the Parish Council presented the 2017 Community Award to husband and wife, it wanted to acknowledge the value of the Metcalf team, as well as wishing to present Moira with an acknowledgement of her own work for everyone.

Moira, who was only 52, leaves husband Michael, and children Paul and Emma. Our thoughts and sympathy will always be with them.


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The EDF-ER Barmoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund is now inviting applications for consideration at the April 2018 meeting of the EDF-ER Barmoor Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

These must be submitted by Friday 9 March 2018.

Who can apply?

Priority is given to community and voluntary groups, schools or other such organisations based within a 5 km radius of the Barmoor wind farm. Applications will also be considered from organisations based within a 10km radius of the wind farm. If an organisation based outside of the 10km radius can clearly demonstrate that an application is directly benefiting residents living within the priority area, it will also be considered.

Please note that only one application per organisation will be considered at each Panel meeting.

What can be funded?

  • Capital items that will have a long lasting benefit ( a minimum of two quotes required);
  • Improvements to community buildings (a minimum of two quotes required);
  • Biodiversity and habitat conservation;
  • Energy conservation and increased use of renewables;
  • Community trips and events;
  • Start-up costs for new groups;

This list is not exhaustive!

How much money can be applied for?

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available.

In exceptional circumstances, grants of up to £20,000 may be considered.

How do I apply?

Applications can be made online at www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply by the above dates, or a paper application form can be posted out to you.

For further information please contact the Community Foundation on (0191) 222 0945 general@communityfoundation.org.uk


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The 2018 Golden Guide for Over 50s is out now in Northumberland. This popular FREE guide is well known for listing local activities, clubs, social and networks, and carries a wealth of contacts for finding expert help with Health, Care, Community and Money problems.

Find new things to do e.g. walking, wildlife and gardening groups, take up woodwork, singing, sport or make extra cash by starting a business—as many over 50s now do. There is info on befriending schemes, dementia and mental health support, plus help tracing lost money, or claiming your pension or other entitlements.

Look out for the How to Retire in Northumberland feature. If you’re about to retire or already have, find helpful hints about enjoying it, from planning your finances to making the most of your time.

Ask for a copy from…

Libraries; Northumbria Healthcare Care teams; Age UK; Women’s Institute branches; Carers’ Northumberland; Healthwatch; Royal Voluntary Service; Alzheimer’s Society; British Red Cross; Citizens Advice; Golden Age Forum; Practice Nurses and Care Navigators in GP surgeries; selected Boots Pharmacies.

Postal copy

If you can’t get out or can’t find a copy – ring Age UK Northumberland on 01670 784821 and they will post one out to you free. 


The full edition is online at www.goldenguide.org.uk .

For all enquiries please contact either: Heather Alabaster, 0191-386 5918, or email heather@goldenguide.org.uk