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PANTO CINDERELLA SEEKS A CAST

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We’re only days away from the start of rehearsals for CINDERELLA, and the cast are signing up for the excitements of this year’s performance after the village Christmas Tree lights turn on at the Village Hall on 1st December.

The panto is performed as a radio show, so there are no lines to learn. If you would like to be involved, either on stage or off, get in touch with John Huddart, on 07833592678 or email jah@live.co.uk.

 

FIRST SCHOOL SEEKS NEW HEAD TEACHER

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Lowick First School is advertising for a full time Head Teacher. The School has had an executive Head for the past few months and the Governors have now decided that the best way forward for the school is to seek for a permanent full-time appointment.

The school is also looking to improve its links with Holy Island First School.

SCHOOL PROVISION IN OUR DISTRICT: WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?

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The news that our First School is seeking a new full-time head is surely welcome. It suggests that the governors have confidence in the school, and want to ensure that it can go forward, with the confidence of local people, and more important, local parents, behind it.

However, good news is not the entire story of state school provision where we live. All schools in the North Northumberland area have been unsettled by the unilateral decision to convert to a two tier system by the Alnwick partnership, and the recent construction of an entirely new High School. This has led to the likely closure of Belford Middle School, which has lost a significant number of its students to the Duchess School.

Lowick First School, which is on the edge of this upheaval, naturally feels the shockwaves – as children leaving for middle school have sometimes chosen Belford as their first choice.

As the dominoes continue to topple round the district, Northumberland County Council remains distant and silent about its role in helping schools sort out the mess – not that it can probably do much. And Central Government, which gave schools the freedom to do what they like, regardless of local provision, has washed its hands of the whole business, though it is entirely responsible.

In Belford, discussions now centre on whether the first and middle schools can become a primary school – negotiations complicated by the fact that Belford Middle is a Church School, while the First School is owned by the County.

If you have a view, then now is the time to express it – where it counts – with our County Councillor, and our MP. Give us your views, and we will pass them on.

DOWN MEMORY LANE COFFEE MORNING

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There will be a “Down Memory Lane” coffee morning in Lowick Village Hall on Wednesday 18th Oct, from 10am – 12pm. Organised by Lowick Heritage Group the idea is to get people along to share more stories about the village as they remember it, using old photos.

It is hoped there will be more than one coffee morning in the future, and that people will get the chance to bring their own photos and objects from the past. Refreshments will be free, and the Morning is open to anyone.

BOWSDEN DISCUSSION GROUP RETURNS

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We are pleased to report that the Bowsden Discussion Group [BDG] is returning, and will have its first meeting will be at The Black Bull Lowick, on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30. Traditionally aimed at farmers, the membership has spread over the years to include anyone who has business in, or to be in, the country. Asked whether women members are invited, Graeme Reavely, who is the Secretary, said that none had ever been turned away!

The first guest speaker will be former local County Councillor, Dougie Watkin, who farms locally and is well liked and respected. He will be sharing his memories of life, sheep and politics, with characteristic wit and wisdom.

There will be a buffet after the main business, when informal discussion can take place over the amuse bouche! The cost for each session will be £5, and annual membership covering all 6 sessions is £20.

The new BDG has been revived following the demise of the Black Bull, Bowsden, and the narrow escape of the Black Bull Lowick. Its purpose is mainly rural and agricultural, but topics include any of the lives and backgrounds of the guest speakers. Members have heard from Bishops, Weather Forecasters and Naval Captains, as well as Vets, Farmers, and Businessmen.

Future speakers have already been booked, and they will include Ann Marie Trevelyan, our MP, Karl Crane, owner of the Black Bull and James Thompson, Director of Agriculture for Beeswax Dyson Farms.