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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 .

For all enquiries please contact either: Heather Alabaster, 0191-386 5918, or email



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The development of farmland east of the village has been referred to the NCC Planning Committee following consideration of public responses, and technical issues related to ecological survey and water drainage.

The reasons for these may be read at length on the Planning Website – follow the links to this story in the December 2017 section of Lowick Live’s News.

The text of the Planning Officer’s recommendation, which was endorsed by the Chair of the Committee, can be read HERE: 17-04394-OUT Chair Referral.

The minutes of the meeting of the Council will be published later this week, after approval.

At the meeting, Mr Colgan explained why other sites on his farm had been rejected, due to costs and access issue. He explained that plots were expected to start at £70,000 each, and that 4 of the houses would be “low cost”.

The Parish Council were concerned about the size and location of the development, the existence of 12-13 plots for similar homes which had not been built on due to lack of demand, and the lack of proposals for any of the homes to be available as affordable rented accommodation, in line with current policies.

Further information can be found on the quoted sources.


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The Lowick Archaeology Group 2018  is a sub-group of Lowick Heritage Group.

The Group, led by Dr Kristian Pedersen, meets regularly throughout the year, usually on a Monday morning. During the past two years, the sessions have included lectures, walks, field walking, and excavations near the Dryburn Road and at Hunting Hall.

We are currently involved in two projects –


1) Excavating beside the ‘Iron Age Fort’ at Hunting Hall.  We next meet at Hunting Hall on Monday 5 February at 10 am; and
2) Excavating near the base of the Dryburn Lime Kiln, as part of the project to conserve the kiln. We hope to spend a few days early February, opening a trial pit, with the possibility of extending it, at a later date. 
If you would like to find out more, please contact Julie Gibbs on 01289 388950 or at We are a friendly group with members from the surrounding villages and further afield. No experience is necessary, just an interest in the local area. 



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As you know, Victor retires from the ministry in Lowick, Ancroft, Ford and Etal in just a few days. His last Sunday service at St John the Baptist’s will be on the 28th at 9.oo am. His last service of all, will be on Wednesday 31st January, at 9.30 am.

We will publish a longer article next month, but meantime – your opportunities to say farewell are diminishing fast….


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Way back in August, Lowick.Live published at article about the amalgamation of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland to form a new administrative area – The North of Tyne Area [NOT for short]. This proposal is now heading towards a decision – to be made not by YOU the voters, but by the “Secretary of State”.

All this explained on the Consultation website which is a lttle short of detail. For example, it doesn’t say who the “Secretary of State” is – or which Secretary of State for that matter – just in case you might want to contact him [or her] directly yourself. Here is the link to the website which tells some of the story:

Briefly, the proposal is for these three Councils to create a devolved “super local authority” with powers and money to create opportunity in NOT. These powers will involve:


  • A new, directly elected Mayor for North of Tyne
  • £600 million of extra money to invest in the North of Tyne.
  • Projects to improve education, skills and help people get into work.
  • Local control of the £23 million per year budget for adult education.
  • Powers to develop land for economic growth and regeneration.
  • Projects that increase the growth and productivity of our rural communities.
  • Working better with Government to boost trade and investment.
  • Projects to grow our digital sector and low-carbon economy.
  • A joint committee to manage public transport across the North East.
  • A commitment to explore new opportunities for the North of Tyne in future.

This will be administered from the offices occupied by North Tyneside in the Cobalt Business Park.

In addition to the Mayor, it will be run by a cabinet of 6 [plus some others] – 2 from each of the 3 Council Areas – these will be nominated by the councils themselves.


Is this an exciting opportunity? A chance for a new strategic vision linking the very different parts of the area? An opportunity for less bureaucracy, or more? The amalgamation of Newcastle and Northumberland’s housing administration a few days ago – is this part of the agenda for change we can expect more of in the future?

You may wonder what is in in for us in the Berwick district – how will our new Mayor and his/her cabinet keep their ear to the ground in the North? What will the role of the County Council be?



Only a few days remain for you to give your views to those running the consultation, before this evidence is handed to the “Secretary of State”. Here is the direct link to the questionnaire -let them know what you think about NOT and the new proposals for local government that it contains.

You have until February 5th.