We have invited the Rev’d Charlotte Osborn to contribute a regular newsletter to Lowick Live. This is her first. Welcome, Charlotte!
As the 40 days of Lent advance and the daylight hours increase (Lent is so called after an old English word meaning lengthen) and as the country begins to take its first tentative steps out of lockdown, we look to the promise and hope of Easter with renewed enthusiasm this year, not having been able to mark it at all in 2020.
The Parochial Church Council have agreed that St John the Baptist Church will be open for public worship on Good Friday and Easter Day, observing all government guidelines and restrictions, which means that we shall be limited to 30 people at each service. Unfortunately, we are still not allowed to sing congregationally, but we can have the organ played and up to 3 singers to lead us. So, there will be Easter hymns to listen to, and Holy Communion can be celebrated, the congregation receiving just the wafer, and all this at a social distance and behind masks. We are very sorry too there can be no coffee or Easter egg hunts either, but we still have that to look forward to another year.
The service on Good Friday will take the form of Reflections around the Cross, and Easter Day will be Holy Communion, with hymns and a sermon.
Please know that you are very welcome at either or both of these services, with these restrictions. We shall need you all to indicate to the Churchwarden your intention to attend, as we must keep account of numbers and telephone information necessary for the track and trace.
Niall Cartlidge (01289 381687) email@example.com
We’d love to see you too at the Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion at Ancroft at 7pm, (April 1st) or the Easter Vigil service at Ford at 8pm on Holy Saturday (April 3rd) for which please see the attached poster. Numbers attending these services have been under 20 in the past so room for one or two more this year!
Please contact me, Revd Charlotte Osborn, on 01890 820240 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the list of attendees.
Meanwhile may I wish you a quiet and peaceful Holy Week and a very Happy Easter celebration when it comes.
All best wishes, Charlotte
Northumberland County Council is warning residents to be aware of several Council Tax scams offering a promise of a reduction or refund.
The email scam claims to be from GOV.UK, Government Digital Services Team advising the residents of their eligibility to a council tax reduction. They are asked to follow a link to claim their reduction, and at this point are asked for their bank details.
In a second scam fraudsters use doctored letter-head paper purporting to be from the local authority. The letter informs the resident that they are eligible for a council tax support scheme. It provides a link to a fake website with a unique access code, and again asks the resident to input their bank details. The website is fake.
A further case has been reported of letters being sent to residents claiming to be from a local authority offering a reduction in council tax as part of the Government’s response to Covid19.
Residents are also being warned of a telephone scam from a company named Greyston, who has been making cold calls claiming to be able to secure a valuation reduction and a reduced payment. The company asks for a fee and once again asks for bank account details.
To reduce the risks of falling for cold call scams the council’s Public Protection Service has the following tips:
Be wary of unsolicited callers suggesting or implying that you are due a refund or other money.
Cllr John Riddle, cabinet member with responsibility for community services said: “Unfortunately scammers can be very convincing and persuasive and can con people into believing that they are legitimate. We are urging residents to be extra vigilant when passing on their details to a third party.
“It is very concerning to see that fraudsters are using the current situation, which has been so difficult for so many people financially, to scam people out of their money.”
|Media Contact: Media contact: Hayley Quarmby, communications officer, Northumberland County Council,
Phone: 01670 622428 or email: Hayley.Quarmby@northumberland.gov.uk
Our MP, Anne Marie Trevelyan, is now a minister once again.
On January 8th she was appointed to her new role set out below.
Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth)
- carbon budgets
- green finance
- energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty
- clean heat
- low carbon generation
- energy retail markets
- oil and gas, including shale gas
- security of supply
- electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks
- international energy
- EU energy and climate
- energy security, including resilience and emergency planning
- sectoral lead:
Send her your questions! Rebuilding education in Berwick now has a £40m budget – not £18m, as previously announced, and AMT looks forward to seeing a really eco-friendly High School.