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Here are the newsletters for our first school, for January.

Newsletter 31.01.20


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Road closure for bridge maintenance – strip back and rebuild Hettonburn Bridge

We have received notice of an amendment to Temporary Traffic Regulation Order: 115538842 C37 Hetton House JCN To Bill Law JCN

Details are now as follows; C37 Hetton House Junction To Bill Law Junction Wooler

The order is valid 06/01/2020-06/07/2020

Road is expected to be closed 17/02/2020-24/04/2020


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LOOK OUT! The Golden Guide for Over 50s is out again!
This popular FREE guide for Northumberland is well known for information on activities, clubs and social groups across Northumberland. This year there’s a section on Social Prescribing to explain how this new approach can help improve your wellbeing.
Readers also discover how to find expert advice on their health, home security and social care. There’s money and consumer advice on scams, plus Friendship schemes to help reduce loneliness.
New things to do include Printmaking, Bridge Club, Sewing and Sword-dancing.

Ask for a copy from…
Libraries; Northumbria Healthcare Care teams; Age UK; Alzheimer’s Society; Carers’ Northumberland; Healthwatch; Royal Voluntary Service; British Red Cross; Citizens Advice; Golden Age Forum; Prudhoe Over 50s Forum.

GP surgeries – ask the Link Workers or Practice Nurses; also selected Boots Pharmacies.

Postal copy
If you can’t get out or can’t find a copy – ring Age UK Northumberland on 01670 784800 and they will post one out to you free.

The full edition is also online at http://www.goldenguide.org.uk

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


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LOWICK CONNECT is an initiative started before Christmas which now has members from Lowick, Bowsden and Fenwick. Here Jane Pannell describes its aims and how it intends to go forward,

The plan is to increase the sense of community withinour villages and between them, reducing the isolation and loneliness and making ours a friendly and welcoming place to visit and stay.

To do this, we’re planning
1. A directory that can be hand-delivered by a friendly face to newcomers to the area and which will be available in hard copy at key places within the area – church, shop, pubs, village halls. Accommodation providers might use the directory as part of their bedroom browser packs.
2. We‘re collecting information to support and offer help to people in our settlements who need it – on discharge from hospital, when unwell etc
3. And a current and potentially acute issue is that of weather.

As well as two visits to Lowick Parish Council meetings, we’ve been to Bowsden Parish Council and we’ll be visiting Kyloe Parish Council shortly. Its important that we cover the whole of the area as far as we can – all the outlying steadings and hamlets etc.
We need a phased approach – gathering and collating of information is no mean task! And new things keep coming up. And without the input of villagers and others, we’re sure to get something wrong! So, we’ll welcome ideas and suggestions from anyone from any of the three villages.
On the 16th January, we held an open meeting about the Snow Plan and a big thank you to Philip and Wendy Hanson who took fliers to every household in the three villages. Mark Mather explained the arrangements that are in place to clear snow and spread grit and where the priority routes are. He also explained the County Council’s offer of support for snow wardens who are registered with them – gloves, hats with torches, shovels and grit, hi-vis jackets etc. And Mark suggested approaches if there’s an emergency and someone needs an ambulance.
We’ve listings of people who can
a. Collect prescriptions from surgeries and the village shop
b. Cook a soup or stew for someone stuck without ability or resources for hot food
c. Visiting to make sure people are ok – clearly its best if neighbours can do this, but we do have people with DBS checks who are willing
d. Dog walking
e. Going shopping for people etc, using 4×4 vehicles
Please let us know if you’d like to be added to one of these lists.

Our next step is to hold a further meeting in February focussing on using the defibrillator and CPR – after all, how many of us know or can remember how to use these methods and kit? And we’ll make this another opportunity to gather information. Look out for posters in all the usual places.
And beyond that, we’ll be working on the directory and it’ll eventually be on each village’s web site and hard copies in obvious places.
We hope that in all this work, we continue to have your support?
Contact: Jane Pannell – jane.pannell51@btinternet.com


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Thanks to requests from the Parish Council, the police have promised action to help curb vehicles speeding through the village. A letter from Northumbria Police says:

I have been made aware of your concerns in relation to drivers speeding through Lowick village.

In the first instance I will allocate officers to attend the area and conduct speed checks / enforce the speed limit using our speed gun. I will also make the camera enforcement unit aware and forward them the most recent data which you sent through”

Shona Vickers 833
Sergeant Neighbourhood Policing

We are pleased to see that concerns are being taken seriously. Our approach to the police followed publicity in the Advertiser about record numbers of drivers being caught in Powburn by their camera unit.

We will shortly be meeeting with the County Council to discuss speed limits and further traffic calming measu


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The PC has published the data for our speeds cameras for December.
In December the total number of vehicles recorded coming into Lowick from the East was 13,742 (down from November’s 32,586) and from the West it was 19,020 (down from November’s 20,270).  This is not unexpected as the daily nighttime diversion from the A1 had stopped.  Nevertheless, there appears to have been several Diversions off the A1, see page 3 of the Summary Sheet.
The graph below plots the percentage of drivers speeding into Lowick for each month during 2019 from the East and the West.  There does not appear to be a correlation between those who insist on speeding and the month of the year.