LIBRARY SERVICE NEWS

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Welcome to our Northumberland Libraries Newsletter. We want to keep you informed about all of the exciting ways you can still access your library service.  From next month we will be moving to a monthly e-newsletter which will still be filled with lots of updates and activities for you to enjoy.  

Don’t forget to check mylibrary.co.uk for all our updates. Library Service Update

We are pleased to announce that from this week, Amble and Prudhoe will offer time limited browsing. IT access will also be available at Amble. Seaton Sluice will be offering a Select and Collect service on Wednesdays. Please call the libraries for more information.  We will also be offering a modified mobile library service from this week, which will combine stops with doorstep deliveries to customers who wish to continue receiving them. Customers will not be able to climb onto the library van but will be offered a selection of books from the door of the vehicle. They will be advised of the amended timings in advance of the visit. Further information is available from the service on 01670 620204

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Big Draw 2020 moves online!

Join us for a drawing workshop for all the family on Sat October 24 at 2pm with illustrator Katie Chappell.

Come and be part of the international Big GREEN Draw festival and celebrate the wonderful coastline we have in Northumberland. Katie’s workshop will help us think about and learn how to draw the special seabirds we have living and visiting the Northumberland coastline, including the endangered puffins which breed each year on the Farne Islands.

Suitable for all ages!

Working with Berwick Visual Arts delivered by illustrator Katie Chappell part of The Big Draw
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Virtual Reading Club Book 

This month’s Virtual Reading Group title will be Villa of Secrets by Patricia Wilson. A thrilling, dramatic and completely engaging tale of love, hope, intrigue and revenge on the island of Rhodes during the Nazi occupation.

The virtual meeting will take place during Libraries Week on Thursday October 8 at 2pm. If you want to join us you must register every month via Eventbrite: Hope to see you then!

  Register here
Calling all Northumberland Creative Writers
The autumn is a good time to take up a new hobby, learn something new or revive a lapsed interest.  After a short break Northumberland Libraries’ Online Creative Writing Group restarts on Saturday September 26, 2pm – 4pm. The group is hosted by experienced tutor Gilly Beckett.  With fun writing promos and the opportunity to share your work with like minded, encouraging writers.    Book your place
Press Reader

Glued to the Tour de France? Check out the range of cycling magazines available on PressReader that you can read for free. All you need is your library card and PIN.

More info
Creative Writing Groups for Young People Amble and Cramlington Young People’s Creative Writing Groups have moved online

New Writing North is running Saturday morning online workshops for young people aged 12-19 who are interested in trying creative writing. The one-hour workshops take place on Zoom between 11am and 12pm, and are free to join. Each week we will be trying out new activities linked to the theme of (in)visibility.

Email: youngwriters@newwritingnorth.com to sign up to a workshop.

Cramlington Young Writers Group with permission from New Writing North (CREDIT FOR PHOTO)
Northumberland Communities Together

Northumberland Communities Together is here to help if you are struggling to manage at home and need support for basic things like food, and are unable to get help from friends or relatives.

They are a support to residents, groups and volunteers with practical advice and help for things like food supplies, access to resources for other essentials, as well as safeguarding information for our most vulnerable and at risk residents.

Call: 01670 620 015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.

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And finally…
RBdigital will no longer be available after 30 Sep 2020

We have responded to customer feedback and from the start of October we will be focusing our digital library on to two platforms – BorrowBox and PressReader.

All eBooks and eAudio will be available in one place making it easier for customers to find reading and listening material by simply downloading the BorrowBox app and logging in with their library card and PIN.

Magazines that are currently available on RBdigital will be available on BorrowBow or PressReader alongside an increased range of magazines and newspapers.

If library members need any help in setting up either please email mylibrary@northumberland.gov.uk and someone will be in touch to assist.
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KEEPING CONNECTED – no 19

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Here we are again! Covid-19 newsletter No 19!

It’s been a while and here we are with further restrictions, and so a quick update is appropriate.

Although there are limitations, some of our residents will be nervous and fearful and I hope that we, as a group of volunteers and good neighbours, can reassure those friends and neighbours that there’s no need to panic. Fortunately, the infection rate up here in the north is still relatively low and by adhering to the Government’s instructions we have a good chance of keeping it that way!

So, please check your friends and neighbours and let them know that, if they do need any assistance, its available!  They need only call one of the key contacts and help will be arranged!

And if you’re minded to help out yourself, then there are some useful guidelines from Emma Richardson who is heading up Covid-19 work for the County Council:

  • Volunteers should be paying full regard to Hands, Face, Space messaging.
  • Volunteers should not enter households, and shopping etc should be handed over with social distancing in place.
  • Meetings with others outside own households is not permitted. Social activities, e.g. walk and talk, should now be virtual or by telephone,
  • Where volunteers attend a work place (e.g. food distribution), social distancing guidance must be followed.
  • Please continue to be a champion and share good information, and reassurance to our communities

If you have any queries about these guidelines, please don’t, hesitate to let me know – 01289 388321.

And now is the time to claim for any trips you’ve done over the past few months to help others out in our communities. We were kindly donated some funds so that no one need be out of pocket and that funding is being looked after by Lowick Parish Council. So, if you did some distances and would like to claim mileage or incurred other costs, just make a note of the date and amount and send it through to Ann Gold who is the Lowick Parish Clerk.

And just to keep everyone up to date, elsewhere in Lowick Live is of news from the stitchers who have been working away on PPE etc materials across the north and into Scotland …

Hope you’ve had a reasonable summer and it’s been half decent weather as well.  Let’s all hope we have a good autumn and that the virus leaves us alone! Any queries – just let me know

Best wishes and stay safe

Jane Pannell

ROMAN CAMP SAVED

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Following interventions by the County Archaeologist, Historic England, Lowick Parish Council, and Councillor Lawrie, President Estate Farms has undertaken not to cultivate the site of a former Roman Marching Camp adjacent to the Roman Road at West Horton.

The site, which is a scheduled ancient monument, has already been partially ploughed over, as the aerial photograph reveals. It was brought to public attention by the proposed removal of many of the hedges on farmland near Laverock Law.

It is hoped that this fragile site will now remain undisturbed for the future, and may one day reveal more of its history – if historic agriculture post Enclosure Acts has not already done too much harm.

Also lost are the hedgerows, which were unprotected as they could not be described as having significance as an ancient boundary, or as a unique contribution to the landscape. That hedges remain vulnerable to industrial scale farming came as a surprise to those who had always understood the law afforded them protection.

 

MEMORIAL CHAINS TO BE REPAIRED

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The damage caused to the War Memorial Fence by an unknown heavy vehicle taking the corner into Green Close too tightly is to be repaired by the Parish Council – who will meet the cost, likely to be in the region of £100.

Examining the fence, Councillor Stephen Mather said:

“I had a look at the three bent posts this morning and I was surprised to see 40mm solid square bent like that. It could be a costly affair replacing the posts and concrete foundations.

I could try the easier and much cheaper option of straightening them up by cutting and welding them. I don’t think the concrete foundations have been disturbed too much and they still have a tremendous hold into the ground.”

Following the repair that Stephen will attempt, there will be some remodelling and refreshment of the whole memorial and its garden in the new year. 

HOT NEWS FOR DOGS

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The mystery is solved – the new sign adorns the multi-purpose bin for litter and dog poo Lowick Parish Council has installed at the corner of Eelwell Lane and Church Lane.

Resplendent in black and gold, and accompanied by a glorious tub of autumn blooms, it fills a gap in the lives of all our dogs and their walkers who might find themselves caught short whilst passing down Church Lane and the Backsides.

For this relief, Parish Council, much thanks! Three hearty woofs.