The Community Awards for 2017 were awarded by the Parish Council to Moira and Michael Metcalf, and brothers John and Alan Fairbairn.
The winners are chosen from nominations made by local people, and each year, the aim is to choose 2 people to receive recognition for their service to others. One category is reserved for a young person, if anyone is nominated.
This year, it was decided to choose Moira and Michael, as they are such a team working together. The Young Person nomination went to the two brothers who have done so much for local children’s sport.
The Metcalfs were nominated for their calm and patient dedication to running the Village Hall over the years. The Fairbairn brothers have given the same unswerving service to Lowick’s football club and facilities.
The annual Service for Remembrance Sunday this year will take on a new dimension, following the installation of the War Memorial for Kyloe, which until recently was in the Village Hall at Fenwick.
As the Fenwick Village Hall has been sold, the memorial has been recited inside the Church at Lowick.
There will be brief service of rededication for this, and a memorial to those who also serviced in the RNVR, at 2 00 p.m. on Sunday 12th November. Afterwards, their will be a brief walk to the Lowick Memorial for the annual Remembrance Service and 2 minutes silence.
All are invited to attend. The Lowick Service may be expected to be 10-15 minutes later than usual.
1st December approaches and it’s time for the annual ceremony of Turning on the Xmas Tree Lights at the Village Hall. There will be the second Lowick Radio Panto, which this year is STRICTLY CINDERELLA!
The evening will start at the Village Church Christmas tree at 6.00pm, followed by a procession to the Village Hall, and the Christmas Tree there for the big Switch On, and Carols, followed by Mulled Wine, Minced Pies and Santa! The winner of this year’s Community Award will also be presented.
At 7.30, the lights will dim, the “On Air” sign will illuminate and our actors will step forward to present the grim world of Cinderella, Delilah – her wicked Stepmother, Those Spiteful Sisters, 3 Labradors, 3 Cats, A Prince, some Politicians, Zippy Buttons and a Ghost! With songs and lots of participation, you can expect an enjoyable hour in the magical world of dancing!!!
Back in the day, stray farm animals could expect to be rounded up and kept in the village Pinfold, until their owners paid to release them. Britain had scores of these, until the 20th Century saw the need for them decline, presumably with better fencing, greater vigilance, and fewer animals around to escape.
Lowick had one of these, and it stood on the edge of the Common, next to South Road. You can still make out the slight rise in the land where it stood. A water colour picture survives – at left, with the Kyloe Hills rising in the background. You will also see it marked on old OS Maps.
Sadly, it fell into disrepair, and in spite of appeals to Northumberland Country Council and the Ministry for Public Buildings and Works, no money could be found to save it. The Parish Council had it demolished in 1952.
A New Pinfold
Now, a proposal from the Parish Council will rebuild a structure on the site – this time for leisure and humans. To occupy a circular area, but less than 2 metres in height, the idea is to provide a seat inside its walls and a central plinth for information about the heritage of the area, partly in acknowledgement of the pinfold, about other heritage that is gone, and about that which still remains.
The Council has establish that planning permission is not required but a Lawful Development Certificate is – and this needs to be applied for! 300 years ago when the first pinfold was erected, life was shorter, but not so much time was needed to fill in forms!
In trying to keep costs down, we seek the kind and generous services of an architect or planning agent who can accurately mark on a scale map the position of the site and a site plan. Anyone out there who can help?
Following the leap over this hurdle, we will be moving on to considering the costs of the pinfold seat, and how we can raise funds to get it built. Any ideas will be received with grateful thanks.
Our simple computer sketch is intended to give an impression of the new pinfold, and some imagination may be required – try to add the detail from the pictures to the simple 3D rendering of a round enclosure, with a gap to get in.
Robert O’Rourke, Chair of Governors of Lowick and Holy Island C0fE First Schools has passed on this message to the Parish Council.
“Following a successful recruitment campaign, I am delighted to be able to inform you all that the Governors have appointed Mrs Rebecca Simpson as Headteacher of Lowick and Holy Island First Schools.”
We understand that Mrs Simpson is a resident of Branxton, and currently teaches in Bellingham. We look forward to meeting her in due course.