Help for Unpaid Carers

If you are an unpaid carer, Carers Northumberland’s information and advice team is available from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, to help you find your way around the social care system, tell you about your legal rights, and signpost you to organisations and services that can support you in your caring role. Carers Northumberland also administers the Carer Support Fund, which provides small grants to enable unpaid carers to take short breaks from their caring responsibilities. You can email Carers Northumberland or call 01670 320 025, or attend the free event that’s taking place on Thursday 24 November in Alnwick where you can talk to Carers Northumberland and a range of other organisations. If you know an unpaid carer who might find this information useful, please pass it on.

Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Carham Parish Council will be on Tuesday 8 November 2022 at 6.30 pm in St Cuthbert’s Church, Carham. You can find the agenda for this meeting and minutes of previous meetings on our Meetings page.

All parishioners are welcome to attend the meeting. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like more information or plan to attend.

Cost of Living Support

Northumberland County Council is offering information and advice to help residents who may be feeling the pressure of the cost of living crisis. The information covers a wide range of subjects, from household costs and bills through to mental health and wellbeing, and includes details of benefits, discounts and payments for those who are eligible. There is also guidance for anyone who is interested in volunteering to help others. The information is available on the Northumberland County Council website, or you can call Northumberland Communities Together on 01670 620 015 9am-6pm, seven days a week, or send an email.

Her Majesty The Queen

It is with great sadness that Carham Parish Council has learned of the death of our Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Parishioners may like to know that St Cuthbert’s church in Carham will remain open for private prayer and reflection. The nearest books of condolence are at Coldstream Library Contact Centre and Kelso Library Contact Centre, and there are books of condolence in Berwick-upon-Tweed at Berwick Library and at Berwick Leisure Centre. A national book of condolence is available to sign online. Floral tributes can be laid as a mark of respect at the Parade Ground at Wallace Green in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

In accordance with protocol and out of respect for the Royal Family, the Parish Council will not be holding its meeting on Tuesday 13 September. This meeting will be arranged for a later date.

Next Footpaths Group Walk

The next walk organised by the footpaths group will be on Saturday 3 September 2022. This is a farm walk at West Learmouth, an 850 acre mixed farm that has recently converted to organic farming. Former pasture land has been planted with native trees, and former arable land has been planted with wildlife-friendly seed mixes as part of the process of converting it to regenerative pasture. The walk will be led by the farmer, Jasmin Moore. For more information, see the West Learmouth Farm Walk poster on our Walks page or call the footpaths group organiser on 07557 211 564. There is parking at the farm (NT 849377) and the walk starts at 1000 hrs. Everyone is welcome!

Rogation Sunday

Our three local churches – St Cuthbert’s in Carham, St Helen’s in Cornhill on Tweed, and St Paul’s in Branxton – are holding a joint service on Sunday 29 May at West Learmouth Farm. The open-air service, marking Rogation Sunday, will include a blessing of the trees that have been planted by Carham Parish Council as a contribution to The Queen’s Green Canopy – a UK-wide tree-planting initiative created to commemorate the jubilee. The trees have been planted where the public footpath meets the byway at the old West Learmouth railway sidings, courtesy of Mrs Moore of West Learmouth Farm. The Rogation Sunday service is at 11.00 am and everyone is welcome to attend. Please wear stout footwear, as it may be muddy underfoot. For more information, call Pat Feerick on 01890 254 794.