Next Footpaths Group Walk: Farm Walk at Mindrum

The next walk organised in association with the Footpaths Group will be on Sunday 20 October 2019 at 1 pm. The walk, led by Tom Fairfax, will include part of the bridleway and the Scottish border, and will explore some of the ecology and history associated with the farm at Mindrum. The terrain is on paths and grass, with a gradual climb up to 650 ft and, weather permitting, stunning views from the top. The walk is just under five miles, with opportunities to shorten it if preferred. Everyone is welcome; well-behaved dogs are welcome, too, provided they are kept on a lead. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and meet at Mindrum Farm at 1 pm. For more information, contact Tom Fairfax

Private Water Supplies

If you have a private water supply and take more than 20 cubic metres of water a day, you are now likely to require a licence from the Environment Agency – even if you have not needed one before.

Changes to the licensing system came into effect on 1 January 2018, when a number of licence exemptions were removed. These included the exemption for groundwater abstractions of between 20 and 227 cubic metres a day, and the exemption for surface water abstraction within the Till river catchment.

The licensing system applies to domestic users as well as to a farm or a business that takes water from a river or the ground. With regard to domestic users, a collection of houses on one borehole, well or spring supply may need a licence – see this Environment Agency leaflet for information.

The deadline for applying for a licence is 31 December 2019. For more information and to apply, visit the Environment Agency website.

Open Gardens 2019

Mindrum Garden will be open for charity on Sunday 23 June, from 2-5 pm. Entry is £5 for adults and the proceeds are going to North Northumberland HospiceCare and the National Garden scheme.

Kirky Cottage in Mindrum will open in aid of the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 6 July, and in aid of the British Red Cross on Sunday 7 July. Entry on both days is from 11 am to 5 pm and is £4 for adults. Children go free.

Next Footpaths Group Walk: Paths, Verges and Commons

The next walk organised by the Footpaths Group will be on Saturday 15 June, starting at 10.00 am from the play park in Wark. This 4.5 mile walk will explore some of the footpaths in and around the village before heading off to Shidlaw and then Wark Common. In order to make this walk circular, sections of it will be on public roads and will pass by some of the common land that is in the Parish. For more information, contact Janet Chubb on 01890 850 339.

Annual Assembly 2019

Carham Parish Council’s Annual Assembly was held on 14 May at St Cuthbert’s Church, Carham. The meeting agreed the minutes of the previous year’s Annual Assembly, reviewed the Parish Council’s internal audit, and approved its financial accounting and governance statements and its certificate of exemption. All of these documents can be found on the Meetings and Standards pages on this website.