The Parish Council will be meeting on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 6.30 pm in St Cuthbert’s Church, Carham. You can find the agenda on our Meetings page. If you live or work in the parish, you are welcome to attend. Please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Northumberland County Council is introducing a Snow Warden scheme to allow an individual or a group of community volunteers to sign up to help clear snow and ice from public footpaths in their local areas.
A statement on its website says: “By carrying out voluntary snow warden duties you will be helping to keep your community safer during severe winter conditions. In return we will provide you with a snow warden kit which comprises a snow shovel, bag of salt/grit, a thermal hat with a head torch, a pair of thermal gloves and a hi-vis vest.”
For more information and to download an application form, visit the Winter Services page on the Northumberland County Council website, and scroll down to Snow Wardens.
We have been advised of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order as follows: 115700008 A698 Wideopen Plantation JCN To Berwick.
Details of the disruption can be viewed here
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
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.
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.
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.