On this page you will find Notices of forthcoming Parish Council meetings and other local news.  If you have items of news you would like to have included on this page, please contact Martin Chilvers, Rochester with Byrness Parish Clerk (details on the Contact Us page) or send a message using the Guestbook.

13 June 2019Revitalising Redsdale - 2019 events

Please find attached the details of up-coming events as part of the Revitalising Redesdale project.

Bumble and Honey bees @ Elsdon 23 June

Bioblitz @ Castle Hotel, Otterburn 7 July

Archaeological Excavation of ancient settlement - 22 July - 2 August Rattenraw Farm

Catcleugh and Redesdale stories


29 May 2019Parish Council meetings

Parish Council meetings

The next Parish Council meeting will be at the Village Hall, Rochester on Tuesday 30 July, 2019 at 7.00pm. 

The Agenda for the meeting can be found here or in the appropriate section of the 'Document Library' a few days before the meeting.

Additionally a draft version of the minutes from the previous meeting are available to view within the 'Document Library'.

The Parish Council meet on the last Tuesday of every other month. Below are dates and locations for the next six meetings

30 July, 2019 @ Rochester Village Hall

24 September, 2019 @ Rochester Village Hall

26 November, 2019 @ Byrness Village Hall

28 January, 2020 @ Rochester Village Hall

31 March, 2020 @ Byrness Village Hall

26 May, 2020 @ Rochester Village Hall (to include Annual Parish Meeting)

12 May 2019Ray Windfarm - Open meeting 6 June at Kirkwhelpington

The Ray Wind Farm, operated by Vattenfall, sits on the Ray Estate in Northumberland. It comprises 16 turbines generating 54.4 megawatts of electricity to the National Grid annually and will continue to do so for the next 25 years – the life of the Wind Farm.

For every year of its working life, Vattenfall will donate money to the rural communities that fall within the 10km catchment area of the Wind Farm i.e. ‘the Area of Benefit’, which includes your parish.   The annual figure donated is £5,000 per megawatt of generated output, index-linked, for the life of the Wind Farm – more than £250,000 per year.

The funds are administered by the Ray Windfarm Fund Community Interest Company (CIC) and to ensure that we distribute these funds appropriately we meet with members of the local communities to determine where and how the funds should be targeted. To this end our first public meeting will be held on Thursday 6th June 2019 at Kirkwhelpington Memorial Hall at 7pm. This meeting is open to the general public.

29 April 2019Northumberland Day - 26 May

Please find attached details of the 2019 Northumberland Day on 26 May

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