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.

23 May 2018Battle of Otterburn - Projct launch 24 June @ RTC Sports Centre

I am emailing to let you know that we are about to launch our Revitalising Redesdale Battle of Otterburn: Conflict in the Landscape project, which will be exploring the story of the Battle of Otterburn. This project will have lots of volunteering opportunities, including researching historical records and assisting with investigative fieldwork such as metal detecting and excavations. We are holding a launch event on Sunday 24th June, 2.00-4.30pm in Otterburn at the RTC Sports Centre- see attached poster. This is a free event and will include talks about the project and what we hope to uncover as well as a guided walk to the battlefield site. There will also be the opportunity to sign up as a volunteer for this project.

Thanks very much,

Karen Collins, Revitalising Redesdale Heritage and Engagement Officer
Mob: 07741 194309

Learn more: www.revitalisingredesdale.org.uk

23 May 2018Parish Council meetings

Parish Council meetings

The next Parish Council meeting will be at the Village Hall, Rochester on TUESDAY 29 May, 2018 at 7.30pm.  

The Agenda for the meeting can be found here or in the appropriate section of the 'Document Library' a few days before the meeting. NOTE THIS MEETING WILL FOLLOW THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING STARTING AT 7.30pm. THE AGENDA CAN BE FOUND HERE

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

29 May, 2018 @ Rochester Village Hall (to include Annual Parish Meeting)

31 July, 2018 @ Byrness Village Hall

25 September, 2018 @ Rochester Village Hall

27 November, 2018 @ Byrness Village Hall

29 January, 2019 @ Rochester Village Hall

26 March, 2019 @ Byrness Village Hall

18 May 2018Revitalising Redesdale - Water Vole survey training (5 June)

As part of the programme of events Revitalising Redesdale has a Water Vole survey training session on 5 June at Rochester Village Hall.

The event will run by Kelly who is part of the team running th Restoring Ratty project at Kielder. It runs from 11.00 - 3.00 and further details as well as booking is available via the link below.

18 May 2018LOVE Nothumberland Awards

As part of the LOVE Northumberland campaign the council organises annual awards to celebrate the work of the schools, community groups and individual volunteers whose endeavours preserve and enhance the environment of the county. 
The LOVE Northumberland awards mark a range of projects and initiatives which improve neighbourhoods or local areas for the benefit of members of the local community.
Entries are invited for the categories of:
·        Best new project (projects that are less than one year old);
·        Best urban project (projects or work that happens in places where a lot of people live);
·        Best coast or countryside project (projects that happen in more rural areas);
·        Best young people’s project (where most of the participants are aged 12 to 25);
·        Best children’s project (where most of the participants are aged 11 and under);
·        Best school recycling project; and
·        Outstanding individual (someone whose efforts towards their local environment make them stand out from the crowd). 

Winners will be presented with an award by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland at an event at The Alnwick Garden on Thursday 12th July 2018.

Click on the link to download an application form. Closing date for all entries is Friday 8 June 2018.

07 March 2018Ray Windfarm Community Foundation small grants scheme

Please find attached details of the Ray Windfarm Community Foundation guidelines for applications.

Additionally see the link for the consultation report.

Whilst officially outside the catchment area of the Ray Windfarm if application can prove a benefit to the Rede Valley area and people who live in this area consideration will be given to applications.


07 March 2018Free car parking at Kielder Water & Forest Park

Lynn Turner, Director, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust has written to advise that free car parking is available to residents of Rochester and Byrness.

If you wish to apply for a residents permit, the details are

1 - The parking pass is available from Kielder Waterside where production of a utility bill or Council tax bill to confirm your address will be required. One parking pass per household.

2 - The parking pass will need to be renewed annually.

Any queries please call 01661 855525 or email info@visitkielder.com


07 March 2018Support for unemployed people in Redesdale area

Please find attached details of the Redesdale Employment Hub that offers a drop-in support group at Bellingham Town Hall every Tuesday. 

Bellingham is open from 10.00 - 12.30

This project is co-ordinated by Community Action Northumberland (CAN)

02 March 2018West Nothumberland Education and Post-16 consultations

Please be aware of two recent consultations provided by County Council.

1 - Education in West Northumberland. This is open to 9 April, 2018 and there is a consultation event on Saturday 17 March from 10.00 to 3.00 at the Hexham Auction Mart.

Details can be found at


2 - Hadrian Learning Trust consultation open until 29 March, 2018

Full & Summary

3 - Post-16 Transport in Northumberland. This is open to 9.00am on 2 April, 2018

Details can be found at



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