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, Elsdon Parish Clerk (details on the Contact Us page) or send a message using the Guestbook.

16 May 2020Elsdon Caravan Park

Please note that on Monday morning, approximately 10.00 an old caravan will be removed from the caravan site behind the Bird in Bush pub.

A new caravan will be delivered on Thursday 21 May although the delivery time has not yet been confirmed.

The owners have promised that there will be no visitors into the new caravan until the current lockdown restrictions have been eased.

15 May 2020Parish Council Meeting

Given the government instructions there will be no face-to-face Parish Council meetings until further notice.

An agenda will still be posted on this website a few days before the next due meeting on 11 June, 2020 and you can comment on any aspect via either 520535 or elsdonpc@hotmail.co.uk

The meeting will be held via zoom and should you wish to join please email the Parish Clerk at elsdonpc@hotmail.co.uk for the invite link.


The next Elsdon Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 11 June, 2020. It will start at 7.00pm and be held at the Village Hall, Elsdon.

An agenda of the meetings can be found here a few days before as well as on the notice board in the village. This agenda plus previous documents and minutes can also be accessed via the 'Document Library' section of this website.

Please note that unless otherwise advised future meetings will be held on the second Thursday each month.

04 May 2020Adapt Corvid19 hardship fund

Please find attached details of the Adapt Covid19 Hardship fund provided by Bernica Homes

29 April 2020Reopening of Household Waste Recovery Centres

Please find attached deails of the reopening of these centres

11 April 2020Parish Council facebook

Elsdon Parish Council has now a facebook page that you can follow and comment via the link below.

09 April 2020Council Tax during coronavirus emergency

Following the query from a few residents I have been in touch with Northumberland County Council regarding the possible suspension / holiday period for payment of Council Tax.  Below is the response received from NCC and I attach the links in case of need.


Thank you for your email

Unfortunately as yet there is no direct instruction received from Central Government to offer any specific discounts or options to defer payments, however things are changing on a daily basis.

Local Authorities are expected to receive some form of grant from the government to support economically vulnerable individuals and households.  It is expected that most of this funding will be used to provide more Council Tax Support to those who meet the criteria.

If the residents are now on a reduced income they may be able to claim for Universal Credit and more information on that can be found here    

They may qualify for some element of Council Tax Support which is means tested and they can check their entitlement here.

If they have any specific queries in relation to Council Tax Support they can contact our benefits team on telephone number 0345 600 6400 or by email at benefits@northumberland.gov.uk.  Please note that given the current situation we are receiving an influx of queries with limited staffing levels and therefore response times may be significantly delayed.

A payment holiday is also available for Council Tax where payments are deferred for up to 2 months. This is assessed on a case by case basis, subject to the taxpayers experiencing reduced income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a review of their payment history. To apply for a payment deferral they can email Council Tax at counciltax@northumberland.gov.uk .Please note that given the current situation we are receiving an influx of queries with limited staffing levels and therefore response times may be significantly delayed. 

As you can appreciate the Local Authority is a front line service that many people will be relying on for support in the coming months and therefore we need to keep our cash flow up and running.

I trust this clarifies matters but if you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.




09 April 2020Age UK, Northumberland - Emergency packs

Please see the message from Angela Clough


Age UK Northumberland will be receiving a donation of food parcels sometime over the Easter weekend.  We would like to distribute them throughout Northumberland to those who are elderly and vulnerable.  I have been advised that they contain e.g. teabags/cornflakes/rice cakes/crisps/pies and soup already packed into individual boxes (the sort paper is delivered in).

If you would like to receive a delivery of food parcels please contact me directly and we can discuss delivery/collection.

My contact details are:

Angela Clough, Community Engagement Officer, Age UK Northumberland

Mobile: 07710 702915

Email: angela.clough@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk

01 April 2020Coronavirus - help and advice

Should you need advice, support or guidelines during the coronavirus crises please see the link below as well as the attached contact list from Citizens Advice.

25 March 2020Shopping for essential items

Please be aware of the following local services where you re able to purchase essential items as well as possibly have a home delivery if required.

George and Jacqui Jennings Fruit and Veg. Open Tuesday through to Saturday selling fruit and vegetables. Deliveries can be made around the Redesdale area. To place an order or should you have any queries call either George 07398 123603 or Jacqui 07497 583309.

Border Reiver Shop – Are open seven days a week. Monday to Saturday 07:30 – 19:30 and on Sunday 08:00 – 19:30. Home deliveries and call & collect service are available if you contact the shop before 13:00 on Monday and Thursday. You can call 01830 520682 or email theborderreiver2014@gmail.com

Rochester shop and Post Office The micro shop at Camien Cafe is open from 09:00 – 13:00 Wednesday through to Saturday. This sells essential basic items as well as logs and calor gas. The Post Office is open each Thursday from 09:30 – 11:30. Any queries please call Damien or Carol on 01830 520161.

Take aways are also available from Redesdale Arms (01830 520668), Coach House (01830 520803), Bird in Bush (01830 520804) First & Last Brewery are also making deliveries of their beers and orders can be made on 07757 286357.

Take care, stay safe and follow the government instructions.

25 March 2020Library - mobile service to Redesdale

There will be no further mobile library service to Redesdale while the social distancing instructions are in place.

If you are desperate to have a book to help pass the time please contact me at elsdonpc@hotmail.co.uk and I will attempt with the help of NCC for a home delivery service to be arranged.

In the meantime if you have any books on loan please do not worry about any possible fines. Dan who provides the mobile service advises me this will all be cleared when he next visits.

25 March 2020Post Office service in Otterburn

I am advised that the Post Office will continue to remain open at the times stated below. Bessie advises me that providing she continues to feel well she will be there each Thursday.

Please remember if you visit to observe the social distancing and keep 2 metres away from other customers and where possible Bessie herself.

If you are unable to get to the Post Office yourself due to self-isolating but require a service please contact a neighbour or call (520535) / email (elsdonpc@hotmail.co.uk) for assistance.


Otterburn Post Office is open each Thursday from 12:00 - 14:00 in the Otterburn Memorial Hall.  It provides a virtual full service that all Post Offices provide.  See attached link



15 March 2020Coronavirus

For up-to-date information and guidance please see the government link below.

08 March 2020Revitalising Redesdale - update

Here are details of the various Revitalising Redesdale projects including upcoming events, project briefs, and volunteer specifications


Poster of events coming up soon


Project briefs

Battle of Otterburn Conflict in a Landscape

Volunteer positions

Historical Researcher – Battle of Otterburn

Field Archaeology

Lidar Landscapes

Community Heritage Fund

Community Heritage Fund poster

Community Heritage Fund criteria  - Details how to apply for grants from £500 to £2,000

Community Heritage Fund guidance notes

Project programme Delivery Highlights

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29 February 2020Kielder Water parking for Elsdon residents

Residents of Elsdon are now able to purchase a Discovery Pass at 50% discount (£20 instead of the usual £40).

As well as free parking the Discovery Pass provides further benefits.  For any resident interested in taking up this offer they should contact Linda Scott at linda.scott@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

For more details of a Discovery Pass please see the attached link

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