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LYNEMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL will fly a Red Ensign flag as part of national Merchant Navy Day. The event is being held to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers. The flag raising ceremony will take place on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at 10.00 a.m. outside Lynemouth Miners’ Welfare Institute in Bridge Road, and members of the public are welcome to attend along with local veterans and Merchant Navy personnel.
Merchant Navy Day has been observed in the UK since 2000. The campaign to ‘Fly the Red Ensign’ was started to remind UK citizens - none of whom live more than 70 miles from the sea - that they depend on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat.


CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s allotment competition winners:

Judged best kept allotment - the Allan Dixon Trophy plaque (first prize), with a smaller trophy to keep, awarded to: Robert Ian FENDER & Joyce FENDER

First runner up with a small trophy to keep awarded to: Robert GIBBON

Second runner up with a small trophy to keep awarded to: David COTTON & Anne COTTON & Carol JOHNSON.

All the winners and judges have been cordially invited to attend a special presentation at the next parish council meeting on Wednesday 4th September 2019 in Lynemouth Welfare Pavilion, Park Road, Lynemouth, Northumberland, NE61 5XL, commencing at 7.00 p.m.


ALL the fun of the fair gripped the village on a lovely sunny day on Saturday 24th August 2019 at the 93rd Lynemouth Children's Gala, which took place at Lynemouth Welfare Ground from 11.00 a.m. The Parish Council again supported this year's Gala with a £600.00 grant towards the prize money for the children's races.

The Gala was celebrated in full glory, with attractions, displays, games, a fun fair and bouncy castle, as well as the traditional fancy dress.

The new Gala Queen kicked off the event as she was crowned, before parading around the village on a float with her royal party of attendants. Along with the Queen of the Gala other attendance winners featured on the float.

The Northumberland Church of England Academy Combined Cadet Force (NCEA CCF) pipes and drums played on the day and led the Gala Queen's Float and parade, the biggest part of the event.

The Gala is a long standing traditional event in the pit village since 1926, the year of the General Strike, with its roots in the warm hearted generosity of the mining communities where people saved hard from their meager pay to fund a celebration of youth and community spirit every year with a fun family day out. Thank you to all who help keep this proud ethos alive and strong in Lynemouth.

[In some places they pronounce Gala as "gay-la", but in the UK we say "gar-la", since the word originally comes to us from Italian and Spanish and they pronounce it as it is done in the UK. It doesn't matter, both pronunciations are acceptable].

Contact: Audrey Turnbull, 36 Ingleby Terrace, Lynemouth.


Age UK Northumberland currently has various volunteer roles available and they are always looking for people who are happy to give up their time to support older people across Northumberland. People normally volunteer for a few hours each week, Monday to Friday during normal working hours. However, they realise that people have very busy lives and they always try to be flexible as we very much appreciate the time, expertise and commitment that their volunteers bring.

People volunteer for a range of reasons. Some people just want to give something back to their community, feel part of a team or share their knowledge and expertise. Volunteering also gives people the chance to develop new skills, update their CV, get to know their community or just make new friends whilst at the same time supporting older people across Northumberland.

The range of volunteer roles available include:

·         The Friendship Line

·         Social Friday Groups

·         Information & Advice Line  and Welfare Benefits Advice

·         Advocacy  Services

·         Health,  Wellbeing and Exercise

·         Day Centres

·         Lunch Clubs

·         The Roundhouse Digital Champions

·         The Roundhouse Reception 

·         Admin Support

·         Fundraising.

If you think you may be interested in volunteering with Age UK Northumberland, for further information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Chrisp either by email:  susan.chrisp@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk or phone 01670 784 800.


A VETERINARY SURGEON visited the Parish Council's allotment site on Wednesday 3rd July 2019 and, following laboratory tests, he has diagnosed a case of Equine Influenza. Equine Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that causes a cough, nasal discharge and fever. The condition is rarely fatal in adult horses and most horses recover within 10 days of showing clinical signs. Foals and geriatric horses can be more seriously affected and mortality can occur. Having confirmed a case the vet has advised the following:

- any horse that is showing clinical signs (cough, nasal discharge, fever) should be isolated

- any in-contact horses should be vaccinated to prevent further spread

- no new horses should be moved onto the allotment site and no horses should leave until there has been 2 weeks after the last clinical signs

- any owner who is concerned about their horse should seek veterinary advice and this is particularly important for foals.


Environmental Enforcement Officer's Summary Report (May 2019) [extract]

1 Prosecution case of Lynemouth resident for littering - £220 Financial Penalty, £100 Court Costs, £30 Victim Surcharge.


The independent judging of the best kept allotment competition will take place on Monday 29th July 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

The Allotments Working Group (AWG) of Lynemouth Parish Council agreed to hold an annual competition to encourage tenants to keep the allotment gardens in a clean, decent and good condition and properly cultivated and to adopt the criteria and points system outlined below. All horticultural allotment holders will be automatically entered into the competition and prizes are to be awarded.

All horticultural plots on the allotment site will be assessed by at least two external, impartial, and experienced judges, with the Allan Dixon Trophy plaque (first prize) awarded for the best kept allotment with a smaller trophy to keep; and small trophies awarded for second prize (runner up); and third prize (most improved). Judging will take place in July 2019 to allow the crops to flourish and quality to be observed and all winners and judges will be invited to a presentation at the parish council meeting on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

The primary purpose of an allotment is to provide crops of vegetables, fruit, flowers and culinary herbs for household use and, the more completely a plot fulfils this objective, the greater should be the credit accorded to it in the competition.

Allotments also allow enthusiasts for one particular plant, or group of plants, to indulge their passion and a plot given over to monoculture of say dahlias or carnations must be judged according to the standard and quality of cultivation.

The size of plot will not be a factor in the competition. Allotments will be judged against the following criteria and points system:

• Visual aspect of the plot - 10
• Condition of the plot - 10
• Good workmanship - 5
• Quality of crops, flowers, fruit and vegetables and plants - 5
• Originality of layout and planning - 5
• Ingenuity in overcoming local problems - 5
• Condition of garden sheds etc. - 5
• Condition of boundary fences - 5.

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