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New foster carers needed

Northumberland County Council's Family Placement Service is holding a foster care information event on 7th December 2017 at The Old Storehouse Pub, Links Road, Amble, Northumberland, NE65 0SD (next to the caravan park). The session runs 5.45 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. (sign in from 5.30 p.m.). Find out how you can help children and young people.

They are looking for people to work as different types of foster carers. At this informal session, you will get a chance to learn about the different roles and have a chat with families and the rest of the team.

Telephone Caroline Matthews on 01670 62 62 62 or email: caroline.matthews@northumberland.gov.uk to book your place.  If you can't book in advance, please pop along on the night to meet foster carers, young people and the rest of the team.

Do you know we need more foster carers to help school age children on a short and long term basis?

Do you know we need parents for children aged one upwards who are waiting to be adopted?

Find out more about helping children and young people by fostering with Northumberland or start or extend your family by adopting with Northumberland.

Northumberland County Council's Family Placement Service, 3 Esther Court, Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 8AP


Ms Sally Milner, Chaplain at Northumberland Church of England Academy, officiated at this year's Remembrance Day Service. It was certainly the largest turnout in recent years. Seldom can there have been so many wreaths laid at Lynemouth's War Memorial. It's fair to say that everyone present was very impressed by 12-year-old Cadet Tyrone Darbyshire's most excellent sounding of The Last Post before the two minute silence and the Reveille before the wreath laying. He played with great dignity. Many thanks also to Major Eyton Parker (Northumberland Church of England Academy Combined Cadet Force); Mrs. Amy Thompson (Head of the William Leech Campus); and  Mr. Trevor Sutton and the 1st CELL Scout Group. Many thanks also to Mr. Dave Johnson at Lynemouth Miner's Welfare Institute and the Lynemouth ladies for preparing refreshments and hearty bowls of soup afterwards. The wintry chill failed to deter many local residents and veterans from paying their respects.


THE Parish Council has agreed to construct two pedestrian gateways and create a natural path through the strip of woodland it owns behind the pit wheel to enable residents and visitors to enjoy the amenity. It was agreed that no trees would be removed and the decision to establish a woodland accessible to the community may need to be reviewed if there are any incidents of misuse.

Trees and hedges are important wildlife habitats, so work on pruning the trees to improve appearance and access, and removing dead and diseased branchwood, will start in early winter [December/January] to allow birds to nest safely in spring.

Historically, it is believed the old 'Tankey' engine (train) went over the road along the line of the woodland.

02 November 2017COUNCIL SETS PRECEPT FOR 2018/2019

PARISH councillors have considered what the Parish Council's financial needs will be for the next financial year 2018/2019 and decided that the current tax levied from residents (the precept) should be raised from £27,621 to £28,000 this year to cover costs.

The Parish Council will be going ahead with its four year parish plan of community priorities in  2018 and for future years. As well as maintaining current projects and improving them wherever possible, the Council wants to develop several future projects to improve the village.

Members said there are good reasons for raising individual payments slightly  but they could not support raising them any higher at present as they did not wish to put a burden on local people.


Lynemouth Parish Council currently has TWO horticultural (garden) vacancies at the allotment site; full chain plots. Anyone interested in applying for one of these allotments can do so by completing and returning an application form. The allotments will be let to residents who live in the village on a first-come-first served basis. The annual rent is currently £40.00 per annum for each chain, but the new tenant will only pay the pro-rata (proportional) rent, i.e. £10.00 each chain until the allotment rents are collected on the first and last Saturday in February 2018.

24 October 2017WANT TO GETABOUT?

GETABOUT is an access scheme operated in partnership by Adapt (North East), and Community Action Northumberland and Northumberland County Council. 

Getabout helps you get where you need to be!

Do you have difficulty in accessing essential services in Northumberland? Getabout can help. Call 03333 441 740 today!

So how does it work? It's a free information and advice service which will endeavour to solve your transport needs. Contact an adviser at Adapt (North East):

Call 0333 441 740 calls charged at local rate

email: generaloffice@adapt-tynedale.org.uk

The adviser will discuss your situation, where you live and where you need to get to, to understand what options may be available and then help you find the best solution to meet your requirements.

Solutions have included supporting people to link to community transport schemes and helping them to access existing public transport services.

Should there not be an available solution, they may be able to provide volunteer drivers who use their own cars to get you to where you need to go. Please be aware that charges may apply.



09 October 2017CUPPA WITH A COPPER

THE PARISH COUNCIL asked the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Dame Vera Baird QC, to arrange for residents to be invited to a regular informal chat with the local policing team - ‘Cuppa with a Copper’ - to discuss any concerns they have in their community.

PC 402 Hilary Sim has set up the drop-in event within Lynemouth Resource Centre on a monthly basis. The first will be on Monday 27th November 2017, between 2.30pm-4.30pm


New skills, new experiences, a new outlook.

As a Volunteer Police Cadet, you will have the opportunity to build your life skills, take part in new challenges and open yourself up to brand new life experiences. During the three year scheme, you will work alongside Northumbria Police Officers within your local community, assist with major North East events and promote policing among other your people.

How do I apply?

The Volunteer Police Cadet scheme is advertised on the Northumbria Police Force website: http://careers.northumbria.police.uk/cadets.html Northumbria Police are recruiting within Northumbria Police Force area.  You must live within the force area because you will be involved with your local community. Applications open in each school year (October) and new intakes begin in January. Applications are open to year 10 students who will be aged 15 on or before 31 August 2018.

Do you want to experience what it's like to be a police officer, gain a Duke of Edinburgh award, challenge yourself to try new experiences and meet new people and develop new skills? 

Police Cadets is a four year scheme for young people across the force area.

The scheme is led by officers, staff and volunteers from Northumbria Police. 

You can apply to become a Volunteer Police Cadet now if you meet the below criteria:

·         You need to be in the school year 10 - 
          (Aged 15 at the start of the course or turning 15 on or before 31st August 2018)

·         Live in the Northumbria Police force area

·         Have resided in the UK for a minimum of three years

Reasons to be a Cadet... 

As well as having fun, the volunteer police cadet scheme is great to be involved with for many reasons:

You’ll take part in loads of different activities which include:

·         Conducting a night shift patrol

·         Take part in crime prevention initiatives

·         Experience all sorts of areas of police work

·         Take part in on-line meetings and surveys

·         Help police community events (e.g. Sunderland Airshow, Newcastle Mela, Northumberland County Fairs)

This is an opportunity to:

·    Develop your prospects for the future by gaining new skills and experience

·    Get involved with your local community and have the opportunities to make a real difference

·    Build your strength and courage to become the person you never thought you’d be
What next...

Volunteer Police Cadets meet once a week during school term time starting in January 2018 – normally on a mid-week night – with possible additional dates for special events and trips. Each week you’ll be trained in a different subject. Your training will also include police topics, sport, and Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. After completing your induction training you’ll attend a special Attestation evening where you will take the Cadet Oath in front of your family and friends.

Why not give it a go...?

If you have any questions please contact the Customer Service Helpline (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm) on 0191 2219111.

Northumbria Police fully supports a policy of equal opportunities and welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, disability or age.


Changes to the charity’s contact details and opening times take place from 2 October 2017. Face-to-face services across the county can be accessed through a mixture of drop-in sessions and pre-booked appointments.  Contact details for services are provided below:

Northumberland Adviceline
Telephone: 03444 111 444. 
Opening hours - 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. 

Clients needing advice will be given a short assessment interview so that their options can be discussed and decision made how best to help.  This could include:
•  Simple information provided at the assessment interview.
•  An appointment with generalist advice service.
•  An appointment with specialist adviser.  
•  Signposting or referral to another appropriate agency.
Specialist Debt Advice
Debt Helpline: 01670 339960
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm. 
Text service: Text ‘debt’ to 81400 to receive a call back within 2 working days.

A new debt helpline has been introduced which can be accessed using the above details.  Clients who need help with their debts can contact the above telephone number or go along to their nearest drop-in session. 

This is in addition to a recently introduced text ‘debt’ service.  Clients who text ‘debt’ to 81400 will receive a call back within 2 working days to discuss their debt problems. 

Non advice enquiries and client referrals
Telephone: 01670 339985
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm

For non-advice enquiries or to make a direct client referral please use the office admin number above.  Please note this number cannot be used to obtain advice.  Clients looking for information or advice by telephone should contact the Northumberland Adviceline number. 

Ashington Office
89-91 Station Road
NE63 8RS
Tel: 01670 522008


LYNEMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL has formally OBJECTED to application number 17/02327/RENE for the proposed construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility and associated infrastructure at Lynefield Park, Lynemouth, NE63 9YH.

Parish councillors and residents have attended a public exhibition and have studied the potential impact to better understand the position. Following a presentation by the applicant on Wednesday 6th September, the proposal has been discussed in an open and transparent manner at a parish council meeting at which turnout was the highest in recent times, and the Parish Council received several comments from Lynemouth residents who voiced concerns about an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. Local residents feel that strict conditions should be applied to any planning approval regarding site monitoring; air pollution; road networks; digestate spreading; liquor injection; site expansion. They were also disappointed that only a few selected streets on the perimeter of the village had received leaflets/information on the proposal. The main concerns expressed by residents can be summarised as follows:

  1. Location (visual appearance): 500 metres from the village is too close. Residents have concerns over the detrimental visual appearance at the main entrance to the village.
  2. Odour: storing 11+ acres of farm waste and rotten cereals [feedstocks] (equivalent to 6 international football pitches) would affect people living several miles away from the plant.
  3. Highway issues: traffic generation, vehicular access, highway safety - parish councillors have grave concerns about the increased generation of traffic/access. There are only 2 ways to access the site by road: through Woodhorn village and Lynemouth village. Concern that use of tractors would be changed to HGV’s.
  4. Spillage: several hundred, slow moving, dirty vehicles coming off wet fields spreading cargo and clay throughout the road networks, spilling farmyard waste onto roads, streets and pavements with contaminates and pathogens - village school children still walk to school. No contingency plan in place for clean-up.
  5. Noise or disturbance resulting from use: people are concerned about a future expansion into a food waste disposal unit.
  6. Size: 50,000 tons of feedstock, producing 40,000 tons of digestate.
  7. Spreading: Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance to PPS18 Renewable Energy Public Consultation Anaerobic Digestion June 2013, outlines conditions regarding Nitrate Action Programmes (NAP) on land spread.
  8. Employment: the development will not lead to significant creation of long term sustainable jobs in the local area, nor will it create extra local economic activity.
  9. Benefit: No tangible benefits for Lynemouth. It is generally felt that there is much to endure and zero benefit for the local community. Residents see the plant placing additional burdens on local people without any tangible compensating benefits to balance the negative environmental impacts created by the new development.
  10. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): requested for this plant as it appears to be preparing to handle 90,000 tons of material per year.

The Parish Council wishes the planning authority to consider these material planning considerations and refuse the application number 17/02327/RENE for planning consent. this site is within the adjoining/neighbouring Newbiggin-by-the-Sea parish, but it is felt that Lynemouth village and residents would obviously be most closely affected by this proposal.

Observations can be sent to: planningcomments@northumberland.gov.uk by 12th September 2017.

05 September 2017DAYS IN THE DENE

Would you like to come and join us in the activities?

Saturday 11th November: Tending to Trees - 10.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

  • Looking after and tending to the trees in the Dene.

Sunday 10th December: Festive Fun - 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.

  • Make seasonal decorations, eat seasonal food!

Meet at: Opposite Wellway Surgery, Albion Way, Lynemouth.

Friends of Lyne Dene - Wild Flower Walk

Location: Lyne Dene (meet at the bus stop), opposite the Wellway Surgery, Lynemouth

Cost: FREE

Come and explore the Dene with us and take a closer look at the beautiful wildflowers which grow there, the pride of the Lyne Dene. Children welcome, please bring a responsible adult along with you.

For further information please contact: Leanne Shipley, telephone (01670) 514876 or email leanne.shipley@groundwork.org.uk



LYNEMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL is flying a Red Ensign 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 took place at 11.00 a.m. on Friday, 1st September, 2017 outside Lynemouth Miners’ Welfare Institute in Bridge Road, and members of the public attended along with local veterans and Merchant Navy personnel.

As Merchant Navy Day [3rd September] falls on a Sunday this year, the Parish Council will fly the Red Ensign from Friday 1st September to Monday 4th September 2017.

Parish Council chair Liz Dunn said: “We are supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagpoles. It will be a very poignant ceremony and we hope to see many people attend.”

Seafarers UK’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, saying: “On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.”

As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95 per cent of our imports, including half the food we eat.

All participating councils are listed on a ‘Roll of Honour’ at www.merchantnavyday.uk

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

For further information about the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign please visitwww.merchantnavyday.uk


ALL the fun of the fair gripped the village on Saturday 26th August 2017 at the 91st Lynemouth Children's Gala, which took place at Lynemouth Welfare Ground from 12 o'clock noon. The Parish Council again supported this year's Gala with a £600.00 donation.

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 us 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.

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