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.

22 May 2024Parish Council meetings

Parish Council meetings

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 28 May, 2024 at 7.00pm.  This is scheduled to be held at Rochester Village Hall. The meeting will start with the Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Ordinary meeting.

Should you wish to contribute to the meeting please contact the Parish Clerk at rochesterwithbyrnesspc@gmail.com.

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, 2024 @ Byrness Village Hall

24 September 2024 @ Rochester Village Hall

26 November, 2024 @ Byrness Village Hall

28 January, 2025 @ Rochester Village Hall

25 March, 2025 @ Byrness Village Hall

27 May, 2025 @ Rochester Village Hall (to include Annual Parish Meeting)

17 May 2024A68 closure at Carter Bar

In case you were not aware the A68 is due to be closed between 09:00 - 15:00 from 20 - 30 May, 2024.

Buses and local access will be escorted through the site. For more details please see attached link

17 May 2024Drop in events to learn more about the Digital Switchover in Northumberland

Good morning,

Drop in events to learn more about the Digital Switchover in Northumberland

Many people in Northumberland will have questions or would like to know more about the Digital Switchover. By December 2025, services that rely on the old landline system such as home phones and healthcare devices will be switched to upgraded digital landline services as part of a national switchover led by the UK telecomms industry. 

This may include: 

- Home phones (traditional landline) 

- Amplified phones (for those with hearing loss) 

- Personal telecare products  

- Fall and motion detectors 

- Portable healthcare devices such as ECG or oxygen monitors 

Throughout June, BT will be heading to Northumberland where a team will be on hand to tell people about its new home phone service Digital Voice, why the change is necessary and what it means. Please see the event information below which may be of interest to your town or parish.

You don’t have to pre-book, just turn up.   


Date: Friday 14 and Monday 17 June  

Time: 9am - 3pm  

Location: Hexham Town Centre (The Shambles), Market Place, Hexham, NE46 1XQ  


Date: Tuesday 18 June  

Time: 10am - 4pm  

Location: Prudhoe Library, 58 Spetchells, Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA   


Date: Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June  

Time: 10am - 4pm  

Location: Cramlington Library, The Hub at Cramlington, Forum Way, Cramlington, NE23 6YB  


Date: Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June  

Time: 10am – 4pm  

Location: Dobbies Morpeth (carpark), Heighley Gate, Morpeth, NE61 3DA   


Date: Wednesday 26 June  

Time: 10am - 4pm  

Location: Dobbies Ponteland (carpark), Street House Farm, Ponteland, NE20 9BT   


Date: Thursday 27 June  

Time: 10am - 4pm  

Location: Morrisons (carpark), Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble, NE65 0PE   


Date: Friday 28 June  

Time: 9am - 3pm  

Location: High Street (by Turks Head), Rothbury, NE65 7TE   


Date: Friday 28 June  

Time: 9am – 3pm  

Location: Marketplace, Alnwick, NE66 1TN  

Find out more about the Digital Switchover here

05 April 2024Missing lynx exhibition

Please see details of the Missing Lynx Exhibition at this link

05 April 2024Voting changes

Please find attached the changes to voting at elections and possible election related jobs

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