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.

17 August 2017Friday 815 bus service to Bellingham

Due to low usage numbers the existing operator, PCL Limited will no longer be running the Friday 815 service to Bellingham after 18 August.

There will be a replacement service that will be a demand response shared taxi arrangement. This will still be referred to as the 815 service.

The operator will be Bellingham & Humshaugh taxi (01434 220570). The new service will run from Byrness, Rochester, Otterburn, Elsdon, East & West Woodburn, Ridsdale to Bellingham, arriving in Bellingham for 10:00 and allow up to two hours before returning. Presently the times for each stop have not been published but the taxi service will be able to confirm timings.

Normal bus fares will apply and concessionary bus passes can still be used.

This revised service will begin from Friday 25 August.

To use this service you will need to call Bellingham and Humshaugh Taxis to initially register as a service user.  Thereafter to reserve a seat on the service each time you want to travel. Calls must be made the day before your journey.

If no advance bookings are received the service will not run.

14 August 2017Tour of Britain - Stage 2 - Monday 4 September

Stage 2 of the 2017 Tour of Britain will be going through Otterburn on 4 September.

Stage 2 starts from the dam at Kielder at 10:15 and is expected to go through Otterburn approximately 11:00 before going on to Elsdon and then Rothbury.

The 120 professional riders will be coming along the B6320, turning right on to A696, past Border Riever and then on to B6341.

There will be a rolling road closure from Bellingham to Otterburn from 09:30 - 11:30. Then rolling closure from Otterburn to Elsdon between 10:15 - 11:45.  A full road closure from Elsdon to Harwood Forest will be in place between 10:00 - 11:45.

For further details you can view the website at www.nlandtob.com

11 August 2017Rural Transport survey

Have your say on the rural transport service in Rede Valley.

Look out for a transport survey arriving through your letterbox this month, giving you the chance to influence future provision of transport in this area.

The survey is being carried out by the local Parish Councils and Community Action Northumberland with the support of the County Council as part of the Getabout Access Scheme, which aims to address gaps in local transport provision within Northumberland.

The survey is to explore transport difficulties in these parishes with a view to exploring possible solutions to meet local needs.

Possible outcomes could include making small adjustments to existing services, or creating new community transport solutions such as provision of dial-a-ride services, establishing a local volunteer drive scheme, or setting up a local car share.

You can post the completed survey in the paid envelope provided or hand in to camien Cafe, Border Reiver or Bird in Bush. Alternatively hand to the Parish Clerk or one of the local Parish Councillors.

If you have not received a survey then contact Julia Plinston at CAN on either 01670 5171718 / juliaplinston@ca-north.org.uk

Surveys must be returned by 25 August, 2017.


11 August 2017Byrness Village Hall activities

Wednesday evenings

John Henderson has started s kettle-bell class, 7.00 to 8.00pm. Come along and firm up those muscles. £2.00 a class.


19 August

Community BBQ from 3.00pm, it will be a great opportunity for us all to meet. There will be games for all, burgers, sausages and salad. Chainsaw wood carving demonstration. £3.00 per adult, kids free.


1 September

Community drop-in 7.00 - 9.00 Come in for a chat, table tennis, darts etc.

26 July 2017Parish Council meetings

Parish Council meetings

The next Parish Council meeting will be at the Village Hall, Rochester on THURSDAY 5 October, 2017 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. 

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

(Thursday) 5 October, 2017 @ Rochester Village Hall

28 November, 2017 @ Byrness Village Hall

30 January, 2018 @ Rochester Village Hall

27 March, 2018 @ Byrness Village Hall

29 May, 2018 @ Rochester Village Hall

31 July, 2018 @ Byrness Village Hall

21 June 2017Meeting agenda and decision making process

Please find attached the step by step process with timescales for resisdents to add agenda items for the Parish Council. Additionally the attached provides guidance to the decision making process for the Parish Council.

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