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.

12 May 2019Ray Windfarm - Open meeting 6 June at Kirkwhelpington

The Ray Wind Farm, operated by Vattenfall, sits on the Ray Estate in Northumberland. It comprises 16 turbines generating 54.4 megawatts of electricity to the National Grid annually and will continue to do so for the next 25 years – the life of the Wind Farm.

For every year of its working life, Vattenfall will donate money to the rural communities that fall within the 10km catchment area of the Wind Farm i.e. ‘the Area of Benefit’, which includes your parish.   The annual figure donated is £5,000 per megawatt of generated output, index-linked, for the life of the Wind Farm – more than £250,000 per year.

The funds are administered by the Ray Windfarm Fund Community Interest Company (CIC) and to ensure that we distribute these funds appropriately we meet with members of the local communities to determine where and how the funds should be targeted. To this end our first public meeting will be held on Thursday 6th June 2019 at Kirkwhelpington Memorial Hall at 7pm. This meeting is open to the general public.

29 April 2019Northumberland Day - 26 May

Please find attached details of the 2019 Northumberland Day on 26 May

21 March 2019Parish Council meetings

Parish Council meetings

The next Parish Council meeting will be at the Village Hall, Byrness on Tuesday 28 May, 2019 at 7.00pm.  

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

28 May, 2019 @ Byrness Village Hall (to include Annual Parish Meeting)

30 July, 2019 @ Rochester Village Hall

24 September, 2019 @ Rochester Village Hall

26 November, 2019 @ Byrness Village Hall

28 January, 2020 @ Rochester Village Hall

31 March, 2020 @ Byrness Village Hall

13 March 2019Revitalising Redsdale - 2019 events

Please find attached the details of three up-coming FREE events as part of the Revitalising Redesdale project.

Bookings can be made via

Catcleugh Discovery Day - 10 April 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Afternoon Tea - Byrness Village Hall 10 April 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Afternoon Tea - Elsdon Village Hall 13 April 3.30pm - 5.30pm

and on the weekend 6 - 7 April there are two events titled "Introduction to Newts and Other Amphibians" Details are on the link below and you can book through the link attached.


05 March 2019Bellingham Heritage Centre - Open days

Please find attached the details of the Bellingham Heritage Centre opend days

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