Right to Inspect the Accounts – 22/23

The Parish Council has submitted its annual return to the external auditor, Mazars LLP. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for 2022/23.  A notice explaining these rights can be found here. Additionally, the unaudited annual governance and accountability return which has been submitted to the auditor can be found here.  Please note: the accounting statements as published may be subject to change.

Dates for the inspection of the accounts – Monday 12th June – Friday 21st July – by appointment.  Please contact the Clerk.

Parish Council Meeting – Monday 12th June 2023

The Parish Council will next meet on Monday 12th June at 7.45 pm in Church Cottage, Church Lane.

County Councillor Anne Dale will be available to answer questions from the public from 7.15 pm and questions may be put to the Parish Council from 7.30 pm.

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.

To review a copy of the draft Minutes from the meeting held on 15th May, please click here.

New Electoral Arrangements for Northumberland – Have your say

New boundaries are being proposed for council divisions in Northumberland County Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 10 July 2023.  

What the proposals mean for Riding Mill:: The Commission has proposed that Broomhaugh & Riding should become part of the Corbridge ward (the Stocksfield Ward would now include areas of Prudhoe).  The Commission notes that “Broomhaugh & Riding parish has strong transport connections to Corbridge and beyond towards Hexham. We are interested to hear evidence on the community identity of Broomhaugh & Riding parish in relation to our proposed change”.  You can submit your comments directly to the Commission or you can write to the parish council and we will summarise comments in our response to the Commission.

Further details are given below or read pages 40-42 of the draft report:

A map of draft proposals for new electoral arrangements in Northumberland

Proposed divisions for Northumberland
Click map for high resolution version

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2023


The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Northumberland to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that division arrangements will help the council work effectively.

The Commission has published proposals for changes to Northumberland. It is proposing that there should be 67 single-councillor divisions and one two-councillor division. Northumberland should have 68 divisions, two more than there are now. Most divisions will change, thirteen will stay the same.

Proposed changes include:

  • An increase to the council size for Northumberland from 67 councillors to 69 councillors in these draft recommendations. This will allow a division pattern that reflects both the urban and rural parts of the county.
  • Retaining one two-councillor division in Northumberland based on the evidence received during consultation on division patterns. That division is Alnwick.
  • Changes to divisions across the rest of the county with substantial changes in the Ashington, Blyth, Cramlington, Hexham, Morpeth and Seaton Valley areas.
  • The amendment of the divisions of Bellingham and Rothbury to provide for electoral equality in those divisions.

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:

“We want people in Northumberland to help us.

We have drawn up proposals for new electoral divisions in Northumberland. We want to make sure these new electoral arrangements reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.

Residents and local organisations can help us do that. We would like them to let us know whether they agree with our proposals before we take final decisions.

It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.

Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can see the detail of the proposals and comment on the names of electoral divisions and their boundaries. www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/northumberland

People can also give their views by e-mail at reviews@lgbce.org.uk, and by post:

Review Officer (Northumberland)
PO Box 133
NE24 9FE

Annual Parish Meeting – draft Minutes

To view a copy of the draft Minutes from the annual Parish Meeting, please click here.  The Minutes contain the full reports given by the following organisations and people:

Broomhaugh First School

St James Church

The Village Hall Trust

County Councillor Anne Dale

The Parish Council



Energy Advice

Climate Change News page updated with energy advice following the presentation at the annual Parish Meeting.

Click here for more details – energy advice

Parish Council Meeting and AGM – Monday 15th May

The Parish Council will next meet on Monday 15th May at 7.45 pm in Church Cottage, Church Lane.

County Councillor Anne Dale will be available to answer questions from the public from 7.15 pm and questions may be put to the Parish Council from 7.30 pm.

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.

To review a copy of the draft Minutes from the meeting held on 17th April, please click here.

Notice of Vacancy

Having served on the Parish Council since 2018, Pam Bridges has decided to step down and as a result we have a vacancy for a parish councillor.  In accordance with the legislation, please see the notice below.









Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Pamela Bridges formerly a Member of the above named Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish.


If, within 14 days (*) after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 23rd May 2023), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to The Returning Officer, Elections Office, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF by TEN electors for the Parish (Ward), an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.



Dated: 2nd May 2023

Name of Parish Clerk: Catherine Harrison

Clerk to Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council


(*) In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.





Annual Parish Meeting – Thursday 11th May



 To be held on Thursday 11th May at 7.00 pm in the

Parish Hall, Millfield Road



Brian Watson from Community Action Northumberland

Domestic Carbon Reduction Officer

Brian provides home energy and carbon reduction advice.  We’ve heard a lot about air source heat pumps, biomass boilers, solar pv and battery storage – do they all work? Can they be fitted retrospectively? How can the insulation in a Grade II listed property be improved?

Join us and find out more!


  1. Welcome and apologies
  2. Minutes of 2022 meeting
  3. Report from Broomhaugh C of E First School
  4. Report from the Village Hall Trust
  5. Report from St James Church
  6. Report from County Councillor Anne Dale
  7. Report from the Parish Council – Christine Howe, Chair
  8. Parish Council – Draft Financial Statement – for information only
  9. Any other business
  10. Guest Speaker

Cllr. Christine Howe, Chair

27th April 2023

The King’s Coronation

As ever, there are plenty of events planned in Riding Mill to mark the King’s Coronation.

The Coronation will be screened live at the Parish Hall on Saturday 6th May and an afternoon of family-friendly activities will be held on Monday 8th May including a Royal Parade at 2 pm.  Click on the poster below for further information.