Himalayan Balsam – Wednesday 30th June


It’s time to beat the balsam!

Himalayan balsam is an invasive non-native species which dominates riverbanks, reduces biodiversity and worsens erosion.

Tyne Rivers Trust would love to work with local residents to clear the Himalayan balsam along the Riding Mill burns. This is really easy to do as the plants has such short roots and it’s a great way to spend a few hours outside, improving habitats and meeting other local residents.

Tyne Rivers Trust is the only environmental charity dedicated to improving the River Tyne and its tributaries. The work that we do is vital to tackle the effects of climate change and support the wildlife and landscape of the Tyne rivers. We want a better river, a better region and a better life for all. Volunteering is a great way to spend time outdoors, meet new people and is vital to help us improve habitat and make the river a better place to be.

Volunteering with TRT can range from informal monitoring of rivers and streams to practical conservation tasks such as litter picking, tree planting and invasive species control.

Join us on Wednesday 30th June to learn about this alien invader and spend a couple of hours pulling it out.

If you’d be interested in getting involved, TRT would love to hear from you and can share more information – get in touch with their Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny Elliott, for more information – j.elliott@tyneriverstrust.org



Parish Council Meeting – Monday 10th May

The next meeting of Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council will be held on Monday 10th May at 7.45 pm or on completion of the annual Parish Meeting, whichever is the later.

This meeting will be held on Zoom – to attend, please click on the link below:


Meeting ID: 845 1729 9883  /  Passcode: 916023

It is possible to join via phone – please use one of the following numbers and the meeting ID and passcode above:

0208 080 6592 /  0330 088 5830  /  0203 481 5237

To be sent the link to the meeting please contact the Clerk: ridingmillclerk@gmail.com / 682348

The agenda for the meeting can be found here: agenda.

The draft minutes from the previous meeting, can be found here: draft minutes.

Annual Parish Meeting – Monday 10th May




 To be held on Monday 10th May at 7.15 pm via Zoom

Please join the meeting by using the following link:


Meeting ID: 845 1729 9883  /  Passcode: 916023

It is possible to join via phone – please use one of the following numbers

and the meeting ID and passcode above:

0208 080 6592 / 0330 088 5830 / 0203 481 5237

To be sent the link to the meeting please contact the Clerk: ridingmillclerk@gmail.com / 682348



1.Welcome and apologies

2. Minutes of 2019 meeting – to approve

3. To receive the following reports for 2020/21:

4. Draft Financial Statement – for information only

5. Any other business

If residents which to raise any queries or concerns at the meeting please notify the Clerk in advance


Cllr. Christine Howe, Chair, Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council

30th April 2021


  • No annual Parish Meeting was held in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Parish Council Meeting – Monday 8th March 2021

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 8th March 2021 at 7.45 p.m.

This meeting will be held on Zoom only.

Questions to County Councillor Anne Dale will be taken from 7.15 pm, and questions from the public to the Parish Council will be taken from 7.30 pm.

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.

To view a copy of the draft Minutes from the last meeting held on 14th December 2020, please click here.


Zoom instructions:

To join please click on the following link:


Meeting ID: 892 5083 5187

Passcode: 753271


You can also join by phone:

+44 203 051 2874 United Kingdom

+44 203 481 5237 United Kingdom

Meeting ID: 892 5083 5187 Passcode: 753271

Winter Lockdown

Especially for those who are staying warm and cosy and might not be venturing forth for exercise, here is how our village looked this morning (Thursday 14th January).  In winter. In Lockdown.

Photos taken by David McKenzie

Riding Mill in Lockdown


Proposal to build a house on land south of Church Lane – Application number 20/01932/FUL


The planning application for Fold House is now available online.

To view the application please click on the following link and search using the application number above:


The Parish Council does have one paper copy of the application and if you are unable to view it online please contact the Clerk (682348) to arrange to borrow the documents for a period of 24 hours.

We would encourage people to respond with valid planning framework comments (see below), and if you would like to submit anything by way of a response, either in support or objection, then you should comment in the following ways:

  • via the planning portal website as detailed above
  • by sending an email to planningcomments@northumberland.gov.uk
  • by writing to The Planning Department (West Area Team), Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF

Comments should be received by Wednesday 26th August although we understand that there is a little flexibility with that date should residents be away.

Please note: The Parish Council has been given an extension and is able to submit its comments on 15th September following the Parish Council meeting on Monday 14th September when it will be discussed.




The council can only take land use planning issues into account when it makes a decision on an application. These will vary depending on the proposal and the site circumstances, but may include:

  • The council’s planning policies
  • Central government planning guidance
  • The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development
  • Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
  • Overlooking or loss of privacy
  • Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
  • Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
  • Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Air quality and odours
  • Contamination
  • Flood risk
  • Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development
  • Crime prevention and community safety

The following are matters which the council cannot take into account, these include:

  • Private property matters such as boundary and access disputes, rights to light, restrictive covenants, capacity of private drains, damage to property during construction
  • Effects on property value
  • Trade competition
  • Loss of view
  • Building regulations matters such as structural safety and fire prevention and matters covered by other laws such as alcohol or gaming licences
  • The applicant’s personal conduct, history or motives


Lockdown Images – Spring 2020

We asked residents to share photos they had taken during lockdown in Riding Mill.  It’s clear that everyone has enjoyed the chance to appreciate nature this year during their daily walks:

Ramsons growing  along the footpath at Broomhaugh
Ramsons in Broomhaugh Woods











A heron by the March Burn
The Easter Cross in Riding Mill
Spring Lambs at Riding Grange
Poppy path
75th Anniversary of VE Day
Glorious nature in Lockdown
Clapping (and playing bagpipes) For Carers
Glorious nature in Lockdown 2 – Forget Me Not
Lockdown Birds 2020
Marchburn Cow Parsley 2020
Moths 2 May 2020
Wildlife during lockdown
Hedgehogs during lock down
Hedgehogs during lock down 2
Sewing for the NHS
Moths May 2020


* Notice of Vacancy in Office of a Councillor *




Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Janet Padgett 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 6th July 2020), 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.



By virtue of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 if a by election is requested this will not take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the next election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date of the Ordinary Election of Councilors due to be held on 6 May 2021.  However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances.  Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

Dated: 16th June 2020

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.

Video conference meeting of the Parish Council

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council via Zoom on Monday 8th June at 7.45 pm.

This will be the first formal electronic meeting so please bear with us if there are any IT problems.  Parishioners are welcome to observe although they may not ask questions either before or during the meeting. Instead, please email any questions to ridingmillclerk@gmail.com by 12 noon on Monday 8th June and these will be answered during the meeting.  Questions for County Councillor Anne Dale should also be emailed to the Clerk who will forward them to Councillor Dale and she will reply directly to the resident.

An agenda will be displayed on this site by Wednesday 3rd June which will include the link and meeting password for Zoom.


In 1965 Women’s Institutes throughout the country made scrapbooks illustrating the life of their village that year (the beautiful book made by the Riding Mill WI is kept in the county archive at Woodhorn). Several years later Marion Cooke decided to follow up the scrapbook by writing a book about the history of Riding Mill. After years of research, with no internet to help her in those days, she published her fascinating book in 1987. The exhibition in the Parish Hall in November 2018 for the weekend of Remembrance seemed to generate interest in the Riding Mill of years ago and it was thought that there would be many people who would like to have a copy of Marion’s book.

With the permission of her daughters we have had 200 copies of Riding Mill – A Village History reprinted. They will go on sale in the Cafe in the Foyer from Monday 21st October at a cost of £8 or contact Susan Law, 682397 or Mike Bridges, 682359. Any profits made will be used for future projects of the Regeneration Group.

Outdoor Recreation Survey

Our sports pavilion is a timber hut with no heating, no electricity, no wc’s, let alone any disabled facilities. It is home to 3 cricket teams and a Sunday morning football team, but could be so much more.

Before embarking on the refurbishment of the sports pavilion, the Parish Council are keen to find out your views on how we use the sports pavilion and what we might use it in future, for the benefit of the whole village.
We would be grateful if you could complete the survey below.  Remember to indicate how many members of your family participate, if relevant.