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
  • 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 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.

Yearly Newsletter

Our yearly newsletter has recently been published and we are in the process of delivering a copy to every house in the parish.

To view a copy of this year’s newsletter click on the following link: Newsletter 2019

Armistice Commemoration Weekend

The Parish Council would like to thank all those residents who ensured that Riding Mill offered a fitting tribute to those who died in the First World War.  The village looked spectacular – the poppy displays, the information boards, the silent soldiers, the exhibitions, the community bell ringing – all contributed to the occasion and honoured the memory of the men who died.

The numbers attending the Remembrance Service and rededication ceremony were exceptional and the efforts made really showed our village and community at its best.


Below is a selection of photos from the weekend together with a copy of the Order of Service from the rededication ceremony.

Rededication Ceremony


Remembrance Day Remembered

by John Mole

For the sake of men we never knew

We trooped into the hall

Where their names in golden letters

Were written on the wall

Somebody sounded a bugle

And ghosts seemed everywhere

Until the last note softly fell

On the suddenly empty air.

Then the world filled up with living

In its own accustomed way.

With the usual busy traffic

Of the usual busy day.

But what I most remember

And know that I always will

Is how we stood utterly silent

And absolutely still.


Riding Mill Remembers – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November













There are a number of events taking place this weekend in Riding Mill to commemorate the Armistice centenary.

There is an exhibition of WW1 memorabilia in the Parish Hall both Saturday and Sunday and an poppy art exhibition in St James’ Church.

On Sunday, a Service of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial at 11 am followed by a procession past the poppy displays to the Parish Hall where the newly restored Roll of Honour to the ex-scholars of the village school will be re-dedicated by the vicar.

Attached is the Order of Service for the rededication ceremony.

Rededication Ceremony A5