Northumbrian Water – sewer pipe work 20th March

Message from Northumbrian Water:

We want to make you aware of some essential work that is happening in your area.

We are investing £200,000 to re-line and strengthen a sewer pipe close to Farnley Gate on the A695.

The work is scheduled to start on Monday 20 March, subject to some minor test work during the previous week, and will last for up to three weeks. We will, however, be making every effort to reduce that time as much as possible to reduce any disruption.

As part of the work, we will need to shut off the nearby pumping station and use tankers to transport the sewage to our treatment works at Broomhaugh, Riding Mill for the duration of the work. This tanker activity will be limited to week days, between 8am and 5pm, as will two-way traffic lights that will be situated at Farnley.


Residents asked to support local soldiers at Freedom Parade – Saturday 12th November

More than 200 soldiers from The 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery will march through the streets of Hexham in November to receive the Freedom of Northumberland. Residents are being asked to put the date in their diaries now so they can turn up and give the soldiers the very warm welcome they deserve.

The Regiment, which is based at Albermarle Barracks, led by the regimental band, will march through the town on Saturday 12 November to accept the accolade – the county’s highest civic honour. Starting from Wentworth Car Park at 1.30pm the parade will travel along Priestpopple onto Beaumont Street where there will be an inspection and short ceremony.

Councillor Alan Sambrook, Civic Head for Northumberland County Council said:  “This will be a fantastic  event for Hexham and the people of Northumberland. We hope local residents will line the route and give our troops a very warm Northumberland welcome and  show  their  appreciation for all that they do as they receive this great honour.”

Granting the freedom is an ancient honour given to military  organisations, allowing them the privilege to march through the streets  ‘with drums beating, colours  flying, and bayonets fixed.’

The honour dates back to the laws of ancient Rome which made it a capital offence for Roman legions to enter the city in formation or with weapons without permission. The law was in place to ensure that ambitious generals did not mount a military coup.

However military  groups that had given heroic service or whose honour was beyond question, could be granted Freedom of the City: the group would not have to disarm or break ranks before the city gates were opened to them and, given the serious risk the city would be running, this was a rare honour.

Lorraine Hindhaugh

Press Officer

Northumberland County Council

County Hall


NE61 2EF

Please vote to help the Village Hall Trust

The Village Hall Trust has been short-listed for a substantial grant from M & S Energy. This is to go towards the cost of the new heating and lighting systems in the halls.
The award (grant) will go to the North East project which attracts the most number of votes.
Please take a minute to vote.  Click on the link below, register and then when the Riding Mill web-page appears click “Project to win” (a message appears once you have cast your vote and registered correctly letting you know that your vote has been received)
Please tell your family and friends to vote – the Village Hall Trust really needs your help to spread the message. Thank you

Local Police Funding – views wanted by 22nd January

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking for the views of local residents on the amount of money local households are asked to pay for local policing.

The Government recently announced that Northumbria Police would receive £217.5m BUT the only basis on which the police budget will not be cut, even beyond the cuts imposed over the last three years, is if the police precept part of the local council tax is raised by £5 per year for a Band D property. George Osborne has set the budget expecting the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria to raise the precept by £5.00 for a band D property to raise £2.05m.

Therefore if the police precept is set any less than this it will impact on the cash available for local policing in Northumbria.  In previous years the Government has made grants available to those Police & Crime Commissioners who did not increase their precept – this has been scrapped.

Here in Northumbria a band D property currently pays £1.70 per week in council tax for their police service. A £5.00 increase, as suggested by the government, over the year would mean a band D property owner would pay an extra 10p a week. However,  most residents living in Northumbria have a band A property and currently pay £1.13 per week, so for those living in a band A  property the increase would be an extra 7p a week (£3.64 for the full year).

Northumbria currently has the lowest police precept of all the 43 police forces in England and Wales, the average for a band D property nationwide is £3.36 per week compared to Northumbria’s £1.70 a week.

Vera Baird said “The Chief Constable and I are doing our very best to preserve the high standards of policing that we are used to here and we have looked at all options to save money to protect neighbourhood policing. If the police precept is not increased by £5 per year for a band D property, it will have an impact on the cash available for policing in Northumbria. The Chancellor did not consult on whether our, or anyone else’s, police precept should be increased but has budgeted on the basis that it will be. He is, in effect, saying that we must raise the precept or lose out. I am therefore asking if people would be content to pay a maximum increase of 10p a week on a Band D property to protect our local policing. I want to hear what local residents think is best for Northumbria.”

Local residents can email their views to  To ensure their views are part of the consultation, residents must include their home address.  All responses should be received by 22nd January 2016.

Revised Train timetable

Due to the land slip between Riding Mill and Corbridge, Northern Rail has issued a revised timetable.  A replacement bus service is running between Hexham and Prudhoe stopping outside the Wellington Hotel.

There are now two trains on a morning from Riding Mill to Newcastle and a return service on an evening – see revised timetable below.  Indications are that Network Rail hope to reopen the line next week (1st week in Feb).

To download the weekday timetable click on the link below:

Corbridge_landslip_SX_v4  (updated timetable 25/01/16)

Weekend timetable:

West Line SO Newcastle-Carlisle (1) (updated timetable 27/01/16)




Otter filmed locally in the village


Village Day – Saturday 21st June



from 10 am until 4 pm.


Covering every inch of the village, there will be activities for everyone.

Space hopper races, club demonstrations,

Grand Raffle with top prizes, super stalls, competitions for all age groups and even a waggiest tail competition for your beloved dog.

Refreshments will be served all day to eat in or takeaway.

The day will end with a Band Night & Hog Roast.

Don’t miss it!