Articles July/August 2022

A1 Dualling Update

There has been a further delay in the government’s decision about the scheme to upgrade the A1 between Morpeth and Ellingham. Funding for the project was approved in 2015, and after initial planning work a decision by the Secretary of State for Transport was expected in January 2022.

In January the Secretary of State asked for more information on some aspects of the proposed scheme, with a next expected decision date of 6th June. He has now asked for more time to consider the proposals. The decision is now due on or before 5th December.

More information can be found on, search for “A1 Dualling”.

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Longhorsley Village Hall Committee

Due to two upcoming retirements we have two vacancies on the Village Hall Committee, these are for a secretary and a bookings co-ordinator.

Both these roles are vital to the running of the Hall and also important members of the committee. These roles will become vacant from October this year.

If anyone is interested in either of these roles could you please contact::

Garry Ritchie, or 07713 583311

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Longhorsley Parish Council

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, 13th July, in the Village Hall, starting at 7pm, with a parishioner slot at 8pm. Meeting notices are displayed on village notice boards, with minutes and other info found on the Parish Council website.

Contact details for the current members are detailed below:

Clerk: Gillian Turner, 4 Lowther Close, Seaton Manor, Ashington, NE63 0HY 01670 812704 or

Chairman: Norman Douglas 07485 174529

Councillors: Kirsty Bell, Peter Boyle, Penny Ford, Andy Hedman, Anne Peat and David Pringle.

HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Our thanks go to everyone who braved the rain on 2nd June to help us celebrate the official “Lighting of the Beacon” event. Despite the wet weather, the Beacon was ablaze whilst the chords of Land of Hope and Glory echoed through the Village Green. Many thanks to Cllr Peter Boyle for organising the “lighting” ceremony and the traditional music.

On Sunday 5th June, “Songs of Praise” on the Village Green took place and many thanks to the organisers for this tribute to Her Majesty.

We also know that many of you held garden parties, street parties and barbeques – well done everyone for making this such a special weekend of festivities!.

Archies Pond

The refurbishment work is now complete and we will be holding an official opening ceremony on Sunday 17th July at 3pm – so please come along and join us.

Final Accounts 2021/22

At the Parish Council Meeting held on 8th June, 2022, Members received the Annual Internal Audit Report 2021/22. Members also received, considered and approved the Annual Governance Statement, Annual Accounting Statements and supporting documents for 2021/22.

All financial statements and supporting documents have now been forwarded to our External Auditors, PKF Littlejohn, for review and therefore please note that all Accounting Statements are currently "unaudited and subject to change".

The Notice of Electors Rights and Inspection dates, running from 13th June to 22nd July, were also agreed and have been placed on the website and Village noticeboard.

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Your County Councillor

I have requested a further speed survey as I know that the village worries about current traffic levels and the speed that some traffic travels at. The last one, ten months ago, showed that traffic does speed up as it leaves the village heading North and this has been passed to Northumbria Police.

The speed survey was set up on the North Road (near the junction with Reivers Gate), and the average speeds recorded were 24mph Southbound and 29mph Northbound. It was found that 85% of vehicles were travelling less than 34mph Northbound.

The Highways Team would normally only intervene when the 85% value is greater than 34mph and this would be a discussion with the Police to review the level of enforcement.

I will ask for a further monitoring survey in the autumn and if the same trend continues I will be speaking to the Police myself in the hope we can get the camera van deployed there.

In the meantime please let me know if I can help with anything.

Glen Sanderson 07730 979737

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

Our Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Andrea Teasdale, is on secondment at the moment.

If you wish to report any incident please contact Northumbria Police on 101 or in an emergency 999.

You can also report using the ‘Contacts’ page of

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Ultrafast Broadband Project Update

Alncom reports that the first connections should have been going live from the last week of June.

They are starting on the North of the village as the road down past the Shoulder of Mutton will take quite a lot more work.

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Longhorsley Tree 2023 Calendar

If you have taken a photo of a view in or around Longhorsley that you would like to see in next year’s calendar, then please email it to us at

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Apple Cake Recipe from the Ukrainian Coffee Morning

If you would like to bake the apple cake from the coffee morning, then here is the recipe.


2 large eggs

9 oz caster sugar

4 oz butter

Generous 1/4 pint top of the milk or creamy milk

6 1/2 oz plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

3-4 Bramley cooking apples


Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6.

Grease and flour a 20x30 cm (8x12 in) roasting tin.

Whisk the eggs and 8 oz of the sugar until the mixture is thick and creamy, and the whisk leaves a trail when it is lifted out.

Put the butter and milk into a pan. Bring to the boil and stir, still boiling, into the eggs and sugar.

Sieve in the flour and baking powder, and fold carefully into the batter so that there are no lumps of flour.

Pour the mixture into the prepared roasting tin.

Peel, core and slice the apples; arrange them over the batter.

Sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Bake in a moderately hot oven for 20-25 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

Cool in the tin, then cut into slices.

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Longhorsley Takeaway Food

We will send out a Breaking News if we are notified of any changes.

The Shoulder of Mutton

The Shoulder of Mutton is open and offering takeaways every day.

Sunday lunches 12-6pm ~ Monday to Saturday 5pm-8pm

See their menu at ~ phone 788236 to order

The Flying Fryer

The Flying Fryer will be here every Friday from 4pm to 7pm, depending on demand.

They will not be here on Fridays 1st and 8th July.

Facebook The Flying Fryer 07984 426 725


Dou_h&co are here some Thursdays 4:30pm – 7:30pm.

The next visit date is Wednesday 6th July, then back to normal on Thursday 4th August.

Pre-order on 07507 834 628 from Monday 9am.

See their menu on the Dou_h & Co Facebook page, Instagram and

Mivesi Naan Truck

Mivesi Naan Truck is planning to visit on some Wednesdays.

For updates see the Mivesi Facebook page.

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Post Office in Longhorsley Village Hall

Monday 9:15am to 12:15pm

Tuesday 9:15am to 10:45am

Friday 11:30am to 1:30pm

Please note that this Outreach Service cannot accept large parcels.

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Mobile Library Visiting Times

The Mobile Library visits Longhorsley once a month, on Fridays between 3pm and 4pm, in the Village Hall car park.

The next visits will be on 1st and 29th July and 26th August.

The Mobile Library Service website can be found here

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September Edition

The last date for submissions is 20th August. You can email or phone us, or leave short articles in Millar's Village Shop.

If you leave an article in the shop, please include your phone number.

Please keep articles under 250 words, if at all possible.

Jan and Sheena Haveman 07834 740649

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