Contact & NEWS!


Due to the recent resignations of stalwart Suzanne Stanley and relatively new Councillor,  John Fallais, there are two vacancies on the Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Cllr and would like more information about this please contact Jan Anderson on 07775060430 or

In order for a by-election to be held, 10 electors from the Parish (Ward), must make such a request in writing, within 14 days of the date of this Notice, (not including Saturdays and Sundays), to the Returning officer at the address given below.

If Notice in writing is not forthcoming from 10- electors, then the existing Parish Councillors may then fill the vacancy by co-option.

The address of the Returning Officer, to whom all requests for an election, and all other enquiries relating to this Notice and any other election issue should be directed is:-

Elections Office, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF

Dated 24th June 2022. Signed Jan Anderson (Parish Clerk) 16 The Village, Newton on the Moor, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9JY.


John Fallais 13-7-22

























Climate Change Group 19th July 2022

The Parish Council has declared a Climate Change Emergency and a group of interested residents  has been formed in the Parish to decide how to take this forward, and help individuals make a contribution – no matter how small. The group is called Swarland and Newton on the Moor Action on Climate Change or SNAC.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th July 2022 at 7pm at Swarland Workingman’s Club, Coast View, Swarland.

Contact Jan Anderson for if you have any queries 07775060430 or Carolyn Letts:

SNAC has its own website where more information is available:

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Dates of future meetings

Aug 16th – Swarland WMC.
Sept 20th
Oct 18th
Nov 15th
Dec 20th


News from the Felton Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Our New Surgery Progress continues to be very slow. For commercially sensitive reasons the contractor, Assura, has been asked by the Practice to put things on hold temporarily. The details of the planned new surgery will eventually appear on Assura’s website and there will be a consultation process too.

The dropped kerb on Robson Grove adjacent to the surgery land is likely to be the entrance, but this is yet to be confirmed.

Practice News

The waiting area at Widdrington has reopened, with separate queues for pharmacy and reception; face coverings should still be worn to protect the vulnerable, please. The practice is conducting a review of more efficient methods of working. Front desk staff are looking at better ways of contacting us by phone. Their calls showing ‘number withheld’ are often rejected or ignored. Making their number visible will help overcome this. The PPG thought that on balance this was a good idea. There are complexities about which number would be shown and this will be taken into account when the telephone contract is renegotiated very soon. The practice is also looking at asking us for our preferred method of contact (landline, mobile, text, email etc). This will ideally be the quickest way, as speed is often of the essence. There have been several instances of patients having their Covid booster at a pharmacy and then being invited to a booster clinic. This was caused by a national computer communication glitch which has been resolved recently, so it shouldn’t happen again.


The Covid and ‘flu double vaccination programme is an enormous task and will take a lot of time. There are twice as many of us to vaccinate now that the over 50s age group has been included for ‘flu. Two jabs for each person means quadruple the number of injections. Clinics will be in Amble, 2 days per week, using 5 rooms. Covid boosters cannot be done until a minimum of 180 days after 2nd vaccinations (6 months as a quick guide). Qualifiers can phone to be booked into clinics now while there are spaces. Amble Covid booster / ’flu clinics currently available to book run until 15th December. For those of us who have had their Covid boosters at a pharmacy, or who will not be eligible for a Covid booster for some time, there will be ‘flu-only clinics in due course. These will be at Widdrington, although there may be ‘flu clinics at Middle Farm Surgery on a similar basis as last year. We are all are urged to be patient in view of the scale of the task.

CQC Review

The Practice was recently reviewed by the Care Quality Commission. Once received, the final report will be on the Practice website at .

Comings and Goings

We have a new Practice Manager, Victoria Burnip, who takes up the role on 18th October following Jackie Smith’s departure. Our new member of reception staff is Jackie Fowkes. Alison Gallico has now resigned from the PPG and we would welcome new members. We are keen for all patients to be represented fairly however we do not have any participants from Longframlington, Newton-on-the-Moor, Shilbottle or Longhorsley at the moment. Please let us know if you would like to be involved by contacting our Chair, Suzanne Beddow, at . Our full Terms of Reference will be agreed at the next meeting and will be also available on the Practice’s website, as are the notes from our meetings.

Sylvia Allan [posted 18.10.21]


At Citizens Advice, you may be aware we support people struggling with all sorts of issues, we have teams who deal with debt, energy, benefits and people in need of consumer advice. Our team also includes a Macmillan Benefits Advice team, who can support families after a Cancer diagnosis.
Most of our offices across Northumberland are now open for drop in appointments and the days and times can be found online at
Please find attached our general information leaflet with our updated contact details. Click  HERE.








Fly Tipping
The illegal disposal of waste by simply dumping it beside the road or in laybys can be a real problem in rural areas.  It is important that we all report incidents of fly tipping so Northumberland County Council can take action.  This can be done on line by following the link below or putting Northumberland County Council / fly tipping into your search engine.

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS! Red Squirrels The Parish Council has received a letter from the publicity officer of Berwick Save Our Squirrels who are keen to recruit more volunteers to help with monitoring and protection. We have Red Squirrels living in parts of the Parish (see picture below) so if you are interested read Hilary’s article.

Red squirrel


Action to be taken on speeding An issue was raised by a Swarland regarding roads on Nelson Drive, Kenmore Road, and Percy Drive being damaged by builders trucks which are also speeding. It was agreed that more evidence is needed of how widespread the problem is. If any residents have any information please could they contact the Clerk.

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