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Green Dog Walkers

Green Dog Walkers is a non-confrontational, friendly way to change attitudes about dog fouling in Northumberland. For further information please call 0345 6006400 or visit Green Dog Walkers Scheme. 784 residents of Northumberland have signed up to the scheme since it launched in July 2017; 15 of those are from Newbiggin.

Northumberland Water campaign

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News Items

What's on in 2015?

The 2015 events leaflet has recently been distributed throughout the region.

Remscheid Brass Band visit - Oct 2014

The Luttringhausen (Remscheid) Brass Band will visit Ashington and Newbiggin by the Sea this October.

On Sunday 12th October, the band will provide music at the Morning service of The Holy Sepulchre Church, Wansbeck Road, Ashington NE63 8HZ at 9.30am.

The band will then provide an outdoor performance at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB at 3pm.

This event has been sup-ported by Ashington and Newbiggin by the Sea Town Councils.

Please display the poster.

Remscheid visit poster 2014

Events leaflet published

This year's events leaflet has now been published and distributed regionally. Check it out for fantastic ideas of things to do this summer in Newbiggin by the Sea.

Annual Town Assembly - 21st May 7-9pm Newbiggin Sports & Community Centre

The Town Council will be hosting the annual Town Assembly on 21st May to review the Town Plan, which expires in 2015. This is a public meeting of the town, to which all are welcome, and we hope to see you there and welcome your contribution in shaping the direction of the town and the Town Council for the next few years.

More details are included in a poster.

Gardens Competition winners announced

Congratulations to Brian Taylor who won Best in Show in this year's Gardens Competition.

Entries were particularly strong this year, and congratulations must go to all our entrants for their wonderful gardens and superb horticultural efforts and enthusiasm.

Newbiggin by the Sea needs more involvement in all things green, so why not consider entering the 2014 competition? More details about this years winners and next year's competition is available.

Gardens Competition 2014

Lanterns for Christmas Lights switch on!

Glowing snowman lantern

The Bait Project will be showing off the marvellous lantern creations at the Christmas lights switch on celebration on Friday 29th November from 6pm at the Quay Wall. See also the lantern events advert.

New Councillors elected

At the close of Nominations the Returning Officer had received only seven nominations for the eight seats on the Town Council and therefore the following were appointed unopposed:

The 2013 elected council and clerk

Consultation on proposed boundary changes

Proposed changes to the Ward boundaries for the 2013 elections is under consultation in this issue, to take into account the changes that are happening to boundaries at County and Parliament level. We encourage you to read the details of the changes thoroughly, and respond with any questions or comments as directed. Please note that the deadline for responses to this consultation is 1st November 2012 to County Hall.

Portas Project funding success!

We are extremely excited that Newbiggin by the Sea has been awarded £100,000 of central government funding to be one of twelve towns testing out a range of ideas to improve the health of our high street. Backed by retail guru Mary Portas, Queen of Shops, and with her direct involvement along with other key national experts and groups, the Town Council is contributing an additional £15,000 towards the cost of realising the project ideas, and we will be working with the Traders Association to turn the proposals ideas into reality. You can get involved with the Town Team by contacting Crystal Hinds at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre at

Cllr Rebecca McCready, Chair of the Council and Town Mayor, says, "This funding marks the start of 'Phase Two' in the regeneration of Newbiggin by the Sea. It offers many exciting possibilities for capturing imagination and initiative, and I look forward to working with the Town Team in realising the ambitions of the bid. The Town Council will be actively, as well as financially, involved in this project, and congratulations must be given to the initial team, including Crystal Hinds, NOrma Thompson and Gully Atwal-Churchley."

Mayor on the radio!

On Thursday 29th March 2012, Cllr Rebecca McCready was interviewed on Synergy radio, a local radio station that was test-broadcasting at the time, as part fulfilment of a full radio license. She talked about the title Mayor, and the range of events coming up in Newbiggin by the Sea this summer.

Cllr McCready on the radio with Geoff from Synergy radio

Friends of Woodhorn Church

Become a Friend of Woodhorn Church and help protect this important historical landmark for the future.

Newbiggin Nipper logo.

Newbiggin Nipper bus service launches

The Newbiggin Nipper bus service has now started, and runs every Tuesday and Friday between 9.15am and 1pm.

Town Plan is agreed

Effective from 8th December 2010.

The Town Plan sets out the Town Council's priorities for the next 5 years, and was adopted on 8th December 2010. It is available online or in paper copy from the Town Clerk. Copies will also be made available in the Library and Sports Centre.

Quay Wall Regeneration Consultation

Effective until 6th January 2011.

The new round of consultation will take place between the 3 December 2010 and 6 January 2011. Plans will be on display at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Sports and Community Centre on Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin Town Council’s office at 7 Front Street, shops in Front Street and at Newbiggin Library on Gibson Street. The dates will be published in local/regional press.

There will be a consultation drop-in with the project officer on hand to discuss the proposals on Thursday 9 December at Newbiggin Sailing Club shop in Bridge Street, between 10am and 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. There will also be street surveys carried out – dates TBC – but mid December.

The consultation can also be accessed online.

Visuals can be downloaded as a zip file - please note that this is a large file of >10MB. You can also read the report to the South East Area Committee.

The Christmas Lights switch on advert.

Christmas Lights switch on and Farmers' Market

Effective until 26th November 2010.

Come and join us for the start of the festive season on Friday 26th November. It's going to be an exciting evening starting at 5pm at the quay wall:

  • Farmers' Market from 5pm to 8pm.
  • Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band from 5pm.
  • Churches Together Carol Service with Salvation Army Band 5.45pm to 6.25pm.
  • Tree Light switch on (ITV weather presenter Philippa Tomson arranged by Newbiggin Traders Association) at 6.30/6.45pm.
  • Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band from 6.45/7.00pm.

Hope to see you there.

Next Farmers' Market: Sat 11th September

Effective until 11th September 2010.

The next Farmers' Market will take place on Saturday 11th September. The previous market, held in August, was extremely successful, with produce selling quickly and some traders being all sold out by lunchtime. So, avoid disappointment and get along early. The market opens at 10am and will conclude at 3pm.

Town Plan being developed

We are currently incorporating the results from the residents survey into our 5-year Town Plan. Thank you for taking part in this consultation exercise - we've had some very valuable feedback and comments. The plan is taking a while to develop, as we include a wide range of other feedback and historical information, plus seek further consultation. The Plan is now out for consultation by local Councillors and Officers.

The Council's Aims and Objectives are also available online.

Public Toilets upgraded

The Town Council, in partnership with Northumberland County Council, have employed Newbiggin-based plumber John Key to upgrade the public toilet block at Church Point. During the course of a week, John and his colleagues replaced all toilet pans, installed toilet roll holders, painted the floor and walls and improved other aspects of these facilities.

Comments received so far have been extremely positive, one even suggesting that we now have the nicest toilet block in the area! In addition to physical improvements, the Town Council are paying for an additional clean on every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer until the end of September, to try to keep them in a clean and usable condition. We would welcome your feedback on this project - please get in touch. We also plan to review public toilet provision again in the autumn, so this is by no means the last of it!

Town Calendar published

Newbiggin Town Council have published a leaflet summarising some of the events taking place this summer in Newbiggin by the Sea. It's a busy diary, so check it out and come along to support these events.

Apologies for any omissions or errors that have been made in producing this leaflet at short notice. Get in touch with us to advertise your event in next year's calendar.

Farmers' Market dates

Effective until September 11th 2010.

Dates for hosting the Farmers' Market trial have been set at Saturday August 14th and Saturday September 11th. We hope you can join us at these events.

Northumbria in Bloom

Effective until 7th July 2010.

The Summer Judging visit will take place on Wednesday 7th July from 10am. Contact Cllr Lorna Anderson to find out how to get involved this year, and help make Newbiggin beautiful!

Last year we achieved Silver Gilt and we are very much hoping to retain this or even get Gold!

Current projects

Working groups are currently investigating community public transport, in response to the removal of the little white bus service which will be withdrawn in mid July; Woodhorn Church, to identify possible future uses for this historic building; and farmers market, to run two trials this summer. We are also augmenting the service level provided at the Prospect Place public toilets block, with additional cleaning each weekend during the summer, and some physical improvements.

Survey results coming soon

We are currently analysing the survey results. Thank you for taking part in this consultation exercise - we've had some very valuable feedback and comments. More when we have it.

The Council's Aims and Objectives are also available online.

June newsletter now out

The long-awaited June Council Courier is now being distributed throughout Newbiggin by the Sea, so look out for your copy through your door, collect one from many locations throughout the town including the Council Cottage, or download your own copy.

Second Annual Gardens Competition 2010

Effective until 25th June 2010.

Enter the Annual Gardens Competition for recognition of your green-fingered hard work, plus a garden voucher to spend as you wish. Submit an entry form before the 25th June 2010.