Town Council bestow Civic honours

The Alnwick Town Mayor’s Civic Award ceremony was held on May 8th 2018 at St James’s Church Centre, Alnwick when 11 individual and 4 team awards were presented. 


The Civic Awards winners are all people who have been nominated by other residents of Alnwick for their involvement contribution and dedication to charity work, community participation or voluntary activities. The people and teams who received awards make an enormous difference to the lives of many other people and the town of Alnwick.

Mayor of Alnwick, Counciilor Alan Symmonds, with winners of individual Civic Awards


The term civic comes from the Latin meaning citizen and was originally a civic garland denoting an oak leaves and acorns and which was given in ancient Rome to a person who saved a fellow person’s life.  As these days people no longer receive garlands but in Alnwick the Mayor is still able to bestow an honorary garland in the form on a certificate.


Councillor Symmonds said “as Mayor it always makes me proud of the town I live in when I read the nomination forms. It is important that as a Town Council we can recognise the people who go the extra mile for the town.


He continued “I would like to add my support for all the nominations which were made and for those who received awards. A big thank you to all of then for all they do for the residents of Alnwick – their involvement, dedication and contribution to the town and its community are to be applauded.


Each award winner was presented with a certificate with a citation, a Town Council badge and pen. The ceremony ended with the Mayor inviting the award winners and their guests, to join him for drinks and refreshments.


The following awards were presented:


Youth Civic Awards:

Max Young – For his outstanding community spirit and fundraising activities for his school and local community.


Adult Civic Awards:

David Archer – For his dedicated involvement and community service within Alnwick.


Lisa Bellamy – For her drive and dedication to local green spaces and the environment.


Eileen Blakey – For her tireless support of Alnwick as a Town Councillor and her dedication to Alnwick in Bloom.


Gordon Castle – For his enthusiasm and outstanding commitment to the Alnwick Community.


Paul Frater – For his on-going work raising funds for charities.


James Matthewson – For his commitment and hard work in organising an annual community event.


Vera Murphy – For her significant involvement, dedication and determination to providing the best advice service for Alnwick.


Lorna Stewart Hook – For her charity work, citizenship, community participation and involvement.


Linda Thompson – For her contribution and dedication to Alnwick Inner Wheel and community service.


Jayne Wright – For her dedication and continued commitment to Alnwick Cricket Club.


Team awards:

1801 RAF Air Cadets – For encouraging young people and promoting and creating a positive community attitude.


Alnwick ’Heritage heroes’ Team – For their knowledge and enthusiasm, and community engagement in the production and distribution of Alnwick ’Heritage heroes’ to improve people understanding and appreciation of the unique character of Alnwick.


Alnwick Spring Show Committee – For their dedication and hard work to organise and run the Alnwick Spring Show.


NCC’s Neighbourhood Services team – For continuing to provide an outstanding service with enthusiasm, and helping Alnwick win Gold in Northumbria in Bloom.

Alnwick Clayport Ward Councillor Vacancy

A vacancy exists on Alnwick Town Council for a councillor in the Clayport Ward and the council are looking to fill the vacancy by co-option. The position will run until May 2020.


Anyone interested in being considered for the vacancy is requested to make an application in writing setting out why they would like to be a councillor, in not more than 500 words.


Application must be submitted to Bill Batey, Chief Officer and Town Clerk, Room 5, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW or emailed to  not later than noon on Tuesday 5th June 2018.


Anyone wishing to find out more about what is involved in being a councillor and how the Town Council operates is asked to contact Bill to arrange an informal discussion. A decision will be made by the Council on Thursday 7th June 2018.

Do you know someone who makes a difference to Alnwick?

Alnwick Town Council have just launched their Mayor’s Civic Awards for 2017 -2018 which have two categories – adults, young people aged 18 or under and can be for an individual or a team. The awards were put in place to enable individuals and groups to receive formal recognition for their involvement, contribution and dedication to their town.


Last year 7 people received individual awards and 7 received group awards.  The types of areas they were nominated for a range of areas each showing their involvement, contribution and dedication to charity work, community participation or voluntary activities.


Mayor, Alan Symmonds said “There are people make a real difference to this town, its residents and the tourists who visit.  They are the sort of people who just do what needs to be done without making a fuss and I feel it is important these people get recognition for what they do”.


Awards can be made for a number of areas including charity work, citizenship, caring, sport or community participation. So if you think you know someone who you think is worthy of such as award just complete the nomination form and send it back to us.  Nomination forms need to be returned by Monday April 30th.


Forms can be downloaded below or by phoning 01665 602574 and can also be picked up from Alnwick Town Council Office, Room 5, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick.


Mayors Civic Award 2017-18 Nomination Form


Mayors Civic Award 2017-18 Youth Nomination Form


Another Clean Sweep for the town

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March were town tidy up days in Alnwick with around 40 people turning out to take part in this annual community event.

Alnwick Scouts and Cubs

Representatives of Alnwick Cubs and Scouts who took part in the town tidy

Representatives from a wide range of organisations were involved including Alnwick in Bloom, Alnwick Chamber of Trade, Alnwick Civic Society, Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth, Alnwick Cubs & Scouts, Alnmouth Road Residents Association as well as Town Councillors, Officers and members of the public.


The main focus was on key areas of the town including Alnwick Bus Station, Greenwell Lane, Column Field / Fisher Lane, Dispensary Street Car Park, the Market Place and Pottergate Gardens and involved litter picking, sweeping, weeding and general tidying.  Staff from McDonald’s will also be undertaking a litter pick on Shilbottle Road in the coming weeks.



Town Councillors and Officers with members of Alnwick Friends of the Earth collecting litter at Alnwick Bus  Station


Mayor Alan Symmonds said “it is gratifying to see people taking pride in their town and don’t mind lending a hand to get it ready for the many visitors who will make Alnwick their destination this year.  It’s clear to see what can be achieved in a relatively short time and the town has certainly benefitted from its Spring clean.


The Town Council would like to say a big thank you all those who took part in the tidy up which is a great way to get the town ready for the many visitors who will visit the town over the Easter period”.

County Council bad weather update



Gritting teams and contractors have continued working through the day on opening all the primary gritting routes, making them safe for road users.


All major A roads are now open as are most B roads; the exception being the B6341 Hepple to Elsdon Road which is likely to remain closed for the next two days.


NCC teams are continuing to work, utilising all the gritters / ploughs, tractors, agricultural and other contractor resources to deal with routes that remain impassable. They will continue to work to open more rural sections of our network.


Town centre footpaths have continued to be cleared through the day and this has been widened to some other main footpaths and routes to schools.


The public are still being advised the drive carefully and with care, and if urgent assistance is required, to call 0345 600 6400.


Bin collections


Plans are being finalised. However, in terms of this week, the proposal is through Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March NCC will be aiming to complete general refuse collections and scheduled recycling collections in all areas, where it is safe to do so. However there will be areas, including some rural locations, where they may not be able to safely collect from.


If general waste or recycling collections are missed on either of those days, residents are being advised to leave bins out. Weather permitting, NCC teams aim to have completed all this week’s collections by the end of the week.


On general waste, NCC advise residents that they will be accepting two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside their regular general waste bin.


On recycling, particularly for those that aren’t scheduled for another two weeks, NCC have advised the overflow can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. NCC will be distributing quantities of clear bags at their customer information centres. Other locations are being explored eg libraries, and we’ll be able to confirm those on Monday. These supplies will be distributed on Monday.


The majority of Household Waste Recovery Centres were open on Sunday at 8am with the exception of Allendale and North Sunderland.


In terms of schools, NCC teams have worked to clear access roads where it has been safe to do so. In terms of closures, as you know, schools are responsible for notifying parents of any closures due to weather.  Residents are being advised to check with their school directly for the most up-to-date information. As schools announce a closure to us, they will appear on our alerts page at:






General Alert issued by Northumberland County Council

Senior managers from across the authority met on Thursday morning to agree and coordinate actions.  From that meeting the following General Alert was issued which you may find useful:


Effective: 1 Mar 2018


County Council gritters have continued working overnight with support from farming and other subcontractors in challenging conditions. Further heavy snow showers and high winds and drifting snow have made driving conditions treacherous county wide. Abandoned cars are now causing issues with ploughing on some roads across the county. We will continue to work 24 hrs throughout this weather. PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.


Housing repairs:
Council housing tenants are advised that any non-urgent repair work scheduled for today or tomorrow (Thur 1st & Fri 2nd March) have been cancelled. No further non-urgent repairs will be scheduled at this time.


We are responding to priority, emergency repairs only and we have teams working to get to this as quickly as possible in Blyth and Alnwick. To report an emergency repair contact us on (01670) 542424.


Bin Collections:
The council has cancelled all bin collections across Northumberland today. We are not going to be able to collect any bins this week now. If your bin was missed on Wednesday) or Thursday, we are putting on general waste collections next Wednesday and Thursday instead, so please put your bin out then. Thank you for your patience.


More details on what to do if your bin is not collected is here:


GET THE LATEST INFORMATION on Northumberland school closures • road conditions • winter gritting • bin collections • general service interruptions:




REMINDER – The best way to request gritting, ploughing and grit bin refills for a specific area is to use our online form here

Devolution Deal for the North of Tyne

At the end of last year, The Government and Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council agreed a landmark ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne. This ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal will transfer unprecedented new powers and investment from Government to the North of Tyne.


A summary of the new powers and funding that will be available to the North of Tyne through this deal are summarised as follows:


  • A new, directly elected Mayor for North of Tyne to give a strong and powerful voice to our area
  • £600 million of extra money to invest in the North of Tyne
  • Projects to improve education, skills and help people get into work
  • Local control of the £23 million per year budget for adult education
  • Powers to develop land for economic growth and regeneration
  • Projects that increase the growth and productivity of our rural communities
  • Working better with Government to boost trade and investment
  • Projects to grow our digital sector and low-carbon economy
  • A joint committee to manage public transport across the North East
  • A commitment to explore new opportunities for the North of Tyne in future


This is an ambitious devolution deal, and it aims to increase opportunities and living standards across the area, and build on the North of Tyne’s impressive productivity rates. The deal will also help to drive the Northern Powerhouse and give North of Tyne a significant role in growing the economy of the North.


The views of all are important, and residents can share their opinions on the North of Tyne devolution proposal and find out more about it by attending one of the consultation events.


There will be a consultation held in Alnwick on Tuesday 23 January, 2pm to 4pm at Northumberland Hall, Market Place, Alnwick, Northumberland.


The Consultation period closes on Monday 5 February 2018.


Views can be given online at where all will be able to find out more about the proposal.