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Litter pickers wanted

Following the successful town clean-ups over the last 6 years, Sunday 8th March 2020 has been designated as an Alnwick Town litter pick day. This is a community event organised by Alnwick Town Council, in partnership with Northumberland County Council, and will be held between 10am and 12 noon to help get the town tidy ready for the visitors who will come to Alnwick this year.


Various activities will take place but will focus on litter picking. Equipment will be provided and anyone who would like to take part should meet at the Fish Market end of the Northumberland Hall.


Refreshments after the event will kindly be provided by Alnwick Youth Hostel.


If anyone wants to help and needs further information please phone 01665 602574 or email

Alnwick & Denwick Relief in Need Charity assistance available

The Alnwick & Denwick Relief in Need Charity are asking local organisations who require financial assistance to apply to them by the 22nd November 2019.


The charity has a small budget and is looking to help organisations based in or serving Alnwick or Denwick.  Last year three local organisations were assisted with grants which totalled £1,000.


Written requests should be sent to:  The Secretary, Alnwick & Denwick Relief in Need Charity , Alnwick Town Council, Greenwell Lane, Alnwick NE66 1HB or emailed to

And the winner is ….

Glendale Paints, in Bondgate Within, have won the Tour of Britain window display competition run by Alnwick Town Council, which was judged on Monday by the Mayor of Alnwick, Councillor Lynda Wearn. Their winning display won them £100 and two tickets to the start in Berwick on September 9th, which were donated by Northumberland County Council.Glendale Paints




Glendale Paints winning window display


2nd prize went to the Northumbria Pets in Bondgate Within, who won £50 whilst joint 3rd prize went to Alnwick Tourist Information Centre in The Shambles and The Salvation Army Charity Shop in Bondgate Within who both won £25.


Councillor Wearn said “I was very impressed with the standard of all the displays around the town.  I chose Glendale Paints in 1st place as their display made a real impact using products from their shop in a very creative way.  The design highlighted several locations on the Tour of Britain route through Northumberland, including the Cheviot Hills which were made from tins of paint and Alnwick Castle made from rolls of wallpaper”.


The Mayor continued “I must say a big thank you to those businesses who took part in the competition and commend them on their efforts”.


The cycle race will pass through Alnwick town centre on Monday September 9th so the decorated windows will help to give riders, their support crews, and visitors, a real welcome to the town.


Town Council increases financial support for local groups and organisations

Alnwick Town Council is encouraging local voluntary and community organisations who are based in, or predominantly serve Alnwick and need financial assistance for 2020, to complete and return an application form by 11th October 2019.


Mayor Lynda Wearn said “Because the Town Council know how important grants are to local organisations, and how important the local organisations are to the local residents, I am pleased that we have increased our grants budget to £30,500.  Each year we aim to help local organisations and groups who provide very valuable services to the town and need financial support to carry on doing this.  We are always pleased to receive applications from groups who have not applied for a Town Council grant before”.


The grant criteria and application forms are available to download below:

Grant Criteria – 2019-20

Grant Application Form 2019


Hard copies are also available by phoning 01665 602574.

Alnwick businesses asked to pedal their wares for the Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain cycle race will pass through Alnwick town centre on Monday 9th September.  This will be a massive event in the town and will attract a large number of spectators and national TV coverage.  The route into town will be up The Peth, along Narrowgate and Bondgate Within, then though The Hotspur Tower leaving the town down Alnmouth Road on their way to Warkworth.


To support the event Alnwick Town Council have decided to run a shop window competition for retailers in the town.


The competition is to dress shop windows in an appropriate way to reflect the Tour of Britain cycle race.  This could be using the Northumberland colours of red and yellow, Alnwick Town colours of blue and yellow or an alternative display of your choice.  The first prize for the best window display will be £100 and two tickets to the start line in Berwick-upon-Tweed on the 9th September. There will also be two other cash prizes of £50 and £25 for 2nd and 3rd place.


Windows will be judged by the Mayor on September 2nd 2019 and winners will notified on the same day.


We hope as many people as possible are able to join in the fun and make Alnwick a real highlight for the riders, visitors and TV cameras.


Tour of Britain other ideas:

  • Restaurants and cafes could do a special Tour of Britain menu
  • Bakeries could produce bicycle shaped cakes and biscuits
  • Shops could have special race day or race week offers
  • You could join in the festivities by displaying Tour of Britain posters, put up bunting and flags and generally helping to create a street party atmosphere
  • Get a bike and decorate it in all sorts of colours outside your shop / business
  • Create bike related floral displays along the route
  • Come up with another way of making your business stand out amongst the crowds and on the TV

A previous entry in the Tour of Britain window dressing competition