Sunday, 19 October 2014

Arts & Crafts Fair

The Reading Room held an Arts & Crafts Fair on 18 October in aid of their funds. The event was well attended both by exhibitors and customers. What a wealth of talent there is! There was a wide range of stalls covering all sorts from model airplanes to proggy mats to audio recordings and even loom bands.

The event was a great success and raised an impressive £336.10.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Parish News - October 2014

Another on site meeting was held with Northumberland County Council in October. Although there has been a change of personnel, some issues have been resolved whilst others, will be long term. The Parish Council has also been informed that County Council have a programme, starting this next financial year, to replace poles for street lighting.
The Environmental agency has been contacted regarding reports of odious smells and raw sewerage near the first footbridge in Whittle Dene.  
Causes of flooding at Dene Garth were being monitored, Cllr Jordon having met with an officer from the Flood Coastal Erosion Risk Management team. FCERM confirmed a site survey will be carried out, and the owners of Cooks Field be contacted requesting they carry out maintenance/clearance works to the lengths of the watercourse(s) abutting their property. FCERM also confirmed that flood risk areas in Ovingham were being investigated and a report would be available shortly.
PC Charlie Cross, Community Officer had been invited to attend the October meeting and address the Councillors on various traffic issues in the village.  

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be Thursday, 16th October at 7.15pm.
Margaret Davenport
Clerk to Ovingham Parish Council

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ovingham Bridge Closure

As you will all know, the bridge was closed for up to a year in June 2014.
One of its main features was the racket that vehicles made when crossing it. The bridge is 131 years old and it is a tribute to the engineers who built it. They could never have imagined how much traffic it carries today.
But time has taken it's toll. And this clip (link below) secures for posterity just how much the work was needed. Thanks to Dean for recording it.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

WW1 Victoria Cross Recipient Honoured.

On Saturday 28 September 1914 Frederick William Dobson (who was born in the parish) was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in battle.
On 27 September 2014 a ceremony was held in St Mary's Church to commemorate his bravery and his life when a stone plaque was presented to the village by Northumberland County Council.
photo credit - NCC
Further details of the service and more photos can be found on the county council's Facebook page by clicking on this link -