Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, June 4, 2015)

The Northumberland Gazette delves into the archives to remind readers of stories from the past.

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Alnwick’s only independent school is to close at the end of the summer term. Emergency talks held over the past month at St Oswald’s School have failed to produce a survival plan. Only 35 pupils have enrolled to be at the school in September and stakeholders have admitted this week it cannot continue. Fourteen staff are to lose their jobs. A statement from the governors said: “Following a consultation period between the governors, teaching staff and parents of St Oswald’s Independent School in Alnwick, it is with great regret that the decision has been taken to close the school at the end of the current term. Pupil levels have dropped significantly over the past 12 months and the number of enrolments registered for the September term is not sufficient to allow the school to continue on a viable basis.”

Friday, June 1, 1990

Beef looks set to be back on the menu when pupils return to Northumberland schools on Monday. It is expected that the ban on beef, which followed concern over bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow’s disease, will be lifted today. Northumberland County Council leader Coun Ian Swithenbank has met beef suppliers and members of the National Farmers Union to discuss ways of giving the public guarantees about the quality of Northumberland beef used in schools and other county-council establishments. He told the client sub-committee, responsible for purchasing catering services, arrangements were being made to ensure the use of beef only from herds free of BSE. The sub-committee also agreed the council’s trading standards department should monitor beef supplies.

Friday, June 4, 1965

Four newspaper editors from India will be sampling some of north Northumberland’s scenic charms next week and at the same time taking a hard look at local government activities in the Belford Rural Council area. The editors, spending one month in Britain as guests of the Commonwealth Relations Office, are Mr Thayil Jacob Sony George, of Searchlight, Patna; Mr Mohan Lal Gupta, AJ, Varanasi; Mr Hanmat Ramehandra, Loksatta, Bombay; and Mr KM Matthew, Malayan Manorama, Kottayan. Arriving in Bamburgh on Whit Sunday afternoon, they will be met at the village’s Victoria Hotel by Miss Hazel Pottinger, from the north region’s Central Office of Information. Later in the evening, they will be entertained at Preston Tower by Major TH Baker-Cresswell.