Wooler Parish Council

Village runs like clockwork

Wooler has found a volunteer to keep local life running like clockwork.

When Les Grieve decided to step down after 13 years as winder of St Mary’s Church clock, parish councillors feared it would be difficult to find anyone to match his dedication.

The winder must climb the tower every six days to wind the mechanism and he has also carried out regular maintenance, but can no longer commit the time for the job.

Last month, Mr Grieve said: “It’s something I have always enjoyed doing. I have always done the maintenance on the clock as well, oiling all the mechanism.”

Now a man who lives a short walk from the church, Graham Fletcher, has offered to take on the role because he wants to become more involved in the community.

Councillors decided to increase the payment for the task, which must be completed 66 times a year, from £80 to £150.

No objections to yard revamp

Members raised no objections to proposals to revamp Redpath’s Yard on South Road at the main entrance to the village, which include some building demolition and creation of a grain store, lorry garage, a Tarff Valley farm supplies shop and a cafe.

Parking problems prompt sign

A sign may be placed in Padgepool Place car park asking drivers to park

considerately. Coun Robertson said when the bays were full, some motorists left their cars along the front, blocking others in. In additon to the sign, it was suggested that if the county repainted the bays at an angle, that might not be such a problem.

Ideal version of new housing unit

Volunteers researching a replacement for Horsdonside sheltered housing are getting a clearer picture of their ideal. Coun Joyce Robertson said they had visited the charity Radley Centre at Brunswick Village.

“If I was poorly, that’s where I would want to go. It’s an absolutely fantastic place,” she said.

Improving parks for the summer

New play equipment is hoped to be installed in Brysons Park before the summer holidays. A group of councillors is meeting suppliers to choose what to buy.

Meanwhile, at Scotts Park a new set of goalposts has proved popular.

The local football club has offered to mark out a pitch.