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New chapter for Sheep Tales

Wooler’s woollen history and heritage is celebrated by the popular Sheep Tales initiative.

Anna Turnbull told Wooler Parish Council that the project is continuing with the support of the National Park.

Funded in 2011 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project was initially an 18-month collaboration between local United Reformed Churches, Berwick Records Office and community arts company Think Make Grow.

Over 1,100 photographs, newspaper cuttings and documents were collected and 43 oral history recordings made.

Now its own entity, the Sheep Tales project is continuing to educate people about the importance of the area’s shepherding and its associated industries.

A Sheep Tales exhibition, including work from schoolchildren, is now on display at the Cheviot Centre, and the Sheep Tales & Spinning Yarns exhibition will feature at the Alnmouth Wool Fair at the Hindmarsh Hall on November 1.

FLASHING SIGNS FOR SOUTH ROAD

Interactive speed signs, which are to be placed in the 30mph stretch of South Road, have arrived following a site visit by Neil Snowden, of Northumberland County Council. Coun Donkin told the meeting: “The new signs have arrived, but there are no poles with them so we are going to check where they are.”

WOOLER DOES A BLOOMIN’ GOOD JOB

Wooler won a silver award in the large villages category at the Northumbria in Bloom awards 2014.

Wooler Common and George Niven earned golds in the conservation project and private garden categories respectively, and the Old Vicarage care home was also given a silver.

NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

Robert Donkin has been elected chairman of Wooler Parish Council following the resignation of Colin Burn. Shirley Mills was elected vice-chairman. Coun Donkin said: “We owe Colin Burn a massive thank-you. I think he has done a tremendous job and it is very disappointing that we have lost him.”

POLICE BASE COULD BE SET TO MOVE

Councillors heard that the police could move into the Cheviot Centre in 2015. It is an option Northumbria Police is considering in order to keep a presence in the town. The Glendale Gateway Trust has designated part of the building. The police would use the rear door and would require three parking spaces.