Seahouses and District Rotary Club

AMBULANCE WORK: The Rotary Club of Seahouses and District heard an interesting and well-presented account of the work of Paul Bolton at the Newburn Riverside headquarters of the North East Ambulance Service.

He described the routine of responses to 999 calls and the plans to continue to improve the efficiency of the service.

Paul highlighted the need for education of the general public in a responsible use of the service and the rigorous training and monitoring of the personnel involved in providing the service, including First Responders, who provide a vital back-up in a large rural area like Northumberland.

At a previous meeting, archaeologist Christian Pederson spoke of the exploration and finds at the nearby Howick Settlement, the first Stone Age site excavated in Northumberland.

There was a permanent settlement in Howick, 10,000 years ago.

Evidence was found of hunter-gatherers, linked to Europe, who were probably separated by a tsunami from Norway which caused our area to begin to act like an island.

Howick has been and is an exciting source of local history.

Both talks were followed by questions which continued over a buffet supper in The Olde Ship.

Sunday afternoon saw the club gather in strength at the Newton Barns home of President Stuart Walton and his wife, Jennifer, to say goodbye to Past President Father Tony Owens who is leaving Seahouses in late September, to return to Northern Ireland.

Visitors are always welcome at the Tuesday evening meetings of the Rotary Club.

Further information can be obtained from Margaret Claydon on 01665 720472 or Kelvin Rushworth on