Wooler Parish Council round-up

A Wooler man is researching the local men who lost their lives during the First World War.

Richard Waters told the meeting about his project in which he plans to write about a page on each of the 87 men who lost their lives during the Great War for a book to be published in a year’s time.

The first issue he overcame was collating the names from Wooler’s five different memorials – two in St Mary’s Church, two in the Presbyterian Church on Cheviot Street and the main memorial itself.

If anyone has any information to share, they can contact Richard on richardwaters1@hotmail.com or 07525 211485.

Coun Brian Patterson had been to look at the war memorial to gauge any work that might be needed.

He said that the memorial itself needed a clean and some basic repairs, but that the plinth it stands on will need some serious work

Quotes are to be sought from local firms.

• Chairman Coun Colin Burn said that he had been assured by the county council’s parking services manager that the two-hour time limit in the bus station car park would come into effect on June 2. There was some disappointment that there appears to be no change to the 45-minute limit on High Street.

• Neighbourhood Police Sgt Andy Pullen told the meeting that there had been one crime in the parish since the last meeting, a burglary at the Co-op for which a man has been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries. There have also been four incidents of anti-social behaviour including ‘boy racers’ on Brewery Road.

• Filmmaker Alysoun Sharpe had spoken to the chairman about the possibility of a statue to Shelia the sheepdog, famed for finding four survivors from an American plane that crashed in the Cheviots in December 1944. But members felt that she was more associated to the College Valley, where there is already a plaque.

• Despite assurances made at the last meeting by ambulance boss Thomas Birdsey, the council is still concerned about the cover provided in Wooler, fearing that paramedics have to cover Berwick. It was reported that an incident occurred recently in which there was a wait of more than an hour for an ambulance to attend.