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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

This year has proved to be another successful one for the Partnership, with a couple of projects standing out for me: 

The Northumberland Coast Path celebrated its tenth birthday in July and to mark the occassion, we held a party in the Jolly Fisherman pub in Craster. Cllr Pat Scott and myself were joined by staff and other members of the AONB Partnership, as well as people and businesses taking part in the path's new passport scheme  

Over the last ten years, the Northumberland Coast Path has brought many thousands of people from all over the world to walk along our beautiful coastline. The next milestone for the path will be the creation of the new 'England Coast Path' over the following few years. The new path will largely use the route of the existing path but we will be working with Natural England to seek opportunities to improve the route in some areas.

Another memorable project from this year has been the creation of the Ossuary. Jessica worked with Bamburgh Heritage Trust to secure the final resting place of the Bowl Hole skeletons in the second crypt of St. Aidan's Church, Bamburgh. The culmination of all the hard work was the final committal ceremony held in June. At our Annual Forum at the beginning of this month, Jessica gave us an entertaining and fascinating talk on her work at Bamburgh, which was very well received.
You can catch up on both of these projects in previous editions of 'Coastal Views'.

We have much to look forward to in 2017! On behalf of myself and the staff team I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Cllr John Woodman
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
The Birds of Holy Island - Book Review

Holy Island and the surrounding Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve attracts bird watchers from far and wide. Many come to see the ducks, geese and wading birds that make the reserve their winter home, but it is the excitement of seeing autumn migration in full-flow that encourages most birders to make the pilgrimage to Holy Island.

Holy Island's geography means that when there is a 'fall' of birds - large numbers of migratory birds making landfall - they arrive first on the island before making their way inland. With no real woodland, the scattered bushes of The Snook or the 'Lonnens' can be heaving with birds and this is what gets the birdwatchers heart racing.

It is therefore not surprising that when Ian Kerr wrote his new 'The Birds of Holy Island' that 330 bird species had been recorded in the area (four more species have been added to that list since the book was published).

Read the full review on our blog
New Lifeboat for the Northumberland Coast

In recent years, the RNLI have seen an increase in leisure activity on the sea with a corresponding rise in service calls. The arrival of a new lifeboat on the Northumberland Coast at Amble in November will make the future much safer for the whole sailing community. 

Hundreds of well wishers turned out to greet Amble's new lifeboat as she entered the harbour for the first time. The crowd cheered, clapped and waved flags, as the new Shannon class lifeboat was escorted into her new home by the two existing lifeboats and crew.

On board the existing lifeboat 'The Four Boys', musician Beverley Palin piped the new boat into harbour. The new £2million vessel provides twice the speed and range capabilities of 'The Four Boys', with much safer handling.

The 'Elizabeth and Leonard' lifeboat is named in memory of Elizabeth Foley Brumfield who left money to the RNLI following her death in 2013. She requested that it be used to purchase an all-weather lifeboat in memory of her late husband Leonard.

Watch a video of the lifeboat arriving in Amble here.
Photo credit - The Ambler

Howick Village Hall celebrates its 50th Film Night! 

Howick community film club celebrated its 50th showing in November 2016.

Film nights are held in the beautiful old village hall in Howick where we have a fabulous audio visual system with 3 metre wide screen. Events are held every 3-4 weeks and alternate between Friday and Sunday evenings.

We cater for all tastes by showing a wide range of film types including recent releases, mainstream feature films, old classics and world cinema. Audience numbers are typically 20-30.

There is no need to book in advance, please just turn up. It's a very relaxed and informal evening and new visitors are made most welcome. We have a 'cabaret style' table layout so you can sit with your family and friends. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles. During the winter we have a roaring log fire on the go.

There is no admission charge but we do appreciate small donations to cover our running costs. Films shown to date have included;- The Jungle Book Live, Bridge of Spies, Miss Potter, Brooklyn, Cinema Paradiso, The Theory of Everything, Dead Poets Society, Brassed Off and North by Northwest. We encourage people to suggest films they would like to see.

If you would like to be added to our circulation list for details of forthcoming films please contact John on 01665 576413 or email 

Howick Village Hall
Wilson's Tales
Wilson's Tales in Berwick is one of our Sustainable Development Projects. They aim to see the Tales re-presented / brought to life in a variety of different art forms to be enjoyed by current and future generations, commissioning everything from short films and music to radio plays and storytellers

The recently published Revival Edition includes all kinds of interesting stories, articles on historical background and some specially commissioned illustrations. Three of Wilson's Tales are featured, all cracking yarns. "The Guid Wife of Coldingham" is a tale of how feminine wiles outwit the English (but at a price), during the period of "Rough Wooing" in the mid-16th Century; "The Sea Skirmish" interweaves love and war in the time of the Napoleonic Wars. "The Vacant Chair" has an otherworldly sense of mystery and magic. There are also three highly imaginative tales of Berwick in future times specially commissioned from young people of Berwick.

Copies are on sale at from stationers and booksellers G C Grieve, 1 Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, priced £8.50. Needless to say they make excellent stocking fillers!

The Wilson's Tales Project
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

An Evening of Music and Song
Join Andrew and Margaret Watchorn for a special concert of traditional music and songs from Northumberland and beyond, all with a midwinter link. The event takes place on Wednesday 28 December at the Village Hall, Holy Island, 7pm (Causeway open 5.35pm – 12.40am Thursday). More details available here
Ursids Meteor Shower
The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. Learn more about it here
Northumberland Coast
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The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country.

The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership is responsible for making sure that this landscape is conserved and enhanced now and for future generations.
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