Norham scrubs up well thanks to community

A drop-in session is being held to update local residents and businesses of the progress of the Norham Community Development Group.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28 March, 2019, 08:58
Local residents tidying up Norham.

Two years ago, representatives from Norham Parish Council and St Cuthbert’s Church met to discuss how the community could preserve and enhance its attractive environment, valued services and range of local businesses.

With the help of regeneration officers from Northumberland County Council, a series of workshops were held and local residents gave their views concerning the important services, facilities and infrastructure.

The outcome was the formation of a range of interest groups with members energised and motivated to make a difference.

The first tangible outcome was created by the village clean-up team who set to work removing, soil, silt and vegetation encroaching across kerbs, pavements and roads. This immediately lifted the look of village.

Close behind were village in bloom supporters who created flower beds, installed planters and are planning to join the natural environment group who are planning to enhance wildlife habitats.

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Discussions are also being held to see how Norham’s close relationship with Lindisfarne and Durham Cathedral can be brought to life for residents and visitors.

The village also has a strong association with Sir JMW Turner who painted one his most famous paintings, Norham Castle Sunrise, based on visits and sketches he made. A celebration of his life is being held at the end of May.

The environment group is keen to highlight and enhance the varied habitat and wildlife around the village. Plans include a heritage orchard, a bird hide and enhancements to the churchyard.

Norham School is investigating ways to enhance the school and children’s activities and play, while the church has gained a grant to investigate how it can be developed for the wider use of the community.

The drop-in session is on Friday, March 29, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in the village hall.