Sunday, 2 September 2018

Heritage Open Days - Blyth

Next weekend sees the main Heritage Open Days.

The full Northumberland listing is here:-

Unfortunately Blyth itself is poorly represented , in that only two organisations are opening their doors.

The Blyth Battery however is an excellent place to visit, as is the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club.

Outside Blyth there are many locations within 10 miles, Seaton Sluice, New Hartley, Seaton Delaval, Cramlington, Bedlington are all represented.

So get out of the house and explore a bit of local history

Blyth Town Council - Meetings for September

As far as I know there are only three meetings scheduled for September at Blyth Town Council

Tuesday 4th    Environment Committee 

Thursday 13th  Community Development Committee

Thursday 27th  Governance Committee 

All meetings are scheduled to start at 6:30 pm at Arms Evertyne House.

If you plan to attend any of the meetings please check with Blyth Town Council beforehand

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Bank Holiday bin arrangements

With next Monday ( 27th August ) being a bank holiday, bin collections are put back a day

So if your usual collection day is Tuesday, next week it'll be Wednesday etc

Next week is a "Green Bin Week" ( ie not recyclable waste) , and there are no "Brown Bin" ( ie garden waste ) collections

South Beach Library Closed on 20th August

South Beach Library will be closed for the day on Monday 20th August

I have not had the reason confirmed , but with the already reduced opening hours it is a bit disappointing

Renewals etc can still be done online ….

Wednesday, 15 August 2018


As the story about "the conference" in Tunis unfolds it is necessary for me to clear the air.

I have been to Tunisia, and specifically to Tunis

I did not attend any conferences or attend any memorial services

It was in ( about ) 1995

It was a family holiday based in Nabeul

I visited Carthage

I hope that helps clarify things


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Blue Plaques in Blyth

The number of Blue Plaques in Blyth is increasing …

Currently I know of several, including the "Warwickshire Regiment" plaque at the beach, plaques at St Cuthbert's church, Newsham Station house, Keel Row, Bath Terrace and others

So far Blyth Town Council has failed to publish on their website a complete list , or publish a printed "trail map" of the plaques, so the public can only find them when they trip over them ( not literally of course)

I will try to identify as many as possible and publish a list and  photos for anyone interested.

Finally, the scheme here in Blyth gives me a sense of personal pride. I introduced the report to council and with the help of "friendly" councillors of all sides of the chamber we got them introduced.

However I recently found that one Labour councillor is trying to claim the credit … in a since deleted Facebook post. But the truth is, of course, that I started the idea and then with help by the then town clerk , a friendly Labour councillor and officers of the council the council adopted and implemented the idea .