Woolsington Parish Council

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Welcome to Woolsington Parish Council’s website, your place to find out what’s happening within the Parish. Here you can also get in touch with your parish councillors, find out about meetings, look up agendas, minutes and financial information, vote on ideas around new initiatives, volunteer and engage on key issues with fellow residents.
About Us
Woolsington Parish Council is a local Parish Council, based within the two Newcastle City Council wards of Kingston Park South & Newbiggin Hall and Callerton & Throckley
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies.  They serve electorates and are independently elected. They raise their own budget via a precept. Residents will know if they live within a Parish Council area as they will pay this additional Parish precept charge with their council tax – it will be detailed separately on the bill. The only paid member of a Parish Council is the Clerk
Woolsington Parish covers a large geographical area to the north west of Newcastle. It has both rural and urban communities. Newcastle International Airport is also within its boundary
Woolsington Parish Council itself consists of the wards of Bedeburn, Newbiggin Hall, Callerton and Woolsington & Bank Foot (Parish Council Wards.pdf)
WPC has 12 parish councillors (members) who represent the 4 wards. There are no vacancies at present

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Picnic on the Green

What's Happening in Woolsington PARISH

A great day was had at the Galafest, Galafield Centre, Newbiggin Lane.

Gala Fields Event.pdf

Colouring Competition

Bee Colouring Sheet.pdf

Butterfly Colouring Sheet.pdf

There's still time to enter, by either printing off the attached, or alternatively, copies can be collected from the reception at the Gala Fields.

Entries to be returned to Galafield Centre by 6 September 2021

Please write child’s name & age, plus a contact phone number on the back

Voucher Prize for Under 5 and Over 5, to be judged by Cllr George Pattison

Some fantastic entries so far, as attached. GALAFEST - Colouring Competition Entries.pdf

Biodiversity Project

Biodiversity Explained

Biodiversity Projects are about protecting life in all its forms in order to allow us, and everything we share our planet with, to live happy and healthy lives.

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An Introduction to Woolsington Parish Council Biodiversity Project

Woolsington Parish Council has been running its Biodiversity Project since 2018, in support of the Newcastle City Council`s Green Infrastructure Plan and Bee-friendly City Strategy. This includes the planting of trees, spring bulbs, shrubs and hedgerow, flowers and wildflowers while focusing on local wildlife benefits.

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Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish

Newcastle City Council`s Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish with plans for the creation of an extensive Wildflower meadow.

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A Review of Parish Council Area Biodiversity Project Year

A summary of our achievements in 2019/20.

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2020: Biodiversity Journey around Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin

The Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin areas already contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. The Biodiversity Project is specifically designed to build on and enhance these natural assets.

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2021: Biodiversity Journey around Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington

Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington also contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. Here are just a few examples of where the Parish’s Biodiversity Project is attempting to enhance this natural beauty during 2021.

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A Visit to the Scotswood Community Garden

The Parish Council was greatly impressed, and influenced, by the Scotswood Community Garden. Here they are working with nature to create a great place for people and wildlife to enjoy. The garden aims for a ‘managed wildness’ approach. The garden is about community, either for the local or the wider area, and they welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in their work.

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Building better sites for Butterflies

The Parish Council is greatly influenced by this concept. Designing where we live and work to be better for wildlife is important. Two-thirds of butterfly and moth species are in decline in the UK, and urban sprawl is contributing to their demise.... But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Butterflies of Woolsington Parish

Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures, but do a great deal for the environment. Like bees, they are plant pollinators and they also provide population control for a number of insect species by eating them.

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The Woodland Trust

There are some remarkable trees of variable note at many locations throughout the Parish, some of which border our historic waggonways. Members of the Parish Council are working with the Woodland Trust to help protect theses trees by recording details of noteable and veteran trees on the Woodland Trust Tree Inventory.

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Crocus Carpet

Woolsington Parish Council Chairperson Councillor George Pattison and Catherine McKinnell MP planting the Crocus Carpet on Newbiggin Lane.

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Parish Ponds Restoration: Phase I Removal of Water Soldier Vegetation

Woolsington Parish Council issued a Questionnaire as part of its community engagement process on biodiversity in the Upper Ouseburn corridor. There was a very positive response from residents throughout the Parish with many messages. This helped the Parish Council to establish its vision, and shape future plans, for the local ponds and surrounding area. Outline discussions with the Land Owner (Northumberland Estates), the City Council, and various other Agencies and services also followed.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Coronavirus information and advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government has confirmed there will be a four-week delay to the planned Roadmap out of lockdown, meaning most of the existing restrictions introduced at Step 3 will remain in place until July 19 at the earliest. 

There are however some changes which come into effect from June 21 relating to: 

  • Attendance at weddings, civil ceremonies and other commemorative events
  • Large pilot events
  • Care home visits

To see more on these changes visit the Government website

For more details visit our current restrictions page

Newcastle's COVID Control Plan 

The Newcastle COVID Control Plan sets out the collaborative approach to be taken in Newcastle to prevent a new COVID-19 outbreak in the city as well as the response and control plans that would need to be implemented in the event of an outbreak. 

Find out more about Newcastle's Covid Control Plan 

Useful Links

CityLife Line: If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, or if you know somebody in Newcastle that is, you can access information, advice and support from CityLife Line. CityLife line can offer support to those self-isolating worried about food, work or money. Their Welfare and Wellbeing Team work Monday to Saturday between 8am and 8pm and can be reached on 0191 277 8000.

Citizens Advice: Citizens Advice help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice. Their phone number is 0300 330 9055.

Support for Older People: Age UK provides information, guidance and reassurance to older people and their families. You can call their advice line on 0800 055 6112.

Domestic Violence: Nationally domestic abuse charities have reported a 25% increase in the number of requests for help since the Government's stay indoors restrictions came into force. People experiencing domestic abuse can get information by contacting the National Domestic Abuse Helpline (NDAH) on 0808 2000 247.

Ask for ANI domestic abuse codeword scheme.docx

Mental Health Support: Tyneside and Northumberland Mind may be able to help you access wellbeing support for more information. Their number is 0191 477 4545.

Safe Newcastle Unit Room 34 Civic Centre Newcastle NE1 8PR web page www.safenewcastle.org.uk Telephone number 0191 2777833 or email: safenewcastleadmin@newcastle.gov.uk 

Your Parish Councillors

George Pattison


Councillor George Pattison Bedeburn Ward

Lilian Kennedy

Vice - Chair

Councillor Lilian Kennedy Newbiggin Hall Ward

Jonathan Sabarre

Parish Councillor

Councillor Jonathan Sabarre Bedeburn Ward

Alexander Hay

Parish Councillor

Councillor Alexander Hay Bedeburn Ward

Lilian McGuinness

Parish Councillor

Councillor Lilian McGuinness Bedeburn Ward

Linda Wright

Parish Councillor

Councillor Linda Wright Callerton Ward

John Littleton

Parish Councillor

Councillor John Littleton Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward

Joanne Couchman

Parish Councillor

Councillor Joanne Couchman Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward

Brian Hunter

Parish Councillor

Councillor Brian Hunter Newbiggin Hall Ward

Sharon Pattison

Parish Councillor

Councillor Sharon Pattison Newbiggin Hall Ward

Jacqui Robinson

Parish Councillor

Councillor Jacqui Robinson Newbiggin Hall Ward

Amy Thomas

Parish Councillor

Councillor Amy Thomas Newbiggin Hall Ward

Andrew Richardson

Clerk to the Parish Council

Meeting Agendas and Minutes


Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are held bi-monthly currently at 6.30pm via Zoom. 

Any items for the agenda must be submitted 14 days before the date of the meeting.         

You are advised to check the location on each agenda.  Please see the below for the agendas and minutes of each meeting.         

Members of the public are welcome to attend and raise any issues before the commencement of the formal business.  If you wish to speak during the formal business session, please indicate this to the Chair by raising your hand.  The Chair will conduct the order of speakers and will indicate who will speak next.

2021/2022 - Agendas and Minutes 

12 May 2021 (including AGM)WPC Agenda 12.05.2021.pdf
WPC minutes 12.05.2021.pdf
14 July 2021WPC Agenda 14.07.2021.pdf

08 September 2021Meeting Postponed to 15 SeptemberMeeting Postponed to 15 September
15 September 2021WPC Agenda 15.09.2021.pdf

10 November 2021

12 January 2022

09 March 2022

2020/2021 - Agendas and Minutes  

2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes  

2018/2019 - Agendas and Minutes 

Woolsington Parish Information

Starling Murmuration in Woolsington Parish

Starling Murmuration in Woolsington Parish

Murmurations are masses of Starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in beautiful shape-shifting clouds. Usually they occur just before dusk. If you are lucky enough you may see one yourself.

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A Tribute in Crocus to the Suffragette Movement

A Tribute in Crocus to the Suffragette Movement

On a very wet Saturday morning in November 2018 a team of community volunteers turned out near the Wheatsheaf Farm in Woolsington to plant 5000 crocus bulbs.

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Grant Funding

Woolsington Parish Council aims to improve the social and economic welfare of the residents of the Parish. It is essential that any organisation requesting financial assistance will be expected to support the aims of the Council and that its activities address at least one of the following objectives:- 

  1. To enhance community cohesion
  2. To develop social inclusion
  3. To alleviate deprivation 

Applications must be from a community based organisation. The Council will not consider applications from individuals, projects that are political or religious projects that do not demonstrate social or economic benefits. 

You can apply for a grant funding by completing the below grant funding application(click on the link), don't forget to read the pre-application condition notes thoroughly and ensure you have ALL relevant documents requested before you submit your application. 

WPC Grant Application and Conditions.docx

WPC Grant Application Monitoring.docx

In 2020/21 Woolsington Parish Council have provided financial support to

Simonside Primary School

St Marks RC Primary School

Action for Children (Galafield Cafe Project)



Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021  

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021  

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Public Right of Inspection Notice 

Public Right of Inspection (14.06.2021 - 23.07.2021)..docx

AGAR 2020 - 2021 


Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020: 

Community Infrastructure Levy


Standards and Codes

The Standards (Parish/Community Councils) Sub Committee, oversees the operation of the codes of conduct by providing guidance assistance and training. See the Code of Conduct  Code of Conduct.pdf

Election Notices 

Notice of Uncontested Election 2019.pdf 

Useful Links 

Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH                                     

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878               


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