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Old July 22nd, 2013, 01:10 PM   #21
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Despair as Holy Island causeway warnings still being ignored

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Despair as Holy Island causeway warnings still being ignored

By David Black - 22nd July 2013


A car stranded on Holy Island causeway

et another safety plea has been made to drivers using the Holy Island causeway as exasperation grows over their continued failure to heed warnings.

Despite new flashing hazard signs being placed at both ends of the ancient roadway last year, foolhardy motorists are still ignoring them and getting trapped by the tides.

Yesterday, as Northumberland County Council issued a new plea for people to cross the causeway safely, one local rescue official said yesterday he is “lost for words” at the continuing refusal of drivers to take note of advice.

The new variable message signs, which flash warnings and information to drivers about to use the causeway at dangerous times, were installed on a permanent basis last October following a successful trial.

Despite this, a coach carrying 40 passengers tried to negotiate the crossing while it was under several feet of water last month, damaging the vehicle and passengers’ luggage.

And just over a week ago two drivers had to be warned within minutes of each other about the dangers of driving across the flooded causeway, after they set off an hour after the safe crossing time.

Now – in the wake of the most recent incidents – county council officials have again stressed the need for drivers to take note of safety advice. At the start of the peak summer holiday period, with more and more visitors heading over to Holy Island, the council is reminding motorists to carefully check safe crossing times, and make sure they have enough time to complete the whole trip across the causeway.

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Coastguards escort school children from Holy Island causeway

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Coastguards escort school children from Holy Island causeway

By Brian Daniel - 29 July 2013



Coastguards led schoolchildren to safety after their minibus broke down on a Northumberland causeway less than an hour before the tide came in.

The incident at Holy Island was the first of three callouts in three days for coastguards there.

In the second, they went to search for a group lost in sand dunes, one of whom had a suspected broken leg, while the third saw coastguards responding to a bonfire in the dunes, an incident which has sparked a warning over the dangers of starting fires at this time of year in dry areas.

Humber Coastguard was informed by Northumbria Police of a report of a school minibus having broken down on the causeway which links Holy Island to the mainland on Thursday afternoon. Island coastguards were informed at 2.13pm, just 45 minutes before the incoming tide would have reached the bus.

They worked with police in taking the children off the bus and leading them off the causeway on foot. The bus was towed to safety.

At 3.06am on Saturday, Humber Coastguard was informed by the North East Ambulance Service that a group of adults were lost in Holy Island’s sand dunes. A 26-year-old woman had a suspected broken leg.

The coastguards found the group on the North side of the island after around 20 minutes and transported a paramedic to the scene in their 4x4. A search and rescue helicopter took the woman to Wansbeck General Hospital.

Coastguards then transported the paramedic back to the mainland before the tide covered the causeway.

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Tourists spark Holy Island causeway emergency

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Tourists spark Holy Island causeway emergency

By The Journal - 23rd August 2013


Seahouses RNLI at the scene on Holy Island causeway where a Mini car was abandoned

A major search and rescue operation was launched after tourists abandoned their car when it got stranded on a flooded causeway.

The visitors attempted to drive across the causeway at Holy Island in Northumberland when it was under several feet of water.

They then left their Mini Cooper, wading past the crossing’s refuge box back to the island.

Two coastguard teams, a lifeboat and a search and rescue helicopter were all involved in a hunt for the owners after the empty vehicle was spotted. The hapless tourists, from Oxford, were eventually found in a hotel on the island.

Their actions on Wednesday were condemned by a lifeboat spokesman, who said it was the second major search in the county this week. The emergency services were notified at 3.25pm, more than two hours after the last safe crossing time of 1.15pm and just under half an hour before high tide at 3.50pm.

Their rescue attempt ended when the water level was up to the bonnet of the vehicle.

The incident was reported to the emergency services twice, with both callers believing the stricken vehicle was occupied.

This was thought to be the case as its lights had come on, and people watching took this as a sign of occupants signalling for help.

It is now thought to have been caused by salt water getting into the engine.

Coastguard teams from Holy Island and Berwick were deployed to search for the occupants along with Seahouses RNLI and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

However, they were discovered by island coastguard officers in Lindisfarne’s Ship Hotel, where they were given appropriate advice.

Ian Clayton, lifeboat operations manager at Seahouses RNLI, last night said the tourists’ vehicle would be a write-off.

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Old November 2nd, 2013, 12:32 PM   #24
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Karen uses sound and vision to capture island life

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Karen uses sound and vision to capture island life

HOLY ISLAND ... one of the stunning shots of Holy Island by photographer Karen Atkinson, below.

A South Tyneside photographer is hoping her debut solo exhibition, opening next week, proves a sound move.

Karen Atkinson is enhancing her latest set of pictures by using sound to capture a Northumberland beauty spot in all its glory.

Her new exhibition at Bede’s World in Jarrow is called Illuminate the Landscape, and it is made up of images of the wildlife and scenery of the island of Lindisfarne, is going on display.

A preview night takes place from 6pm until 8pm at the Church Bank museum next Thursday.

The exhibition will run for at least seven weeks and might even continue into next year.

As well as an array of pictures – of subjects including a breathtaking shot of the moon lighting up the night sky above the island to wildlife such as an owl, a puffin and even a smiling seal – Miss Atkinson has added an audio installation complete with video and a song she wrote herself.

The Jarrow photographer said: “To complete the experience of being there, an audio installation together with a video containing both still and moving images shot at Holy Island will feature, and the audio will consist of a song written especially for the exhibition about the island.

“On display will be a selection of images of the captivating wildlife to be found on and around the holy island of Lindisfarne, as well as some atmospheric black-and-white shots of the stunning landscape.

“Within the alcoves of the museum space will feature full-colour shots of beautiful sunsets and an amazing and quite enormous supermoon captured rising over the causeway, enveloped in the vivid blueness of the blue hour.

“This will be my first solo exhibition, and it is great to have it in my home town.”

Miss Atkinson has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. Her mix of black-and-white and colour shots have given a fresh look to familiar sights including the Sage Gateshead and the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, and they have also seen her shortlisted for awards.
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Old November 27th, 2013, 07:27 PM   #25
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By Ruth Lognonne Comments Builder discovers treasure during Holy Island house renovation

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Builder discovers treasure during Holy Island house renovation

By Ruth Lognonne - 27th November 2013


Richard Mason and his father Tom, from Rothbury

Builder Richard Mason was suitably underwhelmed when he dug up a grubby-looking pot during a house renovation on Holy Island.

The 38-year-old from Rothbury, in Northumberland, threw the pot in the back of his van and thought no more of it.

The jug was left in Mr Mason’s father’s basement for eight years and then one year before Christmas, Richard decided to clean the jug.

He tipped it up and out fell a pile of gold and silver coins.

The coins come from all over Europe and one of them was found to be a gold scudo, a coin made in Italy in the 1500s.

The scudo comes from a place called Ancona, in central Italy, and is stamped with Pope Clement VII, who famously refused to annul the marriage of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon in the 1520s.

It is believed to be the first coin of its type discovered anywhere in the world.



He said: “I was hand digging around a pipe and I heard a clunk. I thought ‘that’s strange’ so I dug around it and exposed a little jug. I pulled the jug out, it was covered in mud and clarts.

“I had a quick look inside it appeared empty – I chucked it in the back of the van.

“Only recently, did I think it was worth giving the jug a little spring clean. I couldn’t believe it when all this gold and silver dropped out.

“I’m absolutely tickled pink. Discovering something this rare doesn’t happen every day and my dad’s been doing this job for years.

“I’ve never really found anything of any value of significance before.”

The collection of coins, which are all dated around the 16th Century, are currently being held by the British Museum.

One of the coins has been identified as a silver thaler, a coin made in Germany in the 1500s.

The thaler was eventually adopted by the early American colonies and later become known as the dollar.

When it goes on show, The British Museum will refer to the collection as “The Mason Hoard”.

“It’s something to tell the grand-bairns about,” said Mr Mason. “I’m honoured to have the family name attributed to such a find.

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More motorists risk crossing flooded Holy Island causeway

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More motorists risk crossing flooded Holy Island causeway
By Brian Daniel - 5th December 2013



Yet more motorists have ignored warnings and risked their safety and vehicles by crossing a flooded causeway.

Two vehicles were caught on camera driving across the causeway at Holy Island in Northumberland while it was under a foot and a half to two foot of water.

The motorists negotiated the flooded causeway over an hour outside of the safe crossing times which are displayed at either end of the crossing in addition to warning signs.

They were said to be travelling “really really fast” with the drivers’ visibility impaired by the bow waves their vehicles were creating crashing onto their windscreens.As these photograph shows, one of the vehicles even went onto the wrong side of the road to overtake the other.

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Holy Island residents praised for tackling blaze as tide delays emergency services

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Holy Island residents praised for tackling blaze as tide delays emergency services
By Brian Daniel - 9th December 2013


Emergency services and residents at the scene of a house fire on Holy Island

Islanders helped tackle a house fire and rescued a trapped dog as the closure of its causeway delayed the attendance of mainland emergency services.

Residents on Holy Island in Northumberland used extinguishers and buckets of water to fight the blaze on Saturday night, while one went into the property to get the animal.

The response came as the tide being in meant the causeway linking the island to the mainland was closed, delaying the arrival of fire crews and paramedics who instead had to be airlifted to the scene.

The fire broke out in a three bedroom cottage which was unoccupied apart from the dog.

The blaze was at risk of spreading to a neighbouring home.

North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of Humber Coastguard at 7.35pm, given the closure of the causeway meant a vehicle from the mainland could not reach the scene.

Humber Coastguard asked for the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer to be launched and also dispatched coastguard rescue teams from the island and Seahouses.

The coastguards prepared landing sites on the mainland side of the causeway and close to the fire.

The helicopter transferred nine Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service officers and an ambulance service paramedic to the scene.

In the meantime, island coastguards evacuated between five and 10 people from nearby homes and tried to keep members of the public away from the fire.

Neighbours used their own extinguishers and buckets and succeeded in halting the spread of the blaze.

The man who rescued the dog was checked over by the paramedic at the scene for smoke inhalation.

He was found to have minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

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Holy Island coastguards issued with mountain bikes

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Holy Island coastguards issued with mountain bikes

By Brian Daniel - 12th February 2014



Their trusty 4x4 is a reassuring sight at the all-too-frequent incidents of motorists getting caught out on the island’s causeway.

But soon, Holy Island coastguards will be arriving at jobs by bike.

The community’s coastguard team has become one of the first in the country to be issued with mountain bikes.

The bikes will allow its members to reach those sites on the island which are not accessible by vehicle quicker than they would on foot, meaning any casualties can be reached faster.

Station manager Ryan Douglas said: “The bikes will offer us improved response times when searching for a casualty in areas that would usually have to be searched on foot and will also offer us increased mobility in a variety of operations.

“Large areas of Holy Island are inaccessible with our 4x4 vehicle. This includes areas to the north side of the island, the west side of the island and out on the farm tracks. Currently all our incident working and training at these locations has to be done on foot.

“Bikes will speed up the process of getting immediate attention to casualties. Our colleagues in the police, fire and ambulance services in the cities have been using bikes for a number of years now and have seen great results with improved response times.”

The bikes are a bespoke design for HM Coastguard use. They are equipped with a rear rack and pannier to carry life-saving equipment such as throw lines, lifejackets, first aid kits, maps and torches.

The island team is currently undergoing training in use of the mountain bikes.

Topics will include hazards - both visual and surface, slow speed handling, traffic law, bike maintenance, and patrol procedure.
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Action on Holy Island causeway is due to start

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Action on Holy Island causeway is due to start
14th March 2014



Work on the Holy Island causeway is scheduled to get underway before the expected influx of tourists this Easter.

Northumberland County Councillor Dougie Watkin welcomed news at Monday’s north area committee meeting in Ancroft Memorial Hall that action is planned to improve driving on the causeway.

Around £90,000 has been made available from the newly-structured Local Transport plan to be spent on the resurfacing of the road surface.

A drainage ditch is to be dug in the sands along the northern side of the causeway, which will help with the drainage problems, given that the causeway is completely underwater twice a day.

It will also combat the accumulation of sand on the road, which has contributed to making it a tricky driving surface.

Sand is blown onto the road by winds at low tide, but is also left there in large quantities by the receding tides.

Consensus has been reached with Natural England for this work, which will involve digging by hand in order to protect the sand’s unique natural habitat.

Any removed sand will also be moved to help create and protect such habitats.

“It is great that the money is here and plans are going ahead,” said Coun Watkin
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Man hauled to safety from Holy Island Causeway

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Man hauled to safety from Holy Island Causeway
Apr 14, 2014 19:51 By Katie Davies


Holy Island Coastguard rescued a man who was cut off by the tide on Holy Island Causeway

Yet more safety warnings have been issued to motorists using the Holy Island causeway as, once again, a driver had to be winched to safety.

A major rescue operation was launched yesterday when the man became stranded on the flooded causeway - in the first incident of its kind this year.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was stuck on the bonnet of his car before the RAF helicopter hauled him to safety. Rescuers from the Holy Island Coastguard said the tide was fast-approaching and they had around 20 minutes to rescue the man.

Last night Ryan Douglas, who took part in the rescue, encouraged members of the public to check the tide times before making their way across the causeway. He said: “The man was distressed and in shock when we arrived. Within 20 minutes the car would have been submerged.” The coastguard were called to the incident at around 2.30pm yesterday. One rescuer was about to get into the water but was called back when the RAF Rescue Helicopter arrived. The man was then taken back to Holy Island.

Yesterday crews also rescued two people who had been cut off by the tide near to St Cuthbert’s Island. One coastguard officer got into the water just after 12.10pm before the lifeboat arrived on the scene.
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Yachtsman rescued after sailing the wrong way around Holy Island

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Yachtsman rescued after sailing the wrong way around Holy Island
Apr 21, 2014 11:00 By Ian Robson



A lone yachtsman on his first voyage in a new boat had to be rescued by a lifeboat crew after sailing on the wrong side of Holy Island.

The vessel ran aground on a sandbank between the coast and the island in an area which is too shallow for any vessel and was in danger of flooding on the rising tide.

The crewman has just bought the 19ft yacht at Amble and was on his way to Berwick when the accident happened. It is understood he was from Edinburgh and was unfamiliar with the tricky passage around Holy Island. Rescuers said the man was not equipped with a VHF Radio and only had a mobile phone which was of limited use in an emergency.

Ian Clayton, lifeboat operations manager at Seahouses, said: “The guy was not familiar with the coastline. He had collected the boat from Amble and was in the process of sailing to Berwick when it hit a sandbank. He had been given navigation advice at Amble after picking up the vessel which he thinks he misunderstood. The sea between Holy Island and the mainland is shallow and should be avoided. He should have sailed on the seaward side. He did not have a VHF radio. He was carrying a mobile phone but we would urge anyone who sails to carry a VHF Radio because you can speak to local boats and the lifeboat can use direction-finding equipment to locate the vessel in case of difficulty.”

The drama happened on Saturday morning when Humber Coastguard contacted the lifeboat station at Seahouses to advise that the yacht had ran aground off St Cuthbert Island. Local coastguards at Holy Island reported the vessel was well aground and listing and there was a danger of flooding as the tide turned. “The Border Force immigration boat just happened to be on the area but could not get close enough to help,” Mr Clayton said. It was agreed to launch the Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat on the rising tide so that a line could be attached to the yacht as it refloated, and assistance given to the sole crewman to safely refloat the vessel. The yacht was safely refloated without incident, and towed to Holy Island Harbour, where the yacht skipper met local shore based Coastguard Rescue Officers. The vessel was checked for possible damage and to ensure that the hull was sound. No significant damage was found. Once the yacht was found to be safe, the yacht skipper decided to continue his passage to Berwick, and was escorted into deep water to the east of Holy Island by the lifeboat.”
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It has always baffled me which bit of "island" people don't seem to understand...

Or how they can misinterpret the warning signs...

Or do they think they have cars that turn into speed boats?

Or what...

Has anyone ever looked into why people keep doing this?
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Watch: Holy Island causeway motorist attempts to escape the tide

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Watch: Holy Island causeway motorist attempts to escape the tide
May 30, 2014 16:55 By Brian Daniel


A driver tries to escape the tide on Holy Island causeway

Coastguards have yet again warned motorists not to try to cross a flooded causeway in Northumberland. The coastguard team at Holy Island reminded drivers they are putting their lives at risk following two incidents this week, while schools were on half term.

And one driver was filmed frantically reversing off the causeway in a bid to reach dry land before the tide came in.

In the first incident, on Monday, the coastguard was called out after two vehicles were seen driving through water on the causeway towards the mainland. The callout came at 1pm, an hour and a quarter outside the safe crossing times which are displayed at either end of the crossing and widely advertised. Both vehicles drove about a quarter of a mile into the water before they decided it was too deep to carry on. They both then reversed out of the water back to Holy Island. The drivers were met there by coastguard officers who gave them safety information about tides and driving on flooded causeways.

The second incident occurred on Thursday and was filmed by coastguards. A motorist tried to cross the causeway from the island side while it was under water and again, ended up having to reverse onto dry road. The incident took place at 3pm, an hour and five minutes outside of the safe times. Following the second incident, the coastguard team posted on its Facebook page: “We urge members of the public to check tide times when visiting the coast - especially when visiting Holy Island. Driving on the causeway when it’s flooded like this puts your life at risk. Luckily the driver of this vehicle made it back to the island. Check tide times!”

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Piri piri burr invasion threatens Holy Island in Northumberland

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Piri piri burr invasion threatens Holy Island in Northumberland
Jun 15, 2014 08:30 By Brian Daniel


Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island in Northumberland

It's been ransacked by Vikings, but now another deadly invader is wreaking havoc on Holy Island. The Nordic invaders caused mayhem at Lindisfarne in 793 and now a threat from ‘Down Under’ is bringing destruction to the “Cradle of Christianity.”

However, there’s no threat to life this time around, or not of the human variety anyway. Because there is a risk to the island’s native plant life. The threat comes from another plant, Piri piri burr which is native to New Zealand and Australia.

Yet islanders are now fighting back in the war on the invader, with a lawnmower style hoover their weapon of choice. Piri piri is thought to have reached North Northumberland in the 1930s, with the burrs stuck to wool which was imported to the area from Down Under. The theory goes that when the wool was washed, the burrs made their way into the River Tweed in the waste water. They were then washed along the river, taking hold at Holy Island, as well as Bamburgh, and Cheswick and Cocklawburn beaches at Berwick, other areas where the plants thrive.

The reason for that is because Piri piri is said to thrive at locations with sand dunes, with these perfect for the plant to grow as strawberry plants do by sending out runners. The plants are particularly difficult to contain as the burrs attach themselves to the clothing and footwear of walkers and dogs, which then carry them elsewhere.

The threat to Holy Island’s native plantlife stems from the fact the piri piri restricts the growth of other species. But the fightback is on. Bosses at the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve have already employed a number of weapons in the war on piri piri. Cows and sheep have been employed to graze in the dunes while chemicals have been used in controlled applications. But now, a new weapon is to be used on the pesky plant. Wardens at the reserve have acquired a handheld hoover with which they hope to suck the birrs out of the ground. They have identified 14 kilometres of sand dunes on which they will be employing the device - said to resemble a lawnmower - in the coming weeks, with June to October said to be the worst time of the year for the plant. Reserve boss Andrew Craggs said: “We have tried various different things over the years and this is something else we are going to try.” Should the technique prove a success, reserve bosses are to spread the word to other affected sites.
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Holy Island causeway speed limit reduced due to dangerous drivers

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Holy Island causeway speed limit reduced due to dangerous drivers
Aug 20, 2014 08:24 By Brian Daniel



A temporary reduced speed limit was introduced on a North causeway after motorists put themselves and others at risk by speeding through standing water.

Northumberland County Council introduced a 40 mile per hour limit on the Holy Island causeway on Sunday in place of the normal 60 limit, after police and coastguards were alerted to a number of vehicles driving too fast through large amounts of water which had been blown onto the crossing in strong winds. The drivers have been criticised for their actions while warnings have been issued about the dangers of speeding through standing water.

Holy Island Coastguard was tasked at 12.01pm on Sunday to assist Northumbria Police after strong winds caused a half mile stretch of the causeway to be covered in sea water. A number of motorists were driving too fast through the water and police and coastguards assisted with traffic management and to advise on the causeway safe crossing times - with many drivers having rang police asking whether these were correct due to the level of water on the crossing.

A temporary limit was imposed by the county council, from 60mph to 40mph, due to motorists driving too fast for the conditions.

Ryan Douglas, Holy Island coastguard station officer, hit out at such drivers. He added: “A lot of motorists find it quite funny to drive fast through water but that is an extremely dangerous thing to do.”

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Unique Holy Island hut torched in suspected arson attack

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Unique Holy Island hut torched in suspected arson attack

Aug 23, 2014 10:44 By Brian Daniel



Arsonists are believed to be behind a blaze that almost destroyed a unique attraction at Holy Island.

Seal Hut is a wood and stone structure positioned on a remote sand dune at the beauty spot which was created by visitors with items they had collected on the beach. It also housed a book in which people could write their thoughts. But the unusual hut’s roof has was completely destroys by a fire that broke out, on Wednesday. And the blaze is believed to have been started deliberately. And Northumbria Police has arrested and questioned a man.

News of the suspected arson attract has saddened regular visitors to the hut. But is now hoped it can be re-built in the same way it was created.

Patrick Norris, from Belford, who runs walking tours in the area, told The Journal: “It is sad. My feeling is if the surrounding walls which are just built up from stone off the beach are still there, people will start to put the roof back on again. In a couple of years time, it will once again become a place where you can sit inside and have your sandwiches. The whole organic process will start again.”

At just after 3pm on Wednesday, Humber Coastguard was notified of black smoke on the dunes by tourists and dispatched its island team. Local coastguards searched the area and discovered the hut on fire. They returned to the village where they met a Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service crew which had been dispatched from Berwick. The coastguards transported the crew in their 4x4 vehicle to the hut, where the fire was put out after around 20 minutes having damaged the structure and destroyed its roof. Discovered inside the hut were tyres, suggesting the fire had been started deliberately.


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On This Day In History - 5th September 1801

Interesting to read this report from John Sykes in his Local Records for tyhis day in history, 5th September 1801.

Two postilions, in the service of Mr. Maddocks, of Wooler Haugh Head were, on the afternoon of this day, employed with four horses in conveying a gentleman's carriage, in which were himself and family, to Holy Island.

About nine o'clock in the evening, the postilions set out on their return homewards, with their horses, and shortly after a thick fog came on. Strong apprehensions were in consequence entertained by the islanders for their safety, which, next morning, wore found too fatally verified; for soon after daylight, the bodies of the two unfortunate men, and one of the horses, were discovered lifeless on the sands. Another horse, which by some means survived, stood motionless beside its
dead companion. The remaining two horses were supposed to have been
buried in a quicksand, many of which abound in this dangerous passage.


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Motorist tries to cross flooded Holy Island causeway

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Motorist tries to cross flooded Holy Island causeway
Sep 12, 2014 06:30 By Sarah Jeffery



A motorist who tried to cross an island causeway while it was under water was ordered to turn back by coastguards.

The driver set out to negotiate the crossing linking Holy Island to mainland Northumberland on Wednesday afternoon, despite the tide having come in and the last safe time to make the journey being over an hour and a half before. En route, the driver met the island’s coastguard coming the other way and was told to turn back. The incident has led coastguards to issue safety advice to motorists, although they have said there has been a fall in causeway call-outs this year.

The latest episode saw the driver of a silver people carrier trying to leave the island despite the tide being in. The crossing was attempted at 3.26pm despite the last safe time - displayed at either end of the causeway - being 1.45pm. Yards into the journey, the vehicle met the Holy Island Coastguard 4x4, which is able to negotiate the flooded causeway, coming the other way. Coastguard officers, returning from a separate incident on the causeway, instructed the driver to return to the island as they would not be able to complete the crossing.

The incident sparked criticism of the driver on social networking website Facebook with one user writing: “Idiots, never learn......” and another: “Im no even gonna start a comment cos it wd be rude.” On the back of the episode, a spokesman for the island coastguard issued the following safety advice to drivers: “Check tide times when visiting the coast. In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve celebrates 50th anniversary

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Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve celebrates 50th anniversary
Sep 15, 2014 19:00 By Brian Daniel


Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

A “coastal hotel” frequented by “VIPs” has celebrated its 50th birthday.

But an inn with sea view this is not and the VIPs are not of the A-list variety. It is in fact the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve in Northumberlan which is marking exactly five decades since it was established. For VIPs, read Light-bellied Brent geese, barnacle geese and pink-footed geese as well as wigeon, grey plovers and bar-tailed godwits.

The site was declared a National Nature Reserve (NNR) on September 15, 1964, a status awarded by the now defunct Nature Conservancy which had the role of designating sites following the introduction of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. And the reserve serves to protect a long stretch of the North East’s coastline.

The first phase of NNR declaration covered 1,665 acres (673 hectares) and included parts of Holy Island dunes and inter-tidal areas around the island. Since then, the area has grown in size to be one of the largest NNRs in the country extending to 3,541 hectares, stretching from Cheswick Black Rocks in the North to Budle Bay in the south, including the dune land and rocky shore of Holy Island.

Andrew Craggs, senior reserve manager, said: “This is a very special place and one that is cherished by people and is of international importance for wildlife. Back in 1964, the impetus for the declaration of the NNR was to better manage the wildfowling activity that took place over the intertidal flats around Lindisfarne. Today we continue to work with a very wide range of people and organisations that have an interest in the area; including the local people who live and work here and the many visitors who are attracted by the history and natural beauty. They all have a vital role to play in maintaining the reserve’s status.”

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£1.3m funding boost for Holy Island from the Heritage Lottery Fund

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£1.3m funding boost for Holy Island from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Nov 25, 2014 19:00 By Tony Henderson


The view from St Cuthbert's Isle, with Lindisfarne in the background

A major scheme to protect, enhance and celebrate the natural and historic features of one of the North East’s most precious landscapes has been given the green light after overcoming funding hurdles.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.3m to the landscape partnership venture for Lindisfarne and the adjacent mainland shore area from Scremerston to just north of Bamburgh in Northumberland. Match funding will bring the value of the Peregrini Lindisfarne scheme to £1.8m and work is expected to start on the three-year programme in January.

Peregrini is Latin for hermits and devout travellers and is the origin of the word pilgrim.

The revised scheme is the product of years of collaborative working between the community and a variety of agencies. The funding will pay for a range of projects covering the long history of the area and its important natural habitats, including Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.

Holy Island is known as the Cradle of Christianity with connections to St Aidan, St Cuthbert and the associated monasteries, cells and hermitages, and the island’s association with The Golden Age of Northumbria and the Lindisfarne Gospels. The landscape is also rich in biodiversity, including rare plant species such as the Lindisfarne helleborine, rich wildlife habitats particularly for migratory and breeding birds, and geological interest. There is also the legacy of the fishing, quarrying and lime-producing activities and the military history, including the use of the island as a garrison and the remains of Second World War defences on the mainland coast. The Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme involves the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, representatives of the Holy Island Community from the parish council and development trust, Belford and Lowick parish councils, Natural England, Northumberland County Council, English Heritage, the National Trust and Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.

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