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Old January 21st, 2015, 09:22 PM   #41
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Unholy row at Lindisfarne over new chapel for the Community of Aidan and Hilda

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Unholy row at Lindisfarne over new chapel for the Community of Aidan and Hilda
Jan 21, 2015 19:00 By Brian Daniel


Lindisfarne residents Lesley and Roger Andrews

An unholy row has blown up on the so called Cradle of Christianity over plans for a new chapel for an ecumenical body.

The Community of Aidan and Hilda, which draws inspiration from the lives of the Celtic saints, is seeking the green light from planners for a new chapel at its base on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Yet the plans are facing opposition from a number of island residents who claim there are too many places of worship on the “secular” island and that it is “Holy in name but not in nature.”

The body’s leader has however hit back, questioning how a community with such historic religious links can have too many places of worship and accusing objectors of “prejudice” and of basing their opposition on “fear.” The ‘dispersed’ community is based at the Open Gate where it offers accommodation for members and visitors. It provides a programme of retreats and events on Holy Island, around the UK, and internationally.

It has now submitted a planning application to Northumberland County Council to build a new chapel with prayer space at its Marygate premises.

The community’s current premises is said to be unsuitable for health and safety reasons with only one access and escape in the event of fire and an ageing staircase. However, scores of residents of Holy Island have submitted objections to the county council, along with its parish council and Crown and Anchor pub, and spoken against the plans at a public meeting. Many of the objections were in the shape of a postcard created by islanders Lesley and Roger Andrews, bearing a photo of the Open Gate with the words “A church too many?” A similar flier has been placed in some island windows.

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Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

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Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons
Jan 25, 2015 18:36 By Brian Daniel


Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations

A shoe thought to have been used to keep witches and demons at bay in the dim and distant past has been discovered in the chimney of an island home.

The brown leather boot, which could date back to the year 1800, was found in a hidden fireplace at a property on Holy Island, by workmen.

Roger and Lesley Andrews, who live at Market Square, asked builders to take out their fireplace in order to find out whether there was an Inglenook fire place behind it. The workmen confirmed that there was and inside its chimney they discovered the battered old shoe, alongside a broken glass bottle. Mr Andrews, a retired 70-year-old who used to run a telecoms company, has been carrying out research into the finds.

This has led him to believe that the boot could date back to 1800, with shoes before this time the same for left and right feet but that in his home - parts of which date back to the 17th century - being for a right. He has come across two possible explanations for why the shoe would have been left in the chimney, the first of which involved evil spirits.“The theory is that in the medieval times when people were doing renovations or building work they would put a shoe in the fireplace or in the floor boards and the point of this was to attract witches and demons and spirits and what would happen is that eventually demons were attracted to the smell in the shoe. The demons would go into the shoe after the smell and they could not get out.”

There was a similar belief about bottles with it believed inquisitive spirits would go inside and not be able to escape.

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New Lindisfarne Festival will see an eclectic bill of music take over Beal Farm, Northumberland

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New Lindisfarne Festival will see an eclectic bill of music take over Beal Farm, Northumberland
19:00, 25 February 2015 By Sam Wonfor


Newly launched Lindisfarne Festival will take place in September

A new music and creative arts festival is to take place in Northumberland this September.

The Lindisfarne Festival will be a two-day day camping festival set on Beal Farm, Northumberland from September 4 to 6 and will showcase an eclectic mix of DJs and bands from funk, indie rock to folk, as well as promoting a range of alternative therapies and creative arts.

The full line up which includes a number of world renowned, international DJs and acts are expected to be announced on March 23, with tickets going on sale the following day. The festival, which has been in the planning for the past seven months, will have a capacity for 2,000 and is expected to be a popular draw, not least for its spectacular Holy Island backdrop.

If great music and camping under the stars with a stunning view isn’t enough, the festival will also showcase a wonderful range of alternative therapies including yoga, meditation, poetry, five rhythm dance and cranial sacral therapy. Meanwhile local food and drink stalls will be taking care of refreshments, demonstrating the very best of North East produce.

Conleth Maenpaa, founder of the Festival said: “Seven months ago we had a dream to bring something truly special to the North East. We wanted to create a unique and niche music festival that hadn’t been done before combining the stunning location of Northumberland with an eclectic mix of quality entertainment. We are thrilled that after months of careful planning and working with local authorities, bodies, suppliers and acts that Lindisfarne Festival is born. We very much hope we can create a legacy with Lindisfarne Festival making it a key part of the fabric of the North East.”

The line up, together with ticket details will be revealed at www.lindisfarnefestival.com on March 23. You can sign up now for updates.
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Top North East tourist attractions receive investment to bring another 150,000 visitors a year

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21:13, 27 February 2015 By Jonathan Walker


Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island in Northumberland

The North East’s top tourist attractions have received a boost with the announcement of Government cash designed to help attract thousands of extra visitors.

Lindisfarne Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and the Captain Cook Museum will all benefit from extra funding, George Osborne said. And the Chancellor set a goal of increasing the number of visitors coming to the North East each year by 150,000 people. The announcements are part of the Government’s long-term economic plan for the region, which Mr Osborne set out in a series of visits. An extra £1.2 million will be given to the National Trust to protect Lindisfarne Castle, a 16th-century castle located on Holy Island, near Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland.

There will be £400,000 of funding to promote tourism around Hadrian’s Wall, the second-century wall running south of the border with Scotland, to ensure dedicated bus services are able to continue improving access to the World Heritage Site and its attractions.

A further £500,000 will allow a new section of Hadrian’s Wall to be displayed to the public along with the recently discovered nearby Roman bath house at Wallsend, North Tyneside.

And £500,000 will be available for the creation of a new interactive exhibition at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough, to create a new interactive exhibition offering a wide range of educational and visitor experiences.

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A few photos of Lindisfarne, the Holy Island.
I don't think the word Lindisfarne gets used nearly enough.
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Acts announced for inaugural Lindisfarne Music Festiva

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Acts announced for inaugural Lindisfarne Music Festival
19:00, 16 March 2015 By David Whetstone


Reverend and the Makers

Headline acts including Reverend and The Makers and The Skints will entertain alongside North East talent at the inaugural Lindisfarne Music Festival.

The new festival, announced last month, is to take place over the weekend of September 4 to 6 at Beal Farm, Northumberland, across the water from Holy Island. Aimed at over 18s, it will take place in four marquees with entertainment on offer from the Friday evening until the early hours of Sunday.

Also in the first wave of acts to be announced are funk and soul aficionado Craig Charles, DJ Yoda and Smoove & Turrell, North East purveyors of northern funk. Smoove & Turrell (Jonathan Scott Watson and John Turrell) are not the only familiar North East faces with a Lindisfarne date. Nadine Shah, The Lake Poets, Johnny Dickinson, Hannabiell and Midnight Blue, Frankie & the Heartstrings and The Happy Cats are also on the bill.

Joining them will be Trev Gibb, Backyard Rhythm Orchestra, Shields, Slow Light Quartet, Mister Tooley and Dancing with Ghosts along with World Headquarters owner Tommy Caulker who advised on festival acts and will perform a DJ set. Also signed up are Ghetto Funk Allstars, JFB, Jackie Oates, The Church, Sean Taylor and The Tribe.

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Lindisfarne Festival: Islanders fear traffic chaos at inaugural event

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Lindisfarne Festival: Islanders fear traffic chaos at inaugural event
15:30, 23 March 2015 By Adam Luke



Islanders are locked in an unholy row with organisers of the first ever Lindisfarne Festival amid fears over traffic chaos.

The event, set for the weekend of September 4-6, features top music acts, street food and drink, holistic therapies and alternative entertainment at Beal Farm on the mainland, with Holy Island as its backdrop. But as 2,000 festival tickets go on sale at 9am on Tuesday, Holy Island Parish Council continues to oppose the festivities on behalf of residents, claiming the community’s name is being taken in vain and residents’ wishes are being “outmanoeuvred”.

BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Craig Charles and Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers are headlining on the Friday and Saturday nights, with music going on until 4am in a variety of funk, dance, rock and folk tents. The campsite will open at 3pm on the Friday but organisers are encouraging guests to arrive during designated high tide times to avoid interfering with local traffic crossing Lindisfarne’s causeway on the only road between the island and A1.

However, Coun Val Patterson, vice chairman of Holy Island Parish Council, says the measures do not go far enough. She said: “We object on the grounds that this festival is happening on the only road into our community. Northumberland County Council’s tide times are very generous so although organisers say they are going to try to have traffic arrive and leave during these times, the causeway will still be passable and be used for a considerable amount of that time. It won’t just be a weekend of traffic because they will need vehicles to help set up for two or three days and then afterwards to clear up. We are worried because it is still the school holidays then and tourist season for us. It won’t affect children going to school but it will affect deliveries, people going to work, post and so on.

Conleth Maenpaa, owner of Nokomis and Bor Events and Founder of the Lindisfarne Festival, said: “We are working with all relevant bodies to make this work for all people concerned. As a guideline we have to use the council’s tide times. We are starting the festival at 7pm on the Friday because of the tide times. Friday ticket sales are limited in number so again to limit any impact to the locals. We are encouraging all attendees to use bus services we are putting on from Berwick and Newcastle. She added: “The festival will be fenced in so stopping people accessing the coast as the safety of the attendees is of paramount importance. The speakers for the festival will be directed away from the island as well as noise controls measure being put into place to stop any disturbance to the local communities. We are committed to working with Holy island businesses, and at present are talking to many about being represented at the festival. We are regularly updating our blogs, facebook and twitter pages so everybody is informed of all logistical and entertainment information.”

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Pilgrims brave the rain for Good Friday crossing to Holy Island

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17:20, 3 April 2015 By Brian Daniel



Pilgrims from far and wide came together for the annual Good Friday crossing to Holy Island.

Men and women of all ages, from the UK and overseas and of varying faiths, joined as one to walk from the mainland to Lindisfarne in keeping with the Easter tradition.

The crossing was the culmination of Northern Cross, now in its 40th year, for which people walk - with large wooden crosses - from four different starting points to the so-called Cradle of Christianity over the course of Easter Week. Groups set off from Bellingham, Carlisle, Melrose and Dunbar on Saturday, staying at church and village halls each night and joining locals for worship.

On Friday morning, the four legs came together with the ranks of the 70 or 80 pilgrims swelled to around 100 by one-off walkers Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Church of England, aged from six to seventy, came from across the UK and also from Germany and the Czech Republic.

They set off across the causeway in the cold, wind and rain, many in song as they walked. Many pilgrims then shed their shoes as the pilgrims walked across the sands, through puddles of sea water and shifting sand. After around an hour and a half, they had reached the island. Most of the Pilgrims were to stay on the island throughout the weekend to take part in services to celebrate Easter.

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Lindisfarne set to perform at Holy Island Festival concert

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Lindisfarne set to perform at Holy Island Festival concert
18:30, 13 April 2015 By Brian Daniel



For almost half a century they have carried its name around the world and now Lindisfarne is to play Holy Island for the first time.

Two members of the Geordie folk rockers - founding drummer Ray Laidlaw and guitarist Billy Mitchell - are to perform The Lindisfarne Story, a history of the group, as headliners of a new festival. “I’ve had friends on Holy Island for 50 years and some of them are still there,” said Ray. “Others have been away and returned. That’s the power of Holy Island – it draws you back. Billy and I are thrilled to be bringing The Lindisfarne Story to Lindisfarne. It seems like a very natural and organic thing to tell the story of our music and the people and places that influenced us back on the island whose name we borrowed. It should be lots of fun. Come along ready to sing and laugh.”

The band staged the photoshoot for their smash hit 1971 album Fog on the Tyne on the island and the inner LP sleeve featured scenes and characters the band knew well from their stays there, including the Britannia B&B and the former Northumberland Arms, now The Ship Inn. However, Lindisfarne have never played professionally on the island until now.

Acclaimed North East songwriter and guitarist Martin Stephenson will also be playing at the festival, which starts on June 25 and which is funding by the Arts Council England, Northumberland County Council and Newcastle University.

The Lindisfarne Story will be performed on the last day of the Holy Island Festival at St Mary’s Church on Sunday June 28 at 6.30pm. There are only 250 tickets available, priced £20. Tickets are only available at www.holyislandfestival.org

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Angry islanders call for parking to be addressed

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Angry islanders call for parking to be addressed
By Ian Smith 16 April 2015


Chare Ends, Holy Island.

Holy Island residents have reacted with dismay to news that road repairs at the main car park will not happen this year. Work at Chare Ends car park was pencilled in for the current financial year but has been delayed for 12 months for new plans to be drawn up.

The matter was brought up by parish council chairman Simon Bevan at a meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area committee on Monday night. He explained: “During the autumn, storms undercut the road when you turn onto the island proper. A very temporary repair was carried out on the road up to the car park exit but this was to be upgraded in early 2015 and completed by mid-July. It’s disappointing we have heard nothing more about this.”

Graham Bucknall, highways manager for the north area, responded: “I have spoken to integrated transport and they tell me the money that’s in for this year at Chare Ends is only for design. There will be no work this year, it will be next year. From what I can gather, they came across fibreoptic cables which will have to be diverted.”

Concerns were also raised about parking congestion on the island in the peak summer months.

Dick Patterson, chairman of the island’s community trust, said: “Holy Island is a honeypot for Northumberland and there’s no question that a lot of people on the island make a living from tourism. We have been talking for 20 years to get something done about parking on the island. Some of us can’t get out of our doors due to visitors parking. The island would be a better place for visitors if something was done about it. We don’t want those who come here in July and August saying it was horrendous because it was jam-packed and choked up with vehicles.”

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New general manager for coastal pub in Holy Island

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New general manager for coastal pub in Holy Island
14:24, 13 May 2015 By Jo Blakemore


Martin Marshall is the new general manager at The Lindisfarne Inn, Beal, Northumberland

Martin Marshall, who hails from Leeds, has taken up the reins at the Beal-based inn, which stands at the gateway to Holy Island in Northumberland. He began his career with leisure operator the Inn Collection Group in 2012 originally in a housekeeping position at the Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, before joining the bar team there.

Martin’s progression through the ranks has been rapid. He went on to become a trainee manager at the popular seaside inn before stepping up to become a deputy manager at the group’s purpose-built 53-room Hog’s Head Inn in Alnwick, upon completion of the Inn Collection Group’s training programme. The role provided Martin with a thorough understanding of sales, service and customer care, which he is now putting into action at the Lindisfarne Inn.

He said: “Managing an inn myself is something I have always wanted to do since I joined the Inn Collection Group. During my time with the company I have been provided with a first-class grounding in every aspect which has paved the way for me to step up to this role. I learned so much working alongside the Hog’s Head manager Gary Turner and I’m excited to be putting that into action at the Lindisfarne Inn, which is a fantastic place.”

The Lindisfarne Inn is the most northerly in the Inn Collection’s portfolio and provides 21 rooms in modern lodge-style accommodation. Located just off the A1, it is a popular stopping-off point for families visiting Holy Island as well as walkers and cyclists enjoying the famous St Oswald’s Way, the new Sandstone Way and Coast and Castles cycleways. The inn is also known for the quality of its home-cooked meals served throughout the day, with a focus on local produce.

Providing the best possible customer experience is central to Martin’s plans as the Inn’s new general manager. He added: “I want the customers who come through that door to enjoy the whole experience we offer – the meals, the food, the atmosphere. Ensuring our team provides top-notch good customer service is central to what the team and I provide here, so that our customers and guests enjoy themselves and come back time and time again.”

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Construction work on Holy Island

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Effective: 19 Jun 2015 to 7 Sep 2015

Between June and August there are several construction projects underway on Holy Island which may hinder ease of movement around the village. Two projects form part of the £1.8m Heritage Lottery Fund Peregrini Landscape Partnership scheme - work to heighten the Pier at the harbour and restoration of the Old Lifeboat House on the shore. The projects will be managed by the Holy Island Community Development Trust. Construction work is also underway on the rebuilding of new Village Hall as well as ad hoc private residential building works.
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Harbour works progressing well as part of island project

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Harbour works progressing well as part of island project
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Holy Island Harbour.

There has been a flurry of activity on and around Holy Island recently as part of the Peregrini Landscape project. Work to physically heighten the pier in the island’s busy harbour is well underway and will see improved access for boats onto the island during all high tides.

The Old Lifeboat House on the western shore of the island is also benefiting from the £1.8million Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The lifeboat house, which overlooks St Cuthbert’s Island, was built in 1884 and is undergoing refurbishment to conserve and repair the building with the plan to transform the former home of the Lizzie Porter lifeboat into a small museum.

Further to the north of the island, at Lough Pond, a new bird hide is under construction to replace the original structure. A key destination on the nature trail, the hide will be used by visitors and the local community alike to watch birds and discover more of the natural environment.

The new larger hide, constructed by local contractors, will be fully accessible by all and able accommodate larger groups.
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Northumberland businesses boosted further as superfast fibre broadband lands in Lindisfarne

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Northumberland businesses boosted further as superfast fibre broadband lands in Lindisfarne
Jamie Hardesty 16 Jul 2015



Superfast fibre broadband has arrived at one of the UK’s most historic and famous locations, thanks to iNorthumberland. More than 145 homes and businesses can now place orders as a result of iNorthumberland roll-out of the technology - and the first customers are already now using the high-speed service.

A new street cabinet has also been installed on the tidal island to enable connection to the new fibre technology. Previously, telephone lines on Holy Island were not served by a street cabinet, but ran straight from the island’s phone exchange to homes and businesses. The benefits of faster broadband speeds are considerable for businesses with many of those situated on Holy Island serving the more than 650,000 visitors, who flock to the island every year. Businesses can now access booking systems, update websites and utilise social networking sites faster and more effectively, saving both time and money.

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council said: “Living on an island like Lindisfarne can present its challenges – not least of which is the need for suitable communications links. Tourism businesses have to be able to compete on a level playing field and residents too wish to receive the same level of service as their neighbours on the mainland. I am delighted that through the iNorthumberland programme we have been able to provide superfast broadband to this community.“

Sean Atkinson, who runs the Lindisfarne Hotel on the island with partner Jacqueline, has just been connected to superfast broadband. He said: “It has made a massive difference. We’ve gone from a speed of half a megabit per second to about 37. We provide free wi-fi throughout the hotel because these days people expect to be able to stay connected, however far away they are from everything. Before, the wi-fi hardly worked at all. In one particular guest room, people had to sit on the end of the bed near the door to get a connection. If too many guests were using it at the same time, it meant there wasn’t enough bandwidth for me to get online and deal with the hotel’s admin and correspondence. I’d end up having to switch off the wi-fi just so I’d have enough bandwidth to send an email! Now everything is champion. Returning guests have already commented on how much better the broadband is.“

The iNorthumberland broadband programme, a key part of the council’s growth investment, is being delivered by Northumberland County Council and BT.
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Northumberland marks a music first with inaugural Holy Island Festival

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Northumberland marks a music first with inaugural Holy Island Festival
6 September 2015 By Barbara Hodgson



It started out with big ambitions and the new Lindisfarne Festival certainly proved a huge success.

The inaugural camping music-fest launched near Holy Island on Friday and by Saturday had already served up a cracking line-up of indie rock, funk and folk bands and DJ sets. Around 2,000 music fans pitched their tents in a field at Beal Farm, on the edge of the causeway, and were treated to a mixed music bag including Friday’s headliner Public Service Broadcasting, DJ Craig Charles and The Baghdaddies who said afterwards that the festival was “fantastic”, tweeting: “Love and dancing and a great production team.”

With 500-capacity marquees for bands to entertain the crowds in, those helping set the pace on Saturday were local talents ranging from Smoove & Turrell and Nadine Shah to Sunderland favourites Hyde & Beast, The Lake Poets and Frankie and the Heartstrings. With 24 acts on Saturday’s bill set to take to the stage, other popular names included jazz trombonist Hannabiell and alt-rock quintet Shields.

The festival is the brainchild of former Newcastle student Conleth Maenpaa who said: “We are a fairly small, new festival and we think we’ve outperformed ourselves in terms of who we’ve signed up.”

And it delivered on all fronts for delighted fans who took to social media to give their verdict on the day, with Lysaght tweeting: “Awesome atmosphere, music, people and vibe. Amazing sky too!” and Alicia Ridout saying: “Awesome atmosphere.”

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Holy Island war memorial is given upgraded listing by Historic England

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13 Nov 2015 By Tony Henderson


Lutyen's War Memorial on Holy Island

A war memorial steeped in history has been placed among the top listed structures in the country.

The memorial, in the form of a cross, stands on The Heugh at Holy Island, overlooking Lindisfarne Castle. It has been upgraded from grade II listing to grade II star by Historic England as part of a review of all 44 war memorials designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, whose work also includes the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The Holy Island memorial is one of 15 war crosses which Lutyens designed, including a grade II example at Hartburn in Northumberland. The memorial was carved in Doddington stone by Mr Tully of Belford. Lutyens chose this stone to chime with the stone of Lindisfarne Priory. It was unveiled on June 4, 1922, by Major Morley Crossman and dedicated by Rev W B Hall. Following storm damage which broke the shaft in the winter of 1983-4, the top of the memorial was replaced.

The Rev Paul Collins, vicar of St Mary’s Church on Holy Island, said: “The war memorial has a very special place in the island’s history and memory because of those from a small population who were killed. A number of the men’s families still live here.”

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Northumberland hotel is put on the market

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The Manor House Hotel on Holy Island

A rare opportunity to acquire a hotel on Holy Island is available with specialist property adviser Christie + Co.

Manor House Hotel is situated at the heart of the island, next to Lindisfarne Priory, and boasts magnificent views of the harbour and Lindisfarne Castle.

The property, once the summer home of the lord of several local manors, comprises 10 elegant en-suite rooms, a popular restaurant serving classic British cuisine, bar and a beer garden.

Thousands of visitors make a pilgrimage to the island every year.

Mark Worley, director at Christie + Co’s Newcastle office, said: “Manor House represents an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a prime-located hotel in a highly desirable tourist destination. With profits approaching the £100,000 mark, the hotel is an excellent performing business which requires little expenditure.”

Christie + Co is seeking offers in excess of £795,000 for the freehold interest in Manor House Hotel.

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Take an aerial tour of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle with this amazing footage

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25 Apr 2016 By James Moore


Aerial view of Holy Island

High above the Northumberland coast, this bird’s eye view of Holy Island takes the breath away.

Soaring high above, the footage captures the breathtaking beauty of the island. Firstly we see the village, home to less than 200 people and many more holiday cottages.

The drone footage moves on to the 16th Century Lindisfarne Castle. Now run as a tourist attraction by the National Trust, the Castle was once a fort and later then home of a wealthy Edwardian bachelor. The final part of the video shows Guile Point beacon which stands at the tip of a sandy area on the south side of the entrance to the harbour.

The footage was filmed using a DJI Inspire1 quadcopter by Gary Whittaker, from Barnsley, who was visiting Holy Island for a short break with his fiancée. He said: “I am quite new to the hobby, and with each flight I am trying to improve both my flying skills and being able to frame and control the camera. The three videos and few photographs I took of the island was all I could manage with my single battery. One day I hope to get my pilots licence and use the drone professionally.”

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Causeway proposals voiced by farmer

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he scene of the incident after holidaymaker Lavinia Edwards and her husband Keith became stranded on Holy Island Causeway earlier this month. Picture by Steve Miller

A farmer who has been called out to assist with numerous rescues around Holy Island Causeway believes more could be done to stop people from crossing the notorious stretch at high tide.

The much-discussed subject has been in the spotlight again recently following two incidents of people being caught out by the rising waters in less than a month. Last week, the Gazette reported how holidaymaker Lavinia Edwards, from Cambridgeshire, had called for barriers to be installed after she and her husband were trapped along the crossing at the beginning of May. It came after two Swiss tourists had to be rescued on April 9. In the incident involving Mrs Edwards, multiple fire engines, the search-and-rescue helicopter, the RNLI and Coastguard were all called to the scene.

Our article prompted Rod Smith, who farms right next to the causeway at Beal Farm, to contact the Gazette with a number of suggestions which he thinks could help – but he agreed with the view shared by many islanders that barriers are not the option. Mr Smith, who has been at Beal Farm since the 1970s, said: “It is the cost impact that we are concerned about – who is bearing the cost for the call-outs, because it soon adds up.”

He said: “A lot of people have said the number of incidents have reduced since the visual displays (which contain crossing information and urge people to check the tide times) went up; they have to a degree, but they haven’t reduced quite as much because there are quite a few incidents that aren’t recorded – some get stuck on the north shore and ask me for assistance. I agree with the islanders about not having barriers, but a possible count-down until the tide comes in on a visual display may help tourists on the island. I know the tide times vary a little, but there is no reason why it couldn’t be updated weekly or daily. You could put the sign in the car park saying this is how long you have got until the tide comes in. I know it is pie in the sky, but a park-and-ride scheme to get visitors on and off at the correct time could be a helpful solution. ”

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