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You can use this website to find out about the village of Glanton and about what is happening here.

The site is provided by the Parish Council but is available to be used by any group or business in Glanton who would like to publicise their activities.

Find out what the Parish Council has done and is planning to do

Owing to a resignation we have a vacancy on the Parish Council, if anyone would be interested to consider joining the PC then please contact Chris Livsey the Chairman in the first instance click here to send an email to Chris

Use the Community tab above to access information about other community events and activities in and around Glanton

Singin’ Hinnies : the story of a Northumbrian Family, 1859 -1965 By Joyce Robertson

Produced by Glanton Heritage Group in association with Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick 2013

ISBN 978-0-9926836-0-3 £10.00 180 pages

Singin’ Hinnies is an absorbing account of the trials and tribulations of the Robertson family from 1859 to the mid-1960s and their life in the north Northumbrian village of Glanton.

This is a story of social history, the development of modern medicine and wild, pioneering adventure. It gives fascinating insight into the minutiae of life of a country doctor, his wife and their nine surviving children as they grew up and made their ways in the world.

‘Singin’ hinnies’ are Northumbrian girdle cakes. As ‘hinny’ is also a term of endearment for Northumbrian children, the author felt the title seemed appropriate to the story of this happy family.

Written in 1975 by Joyce Robertson, the last surviving member of the family, the faded hand-typed manuscript lay amongst boxes of family correspondence until three years ago when it fell into the hands of the Glanton Heritage Group. The group was formed in 2010 by a small band of villagers who were
passionate about retaining the iconic red telephone box which BT wanted to remove following decommissioning. The Parish Council were persuaded to adopt the box for the sum of £1 and, following extensive renovation, the box now stands very proudly on the junction of West Turnpike and Front Street.

Whilst the renovation was being carried out, attention turned to other heritage features of this historic Northumberland village and the Glanton Heritage Group was set up to protect, restore and enhance the heritage of the village and parish along with researching and archiving its history.

The group spent three years digitising Joyce Robertson’s manuscript; secured funding, digitised hundreds of family photographs from glass plate negatives, designed, fact checked, proofed and ultimately published Singin’ Hinnies.

Doctor Richard Lomas, former lecturer in History at the University of Durham described Singin’ Hinnies as “a skilfully and warmly engaging account of a family… I feel sure that those who read this book will find that the lives of the members of this family will resonate with their experience and ancestral tales of their own… What shines through is the dedication of William and Elizabeth Robertson to their respective callings: his to the care of the sick; hers to the welfare of her family”

Mike Mason, chairman of Glanton Heritage Group said “this has been a monumental task met by a small ‘kitchen table’ community group who have dedicated their spare time to seeing this project through to completion. The Group appreciate the assistance given by Bailiffgate Museum and Heritage Lottery Fund in the preparation of this book. We know Joyce Robertson would be thrilled that her book has at last been published and we hope that it will now be enjoyed by everyone who reads it”.

All proceeds of the book will go towards the group’s aims.

For further information about Glanton Heritage Group and to purchase Singin’ Hinnies, please email

"Singin' Hinnies" £10 + £3.50 p&p

New fence at A697

Improvements to the junction with the A697

The Parish Council with the co-operation of the land owner and the farmer have dug up a hedge at the junction of the Oak Avenue with the A697 on the northern side and replaced the hedge with a fence.  This follows a similar operation on the southern side which was done by the owners after various accidents had destroyed the hedge at that point.  The result has been a great improvement in visibility for cars joining the main road from Glanton on what is quite a dangerous junction owing to the fact that cars on the A697 are often overtaking on the straight section of road and hence travelling very fast on the opposite carriageway.  There was a near fatal accident at this point earlier this year, and the PC hopes that this work will make the junction safer for residents and visitors.


Many local residents are now benefitting from the OilCAN community oil buying scheme – if you’ve been hesitating, now would be a good time to jump in & join us, as September is likely to see the lowest price oil this year (subject to international turmoil of course).   Although there’s a small membership cost (£20 for individuals) it is highly likely that your savings on your first order will more than cover this – I saved £50 on my first order, and a Glanton resident was shocked to learn last winter that in the same week as one of the OilCAN deliveries, he had paid the same oil supplier £70 more for his delivery.  Plus the environmental benefits of fewer tanker deliveries, all you have to be is a little bit
organised, and the scheme makes that as easy as possible for you.  For more information ring me on 01665 578222, or OilCAN on 01670 500812, or see
Sandra Nattrass

oil delivery
The West Percy Hounds at Glanton Show

The Glanton Van Traders.
There are a number of local traders who visit the Village on a regular basis with various food supplies; full details can be found on the 'Directory' page.
Click here to go to the Directory page.


Service 473 Alnwick - Wooler.  Click here.
Service 710 Newcastle.  Click here.


I would like to tell you a little about the public tours at BBC Newcastle so that you have some information on the tours when you are planning your 2014 activities. We have spent the last three years developing our tour and would love you to come and visit.

2014 will be the 3rd Birthday of the public tour of BBC Newcastle. We did, in fact, open our first BBC offices
in Eldon Square to visitors as far back as 1922 but technology, and the media’s use of it, have moved forward massively in this time and we’d like to show you how we use technology at the BBC.

BBC Newcastle is home to ‘Look North’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Late Kick Off’ and ‘Sunday Politics’ as well as Radio
Newcastle. The North East is thriving in terms of media production and is fast becoming the perfect location for new BBC Drama. This year we have seen a range of programmes produced in the north east, including popular costume drama ‘The Paradise’ and sitcom ‘Hebburn’.

From the feedback we have received, we understand that much of the success of the tours is a result of the
friendliness and openness of our BBC staff and our willingness to show you as much of our facilities as possible at our BBC Broadcasting Centre We visit our Television Studio and Technical Gallery….Carol Malia gladly vacates her seat for you to try her role, and have your picture taken on set. We drop in on the Radio Newcastle studios where you can see a live broadcast. You also get the chance to see first-hand the range of job roles at your local BBC; from journalists and presenters, to librarians, technicians, and producers.

But best of all we have an interactive studio where you can try out the skills you have heard about on your
visit. You can put yourself and your friends to the test, and have a really good laugh. We encourage you to look around, ask questions and have a great time.

The tours run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.30am and 1.30pm. We are open to everybody
- individuals, groups, schools and families. To make a booking please visit:

When planning your 2014 activities I hope this will be something you will consider! If you would like any
further information, more leaflets to hand out, or would like to contact me for an informal chat you are very welcome. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully
Alison Allan
Tour Co-ordinator
BBC Newcastle, Barrack Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE99 2NE

Booking information:

•Tours take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

•Group sizes are limited. If you would like to bring a group of more than 15 please contact the booking
line or Alison Allan to discuss convenient dates and times.

•The number of tours available is limited because of the nature of the building, but we welcome all
groups and organisations.


Adult £8.00
Concession £7.25
Child £6.15

  •  Student £6.50

•    School child £5.25
Teacher £6.25
Prices are valid until 31 March 2014.

To Book visit

For bookings for wheelchair users, or people who have any other disability-related needs, please call
our booking line so that we can discuss any specific requirements.

•By phone: 0370 901 1227*
•By phone from outside the UK, call: +44 1732 42 7770
•By textphone for hearing-impaired callers: 03700 100 212*

*Standard geographic charges apply and calls may be included in your telecoms provider's call
package. Calls from mobiles may be higher. Calls may be recorded for training.

•You can pay by cheque or with a credit or debit card including Visa, Mastercard or Visa Debit.

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