The Parish of Slaley

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The Community Play and Sports Areas document has been updated and appears here briefly for easy access. It will remain on the Village School and Parish pages.

Set on a ridge six miles south of the Tyne valley, the village of Slaley provides an excellent starting point for visitors to this part of Northumberland. The area is still farming country, with woods, streams and fields, and a network of footpaths and bridleways.

At the eastern end of the village, Townfoot is the site of the village's Commemoration Hall, given to the village in commemoration of the safe return of the Hunting family's sons.

To the north lies Juliet's Wood, one of Northumberland Wildlife Trust's newest reserves, while further south are the grounds of Slaley Hall hotel, with two golf courses and a network of footpaths open to all. The southern boundary of the parish looks over to the Derwent Reservoir.

To the West, Townhead at the junction with the B6306 road from Hexham, is the venue for the annual Slaley Show in August. The Show began its long history in 1848 and carried on through two world wars to the present day.

From the Hexham road you look west over woods and fields towards the valley of the Devil's Water, while to the south lies the extensive Slaley Forest.

Within the forest is the Ladycross stone quarry, one of the last hand-worked quarries in Britain, producing stone and slates for restoration work in churches and cathedrals from Durham to Canterbury. The surrounding nature reserve is open to visitors by arrangement. Rough roads thread the forest, and a sculpture trail can be followed, while the southern edge of the forest leads on to the open Blanchland Moor.

Historical Information

There have been references to a settlement at Slaley since the time of the Norman Conquest. Slaley then became part of the Barony of Bolbec. In later centuries Scots invaders and the Border Reivers harried Slaley and towns nearby.

Local industries have included lead smelting, when packhorse trains carried the lead along the Lead Road. Quarrying, and farming were and still are important occupations.

The Parish of Healey

Healey Parish Council serves the neighbouring residents of Healey and Minsteracres.

Healey Parish Council serves the residents of the parish of Healey and Minsteracres.The Parish Council normally meets at 7.30 p.m. four times each year (March, May, September & December) in Slaley Commemoration Hall. An agenda is pasted on the Healey Notice Board (opposite Healey Church) and the Minsteracres Notice Board within the statutory notice period. The official minutes are posted on this website ( after their adoption by the Council.

August Slaley PC Meetings

The main business of the Annual Parish Council meeting  was to elect officers.

Anne Livesey was elected Chair and Debra Taylor was elected Vice-Chair. Anne thanked Robbie Hutchinson for his work as Chair. Steve Carson volunteered to be the emergency contact for Slaley First School.
There was a great deal of business discussed at the August PC meeting so just one or two comments here:
Speedwatch will resume and the PC will enquire as to te progress of implementing a 20mph limit in the village. It was noted that many people heeded the request to trim hedges to help pedestrians and a gentle reminder to keep up the good work.
For all other PC news watch out for the minutes which can be viewed by clicking the button 'Minutes and Meetings.
For further information contact -
Parish Clerk, 673388

Scroll down for updates about the Community Shop, Rose and Crown and much more.

Location of the defibrillator
Location of the defibrillator

Click here to see more about Slaley First School

Slaley Parish defibrillator is located in the Rose and Crown car park.

For more information, contact Jon Storey, Parish Councillor

St Mary’s Parish Church

The church is continuing to stream worship every Sunday and we post other material during the week on our Facebook page:  You don’t need to join Facebook to access it. 

St. Mary's is open every day for private prayer from 10am to 5pm

The Vicarage House Martin

Just click on Helen’s woodpecker to get to other lovely pictures

....and the vicarage hare ..... see the LXNR for a bigger view

Don't forget that there is 'coffee after church' by Zoom every Sunday at 11.30am.

Contact Helen

Happy Midsummer Sunset from Brian Wilson

Feeling Crafty?

Visit for arts and crafts pictures which might be of interest.

This is a local website dedicated to Slaley and Hexham.
Thanks to The Scottish Gallery for allowing permission to publish some normally copyright images.

Many groups and organisations are suspended at present

If you need to know some details please CLICK here

Fledged 07/07/2020, click to find out where

Slaley’s Pyramid of Care – how we can help you

Slaley Parish Council, Slaley Community Shop and other community groups have joined forces to ensure that everyone’s needs in our community are met and no-one is forgotten: Slaley’s Pyramid of Care.

It works like this: We’ve divided the parish into clusters, based on the way you receive Slaley News. Each cluster has an area rep. who will make contact with every household.

If you are self-isolating or unable to go out for any reason and need help with shopping, especially from Slaley Community Shop, posting (necessary) mail and collecting other urgent supplies; or if you’d just welcome a friendly chat on the phone, please let your area rep know.

You’ll find a copy of this card in Slaley News with details of who your area rep. is and how to contact them.

Your area rep. will then, in turn, contact Olwen Savage who will arrange for someone to attend to your needs.

We won’t, of course, be able to do everything; for example, we won’t be able to offer you nursing care, but we’ll do our utmost to help.

If you need shopping your volunteer helper will assist you to make arrangements to pay for it. Slaley Shop welcome cheques, BACS payment and cash and we have also found a way to accept card payments. BUT, please don’t hesitate to get in touch even if you have no money now to settle a bill - we will always do our best to help.
We are also working with our two pubs – the Rose and Crown and Travellers Rest to arrange delivery of hot take-away meals if you are unable to cook for yourself.
We already have a list of volunteer helpers, but we need more folk still, especially if some of us become ill and have to self-isolate ourselves.  If you can offer some time, please contact Olwen (01434 676852 or email
In all that we do, we’ll also adhere to strict and proper hygiene standards – so please think about a safe space where we can leave deliveries



Olwen Savage - 676852

Pat Wilson - 673388


Look below for the Community Shop News


Slaley Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown continue to offer take-away meals up to and including Friday 3rd July. 

They are re-opening 4th July  with social distancing in place.

Please phone 01434 673996 to order.

For the menu - follow this link

Look at the R&C Facebook page for weekly specials news.

Traveller's Rest

The Traveller's Rest has reopened! 

Please see their website for the menu and table bookings:

They will be running on total table service so tables will need to be reserved for food or drink.Reservations can be made from Sat 4th July. 


 For further information call Martin at Stocksfield Post Office.

01661 842 110

Slaley Community Shop News

We’ve managed to keep Slaley Community Shop open every day from 9am to 12 noon, thanks to our amazing volunteers. Our biggest problem has been trying to keep up with the hugely increased demand, but our local suppliers are giving us amazing support. Please bear with us on busy days: Thursday, Courant Day, of course, is slightly crazy – and thank you to all our customers who’ve waited their turn so patiently.

Latest News

We have decided that our community shop will remain open during the current crisis but until further notice we will be operating the reduced opening times of 9.00 am until 12 noon every day.
Hopefully, this will allow us to provide an essential service to the village, particularly for our older residents, while minimising the risk to our fantastic volunteers. We will be trying normally to have only one volunteer on duty at any time unless from a family group.
Some of our usual lines are not available due to supply issues but we still have a good stock of many items. 
We will do our best to respond quickly to any request that we get through the “pyramid of care” initiative,  details of which everyone in the village should now have received with their Slaley Notes. This is a great initiative and it is a real privilege to live in such a community minded village.
Please keep to the government’s social distancing guidelines when using the shop and stay safe everyone. 


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