Slaley Parish Council Notice - Tuesday 16th July 2024

Following increasing hostility and personal abuse from a few members of our

community, two Parish Councillors, resigned from their roles week commencing 7ᵗʰ July 2024.

Subsequently Slaley Parish Council is no longer quorate which in turn renders it non-operational.

Until alternative arrangements can be made to address this situation the following activities and

services are at risk or will not take place:

• No Parish correspondence will be entered into by the Parish Clerk. Correspondence

regarding local concerns or issues will be forwarded directly to Northumberland County Council to


• The ability to air local issues in a formal Parish environment will no longer exist

• The Community Play Area at the Slaley First School may no longer be accessible to the


• Planning applications will no longer be considered on behalf of the community

• The printing costs of Slaley News will not be met from Parish Council funds

• Grass cutting in and around the village will cease at the end of the current contracted


• Funding provided by the Parish Council to the Commemoration Hall including support for the

Emergency Hub will cease

• No donations/grants to local organisations or individuals will be considered

• All charitable donations to local or county based organisations will cease

• The Parish website (and all hosted content) will be taken down at the end of the current hosting


• Funding for any spares or repairs to the defibrillator in the village will not be


The Parish Clerk will continue in her role allowing ongoing statutory legal duties to be delivered

and the requirements of the Local Government Act 1972 to be discharged.

The precept (local taxpayers money) will continue to be held in the Parish Council’s bank account

until new arrangements are in place to administer it again locally.

Samantha Dalglish

Slaley Parish Clerk

Parish Council Meeting CANCELLED

9th July 2024

Following the resignation of Councillor Taylor from Slaley Parish Council at noon today, this afternoon's meeting of Slaley Parish Council has been cancelled.

The Council comprised of four Councillors, one of whom had already sent apologies for this meeting. With just two Councillor's present the meeting would not have been quorate. No official business could therefore have been conducted hence the cancellation.


Here are some of contacts

For Snack & Chat, contact Ros (above)

Affordable Housing

In August 2020 Parish residents were asked to take part in a housing needs survey.  The information provided has been collated into a report by Imperator Developments which they recently passed on to the Parish Council.

Contact your Parish Councillor at

The Parish of Slaley

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.

The History

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 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.

Slaley Commemoration Hall

The A.G.M. for Slaley Commemoration Hall is on Tuesday July 2nd 2024 at 7pm at Slaley Commemoration Hall.

If you have any questions or concerns about the running of the hall you are invited to this meeting.

If you are unable to attend, you can email your question to either:


Slaley Village green belt map


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