Your Parish Council

The Parish Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm in Bellingham Town Hall. Meetings will either be in the main hall or the community room (accessible from Manchester Square) depending on hall bookings.

Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings and may, with the permission of the Chair, make a short statement.  If an important issue requires a decision by Parish Councillors, a request should be put in writing, or emailed, to the Clerk at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

Check the Meeting Dates for details.


Agendas and Minutes

Select this year or Past for historical documents.



Draft minutes of meetings are published as soon as possible after each meeting and are formally approved at the following months meeting. 


Parish Council Members

Chair | Cllr. Edwin Wilkinson
Email Edwin
Area of Responsibility - Allotments / Community Orchard / Bellingham Town Hall

Edwin, a former business owner and managing director, is now retired. He has been a member of the Parish Council for 23 years, holding the role of Vice-Chair for 8 years.

Other roles in the community have included being a School Govenor for 20 years,  a member of the Belllingham Town Hall Committee for 23 years and chairman for 8 years and Chairman of the Community Orchard.

He enjoys the countryside, the environment and gardening. 


Cllr. Kenneth Irving
Email Kenneth
Area of Responsibility - Management of Health & Safety

Ken was born in Bellingham and has lived here all of his life.

He worked for JG Batey and was a retained fire fighter in the village for 12 years before joining the North East Ambulance service and training as a paramedic. 

Ken is now retired but still works part-time for a private Ambulance company.


Cllr. Anthony Kirkbride
Email Anthony
Area of Responsibility - Crime & Disorder / Police Liaison / Youth Engagement

Anthony moved to the area in 2018. He lives with his partner and two children and works for Northumbria Police based in the Newcastle area. 


Cllr. Tim Moore
Email Tim
Area of Responsibility - Community Parks and Play Areas

Tim has lived in Bellingham since 2017. He works for Forestry England in Kielder forest as a Forest Crafts Person and has a degree in Countryside Management.

In his spare time Tim enjoys kayaking.


Cllr. Alexandra Richards
Email Alexandra
Area of Responsibility - TBC

Cllr. Brian Tilley
Email Brian
Area of Responsibility - Parish Newsletter & Communications

Brian moved to Bellingham in 1974 with wife Maureen, and their four sons attended the local schools. He is a multi-award winning journalist who worked on the Hexham Courant for 43 years, primarily as deputy editor.

Although now retired, he still writes the Bellingham Notes column in the Courant under the anagrammatic pseudonym Birtley Nail, as well as the Hextol column.

He has been involved in many village organisations over the years, including stints as secretary of the Bellingham Angling Club, North Tyne and Redewater Twisty Roads Preservation Society and the Town Hall Committee (of which he is currently vice chairman and booking clerk), as well as serving on PTAs, the children's party committee, May Fair committee and many more.

Brian is very keen on local history having written two books about the impact of the two world wars on the local area.


Councillor Dave Turner

Councillor Joyce Knudsen

Councillor Peter Armstrong

Parish Councillors Declarations of Interest can be found HERE.

Parish Clerk & RFO | Christine Woodcock
Parish Contact Address: 44 Brierley Gardens, Otterburn. NE19 1HB
Area of Responsibility - Day to day administrative management of the Parish Council / Responsible Financial Officer / Management of all in-life staff and contractors / Indoor Market Trader Liaison

Currently in Otterburn, Chris has lived in Redesdale for 9 years. For the last 18 months she has been employed as Parish Clerk for Corsenside  Parish Council and hopes that maintaining both roles will help the parishes to work even closer together for the benefit of the local community.

She is also a self employed Photographer and photography teacher so is lucky to travel the county taking images of beautiful subjects and leading workshops.

She is delighted to be taking on the responsibility of administrating Bellingham Parish Council and all the good work they do and looks forward to getting to know many more parishioners and supporting this special village as best she can. 

Chris took over as Parish Clerk in July 2023.

Parish Support

Our support team work hard to keep our village looking great. 

Natalie Green

County Councillor for Bellingham

Cllr John Riddle

Blakelaw, Bellingham, NE48 2EF.


T: 07779 983506

W: Page on Northumberland CC Website


MP for Tynedale & Ponteland

Guy Opperman MP

Suite 2, St Matthews House, Hexham, NE46 3PU.


T: 01434 239205

W: Page on Government Website



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