Let’s plant 21 trees in 2021!

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Our village is losing trees at an alarming rate, but together we can turn things around!

After everybody’s amazing work last summer to make Overthorpe a wildlife friendly village, this year we are turning our attention to trees!

Since 2015, around 20 mature trees have been cut down in the Conservation Area alone, many of which were over 100 years old. Trees have an enormous amount to offer – they reduce air pollution, dampen motorway noise, provide food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, prevent flooding and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As well as all that, living in leafy areas with trees around has been shown to have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing – something we could all do with at the moment! 

1st December 2020 (updated 14th January 2021)

Since November, a small working party has been investigating the opportunity to upgrade our village to 'Full-Fibre' ultrafast broadband - versus the cable that we have today- which would increase the speed and reliability of our internet connections. There are several potential schemes that we can apply for as a village which would fund this upgrade (potentially in its entirety). Specific details of our work so far, and Q&A can be found HERE on the village website.

In order to progress the project to the next stage, we need the commitment of every household to individually apply for a government grant. You can register your commitment by completing the online FORM * (click to open in new window) if you haven't already. If you need assistance completing the FORM *, or have any questions, please reach out to: Liz Parnell, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Richard Randall, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As at 10/01/21, a total of 85 registrations have been received from households and businesses in Overthorpe and Warkworth (subject to validation by Department of Culture Media and Sport), giving us a potential grant fund total in excess of £205,000. 

We are now waiting for Openreach to provide final costings so that we can proceed to the next stage of the project.

11th November 2020

A fast, reliable, Internet service is important to us.

Our need for a reliable Internet service has never been more apparent than during the current pandemic. Within our villages many of us are trying to work and live our lives through online services… our children are attending virtual classrooms, we stay in touch with our families, friends and colleagues, we shop online. The Internet has become central to how we live today.

With lockdown implemented, the increase in service demand across the village clearly demonstrated that our underlying Broadband infrastructure was no longer fit for purpose.  We struggle today and have no capacity for the future.  We are being told by our service providers that we have access to a ‘high speed’ service, but the reality for many this is not our experience.

Life becomes extremely frustrating without access to a fast Broadband service. We experience stuttering video, frozen pages, slow access to business systems, slow email, and our children struggle with their education.

Future Proof the value of your home: read this - Daily Mail article 11/12/20

How do we address this frustration?