TOWN PLAN PUBLISHED

HEXHAM TOWN PLAN
Vision for 2020
In 2013 the Town Council formed a number of Town Plan Working Groups who completed a Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15. This can now be read on-line or downloaded here. Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15 (3148) and Vision 2020 - Core Data Booklet (2262)

The Town Council’s working groups are presently implementing this Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15.
However,  the Town Council would like to know your views,  suggestions,  objections or comments,  so please send them by email here or write to Hexham Town Council,  Council Office,  St Andrew’s Cemetery,  Hexham NE46 3RR.

The Town Plan 2013 version is also available for you to read on-line or download. 2013 Town Plan in Full (1607)

Hawick 500 celebrations

Hawick 500 celebrations a proud day for Hexham 

Summer 2014 saw a new chapter written in the long and illustrious history of Hexham.

Exactly 500 years after townsfolk clashed with their Scottish neighbours from Hawick, at the bloody Battle of Hornshole, the two sides met again for a service of remembrance and reconciliation.

It commemorated one of the darkest episodes in local history when back in 1514 – a year after the Battle of Flodden – a raiding party, including men loyal to the Prior of Hexham, was ambushed by a group of youths defending Hawick from the English aggressors.

During the skirmish, the Prior’s Standard was captured and kept by the Hawick Cornet, or standard bearer, and has formed part of the annual Common Riding celebrations in the Borders ever since.

A new tartan army led by the Provost of Hawick Councillor Stuart Marshall – accompanied by the Cornet Ross Gibson – attended the special service at Hexham Abbey taken by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, The Rt Revd John Chalmers and The Rt Revd Frank White, Assistant Bishop ofNewcastle.

The Abbey was full to bursting point with local residents and 250 Scottish visitors keen to be part of history in the making.  Businesses around the Market Place also played their part in welcoming the group from north of the border.

The Cornet marched through the Abbey bearing a replica of the captured flag and the civic party – with an honour guard provided by 39 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at nearby Albemarle Barracks – made a colourful sight in their robes and costumes as the procession then moved into the grounds for a commemorative tree-planting ceremony led by Provost Stuart Marshall.

The Mayor of Hexham Terry Robson summed up the feelings of everyone involved in this important civic event, saying: “This was an amazing day and one in which I was incredibly proud to play a part.

“Instead of frontier enemies, our two communities met in the spirit of reconciliation and friendship, connected by that historical event of five centuries ago.  I sincerely hope that the bonds of friendship between Hexham and Hawick continue for centuries to come.”