Role of the Parish Council

The purpose of the Parish Council is to improve local services and facilities, support the voluntary and community sector in the area, and represent the views of residents to other relevant bodies.  

Parish Councils are the first (lowest) tier of local government.  Being close to the community it is often the first point of contact for residents wishing to raise an issue.  The Council has a significant role to play in consulting with local people and representing those views to the County Council and other relevant bodies.  It has a role as a sounding board for local opinion, but must also give due consideration to competing points of view, and find a way forward that is in the best interests of the area as a whole.

This Parish Council also provides the following services:

  • bus shelter 
  • litter bins 
  • notice board
  • seats / benches
  • war memorial

See the Guide to Parish Council Duties for a more detailed list of activities that Parish Councils can provide.  Please note these are discretionary (meaning the Council is not obliged to undertake them).  Any additional services must be funded from the annual Precept (an amount raised through the Council Tax).  

Communit Chest Grants

The Community Chest Scheme (run by Northumberland County Council) is available to community groups, local charities and social enterprise businesses.  The Scheme supports up to 75% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £5,000. However, projects that are specifically related to the Covid-19 pandemic may apply for up to 100%.  The Scheme is now open for 2020 and full details are available at

Humshaugh Village Hall

Many local groups use the Village Hall - for more information, or to make a booking, please visit the Humshaugh Village Hall website or email