News January 2017

The Salt of the Earth
South Tyne Wildlife Group & STS film screening

Tuesday 10th Jan, 7.30pm at Comrades Club, Haltwhistle
£3.00 on door, all welcome

The Salt of the Earth, a 2014 French-Brazilian biographical documentary film, about the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado is directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. The first half of the film concentrates on Salgado's harrowing images of human suffering effectively documenting man's inhumanity to his fellows. Sebastião's work inevitably took it's toll on the photographer as a witness and he eventually retreated to his father's parched farm in Brazil. The second half of the film is an uplifting testament to nature's ability to heal itself and those who walk with her.

VEG project
Meeting to plan a mini series of events, following on from the September harvest event, to encourage veg growing.
7pm, Jan 23rd Comrades Club, Haltwhistle. Please come along!

Verges & Pollinators
In December Libby Scott, Jo Aris and I met with Haltwhistle's Town Clerk, Susan Saunders, Cllr. G. Ridley and three representatives from NCC to discuss the options for managing Haltwhistle's verges to benefit biodiversity. It was a wide ranging discussion but focussed on the verges along Avenue St Meen. NCC, as the contractor, was sympathetic to our aims and had suggestions as to how they might manage the verges to meet such objectives. However, at the next town council meeting, when considering these suggestions, it was agreed only to trial wildlife-friendly verge management over the blue bridge down the west end rather than along Avenue St Meen. Although it was not made explicit I think it is reasonable to assume that the Council is worried about being accused of 'not caring for the town', 'neglecting things', or 'letting the place get untidy'. We have more educational work to do, we still need to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the plight of bees, and other insect pollinators, so that the voices of those speaking up for biodiversity are more numerous and more strident than those wanting monocultural, manicured green spaces.

It was a Green Christmas
The Green Christmas Craft fair which STS runs alongside the December farmers' market in Greenhead is now established on the Christmas shopping calendar in South Tynedale, a welcome opportunity to shop for unique hand-crafted gifts. Sue Thopmson's jam-packed van included a box of pre-ordered Precious Pickings's wreaths. Between them, the traders catered for the desires of every Christmas shopper - from stocking fillers, like Shiela Cross's fabric decorations and Karl Jacques's Roman oil lamps, to 'main presents', like Andru Chapman's designer knitwear and David Lawson's original ceramics. It was great to see several new traders including Votadini Arts, selling merchandise featuring the Woodland Trust's recently crowned tree of the year, the sycamore of Sycamore Gap, and Michael Seal with his 3D stategy game, Axiom - as played on the Rainbow Warrior inside the Arctic Circle!
Thanks to the traders who generously donated items from their stalls for a 16-prize raffle, raising over £100 for STS funds. Thanks also to Diane, landlady of the Greenhead Hotel for free use of the Hotel's function room.

Hadrian's Wall Farmers' Market is in Greenhead Village Hall on the second Sunday of every month between 10am and 2pm.
January market - Sunday, 8th

Sat 14th Jan, 11am. St Mary's Centre, Hencotes, Hexham

Protecting cultural heritage during armed conflict
Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair of Cultural Property Protection & Peace at Newcastle University
It's war: people get killed and things get damaged and destroyed. There's nothing you can do about it. Is this really true? Should we even think about protecting old things when people's lives are at stake? If the protection of cultural heritage is important, what can be done during conflict?
Admission Free - Retiring Collection
Sponsored by Northumbrians for Peace and Hexham Quakers
Full details on our website

To Hallbankgate villagers who re-opened the village shop as a community venture in December. There are plans for a cafe and gallery space...
Keep up with their latest news at Hallbankgatehub on facebook.

And to Alston Moor Renewable Energy who shared news, at their official launch in Garrigill village hall, of plans for a hydro power development in Nenthead. Local investors needed...

South Tyne Sustainability aims to reduce the impact of the community of Haltwhistle and surrounding villages on our environment. This will help individuals, families and our community save money and resources and ensure a more sustainable future for us all.

To join STS contact Sue Seymour, 016977 47359