News March 2017

VEG project is growing!
Growing your own fruit and veg saves money, exercises the body and soothes the mind! It's good for the planet and, most importantly, provides you with wonderfully tasty, vitamin-packed, fresh food.

STS and Haltwhistle Partnership will be in the Market Square on Saturday 1st and Saturday 15th April between 10am and noon with all you need to start a mini garden; containers, compost, seeds, lots of ideas and practical advice. Please bring along any spare seeds, or seedlings, you have to donate or swap.

STS will also be at the Plant Festival at the Leisure Centre on 20th May with a seed and plant swap and more ideas about container growing.

In July they'll be a competition for edible plantings in containers displayed in the front of houses or business premises in the town. Judging will be by public vote and the categories will be:
  • Most original container
  • Most attractive display
  • Most appetising

There's a really comrehensive guide "How to ... Grow Food In Containers For Free (or nearly)" produced by Greening Wingrove - you can download it here.

A final event in the market square in September will include produce competitions and the chance to swap or donate excess produce. Of course there's also the Gilsland Show in August with a chance to win the 'Sustainability trophy' for the most points in edible horticulture classes.

If you'd like to get involved in this project please see Jill at Kasteale, Westgate or contact

South Tynedale Wildlife Group

'50 shades of grey - all you never wanted to know about the Whin Sill', with local and international award winning geologist Ian Jackson.

7.30pm, Tuesday March 14th Comrades Club, Haltwhistle, £3 on the door, all welcome.

Pete & Chris Lloyd, two of Sustainable Brampton's most stalwart supporters, began their latest travel adventure on 14th January - a cycle trip from Hadrian's Wall to the Great Wall of China! And why? "We want to do this so we can to extend a hand of friendship to those we meet along the way. The world seems a troubled place at the moment and many of our fellow humans are doing this trip the other way round in an attempt to find a better and safer life. We are so fortunate to be doing this journey because we want to and not because we have to and we have a hope that it will help us to understand in some small way what is going on in our world and what makes us all tick". Their blog and photographs provide a stunning record of an epic journey that should finish sometime in 2018! See

Surfers against Sewage have long been campaigning for the introduction of deposit return systems for drink bottles. In late February the surfers were celebrating as Coca Cola, who had previously vowed they would "fight back against" such systems, announced a dramatic U-turn in policy. This is a hugely important milestone for the campaign as Coca-Cola is the largest soft drinks company in the world. A Coca-Cola spokesperson said: "It's already clear from our conversations with experts that the time is right to trial new interventions such as a well-designed deposit scheme for drinks containers, starting in Scotland where conversations are underway."
Deposit return systems are proving to be incredibly popular with the public too. A survey in Scotland demonstrated that 78% supported the introduction of a deposit return system with only 8% opposed.

Gimme Shelter, Tyneside Cinema, 16th - 19th March

A special programme of exclusive films, events, workshops and exhibitions focusing on today's most pressing issues. It is predicted that climate change will have a big impact on human migration in the next 50 years, with millions set to be displaced by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, intensifying drought and further agricultural disruption.

The programme will help contextualise these issues and cultivate a better understanding of the reasons behind human displacement and will see filmmakers joined by leading experts to discuss the connection between climate change, natural disasters and migration.

Hexham Debates
11am, Saturday 18th March 2017, St Mary's Centre, Hencotes
Hari Shukla, Chairman of the North East Centre for Transformative Education and Research
'Working for racial and religious harmony in the North East'
A multi-faith community is an asset and not a liability. Drawing on his experience as Newcastle's Director of the Racial Equality Council, Dr Shukla will describe some of his many successes in promoting understanding and respect between the 142 nationalities in the city and show how, since the EU referendum, the community is facing the challenge of increased racial harassment. All welcome, retiring collection.

Volunteers with a passion for the countryside and a sense of place are being sought to help look after a stretch of one of the country's most iconic walking routes as part of a new project called Pennine Way People.

Zigzag Days.
A new Haltwhistle Partnership project offering local day trips by minibus on alternate Fridays between May and November. Zigzag days offers vulnerable people an opportunity to get to know, and take pride in, their local countryside, it's natural beauty and their cultural heritage. As well as a breath of fresh air, Zigzag days will be a social activity, a chance to make friends and have fun. Interested, or know someone who might be?

Have your say
The Northumberland National Park Authority is preparing a new Local Plan for the next twenty years and would like the views of local residents and businesses on key issues - what should the vision for the future of the National Park be and what should be the strategic priorities?
Go along to the drop-in consultation event in Hatwhistle Library between 2 & 7pm on 14th March to discuss your ideas with a NNPA officer.
The consultation documents are available at:

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


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