News October 2017

Haltwhistle Is Something Special (HISS)

This new project, in partnership with Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership and Northern Rail aims to celebrate our local culture. The plan is to produce a series of poster exhibitions about things that are a feature of life in Haltwhistle and the local area; quoits, leek shows, trail hounds and Cumberland & Westmoreland Wrestling immediately spring to mind but there are surely many more examples. We'll be looking for volunteers to research and write about the subjects and photographers to provide photos. We plan to secure funds so that the posters can be professionally designed, printed by Northern and exhibited in the station waiting rooms and online.

Open meeting to launch HISS at
7.30pm on Weds 18th October in the Old Booking Hall at Haltwhistle Station. Refreshments.
Do come along - ideas and enthusiasm needed!

Tyne Valley Wildlife Group
"The Wild Side of Durham Botanic Gardens"
with Mike Hughes Head Gardener at Durham Botanic Gardens.
7.30pm, Tuesday October 10th Comrades Club, Haltwhistle. £3 entry on door, all welcome.

Apple events
It's apple day at Hexham Farmers' market on Sat 14th October, 9am - 2pm
Apple identification, apple pressing and local apples for sale.

Also on 14th Oct. between 1 and 4pm there's apple pressing at
Greenholme, Bewcastle, CA6 6PW.
All are welcome to come and help turn any of your surplus apples into juice, but please bring your own containers!
See for directions or call Rob at 016977 48438.

Humshaugh Village Shop will be pressing donated apples on 14th & 15th October. Please take apples to the shop between 10am and 3pm. Helpers welcomed! Last year the shop volunteers made and sold a record breaking 800 bottles of local apple juice.

Go Local invites you to their
Harvest Supper and Halloween Quiz Night
on Monday 30th October, 7 pm, White Swan Ovingham.

The evening includes a pumpkin carving competition - we are looking forward to this years crop of creative works which will be displayed at the front of the pub. All in all a very entertaining night.
Tickets, on sale now, from; the Go Local Food fields in Ovington, via their website or from the White Swan.

West Northumberland food bank
needs volunteer support workers.

Information Session where you can find out more about the role and meet the team, on Thursday 9th November 10.30-12.30 at West Northumberland Food Bank, Unit 2, Hexham Enterprise Hub NE463HN. For further information call Sam 07443 519 852 or email

Food is the most basic human need and we see too many people living a daily struggle to put food on the table largely because of benefit problems, health challenges, low pay and/or debt. Around half of the people we help only needed to visit us around 4 times to get them through a tough few weeks. The rest need our support for a number of months, to help people in this position we have a team of Volunteer Support Workers in our Food Banks in Prudhoe Hexham and Haltwhsitle, over the last year they having been dealing with a 100% increase in demand and we need more Volunteers to join our team. Every day we see how Poverty excludes people from the rest of society, most people who come to the Food Banks are deeply ashamed to have to ask for food and feel overwhelmed and very alone with the problems they are facing. Our Volunteer Support Workers offer a caring friendly person to listen to them, help them make difficult phone calls, access services and online resources and fill out forms. Our training starts in November and covers Welfare Rights, Debt and Finance and Mental Health Awareness. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least 2 hours each week client time and 1 hour a month for training and management support.

Hexham Housing Debates
21st October, 11am -12.30pm, St Mary's Catholic Church, Hencotes, Hexham

Is private rented housing fit for purpose? Should it be controlled?

Everyone needs a safe, secure and affordable home to live in, but it's getting harder for people on low to moderate incomes to access housing where they want and need it to be located.

Chair: Rose Gilroy, professor of Ageing, Policy and Planing, School of Architecture, Newcastle University
Speakers: Brian Robson, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Carla Keegans, CEO of the Ethical Lettings Agency, Redcar
All welcome, refreshments, retiring collection.

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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