News November 2017

Film screening with South Tynedale Wildlife Group

SEED: the untold story

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind.

SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

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

Haltwhistle Is Something Special

The first poster exhibition is planned for the Station Waiting Rooms next March and it will feature local breeds of dogs: Border Terriers, Border Collies, Trail Hounds and Dandie Dinmonts, along with a selection of Haltwhistle mutts. We are having a second meeting to look at initial research, funding requirements, printing deadlines etc. on Weds 15th Nov at 5pm in the Old Booking Hall on Haltwhistle Station. If you are interested in getting involved with this project please come along or contact me, with your ideas and for more information

A few stalls still available at the Green Christmas Craft Fair in Greenhead on Sunday 10th Dec.
Preference will be given to local artisans and craftspeople working with natural materials or reusing/recycling products. Contact Sue 016977 47359
For food stalls at the Christmas Farmers' market contact Bill 016977 46828
And shoppers do put the date in your diary. This craft fair promises to be the best yet with several new traders as well as the many repeat bookings from your favourites. There will be gifts to suit every purse from an exclusive one-off treats to pocket money novelties.

Support Local Traders - Late Night Christmas Shopping in Haltwhistle
Friday 24th Nov 4 - 8pm

An invitation from our colleagues at Sustainable Brampton.

Increasing Community Resilience
7-9pm, Wednesday 29th November in Brampton Community Centre.

You are invited to an evening of debate to examine how communities can become more resilient, tackling this important issue from a fresh perspective.

Societies across the world are living through a period of significant uncertainty and change caused at least in part through global influences such as climate change, emerging technologies (some good some bad), security threats, political instability and financial crises to name but a few. It is therefore an opportune time to consider ways in which rural communities like ours could potentially become more resilient and thus better placed to survive and thrive through the 21st Century and beyond.

The evening will be highly interactive, and will include an exercise called, "Worldview Carousel", where you and your neighbours will discover the predominant worldviews in our society today, and which worldviews could lead to greater resilience in a rural community like Brampton. The results of this exercise will be used to guide the subsequent discussion. We will explore:

What's the definition of a resilient community?
Where is there a community that improved resilience and how did they do it?
When we disagree on how to achieve a resilient community, how do we then regain alignment?
Discussion of issues arising and next steps…
Did you find the evening's discussion to be helpful both personally and professionally?

The evening will be chaired by me, Tim Coombe, and the analysis will be led by Christopher and Sheila Cooke - together they support individuals, families and groups to begin the process of change in their own lives. They operate internationally in the field of worldview change, and are focused on the application of Holistic Management across the British Isles. They live and operate out of Penrith. Their websites are and

If you would be interested in attending please contact me beforehand and feel free to pass this invitation to others.

Yours sincerely,
Tim Coombe
Chair, Sustainable Brampton 016977 48833

Northumberland County of Sanctuary
Northumberland County of Sanctuary has the vision to help Northumberland to be a safe place for all who live here.
We want to help build community and care for the most vulnerable and marginalised in our county.
NCOS is run by volunteers who love Northumberland and want it to be the most welcoming place in the UK.
To join see NCOS's facebook page.

Thanks to readme for this advert design.
We need help with plucking and preparing these birds and offer a payment-in-kind to anyone who can come and help in the run up to Christmas. Nimble fingers needed but experience not required!

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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


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