News March 2020

  • Haltwhistle Partnership is planning to establish a trading company to run the Zero Waste shop and is looking for volunteer directors to take this project forward - please see the information below and consider volunteering yourself and/or let others know about this exciting initiative. A manager (employed) and volunteer assistants will be recruited in due course.
  • The inception meeting for the heat from mine water feasibility study was attended by representatives from Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre, the Town Council, the Partnership and STS - it was encouraging to see support from such a range of local organisations. The completion date for the study is February next year.
  • Adrienne at Carlisle's One World Centre is preparing a press release to raise the profile of Refill Hardian's Wall - our local initiative which is part of an national movement aiming to reduce sales of water in plastic bottles by encouraging us all to carry reuseable bottles and by promoting businesses happy to refill water bottles free of charge.

There might not be any of our own meetings to flag up this month but there's plenty of events organised by other groups exploring and developing environmental and community sustainability.

Becoming England's Greenest Region
VONNE will be reporting on the progress of this ambitious project at an open meeting in Hexham Abbey on Monday 9th March, 6pm. Here's the link for details and to book a free place:

To share transport contact me, or
Julie Gibbon

South Tynedale Wildlife Group
7.30pm, Tues March 10th Comrades Club, Haltwhistle, all welcome, £3.00 on the door.
David Feige, chief ecologist at Northumberland County Council, Ecology in countryside and planning issues.

Any farmers reading this?
The Cumbria and the Southern Scotland Pasture Fed Livestock Groups are holding a joint meeting, with a presentation from Neil Heseltine at 'The Auctioneer', beside Carlisle Mart, on 5th March. Free event, non-members welcome - contact

Neil farms 1200 acres in the Yorkshire Dales with 150 Belted Galloway cattle and, last year, lambed around 150 ewes. Both cattle and sheep enterprises are certified pasture-fed and almost exclusively graze standing grass. Neil will discuss his farm strategy, which he radically reassessed in 2012. Since then there have been marked improvements in the farm's profitability, the animals' welfare (no routine medical treatment), the farm's environment and his family life.

Durham Heat Hub
Green alternatives to fossil fuels in the fields of electricity generation and transport are making an increasing contribution and dramatic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions seem achievable. However feasible alternatives to fossil fuels as a source of heat are proving more elusive.
Durham Heat Hub is hosting a free two-day user-centered heat innovation sprint at Beamish Hall Hotel on the 23rd/24th March.

The event will:
  • Foster innovative thinking about Heat Challenges
  • Support user-centered heat innovation solutions
  • Create networking opportunities and open collaboration around future heat innovation challenges and opportunities.

Further details:

Tyne Valley Film Festival
Award-winning author Horatio Clare and screening of Chasing Ice.

Thursday 19th March,
Talk - 18:30 (approx 60 mins) Interval - 19:30 Film - 20:00 (80 mins)

Travel and nature writer Horatio Clare joins talks about his recent book Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North which chronicles his voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic circle.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. The film follows acclaimed photographer James Balog, who deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture extraordinary images of the world's changing glaciers.

Bait - South Tyne Cinema Circuit presents a screening of Bait, the BAFTA-winning film about the battle between the locals and tourists in a once-thriving Cornish fishing village.
General Havelock Inn, Haydon Bridge, Tues, 24 March. Film & food £10, 01434 684376 to book.

Details of all of the films in the Tyne Valley film festival - at a variety of venues and promoted by a range of community groups:

STS & South Tyne Wildlife Group will screen 'The Serengeti Rules' on Tues 12th May, 7.30pm,
Here's an extract from the blurb: 'This film is about more than the ecology of place. Collectively, the fact that scientists have found nature working the same way all over the planet tells us that Bob (and the others) discovered something fundamental about life. Predators and keystone species may become our greatest allies in the coming fight to protect our biosphere.'

Lost Words & Words for Birds

There are currently two local exhibitions both showcasing the natural world in linked words and images.

Lost Words at The Sill is an exhibition of Jackie Morris's orginal watercolours illustrating the presence and absence of natural things whose names were disappearing from children's language. As in the book, 'Lost Words', Robert Macfarlane's spell poems accompany the drawings. There are lots of activities - and a theatrical performance - associated with the exhibition. Details:

Words for Birds at the Queens Hall in Hexham showcases work produced by local artists, Victoria Holt and Fran Garcia, in response to poems about birds written by Robin Moss and Tom Moody. The exhibition is free but tickets for the launch event on the 17th March cost £5. Details:

Get in touch
Any questions, comments or contributions to this monthly e-newsletter?
Please contact 016977 47359

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


Click to e-mailClick to e-mailClick to e-mail