News February 2023

Haltwhistle Net Zero
Haltwhistle Community Hub (Library)
Tue 7 February, 6pm - 8pm

As some of you will know Humshaugh has been running a Net Zero group for a year now and has made great progress. On Tue 7 Feb from 6-8pm a representative from the Humshaugh group will be coming to talk to anyone interested about what they have achieved and how. This public meeting is open to all and the aim will be to identify a group of people willing to lead on seeing what we can achieve in Haltwhistle. Whether you are keen to join a voluntary committee or just want to share your ideas and be kept informed please do come along.

6pm introduction
6.15 Humshaugh Net Zero presentation
7.00 Refreshments and networking
7.20 Sharing of ideas and identification of voluntary committee

NCC are not planning to divest their pension fund from funding coal and oil 'til 2050. Contact to be added to the Whats App organising group.

Housing Crisis: a Vision for the Common Good?
Hexham debates for justice, peace and democracy
Online, Zoom event: Saturday 11th February 2023, 11am - 12 noon.
To sign up

Speaker: Chris Beales, Anglican minister and member of the team implementing the recommendations of 'Coming Home', the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

Around 8 million people in England live in overcrowded, unaffordable, or unsuitable homes. Simply building more houses - while important - is not sufficient to address the prolonged housing issues this country continues to face. What might housing justice look like in north east England, and how can we help to achieve it?

As a follow-up this event, on Saturday 18th February, 10am - 12 noon, there will be a face-to-face public debate at St. Mary's Church Hall, St Mary's RC Church, Hencotes, Hexham NE46 2EB. A panel of three speakers with local and regional knowledge of the housing crisis will discuss the issue, with an emphasis on what local solutions might be found. The panellists will speak briefly and the remaining time will be a discussion for all. A list of associated resources will be provided at each discussion. This meeting is organised and chaired by Tynedale Transformed, in partnership with the Hexham Debates.

Rural Cost of Living Survey - please complete survey
Research commissioned by the Rural Services Network last year shows rural areas are suffering more acutely from the rise in the cost of living compared to urban areas.
The purpose of the survey is to understand more about rural household budgets at, what is, a very difficult time for many.
Results from the survey will help us to engage more effectively with Government Departments, MPs and other policy makers.
The survey can be found at the following link:

Haltwhistle Growing Together and Community Action Northumberland

Slow Cooker Workshop
Tuesday 21 February 12pm - 1pm. Hillside, Haltwhistle NE49 9AU (Bungalow to the left when entering school drive)
The event will include:
  • An interesting and enjoyable Slow Cooking demonstration highlighting the diversity and energy efficiency of slow cookers
  • Information on heating your home safely
  • Example costs
  • How to avoid and cope with damp
  • Warm spaces
  • Tips to lower energy bills
  • Information on free energy saving measures fitted as part of the EARN (Energy Advice in Rural Northumberland) project and free home energy audits.

Ten slow cookers will be available free to take away on the day.

Please e-mail us at or message via Facebook You can also leave a message on the Haltwhistle Partnership phone by ringing 01434 321242.

Co-op Community Fund

Haltwhistle Growing Together is delighted to have been accepted by the Co-op to benefit from its Local Community Fund. This support runs from October 2022 to October 2023 and means that Co-op members can support Haltwhistle Growing Together when they shop.
Co-op members simply go online and choose to support Haltwhistle Growing Together so that every time you use your membership card any rewards earned will be credited to our account.
Or, simply quote our ID 70686 or just give our name at the till and a small amount will be donated to us for every £1 you spend. You can do this all over the country not just in the local Co-op store.

Please support us as every little donation makes a difference!
To become a Co-op member costs just £1 annually and this also gives you access to various savings. Every time members buy selected Co-op branded products and services 2p for every pound spent goes to you and another 2p goes to your chosen community organisation or local cause.

Oxford Real Farming Conference - all talks and presentations from this event are now available for free:
I found the discussion between Patrick Holden and Dr Zach Bush particularly eye-opening:

Get in touch
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Please contact 07935 259416

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, 07935 259416


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