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August 21, 2019, 7:06 pm
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Steve Robins

World Book Night comes to Humshaugh Village Shop on Saturday March 5th. And it’s doubled in size now that two villagers chosen as givers have decided to pool their resources and give away a total of 96 books. Sally Curry will be giving away 48 copies of “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry and Richard Hewitt will be handing out 48 copies of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon. Click on the titles to find out more about the books. The shop will be open from 4pm to 7pm so that villagers can pop in for a chat, a drink, some nibbles and a free book. The plan is that once you’ve read, and hopefully enjoyed your book, you’ll pass it on to someone else who will in turn do the same.

World Book Night represents the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.

With the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day, the BBC and RTE, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.

The book give-away will comprise 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles, to be given away by 20,000 ‘givers’, who will each distribute 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose on World Book Night. The remaining books will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals.

The twenty-five titles were selected by a wide-ranging editorial committee, chaired by James Naughtie.

Humshaugh Village Shop is through to the national finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards. We’ve won the regional award for best Village Shop/Post Office and now go through to a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday March 30th. The North East Head Judge Richard Dodd said “Rather than be victims of the recent Post Office closures and lose their branch, this village swung in to action, raised £40,000 in grants and donations and assembled a team of 40 volunteers. In November 2009 Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited started trading. This community leads the way in what can be done with hard work and determination. They even took over the running of the local pub until a buyer could be found because they refused to see it close. This is real people power; a community knowing what is best for it and fighting its corner. I genuinely believe this is the best village shop in the country. Don’t mess with Humshaugh!”

Amazing stuff! Our rivals for the regional award were David Carr’s Shop at Longframlington, which received a highly commended award, and Allendale Co-op. Click here to see all the regional winners on the Countryside Alliance’s website. Congratulations to everyone who’s been involved – it’s something to be thoroughly proud of.

There’s no such thing as bag publicity (sorry). After The Journal ran a big page lead about our Humshaugh shopping bag exploits (Saturday February 5th 2011), The Sue Sweeney Show on BBC Radio Newcastle interviewed Steve Robins on the phone. The newspaper article, minus its photos, is here on the Journal’s website. You can listen to the interview by clicking here: Steve Bag Shots BBC Radio Newcastle 20110205 128 and then on the same link on the next page.

The hunt is on for the most interesting, exotic, bizarre or downright silly photo of a Humshaugh Village Shop bag. The stylish jute holdalls, which have been available since October for a modest £3.99, are rumoured to have travelled all over the world. But so far the only photographic evidence we have is from the Jacots. Their picture was snapped on the beach at Puerto de la Cruz on Fuerteventura in the Canaries. Even the kitchen sink got in on the shot along with other items of flotsam and jetsam. In fact, if it wasn’t for the sunshine, it could easily be Tynemouth.

We’re expecting a series of pictures from various residents who are sweltering in Australia and New Zealand at the moment but distance isn’t everything. We’re hoping for a big collection of witty pics from wherever you happen to be showing off the proud slogan “my bag … our shop.” There’ll be a display of them in the shop and a gallery on this website so get snapping. Anyone going to Bagshot?

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