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December 7, 2019, 1:21 am
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Steve Robins

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?

Your shop has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards. Humshaugh Community Ventures Ltd is in the final three of the community section of the Pride in Tynedale Awards, organised by the Hexham Courant. The other finalists are the Hearth Arts Centre at Horsley and Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association.  Last year our shop was runner up in the retail section – just a week after we’d taken over. This year’s awards ceremony on December 3rd was postponed because of the snow. We don’t yet have a new date but it will be in March.

We’re also in the regional final of the Countryside Alliance Awards 2010. Our rivals in the Village Shop/Post Office category are Allendale Co-op and David Carr of Longframlington. Regional winners will be announced in February and, if we’re successful, we’ll go through to the national awards. The winners will be revealed in March in the House of Lords.

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