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August 21, 2019, 7:06 pm
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Steve Robins

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.

The 70 plus people who came to the AGM in the Village Hall at the end of October were able to enjoy the première of “Humshaugh Village Shop – The DVD”.  The film, which lasts nearly 20 minutes, documents the two year battle to save and then renovate the store following the decision to close the post office counter. The video was produced by Steve Robins who runs the Working Wonders TV production company in the village. Steve filmed developments at the shop from 2008 onwards and then scripted, voiced  and edited the DVD. Copies are now on sale in the shop for just £5.99. The disc also includes the 5 minute video that Steve made to help persuade funders to support the takeover of the shop.

And if you want something to take your DVDs away in then why not buy one of the stylish Humshaugh Village Shop shopping bags – available now for just £3.99. On one side is the name of the shop and on the other the proud slogan “my bag … our shop.” People who signed up as members of Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited each got a free one and already there’s a photographic race on to see who can capture their bag in the most exotic, weird or far off location. Quite a few lucky Humshaugh people are heading to New Zealand with their bags this winter but distance isn’t everything. We look forward to seeing the results.

Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited

Notice of Annual General Meeting

All Members of Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited are advised that the first Annual General Meeting will be held at the Village Hall on Friday October 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm.


1. Chairman’s report

2. Treasurer’s report

3. Video presentation

4. Questions and Answers

5. Election of Board of Directors

Refreshments will follow the formal proceedings.

For further information, please contact the Secretary, Barry Roxburgh (01434 681987).

Dated: September 27, 2010

Note: Please register as a Member if you have not already done so. This can be done either on the form at the shop or by attending the AGM. Only Members will be entitled to vote at the AGM.

We’re having an official opening ceremony for the refurbished shop at 11.30am on Saturday August 7th 2010. You’re all invited to come along for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony. It will be performed by Mr Graham Wylie, who has been so supportive of the project from the beginning. By the time the midday bus arrives we hope to have adjourned to The Crown for refreshments and a few informal speeches.

It may have been a few days late but it was well worth the wait. The new shop opened its doors for business on Wednesday morning (June 9th) and what a transformation there’s been. If you haven’t seen it yet then make sure you come along soon. The new shop is more spacious – there’s plenty of room to have a natter. It’s self-service so pick up a basket and take your time to browse and then pay at the counter at the back of the shop. It’s lighter and brighter thanks to the various shades of pale green and the huge array of lights that would put Blackpool to shame. It looks familiar even though the layout’s changed, a lot of the original features have been retained – the tongue and groove panelling, the mahogany counter tops, brass yardsticks and the ceiling hooks from when it was a draper’s. It smells nice – and we’re not just talking fresh paint but freshly baked bread and croissants too. There’s a new oven behind the counter which is big enough to swallow full-size baguettes sideways. The volunteers are the same although there will be some new faces behind the counter in the near future. We’re always on the lookout for fresh talent.

 We are planning to have an official opening ceremony in the not too distant future. It’ll be an opportunity to mark this important milestone and to say a big thank you to the hoards of people who’ve helped bring it all to fruition. It’s been an inspiring team effort.

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