June 2020
June 1, 2020, 7:42 pm
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current pressure: 1030 mb
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wind speed: 7 mph E
wind gusts: 9 mph
sunrise: 4:37 am
sunset: 9:36 pm

Steve Robins

Stroll On! bookHumshaugh’s Chris Francis has released a book about his epic, solo, end-to-end walk in 2016, which took him from Land’s End to John O’Groats. “Stroll On!”, published by Humshaugh Publications, is now on sale in the shop. Chris’s marathon stroll raised £4,500 for local charity Tynedale Hospice at home and profits from the book will go to the same great cause. Copies are just £8.50. Chris will be having an official launch in Humshaugh Village Hall on Thursday August 24th. He’ll be joined by Northumberland explorer Conrad Dickinson, who wrote the foreword to the book, and Laura Elliott from Tynedale Hospice. If you’re not local, you will soon be able to buy the book from the new Tynedale Hospice website. You can also order from us by post. Send a cheque for £10.50 (inc £2 P&P) made payable to “Humshaugh Community Ventures Ltd” to: Chris Francis, Humshaugh Village Shop, Humshaugh, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4AG.

Chris Francis

Chris Francis (Hexham Courant picture)

Chris Francis celebrates at John O’Groats

The current season of Friday film nights ends with a flamboyant flourish this week with “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. This 1994 movie is about two drag artists and a transgender woman who travel across the Australian desert in their lavender coloured bus, Priscilla. They’re on their way from Sydney to Alice Springs, where they’re performing a drag show.

Tickets are £5 for adults (£2.50 for children). It’s a PG and suitable for 15 years upwards. Doors open at Humshaugh Village Hall at 7pm on Friday March 10th and the film starts at 7.30. Drinks will be available in exchange for a donation to Humshaugh Arts Programme and exotic desserts will be served in the interval for just £1.50 each. Tickets are on sale in the shop.

North East Recorder OrchestraThe North East Recorder Orchestra is performing at Humshaugh Village Hall tomorrow afternoon (Saturday March 4th). You can get your tickets from the shop. The concert begins at 2.30 and, during the interval, tea and cakes will be served. The orchestra performs with a huge range of recorders in all sorts of shapes and sizes, not just the regular descant size that we all remember from our schooldays.

There will also be a photographic exhibition featuring images of local musicians.

Tickets are £5  (£2.50 for children). Tea or coffee and cake costs just £1.50. Tickets can also be bought on the door.

The event has been organised by HAP, the Humshaugh Arts Programme.

The Post Office van was involved in an accident in Acomb on Monday morning February 27th and will be out of action indefinitely. If you need to check before setting off to the Village Hall, the Stocksfield Post Office number is 01661 842110. Early estimates were that it would be several days at least before it’s repaired.

The talk by Liesbeth Langford at The George Hotel on Monday evening February 27th has had to be postponed. It will be rescheduled for later in the year but, in the meantime, you can get a refund if you bought your tickets in advance. Humshaugh Publications will announce the new date as soon as it is fixed.

The Humshaugh Friday Film Nights are back after a Christmas break. On Friday January 13th Humshaugh Art Programme will be screening “The Chorus” at the Village Hall. It’s set in post World War II France at a school for orphaned and “difficult” boys. The school regime is very strict and disciplinarian but a new teacher tries to change all that through music. This fabulous French film with subtitles is a PG, suitable for 13 years and older. Food and drink will be available.

Tickets can be bought from us here at the Village Shop. You can pay just £5 to see the film (£2.50 for children), pay an extra £5 for food before the film and dessert in the interval or pay £1.50 extra if you’d only like the dessert. Drinks are available for a donation.

Doors open at 6.45pm. Supper’s served at 7.00 with the film starting at 7.30.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our customers, volunteers and supporters. It’s been another brilliant year (our seventh). The outstanding highlight was the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – The MBE for volunteer groups. Why not make it your New Year resolution for 2017 to join our happy band of volunteers. It’s been great to see more younger people getting involved. There are loads of ways in which you can help.

Christmas 2016 opening hours

Christmas Eve – normal Saturday hours, closing at 12.00

Christmas Day – closed

Boxing Day – 9.00 – 11.00

Tuesday 27th  – 9.00 – 11.00

New Year’s Day – 9.00 – 11.00

New Year Bank Holiday Monday – 9.00 – 11.00

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