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Steve Robins

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Mary and Max poster

The second film night of the new season on Friday November 11th 2016 features the bitter sweet animation “Mary and Max” (Cert 12). It’s a poignant and funny film dealing with serious issues in a very clever and stylish way. It’s about two very different pen pals whose lives span 20 years and stretch from Australia to New York. The narrator is Barry Humphries (Dame Edna).

The sleeve notes say “Mary and Max chronicles Mary’s trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max’s passage from middle to old age and explores a bond that survives much more than the average friendship’s ups and downs. Both hilarious and poignant Mary and Max is a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life’s surprises.”

Doors open at 7.00 with the film starting at 7.30. Nibbles will be available free and, in the interval, you can choose from a range of desserts to buy. There will be a bar before the film and during the break.

Tickets are £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children. Don’t forget Mary and Max has a 12 certificate.

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Sarah Glendinning, North-East Regional Director of the CBI

Humshaugh Village Shop has been praised by none other than the Regional Director of the Confederation of British Industry in the North East. Sarah Glendinning says in an article for Living Magazine’s “My North” feature that it’s her favourite shop (along with a children’s shoe shop in Gosforth High Street).

For those of you who know Sarah’s parents, this should come as no surprise as Alan and Dianne Glendinning are volunteers at the shop and live just a short stroll away. They moved to the North East when Sarah was just two and she went to school in Newcastle before gaining a business degree, specialising in marketing. Sarah lives in Gosforth with her husband Andy and their children Harry (8) and Ellie (6), who can occasionally be seen helping out behind the counter.


"The Burghers of Calais" go shopping. Rodin statues in Westminster.

The Annual General Meeting of Humshaugh Community Ventures Ltd, the organisation which runs the shop, is being held on Friday November 4th 2016 at Humshaugh Village Hall. It’s your chance to have your say and this year we’re hoping to attract more volunteers to our trusty team. It’s seven years on November 1st since the community took over the running of the shop so newcomers to the village or people who now have a little more free time are welcome to join us. There’s a whole host of ways in which you can help – it doesn’t just involve working behind the counter. It’s been a great year for Humshaugh Village Shop which was topped by the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The meeting starts at 7.30 although we may delay that slightly so that people can make it along after the village fireworks display at 6.30. The formal bits don’t usually take too long so there’ll be plenty of time to have a chat and a drink. We look forward to seeing you.

We’ve had a record breaking apple juicing year. More than 800 bottles of apple juice and a large number of 5 litre boxes have been filled over the course of the last 3 Sundays. Thanks to everyone who donated their crops and brought them to the Village Hall for pressing. Thanks too to the team of choppers, pressers, bottlers and pasteurisers who made it all possible. Bottles are now on sale in the shop for just £2.25.

Humshaugh Apple Juice

2016 vintage Humshaugh Apple Juice

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Humshaugh’s famous autumn apple pressing sessions are being held on the first three Sundays of October this year (2nd, 9th and 16th October 2016). Bring your surplus apples to Humshaugh Village Hall from 10.00 am and see them pulped, squeezed, juiced pasteurised and bottled. You could even join in and help. The finished bottles will go on sale in the shop and the profits will help boost the funds that do so much for the community.

Humshaugh Apple Juice bottle

Our multi-award winning village shop has been run by the community for 7 years (since November 1st 2009). And when we say the community we really mean a team of trusty volunteers. During this time, when the shop’s been open 7 mornings a week, people have been doing so much more than just serving behind the counter. There are the cash and carry runs, weekly bread baking in the Village Hall, autumn apple juicing weekends and more all run by a dedicated group of people from all over Humshaugh, who give however much time they can spare.

Courant award billboard

Now the team is planning to boost its numbers by inviting you to join in. Perhaps you’re new to the village and would like to become involved and make new friends or maybe you are now in a position spare an hour or two a week to help out. You only need to talk to the current team to find out about the warm glow you get from making a small contribution to your friendly community.

Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited, which runs the shop, is also looking for a Treasurer. So, if you have the relevant skills, HCVL would be delighted to hear from you. The treasurer is helped by other volunteers who deal with cash handling, newspaper vouchers, accounts and so on.


HCVL is having its annual general meeting on Friday November 4th 2016 so that’s an ideal opportunity to find out more about the great work that’s being done for your village. In the meantime, have a chat to one of the directors or volunteers about how you could help. They’re an enthusiastic bunch and they’d love to have you on board or even on the board too. The Secretary is Jack Chown,, tel 689218.

Because it’s a not-for-profit business, Humshaugh Village Shop has helped to support so many projects in and around the village. Individuals and organisations have benefited from funds. For example, students have received help for their studies or transport costs, Humshaugh Arts Projects and Humshaugh Theatre Group have been helped to stage events, and the Village Hall has a new kitchen and windows as well as electric car charging points.

The shop has won countless awards and this year it received the crowning glory – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups. Come and join us and see what all the fuss is about. You won’t regret it.

Queen's Award Logo


The new season of Humshaugh Village Hall Friday film nights begins on October 7th with an appropriate story about a village hall. Check out the trailer and the poster above for the details.

There’ll be a film and food every month (except December) until March with a variety of tastes catered for. Here’s the run down for you:

October 7th – “Jimmy’s Hall”

November 11th – “Mary and Max” (an animation)

January 13th – “The Chorus” (French film)

February 10th – “Casablanca” (a golden oldie and a classic)

March 10th – “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”

Chris Francis celebrates at John O'Groats

Chris Francis celebrates at John O’Groats

Congratulations to Humshaugh’s Chris Francis who has completed his epic trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 65 days. The walk of around 1200 miles was sponsored to raise money for Tynedale Hospice at Home. Chris will be back home on Sunday. You can still make a donation at

Queen's Award LogoOur fantastic shop has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award for volunteers and effectively an MBE for volunteer groups. Wow!

Congratulations to each and every one of you who has played a part in the shop’s phenomenal success and to all of you who have supported it in so many ways. It was in 2008 that the threatened closure of Humshaugh’s Post Office galvanised the community into action. Although that campaign wasn’t successful, it demonstrated that a strong community spirit existed in Humshaugh. In 2009, when Pat and Rob Gray retired as shopkeepers, Humshaugh Village Shop was taken over by our enthusiastic group of volunteers.

What a success it has been. The team of around 40 volunteers has kept a vital community asset alive and kicking and has helped to raise thousands of pounds for countless projects and individuals in our village.

We will be presented with our award by the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, the Duchess of Northumberland, at Alnwick Garden on the afternoon of Wednesday June 15th. On May 24th one of the shop’s directors, Steve Robins, and his wife Marilyn, were among thousands of people at a Royal Garden Party in the Grounds of Buckingham Palace.

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