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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.

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.

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