John was originally from the North West of England. In 1940 he enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment and spent most of World War Two with the Royal Signals in India. After the war John married Mildred, who would be his wife for 55 years.
As you can see from the pictures, John featured prominently in our village’s fight to save the Post Office, which used to be housed in the shop. John was a sprightly 92 when he rode his trusty trike in our protest march in August 2008. He was also interviewed by TV news crews from Tyne Tees and BBC Look North about how he would manage if the Post Office closed.
As most of you will know, the Post Office couldn’t be saved but the groundswell of support in that incredible demo nearly 10 years ago enabled us to go on and save the shop by making it into the successful, community-run venture it is today.
Union solders have stolen The General, a Confederate train manned by Johnnie Gray, who was unable to enlist in the Confederate army because he is needed as an engineer. The Union plans to use the train to supply its soldiers in a sneak attack against the Confederates. But now it’s up to Gray and his love, Annabelle Lee, to reclaim The General, recross enemy lines, and warn the Confederates. Running time: 67 minutes.
After the interval a fascinating B movie from much closer to home will be screened.
The Humshaugh Oil Buying Group has burst through the two million litres barrier with this month’s delivery (February 2018). The group was set up in November 2011 and has steadily increased its membership in Humshaugh and the surrounding area. Deliveries reached one million litres in April 2015. Here are some more statistics from the group’s organiser Brian Earl:
- 75 monthly orders have been placed (missing only one month, June 2015).
- 2,839 individual orders were processed.
- A total of 2,008,945 litres were ordered.
- The savings to members are in excess of £80,000.
- The total value of the business placed with the oil suppliers is over £900,000.
Brian is now looking for a deputy to stand in when he’s away on holiday or unable to process the order.
“It only needs a dedicated email address, lots of emails, maintaining an Excel Spreadsheet, and dealing with the oil supplier(s) once a month,” Brian explains. “Please contact me if you’re interested.”
You can e-mail Brian on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01434 689123 or 07500 045711.
Woody Allen and Dianne Keaton star in this month’s Humshaugh Arts Programme Film Night movie “Play It Again, Sam”. The 1972 romantic comedy is being screened at Humshaugh Village Hall on Friday February 9th. Buy your tickets at the shop.
A mild mannered film critic is dumped by his wife and his ego is crushed. His hero persona is the tough guy played by Humphrey Bogart in many of his movies and the apparition of Bogart begins showing up to give him advice. With the encouragement of his two married friends, he actually tries dating again, with less than satisfactory results, until he relaxes.
We hope you have a great Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. We’ll be open right up until Christmas Eve for your last minute essentials. We also stock a range of gifts and cards.
Over the holiday period we will only be closed on Christmas Day, which means you won’t have to go too far if you run out of something.
Sunday December 24th CHRISTMAS EVE 09.00 – 11.00
Monday December 25th CHRISTMAS DAY CLOSED
Tuesday December 26th BOXING DAY 09.00 – 11.00
Weds 28th – Sun 31st Normal hours
Monday January 1st NEW YEAR’S DAY 09.00 – 11.00
HUMSHAUGH 2018 CALENDARS NOW ONLY £3.50
Hurry on down to the shop to get your 2018 Humshaugh calendars. They’re selling fast. This year the theme is wildlife and the calendar is beautifully illustrated with photographs taken in and around the village by local snappers. There’s also a colourful wildlife collage from children at Humshaugh First School. The calendar has been produced by Humshaugh Publications. Committee members had to sort through dozens of entries after the appeal went out for your wildlife pics.
The calendars originally cost just £5 each. Now the last remaining ones have been reduced to £3.50. What a bargain! They make an ideal gift as they come with a quality cardboard envelope to make it easy to post to your distant relatives.
Humshaugh Publications’ 2018 calendar has been supported by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland as well as Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited, which runs Humshaugh Village Shop. It was printed by Robson Print in Hexham.
They are on sale in the shop now. Get yours before they’ve gone.