The Shop is really puffed up with pride after winning not one but two Pride in Tynedale Awards. At a special ceremony at Hexham Racecourse on Friday March 25th Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited won the Community Award (pictured below) and the prestigious main Pride in Tynedale Award (above). The 2010 awards, organised by the Hexham Courant, should have taken place in December but the event was postponed because of the severe winter weather.
In the community category HCVL beat fellow finalists Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association and the Hearth Arts Centre at Horsley. To win the overall award Humshaugh Community Ventures were up against the winners of the retail category: Wheelbirks Farm near Stocksfield; Hexham Community Partnership, who’d won the Tourism Award, and Young Business Award winner Rachel Lawson, owner of ‘What a Clip’, in Prudhoe.
Here’s what the Editor of the Courant, Colin Tapping, said when he announced the winner of the overall award: “Choosing one outstanding candidate from the winners of the four categories is a difficult task. In each of them, Tynedale can indeed be very proud. All of them are fine examples that other like-minded groups and individuals others will do well to follow.
“The overall winners have a heart-warming tale to tell. They have shown a steely determination to overcome adversity and safeguard something which is very dear to their heart.
“Their achievements have adorned the pages of the Hexham Courant, caught the eye of the regional and national media, and even grabbed the attention of the international community.
“They have hosted fact-finding visits by delegations from as far afield as Estonia, Norway and Sweden – all anxious to learn first-hand about their tremendous success story.
“They have helped save a pub; they have saved a shop from closure; and they have demonstrated the irresistible force of community spirit.
“Today they’ll have to find space on those shop shelves for a second trophy. The overall winner of the Pride In Tynedale Award is Humshaugh Community Ventures.”
On Wednesday March 30th three directors and three volunteers traveled to to the House of Lords for the national finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards. The shop was the North East winner in the Village Shop/Post Office category but was up against 11 other stores from across Britain and didn’t come away with a national trophy. See the post Not Quite Top Shop for the story and pictures.