Humshaugh Village Shop has narrowly missed out on a place in the finals of the National Lottery Awards 2011. It was one of 10 semi-finalists competing for 3 places in the finals and, despite getting more than a thousand votes from supporters and the public, it finished in 4th position.
The shop was competing in the Voluntary/Charity section against organisations from all over the UK that had received National Lottery funding. A panel of judges whittled hundreds of applications down to the semi-final shortlist of 10. For three weeks the public have been voting online and by phone for the project that they think is the best.
Another round of public voting in September will decide the final winner in the 7 categories but the results won’t be announced until a TV special on BBC One in November.
“We’d like to thank each one of the 1008 people who voted for us,” said Humshaugh Community Venture Chairman Dick Moules. “That’s a pretty good response from a small village like Humshaugh so it’s wonderful to think that we’ve had support from all over the region too.”
In 2009 the shop received £7,500 from the Lottery’s Awards for All fund and went on to raise nearly £40,000 from funders, local organisations and villagers. Since November 2009 it’s been run by the volunteer directors of Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited and is staffed entirely by village volunteers. This year the shop started using its profits to support local groups and paid out around £6,000 in a first round of grants for the community.
Earlier this year the shop won the regional Countryside Alliance award for best shop/post office. It was also the overall winner of the Pride in Tynedale Award.