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World Book Night comes to Humshaugh Village Shop on Saturday March 5th. And it’s doubled in size now that two villagers chosen as givers have decided to pool their resources and give away a total of 96 books. Sally Curry will be giving away 48 copies of “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry and Richard Hewitt will be handing out 48 copies of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon. Click on the titles to find out more about the books. The shop will be open from 4pm to 7pm so that villagers can pop in for a chat, a drink, some nibbles and a free book. The plan is that once you’ve read, and hopefully enjoyed your book, you’ll pass it on to someone else who will in turn do the same.

World Book Night represents the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.

With the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day, the BBC and RTE, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.

The book give-away will comprise 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles, to be given away by 20,000 ‘givers’, who will each distribute 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose on World Book Night. The remaining books will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals.

The twenty-five titles were selected by a wide-ranging editorial committee, chaired by James Naughtie.

Humshaugh Village Shop is through to the national finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards. We’ve won the regional award for best Village Shop/Post Office and now go through to a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday March 30th. The North East Head Judge Richard Dodd said “Rather than be victims of the recent Post Office closures and lose their branch, this village swung in to action, raised £40,000 in grants and donations and assembled a team of 40 volunteers. In November 2009 Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited started trading. This community leads the way in what can be done with hard work and determination. They even took over the running of the local pub until a buyer could be found because they refused to see it close. This is real people power; a community knowing what is best for it and fighting its corner. I genuinely believe this is the best village shop in the country. Don’t mess with Humshaugh!”


Amazing stuff! Our rivals for the regional award were David Carr’s Shop at Longframlington, which received a highly commended award, and Allendale Co-op. Click here to see all the regional winners on the Countryside Alliance’s website. Congratulations to everyone who’s been involved – it’s something to be thoroughly proud of.

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.

Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited

Notice of Annual General Meeting

All Members of Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited are advised that the first Annual General Meeting will be held at the Village Hall on Friday October 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm.

Agenda

1. Chairman’s report

2. Treasurer’s report

3. Video presentation

4. Questions and Answers

5. Election of Board of Directors

Refreshments will follow the formal proceedings.

For further information, please contact the Secretary, Barry Roxburgh (01434 681987).

Dated: September 27, 2010

Note: Please register as a Member if you have not already done so. This can be done either on the form at the shop or by attending the AGM. Only Members will be entitled to vote at the AGM.

We’re having an official opening ceremony for the refurbished shop at 11.30am on Saturday August 7th 2010. You’re all invited to come along for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony. It will be performed by Mr Graham Wylie, who has been so supportive of the project from the beginning. By the time the midday bus arrives we hope to have adjourned to The Crown for refreshments and a few informal speeches.

It may have been a few days late but it was well worth the wait. The new shop opened its doors for business on Wednesday morning (June 9th) and what a transformation there’s been. If you haven’t seen it yet then make sure you come along soon. The new shop is more spacious – there’s plenty of room to have a natter. It’s self-service so pick up a basket and take your time to browse and then pay at the counter at the back of the shop. It’s lighter and brighter thanks to the various shades of pale green and the huge array of lights that would put Blackpool to shame. It looks familiar even though the layout’s changed, a lot of the original features have been retained – the tongue and groove panelling, the mahogany counter tops, brass yardsticks and the ceiling hooks from when it was a draper’s. It smells nice – and we’re not just talking fresh paint but freshly baked bread and croissants too. There’s a new oven behind the counter which is big enough to swallow full-size baguettes sideways. The volunteers are the same although there will be some new faces behind the counter in the near future. We’re always on the lookout for fresh talent.

 We are planning to have an official opening ceremony in the not too distant future. It’ll be an opportunity to mark this important milestone and to say a big thank you to the hoards of people who’ve helped bring it all to fruition. It’s been an inspiring team effort.

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