We’ve done it again. Yet another award for our shop a little more than two years after we took over. It’s come from the Northumberland National Park. Click on the link to find out more.
How about volunteering to help at the shop? We have a large team of helpers but we could do with some more to cover for holidays and changes to people’s working hours. For most people it only means about 3 hours a week. Why not call in and chat to some of the team. They’ll all tell you how much they enjoy it and how they get a nice warm glow from helping the community.
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.
Inspector Lewis is on the case of Humshaugh Village Shop as we try to win a prestigious national award.
Actor Kevin Whately, who plays Lewis in the hit TV series of the same name, was brought up in Humshaugh and was a regular customer at the village store. His mother Mary lived in the village for more than 50 years.
Now Kevin’s backing the shop’s bid to win a trophy in the National Lottery Awards 2011. The shop is one of ten semi-finalists in the voluntary/charity category of the competition, which is open to organisations that have benefitted from National Lottery Funding.
Kevin says “The people of Humshaugh have demonstrated their commitment to keeping this vital community asset going and deserve every sort of support for their enterprise.”
The actor, who is about to start filming a new series of “Lewis”, also starred in “Inspector Morse” and “Auf Wiedersehen Pet”.
To win a place in the final three the shop needs telephone and internet votes from supporters – it’s the only project from the North East in this category. To vote for Humshaugh Village Shop dial 0844 836 9732 or go to the National Lottery website . Voting closes at midday on Monday June 20th.
If Humshaugh shop makes it to the final three there’ll be another round of voting in September before the winner is eventually announced live on BBC One in November. You can follow our progress at www.humshaughshop.co.uk and on Twitter @HumshaughShop.
Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited, which runs the shop, has been awarding grants to the community that helped us to save the shop in the first place. The first of our twice yearly funding applications have been approved and it goes to show that Humshaugh Village Shop is at the heart of the village in so many ways.
Humshaugh Village Hall £866.00
Humshaugh Theatre Group £2000.00
Swallow Project, Tina Wiffen £188.50
Humshaugh & District Pre-School £2050.00
Humshaugh Out of School Club £1000.00
The next round of funding applications from individuals and organisations will be considered in August, although requests from individuals can be made at any time. We are also working with the Evans Trust and the Parish Council to avoid duplication and to consider jointly funding some projects.