Race to the Pole

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In our never ending quest to take the Humshaugh Village Shop bag higher, lower, further, hotter and colder, Anne and Malcolm Race have set the bar exceptionally high by taking their lime green shopper all the way to Antarctica. Admittedly it was summer down there but when you look at the photos in the Bag Shot Gallery you’ll see there was still plenty of snow.

2013 Swedish Trip – apply now

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Posted January 29th 2013

Young Northumberland is looking for people who live in the Northumberland Uplands and are aged between 18-25 to take part in an exciting project with a group in Sweden.  Trips will take place this summer.

You will:

  • Take part in a residential course looking at team building, project management and other exciting activities.
  • Travel to Sweden to take part in study visits, work placements and take part in a traditional Swedish Midsummer Festival.
  • Be able to take advantage of further training, advice and support.

Trip One: Three day residential course      14 – 16 May 2013.      Travel to Sweden    9-23 June

Trip Two: Three day residential course  10 – 12 July 2013.   Travel to Sweden    16 – 29 June 2013

“A great experience for all, 18 or 25, boy or girl, absolute once in a life time opportunity!”  Matthew Chard, Bellingham, who took part in the first exchange.

Interested?  Get in touch with

Jane Riddell and Jennifer Hewitson

Young Northumberland

t: 01669 622075 e: youth@nuleader.eu

Come and join us

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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.

It wasn’t us

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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.

Insp Lewis on our case

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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.

Funds for Village

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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

Total                                                                                           £6104.50

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.

Vote for us

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We are delighted to tell you that Humshaugh Village Shop is in the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards 2011 and we need your votes to win. We are one of ten voluntary/charity groups in the UK wide competition. There are six other sections for Sport, the Arts, Heritage, Health, Environment and Education. From Tuesday May 31 you have just three weeks to vote for us. This vote will produce 3 finalists and then a second vote later in the year will decide the winner. The winner in each category will be announced on a special, live BBC One programme in the autumn. Not only will there be a trophy there will also be a £2,000 cash prize.

The first round of voting starts at 9.00am on Tuesday May 31 and runs until midday on Tuesday June 20. Any votes outside those times will not count and you may still be charged. Vote for Humshaugh Village Shop by clicking here: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards . If any of your friends and family can’t vote on-line, ask them to vote for us by ringing 0844 836 9732. Calls cost 5p from a BT land line but will be dearer on other networks or mobiles. Votes outside the times and dates mentioned will not be counted but you could still be charged.

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Not Quite Top Shop

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Despite winning a prestigious regional award from the Countrywide Alliance, your local shop couldn’t come away with the top prize at the 2010 National Awards at the House of Lords. Humshaugh, which had won Best Village Store/Post Office in the North East was up against 11 other stores from around Britain. The worthy winner was Yarpole Community Shop Association and Post Office, Yarpole, Leominster, Herefordshire. You can find out more on the Countryside Alliance’s website.

Three of the nine Humshaugh directors, Dick Moules, Steve Robins and Brian Earl along with three volunteers, Jennifer Hewitt, Jimmy Duncan and Margaret Earl, travelled to London for the ceremony. It was held on the terrace next to the Thames and guests included TV chef and countrywoman Clarissa Dickson-Wright and the Duke of Devonshire and the Dowager Duchess from Chatsworth. Afterwards the Humshaugh team was treated to a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster by Hexham’s MP Guy Opperman. See the Bag Shot Gallery for a couple more photos.