It’s our AGM this week. Everyone welcome.

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"The Burghers of Calais" go shopping. Rodin statues in Westminster.

HUMSHAUGH COMMUNITY VENTURES LIMITED

(The Village Shop)

 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 will be held

 7.30 pm on Friday 23 November 2018

Humshaugh Village Hall

(All residents of Humshaugh are welcome to attend)

       AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence
  1. Minutes of the 2017 AGM
  1. Business arising
  1. Chairman’s report
  1. Treasurer’s report
  1. Election of Board of Directors
  1. AOB

Everyone attending is invited to stay after the meeting for a glass of wine and to see the video (just over 15 minutes long) of the beginning of the Village Shop as a community venture. (the video improves with age!)

The Board of Directors is responsible for the activities of HCVL and presently includes:

Dick Moules (Chairman), Paul Barrass (Treasurer), Suzanne Newell, Sally Blanckley, Ray Blanckley, Ann Pearson, Steve Robins, Maurice Gilmour

The present directors are willing to serve another year but there are places available on the board for new members. The AGM provides an opportunity for residents to put themselves forward or to be proposed by other residents.

Enquiries to Maurice Gilmour on  681587 or speak to one of the directors

Happy 9th Birthday

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Happy 9th birthday to Humshaugh Village Shop. It was November 1st 2009 when the shop was first run by a team of volunteers. It had been threatened with closure after the Post Office decided to close the branch in the village. Read the full story here.

You’ll be able to see a film of how the shop was saved if you come along to this year’s AGM of Humshaugh Community Ventures Ltd. That’s the community organisation which runs the shop and which in turn supports projects in the village. We’re always looking for new volunteers to help in whatever way they can. If you’re new to the village, this will be an ideal opportunity to find out what we do. The meeting is at Humshaugh Village Hall on Friday November 23rd at 7.30pm. It’s usually relatively short and it’ll be followed by refreshments and a chance to talk to directors and the lovely team of volunteers. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces.

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Humshaugh 2019 calendar

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Humshaugh 2019 Calendar back

It’s that time of year again when the leaves fall from the trees, the nights draw in and the Humshaugh calendar goes on sale. The 2019 edition is now available from the shop and a lovely calendar it is too – full of local scenes taken by our village’s team of talented, amateur photographers. It’s been produced by Humshaugh Publications, the voluntary group which aims to encourage interest in the written and spoken word through publications, events and workshops. Humshaugh Community Ventures Limited, which runs your village shop, is one of the main supporters, along with Humshaugh Parish Council and the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. It has been printed by local firm Robson Print.

Buy your calendars now for just £5 they’re selling fast. If you need to post them to family and friends, we can even provide a sturdy envelope.

Humshaugh 2019 Calendar front

Pedlars in Humshaugh

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Some villagers may have been approached by young men selling cleaning utensils in a haversack (Usually claiming they have been in prison for assault). It has happened to me. I have had two separate visits over the last few weeks. Both young men put me under pressure to buy something. The first one, a few weeks ago, harassed me and became aggressive when I would not buy something because he did not have any ID. The second one produced an ID document which I found was forged, after I called the police.

I realised, now, how ignorant I was not knowing the law on pedlars. I have therefore done a little homework. I find they must have a pedlar’s certificate from the police. (See copy below).

If you wish to know more here are a couple of links to read;

https://www.police.uk/forms/pedlars-certificate/

https://www.northumbria.police.uk/news_and_events/latest_news/2018/02/13/do_you_know_who_youre_opening_your_door_to/

Richard Hewitt

 

John Bradshaw 1916 – 2018

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Humshaugh said farewell to its oldest resident today. John Bradshaw was 101. His funeral and burial were held at St Peter’s Church.

John was originally from the North West of England. In 1940 he enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment and spent most of World War Two with the Royal Signals in India. After the war John married Mildred, who would be his wife for 55 years.

As you can see from the pictures, John featured prominently in our village’s fight to save the Post Office, which used to be housed in the shop. John was a sprightly 92 when he rode his trusty trike in our protest march in August 2008. He was also interviewed by TV news crews from Tyne Tees and BBC Look North about how he would manage if the Post Office closed.

As most of you will know, the Post Office couldn’t be saved but the groundswell of support in that incredible demo nearly 10 years ago enabled us to go on and save the shop by making it into the successful, community-run venture it is today.

Buster Keaton’s best – “The General”

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The General Buster Keaton poster“The General” is considered to be Buster Keaton’s finest silent film. This restored, high definition version has an orchestral soundtrack.

Union solders have stolen The General, a Confederate train manned by Johnnie Gray, who was unable to enlist in the Confederate army because he is needed as an engineer. The Union plans to use the train to supply its soldiers in a sneak attack against the Confederates. But now it’s up to Gray and his love, Annabelle Lee, to reclaim The General, recross enemy lines, and warn the Confederates. Running time: 67 minutes.

After the interval a fascinating B movie from much closer to home will be screened.

Two million litres!

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The Humshaugh Oil Buying Group has burst through the two million litres barrier with this month’s delivery (February 2018). The group was set up in November 2011 and has steadily increased its membership in Humshaugh and the surrounding area. Deliveries reached one million litres in April 2015. Here are some more statistics from the group’s organiser Brian Earl:

  • 75 monthly orders have been placed (missing only one month, June 2015).
  • 2,839 individual orders were processed.
  • A total of 2,008,945 litres were ordered.
  • The savings to members are in excess of £80,000.
  • The total value of the business placed with the oil suppliers is over £900,000.

Brian Earl (right) who runs the oil buying group. (Newcastle Journal)

Brian is now looking for a deputy to stand in when he’s away on holiday or unable to process the order.

“It only needs a dedicated email address, lots of emails, maintaining an Excel Spreadsheet, and dealing with the oil supplier(s) once a month,” Brian explains. “Please contact me if you’re interested.”

You can e-mail Brian on humshaughoilbuyinggroup@btinternet.com or call on 01434 689123 or 07500 045711.

Carrs-Billington lorry