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Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas one and all!

So, that’s almost another year completed. Phew! Where did it go? Did you manage to stay on top of your New Year resolutions (still a few weeks to go, of course). Or maybe you didn’t bother.

Anyway, whether you did or you didn’t, I hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018!

So much has happened in our local community over the past year. So much for us to be grateful for. 

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Calor Christmas video 2018

Local stars make debut in Calor Christmas video!

Christmas is a time to come together to enjoy the spirit of giving and sharing – whether that be amongst families or within communities,both small and large.

To help inject some Christmas spirit to local communities across the nation, rural energy provider Calor has created a warm and engaging social video focusing on the many different projects its annual funding scheme has helped over the past two years.

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What is a smart meter?

Following on…

Following the success of the first Warm Hubs Event in Powburn, Community Action Northumberland has provided the following relevant information to further help people reduce their energy bills.

What is a smart meter?

Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters. They show you the amount of energy you use as you use it and how much you are spending in pounds and pence. Your energy supplier(s) will install at no cost to you, this will replace your old meter:

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Powburn bench restored

Bench restored

[All images © Robbie Burn 2016 – used with permission]

Several months ago the community bench alongside the A697 and opposite the Breamish Hall was damaged.

Well Sid Smailes, who does a great job of looking after the Powburn Community Garden, has restored it. The wooden slats have been re-varnished and the metal end supports have been sanded down and treated with an appropriate metal paint.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Sid’s done a great job!

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Plough Inn car park available

Maintaining the Plough Inn, car park and garden

John Carr-Ellison has been in contact with Robbie Burn (Chair, Hedgeley Parish Council) regarding the Plough Inn, Powburn.

He has indicated that, for the good of Powburn village, he intends to keep the pub, its car park and the pub garden as smart as practically possible while negotiations with Punch Taverns and future potential operators continue.

To this end:

  1. With the help of Paul Wood we have tidied up the pub garden.
  2. Paul has kindly agreed to keep the garden mown and tidy.
  3. We will kill the weeds in the car park and then spread new gravel.
  4. I am happy for residents to park their cars in the car park then if they wish but on the condition that they are in regular use. It should not become a depository for non-runners, scrap vehicles, servicing vehicles, etc.
  5. I hope residents will be happy to keep an eye on it and keep it tidy until the contractors start work.
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Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Hedgeley Women’s Institute

Hedgeley WI celebrated the Queen’s 90th Birthday by organising a Tea in the Garden, planned for Saturday 23 April 2016. As it happened, the weather was poor on Saturday so the venue was changed to the Breamish Hall.

Several members of the local community came together to celebrate.

There was plenty of good home-made food available, including sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and Pimm’s.

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Gallery of Wonder on Tour video

Science, art and wonder…

The Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition at the Powburn Show 2015 was a great success.

It surprised visitors who had expected a traditional country show with dog trials, wrestling and jam-making with a “showground curiosity” from the past… “a black tent full of video installations, and taxidermy and all manner of strange and engaging things!”

Wow! That’s the reaction we’re looking for!

Funded by Arts Council England, Berwick Visual Arts, Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice and Northumberland County Council, the Gallery of Wonder on Tour exhibition aimed to encourage questioning of relationships between art and science, gallery spaces and museums.

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