Those of you who play our Unity Lottery may have won £10 or even £25 at some point… But now the proceeds have grown enough so that we can offer some grants to local community groups and projects, for anything that would be of benefit to people on Alston Moor.
The Plan really is getting close to completion now. Sections 4 and 5 in first draft form are now available, and the entirety of the earlier part is now in its penultimate form – a final draft (also on this site), which you are invited to comment on, and will be getting its last revision in March once I’ve heard from as many people as possible.
Here I am, in late January, drafting the final sections of the Community Plan. After two years of consultation and research, talking to people all over Alston Moor (some with the help of volunteer members of the Alston Moor Partnership) in groups and individually, the end is finally in sight!
Our major news is our new website, the one you’re looking at right now. It’s taken a lot of work to make it good to look at, easy to use, and informative. We hope you enjoy it! Let us know if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or spot any glitches.
The third Repair Café will be held at the Nenthead BIG Breakfast in April 2019. We have 17 wonderful, skilled volunteers ready to have a go at fixing all sorts from electronics, to mechanics, textiles and clothes to watches and jewellery, garden tools to radios and hoovers…
Properties work is progressing. We are looking to produce a document about improving old houses with draught-proofing, similar to that produced by Amble or Wooler, and also possibly investing in a thermal imaging camera for identifying cold spots, draughts etc.
We have been looking into the possible ways we could be constituted, as it seemed time to re-examine our current ‘company limited by guarantee’ status. We are not exactly the same organisation as we were when founded in 2004, because the world has changed and also there are different possibilities now.
We had a really successful meeting on 9 October at Garrigill Village Hall to discuss the Introduction and Section 1 of the Community Plan. About 30 people came along, and discussed the various ‘bits’ in groups of four to six. This part of the Plan has now been revised from the comments recorded there and some others received by e-mail.
Four properties have now had work completed – the Top Café, Stokoe House (Cane Shop), Mad Hatters and the Wholefood Shop There are plans for the butcher’s and for the Clock Shop but both have been delayed because of bereavements.
The shop is our base, but we do not need to use it a lot of the time and so it is available to rent out. For several years, the Credit Union has been using it every Thursday morning but their management committee has decided to close the local CU office as they claim it has inadequate ‘footfall’.