You are the sunshine of my life

You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always be around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever you’ll stay in my heart
I feel like this is the beginning,
Though I’ve loved you for a million years
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Update March 4th 2017

Another bed at the Wentworth was planted this weekend near to the existing beds by the Wentworth cafe. Thanks are due to Northumberland County Council staff for clearing the bed for us and to Matty, Phil, Roger, Ted and Angus who gave up their Saturday afternoon to help plant it up.

This is a fruit bed with apple trees, blackcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries to look forward to in the autumn !

Two new planters are also planned for Priestpopple this year – look out for them later in the spring.

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New Edible Hexham bed planted

On March 4th the great Edible Hexham volunteers planted up the 3rd bed at the exit of the Wentworth car park. The latest bed has 2 apple trees, black and redcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries in it – lots of delicious fruit for everyone to try.

Hexham was once a famous fruit growing area with many market gardens and orchards – in fact the present Wentworth car park is built upon former allotments and Tesco was a market garden and nursery only 30 years ago. Our 3 Wentworth beds are a tribute to these days and a reminder that anyone can grow their own fruit on their own garden–its so easy !

Many  thanks are due yet again to Ted and Angus, Matty, Roger and Phil for their great efforts. We are always looking for more volunteers so if you are interested in helping please email Sue at suehick3@gmail.com

 

3rd wentworth bed empty

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planted !

 

3rd ww bed 2

Congratulations on a job well done ! Time for a well earned cuppa!

 

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Window Display

I hope everyone has seen and admired the window display along Battle Hill .

Space was provided by Hexham Spaces and the display put up by Laura Hull, Kate Bramfitt and Sue Hick and runs until 10th march.

Many thanks are due to them for a fine display illustrating the work we are doing . Hopefully it will attract more volunteers with more ideas to work towards our vision of a sustainable, thriving town !

window-display-2017If you know of anyone who would like to become involved then please invite them along to our meetings – all are welcome !

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Notice of Transition Tynedale Limited AGM 2015/2016

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NOW AT BIN 21 MARKET SQUARE

Transition Tynedale Limited will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8th February, 2017 at Scott’s Café, Forum Cinema, Hexham.

Voting Process and Agenda

This page explains the processes that we follow when electing our Directors, and Officers.

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Wassailing the New Year in the physic garden

dilstonYou’re invited to join our wassail on Saturday 7 January

Event starts from 12 noon

We invite you to join an event which continues an ancient tradition while planting a legacy for the future.apples

The physic garden is open from 12 noon – 2pm. Please feel free to bring snacks and sandwiches; there are plenty of benches to sit on, or lawns to lie on if you bring a rug.
From 1pm – 2pm, join in song and ceremony to toast our orchard trees.

blossomWassail is an Old English word meaning ‘be healthy’ or ‘be whole’ – ‘hale and hearty’. Wassailing the trees in the orchard wakes them from their winter sleep and brings a bountiful crop of fruit in season. This ancient tradition recognizes the importance of our relationship to nature.

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Local druids will toast a chosen fruit tree with an offering of cider poured over its roots. This is followed by a sharing of the wassail bowl, and the singing of carols, led by members of the local community choir. We encourage the making of much noise by all present! A family event, come in costume if you wish – but remember your weather proof footwear!
Transition Tynedale provide the cider from recent apple pressing days.

From 2-3pm, you can join in a weather dependent walk through Dukeshouse Woods to Hexham Middle School, where tree planting takes place from 3:15pm. Sound therapist Johanna Sheehan will be leading a reflection on our connection to the earth during this final part of the event.
Transition Tynedale’s blog can be accessed here

This event is open to all and unticketed. Donations to the physic garden, an independent, local charity, will be much appreciated.

For more on wassailing, please click here and here.

Participation in all activities is at the individual’s own risk.

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New Orchard for Acomb

Tynedale was once a thriving fruit growing area but with the march of supermarkets and the ‘perfect’ red apple most local orchards have been lost and yet another connection to the source of our food gone. We aim to replace some of these orchards and show that local apples are easy to grow and help to build resilience into our local food supply. Why go to the supermarket when you can get and grow local supplies ?

What better place to start than in a school ?

Saturday 26h November saw 4 hardy Transition volunteers join parents, children and headteacher Angela of Acomb First School come together to plant 14 trees donated by Transition Tynedale. These were given for a new school orchard in the school grounds where they will provide not only a delicious harvest in the future but also a valuable learning environment or ‘outdoor classroom’ for the children.

Many thanks to Matty for organising this and to Gareth, Sue and Phil for help planting the trees. More tree planting days are planned in Hexham in 2017 and if anyone has suggestions for areas which could benefit from fruit trees then please get in touch.

 

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Walking and cycling is good for business

Study tells real estate developers building for walking and cycling is good for business – see

https://cyclingindustry.news/study-tells-real-estate-developers-building-for-walking-and-cycling-is-good-for-business/

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Tynedale Fruit Map

Tynedale Fruit Mapapple-and-pear-pic

The new google map is now available for public view to help you all find free fruit in the hedges and fields of Tynedale. The map is ongoing. Everyone is encouraged to send in findings of new trees  and they will be entered onto the map. Click on the link above to access the map.

Please keep your eyes open for fruit trees when out and about and send details of type of tree (apple / pear/ plum etc) and location to me at suehick3@gmail.com  and I will enter them.

This year is a bumper crop for fruit – happy  foraging !!

Sue Hick

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Not everything is black and white in road safety

The artist’s goal is to use the visual impact of the crosswalk to improve both driver and pedestrian focus, thus enhancing respect for pedestrian safety. Perhaps, his zany designs will also encourage more people to leave their cars at home and tour their city by foot.
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