Jerusalem Artichoke Bread


  • 300g Self raising flour
  • 300g Jerusalem Artichokes
  • 100g Feta
  • 60g butter
  • 60ml Single/Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche
  • 50ml Buttermilk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Sprigs of Rosemary


Peel and boil the Jerusalem artichokes till tender and then drain. Mash to a pulp combining with the cream. Leave to cool.

Rub together the self raising flour (sifted) with the butter till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the Jerusalem Artichokes, salt and one sprig of rosemary finely chopped.
Mix together and then add the buttermilk and work with a metal spoon until it becomes a dough.

Roll out with extra flour and either shape as a loaf or plait. Transfer to a baking sheet and crumble the feta on top. Add the remaining rosemary to the top and thin slices of Jerusalem Artichoke (if desired). Bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 210 Celsius.


The recipe can be altered using different herbs and cheeses. For example Thyme and cheddar, Oregano and Halloumi

Greenfields to go and Greenbelt under threat. Act Now!

Hexham Civic Society are sad to report that the 122 Craneshaugh ‘executive homes’ proposal for Craneshaugh, east end of Hexham, was approved unanimously and with little debate by the West Area Planning Committee on Wednesday. HCS Secretary Paul Wharrier spoke on behalf of HCS in objection to the scheme which is proposed by Hexham Auction Mart. We highlighted the shortfall of affordable housing on the site and the prematurity of its release when brownfield sites within the town stand idle. Unfortunately, now this greenfield allocation has been soaked up, the greenbelt is now more vulnerable.

There was no debate from Councillors about the clear failure to develop brownfield sites in Hexham in preference to this premature greenfield release. HCS supports the provision of well-designed new housing but wishes to see brownfield, sustainable sites within the town used in preference to greenfield sites. We are opposed to the deletion of the greenbelt as proposed in NCCs core strategy.

We urge those concerned about NCCs proposed deletion of the greenbelt around Hexham to make their views known to NCC as soon as possible. The deadline for comment is 31st December.

To make your views known to NCC email them at NCC, or see the Save Hexham’s Green Belt group’s site here.

Greenfield or Brownfield for Hexham? Workhouse housing exhibition 3rd-11th Sept

Workhouse Exhibition Poster 3rd to 11th SeptAs with many towns, Hexham is faced with pressure to develop its greenfield and greenbelt land while brownfield sites within the build up area stand idle. As TT members will no doubt be aware, two large housing schemes are now being consulted on by the County Council. Both are at the east end of Hexham and  they are likely to have major implications for the general future of Hexham’s greenbelt. Opposite the Arnold Clark Garage, within Hexham Green Belt, is a proposal for 28 ‘affordable’ housing units, proposed by Two Castles Housing (ref 13/02253/ful). At a full mile from the centre of Hexham many do not believe that this is a sustainable location. Continue reading “Greenfield or Brownfield for Hexham? Workhouse housing exhibition 3rd-11th Sept”

Rail in Hexham and The Tyne Valley – Free Talk 24th June, Queen’s Hall, Hexham

Please excuse this final reminder of our free talk on the history of rail in Hexham and the Tyne Valley by Dr W Fawcett, taking place on Monday evening at 19:30 at the Queen’s Hall. This is a free event to which you, and any guests, are all invited. It is preceded at 18:30 by our Hexham Civic Society AGM (although attendance at the latter is not compulsory!)

We hope to see a good many of you there.

Please feel free to print off and display the attached poster if you are able, to draw the event to a wider audience.

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Urban Agriculture on BBC i player (Radio 4)

Radio 4 Documentary on Urban Agriculture on the ‘Costing the Earth’ programme in the light of planned TT trip to Todmorden 18th May.

The Urban Farmers

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: Tuesday 02 April 2013

Alice Roberts revisits the – quite literally – ground breaking ‘Incredible Edibles’ concept of Todmorden and finds that their inspiration has spread across the UK.

Wasteland throughout our cities is being turned into productive agricultural land. Forget roof top gardens, green walls and window boxes, what we’re talking about here is derelict, often hazardous brown field sites hidden within our urban landscapes that are now becoming a valuable link in our food chain. But that’s not all, in reclaiming this land whole neighbourhoods are being regenerated. No site is too small or too large. From back-alleys on terraced streets in Middlesbrough to acres of polytunnel-lined, disused railway banks in Bristol, these once unproductive – and often hazardous – plots are now feeding their communities via vegetable boxes and even restaurant supply chains.

With a little effort, could our cities really feed themselves? Could this be the answer to both our food security and the improvement of our urban environments?


Plans submitted to NCC for Hexham Station Goods Yard – Verdict: Underwhelming

Three planning applications have just been lodged with Northumberland County Council for works associated with the Goods Yard redevelopment, (as initially reported in the Hexham Civic Society Summer Newsletter). These are: 12/02918/CON; 12/02917/FUL  and 12/02903/LBC. They are described as “Hybrid planning application seeking Full planning permission for station improvements, the erection of three retail units and the use of the Prosser building for retail purposes and outline planning permission for the erection of units for use within Use Classes B1,B2 and B8. Demolition of 3 existing buildings on site. Hexham Goods YardHexham Train Station Loop Hexham Northumberland”.

HCS raised its concerns about the initial ‘draft’ designs that were tabled at a public exhibition on the 5th July at the Wentworth Leisure Centre. Although we are supportive of the general improvement of the derelict Goods Yard area, and of the improved access proposed by Network Rail to the north of Hexham Station, we shared the concerns of many that the tabled proposal was a generic set of ‘big boxes’, which failed to respect their Conservation Area/Listed Buildings context, and failed to take the opportunities that this key site provides. Continue reading “Plans submitted to NCC for Hexham Station Goods Yard – Verdict: Underwhelming”

Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus)


After a global cataclysmic natural or manmade disaster,  it is well documented that the earth will have three main surviving species – the rat, the cockroach, and the Jerusalem Artichoke. As a vegetarian, I am unwilling to post recipes for animal recipes, but should you be lucky enough to survive, the recipes below will ensure that you are adequately fed and watered. Continue reading “Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus)”