At last! A strong message to motorists to pass cyclists safely.

Lots of good wording except for use of ‘pavement’ instead of ‘footway’.


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Apple Day Oct 8th


Apples and bottles wanted for Apple Day , Oct 8th

This day is an annual event at the Farmers Market. Every year TT are invited to participate and we hold an apple pressing stall. Some of the juice produced is given away to shoppers and the surplus ( if any! ) bottled to drink later.

This year we intend holding the stall again – so please start collecting your surplus apples and empty plastic bottles to put the juice in. Windfalls are welcomed – any variety – cookers and eaters – as they will be mixed and crushed together. Bring your windfalls and turn them into delcious juice!

Volunteers to help on the day are also needed. Please contact  Sue if you can help. Email :

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Tynedale Fruit Map

For fruit foragers – the Tynedale Fruit Map !

2016 promises yet again to be a bumper year for fruit and yet again a lot of this will not be harvested and go to waste unless picked and processed. To encourage people to find and harvest the fruit trees we are planning to map the location of all fruit trees on public land, beside roads etc – anywhere that people are welcome to collect free fruit.

Do you know of any ‘wild’ trees or trees on public land that are freely accessible? If so please send details of the type of fruit and location and we will enter it on a google map for all to see. Fruit can include apples and pears, crabapples, damsons, sloes etc but not blackberries, mushrooms etc .

Please send info to : or a member of the Edible Hexham group

Many thanks and happy foraging !


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Community garden clearup

Sat 17th Sept :   HMS community garden Big Autumn Clear Upf643b1e07496f8f6cbdc8a989e5cc86f     10.30 – 4pm

     Please come and help harvest produce and tidy up for early Autumn . Jobs include :
      – : Harvesting the last potatoes
           Tidying the herbaceous border
            Preparing a new area for 2017 ( previously asparagus )
            Pruning fruit bushes
            Cutting the hedge ( if not done by the school )
           – Any others that need doing !
Something for everyone including children !  Please come for as long as you can and bring a packed lunch . Tea and cakes provided in the afternoon.  All welcome.
If you have not been before this is an opportunity to see what has been happening all year, get involved, introduce friends etc.And have fun doing it !
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Investing in cycling nationally

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) held its latest inquiry into England’s first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) earlier this week as Cycling UK’s #morethanmilk action scored a result with over 50 MPs writing a letter to The Times backing Cycling UK’s five key asks.

Government funding for cycling is set to fall to 72p per head (the equivalent of just two pints of milk) for residents in England outside of London by 2020/21, compared to funding of £86 per head for motorways and major roads (equivalent to a magnum of champagne per person!). Since the launch of #morethanmilk over 1,800 emails have been sent to MPs in England, asking them to support a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP. One of Cycling UK’s members wrote: “We used to ride on the left of the road. Now we ride on what’s left of the road.”

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Annual seed and plant swop stall

As part of our aim of encouraging local food production we are holding our annual plant swop stall at the Farmers market this year on

Saturday 14th May  9am – 2pm  


This year we are teaming up with the North Pennines AONB and featuring not only the usual edible plants but also those which are attractive to bees, moths, butterflies and other pollinators.

Gardeners – don’t throw away all those surplus tomato seedlings – swop them for another variety or try something completely different ! Please bring any spare veg, fruit or flower seedlings to the stall to swop. Trees and wildflowers also welcome –it’s surprising what turns up !

2016 is United Nations International Year of the Pulse.  We are particularly keen on having plants and seeds of these to swap and we will have seeds available.

If you have nothing to swop but want advice and plants to start growing your own – this is the place to come !

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Growers Question Time: Sun 3rd April

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Please follow the link to see details of Gardeners Question Time event in Ovingham with 3 local experts.

Any problems ? They can answer them !!

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Cycling utopia?

Could Britain be brave enough to commit to a fundamental rethink of its transport policy? 
Drastically reduce pollution, road deaths, get people more active and healthy, reduce the burden on the NHS and make our island a more pleasant place to be?

Not too much to ask is it?

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Many household have now received notices about buying a ticket for your brown bins for garden waste from the council. But why not compost your own waste ? Not just garden waste but also raw vegetable and fruit waste from the kitchen – and feed your homegrown fruit and veg with the results !

This is the website to order home compost bins from the council. – ‘Dalek’ style bins, plus wormeries and accessories.

220l ‘Dalek’ bins start at 17.98 + delivery  Bins are made of recycled plastic. The website includes full instructions for easy composting.

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energy saving devices for the home

We all know that saving energy is good for the environment and our pockets.  Here are a few new gadgets I came across recently, I would be interested to see if anyone has tried them and how effective they are :

‘Green plugs‘ from   These are plugs designed to switch off automatically things left on standby too long and claim to save up to 41% of individual appliances consumption.

Hive active heating app and device from British gas.

This device controls heating and hot water temperature from an app on your phone or computor. Remote control is supposed to save up to 150 pounds / year for the average household.

Water saving at   The Grohe hand held rainshower adapts your shower by adding airbubbles to make it more efficient and can save water use by 40%

Free apps from an app store :

Loop energy saver app – this personal energy assistant monitors your energy use throughout the day.

Energy saver app – calculates the full statistics for your annual or daily consumption and gives tips on saving energy.

British gas app to compare your consumption with other similar houses in the neighbourhood.  Hopefully your house will be in the highest ‘smug mode’  !

Joulebug app – a game to teach children how to save energy

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