Sunday, 20 May 2018

Allendale May Fair

The Allendale May Fair takes place next week, with events beginning on Friday 25thMay and taking place all weekend. The main event will be on Saturday 26thMay, 10am-4pm- there will be stalls, children’s activities, fair attractions, adventure and more. Allendale is certainly the place to be next weekend!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Dementia Awareness Week

Next week is Dementia Awareness Week, running from 21st-27thMay. The week is dedicated to raising awareness and offering support to those suffering from dementia and their families, as well as pledging to create change in our communities. Dementia Awareness Week also highlights how people affected by dementia have the right to be treated equally and live the lives they want. The Hexham constituency is leading the way on making our communities welcoming places for people with memory problems thanks to the Tynedale Dementia Alliance. Earlier this year was the official launch of Dementia Friendly Hexham, which aims to help local businesses to better meet the needs of customers with dementia, and the Adapt Cafe in Hexham is the home of the Hexham Memory Cafe.

It is so important to ensure that dementia sufferers are able to remain and feel a part of the local community. I would encourage you to find out more about the Tynedale Dementia Alliance this Dementia Awareness Week and support the excellent work that they do.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Solutions for the Planet- success for Corbridge Middle!

Earlier this week two teams of students from Corbridge Middle School took part in the regional final of the Solutions for the Planet Challenge. I am delighted to hear that one of the teams, Operation ReCraft, came first and will now go through to the national finals in the Houses of Parliament in July. Their idea to run a sculpture competition in schools using waste materials impressed the judges, particularly as they had already run the competition in their own school to demonstrate that it is achievable. The team aims to promote an understanding of the damage waste can do in the environment and the idea that we should reduce the amount of materials going to landfill.

It is always great to see young people that are passionate about saving our planet and the environment. Congratulations to Operation ReCraft and to all the students that took part in the competition. I wish Operation ReCraft the best of luck at the national finals in July.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Visit to Northumbria Police

Last week I visited Hexham Police Station to meet with Northumbria Police officers and Inspector Bridges to get an update on recent police preventative measures, including how to prevent anti-social behaviour and drug use and combat speeding. We also discussed Northumbria Police’s Farmwatch scheme, a network designed to alert farmers and members of the rural community to any criminal or suspicious activity, share crime prevention advice and make appeals for information. By signing up to the scheme you will be kept informed of crime in your area and receive a monthly news bulletin. For more information see here-

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Sculpting Success

This weekend Cheeseburn Sculpture is holding its first open weekend of the year. On Saturday 19thand Sunday 20thMay from 11am-4pm, Cheeseburn will be opening its doors and showcasing its brilliant and thought-provoking sculptures. One of the installations will be ‘Plato’s Lair’ by Peter Hanmer, the winning piece of the second Gillian Dickinson North East Young Sculptor Awards. The piece is installed in the Walled Garden Potting Shed at Cheeseburn and features a series of miniature figures within a scene that has been specifically designed to immerse the viewer in the space. Cheeseburn is a great champion of sculptors and their talents- why not go along this weekend?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Christian Aid Week

This week (13th-19thMay) is Christian Aid Week, and I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the work the charity does all year round to help improve the lives of people in the world’s poorest countries. For over seventy years, Christian Aid has been helping to change the lives of people of all faiths and none by tackling the root causes of poverty. A particular focus is on helping to build secure homes as hurricane season approaches and making sure that people get the help they need straight away if disasters happen.

There is so much you can do to support the work of Christian Aid. One of the simplest is to donate to help build hurricane-proof homes that will last and help families to help weather storms this hurricane season. Events are also taking place throughout this week in support of charity, and I was pleased to attend a Christian Aid coffee morning last weekend. Please support in any way you can.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Flood prevention- an ongoing priority

I recently had a very constructive meeting with Danielle Anderson-Walker, Farms Liaison Officer at the Tyne Rivers Trust, and Corbridge Councillor Nick Oliver to discuss Natural Flood Management in the form of settlement ponds, leaky dams, tree planting and more. Anything that can be done to protect our towns and villages from the scale of flooding created by Storm Desmond in December 2015 is to be welcomed, and working together with our local farmers is one way of making a real difference.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Kielder Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show- tomorrow!

Tomorrow promises to be an exciting day in Kielder with the Kielder Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show. On Sunday 13th May from 10am-4pm, Kielder Castle will be home to a variety of vintage tractors, classic cars and motorbikes. There will also be a craft fair and a raffle to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance. A great way to spend your Sunday with the family- for more information visit here:

Friday, 11 May 2018

Northumberland County Show- mark your diaries now!

The last Bank Holiday might have just been, but you can already start planning ahead for the next one by marking your diaries with the Northumberland County Show. On Monday 28thMay from 9am-6pm, Bywell Hall near Stocksfield will be home to the always-fantastic annual show, which celebrates the best of Northumberland. With animals including horses, cattle, sheep and dogs, as well as street food, art exhibitors, soft play and tractors, there is fun for all ages. Parking is free and you can beat the queues on the day by buying your E-ticket in advance online now. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Prudhoe Can RUN

The last year has seen incredible success for the NewcastleCan initiative, set up by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to tackle health and obesity by encouraging local communities to work together to get healthier.

Now Prudhoe has joined the fight against obesity with Prudhoe Can RUN, a team to get Prudhoe running, whilst getting healthier, fitter and having fun at the same time. The group’s focus is on the Prudhoe Miners’ 10K Run on Sunday 23rdSeptember, and they want as many people as possible to get involved! Even if you’ve never run before, Prudhoe Can RUN is a great way to motivate each other to get fitter and healthier. Making small changes to our lifestyle can make a huge difference, and I would certainly encourage everyone in Prudhoe to get involved and get healthier together. 

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Prudhoe Community Fair is on its way!

Mark your diaries because the Prudhoe Community Fair isn’t far away. Part of Prudhoe Arts Week, the Community Fair will be taking place on Sunday 3rdJune on Front Street from 12-4pm. With fun fair rides, food stalls, crafts and entertainment, it should be a great family day out. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for good weather!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Northumberland Day 2018 - spreading the word to the rest of the country!

Northumberland Day is back after an incredibly successful launch last year. This year Northumberland Day 2018 will be taking place on Sunday 27thMay, as part of a great fortnight of events and celebrations. Events will be taking place all over the county, with so much already planned, to celebrate the past, present and future of Northumberland. This year promises to be even bigger and better than last year, and I would encourage you to get involved and find out what’s going on near you as we celebrate Northumberland Day 2018.

Monday, 7 May 2018

RED Engineering

I recently visited RED Engineering in Hexham and met with Joe, Richard and Toby who took the time to tell me about the bespoke engineering solutions they provide to companies across Europe and in the USA. Founded in 2008, RED Engineering provides expertise and solutions to support the delivery of complex engineering projects. The company is based in Hexham and is employee-owned, with half of its staff chartered engineers. The Tyne Valley is home to a cluster of specialist engineering companies that are offering bespoke services to companies around the world and offering employment to highly skilled engineers. RED Engineering is a fantastic local company and I really enjoyed my visit.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

There's so much to do this Bank Holiday weekend

If you’re still looking for something to do this Bank Holiday weekend, there are plenty of exciting events taking place around the constituency to keep you and the family busy!

Wildlife activities are taking place all over Kielder Water and Forest Park today and tomorrow as part of the Wild at Kielder Festival. With bird and red squirrel watching, the Kielder Castle craft fair and much more, this is a great way to make the most of the Bank Holiday weather.

The Sill’s Spring Fair is on today, with traders from all over Northumberland selling crafts, cheese, beer and more, in what is a brilliant celebration of Northumberland. 

You can visit Corbridge Roman Town’s new museum, which is looking fantastic thanks to a grant from The Linbury Trust. With its incredible collection on display, including the Corbridge Hoard, it is definitely worth a visit.

Whatever you do, enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Athol House

I have been contacted by a number of constituents with understandable concerns about the announcement by Karbon Homes that it is to demolish Athol House in Ponteland as part of a major redevelopment scheme which will result in a new 32 unit, mixed tenure development of homes for over 55s. 

Obviously, news of this kind is very unsettling and unwelcome to the elderly people that call Athol House home, but I have been assured by Karbon that each and every resident will get all the assistance they need to find a new home where they feel comfortable and safe.  Karbon will meet with every resident individually to determine their needs and to explain all the options available, and families and carers will be included in this process if the residents would like them to be.  Jon McDonald, Support Housing Older Persons Manager at Karbon Homes, has made it very clear that they will give residents all the time that they need to find suitable alternative housing, and they will cover all reasonable costs associated with moving and pay a statutory Home Loss Payment to the residents.  Karbon are also liaising closely with Ponteland Town Council and local County Councillor, Eileen Armstrong, to ensure that the best interests of the residents are looked after.

The decision to demolish Athol House has been made because Karbon believe the current accommodation does not meet modern standards or the desire of older people to live in modern one or two bedroomed apartments or bungalows as opposed to bedsits.  Once the new building is complete, residents will be able to apply for one of the new homes, assuming they meet the criteria for the building.

Back in 2013 I was asked to open Trinity Court in Corbridge - a £2.1m replacement for a popular but outdated complex for the elderly that was demolished in 2010.  Trinity Court was designed to keep residents’ living costs down, within easy walking distance of shops and leisure facilities, and I was hugely impressed with the quality of the accommodation on offer.  Experience gained from this closure and relocation will serve Karbon well as they work with the residents at Athol House to find new homes where they are happy and safe.  

I take the concerns that have been raised with me very seriously, and can understand how upsetting the need to move homes is for the residents - I will continue to do everything that I can to ensure that everyone affected is supported and helped to find a home that suits their individual needs and requirements.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Touring Parliament- you can too!

I was delighted to welcome staff and pupils from St Matthew’s Primary School in Prudhoe to Parliament recently, where they were given a tour of the building to learn all about how the Government works. Parliament is a fascinating building with so much history, and it was great to see the enthusiasm of the children about learning about our part. I really enjoyed meeting everyone from the school, and I really hope that they all enjoyed their visit.

I am always happy to welcome local schools to Parliament and I would encourage schools to get in touch if they would like to arrange a visit. 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Everyone needs a green dog

The Green Dog Walkers scheme has signed up its 1000th member. The scheme, which is supported by Northumberland County Council, is a community-led programme encouraging responsible dog ownership across the county. Dog owners can join by signing the Green Dog Walkers pledge, and are then sent a green dog walkers armband to wear when walking their dog to draw attention to the scheme. If you would like to get involved, the council is holding an event at Newbiggin on Saturday 12thMay from 11am-3pm, with a dog walk at noon. 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A Royal occasion

May is here- the month of the Royal Wedding as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle- and Newton and Bywell WI are hosting a Cream Tea Day to celebrate the big day. On 20th May at 2-4pm at Newton Village Hall, there will be plenty of delicious homemade treats made by WI members, as well as a craft stall for children. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the royal event of the year!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Put your best foot forward!

The Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival is under way. From 28thApril-7thMay, there will be lots of interesting and scenic walks taking place, with both longer and shorter walks meaning there is something for every ability. The Festival takes place twice a year and this time around there are 24 guided walks, including four special interest walks with an expert on hand to share their expertise. Make sure to book ahead- more information is available on the website below- and enjoy a walk through our beautiful Northumberland scenery. 

Monday, 30 April 2018

Countryside Champions

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Champions’ Reception of the Countryside Alliance Awards at the House of Lords, where I was delighted to celebrate with Simon Osborne and Dale Shipman of the Blagdon Farm Shop. The shop was named as winner of the Game Champion Award, in recognition of the fantastic local game they provide. The Blagdon Farm Shop is the only independent game processor in Northumberland and they are currently creating a bird processing plant. With nine local people stalking for them, providing them with venison and birds from seven shoots, this is a great local business and it is fantastic to see the shop recognised at a national level. Congratulations to everyone at Blagdon Farm Shop.

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, were set up to honour the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise and the people who go the extra mile for their communities. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Ageing Well in Prudhoe

Last week I finally held my Ageing Well Spring Information Fair in Prudhoe, after having had to postpone the event in March due to the bad weather. The Fair was organised with the help of Prudhoe councillors Gordon Stewart and Ken Stow and Bywell councillor Karen Quinn, and was attended by a huge range of local community groups, charities and businesses that help or serve older people, all on hand to offer advice and guidance to local residents. We had a fantastic morning in Prudhoe and it was great to see that the event was such a success. I am already looking forward to making next year’s Fair even bigger and better. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Saturday, 28 April 2018


Back in the Spring I dropped in at Dipton Mill Inn to meet owner Mark Brooker. I had a look around both the Pub and the brilliant Hexhamshire Brewery which Mark runs on site. Dipton Mill is a family owned and run pub with incredible history- the original building dates from around 1608 and was built as a corn mill. The Hexhamshire Brewery was started by the Brooker family more than 20 years ago to supply beer to both the Dipton Mill and other pubs in the North East. A great local country pub and business- I certainly recommend it!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Show your colours this Football Shirt Friday

Today is Football Shirt Friday, a day when you can wear your team’s football shirt with pride in support of the Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer Research. As part of Football Shirt Friday, last week I visited a local William Hill shop where I was invited to place a £50 bet with the winnings going to Tynedale Hospice at Home and the Injured Jockeys Fund. Unfortunately my bet was not successful, but it was great to visit William Hill, who are sponsoring the day as part of their commitment to supporting the community with their Close to HOME project. William Hill have contributed over £144,000 in sponsorship and fundraising to the Bobby Moore Fund and this year are funding a project to increase participation in a nationwide bowel cancer screening programme.

The Bobby Moore Fund was set up in memory of the late Bobby Moore to fund pioneering bowel cancer research. If you would like to donate, text BOBBY to 70200 to donate £5 and help save lives this Football Shirt Friday.  

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Great Northumberland- launches today!

Today sees the launch of ‘Great Northumberland’, Northumberland County Council’s cultural programme of activities across the county, which has been set up to help increase visitor numbers to Northumberland over the summer period and beyond. The launch is being held at Hexham Abbey today, kicking off what promise to be a great few months filled with some really exciting events. The programme will open with a showcase event in Hexham on 7thJuly and will close in Berwick on 1stSeptember. The ‘Great Northumberland’ programme is certainly a community event, with tourist attractions, businesses and residents all involved, whilst The Duchess of Northumberland, journalist Kate Adie and Commonwealth bronze medal winner Laura Weightman are just some of the names supporting the programme.   

Just some of the exciting events taking place over the next few months include:

·     7thJuly- showcase launch at Hexham Sele and Abbey gardens, an hour long show with street theatre, live music and day-time fireworks
·     14th/15thJuly- an outdoor theatre production about what it is like to be young and live in Northumberland today at Prudhoe riverside
·     21stJuly- a day of poetry in the streets of Morpeth, with an event to celebrate the Northern Poetry Library’s 50thbirthday 
·     22ndJuly- explore the skies and the waters with a sound and image installation from the North Pennines Observatory, followed by a talk by Robert Good 
·     28thJuly- history comes to life at Seaton Delaval Hall, with music, performances and parades taking place throughout the day
·     4th/5thAugust- celebrating women both in the Roman era and today at Vindolanda and The Sill to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage 
·     12thAugust- Alnwick Market place will be filled with music, song, dance and the spoken word as part of the 43rdAlnwick International Music Festival
·     18th/19thAugust- explore the story of the Ashington Group with walking tours and talks at Woodhorn Museum 
·     19thAugust- an installation on Blyth beach of over 600 handmade blue sail cloth flags illustrating the journey of Blyth’s Captain William Smith to Antarctica 
·     25th-27thAugust- a solo exhibition of sculptures by Joseph Hillier who has collaborated with a Northumbrian dancer to capture her gestures and movements through a fusion of ancient bronze casting and digital 3D motion capture technology
·     1stSeptember- the Great Northumberland Finale in Berwick, with a community choir procession along the main street singing local songs, with an hour-long seated concert in Berwick Guildhall

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Ovingham First keeps getting greener

I was delighted to be asked to present Ovingham First School with their fourth Green Flag, which they have been awarded in recognition of their amazing work ensuring they are an ‘Eco-School’ to protect our environment. It was great to meet the Eco Council and Miss Moore who work so hard to make their school environmentally friendly. I have received some wonderful letters in the last few weeks from pupils at the school, telling me their ideas of how we can reduce plastic use and pollution, and it is fantastic to see how enthusiastic the children all are about protecting our planet. Well done to everyone at Ovingham First and keep up the good work!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Outcomes of Consultation on Education in the West of Northumberland

I am very pleased that Cllr Daley and the County Council’s leadership have really listened to parents on the issue of education in the West of Northumberland. They said they would listen to what local people have to say and they have kept to their word. It is a very refreshing change from the way our local community was often ignored under the previous administration. All of the parents I spoke to accepted that if falling roll numbers or falling standards became an issue then those issues would rightly need to be dealt with. I will be working closely with the Council and Cllr Daley to see how we can all work together to support our local schools going forward. Fundamentally I think the fact that the voice of Tynedale is being heard and taken into account at County Hall, for the first time in a very long time, will be very welcome by parents and residents.

'The Three Tumours'

I recently met Richard Stewart and Ian Hardy to talk about their experience of living with a brain tumour and their fundraising efforts for brain tumour research. Richard and Ian, together with fellow brain tumour sufferers Dan Howard and Graydon Downs and paramedic Vincent McCluskey, will be walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall from west to east starting on 25thApril. As well as raising money to fund research, they also hope to raise awareness of the effect of brain tumours on both patients and their families.

All the money raised by their epic walk will be donated to The Brain Tumour Charity, Brain Tumour Research and Brains Trust, and the group hope to smash their £50,000 target. I wish the team the best of luck with their walk- if you would like to support ‘The Three Tumours’ team and help them reach their target, you can donate here:

Monday, 23 April 2018

Diana Gilbertson, Community Champion

My celebration of some of the winners of my Hexham Constituency Community Champion Awards took place recently at Walwick Hall, sponsored by Gareth Jones at Red Hot Property. One of the extraordinary winners who attended the event was Diana Gilbertson, who was given the award in recognition of her incredible efforts fundraising over £5000 for Tyndale Hospice at Home in memory of her mum with a five-day trek in Nepal. The money will no doubt make a huge difference to the work of Tynedale Hospice at Home, providing palliative nursing care. 

I have so much admiration for people like Diana, who go to such incredible efforts to raise money and make a difference to others, and I was delighted to meet Diana and her father at the event and to thank her for the amazing work she has done.

If you know someone you think deserves a Community Champion Award, please do get in touch and let me know.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Celebrate Spring

Hexham will be the place to be next Saturday as the town celebrates its annual Spring Festival in the grounds of Hexham Abbey. With music in the bandstand, food, craft stalls, activities and a mini funfair, there will be something for everyone, making it a great family day out. The Festival is organised by the Hexham Community Partnership and it promises to be a fantastic day, so make sure to start your weekend at the Hexham Spring Festival (Saturday 28thApril, 9am-4.30pm). 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Care Home Open Day- linking communities

Today is Care Home Open Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the people that make our local care homes such happy and friendly places to be. Care homes are at the centre of so many local communities and today they are opening their doors and inviting you to get to know the people that work so hard to make care homes so welcoming. 

It is very important to me to have a relationship with local care homes in the constituency, and last month I visited Carntyne Residential Care Home in Hexham for their Easter Fair. It was a pleasure to visit Carntyne and to meet staff and residents. It was great to see the fantastic community spirit they have there- why not visit your nearest care home and see for yourself the brilliant work they do? 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Take a leaf out of Hexham's book

The Hexham Book Festival starts next week (26thApril-6thMay), with a great line-up of authors scheduled to attend. With a line-up including Sarah Winman, Simon Mayo, Evan Davis, Judy Murray, Jeremy Vine, David Starkey, Harriet Harman and many more, it looks set to be a fantastic few weeks for Hexham. The Festival is this year focusing on the strides women have made in the last hundred years to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, with Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, also attending. Always a great event, which benefits the local economy and tourism- I encourage you to find out more about what’s going on at the Hexham Book Festival.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Restoring historic farm buildings

A new grant scheme offering funding to restore historic farm buildings in National Parks is being piloted this year. The Historic Building Restoration Grant is being piloted in certain areas around the country, including Northumberland, with the aim of saving iconic and historic farm buildings in English National Parks from falling out of use. Owners of these buildings can apply for a grant offering 80% of the cost of restoration, including replacing the roof, weather proofing the exterior, or other restoration works so that the building can be used again for farming purposes. The scheme is open for applications until 31stJanuary 2019, and once approved, the work must be completed within two years. I welcome this scheme, which will not only preserve our rural history and culture, but will also regenerate historic buildings for use today, and I encourage building owners to apply for a grant. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Spring Information Fair- this Friday!

A reminder that my rearranged Ageing Well Spring Information Fair is taking place on Friday (20thApril). The event was postponed last month due to the chaos caused by the ‘Beast from the East’, but will now be held at St Mary Magdalene Parish Hall, Prudhoe, from 10am-12pm. The event will be attended by local community groups, charities and businesses that help or serve older people, including:

·     Age UK
·     Ageing Well Network
·     Carers Northumberland
·     Prudhoe Waterworld
·     Prudhoe Local History Society
·     Prudhoe Castle Bowling Club
·     CAB
·     NCC Community Safety
·     Talking Matters
·     Northumberland County Blind Association
·     Prudhoe Social Eyes
·     Prudhoe Community Partnership
·     Alzheimer’s Society
·     Carers Northumberland
·     Wylam WI
·     Wylam Amateur Dramatics Society

There is something for everyone, from advice and support to clubs and groups. Free admission and home-made refreshments. Everyone is welcome- I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018


This weekend the fifth annual Ponteland Beer Festival will take place in Ponteland. Last year over 3000 people attended and it is hoped that this year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet. With a selection of over 150 beers, lagers and ciders on sale, a gin bar and a wine and prosecco bar, as well as soft drinks provided by Fentimans and a variety of food suppliers, there really will be something for everyone. There will also be musical entertainment and rugby matches to watch on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival will be held next to the rugby pitch at Ponteland Leisure Centre from Friday 2oth-Sunday 22ndApril. For more information about the festival and how to buy tickets, visit here-

Monday, 16 April 2018

Know your first aid- you never know when you'll need it!

None of us know when we might be called upon to give first aid, and so it is so important that we have the necessary first aid skills to be prepared for an urgent situation. The British Red Cross has shared information on how to give first aid to someone who is bleeding heavily. Easy to learn and easy to perform, you never know when this information might be needed: 

1.     Put pressure on the wound with whatever is available to stop or slow down the flow of blood. You are acting as a “plug” to stop the blood escaping. The pressure you apply will help the blood clot and stop the bleeding.
2.     Call 999 as soon as possible. If you can’t call 999, get someone else to do it.
3.     Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

You can watch a short video about how to help someone who is bleeding heavily here-

Visit the British Red Cross website for more information on first aid skills here-

The free first aid app is also a great way to make sure you have first aid skills with you wherever you go-

Sunday, 15 April 2018

David Potts- a community champion

I recently spent an enjoyable afternoon at Walwick Hall, celebrating some of the winners of my Hexham Constituency Community Champion Awards. Started last year, and sponsored by Gareth Jones at Red Hot Property, the awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of people in the Hexham constituency. 

One of the winners who attended the event at Walwick Hall was David Potts. David is a stalwart of the community in Heddon-on-the-Wall and was nominated by Heddon residents for his years of service to the village. David works tirelessly for local organisations, including St Andrew’s Church in Heddon, and is always willing to do whatever he can to help neighbours and residents in the village. It was great to be able to show David how much he is appreciated by everyone in Heddon- he is thoroughly deserving of the award.

I look forward to sharing more information about the achievements of other Community Champions in the coming weeks.