Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Mobile Barclays bank in Ponteland - campaign success!

I’m delighted that after months of campaigning, we have been able to find a solution to help the 10,000-strong community of Ponteland with physical banking facilities.

Due credit to Barclays for listening to us – the other banks didn’t.

I will continue to call on banks to rollout these services across Tynedale - these services are very important to local people.

Article in the Northumberland Gazette is HERE.


A great Storm Arwen meeting with many parish councils and community groups in Hexham last night. 

My thanks to all who came as we make progress on the significant funding for community resilience locally from Northern Powergrid.

There is funding of up to 20k available for parish councils with a resilience plan for a community hub that requires funding. 

Thanks to parish and community representatives from Allendale, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Humshaugh, Newbrough, Hexham shire, Slaley & Great Whittington for coming. 

The Great Whittington application for £4,000 for their village hall was approved last night, 2 weeks after application.

We do it all again on Friday in Bellingham.

The dedicated Storm Arwen section of my website has the application form for NPG's community fund and a sign up page for the Bellingham meeting. 

Please visit: www.guyopperman.co.uk/winter-preparedness-public-meetings or call: 01434 239 205.

Friday, 23 September 2022


I am organising two public meetings with Northern Powergrid to give residents an opportunity to hear about energy resilience improvements and planning for this winter. 

Northern Powergrid will also be outlining how organisations can apply to its £7.5 million energy resilience scheme to reinvest in the hardest hit communities during Storm Arwen. 

The public meetings are taking place on: 

Monday 26 September, 18:30 - 20:00 at Hexham Mart 

Friday 30 September, 18:00 - 19:30 at Bellingham Town Hall 

If you would like to attend, please sign up at: www.guyopperman.co.uk/StormArwen or call 01434 239 205.