Saturday, 20 August 2011

South Tynedale Tour, Allendale Show and the Allen Valley Angling and Conservation Project

The Allen Valley Angling and Conservation Team

A wonderful day in South Tynedale, full of big clear skies, sunshine and lots of great people. Started off bright and early in Catton and then went to Allendale. Did a tour of all the shops and delivered my Annual Report all over town before having a cup of coffee in the amazing arts centre, The Forge, which Amanda and her team have set up up as a community interest company.
Then went on to the show which was great: full of local people coming together and working hard, both to put on the show itself and also trying to win prizes. I had good chats with the Lions Club, the Army, several of the energy companies who had trade stands, several of the Arts stands and generally caught up with many locals. As usual the dancing sheep were a big draw, whilst on the negative side one poor lad broke his ankle in the wrestling.
I was lucky enough to meet the prizewinners as the shows organisers asked me to hand out the trophies.
One final plug: the big prize for enterprise and Big Society must go to the lads at Allen Valley Angling and Conservation - check out their amazing web site on
Paul Frear and his team are doing a great job in revitalising the Allen River between Allendale and Allenheads. Not only are they doing a great job of conservation and environemental protection but they are also giving young [under 12s fish for free] and old the chance to fish for sea trout and salmon. I will definitely be there next season - a day pass costs only £14 - and thats a bargain to have a chance to catch a salmon.