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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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Greenhead village notes

THERE was an excellent turnout of local residents for the public meeting in Greenhead to help prepare a new Local Development Strategy for the next five years in the Northumberland Uplands.

It is really important that the “bottom up” LEADER system of allocating funds that Europe insists on is used for this work, so all parish councils throughout the Uplands are being consulted, as are all residents keen to share their aspirations and worries about the future.

If you missed this meeting, there will be another chance to contribute on Friday, May 30, in Haltwhistle library during an all-day drop-in session.

Particularly valuable were the contributions of the young people who attended, so we hope to follow this with some work at the middle school.

Liz Stewart and I are volunteer members of the Local Action Group and have seen the good work it has achieved in Gilsland and Greenhead through LEADER funding – and the difference it has made throughout the area.

The responses from this meeting will be displayed on the noticeboard inside the village hall for everyone to see.

THERE are undeniably difficult times ahead for all of us who live far from the economic heart of the country, which means careful planning ahead for bodies such as the management committee of the village hall.

Its members will need all the bright ideas of all the residents, so please come along to the annual general meeting on Monday, April 7, to encourage them and suggest ways and means to keep this wonderful facility alive in the years to come.

As we heard at the LEADER meeting, there will be European money for worthwhile projects that we can suggest. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

THE Farmers’ Market is back on Sunday, April 13, when there will be goods for our Easter catering, as well as all sorts of delicious ingredients for Sunday dinners, plus egg hunts (free range, of course) and suitable gifts for all.