Local Community News

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The redundant Methodist Chapel in the centre of Nenthead was built in 1873 and used until 2002;  it now stands empty and forlorn.  People in Nenthead have rallied together with plans to rescue this building and turn it into something useful. They would like to provide a warm space in the village where people can spend time informally together - there's no such place at the moment. They would also like to share Nenthead's colourful story and beautiful landscape with visitors.

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As most people will have heard, Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain will finish at Hartside on Thursday afternoon. The riders will set off on Thursday morning from Prudhoe and it is expected that the first riders will be climbing up Hartside around 3pm.  The 8km climb up Hartside will be the only mountain finish in the whole of the 2015 tour, and the highest finish ever in the history of the tour.  The organisers are already predicting that it will be the sporting highlight of this year's tour and is the highest, longest, toughest finish in the history of the tour!

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The Annual General Meeting for Cybermoor Ltd and Cybermoor Networks Ltd are coming up on the evening of Thursday, 10th September. Both will be held at Samuel Kings School, Alston, starting at 7pm.  After the formal business of the meeting, we will be asking for your ideas on what future digital services you would like to see developed for Alston Moor.  Examples of previous ideas include tele-healthcare, phone services, community journalism, the flying shepherd drone and big data analyis. We will see if your ideas can attract funding. One potential idea could be the support for online banking (in light of plans to close Barclays).

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This week MP Rory Stewart gave his support to Alston's campaign against the closure of the town's last remaining bank.  Rory met with local activists, parish councillors, and constituents to discuss the proposed closure of Barclays Bank.  This follows a recent announcement that the branch, England's highest bank, is due to be closed on 4th December, on the grounds that transaction numbers are falling. The announcement follows the closure in June this year of HSBC, the only other bank in the town.

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Alston Moor Partnership has received a confirmed grant of £1.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Alston Townscape Heritage scheme. The total project will cost in the region of £1.7m with funding also provided by Eden District Council, Alston Moor Parish Council and individual contributions. The scheme aims to improve a number of architecturally-important properties on Front Street & Market Street within Alston’s conservation area. Also watch it featured on Border News if you missed it.

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A new Community Wheels bus service will start next Tuesday, 14th July running from Garrigill to Alston in the morning and back again in the afternoon.  The service will connect with Tuesday's Hexham market bus service.  To use the service, you need to have a Rural Wheels card as cash can't be taken on the bus, which you can get from Alston Local Links at the Town Hall. The cost of the service will be £1 each way.

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Following the consultation to extend the Alston Moor Schools Federation to include Samuel King's School, a huge majority of 91% voted in favour of the proposal. 313 responses were received to the consultation document and 285 voted in favour compared to 28 who were against the proposal.

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The Wright's Newcastle to Keswick 888 summer service, which has been running since 1930 will be running again this year!  The service starts from Friday, 3rd July until Sunday, 27th September and will run a daily return service from Newcastle to Keswick via Alston.

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The Governing Bodies of both Alston Moor Federation and Samuel King’s School have agreed to consult both parents and the wider community on a proposal to extend the Alston Moor Federation (currently consisting of Alston Primary School & Nenthead Primary School), to include Samuel King’s School effective from 1st September 2015. The admission authority would remain as the Local Authority for all three schools.

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As May's Parish Council's meeting was the first to be held after this year's local council elections, the first part of the meeting was taken up with election of officers and council representatives for the various committess.  Also on the busy agenda were the final arrangements for Appleby Fair visitors, requests for local speed restrictions, a busy planning list and the year end financial report and audit.

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