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Villagers’ plans for a party are taking root

Stobswood Allotment Association is holding a community day (left to right-back row) Emma Whellans holding Amelia Byrne, Andrew Thirlaway, Rosemary Thirlaway and (front row-left to right) Kyle Whellans, Jamie Johnson and Louise Johnson.  
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Stobswood Allotment Association is holding a community day (left to right-back row) Emma Whellans holding Amelia Byrne, Andrew Thirlaway, Rosemary Thirlaway and (front row-left to right) Kyle Whellans, Jamie Johnson and Louise Johnson. REF 1208143920

Allotment holders have been sowing the seeds for a community knees-up to celebrate the completion of their plots.

Stobswood Allotment Association has organised a barbecue and bands Stobfest event this weekend to thank fellow villagers for their support.

Association Chairman Nick Graham said: “We had such a struggle to set up, it has been really hard-going.

“The allotments are on a beautiful site looking straight over to the Cheviot hills, but the land used to be old cottages and they just levelled them so it was full of bricks.

“The idea for the allotments came up about five years ago and it has taken the last two to three years to really get established.

“There are now about 30 plots and they are all taken, with a waiting list, so it’s going really well.

“We wanted to have a village party to celebrate so we’ve invited everyone in Widdrington and just hope people will turn up.”

The plots have been created on a three-acre plot on the edge of the village on land owned by UK Coal, which also provided funding for fencing.

Further funds were provided by county councillor Alan Sambrook for water supply, and Stobswood Cricket Club and Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council have also helped out.

Stobfest will be held at the site on Saturday, from 4pm. There will be a marquee, but people should take their own seats.

For ticket details, call Mr Graham on 07702 562457.

 

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