The 10th anniversary Roger Albert Clark Rally will take place on Sunday 10th November.  The vehicles will travel through the valley to Craik from 11.00 am and return 1.40 p.m.  It is anticipated that approximately 100 competitors will participate.

Lovable Lola Looking for New Home

Wendy Bulmer is looking for a new home for Lola, her six year old black and white cat.  Lola is a very sweet cat who doesn’t venture out much and just wants plenty of cuddles.  She is in good health and is used to sharing a home with dogs.  If you can offer Lola a home please contact Wendy on 880200.

Chisholme House

Charlotte Maberly’s talk about gastronomy was interesting, informative and at times shocking. Our obsession with cheap food that has a huge impact on the environment and little nutritional value was horrifically laid out in all its gruesome detail. Many of these simple yet pertinent facts are often overlooked or deliberately hidden by the food industry in the interests of profit. The two of us were particularly struck by the intensive farming techniques, wastage of the developed world’s resources and misleading information on packages – designed to sound like one thing but is in fact the exact opposite.


Winter of 1962/3

Fifty years ago one of the worst winters on record hit the British Isles.  I would like to compile stories and memories about that winter for a Newsletter article and would like to hear from anybody living in the valley at the time.  If you can help please contact me by email: judith@bitstone.co.uk or telephone: 880653.

Judith Hutchinson

Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper was a great success and enjoyed by all.  On arrival at the Forman Hall guests were greeted by a living indoor hedge created by Tizza Plumb.  It was a stunning sight laid out on the stage complete with fungi and the Gardeners' Forum scarecrow was in place again wearing a welcome sign.  

B711 Road Closure

There will be a further road closure on the B711. SB Contracts are to effect a closure on the B711 between Roberton and Alemoor (wind farm entrance) between 7th and 25th October each day between 0800 hrs and 1700 hrs.

Community Council Meeting

David Anderson from Green Cottage, Harden has been appointed a Community Councillor.

Police Report

The snowdrop harvesting at Branxholme was found to be legitimate.  A tractor has been stolen from the wind farm site at Alemoor and the trailer discovered at Minto Woods.  Farm machinery has been stolen from around the Bonchester Bridge area and it is thought that people from Newton Aycliffe are responsible.  It appears that people are visiting farms making enquiries about scrap metal and returning later to steal items.  The Police suggest making a note of registration numbers of any suspicious vehicles.  An arsonist has been at work at Swinney Moor, Bonchester Bridge and Kirkton.  The new 101 number is in place and is being fine-tuned.

Board Meeting

The CDT Directors met at the beginning of September to look both at existing projects and to prepare for the coming year. High on our agenda was an update on the possibility of BT bringing fibre optic high speed broadband to the valley. Broadband for many is exceptionally slow and seriously limits what can be delivered via existing connections and we lose out on many of the features available to those living in cities and towns. As a group we are working with Community Broadband Scotland to make every effort to make sure our community is included in the 93% of the population who should be connected by 2017. Donald Knox is heading up this project and would be happy to give further information to anyone who wants to know more.