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: 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.

Arts Project

Back Strap Weaving Saturday 5th October Janis Embleton.  Places are available for her workshop.

Drawing; ‘Let’s See’ Workshop: Saturday 19th October Rose Hughes.  There are limited places left for Rose’s workshop.

Christmas Basketry Saturday 2nd November Paula Constantine.  There are additional places available.

Festive Paperworks Saturday 16th November Janet Irons.  Limited places are still available.

If you are interested in these or any of the other workshops, please contact me.  Tamsin Growden 01450 880621 Please check out our Facebook page by clicking on the link on the right hand side.


The CDT has adopted the Roberton School logo (with permission) and the Board is grateful to Jenny Butlin for her help with the necessary alterations.

Judith Hutchinson, Company Secretary