Alston Moor News


Tuesday 12 November - Children In Need Quiz

At The Turks Head, 8.30pm start. An annual event now, fun quiz with raffle, all welcome, and in support of a great cause!

Wednesday 13 November - Garrigill Ward Meeting

Garrigill Village Hall, 7.30pm. Hear your Garrigill Parish Councillors and have your say. View the agenda, and the minutes of May's meeting at

Wednesday 13 November - In Conversation with Alan Hinkes OBE

After a successful visit in May, we're delighted to welcome back legendary mountaineer Alan Hinkes to Alston Town Hall. As Alan has countless stories to tell of his exploits and adventures, this evening is most definitely NOT a repeat of his previous talk in Alston.

Friday 15 November - Astrophotography Taster & Skywalk Supper

At Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre, award-winning photographer, Ben Bush, will lead a practical introductory session to photographing dark skies. An interactive demonstration followed by a nightsky walk and a hearty supper 7pm doors, tickets £12 from centre or online at

Saturday 16 November - Free Guided Walk

Viaducts, Camps & Castles Circular walk, incorporating Lambley Viaduct. Full details on the Walkers Are Welcome website:

Saturday 16 November - Jazz in the Village

At Garrigill Village Hall - Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer make a welcome return for an evening of jazz and entertainment from 8pm to 10pm. Free entry for accompanied under 16's. Bar. Tickets price £10 are available from Kelly (382101), Svava (382074) or online from the village hall website

Sunday 17 November - Garrigill Craft Fayre

Great ideas for Christmas at the Village Hall 11am-3.30pm.

Thursday 21 November - Chef's Live Demo; Fish!

At Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre, join us for our first Chef's Live Demo. Our award-winning chef will display a range of culinary skills to help you prepare and cook fish with confidence. Includes tasters, take home recipes and presentation tips. 7pm start, £15 from Centre or Eventbrite

Tuesday 26th November - Alston Primary School Christmas Fair

3.30-5.30pm, to book a table please contact the school office on 01434 381236. Adults £1.50 entrance fee, includes refreshments.

Friday 29th November - Rory Connor & Fiona Clayton LIVE

At Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre, two fantastic musicians in their own right, Cumbrian-based solo artists Rory and Fiona join forces to share the old Chapel stage. We're really looking forward to this one! 7pm doors, £8 from café/£9 Eventbrite (includes fees), Licensed bar

Saturday 30 November - Alston Gala Christmas Coffee Morning

Alston Masonic Hall, 10am-12 noon. £1.50 entry, includes tea/coffee/scones. £1 for children to meet Santa and get a present. Raffle, Tombola, Cake Stall. Proceeds split between Alston Gala and Prostate Cancer.

29 November - 1 December, Alston Christmas Craft Fair

At Alston Town Hall. Gifts with a difference from some of the best designer/makers in the North Pennines and beyond. Buy local, buy handmade! From 10am Friday and Saturday, and from 11am Sunday, 4pm finish each day.

News and Opportunities

Reverse Advent Calendars - in aid of West Northumberland Food Bank and Alston Moor Food Bank

A reverse advent calendar is a great way to support people in need at Christmas time. Glasstap has kindly agreed to be a drop off point again so just collect 25 non perishable items in a box and drop them off at Glasstap (the green door next to the Angel, open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) in Alston by 5pm Wednesday 4th December and we'll deliver them all to the food bank in Hexham for distribution. Glasstap will donate £10 to the Alston Moor Food Bank for every reverse advent calendar received for West Northumberland Food Bank, up to a total value of £500. Non perishables only please, food, toiletries, animal feed, cleaning products are all great. Any donation, no matter how small, is appreciated. Thank you for helping!

Alston Post Office - Consultation

You can see what's proposed by way of changes to The Post Office, and have your say, here:

What do people in Cumbria think about climate change?

That's the question Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) hopes to answer with our brand-new Cumbria Climate Survey. The survey results will be hugely helpful to CAfS and potentially to a range of other organisations in Cumbria. The survey will give us a much better understanding, helping us to plan the support and services we offer, to best meet the needs of people in Cumbria. You can complete the survey here, and may even win £100 for doing so:

Cumberland and Westmorland Herald drop-in surgery

At Alston Local Links/Library on the first and third Fridays of the month, from 10.30am to noon. If there is anything you wish to raise whether it's something of local interest, a particular concern or a general mention then please come along.

Some Future Diary Dates (more info to follow nearer the time)....

Saturday 7 December - Will Varley, Alston Town Hall,

Thursday 12 December - Three Course Table d'hôte at Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre

Saturday 14 December - Garrigill Village Hall Christmas Party

Thursday 19 December - Christmas Carols on Garrigill Green

Friday 20 and Monday 23 December - Festive Family Gatherings at Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre

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