Two decades for Trust at the centre of its community

Margaret Brown
Margaret Brown

A north Northumberland development trust, which has been hailed as a national example on several occasions, marked its 20th anniversary on Monday.

June 6 marked 20 years since the Glendale Gateway Trust was established in Wooler and celebrations are set to take place at the organisation’s AGM, which takes place on Wednesday, July 20.

The Trust’s Cheviot Centre houses the library and the tourist information centre, as well as pods for small businesses. It also works to provide much-needed affordable housing in the village.

The then Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, said he was ‘hugely impressed’ by what he saw when he visited in the summer of 2014.

And last year, trailblazing work on nine affordable units at the Wheatsheaf building and Roddam Dene House was applauded in national research after the Trust set up a Community Bond Scheme, which raised £128,000, to help finance the scheme.

In other news, the Trust has a new co-opted trustee, Margaret Brown, a farmer from Coldmartin in Wooler.

She is on the Glendale Show management committee and is also an Elder of the United Reformed Church.

This means that for the first time in 20 years, the Trust has an equal gender balance on its board with six men and six women.