Warm Hub opens its doors in Thropton

Volunteers and organisers at the first Warm Hub meeting receiving their certificate on behalf of Thropton War Memorial Hall Committee.
Volunteers and organisers at the first Warm Hub meeting receiving their certificate on behalf of Thropton War Memorial Hall Committee.

An award-winning county project to help communities provide a secure and warm place for their residents has expanded into Thropton.

Warm Hubs is a project by Community Action Northumberland to help support communities across rural areas by investing in their village halls and providing training to volunteers.

Within a Warm Hub, people can be assured of finding a safe, warm and friendly environment in which to enjoy a healthy, good-value meal, the company of other people and social activity as well as access to information and advice if needed.

The next Warm Hub lunch will be next Thursday, October 12, starting at noon in the Thropton War Memorial Hall and then held fortnightly.

Lunch will be soup and a roll plus a pudding, tea and coffee, costing £4. It is organised by Vikki Ewen and supported by a range of volunteers from Thropton WI, local churches and residents.

Pupils of Thropton Village First School will be joining the Hub from time to time, coming to chat, sing and play board games. Further occasional entertainment and recreations planned include local musicians, guest speakers and health and social-care specialists. There is also a regular book swap.

The Upper Coquetdale Community Bus is offering transport to the hall by collecting people from either Phillips Newsagents or the library in Rothbury.

There is also the potential for home pick-up either in Rothbury or further up the Coquet Valley. To arrange, contact Lesley Leeson on 01669 622264 or email UCCT3@hot mail.com
Coordinator Vikki Ewen said: “I am thrilled that thanks to the help of Christine Nicholls at CAN, generous support from Lesley Leeson and Thropton First School, we have been able to start our fortnightly lunches. It is a fabulous concept and one which can only bring good, positive things to the folk who come along or volunteer.”

Twenty Warm Hubs have been rolled out in rural Northumberland with further hubs planned for urban areas in Newcastle, all supported from the outset and funded by Northern Gas Networks.