Community life in Blanchland
Blanchland is a small and friendly community. There are fewer than a hundred residents and we love living in this special place. Neighbourliness really matters to us: we talk, help and look after each other. We’re also delighted to welcome visitors from all over the world to Blanchland and to share it with them.
We have lots of village traditions. The biggest event of the year is Blanchland & Hunstanworth Show – a proper north-country agricultural show, which is held on the August Bank holiday Monday every year. There is a community bonfire with fireworks in November and, as Christmas draws close, we gather round the tree in the square to sing carols with the local Salvation Army Band.
When village folk get married in the Abbey we observe some decidedly strange customs: someone will fire a shot gun from the steps of the Lord Crewe Hotel; the couple aren’t allowed to escape from the church yard until they’ve thrown silver coins to the village children and one of the youngsters, dressed as a sweep will pop up from behind a grave stone!
The strong sense of community in Blanchland also extends to the various organisations and businesses that care for this historic village, but which also help it to thrive as a great place to live and work.
Blanchland Community Development Organisation
This website has been created by the Blanchland Community Develpment Organisation, for both residents and visitors of Blanchland. The Blanchland Community Development Organisation Ltd – or the BCDO as it is known - is run by members of the community and was set up in 2005, with help from the Lord Crewe’s Charity.
The aims of the BCDO are to enhance and support all aspects of life in the Blanchland area: to provide facilities for local people, to promote local business, and to encourage tourism, from both day visitors and for people staying longer. It receives a small annual income from the shared proceeds of the main village car park on the Shildon Road. The BCDO works with The Lord Crewe’s Charity, the Parish Council and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to care for the historic village and ensure its future sustainability.
The BCDO publishes the regular newsletter for the village and district, 'Parish Post', and has helped to fund a wide variety of village activities, including a collection of leaflets describing walks in and around Blanchland. It is responsible for the National Lottery Funded Blanchland Abbey Project, in partnership with the Parochial Church Council.
Local Businesses and Organsations
& Post office
This local shop and post office is situated in the Square and is well stocked with an array of household items: newspapers, food, fresh fruit and veg, ices, wine, beers, sweets and biscuits, crafts and gifts, hot drinks, snacks and even plants! This historic shop is an important part of beautiful Blanchland and is at the heart of both the village and the community.
North Pennine E-Bikes
You can hire electric bikes by the hour or the day from Blanchland Shop.
Open daily 10am to 5pm, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Call: 01434 675044
White Monk Tea Rooms
The White Monk Tea Rooms is in the centre of Blanchland in the former Victorian school. The school closed in the 1980s and has been transformed into a tea room full of character and charm. Food is freshly baked and prepared on the premises, with a fabulous choice of sandwiches, soups, cakes, tray bakes, pies and afternoon teas. Dogs are welcome inside and out and there is a wonderful outdoor seating area at the rear.
Blanchland Village Hall
Blanchland Village Hall is a large well-resourced community space, with excellent kitchen facilities. Throughout the year it hosts a number of coffee mornings, charitable events, music nights and allows catering for Bonfire Night and other larger external events. It is available for private hire and is a popular venue for weddings, with competitive rates and customised packages available. Blanchland Village Hall is run by a committee.
Felons Bar adjoins Blanchland Village Hall and offers two rooms, a bar and games room with darts and a pool table. Felons is available for private hire and is a fabulous venue for music and dance. Felons is run solely by volunteers for the benefit of the local community, tourists and visitors to the village.
Jaspah Crewe - Gifts, Cards and Art
This charming shop boasts a plethora of local, hand-crafted gifts, cards and artwork. It is a cooperative venture run by talented artists and there is always someone on hand to help you make your gift choices and to give you more information about the local artists and crafters who sell their wares from here.
The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel
The award-winning Lord Crewe hotel has been voted one of the top 50 most romantic hotels in Europe. The hotel was once the abbot’s house of the medieval monastery and retains its historic charm while offering contemporary style and luxury. With fine dining, an atmospheric crypt bar and stunning gardens, The Lord Crewe Arms is a lovely bolt hole for residents and visitors alike.
Blanchland Parish Council is the first tier of local government and is the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. The Council consists of five councillors who meet four times a year at the Village Hall in Blanchland. Meetings are not public meetings but members of the public have a statutory right to attend as observers. The public can only speak at the meetings with the permission of the Parish Council Chairman.
The Blanchland Annual Parish Meeting occurs in May each year when the press and general public are invited to attend. Speakers from Savills, the Blanchland Community Development Organisation and Colin Horncastle, County Councillor for South Tynedale, deliver their annual report to the community. The agenda is posted seven days in advance of the meeting, on the noticeboard in the archway in the centre of Blanchland, and the minutes are displayed shortly after each meeting.
If you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss, please feel free to call the Parish Clerk, Mrs C Asquith on 01434675699, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information https://northumberlandparishes.uk/blanchland