The Development Trust was set up in November 2008 to take forward the
implementation of the Haydon Parish Plan – see below.
The Development Trust was registered as a company limited by guarantee in April 2009, and is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charity.
During the period from March 2007 to March 2008 the Parish Council undertook a wide consultation with a good response from nearly 300 people who attended public meetings and events and 450 households completing questionnaires.
The residents of Haydon Parish think it is a great place to live. However, they have a key set of concerns which relate to its future sustainability after the by-pass, which was completed in the spring of 2009. These issues relate to the future economy, the physical environment, and the well-being of the communities that make-up the Parish.
From this was developed the Haydon Parish Plan and Village Design Statement.
(Copies of the Parish Plan and its accompanying Village Design Statement are available from the Parish Council and The Development Trust).
The Mission of the Haydon Bridge and Haydon Parish Development Trust
is to implement the Parish Plan. This covers three key areas of work:
• Ensuring a sustainable economy and clear and marketable identity for the parish
• Enhancing the physical design, environment and accessibility of the village/parish
• Re-energising our sense of well-being within a socially inclusive community
The plan and its implementation will evolve over time. The Development Trust will act as a focal point for Parish Development and for the ideas of Parishioners.
We will at all times act fairly and responsibly.
We will achieve this by being open and inclusive.
Our role is to represent the views of the Parish and we will do so with openness to all and a willingness to listen.
A summary of the first initiatives the Development Trust is working on is provided below. Over £80,000 funding had been secured from Northumberland Uplands New Leader Rural Development Programme and other sources to kick start the work of the Trust for the benefit of the local community.
Community Library, Visitor Information Point and Internet Café
Capital funding was secured to upgrade the library in Haydon Bridge, which was re-opened in 2010 as a Community Library, Visitor Information Point and Internet Café, for the benefit of both local people and visitors.
The library is run entirely by volunteers who received training from the County Council to operate the library service and by tourism organisations to provide the Visitor Information Point service.
The development of this website is also a project of the Development Trust and managed by it.
Information is being produced on local and other services and tourism attraction.
Support will also be provided to local tourism businesses such as accommodation providers as well as local shops and services to improve how we market local services and attractions to tourists.
Lighting the Old bridge and Parish Church
After the success of lighting the Old Bridge with 15 lit Christmas trees over the 2008-09 and 2009-10 Christmas periods, funding is now being sought to light the Old Bridge and Parish Church all year round.
We are a community led body that works in partnership with the Haydon Bridge Parish Council to take forward community development initiatives for Haydon Parish. The Trust is run entirely by volunteers, which means that all the funding we secure goes into the projects that we undertake.
Current Board Members of the Development Trust, who all live in Haydon Parish
Mark I’Anson (Chairman)
Peter Fletcher (Company Secretary)
Eileen Charlton (Parish Council representative)
Esmond Faulks (Parish Council representative)
Ed Brown (Co-optee)
Write to the Secretary
Haydon Development Trust
'The Bridge' Library
Telephone 01434 688658
Or come into ‘The Bridge’, our Community Library which includes a Visitor Information Point and Internet café in Church Street, during opening hours to find out more.
Monday 09.00 - 12.00
Tuesday 13.00 - 16.00
Wednesday 13.00 - 16.00
Friday 16.00 - 19.00
Saturday 09.30 - 12.30
All residents of, and people working in Haydon Parish are eligible to become individual members of the Development Trust. If you want to become a member, download, print off and complete the Membership Form and send it in the post to the address quoted above.