WORD travels far and wide – especially when the word is Humshaugh.
When Steve Robins challenged locals in the Northumberland community to take the new village shop bag to far-flung places, he didn’t know what he’d started off.
For within no time he had holiday bag shots send back to him from the Canary Islands, New Zealand and Canada – plus, inevitably, one from Bagshot in Surrey.
First to report to base were Guy and Margret Jacot in Fuertaventura in the Canary Isles, with a harbourside shot. Then it was Sarah Lamb from Alberta, Canada, Dianne and Alan Glendinning from New Zealand and Suzanne Newell in her van, also in New Zealand.
Villager Alan Robson took himself off to Bagshot in Surrey for the definitive name-shot. “The villagers are responding really well and the bag, which I designed, is turning up in all sorts of places,” said Steve.
“The first one came in from Guy and Margret Jacot in Fuertaventura in the Canaries, and then the ones from New Zealand and Canada followed.
“But the one from Alan in Bagshot took the biscuit – I guess it just had to happen, didn’t it?”
Humshaugh Village Shop hit the headlines when it was saved from closure by a united campaign, with local volunteers forming Humshaugh Community Ventures Ltd.
Steve, one of the company’s many proud members who works in the shop, designed the jute bags himself and issued the round-the-world challenge.
“We gave 100 away at the annual general meeting and have sold them thereafter in four different colours at £3.99 each,” he said.
“It carries the slogan ‘My Bag...Our Shop’ and they’ve sold out. We are expecting to get a lot more bag shots sent in in the weeks ahead – but we’re certainly off to a great start.”