Christmas shopping begins in earnest this weekend in Northumberland. This Thursday 8th November through to the weekend Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre takes place next to the Corbridge roundabout.
Hexham Christmas market is on December 8th with 70 stalls, carol singing a farmers market, the abbey fayre and so much more. See: http://www.hexhamcommunity.net/pages/visit-hexham/christmas-market.php
In between these 2 dates is the Red Cross Hexham Christmas Fair on the 28-29th November at Hexham Racecourse. I know many of the stall holders at all three events and all are very good and highly recommended. As always shop local as you use it or lose it!
Finally several wonderful women in Northumberland have decided to bare "nearly all" in support of the Great North Air Ambulance. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227016/Foxy-hunting-ladies-bareback-naked-calendar-riding-tack-save-modesty.html
Their calendar features heavily in this weeks Courant. I won the Tynedale point to point in 2009 and know many of the women who are featured. They are certainly very impressive in their ideas for raising money for the GNAA. I walked the pennine way. Something tells me they may raise more cash!
I wish them well with their fundraising and am certain that the calendars will be selling well both at the Xmas markets in Northumberland but also country wide.