Corsenside Parish Hall (Registered Charity number 1067904).
In 2016 a new management committee began a programme of development to secure the future of the building, with upgraded facilities serving the people living in or within reach of the parish of Corsenside, including Ridsdale, East and West Woodburn, the numerous dispersed dwellings within the parish and people from neighbouring parishes too. We are close to the boundary of the Northumberland National Park and we aim to offer facilities and events that that will be of help and interest to visitors to the Park as well as to local people. The hall is easily accessed from the A68.
We are tackling urgently needed repairs to the building including the floor in the main hall and the hall's windows, which have been replaced with more energy-efficient double glazing. This work has been generously funded by grants from the Northumberland National Park Small Grants Fund, The Northumberland County Community Chest and Northumberland County Council's Members' Local Improvement Schemes through Councillor John Riddle.
Since 2016, when Corsenside Parish Hall was under threat, we have completed essential repairs to floors and roof, installed double-glazing, fitted new, well insulated and draught-proof external doors, installed a new accessibility ramp, widened internal doorways for safe and more convenient circulation between the Hall and Supper Room, and installed a new electric cooker in the kitchen. We have plans to upgrade the insulation of the building (which will bring significant savings in heating-costs), but users have already commented on the benefits of the completed works, with improved comfort inside the building, even during cold weather.
Summer 2019 we are embarking on a major upgrade of the toilets and kitchen, supported by a grant by The National Lottery Community Development Fund/Community Action Northumberland Village Halls Partnership. The work is expected to be completed by 1st September.
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The Redesdale Ramblers
The Redesdale Ramblers is a local informal walking group who meet up on the 3rd Friday of the month. Walks are free and are generally around 6 miles. For more information visit Redesdale Ramblers on Facebook or call Sue on 01434 270946. Redesdale Ramblers have published a series of Walks for the Corsenside area which are available in a short form leaflet from tourist information offices and local tourist spots. Larger single leaflets are available to download from Redesdale Ramblers email email@example.com.
The Ridsdale Juniors & Senior Citizens' Fund
The Ridsdale Junior and Senior Citizens’ Fund was set up in the late 1960’s to provide a Christmas Party and present for the children of the village, a Christmas Lunch for the senior residents and a trip to a pantomime. The Fund has continued to do this since then. We raise funds for these things by holding various fundraising events during the year. We advertise our events outside the village and people from other areas are welcome to attend. As well as continuing to carry on the tradition, these events and the Christmas festivities help to bring the community together.
The Ridsdale Village Hall Fund
The Ridsdale Village Hall Fund is a registered charity, and has six trustees who are all residents of the parish of Corsenside. Two are appointed by Corsenside Parish Council, and the others co-opted from the community. Their appointments are reviewed every few years. The trustees submit annual reports on the activities of the Fund to the Charity Commission and to the Parish Council to ensure propriety.
Ridsdale Village Hall Fund has been in existence since 1983, when following the sale of the village hall which was located in Foundry Yard and is now a private house, the proceeds, a little over £10,000 were invested. The purpose of the Fund is to assist with the financing of events and enterprises which benefit all, or a section of the population of the parish of Corsenside. It has, up until August 2015 donated over £21,000 to worthy causes, and the fund presently available for qualifying applications is about £17,900.
The person to whom applications should be made, or advice sought is the Treasurer & Secretary of the Fund: Awaiting new contact.
The Mission Hall Trust
The trust was founded in 1993 as a result of the mission hall being sold. It had been empty and unused for some years and was deteriorating at a very fast rate. It was built in 1853 as a school for the children of the “labouring, manufacturing and other poor classes”. In view of the distance from the village of St Cuthbert’s, Corsenside, the mission hall was also used for church services. These stopped once All Saints was built in 1907. The building was also used for Sunday School, and the last users were the local WI.
A Charitable Trust was established, and the funds from the sale of the building were invested and the income was to be applied as follows:
“Income shall be applied to the advancement of education and in particular the religious education in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, of persons resident in the Parish of Corsenside.”
In practice the trustees have awarded small grants to the village school and to younger members of the Parish who have gone on to higher education. This reflects the original aims of the building.
There are 4 Trustees who are resident in the Parish and the vicar is an ex officio trustee.
Parishioners applying for a grant should contact the Clerk to the Trustees bearing in mind that they meet only once a year around October.
The Clerk can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org