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Website News – Classifieds Section

A new set of categories have been added: “For Sale” / “Wanted” / “Traders”.

So let us know if you want to post a “Classified Ad”. Just send your Ad (+photo) to:

Especially useful to new occupiers would be details of local traders that you can recommend to other residents.


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Help with Selling

Recent events prompted me to think about the process of selling a home on the Park. Having read a little about it, I am aware that it is quite complicated, and more than a little daunting, so I thought that this website could at least offer some help.

So I gave myself the challenge of writing some guidance. I have based it on a Government Fact Sheet, and added my “take” on it to the reference library here : Help with Selling a Home on Stud Farm Park.

The new page provides links to relevant Fact Sheets, and the printable versions of the various forms that seller and buyer must complete at various stages. I am certainly not an expert, so if you see anything that is obviously  incorrect, please comment and I will fix it.

A “Help with Buying Guide” may follow?  Hopefully – over time – we can gradually improve these pages and create a valuable information resource for residents. (Peter)


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A Sad Day

norman-and-patchIt is with great sadness that we mark the passing yesterday of our good friend and neighbour Norman Seed.

For many years, Norman and his wife Marie were very much a part of the community here at Stud Farm Park. After Marie lost her battle with cancer in 2015, family, friends and neighbours rallied round to help ensure that Norman and his faithful guide dog ‘Patch’ could continue to live a largely independent life here on the Park.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family. We will miss him.



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A Night at the Midland

We had a brilliant night out on Friday to the Rotunda bar at the Midland hotel. Once a month they hold a northern soul / Tamla Motown night. It is free entrance and the music was great. We went with our lovely neighbours Colin and Elaine and had a great night I would highly recommend it for anyone who want to get out and have a good boogie.

All the people attending were really friendly. As the young ‘uns would say, “a boss night out”.


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Extraordinary Bed & Breakfast


Thornley House

We have just returned from a short stay at Thornley House B&B in Allendale, near Hexham in Northumberland.

If you are not mad about cats, then this is definitely not a place for you; but if – like us – you really enjoy relaxing on a big sofa in front of a warm fire on a cold winter night, with a book and a cat or two for company, then it is 7th heaven.



Thornley is a large country house with a big garden, fields and woods – plenty of room for the eight cats who live there.

Of particular note are the Maine Coons – the largest breed of domestic cat that one can own in the UK without strict regulation.



We were especially happy to visit, given that the B&B had to close recently for a short while owing to a period of ill-health. We were delighted to find the owner Eileen in robust form once again!

Of course, as a guest in their home, you appreciate that if you do not close your bedroom door at night, then you will inevitably have feline company at some point…

If you visit the Thornley House website, then you just might recognise Eileen from her appearance in Series 2 of the Channel 4 reality TV show “Four In A Bed” !

(Ann & Peter)

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It Has Never Been Easier…

…to get published!


We have our own email address:

So now it’s really easy to send stuff in to Grapevine! We want:

  • amusing photos of your dog / cat / hamster /goldfish …
  • the epic poem you wrote when you were 17 years old
  • reminiscences on working as a child in the cotton mill
  • that short story you never got around to getting published
  • anecdotes about your interesting stamp collection
  • a link to the song you recorded with your folk-rock band in the 1960’s
  • the diary from your train journey across Siberia.
  • etc..
  • etc..

So don’t be shy – get emailing!

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Kim’s Cake

After the inevitable excesses of the festive period, how about a delicious cake that is not loaded with stuff that’s “bad for you” ?

Thanks to Ann for this (originally from the Rosemary Conley recipe book):

In a bowl, soak overnight 1 lb (400g) of dried fruit in 1 mug of hot black tea. (Fruit teas work well too. Can exchange some of the fruit for cherries for an alternative.)

Next day. Mix together in the tea/fruit bowl:

  • 1 mug soft brown sugar
  • 2 mugs self-raising flour
  • 1 beaten egg

Transfer to loaf tin or round cake tin.

Bake on 160 deg C / 325 deg F or gas mark 3 for 2 hours.

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Welcome 2017 !

To all park residents – wishing you the very best for the coming year.


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Safe And Secure

cyberscooty-thiefWe don’t want anyone to be unduly worried – but – apparently there have recently been a few burglaries around the Westgate area.

Especially at this time of year, it can be a good idea to just remind yourself of the burglary crime prevention advice offered by :

Link: Keeping Your Home Safe

If you have neighbours who don’t have internet access, or who don’t follow Grapevine, please spread the word – thanks, and stay safe!

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