Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey on the idea of a zero waste shop. We received 238 responses, 186 electronically and 52 on paper. The results showed that 96% supported the idea, 71% would purchase goods with another 22% responding maybe. 59% of those responding lived in Haltwhistle, 37% in the surrounding parishes and 4% elsewhere. As a result, in Partnership with Another Weigh in Penrith and Kendal, we are investigating setting up the shop and applying for funding for the necessary costs. Please note that the shop will not sell any items that are already available for sale in this way in Haltwhistle.

“The concept is simple. Bring your own containers, fill them and pay by weight. When they are empty, bring them back and refill them. By re-using, we will help you to reduce waste. Our aim is to do this at as low a cost as possible – to both our customers and to the planet.” Another Weigh, Penrith

Zero Waste shops are beginning to emerge, mainly in urban locations, as a response to climate change, the rapid growth in plastic packaging and a desire by consumers to reduce the consumption of resources.How it works
Shoppers at Zero Waste shops usually follow the process below:
1. Bring their own container to the shop. Weigh the container and print a label.
2. Fill the container with as much or as little as they want.
3. Scan their label and reweigh the filled container
4. Pay
Paper bags are also usually available in-store made from 100% recycled paper and fully compostable.
Zero Waste stores usually charge an annual membership fee in exchange for a discount on all food purchases (e.g. £30 annual membership in exchange for 10% discount, £15 for pensioners and free for those on benefits).

The Haltwhistle Partnership is considering setting up a zero waste shop in Haltwhistle. It would sell loose goods with shoppers bringing their own containers to carry the products home. You could buy as much or as little of an item as you want. The shop would also be an information point for anything to do with recycling, reusing and reducing waste. The shop would be run by a paid manager with help from volunteers. Any surplus profit would be used by the Partnership for projects in and around Haltwhistle.

As part of our research into this idea we are asking people to complete a short survey which can be found by clicking on the link below.

Paper copies of the survey are available from the Partnership Office.

Thank you for your help.


The Haltwhistle Partnership is delighted to be supporting South Tyne Sustainability (STS) and the Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre (HSLC) in facilitating HSLC to secure funding from the Government's new Rural Communities Energy Fund (RCEF) for a feasibility study into extracting heat from the mineworkings that lie under Haltwhistle. A grant of £40,000 ihas been awarded for the first phase of the feasibility and the project is underway with an energy audit of HSLC and research into the mines underneath and adjacent to the centre and our Partnership Officer, Andy Dean, is managing the project.


Between 27th October 2019 and 24th October 2020 Co-op members can choose the Haltwhistle Christmas Lights Fundraising Campaign as their cause. Every time a member buys selected own brand products and services, 1% of the money they spend goes to local causes in their community. The member chooses which cause they would like to support.

If you are not already a member you can join online at

Already a member? Then sign in at and choose the cause, Haltwhistle Christmas Lights, and help to keep our town lit up at Christmas.
Many thanks for your support.

Having completed the refurbishment of the 5th and final flat at Hardware House on the town’s Main Street, the Haltwhistle Partnership has now set its priorities for the next phase of community development work. As well as continuing with their core functions and very successful Older People’s and Zig Zag projects, the Trustees want to more actively support the economic development of the area. A key element of the plan is to promote cohesive working with the many other organisations, groups, businesses and individuals working for the benefit of Haltwhistle and the surrounding area. Several exciting ideas are in the pipeline and feasibility studies, business plans and funding streams are being explored.

The Partnership welcomes applications from individuals who are committed to working with like-minded trustees. For an intial chat please contact our current Chairman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested please apply for consideration with a brief CV and an outline apply in writing to: Westbourne House, Main Street, Haltwhistle, NE49 0AZ mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.