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This directory aims to provide answers to some simple questions:
❖ Where can I find food, drink, or other items in Slaley?
❖ Where can I stay in or near Slaley?
❖ What local businesses and services are there in Slaley?
❖ Where can I buy books, gifts, cards, etc. in Slaley?
Details of the services offered have mainly been provided by the businesses and traders themselves; in some cases, they have been condensed to fit the space available. The Parish Council will review the directory quarterly and hope to update it annually.
This information will also be available on the Parish website at www.slaley.org.uk under the heading of ‘Local Business Directory’.
While every effort has been made to ensure that all entries are correct, some details may have changed since publication. We apologise for any errors or omissions.
FOOD & DRINK. SHOP LOCAL
Slaley Community Shop
Residents of Slaley and the surrounding area have long been proud of their village shop and when the opportunity came along to purchase it in 2017 the community stepped in and bought it.
Slaley Community Shop is now run purely by volunteers. The shop offers a wide range of essential products and boasts:
A tempting selection of locally sourced items including:
· cheeses from Slack House Organic Farm
· meat products from Robson and Sons, together with pies, fish and pâtés from Ridley’s Fish and Game
· dairy products from Marley Cote Walls Farm
· honey from the Honey Store
· an eclectic and very fine wine selection together with locally brewed beers.
· a small but carefully chosen range of gifts and cards
· a super recycling facility – see below for details.
· a warm friendly welcome and an insight into village life.
The shop also acts as a small newsagent, stocking both national newspapers and a range of magazines.
A great little self-service café is also available on site, and drinks can be enjoyed both inside and outside in our small garden.
For further information about the shop and opening times visit our website at www.slaleyshop.co.uk.
From Moo to You!
The Baynes family at Marley Cote Walls process the milk from their pedigree herd of Shorthorn and Ayrshire Dairy Cows and market it under the Northumbrian Pedigree brand.
Their milk and cream is sold at Slaley Village Shop as well as many other outlets in the area. Whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk are available as well as double, whipping and single cream.
Further information is available from:
For that special taste of Slaley, sample my home baking and preserves.
For full list of products contact Louise by phone: 01434 673805 or email: email@example.com
Hollybush Nursery & Coffee Shop
A cosy log cabin houses the coffee shop, serving home-made soups, bacon sandwiches, hot or cold pies, cakes, coffee and tea.
The nursery stocks a large of range of shrubs, roses, trees, perennials and annuals. Hanging baskets, planters and containers also available.
Phone: 01434 673621
The Travellers Rest
The Travellers Rest offers a warm welcome and high standard of hospitality to all. Fine food and drink can be enjoyed in the bar or restaurant, and we are open all day. A selection of hand-pulled ales and local beer can be enjoyed in the bar or the large garden with children's play area.
Lunch 12 - 3pm, six days a week, Sunday until 5pm.
Evening service from Monday to Saturday, 5 - 9pm.
Phone: 01434 673231
The Rose & Crown
The Rose & Crown, the pub/restaurant owned by the community it serves. It was the first community owned pub in North East England, and is in a Grade 2 listed building which dates back to 1675. It has been providing services to locals and visitors ever since. There's log fires and a warm welcome in winter and a sheltered garden with long views for the summer. We offer a wide menu selection as well as a great choice of beers, wines and spirits. Whether you are exploring Hadrian's Wall Country or simply looking for a nice place to eat, then the Rose & Crown is the place to visit.
Contact us by phone: 01434 673996
Visit our website at www.roseandcrownslaley.co.uk
For accommodation, online booking is available via the website.
Having a party? Need a 36-pint, 72-pint or 144-pint cask of local beer? Choose from these local beers:
Devil’s Elbow, Whapweasel, Shire Bitter, Old Humbug, Devil’s Water, Blackhall English Stout
Contact Janet Brooker:
Phone: 01434 606577 Web: www.hexhamshire.co.uk
Fire and Dough
The mobile wood fired pizza van visits the village with its flaming onboard oven each 4th Wednesday of the month 5.00 – 7.30pm. Sometimes the Commemoration Hall is opened to offer drinks and sweets.
Occasionally this fits in with the Slaley Artisan Market – which is the fourth Wednesday of July, October, January and April where artisan products, breads, vegetables, locally sourced meals, cheese and sweets are on sale 2.00pm onwards.
For up-to-date information and dates, log onto the Slaley Parish website.
BOOKS, CARDS & GIFTS
Local History Publications
Is there a gravestone marking a Slaley death you wish to discover?
Read “The Grave Stones of St. Mary’s Church Slaley” (1992)
Has Slaley Church always looked like this?
Read “The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Slaley” (1995).
What is the story behind Slaley Hall Hotel?
Read “Slaley Hall Photographs and Memories” (1996).
Eighty years of social history in Slaley
Read “Slaley Commemoration Hall. The First Eight Decades” (2002).
150 years of Slaley Show.
Read “Don’t Eat those Scones” (2009)
Available through Lawn House Publications
Phone: 01434 673388
Independent Flamingo Paperie Partner (21284)
Independent Ambassador Tropic Skincare (022711)
Excellent quality products all made in the UK. Contact me to book a Flamingo pop-up shop or a Tropic Pamper Experience.
Burnside Cottage, Slaley, Hexham, NE47 0BN. Phone 01434 673794
Facebook: ”Flamingo Paperie Cards from Helen"
Facebook: ”Tropic Skincare from Helen”
Gift in a Tin!
A range of beautiful gifts, mainly from the UK, delivered in keepsake Gift Tins with your own personal message.
Gifts range from gardening to golfing, hand poured natural soy candles and soaps, Happy Socks, kids crafts, sweets and Alpaca knitting kits, and many more
Contact: Anne Livesey
Phone: 07803 610077
Keith Dyson Financial Consultancy
Pensions – Mortgages – Life Assurance – Investments
Local advice for all your personal investment decisions. Living in Slaley, Keith is an experienced adviser, registered with the FCA.
Contact Keith for an initial no-fee conversation.
Office: 01434 673853
Mobile: 07775 936355
Web site: www.kdfc.co.uk
Natural bedded sandstone. Walling stone, roofing slates, paving flags, crazy paving, garden rockery, boulders small and large, finger stones.
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4, Saturday 9 to 12.30
Phone: 01434 673302
Suppliers of hardwood and exotic timbers, Hagwood, Whitley Chapel.
Beams and lintels sawn to order. Specialist woodworking tools and accessories also for sale. Good stock of polishes and abrasives, etc.
Phone: 01434 673528
Mal Johnston Fencing
Agricultural and domestic fencing; paddock fencing, horse arenas & gallops, jumps & gates.
Contact Mal Johnston,
Phone: 01434 673196
Mobile: 07881 915466
Landscaping & Home Improvements
All types of garden and home improvements undertaken: paving, fencing, decking, walling, turfing. Kitchens, bathrooms, tiling, flooring, joinery, etc.
Support your local business! Contact Stuart Bell:
Phone: 01434 673767
Mobile: 07739 258848
Clive Jewitt Building Services
All types of building, plastering and stonework undertaken.
Phone: 01434 673160
Cars, motorcycles and lawnmowers.
Contact David Jewitt, Rye Hill, Slaley:
Phone: 07842 925836 (mobile), 01434 673803 (day), 01434 673782 (evening)
A Mobile Van (based in Stocksfield) calls at Parks Side bungalows:
Monday 4.20 – 5.35 p.m.
Tuesday No service
Wednesday 8.30 – 9.45 a.m.
Thursday 4.20 – 5.35 p.m.
Friday 4.20 – 5.35 p.m.
Saturday 8.30 – 9.45 a.m.
Contact: Stocksfield Post Office, Phone: 01661 842110
A superb 4-star self-catering holiday cottage, sleeps 5, on the edge of Slaley forest. Home of Moorgair Alpacas.
Book directly with Gordon Ridley by text or telephone on 07771 364345.
Bed & breakfast accommodation, with two bedrooms. En-suite showers, tea and coffee making facilities, colour TV with DVD, and WIFI available. The B & B has its own dining room/sitting room where wonderful farmhouse breakfasts are served, and packed lunches are available.
Contact Susan Dart:
Phone: 01434 673240
Rye Hill Farm
We offer 4-star bed & breakfast, and a self-catering cottage for up to 7 with disabled access. There is also, a small hide-away caravan and camping site with electric hook ups.
Contact Elizabeth Courage, Rye Hill Farm, Slaley:
Phone: 01434 673259
Holiday Cottages in Ambleside
Rookery Cottages in Ambleside; view details on www.rookerycottages.com
Contact Sandy Hatton: 01434 673153
Slaley - the best recycling village in the UK! Well, that’s our ambition, with the Community Environmental Group and Community Shop combining to help recycle items that cannot currently be put into our Local Authority bins.
The village shop’s metal shed – ‘Shedquarters’ - is where you can drop-off household batteries and printer cartridges, and plastic cheese wrappers from any cheese company, empty blister packs: with further initiatives to follow.
Set in the peaceful countryside just outside of Slaley village, we are a small family run 5 star rated boarding cattery. We cater exclusively for cats.
Animal Boarding License: Mrs. L Ogle & Mrs. S Boyd NAB/13
Why not give your cat(s) a relaxing holiday too!
Call Linda or Sarah on 01434 673337
Lisa Holden, 1 Fell Cottages, Slaley NE47 0BU
By appointment only, due to the size of the salon we can only accept small & medium-sized dogs.
Linda Johnston will provide a hairdressing service in your own home! To make a booking or find out more, contact Linda:
Phone: 01434 673196
Mobile: 07825 887557
The Equestrian Centre at High Plains offers a full range of livery services from DIY to full livery with tailor made packages to suit your horse's requirements.
There is a 60mx40m floodlit arena with a full range of show jumps, a woodland ride for safe off-road hacking and a fabulous cross-country field with water jump, ditches, and banks.
British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coach Julie Howard can provide coaching in dressage, show jumping or cross country on your own horse. We also host a range of unaffiliated competitions at grass roots level.
Mobile: 07855 440757 Web: www.high-plains.co.uk
Slaley Commemoration Hall
The Hall offers a large function room with portable staging, fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi and modern Audiovisual equipment.
The Hall underwent a major refurbishment in 2020 providing five new toilets in a light and airy entrance foyer.
A modern gas boiler provides central heating throughout and there is disabled access from the car park. Grassed areas to east and west are perfect for additional marquee space if required.
Fully redecorated in 2020, the refurbished Hall is an ideal venue for weddings and parties, dancing, drumming and film shows, lectures, badminton or table tennis. A bar can be accommodated in The Den, accessed downstairs but this also has disabled access from the south lawn.
· Hire charges: £10 per hour
· Half-day/Evening event (7-hour booking): £70
· Full day (15-hour booking): £140
· Wedding (48-hour booking) £250
· Event alcohol license is £15.
For other time combinations contact:
Booking Clerk: Stella Douglas – 01434 673001
To look at Hall facilities and check availability visit:
Look above for Fire&Dough and the Artisan Market which are located at the lovely, refurbished and redecorated Slaley Commemoration Hall.
Violet’s Quality Tableware Hire
Whether it is a wedding in a marque held at home or in one of our beautiful Northumberland Village Hall's or a private family event, Violet's can help you make a beautiful table with linens and napkins, cutlery and glasses. Just add your theme with flowers & candles. Hire the tableware/glasses/cutlery & tablecloths from us and let us wash up for you. We also have a range of tableware for a more informal outside event, which is so much nicer than even the best disposable.
Contact Susan Bell: Web: http://www.violetstableware.com/
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Unit 7, The Lime Works Fourstones, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 5DQ
On the Move Theatre
"Murder Mysteries", Pantomimes and other shows. Ideal fundraising ideas for home or community. Also currently offers play reads and performances on ZOOM.
Contact David Nixon of Hexhamshire.
Phone: 01434 673580
On the second Saturday of August at Townhead, there is an annual exhibition of produce, livestock and craft by the local community of Slaley and surrounding districts. For more information visit - https://www.slaleyshow.org.uk/
Slaley Village Defibrillator
Slaley Parish defibrillator is in the Rose and Crown car park. There is a link on the Parish website to a video showing how defibrillators work.
Slaley Notes and News
A monthly news leaflet is delivered to all homes in Slaley. Contact Jim if you want information added to this publication – email@example.com.
Each week there is a column of news in the Hexham Courant. Contact Helen or Stella if you have news to be included. For contacts, see below.
A lovely 8-hectare woodland reserve, featuring ancient trees, good bird fauna with species such as tawny and little owl and a wide range of woodland mammals.
Access to Juliet's Wood is along a 1km footpath from Slaley village. The recommended access is from Slaley Village, along a public footpath signposted to ‘Marley Cote Walls’
Ladycross Nature Reserve
Ladycross Nature Reserve occupies the exhausted parts of a hand-worked sandstone quarry that is still active and has produced building, paving, and roofing stone for at least 250 years. The Reserve has been developed over the last 40 years, and since 1997 the Friends of Ladycross community organisation has managed it. It borders on the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at a height of about 350m above sea level, with extensive views over the Tyne Valley to the north and Blanchland Moor SSSI on the south. It is surrounded by Slaley Forest, a Forestry Commission commercial and amenity woodland.
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Church lies on a medieval site and was rebuilt in its present form in 1832. It is Grade 2 listed and with its important WW1 memorial windows and lych gate dedication, it is a registered War Memorial, as is the Commemoration Hall.
Services are held at St. Mary's every Sunday at 10.30am and occasionally at 6pm also on the first Sunday of the month. St Mary's, the parish church of the village, is also now the home of Slaley Methodist Church congregation. On the third Sunday of every month a Methodist Minister or Preacher leads worship. All the churches of Slaley unite for Messy Church, a chance for families to have fun Saturday mornings four times each year at the Commemoration Hall.
Slaley Parish Council
Slaley is a Civic Parish of some 750 folk. The Parish Council meets every second Monday of the month and helps to safeguard the well-being of the residents. It supports, through the precept, activities which benefit the Parish.
Meetings are open to all. Contact the Parish Clerk if you need information.
OTHER USEFUL CONTACTS
Badminton Group Fran Pugh 673429
Carpet Bowls Jason & Jeannie Abdelnoor 673651
Commemoration Hall Stella Douglas (Bookings) 673001
Rosaleen Doonan (Chair) 673173
Community Environmental Group Peter Topping 07825 876582
Community Climate Champion Debra Taylor 70932 450874
County Councillor Colin Horncastle 618259
Dial-A-Ride A.D.A.P.T 600599
Film Club Jean & Michael Elphick 673443
Friends of Slaley School Andrea Foster 673317
Hexham Hospital 0344 811 8111
Ladycross Nature Reserve Joan Jewitt 673245
Leek Club Malcolm Goodwin 673408
Local History Group Pat Wilson 673388
Parish Council Anne Livesey (Chairman) 372787
Pat Wilson (Clerk) 673388
Police (non-emergency) 101
Mobile Post Office Martin Nichol 01661 842110
Slaley First School 673220
Slaley News Jim Bailey 673352
Fiona McKendrick 673281
Slaley Notes Stella Douglas & 673001
(Hexham Courant) Rev. Helen Savage 676852
Slaley Shop Volunteers 673201
Slaley Show Society Marge Rastall (Chair) 673547
Slaley Women's Institute Margaret Rowell (President) 673589
Hilary Porteus (Secretary) 673637
St Elizabeth's Catholic Church Father Jenish 673248
St Mary's Parish Church Reverend Helen Savage 676852
Travellers Rest Pub Ian & Darren 673231
Designed by Michael Elphick with assistance from others
For updated information, visit the Slaley Parish website: www.slaley.org.uk