Tynedale Transformed


Second Sunday Newsletter

Sunday 13th February 2022

COVID, Boris, cake, taxes, Brexit, Climate Change, lies, corruption etc.etc.  It is truly appalling but we are still here shining a light on all this and more.
However, the team have decided that because we are at a point where people are tired of Zoom, but not ready to get together, that we will concentrate for a while on posting items of interest to keep us going. 
From next month we will be launching a monthly e-newsletter called Second Sunday News. It will be on our website and a copy be sent out to our mailing list via Mailchimp on the second Sunday of each month.  It will feature opinion, local and national triumphs and links to articles and videos. Obviously, it will also link to our website, especially our regularly updated resources area.  We will continue to do this until we can arrange meetings and events face to face, indoors or out. So, until we meet, take care and stay safe

The TT team.

We send you our best wishes at this unbelievable time…

Stay safe and thank you for your support and contributions so far.
All the best
The TT team

The Second Sundays 2021 

Sunday 12th December on Zoom

Tynedale Transformed spent the year wrestling with serious issues. Christmas 2021 was time to have some FUN.
On Sunday 12th December we met on zoom for a mix of:
Christmas jokes, demonstrations (not with placards), a quiz, stories and much, much more.

The TT team

Sunday 14th November on Zoom

For Tynedale Transformed’s Second Sunday, on November 14th, we reviewed COP26, what impact they will have on Climate Change and what we need to do next. We were sad to cancel the live events, but offered a variety of recordings, useful, recent articles and featured a Hexham Debate by young people, conversations with organisations and local activists. We know that these have stimulated a great deal of discussion amongst our followers. It will be the basis of a more intense programme to be held in the new year.

Sunday 10th November on Zoom

We had a great day thinking about refugees, people in crisis. We shared a debate, had a conversation with a social worker from Social Workers without Borders, held a discussion with a variety of people and ended the day with a session on using stories, including a story from an oral storyteller!

Sunday 12th September. 5pm on Zoom

We read an article on how big business, including High Street banks, is entering the rented housing sector. and discussed : What happens when Corporate landlords build thousands of houses for rent? Where does this leave the tenant? What about small landlords? What are the alternatives? among other things!

July 11th 2021: Facing the Future Reading Group.

Sunday 11th July. 11.00am on Zoom
We read an article about the Preston Model and discussed on how it could be applied to Tynedale.

June 13th 2021: Facing the Future Reading Group.

Tynedale Transformed is launched a reading group for our June Second Sunday
Sunday 13th June. 5.00pm on Zoom
There is no need to read the article in advance, we will read it together and discuss it as we go along.

How Flatpack Democracy beat the old parties in the People’s Republic of Frome”
Following the overturning of the Conservatives in May 2021, the largest “party” on Hexham Town Council is Open Hexham. Open Hexham are a Flatpack Democracy group. What does flat pack democracy mean and how does it work?
Please join us.

More Flatpack Democracy Resources here

May 9th 2021: Pick of the Tops.

May’s Second Sunday came hot on the heels of the local elections. Many of our followers had been busy campaigning and wanted to spend Sunday relaxing, reflecting and planning for the future. Consequently, for this Second Sunday we highlighted a small selection of items that we have found particularly useful, thought provoking or enjoyable over the last months to encourage you to explore our extensive resource bank and re-visit some of the events.

The events we highlighted were:
Climate Action. A Hexham Youth Debate:  Local young people talk about what needs to happen to address Climate Change
Re-Imagining Rural Life:  A vision of the future in the rural areas addressing sustainability, self reliance and fun.
Reporting from a Dictatorship: First hand experience of reporting from Nicaragua and what the implications are.
The Future of Democracy: From the local to international media, what is the relationship between the media and the truth.
The Hexham Radical History Tour: An audio tour that proves that things are not quite as they seem. Find the leaflet, download the tour to your phone, listen on SoundCloud, check out the bibliography or just watch the Vimeo conversation.
The Power of the People: A quiet revolution: This shows what is possible in a small town
The Future of the NHS: A panel discussion from the local to the regional and beyond.
The Importance of Hope: A provocation. read it here watch the Vimeo recording here

April 11th 2021: The Future of Democracy.

With a range of elections taking place throughout the country on 6th May and democracy currently under attack throughout the world, April’s Second Sunday considered What we mean by democracy and what form it could take.
The full programme of events is available here

The Vimeo recording of the Hexham Debate featuring Peter MacFadyen, founder of Sustainable Frome and author of Flatpack Democracy is here.
A Vimeo recording of the conversation with Chris Jackson, considering the importance of local journalism to democracy, is available here.
The video files Chris wanted to show in his presentation are available here.
A Vimeo recording of the panel discussion, featuring regional and local responses to how democracy can work and what it mean, will be available here shortly.
Resources for the day, including interesting video and film links are available here

March 14th 2021 : The Future of the NHS

On March 14th we considered what can the pandemic could teach us about a good society, how the NHS brand and logo are being appropriated by private companies and considered the future of our NHS.
The full programme of events is available here

The Vimeo recording of the Hexham Debate featuring Helen Salisbury is available here.
A vimeo recording of the conversation with Jude Letham is available here.
A recording of the panel discussion with Jenny Firth-Cozens, Amanda Pickering and Lesley Duke is available here.
The documentary Under The Knife, which is about the privatisation of the NHS by stealth and was produced by Pamela Kleinot and directed by Susan Steinberg is no longer available free.
Resources for the day available here

February 14th 2021 : “Our Climate Crisis”

Time to love the planet!
On February’s Second Sunday we linked to a Vimeo broadcast of the Hexham Debate, “Climate Crisis: Young People’s Perspectives on Their Future.” we were in conversation with some climate activists and hosted a panel discussing the current situation and it’s relevance in Tynedale. We had a live, keynote address by Dr Alan Whitehead, shadow minister for Energy & Business and Minister for Labours Green Deal as well as excellent contributions from prominent regional and local people and a chance to question them about their work.

The full programme is available here.
Resources available here
The Hexham Debate in which young people discussed their fears and ideas is available here.
The Vimeo of the conversation with XR is available here
The Vimeo of the Climate Crisis Discussion is available here.

January 10th 2021: Happy New Year

Because of lockdown the Second Sunday on 10th January was entirely virtual. We shared our favourite pod-casts, articles and publications with you.
The subjects are wide ranging and, we hope, interesting. They are available via this link and are available now as part of the website resources.

December 13th 2020: A Community Christmas

We learned about making our winter festivities fairer and more sustainable whilst having fun. We looked at what’s happening around our region, how our communities are supporting each other and sharing the seasonal cheer.
The programme is here
The “Make it Christmas” resources are here
The Journey through Tynedale is here
Watch the zoom discussion about the role of community at Christmas on Vimeo here
Watch our Christmas Party on Vimeo here
Download an A4 poster here


The programme is here
The resources are here
A chance to watch the events of the day, including recordings of the zoom events here.

October 2020: TT2020: Our Launch Festival.

The programme of the day is here
To watch the zoom events of TT20 see the TT20 revisited page.
The resources are here.