NESTLED between two larger villages, a group of residents in Whittonstall feel their corner of the district can often be overlooked.

But public-spirited villagers are looking to change that by reforming Whittonstall Community Group to help improve the appearance of the village, organise social events for local people to attend and shout about the good things which happen in the area.

Historically, the village always had a community group but one hasn’t been in existence for many years.

Group member Christine Jewitt explained why it was recently reformed.

“Whittonstall has got a bit forgotten because it is between Stocksfield and Ebchester, so because of the geography we get a little bit lost.

“We are trying to improve the look of the village, and we have a great community spirit here and the people in the Anchor Inn have been incredibly supportive by allowing us to use the venue for events.

“After we reformed, the first event we held attracted 65 people.”

Up next for the group is a Bloomin’ Great Tea Party at the Anchor on Saturday to raise funds for Marie Curie.

Between 1pm and 4pm, people are invited to grab a cup of tea or coffee, or even a glass of Prosecco, while enjoying a slice of cake.

It was hoped that holding social events would also bring unite members of the village.

Christine said: “We want to hold events to bring Whittonstall community together and give the village is a collective voice which we can represent.

“By enhancing our community and organising social events, we will provide an opportunity to meet other residents.”

The initiative has won the backing of the parish council, the first school and the Anchor Inn.