Tweed 1000 receives bags of help from Tesco

The Tweed 1000 project has bagged £4,000 from Tesco's Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Wednesday, 7th February 2018, 16:25 pm
Tweed 1000 schools co-ordinator Lydia Lee at a recent meeting with Ben Ryder, headteacher of Berwick Middle School.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Tweed 1000 is a voluntary group set up to celebrate 1,000 years of Berwick’s history which was shaped by the outcome of the Battle of Carham which pushed the Scottish Border down to the River Tweed, creating Berwick as the town we know today.

The project will allow the local community and visitors to Berwick to discover the impact that the Battle of Carham had on shaping Berwick, to have some fun during a weekend of medieval living history over the weekend of July 21-22, an exhibition entitled Defending Berwick and the Border and also by local community involvement in the creation of a tapestry to celebrate 1,000 years of history which will provide a lasting legacy for the town.

Stephen Scott, secretary of Tweed 1000, said: “We are delighted to have received support from Tesco Bags of Help Scheme and congratulate the runners-up as they also benefit. We are very grateful to the local Tesco customers for their support in helping us achieve our goals.

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“We are keen to deliver on our pledge to create with them a community project that the town can be justly proud of.”

Schools’ coordinator Lydia Lee has started to visit schools, spreading the word to teachers, children and parents across the town.

The design of the tapestry representing Berwick’s history is also near completion and the creative arts team led by Anne Wadey is keen to hear from creative stitchers to help create it.

It is looking for suitable ground floor premises, preferably in the town centre, to base the workshop so that shoppers can pop in and put their own stitch in the tapestry. To get involved, email

The team are keen to find stitchers who can do cross stitch, tapestry, applique or embroidery of any kind. Later in the year we will also need people who are more comfortable with dress-making type skills. The tapestry is made up of many sections, so everyone can contribute a section that suits their skills and where the topic is of interest to them. Anyone interested should contact Anne Wadey by email at .

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit