The book of the blog

Allendale Diary is now available as an eBook on the platform!

Purchase Allendale Diary in eBook format from

The eBook is particularly handy because its Table of Contents shows every entry, with internal links to the day the entry was published, so it’s very easy to navigate through the book. In addition, the eBook contains all the material found at the front and back of the paperback. It might be handier to have the whole book as an electronic version in your Kindle or other eBook viewer than to find the relevant entries online. All proceeds (after Amazon’s cut) from the sales of the book go directly to good causes through the Allendale Lions Club.

Allendale Diary in its large paperback version is now available to purchase from The Forge Studios, Allendale Market Square, or directly from this website! Purchase price for the online sale includes £5 postage and packing.

So far, the Allendale Diary has generated over 900 pounds for good causes supported by the Allendale Lions.  
You can purchase the paperback online here through the page’s own PayPal button, or directly by emailing the editor/compiler to reserve a copy.  If you prefer to pay by PayPal, he’ll accept payment at that email address too.  Postage and Packing costs are £5.00 and the cost of the book itself is £20.  All proceeds after expenses go to the Allendale Lions Club for disbursement.  

The big diary, a compilation of hundreds of entries from dozens of contributors, will repay your investment many times over as you, or your loved ones, dip into its hundreds of photographs and many thousands of words which describe life,  as it’s been lived,  in these Allen Valleys.


From the outset, this daily diary was designed by its editor with a vision to help raise money for the charitable endeavours of the Allendale Lions Club, a member of the International Lions Clubs, the largest philanthropic service organisation in the world.

Essentially, almost all of the money raised by the local club is ploughed back into good local causes. In fact, all of the money raised in local events (especially the Charity Auction) goes as advertised directly back into the community. But the club, by virtue of its international affiliation, also has a responsibility for some international assistance, especially when great tragedies like tsunamis or earthquakes strike unexpectedly around the world. Although some 95% of the money raised by the Allendale Lions Club goes to local causes, additional fund-raising efforts help to support international causes where there is some sort of local connection, as for example, to help eradicate jigger infestation from the feet of children in Kenya, where one of the club’s charter members has emigrated.

But the fund-raising capacity of the Allendale Lions Club is increasingly limited by the advanced age of its charter members. That’s why the members were so supportive of a new fund-raising idea, based on the blog.

When 2020 finally rolls around, if all has gone according to plan, there should be 365 entries in this ‘Year in the Life of a Village’ diary. That should be quite a little volume of notes, musings, anecdotes and reminiscences, a kind of historical record, even, of what life has been like over the year. The entries have been assessed to see how well they might fit into one of a number of ‘blog to book’ packages, and after a bit of finessing, the template was renewed, a prototype booklet of the first four months of entries was produced, and the final days now minimally stretch ahead of us.

A crowdsourcing campaign at was developed during October of this year, as the diary entered its home stretch. Some 30 orders have been received, at cost, towards printing of the complete volume, which will probably run to some 550 pages, so it’s looking like a first print run could be accomplished within a week or two, for delivery ‘hot off the press’ in mid-January.

Indeed, it doesn’t seem at all unreasonable that after several print runs, a charitable fund of some £5000 could be a fair ambition from the proceeds of the bound diary, which would go to the Lions charitable account for distribution to good causes. Of course, successful sales will depend on the quality of the writing, the universality of local coverage, and the diligence of the editor in acquiring input from a comprehensive variety of local sources. So, something useful to be getting on with, then!