Day: June 1, 2017

Marks & Spencer Volunteers Make it Matter in Newcastle

On Make it Matter Day (1 June), Marks & Spencer has launched a ground-breaking commitment to support 1,000 communities across the UK, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and be a zero waste business. This will see M&S colleagues dedicating one million hours of community volunteering by 2025, to support local initiatives and projects that really matter in the communities that M&S serves. Colleagues from M&S Metrocentre will kick start the volunteering in Newcastle during National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) by helping local project, Connect 25 – an arm of The KC Foundation foodbank which aims to reduce child food poverty in the Byker area – create an interactive space for children to visit during the summer holidays. Newcastle has some of the busiest foodbanks in the UK, and low-income families rely on them the most. Whilst most people look forward to the holiday period, for those struggling to make ends meet, it can mean added financial pressure when children miss out on free school meals. The holiday club, put on by Connect 25, would provide vital access to food and drink for young people, as well as a safe place to play. M&S Metrocentre chose Connect 25 as its ‘Charity of the Year’ in April and also donates surplus food to the charity, which helps to provide snacks and meals, food parcels and cooking lessons for...

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South Shields is port of call for music stars

A HOST of stars will be sailing into South Tyneside this summer for a month of live music supported by one of the region’s largest businesses. The Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s major deep sea ports providing a vital trading gateway to worldwide markets, is sponsoring the South Tyneside Festival Sunday Concert series for the third year in a row. The concerts will be held in Bents Park, South Shields and will feature a host of big names including KT Tunstall (9 July), Busted (16 July) Louisa Johnson, Jedward and 5 After Midnight (23 July) and soul...

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Embark on a Metro Adventure during May half term

Tyne and Wear Metro is inviting children to turn adventurer this May half term by discovering the region’s hidden treasures. Metro is launching a brand new free adventure book to encourage families to get out and about during the school holidays and explore all the fantastic things the region has to offer. By jumping on board a Metro this half term children can turn adventurer and enjoy a fun day out with their families while finding new things to see and do in the region from Newcastle’s boat on the Ouse at Seven Stories to Propellers of the City in...

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Stars of the future get set for musical show

Children from Gala Theatre Stage School (GTSS) have been taking part in final rehearsals for their latest production. Young people aged between three and 12 years old will take to the stage on Friday in Animaniacs, a musical show featuring songs from classic children’s films including The Lion King, Frozen and Mary Poppins. The stars of tomorrow, who have previously taken part in shows including The Wizard of Oz and Seussical the Musical, are now spending their half-term getting prepared for Friday’s two performances. Kate Sorahan, who manages GTSS, said: “The juniors have been working hard in the lead-up...

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Coast & Country New Directions programme supports work ambitions of South Bank man

Coast & Country’s New Directions programme, which is part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and funded by the European Social Fund, has enabled a South Bank man to get his first apprenticeship. 20-year-old Robert Wymer, from South Bank, had undertaken a number of courses and work placements since leaving college in June 2016 but had been unsuccessful in gaining employment. After attending a local jobs fair Robert registered for the New Directions programme and attended six sessions, which included skills such as CV and letter writing and job searching techniques. One session was dedicated to preparing for an...

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Views invited on pharmacy services

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is asking residents, partner organisations and pharmacies for their views and experiences of pharmacy services in the county. The North Yorkshire Health and Well Being Board wants to find out if people think that existing services are in the right place; open at the right time and provide the services needed. The information gathered from the consultation exercise will be used to complete a Pharmacy Needs Assessment (PNA). NHS England make commissioning decisions about pharmacies in North Yorkshire and the PNA is a tool to help them do this. The PNA looks at the...

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Stockton shoppers ready for fashion fix

STYLE-savvy shoppers will be able to get a glimpse of the summer’s hottest looks at a fashion event in Stockton this weekend (3-4 June). Major brands and high street retailers will hit the catwalk as the town’s Business Improvement District hosts its first Fabulous Fashion Show. Shops from High Street along with Wellington Square and Castlegate Shopping Centres will be showcasing top trends and sizzling summer looks. Four shows will be held each day in High Street, with major retailers including Debenhams, River Island, M&S, Top Shop and New Look, Evans, Roman, Peacocks and Bon Marche along with leading...

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Blaydon Races inspires call to action to health group

A popular Tyneside song has inspired workers at Gateshead’s health watchdog to star in their own pop video in a bid to attract a new Chairperson and committee members. Community Interest Company, Tell Us North have recently secured a two-year contract to run Healthwatch Gateshead and are seeking a Chairperson and Committee members. Healthwatch Gateshead cover all publicly-funded health and social care services for both adults and children. Firstly, they work hard to champion the rights of those using the social care and health systems in the town and secondly act as a watchdog to ensure that social care...

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Students line up for race for life

STUDENTS and staff are limbering up to raise thousands of pounds for charity. One hundred and twenty one girls and 25 staff from Richmond School and Sixth Form College will take part in the Race for Life. They hope to break their previous fundraising record of £9,250 when they turn up at South Park, on June 4 for the Cancer Research UK event. Several coaches will take staff and students from Years 7-11 from school to the Darlington venue for the 5km race. PE teacher Helen Southgate, who organises Team Richmond School, said: “I am so pleased that our...

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Orange Pip Market on the Move Due to Popularity

MIDDLESBROUGH’S hugely popular Orange Pip Market is on the move for a Summer Special in Centre Square. The monthly event has grown massively in its first year and attendances, which are regularly around 6,500, have already led to one expansion to include stalls on Bedford Street as well as Baker Street. Moving the market would provide a number of opportunities as well as some much needed breathing space. Whereas currently Baker and Bedford Street can accommodate only 25-30 traders for Orange Pip Market, Centre Square could hold 70-100. Other benefits identified by organisers Middlesbrough Council include the improvement of...

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Latest housing magazine only a click away

The latest issue of County Durham Housing Group’s digital newsletter is available online.   May’s edition of ‘group news’ can now be found at Packed with the latest information from landlords Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, readers can also find out about work on the first new homes to be built as part of a £30m investment, how welfare advisors found more than £3m of unclaimed benefits and tax credits, and how the group is supporting a national campaign for more affordable homes. Group Communications Manager, Jill Ancrum, said: “Whether it’s building...

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Resurfacing works planned for county’s roads

Road resurfacing work is to be carried out across County Durham in the coming weeks. Durham County Council is to carry out work at Crook, Spennymoor and Dipton, with all schemes requiring short-term road closures. The resurfacing in Crook takes place over the next two weekends: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4, and Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June. It will require staggered closures of the A690/Job’s Hill Bank junction each day. Diversion routes will be in place with signs to inform drivers. Closures and working hours will be from 7am to 7pm each day. Access to properties and businesses...

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Eliza Eyes the Prize in Cook Competition

EXOTIC exhibits at one of the region’s best loved museum have a new addition thanks to a school pupil’s vivid imagination. Schools from across the region were invited to take part in a competition ahead of the launch of a new exhibition at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. The popular family attraction re-opens this week following a £500,000 refurbishment programme. The ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ exhibition features a dazzling array of natural history specimens encountered by the scientists on Cook’s 18th Century voyages, many of which were completely alien to them. To celebrate the new displays, children were invited...

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Local Business Woman makes the Cut with Award Shortlist

Local Richmond-based business woman, Judy Wilson-Petch, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Female Franchisee of the Year category at the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2017. Judy set up the family-run Greensleeves franchise in 2002 with her husband Jimmy, and specialises in providing lawn care to the consumer. Judy now runs a successful franchise territory, maintaining customer lawns and also looking after numerous communal areas with great pride and satisfaction. In her fifteen years as a franchisee, Judy has successfully built up her business to the point where on five occasions, her...

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Thomas Cook Airlines starts exclusive Hurghada route from Newcastle Airport

Thomas Cook Airlines has started exclusive flights from Newcastle to Hurghada, Egypt, running for both summer and winter 2017. The inaugural flight departed this week, with flights now on Monday until April 2018. All inclusive holidays are available from just £600 per person, or flights are on sale from £119.99 one way. Hurghada joins other amazing new routes started in May to Almeria and Paphos, coinciding with the opening of the spectacuclar new Thomas Cook Discovery store in Newcastle’s Metrocentre. James Burrows, Aviation Director for Thomas Cook Airlines, said: “This is a really exciting year for us in Newcastle,...

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