Day: June 2, 2017

City bar paves career path for students with special needs

A NEWCASTLE bar is giving young people with learning difficulties the opportunity to gain valuable industry training. The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen at Waterloo Square in the city centre is giving four students from Gateshead College the chance to gain hands-on experience in the hospitality trade. The students, who all have learning difficulties, will train in the kitchen and food preparation areas to give them new skills and learn more about the hospitality industry. The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen is owned by St Camillus Leisure Ltd, an arm of St Camillus Care Group which operates The Vault,...

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Family history session focuses on electoral registers

Amateur historians can find out how to use electoral registers and trade directories to trace their family tree at a talk this month. The session is part of Durham County Record Office’s Branching Out programme, where people can pick up tips and advice on unearthing information about their ancestors. This month’s talk takes place twice – on Tuesday, 13 June from 6pm to 8pm, and on Thursday, 15 June, from 10am to noon. Costing £10 per person, the sessions are aimed at people who have already begun tracing their family tree or who have attended one of the Record...

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Darlington Angler Reel in Bank Group Support for Disabled Access Project

Access to a popular Darlington fishing lake has been made far easier for all thanks to the support of a County Durham-headquartered business.   Darlington Anglers’ Club has completed work on the installation of three new fishing platforms at the Cleasby Lake, which will provide people with disabilities and mobility problems with a far safer place from which to fish.   Around 200m of new footpaths have also been added around the six acre lake which are suitable for wheelchairs to use.   Darlington Anglers’ Club has been working on finding a way to put the new facilities in place for the last two years, and after applying to the Banks Group’s Banks Community Fund for support, a £5,000 grant has allowed it to go ahead.   The Club is now working with local groups to encourage people to take advantage of the new facilities, which are the only ones of their kind in the surrounding area, and has already begun to receive enquiries from potential new members with disabilities.   It is hoping to encourage former anglers who stopped fishing when they started to become less mobile to come back to the water, with an open day planned for Saturday 8 July at which anyone can come along and see what’s on offer.   Dating back to 1894, Darlington Anglers’ Club aims to provide opportunities for members, their...

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Ten Foot High Dragon Loose on Stockton High Street

A HIGHLIGHT of Stockton Town Centre’s specialist markets programme is set to return when sci-fi market Kapow lands on Saturday 10 June between 10am and 4pm. Taken: Saturday 11th June 2016 Sci-Fi family fun day, also with specialist market and former Dr Who at the Arc. Photographer/Byline Dave Charnley Photography Bringing together an array of exciting features including a wizard school, wand-making workshop, a huge 3.5metre high animatronic dragon, Daleks, superheroes and storm troopers – the market will have something to offer sci-fi fans of all ages and is free to attend. The unique market will see traders...

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Spruce up for Summer in Bedale

Bedale is busy preparing for its ‘Summer Spruce Up’. Following the success of Bedale’s first spring clean in March, residents, local businesses and organisations are all encouraged to join forces on Sunday 11 June, to sweep in a smart new look for summer. Organised by the Bedale Villages Community Forum in partnership with Hambleton District Council, Bedale Town Council and Bedale businesses with support and advice from North Yorkshire County Council, its aim is to ‘present historic Bedale at its best for the new visitor season’. “After the praise we got from the spring clean, we are hoping that...

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Kapow gets ready to hit Stockton

A GIANT animatronic dragon will be joined by wizards, daleks and a star of Dr Who as one of the most exciting events on the sci-fi calendar heads to Stockton next week. On Saturday 10 June the town will once again host Kapow – an event which brings together a whole host of specialist traders who will be selling toys, memorabilia and collectables from every conceivable area of the sci fi world. Kapow, which is now back for the fourth year, was originally created by owners of gift shop, Who Ray! at Silver Street, Stockton. And along with the...

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Butterwick Hospice has huge success with new fundraising ‘bid’

Two volunteers at Butterwick Hospice have raised £24,000 for the charity by selling donated goods through online auction site eBay. Olwyne Pitcher from Long Newton and Rex Humphry from Stockton have had a successful year with the eBay shop, which started trading 18 months ago. The pair select quality items from goods that have been donated to the Butterwick charity shop and prepare them for auction, allowing them to get a higher price than they might ordinarily get on the high street. The items sold on the site that contributed to the £24,000 total included a vintage typewriter, which...

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Award-winning Law Clinic achieves new accolade

Teesside Law Clinic has won the Northern Law Awards’ Pro Bono/Community Initiative accolade after being shortlisted for a third consecutive year. Andrew Perriman, SSS&L The award came as a result of the Law Clinic students’ dedication and commitment to the community, with the judges noting the Law Clinic’s work in offering advice to former steelworkers who were not in a union following the closure of the SSI site in Redcar and the Law Clinic’s tireless work on behalf of victims of historic abuse. Early in 2016, a special meeting was called in Redcar by the Law Clinic for former...

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Parsons stores up a raft of appointments to support business growth

One of the UK’s leading shipping container and self-storage businesses has made a number of strategic appointments in line with business growth, as it extends its foothold in the North East. The Parsons Containers Group, which is headquartered in Sedgefield, County Durham and operates from 10 sites across the North East and Lincolnshire, has made four significant internal promotions to newly created roles, reflecting recent significant growth in the business and preparing for future developments. Dean Tempest has been promoted to operations manager, having initially joined the business as an apprentice in 2007.  Dean, from Wheatley Hill, has gained...

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The marketer who doesn’t want to leave the North East

Following on from CIM’s launch of 50 North East Marketing Greats in March, they invite you to meet Neil McLoram, Communications & Business Development Manager at Brewin Dolphin, financial and wealth management company based in Newcastle. This initiative aims to develop and retain marketing talent in the North East region.  Diane Earles, Network Manager for CIM, explains “‘North East Marketing Greats’ are marketing figureheads from some of the biggest brands in the region and industry sectors that are driving the Northern Powerhouse economy.  Through the ‘Marketing Greats’ we want to provide insight into the importance of a strategic marketing...

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Awards celebrate environmental champions

Environmental champions in County Durham are once again to be celebrated through the return of an annual awards scheme. The County Durham Environment Awards have been running since 1989 and recognise the green achievements of individuals, businesses, community organisations and schools. They reward work to improve, enhance and protect the local and wider environment, as well as recognising the community spirit often involved in the projects. The awards are organised by Durham County Council on behalf of the County Durham Environment Partnership, which brings together public, private and voluntary organisations with the aim of making the county ‘altogether greener.’...

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49digital has designs on expansion

A fast growing user experience consultancy and website developer is celebrating a move into their first business premises in line with the company’s recent expansion. 49digital Ltd, now based at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) on the Sunderland Enterprise Park, was established by Helena Borthwick-Hill in 2010. Whilst living in Vancouver, Helena launched the website design business alongside her husband Geoff who at the time was an airline pilot on sabbatical leave. Helena explains: “When we first moved to Vancouver I had just finished my master’s degree in planning and was employed by the Urban Development...

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Promising outlook for manufacturing sector despite uncertainty

According to statistics taken from the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), the future outlook for the manufacturing sector looks very positive. Figures in May showed market resilience, with the sector sustaining most of the growth momentum gained during April. UK manufacturing companies benefited most from the continued strength of the domestic market; however there has also been a steady increase in new export business, particularly within the immediate goods sector. The ongoing development of the UK manufacturing market has positively impacted upon business and investment sentiment and increased much needed employment opportunities across regional areas to a 35 month...

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Children’s charity launch Domestic Abuse recovery project for children in Newcastle

A new project has been launched in Newcastle for vulnerable children and parents who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse. Run by Children North East, this unique project includes the DARE Programme, a group based programme for children from 4 years old helping them move beyond the violence and abuse that they have been subjected and witness to within their families. The mother’s programme will help them understand the impact of abuse on their child.  There will also be follow up support with the families around building confidence and self-esteem, as well as a 1:1 programme working...

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Local mental health charity celebrates pioneering peer support research

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind held three events to showcase major new findings about the difference community peer support can make for people with mental health problems. Peer support can include one-to-one mentoring, online communities, social groups or self-help groups.  More than 50 people turned up to the events in Middlesbrough, Saltburn and Stockton and learnt how peer support can increase people’s sense of choice and hope, and can be offered to make sure people stay well in their communities. National mental health charity Mind, working alongside St George’s University of London, The McPin Foundation, and London School of Economics,...

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