Day: June 8, 2017

Share Your Special SIRF Memories

FESTIVAL fans are being called on to share their favourite SIRF memories on social media. Finale Acknowledgment on the photographs and all other publication should read: © gilmar ribeiro/ G2 Taken: Thursday 31st July 2014 Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) opening night event “Safe House” at Trinity Green, Stockton. The show starts with an exhilarating simulated race through the streets and neighbourhoods of Stockton. As night falls a mysterious house dramatically comes to life. A figure appears on the roof, climbs precariously onto the chimney and begins to share the story of this house. He takes the audience on...

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Teenage boxing champion on talent pathway to national success

A teenage boxer with aspirations to become an Olympic medal winner has been selected for a national scheme which fast-tracks the development of elite sporting talent. Gateshead College student Brodie Stephenson is now enrolled on the England Boxing Talent Pathway Programme, which helps budding boxers to fulfil their potential and eventually compete on the national stage. The Carlisle-born 16-year-old, who last year won a championship title in the National Association Girls and Boys Club Finals, is currently studying for an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) at Gateshead College and working towards qualifying as a personal trainer. She is...

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BBC airs plans for new Sunderland base

BBC Newcastle has announced a team of journalists will be based in Sunderland for the first time since 2011, thanks to a partnership with the University of Sunderland’s School of Media and Communication. Journalism lecturer Lee Hall with Mediahub newsroom manager India Adams-Norton from Sunderland University (left) with Doug Morris and Sophie McDonnell from BBC Newcastle. Picture DAVID WOOD Housed on the top floor of the David Puttnam Media Centre, the BBC team will use the University’s MediaHub, which is the home of journalism and media students. The space was designed to mimic a real newsroom, with news and broadcast channels...

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Trend agency sees growth in predicting the future of celebration

ONE of the country’s leading home and lifestyle trend forecasting agencies has appointed Anna Woods to its team as a Senior Trend Strategist.   Anna, of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, will manage a team of researchers and analysts at Newcastle-based Trend Bible, which is predicting future trends for major brands and manufacturers in the UK, USA and the Nordics. Anna has 15 years’ experience in the industry and was previously Studio Manager at creative agency Tigerprint and Design Manager at greetings card firm Hallmark. Her insight and experience will be hugely valuable to Trend Bible as it capitalises on...

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Charity art auction to celebrate young lives lost

Award winning artists and professional photographers will be showcased at Purquoise’s charity art auction at O’Grady’s Hotel in Redcar on Saturday 1 July. The art is available to be viewed on the website, and bids can be placed prior to the event, with the free-entry auction starting at 1pm. An evening of entertainment will follow the auction, from 7pm, and will include food, live music, a raffle and a remembrance tree. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from the website. All proceeds will go to local mental health charity, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind. Purquoise was set up in 2013 by Redcar resident Sarah Jane Ashcroft in memory of a family member who died in her twenties....

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Stage set for leading lights of clothing and textile industries

Some of the brightest minds in the clothing and textile industries are heading to the North East to inspire design enthusiasts in the region. 9th December 2016. Pecha Kucha featuring members of Design network North. For further info E: The Northern Clothing and Textile Network (NCTN) event, on 14 June, will see influential figures who are shaping the future of clothing and textile share their insights at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead. NCTN is a partnership between prominent industry figure David Reay and Design Network North, a project delivered by innovation and business support company RTC North....

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Tees Valley Book Festival Returns

STOCKTON-ON-TEES libraries are joining forces with their counterparts across the region to host the ‘Crossing the Tees’ Book Festival. It is the fourth time that the annual, two week-long festival, has been held and highlights include: National Bookstart Week, 10am – 12noon, Friday 9 June, Preston Park Museum & Grounds Stockton Borough Libraries in partnership with Preston Park Museum & Grounds present ‘Under the Sea Adventures’ to celebrate National Bookstart Week. There will be rhyme times, crafts, Funky Feet, a free goodie bag and a ‘Hole in the Bottom of the Sea’ booklet for every child. Normal admission prices...

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College joins house builder in project to inspire next generation

A LEADING UK housebuilder has been inspiring the next generation of developers in an initiative with a college designed to attract new blood into a thriving industry. Darlington College has teamed up with Keepmoat Homes, which is currently developing a housing scheme next door at Central Park. Officials from Keepmoat Homes have been into college to talk to construction students about the incredible opportunities available globally within an industry hungry for talent. Students, including those learning their joinery and bricklaying trades, were encouraged to join the Keepmoat Homes Academy with those that did offered a week’s work trial to...

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Outgoing Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland is a charity fundraising record-breaker

THE previous Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland has broken the borough’s all-time Mayoral charity fund-raising record. Taken: 19th Jan 2017 Redcar and Cleveland Council Story. Redcar Mayor recording a charity song between at Teesside University’s recording studio, Dean Stockdale on keyboard behind. Photographer/Byline Dave Charnley Photography Councillor Barry Hunt, who has recently stood down after his year as Mayor, raised £24,000. During his year as Mayor, he slept on Redcar High Street on Christmas Eve and Christmas night to raise money for the homeless raising about £7,000. He also raised money for people with learning disabilities. He said:...

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Manufacturing Growth Programme helps Henry Colbeck turn waste cooking oil into £1m additional turnover

Henry Colbeck, a £45m turnover company employing 150 staff in Team Valley, is confidently forecasting £1m of new turnover, thanks to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP).   Henry Colbeck, a family-owned and managed manufacturing business that supplies to the fish and chip market in the UK, accessed expert support from the MGP to gain ISO accreditation and obtain the Environment Agency permits that are essential to turn used cooking oil into a source of green energy. It will be using these new permits to put in place a new used cooking oil processing...

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A68 West Auckland Road works

Major highway maintenance works on the A68 West Auckland Road will commence on Friday 9 th June and will continue for approximately six months. The maintenance works, which are being funded by the Highways England’s Housing and Growth Fund, is part of a package of work planned to improve traffic flow on the A68 and enable future housing at West Park and employment in Faverdale. Delays are to be expected due to the inbound carriageway in between the A1 interchange and Rotary Way Roundabout being closed for up to 6 months. All inbound traffic will be diverted onto a...

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Northumberland developer gets underway with Great Whittington scheme

Northumberland-based Anvil Homes has started on site with the development of its new residential scheme in the village of Great Whittington in the Tyne Valley. Briar Fields will provide ten individually designed four bedroomed detached family homes, the first of which will be completed in October of this year. Anvil Homes is a family run business, which has been established since 1993 and specialises in bespoke rural residential developments. The company has won multiple awards for its schemes including Slaley Village and Orchard Gap in Hexham. The firm uses the same pool of local sub-contractors and tradesmen for all...

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Robots are taking over Kirkleatham Museum!

KIRKLEATHAM Museum is welcoming a new exciting exhibition entitled “Robot: A collection of Robots, Cyborgs and Androids”. This exhibition includes 40 animatronics from films such as Judge Dredd, Lost in Space, Robocop and iRobot. The exhibition contains full sized robots, such as the Terminator, film props, costumes and collectables. Not only can you immerse yourself in the digital reality of robots, but the event is also playing some fan favourite Sci-Fi films! Mark Ladyman, Director for Economic Growth at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “This exhibition is truly one of a kind! Fun for families and science fiction...

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The North East wins big at CIPR national Excellence awards

Three local PR teams are celebrating after winning at the profession’s most prestigious annual awards ceremony. CIPR Excellence Awards 2017 The Artillery Garden at the HAC London 06.06.17 ©Steve Pope – Fotowales CIPR Excellence Awards 2017 The Artillery Garden at the HAC London 06.06.17 ©Steve Pope – Fotowales More than 650 public relations professionals from over 120 agencies and organisations gathered at the Artillery Garden at the HAC in London for the 33rd annual CIPR Excellence Awards. BBC’s Mock The Week Comedian Andy Parsons hosted a lively ceremony, which saw Filament PR’s Anne-Marie Lacey crowned Outstanding Young Communicator of...

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St Oswald’s makes urgent plea for 135 new charity shop volunteers

As the UK marks the end of Volunteers’ Week 2017 (1 – 7 June) – an initiative that celebrates people giving their time to make a difference in their communities, North East Hospice, St Oswald’s has revealed a critical need for 135 more charity shop volunteers. With a current headcount of 512 volunteers staffing its 28 shops across the region, the charity is launching its inaugural Retail Volunteer Recruitment Week (12 – 17 June 2017) in a bid to attract new people into giving any spare time they can to overcome the crisis. According to the Charity Retail Association...

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