Day: June 9, 2017

Students recognised before leaving academy

A UNIQUE set of students has been rewarded with an academy’s highest honour for their commitment within the classroom and the local community. Four Year 13 students at Bede Academy, Blyth, received the Principal’s Award 2017 after demonstrating an outstanding contribution to academy life. Jay Robinson, Christie Wilce, Kirsty Routledge and Claire Brown were presented with their certificates by head of school Julie Roberts. “Our Principal’s Award recognises the highest personal recognition that Bede Academy can make,” said Mrs Roberts. “It is not based on academic ability but on personal integrity; it does not rely on sporting prowess or...

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Gus Robinson Developments celebrates £9m contract wins

NORTH EAST building contractor Gus Robinson Developments has celebrated starting work on three new schemes with a combined value of over £9m. The business, that has employed 11 new members of staff over the last year, is working towards a financial target of £20m turnover by September this year. Since January, the company has started works on two projects with Karbon Homes, at the former St Mary’s School in South Shields and at the former Newbottle Community Centre near Houghton-le-Spring, which will see 54 new homes being completed throughout 2017. Works have also commenced on the firm’s first collaboration...

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Celebrating Imagination and Innovation

BARNES PARK HOSTS THE THIRD annual West Area community celebration event on Saturday 1 July. The free family fun day focussing on all things science, engineering and the environment is the culmination of the three day event involving all the local nursery, primary and junior schools. Visitors to the event will enter through an oversized replica model of a miner’s Davey Lamp, reflecting this year’s theme and celebrating Sunderland’s history of technological innovation. Once into the park there will be a huge range of activities and displays for everyone to get involved in, to explore their own scientific, engineering and environmental skills and knowledge. There will also be...

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Phoenix go with Gettys

Cheshire Phoenix are pleased to announce the signing of CJ Gettys, who joins from top NCAA Division I Rutgers University, where he started all 33 games in the Big Ten Conference. The 7 foot centre averaged eight points and five rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season for Rutgers Scarlet Knights and is delighted to join up with the club in September. On joining the Phoenix, Gettys stated: “First and foremost, I would like to thank God and my family for everything that is happening; secondly, I would like to thank Cheshire Phoenix for believing in me and I cannot wait to get to work.” Phoenix Head Coach, Ben Thomas added, “This is a huge signing for us. We have been looking to get a quality big for next season and as soon as CJ was on our radar, we had to get him. “He is coming from a top college playing in one of, if not the best conference, in division one basketball”. CJ Gettys joins Raheem May-Thompson and Andrew Bachman on the roster for the upcoming season, with the early bird season ticket deadline ending on 30...

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Tony Hadley to head Oyster Festival line up

ONE of the most iconic singers of the 1980s will lead a Gold line up this autumn (22 September) at the 14th annual North East Oyster Festival. Tony Hadley, formerly of Spandau Ballet, is heading to Hardwick Hall Hotel to perform at one of the biggest events on the region’s social calendar. The unmistakeable voice behind a string of the decade’s biggest pop hits including True, Gold, Highly Strung and Through the Barricades, will be heading to the Sedgefield hotel on Friday 22 September. Having released five solo albums since Spandau Ballet disbanded in 1990, Tony Hadley is still...

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North East and proud

Following on from CIM’s launch of 50 North East Marketing Greats in March, they invite you to meet Lynsey Fanning, Marketing Manager at Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, a leader in technology based engineering, construction and steel fabrication services, with a list of achievements which spans the globe. The 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 function and to inspire both existing marketing professionals and young people considering a career in marketing.  Each ‘Marketing Great’ is profiled in an online case study which includes their words of wisdom for aspiring marketers alongside their career story and why they enjoy working in the region.”  She continued, “Developing our original ‘Great North East Brands’ initiative, which ran for a number of years, ‘Marketing Greats’ provides a regional platform for marketing to be recognised as having a key role in business growth while celebrating the number of senior marketing roles located in the North East.”   Like Lynsey, who encourages anyone with a creative flair to consider marketing as a career and follow in her footsteps.   She said,...

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North East LEP General Election statement

Andrew Hodgson, chair of the North East LEP, said: “How Britain negotiates its exit from the EU will have a huge impact across the United Kingdom and especially here in the North East. “We will continue to work with all parties to achieve the best outcome for the region as the Government strives to secure the best deal for the UK. “We remain committed to delivering the North East’s Strategic Economic Plan, which has already created an extra 58,200 jobs in the local economy, and which will inform our response to future Government policy. “At this time of change and uncertainty...

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Deloitte staff turn out to help the community

Volunteers from the Newcastle office of business advisory firm Deloitte have taken part in a series of activities on behalf of six local community projects. As part of the firm’s Impact Day, the Deloitte staff came together to help out at Action for Children in Newcastle, Mencap in County Durham, and at four different projects for Changing Lives in Newcastle. For Action for Children, which is the Newcastle office’s local charity partner, the team of volunteers from Deloitte helped to tidy and maintain a garden and outdoor area used by the children and families which are supported by the...

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Decision taken to postpone North East Fund launch

A spokesperson for the North East Fund Company, set up to run the fund when it goes live, said: “The North East Fund launch event was scheduled to take place on Thursday 15th June 2017. “Following yesterday’s general election, we have taken the decision to postpone the launch event, in order to allow time for the newly elected administration to be formed. “Government and the European Investment Bank have assured us of their continued support for the programme, however we want to make sure that the new administration is fully briefed on this new fund. “The postponement of this...

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Fascinating medieval finds unearthed by archaeologists and volunteers at Auckland Castle

A major archaeological excavation of 900-year old Auckland Castle has provided rare insight into the medieval castle’s architectural structure and history Experts from Durham University’s Archaeological Services have been working with more than 70 volunteers from regional charity, Auckland Castle Trust to excavate the site of a new museum extension in the Castle’s Scotland Wing The investigation has provided further insight into the historically rich land surrounding the Castle, previously home to the Prince Bishops of Durham This research has taken place as part of a wider development of the Castle in a major £70m revitalisation project being undertaken...

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MPs elected to represent North Tyneside and Tynemouth

North Tyneside residents have elected Mary Glindon and Alan Campbell as Members of the UK Parliament to represent the North Tyneside and Tynemouth constituencies, respectively.   Mary Glindon (Labour) was elected in North Tyneside with 33,456 votes (64.36%), ahead of Henry Newman (Conservative) with 14,172 votes (27.26%), Gary Legg (UKIP) with 2,101 votes (4.04%), Greg Stone (Liberal Democrats) with 1,494 votes (2.87%) and Martin Collins (Green) with 669 votes (1.29%).   Alan Campbell (Labour) was elected in Tynemouth with 32,395 votes (56.87%), ahead of Nick Varley (Conservative) with 20,729 votes (36.39%), John Appleby (Liberal Democrats) with 1,724 votes (3.03%),...

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Stockton North and South Parliamentary Election Results

In the 2017 Parliamentary elections the Labour Party held the Stockton North seat and the Labour Party won the Stockton South seat. The results in Stockton North were as follows: BROWN Sarah Louise Liberal Democrat 646 CUNNINGHAM Alexander Labour Party 24,304 ELECTED FLETCHER Mark Peter Conservative Party 15,589 ROBSON Emma Green Party 358 STRIKE Ted UK Independence Party 1,834 ALEX CUNNINGHAM is therefore duly elected as Member of Parliament for the Stockton North constituency. The turnout was 64.6%. The results in Stockton South were as follows: DURNING Drew Liberal Democrats 951 FITZGERALD Jo Green Party 371 OUTTERSIDE David Michael...

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Fletcher Building invests £40m into Formica Group’s European HQ in North Shields

Formica Group, the original inventor of High Pressure Laminate (HPL), officially opened its European HQ on the North Shields site on 6th June. To celebrate the opening of the new head office and improved manufacturing plant, dignitaries, customers and the media were invited to usher in the next era of Formica Group’s 104-year-old history. As part of its strategy to grow the business and remain competitive, Formica Group is investing £40million into staff and facilities in its strongest market, the UK, over the next three years. The investment sees the installation of new machinery and technology to create a...

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Hambleton’s leisure centres are taking part in next weeks International Mens Health Week

Hambleton leisure centres are participating in next week’s International Men’s Health Week (12 – 18 June). This year the week will focus on the potential risks of carrying too much belly fat. Regardless of how much you actually weigh, carrying large amounts of belly fat increases the risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The four centres in Bedale, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk are giving away free Zest discount cards to men that attend the centres or sign up for a Zest discount card online. The Zest discount card can be...

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North Yorkshire’s biggest free festival announces top chefs and music line-up

North Yorkshire’s biggest free food and live music festival returns for its sixth successful year this month, boasting a range of foodie and musical treats UK Lifestyle &Food Photographer Northallerton Home Grown Food Festival 2016 UK Lifestyle &Food Photographer Northallerton Home Grown Food Festival 2016 UK Lifestyle & Food Photographer Northallerton Home Grown Food Festival 2014 The multi-award-winning Homegrown Food Festival, in Northallerton, will be held at the Applegarth on Sunday June 25th. This year’s theme is ‘The Great Outdoors’ celebrating local towns, the North Yorkshire countryside, its producers, chefs and restaurants. As well as the popular stalls, live...

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