Day: June 12, 2017

Celebrating Imagination and Innovation

BARNES PARK HOSTS THE THIRD annual West Area community celebration event on Saturday 1 July. Celebrating Imagination and Innovation at the West Area community event on Saturday July 1st at Barnes Park, Sunderland. Pictured are Councillor Peter Gibson and Joanne Laverick of Youth Almighty Project with Year 6 pupils from New Silksworth Primary School, l-r Natalie Head, Connor Pickard, Kieron Lock and Katie Corner 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...

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Reece Innovation Leads The Search For Infrastructure Answers At NWG Innovation Festival

Engineering experts Reece Innovation will be leading a group comprising businesses, academics, schools and members of the public in a week-long search for new ideas on the way infrastructure is upgraded. The focus on delivering affordable and effective infrastructure upgrades comes as part of Northumbrian Water Group’s (NWG) Innovation Festival, which is bringing together some of the world’s leading businesses to tackle major social and environmental challenges. The festival aims to bring together the best innovative minds, using design ‘sprint’ thinking to explore and create new solutions to some of the biggest social and environmental challenges we face. ‘Sprints’...

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Go North East is ‘Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road’ in branded Blaydon Race buses

The region’s biggest bus company, Go North East has brought five newly branded buses onto the roads of Newcastle to mark one of the city’s most legendary events – the Blaydon Race. The standout buses, which travel the race route from Newcastle city centre to Blaydon, were officially launched to passengers and race-goers last Friday (9 June 2017) to coincide with the famous 5.6 mile road-running event. Proudly displaying lyrics from the well-known Geordie folk song ‘Blaydon Races’, the single deck ‘Blaydon Racer’ buses have been transformed as part of a £650,000 investment programme by Go North East into refurbishing 36...

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Sci-Fi Market was ‘Out of this World’

KAPOW, one of the highlights of Stockton Town Centre’s specialist markets programme, made a successful return to the town on Saturday (10 June). Taken: 10th June 2017 Kapow event on Stockton High Street. Photographer/Byline Dave Charnley Photography Taken: 10th June 2017 Kapow event on Stockton High Street. Photographer/Byline Dave Charnley Photography Taken: 10th June 2017 Kapow event on Stockton High Street. Photographer/Byline Dave Charnley Photography Sci-fi fans of all ages were blown away by the exciting array of features and activities on offer including a wizard school, wand-making workshop, Daleks, superheroes and storm troopers – not...

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Special school moves to one site heralding new era in education

STUDENTS with complex needs are to benefit from an overhaul of services heralding a new era of education at one of the region’s specialist schools. New Bridge Academy, Sunderland, will concentrate its efforts on a single site from September helping staff and boosting opportunities for students with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health issues. A new executive head teacher Rachel Ireland, who also runs Hope Wood Academy in Easington Colliery, will support newly appointed head teacher Dave Rylance to carry out a host of improvements. Money saved on switching to one site will be invested in a variety of...

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NewcastleGateshead secures bid to host the first English event of its kind

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau’s award-winning Conference Ambassador Programme has secured another significant win. Around 600 writers, critics, academics, teachers and linguists from around the UK will be heading to NewcastleGateshead this July to attend English: Shared Futures, the first ever event in which all branches of English – literature, language and creative writing – have come together to celebrate their subject. Organised by The English Association, University English (the body for HE Departments of English) and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), with support from the Institute of English Studies and the Higher Education Academy, the conference will take...

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Management duo confident of bright future for Blyth Town AFC

FOLLOWING Blyth Town AFC’s first season in the EBAC Northern League, “big changes” are already being put in place to build the team’s future into a prominent position entering into next season, says manager Mick Connor. Having recently brought in ex-assistant manager for North Shields, Andy Bowman, the club has decided to promote his new role, working alongside Connor as joint manager. “This was a very strategic move for the club,” said Connor. “With our first season over in the Northern League division two, we have learned so much and are taking that knowledge and strength of the management...

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Exhibition Celebrating Illustrative Arts prove a massive draw as Festival gets underway

The works of leading national and regional artists, cartoonists and illustrators drew in over 1,000 visitors as the Hartlepool Festival of Illustration launched its three-month exhibition at the Hartlepool Art Gallery. Proving a massive draw were works by Gerald Scarfe, satirical cartoonist for the Sunday Times, and Sir Ridley Scott, a former student of the former West Hartlepool College of Art, who kindly donated story boards from his works Boy and a Bicycle and Black Hawk Down. In collaboration with Hartlepool Borough Council and hosted by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD), the Hartlepool Festival of Illustration saw...

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Boro star scores with school pupils

PRIMARY pupils have made a new friend after a top flight defender returned to the classroom to help inspire students in their studies. Middlesbrough Football player George Friend visited Springfield Academy, Darlington, as part of the Premier League’s new national education programme Primary Stars. The programme, which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills, saw the Championship defender join in with a Year 5 PE lesson, led by MFC Foundation coach Gary Walton, helping pupils to improve their footballing skills. “This is the...

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Volunteers’ Market a Success in Stockton

VISITORS to Stockton Town Centre on Friday (9 June) embraced the opportunity to learn more about dozens of local voluntary and charity organisations at a special Volunteers’ Market. Taken: 9th June 2017 Cllr Steve Nelson at a Volunteers Market on Stockton High Street. Photographer/Byline Dave Charnley Photography The Stockton Volunteers’ Market offered a variety of information and opportunities relating to volunteering, as well as craft and food stalls, live music and entertainment on the High Street. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the work being done by various local voluntary and charity organisations and...

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Hospice cares for carers

This Carers’ Week (12th-18th June), St Oswald’s is promoting the services and support it provides to the families and carers of patients they care for, often when they need it most. SONY DSC St Oswald’s recognises the importance of families and carers and supports them throughout their journeys at the Hospice – from first diagnosis to post-bereavement of their loved one. Carers can benefit from a listening ear or some ‘me’ time during one-to-one sessions, complementary therapy or group sessions with their Family Support Team. The Family Support Team is made up of social workers and bereavement support workers,...

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Academy of Joint Integrity lands Chemoxy International Ltd training project

Middlesbrough-based Academy of Joint Integrity has delivered a specialist training programme to more than 80 operatives from Chemoxy International Ltd. The operatives from Chemoxy’s two sites on Teesside took part in the certified flange integrity and gasket technology training as part of the company’s commitment to safety through its position as a top tier COMAH site. This is the second training project Chemoxy has engaged the Academy to deliver. Delivered on-site at Chemoxy’s facilities, the day-long training programmes, which are accredited by the Energy Institute, are designed to increase competencies to underpin ‘Loss of Containment’ strategy. Utilising the Academy’s...

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Pupil celebrates 100 per cent award

A STAR pupil has topped the register after recording an outstanding attendance record throughout his primary years. By the end of the summer term, Springfield Academy student Kyle Charlton will have chalked up an incredible 1,167 days in the classroom, missing only three days in total over a period of six years. Year 6 pupil Kyle, ten, of Darlington, has now been appointed attendance ambassador by the academy to help raise the profile of good attendance in school. Attendance co-ordinator Becky Llamas said: “We are very proud of Kyle’s attendance record which is an absolutely remarkable achievement. “He has not had a single day off school in four years and only missed two days in Year 2 through sickness and one day in Year 1. “Kyle’s amazing attendance also reflects in everything he does within school; he is never late, he is always keen and ready to learn, is always prepared for lessons, has represented the academy on numerous occasions and is a real role model for other pupils.” Kyle’s new ambassador role will involve assisting with monitoring class registers, messaging class teachers highlighting good news or areas of concern, producing a leaflet for parents with top tips on how to improve attendance and he will also speak to other children who have improved their attendance or those who may be struggling. “Improving attendance is one of our main...

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Last chance to enter blossoming competition

Green-fingered residents have under a week to enter into North Tyneside’s premier gardening competition. North Tyneside in Bloom invites residents, businesses, schools and community groups to exhibit the dedication and hard-work that goes into maintaining their gardens and outdoor areas. The variety included in the categories, ranging from ‘Best young gardener’ to ‘Conservation and wildlife’, to ‘Best use of outdoor space’, helps ensure that North Tyneside in Bloom is suited to budding gardeners of all ages and abilities. This year, for the first time there will be a ‘Love Your Street’ award as part of the annual competition. ‘Love...

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Zulus inspire children with African performance

A VIST from lion dancers proved a roaring success as pupils enjoyed lessons in culture from out of Africa. Marchbank School, Darlington, played host to The Lions of Zululand, a group of South African musicians, who performed a celebration of tribal songs and dance inspired by traditional Zulu culture. Mduduzi Mkize, founder of The Lions of Zululand, said: “We arrived from South Africa three weeks ago to introduce to schools our traditional Zulu music and dance that have been passed down to us from generation to generation. “Our group are all from different villages in South Africa and bring...

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