Author: Charley Williams

Public event marks LGBT History Month

A North East organisation dedicated to LGBT issues and education is holding a day of free public talks to coincide with LGBT History Month in February. Drew Dalton, Chair of LGBT History Project NE LGBT History Project NE is bringing together respected speakers, including Lisa Power MBE and Justine Smithies, for a series of talks and short sessions open to the public on February 11, held at Newcastle Civic Centre. The talks are between 9am and 5pm, with a limited amount of tickets available to book through Eventbrite. The event is being launched at an evening on February 10,...

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More Farmers to Benefit from Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant

H&H Land and Property have welcomed the announcement this week by Natural England that the Hedgerows & Boundaries Grant (HBG) is to be re-launched. Hedgerows & Boundaries “Following a change in the eligibility rules, this now means that the grant will be available to more farmers than ever before,” explains David Morley, Head of Conservation and Environment at H&H Land and Property. In 2016, farmers or landowners with an Entry Level Stewardship agreement or Woodland Grant Scheme were barred from applying.  With the removal of this restriction, the grant in 2017 is now available to those farmers, even if...

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Devine Chemicals appoints new sales manager

A North East-based leading speciality chemicals distributor and manufacturer has strengthened its business development division with the appointment of a new sales manager. Tom Mercer Devine Chemicals, which is headquartered in Durham with warehouse facilities in Newton Aycliffe and Bradford, West Yorkshire, has taken on 26-year-old Tom Mercer to help drive sales activity across the UK and Ireland. Tom, from Northwich in Cheshire, will be responsible for selling and promoting Devine Chemical Ltd’s products to new and existing customers, as well as developing and maintaining business partner relationships. Prior to joining Devine Chemicals, Tom spent over three years working...

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£100k park to be created after land transfer agreed

A COMMUNITY is to create a £100,000 playpark after Middlesbrough Council agreed to gift a parcel of land to a resident-led group. A new playpark is being created on land off Esk Street in North Ormesby where the old NO Pavillion once stood. The ares is being developed by the North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust. 1-2-17 Pic Doug Moody Photography The facility will be sited on Esk Street in North Ormesby where the Pavilion once stood before falling into disrepair and subsequently being demolished in 2013. It is being developed and managed by North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust (NONDeT)...

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JDR bags Global Exports gong at Subsea UK Awards for second year running

JDR, a leading supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the global offshore energy industry, is celebrating today after winning the Global Exports category at the Subsea UK Awards for the second consecutive year. The awards ceremony – hailed as the most prestigious in the subsea sector – took place at the AECC in Aberdeen last night. Attended by over 550 industry professionals, the highly-coveted awards highlight the achievements of individuals and companies throughout the subsea industry, and bring together peers in mutual celebration of the UK’s leading position on the global stage. JDR took home the Global...

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Author inspires children as nationwide story competition launched

A CHILDREN’S author and illustrator has encouraged school children to draw on their imagination at the launch of a nationwide short story competition. 500 Words Liz Million Celebrated author Liz Million joined pupils at Gurney Pease Academy, Darlington, as more than 150 students from Year 1 to Year 6 prepared to take part in the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. Hosted by Breakfast show DJ Chris Evans, the competition is now in its seventh year, tasking children aged 13 and under to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words. Liz, of Darlington, who has written...

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PTT Aviation add helicopter flight experiences to their offering at Durham Tees Valley school

Pilot training and testing specialist PTT Aviation is inviting people to take to the skies in style with the launch of their new helicopter flying experiences. Ranging from a six-minute ‘Buzz Flight Experience’ to the scenic ‘Durham Dash’ with its breathtaking views of the City of Durham, the flights provide a unique opportunity to experience the thrill of flying. With prices starting from only £39 the helicopter pleasure flights make the ideal gift for friends and family – whilst those looking for something extra special can arrange a bespoke flight experience to a destination of their choice. The helicopter...

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Volunteers help fight against illegal fishing

An army of dedicated anglers is helping the fight against illegal fishing and fish theft. They are the recruits of the Angling Trust and Environment Agency’s Voluntary Bailiff Service (VBS) who act as the “eyes and ears” on riverbanks and lakes, reporting suspicious incidents and providing crucial information to the Environment Agency and the police. VBS began as a pilot project in the South East in 2012 following a formal partnership between the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust. It was rolled out across the country in spring 2015 and, following inductions last autumn, proudly boasts more than 300...

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New Stockton-on-tees sea cadets base officially open

A NEW base has been established for Stockton-on-Tees Sea Cadets after a £460,000 refurbishment took place on the old Hadrian Caravan building in Thornaby Place. Captain Philip Russell RN – Stockton-on-Tees Sea Cadets It was officially opened by Captain Philip Russell RN, Captain Sea Cadets, when he unveiled a plaque at the official launch of the facility yesterday. The riverside building has been completely transformed into a bright and modern two-storey facility. The fully-accessible building offers a ground floor wet room, a fully equipped catering galley and a lift to improve disabled access, as well as new décor and furnishings...

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450,000 reasons why Mary is a hero

The inspirational charity work of a cancer survivor who organised Teesside fashion shows that raised £450,000 has been recognised with a special award. Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s latest Teesside hero is Mary Lee from Stokesley who runs the charity Celebration of Life after Cancer and was presented with her trophy by MTPF Founder Andy Preston at a ceremony in Barkers in Northallerton 17/01/17 Pic Doug Moody Photography Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s latest Teesside hero is Mary Lee from Stokesley who runs the charity Celebration of Life after Cancer and was presented with her trophy by MTPF Founder...

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Planning application approved for landmark Newcastle – Rutherford Street development

A planning application has been approved for a landmark building on Rutherford Street, which fronts St James’ Boulevard in Newcastle. The site is a derelict former warehouse building that has remained vacant for 12 years. The 26-storey scheme will comprise 96 one bedroom apartments and 66 two bedroom apartments built exclusively for the residential rental market, at a key gateway into the City. The scheme will also incorporate significant public realm improvements. The development will contribute to the economy of Newcastle City centre and deliver additional housing choice with the introduction of high quality privately managed rented accommodation. It...

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Running ace Tony raises £13,000 for hospice

FITNESS challenges created by an avid North East runner have raised more than £13,000 for a hospice and attracted celebrity support along the way. Rio Olympics marathon hopeful Aly Dixon taking part in the ‘Run to Rio’ campaign to raise funds for St. Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland, at St. Margaret’s Primary School in Durham. Picture by Stuart Boulton. Marathon man Tony Allen who raised £10,000 for St. Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland by running a marathon a day for a month. Picture by Stuart Boulton. Tony Allen’s latest challenge to raise money for St Benedict’s Hospice, in Ryhope, Sunderland, included...

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Holocaust survivor opens the Brundibár Arts Festival

A North-East based Holocaust survivor provided a fitting and emotional prelude to the opening event of this year’s Brundibár Arts Festival. Hanni Begg, Holocaust survivor at Newcastle University King’s Hall (Brundibar) Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara Hanni Begg, Holocaust survivor at Newcastle University King’s Hall (Brundibar) 87-year-old German-born, former nurse, Hanni Begg of Guisborough movingly spoke about how she survived the Holocaust; and the horrific impact it had on her family.  She told the audience about how her siblings Max (aged 8) and Ruth (aged 6) where both murdered in Auschwitz. How she nursed her father during his final post-war...

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Local business helps to bridge industry skills gap

As part of Barratt Developments’ on-going efforts across Yorkshire to bridge the growing skills gap in the construction industry, a team of qualified graduate trainees have attended an innovative careers event to engage students at Driffield School in the East Riding. The careers event saw the local students benefit from an insight into the industry as well as the opportunity to discover more about the opportunities available to them. Showcasing the variety of roles and stages involved in the housebuilding process, in an effort to promote the industry and its various career options to college students across the region,...

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Young team’s skills tested at the ‘highest’ level

Three talented youngsters at Hodgson Sayers have seen their credentials soar to new heights as they managed the complete installation of a roofing system at a primary school in Hartlepool. Craig Taylor, David Bilverstone and Alex Atkinson Led by 21-year-old Alex Atkinson, who has recently completed an apprenticeship in flat roofing at Newcastle College, the trio took on the challenge under the watchful eye of Colin Howey, one of a number of highly experienced contract managers that began their careers at the firm as apprentices. Colin Howey, said: “Our apprentices are at an excellent standard. That is why when...

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