Author: Emily

Events company is on the ball with new gadget

A LEADING event company is making audience participation events easier than ever before, thanks to an exciting new invention. The Big Mic Ball has been created by North East production management and audio visual company, Big Purple Productions, and has removed the need to pass around a hand held microphone. And the success of the invention, which the company initially created to combat its own challenges for microphone use in a large audience, has led to sales across the globe. The Big Mic Ball is a soft ball made from foam which houses a radio microphone, which can be...

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Dementia Friendly White Christmas at Cineworld

A FESTIVE Hollywood classic is the latest offering in a Middlesbrough cinema’s Dementia Friendly series. Cineworld Middlesbrough’s screening of White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney will take place on Monday, December 11. Dementia Friendly screenings enable people living with dementia and their carers to attend the cinema in a safe and comfortable environment, giving them the chance to get out and socialise. Screenings are open to everyone, but are enhanced to suit the needs of people living with dementia: ​during the film low lights are left on inside the auditorium, the volume of the soundtrack...

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(CAMRA and ARC announce the return of Ale & Arty to Stockton in February 2018

ARC and the Cleveland Branch of CAMRA are delighted to announce that Ale & Arty is back for 2018 with a fantastic comedy and music line-up, not to mention a tempting array of more than 80 real ales, ciders, and perries. The festival will take place on Thursday 22nd February, Friday 23rd February, and Saturday 24th February and tickets are on sale now. Thursday night gets off to a rocking start with music from Class of 76, a new band with a stunning pedigree. Featuring members of Eddie & The Hotrods, The Members, The Vibrators and including musicians who...

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Durham retailers recognised in annual awards ceremony

Shops and restaurants across Durham City are celebrating after being recognised in a prestigious awards ceremony. The twelfth annual Durham City Retail Awards were held at Ramside Hall Hotel on Wednesday, 22 November, with Moon Jewellery emerging victorious in three categories including Overall Retailer of the Year. Staff from the store, located on Silver Street, picked up their awards at a ceremony attended by Durham County Council Chairman Cllr Bill Kellett, Leader of the council Cllr Simon Henig and the Cabinet member for economic regeneration Cllr Carl Marshall. The awards, organised by Durham County Council in partnership with Prince...

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The Bridges gears up for busy day of bargains

RETAILERS at one of the North East’s leading shopping centres are getting behind the busiest shopping day of the year. Black Friday – which takes place on 24 November this year – is an annual discount day when retailers offer a whole host of bargains in the run up to Christmas. And the Bridges shopping centre, Sunderland, is promising it will be one of the best seasonal shopping days yet, with scores of stores not only offering fantastic deals – but also staying open until 7pm. Offers available on Friday include 40 per cent off at The Body Shop,...

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County Durham school deemed ‘outstanding’ just five years after disappointing report

A County Durham primary has been judged as ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted, just 5 years after being described as ‘coasting’ by the Department of Education. Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School has received glowing praise from inspectors who reported that ‘pupils make outstanding progress from their individual starting points in all three key stages’. Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “We are delighted that Sedgefield Hardwick has been recognised in such glowing terms by Ofsted, particularly when compared to just five years ago when the school was underperforming. “Every stakeholder...

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New Minister of State to speak at disability employment conference

The new Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work will attend a disability employment conference in Newcastle next month. Sarah Newton succeeded Penny Mordaunt after she was promoted to International Development Secretary following Priti Patel’s resignation earlier this month. Newton will speak at The Percy Hedley Foundation’s Change Attitudes Now (CAN) Conference, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza on December 1. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and former chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DRUK), Liz Sayce, will also speak at the event which aims to challenge attitudes towards disability employment. The Government has set a target to...

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Ramside Estates Ltd unveils £200,000 golf course renovation program

Ramside Estates Ltd, owners of Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Durham, is to invest £200,000 restoring and upgrading bunkers at its championship Prince Bishops’ golf course. The Jonathan Gaunt designed championship course has over 80 bunkers and the restoration work will focus on upgrading 40 by installing new technologies to improve drainage and protect against the effects of flooding and adverse weather. Roger Shaw, courses manager at Ramside Estates Ltd, said: “After 20 years of play, the drainage systems in our Prince Bishops’ bunkers have begun to struggle and need renovating. This is going to be the biggest...

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5 festive fun activities in Newcastle this Christmas!

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, with every Christmas card I write. Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather so instead I’ve put together 5 activities in and around Newcastle over the Christmas period to help with some easier dreams. There are tonnes of Christmas events Newcastle has to offer, including the famous Fenwick’s window, which can be enjoyed by all ages. No. 1 – Newcastle Christmas Market When thinking about what to do in Newcastle over Christmas the first thing that comes to mind is the Christmas market. Setting out their stalls at Grey’s monument, market traders from all...

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Confused about all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals? New Money Saving App puts it all in one place

With literally hundreds of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals arriving into your inbox and flashing up on your smart phone, it’s easy to get confused about the best deals and offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Putting all the best deals in one place is the brand new money saving app Ashleigh, by money saving  The app ranks the top deals based on the engagement of Ashleigh’s audience of over one million UK women on Facebook, taking the pain out of your Christmas shopping.  Ashleigh has also addressed every parents Christmas nightmare, getting hold of those hard...

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County Durham ready for winter

Gritters, ploughs and snow blowers are at the ready, to keep the roads and paths of County Durham clear and safe this winter. Durham County Council has resources on standby to keep roads and paths clear of snow and ice, and as safe as can be, as temperatures drop. The council’s winter preparedness plan involves gritting 45 percent of the county’s road networks – around 1,060 miles (1,706km) in total. Priority routes typically include all a roads, most B roads and bus routes, and other known hotspots. During an average winter, the county’s roads will be gritted anywhere from...

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Grant helps holiday firm expand

A Stanley travel firm has expanded its offices and is planning to take on an extra member of staff, thanks to council support. Holiday Stylist, in the town’s Beamish Street, was awarded funding by Durham County Council through its Targeted Business Improvement scheme. The initiative aims to support businesses, bring derelict or underused retail space back into use and encourage business growth. Holiday Stylist owners Lindsay Kellegher and Kathryn Waites have used the money to expand their offices into a former hairdressing salon at the front of their existing premises and install a new shop front. The extra space...

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Cleveland Bridge apprentices reach final of prestigious manufacturing awards

Cleveland Bridge is congratulating two of its apprentices who have both been commended by the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) Future Manufacturing Awards. Liam Simpson, 21, and Josh Cuppitt, 20, both from County Durham, were shortlisted in the Intermediate and Advanced Final Year Apprentice Award for Scotland, North East, Yorkshire and Humberside at a ceremony held at Pavilions Of Harrogate. Each year, The Future Manufacturing Awards are hosted by EEF – the employers’ organisation which supports and champions manufacturing and engineering in the UK and Europe – to celebrate success, reward innovation and best practice, and recognise outstanding individuals. To...

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Charity cheer from Sunderland security specialists

A firm of Sunderland safety and security specialists has embarked on a charity challenge that could net a regional good cause a £20,000 windfall. MacDonald Martin Ltd. Has set employees the challenge of exceeding monthly targets, which will trigger a donation of profits to Epilepsy Research UK. October saw the firm donate its first cheque, for £1,500, to the charity dedicated to curing epilepsy and transforming lives through research. Andy Trafford, Managing Director of MacDonald Martin, and his wife, Jackie, were inspired to launch the charity drive by employee Ricky Osborn, who joined the firm 6 months ago. Ricky’s...

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Everyone Active celebrates seven years’ swimming success

A local sports and leisure operator is celebrating after its commitment to swimming was recognised with a prestigious industry award. Everyone Active, which operates five leisure centres across Middlesbrough in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, was named Facility Operator of the Year at the Swim England National Awards. The accolade was presented by Olympic diver, Leon Taylor, at an event held on Saturday 11 November in the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall. It is the seventh year that Everyone Active has scooped the accolade, which was awarded in recognition of its continued commitment to increasing the number of people who...

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