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Rehearsal start at Live Theatre for the World Premiere of From The Sky To Your Hands

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 11 November, 7.30pm Saturday 11 November, 2pm Told by Joana Geronimo Written by Juliana Mensah Directed by Paul James Designed by Alison Ashton Dramaturgy by Gez Casey Musical Direction by Mariam Razaei “I tell him that you don’t know what I have been through… for us to be here. You have to work hard. Nothing comes from the sky to your hands…” Rehearsals started this week for From the Sky to Your Hands which is at Live Theatre from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 November. Telling the story of Joana Geronimo who came to Newcastle with her baby son Osvaldo as refugees from Angola in 2003,...

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County backs stepped approach in Fire and Rescue changes

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive today called for a stepped approach to changes to the way in which North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is overseen and held to account. The Executive was responding to a consultation by North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan on her business case for accelerating the pace of collaboration between the Police and the Fire and Rescue Service. Her preferred option is for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to take on responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service and for the Fire and Rescue Authority, a body of 16 councillors representing City of...

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Time Running out to Nominate your Sporting Hero!

Hambleton residents have just three weeks left to nominate the district’s top sporting heroes for an award. The Hambleton Sports Awards recognise and support sports performers, coaches and volunteers for their positive contribution to sport and the recognition they bring to the district. Awards will be presented in nine categories this autumn for: Junior Sportsperson of the Year Sportsperson of the Year Sportsperson of the Year with a disability Team of the Year Coach of the Year Volunteer of the Year Club of the Year Inspired for Sport Award Lifetime Achievement Award Further details of the award categories and...

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Last chance for summer Contours offer

Time is running out for residents to take advantage of North Tyneside Council’s latest sizzling Contours offer. Over 2,000 people have already taken up the outstanding offer, available until August 31, which provides residents with a month-long membership for just £18. A Contours fitness and wellbeing membership package gives unlimited access to five gyms, four pools, two spas and over 190 classes.  Members also benefit from free innovative InBody assessments, which use an electrical pulse to precisely measure muscle mass, body fat percentage, body mass index and more. Cllr Eddie Darke, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said:...

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Spruce Up in progress at Stanhope

A picturesque Weardale market town is being given a ‘Spruce Up,’ thanks to a council programme. Durham County Council’s ‘Operation Spruce Up’ teams arrived in Stanhope, in the heart of the Durham Dales, on Monday, 14 August for a week of action. The scheme involves council staff and partners delivering improvements to the town around Front Street; Market Place; Lime Tree Walk, the Riverside Walk and surrounding areas. Footpaths are being swept and cleared; street furniture such as benches, bollards and railings painted; old bins replaced with new units and chewing gum removed from footpaths and pavements. In addition,...

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New beginning is just a call away

A friendly phone call inspired Nathan Ward to move 200 miles to an unfamiliar city, and start a new life. But for Nathan it worked out better than he ever expected – one year on from graduating with a First Class degree from the University of Sunderland Nathan is happy to call himself an adopted Geordie, and is working for one of the region’s most prestigious small companies. “I didn’t achieve the A-Levels I needed, but I was very keen to move to the North East – I’m a massive Newcastle United fan,” says Nathan, who is originally from...

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Success for Durham students in new A-Level system

Sixth form students across County Durham have been commended for their excellent A-Level results this morning. Students throughout the county today found out the results of all their hard work and study over the last two years and whether their grades would be enough to get them into the university or career of their choice. All post-16 qualifications have gone through major reforms in the last few years with some significant changes to the A-Level system. Students now sit A-Level exams at the end of two years of study rather than taking modular exams throughout the course, making yearly...

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Ripon top students

A student who combined his A Levels with duties as a deputy head boy, including organising the end of term ball, achieved the highest number of top passes at Ripon Grammar School. Will Stobbs’s five A*s and an A grade saw him lead a host of successes at the school, including Ross Sullivan, who gained five A*s to secure a place at Cambridge University. Will, of Bishop Thornton, will now join fellow Ripon Grammar School pupil Ben Wayne at Durham University to read natural sciences, and Ross will read the same subject at Cambridge. Will, 18, achieved his A*s...

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Fundraising Fun at the Tynedale Centre

A sponsored walk and coffee morning took place last month at The Tynedale Centre to raise funds for a local charity. The fundraising events, which were arranged by people who use the service along with staff to increase dementia awareness, raised just over £800 for the Alzheimer’s Society. The Tynedale Centre, on the outskirts of Hexham, is a daycare centre that supports adults with learning disabilities. Everyone in the day centre participated in the 3.5 mile walk, including service users who use wheelchairs, which ended with a picnic back at the centre. A cupcake and coffee morning was also arranged to help with the fundraising....

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Whey Aye, Mai Tai cocktail at Colonel Porter’s, Newcastle

RUM experts at Newcastle’s newest bar have launched their own, Tyneside version of a Caribbean cocktail classic. The team at Colonel Porter’s Tavern, Botanical Garden and Rhum Bar, at Milburn House, Dean Street, have concocted the Whey Aye Mai Tai. And they hope the tipple will not only be a hit with customers, but will also help them win a major industry award. In creating the drink, duty manager and chief mixologist, Philip ‘PJ’ John, has stuck to the traditional combination of rum, almond syrup and orange liqueur. “By using Chairman’s White Label rum – which is made with...

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Durham glass processor set for expansion

One of the UK’s leading architectural glass processors is set to increase production and boost sales, after moving to a new factory and investing in three specialist machines. County Durham based PLG Glass has purchased a new glass toughening furnace, a vertical CNC station and glass washing machine with support of a £950,000 asset finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Investing in the new machinery will enable the company to offer over-size glass processing and streamline its production processes resulting in improved productivity to reduce lead-time and drive sales growth. The investment follows a significant period of expansion...

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Service changes from 3 September 2017

From 3 September, there will be big improvements to some routes, including Wear Xpress X5, Tyne Tees Xpress X9/X10 and Castles Express X21. There will also be some changes to a number of other services to help with reliability. Services X9 & X10 There will be some exciting improvements to services X9 and X10, including: Brand new buses with free WiFi, USB connections, tables and next stop announcements A revised timetable to provide a more reliable service A new stop at Dalton Park, allowing you to visit this great location with ease An earlier journey on Sundays, arriving into Newcastle at...

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Toby Flood starts for Newcastle Falcons against Rotherham Titans

Toby Flood makes the first start of his second spell at Newcastle Falcons on Saturday when they host Rotherham Titans at Kingston Park Stadium (kick-off 4.30pm). The 60-times-capped England fly-half played the second half of last weekend’s 49-19 home win over Nottingham, kicking five from five on a day which also saw the Falcons defeating Doncaster Knights 31-8. He forms part of a half-back partnership with Sonatane Takulua, the scrum-half who is playing his first pre-season game after helping Tonga secure their place at Rugby World Cup 2019 over the summer. Full-back Simon Hammersley makes his first start since...

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Learn how to save lives with Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to offer life-saving awareness sessions for members of the public. The drop-in sessions will take place at Monument Metro station in Newcastle next week from Monday August 21 to Friday August 25. The public can drop in between 10:30am and 3pm to find more about how to use defibrillators and how to administer CPR. Staff from the British Heart Foundation will be there to show passengers some simple steps that will help to save lives. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, has funded...

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#BrickMetro LEGO® Model success

The Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its past and looking to the future – as more than 100 children from the region helped to put it among the ranks of world famous landmarks which have been recreated using LEGO®. Thirty seven years down the track after the first Metro appeared on the network, Metro set young Master Builders to build the 91st Metrocar – the first new Metro to be built for nearly four decades – with the help of LEGO® architect BrickThis, aka Steve Mayes, at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, in South Shields. Tickets...

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