Author: Emily

Historic family firm embraces a warmer, greener future

Barkers of Northallerton is going green with a modern, custom designed, environmentally friendly heating system. Barkers Home is managed by Ian Barker, Home Store Director. Situated on Yafforth Road the store is well known throughout North Yorkshire and beyond, for selling top quality furniture, furnishings and fittings. A vital part of the operation is deliveries and that’s where the Distribution Warehouse on Standard Way in Northallerton comes in. Sean Spence Distribution Manager explains “We were looking for the best environmentally friendly heating system that could maintain a constant temperature, ideal for furniture storage before delivery to our customers. We...

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Young football players enter new venture

SCHOOLBOY football players have set their eyes on glory after a local business donated the shirts off its back. Wyvern Academy’s Year 8 football team will sport V for Venture Properties and hope for V for victory as it launches its campaign through Darlington league and cup football. “The strips are great and also have the new school badge on the front,” said centre mid-fielder Kyle Caton. “They should help us score loads more goals.” Venture Properties manager Matthew Laverick-Elliott said: “We are delighted to support the school which our director Carl Jenkinson attended in his youth. The players...

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Sunderland shoppers given the gift of safety

A CHRISTMAS INITIATIVE will ensure that festive shopping in Sunderland will be safer than ever. Operation Cracken is a scheme created by the Bridges, Shopwatch, Sunderland Business Improvement District and Northumbria Police, which will focus on creating a safer Sunderland city centre in the run-up to Christmas. From 24 November, following the Christmas lights switch-on, there will be an additional police presence, along with a targeted campaign to stop crime including shoplifting and all aspects of anti-social behaviour. “This is the busiest time of the year for retailers in the city centre and it’s important that they are given...

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Pupils hear of war-time horrors

A WORLD War II veteran has given pupils a real life history lesson with a first-hand account of his role in the D-Day landings. Year six pupils at Gurney Pease Academy, Darlington, part of The Education Village Academy Trust, listened in silence as former Royal Navy signalman Frank Hughes recalled his personal memories of the famous 1944 allied forces assault on Nazi-occupied France. Fighting back his emotions, Mr Hughes, 92, of Darlington, who served on the river class frigate HMS Waveny, which controlled the assault landings of the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade, said: “I was scared. I was only...

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Innovative degree course strikes the right note for aspiring musician

A Northumbria University student has discovered his hidden commercial talents after launching a thriving new enterprise based on his love of music, all thanks to a ground-breaking undergraduate course at Newcastle Business School. Joey Swindells, 21, originally from Bolton, Greater Manchester, is a lifelong musician and drummer, with a love of performing with others and creating music that is vibrant and unique. He is also, much to his self-confessed surprise, an undergraduate on the Entrepreneurial Business Management (EBM) course. Having never seen University as an option for him, Joey’s decision to move to Newcastle and enrol at Northumbria was...

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Earthy autumn preparations for a bountiful, blooming spring

Residents across Newcastle are set to benefit from beautiful blooms on their estates this spring thanks to green-fingered children who have planted over 150,000 bulbs with the help of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) and Newcastle City Council. Children from St Mark’s, Simonside, Cheviot, Farne and Beech Hill primary schools in west of the city worked with staff from YHN’s environmental services team and Newcastle City Council’s Enviro Schools Co-ordinator, Mel Wallace, to plant aconites, snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, crocuses and grape hyacinths in a number of estates managed by YHN. The children were able to choose particular patterns for their...

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North East Children’s Charity Ball Raises Thousands to Boost Education Projects in Africa

Tyneside based international children’s charity COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) is celebrating after raising thousands of pounds at a black-tie ball.  Following a hugely successful year which saw the charity surpass £4 million in donations since its foundation, COCO kick-started fundraising of the next four million at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead.  Between them, the 220 guests at the event on 11 November raised over £11,000, which will be used to boost the charity’s Schools For Life programme in East Africa. The 2017 COCO Ball was hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Anna Foster, with entertainment provided by one...

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Salamander scoops prestigious industry award

Salamander Pumps, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of shower and domestic water pumps, has been awarded the Quiet Mark Award of Distinction at the prestigious annual Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards. Held at the House of Commons last week, the ceremony saw Salamander presented with the prestigious accolade for demonstrating outstanding commitment in pioneering new noise reduction solutions in the industry. The ‘John Connell Awards’ were established in 2001 to recognise local authorities, industry, individuals and organisations who were judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to both reduce the impact of noise nuisance, and to...

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‘Clean the Dene’ – Monday 20th November

PEOPLE HAVE THE CHANCE to get involved on one of the region’s biggest cultural heritage projects. Historic Hylton Castle is being restored to community life as an education and visitor centre, through a Heritage Lottery and Sunderland City Council funded restoration project. The project extends to the castle grounds including Hylton Dene, which is a local nature reserve popular with local people out walking in the fresh air. Next Monday (20 November) people can help ‘Clean the Dene’ for others to enjoy, with a morning of activity as part of a regular programme of volunteering sessions planned to clean up...

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Surgo’s Housing Portfolio Boosted with New Work

Surgo Construction (Surgo), one of the north east’s leading building contractors, is enjoying a surge in residential development work with appointments announced for a number of housing schemes  over the last few months as well as many others in the pipeline. In total, over 230 new homes are under development, planned or being priced, with the most advanced of these new projects already on site at Backworth. Here, a housing scheme at Northumberland Park for Northumberland Estates and valued at over £4m, is well underway to create a mix of 50 two and three bedroom affordable homes , the...

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North East tourism superstars celebrated at awards

Tourism businesses from across the North East were celebrated last night as the winners of the North East England Tourism Awards were announced at a ceremony held at The Boiler Shop in partnership with Crowne Plaza Newcastle in the Stephenson Quarter. BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter Alfie Joey hosted the awards and entertained guests throughout the evening. Winners on the night included South Tynedale Railway who walked away with two gold awards and first time entrants Block and Bottle who were presented with the Taste of England Award. The full list of Gold winners: Hotel of the Year – Battlesteads...

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Special Author Session Wows Schoolchildren

RENOWNED author and poet Paul Cookson visited Harewood Primary in Thornaby on Wednesday (15 November) to deliver an inspiring session to schoolchildren. As part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival, Paul’s visit gave the pupils the opportunity to listen to some of his unique poetry and storytelling. With over sixty titles and three quarters of a million books sold since 1989, Paul is currently the official Poet in Residence for the National Football Museum. The region-wide festival has seen six acclaimed authors visit approximately 2,000 pupils at nine of the Borough’s primary and secondary schools with the aim of...

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Teachers give sixth formers a leg up with charity wax fundraiser

TEACHERS were quick to give sixth formers a leg up as they organised events for Children in Need. Seven staff at Northallerton School and Sixth Form College took to the stage for a hair-raising fundraiser involving wax strips and luxuriant legs. The whole school turned out and donated to see the teachers suffer for the good cause. The brave souls included Andrew Johnson, Mike Cadell, Nick Watkins, Rob Murphy, Stuart Wright, Daniel Borwell and Matt Tucker. Sports teacher Mr Wright said: “I was surprised by the lack of pain involved in the leg waxing; I’m not sure why ladies...

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Northumbria academic addresses global conference on humanitarian aid

Northumbria University’s Matt Baillie Smith is appearing at AidEx in Brussels this week to present the latest findings of his project with the Swedish Red Cross. Professor Baillie Smith, will be discussing the Volunteers in Conflicts and Emergencies Initiative (ViCE), a joint project led by Northumbria and the Swedish Red Cross, through an interactive exhibit and panel debate. AidEx is one of the world’s leading global platforms focused on improving aid and humanitarian efforts. Volunteers are critical to humanitarian and aid efforts in conflicts and emergencies, but historically academics and development organisations have paid too little attention to their needs and...

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Bristol Street Motors Hyundai Peterlee kicks off new-look dealership with sponsorship

Bristol Street Motors Hyundai Peterlee is celebrating its £170,000 refurbishment by supporting local football team Seaham Red Stars. The adult team will wear tracksuits with the Bristol Street Motors Hyundai Peterlee logo as part of the support. The support deal comes just after the North West Industrial Estate dealership completes an extensive refurbishment, which included improvements to the exterior and interior of customer areas as well as upgrades to colleague areas. Much of the dealership’s improvements have focused on technology to improve the customer experience. This includes the installation of hybrid/electric vehicle charging points and a number plate recognition system, which alerts...

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