Author: Emily

Teesside High School student secures Cambridge place

A Year 13 student at Teesside High School Sixth Form has received a prestigious offer to read Music at the University of Cambridge. Samantha Pinches, 18, from North Yorkshire, will study at the university’s Fitzwilliam College from September 2018. Samantha is an outstanding musician; she has achieved Grade 8 Piano, Grade 8 Flute and Grade 7 Classical Voice, and regularly contributes to the School’s musical concerts, drama productions and co-curricular programme, including School orchestra and Upper School Choir. Samantha is a choral soloist at Durham Cathedral and has performed in venues such as Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with the North East...

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Results: Sunday 14 January 2018

Having already made one showpiece Final, Worcester Wolves are within touching distance of another after a 97-90 win at Cheshire Phoenix thrust them into the BBL Trophy Semi-Finals. A double-double of 20 points and 10 boards from Alejandro Navajas was key as the visitors beat their BBL Cup Final opponents. Having signed back in the BBL at his new side Plymouth Raiders, the first port of call for Will Neighbour was his former team Surrey Scorchers. But it was an unhappy return as Scorchers won 86-82 to maintain their unbeaten run at home in 2018 as Tony Hicks hit...

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Housebuilder to open four new sites in 2018, investing £160m in the North East

Five star housebuilder Barratt Developments North East, which includes the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, has announced it is to launch four new developments this year, supporting close to 600 jobs region-wide. The news comes as the company celebrates Barratt’s 60th Anniversary throughout 2018. This year £160m will be invested into the new sites across the region in Stockton-On-Tees, Barnard Castle, New Hartley and Cherry Knowle, creating brand new 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes. This instalment of new developments will provide work for a number of disciplines, from construction trades such as bricklayers, electricians and...

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North East Wedding Fair at Metro Radio Arena – 27 & 28 January

Enjoy a great day out at the Wedding Fair at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January. We’ve got a fantastic 40% discount offer, as well as 5 pairs of tickets to give away to you, our lucky customers. The show has been running successfully for over 15 years in the spring and 2018 is set to be the biggest wedding event in the North East. The Wedding Fair is the perfect place to meet around 100 of the region’s finest wedding specialists showcasing everything you need for your special day. You can try...

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Sight for Saw Eyes as South Tyneside’s Men in Sheds Win Newcastle Building Society Grant

Members of a successful South Tyneside men’s group are fully tooled up thanks to a four-figure grant received through the local branch of Newcastle Building Society.   Men In Sheds South Tyneside offers a fully-equipped workshop where skilled and unskilled men can share a space, work together on community projects and talk about what’s on their minds.   Based in an industrial unit on Hutton Street in Boldon Colliery, the group meets between 10am and 3pm every weekday, with its members using their skills to make items including garden furniture, bird boxes and bird tables, as well as taking on...

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Cast announced for Gala’s Talking Heads

Three actors based in the North East are set to star in a new production of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads at Durham’s Gala Theatre. The show, which includes the stories A Chip in the Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils and Soldiering On, is being produced by Gala following its critically acclaimed production of Educating Rita last year. The role of Graham in A Chip in the Sugar – played by Bennett himself in the BBC series – will be played by Ross Waiton, who recently starred in the award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night...

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You’re not alone in feeling alone this Blue Monday

Over a quarter of people across the UK say January is the month they feel most lonely, providing further evidence that today’s Blue Monday could be the most depressing day of the year. Research commissioned by the British Red Cross and the Co-op reveals more than a quarter of people (26 per cent) surveyed across the UK, said they felt loneliest in January. This outstrips any other month – including December – showing that loneliness is not just an issue at Christmas. Figures further reveal that New Year loneliness affects all ages, not just older people normally associated with this...

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Chamber Arranges Second GDPR Summit

With the clock ticking for companies preparing for the arrival of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the North East England Chamber of Commerce has arranged a second summit on the issue for the region’s businesses. The Chamber’s first General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) conference, held in November, was attended by over 300 companies and the thirst for information was so great a further event will now be held on 20 February at Ramside Hall, Durham. At the event specialists in the legal, IT, insurance and HR issues surrounding GDPR will set out how businesses can take action,...

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Aldi Staff & Customers Raise Cash for Teenage Cancer Trust

Kind-hearted customers and staff at Aldi in Coulby Newham and Stockton have raised more than £4,700 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. This sum has been raised after colleagues and customers completed a range of activities including a full store 26-mile walk, two fourteen hour cycle-athons and a Store Manager completed the London Marathon.  Similar events were held at Aldi stores and Regional Distribution Centres across the UK and together helped to raise £1.2m nationally for the charity. Aldi’s partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust began in January 2017 and aims to raise £5m over five years to support the...

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ievo gear up for Intersec

Staff at ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of fingerprint biometric solutions, are gearing up to show their innovative technology at Intersec 2018, the world’s largest security exhibition. Held in Dubai from January 21st to 23rd, the exhibition, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, will see some 1,300 exhibitors from 58 countries welcome over 32,000 security professionals over the three days. As the largest and most diverse security exhibition, the show’s influence has spread not only across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent but has also gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest...

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EXPERT COMMENT: New housing can be affordable and homely if builders learn lessons from the car industry – and IKEA

Associate Professor in Architecture and Built Environment, David Morton, discusses affordable housing for The Conversation. For many people, the housing market is not a welcoming place. The rungs of the property ladder seem to get further and further out of reach. There are loud calls to build hundreds of thousands of new homes (and equally loud demands that they’re not built in anyone’s back yard). If there was ever a time to introduce mass-produced affordable housing, surely that time is now. The benefits of mass production have been well known since Henry Ford’s car factories made the Model T...

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Planning committee gives green light to schools and leisure scheme for Ponteland

A new schools and leisure complex for Ponteland has come a step closer, after Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee agreed that it was ‘minded to approve’ the scheme at its meeting on Thursday night (11 January). The multi-million pound project will see new state of the art primary and secondary schools alongside leisure and cultural facilities, all based on the site of the existing leisure centre on Callerton Lane. The application is for demolition of the existing leisure centre and construction of the new schools and leisure centre, along with associated parking, infrastructure and playing fields. The two...

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Vote for your Local Heroes

It’s that time of year again when local people are given the chance to nominate their suggestions for whom they believe should be added to NewcastleGateshead’s “Walk of Fame”. The nominees are recognised for their significant contribution to the region over the past sixty-years. It could be for a variety of subjects including business, community, entertainment, medicine, politics, science, sport, and the arts.  The person doesn’t have to originate from the region but needs to have played a major role in Newcastle and Gateshead. Last year’s Local Heroes were Tim Healy (actor), John Grundy (television presenter and author), Brian...

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‘Bee’autiful Designs from Art Students to be Featured on Beekeeping Association Website

A group of talented young artists from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) have created a buzz for a local beekeeping association after designing a series of digital colouring-in sheets for its website. Students from CCAD’s Green Lane campus in Middlesbrough, currently on the first year of their UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design, were given a ‘live brief’ from Cleveland Beekeeping Association (CBA) to develop the creative drawings as part of their course. Following a visit from members of the CBA late last year, which included getting up close and personal with the bees and their...

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Tees Valley Mayor Sets out his Ambitious Vision for the Year Ahead

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, has issued the following statement outlining his Plan for 2018: “2017 was an historic year for the Tees Valley. We are now just one of six areas in the UK with a Metro Mayor, meaning we’re at the top table with the likes of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Our voice has never been louder with other parts of the country looking to us with envy. “As Mayor, I have been opening doors previously closed to us to secure additional resources and supporting views for Tees Valley’s plans. We are punching above our weight and...

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