Author: Emily

Students offered new refreshments to lift the daily grind

Darlington College head of estates and site services James Butterfield with Railtown Coffee owner Andrew Henley A HOME ground coffee company is on the right tracks after serving up a treat for students. Darlington-based Railtown Coffee has been appointed as the official supplier to the town’s further education college. The independent artisan company, owned by restaurateur and coffee lover Andrew Henley, will supply its specialty Café Roma blend to ‘The Coffee Shop’ in the college’s central park café, which serves over 400 cups of coffee each day. Head of estates and site services at Darlington College James Butterfield said:...

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Introducing the New Mayor of Sunderland

SUNDERLAND HAS A NEW MAYOR – Councillor Lynda Scanlan. Elected as ward councillor for Millfield in 2011 where she has lived for 30 years, Cllr Scanlan was sworn in at a full meeting of Sunderland City Council. She will be supported during her term of office by long term family friend and charity fundraising colleague, Mr Michael Horswill, who will serve as Mayoral Consort. They will take over the ceremonial chains of office from the former Mayor, Councillor Doris MacKnight, and her Mayoral Consort Mr Keith MacKnight. The new Mayoral team was joined at their inauguration ceremony by Councillor Scanlan’s children and their partners...

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Community Foundation reaches 30th year with £1m increase in its grant-making

The UK’s largest Community Foundation is celebrating one of its best years to date as it reaches its 30th anniversary. The Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, which was established in 1988, is a charity that champions giving to make a difference to people and communities across the North East of England. In its 30th anniversary year, the Gosforth-based charity has revealed that 2017-2018 has been one of its most successful years to date. From April 2017 to the end of March 2018, the Community Foundation awarded 1,789 grants totalling £7.7 million to help 943 community groups...

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Join the Royal Wedding celebrations at intu Metrocentre

The Royal Wedding is now less than a week away and north east shoppers are invited to come and watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say, ‘I do’ in a special celebration area at intu Metrocentre. On 19 May, people will be able to take a break from shopping and pull up a chair to follow ITV’s live coverage of the event on the big screen in Lower Qube, Yellow Mall. They will be able to soak up everything from the build-up beforehand, starting at 11.30am, to the much-anticipated first glimpse of Meghan’s dress and the ceremony itself, which...

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Northern Chords Festival Returns to Tyneside

Northern Chords is set to return to the region this weekend with a three day festival between 18 -20 May all taking place in Newcastle. The festival, founded by the local cellist and conductor Jonathan Bloxham, is one of the North East’s most prominent and vibrant chamber music festivals. Over three days this year’s festival is all about exploring vocal chamber music. At Newcastle University the programme will feature vocals with a piano, with former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett performing with BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Audience Prize Winner tenor Ben Johnson. At...

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Weird Fish goes bark to the future with Battersea

Leading casual clothing brand, Weird Fish, has released a new special edition Bark to the Future T-shirt in support of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. ‘Bark to the Future’ is available for £20, with £5 from each sale given to Battersea, one of the UK’s oldest and most famous animal rescue centres. The new T-shirt is available in two different colours, with a DeLorean pictured on the front, along with a dog on a hover board. Weird Fish released its first T-shirt for the charity, ‘Eat, Sleep, Walk, Repeat’ at the end of last year. This T-shirt was highly...

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Statue of Florence Nightingale unveiled in honour of Butterwick Hospice nurses

A STATUE of Florence Nightingale has been unveiled in honour of the “fantastic” team of nurses working for a North-East hospice. Butterwick Hospice Care celebrated International Nurses Day by unveiling the historic statue of the founder of modern nursing and inviting staff for tea and cakes. The metal figurine was one of two which were originally purchased for the Ingham Infirmary in South Shields shortly after the Second World War. The pair of figurines – one metal and the other bronze – were sculpted by Arthur George Walker, who was also responsible for the statue of Florence, erected at...

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ARC brings five new pieces of theatre to Stockton in May and June

May and June sees new theatre work arrive at ARC in Stockton at a frenetic pace with five original plays over the course of five weeks covering a variety of subjects with themes and ideas that everyone is able to relate to. Nuketown was developed at ARC and writer and performer Jack Dean has been in the area over the past week working with the public to help create the set. What would you do with £205 billion? That’s a question Jack asks as he combines storytelling and protest art to create a play about cities, public money and...

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Middlesborough restaurant giving Harry and Meghans the royal treatment

MIDDLESBOROUGH’S Bistrot Pierre has caught royal wedding fever, launching a regal giveaway for couples over the weekend of the most anticipated event of the year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on Saturday 19 May at Windsor Castle – but don’t worry if your invite got lost in the post, Bistrot Pierre is giving Middlesborough’s own couples with the same name a free delicious two course meal and a bottle of fizz. “From Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May we will be giving couples also named Harry and Meghan the royal treatment and offering them...

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North East crime reduction awards re-named in honour of Nepacs’ patron

Professionals working with prisoners, ex-prisoners or those sentenced to community punishments in the North East are being given the chance to get recognition for their efforts to reduce re-offending by entering the 2018 Nepacs Awards. 2018 is a special year for the Nepacs awards as they have now been renamed in honour of long standing Nepacs’ patron Ruth Cranfield but will continue to recognise the innovative work taking place across the North East to help offenders to resettle in the community and rebuild their lives. Since the 80s Ruth Cranfield has exerted an enormous effect on Nepacs’ development, and...

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Out of this world fun at Manor Walks this May half term

Manor Walks is inviting children to turn into space explorers this May half term by taking part in a range of intergalactic free, family fun for all ages. During the school holiday children can embark on a space adventure in centre mall between 10am until 3pm with themed arts and crafts activities, face painting, and a special tour of the galaxy. Families can also take advantage of what Manor Walks, Cramlington has to offer with plenty of time to shop and dine in-between the free family fun. The activities begin on Monday 28th May when families can get creative for the Bank...

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Malhotra Group plc appoints new company secretary

A leading North East property, care and leisure group has registered a new company secretary with Companies House. Newcastle-based Malhotra Group PLC has appointed experienced solicitor Aman Sehgal – who has worked with and advised the Group for several years – to the position. Aman is a consultant at Keystone Law, Newburn previously having spent 15 years with Womble Bond Dickinson. Aman is an experienced restructuring practitioner and works alongside SME businesses of all sizes up to international PLCs. His appointment comes at a time of significant growth for Malhotra Group PLC, which owns some of Tyneside’s most popular...

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North East legal profession unites to walk for justice for all!

The North East’s legal profession has again come together to raise much needed funds to help support ‘justice for all’. Teams from a wide range of law firms, legal sector, chambers and judges took part in a 10K sponsored walk to support the provision of legal fees and advice to help people who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Gateshead CAB, Newcastle Law Centre, Bar Pro Bono Unit and Newcastle PSU also joined in the walk to help raise money. The Access to Justice Foundation, which champions and helps the poorest and most vulnerable people in local communities across...

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Award-Winning Designer Inspires Next Generation in Fashion and Textiles

A York-based designer who is taking the fashion world by storm has inspired the next generation of artists in fashion and textiles at a guest lecture for students from Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD). Matty Bovan, 27, who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2015 with an MA specialising in Fashion Knitwear and has worked with leading designers such as Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, met with textile students from the northern art school to talk about his journey from his award-winning graduate collection to designing his own solo catwalk show for London Fashion Week. Matty took...

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Check your eligibility for a free central heating system

Residents without a central heating system in their home could be eligible to receive it for free if they apply before the end of the month. The Warm Homes Fund, which is designed to help households who find it difficult to heat their homes to the temperature needed to stay warm and healthy, is offering free central heating for homes across seven council areas, including County Durham. To qualify, the following criteria must be met: 1 You must be the owner occupier or have a private landlord if you rent 2 Your home does not have, and never has...

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