Author: Emily

Internship scheme fuels jobs at futures agency

ONE of the leading home and lifestyle trend forecasting agencies in the country has invested in the future of one of its interns and appointed a new trend researcher to its ever-growing team. Former intern Rebecca Charlton, of, Alnwick, Northumberland, has taken up her new role at Newcastle-based Trend Bible, which predicts future trends for major brands and manufacturers in the UK, USA and the Nordics. Rebecca, who studied fashion and textiles buying management at Huddersfield University, said: “One of the things I loved about Trend Bible when I was interning was how they really involved you in projects...

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Pair take on charity challenge for Children in Need

Two charity champions are gearing up for another challenge this week to raise money for Children in Need. Sam Renwick, a leisure attendant at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre in Durham, will be running a marathon on the treadmill – his first ever run at that distance. He will be joined by his colleague Steven Gardiner, a health and fitness co-ordinator, who will be completing 100km on the bike alongside him. To make the challenge even more difficult, both will be dressed in Pudsey costumes for the four-hour feat. This isn’t the first time the duo have paired up to...

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Manor Walks puts the sparkle into Christmas this festive season

Manor Walks Cramlington is counting down to Christmas with a host of free, festive family fun. Its illuminating seasonal celebrations begin on Saturday 25th November with its Christmas Lights switch on between 10am and 4pm. The event, held in association with Heart FM and Cramlington Town Council, will feature a wide variety of festive family fun for all ages, including live music from brass and steel bands, mesmerising light-up stilt walkers, face painting, dance performances and the exciting live final of Manor Walks’ singing competition, A Star is Born. Heart FM’s Tom Campbell will host the switch on and visitors can...

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Caribbean Social opens its doors to Ageing Better Middlesbrough

Anyone over the age of 50 is invited for free hot drinks, board games and friendship at the launch of a new Café Meet Up in Turtle Bay next Thursday (23 November). The event is held at Middlesbrough’s new Caribbean themed restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay, 32 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3RX from 4pm to 7pm. To book a place call 01642 257034. Café Meet Ups are an initiative set up by Ageing Better Middlesbrough, a Big Lottery funded project that is working to tackle loneliness and social isolation in older people. They provide a safe and accessible place...

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Key car park open to night time economy

A KEY Middlesbrough parking facility is extending its opening hours into the evening to support the burgeoning night time economy. The Cleveland Centre’s rooftop car park is now open to town centre visitors from 6pm to midnight for just £1.50. Its location has been recognised as of key strategic importance in Middlesbrough’s city-scale ambitions due to the success of the Holiday Inn Express hotel and other major regeneration projects. Middlesbrough Town Hall is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment as is Centre North East which will be renamed The Pinnacle with a bowling alley, sky bar, nightclub, micropub and...

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Christmas Comfort for Santa in Re-cycled Throne

Shopping centre Santa will this Christmas be handing out presents while sitting on a throne made by a company from County Durham out of reclaimed timber. Pallet Earth, based in Birtley, uses discarded pallets, scaffolding boards, packing crates, cable reels and even trees to make more than 40 different items of indoor and outdoor furniture and gifts. “The timber would just be dumped or burned if we didn’t put it to better use,” said David Revett, one of the company’s founders. His colleague, art graduate Clive Taylor, even uses pallets as eye-catching canvases for his paintings of local landmarks....

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Easterside Christmas Fayre announced

EASTERSIDE Christmas Fayre will take place from 11am-2pm on Monday, December 4. The event, at Easterside Community Hub on Broughton Avenue, will include crafts, refreshments, cakes, candles and much more. Stalls are still available for hire at £5 per table. To book call 01642...

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Chamber Statement on New Powers for Transport for the North

Jonathan Walker, head of policy and campaigns, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “This is good news and something which we have been calling for. It should help Northern regions make a stronger case for much needed transport investment. For Transport for the North (TfN) to be a success it is essential that the Government listens to, and acts on, the organisation’s recommendations.  TfN also needs to ensure it works with partners across all regions of the North to deliver balanced economic...

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Manic Street Preachers Announce Massive UK Tour

METRO RADIO ARENA NEWCASTLE MONDAY 23RD APRIL 2018 MANIC STREET PREACHERS announce their return to active duty with details of a new album and massive UK tour. ‘Resistance Is Futile’, the band’s 13th studio album, is due for release on 6th April 2018 on Columbia/Sony (the album is the band’s 13th consecutive release for the label). Of their first new recordings in four years, the band said: “The main themes of ‘Resistance is Futile’ are memory and loss; forgotten history; confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration. It’s obsessively melodic – in many ways referencing both...

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New four-legged team member at Middlesbrough School

MEET Elsie – the newest member of the pastoral team at Newport Primary School. The five-month-old golden retriever has joined the team at the Middlesbrough primary on St Paul’s Road and is already having a hugely positive influence on pupils having been brought to the school to be trained as a ‘therapy dog’. Elsie lives with Head Teacher Patricia McGill and cannot begin training until she is at least nine months old but is already going to the school regularly to acclimatise. Miss McGill said: “We try to find as many different ways as possible to work with our...

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Ryecroft Glenton proposes Budget measures to support North East agriculture sector

Ryecroft Glenton, the Newcastle-based advisory firm, has set out a series of recommendations for the upcoming Budget, which could improve prospects in the North East agricultural sector. The North East provides 3.2% of the agricultural sector’s contribution to the UK economy, worth £486m*, which is under threat from a variety of issues, most notably the UK’s exit from the European Union as well as the Government’s unclear position on Brexit. To lessen the impact on the agricultural sector, Anthony Main, Director of Business and Personal Tax Planning at Ryecroft Glenton, believes that the Chancellor should introduce a series of...

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Tyneside project up for national award

People from across the North East are being urged to back a major Tyneside infrastructure project in a national competition hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The A1 Coal House to Metro Centre Improvement scheme is in the running for the ICE People’s Choice Award, which celebrates UK civil engineering projects that have made a positive impact on regions and communities. On behalf of Highways England, Balfour Beatty, in partnership with Parson Brinkerhoff and Arup, carried out the work on the stretch of road leading to the Metro Centre, which helped to reduce congestion among the 116,000...

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Autistic youngsters given VIP experience at Go North East

A behind-the-scenes depot tour, trip through the vehicle wash and fuel bay and private bus journey were on the lesson plan for a group of autistic schoolchildren from Benwell recently. The youngsters, aged between six and 10 from Atkinson Road Primary Academy in the West End of Newcastle, were guest of honours at Go North East’s Riverside super-depot in Gateshead. With a passion for public transport, the eight pupils began their visit after being picked up for an exclusive journey around Newcastle in one of Go North East’s high specification vehicles, before arriving at Riverside. With the aim to learn how...

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Battle of Piercebridge – FREE talk

Piercebridge 375, Illustrated Talk Died valiantly fighting in the cause, the Battle of Piercebridge, 1 December 1643 – by Phil Philo   Tuesday  5th December 2017 at 2pm at Crown Street Library. Admission free but please book your ticket in advance from the Centre for Local Studies, Crown Street Library,...

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Film for Food – Charity Movie Night

A charity movie night is being held next month in aid of a scheme which provides emergency food parcels for those who would otherwise go hungry. The special screening of Ken Loach’s award winning film – ‘I Daniel Blake’ shows the tribulations of a Newcastle man who suddenly finds himself in the care of the state and having to claim Universal Credit. “This film is a real eye opener,” said Margaret Brice, FoodShare Co-ordinator. “The majority of Hambleton’s FoodShare customers experience many of the problems vividly illustrated in the film. We hope it will help raise awareness of those...

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