Author: Dave Stopher

Almost half a million people in the UK could be lost for words by 2025

The UK’s leading stroke charity is warning that around 475,000 stroke survivors across the UK could be living with the communication disability aphasia by 2025, leading to increased pressure on social care services (i). It is estimated that well over a quarter of a million stroke survivors in the UK have problems reading, writing, speaking, and understanding language as a result of aphasia(ii). However, the charity’s report, Current, future and avoidable costs of stroke, predicts that an extra 158,000 people will be living with aphasia in less than 10 years’ time. Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association,...

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Great Snowy Weather Photos

Maria McArdle, Museum Operations Officer at Killhope, said: “Killhope is beautiful at all times of the year but on days like today it is even more spectacular and although we are closed to visitors during winter it is nice to be able to share some of these festive images.” Maria McArdle, Museum Operations Officer at Killhope, said: “Killhope is beautiful at all times of the year but on days like today it is even more spectacular and although we are closed to visitors during winter it is nice to be able to share some of these festive images.” Maria...

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THE Laundrette opened its doors on Westgate Road last month and is marking its first Christmas in Newcastle by giving away freebies to ticket holders. THE Laundrette opened its doors on Westgate Road last month and is marking its first Christmas in Newcastle by giving away freebies to ticket holders. Signs that Christmas is on its way are popping up throughout the city centre and it’s no different at The Laundrette, as festive fun-seekers can bag free fizz and kids meals in the run up to the big day. Families heading into town to enjoy an ice skating session at Life...

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A LIVE NATION PRESENTATION  OVO TO MAKE ITS UK DEBUT IN LONDON NEXT MONTH BEFORE EMBARKING ON HUGE UK ARENA TOUR  16 AUGUST – 7 OCTOBER 2018 Tickets for Cirque Club Members on sale NOW General Public On-Sale from 9am, Friday 15 December Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce a brand-new UK arena tour with OVO. Next summer OVO, a celebration of nature and co-existence will bring its fun-filled production for the whole family to arenas around the country. Making its UK debut in London in January, the arena tour will then start in Liverpool on 16 August 2018, and the show will then...

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Christmas Markets give young people a leading link in business

Bedlington based charity, Leading Link wished everyone a Happy Christmas by taking part in a special young people’s Christmas Market in Morpeth. The enterprise market on the 9th December saw a grand total of 45 teams of young people selling Christmas wares together with local live music and festive cheer. Students were mainly from the Three Rivers Schools of Chantry and Newminster Middle and King Edward VI Academy High although there were also young people taking part who worked with Leading Link independently. Leading Link were commissioned by The Key, a youth charity who supports the growth mind set...

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Clean Air Zones: what are they and where will they be?

In October this year, Oxford announced its plans to become the world’s first zero emissions city zone – they aim to ban all petrol and diesel cars from the city centre area by 2020. This suggests the UK are serious about rolling out their plans to ban the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in an attempt to clean up the UK’s air quality. Oxford isn’t the only city looking to introduce clear air zones either. The government has revealed five UK cities that plan to have a clean air zone by 2020, including Birmingham,...

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Festive food donations handed to Durham Foodbank

Hundreds of boxes packed with festive treats have been donated to Durham Foodbank by generous council staff to help make sure no-one goes hungry this Christmas. Over the last few weeks, staff from Durham County Council have been bringing in items which will be used by the foodbank to create special Christmas hampers. Pamela Glaister, senior enforcement officer at Durham County Council, has helped with the collection for a number of years and this week donated approximately 140 selection boxes on behalf of the planning and highways teams. “Children are the innocent ones and simple selection boxes are something...

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Decorating Your Home With Wall Decals

Many homeowners prefer to decorate their homes with wallpaper or paint. There are pros and cons of each of these methods. The decision to choose either one is purely a personal decision of the homeowner. Wall decals have become a popular option for decorating homes since of lately. Decals are also known as wall stickers. They were widely used in the past to decorate kid’s rooms in playful character varieties. Wall decals have become a popular option for bringing sophistication to your homes today. You have the option of removing them whenever you need. Here are some of the...

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Elf Day kick starts care home’s Christmas celebrations

SANTA’s elves took a day off preparing for Christmas to enjoy festive celebrations at a Chester Le Street care home.  Elf Day was held at Pelton Grange Care Home to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. Staff and residents dressed up as Santa’s helpers for the day and played an elf themed quiz and bingo as part of the fun. Among the questions: “where do Santa’s elves live?”, “what colour did Santa wear before he changed to red?” and “what is the name of the main character in Elf?” Resident Dennis Fulton likened the scene to one of Newcastle’s...

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Extra open day at centres will help with seasonal recycling

North Yorkshire County Council will open some of its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for an extra day between Christmas and New Year to help people with their seasonal recycling.  Many of the county’s HWRCs, which normally close on Wednesday, will open on Wednesday, 27 December, to take in Christmas waste. County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said: “We realise that many rubbish and recycling collections will be delayed or cancelled during the Christmas week, so by opening selected sites across the county we hope residents will be able to recycle and dispose of their waste without...

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Fishing for answers on the River Tyne

With tens of thousands of salmon currently preparing to lay their eggs in the upper stretches of the River Tyne, a new project hopes to bring their incredible journey to life. An interactive ‘sound trail’ has been installed at six locations along the river – from Kielder Water in Northumberland to the Ouseburn in Newcastle – giving the public a glimpse into not only the fluctuating fortunes of the Tyne over the past several centuries, but also the role of anglers in these developments. At each spot, visitors can access interviews and archival recordings inspired by the Tyne’s transformation,...

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David Wilson Homes continues investment in the future of construction with local college visit

11 December 17: Construction students from Bishop Burton College have visited David Wilson Homes’ Derwenthorpe development in York to enhance their current studies. The trip was organised to provide valuable insight into the working processes of a commercial site, as well as information about the opportunities that are available within the construction industry. The first year bricklaying pupils visited Derwenthorpe for an educational session led by Senior Site Manager, John Atkin. Beginning with an informative induction and talk through of the site plans and construction drawings, the students then had a full tour of the completed properties as well...

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All dressed up for the Tall Ships Races 2018

Model Sophie Grieve proves that she’s shipshape when it comes to promoting the UK’s biggest free event of 2018. More than 1.5 million people are expected in Sunderland for the Tall Ships Races, with a four day programme of events and entertainment running from 11 – 14 July. To mark the countdown to the festival, organisers commissioned designer Kathryn Russell to create a unique Tall Ships dress, complete with its very own ship’s hat, set on a sea of “waves.” The hand stitched bodice has been worked to resemble ships’ rigging, with a gold thread galleon stitched under the...

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Young people use Christmas to build bridges with the older generation in Sedgefield

A group of pupils from Sedgefield Community College has taken the initiative to make a positive response to recent bad publicity about young people in the town.  On Friday afternoon, members of the college’s brass band and other students made their way to the Eden Drive area after school to perform Christmas carols and hand out festive treats to residents in the vicinity.  The initiative was coordinated by Sedgefield Neighbourhood Policing Team, with support from Sedgefield Town Council.  Most residents on Eden Drive and the surrounding area are elderly and the event was an opportunity to build bridges between...

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The Most Popular Holiday Destinations According to Google

New research has found the most popular holiday destinations according to Google. In the newly released Global Travel Search Index produced by luxury travel company True Luxury Travel, we can see the holiday destinations that are growing and falling in popularity. The company have utilised Google Trends to analyse how search interest for every country has changed since 2004. The company conducted the research by charting the interest for holiday specific phrases for every country from 2004-2016. The research has found Cape Verde to be the country showing the greatest increase in search interest. The phrase ‘Cape Verde holidays’...

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