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Praise for roll-out of 30 hours of childcare

Northumberland County Council’s Early Years Team has received praise from the Department for Education (DfE) for its effective roll-out of free childcare for three and four-year-olds.

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Marketing teams wanted for £250k media prize

Marketing teams wanted for £250k media prize

Marketing professionals from across the UK are invited to ‘shoot it out’ for a £250,000 media prize by showcasing their creativity with a one minute video.

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Northumberland is lowest-emitting county in the UK

Northumberland emits less carbon dioxide than any other county, producing minus seven of tonnes of CO₂ per person.

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PCC in call for funding to deliver pay rise

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has demanded that extra funding be made available to cover the two per cent pay rise announced for police officers.

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Morpeth Town denied win by late equaliser

Guisborough Town 2-2 Morpeth Town

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In-form Morpeth keep pressure on leaders

In-form Morpeth keep pressure on leaders

Morpeth RFC 43-0 West Hartlepool

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Phil leads the way for Morpeth contingent at Haltwhistle

Phil leads the way for Morpeth contingent at Haltwhistle

A handful of Morpeth Harriers travelled West along the A69 to either Ovingham or Haltwhistle on Sunday morning in search of a competitive run.

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Northumberlands previous Youth Parliament representatives Jamie Macaulay, left, from Duchess's High School, Alnwick, and Clark Kent Chavez, right, from St Benet Biscop RC Academy, Bedlington, with Northumberland County Council officials.

Call for candidates in youth elections

Young people in Northumberland can put themselves forward over the next month to represent their peers in the Youth Parliament and Youth Cabinet elections.

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Catherine Taylor, Fresh Smoke Free North East; Amanda Young, advisor, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service; Alan White, who quit smoking with the support of the Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service; Councillor Veronica Jones, portfolio holder for adult wellbeing and health, Northumberland County Council; Kerry Lynch, senior public health manager, Northumberland County Council; Connie Reardon, specialist, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service; Elizabeth Morgan, interim director of public health, Northumberland County Council.

Quitting smoking success rates at 10-year high

Thousands of smokers in Northumberland are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober as new data published last week shows quitting success rates are at their highest for at least a decade.

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Programme manager at Culture Bridge, Elvie Thompson. Picture by Colin Davison

Art and culture fund open for bids

The Culture Bridge North East Fund has opened up to grant applicants for the first time this week.

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Heritage plays a key role in North East’s economic prosperity

A new report published today by Historic England, on behalf of the North East Historic Environment Forum, has revealed the vital contribution of heritage to the North East’s economy.

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Alnwick Castle is one of Northumberland's iconic spots.

Vote for the county to win Gold accolade

Just over a week remains for the public to help Northumberland win a prestigious tourism prize for the first time.

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Project to encourage youth to volunteer

A group of young people from Northumberland have been working on a social-action project to inspire other youths to get involved with volunteering.

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Emergency services at the plane. Picture by Andrew Cowan

Light aircraft emergency in Northumberland

Emergency services were called when a light aircraft had to make an emergency landing in north Northumberland today.

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum is among the early colour changers. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Bring on the autumn colour-fest

The magical colour change that precedes leaf-fall in trees and shrubs has just begun. Shorter daylight hours and a fall in temperatures trigger the process.

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Image of yesteryear, we know this picture is Ponteland High School, but we don't know much more than that - do you know who the people are or what the occasion was? If so let us know.

Images of Yesteryear

Something sporty seems to have been going on at Ponteland High School in this picture from the past, but we don’t know much more. Do you know who the people are or what the occasion was?

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Sanderson Arcade Beadles with left to right Alex Knight and Medi Parry from The Arcade, Bev Simpson from North Chocolates, Kate Simmons from The Pudding Parlour and Lottie Thompson from The Arcade with the new display unveiled this week

Packed weekend is planned for festival

Organisers of Morpeth’s annual festival of food and drink have a got a packed weekend of events lined up to put the town on the region’s foodie map.

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Deadline looming for community grants

The deadline is looming for community groups, charities and young people to apply for funding from the Community Chest.

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Virgin Money's Julie Little and Lisa Weir with some of the jars filled with 5ps.

15,000 5p pieces to support the RNLI

The Morpeth Virgin Money Store has been collecting 5ps on behalf of the RNLI’s Betty’s Jars appeal and, thanks to the generosity of its customers, has raised a fantastic £750. That is 15,000 five pence pieces. Due to the success of the collection, it has been extended to include the Cramlington, Whitley Bay and Fowler Street Virgin Money Stores.

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Members of the 1st Morpeth Company Boys Brigade take down the Bargain Bazaar banner for the last time outside its premises in Manchester Street.

End of Bargain Bazaar in town

Over the years, many Morpethians and people from the surrounding area will have either kindly donated or purchased an item or two from the annual Bargain Bazaar sale.

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