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NURSING: Too many are struggling

When the Government gave nursing staff another real-terms pay cut this month, the Royal College of Nursing decided to ask all 270,000 of its members working in the NHS how they want to respond.

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CENTRE: Thank you for your help

CENTRE: Thank you for your help

On behalf of the Northstar Centre, Berwick, I would like to thank everyone who supported our Easter Eggstravaganza on April 5.

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ROUNDABOUT: Why is it going to be so big?

ROUNDABOUT: Why is it going to be so big?

Many of your readers will be aware that Tommy’s Field has been used as allotments at least since the Second World War and for many years before that as an amenity for the Morpeth people

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ARCH: We need to know who it is

ARCH: We need to know who it is

Northumberland County Council insists that Arch Northumberland is a company which is solely owned by itself.

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BREXIT: Can’t afford to lose NHS staff

BREXIT: Can’t afford to lose NHS staff

Having triggered Article 50, the Prime Minster must now do everything in her power to control the impact of Brexit on the National Health Service, and protect patient care across the country, by granting permanent residence to EEA nationals who are working in the UK.

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GUIDE DOGS: Money is being well spent

GUIDE DOGS: Money is being well spent

Dear people of Morpeth, and the visitors who have put money into the Guide Dog counter-top boxes in the many shops of Morpeth, I thought you would all be interested in knowing how your money has been used.

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LIGHTS: Hope that work speeds up a bit

LIGHTS: Hope that work speeds up a bit

Clearly the county council set itself a challenging task to replace the county’s street lights.

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EFFICIENCY: Success not all due to money

EFFICIENCY: Success not all due to money

In his recent column, Ian Lavery MP tells us of so many improvements and successes that Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, was able to see for himself in Northumberland, “despite severe Government austerity and forced reductions in local authority funding”, (Morpeth Herald, April 6).

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APPEAL: Sending vital aid out to Syria

APPEAL: Sending vital aid out to Syria

Our new organisation, Northumberland County of Sanctuary, has begun sending aid direct from Northumberland to Syria.

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POLITICS: Standing for some action

POLITICS: Standing for some action

Joan Tebbutt recently set out the Liberal Democrats’ stall for the council elections.

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POLITICS: Challenging assertions

POLITICS: Challenging assertions

I was pleased to read that Joan Tebbutt agreed with the Conservatives that a master plan for county council land in Morpeth was necessary, (Morpeth Herald, March 30).

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MARCH: Protest was not a political one

MARCH: Protest was not a political one

I read the Liberal Democrats newsletter that came through my door this week with curiosity.

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NHS: A solution to hospital crisis

NHS: A solution to hospital crisis

Most hospital crises, we hear, are allegedly due to the bed-blocking elderly, all well documented.

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DEVELOPMENT: Road planning is required

DEVELOPMENT: Road planning is required

After the recent positive publicity for Arch, it will be interesting to see what vision it has for retail in Morpeth, given the county council’s limited enthusiasm for the town plan and the increasing likelihood of further proposals for out-of-town shopping, and the business rate plans for 2017-2018 and beyond.

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BUDGET: Not the time to honour pledge

BUDGET: Not the time to honour pledge

Does Chancellor Philip Hammond not know that two wrongs do not make a right?

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COLLECTION: Important to protect history

COLLECTION: Important to protect history

It was disappointing to read Nic Best’s appeal for public funding to protect the Antiquarian Society’s collection of Morpeth’s historical treasurers (Morpeth Herald, March 9).

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BORDER: A plea to join the Scots

BORDER: A plea to join the Scots

Between 1139 and 1157, the Scottish King ruled Northumberland through his son Earl Henry. This was at the time of the anarchic reign of King Stephen.

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COUNCIL: Give us value for money

COUNCIL: Give us value for money

I have seen the architect’s impression of the new Northumberland County Council headquarters in Ashington, estimated cost £37million, without restructuring or relocation costs.

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LITTER: Undertaking a thankless job

LITTER: Undertaking a thankless job

One morning, as I was walking up the stairs through the wood to the castle, I spied a man walking his dog and picking up litter.

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POLITICS: County Hall move opposed

POLITICS: County Hall move opposed

The letter from Jack Gebbard suggests that the Conservatives are the only party opposing the move of County Hall in the forthcoming elections, (Morpeth Herald, March 16). That is wrong.

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