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Don’t be needled by Christmas tree drops

The Christmas tree is symbolic and central to yuletide celebrations, not least as the focal point for family gifts, reminiscent of those given by the three Biblical kings, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar.

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Image of yesteryear, do you know where the photograph was taken and who is in the photograph? If so let us know.

Images of Yesteryear

This group of people in Togston seemed to be getting into the Christmas spirit 25 years ago, with a fine display of party hats. But do you know where the party was taking place, or who the people pictured are? If so, please get in touch.

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A Pot Noodle

Popular Slimming World ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’

Slimming World has made major changes to its diet plan with some popular ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’.
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Alan Clark and Colin Briggs of BBC.

Journey of a tyre-fitter to newsreader

Morpeth Rotary Club members were very pleased to hear that Colin Briggs, of the BBC, had agreed to come to visit the group again and talk about his career.

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The botanical garden on Madeira. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Three sites to uplift the gardeners

Three key sites in the hills outside Funchal proved ideal for planned garden visits.

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Lions Les Brindley & Chris Offord planting bulbs at the William Turner Garden, Morpeth.

Lions look to the past for park planting initiative

For Morpeth Lions Club, service to the community can take varied forms.

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Bird of paradise is grown widely on Madeira. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

‘Summer’ is not as far away as you may think

With temperatures hovering around 5C and Christmas celebrations approaching, this fellow longed for the summer warmth and flowers, even if just for a few days.

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Image of yesteryear, do you know what the occasion was or who the people were - if so we would love to hear from you.

Images of Yesteryear

This group of parents and children seemed to be enjoying themselves 25 years ago. Was it a Christmas party perhaps? If you know what was going on, where it was, or recognise anyone pictured, please get in touch and let us know.

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Derwent Reservoir, County. Durham. Red Squirrels at woodland near Derwent Reservoir, County Durham.
 Photo by George Ledger Photography)

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George puts the focus on community life

Morpeth Camera Club

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Go for plenty of flowers at bud stage when buying azalea indica. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Get more out of season’s pot plants

Two key winter pot plants, poinsettia and azalea, are perennials, but maintaining the quality of display after the initial year is not straight forward.

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Phalaenopsis is tolerant of the home environment in all sorts of temperatures and its blooms last for months. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Clear the winter gloom at the garden centre

The national press and learned journals are continually informing us, quoting the relevant scientific studies, that contact with plants is good for our wellbeing.

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Members of Kirkley WI view one of the Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Tales of parkland and life-savers

Kirkley WI

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The Sutton broad bean is a firm favourite. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Try new seed varieties, but keep the ‘bankers’

When the weather and hours of daylight go downhill, I find it reassuring to be surrounded by seed and plant catalogues.

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Rotarian Simon Foley, who gave a talk on the birth of photography.

Simon zooms in on photography history

Morpeth Rotary Club

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Leaf-lettuce is ever reliable. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Lettuce is the pick of the crop for us

Lettuce is the most important vegetable we grow.

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REVIEW: Magical event at Kielder with lasting memories

REVIEW: Magical event at Kielder with lasting memories

Ever since I was a child, Christmas has been the most magical time of the year.

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Image of yesteryear, children at Ellington Library, do you know what the occasion was or who the people were? If so we would love to hear from you.

Images of Yesteryear

These children were pictured at Ellington Library 25 years ago, but do you know what the occasion was or who the people were?

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Morpeth Lion Simon Pringle shakes hands with Warkworth New Zealand Lion Angela Taylor at Warkworth Castle.

Angela makes an 11,000-mile trip

Morpeth Lions Club

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Camera Club Saves on Socks

John displays the art of street photography

Morpeth Camera Club

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Protect your special pompom dahlias. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Get tender plants under cover now

November 6 brought a dawn whiteness to the lawn, the pond was frozen over for the first time in ages, and healthy foliage on border dahlias was reduced to a black, gooey mass overnight.

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