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COMMUNITY: Bring people together

For over 80 years we have been enabling people to give the gift of voluntary service to meet the needs of the day. Today, one of those needs is helping older people to live healthy and happy lives.

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CHARITY: Volunteer for puppy-raising

CHARITY: Volunteer for puppy-raising

Would you like to be an important part of the process that sees a tiny, seven-week-old puppy grow and mature into a life-changing guide dog?

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NHS: Funding for survival

NHS: Funding for survival

As the NHS turns 70, it is an important time to not only celebrate all of the great achievements that have occurred over the past decades, but to look forward to how we can improve for the future.

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NHS: Don’t lose focus on the issues

NHS: Don’t lose focus on the issues

Thursday, July 5, 2018, marked the 70th birthday of our NHS, and events were happening throughout the country to celebrate remarkable advances in healthcare over the past seven decades.

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POLITICS: Playing the blame game?

POLITICS: Playing the blame game?

For some time, I have been wondering why the Tories seem to have been trying so hard to make people dislike them – first young voters, ethnic minorities and women, and now seemingly business too.

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COLLECTIONS: Thank you for your donations

COLLECTIONS: Thank you for your donations

Thank you on behalf of Alexa’s Animals dog rescue for your donations.

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NORTHUMBERLAND RETAIL: Make decisions for the future

NORTHUMBERLAND RETAIL: Make decisions for the future

For all of the worries expressed over alcohol, drugs and even gaming addiction, there doesn’t seem to be as much concern about gambling addiction, particularly as the whole industry has moved on from the days of smoke-filled bookmakers to the well-advertised online gambling opportunities.

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MORPETH CLOCK: A disappointing visit

MORPETH CLOCK: A disappointing visit

My wife and I recently paid a visit to the revamped Flower Clock in Carlisle Park, Morpeth, one evening.

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FAIR: ‘Street party’ is still going on

FAIR: ‘Street party’ is still going on

Mitford Village Fair began life as a street party on the village green to celebrate the Royal Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It was so successful that we are now in the seventh year of our annual fair.

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SKILLS: Change whole approach

SKILLS: Change whole approach

When I meet people with difficulty in reading, writing or basic mathematics they have my sympathy.

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FUND: Supporting our brave veterans

FUND: Supporting our brave veterans

Each Father’s Day I am thankful that I was one of the lucky ones.

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DONORS: The potential to save lives

DONORS: The potential to save lives

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, myeloma or lymphoma.

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HEALTH: Doctors need proper support

HEALTH: Doctors need proper support

New figures revealed this week that show more than a million patients have had to move GP surgeries in the last five years because of 450 practice closures will resonate with the experience of GPs in the North East.

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RESEARCH: Seeking details of broadcaster

RESEARCH: Seeking details of broadcaster

I am writing a biography of actor and broadcaster Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978), who was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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VOLUNTEERS: Be a role model to youngsters

VOLUNTEERS: Be a role model to youngsters

Scouting set me on a path to becoming an astronaut. Where will it take you?

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HEDGEHOGS: Kindness of a bus driver

HEDGEHOGS: Kindness of a bus driver

On Monday, June 4, I was travelling to Morpeth on the 9.35am X18 bus.

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CHARITY: A marathon challenge

CHARITY: A marathon challenge

I’m inviting readers to get their walking boots or trainers on for the Stroke Association and sign up to the summer marathon challenge, Walk Your Way.

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FACILITIES: Schools must understand

FACILITIES: Schools must understand

Can you imagine not being able to access a toilet when you most need to?

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WALKING: A healthier school-run

WALKING: A healthier school-run

Living Streets’ Walk to School Week is over for another year and we’d like to thank everyone across Northumberland who contributed to making it a massive success.

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PLANTING: Encourage sponsorship

PLANTING: Encourage sponsorship

After money was spent on improving the pathway down Stobhill Bank in Morpeth for cyclists and improving some junctions, it didn’t take long for a percentage of the work that had been done to be dug up.

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