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  2. This round-up of events is written by readers. To get your charity event or story included, simply fill out the form at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/charitynews Raising money for: NSPCC Selfless Harper Brooke Smith, aged five, had her long locks cut off to raise money for the NSPCC, with her hair being donated to the Little Princess Trust. Sandra, Harper’s mum, said: “We started off with a target of raising £100, and everyone has been so generous we’ve already raised nearly £400 with more sponsor forms still to collect. “We decided together that when Harper wanted to get her hair cut short she would do it for charity, and we came up with a shortlist. In the end, Harper chose the NSPCC herself because she loved the idea of being able to help other children. I’m so proud of her. She was so excited to be able to help others, and now she has a lovely ‘grown-up’ hairstyle that she absolutely adores. “I’d like to say a big thank-you to the Little Salon in Shiremoor, for cutting Harper’s hair so wonderfully and supporting us in our fundraising, and to everyone who donated.”
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  4. Northern Pride has been growing in strength since it began 10 years ago. Northumberland County Council is proud to be part of the movement, helping to break down barriers and creating a more open dialogue with members of the LGBT community. Northern Pride took place on Newcastle Town Moor from 21st to 23rd July and Northumberland County Council was there to show support for the LGBT community. Along with flying the rainbow flag at County Hall, members of the County Council took part in the Pride parade and also held a joint stall during the weekend’s event along with colleagues from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Northumberland County Council is committed to building relationships with the LGBT community. Working in partnership with local and national groups, a ‘toolkit’ has been developed to help the growing number of schools who are supporting young people who question their assigned gender identity. Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing and Health, said: “Northumberland County Council is a keen supporter of Northern Pride and undertakes a range of activities to support and work with the LGBT community. Through Northern Pride we can engage directly with members of the LGBT community and showcase our services. “Our work to increase engagement and support for the LGBT community builds upon our involvement with Northern Pride and includes: our work with schools, creating a safe working environment and supporting our LGBT staff, engaging with young people and the wider LGBT community. We also aim to increase the diversity of our workforce by providing information on our apprenticeship opportunities, jobs and careers at our Pride stall”
  5. Come along and enjoy live music from the fantastic Jonny Sax on August 5th from 7pm. This is part of our very special summer Spanish night. This includes tapas (if booked into the restaurant) and also a very special cocktail bar. All welcome as always! Pop along and see us!
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  7. Prestigious award for first school

    Seaton Sluice First School has achieved the platinum accolade from the Sing Up organisation, which recognises the importance of singing activities for children in schools.
  8. A new play park was opened at Deneside, in Seghill, last weekend.
  9. An ambitious programme of extra verge cutting has ensured that Northumberland is looking its best ahead of the main tourist season. The county council drafted in extra resources ahead of the summer season, increasing the number of tractors with specialist cutting equipment and aiming to carry out additional grass cutting along highway verges across the county. Progress has been swift, with 96% of all scheduled cuts completed, with the remaining scheduled verge cutting done before the end of July. This is a significant improvement on last year’s performance. At the same time in July 2016 only 16% of scheduled cuts had been done and it was October before all the cuts had been completed. The work is vital to ensure that vegetation does not restrict visibility for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. In addition to the road safety benefits, these works also improve the look of an area and keeps the network in better condition by preventing plants taking hold on the side of roads. The improvement will now also allow the teams time to return and undertake a second cut at key junctions, leading to further improvements in road safety. There are a small number of verges that have been left intentionally uncut at the request of ecology groups to maintain flower-rich habitats in specific areas of interest and these will be cut later in the season. Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “I’m delighted at the progress we’ve made so far, which improves road safety and has the added benefit of helping make the county look really neat, tidy and well maintained. “One of our priorities is to improve the condition of the road network and invest in improvements that benefit everyone. This is a great example of where the council has identified a quick win that will bring longer term benefits. “We’ve taken immediate steps to focus on verge cutting and extra weeding to ensure Northumberland is looking its best ahead of the main tourist season. “I am very grateful to all staff for their great and much appreciated efforts in getting this work done so quickly and efficiently.”
  10. For further information about the events taking place throughout the PRIDE weekend, please visit here
  11. ********BIG NEWS****** *****SAVE THE DATE******* ******SHARE WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY****** Today we announce our very special charity music festival which will be held on Sunday 27th August from 5pm onwards. This music festival will be very special as we will be celebrating 30 years of local mental health charity Blyth Star Enterprise. The team from Blyth Star will be coming along to celebrate and raise funds for this very important charity. It's set to be a fab summer event, so do save the date! All welcome
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  13. Northumberland has some of the best parks in Britain – and that’s official. Parks in Bedlington, Berwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Hexham and Morpeth together with the country parks at Plessey Woods near Bedlington and Bolam Lake near Belsay, have all been awarded prestigious Green Flag Awards by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Northumberland’s winning green spaces are Ridley Park, Doctor Pit Park, Alexandra Park, Hexham Parks, Carlisle Park, Castle Vale and Coronation Parks, Plessey Woods Country Park and Bolam Lake Country Park, all part of a great tally of award-winning parks and green spaces in 2017. The award, now into its third decade, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A green flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks have achieved Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy. “They highlight and recognise that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality. “We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment of local people, parks users, friends groups, town and parish councils, volunteers and our own staff, who help to keep parks vibrant and extremely well-used. Everyone involved can be very proud.” International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. “Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.” Entries for the Green Flag Award are open to parks and green spaces located in the UK. Applications are judged against a set of eight key criteria including conservation and heritage, community involvement and sustainability. More about the Northumberland Green Flag parks: Alexandra Park, Cramlington: Alexandra Park is located in the town of Cramlington in South East Northumberland. The Park was developed in the 1970s to provide recreational opportunities for the expanding population of the new town. The layout is modern with large areas of amenity open space housing football pitches, a bowling green, pavilion, play areas, multi use games area and a skate park. The park also affords informal recreational opportunities as the park has excellent off road links with surrounding areas through a network of footpaths and cycleways. The judges described the Park as a facility used by a wide range of the local community and is a credit to all involved. They were particularly impressed by the wildflower planting schemes which were implemented by Cramlington Town Council working in partnership with the Neighbourhood Services team of Northumberland County Council Bolam Lake Country Park, near Belsay Bolam Lake is situated 9 miles west of Morpeth and 2.5 miles north of Belsay located just off the A696 The park has around 100 acres of woodland, amenity grassland and 25 acres is the lake itself which affords stunning views as you walk around. The wildlife is abundant and home to red squirrels, deer, mute swans and many woodland birds including the nuthatch There are lovely walks for all the family and many generations have visited with the ever popular activity of feeding the ducks and swans. Last year saw the 200th year since the lake was started by John Dobson and many activities took place to celebrate including a full programme of free events for families and talks for all. The park is supported by an active Friends of Bolam Lake group who were thrilled to hear yet again the park had achieved this award Carlisle Park, Morpeth: Carlisle Park is a multi-award winning park in the heart of Morpeth. Situated on the south bank of the River Wansbeck, it contains The William Turner Garden, formal gardens, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, ancient woodland, picnic areas, toilets, tennis courts, bowling greens, a skate park, and much more. A paddling pool and play area are run by Morpeth Town Council and are immensely popular, providing an excellent play space for children of all ages. Visitors can also enjoy peaceful woodland walks, a promenade along the river, or find a vibrant array of colour and a peaceful oasis in the formal gardens and the William Turner Garden. Doctor Pit Park, Bedlington: Doctor Pit Park is situated in the heart of Bedlington. Families are catered for with high quality play facilities, a multi-use games area and a small skate park. There is a well maintained bowling green and bowls club which is based in the pavilion building. The pavilion offers a community room, full kitchen and toilet facilities and is available for hire by groups or individuals. The Green Flag award recognizes the development of the park as both a hub of community activity and a safe, clean and green area for the residents of Bedlington. The pavilion is home to Doctor Pit Bowls Club, and Bedlington Art Group they all work closely with officers and staff of Neighbourhood Services to raise funds to improve the park, and to provide activities and events for the local community. Hexham Parks: Hexham Parks are the vibrant centre of the town and the hub of many of the public events, as well as being a beautiful attraction in their own right. They are well used and loved by locals and tourists and have been awarded the Green Flag for more than 10 years running. Scenically set next to the Abbey, the herbaceous borders and bowling green area of Hexham House grounds with the sensory garden and the glade are peaceful places to relax. The Sele has spectacular views across the Tyne Valley as well as the popular skate park and children’s play area; and the bandstand of the Abbey Grounds with the Edwardian gated entrances offers a great venue for picnics or putting. The community groups that use the site and local partnerships who have worked with us on this year’s application are thrilled to once again be part of the Green Flag community. Castle Vale and Coronation Parks, Berwick-upon-Tweed: These beautiful parks sit on either side of the train station in Berwick upon Tweed and have recently been revitalised by £1million Parks for People funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery. Castle Vale Park contains a lily pond, picturesque shelters, rock gardens and spectacular views of the Royal Border bridge as it crosses the River Tweed. Coronation Park, to the north of the train station, is England’s most northerly park and is a pocket sized delight containing stunning herbaceous borders, a wildflower meadow, a contemporary pergola and a traditional shelter which provide places to rest and enjoy the timeless view of the River Tweed. The parks, known collectively as Castle Parks, have regular events and are supported by the dedicated work of many volunteers and the Friends of Castle Parks. Plessey Woods Country Park, Hartford Bridge, Bedlington: Plessey Woods Country Park is located near Hartford Bridge, off the A192, mid-way between Bedlington and Cramlington and about 5 miles south of Morpeth. The Park offers 100 acres of woodland, meadow and riverside to explore. The woodland is home to many birds such as the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and tree creeper, as well as animals including red squirrel, roe deer and fox. The banks of the River Blyth are also an important habitat for wildlife, such as kingfishers, dippers and otters. People have come to Plessey Woods for generations to enjoy the woods and the river. Known locally as Bluebell Woods, the country park is an ideal place for a family day out with great opportunities for getting close to nature. Ridley Park, Blyth: Ridley Park provides a variety of recreational opportunities for the local community and visitors. It is popular throughout the year as a destination for all age groups. The Park has well established formal gardens, wooded areas and secluded areas which prove popular with families and walkers who want to enjoy time out in the fresh air. It offers a range of sporting activities including tennis courts and bowls as well as children’s play opportunities with specially designed junior and toddler areas at the southern end of the site. One of the unique features of the park is a water play area installed in 2005 which has proved a great attraction for both the local population and those travelling from other parts of the North East to visit. The water play area is open most days during the summer and is free to use (as are the majority of the activities offered in the park). For those looking for refreshment while visiting the park there is a café offering food and drink throughout the year and during the summer an ice cream van is on site most days. A further summer attraction in the park are the small fairground rides which operate most days (a small charge is payable for these). There are regular organised events during the year led by the Friends of Ridley Park and other community groups which are publicised locally and in press where entry is free.
  14. The mystery surrounding a mining sculpture which appeared to have been beheaded by vandals has been solved. People in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, awoke on Tuesday morning to find the head of the statue in Astley Park was missing. Designed by artist Tom Newstead, the sculpture is being craved out of a tree stump to commemorate the village’s mining heritage. But neighbours were left outraged when they initially thought it had been damaged overnight by yobs. Mum Lynn French, who lives nearby the park, said: “I’ve seen the sculpture gradually progress and the gentleman was working on it yesterday. “Then I saw reports on Facebook that it had been vandalised late last night.
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    Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society present Musical Mania 2017 Join us for a musical extravaganza packed full of stunning vocals and terrific dance routines as our talented cast recreate some of the most well loved musicals from past and present. After a very successful show last year the cast are back again to entertain with big musical numbers, powerful solos and brilliant dance routines. Numbers from The Wizard of Oz, Jersey Boys, Sister Act, Spamalot and much more. Accompanied by a 6 piece live band, this is a spectacular show perfect for the whole family. This year marks our fifth and final year of Musical Mania, so make sure you dont miss out! Thursday 17th August at 7:00pm Friday 18th August at 7:00pm Saturday 19th August at 7:00pm Full Price: £9.00 | Concession: £8.00 | Family: £30.00 Box Office: 0191 237 5460 Book online at www.seatondelavalartscentre.com
  16. This round-up of events is written by readers. To get your charity event or story included, simply fill out the form at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/charitynews Raising money for: NSPCC Karis Welch, junior media officer for NSPCC North of England, said: “Enthusiastic golfers braved the elements for Slaley Hall Golf Club’s highly popular Captain’s Charity Golf Day, with the day raising in excess of £10,000 for the NSPCC.” “The annual event previously raised a total of £250,000 for various worthwhile causes over the years, and was held on Friday, June 30. “The day teed off with a lunch, followed by a round of golf on the Hunting course, a three-course meal, raffle, auction, and music. The event was compèred by Justin Lockwood of Heart FM, and South Northumberland and former Australian cricketer Marcus North featured as after-dinner speaker.” Andrew Fox, general manager for QHotels, said: “The Captain’s Charity Golf Day was a tremendously well attended event and it was good to see even the bad weather couldn’t put people off – or dampen their spirits!
  17. Quality awards for site managers

    Two site managers overseeing the construction of hundreds of new homes have been honoured for their work. Miller Homes pair John Harrison and Paul Ritchie are celebrating after receiving Quality Awards in the first round of the National House Building Council’s (NHBC) Pride in the Job Awards. Paul, site manager at Miller Homes’ Wheatfields development in Seaton Delaval, and John, site manager at the Portland Wynd development in Blyth, were among nine Miller Homes site managers across the UK to be recognised by the national awards. Paul, 41, from Wallsend, said: “This is my eighth consecutive Quality Award and it feels great to have been recognised by the NHBC once again. “Fingers crossed that I will be awarded my seventh Seal of Excellence at the second stage of the awards later this year.”
  18. Nice. Does anybody know when it's likely to air?
  19. Terrified friends watched in horror as a stranger brandishing knives stormed on to a street and threatened to kill them. Armed Stewart Angus burst out of his house in Seaton Delaval and shouted “I will f****** stab you, I will f****** kill you” at two shocked teenagers, who were sat chatting near a car. A court heard the 43-year-old was holding a large kitchen knife in each hand and was making “slashing movements” when he ran up to the 18-year-old’s for no reason. Angus then momentarily dropped the weapons as he tried to throw punches before picking them back up and using them to strike one of the victims’ car. The teenagers, as well as terrified onlookers, described seeing Angus, of Western Avenue, shouting “I’m a mad man, I’m going to kill you” before he was told the police were on their way and he fled back into his house. Armed officers arrived and surrounded Angus’s home before they swooped in and arrested him.
  20. Family Fun Day

    Seghill RFC family fun day Saturday 19th August - 2pm. Bring the family down to the rugby club for a day in the sunshine! There will be a bake sale, arts and crafts for the children and plenty more activities for little ones to join in with. The Seghill 1st XV will also be in action against Ashington at 2.30pm out on the main pitch Look forward to seeing you all there Please share this event with your Facebook friends!
  21. New jobs created as pub reopens

    A Seaton Sluice pub reopened earlier this month as a Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery after an extensive refurbishment. Located on Marine View, the remodelled Astley Arms, formerly a Crown Carvery, opened to guests after a three-week closure. Following a significant investment in the restaurant, 12 new jobs have been created, with employees ready to serve guests their favourites from breakfast right through to dinner. General manager, Nicole Mains, said: “We’re excited about the new changes and are looking forward to welcoming the people of Seaton, Whitley Bay and the surrounding areas to come and see what their new Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery is all about. “The restaurant has been given a fantastic new look and a menu that has something for everyone.”
  22. A comprehensive review is now underway on a council policy which sees some students in Northumberland paying £600 a year to travel to school and college. The review will focus on delivering the new administration’s commitment to introducing a zero charge within the council term. Over 100 students in the county currently have to pay an annual sum of £600 for travel organised by the authority, and other Post 16 students who are able to use public transport having to pay for their own travel. It was not possible for the new administration to bring in any changes to its Post 16 Transport Policy ahead of the statutory deadline for the 2017/18 school year, which came just days after the new council was formed. However work has now started on reviewing the whole policy and in the interim the council has implemented an additional payment option which allows families to spread payments more evenly. From September 2017 students can opt to make eight payments of £75 via direct debit - as opposed to paying the whole amount as a lump sum or with £200 up front. Deputy Council Leader Wayne Daley, who is also Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We remain committed to overhauling this policy and have begun reviewing every aspect of it. “The first stage is a comprehensive information gathering exercise so we fully understand the way forward. “The fact we had a week between forming a new administration and meeting statutory deadlines meant we simply couldn’t make any major changes for the coming school year. “However we were keen to find a way of offering increased flexibility for those students and families who have to pay the charges. “Many people find it easier to spread bills evenly in smaller amounts rather than pay lump-sums or larger initial instalments. It’s positive to report people are already signing up to this new payment method.” The £600 travel charge for students attending their nearest educational establishments where public transport is not available was introduced by the previous council administration.
  23. Can't wait to check out the new series and see the local scenery again.
  24. Northumberland County Council has withdrawn the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy from Government and to carry out a review of some aspects of the document. The review will look to further protect Green Belt land and prevent a development “free for all” in the future. A motion to full council asking for a full review of the housing and employment numbers and strategic land use allocations within the draft Core Strategy was carried by 39 votes to 22. The Core Strategy has not been scrapped - it is only certain elements which will now be reviewed. Members stressed their support for economic and housing growth to support local communities but questioned whether the housing numbers contained within the current Core Strategy are required to meet these ambitions, and wish to undertake a review and any required public consultation as soon as possible. Coun Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “Many residents were unhappy with the proposed Core Strategy and have been calling for a review. We are a council that listens and it is vital we get this right. “The strategy will have a direct impact on future generations in Northumberland and we wanted to propose a review at the first opportunity. This council wants to protect our communities and to plan for a sustainable and prosperous future for our county and the wider region. “While we believe the vast majority of the plan is fine, information currently available, and anticipated for release by the Government later this year, suggests to us that the requirement for housing in our County may very well not be as high as has been proposed previously. “We want to use this information from Government and take into full account the latest regional plan in the form of the NE Strategic Economic Plan, to review the need to build on acres of Green Belt land. “Ultimately we want to improve control of development within our County, not create a free for all which encroaches on our Green Belt.” Advice has been sought from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the report states that a local planning authority can withdraw a submitted plan at any time prior to adoption, at which point it would publish a statement about this and send notification to consultation bodies. The work will be done as quickly as possible, so that the strategy can be re-submitted to Government as soon as is practicable.
  25. Residents are being given the chance to have their say on the future plans for Northumberland’s Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS). The service has produced a draft version of its four year plan, setting out its priorities up to 2021. Among the priorities are enhanced collaboration and partnership working, expanding and enhancing its community 'Safe and Well' visits, revising its school's education programmes and providing increased resilience with neighbouring services. NFRS Chief Fire Officer Paul Hedley said: “We have a fire and rescue service to be proud of and are committed to making the county an even safer place to live, work and visit. “This four year plan outlines the main risks to the communities of Northumberland and how we will use our resources efficiently to reduce those risks. “We must ensure we continue to provide high quality prevention and protection activity to those most at risk while providing a well-equipped and highly trained workforce to respond to incidents.” Northumberland continues to be extremely safe and the plan highlights that over the past ten years the number of fire and rescue incidents has dropped by 31%. And over the past five years the number of accidental house fires has dropped by almost half. However the service continues to be very busy and in 2016/17 received around 6,200 calls and attended 3115 incidents. Councillor John Riddle, the County Council’s Fire Authority chair, said: “We want to ensure decisions about our services take into account the views of residents, employees and communities of Northumberland. “We know we must aim to maintain our focus on regularly reviewing risk to ensure we are using our personnel and resources where they can have maximum impact and do all we can to prevent fires and other emergencies from occurring in the first place. “By taking part in our survey people can help us understand what they think of our future plans and ensure our services are targeted in the most effective way.” The draft plan and survey can be viewed by going to http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NFRplan The eight-week consultation opens on July 10th and closes on September 1st 2017 and a final version of the plan will be approved by Northumberland County Council later in the year.
  26. Denesdie Play Park Opening

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    The new Play Park at Deneside in Seghill is nearing completion and the official opening will take place on Saturday the 15 July starting at 10:00 am. As well as all of the new play equipment at the park we will also have various activities, face painting, balloon modelling and free ice cream.
  27. Children are being encouraged to turn detective and sign up to this year's Summer Reading challenge at their local library. The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays, collecting incentives and rewards along the way. And it’s a fun, free way of keeping children occupied during the school holidays, which is top news for parents ! Those who complete the challenge will be presented with a certificate and a medal at a special ceremony in their local library at the beginning of the new term. This year’s theme is Animal Agents, based on a detective agency staffed by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – who are out to crack a case at the library with a little help from their friends. To take part in Animal Agents, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their reading journey. As children read at least six library books over the summer, they collect stickers which will help them crack the clues and help the Animal Agents find out what's really been going on behind the scenes! There is to be a whole programme of fantastic family events and activities planned at Northumberland libraries over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. These include animal handling sessions with ‘Creatures Up Close’, lots of fun, games and activities with organisations including ‘Dogs Trust’, Cats Protection’ and Blue Cross for Pets. Cramlington Library is excited to be welcoming Northumbria Police Dogs - so you can go along and meet a real life dog detective! There will also be ‘Animal Agent Crafty Fun’ sessions at many libraries. For a full list of events, including dates, venues go to: www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Northumberland Libraries’ . You can also book your free ticket from this website. Northumberland County Councillor, Cath Homer, Cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Tourism and Leisure said: “Reading is a vital life skill, yet it is a skill that can take second place to the excitement of computers, television and electronic games. “ It is one of our aims through the challenge to prove that books can be exciting too and introduce children to one of the best free resources for their minds that they have on their doorsteps – the local library.” Over 2,000 children across Northumberland took part in last year’s Summer Reading Challenge in libraries and it is hoped that even more children visit their local library to join ‘Animal Agents’ this Summer. Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term, and The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting children into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the Department for Education. Sue Wilkinson, CEO, of The Reading Agency, a leading national charity inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to read for pleasure and wellbeing said: “At The Reading Agency, we believe that everything changes when we read and we know from our research how much fun families and children have when taking part in the Challenge. This year we hope the wonderful characters created for us by Tony Ross will inspire more children than ever to take part and make use of their local library throughout the summer and beyond." For further details about ‘Animal Agents’ or our Summer events, please visit our website www.mylibrary.co.uk, follow Northumberland Libraries on Facebook & Twitter or contact us on: 01670 620250. ·
  28. Two of the finalists for a national competition that recognises the work of pubs in their communities are only half-a-mile apart. The Hastings and The Keel Row in Seaton Delaval are on the shortlist for the Britvic Lifting Spirits Awards, run in association with the Morning Advertiser. The winner will be announced next week at a ceremony in London. Fund-raising in recent years for Macmillan Cancer Support by The Keel Row team in memory of beloved regular Peter, who sadly lost his battle with cancer, has now brought in nearly £20,000. Its free family fun days and Christmas carol service has always been well supported by the public and every year, the pub asks its community to donate an Easter egg for children who are in hospital or visiting A&E over the period.
  29. Police are continuing to carry out extensive inquiries after a woman was raped in her Northumberland home by an intruder. Officers were called to an address in the North Seaton area of Ashington at around 1.50am yesterday following a report of the victim being attacked. The offender is described as a white male, around 5’5” and of slim build. Extra officers are on patrol in the area and they are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and speaking to residents to reassure the community. DCI Helen Anderson, who is leading the investigation, said: “This has clearly been a hugely distressing incident for the victim and we have specialist officers working with her to offer support at this incredibly difficult time. “We know the community will be shocked by what has happened and I would like to affirm that we are doing all we can to identify and arrest the offender. We ask the public to remain vigilant at this time, check the security of their premises and contact police immediately if they have any concerns.”
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      Raising money for: NSPCC
      Selfless Harper Brooke Smith, aged five, had her long locks cut off to raise money for the NSPCC, with her hair being donated to the Little Princess Trust.
      Sandra, Harper’s mum, said: “We started off with a target of raising £100, and everyone has been so generous we’ve already raised nearly £400 with more sponsor forms still to collect.
      “We decided together that when Harper wanted to get her hair cut short she would do it for charity, and we came up with a shortlist. In the end, Harper chose the NSPCC herself because she loved the idea of being able to help other children. I’m so proud of her. She was so excited to be able to help others, and now she has a lovely ‘grown-up’ hairstyle that she absolutely adores.
      “I’d like to say a big thank-you to the Little Salon in Shiremoor, for cutting Harper’s hair so wonderfully and supporting us in our fundraising, and to everyone who donated.”

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