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  2. March wedding fair for Morpeth

    A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next month, providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need, all under one roof. The wedding fair will take place in the historic Morpeth Town Hall on Sunday 18th March 2018, between 11am - 3pm. The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service to promote the town’s stunning, affordable wedding venue and to support local wedding suppliers. It is free to enter and refreshments will be available. Over 25 North East based wedding specialists have signed up to attend the fair and promote their products and services. Among the line-up are wedding outfitters, florists, car hire specialists, photographers, music and entertainment companies and catering and cake makers. Throughout the day, the Northumberland Registrars will be available to offer couples advice and guidance on booking their Registrars and planning and personalising their ceremony. Morpeth Town Hall caters to a range of needs, and offers couples the chance to have a small intimate ceremony in the Ante room, while larger parties can hire the Ballroom which accommodates up to 80 guests. The iconic town hall was originally designed in 1714 by Sir John Vanbrugh and underwent a beautiful internal refurbished a few years ago. The great architect and dramatist is perhaps better known for his work at such landmark buildings as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Seaton Delaval Hall. Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services said: “Planning a wedding or civil ceremony can be a bit daunting. The Morpeth fair aims to ease the process by providing the opportunity for couples to come along to meet and talk to many local businesses involved in the wedding industry, in one venue while also having the opportunity to have a look around the impressive rooms in the Town Hall.” The county is currently experiencing a wedding boom with a record number of couples booking to tie the knot in the county. Last year the Northumberland registrars officiated over 1750 marriages and so far this year a further 2020 marriages have been booked. What’s more, statistics show that around 65 percent of couples who are getting married in Northumberland are actually coming from outside of the county. Cllr Oliver added “The wedding industry is big business bringing up to £30m into the county each year. It is an industry we want to nurture and develop to help support the many local businesses and jobs that benefit from it.” For further information telephone 01665 602870 or email: Alnwickreg@northumberland.gov.uk
  3. The North East Chilli Festival is all-change as it announces its 2018 dates with hot-off-the-press news revealing that it’s having a new look, a new theme and a new location. Northumberland ’s popular festival, which tried out a new home in Blyth last year following a five-year run at Seaton Delaval Hall, is on the move again. Having encountered a few problems last time, the festival is to have a new Blyth home this year when it returns for a July 13-15 run. Its new site will be Meggies Burn Fields at South Beach which has also prompted a theme for the event: The Festival by the Sea. And while its focus will remain very much on chilli - with the traditional eating competition at the heart of the fun - 2018 will feature a broader menu of attractions to whet all appetites. Music-wise, there are already several confirmed bands including local favourites Smoove and Turrell, and The Mariachis who are well known for the Doritos TV adverts.
  4. Modest precept rise for council

    Members of Seaton Valley Council agreed to restrict the increase in its element of the council tax for 2018/19 to two per cent at a recent meeting.
  5. Are you looking to buy a house on a budget? Maybe you want a new home for yourself or a little investment project to do up and sell or let. Either way, there are plenty of homes to chose from in Newcastle and the wider North East if you have £100,000 or less to spend. From an apartment in Alnwick, Northumberland, to a flat in a former cigarette building on the Coast Road in Newcastle. Here are some of the homes we’ve spotted on the market right now. It’s in Percy Mews and has a guide price of £73,500 through Sanderson Young.
  6. Community funding on offer

    The Ted Weekes Fund at the Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland welcomes applications from community groups in support of children and young people’s projects operating in the areas of New Hartley and Seaton Sluice.
  7. WI joins fight to End Plastic Soup

    Women’s Institute members in Seaton Valley have joined a national fight to tackle the growing problem of marine pollution.
  8. Work is due to start on the Northumberland stretch of the England Coast Path which is set to become the longest managed and way marked coastal path in the world. The 2,795 mile route will follow the coastline of England and Wales and is due to open in 2020. It will pass stunning beaches, castles, fishing villages, famous seaside resorts and dramatic landscape features, offering walkers the opportunity to experience some of the country’s most varied coastline. In Northumberland the coastal path will follow a route from the Scottish Borders right down the coastline via Berwick and Bamburgh to Seaton Sluice. Northumberland County Council will carry out the work to establish the path and will be responsible for its ongoing maintenance. Natural England will fund the establishment of the route and 75 per cent of the ongoing maintenance costs. Work on the first section of the route between Seaton Sluice and Amble is to commence over the coming weeks. An initial grant of £149,250 has been awarded to Northumberland County Council by Natural England to cover these costs. Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson Cabinet Member for the environment and local services said: “ This new path will be a great addition to those who already know our superb coastline but it will open up new opportunities for visitors who want to explore the wonderful assets we have in our county. Additionally the path will help draw in visitors all year round and help provide a boost to local businesses along its length.” The new route will, where possible, link into the existing Northumberland Coastal Path, but sections will need to be added to allow it to directly follow the coastline of the county. The Seaton Sluice to Amble stretch of the route has already been agreed by the Secretary of State and was proposed by Natural England following extensive research and consultation with landowners and Northumberland County Council. It will follow existing pathways on council land and recorded highways and footways and so only minor work such as the installation of gates and signage is needed. Work is ongoing with the planning of other sections of the route in the county. New stretches of grass pathway will need to be created between Newbiggin and Lynemouth and between Cresswell and Druridge. A further two sections of the Northumberland route - Amble to Bamburgh and Bamburgh to the Scottish Borders, are still in the research and consultation phase.
  9. Filming for the new series o ITV1 's Vera is now underway across the North East - so where will the intrepid detective venture next? The soaring success of the Northumberland -set crime drama has been credited with bringing an influx of visitors to the region. The so-called “Vera effect” - with viewers proving keen to see the on-screen beauty spots for themselves - has had welcome knock-on results for the local economy too. And now these are being felt wider afield as DCI Vera Stanhope - a role which Brenda Blethyn made her own - has been exploring more and more of the area outside her usual patch over the series’ run. By now, cast and crew have filmed over much of the region, with Vera’s cases and escalating crime luring her into the city centre and around North and South Tyneside. The landscapes used are increasingly varied, ranging from the sweeping splendour of Dunstanburgh Castle to the industrial backdrop of the former Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend .
  10. Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed in a street in Seaton Delaval.
  11. A 61-year-old woman was punched by a robber who ran off with her handbag in Seaton Delaval . Police are searching for the culprit as well as a teenage Good Samaritan who chased the offender and retrieved the victim’s bag. The woman was walking on Hallington Drive at about 6pm on Saturday, December 9, when she was confronted by a man who attacked her and stole her bag. Officers say she was left with minor injuries but was left shaken. The offender is described as a white male, 5ft 8in, clean shaven. He was wearing dark coloured trousers and hoodie, and aged between 40-50 years of age. A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and extra officers have been patrolling the area but now police have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch.
  12. Police in Northumberland are appealing for information after a woman was robbed in the street. A 61-year-old woman was walking on Hallington Drive in Seaton Delaval at about 6pm on Saturday December 9, when she was confronted by a man who punched her and stole her bag. The woman was left with minor injuries from the incident but was understandably left shaken. The offender is described as a white male, 5ft 8in, clean shaven. He was wearing dark coloured trousers and hoody, and aged between 40-50 years of age. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and extra officers have been patrolling the area but now police have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch. Officers particularly want to speak to a man believed to be around 17-years-old who helped the woman, chased the offender and retrieved the handbag. Anyone who saw the incident, or believes they may have information about the man responsible, should contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 154604J/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  13. An emotional film has inspired the landlady at a pub in Seaton Delaval to come up with an angelic idea that will bring joy to kids in need during the festive period.
  14. The village of Holywell, near Whitley Bay, is one I’ve long admired and even fantasised about living in (although I’m not sure how well the Eatsmobile would fit in there). Having heard that the Milbourne Arms there had started offering food a year or so ago, I was keen to see if it lived up to my idealised notions of this green and tranquil locale. Our first impressions were that it’s a light and airy place with very fresh-looking decor. It was also clear that it’s a pretty popular with both drinkers and diners, so it was more in hope than expectation that I asked one of the barmaids if there was a table available for two. She consulted a reservations book then directed us to a few tables she said were free for the time being, although two had ‘reserved’ signs on them. We installed ourselves at the one without a sign, only for the man in charge to appear and tell us (rather gruffly, it has to be said) that he’d have to move us as the tables were soon to be needed. We ended up at a corner table underneath the dart board beside a radiator which Mrs E was pleased to find was on. So was our meal on target? There was a disappointment to begin with, as we’d both fancied starting our meal with some soup, it being a nippy November day. The Milbourne Arms, it turns out, offers only main courses and desserts on Sundays - but we were assured the portions would be large enough to satisfy us. The meats on offer were chicken, lamb, pork and beef, all going for around £10-£11. Mrs E, unable to decide which of these would best sate her, opted for the ‘trio’ of meats (lamb, pork and beef) for £11.95. Conscious that I may have neglected vegetarian Sunday diners over the years, I went for the goat’s cheese, broccoli, spinach and caramelised red onion pie (£7.95), which is in fact the only alternative to the traditional meat roasts. We had to wait too long for our food to arrive in Mrs E’s opinion - although I think 20 minutes or so wasn’t too unreasonable given that we were customers who had been fitted in without a booking. And my meal was certainly worth waiting for. The pie, served, as both dishes were, with a good selection of vegetables, a Yorkshire pudding and gravy, was a taste sensation. The light pastry was just right blend of the cheese and the other fillings was so delectable that I ended up mashing the pie up with everything else on my plate in order to get a taste of it with every forkful.
  15. The countdown is on to Christmas Day and December 1 tends to be the date that many families like to start decking the hall and - forget the sprig of holly - go all-out with a sparkling and glitter-strewn frenzy of decorations. Top of the festive things-to-get list is, of course, the tree and putting it up is always guaranteed to bring on the Christmas spirit. Some may ponder the decision 'fake or fir?' but an ever-growing number of people love having a real Christmas tree which, as well as using about 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees, they can smell wonderful. Aside from the pleasure of decorating it, half the fun is going out and choosing a tree in the first place. For many families it is as much a festive tradition as pulling crackers and singing carols. So for those of you who want to snuggle up in nostalgia and revel in the aroma of pine, here’s our list of where to buy your tree (most of them will sell artificial varieties too as well as Christmas wreaths and mistletoe).
  16. The countdown is on to Christmas Day and December 1 tends to be the date that many families like to start decking the hall and - forget the sprig of holly - go all-out with a sparkling and glitter-strewn frenzy of decorations. Top of the festive things-to-get list is, of course, the tree and putting it up is always guaranteed to bring on the Christmas spirit. Some may ponder the decision 'fake or fir?' but an ever-growing number of people love having a real Christmas tree which, as well as using about 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees, they can smell wonderful. Aside from the pleasure of decorating it, half the fun is going out and choosing a tree in the first place. For many families it is as much a festive tradition as pulling crackers and singing carols. So for those of you who want to snuggle up in nostalgia and revel in the aroma of pine, here’s our list of where to buy your tree (most of them will sell artificial varieties too as well as Christmas wreaths and mistletoe).
  17. If you’ve been searching for something special to spruce up your Christmas, then look no further than the Edelweiss Christmas Tree Company. Based at Seaton Delaval in Whitley Bay, customers will have access to a range of more than 7,000 trees, which includes the Nordman Fir, Norway Spruce Noble Fir, Lodgepole Pine and Fraser Fir. Trained staff will also be on hand to help visitors every step of the way, from choosing the perfect tree and packaging it up, to giving out aftercare advice and decorating tips. During the weekends leading up to Christmas – starting on November 25 through to December 10 – children will be able to visit Santa in his magical grotto, while the grown-ups enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine, mince pie and hot soup. So for a Christmas to remember, head to the Edelweiss Christmas Tree Company in Double Row, Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay, tel: 0191 237 7887, or visit: www.edelweiss-trees.com
  18. A Seaton Sluice pub has been nominated for a top national award.
  19. Fishing communities stretching from Berwick upon Tweed down to North Shields are being urged to make the most of European funding available to them before we exit the European Union. The money is available through the European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) with £600,000 available to spend locally. Eligible projects can obtain between 50-80 per cent grant funding of the total project cost however the money must be applied for by April 2019. The funding can be used to support a wide range of projects including: the development of small scale infrastructure at ports and harbours; adding value to fisheries products, for example, through marketing, branding and processing; the retention and creation of jobs; aquaculture and marine based industries; promoting cooperation and innovation and enhancing and conserving the marine environment. The North of Tyne Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) is responsible for delivering the scheme across the north east, including considering applications and deciding how funding should be allocated locally. The North of Tyne FLAG area extends from Berwick upon Tweed down to North Shields and takes in 14 coastal settlements: Berwick, Holy Island, Seahouses, Beadnell, Low Newton by the Sea, Crater, Boulmer, Amble, Lynemouth, Newbiggin, Blyth, Seaton Sluice, Cullercoats and North Shields. The area has a fishing fleet of 119 vessels employing over 150 people directly in the industry. Northumberland County Council employs FLAG staff and is responsible for ensuring that the programme rules and regulations are implemented correctly. Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member with responsibility for corporate services said: “ This is a great opportunity for groups in our coastal communities to apply for funding for projects based around maritime industries. Fishing and its associated industries have been hugely important to the North East and this fund will help to support these businesses to grow and diversify.” The North Sunderland Harbour Commissioners near Seahouses had the first project approved in England and have recently been awarded almost £40,000 of EMFF for the manufacture and installation of three new quayside landing davits for the South Pier. Captain Brabban from the harbour commissioners said: “This project will alleviate congestion in the harbour whilst landing catch; reduce the manual labour involved and enable the catch to be landed quickly. Ultimately it will result in the catch being presented to the market in perfect condition.” For further information and advice please contact Simon Baxter, North of Tyne FLAG Programme Officer on 07825 121778 or email simon.baxter@northumberland.gov.uk
  20. Below is a list of this week's Tyne & Wear community events written by you. To get your event included, simply fill out the form at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/yourevents What: intu Eldon Square has a magical two-day extravaganza, including an enchanting visit from an animatronic Snow Lion, mystical fauns, festive food sampling and the launch of intu’s Magic Tree app - a digital augmented reality experience. When: Thursday 23 November 2017 (4pm - 8pm) and Friday 24 November 2017 (12pm - 4pm). Where: intu Eldon Square What: West Rainton Church Christmas fayre. When: 18th November 2017 at 2pm.
  21. Drivers are being advised ahead of a series of road closures throughout the North East on Remembrance Sunday. Thousands throughout the region will join together at a host of events to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers. ChronicleLive is compiling a gallery of photographs to show services and remembrance events across the North East, so please send a photograph to yourpictures@chroniclelive.co.uk telling us when and where you were. And if you’re planning on travelling by car on the morning of Remembrance Sunday, here is a list of the road closures that will temporarily be in place: Alnwick 3.15pm to 4pm - Percy Street, Green Batt, Hotspur Street. Bondgate Without, Bondgate Within, Fenkle Street
  22. Drivers are being advised ahead of a series of road closures throughout the North East on Remembrance Sunday. Thousands throughout the region will join together at a host of events to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers. ChronicleLive is compiling a gallery of photographs to show services and remembrance events across the North East, so please send a photograph to yourpictures@chroniclelive.co.uk telling us when and where you were. And if you’re planning on travelling by car on the morning of Remembrance Sunday, here is a list of the road closures that will temporarily be in place: Alnwick 3.15pm to 4pm - Percy Street, Green Batt, Hotspur Street. Bondgate Without, Bondgate Within, Fenkle Street
  23. A Seaton Delaval pub has won a dog-friendly award.
  24. Heartbroken friends of tragic Susan Fuller are raising money to help her grieving family. The popular mum-of-three died after she was allegedly hit by a car, outside her home on Friday. Sean Herman appeared in court earlier this week, accused of murdering Susan. And today as her family attempt to come to terms with her death friends have been rallying round to help. An online fundraising page has been set-up on the site ‘gofundme’ and so far more than £200 has been donated. It’s creator, Margaret Emm, wrote: “I’ve decided to try and raise some funds for the family of Susan Fuller who has tragically lost her life. The way Susan died was horrific she leaves behind her loving husband David and her much loved sons Barrie, Dale and Scott. Susan was a well known and much loved friend and her passing has been a big shock we are trying to help with any costs that may arise ie bills and funeral costs etc till the family get back on their feet. Please share and donate if you can.”
  25. Group support for workers at Coty

    Work is under way to support the employees at a factory in Seaton Delaval that is due to shut down next year.
  26. Work is underway to support the workforce at a factory in Seaton Delaval which is due to close next year. Beauty company Coty has announced that its operation in the community will close in 2018 after it reviewed its global manufacturing operations. Responding quickly to the risk of closure, Arch and Northumberland County Council worked in partnership with Coty to form a response group. The remit of the group is to help support employees, assess the impact on local supply chain and provide support to ensure a sustainable future use for the site. The group also includes representation from Seaton Delaval Community Council, Jobcentre Plus and a range of other local and regional organisations, agencies and individuals which wish to support the workforce. The group is working closely with Coty with the aim of ensuring the best possible outcomes for all employees, as well as for the local community at Seaton Delaval. Weekly sessions for staff led by Jobcentre Plus and the Careers Service, in collaboration with Coty, are already proving successful, and two careers fairs have also been arranged at the site - one in October and another in January. Some employees have already secured positions - a number within Coty’s global network, and some with local or regional companies. Additional training is being provided for staff who want to brush up on skills such as job applications and interview technique. Northumberland College has also provided support by organising an NVQ to formalise existing skills, so that people can add these to their CVs. Cllr Richard Wearmouth attends the Coty response group as cabinet member for economic development at Northumberland County Council and chair of Arch. He said: “I am very pleased that the group is doing some excellent work, alongside Coty, to provide support to employees as this factory moves towards its sad closure next year. “We appreciate that this is a difficult time for staff but hope that the support package from Coty, combined with wider assistance through partners on the taskforce, will ensure that they have the best possible opportunities available to plan for the future. Like Coty themselves, we want to see suitable outcomes for all staff. “We will also be working with the company as it moves towards sale of the site - with the aim of securing a suitable and economically advantageous use for the future. It would be great to see new jobs created here for a local workforce.” Kay Plumley, site leader at the Seaton Delaval factory, said: "We are fully committed to supporting all of our colleagues through the coming months, and ensuring that they have every possible resource available to help them either relocate with Coty, find another job, or pursue other future directions that they might wish to take. "Our priority is to ensure that there are as wide a range of opportunities available to them as possible. We have been pleased by the number and quality of companies coming forward who are looking for the skills of our workforce, and this has already resulted in some colleagues securing new jobs." Under the remit of the response group, Arch and Northumberland County Council will also be looking at how they can attract new investment to help boost Seaton Delaval’s future sustainability, including ongoing work with Government to secure all available support. The response group comprises representatives of Northumberland County Council, Coty, the local MP, Seaton Delaval Community Council, Arch, Jobcentre Plus, the North East Chamber of Commerce, The Confederation of British Industry, the Department for International Trade, Cities and Local Growth Unit, National Careers Service, North East of England Process Industry Cluster, Northumberland College and North East Enterprise Agencies Ltd. The group is following the same model as the one which successfully provided support during the sale of the General Mills (JusRol) factory in Berwick upon Tweed. This closure ended with a number of positive outcomes for the workforce and the site was acquired by Country Style Foods, securing sustainable employment use for the future.
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    • A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next month, providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need, all under one roof.

      The wedding fair will take place in the  historic Morpeth Town Hall  on Sunday 18th March  2018, between 11am - 3pm.

      The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service to promote the town’s stunning,  affordable wedding venue and to support local wedding suppliers. It is free to enter and refreshments will be available.

      Over 25 North East based wedding specialists have signed up to attend the fair and promote their products and services. Among the line-up are wedding outfitters, florists, car hire specialists,  photographers, music and entertainment companies and catering and cake makers.

      Throughout the day, the Northumberland Registrars will be available to offer couples advice and guidance on booking their Registrars and planning and personalising their ceremony.

      Morpeth Town Hall caters to a range of needs, and offers couples the chance to have a small intimate ceremony in the Ante room, while larger parties can hire the Ballroom which accommodates up to 80 guests.

      The iconic town hall was originally designed in 1714 by Sir John Vanbrugh and underwent a beautiful internal refurbished a few years ago.  The great architect and dramatist is perhaps better known for his work at such landmark buildings as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Seaton Delaval Hall.

      Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services said:

      “Planning a wedding or civil ceremony can be a bit daunting. The Morpeth fair aims to ease the  process by  providing the opportunity for couples to come along to  meet and talk to many local businesses involved in the wedding industry, in one venue while also having the opportunity to have a look around the impressive rooms  in the Town Hall.”

      The county is currently experiencing a wedding boom with a record number of couples  booking to tie the knot in the county.  Last year the Northumberland registrars officiated over 1750 marriages and so far this year a further 2020 marriages have been booked. What’s more, statistics show that around 65 percent of couples who are getting married in Northumberland are actually coming from outside of the county.

      Cllr Oliver added “The wedding industry is big business bringing up to £30m into the county each year. It is an industry we want to  nurture and develop  to help support the  many local  businesses and jobs that benefit from it.”

      For further information telephone 01665 602870 or email: Alnwickreg@northumberland.gov.uk

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