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The beautiful spring flowers and budding greenery of Spring are enough to encourage the most resistant coach potato out of doors - especially after all that snow we've had.
And the good news is that March 13 sees the North East’s National Trust properties fully re-opening their doors after their restricted winter hours.
With the weather picking up again, and Easter holidays not far off, they are adding to the growing opportunities to enjoy a day out in the great outdoors.
Our much-loved stately venues are now all geared up for the Spring season and ready to welcome visitors who want to combine a trip out with spectacular surroundings.
We are spoiled in the region with grand country homes which used to be the preserve of just the wealthy titled inhabitants and their well-heeled guests. Now the public can explore their stately rooms and expansive grounds while soaking up their colourful history.
For children, they are places full of adventure and stories and their gardens are giant playgrounds.

A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next weekend ( Sunday 18th March) , providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need for their special day, 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

 

Updated at 11:50am on Tuesday 6 March 2018
Scheduled bin collections continue today - as teams aim to carry out normal collections wherever it is safe and possible to do so.  Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below.

Many normal collections were made yesterday - although there were some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible. Some collections were also missed due to unfortunate vehicle breakdown.

If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week.

These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week.

We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain.

Regarding bins missed last week:

If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March

If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March.

On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins.

All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day.  Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags.

We are supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres and other venues at:
  Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW View map location Ponteland Town council office, Unit 1, Meadowfield Court, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 9SD View map location Prudhoe Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location  
Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so. 

The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time.

Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk;
Twitter: @northumberlands; and 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts

Updated at 12:45pm on Monday 5 March 2018
This week teams are aiming to carry out scheduled bin collections as normal - where it is possible and safe to to do.  Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below.

If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week.

There will be some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible.  These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week.

We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain.

Regarding bins missed last week:

If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March.

If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March.

On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins.

All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day.  Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags.

We will be supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres at:
  Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval

Prudhoe Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW

Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location

View map location  
Customer information centres are receiving supplies of bags today (Monday 5th March), however please allow until Tuesday 6th March so that supplies have been distributed.

Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so.

The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time.

Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk;
Twitter: @northumberlands; and
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts  



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