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No matter what your age or artistic ability, this Thursday 22nd October, Meadowdale Middle School needs your help to turn the gym floor into a massive illustrated map of Bedlington.
Come along with friends and family and make your mark by drawing yourself, house, car, shops, pubs, churches, playgrounds etc., whatever is important to you! Feel free to bring photos to copy or work from memory. Marker pens will be provided.
Arrive anytime between 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you"¦

By Blank, in News,

Plessey Woods Country Park will once again play host to the popular annual woodland Halloween event on Saturday 31st October.
The show, produced by the Rabbit Damage live performance company based in South East Northumberland, will feature "The wicked witch Baba Yaga and her evil exploits amongst the trees" as well as a custom made spooky soundtrack, live drummers, singers and flaming torches.
Despite the large turnout for the walk in 2007, the event wasn't very well received by Bedlington.co.uk members but the format this year has changed somewhat and promises to offer great entertainment on an epic scale. The night will now feature a 45 minute staged performance at 5pm which will be repeated at 7pm and 8:30pm.
Fancy dress is encouraged but visitors to the event are advised to dress in warm, waterproof clothing with sensible shoes. Hot drinks and hot dogs will be available from the visitors centre.
Andy Northey, Area Countryside Officer at Northumberland County Council said: "This is one of our most popular events in our calendar "“ we started receiving enquiries about Halloween back in January! It promises to be a fantastic night "“ if a little spooky!"
Tickets are available from the Plessey Woods Visitors Centre and are priced at £3.50 for children and £4.00 for adults. For more information call (01670) 824793.

Northumberland LINk, the organisation "set up to monitor, evaluate and influence change and improvement in health and social care services in Northumberland", is to hold a public meeting relating to transport services in Northumberland.
The event is to take place on Friday October 16th between 11:30am and 2pm at Stannington Village Hall where lunch will be provided.
The meeting will provide background to Northumberland LINk and the Transport and Access Involvement Project as well as explore how best to engage with individuals, communities and groups to gain a stronger voice on transport and access issues.
Speakers will include Stephanie Varah on behalf of the Community Development Foundation and Kirsten Francis for Northumberland County Council.
For more information on how to register for this event please call (01434) 600599 or email [email protected]

By Blank, in News,

Zuenziga hairdressers situated on Front Street West is now thought to be the fifth target in a string of break-ins in Bedlington. The latest incident is believed to have occured on the evening of Sunday 11th October or during the early hours of Monday 12th October and follows on from four previous break-ins at a local fish & chip shop, KK's hairdressers on Vulcan Place and Synergy Healthcare and Glow Tan Studio on Front Street East.
Glow Tan Studio was targetted between 7.45pm on Friday 2nd October and 8.30am Saturday 3rd October and KK's hairdressers was hit between 4.30pm on Monday 5th October and 8.00am on Tuesday 6th October.
Earlier in the week, Neighbourhood Police Inspector Ross Davidson, is quoted as saying: "We have suffered a number of burglaries over the past few weeks and are working hard to trace suspected offenders and recover property.
"The local policing team has been visiting residents and businesses and offering crime prevention advice.
"Whoever is responsible for these break-ins is causing a lot of people a lot of distress, and it is not only affecting the owners themselves but the whole of the community in Bedlington."
Anyone who was in the area at the time of any of these incidents or who has any information is asked to contact police in Bedlington on 03456 043 043 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

By Neil, in News,

The Terriers faced Consett on a wind swept day in the 1st round proper of the FA Vase, just a couple of weeks after making the same journey in the league and came away empty handed. With the wind gusting through County Durham, other games in the region had already fallen victim to the weather but this game was never in doubt.
Playing into the wind, Bedlington struggled to make any real impact in the first half, but did manage the odd foray forward. Consett didn't use the wind to their advantage, constantly over hitting balls and being caught offside.
The second half was a different story and with the Bedlington rear guard in ominous form, there were always going to be chances at the other end. Lee Ludlow gave the visitors the lead with a wind assisted drive from outside the box which beat the keeper all ends up.
The lead was doubled midway through the half when Gareth McAlindon's looping corner deceived the "˜keeepr and defender on the line and floated nicely over their heads and into the goal.
Photos can be found here http://btfc.fotopic.net/c1764146.html.
The win sees Bedlington make the draw for the second round which is made around lunch time on Monday 5th October, news will appear on the Terriers website ASAP. The game is due to be played Saturday 14th November.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Bedlington. It happened between 10.30pm on Wednesday, 23 September, and 3am Thursday, 24 September, at a house in Bedlington station.
A thief broke into the house while the occupant, a 67-year man, was sleeping. He was woken by a noise, investigated and disturbed the thief. He was then assaulted by the intruder and suffered minor injuries as a result of the attack. A small quantity of cash was taken and later recovered.
DC Jaclyn Younger, Bedlington CID said: " This was a serious offence with an elderly man robbed in his own home. We are carrying out extensive enquiries to try and gain any information that will help with enquiries. It's important to highlight how infrequent offences like this are in Bedlington."
Anyone with any information or who may have seen someone suspicious in the area around the time of the incident is asked to contact police in Bedlington on 03456 043 043 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

By Cympil, in News,

Following the collapse of Wine Cellar Ltd on Wednesday, the Simply Drinks Bedlington Branch on Front Street West has closed with immediate effect.
The company which operated under the Booze Busters, Simply Drinks and Simply Food & Drinks Brands had 170 stores, the majority being in the North West and North East of the country.
Administrators Deloitte announced yesterday that a deal had been struck to sell 109 stores to EFB retail, but the remaining 61 stores closed today having failed to tempt any further buyers.
The closures have resulted in about 320 job losses nationwide. Deloitte partner Bill Dawson, said: "We will be working closely with the Redundancy Payments Office to provide support for these staff."
On a more upbeat note, Bedlington.co.uk would like to welcome "The Head Shed" to the town, a newly opened Barber's Shop taking the place of D&G Computer Media in the Market Place.

Police are appealing for information after an attempted bag snatch on a 82-year-old woman in Bedlington.
The incident happened at around 1pm on Monday, September 28. The 82-year-old woman was walking in a rear lane at Rothesay Terrace, Bedlington when she was approached from behind by a man and woman. The man then attempted to snatch her handbag but was disturbed by a nearby member of the public. The two culprits then ran off towards Victoria Terrace empty handed.
The man is described as being white, in his early 20's, about 5"² 7"³ "“ 5"² 9"³, of medium build and was wearing a grey coloured hooded top and trainers. The female is described as being white, in her 30's, around 5"² 5"³, of heavy build, with shoulder length dark curly hair and was wearing a light coloured jacket.
Bedlington Neighbourhood Inspector Ross Davidson said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a vulnerable member of the public but I would like to reassure the public that this type of incident is extremely rare in this area, and we would appeal for anyone who knows anything to come forward."
Anyone who was in the area at the time, or anyone with any information, is asked to call Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

A small blaze broke out in a yard on Stephenson Way, Barrington Industrial Estate at around 4pm this afternoon. Police quickly closed off the road and two fire engines from Morpeth and Cramlington fire stations were in attendance.
The Cramlington pump was first on the scene, slightly delayed due to the much debated restrictive width problems of Barrington Road and a spooked local riding school horse coming in the opposite direction.
According to one firefighter at the scene, the fire was believed to have started amongst some wooden palettes with tyres and sleepers adding to the fuel.
Bedlington.co.uk member John W SNRG said: "I was on my way down Barrington Road as emergency services arrived. Oncoming vehicles wisely pulled onto the verge to allow the water laden appliances easy passage".
Nobody was available to comment on the cause of the blaze. There were no injuries and due to the direction of the wind, nearby buildings also escaped damage with smoke visible from as far away as Guide Post and Blyth.

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