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  1. 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”
  2. The launch of new identity cards for people with brain injuries comes as welcome relief for survivors in the North East. His Royal Highness Prince Harry has launched the new initiative by Headway, a charity that supports people affected by brain injury. The card is part of the charity’s Justice Project, which aims to raise awareness of brain injury within the criminal justice system, and ensure survivors are identified at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure they receive appropriate support. The ID card has the additional benefit of breaking down social exclusion, with holders having renewed confidence in the knowledge they can easily explain their support needs should they require assistance in everyday situations. Charles Southam, 28, from Bedlington, who receives support from local group Headway Tyneside, is grateful for the idea. He said: “Brain injury is often a hidden disability and people struggle to understand that service users have anything wrong with them because they look so ‘normal’.
  3. A man has been charged following a spate of thefts in the Blyth area. Since June 1 this year 40 thefts from vehicles have been reported in Blyth, mainly within the Crofton Grange and South Shore estates. The majority of the offending took place overnight during a weekend. A full investigation was launched by the Blyth Neighbourhood Police team and more than 20 hours of CCTV footage was reviewed by officers. Now police have charged Dylan Woods, 20, of Barnard Street Blyth with five counts of theft from a motor vehicle. Woods appeared before magistrates in Bedlington and is now remanded in custody until a further court hearing later this month. Another male, age 16, was arrested and released under investigation. Neighbourhood Sergeant for Blyth, Jonny Pallace, said: "We take burglary very seriously in Northumbria and we hope local people feel reassured by the swift response to the incidents reported to us recently. High visibility crime prevention patrols were put in place as soon as we saw the pattern of offending. "However, local residents can take preventative measures themselves. Of the 40 thefts from vehicle crimes reported to us, 35 were due to the vehicles being unlocked. Our advice is simple: lock your vehicles, look after your property and always report anyone suspicious you see hanging around streets and neighbourhoods. You could be helping stop thefts from happening and helping us keep our communities safe. We'd also encourage anyone who hasn't reported a crime of this nature in the area to come forward - we will follow up and take action." Anyone who has information about the incidents in Crofton Grange and South Shore estates should call officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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    Join me for a hour as I take you through this wonderful flowing form of gentle Yoga. Dru Yoga can help you to control stress, increase flexibility and build up core strength. The first class you attend is free, after that it is £5.00 per class. Please call me on 01670 222735 to find out more and book your place.
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    Join me for a hour as I take you through this wonderful flowing form of gentle Yoga. Dru Yoga can help you to control stress, increase flexibility and build up core strength. The first class you attend is free, after that it is £5.00 per class. Please call me on 01670 222735 to find out more and book your place.
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    Join me for a hour as I take you through this wonderful flowing form of gentle Yoga. Dru Yoga can help you to control stress, increase flexibility and build up core strength. The first class you attend is free, after that it is £5.00 per class. Please call me on 01670 222735 to find out more and book your place.
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    Join me for a hour as I take you through this wonderful flowing form of gentle Yoga. Dru Yoga can help you to control stress, increase flexibility and build up core strength. The first class you attend is free, after that it is £5.00 per class. Please call me on 01670 222735 to find out more and book your place.
  8. The search is on for magical creatures living underneath Ashington. The Wonderfolk are rumoured to exist along the abandoned coal seams under Woodhorn Colliery. But now a team of experts are set to find the elusive beings and bring their stories to life. Anyone can join them on an interactive trail lasting all summer. Visitors will meet Professor Parkyr, a world expert in unexplained underground life forms, and with the help of a magical miner’s lamp will go on a special mission to track down and uncover the stories and secrets of the Wonderfolk. The search for Woodhorn’s alternative and magical past begins on Monday with the launch of an interactive tour.
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    Join Hello Dolly and Aurora Orbs for an Afternoon Tea and Aurora Orb Reading. Get together with friends or indulge in some time just for you and enjoy an afternoon of relaxing with like minded people enjoying a delicious afternoon tea and Aurora Orb reading. Cost is just £20 per person. To find out more please call into Hello Dolly or message the page. If you have any food intolerances or allergies please speak to Hello Dolly, they will be delighted to accomadate you. Please note that places are limited and to secue your place you will need to pay in advance of the event. Thank you.
  10. 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.”
  11. Students make the most of resources

    Students at a school in Bedlington enjoyed a range of activities that brought issues such as recycling and making the most out of resources to life.
  12. For further information about the events taking place throughout the PRIDE weekend, please visit here
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    *FREE EVENT FOR 13-18 YEAR OLDS* Join us on Friday 28th July and celebrate the start of your summer with our under 18's disco. Upstairs in Platform 1 we will have a house DJ playing all the latest chart hits, and the Buffet Car will be serving a range of soft drinks. Working together with East Bedlington Parish Council, we will also be providing FREE pizza for everyone who attends. Entry is FREE, but you MUST have a ticket to get in. Tickets are available from County Youth Staff, Bedlingtonshire Community High School, PCSOs and East Bedlington Community Centre/Parish Council. Anyone under the influence of alcohol will be refused entry.
  14. Facilities to stay at former school site

    A former Alnwick school site being vacated this summer will continue to be used by the community, Northumberland County Council has confirmed. The council is reassuring local sports clubs that the sports centre on the old Lindisfarne Middle School site will continue to operate, after concerns were raised earlier this year that the hall was set to be demolished. The playing fields will also continue to be used by the local community. Meanwhile the council’s Learning and Skills Service, which provides adult learning opportunities in Alnwick to around 700 local people, is to move into the school building over the summer when it is vacated, with a view to expanding the range of services they can offer from September. The pupils themselves will be moving to the two-tier site at Duchess’s Community High School from the start of the new term. Alnwick Councillor Gordon Castle had raised concerns over the future of the site and said he was pleased both sporting facilities and adult learning were now going to be maintained. Cllr Castle said: "This is a really good example of community empowerment and effective collaboration between council departments and local residents. “I'm really hopeful that we can look forward to a very effective community operation here, including sports, leisure and adult education. “Residents of Lindisfarne Road can be assured that we intend to increase provision of on site parking to ensure that are not adversely affected by more cars parked in their street." The new prospectus of learning will be delivered to households starting from 21st August, but will be available online at www.northumberland.gov.uk/adultlearning from the end of July.
  15. A record breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces have this year won a prestigious Green Flag Award including 45 in the North East. This international award, now into its third decade claims that those parks which win “boast the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent visitor facilities” - in other words they’re a great place for a day out. Here we list a selection of the region’s top parks and public spaces you might want to check out for yourself. Jesmond Dene is a beautiful wooded valley and for families there is the ever popular Pets’ Corner and there are many historical features in the park. Walker Park dates back to 1891 and was designed to provide a pleasant green space for the local people living in a large industrial area. Saltwell Park, known as The People’s Park, opened to the public in 1876 and still attracts around two million. Between 2000 and 2005, a £9.7 million grant resulted in the park being renovated and the results were hugely impressive.
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