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  1. This round-up of events is written by readers. To get your event or story included, simply fill out the form www.chroniclelive.co.uk/schoolnews St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, North Shields, Headteacher Shaun Dillon said: “Sixteen year 5 and 6 pupils are in training to tackle the challenging Coast to Coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over four days from 23rd- 26th May. The children are making the 140-mile cycle in aid of international charity Children in Crossfire to help children across the world reach their full potential. "Support from the North Shields and school communities has been amazing. Rafa Benetiz and the Newcastle United squad have also supported the Super16 by sending a wonderful inspirational letter and donating signed footballs to help the children raise funds.” Young creatives from Jubilee Primary School in Wallsend welcomed BAFTA-nominated illustrator and picture book creator Joe Berger to their classroom for an interactive event, thanks to leading supply teaching agency First Class Supply and Seven Stories - The National Centre for Children’s Books Joe Berger is an award-winning freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous international magazines and newspapers, book cover designs, animated shorts, title sequences and commercials. As part of the double-act Berger & Wyse, with Pascal Wyse, Joe has a weekly comic strip in the Guardian and the duo’s animated title sequence for BBC1’s Hustle was nominated for a BAFTA. Joe has illustrated over thirty books for different publishers, including Tracey Corderoy’s Hubble Bubble, Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang series as well as his own Lyttle Lies series.
  2. A world class centre for engineering and manufacturing is to be built in Northumberland by a growing electronics company, creating a raft of new jobs. TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered electronics, has announced plans to plough £3m into its Bedlington base, to transform it into a centre of excellence for the growing business. The Bedlington facility is home to the design and manufacture of TT Electronics’ products used by customers in the aerospace market, including global aircraft engine manufacturers, such as hybrid circuits. Now the growing firm wants to create the centre of excellence to support its anticipated growth plans, working in partnership with customers to deliver smarter solutions. TT Electronics’ investment pledge comes two years after spending £1m on creating a clean room and automated production line, a spend which is already supporting production for aircraft engine makers while helping to win new customers. The ambitious new plans will trigger the demolition of some buildings and redevelopment of others, creating improved space for efficient engineering and manufacturing operations. The site currently employs around 310 people in Bedlington, up more than 25% since 2015, and headcount is expected to continue to increase in the next few years to support the anticipated growth for TT Electronics in the North East.
  3. Inspirational marathon man Mark Allison has been inspiring schoolchildren before he sets off on one of his most difficult challenges yet. Mark is known as “Run Geordie Run” for the incredible feats of fundraising which have seen him pledge to run all the way round the world. The runner, 46 from Bedlington, is just under a month away from picking up where he left off, in Belgrade. He aims to complete a gruelling 2,900 miles on this fifth leg of his challenge - passing through Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and finishing in Astana, Kazakhstan. To reach Astana, Mark will be running 31 miles per day, which will allow him just seven rest days during the 100 day run, and pulling a fully laden buggy weighing 110kg (17.3 stone). For the first time, he won’t have a support team helping out, and will have to pull everything he needs on specially designed buggy called ‘Chappie,’ which he will tow behind him as he runs. The buggy, provided by sponsors Chapman Ventilation, will be used for cooking and storage in the day, and a bed at night.
  4. A multi-million pound plan to “reinvigorate” a “forgotten” town centre is moving forward as cash is released. Northumberland County Council has announced that just under £6.5m had been released for a planned redevelopment of the former Tesco site in Bedlington . Though the businesses set to join the town have not yet been announced, the council says a “well-known food retailer”, more shops, apartments and car parks are on their way. The plans, estimated to cost £10m overall, were released in 2016 by the council’s redevelopment company, Arch. The scheme is set to bring up to 200 jobs to Bedlington. It was initially hoped construction would start in “late 2017”, but the start date is now estimated to be late this summer, subject to contracts being agreed.
  5. Shoppers in Newcastle could not fail to spot early morning queues forming in Grainger Street on Saturday morning. Lines of people were spotted waiting patiently for a certain shop to open - and for comic book fans it would be clearly worth the wait. Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and to mark the annual event the popular Forbidden Planet store had plenty giveaways ready for its 9.30am opening. Prior to that, the Travelling Man shop just a couple of doors down the street had opened especially early for the same purpose. It meant several of the queue could stock up on freebies there, when it opened its doors at 8am, and then take a place outside Forbidden Planet, which specialises in science fiction fantasy. Among them was 28-year-old Ben Leslie from Bedlington, Northumberland, who had already picked up two free comics in Travelling Man, having arrived at the shop at 6am.
  6. It’s that time of year. There’s been a flicker of sunshine so disposable barbecues and bags of charcoal are piled up outside petrol stations as the North East gets its grill on. The scent of charred food and smoke is as much a part of summer as beer gardens and brief interests in tennis. With a plethora of scenic parks and breathtaking beaches, it’s no surprise many of us opt to pick up a throwaway barbecue, gather our pals and head to the nearest beauty spot. But there are rules about where you can and can’t light up the BBQ. The council discourages BBQs in public spaces, but has issued guidelines for anyone who uses one.
  7. Police are searching for a teenage boy who has gone missing from his Northumberland home. Liam Soloman, 14, has been missing since earlier this month when he left his address on Barrington Road in Bedlington. Officers believe he could be in the Sunderland area and are continuing their investigation to find him. They are now appealing for help from the public to track him down. A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and now police are asking for help from the public to locate him. “He is described as white, 5ft4in tall, of slim build and with short, fair hair.
  8. Rock legend Mark Knopfler honoured fallen war heroes as he performed a moving guitar version of the Last Post. Mark, who grew up on Tyneside, dedicated his performance to the 17,000 Northumberland Fusiliers killed in the First World War. The rendition was part of a centenary music project organised by community group Superact, which will see events held between November 4 to 18 to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War. Mark said: “The First World War left its mark on families throughout the UK, and throughout the world. “It is important to remember the sacrifices made, and to think about why wars happen.” Having gone to school in Blyth, Mark dedicated the Last Post performance to the Northumberland regiment, which suffered more casualties in the war then any other.
  9. If you have seen Lee Hall’s play The Pitmen Painters, you will be familiar with The Bedlington Terrier, one of the paintings that plays a prominent part in one funny and touching scene. The picture of the little white dog – an example of the native Northumberland breed – is attributed to Jimmy Floyd in the play. But it was actually the work of William Scott, another member of the so-called Ashington Group, those now famous amateur painters who gathered in a hut after work – often shifts at the pit – to paint pictures. Scott was one of the older members of the Ashintgon Group and The Bedlington Terrier, done when he was about 70, is the only known example of his work. You might imagine that such a well-known painting resides at Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington, home of the permanent collection chosen by the pitmen painters themselves to represent their best work. But in fact The Bedlington Terrier has been in private hands since it was bought for £2 at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, before the Second World War.
  10. There’s still a few months until it takes place but this year’s Northumberland Live in Bedlington will most definitely have The X Factor thanks to its headline act. Rounding things off on what will hopefully be a sun drenched day of fun on Saturday, July 28 will be Matt Cardle, who triumphed on the famous ITV show in 2010, seeing off Cher Lloyd, One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson in that year’s final. Matt’s first solo single, When We Collide went straight to number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and became the second biggest-selling single of 2010 with 815,000 copies sold within two weeks. By the following June it had sold one million copies. The singer/songwriter is now gearing up to release his fourth album Time To Be Alive which will come out on April 27. This year will be the third that Northumberland Live at Bedlington has taken place. Last year, The Commitments entertained thousands of people at the free spectacle and two years ago, the first concert saw Johnny Hates Jazz headline. Once again, the Northumberland Live Festival looks set to appeal to all ages and members of the family. Also announced on the bill is Midnight Soul Sisters who will perform classics songs by The Supremes, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Chic and Beyonce. Other bands will be announced in due course. The event is being funded by East Bedlington Parish Council with contributions from Ward Councillors funds and personal contributions from Keith Grimes and John Batey.
  11. A swathe of brightly coloured bluebells is truly a thing of beauty and here are some of the best places to enjoy them in the North East. Do let us know if there is anywhere we’ve missed and we will add it to the list - just email community@ncjmedia.co.uk with all the details. The bluebells are usually in flower from mid April until late May. The Woodland Trust said: “This early flowering makes the most of the sunlight that reaches the woodland floor before the full woodland canopy casts its shade. Millions of bulbs may grow closely together in one wood, creating one of nature’s most stunning displays. Half of the world’s population of bluebells are here in the UK. You’ll find them in broadleaved woodland, along hedgerows and in fields.” The Woodland Trust say the hybrid or Spanish bluebell is overtaking the traditional, sweet-scented native plants. Here is how to tell the difference: Native plants are deep violet-blue though a genetic mutation occasionally causes white flowers, the flower stem droops or nods distinctly to one side, almost all flowers are on one side of the stem, hanging down to one side. The flowers are a narrow, straight-sided bell with parallel sides, petal tips curl back and the flowers have a strong, sweet scent. The Spanish bluebells are pale to mid-blue, and often also white or pink. The flower stem is stiff and upright, with flowers sticking out all the way round the stem. Flowers are a wide open, almost cone-shaped bell and the petal tips flare slightly outwards. They have little or no scent at all.
  12. A state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre is set to create 50 jobs when it opens in Northumberland this summer. The Rutherford Cancer Centre, in Bedlington, is due to open later this year, creating a large number of jobs in clinical and administrative roles. The centre is one of five being developed by Proton Partners International across the UK, after the company raised £200m to develop the facilities. Part of the funding came from The Journal’s Let’s Grow programme. Chris Land, centre manager at the Rurtherford Cancer Centre, said: “This centre is the result of substantial research and investment into the best way to treat specific types of cancer. We are going to provide proton therapy which has a number of advantages over more traditional treatments like radiotherapy as it targets the cancer specifically without damaging healthy tissue near it. “As well as the healthcare benefits, our £38m North East centre will create up to 50 jobs with both clinical and administrative posts, and the construction project also created jobs for local workers.
  13. Newcastle has been named and shamed as one of the North East’s most popular areas for having an affair. The city has 19,254 people who are cheating on their partners, claims the website Illicit Encounters. It has compiled the Infidelity Index 2018, which lists the UK’s most adulterous towns and cities. It says 6.52 percent of Newcastle’s population is carrying on behind their partner’s backs. And it’s even worse in Durham where just 5,152 people are having an affair - but it’s more than 8 per-cent of the population. The statistics place Newcastle as the 10th most cheating city in the whole country on the site’s infidelity index.
  14. Bedlington darts ace Chris Dobey admits he is full of confidence at the moment after reaching his second ever PDC Pro Tour final at the weekend. The 27-year-old battled through a field of 128 players to reach the Players Championship 5 final, only to run into world No 1 Michael van Gerwen. The two-time world champion was in imperious form, running out a 6-2 victor in Milton Keynes - despite Dobey posting a staggering 109.6 average. ‘Mighty Mike’ raced into a 4-0 lead, firing in a 12-darter and capitalising on six missed darts from Dobey to break twice. Dobey hit bag with a stunning 10-dart leg before breaking throw to reduce the arrears to 4-2. But Van Gerwen produced a moment of brilliance in the seventh leg, landing a 160 checkout with Dobey sitting on tops to move to within a leg of victory before closing out the win in leg eight.
  15. Sainsbury’s has committed to paying staff well above both the national living wage and voluntary “real” living wage by raising the basic rate by £1.20 an hour. From September, staff in the North East will get paid at least £9.20 an hour, which means Sainsbury’s employees will have the highest basic pay of supermarket employees. Currently, Aldi is the top payer with a basic rate of £8.85. Hopefully, other supermarkets will soon follow their lead. We’ve had a browse of which jobs are on offer at major supermarkets in our region. They include some roles at Sainsbury’s in Northumberland.
  16. A second man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a man who later died after being found unconscious on a Bedlington garage forecourt. Police and paramedics were called to the Spar garage on Station Road in the Northumberland town at 5.40am on Tuesday, where they found the unconscious man. He was taken to hospital but passed away from his injuries. After his death, police said he may have been robbed just hours before he was discovered on the garage forecourt. Police stressed that the suspected robbery was not directly linked to the death, having allegedly taken place some time before he was found unconscious. Officers initially arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of robbery, and on Friday revealed that a second man had been arrested.
  17. ONS statistics show babies born in parts of the North East can expect a much shorter life than neighbours just miles down the road
  18. Below is a list of this week's school news from Newcastle and the North East - written by you. To get your school event or story included, simply fill out the form below, which is also at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/schoolnews Pupils, parents and teachers are celebrating Newcastle’s Atkinson Road Primary Academy officially being rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors, who praised it as a “wonderfully supportive school.” The 500-pupil school in Benwell was ranked good in all areas of school life and leadership. Atkinson Road Primary expanded last month to incorporate Atkinson Road Nursery, now educating children aged from two until 11-years-old, with new head-teacher Lisa Macaulay taking over leadership praised for her ‘vision, enthusiasm and dedication’. The latest Ofsted rating maintains the primary school’s good status gained during its last inspection in 2013. Ofsted praised: • A committed leadership team with a determination to provide the very best education for pupils
  19. The man who died after being found unconscious on a Bedlington garage forecourt may have been robbed before his death, police have said. Police and paramedics were called to the Spar garage on Station Road in the Northumberland town at 5.40am on Tuesday where they found the unconscious man. He was taken to hospital but passed away from his injuries. Although police don’t believe anyone else was involved in his death, police suspect that he had been robbed sometime before he was found unconscious. Officers have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of robbery, and he is currently in police custody. A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Police investigating the death of a man found unconscious in Bedlington this morning can now confirm that they do not believe there to be any third party involvement.
  20. A man has died after being found on the forecourt of a garage in Bedlington . Police and paramedics were called to the Spar garage on Station Road in the Northumberland town at 5.40am on Tuesday. A man who was found there was taken to hospital where he died. Northumbria Police has not confirmed if the man’s death is being treated as suspicious. A police spokesperson said: “Emergency services attended and the man was taken to hospital where he sadly died.” The garage has been cordoned off by police and forensic investigators have also arrived at the scene.
  21. it’s cold out there - but benefit bosses said it was not cold enough for some Northumberland residents to qualify for cold weather payments. The Department of Work and Pensions had not included six postcodes in the list of areas where the benefit is triggered in the event of very cold conditions. An official website had said people in parts of the county, including Morpeth and Ashington, would not get the £25 payment because it has been too warm. Anyone entering the postcodes on the gov.uk website over the last few days were told they were not entitled to the one-off payment. Areas missed off the list of qualifying postcodes were NE22, NE24, NE61, NE62, NE63 and NE64. The postcodes cover Morpeth, Ashington, Bedlington, Newbiggin and many small villages.
  22. Moving tributes have been paid to a top Northumberland badminton player who has died at the age of 85. Lynn Lacey, nee Jordan, represented the county for around 25 years and won a string of tournaments, but also went on to become a good tennis and golf player. Her real name was Lydia. However she became known in the sporting world as Lynn after her name was misspelt on a team sheet when she was a teenager and the wrong name was subsequently used in press reports about her. Lynn, of Bedlington, has now died after a battle against cancer. Her funeral took place on February 13. Her husband Tom Lacey has paid tribute to her and spoken of her long and successful sports career. Lydia was born in Walker, Newcastle, and was the youngest of five siblings.
  23. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years of Sunday pub roast-guzzling, it’s that a beautiful exterior is no indicator of the quality of grub that lies within. The General Havelock is a boozer that reminded me not to judge too much on appearances; the place might not please the eye, but its Sunday dinners certainly please the stomach. The pub has neither a spectacular location, situated as it is close to the A189 Spine Road near Blyth, nor, it has to be said, a well-kept air, with its peeling paintwork on the windows, rather battered furniture and visible mould in one corner of its restaurant. A slight smoky haze, presumably from the kitchen, pervaded both the pub and restaurant section, and I even discovered the lock in the cubicle in the gents’ toilets wasn’t working. However, if you don’t mind your pubs being a bit rough around the edges, the General Havelock’s food will more than make up for what it lacks in the way of refinement. You’ll have to be happy to launch straight into your roast, as there are no starters served – and no other choice of main course. A standard-size pork, chicken or beef meal is £7, or you can opt for a small one for £6. Choosing lamb adds £1 to the bill. I was unsurprised when Mrs E ordered beef, having noticed that particularly wanton look that she gets in her eyes when she hasn’t had any of the stuff for a while. I, on the other hand, struggled to make a decision, so appreciated being offered the option of a bit of all the meats by our friendly server.
  24. Teenager Bethany Fisher died after Jordan O'Donnell crashed his car on a residential street in Bedlington
  25. Two North East roads have been ranked among the most dangerous in Britain, a new interactive map reveals. Research conducted by Regtransfers.co.uk shows the routes across the country where you are most likely to be involved in an accident. It found the A193, which runs between Newcastle and Bedlington, had an accident rate of 2.53 per 1 million vehicle-miles driven. And the A68, which links Northumberland and Edinburgh, made the country’s top 50 accident blackspots with a rate of 2.7. These contrast with the average accident rate of 1.48 for the UK. The data, compiled by the private number plate company, also found 13 of the most dangerous roads in Britain all run through London.
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