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  2. Transport Ministers have confirmed that services to smaller stations north of Newcastle could be cut, as part of a plan to reduce overcrowding. It emerged in June that the Department for Transport is considering reducing the number of stops on CrossCountry passenger services. The aim would be to cut the number of passengers using the service for short journeys, so there is more room for commuters making long-distance trips. But it led to concern that fewer trains will stop at stations such as Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. And Transport Minister Baroness Sugg has now confirmed that this is being considered. She told the House of Lords: “There will be at least one CrossCountry train per hour north of Newcastle, to Edinburgh or beyond. The options for intermediate stops to stations north of Newcastle form part of the consultation.” The proposal is one of a number of ideas in a public consultation about the future of the CrossCountry Passenger Rail Franchise, which includes long-distance services stretching from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland to Cambridge in the south east of England and Penzance in the south west.
  3. A week can be a long time in politics, and certainly the last few weeks have been even more rollercoaster-like than normal.
  4. For the headteacher at Stobhillgate First School, school will soon be out for good.
  5. A unique sports and leisure wear company based in Pegswood made the special shirt worn by the Labour Party leader on Saturday.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Ponteland at the weekend that resulted in a pensioner being taken to hospital.
  8. Northumberland skier Amy Stokoe has enjoyed a successful spell on the slopes recently.
  9. Last week
  10. A statue to create a lasting memorial to Northumbrian suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is set to be unveiled in Morpeth’s Carlisle Park on September 11.
  11. Taxpayers are being asked to foot the legal bills of Northumberland’s council leader and chief executive in the face of proposed action by a disgruntled developer.
  12. An expert kite-flier from Ashington is in line to defend his British titles this weekend in his home county.
  13. A popular community boxing club is punching above its weight after winning funding for a new ring from a regional employer.
  14. The American poet Longfellow, while pacing the boards with his baby daughter, composed the poem: “There was a little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead; and when she was good, she was very, very good; and when she was bad, she was horrid.”
  15. The group which buys health services for Northumberland is no longer rated inadequate after working to improve its precarious financial position.
  16. Morpeth Harrier Andrew Knight, emerged as one of Northumberland’s star performers at the English Schools Track and Field Championships, which were held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
  17. Nine of Northumberland’s parks have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the UK.
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    Kayaker rescued in Northumberland

    Coastguard and lifeboat crews were called into action this afternoon to rescue a kayaker from the water in Northumberland.
  19. Morpeth dad Keith Dungait is all smiles after hearing he will be able to continue his long road to recovery back home. The dad-of-two is due to celebrate his 42nd birthday on Saturday in hospital in Majorca, Spain, after suffering a freak accident on a stag do. Keith was left fighting for his life after diving into a swimming pool and hitting his head on the bottom. His condition has now stabilised but the Herbalife worker remains paralysed from the waist down, and medics remain unclear at this stage whether he will ever be able to walk again. Now, the 41-year-old has been told he could be back in England by the end of next week to begin his rehabilitation at a hospital in either Newcastle or Middlesbrough. Jeff Williams, who set up the JustGiving page on his friend’s behalf, said: “We’re awaiting feedback from spinal care teams in Newcastle and Middlesbrough to determine which hospital he goes to.
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    HERALD WAR REPORT

    In this feature to commemorate the First World War, we will bring you the news as it happened in 1918, as reported by the Morpeth Herald. All material is published with kind permission of the Mackay family. We thank them for their support and generosity in allowing us access to their archive.
  21. The closure of a rural Northumberland first school at the end of term has been given the final sign-off by councillors.
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    Hundreds have a say on town future

    Hundreds of Morpeth residents have had their say on the next stage of ambitious plans to create a new future for the town.
  23. A consultation process has started on giving more protection to marine life off the Northumberland coast.
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    Recognition for law firm’s work

    Northumberland’s longest established firm of solicitors Gibson & Co, which was founded in 1715, was successful at the recent Northern Law Awards.
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    Network helps good causes

    The Community Foundation has launched the Giving Network to find new professionals and businesspeople who want to help change lives on their doorstep.
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    Competition success for students

    Three students from Northumberland College’s Higher National Foundation Inspire programme, which supports learners with special educational needs, have won a regional competition that celebrates independent living and employability skills.
  27. A regular user of Bluebell Wood in Morpeth has raised concerns over people illegally camping at the top end of the beauty spot.
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    • Transport Ministers have confirmed that services to smaller stations north of Newcastle could be cut, as part of a plan to reduce overcrowding.
      It emerged in June that the Department for Transport is considering reducing the number of stops on CrossCountry passenger services. The aim would be to cut the number of passengers using the service for short journeys, so there is more room for commuters making long-distance trips.
      But it led to concern that fewer trains will stop at stations such as Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
      And Transport Minister Baroness Sugg has now confirmed that this is being considered.
      She told the House of Lords: “There will be at least one CrossCountry train per hour north of Newcastle, to Edinburgh or beyond. The options for intermediate stops to stations north of Newcastle form part of the consultation.”
      The proposal is one of a number of ideas in a public consultation about the future of the CrossCountry Passenger Rail Franchise, which includes long-distance services stretching from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland to Cambridge in the south east of England and Penzance in the south west.

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