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  2. Local businesses are being encouraged to apply for funding to help them grow and bring more money into the rural economy.
  3. A multi-million pound scheme to provide state-of-the-art schools and leisure facilities in Ponteland has been endorsed by the council’s new cabinet.
  4. An eye-catching permanent tribute to a teacher at Ponteland Middle School who died from a brain tumour was inspired by well-known uplifting song.
  5. The RSPCA is appealing for information after two bearded dragons were abandoned in a cardboard box in Northumberland.
  6. Yesterday
  7. The majority of responses to Ponteland High School’s consultation on a proposal for a multi-academy trust (MAT) to be established in the area were positive.
  8. Concerns have been raised across Morpeth after multiple reports of missing cats in recent weeks – including three on one day in the Stobhill area.
  9. What interesting political times we live in, and the work at Westminster continues at a frenetic pace.
  10. A multi-million pound flood defence scheme to protect a Northumberland market town has been completed. The £27m project was designed to reduce the risk of flooding in Morpeth, which has been one of the worst hit areas in the region. The flood alleviation scheme, which can store millions of gallons of flood water upstream, will protect about 1,000 homes. Work to build the Cotting Burn dam - the final part of the project - has now been completed. And it will be renamed The Hargreaves Dam in memory of regional flood and coastal committee chairman Jon Hargreaves, who died in October last year. Alan Cadas, the Environment Agency’s operations manager in the North East, said: “The Morpeth flood scheme is the biggest in the North East and boasts one of the largest flood storage areas ever built.
  11. Below is a list of this week's Tyne & Wear school news 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 Children perform in the end of year drama at Cambo First School Paula Cummings said: “Hooray the holidays are just about upon us! The assessments are finished and the reports are out. Phew. The end of the year and what a culmination. Our school Community Drama. “What a super night we had in the village hall on Thursday 13th July when our children took to the stage in the drama The Moon Thieves. The costumes were brilliant, we had fish, fire flies, animals and all sorts of other things! The colours were amazing as was the acting! The story? “The cat wanted a dish of cream, The rat wanted a whole round cheese, Gran wanted a silken pillow for her poor, old head and the boy wanted a silver penny! One dark night they looked up at the round white moon and each thought their dream had come true... Or had it... The children really brought the story to life and I am pleased to say a happy ending was had by all! “Encores echoed around the packed hall and the children, a lot of them quite poorly, smiled and relaxed. A job well done! The evening was a success but the success was tinged with a little sadness... This was the last time our current Year Four children: Abigail, Eve, Joseph, Joshua, Milo Owen, Sam and Zander would take to the stage with us! In September they will all be in new schools. We wish them well!” Pupils at five North East schools are celebrating this week as they received prestigious Artsmark Awards, recognising the schools’ commitment to the arts, culture and creativity.
  12. For further information about the events taking place throughout the PRIDE weekend, please visit here
  13. Grange View First School in Widdrington Station has achieved national accreditation for its efforts to encourage more pupils to travel sustainably to school.
  14. Northumbria Police will be 'Policing with Pride' again as the city celebrates a tenth anniversary of the Northern Pride Festival. The event will be the tenth to be held in Newcastle and will take place primarily at the Town Moor from Friday until Sunday (July 21 - 23). Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC will be joined by officers, staff and volunteers throughout the weekend to both offer support to those attending and to take part in activities. On Friday evening a "Running With Pride" team of runners - including some of the force's senior officers - will be taking part in the Northern Front Runners LGBT 5K run on the Town Moor. On Saturday morning Northumbria Police will host a joint Pride Breakfast at Newcastle Civic Centre, along with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the North East Ambulance Service. And for the parade itself officers, staff and cadets will be joining in with the Pride Parade as it makes its way through the city centre to the Town Moor. On the Town Moor police will host a Pride Stall at the events being held afterwards where visitors will be able to speak to officers and find out more about how police support the LGBT+ communities. PC Janine Turnbull and PC Chrissie Ender, who appear every month on the 'Policing With Pride' radio slot on Pride Radio North East's 'Drive Time' show, will be on the police stall across the weekend. In a public show of support the force will be flying both the rainbow and transgender flags at each area command police station and its headquarters, as well as on its social media accounts for the weekend. Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “I’m sure the 10th Northern Pride will be a huge success, there is lots planned and I know everyone visiting will have a great time. Let’s hope the sun is shining! Pride will also be an opportunity for those visiting to chat with police officers to find out what help and support Northumbria Police can offer. Let’s make the 2017 Northern Pride the best yet”. Chief Superintendent Neil Hutchison said: "Northern Pride is a fantastic event for the city and the wider region. We are delighted that Newcastle is hosting the event for the tenth time. “It is very important for us to join in this celebration of the LGBT+ community in order to build relationships of trust and confidence in the local police service. “We are proud to support Pride and we will have officers involved in every aspect of the weekend - from taking part in Friday evening run to being part of the parade itself. "Throughout the weekend we will have staff at a stall on the Town Moor to give the opportunity to speak to police about any issues whether that be reporting a hate crime or embarking on a career in the police. "We're always keen to build and improve on our relationships with the LGBT+ communities and we want to hear what it is that concerns people the most and what we can do to help. "We are here to listen to people's ideas and views. Please come and speak to us, we are here for you." To find out what we get up to over Pride weekend in Newcastle follow @NpNewcastle or our brand new staff LGBT+ support association policing account on @NPLGBT on Twitter. Or LIKE Northumbria Police on Facebook. Please remember to report ALL types of Hate Crime to us. Please talk to us, we are here to listen. Here are some useful links. 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  15. Two Northumberland motorists have been banned from driving for 15 months after they were seen racing through the Tyne Tunnel.
  16. Cheap, strong alcohol continues to be sold for pocket-money prices in the North East, according to a new survey.
  17. Last week
  18. King Edward VI School in Morpeth is returning to a uniform of blazers and ties in September – a tradition previously held by the school for many years.
  19. Northumberland County Council has sought to reassure residents about the level of green-belt protection surrounding Morpeth following the decision to withdraw the core strategy from Government.
  20. Northumberland College has celebrated the success of more than 1,000 students at recent graduation ceremonies.
  21. A man and woman have appeared in court for the first time to face a charge of attempted murder after another man was found seriously injured in a field at Cresswell on Monday, July 10.
  22. 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.
  23. Domestic and sexual abuse victims in Northumberland and other parts of the North East are set to benefit from a cash boost to local support services. Almost £650,000 from the Home Office Violence Against Women and Girls transformation fund has been secured by Dame Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner. Projects and initiatives to be launched or built upon will include developing the Northumbria Domestic Abuse Practitioner Standard to provide training for local professionals, such as family support workers, who may not technically be domestic abuse specialists but who deal on a day-to-day basis with domestic abuse victims. There will be a piloting of three witness advocate posts – intended to ensure that the needs of rape and sexual abuse victims are fully met at every step in the criminal justice process – and a cyber stalking and harassment initiative to tackle more strongly the growing numbers of victims who are stalked both on the street and online. Dame Vera said: “This is fantastic news for Northumbria as it will allow us to build our support services and respond to pressing needs.
  24. Charities and community groups in Northumberland are invited to apply for up to £2,000 through the E.ON Energising Communities Fund. To be eligible for the funding, organisations must submit a request that supports activities which help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, generate energy from a renewable source or provide energy efficiency advice for local residents. Suzanne Doxey, community relations manager at E.ON, said: “It’s really exciting to be launching a new round of our Energising Communities Fund. “We offer smarter and sustainable solutions to our customers and so it’s great to be able to support community groups and charities that would like to become more sustainable, but don’t always have the funds to be able to progress with their plans. “Since launching our fund in 2013, we’ve given more than £100,000 to over 65 community groups nationwide to fund energy-related projects.
  25. The final part of Morpeth’s £27million flood alleviation scheme is now complete. Construction work on the Cotting Burn dam was the last part of the joint flood scheme between Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council. The dam works alongside other flood protection measures to reduce flood risk to around 1,000 properties in Morpeth. Residents are invited to come down to the Town Hall on Friday between 2pm and 4pm to talk to Environment Agency staff about how the dam protects Morpeth. There are also opportunities for people to visit the dam site. Alan Cadas, North East operations manager for the Environment Agency, said: “This has been a great partnership involving local residents, who have played, and continue to play, a vital role in the success of the scheme.”
  26. Northumberland has some of the best parks in Britain – and that’s official. Parks in Bedlington, Berwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Hexham and Morpeth together with the country parks at Plessey Woods near Bedlington and Bolam Lake near Belsay, have all been awarded prestigious Green Flag Awards by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. Northumberland’s winning green spaces are Ridley Park, Doctor Pit Park, Alexandra Park, Hexham Parks, Carlisle Park, Castle Vale and Coronation Parks, Plessey Woods Country Park and Bolam Lake Country Park, all part of a great tally of award-winning parks and green spaces in 2017. The award, now into its third decade, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A green flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many of our parks have achieved Green Flag Awards from Keep Britain Tidy. “They highlight and recognise that residents and visitors are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality. “We are extremely grateful for the support and commitment of local people, parks users, friends groups, town and parish councils, volunteers and our own staff, who help to keep parks vibrant and extremely well-used. Everyone involved can be very proud.” International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. “Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.” Entries for the Green Flag Award are open to parks and green spaces located in the UK. Applications are judged against a set of eight key criteria including conservation and heritage, community involvement and sustainability. More about the Northumberland Green Flag parks: Alexandra Park, Cramlington: Alexandra Park is located in the town of Cramlington in South East Northumberland. The Park was developed in the 1970s to provide recreational opportunities for the expanding population of the new town. The layout is modern with large areas of amenity open space housing football pitches, a bowling green, pavilion, play areas, multi use games area and a skate park. The park also affords informal recreational opportunities as the park has excellent off road links with surrounding areas through a network of footpaths and cycleways. The judges described the Park as a facility used by a wide range of the local community and is a credit to all involved. They were particularly impressed by the wildflower planting schemes which were implemented by Cramlington Town Council working in partnership with the Neighbourhood Services team of Northumberland County Council Bolam Lake Country Park, near Belsay Bolam Lake is situated 9 miles west of Morpeth and 2.5 miles north of Belsay located just off the A696 The park has around 100 acres of woodland, amenity grassland and 25 acres is the lake itself which affords stunning views as you walk around. The wildlife is abundant and home to red squirrels, deer, mute swans and many woodland birds including the nuthatch There are lovely walks for all the family and many generations have visited with the ever popular activity of feeding the ducks and swans. Last year saw the 200th year since the lake was started by John Dobson and many activities took place to celebrate including a full programme of free events for families and talks for all. The park is supported by an active Friends of Bolam Lake group who were thrilled to hear yet again the park had achieved this award Carlisle Park, Morpeth: Carlisle Park is a multi-award winning park in the heart of Morpeth. Situated on the south bank of the River Wansbeck, it contains The William Turner Garden, formal gardens, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, ancient woodland, picnic areas, toilets, tennis courts, bowling greens, a skate park, and much more. A paddling pool and play area are run by Morpeth Town Council and are immensely popular, providing an excellent play space for children of all ages. Visitors can also enjoy peaceful woodland walks, a promenade along the river, or find a vibrant array of colour and a peaceful oasis in the formal gardens and the William Turner Garden. Doctor Pit Park, Bedlington: Doctor Pit Park is situated in the heart of Bedlington. Families are catered for with high quality play facilities, a multi-use games area and a small skate park. There is a well maintained bowling green and bowls club which is based in the pavilion building. The pavilion offers a community room, full kitchen and toilet facilities and is available for hire by groups or individuals. The Green Flag award recognizes the development of the park as both a hub of community activity and a safe, clean and green area for the residents of Bedlington. The pavilion is home to Doctor Pit Bowls Club, and Bedlington Art Group they all work closely with officers and staff of Neighbourhood Services to raise funds to improve the park, and to provide activities and events for the local community. Hexham Parks: Hexham Parks are the vibrant centre of the town and the hub of many of the public events, as well as being a beautiful attraction in their own right. They are well used and loved by locals and tourists and have been awarded the Green Flag for more than 10 years running. Scenically set next to the Abbey, the herbaceous borders and bowling green area of Hexham House grounds with the sensory garden and the glade are peaceful places to relax. The Sele has spectacular views across the Tyne Valley as well as the popular skate park and children’s play area; and the bandstand of the Abbey Grounds with the Edwardian gated entrances offers a great venue for picnics or putting. The community groups that use the site and local partnerships who have worked with us on this year’s application are thrilled to once again be part of the Green Flag community. Castle Vale and Coronation Parks, Berwick-upon-Tweed: These beautiful parks sit on either side of the train station in Berwick upon Tweed and have recently been revitalised by £1million Parks for People funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery. Castle Vale Park contains a lily pond, picturesque shelters, rock gardens and spectacular views of the Royal Border bridge as it crosses the River Tweed. Coronation Park, to the north of the train station, is England’s most northerly park and is a pocket sized delight containing stunning herbaceous borders, a wildflower meadow, a contemporary pergola and a traditional shelter which provide places to rest and enjoy the timeless view of the River Tweed. The parks, known collectively as Castle Parks, have regular events and are supported by the dedicated work of many volunteers and the Friends of Castle Parks. Plessey Woods Country Park, Hartford Bridge, Bedlington: Plessey Woods Country Park is located near Hartford Bridge, off the A192, mid-way between Bedlington and Cramlington and about 5 miles south of Morpeth. The Park offers 100 acres of woodland, meadow and riverside to explore. The woodland is home to many birds such as the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and tree creeper, as well as animals including red squirrel, roe deer and fox. The banks of the River Blyth are also an important habitat for wildlife, such as kingfishers, dippers and otters. People have come to Plessey Woods for generations to enjoy the woods and the river. Known locally as Bluebell Woods, the country park is an ideal place for a family day out with great opportunities for getting close to nature. Ridley Park, Blyth: Ridley Park provides a variety of recreational opportunities for the local community and visitors. It is popular throughout the year as a destination for all age groups. The Park has well established formal gardens, wooded areas and secluded areas which prove popular with families and walkers who want to enjoy time out in the fresh air. It offers a range of sporting activities including tennis courts and bowls as well as children’s play opportunities with specially designed junior and toddler areas at the southern end of the site. One of the unique features of the park is a water play area installed in 2005 which has proved a great attraction for both the local population and those travelling from other parts of the North East to visit. The water play area is open most days during the summer and is free to use (as are the majority of the activities offered in the park). For those looking for refreshment while visiting the park there is a café offering food and drink throughout the year and during the summer an ice cream van is on site most days. A further summer attraction in the park are the small fairground rides which operate most days (a small charge is payable for these). There are regular organised events during the year led by the Friends of Ridley Park and other community groups which are publicised locally and in press where entry is free.
  27. £27m Morpeth flood scheme complete

    The final part of Morpeth’s £27million flood alleviation scheme is complete. Work to construct Cotting Burn dam was the last piece of work on the multi-million pound joint Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council flood scheme. A drop-in event to thank residents for their patience throughout the construction is taking place this week. Residents are invited to come along and talk to Environment Agency staff about how Cotting Burn dam helps protect properties in Morpeth. There will also be limited spaces for residents to attend the dam site; places must be booked in advance. It takes place on Friday 21 July, at the Corn Exchange, Morpeth Town Hall, where residents can drop-in any time between 2pm and 4pm. Cotting Burn dam will be renamed “The Hargreaves Dam” in memory of RFCC Chairman Jon Hargreaves, who sadly passed away in October last year. The dam works alongside other flood protection measures to reduce flood risk to around 1,000 properties in Morpeth. To reduce the risk of flooding from the River Wansbeck, in-town defences were completed first, followed by the large upstream storage area at Mitford, which has already operated to protect the community. This year, tree poles were installed into the river near to Lowford Bridge to prevent large debris from reaching the town centre. The construction of the new dam and storage area, which reduces the risk of flooding from the Cotting Burn, was finished in May and it is now operational. It reduces the volume of water flowing downstream in large events. The screen on the dam also prevents debris from Cotting Wood from reaching the culvert and causing blockages. Separate work by Northumberland County Council to address surface water flooding at several locations in the town is underway and scheduled for completion by March 2018 at a cost of £1m. This is being financed through a government grant from the Environment Agency and county council funding. The Environment Agency’s Alan Cadas, Operations Manager in the North East, said: “The Morpeth flood scheme is the biggest in the North East and boasts one of the largest flood storage areas the Environment Agency has ever built. “But this work on the Cotting Burn is equally important and works together with the other features to ensure Morpeth is protected from both the burn and the River Wansbeck. “This has been a great partnership involving local residents, who have played, and continue to play, a vital role in the success of the scheme. It shows that by working together with others we can create long term solutions to reduce the risk of flooding in our communities. “I’d urge residents to come along to the community event to find out more about how the scheme works to protect the town from flooding.” Northumberland County Council has played a key role, contributing £12million, making it one of the first schemes of this scale to be jointly delivered by partners. Councillor Glen Sanderson, Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We’re delighted this major joint scheme to protect the people of Morpeth is now complete. “This was a great example of agencies working together on a hugely ambitious engineering project and the fact it has already been used more than proves its worth. “One of the cornerstones of the scheme has been the help and support of the local community, and their input and engagement has been absolutely invaluable throughout. “We do hope residents take the opportunity to come along to the drop-in to find out more about how the scheme will protect them in the future.” There are a limited number of places for residents to attend the Cotting Burn dam site on a bus at 3pm on 21 July. Places must be booked in advance and are on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in visiting the dam contact the Environment Agency’s Sarah Anderson at sarah.anderson@environment-agency.gov.uk or 020 847 46591 (local rate number).
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