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  1. Bursting with colour, its carpet of flowers thick and unbroken, this is how Morpeth’s famous floral clock once looked. And, if determined locals get their way, it’s how it will look again before too long. The iconic timepiece, which sits in Carlisle Park, was presented to the borough of Castle Morpeth in 1972 as a fully functional clock, its hands moving between the densely planted flower beds which marked off each hour. Since then, its condition has deteriorated: the hands haven’t turned in eight years, and it is now planted like an ordinary flower bed, instead of in the traditional ‘carpet bedding’ style which gave it its original impressive look. But after a group of residents raised £10,000 for restoration and repairs, the clock is set to be returned to its former glory. The Friends of Morpeth Floral Clock group, founded by local Barbara Ross, says now that it has hit its fundraising target, the clock should be back in working order by this summer, in time for Morpeth’s entry into the Britain in Bloom competition.
  2. The Duchess of Northumberland is throwing her support behind a charity which helps people living with brain injuries. Headway has over 125 branches across the UK and is a key name in the field of rehabilitation and works to improve the lives of those affected. A new branch has now been launched at an event at Alnwick Gardens by the Duchess of Northumberland who acts as a patron. The branch merges previous local groups in Hexham, Morpeth and Berwick into one organisation. The Duchess of Northumberland said: “The creation of Headway Northumberland has brought together three branches of Headway, which individually have done so much to benefit people living with brain injuries and their families. Collectively, I am sure their reach will be even greater, and I am delighted to become patron of Headway Northumberland.” Headway Northumberland has a committee comprising experienced committee members from the three groups who have many years’ experience providing support and help to those with brain injuries, alongside some new faces from the fields of law and sports, to help cover a full spectrum of services of use to members.
  3. A protest is being organised at the Ashington Hole for the one-year anniversary of the Conservatives winning the most seats at the 2017 Northumberland County Council elections.
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    Men are fined for fishing offences

    During March, the Environment Agency prosecuted nine anglers at courts in the North East for unlicensed fishing and associated offences, resulting in fines and costs totalling almost £2,000
  5. It is over two years since my wife Sally took her own life on Boxing Day 2015, writes Gordon Allan.
  6. A Ponteland High School student will be among the participants when the Royal British Legion recreates its 1928 pilgrimage to First World War battlefields.
  7. Essential restoration work will be carried out at St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkharle, which was consecrated in the 14th century and saved from ruin in the early 15th century, thanks to a National Lottery grant of more than £90,000.
  8. The £6.2million transformation of the Stannington Nurseries and Birchwood Nurseries sites is under way.
  9. Residents with a passion for health are being given the chance to be more involved.
  10. A fruit and veg shop in Morpeth town centre has gone even greener.
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    Meritorious award for Lucinda

    A woman who has volunteered her time for many years for Girlguiding in Ponteland has received a prestigious accolade.
  12. Work can now start on construction of the new major schools and leisure centre at Ponteland, after confirmation from the Government that it will not be calling in the planning decision.
  13. A prime patch of land with two houses overlooking the River Wansbeck in Morpeth has been put up for sale. George F White, the property consultants marketing the area, said it represents a big development opportunity, with two large houses with riverside gardens. Known as The Terrace, the site measures around 2.27 acres and is based off Gas House Lane overlooking the river. The site is also close to the town’s main retail area on Bridge Street. In a bid to attract potential buyers, George F White has highlighted how Morpeth has recently been the subject of a major road improvement linking the A1 to the A189 Coast Road and Wansbeck, freeing up potential residential development land with consequent uplift in population. The site is on the outskirts of the town, close to its Sanderson Arcade Shopping Centre, major retailers in Bridge Street and the town’s large Morrisons supermarket. The marketing materials say: “The site is due east of the United Reformed Church and accessed off Bridge Street the principal high street with many national retailers.
  14. A new residential development by Ascent Homes on the site of the former Ponteland Library is making good progress – with completion currently on schedule for the end of October.
  15. Morpeth Town sealed a top two spot and promotion, but were forced to settle for a point after being pegged back late on for a 1-1 draw by Guisborough Town on Monday evening, writes Ross Jackson.
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