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  1. Concerns over parental engagement

    SCHOOLS NorthEast has called on the Government to develop a national strategy in order to improve parental engagement in their children’s schooling, amid concerns over the long-term impact on their education.
  2. We want to get a better picture of the nature of employment in Northumberland via this simple poll of our readers.
  3. A home in Hepscott near Morpeth which sold for just a pound short of the million mark was the most expensive house sale in August. Data from the Land Registry revealed the most expensive properties in the North East to change hands in that month. Maple Lodge in Hepscott came out on top for the region, and the podium positions were rounded out by sales in Gosforth and Corbridge An apartment on Knightsbridge in London was the most lucrative sale in England and Wales in August, changing hands for a huge £18.25m. From Jesmond and Ponteland to Alnwick and Whitley Bay, here’s a look at the homes which changed hands for the highest prices in our region that month: Sold for £999,999 on August 8.
  4. British womenswear brand Mint Velvet is opening its first North East stand-alone boutique at Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth later this autumn.
  5. A year group of pupils at a Morpeth school have learned about working for a business and other employment, as well as how to go about getting a job, at first hand over a number of weeks.

    In this feature to commemorate the First World War, we will bring you the news as it happened in 1917, 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.
  7. A university student who lives in Morpeth has been motivated by a family illness to set-up an initiative that is helping to change the lives of those affected by debilitating conditions for the better.
  8. Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision just after midnight on the A697 near Fenrother, north of Morpeth.
  9. Morpeth Town councillors recently joined Northumbria Police in helping residents combat purse and bag thefts.
  10. The following planning applications have been lodged with Northumberland County Council.
  11. Scouts in a Northumberland town have hit the bullseye with a regional employer after winning funding for new archery equipment.
  12. A Morpeth retirement property celebrated the generosity of tenants earlier this month.
  13. A collaborative scheme to provide a sustainable waste water strategy as a result of housing growth in Morpeth has received a top regional accolade.
  14. The Environment Agency is urging people to check their oil tanks for leaks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses.