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  1. An action plan has been developed to improve car parking in Morpeth town centre.
  2. What difference can a year make? Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, claims it can be significant. It’s a year to the day since Coun Jackson’s brand new Conservative cabinet met for the first time, after missing out an overall majority by - quite literally - a straw. Northumberland local elections results IN FULL - council held by Tories in 'straw draw' drama Their first 12 months in office certainly could not be described as “uneventful”, and they haven’t shied away from controversy. Here’s some of what’s happened:
  3. Since my last update, there has been no shortage of politics, sport or national events for the nation to get its teeth into.
  4. Northumberland College’s dog grooming parlour, based at its Kirkley Hall Campus near Ponteland, has undergone an extensive makeover this term.
  5. Around 8,500 runners from across the North East picked up the pace at the weekend for the 36th annual Children’s Cancer Run.
  6. A collection of six original pictures by the late Scott Dobson is due to go under the hammer at the Northumberland Auction House in Morpeth tomorrow.
  7. There were plenty of Union Jacks to be seen in communities across Northumberland as people gathered together to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.
  8. Bellringers from across the North East and further afield once again rang the traditional Mayor’s Peal to welcome the new Mayor of Morpeth on Saturday.
  9. This life-size sculpture has been made to commemorate the millions of horses that fought and perished in the First World War. The artwork, called The Spirit of Freedom, will be exhibited for the first time at this year’s Belsay Horse Trials, in Northumberland, on June 2 and 3. James Kemish, an amateur artist from Pelton, near Beamish in County Durham, who works at Nissan in Sunderland, has created the stunning piece using horse shoes and a hundred poppies to symbolise the centenary of World War One. Visitors to the horse trials will be able to see it in the parkland outside Belsay Castle. Mr Kemish said: “I wanted to make something to remember and honour these beautiful creatures and the extraordinary sacrifice they made during the Great War. “We wouldn’t be here today enjoying our own freedom if it wasn’t for horses. I only hope that I have done their memory justice.”
  10. A statue to create a lasting memorial to Northumberland suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is starting to come to life.
  11. New owners are being sought for two of the North East’s most popular garden centres after the Wyevale chain was put up for sale. Wyevale, the country’s largest garden centre operator, has been put up for sale by investment group Terra Firma, with the owners considering both the sale of the group as a whole and flogging off individual sites. Wyevale runs the Heighley Gate garden centre near Morpeth and the former Peter Barratt site at Gosforth Park . The potential sale of the group comes during a turnaround programme which has sought to make its centres year-round destinations. The group said that it had enjoyed strong sales in recent weeks, with a record-breaking May Day bank holiday. Most of the centres have restaurants and concessions with other businesses. Roger Mclaughlan, chief executive of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: “Wyevale Garden Centres has transformed beyond recognition over the last few years, and our customers are responding really positively to all the improvements we’ve been making, with improved ranges, high stock availability and exceptional garden centre standards.
  12. Morpeth 1sts recorded a 16-run home win over Leadgate 1sts in the Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League on Saturday.
  13. Two Morpeth Harriers were in action at the high-profile Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000m PB’s on Saturday evening, held at the Parliament Hill Athletics Track, on Hampstead Heath in London.
  14. Amble Tavern are the winners of this season’s Blyth & Wansbeck Sunday League Premier Division.