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  1. Staff and customers at Pets At Home in Morpeth raised enough money to provide more than 4,000 dinners over Christmas for RSPCA Newcastle and Northumberland and A1 Kennels near Stannington.
  2. Campaigners claim their vision for the future of healthcare in Rothbury remains the best, while urging residents to attend a key meeting this week. As previously reported, county councillors are set to agree an interim response to the Health Secretary on the future of Rothbury Community Hospital on Wednesday, January 23. Upon announcing in November that more work needed to be done locally on the next steps, following the closure of the site's 12 inpatient beds, Secretary of State Matt Hancock called for an update on progress by the end of this month. A special meeting of Northumberland County Council's health and wellbeing committee is to take place to discuss responses from health bosses to a number of review areas and questions, which were given to them at a very brief working-group meeting last month. Residents and campaigners were left furious after this largely administrative event, with major concerns as to how their voices will be heard. The Save Rothbury Community Hospital (SRCH) group says that when the committee first referred the closure to the Secretary of State in October 2017, it relied heavily on the documents compiled by the campaign team.
  3. Ponteland residents are invited to find out more about potential options for flood protection at a drop-in event on Wednesday.
  4. A major new initiative to target serious and organised crime, and bring offenders to justice, across the North East has been launched today.
  5. A Morpeth couple is set to give a new home to a young dog who was seriously injured when they saw her during a trip abroad.
  6. Highways England is planning the following roadworks on the A1 and A19 over the coming week.
  7. Orf is a common problem after lambing. It’s a continuous threat to UK flocks and outbreaks can have a drastic effect on health, welfare and productivity.
  8. Three years of walking in the woods has helped researchers in their mission to piece together the story of a historic landscape between three Northumbrian rivers. Members of the Bernician Studies Group have investigated 50 woods between the rivers Font, Coquet and Wansbeck. The group is an educational charity dedicated to the study of the North East and its wider connections during the early medieval era. Bernicia was a sixth century kingdom which stretched from the Forth to the Tees, and later became part of the powerful kingdom of Northumbria. The study area includes the ancient townships of Horsley, Witton, Ritton, Wingates and Stanton. Townships usually consisted of a church, manor house and farms. Members have been searching for evidence that the woodlands are ancient. That has involved looking for around 20 plant species which are typical of very old woodland, and of trees which have been pollarded and coppiced. The ancient woodland plants include bluebell, wood anemone, wild garlic, moschatel, wood speedwell, wood sorrel, woodruff, grasses and ferns.
  9. A stone has been unveiled to commemorate an airfield that acted as a military night landing ground during the First World War.
  10. Two Northumberland Slimming World consultants were congratulated on helping members lose weight and change their lives by Rylan Clark-Neal.
  11. A North East property firm, which has an office in Morpeth, raised more than £12,000 for two charities at its annual Festive Fund-raiser.
  12. Nearly £3.5million was lost by a health trust in a year due to thousands of patients not turning up to appointments, figures show.
  13. Spending on food for hospital patients at the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is far higher than the national average, new figures show.
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