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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


YOUNG adventure seekers could try their hand at rock climbing, leatherwork and outdoor cooking during Cramlington’s first community Scout Day this weekend.

Taking place at Manor Walks Shopping & Leisure on Saturday (May 17 2014) from 10am to 4pm, the Cramlington Scout Day will be hosted by the shopping centre in partnership with the winner of its 2013 community bursary scheme, Blyth Valley Scout District.

The free community event will offer youngsters the opportunity to scale a 25ft climbing wall, while enjoying face painting and taster sessions in crafts, leatherwork, cooking and much more. For those interested in joining the scouts or in volunteering opportunities, Blyth Valley Scout District’s leaders will be on hand throughout the event to offer advice.

Stu Bennett, media development manager for Blyth Valley Scouts, said: “The support which we have received from Manor Walks since we were awarded the Community Bursary Scheme last year has been fantastic and it has had a real impact on the lives of the young people which we work with.

“The Cramlington Scout Day, which is being held at Manor Walks, will offer people of all ages the chance to find out more about the work which we do in their local community and how they could get involved, whether it is as a new member or as a volunteer.

“We will have lots of free fun activities for families to enjoy throughout the event, including a 25ft climbing wall, and we look forward to seeing everyone there on the day.”

Established in 2000, Blyth Valley Scout District provides challenge, adventure and life skills to over 600 young people living throughout Cramlington, Blyth and Seaton Valley.
Bruno Coppola, general manager of Manor Walks Shopping & Leisure in Cramlington, said: “We are delighted to be helping Blyth Valley Scout District to bring the first-ever Cramlington Scout Day to Manor Walks. The free day-long event will allow people visiting the centre on Saturday to try a real mix of scouting activities, while helping to raise awareness of the group’s work.

“As Manor Walks is set in the heart of the community we were proud to announce Blyth Valley Scout District as our first Community Bursary winner. The work which the organisation does to help the county’s youngsters reach their full physical, social and intellectual potential has been life changing for so many of its members.”

Funded by Hammerson, the annual Manor Walks Community Bursary Scheme aims to support organisations that undertake vital work in the local community. Open to Northumberland registered charities with a focus on children and young people, health or local regeneration of community infrastructures and facilities, Blyth Valley Scout District was selected as the inaugural winner and received a £5000 grant.

The organisation has used the much needed funding to purchase new camping and sports equipment, to help with the maintenance of its buildings and to provide additional training for its leaders. The bursary has also helped to support the organisation to attract new members as well as recruiting new volunteers.

With over 100 retailers including Northumberland’s only multiplex cinema and a great range of family restaurants as well as high street favourites and independent stores, Manor Walks Shopping & Leisure in Cramlington offers a huge amount of choice to suit a range of tastes.

To keep up-to-date on Manor Walks’ events and offers visit, Like the official Facebook page and follow @ManorWalks on Twitter.

For more information on joining the adventure in Blyth Valley or on volunteering opportunities with Blyth Valley Scouts visit or email

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Ponteland vet Jason Atherton of Westway Veterinary Group and his wife Jill are running the Edinburgh half marathon in May for the sixth time, to raise money for local animal rescue charities.

The pair are seasoned marathon, half-marathon and fun runners and have raised more than £10,000 for North East animal rescues over the last few years.  With just seven weeks to go before Edinburgh, the couple are currently clocking up more than 80 training miles a week, with several of their four rescue dogs running alongside them.

Jason said: "This will be our sixth time in the Edinburgh run and we are hoping to beat last year's sponsorship total of £2000.

"Money is tight for everyone at the moment and animals are bearing the brunt of that, with many of them ending up homeless through no fault of their own.  Figures from Dogs Trust show over 24,000 stray dogs in the North East last year. That's a lot of dogs looking for new homes and every penny we can raise will help an animal in need.

"Animals cannot help themselves so we're hoping the region's kind-hearted pet lovers will be as generous as ever. Last year we had everyone from pensioners sending us a pound to children donating their 50p pocket money, and every little bit helped.

"We are also hoping some of the region's businesses might step in either with either sponsorship, or donations in kind. Rescues are always desperate for food, bedding and toys for the animals in their care."

The sponsorship money raised will be split between well known North East rescue Brysons, Northumberland-based People's Animal Rescue and Rehoming Team (PARRT), and the Westways Stray Fund, which is used to treat, rehabilitate and rehome stray and unwanted animals.  

Sponsor forms are in all nine Westway Vets branches across the North East

Friday, February 28, 2014

Olivia Dixon Teenstar 2014

Olivia Dixon aged 14 years from ponteland has made the regional finals of teenstar 2014 this is the singing competition that Luke friends won last year . The regional finals will be held at the Tyne theatre in newcastle on the 22nd march

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Celebration of Success for Ponteland Teenager

Hannah Elliott aged 14, a pupil of Ponteland Community High School has her sights firmly set on the stars after being awarded the title of Junior Miss Newcastle Galaxy 2014 in a national Beauty Pageant.  Hannah will now compete for the National Title of Junior Miss Galaxy Great Britain at the Galaxy Pageant Finals being held in Lancashire on the 8th March.

Hannah is delighted to have been given the opportunity to take part in this event and is very proud of her new title which allows her to represent the North East in what is deemed to be a very grand finale indeed.  As well as being able to wear some stunning outfits during the finals, Hannah will be interviewed to determine her ambitions and personality; extra points are also awarded for work carried out within her community and for fundraising.

Hannah is a terrific role model for other teenagers, a grade A student who is determined to make the world a better place.  Hannah is regularly involved with fundraising particularly for her local dance school as well as other community activities and is renowned for putting a smile on the faces of everyone she meets.  A very talented performer and dancer Hannah has entertained 1000’s of people from the North East since the age of 6 having appeared in every Theatre in Newcastle & Sunderland including the Theatre Royal and the Sunderland Empire Theatre.  Hannah is currently in rehearsals with the West End Musical Theatre Company where she will be undertaking the lead role of Dorothy in their production of the Wizard of Oz in June 2014 at Northern Stage.

Hannah is being supported on her Pageant quest by local photographer Joe Laws and Elaine Milbourne Performing Arts School.  We wish her lots of luck in finals.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rotary Club Has its First Females

Ponteland Rotary President Peter Lowry with new members
Suzanne Marshall and Caroline Parkinson.

THERE was a notable first for the club when Suzanne Marshall and Caroline Parkinson joined their partners as full members.

The Ponteland club, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, has never previously admitted ladies, although worldwide there have been plenty of clubs with a mixed membership.

Suzanne and Caroline both felt that they were supporting the club’s activities anyway through their men folk and perhaps they should join up and enjoy some of the benefits.
Caroline said: “The community involvement is important as well, both belonging to it and contributing to it through our own skills and time.
“In addition, we want to help with fund-raising”.

Suzanne, as well as agreeing with Caroline, pointed out the very good social programme they had in Rotary and hoped that more ladies would be emboldened to come forward to join. They would be very welcome.

In December, Ponteland Rotary Club sponsored the annual Carol Concert. Earlier in the year there was the Gala Concert at the Britannia Hotel next to Newcastle Airport and before that the Duck Races in Ponteland Park.

These are annual occasions and part of the many events in the social calendar organised by club members.

This year’s special events to mark the anniversary include golf competitions and dinners for St George’s Day on Tuesday, April 22, and the AM/PM day on Tuesday, May 13.

For more information about them and the club in general, call Stewart Blair on 01661 822367 or email

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ponteland Runners - Beginners running sessions

Do you want to get fit after the Christmas and New Year? Well Ponteland Runners has the perfect answer. We will be starting a 10 week series for absolute beginners on Wednesday 15th January at 7pm from Ponteland leisure centre. The sessions will be aimed at anyone who wants to start running who has never ran before or for those who are lapsed runners who would like to get some fitness back before joining in one of our other weekly sessions. The aim will be to take you from non-runner to be able to run continuously for 30mins in 10 weeks. We will end the series with 5k run at Newcastle parkrun for those who are interested. This event will be a great focus to weekly runs and will be a fantastic achievement at the end of the series.
Sessions will be led by Suzanne Dunn and Sue Heppell.
Get in touch if you would like any further information by email at
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Suzanne and Sue

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kirkharle Courtyard's Autumn Fayre


This month sees the return of Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard’s annual Food and Craft Fayre, which runs from 25th to 27th October and is open from 10am to 4.30pm each day (4pm Sunday).

Now in its fourth year, the Autumn Fayre takes place in the historic 18th century courtyard and birthplace of ‘Capability’ Brown, known as the Shakespeare of gardening.

The event will showcase more than 40 craft, food and gift stalls from Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria and Scotland in two heated marquees. Dozens of local food producers will offer a wide selection of top quality seasonal food and drink from around the region.

Children are also invited to enjoy the newly opened play area and traditional games in the attractive courtyard.

Kitty Anderson, project co-ordinator at Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard, explained: “Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard will be transformed for our Autumn/Winter Fayre weekend. Visitors will be able to get ahead with their Christmas shopping, with an array of original gifts on offer from some of our region’s most talented craftspeople, as well as Kirkharle’s galleries and boutique shops which are producing special gifts for the occasion.

“In addition to supporting local businesses and producers, we are proud to again be joining forces with Marie Curie, and will raise valuable funds to benefit patients at its Newcastle hospice.”

The Fayre has proved popular throughout the four years it has been running. 

“The event attracted 2,000 people last year, and we hope to attract even more this year,” Kitty said. “Admission and parking are free, so we’re looking forward to welcoming regular visitors to Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard as well as visitors from further afield.”