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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.”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ponteland based charity nominated for Lloyds Community Fund 2013 award

Local charity helping sight impaired children shortlisted for £3,000 community award
Useful Vision needs public vote in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Useful Vision, based at Prestwick Park in Ponteland has been organising activities and days out for the families of blind and vision impaired children in the region since 2006.  The aim is to give the families the chance to take part in a range of activities and family fun days. The children grow in confidence, make new friends and are given the opportunity to try a host of activities their sighted peers take for granted.

Rebecca Wilson, Trustee Director said “We are delighted to be nominated for this award. We fundraise so we are able to offer all of our activities free to vision impaired children and their families. We can organise anything from kayaking to cookery classes and we welcome vision impaired children whatever their level of ability. This award would enable us to run so many more activities and engage with a lot more families.”

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund is helping local good causes across England and Wales to have a positive impact at the hearts of their communities by giving grants to over 1,300 local causes in villages, towns and cities across England and Wales. There are four local good causes in each community and each will receive an award. Two local good causes from each community will receive £3,000 each, with the other two receiving awards of £300 each.

You can find out more about the Community Fund and Useful Vision and cast your vote by visiting Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at  You can text a vote. Voters need to text VOTE LDSC to 61119 to vote for Useful Vision.
Community Fund 2013 voting is open until 1 November

Monday, September 16, 2013


Week commencing 23rd September we are inviting anyone to come along and try any of our running sessions. You don't have to pre-register, just turn up to one of the sessions and its all for free! If you've just done the GNR and need some motivation to keep that fitness, it's an ideal time to come along and try us.

Sessions are as follows:
Monday 8pm from Ponteland leisure centre - main club session of about 6 miles training run using intervals, hills etc (intermediates/advanced)
Tuesday 7pm from Ponteland leisure centre - ladies only social run 3 to 4 miles at 10-11min/mile steady run (beginners)
Thursday 9.15am from the corner of Darras Road and Eastern Way. 4 to 5 miles training run using intervals, hills etc (beginners/intermediates)
Friday 7pm from Ponteland leisure centre. Steady run 4 to 5 miles (intermediates/men's beginners)

Please share the post with your friends and relatives. It'll be great to see a load of new faces coming along and it's always easier when you know that you're not the only new one there. 

Have a look at our website for more information or find us on facebook.
For more information email or contact Sue on 821547