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Thank You Bin Collectors!

‘Thank you bin collectors’ poster

[Photos and poster provided by Robbie Burn 12 Apr 2020 and used with permission.]

Robbie Burn of Powburn has created an eye-catching poster that can be temporarily stuck onto your wheelie bin to say a BIG THANK YOU to our bin collectors who are carrying on, doing essential work on our behalf during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Having just created his poster, it’s already being taped to wheelie bins in the area:

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How to Clear Your Head

How to clear your head out exercising

Work-related stress, worries about loved ones, or broader existential crises associated with the uncertainty that’s accompanied the coronavirus pandemic are contributing to heightened emotionality.

Wired (12 Apr 2020)

Your once-a-day outdoor exercise regime (walking, cycling, jogging, whatever), as well as improving our physical well-being, could also be an opportunity to clear your head. This clever Pixar animated short film caught my attention recently:

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Look for Rainbows

Rainbows – a symbol of hope amid the coronavirus crisis

Mainly produced by children forced to stay at home, they are popping up everywhere: in windows, on walls, on garage doors. Helped by parents and carers, they are vibrant symbols of support for the NHS and all the key workers who are working so hard to help us all get through these unprecedented times.

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Rainbow Pack

Rainbow Pack: My home book of feelings and thoughts

Northumbria Police have provided a Covid-19 information pack for children who may be worried about all the upheaval in their lives at present. It’s aimed at children in Key Stage 1 (5-7 years of age).

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My Old Oak

Old oak near Branton

Everyone’s got a favourite place, right? A favourite place to be? A favourite place to just look and see what you can see?

As I enjoy photography as a hobby, I have a favourite location that I like to keep returning to and to keep taking the same photograph. Yes, over and over…and over. It’s an old oak tree in a field opposite the Branton Lakes Nature Reserve, just before the Branton footbridge. I love the solidity of it, the way it stands out from the Cheviots in the background, the wide expanse of the field in front, the coming and going of sheep and people. I say the ‘same’ image but, of course, that’s the point – it never is the same image. The world changes, conditions change. More sun yesterday, more cloud today. More calm yesterday, more blustery today.

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Home School

Home School resources

Many thousands of parents and carers throughout the UK are now having to home school their children. Bit of a shock to the system, eh? We can feel ill-equipped to carry out tasks that we usually leave to the professionals – our teachers, teaching assistants and other educators. But – in addition to the worksheets and learning packs that schools have prepared for their pupils, both on and off line – there are lots and lots of resources online to make use of. Many are already set out into mini lesson plans, so this reduces the amount of time required for preparation.

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COVID-19 Latest

We have today received the following update from Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Northumberland Communities together

Northumberland County Council has launched it’s Communities Together hub to ensure those who are unable to leave their homes receive the support they need.

Teams have been working hard to compile food parcels to deliver to residents who are not able to rely on the help of friends, family or neighbours.

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