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Hedgeley Helping Changing Lives

[All images © Eileen Whitenstall 2016 – used with permission]

Just to say a big thank you to everyone who donated items for homeless people following the Hedgeley Women’s Institute appeal in December 2015 (see Cheviot Views, Issue 24, page 20). 

The items were taken to ‘Changing Lives’ in Newcastle who will ensure that they get to those who need them. Items included new coats, hats, scarfs, clothing and numerous toiletries.

It was lovely meeting some of the lads who are being helped by this wonderful charity. Here are some pictures showing the items donated.

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Nepacs caravan project

Nepacs caravan project supports time for prisoners’ families

Nepacs, a long standing north east charity which supports a positive future of prisoners and their families, is seeking volunteers to help support its Northumberland caravan project.

Staff and volunteers from Nepacs provide a number of services to support friends and families of prisoners, in HMP Northumberland, HMP Frankland, HMP Holme House, HMP Durham, HMP Kirklevington Grange, HMPYOI Deerbolt, and HMP&YOI Low Newton. These services include prison visitors’ centres and tea bars, play sessions for prisoners’ children, family visits, listening support, a youth project, integrated family support and support within the Middlesbrough and Durham courts.

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National Parks Week 2015

National Parks Week 2015 is the National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces.

This year, it takes place from:

Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August

The theme for National Parks Week 2015 is Landscapes of Plenty, an acknowledgement of the fact the UK’s National Parks are more than just places to play and find inspiration. There is so much more! National Parks are also home to productive landscapes, providing some of the best produce, products, food, and drink in the country.

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Bailiffgate events July 2015


[This article was submitted by Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery]

The 1715 Rising in the North and Magna Carta

19th May – 5th July

Two concurrent exhibitions commemorating the 300th anniversary of an ill-fated attempt to restore the Stuart monarchy by Northumbrian Jacobites and the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. Includes winning Magna Carta entries from a schools competition run by Alnwick Town Council.

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Barcelona birding

What do Catalonia and Northumberland have in common?

[All images © Graham Williamson 2015 otherwise © Carles Oliver 2015 – used with permission]

Well, our flags look similar:

Catalonia and Northumberland flagsAnd, you may think, that’s about it. In May, Catalonia gets about 9 hours sunshine each day with temperatures between 20-25 oC and Northumberland…doesn’t! Yes, it’s hotter and drier in Catalonia but Northumberland is greener…and colder. And these differences mean that we can enjoy different bird species in the different geographical areas. For example, Greylag geese which are so common in the Breamish Valley are relatively rare in Catalonia. And when did you ever see a Hoopoe in Northumberland?

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