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Volunteers needed for riding sessions

Volunteers are urgently needed to help the Alnwick Riding for the Disabled group with its Thursday sessions with Barndale House School pupils. Volunteers help to lead ponies while the riders take part in a range of fun and instructive activities at Townf


Walkies time for Westies at Bamburgh

The fifth annual get-together for the Berwick branch of Westie Rescue will be held on Bamburgh beach on Sunday, August 20. The walk, to help raise much-needed funds for Westie rescue charities in Northumberland and beyond, started as a casual meeting bet


Are UK pollsters headed for another embarrassing election?

Following the political surprises of 2015 and 2016, there has been much reflection and debate on the accuracy of the polls in the run-up to the impending snap-election of 2017. It is fair to say that, although perhaps somewhat unfair on the pollsters, th

Ripon Gazette, today, 11:01
Cannes Film Festival highlights: Laughter, tears and monkey business

Cannes Film Festival highlights: Laughter, tears and monkey business

With the prizes given out, the bags packed and the hangovers kicking in, the 70th Cannes Film Festival has drawn to a close. This year's top prize went to surprise winner The Square, a Swedish film about the sometimes bonkers art world and how we can bes

BBC, today, 10:10

The Civic Society column with David Winpenny

It is 500 years this year since Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar who became convinced that the selling of Indulgences by the Catholic Church was corrupt and unscriptural, ignited what quickly became the Reformation by, it is said, nailing his ‘Ninety-

Ripon Gazette, today, 09:42

Closures planned on two Alnwick streets this summer

There are set to be closures on two roads in Alnwick for work to take place during the summer. In July, Narrowgate is set to be closed to allow Utilitec Services Ltd, on behalf of Northumbrian Water Ltd, to install a sewer levels monitor in an existing m


Islanders happy at poll result

A referendum on Holy Island has overwhelmingly backed the creation of a special planning document to guide future housing development. Residents were asked whether they agreed that new housing should only be allowed where the properties are the main resi


Recent plans submitted to council

A selection of the latest planning applications submitted to Northumberland County Council. Alnham: Tim Brown, Scrainwood,change of use from bothy to farm worker’s accommodation. Alnwick: Christopher McNee, 2 York Road, rear single-storey extension to fo


Hedgehog casualties after early arrivals

This is the time of year when hedgehogs are producing their first litters, although if you’ve been following our Facebook page, you will see some mums have made an early start. Sadly, we’ve had our first hoglet casualties of the year; family dogs had dis


Great Australian photographs: Frank Hurley's The Raid – an audio essay

Click on the audio buttons to hear the conversations between the Guardian Australia picture editor, Jonny Weeks, the Guardian Australia photographer, Mike Bowers, the senior curator of photography at the National Gallery of Australia, Shaune Lakin, and t

Guardian, today, 04:16
The Beatles' Sgt Pepper comes home for 50th anniversary

The Beatles' Sgt Pepper comes home for 50th anniversary

It is (almost) 50 years ago today that The Beatles released Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Liverpool is celebrating the landmark album's anniversary with a festival - and one event is taking it particularly close to home for locals. When actress B

BBC, today, 02:29

Amble runner wins Druridge Bay 10k

Amble athlete Ian Harding won today's Druridge Bay 10k, as hundreds of runners took part in the annual charity race this morning. Harding, a Morpeth Harrier who has won the event in previous years, crossed the line in 34min 15sec. He fought off competiti

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 19:07

Trapped deer rescued in Northumberland

Wildlife-rescue volunteers freed a trapped deer in Northumberland last night, after both its hind legs were caught in a discarded plastic wheel trim. Eagle-eyed photographers managed to spot the roe deer, which was trapped in a remote corner of Morpeth,

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 19:07

Longhoughton Parish Council round-up

Concerned residents have signed a petition regarding the upkeep of the recreational area to the rear of Lacey Street. The locals want better servicing of the football goals, more frequent grass cuts and access reinstated from the playing field to and fro

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 19:07

Belford Parish Council round-up

Belford Parish Council has no objections to plans for a new hen house, but neighbours are ‘very, very concerned and are going to object’. The only comment the council will make on the application, for the erection of an agricultural building for free-ran

Northumberland Gazette, yesterday, 15:39

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