Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Hidden Treasure in Horsley

I recently visited Graham Smith Antiques in Horsley, a family-owned antiques business specialising in furniture which was a one of the winners of my Small Business Awards in December to celebrate Small Business Saturday. I really enjoyed meeting owner Graham Smith, who personally sources and chooses all of the antiques on sale. With furniture, clocks, ceramics and more, there is an incredible selection of antiques for sale, both in the shop and online. I was especially interested to hear about the wide range of places Graham has sold antiques to online- from Tasmania to Alaska. 

The Horsley shop is a treasure trove of antiques- there is something for every taste. It is so important to me to support local businesses and I would definitely recommend taking a look at the antiques currently for sale here-

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Not long left to spend your £10s

Empty your purses and piggy banks and look under the sofa, because there is not long left to spend your £10 notes. On Thursday 1st March the Bank of England will withdraw the legal tender status of £10 notes, which will be replaced by a new polymer note including new anti-fraud features. The notes can still be used as normal until 1st March and you can exchange them at the Bank of England. According to the Bank of England, there are still at least £2.1bn worth of old £10 notes needing to be spent or exchanged, so make sure your notes don't go to waste!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Keep Britain Tidy!

Litter is a problem in many of our communities, and has been of particular concern for residents in Prudhoe. I am therefore pleased to learn that residents on Neale Street in Prudhoe have finally had some wasteland cut back on land backing onto their homes that had become overgrown and was attracting rats. Northumberland Estates, who own the land, have been out to clear the area in the last week, so there is finally some good news for the street’s residents.

We all have a part to play in making sure that our local areas are kept clean and tidy. The Great British Spring Clean, Keep Britain Tidy’s annual national clean-up, takes place on 2nd-4th March, and individuals, families, schools, businesses and groups can get involved to clean up our local streets, parks and beaches. Last year the campaign saw more than 300,000 volunteers collect 70,000 wheelie bins of rubbish over one weekend, and this year they want more people than ever to get involved. Littering has a devastating impact on our countryside and wildlife. I will be out and about next weekend helping to clean up our streets- it would be great if you joined me!

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