Friday, 23 March 2018

Remembering the victims of the Westminster Bridge attack- one year on

Yesterday was one year since the devastating terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge in which five people lost their lives. PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes and Andreea Cristea were remembered yesterday with a minute’s silence in the House of Commons, while the Prime Minister laid flowers near to the site of the attack in their honour. I would like to thank our emergency services who work so hard to keep us safe, putting their lives at risk to ensure our safety. We will not forget the innocent people who lost their lives one year ago.

Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere and at any time and it is important that we are all vigilant. If you see anything at all that you think is unusual or suspicious, contact your local police force. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Celebrating all things local

Last week was Northumberland County Council’s fifth Meet the Maker, Meet the Buyer trade event, bringing together the creative talents behind our locally-made products. With businesses specialising in food and drink, arts and crafts, tourism and more, the event was a brilliant celebration of local talent. The event was part of the Hexham Tourist Fair, and proved once again that Northumberland is home to some incredible talents and businesses. It is so important that we support them and our local tourism by buying local whenever possible.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Celebrating the arrival of Spring

Yesterday was the Spring (March) Equinox which marks the start of Spring. The Equinox takes place when the Sun is directly over the Equator, meaning that day and night are almost equal in length. The date of the Spring Equinox is not fixed because the Earth’s orbit around the Sun takes an average of 365.25 days, but the date moves between 19th, 20th and 21st March. However, whereas the Spring Equinox signals the start of spring in the northern hemisphere, in the southern hemisphere it marks the beginning of autumn.

The last few weeks have brought some bad weather, but we can hopefully now look forward to seeing the signs of spring! The only way is up!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Fantastic opportunity for 18-35 year olds!

The British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme is a fantastic opportunity for 18-35 year olds from across the UK. The programme is looking for young people to become members of a global network of emerging policy leaders. As part of the programme, all the participants will be spending two days in Parliament, learning from UK parliamentarians and discussing their own global policy visions. If you are an aspiring leader and policy maker and have innovative ideas which could make global change, then be sure to apply as this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The deadline for applications from UK participants is Sunday 13th May, and all the details about the programme can be found here-

Monday, 19 March 2018

Stay safe on the roads

The weekend saw the return of the wintry weather, and in such conditions it is important to remind ourselves of Northumbria Police’s advice on driving in snowy and icy conditions. The Northumbria Police and Highways Agency websites will always have updates on road conditions, but make sure to follow the following advice when driving in the coming days-

  • Dress appropriately for the weather, especially if out on foot, but also in your car
  • Moderate your speed to match the conditions but try not to brake sharply
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front- stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads
  • Ensure you have adequate visibility by clearing front and back windscreens and all windows/wing mirrors before setting off
  • Keep your windscreen washer bottle topped up, preferably with the addition of winter screen wash
  • Clean your headlights front and rear and use dipped headlights when driving in poor visibility, including heavy rain as well as snow
  • Be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too snowy or icy to use
  • An ice scraper and de-icer should be carried for day to day use, whilst other useful items in your car in adverse weather conditions include: a torch, warm clothes or a blanket, boots, a first aid kit, a shovel, a battery, jump leads and a tow rope
  • Food and a warm drink should be taken on longer journeys
  • Advise a friend, colleague or family member of your journey
  • Ensure mobile phones are fully charged before travelling