Friday, 21 September 2018

Nominate your countryside champion

Nominations are now open for the Countryside Alliance Awards, better known as the ‘Rural Oscars’! There are five categories- local food/drink, village shop/post office, butcher, rural enterprise and pub-, with nine regional champions from each category invited to Parliament for the national finals in June 2019. Following the fantastic success of the Blagdon Farm Shop last year, winner of the Game Champion Award, I would definitely encourage you to nominate the outstanding rural retailers in your local community!



Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Great result for Corbridge

I am so pleased that Corbridge will soon once again have access to a 24/7 cash machine, after nearly a year without following the closure of Barclays' in the town. I visited Corbridge's Post Office last year and spoke with staff and residents about the need for a cash machine in the town, so I am delighted that the Post Office and Barclays' have been able to work together to ensure that a new machine will be operational in the next few weeks. This is great news for Corbridge- thank you to Barclays', the Post Office and Councillor Nick Oliver for making this happen.


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Let's talk about organ donation

I am proud to have been able to support Organ Donation Week earlier this month. However organ donation is a subject that should be talked about all year round, with around three people dying every day in need of an organ. More and more families are saying yes to organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors around the country. Only one third of adults in England have told their partner or family that they want to donate, despite 8 out of 10 people saying they would be willing to donate or consider it. Sadly many opportunities are lost every year because families don't know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. That's why I am encouraging you to talk to your families about organ donation and sign the NHS Organ Donor Register. We really can help to save lives.

https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk


Monday, 17 September 2018

Turn red and gold for Northumberland!

Northumberland is once again in the running for the title of Best UK Holiday Destination of the Year at the British Travel Awards. For the last four years Northumberland has been pipped to the post by Cornwall, so it really is so important that you help our county win by voting! 

We all know what a beautiful region Northumberland is, so to make this year Northumberland’s year, why not turn your Facebook profile picture red and gold, and cast your vote here by Sunday 30thSeptember- https://www.visitnorthumberland.com/sharenland/vote         



                                                      

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Coffee for a good cause

Macmillan’s annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ is not far away now, but there is still plenty of time to get involved and help to raise money to support people facing cancer. Last year’s event raised more than £27 million, and this year’s aim is to raise even more. The Coffee Morning takes place on Friday 28th September, and everyone is invited to take part. Whether you host your own Coffee Morning, with guests donating the cost of their cup of tea, coffee and cakes to Macmillan, or go along to one yourself, you really will be helping to make a huge difference. 

For more information visit here- https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk





Friday, 14 September 2018

Success at the Tynedale Jobs Fair!

I would like to thank everyone who came along to my Tynedale Jobs Fair, sponsored by Thompsons of Prudhoe and Northumberland County Council, last week. Whether you were a business looking to hire or looking for work yourself, it was great to see so many people there. I am particularly pleased to have heard really positive feedback from those in attendance and hope that last week's event helps to change the lives of some local people. I am already looking forward to next year!


Thursday, 13 September 2018

Kielder Marathon's very special guest of honour

He’s one of our sporting heroes, so it’s hugely exciting that double Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson will be guest of honour at the Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon. The event takes place on Saturday 6thand Sunday 7thOctober, with race organiser and Olympic athlete Steve Cram also in attendance. The two athletes will also take part in a question and answer session at The Boat Inn restaurant in Kielder on the Saturday night- a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from two of Britain’s best-known sportsmen. 

The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon Weekend 2018 is delivered by Events of the North in conjunction with Northumbrian Water, Active Northumberland, Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Events include the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and the Run Bike Run. For more information and to book your place visit- http://kieldermarathon.com


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Best foot forward!

It's nearly time for the Haltwhistle Autumn Walking Festival! From 29th September-7th October, walks will be taking place through our beautiful Northumberland scenery every day, including special interest walks led by experts who will share their expertise. The walks cover a range of distances, from strenuous to shorter, so there is something for you whatever your ability. A full list of the upcoming walks is available below- do make sure you book ahead though!



Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Exploring the past and looking to the future

It was a pleasure to be able to pay a visit to Haltwhistle Station last weekend as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme. The Station is full of history and it was great to see that so many people were able to take advantage of such a unique opportunity to learn about our past. 

As well as its fascinating past, there are plans envisaged to transform Haltwhistle Station and restore its infrastructure and trail to ensure that the station’s future is just as exciting. To find out more about the plans and how you can support them visit here-







Monday, 10 September 2018

Showcasing Northumberland's finest produce

Hexham Market Place is hosting a special market on Wednesday, showcasing local Northumberland produce. From 10am-2pm on Wednesday 12th September, traders from across the county will present their products in the Market Place.  The event is part of Northumberland County Council’s ‘Produced in Northumberland’ scheme, which promotes the use and sale of local products by companies across Northumberland- the scheme currently has 83 members. 

Northumberland produce really is second to none, so go along to Hexham Market Place on Wednesday for your chance to support our local producers and businesses!



Sunday, 9 September 2018

Forum Books- Top of the List!

Congratulations to Corbridge’s Forum Books, which has been named as the only North East business and one of only two independent bookshops on this year’s Small Biz 100 list. The list promotes 100 local businesses across the UK as part of December’s Small Business Saturday, with a day dedicated to each business named on the list. 

Small businesses are such an important part of our local communities, and I am delighted that one of the constituency’s best has been named on the Small Biz 100 list. Well done to everyone at Forum Books!




Saturday, 8 September 2018

wear it pink

I joined over 200 other MPs this week to support Breast Cancer Now’s ‘wear it pink’ fundraiser, which will take place on Friday 19th October to raise money for vital breast cancer research. I added a splash of pink to my usual attire, and now I am encouraging you to do the same by signing up and taking part in ‘wear it pink’, which takes place in Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. So far the annual event has raised over £31 million towards Breast Cancer Now’s important work, aiming that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and live well.

Anyone can take part in ‘wear it pink’, whether at work, school or in your local community. All you need to do is wear something pink or hold a pink themed event and donate to Breast Cancer Now. Each year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease, so let’s all make a difference and wear it pink next month!




Friday, 7 September 2018

Walking in West Northumberland

We live in such a beautiful part of the world, and walking is one of the best ways to appreciate and spend time in the incredible Northumberland countryside. Walking is also a fantastic way to stay fit and active, and West Northumberland Health Walks aims to encourage people to make walking a regular part of their lives, providing 2-3 mile walks on a weekly basis from eight towns and villages across the area. All walks are free and are led by trained volunteers. 

No booking is needed- just turn up wearing appropriate outdoor clothing including boots or supportive shoes with grip. For more information, contact 01670 622368 or loliver@activenorthumberland.org.uk







Thursday, 6 September 2018

The biggest and best Tynedale Jobs Fair yet- TOMORROW!

A reminder that tomorrow is my 2018 Tynedale Jobs Fair, with some of the region's biggest employers confirmed to attend, including Egger, Essity, Thompsons of Prudhoe, Waitrose and Northumberland County Council.

The Tynedale Jobs Fair takes place at Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, from 10am-2.30pm on Friday 7th September- entry is free of charge. The Fair, sponsored by Thompsons of Prudhoe and Northumberland County Council, is being organised in conjunction with the Hexham Job Centre Plus and is ideal for anyone looking for work, a return to work or for a change in direction. More than fifty employers are confirmed to attend, including Marks and Spencer, Walwick Hall and the Newcastle United Foundation, with jobs covering all corners of the Hexham constituency and beyond, from Bellingham to Newcastle.

It should be a fantastic day, which I hope will help people to get the new start they are looking for- it would be great to see you there!

https://www.tynedalejobsfair.co.uk


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

I'm backing British Farming!

This week is Love Lamb Week, a week that aims to increase awareness and sales of lamb amongst UK consumers. Supported by a range of organisations including the National Sheep Association and the National Farmers’ Union, this year’s Love Lamb Week focuses on the seasonality and sustainability of lamb production. Britain has some of the highest welfare standards in the world regulating the way lamb and mutton are produced. 

As one of the country’s most rural constituencies, farming is an extremely important part of life in Tynedale and Ponteland. Farmers do such a brilliant job in our local community- I’m backing British Farming!



Sunday, 2 September 2018

Heritage at Haltwhistle Station

Ever wondered what is inside a signal box, or what the view is like high above the railway? Or why a mainline railway company might have a model railway? Such questions will be answered at Haltwhistle Station on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September, when the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership, supported by the rail industry, opens the doors to such secrets as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme. Between 10am-4pm, Network Rail will be opening the 1901 Haltwhistle Grade II listed signal box- one of the BBC’s top ten signal boxes. Signallers past and present will be on hand to explain mechanical signalling and help you enjoy the view from the box. Other key features include the booking office, the water tower and crane, stationmaster’s house, waiting rooms and the nearby Alston Arches viaduct across the Tyne. 

A great opportunity to learn more about our past- go along to Haltwhistle Station next week and find out about this historic piece of our heritage.





Saturday, 1 September 2018

6 DAYS TO GO!- The biggest ever TYNEDALE JOBS FAIR

There are just 6 days to go until my 2018 Tynedale Jobs Fair, and with some of the region's biggest employers confirmed to attend, including Egger, Essity, Thompsons of Prudhoe, Waitrose and Northumberland County Council, it looks set to be the biggest and best Jobs Fair yet!

The Tynedale Jobs Fair takes place at Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham, from 10am-2.30pm on Friday 7th September- entry is free of charge. The Fair, sponsored by Thompsons of Prudhoe and Northumberland County Council, is being organised in conjunction with the Hexham Job Centre Plus and is ideal for anyone looking for work, a return to work or for a change in direction. More than fifty employers are confirmed to attend, including Marks and Spencer, Walwick Hall and the Newcastle United Foundation, with jobs covering all corners of the Hexham constituency and beyond, from Bellingham to Newcastle.

I am really looking forward to Friday's event. It should be a fantastic day, which I hope will help people to get the new start they are looking for- it would be great to see you there!

Any employers who would like to attend - and it's totally free - please email teamoppy@gmail.com and we'd be delighted to have you.

https://www.tynedalejobsfair.co.uk