Wednesday, 14 November 2018

A visit to Egger

It was great to be able to visit Egger, Tynedale and Northumberland's biggest private sector employer, last week. I have visited the factory many times before, and as always it was good to meet many of the team and get an update on the need for more timber. The factory employs more than 700 people and is one of Europe’s most advanced wood-based panel production facilities. Egger also has a fantastic apprenticeship and employee training scheme, and 10% of its workforce are currently or have been apprentices.

A great business that is such an important part of our local community- I really enjoyed my visit.

Monday, 12 November 2018

UK Parliament Week

This week is UK Parliament Week, and as we mark 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote, this year's event is more important than ever!

UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival taking place from 12-18 November, which aims to engage people, especially young people, from different backgrounds and communities, with the UK Parliament and empower them to get involved. UK Parliament Week is part of the UK Parliament’s Vote 100 programme, celebrating equal voting rights and other milestones in the UK’s democratic history. A record high of 32% women MPs were elected to the House of Commons in 2017’s General Election. There is further to go in encouraging diversity though; UK Parliament invites people of all backgrounds to have a say in their democracy.

In 2017, UK Parliament Week reached more than 360,000 people, with over 4,500 events. This year’s UK Parliament Week festival is the largest ever and will see more than 7,000 registered events with over 500,000 people taking part. I encourage you to find out more about our Parliament and get involved with local events this week- find out more here:

Sunday, 11 November 2018

We will remember them

As the country comes together to mark Remembrance Day, I would like to pay tribute to the sacrifice and bravery of servicemen and women both past and present in armed conflicts for our country. This year is particularly poignant as it is the centenary of the Armistice to end World War One.

We will remember them.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Prudhoe's best-known landmark gets a facelift

We all know the Badger, Prudhoe's best-known landmark. It has recently been given a facelift by first year apprentices at Essity, who have moved stones back into position and given it a fresh coat of paint. The work was supported by Prudhoe Town Council, county councillors Ken Stow and Gordon Stewart, Prudhoe in Bloom and Prudhoe Ground Force, with financial backing also coming from the lottery-funded Land of Oak and Iron. The Badger now looks as good as new- well done to the apprentices at Essity for all their hard work!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Let’s support Corbridge Tennis Club

The Aviva Community Fund awards thousands of pounds in funding every year to community groups and projects. The Corbridge Tennis Club is one of the many groups to have applied for funding, and I would like to encourage you to vote for them. Funding would provide a huge boost to the club, allowing it to improve facilities with a fantastic new club house. Corbridge Tennis Club is a hugely important part of the local community- it would be great if you could give them your support!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

The Great Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre

Christmas is coming, and Brocksbushes Farm Shop is currently holding its 'Great Brocksbushes Christmas Fayre'. On for the rest of the week (Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November) from 10am-4.30pm, it's the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping. Entry and car parking is free, and there will be three huge marquees full of Christmas gifts, food and wine- make sure you don't miss out!

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

A stunning tribute

If you are passing through Ovingham in the next few days, I would encourage you to stop at the church and take in their incredible tribute ahead of Remembrance Day this weekend. It is wonderful to see the effort made by local people to mark the centenary of the armistice to end World War One- it truly is a stunning sight.

Monday, 5 November 2018

17-55? You could save the life of someone with blood cancer.

I was pleased to be able to give my support to DKMS, an organisation dedicated to finding donors for blood cancer patients in need of a blood stem cell donation. Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer and some 2000 people are looking for a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donor each year. Since its launch in the UK in 2013, DKMS has registered more than 400,000 people as potential stem cell donors, however new donors are always needed. If you are 17-55 and in general good health you can become a potential stem cell donor and help to save someone's life. To find out more visit here-

Sunday, 4 November 2018

2018 Christmas Toy Appeal

It's that time of year again! This week I launched my annual Christmas Toy Appeal, and I need your help to make this Christmas a magical one for local children who would otherwise not receive any gifts this Christmas. I am always so amazed by the generosity of the people of Tynedale and Ponteland in donating gifts which will be given to the Salvation Army to distribute to local children. If you would like to donate a gift, please deliver to 1 Meal Market, Hexham before the 1st December. Toys, cuddly toys, colouring books and much more will be very gratefully received, but new toys only please! You really will be helping to make Christmas very special.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

An exciting victory for Prudhoe!

Football is an incredibly important part of life in many of our local communities, and especially in Prudhoe. It's therefore brilliant news that Prudhoe Youth FC has been awarded £276,000 by the Football Foundation, as part of a project that will allow the club to refurbish and extend its changing pavilion at Eastwoods Park. The funding will also help provide fully compliant changing rooms, officials' rooms and ancillary facilities and support the development of the club so that they can retain players and grow from 30 to 36 teams overall, including female and disability.

The difference this funding will make to the football club and to the wider community in Prudhoe as a whole cannot be overstated. I can't wait to see what the future holds for PYFC thanks to this funding.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Voices and Choices- remembering the events of 1918

Hexham Abbey's 'Voices and Choices' exhibition, to remember the events of 1918, officially opens tomorrow (Saturday 3rd November) with a day of talks and events to mark the occasion. The exhibition, open daily until Thursday 15th November, reflects the experiences of World War One as seen through the eyes of soldiers and civilians from the twinned towns of Hexham, Noyon and Metzingen. The exhibition is free and will make a fascinating visit as we nationally mark the centenary of the armistice that ended WWI- more information about the exhibition and tomorrow's events is available here-

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Remember, remember...

A reminder that Saturday (3rd November) is Hexham Round Table's annual Bonfire Night event. Held on The Sele from 6.30-7.30pm, there will be fireworks, a bonfire, stalls and more, with all donations going to the Hexham Round Table to support local charities and organisations. It's always a brilliant event, raising money for good causes at the same time- find out more below: