Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The Falstone Show- this weekend!

This weekend the Falstone Border Shepherds’ Show is taking place. The Show has been an important event on the calendar since 1885, and the timetable for this year’s event is packed full of classes, competitions and more. A beer tent, children’s classes, an incredible range of competitions and classes, music and the chance to take an alpaca for a walk, the day looks set to be a busy and fun-filled event.

The Falstone Show takes place on Saturday 24th August- follow the signs to the show field to find free parking.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Betel House: an example of best practice in the care sector

It was great to visit the fantastic Rising Cafe which assists the excellent work of local charity Betel House. Betel House is based in Hexham and supports those battling drug and alcohol addiction. It was recently highlighted in the Parliamentary Review as an example of best practice in the care sector. It is great that Betel UK is being given this platform to showcase the incredible work it does. Betel House Hexham, with its residential centre, furniture restoration shop, gardening business and cafe, is a beacon of hope and care in the Tyne Valley.

Thank you to everyone at the Rising Cafe on Beaumont Street, Hexham, for making me so welcome!

Friday, 16 August 2019

The 181st Allendale Show

It’s back for another year! This weekend the 181st Allendale Show is taking place, with entries in an amazing 42 different agricultural classes. Competitions include show jumping, the dog show, photography, art, flowers and so much more. 

The Allendale Show is always a great family day out and a fantastic showcase of our local area. There is sure to be something for everyone in the family at this year’s show- terrier racing, stalls and stands, a stunt bike show and circus workshops for children taking place throughout the day. It promises to be a day to remember!

The Allendale Show takes place on Saturday 17th August at The Showfield, Riding Haughs. 

Thursday, 15 August 2019

How the Romans made their armour

This week members of the Ermine Street Guard are at Vindolanda to show how they make their replica Roman armour, weapons and shoes. The Guard make their kit as authentically as possible, with the process based on recent research, so this is a fascinating chance to find out how the Romans themselves may have made their armour. The Guard are at Vindolando every day until Monday 19th August so make sure not to miss out on a unique experience!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Sunday at the Thockrington Church Fete

There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than in a beautiful country garden, and this weekend the Thockrington Church fete and open gardens at Carrycoats Hall is a perfect opportunity to do just that. The fete takes place on Sunday 18th August at 2.30pm and there will be cream teas, a plant stall, home produce and a raffle. Entry is £5 and children enter for free. So this Sunday if you would like to wander around the herbaceous and vegetable gardens and look at the woodlands of Carrycoats Hall, then the Thockrington Church fete is the place to be!

Monday, 12 August 2019

The World Transplant Games 2019

This week the World Transplant Games get underway, and for the first time ever the games will be taking place in Newcastle and Gateshead. The World Transplant Games are a celebration of a second chance of life, and show the success of transplant surgery. This year’s games are taking place from 17th-23rdAugust and include events such as cycling, swimming, football, golf, badminton and much more. Participants are all recipients of organ or tissue transplants, however there are also events for donors.  

There are around 6080 people on the transplant waiting list in the UK, including around 150 children and teenagers. On average three people die every day who could have benefited from an organ transplant. The World Transplant Games aim to raise public awareness of organ and tissue donation. You can support donation by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk. You can also text WTG2019 to 70300 to donate £3 which will be received by the Graham Wylie Foundation. 

I wish all participants the best of luck and hope that the 2019 World Transplant Games are a fantastic success!

Flood Risk Update - 12th August 2019

The last few days has brought significant rainfall across Northumberland, and I have been visiting many of the villages affected by high river water levels. The Tyne is high, but a very long way off Storm Desmond levels, and our flood defences are doing a good job. 
I have spoken with the Environment Agency and local County Councillors for updates. Thankfully, at this stage, the flooding along the river Tyne appears not to be a threat to property.

We have had some problems with the River Rede which has burst its banks. I will be visiting to see the problems for myself.

Please be very careful when driving or walking on riverside footpaths. There is a significant about of standing water on our country lanes, and if you come across standing water, please report it. 
You can monitor flood warnings for our Tynedale by clicking here. If you need to report a flooding problem, you can contact the Environment Agency Floodline 24 hours a day on 0345 988 1188.

Finally - I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has played their part in helping to clear up flooding that has taken place in recent days, from our emergency services, to the Environment Agency.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Highlights of the summer so far...

Parliament is currently in recess, which has given me a great opportunity to spend as much time as possible in the Hexham constituency. Here are just a few of the visits I have made in the past couple of weeks:

It was great to meet Team 2 Northumberland from the National Citizen Service at Dene Grange Care Home in Hexham. I am a great admirer of the NCS programme and I cannot recommend it highly enough to local young people.

I went along to Acomb Court Care Home in Hexham where residents were being treated to one of their regular visits from two of WAG and Company's Friendship Dogs. It was wonderful to see the joy that the two dogs brought to residents. WAG and Company is holding a fundraising sponsored walk at Kielder on 28th September 2019. If you would like to get involved you can find out more and register here- https://www.wagandcompany.co.uk/fundraise/register-walk-for-wag/

I also paid a visit to the Northumberland Cheese Company in Blagdon to see their fantastic shop and dairy. It's a really great local business- definitely worth a visit!

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Help Northumberland retain its crown!

Last year Northumberland was named as 'Best UK Holiday Destination/County 2018' at the British Travel Awards, and having been nominated once again this year our great county needs your help to retain its title.

Beaches, castles, history, a stunning National Park, brilliant pubs and restaurants... Northumberland has it all! To help Northumberland to retain the title of the UK's best holiday destination/county for a second year vote by following the link below-


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

North East- leading the way on climate change

Climate change is one of the most important issues we are faced with today, and I am delighted that the North East are leading the way on educating children about climate change. The North of Tyne Combined Authority has committed to providing every state-funded school in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside with the opportunity to train a member of staff as a UN-accredited climate change teacher. The project is led by Corbridge Middle School teacher Dr Meryl Batchelder, who is Northumberland’s first UN teacher.

This is a hugely significant step and I am so pleased to see the North East leading by example and ensuring that the next generation receive the best possible environmental education. 

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Sunday in a country garden

An open garden event is taking place this weekend to raise money for two churches in Haydon Bridge- St Cuthbert’s Church and St John of Beverley Catholic Church. Tom and Belinda Speir are opening up their garden at East Deanraw Farm, Langley, on Sunday 4th August to raise money for the two local churches. As well as the chance to visit the wonderful garden, there will also be stalls, ice cream, an auction, raffle, tombola and live music. 

The event is at East Deanraw Farm, Langley, at 2pm on Sunday 4th August.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Great news for Hexham schools

I am passionate about ensuring that every child receives the best education, so I am delighted that my long campaign for a new school in Hexham is making great progress. Over the past nine years I have been one of many voices calling for major investment to improve Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School, and it is fantastic news that the contractor for the £37 million project to build new buildings is set to be approved next week. It is hoped that the new schools will be ready to open in September 2021. 

The funding for this project is being provided by Northumberland County Council and the Department for Education. This really is a true partnership of local councillors and the government working together to support Hexham, and I am confident that the future is positive for our Hexham schools. 

Thursday, 1 August 2019

A showcase of local talent

August looks set to be a busy month in the Hexham constituency!

The Hexham Art Club's Summer Exhibition is opening its doors next weekend. From 10th-16th August work from talented local artists will be on display at St Peter's Church, Bywell, from 10am-4pm daily. Entry and parking are free, and art including originals, prints and cards will be available to purchase at affordable prices.

You can find out more about the exhibition, as well as information on how you can get involved with the Hexham Art Club here- https://hexhamartclub.weebly.com