Saturday, 21 September 2019

Shop local!

Northumberland County Council’s scheme to promote food and drink produced in our county- Produced in Northumberland- has reached a fantastic milestone after gaining its 100th member. Grannies Tearoom and Delicatessen in Alnwick has become the 100th business to sign up to the scheme, thanks to its brilliant range of locally produced products. The scheme was launched in 2015 to verify that food and drink products have been produced locally, and has proved to be a great boost to our local economy.

There is such a variety of food and drink produced in Northumberland and I am a great admirer of the Produced in Northumberland scheme which celebrates our local food and drink industry. As always I would encourage you to support your local businesses by shopping locally.

You can find out more about Produced in Northumberland by visiting its website:

Friday, 20 September 2019

Help Northumberland win gold!

Northumberland is nominated in the 'Best UK Holiday Destination/County' category at the 2019 British Travel Awards, having won the award last year, and needs your help to retain the title for another year. 

There is not long left now to cast your vote (voting ends on 30th September). You can vote for Northumberland by following the link below- make sure to ask all your family, friends and colleagues to vote as well!

Northumberland is a fantastic place to live and visit so please do help Northumberland win gold for the second year in a row.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

10 years of the Kielder Marathon- book your place now!

There is not much time left to enter the 10th Anniversary Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon Weekend! The event takes place from 12th - 13t h October, with entries closing on 11th October, but with the Half Marathon already sold out and the 10K run nearly full, now is the time to make sure you don’t miss out! Known as Britain’s most beautiful marathon, the Kielder Marathon follows an almost completely off-road track and is celebrating its tenth year this year.

To enter please visit here:

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Nominate your outstanding rural businesses!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Countryside Alliance Awards! Nominations for the seven categories- Local Food/Drink, Village Shop/Post Office, Butcher, Rural Enterprise, Pub, Game Champion and the Clarissa Dickson Wright Award- are open until 8th December 2019. Last year there were 17,000 nominations submitted and the Awards hope this year to break that record, so if you would like to recognise a special rural business in your local area, from your favourite village pub to your local community's post office, then why not nominate them for a Countryside Alliance Award? 

Saturday, 14 September 2019

The sound of music in Hexham

The Hexham Abbey Festival takes place next week from Thursday 19th- Sunday 22nd September! With a line-up including everything from folk, jazz and the always popular Candlelight Concert, this year's festival looks set to be the best yet.

To find out more about the Festival's programme and to buy tickets, visit the link below. You're sure to find something for you so don't miss out!

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Prudhoe retail park is given the go ahead

There is great news for Prudhoe as work has been given permission to begin to build a new retail park in Low Prudhoe. The retail park will include a supermarket, fast food restaurant and hotel, bringing huge benefits to Prudhoe’s economy. The planning application has now been approved by Northumberland County Council’s planning committee and I look forward to work getting underway on the site before too long. 

Monday, 9 September 2019

Have your say on Hexham's two new schools

This week the designs for Hexham's two new schools are going on display as part of a public consultation which will allow families and local residents to give their views on the plans. New buildings for Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School will be built on the same site and are due to be ready by September 2021.

The consultation events will take place on Wednesday 11th September from 5pm-8pm and on Saturday 14th September from 9.30am-12.30pm at the Winter Gardens at Queen Elizabeth High School. I would really encourage parents, families and residents to go along, find out more about the plans and have their say.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

42 years of the Ponteland Parish Flower Show

One of Ponteland's most loved events is just around the corner! The 42nd annual Ponteland Parish Flower Show is taking place next Saturday 14th September at the Memorial Hall. The Show incorporates the North East Group of the Heather Society and Ponteland Memorial Hall Leek Club.

The Show is taking place from 1pm-4.30pm, with the presentation of trophies and an auction of produce held at 4pm. You can find the programme by visiting here-

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Wear it Pink this October for Breast Cancer Now

As a cancer survivor, I am very proud to support Breast Cancer Now's 'Wear it Pink' day which this year is taking place on 18th October. 'Wear it Pink' day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK and takes place every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Thousands of people wear pink in their communities, schools and work places to raise money for Breast Cancer Now, and to date over £33 million has been raised to fund vital research on preventing, detecting and treating breast cancer.

You can take part by visiting the link below to register and wear something pink to raise money on 18th October. It's a fun way to make a vital difference.

Friday, 6 September 2019

The sound of music in Allendale

September is nearly upon us and with it comes the wonderful Allen Valleys Folk Festival. The Festival, which was established in 2014, is a three day event celebrating folk music, traditional dance and workshops. This year’s festival features an exciting line-up of talent, as well as a great programme of workshops. Meanwhile the Saturday of the Festival will see the burning of a wooden sculpture representing the legendary Allendale Wolf in the Market Square. 

The Allen Valleys Folk Festival takes place from Friday 27th– Sunday 29thSeptember. You can buy either day tickets or weekend passes. To buy your tickets and to see the programme in full visit here-