Community News in Brief: Wednesday, April 30

April 30, 2014 by  
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Durham canon to take up role as Dean of King’s College, Cambridge

A college world renown­ed for its choir and televised Christmas carol concert is to gain the services of a canon from Durham Cathedral.

Dr Stephen Cherry has been appointed Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, and will take up his role later this year.

He came to Durham Diocese from Leicester Diocese in 2006.

He said: “I have hugely enjoyed the privilege of ministering in Durham, both in the cathedral and the diocese.

“I have much to be thankful for, and take away many good memories and wise insights gleaned from others.” The Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, said of Dr Cherry: “His keen intellect, writing interests and his priestly ministry will be well used in this role.”

Dr Cherry has degrees in psychology and theology and is active as a writer. He is currently writing a book about sin, as a follow-up his to his book on forgiveness.


People reminded to register to vote in North Tyneside

Residents are being reminded to register to vote in time for North Tyneside Council’s elections.

One third of the authority’s councillors is up for election this year with 75 candidates contesting the 20 seats.

The elections take place on Thursday, May 22, which coincides with the European Parliamentary Election.

North Tyneside Council is divided into 20 wards with each ward represented by three councillors.

The Labour Party, The Conservative Party and UKIP are each standing in every seat while the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Trade Unionists amp; Socialist Coalition and Independents are also fielding candidates in some wards.

Viv Geary, Electoral Registration Officer for North Tyneside Council is reminding residents to make sure they are registered to vote in time.

He said: “People are talking about the elections, but you’ll only be able to have your say on who represents you in the European Parliament and as a local councillor if you’re registered to vote no later than by the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 6 May.

“All you have to do is visit
and print off a registration form or call (0191) 643 2270.”


Drivers warned of A69 resurfacing work

Drivers on one of the region’s main cross-country routes will benefit from smoother journeys as resurfacing work is carried out.

Work on the A69 will begin next Tuesday and be completed by June 20.

All work will be carried out on the westbound carriageway and will take place overnight between 7pm and 7am, with diversions in place.

Highways Agency pro­ject manager Kyle Maylard said: “We are carrying out this work over-night to minimise any disruption.”

The first phase of the work starts at Hexham on May 6 for two weeks.


Clampdown on abuse in workplace

A new approach to tackling abuse in the workplace launches today.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC presented the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy at Sunderland Stadium of Light earlier this morning.

She hopes employers will back her clampdown on abuse in the workplace.


BBC star to join charity walk

BBC Countryfile star Adam Henson will join a group of vision impaired children, blind veterans and cadets to tackle a five-mile trek across Hadrian’s Wall in a bid to raise awareness about two vision impairment charities on May 11.

Adam is patron of local North East charity Useful Vision, which supports blind and vision-impaired children and their families across the region.

Useful Vision has teamed up with Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind ex-service men and women, to enable the children and adults to take part in the challenge.

Supported by the teams from Hebburn Sea Cadets, Jarrow Air Training Corps, Walker Technology College Army Cadet Force, and volunteers from Useful Vision, a group of approximately 100 will tackle the walk.

Adam said: “When my late nephew Ben lost his sight through his treatment for brain cancer, it brought home to me the challenges facing families with a vision-impaired child. Ben would have loved to take part in this sort of challenge. I am delighted to be part of it.”

Rebecca Wilson, Adam’s sister and founder of Useful Vision, said: “A five-mile walk along the wall may not sound much, but for a child with little or no vision it will be difficult.”


Store manager’s French maid fundraiser

A store manager will be dressing as a French maid to raise money for charity.

Terry Telford, who heads up the Tesco shop on Percy Street, in Newcastle, will be donning the attire before calling in to every Tesco store from Newcastle to Amble, offering to make staff and customers cups of tea.

Over the years, Terry has done many weird and wonderful things for charity, including having his back waxed.

But he will undertake his latest French-themed fundraiser on Friday this week.

Tesco worker Tony Oliver said: “He has raised a lot for charity over the past few years and hasn’t seemed to get the recognition he deserves.

“Terry has a heart of gold when it comes to things like this and I would love to see him get some well-deserved recognition.”


New market hailed a success

A new North East market has been hailed a success.

Around 5,000 residents attended the launch of the new Prudhoe market, a joint venture between Northumberland County Council and Prudhoe Town Council, last week. The market saw around a dozen stalls trading on The Glade area of Front Street.

Andy Rutherford, head of highways and neighbourhood services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Both traders and shoppers were thrilled with the success of the launch of the new market in Prudhoe.

“The town centre was thriving and we hope that the popularity of the market continues long into the future.”

Prudhoe Town Council said it was grateful to all those who contributed to the success. Prudhoe market is on the third Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm.


First stage in transfer

Durham County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve two key decisions next week as part of the proposed transfer of ownership of its 19,000 homes.

After the Government app­roved the council’s application to transfer ownership of its homes to its existing housing management organisations, cabinet will discuss the proposed Offer Document to tenants. The transfer will see Dale and Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes become landlords as part of a new, not for profit social housing group called the County Durham Housing Group.

The council says the transfer will ensure extra investment into homes, neighbourhoods and housing services.

The Offer Document marks the start of the first stage of the formal consultation process. If it is agreed by cabinet, it is expected to be issued to all of the council’s tenants in June. Tenants will be able to comment on the offer and this feedback will be reported to cabinet in July.


Don’t delay on credit renewal

The 114,500 people who receive tax credits in Tyne and Wear are being reminded by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to renew before the July 31 deadline to avoid a last-minute rush.

HMRC has begun sending tax credits renewal packs to about 5.8 million households. The packs are sent out between April and June.

Claimants need to tell HMRC about any changes to their circumstances that they haven’t already reported, including changes to working hours, childcare costs and income, or if a partner has moved in.

HMRC’s director of benefits and credits, Nick Lodge, said: “People in Tyne and Wear should check their details and renew early to make sure they get the right money. Don’t leave it – people who don’t renew on time risk losing their payments.”

HMRC’s phone lines become busy as late July nears, so the earlier claimants renew their claims the quicker and easier they will find it. More than three million claimants renewed last year.


Jonathan Edwards in training for cycling challenge

Olympic gold medallist and triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards has taken to cycling for charity.

On Monday, he cycled through the Pennines in preparation for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines on July 20.

He set out from Barnard Castle in County Durham and completed 45 miles of the 60-mile route. He was riding with a group from Barnard Castle in County Durham, and was also joined by professional cyclist Steven Burke.

Jonathan said: “The scenery was beautiful and it was great to have Steven riding next to me giving me tips and advice on hill climbing, as there was over 4,500ft of it on the route.”


Cabin crew training for youngsters

Tourism students had a taste of life in the skies during a training session alongside cabin crew from a holiday company.

Students studying on the Level 3 subsidiary diploma in travel and tourism from Tyne Metropolitan College in North Tyneside travelled to the Thomas Cook Cabin Crew Training Academy at Woodford Aerodrome in Cheshire to undertake a specialist cabin crew course.

The 16 students visited the aviation centre, which includes a full “mock up” plane with emergency slides.


Foster children get trip to game

Children and young people from Team Fostering have had the chance to see a Newcastle Eagles basketball game, thanks to a Newcastle-based IT services company.

Perfect Image is a corporate sponsor of Newcastle Eagles, and invited the service users from Team Fostering to attend the game. Team Fostering is a not-for-profit fostering agency, established to provide family-based care for children.

Andrew Robson, CEO of Perfect Image, said: “We felt the children and their foster families would benefit from some time together away from the home, enjoying each other’s company and the game, and so we decided to donate our ticket allocation to this excellent cause.”

The guests were treated to a nail-biting game between the Eagles and local rivals, Durham Wildcats.


Energy course

Unemployed people on Tyneside are being offered free places on a new training course to help them take advantage of jobs in offshore wind energy.

Anyone who is interested in enrolling on the diploma course is invited to attend an open day between 9.30am and 4.30pm on May 8 at One Trinity Green, Eldon Street, South Shields.

They can also meet representatives from Maersk Training, Job Centre, South Tyneside Council, National Careers Service, Career Transition Partnership and employers.


Pupils enjoy cultural lesson

Primary school pupils enjoyed a tasty trip around the globe thanks to language students.

New College Durham students studying English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) visited Esh Primary School to teach the youngsters about their countries.

The Carousel of Culture gave pupils and staff a unique opportunity to speak to people from several countries they do not usually encounter.

Activities included an international food market, Polish playground games, Japanese origami and drumming and dancing.


Schoolgirls turn engineers

Schoolgirls were invited to a North East colege to get first-hand experience of engineering.

As part of a Women into Engineering (WIE) initiative, nine Year 10 girls from St Leonard’s Catholic School in Durham and North Durham Academy in Stanley, took part in a number of hands-on activities at New College Durham.

Activities during the two-day event included designing and making a bridge structure within budget and building a circuit board.

Ian Gaskill, head of technology at New College Durham, said: “This type of event is very important for the college to challenge and inspire girls to consider a future in engineering.

Jade Atkinson, 15, who is a pupil at St Leonard’s Catholic School, said: “I like to keep my options open but engineering sounds interesting.”


Housing scheme shortlisted for award

A state-of-the-art, independent living scheme for over-55s has been recognised as one of the best residential developments in the North East by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Derwentside Homes’ flagship Castle Court development in Annfield Plain, County Durham won the residential category and was shortlisted in the building conservation category of the awards.

The £3.71m scheme, which was developed by Keepmoat, was regenerated from three unused buildings into 41 one and two-bed apartments. Coun Mich­elle Hodgson said: “The building is amazing and a fabulous addition to the village.”


Charity ‘ladies night’

A ‘ladies’ night event will be held by a party organiser to raise money for the charity Tiny Lives.

Matt Charlton, 33, from Bensham in Gateshead, runs Starz Party Entertainment and has organised a disco and drag queen show at Gateshead Legion Club at Coatsworth Road on Friday, May 9, at 7.30pm.

There are 200 tickets available, priced at £5, and they will be for sale from a stall at Trinity Square in Gateshead this Saturday.

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