Archive for January, 2012
The Delaval Lives project is intended to bring the heritage of Seaton Delaval Hall to life. It has been awarded £24,000 in lottery funding and will see residents living around the National Trust run property in south east Northumberland working with the conservation charity to investigate the existences of the people who once lived and worked there and then sharing their stories in a new way.
The Forestry Commission is launching a series of stunning nature events for the ‘Wild about Kielder’ season in Northumberland. The series will start with a walk to see the goshawk skydance, when males take to the wing to impress potential partners. There are only about 400 breeding pairs of goshawks in the UK.
Newcastle’s Life Science Centre will take visitors through the February night skies. Each month the centre’s Planetarium will give a unique Live Skies event. they are narrated by Life’s head of public engagement, Elin Roberts, and the the presentations are ever-changing and relevant to the time of year. The next event will be hosted by a guest, Dr Andrew Fletcher, from Newcastle University’s School of Mathematics.
The Come On In events are being held for galleries and museums in Tyne and Wear for disabled and deaf children and adults and are set to occur in March, 2012. They are free to attend. They include the options of BSL interpreters and free guided tours and transport for those who find using public transport difficult.
Red Rascal’s Sweet Chilli Sauce has been selected by Member of Parliament Chi Onwurah for the Made in Britain collection because she views it as an admirable representative of industry in her Newcastle Central constituency. The collection is a national scheme designed to highlight the best of British manufacturing and industry.
An interactive place will be unveiled at Newcastle’s Centre for Life before February half-term. Called the ‘make it’ zone, there will also be two temporary exhibitions – Ancient Wisdom and Classics – in the area for the half-term holiday between February 11-19, 2011.
It’s Grim Up North is a comedy by Tyneside-based writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood following the exploits of a group of dodgy Roman auxiliary soldiers building Hadrian’s Wall. It has been snapped up by the BBC and will take to the radio airwaves next month.
The North of England and the Scottish Borders had very little snow in the month of February. Spring made an early appearance and there were green shoots and snowdrops appearing, particularly in the southern part of the region.
The Scottish Borders Council is encouraging Borders businesses to enter this year’s Business Excellence Awards, set to be presented in Galashiels on March 23. The deadline for entries is Feb. 10. The awards reflect the diversity of local businesses and the categories are intended to acknowledge and showcase entrepreneurial success and activity across the region.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is set to begin tree planting activity with estate officers and volunteers aiming to plant an amazing 5,000 trees and 250m of hedgerow across the region. The work will be completed before the end of February. The trust will also be involved in the felling of trees to make way for new trees. Locations for planting include Whitelee Moor, near Carter Bar.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is set to do some work on improving Gallagher Park in Bedlington. The work is part of the SENSE II project which is funded by the Banks Community Fund. The fund is intended to making improvements at parks and green locations in South East Northumberland.
The Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival is set to begin on April 28 and will include walks around Haydon Bridge, Haltwhistle circulars, loughs and crags. There will also be evening and castle walks, woodland and bird walks. The event takes place in the spring and autumn and has been massively successful in recent years.
A star scheme that would recognise bars in Scotland where staff had been trained to explain the difference between whisky brands and make recommendations is being proposed. It could be similar to a Michelin-style grading system in bars serving Scotch whisky and would allow staff to provide advice to visiting tourists.
The Northumberland residents’ festival will take place on March 24 – 25, 2012. It will be titled Our People Our Places and will be the third such festival. The event allows people who live in Northumberland residents to experience for free or at a discount entry to many attractions across the county.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley reserve receives funding from the Postcode Lottery. This money enables the reserve to be open to thousands of visitors every year, and support a wildlife population too. The reserve is by a small team of dedicated volunteer wardens. For more than 20 years they have carried out a daily bird count to get an understanding of bird populations throughout the Druridge Bay area.