Archive for February, 2012
Phone boxes in some villages in the Scottish Borders have been transformed into tourist information points. Borders villages of Crailing, Eckford and Nisbet have the once-red phone boxes as info points and resources. The iconic phone boxes have leaflets and other material, and also contain information on how to take care of the environment. They also are powered by solar power.
Northumberland National Park has been recognised for its very high standard of visitor accommodation. It has also been acknowledged for its work dont to improve mobile phone and broadband coverage in rural areas. These are two of the findings from the National Park Visitor Survey of 2011.
The Hexham Book Festival is set to take place April 23 to May 3 and it will feature some of the best new fiction being published in the west. It will also include talks on gardening, food and will include travel writers giving talks and readings. Featured guest at the festival is former poet laureate Andrew Motion.
It’s Grim up North is a new looking at the light hearted side of life on Hadrian’s Wall more than 2000 years ago. It had its premiere radio broadcast in March. The comedy is by playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood who are both based in Tyneside. Their national and international comedy stage play hits include Dirty Dusting, Waiting For Gateaux and Son of Samurai.
The Urban Traffic Management Control System (UTMC) is the first cross-boundary traffic management system in the UK and is now operational across Tyne and Wear. Its aim is to help reduce congestion, improve journey times and bring new levels of reliability on the road network. The UTMC is based at Newcastle University. It means that traffic management operations on behalf of the five Tyne and Wear districts has been amalgamated from one site, controlling lights, bus lanes, CCTV and vehicle flow across the region. This is the first time every the system has been co-ordinated and joined up in this manner
People are being urged to help protect their local wildlife this spring by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Mike Pratt, who is Northumberland Wildlife Trust Chief Executive, is requesting that people take care of their own local area for the sake of the future. He wants people to value, understand, and protect wildlife.
Lady Waterford’s Marmalade with Chips has won an important award. The marmalade is so named after the Victorian aristocratic Pre-Raphaelite watercolourist and philanthropist who lived for much of her life in north Northumberland. It is produced by Lynne and Keith Allan who run the Restoration Coffee Shop at Ford.
Robert Hersey, owner of Wild Northumbrian, writes about the development of his green holiday centre which is due to open in March 2012. It is home to yurts and tipis, and offers courses, workshops and events.
Musician Duck Baker will bring his finger-style guitar talent to Kelso on Friday, March 2. Duck is from the U.S. and hails from Richmond, Virginia. His repertoire spans the full history of the music popular music. He can play tunes from the ragtime era through swing to modern masters like Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols to free improvisation.
This Is Northumberland will keep its ad costs at 2011 prices in 2012. The decision to maintain rates at last year’s prices on the new rate card reflects an awareness of difficult trading conditions for many businesses in the North East and Scottish Borders.
A film by Disney called Brave is being touted as something that can give tourism in the Scottish Borders a huge boost. The movie from animation studio Disney Pixar is an adventure comedy set in a Scotland of mountains, mists and castles.
Fans of Newcastle United can now keep up-to-date on match days, regardless of where they are in the world. The club has launched a digital versions of its official matchday programme. The e-programme can be downloaded on all platforms that can read PDF files on a computer, iPhone or Android.
The food and drink producers from across North East England will come together later this month to show off their talents to buyers. They will gather at the Top Quality Local Produce 2012 at the Marriott hotel Gateshead on February 29.
Children on Tyneside have helped launch a new marine conservation project aboard a DFDS ferry. Students at Greenfields Community Primary School in Wideopen, North Tyneside, were on the the DFDS King Seaways Tyne-Amsterdam ferry at North Shields. There, they found out about the array of marine wildlife. They also learned how they can have a role in helping ensure marine life in the future.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours (NEWT), a Northumberland wildlife tour company, has been given recognition in the form of a national Green tourism award after NEWT’s first assessment. Northern Experience Wildlife Tours (NEWT) has been given the highest grading by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). This means that NEWT is the only wildlife tour operator in England to hold a GTBS gold award for its level of sustainable tourism.