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From left, Samantha Davies from the NFU, Margaret Casey from the RPA, Malcolm Angus and Stephen Brown from NorthumberlandTrading Standards and Ben Hastings from the RPA, who took part in a discussion on farm inspections at Kirkley Hall

Over 100 farmers attend meeting on RPA inspections after failure rates soar

Speakers included Margaret Casey and Ben Hastings from the agency, as well as representatives from Trading Standards

Northumberland farmer Hans Pörksen

Northumberland farmers meet to discuss rise in Rural Payments Agency inspection failures

Event at Kirkley Hall will include contributions from the RPA's Margaret Casey and Malcolm Angus from Trading Standards

NFU vice president Guy Smith

Government needs robust IT system to ease CAP transition, says NFU

Members' organisation will hold workshops throughout the North East, seeking the views of farmers and offering advice on changes

Marcus Clinton, vice principal at Kirkley Hall College

Kirkley Hall College leader hits out at plans to scrap free school buses

The vice principal at Northumberland's Kirkley Hall college has hit out at plans to scrap free transport for post-16 students

Tom Burford

Ban for falconer who neglected birds of prey at centre near Berwick

A falconer who ran a bird of prey centre in Northumberland subjected creatures to sustained neglect, a court heard

Northumbrian shepherdess Emma Gray

Sheepdog training from famed North shepherd Emma Gray

Shepherdess Emma Gray will be running weekly sheepdog training drop-in sessions starting this month at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus

Newcastle University's Moorbank Botanical Garden

Freemen of Newcastle snub claim over future of botanic garden

Sparks are flying over the future of Newcastle's Moorbank botanic gardens as choice specimens from their plant collection are set to go

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

Skills gap in rural Northumberland must be tackled, says MP

Bigger efforts must be made to address a growing skills gap in rural areas, according to a Northumberland MP

Moorbank botanic garden in Newcastle

Hundreds back Newcastle botanic garden fight

Hundreds of people turned out for an open session at the under-threat Moorbank botanic garden in Newcastle

Northumberland College students Michael Errington, Nicky Brierley, Reuben Molina, Adam Slaughter and Sam Mercer

Northumberland College students complete Wales mountains challenge

Five outdoor education students from the Northumberland College have completed the gruelling Welsh 3000s expedition

College celebrates all things Northumberland at Kirkley Hall

ALL things Northumberland will be celebrated at a special event at a college campus in the county next month.

Balderdash comment escapes rap

A LONG-SERVING councillor who told a woman she was talking balderdash at a public meeting will face no internal action.

Police sex claim case adjourned

COURT proceedings against the former head of the Northumbria Police horse section – who faces a string of sex assault charges – have been adjourned for three weeks.

Force’s former Mountie on 12 sex charges

THE former head of the Northumbria Police horse section has been charged with 14 offences – including a dozen sex attacks.



Sheepdog open trial results

At the recent open trial held at Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, there were 29 dogs competing.


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Go-ahead for turbine

Plans to erect a 15-metre high wind turbine for educational purposes at the Northumberland College's campus at Kirkley Hall, near Ponteland, are expected to be approved by Castle Morpeth councillors next week.

M-way closes

The southbound carriageway of the Central Motorway in Newcastle will be closed between Swan House and Cow Hill this Sunday for essential maintenance.


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