Otis the barn owl teaches valuable lessons

Otis the owl decided to do her bit for biodiversity when she was booked as an attraction at a conference on the topic yesterday.

Wildlife will soon have better homes

A new drive to protect and enhance habitats and wildlife in Northumberland will be launched next week.

The path to fitness

Robbie Redpath, the former Newcastle Falcons conditioner , was a delegate to the World Golf Fitness Summit at Coronado Springs in Orlando, Florida.

New North holiday park site

A new holiday park is set to open in Northumberland in a bid to cash in on the county's ever-growing popularity with tourists and visitors.

Longhirst youngsters' blow

Longhirst Hall's sense of achivement in seeing their junior section increase from 38 to 80 in two years has been tempered by the disappointment of seeing the youngsters turned down for a place in the North Northumberland Junior League for 2008.

Following the King

Long-distance cycling enthusiast Ken Dunbar is planning to pedal close to a king's ancient footprints to raise cash for St Oswald's Hospice.

Award idea scrapped

A suggestion that a Berwickshire Citizen of the Year Award should be launched has been scrapped.

Morpeth love match

Morpeth have a new club manager - 48-year-old Canadian Bill Flower.

Speed fine alternative

Speeding drivers in County Durham will to get the chance to learn from their mistakes without appearing in court in a new bid to reduce speed-related casualties.

Briefing on crime

Northumbria Police chief constable Mike Craik is to give a presentation to borough councillors on crime levels in Castle Morpeth and plans to further improve police performance.

Learning to love reindeer dances

Some of us welcome Christmas office parties as a chance to celebrate the holiday with our colleagues and have a bevvy or nine as a prelude to a few days off work.

Poets to go Dutch

Two North-East poets will travel to the Netherlands later this month to take part in a series of readings in schools, libraries and pubs.

Bowler home on the range

When England cricketing hero Steve Harmison is not bagging wickets, he likes nothing better than a round of golf at his local club.

Harmison bowls along

England Test star Steve Harmison will officially open the new clubhouse at Longhirst Hall golf course, near Morpeth, between noon and 2pm on Sunday.

Don your Red Sock

A red Sock walk is being held at Longhirst Hall, near Morpeth, a week today in aid of Sport Relief.

Council set to reap windfall from HQ sale

A council which is recovering from a major financial crisis has hit the jackpot by selling off its ageing headquarters for housing.

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