The North East Excellence Awards 2015.

North East Hotel Excellence Awards celebrate the best in the industry

Prizes are given for staff who help keep the North East hospitality industry at the top of its gain

Josie's Dragonfly Trust event at Matfen Hall

Lunch date at Matfen Hall Hotel boosts funds for Josie's Dragonfly Trust

Josie’s Dragonfly Trust was set up by inspirational teenager Josie Madeline Grove shortly before she lost her own battle with leukaemia

Liam Watson, left and John Carslake, producers of milk drink Natty at Wheelbirks Farm Stocksfield

Milking the market with Natty flavoured milk for grown-ups

Flavoured milks aren’t just for children, as the grown-up Natty range is out to prove. Jane Hall finds out more

Paul Walker, new operations manager at Matfen Hall

Senior appointment at Matfen Hall Hotel and Spa

Matfen Hall Hotel and Spa, near Hexham, has recruited Paul Walker who joins from Rockcliffe Hall, Country Durham

Matfen Hall's Library restaurant

Secret Diner Review: Matfen Hall (The Library), Matfen, Newcastle

A trip to Matfen Hall three years ago left the Secret Diner with a bad taste in his mouth. His return trip was found to be a lot more pleasant

Hexham greenkeeper David Thompson

Hexham greenkeeper David Thompson bags scholarship by R and A

Hexham greenkeeper David Thompson has been awarded a scholarship by the R and A

Jack Hermeston receives his £1,250 cheque for being a Sport Newcastle Scholar from Alan Younger, chair of Sport Newcastle

City of Newcastle golfer Jack Hermeston named Sport Newcastle scholar

City of Newcastle golfer Jack Hermeston has been made a Sport Newcastle scholar and was part of the winning team at the Sport Newcastle golf day

Eight-year-old golfer Junior Dobson

Golf sensation Junior Dobson comes under scrutiny

Eight-year-old Corbridge golfing sensation Junior Dobson is coming under scrutiny at an international selection day for northern Under-16s

North East golfing ladies jet off to US scholarships

Two England female golfers from the North East are to head overseas to the US for scholarships on the college circuit

Lee Westwood at Close House

Sad finish costs Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood admitted he had been “kicked where it hurts” in the US PGA Championship as Adam Scott and Justin Rose remained in contention for their second major titles of the yea

The 9th hole at De Vere Slaley Hall golf course

Chance to get up close - and learn at De Vere Slaley Hall

THE final of the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship tees off at De Vere Slaley Hall on Tuesday with home club contender Steve McNally explaining why there is a buzz about the tournament.

David Hunter - a founding director of the Northumberland Tourism organisation

Shock of North East tourism chief's death after sprained ankle

THE wife of a respected tourism boss who developed a blood clot and died just days after spraining his ankle on holiday in Turkey last night paid tribute to her "kind and marvellous" husband.

World star Gary targets region’s golfers

THE most-capped international in the world, Gary Wolstenholme, is to play for Cumbria next season and has pencilled in Northern Counties Championship fixtures against Northumberland and Durham for his 2008 schedule.

Golf has given me so much – I just want to share it

HE IS preparing to compete on golf’s greatest stage but Kenneth Ferrie will not forget his humble beginnings, as Chief Sports Writer Paul Gilder reports.

My place - Martin Duffy

MARTIN, 46, is a professional magician. He has been performing magic full-time for more than 20 years but before that he used to sell magic in London to other magicians.

Young Guns Shoot For Top

The 2007 season started with new players having the opportunity to test their skills against the best in the Northern Counties league.

Duo Hit The Jackpot!

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Young Jack Hermaston has had a super year and the icing on the cake has to be his selection for the HSBC Wee Wonders World Team Junior Championships being staged at Pinehurst in North Carolina next July.

John Aims To Join The Elite

John Harrison has targeted the European Seniors Tour in three year's time.

Right time to indulge yourself

Hannah Davies discovers what to buy for the beauty-lover in your life this Christmas in The Journal’s spa awards.

Peter is the new manager

PETER Smith is the new leisure manager at Matfen Hall. The 26-year-old started his career at Matfen as receptionist in the leisure club and has worked his way up.


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