RAF joins up for the war against turbines

VITAL low-flying training for RAF fighter crews in the region will be jeopardised if plans for three wind farms in Northumberland are given the go-ahead, it was claimed last night.

Gems in our midst

A REVITALISED rural Arts and Crafts-style church, which now plays a full role in its community, carried off an architectural honour last night.

Objectors will rally against turbines

A MEETING will be held to prepare for a public inquiry into three wind farm proposals in Northumberland.

Cycling: Victor Kay puts in Sam ride!

THE Sam Walton Memorial Border Trophy Road Race is the oldest running race in the North East, dating from 1902.

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New members for forum

SEVEN new members have been recruited to join the North East Rural Affairs Forum (NERAF).

Flood risk study sets out risks

SEVERE flooding in the North would threaten thousands of homes and cause damage of up to £74m, new figures show.

Wear all enjoying some super sport

RODS on the River Wear are experiencing some good sport with sea-trout and the odd salmon, with many returned by con-servation-minded anglers.

Three of the best

A brand new amateur golfing event will launch this August, which takes advantage of the spectacular landscapes and tranquility of the Northumberland countryside and coast.

Degrees for high flyers

The founder of the low-cost airline easyJet will share the billing with three heroes of the North-East when he gets an honorary degree from a university in the region next month.

Wear in the fish as rivers fill up

LOCAL rods have been boosted by rivers running high and coloured which has encouraged the start of silver runs of salmon and sea-trout.

Rain is no pain for salmon fans

The heavy rainfall should prove to be a real bonus to the region's river salmon and sea-trout anglers, with fish now moving on most of the local rivers.

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Billingshield Flock provides top Swaledale of Roman Wall Show

The Roman Wall Show had one of the finest days ever to exhibit an excellent show of sheep, with 38 mule ewe lambs in one class, and the largest crown for years.

Weather test bid for wind farm

An area that has become a hot spot for wind farm developers will have a fresh application from an energy company.

Rainbows reeled in at the Castle

Witton Castle Lakes produced some whopping rainbows again this week.

Postcode focus - NE47

The NE47 postcode incorporates a large rural area of Northumberland. The main town is Haydon Bridge with, further south, Allendale and down to Allenheads.

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Keep in touch with North-East gardening and floral events through this column every Saturday.

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My Place

Kathryn Tickell's roots are in the North Tyne Valley of Northumberland, where many of her relatives still play traditional music.

£70,000 boost for sky at night

Plans to build an observatory to take advantage of the dark skies above Kielder Forest in Northumberland have been given a £70,000 boost.

Record rainbow

Some magnificent monster rainbows had reels screaming and anglers in good cheer at local stillwater trout fisheries this week.

Support centre for new starters

Budding entrepreneurs can obtain support from a service in North Tyneside operated by Northumbria University.

Warmer world is good for the owls

Forty years of studying wildlife have convinced top North-East naturalist Brian Little that global warming is here - and is accelerating fast.

More election results from Friday

Here are the last remaining election results from the North-East local elections:

First salmon of season a cracker

Salmon angler of the week was Michael Rowson from Whitley Bay as he landed the first reported fish of the season from the North Tyne.

Stable mates' good turn

Today's Lanarkshire, Renfewshire and Eglinton fixture is expected to attract another bumper crowd to the Overton Farm course near Crossford where a seven-race card with 141 entries kicks off at 1pm.

Escaped buffalo cost me £6,000

A grandfather last night said that a road accident involving a water buffalo has forced him to postpone his retirement for a year.

Tractors prove a great pull for Wesley

Retirement has seen high flyer Wesley Turnbull enjoying a down-to-earth hobby.

Officials defend bridge limits

Council chiefs last night defended their decision to impose a width and weight limit on a busy Northumberland bridge, forcing some drivers to take a detour of up to 15 miles.

Villagers step up the drive for lower limit

Villagers fighting for a 30mph speed limit have organised a public meeting to drum up support for their campaign.

Walking up a tidy sum

A group of walkers from the North Tyne have raised £1,777 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

You are invited to meet Kielder's Green Dragon

A train has pulled into the North Tyne Valley for the first time in 50 years as plans to create Europe's first green steam rail line take shape.

Three more also open to support charities

The three Northumberland gardens which open at certain times of the year to support charities are Blagdon, Lilburn Tower and Nunwick.

Apples, tractors and torchlight

Vintage tractors, the great British apple and the 200th anniversary of a major flood were celebrated in Northumberland over the weekend.

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Trout fishing goes into extra-time

North East anglers fishing Northumbrian Water's trout waters received an end-of-season bonus with the news that the premier fisheries will remain open until the end of next month.

Rosy times for fruit growers

The North Tyne does not automatically spring to mind as one of the heartlands of apple growing but an event next week is hoping to change that.

Upbeat time for the Tyne anglers

The Tyne has had water over the weekend and fish have again been running.

Half the trouble

A curfew banning young people from congregating late at night on a housing estate has been hailed a success.

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