Cash raised for Jamie

Students at Newcastle College have raised £600 for eight-year-old Jamie Hall, of Morpeth, who is suffering from the rare form of cancer, lymphoblastic lymphoma.

Students at Newcastle College have raised £600 for eight-year-old Jamie Hall, of Morpeth, who is suffering from the rare form of cancer, lymphoblastic lymphoma.

DJs, singers and bands from the college's School of Music and Performing Arts took part in a "pay to play" event and organised a raffle.

Jamie has completed 10 months of intensive radiotherapy at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

Forum birthday

CASTLE Morpeth Business Forum, which was launched last year, celebrates its first anniversary next week with more than 200 members.

The Forum was set up last November to help build job opportunities and strengthen the local economy. Later this month its steering group will meet senior borough councillors to provide feedback and opinion from the business community.

Access plans

A RESIDENTS' association in Berwick is hoping to put together a funding package of £30,000 to improve the access to a public park overlooking the River Tweed.

The Castlegate area association is planning to provide access for the disabled to Castle Vale Park near the rail station which would also accommodate people with prams and pushchairs. The association has already carried out major environmental improvements at the park.

Healthy meals

FAMILIES in Blyth Valley are being offered free advice on cooking healthy meals on a budget.

Blyth Valley Housing and healthy eating advocate Marna Swan have teamed up to give people the chance to take part in three-hour practical sessions focusing on healthy food.

Transport is provided to and from the venue and the next session will be at Mayfields Community Centre in Cramlington on Thursday, November 9. More details on (01670) 542093 or email participation@blythvalley.gov.uk

Signs concern

TAXI operators in Berwick are calling for improvements to the arrangements for signs advertising the taxi rank in the town centre.

They say they are unsuitable and have suggested several of the signs in Marygate should be relocated.

Members of the borough council's town committee have also been told that operators are concerned about motorists parking illegally in areas identified for use by taxis.

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