Focus on policing

Senior police officers will be attending a public meeting in Ashington to discuss crime problems.

Senior police officers will be attending a public meeting in Ashington to discuss crime problems.

Northumberland's senior police officer, Chief Superintendent Graham Pears, will be meeting residents at Ashington Leisure Centre on Monday, October 2 at 6.30pm, to discuss plans for the future policing of the area.

Champion idea

ICE hockey champions will be guests for lunch at a North Tyneside school next week to help deliver the healthy eating message to pupils.

As part of the celebrations for National School Meals Week, Mobilx Vipers will be visiting schools in the borough to lead an interactive assembly on healthy eating. Team members will also join pupils at Appletree Gardens First School, Monkseaton, for lunch on Thursday.

Masons join up

FREEMASONS in County Durham have joined Beamish Museum's corporate membership scheme.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham saw their Millennium Project, the creation of a Masonic Hall in the 1913 Town at Beamish, come to fruition earlier this year. The Masonic movement raised £500,000 towards the £1.2m building.

Plum site

RESIDENTS in a retirement complex in Corbridge, Northumberland have been making the most of a bumper harvest of plums.

People living on Primlea Court, Aydon Road, have held a number of plum pie coffee mornings to reap the benefits of the fruit growing at the development, built by McCarthy & Stone.

Story time

HUNDREDS of toddlers and youngsters in Northumberland will be celebrating National Bookstart Day next month.

A host of free events have been organised in libraries throughout the county, including Teddy Bears' Picnics at Allendale and Hexham and story sessions at Blyth, Bedlington, Guidepost, Ashington, Hirst and Newsham.

For information contact your local library or the county council on (01670) 533000.

Help needed

A NEW recruitment drive has been launched by the Citizens Advice Bureau in Berwick.

The organisation is looking for volunteers to join the management committee which plans how the bureau can meet the needs of the people of the Berwick district.


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