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2008-10-10 18:00:09

LEISURE centres are offering events for the over 50s this month to celebrate an Older People's Festival. Temple Park Centre, South Shields, has swimming and gym sessions for just pounds 1 in October. Hebburn swimming pool is also offering swimming and gym classes as well as aquafit sessions. The activities at Monkton Stadium include gym and a Bodyblast fitness class. Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside's lead member for culture and well-being, said: "We have a range of discounted...

2008-10-03 18:00:08

THE UK's fastest broadband is coming to Tyneside where 7,000 jobs are being created. Gateshead Council revealed today that is has joined forces with Alcatel-Lucent Telecoms to bring a super superhighway to the pounds 300m Baltic Business Quarter. Work has already started on installing miles of underground fibre optic cables right across the 21-hectare site so the system can be up and running by early next spring. (c) 2008 Evening Chronicle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Provided by ProQuest...

2008-09-30 18:00:00

By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A TEAM of insurance workers did their best to "insure" beaches were cleaned. Volunteers from AA Insurance donned Wellington boots and waterproofs to help the Clean Tyne Project in its busiest ever month. The recent torrential rain and flooded land has left a trail of debris in the River Tyne which can be a hazard to craft of all types travelling the river. Many of the river's beaches and foreshores have been left littered with tons of natural...

2008-09-23 18:00:21

RUBBISH weighing the same as three great white sharks was dredged from a Tyneside burn in a clean-up. People living near Monkton Burn, South Tyneside, took part in a tidy-up, removing waste to cut the risk of flooding and make it more attractive to wildlife. The event, organised by the Living Waterways project and the Tyne Rivers Trust, aimed to make residents aware of just how much rubbish ends up in local watercourses and to improve the appearance of the area. In total 135 tonnes...

2008-09-19 21:00:33

A CARE trust's decision to not open a health centre on a housing estate has been hailed a "victory for common sense". Following a public consultation process, South Tyneside's Primary Care Trust has decided to abandon plans to locate a GP-led health centre at Cleadon Park, South Shields. The decision to look elsewhere came after the PCT came up against opposition to the plan. Among the opponents was Coun Eileen Leask, Labour representative for Horsley Hill, who believed the site was...

2008-09-16 18:00:25

A CAMPAIGN to put South Tyneside's coal mining heritage on the map is gathering pace. Launched at the Durham Miners' Gala, the Pin the Pits campaign hopes to win recognition for the UK's former coal mining communities by having a half pit wheel placed on Ordnance Survey Maps to mark the sites of former mines. Backing the call is Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn. He said: "This is an excellent campaign which deserves support to memorialise the industrial heritage of working class people....

2008-09-11 18:00:36

NORTH Tyneside Primary Care Trust has appointed a new non- executive director. Carolyn McKelvie joins the board of directors and will play a key role in overseeing the PCT and ensuring it meets statutory duties to deliver healthcare services and improve the health of the local population. Carolyn, who has been a director and chief executive officer of Outcomes UK, a children's services organisation working across social care, health and education sectors, since 2004, qualified as a...

2008-09-01 18:00:16

MAKING the most of their last weekend, thousands of families ended the summer holidays at events across the North East. Visitors experienced all the fun of the first ever eco-friendly Green Gathering in Newcastle, which took place at Exhibition Park. Aimed at families, the new event included four stages of musical and artistic talent as well as stalls promoting ethical fashion and food, recycling and more. The two-day festival was held to promote small-scale practical environmental...

2008-08-30 18:00:26

TWO green festivals take place in the North East this weekend. The Newcastle Green Gathering expects between 15,000 and 20,000 people at its event in Exhibition Park today between noon and 6pm and tomorrow noon-10pm. And North Tyneside stages its first festival - the Big Green Seaside Day - at Whitley Bay Metro Station today between 10am and 4pm. The Green Gathering will feature four stages of music, comedy, cabaret and interactive art installations. Its green world stage today...

2008-08-29 18:00:23

FIRE crews spent a night battling a blaze at a farm. Two large piles of straw and manure caught fire at Church Farm, on Earsdon Road, near Earsdon, North Tyneside, at around 7.35pm yesterday. All together, around 80 tonnes of hay went up in flames and resulted in a large plume of smoke which was visible for miles. Firefighters from Tynemouth, Wallsend and Hebburn were called to help. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. Crew manager Peter Hamil, of Tynemouth station,...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.