Thursday, 23 November 2017

Felling the Kielder Christmas tree!

Last week I announced the winners of my 2017 Christmas card competition, and it was fantastic to see winner Brooke Foster from Prudhoe Castle First School and runner-up Lily Macauley from Ovingham Church of England First School in Kielder yesterday to see the felling of the Christmas tree that will end up in Westminster in a few days time. Brooke and Lily designed such creative Christmas cards and so it was great to be able to invite them to Kielder Forest as they prepare to send the country's most famous Christmas tree down to London! The Kielder Christmas trees always look incredible when they are in place in Westminster, and I have no doubt that this year will be no different- I look forward to seeing the decorated tree with Brooke next month. Congratulations once again to my Christmas card winners- I hope Brooke and Lily really enjoyed their day!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas comes to Wylam

Christmas is coming, and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to attend the Wylam Community Christmas Fair this Saturday. The Fair is at the Wylam Institute from 10am-2pm with all proceeds going to the Wylam Institute. With local crafts, jewellery, glass, candles, wreaths, charity Christmas cards, toys, soft furnishings, refreshments, a raffle and much, much more, it will be the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping whilst also supporting the local community. It should be a fantastic day and I hope there will be a great turnout!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Sharing our skills

Technology has become such an important part of our day-to-day lives, and so I was really interested to hear about the partnership between Wellburn House Care Home in Ovingham and pupils at Ovingham Middle School as part of the care home's 30th birthday celebrations. Residents have been taking part in workshops at the school organised by Year 8 pupils, to teach them how to use specific areas of technology, including emails, news apps and audio books for residents struggling to read because of poor eyesight. The partnership has been such a success that there are plans for the pupils to go to Wellburn House soon to meet with residents with limited mobility.

It is fantastic to see pupils at Ovingham Middle School share their technology skills with residents at Wellburn House. Partnerships like this are so important and are a great example of members of the community working together to help each other. Well done to everyone involved- what a great idea!