Thursday, 22 March 2018

Celebrating all things local

Last week was Northumberland County Council’s fifth Meet the Maker, Meet the Buyer trade event, bringing together the creative talents behind our locally-made products. With businesses specialising in food and drink, arts and crafts, tourism and more, the event was a brilliant celebration of local talent. The event was part of the Hexham Tourist Fair, and proved once again that Northumberland is home to some incredible talents and businesses. It is so important that we support them and our local tourism by buying local whenever possible.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Celebrating the arrival of Spring

Yesterday was the Spring (March) Equinox which marks the start of Spring. The Equinox takes place when the Sun is directly over the Equator, meaning that day and night are almost equal in length. The date of the Spring Equinox is not fixed because the Earth’s orbit around the Sun takes an average of 365.25 days, but the date moves between 19th, 20th and 21st March. However, whereas the Spring Equinox signals the start of spring in the northern hemisphere, in the southern hemisphere it marks the beginning of autumn.

The last few weeks have brought some bad weather, but we can hopefully now look forward to seeing the signs of spring! The only way is up!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Fantastic opportunity for 18-35 year olds!

The British Council’s Future Leaders Connect programme is a fantastic opportunity for 18-35 year olds from across the UK. The programme is looking for young people to become members of a global network of emerging policy leaders. As part of the programme, all the participants will be spending two days in Parliament, learning from UK parliamentarians and discussing their own global policy visions. If you are an aspiring leader and policy maker and have innovative ideas which could make global change, then be sure to apply as this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The deadline for applications from UK participants is Sunday 13th May, and all the details about the programme can be found here-

Monday, 19 March 2018

Stay safe on the roads

The weekend saw the return of the wintry weather, and in such conditions it is important to remind ourselves of Northumbria Police’s advice on driving in snowy and icy conditions. The Northumbria Police and Highways Agency websites will always have updates on road conditions, but make sure to follow the following advice when driving in the coming days-

  • Dress appropriately for the weather, especially if out on foot, but also in your car
  • Moderate your speed to match the conditions but try not to brake sharply
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front- stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads
  • Ensure you have adequate visibility by clearing front and back windscreens and all windows/wing mirrors before setting off
  • Keep your windscreen washer bottle topped up, preferably with the addition of winter screen wash
  • Clean your headlights front and rear and use dipped headlights when driving in poor visibility, including heavy rain as well as snow
  • Be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too snowy or icy to use
  • An ice scraper and de-icer should be carried for day to day use, whilst other useful items in your car in adverse weather conditions include: a torch, warm clothes or a blanket, boots, a first aid kit, a shovel, a battery, jump leads and a tow rope
  • Food and a warm drink should be taken on longer journeys
  • Advise a friend, colleague or family member of your journey
  • Ensure mobile phones are fully charged before travelling

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Success keeps on coming for our local pubs and restaurants

Just weeks after the success of chef Kevin MacLean of The Rat Inn at the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition, The Valley in Corbridge has reached the final of the Tiffin Cup 2018. The Valley has been chosen to represent Hexham as one of twelve national finalists in the competition, which is held every year to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country. The Tiffin Cup winner is chosen from a list of restaurants that have been nominated by their local MPs, and I am delighted to see my nominated restaurant recognised as one of the best. The final will be held in the House of Commons on 27th March, and I am sure that everyone in Hexham will be rooting for The Valley to be crowned the 2018 champion.