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Rose and Crown quoits organiser Raymond Little.

Rose and Crown quoits organiser Raymond Little.

Adam Ridley, his grandfather, Albert and father, Ken

Ken Ridley in action.

Measuring up.

 Rose and Crown quoits organiser Raymond Little.
Rose and Crown quoits organiser Raymond Little.
Keeping quoits alive and ringing
IF you think a gater is an American crocodile and a ringer is someone with a bell, then it’s odds on you’ve never played quoits.
Sign up for our 10-mile challenge?
ARE you and your family ready for to take up a challenge?

Grandaughter of Forum cinema founder, Tom Scott, Julia outside the cinema .

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Forum cinema founder Tom Scott.

Grandaughter of Forum cinema founder, Tom Scott, Julia outside the cinema.

Curtain up on Forum Cinema's 80th birthday celebrations
A MODERN Theatre De Luxe was how Hexham’s brand new Forum Theatre was described in a handbill for its auspicious opening night on August 23,1937.

Members of Transition Tynedale: Wendy Breach, Rosemary Theobalds, Susan Hick, Elizabeth Leonard.

Hexham First School pupils Emma Mason and Max Cessford, with deputy headteacher, Natalie Harrison, and headteacher Becky Jackson.

 Members of Transition Tynedale: Wendy Breach, Rosemary Theobalds, Susan Hick, Elizabeth Leonard.
Members of Transition Tynedale: Wendy Breach, Rosemary Theobalds, Susan Hick, Elizabeth Leonard.
Courant gives helping hand to local good causes
FOUR local organisations have been given a cash boost thanks to the Hexham Courant Charitable Trust.
Gilsland Show results
Champion Of Champions: Darren Willey.

In the thick of the action at Mestival

Participants enjoy the Mestival festival

 In the thick of the action at Mestival
In the thick of the action at Mestival
Mud fest draws the crowds to North Tyne
HUNDREDS of people waded through mud and water on a historic North Tyne estate on Saturday.

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First published in 1864, the Hexham Courant is the voice of Tynedale in Northumberland. With its mix of local news stories, features, campaigning issues and excellent local sports coverage, the Hexham Courant has become the bible of this beautiful and unspoiled area of Northumberland.

A steam locomotive at the revived Slaggyford station.

 A steam locomotive at the revived Slaggyford station.
A steam locomotive at the revived Slaggyford station.
Back to the future as Duke re-opens rail facilities from the past
THE Duke of Gloucester was in South Tynedale this week to revive historic railway attractions from a bygone era.

The main entrance at the Sill.

On the roof of the Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

The pathway leading to the roof of the Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

Newly-planted wildflower meadow outside the Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

The permanent exhibition space at the Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

The permanent exhibition space at the Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

Office space for local businesses at the Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

Youth hostel accommodation at the Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

Glen Sanderson and Tony Gates outside The Sill. Photo: KATE BUCKINGHAM

Dr Sarah Glynn, manager at the Sill.

 The main entrance at the Sill.
The main entrance at the Sill.
Sill gets ready for public test
FIVE years ago it was a futuristic vision held by Northumberland National Park Authority.

Wheelbarrow races at last year's Ovi-Fun Field Day.

Spacehopper races at last year's Ovi-Fun Field Day.

 Wheelbarrow races at last year's Ovi-Fun Field Day.
Wheelbarrow races at last year's Ovi-Fun Field Day.
Ovingham gets ready for fun
PREPARATIONS for a community event which promises fun for all the family are well under way in Ovingham.

Ridsdale villagers with John Sisterson, former resident and one of the Fund’s founders, in the centre, next to Heather Bassett, who attended the first Christmas party and pantomime trip as a teenager.

The first trip to the pantomime in 1967, to see Mother Goose in Gateshead.

Ridsdale villagers at the Summer Of Love celebration.

 Ridsdale villagers with John Sisterson, former resident and one of the Fund’s founders, in the centre, next to Heather Bassett, who attended the first Christmas party and pantomime trip as a teenager.
Ridsdale villagers with John Sisterson, former resident and one of the Fund’s founders, in the centre, next to Heather Bassett, who attended the first Christmas party and pantomime trip as a teenager.
'Dying' village alive and kicking
RIDSDALE villagers young and old sported their 1960s fashions in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ridsdale Junior and Seniors Fund.

Glen Sanderson and Tony Gates outside The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre on Hadrian's Wall.

Exhibition space at The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre.

A pathway through a newly-planted wildflower meadow leading up to the roof of The Sill.

 Glen Sanderson and Tony Gates outside The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre on Hadrian's Wall.
Glen Sanderson and Tony Gates outside The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre on Hadrian's Wall.
World class dream is realised at Sill
A STUNNING multi-million pound visitor centre on Hadrian's Wall welcomed its first visitors for a behind the scenes tour this week.

Head teacher Fiona Conely with students Rachel Hardcastle, Alex Tilley, Ronan McGowan and Camille Pulido in front of one of the displays celebrating 40 years of St Joseph's RC Middle School in Hexham. KATE BUCKINGHAM.

Students practise their performance at the celebration for 40 years of St Joseph's RC Middle School in Hexham. KATE BUCKINGHAM.

Visitors and students look at displays celebrating 40 years of St Joseph's RC Middle School in Hexham. KATE BUCKINGHAM.

Year 8 students Mina Dodd, Lauren Wood, Lucy Shorey, Grace Peatfield-Muter (corr) and Annie Doody with their artwork for one of the displays celebrating 40 years of St Joseph's RC Middle School in Hexham. KATE BUCKINGHAM.

 Head teacher Fiona Conely with students Rachel Hardcastle, Alex Tilley, Ronan McGowan and Camille Pulido in front of one of the displays celebrating 40 years of St Joseph's RC Middle School in Hexham. KATE BUCKINGHAM.
Head teacher Fiona Conely with students Rachel Hardcastle, Alex Tilley, Ronan McGowan and Camille Pulido in front of one of the displays celebrating 40 years of St Joseph's RC Middle School in Hexham. KATE BUCKINGHAM.
School marks 40th birthday
SAMBA music and a display of art inspired by the theme of “home” formed part of a celebration event to mark the 40th anniversary of a Tynedale school.

Guy Opperman. Photo: K401509

 Guy Opperman. Photo: K401509
Guy Opperman. Photo: K401509
MP welcomes cash boost
HEXHAM’S MP Guy Opperman has welcomed a Government pledge to plough an extra £1.3bn into schools across England over the next two years.

Haltwhistle Community Campus.

Haydon Bridge High School. Photo: D130957

The new logo, designed by pupils, set to be introduced for the two Haltwhistle schools, and Haydon Bridge High School.

 Haltwhistle Community Campus.
Haltwhistle Community Campus.
Return to tradition for Haltwhistle schools
HALTWHISTLE’S two schools will return to their first and middle school titles in a move which will retain three-tier education in South Tynedale.

David Coulter nears the finish of the Hexham Half Marathon.

 David Coulter nears the finish of the Hexham Half Marathon.
David Coulter nears the finish of the Hexham Half Marathon.
Abbey start inspires the masses
FOR nearly 10 years, the wonderful building that is Hexham Abbey has been my view from the Courant office.

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Distance runners take to the streets of Hexham
A SEA of colour will pass through Hexham town centre on Sunday morning.

A new discovery of writing tablets has been made at Vindolanda Roman Fort

 A new discovery of writing tablets has been made at Vindolanda Roman Fort
A new discovery of writing tablets has been made at Vindolanda Roman Fort
New hoard of writing tablets discovered at Vindolanda
AN exciting new hoard of ancient writing tablets have been unearthed at Vindolanda Roman Fort, near Bardon Mill.

The Northumberland Day street party at Haydon Bridge

 The Northumberland Day street party at Haydon Bridge
The Northumberland Day street party at Haydon Bridge
Northumberland Day award for Haydon Bridge
HAYDON Bridge has won a prestigious award for its contribution to Northumberland Day.

David Coulter avoids the puddle at the finish of the Tynedale 10K.

 David Coulter avoids the puddle at the finish of the Tynedale 10K.
David Coulter avoids the puddle at the finish of the Tynedale 10K.
A birthday bashing follows Tynedale 10K...
WHEN it comes to races in the North-East, both of the Tynedale Harriers' events, the 10k and 10-mile jelly tea race, have great reputations.

Octogenarian Thelma Dixon completes her mile alongside fellow swimmer Adam Haughton.

Staff and participants in the 24-hour swim.

Charlie Mckenna Grey (gold), Billy Graham (silver), and George Steel (bronze) with Hxham Courant reporter Joseph Tulip

Wendy Short and Martha Kennedy.

 Octogenarian Thelma Dixon completes her mile alongside fellow swimmer Adam Haughton.
Octogenarian Thelma Dixon completes her mile alongside fellow swimmer Adam Haughton.
Thelma joins younger crowd in fund-raiser
OCTOGENARIAN Thelma Dixon was among almost 50 people who took part in a 24-hour swimathon at Haltwhistle’s outdoor pool.

Protesters called for the overnight urgent care service at Hexham General Hospital to be re-opened. *Photo: Paul Norris

 Protesters called for the overnight urgent care service at Hexham General Hospital to be re-opened. *Photo: Paul Norris
Protesters called for the overnight urgent care service at Hexham General Hospital to be re-opened. *Photo: Paul Norris
Overnight urgent care closures extended
THE urgent care centre at Hexham General Hospital will remain closed overnight for a further three months.

Store manger Dan Thompson with Nicola Fletcher outside the new Co-op store in Hexham, when it opened in December.

 Store manger Dan Thompson with Nicola Fletcher outside the new Co-op store in Hexham, when it opened in December.
Store manger Dan Thompson with Nicola Fletcher outside the new Co-op store in Hexham, when it opened in December.
Co-op shoppers help Tynedale groups
TYNEDALE community groups are lined up for a funding boost from the Co-op.

Ray Bather visited over 100 war cemeteries during the Centurion Ride.

The Ulster Tower, in memory of soldiers from Northern Ireland, at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Ray Bather at the grave of Capt. Lionel Plummer in France

Ray Bather at the Vimy Ridge memorial in France.

Ray Bather placed poppies at many war graves.

Ray Bather's support team: Marc Adams and Ray Tilley.

Ray Bather left three poppies at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

 Ray Bather visited over 100 war cemeteries during the Centurion Ride.
Ray Bather visited over 100 war cemeteries during the Centurion Ride.
Ray completes epic bike ride in honour of WWI dead
HE travelled 300 miles through unfamiliar continental landscapes, endured substantial headwinds, and was even knocked off his bike.

HX131790 Right to Know. Hexham Courant editor Colin Tapping submits the petition into Northumberland County Council. Your right to know. WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH 2017. KATE BUCKINGHAM.

 HX131790 Right to Know. Hexham Courant editor Colin Tapping submits the petition into Northumberland County Council. Your right to know. WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH 2017. KATE BUCKINGHAM.
HX131790 Right to Know. Hexham Courant editor Colin Tapping submits the petition into Northumberland County Council. Your right to know. WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH 2017. KATE BUCKINGHAM.
Committee agrees public notices ban was vindictive
THE editor of the Hexham Courant this week told Northumberland county councillors he was pleased common sense had prevailed in the campaign to restore statutory public notices in the newspaper.

Simon Hicks.

Slow Pulled Lamb with Sticky Sauce.

Slow Pulled Lamb with Sticky Sauce in a wrap.

Lamb sharing platter.

 Simon Hicks.
Simon Hicks.
Slam in the lamb for delicious meals
HE WAS on a mission to demonstrate that barbecues can be about more than just burgers and buns, so what better platform than NorthSheep 2017?

Restoring Ratty project officer , Kelly Hollings (left) and Coral Edgcumbe of Derek Gow Consultancy at Kielder photo: John Millard

Ratty returns to Kielder for the first time in 30 years. Photo: John Millard

One of the water voles swimming to freedom. Photo: John Millard

Water vole reintroduction expert, Derek Gow, about to release Ratty. Photo: John Millard

Ratty sits atop a Pringles container, ready to take his first flight to freedom. Photo: Cain Scrimgeour

The Forestry Commission's ecologist, Tom Dearnley, coaxes a reluctant Ratty out of its release pen. Photo: John Millard

Sub pic: Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers, Mel Rockett and John Bower who carry a soft release pen down to the pond side. Photo: John Millard

Sub pic: Northumberland Wildlife Trust's chief executive, Mike Pratt, looks delighted to see the return of Ratty to Kielder. Photo: John Millard

Kelly Hollings, Restory Ratty project officer with children from Kielder First School at a release site

Kielder First School got to meet Ratty too. Photo: Katy Cook

Courant feature writer, Pauline Holt, releases one of Kielder's new population of water voles, helped by reintroduction expert, Derek Gow

 Restoring Ratty project officer , Kelly Hollings (left) and Coral Edgcumbe of Derek Gow Consultancy at Kielder photo: John Millard
Restoring Ratty project officer , Kelly Hollings (left) and Coral Edgcumbe of Derek Gow Consultancy at Kielder photo: John Millard
Returning Ratty to the riverbank
IT was one of those moving wildlife encounters that, unless you’re David Attenborough, doesn’t come along every day.

Steven Mason

 Steven Mason
Steven Mason
No comment on golden handshake
OFFICIALS at Northumberland County Council are remaining tight-lipped over the size of the golden handshake for its former chief executive.

MP Guy Opperman. *K401509

Labour party candidate for the 2017 General Election, Stephen Powers.

 MP Guy Opperman. *K401509
MP Guy Opperman. *K401509
Ministerial job for Hexham’s MP
AMID the tumult of this week’s Cabinet re-shuffle, Hexham’s newly re-elected MP, Guy Opperman was named a Department for Work and Pensions minister.

Annabelle Murray with her decorated envelope at the Roman Wall Show.

 Annabelle Murray with her decorated envelope at the Roman Wall Show.
Annabelle Murray with her decorated envelope at the Roman Wall Show.
Full results from Roman Wall Show
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