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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.

Photo: K311642

Photo: K311647

 Photo: K311642
Photo: K311642
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
SHEEP
Education will help to win war against drugs
JUST say no has been the stark message surrounding illegal drug use for decades.
Simple tips to keep your roses beautiful
ROSES are undoubtedly the queen of flowers. With an incredible variety of shapes, colours and scents, garden roses are an essential plant in the garden. Enjoying the setting sun and the fabulous rose display on a lovely summer evening is the ultimate pleasure of roses in the garden.

Sarah Fyfe who owns Peacock Blues on Wastgate in Haltwhistle. *Photo: HX231785.

HX231786. Sarah Fyfe who owns Peacock Blues on Wastgate in Haltwhistle. *Photo: HX231786.

Road resurfacing closes Main Street in Haltwhistle. *Photo: HX231784.

Roadworks on Haltwhistle's Main Street. Photo by Alistair Burrowes

 Sarah Fyfe who owns Peacock Blues on Wastgate in Haltwhistle. *Photo: HX231785.
Sarah Fyfe who owns Peacock Blues on Wastgate in Haltwhistle. *Photo: HX231785.
‘No roadworks’ hits business
A COUNCIL blunder led traders to fear Haltwhistle’s shopping centre would be cut off to traffic during a week of roadworks.

Haydon Bridge High School's boarding wing at Ridley Hall.

 Haydon Bridge High School's boarding wing at Ridley Hall.
Haydon Bridge High School's boarding wing at Ridley Hall.
Good news for support group
A CLOSURE-threatened support group for adults with learning disabilities has been given a stay of execution.

Peter Marshall, Angela and Alex Steele prepare to celebrate the society's 40th anniversary.

Alex Steele next to his fathers Jaguar XC150.

June 1977. Crowds gather for the South Tyne Traction Engine Society steam rally.

A former Prudhoe Urban District Council steam-powered vehicle at the South Tyne Traction Engine Society annual rally in 1984.

This youngster is enjoying the event back in 1992.

South Tyne Traction Engine Society prepare to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

South Tyne Traction Engine Society as they prepare to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

South Tyne Traction Engine Society prepare to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

South Tyne Traction Engine Society in 1980.

Miniature steam engines shown in 1994.

The 1995 rally held at Corbridge.

Steam Rally 1999.

The South Tyne Traction Engine Society 30th anniversary steam rally was held at Corbridge in 2008.

 Peter Marshall, Angela and Alex Steele prepare to celebrate the society's 40th anniversary.
Peter Marshall, Angela and Alex Steele prepare to celebrate the society's 40th anniversary.
Celebration of steam has pulling power for visitors to Corbridge
The organisers of an annual event, which draws thousands of visitors to the district each year, are preparing to mark four decades of celebrating the history of steam-powered transport.

Members of the Hexham platoon of the Home Guard during the Second World War.

A page from Tynedale at War - 1939-1945.

How the Hexham Courant reported the conflict.

 Members of the Hexham platoon of the Home Guard during the Second World War.
Members of the Hexham platoon of the Home Guard during the Second World War.
Triumph and tragedy on the Home Front
A POLISH pilot found himself in the dock at Hexham Magistrates Court while the might of the Luftwaffe and Hitler’s stormtroopers were champing at the bit to cross the Channel.

Evelyn Foster.

Diane Janes, author of Death at Wolf's Nick: The Killing of Evelyn Foster.

Death at Wolf's Nick: The Killing of Evelyn Foster.

The Hexham Courant's report of Evelyn Foster's murder

 Evelyn Foster.
Evelyn Foster.
Book investigates unsolved murder
MYSTERY has surrounded one of Northumberland’s most notorious murders for decades, but a crime writer claims to have shed some light on the death of Evelyn Foster.

Steve Mason

 Steve Mason
Steve Mason
Chief executive leaves Northumberland County Council
NORTHUMBERLAND County Council’s chief executive Steven Mason has left his post.

Eastgate Manor Nursing Home in Mickley

 Eastgate Manor Nursing Home in Mickley
Eastgate Manor Nursing Home in Mickley
Elderly hit by care home funding row
TYNEDALE is on the brink of a care crisis which will hit vulnerable and elderly residents hardest, with many of the district’s care providers refusing to do business with Northumberland County Council.

The Heart of Gold campaign was a successful partnership between the Hexham Courant and the Stephen Carey Fund.

The King's Head has helped raise £1,800 for a new defibrillator.

 The Heart of Gold campaign was a successful partnership between the Hexham Courant and the Stephen Carey Fund.
The Heart of Gold campaign was a successful partnership between the Hexham Courant and the Stephen Carey Fund.
Heart-warming response to debfrillator cam
ROB Wishart’s welcome return to Allendale last week brought a sigh of relief throughout the Allen Valleys.