THE Ponteland branch of Newcastle Building Society has reopened after two months of refurbishment work.

The branch, located on Broadway in Darras Hall, will provide customers with better access to services, information and advice, as well as improved meeting spaces to discuss all aspects of personal financial planning.

Stuart Miller, customer director of Newcastle Building Society, said: “While other financial institutions are closing branches in communities across the North-East, including in Ponteland, we remain firmly committed to investing in our branch network and to playing our part in building and sustaining successful local communities.

“We’ve had lots of interest in the new branch as the refurbishment programme has progressed, and we’re hoping to share our new look with as many local people as possible at our reopening event.”

The building society currently supports the North-East charity Darcey’s Dream through its community fund, and invited its founder, Petra Williams, to cut the ribbon at Monday’s reopening.

Darcey’s Dream provides a wide range of support and advice for bereaved families, and won a £3,000 grant from Newcastle Building Society’s community fund earlier this year to fund sibling distraction therapy sessions for around 150 children who have lost a brother or sister.