Here are the most-read stories on the Courant website from throughout the week. 


1.The 33rd Annual Haltwhistle Craft fair is to return

Organiser, Ian Brown created the event more than 33 years ago and every year he can enjoy running it with his family.

Although the event took a break because of Covid, the family are planning to make up for the years of absences.

The craft fair will be on November 6 from 10am until 4pm at Masonic Hall in Haltwhistle.


2.  Prudhoe Sisters to raise money for Action foundation

THREE kind-hearted sisters have raised funds for asylum seekers and refugees.

Betsy, Daisy and Tilly Lognonné, of Prudhoe, were so moved by watching the scenes from Afghanistan on television they decided to set themselves a series of challenges for Action Foundation.

Action Foundation supports migrants on Tyne and Wear through a free English language school, housing projects, a digital inclusion project and twice-weekly drop-ins.

3. Ponteland Fireman retires after 28 years of service

Keith Carmichael, of Ponteland, leaves the fire station after joining in 1993.

The 53-year-old was awarded a commemorative plack on his last shift which thanked him for 28 years of service at the community fire station.

Keith sustained an injury which led him to retire.


4.Langley-on-Tyne man receives top RAF award for physical and mental resilience

Jaimie Self, of Langley-on-Tyne, graduated from the RAF Fire Training College at Moreton-in-Marsh as Leading Aircraftman on October 21 after a 14-week course.

At the ceremony, he received the Robson Academy of Resilience Best in PT Award.

This is awarded to the trainee who has demonstrated a high standard of physical and mental resilience, as well as always encouraging fellow peers to perform to the same high standard.


5. Environmental health experts lodge objection to £7.2m housing scheme in Bellingham

ENVIRONMENTAL health experts have lodged an objection to a £7.2m housing scheme in Tynedale.

Housing development company Maple Oak aims to transform the former Bellingham Auction Mart, which has been vacant since 2002, with 60 new homes on the site.