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MORPETH FAIR DAY

Parade ★ Brass Band ★ Fun Run Food Court ★ FUN FAIR ★ & Lots MORE!

Sunday 10th June 2018

www.morpethfairday.co.uk

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MORPETH FAIR 2018

WELCOME! W

elcome To The 2018 Morpeth Annual Fair Day, Organised By The Morpeth & District Chamber Of Trade.

Morpeth Fair Day has taken place every June since the 1980s. We are always happy and proud to see visitors from all over the North East and beyond thronging the streets of our town and enjoying themselves. There is plenty to see and do. The centre of activity is the main stage where a number of acts and events will take place – a fun run, brass bands, jugglers, karate exhibitions and much, much more, with John & Mick (Morpeth’s answer to Ant & Dec) as ever, the masters of ceremonies. Turner’s Funfair with its many rides is located in New Market and an extensive Food Court and dining area, with food for all tastes, is on Oldgate. There will also be a Dog Show on High Stanners and you may well see participants in an Orienteering competition navigating their way through the town. For many though, the highlight of the day is the parade of vintage cars and motor bikes that travel down Bridge Street, along Oldgate and park up on High Stanners for all to go and see. If you have any problems or questions during your visit to Fair Day, please do not hesitate to ask one of our many stewards for assistance. Morpeth is a lovely market town and we want you to enjoy it and come again and again, not just on Fair Day but also to enjoy the social and shopping aspects of the town as well as its history.

MORPETH FAIR SPONSORS

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Have a great day!

KEN BROWN Chair, Morpeth & District Chamber of Trade Programme produced by ABC Magazines www.yourabc.co.uk

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History of Morpeth Fair T

he first fair day in Morpeth was held approximately 35/36 years ago (there is a slight debate as to the exact year), and the original venue was Morpeth Rugby Club. The fair was made up of a street of stalls totalling approximately 25, combining a range of charities, businesses and organisations. Following the success of the first fair day, the following year Stan Robson had the idea of expanding the fair and relocating to Bridge Street. Since the move the fair has grown in size year on year, and is now one of the key dates in the Northumberland calendar. The reasons behind the concept of the Fair Day are three fold. Firstly to raise money, with £1000 being the original target for the Christmas lights and decorations. At the time Castle Morpeth Borough Council organised and paid for the Christmas lights, but these had reduced over the years and the Chamber wanted to put on a more fitting festive display in the town centre (the Christmas lights were originally built and directed by Chamber members, but legislation dictated that it had to be handed over to the local council). The £1000 was raised through selling the stalls and collection buckets. The second reason for Fair Day was to advertise the town and to try and bring people in to Morpeth from outside the area. Putting on a successful Fair Day, the team hoped, would attract visitors to return on a more regular basis. Thirdly, and most importantly, Fair Day was a way for the traders to say thank-you to the residents of Morpeth 6

for their custom over the years. These 3 reasons are still the main objectives of the Chamber to this day. The fun fair in a smaller version came to the town many years ago but, by starting to work with Keith Turners (Turners Fun Fair), they have formed an excellent working relationship which has increased the size of the fun fair dramatically. The whole fair has increased from 20 or 30 stalls, to the fair it is today, covering the whole of Bridge Street, Oldgate and with major attractions down on the Stanners. One of the flagship events of the day is the main parade organised by Malcolm Stewart, which has increased over the years, from a handful of vehicles, to dozens of bikes and vintage cars. Some of the other events seen over the years have included World Championship Cumberland Wrestling, Tug of War, Bungee Jumps and Helicopter Rides. In previous years, behind Rutherford’s Department store where the private car park is located, you would find a stage where rock bands perform all day. Now the main stage at the top of Bridge Street is where most of the entertainment is performed, and is still the main focal point to this day. Over the years Morpeth Fair Day has raised over £150,000, which has all gone back into Morpeth through Christmas lights and the festive displays, Britain in Bloom, fighting for free parking as well as fighting off out of town retail developers and countless other projects and promotional events.


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READY, STEADY, GO!

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orpeth fair day traditionally starts at 10.15am with the children's fun run It is free to enter for all and each entrant receives a Free Goody Bag containing: Water, Crisps, Fruit, Biscuit, a Subway Cookie, and a certificate signed by Jim Alder Commonwealth Marathon Gold Medallist. The leading finishers also receive a free membership for Morpeth Harriers. The event has been held now for over 20 years and has been fantastically supported and funded by local businesses Coca Cola European Partners, Morrisons Supermarket, Subway, Morpeth fair day committee/Chamber of trade, with registration and Marshalling by Morpeth Harriers The event is available for 6 to 13 year olds, however children under 6 can complete the course if accompanied by an adult. The course is just over a mile long starting and finishing in the Market place, having run through Carlisle Park at 10.15am, and all entrants need to be registered. Registration will commence at 9.30am in the Market Place on the day. For those interested in joining Morpeth Harriers the contact person is Hudson Stoker at morpethharriers @aol.com

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FAIR DAY PARADE

A BIG HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY AND A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE CLASSIC CARS AND BIKES - by Norman Rickard - Parade coordinator

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ver the thirty years or so of Morpeth Fair Day, the Parade has changed markedly. In the early years the Parade consisted mainly of Floats of varying kinds and just a few cars and motor bikes. As health and safety rules became tighter, worries about people falling from the floats and projectiles (like sweets) thrown from them, heralded the current format of cars, bikes and other vehicles. One thing that has not changed is that the Parade has always been about fun. People line the route to see and cheer the Parade all the way from the Mafeking roundabout in the south of the town by the rail station, through Morpeth High St (Bridge street) and beyond the clock tower to High Stanners. The parade will be headed by a Vauxhall Victor owned and driven by Mr Bill Wilson. This car, though common in the 1970s, is rarely seen today and is our Mayoral car. The Mayor escort, will be picked up at the Chantry. The types of vehicles in the Parade is different each year but you can rely on a wide variation. There are rare cars from the 1930s to the 1980s, built in Britain when car manufacturing was a major UK industry. Lookout for Triumphs, original Minis, Jaguars and many more including some fun cars like a Robin Reliant which recreates Dell Boy’s (from Only Fools and Horses) iconic transport. Also, this year as last, we are pleased to have some ex-forces vehicles in the Parade. I believe one might have a water canon but there is strict instruction for this not to be

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fired! The vehicle owners have, most often, spent many months restoring their vehicles and continue to spend time keeping them roadworthy. They are a credit to their owners and we are delighted they have chosen to show them off on our Fair Day. No discussion about the Parade vehicles would be complete without mentioning the motorbikes. This huge column of vehicular power headed by the “Blood bikes” with their lights flashing will be able to be seen leading the other vehicles as the Parade winds its way through the town. The Parade will start from Morpeth rail station at about 1145am and the vehicles will be on display at High Stanners from around 1230pm. If you can stop them gossiping (because they love to chat to each other) the owners are often proud to talk about their vehicles and their restoration. All-in-all these vehicles, great assets to their owners, will surprise and delight both on Parade and on display. Well worth a view and we look forward to seeing you there.


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Fair Day Volunteers Wanted Part of what makes Morpeth Fair Day a success is the volunteers and marshals on the day. The marshals help make Fair Day a great event, and they are a vital part of making sure the event goes smoothly and in ensuring all the visitors have a wonderful day.

There is also tremendous camaradarie amongst the fair day team, and in previous years all the colunteers and marshals have had a fantastic time, and once the Fair is over, the whole team bonds over on or two well-earned drinks! Anyone who wants to help out in the day, whether you have an hour to spare or the full day, visit morpethfairday.co.uk for contact details and more information.

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ased in the heart of Morpeth, My Pet HQ isn't your average pet store. Founded by Caroline and Diane Coppen, the expansive, bright, open space plays host not only to a well-stocked store but also to workshops, social events and even a grooming salon. With a layout more similar to a lifestyle store than that of a traditional pet store, My Pet HQ offers a welcoming space for animals and their owners to relax, socialise and shop. "Since we opened almost a year ago," Caroline revealed, "we've tried to push the boundaries and help pet owners become more educated in not just the physical needs, but the emotional needs of their animal too." Founded on the beliefs of value, education and fun, My Pet HQ's ethos is all about putting your pet's needs first, and educating pet owners to make more informed decisions, and become better pet owners as a result. Picking up a number of local business awards, the store, which was the first in Morpeth to offer opening hours until 8pm, five days a week, has gained overwhelming support from the people of Morpeth. Diane explained, "We really look to respond to what our customers need, and for us, offering our customers more convenient opening hours really 14

made sense because it was a lot more convenient for customers wanting to pop in after work. Likewise, we were constantly being asked why we didn't have pet grooming facilities in our store and whether we had any plans to offer the service in future. I guess you could say we're really are a brand who values our customers' needs and listens to what they've got to say." In keeping with the brand's commitment to an animal focused approach to pet care, the new My Pet Groomers offers a range of natural, herbal based grooming products from Herbal Dog Co, alongside traditional grooming products. Speaking on the decision to work offer chemical-free, alternative products, Caroline explained: “A lot of professional grooming shampoos can be quite abrasive, making them potential irritants for not just the animal’s skin but also the groomer’s hands! Eventually we’d like to move to using all natural products and encouraging pet owners to choose products free from any nasties.” Currently open from 10am to 6pm, 5 days a week, My Pet Groomers, is just the beginning of My Pet HQ's expansion, with My Pet Cafe currently under construction. My Pet HQ, 15-17, Oldgate, Morpeth NE61 1QF Tel: 01670 512895 www.mypethq.co.uk


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JAMES BURRELL COMING SOON TO MORPETH

MORPETH FAIR DAY SPONSORS JAMES BURRELL BUILDERS MERCHANTS ARE OPENING A NEW BRANCH IN MORPETH THIS SUMMER

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ames Burrell Builders Merchants, established in Gateshead in 1877 and still owned today by the Richardson family, is the North Easts leading independent merchant. As a company, they are extremely proud of their long heritage of over 140 years serving the trade, and throughout that time they have worked hard to provide our customers with the very best levels of service. Their staff are one of the major strengths of the Company, their expertise and knowledge is the main reason why customers return to James Burrell time and time again. Following a £1million+ investment, July 2018 will see the Company opening a new branch in Morpeth. The site, which is located at Coopies Lane Industrial Estate, will offer a full range of high quality Timber and Landscaping products as well as a full range of Civils, Roofing, Insulation and Building materials. Morpeth will be the Company’s ninth branch across the North East and Yorkshire joining Blyth, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Bishop Auckland, Stockton, York and Ossett. The company is expected to employ around 12 new staff from the local area when it opens in the summer. James Burrell are proud to be supporting the local community by sponsoring the Morpeth Fair Day 2018 and are looking forward to giving the local builders and tradesmen an improved service in the area.’ www.jamesburrell.com Tel: 0191 477 2249 16


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URBAN ORIENTEERING

NEWCASTLE AND TYNESIDE ORIENTEERS, WILL BE SHARING THE FUN OF MORPETH FAIR WEEKEND AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME AND TRY IT OUT FOR YOURSELF...

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ewcastle and Tyneside Orienteering is hosting the British Mixed Sprint Relays at Pegswood on the Saturday 9th June, and an orienteering competition in and around Morpeth town centre on Sunday 10th. They’re keen for local people to try orienteering in Morpeth on Sunday. They will set up a very short demonstration course where people can turn up and try it out. You are also welcome to register to take part in a variety of standard courses: registration is either online in advance, or on the day. What is orienteering anyway? It’s an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises mind and body. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. On the ground, the points each have a distinctive marker flag. Competitors use a compass to help them navigate, and are timed. In competitive orienteering the challenge is to choose your own best route and complete the course in the quickest time you can. The timing works because at each control point there is an electronic box to record that you’ve reached the right place. You use an orienteering ‘dibber’ (like a memory stick) to check in using the box at the control point. When you’ve finished, you use the club’s 18

equipment to download the data from your ‘dibber’. You will get a printout of your own results, and they will be recorded and displayed – so you can see how you did compared to others on the same course. Who goes orienteering? This is a recreational activity, so it doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are. You can run or walk, making progress on the courses at your own pace. Orienteering is a fulfilling sport for runners and walkers of all ages who want to test themselves mentally as well as physically or who want to vary their leisure activities. You can orienteer anywhere. You may have heard of the army, guides and scouts orienteering in remote forest and countryside, but you can also orienteer in urban areas like Morpeth. June’s event is part of an urban orienteering series, which draws top-class competitors from around the country. You may spot some competitors sprinting through town, especially near the marketplace, on the hunt for the right controls. On the morning of 10th June you will find them in Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre. If you’d like to find out more about the sport, the club or Morpeth Fair Urban Races please visit www. newcastleorienteering.org.uk.


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MORPETH FAIR

MAP Bridge Street, Oldgate & Stanners

MARKET PLACE The Main Stage

Fun Run registration

Opening Ceremony 10am. In front of the Clock Tower/Boots pharmacy.

Main Parade

Fun Run

Registration from 9.30am

Big highlight of the day! Great opportunity to see classic cars and bikes. The parade starts at 11.45am. It starts at the train station, goes down Bridge Street, Oldgate and on to the Stanners where the cars and bikes are displayed.

Bridge Street Stalls

Something for everyone on the main stall road.

Oldgate Stalls Lots of stalls to enjoy

Stanners

Stanners will host Morpeth Fair Day’s first Dog Show, entry £1 to pay on the day, other attractions include cars and bikes display, Army, stalls, fairground rides and mini pony and water boat rides, falconry and animal displays.

Food Court

Food from around the world. Pizza, noodles, Punjabi, Greek and many more to suit all tastes. Seating area.

Starts at the Main Stage 10.15am. The route goes up Bridge Street, turning up the Chantry foot bridge (next to Bin 21) then follows the river around Oldgate and back to the Main Stage. Approx. one mile (1600m).

Lost children

If you and your child become separated, please report to the main control caravan. The caravan is located by the Main Stage.

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First aid is available at the main control caravan, by the Main Stage in front of Stait Photo/ Barnardos. St John Ambulance is next to the caravan (opposite Gebhards Bakery).

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New Market

Turners Funfair

Turner’s have a family history of managing fairground attractions going back nine generations, to the 18th century! They have remained in the forefront of the industry, constantly updating their expertise and equipment to satisfy the demands for bigger and better rides, thrills and attractions.


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Food Court Back by popular demand for it's third year, Morpeth Fair Day Food Court is bigger and better than ever, and has a new location! This years Food Court, sponsored by Burgham Park Golf Club, is situated on Oldgate (right behind the Clock Tower) and features a variety of cosmopolitan food and drinks to satisfy every taste bud. There is also a cosy undercover seating area to rest your legs while you fuel up for the rest of the day. Food will be available from 11am - 4 pm, and open for Breakfast, Lunch or just a snack to help you along during the course of the day. This years Food Court is street food at it's very best!

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OUR HISTORY

MORPETH & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF TRADE HAVING BEEN DOING SOME DIGGING AND HAVE DISCOVERED SOME FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THEIR HISTORY...

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ntil recently we believed that the Chamber of Trade had been in existence since the 1950s. However, after some detailed research we have found that the Chamber (then known as the Chamber of Commerce) was alive and well way back in 1868. So 2018 sees us celebrate our 150th anniversary. The organisation has changed its name a few times in its 150 years. In 1903 it became the Morpeth Tradesmen’s Association. This lasted until 1943 when the then Chairman, Malcolm Wood, became despondent at the apathy of local traders in responding to the threat of the German Luftwaffe, despite having established a mutual aid scheme to provide aid to traders whose property was damaged by enemy action. In the hope that it might appeal more to traders, the Association changed its name back to the Morpeth Chamber of Commerce. Since the 1960’s it has been largely known as the Morpeth Chamber of Trade. Many of the issues dealt with by the Chamber over the years continue to come back. For example, in 1906 there was an angry response to the “foolish proposal” of not permitting horses and carts to stand in Bridge Street for unloading as they were continually being moved on by

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the police. In 1949, there was a plea to remove parking charges as only the Terrace car park was free at the time. There was outcry when it was claimed that car were being forced off the main street by police as the proposed bypass wasn’t likely to happen for a number of years. Sounds familiar doesn’t it. In the late 1960s, the Chamber launched “The Morpeth Rant” a free publication for the people of the town. This carried news, in particular news relating to businesses and the development of the town and much more besides. At that time, the town’s Christmas Lights were handmade by members of the Chamber of Trade. Probably something that would scare the pants off Health & Safety experts in the modern era. It was very labour intensive and becoming more and more expensive. Thus, Fair Day was created to provide funds for the Christmas Lights. Whilst we have been researching and enjoying our history, the Chamber of Trade is continuing to keep a steady eye on the future. We will continue to lobby on behalf of traders and town centre users, for example, for better car parking facilities and we are also looking to introduce some new events to the town over the next two years.


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SHOW TIME!

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aking centre stage on Fair day will be some of the pupils from Dance By Lisa Fiddes-Dobson, performing a display of Latin & Ballroom Dancing.

Principal Lisa Fiddes-Dobson says "I'm so proud to show the public how far my students have came in such a short time. My Dance school started two years ago so none of my students have danced any longer than that. I teach children from two years old up to adults of any age. We hope you enjoy the show!� For more information visit their Facebook page: DanceByLisaFiddes-Dobson

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WHAT’S ON IN MORPETH Sunday 15th July PICNIC IN THE PARK

An afternoon (12noon – 4pm) in Carlisle Park of family fun and entertainment with juggling, storytelling, a brass band, stalls, crafts – and a free BBQ. Free entry Picnic in the Park is organised annually in July by Greater Morpeth Development Trust with help from Morpeth Churches Together

Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th September HERITAGE OPEN DAYS There’s always a full programme of activities in and around Morpeth as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative – including many churches open to the public, tours of the Clock Tower and Bothal Castle grounds - and viewing of the Mayor’s Parlour and “Town Treasures” in the Town Hall. The Morpeth Heritage Open Days programme is coordinated by Greater Morpeth Development Trust 28

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October MORPETH FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL A two-day festival with over a hundred stalls on Bridge St, in the Town Hall and as part of the regular monthly Farmers Market – plus a demo kitchen with local and celebrity chefs, and scone- and jam-making competitions. The annual Morpeth Food & Drink Festival is held on the first weekend of October each year and is organised by the Morpeth Markets Partnership led by Sanderson Arcade.

REGULAR EVENTS Farmers Market

Held on the first Saturday of each month – an opportunity to buy direct from local producers with produce ranging from bread to sausages to cheese to cakes to game pies to herbs to organic vegetables to jam and much more. The market which has been running since 1999 routinely has 20-25 stalls. There is also a weekly conventional street market held every Wednesday.

Community Cinema

Films are screened in the Town Hall on the first Friday of each month from September through to June. Watch social media and town noticeboards for the 2018-19 programme. The Community Cinema is organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust.

Saturday 17th November CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON This year, Morpeth Town Council and Sanderson Arcade are working together for a combined Christmas Lights Switch-On which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Each year, the Chamber of Trade source the town Christmas tree which stands in fron of the Clock Tower – and also contribute to the costs of the Christmas Lights from funds raised through Fair Day


Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April 2019 52ND ANNUAL MORPETH NORTHUMBRIAN GATHERING The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering is a festival of Northumbrian music, dance, song, dialect and humour – it’s a “muckle fligarishion”. The Gathering is held every year over the weekend after Easter and is organised by the Morpeth Antiquarian Society.

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Sunday 9th June 2019

MORPETH FAIR DAY

If you’ve enjoyed Fair Day – put next year’s date in your diary! It is always held on the second Sunday in June.

ATTRACTIONS IN MORPETH MORPETH IN BLOOM

Morpeth has one the “Best Town” category in Northumbria in Bloom ten times in the last eleven years, with the Chamber of Trade & Sanderson Arcade regularly winning the “Best Retail Precinct” award for the town centre. So, this year, we are representing the North East in the national Britain in Bloom competition – look out for some rather special displays from June onwards. One highlight this year will be the reinstatement of the Morpeth Floral Clock – with full carpet bedding – in Carlisle Park – well worth a visit in July or August! Morpeth in Bloom is coordinated by Morpeth Town Council with wideranging support from commercial and community partners across the town. The Chamber of Trade manage the ordering and distribution of hanging baskets displayed by town centre shops and businesses, in partnership with Heighley Gate Garden Centre.

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Morpeth boasts one of the last traditional children’s paddling pools. Managed by Morpeth Town Council and open from the end of May to early September – it is a huge family attraction throughout the summer.

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USING YOUR BRAIN, FOR A CHANGE I’M ANDREW FLOUNDERS AND I WORK WITH PEOPLE’S BRAINS.

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use hypnosis and other powerful techniques to do Brain-Based Rapid Therapy. In particular I work with that part of the brain that many scientists call the ‘Reptile Brain’. It’s old (in evolutionary terms), it’s simplistic but it’s very much in charge a lot of the time. It’s your fear centre, your ‘fight’, ‘flight’, ‘freeze’ response. It creates those feelings of stress, anxiety, panic, worry. It can even be responsible for cravings, comfort eating and low mood. It’s in charge because it processes everything first. Information about your environment goes through it first – in fact it is responding to stimulus and generating behaviours a full half second before we are consciously aware of it. And that’s the equivalent to 50 metres of brain when travelling at the speed of neurones. That’s why our cravings, anxiety, panic and habitual responses and behaviours ‘feel’ so out of control. And it doesn’t respond to reasoning, logic or rational persuasion. It’s a learning machine and it’s been adapting and learning since you were born responding to your thoughts and environment according to what it’s learned from your lifetime of experiences. We need our Reptile Brain for survival but it just hasn’t adapted well to our modern lives and the often intangible but significant stresses we are under every day – money, relationships, work, performance, social media etc. And as humans, once we've learned a negative association or experienced trauma (created emotional

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memories) we IMAGINE things, we tell ourselves things, we 'what if'. In more serious cases we have intrusive thoughts and memories and our world shrinks as we avoid any threat, real or imagined (the brain makes no distinction). I have clients who were virtually housebound as a result of IBS and the fear of 'what might happen' when they left the safety of their home. Or we eat excessively, smoke or take other drugs. But it doesn’t have to be that way You see, the same biological processes that are used to create those responses can be used to undo them. Using the right techniques and targeting the reptile brain you can create temporary plasticity in those strong neuronal pathways and synaptic links that are creating the problem, and create new, desired responses instead. Often quite quickly. Imagine that! The neuro-science behind it is Memory Reconsolidation and the basic structure behind most of my therapies uses these principals. I work with many issues and have seen people change their lives time and time again. So don’t just imagine what it would be like. Do something about it. I look forward to your call…. Andrew Flounders - Therapist and Trainer. Owner of Watson House Holistic Therapy Centre, 23 Oldgate, Morpeth. Tel: 01670 511293 www.andrewflounders.com contact@andrewflounders.com


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LOOKING AFTER EYES SINCE 1933 LOCATED ON BRIDGE STREET IN THE HEART OF MORPETH, ROBERT GREEN & PARTNERS OFFER A STATE OF THE ART SERVICE FOR YOUR EYES.

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obert Green and Partners Opticians are Morpeths longest established optometrists, dating back to 1933 when David Rae first opened the practice. David later joined forces with Robert Green, re-naming the business Rae & Green and in 1985 the current name was adopted. The current owner, Kevin Gray, joined in 1987 becoming a partner in 1992 and sole owner in 2013. The business was originally located in Newgate Street but as it began to expand and out-grow the property the decision to relocate to new premises was made in 2012. The practice is now located in a prominent location on Bridge Street where it overlooks the Telford Bridge. The ethos has always been to try to combine high standards of clinical care with a broad range of quality optical products at competitive prices. With this in mind the practice has been fitted with bespoke displays to help make clients’ experience as comfortable as possible, and the business invested in advanced screening and diagnostic equipment to elevate clinical standards. Consultations are unhurried, in comfortable air-conditioned consulting rooms, where patients’ needs and available management options are fully discussed. A full range of NHS optical services are on offer, including enhanced services such as childrens’ vision screening and intra-ocular pressure referral refinement. The optical market has become extremely competitive in recent years, and the practice is able to offer complete pairs of spectacles from £30 through to custom-made bespoke frames at nearly £400. In between these is a wide range of ‘designer’ brands that will be familiar to many. Lenses from manufacturers such as Zeiss and Nikon are available and we have a strong affiliation with Essilor who design and manufacture some of the most advanced ophthalmic lenses and coatings available. Staff are trained to be fully conversant with these so that they can readily offer advice and answer your queries, and a significant investment is in training for all of our staff. 34

Children are well catered for too, with a wide range of free frames available via the NHS voucher scheme. A well equipped optical laboratory on-site with a stock of lenses means that a wide range of spectacles can be made up quickly, sometimes within the hour- very handy for emergencies for example if you break your glasses, but the aim is always to turn around the majority of jobs as quickly as possible. What can set a good independent practice apart is a more personal service, and patients consistently feed back that this is something R Green & Partners are good at. Getting to know your clients means you are in an excellent position to deliver the best service to meet their particular needs. Consultations are by appointment, telephone 01670 513175 or call in; new patients are always welcome. R Green & Partners Opticians, 62 Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1PQ www.greenopticians.co.uk


Looking after eyes since 1933, R Green & Partners offer unhurried clinical eye tests for all the family in comfortable fully equipped consulting rooms. Designer frames and sunglasses from Ray Ban, Ralph Lauren, Armani,Ted Baker, Versace,Tom Ford, Michael Kors and more, we have something for everyone. We are a Lindberg+ Partner stocking the exclusive Spirit, NOW and Strip ranges of these stylish and iconic frames. Most types of contact lenses fitted.

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