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Issue 179 - April 2020

WHAT’S INSIDE

Your favourite PRICELESS community magazine

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Welcome

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We may now be in the month of a certain Fools’ Day, but reality has lately been much weirder than any pranks your (responsibly socially distant) friends may be tempted to pull on you. This is reflected on page 46, where the space we would normally devote to ‘what’s on’ listings has instead been given over to tips to help to keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy and occupied during the Covid-19 pandemic. But we’ve also got some light relief for you elsewhere in this issue, including Craig Lenaghan’s verdict on the latest Pixar classic, Onward, on page 44. That’s it for now – keep flicking our pages and washing your hands throughout April, and we’ll see you again in May! Findley Roofing & Building proudly sponsors this month’s IN&AROUND. Don’t trust any other provider of high-quality roofing and building services as a homeowner in the North East of England or beyond. Call Findley’s professional and friendly team today, on 0191 417 3422, to ask for a competitive free quote – or simply log onto www.findleyroofing.co.uk.

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“When should a homeowner start thinking about replacing a window or door?” Apart from obvious signs, like leaking or warping, there’s lots to look for. If you start hearing more noise from outside, or can feel a draught, even when they’re closed, it’s time to replace. Equally, if the inside of the units are misted up or difficult to open, close and lock, they’re at the end of their lifespan. One thing often overlooked is if you have older, internally-glazed windows. If the beading holding the glass in place is on the outside, it can be a security risk. It’s easy for someone to pop the beading and remove the glass to gain access – definitely time to replace. “What are the easiest-to-overlook ways of lowering energy costs simply with windows and doors?” Look for A rated argon filled double glazing, as argon is a better insulator than air. New double glazing can be “Low E”, which means it lets in light and heat but reflects heat from inside back into the room. This can actually reduce heat loss by a further 20%. “Your windows and doors are manufactured locally what are the benefits of this for your customers?” Our customers are welcome to visit our showroom and factory and see us working. But the biggest benefit is the after care we can offer. Being local, if customers encounter

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Refurbished, rejuvenated and remarkably good Ever since it reopened its historical doors and arches to diners in February, I’d been yearning to see what delights awaited in Lumley Castle’s all-new Knights Restaurant. Along with the refurbishment of the library bar and a number of bedrooms, the new-look Lumley Castle has spent several months on quiet, dedicated transformation, including adding several notable new faces to its personnel. Gordon Cartwright, with a solid CV of five-star hotel experience, is the new General Manager, while Executive Head Chef, Craig Sherrington – who helped The Capitol Hotel to its second Michelin Star – was tasked with creating a new menu. So, what’s the result? Guided through the exquisite new interior, a contemporary twist on the Castle’s medieval roots, we began the evening with a wonderful taste of the original cuisine to come. A side dish of bread and whipped butter (which sounds simple enough, in essence) was served with a small pile of optional rock salt and a shot glass of tomato water. The small, perfectly-formed loaves and light, creamy butter (with a sprinkle of rock salt added) blended exquisitely with the tomato water – combining to create a palette cleanser that set up the senses perfectly for the evening.

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And this, for me, encapsulated what the new menu was all about; understated initially, but with a luxuriously appealing twist to come. My first course, for instance, was leek and potato, as per the menu, but in reality was a crispy sphere full of texture, taste and, again, surprise. Packed with wild rice and barley, and served with a truffled brie sauce, this was one of many intriguing vegetarian options one could choose from. Vegans, too, have plenty of choice in both starters and the main courses on the modern menu, including the excellent pumpkin and pine nut risotto I enjoyed later. Even the sides seem to take on an original and contemporary twist (I highly recommend the tenderstem broccoli with almond, and the aforementioned ‘bread and whipped butter’). Joined by a meat eater, I can also vouch for the preparation and presentation of the meat and fish, included the red wine cured halibut starter and salt marsh lamb main. The desserts, too, didn’t fail to deliver, with this being another range of classics to be given an original makeover by the new minds behind the Knights Restaurant. Overall, the result of the refurbishment seems to be about providing more than food – it’s an experience, and well worth a reservation in the near future.

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There’s always HOPE We started HOPE back in April 2016 when there were only 3 nights per week where hot food was available to those living on the streets – we wanted to provide another night of food and friendship.

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Each Saturday night we go out into Newcastle City Centre and provide an outreach service, where we offer hot homemade food, hot and cold drinks, essential warm clothing, sleeping bags, toiletries and any other items that are needed.

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CHANGING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY of Gateshead and Chester-le-Street - a place close to their hearts would be the perfect setting.

“Over the past 4 years I have worked with children from a variety of backgrounds: those who have Special Education Needs, mental health issues, and those who lack confidence, to those who are gifted and talented high achievers. What is amazing with our programme, is there is something for everyone from age 4 to 18 years old, and the system really works.” Carol Milne, Centre Director

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What an amazing start to the year Kip McGrath Chester-le-Street is having! The professional education centre in the heart of our community has only been open for 4 months, and is already having a significant impact on many local children’s lives. Carol and Julia the Centre Directors are a mother and daughter team, who are passionate about children’s well-being and supporting them in their educational journey. They are driven by seeing student’s confidence and self-esteem grow, as well as making progress in maths and English.

“One of our parent’s informed us recently that Kip has had such a huge positive impact on her son; it has changed his life. He has moved up several sets at school. Hearing this feedback is why we do what we do.” Julia Poole, Centre Director

Students start with a free assessment, where parents receive feedback on where they are working in relation to age related expectations. Then a bespoke lesson is created on their individual needs. The team believe that the Kip system is so successful because all of their tutors are highly experienced, fully qualified, teachers who deliver exceptional quality, 80 minute lessons. The sessions are small groups, each child receives one on one teaching time; working on a personalised programme designed on their specific needs. There is consistent reviewing of student progress to ensure every child stays on track, working towards their goals. Carol and Julia are looking forward to continuing to welcome more students and seeing their confidence grow.

Carol started the business in Gateshead in 2016, opening her first centre on Regent Terrace, Gateshead. As more and more families reached out asking for support, Julia soon came on board too. Their Gateshead East centre has proven to be one of the most successful Kip McGrath Education Centres in the UK and across the world, with Carol being recognised as Franchisee of the Year 2018. They quickly realised that they wanted to provide the same services and opportunities to families outside

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Stanley and Bishop Auckland now offering free Wi-Fi Residents and visitors to Bishop Auckland and Stanley are now able to go online at zero expense, by taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi in the County Durham towns. Durham County Council has funded the new system, joining forces with Bishop Auckland Town Council, Bishop Auckland Town Team and Stanley Area Action Partnership. Those wishing to use the free Wi-Fi simply need to connect to the Connected Bishop Auckland or Connected Stanley system and log on via social media or a simple form.

Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for The Stanley Wi-Fi zone runs along the main Front transformation, culture and tourism, added: “This will make the town centres a more vibrant Street and down to The Louisa Centre. and attractive place for residents, visitors, businesses and shoppers. “An important part of a town’s infrastructure” “We hope that the offer of free Wi-Fi will increase the time people spend in the town Durham County Council’s Cabinet member centres, as well as encourage additional footfall, for economic regeneration, Cllr Carl Marshall, which will help local businesses grow.” commented: “Having free Wi-Fi will be hugely beneficial for the town centres in both Bishop If the pilot scheme succeeds in boosting footfall Auckland and Stanley. to businesses in the area, it is expected to “It is an important part of a town’s infrastructure be rolled out to other towns around County and something that forward-looking and thriving Durham. towns need to invest in.” 30 | IN&AROUND


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NEW Veterinary Practice in BIRTLEY

We opened our family-run, independent, veterinary practice in Birtley on the 16th March. We had a great first day with dogs; cockatiels and a boa constrictor. We have followed on with our first two cat spays and various other appointments. We pride ourselves on providing affordable, quality, care while tailoring our treatments to your needs. Our vision is for every pet, owner and staff member to be cared for and valued through exceptional communication and service, today and every day.

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finally managed to visit Jodrell Bank (JB) between Christmas and New Year. This was the trip postponed last July by the big party to celebrate the granting of UNESCO World Heritage Status. The best fare was using the southern TransPennine route between Sheffield and Stockport – much more rural than the northern TP route taken by trains from the north east.

The observatory was established by the University of Manchester in 1945 by Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer, to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the WW2. Subsequently, it has been involved in the research of meteors, quasars, and was heavily involved with the tracking of Space Age probes in the 1960s,

Daniel and I travelled from the north east via York and Doncaster, riding the TP to Stockport and the local train to Goostrey, arriving on time at 12.41. The little station has some interesting displays on the radio telescope and is a short walk from the village of the same name. The JB explainer’s talk at Jodrell Bank takes place at 14.30 daily, and we debated whether to have lunch in the Red Lion pub before walking to the radio telescope or use the café there. I made a wrong judgement and chose the pub: not particularly good, fairly expensive, and took an age to arrive. So we might miss the talk.

The work began in Manchester itself, but electrical interference from the trams on Oxford Road prevented effective research, and required a move out into the country. Electrical interference remains a problem on the rural site though, and visitors and staff are prohibited from using mobile phones. Jodrell Bank is primarily used for investigating radio waves from the planets and stars, effectively looking out for life on other planets, although none has yet been found, and perhaps never will be. A good reason for looking after our planet by travelling by train wherever possible. JB is also HQ for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a collaboration of 20 countries to create the most powerful radio telescope ever built.

Jodrell Bank is two and a half miles from the station, and after we had eaten I had to summon a local taxi to get us there in time using the only number I had. The driver had only returned from the Canaries the previous night, so I am rather glad we were not visiting the day before. Instructions for walking along the narrow country lanes on JB’s website advise not to walk this route during hours of darkness as there are no street lights. It adds that at one point it will appear that you are walking away from the telescope, but to “hold your nerve as you are on the correct road”. The Lovell telescope, 76.2 metres in diameter, and now the third largest in the world, dominates the site. The guide who took us round had worked there for several years but admitted to me afterwards that he had never been up inside the contraption. 38 | IN&AROUND

We saw the indoor orrery, a model of the solar system, but it was unfortunately too dark to explore the 35 acres arboretum, which houses the UK’s national collections of crab apple and mountain ash, as well as a small scale model of the solar system at a scale of approximately 1:5,000,000,000. From closing time at 17.00 to our train at 18.03 we had ample time to walk back along the unlit lanes facing oncoming traffic and retracing the route of the taxi on foot at zero cost, to board our homeward train.

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A very happy 204th birthday to Charlotte Brontë The eldest of the three Brontë sisters to survive to adulthood, Charlotte – also known by the pennames Lord Charles Albert Florian Wellesley and Currer Bell – was born on 21st April 1816 in Thornton in West Yorkshire, and went on to become one of the most celebrated figures of English literature. She published poems and four novels, the best-known of which being the passionate Jane Eyre of 1847.

This proved to be a fruitful apprenticeship for their later literary careers, and at the age of 15, Charlotte – by now being given a stimulating and wide-ranging education by Patrick and Maria’s sister Elizabeth – enrolled at the nearby Roe Head School. While this proved a less harsh environment than the Clergy Daughters’ School, Charlotte only spent 18 months there, before again returning home.

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Brontë was the third of six children of Patrick Brontë, an Irish crofter’s son who, via a Cambridge education, rose to the status of perpetual curate at Haworth in Yorkshire. Charlotte was just five at the time of her mother Maria’s death in 1821, and further tragedy visited the family four years later, when the harsh conditions in the Clergy Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge, Lancashire brought about the death of Charlotte’s two older sisters.

As an adult, Charlotte worked as a governess and spent a number of years at a Brussels board school, where her unrequited love for the headmaster provided inspiration for her novels Villette (1853) and The Professor. The latter was actually her first novel, but was rejected by many publishing houses, before eventually being published posthumously in 1857.

The three siblings had been sent to the school in 1824, and the institution provided no shortage of material for the eventual Jane Eyre, in which Charlotte lambasted it – perhaps exaggeratedly – under the thin disguise of Lowood, with the real-life school’s principal, the Reverend William Carus Wilson, widely regarded as the counterpart to the novel’s mean and vindictive Mister Brocklehurst. Charlotte and surviving younger sister Emily returned home in June 1825, and spent the next five years there learning, playing and writing and telling romantic tales to each other, as well as inventing imaginative games that they could play at home or on the desolate moors. 40 | IN&AROUND

This meant it was the passion and rebellion of Jane Eyre that ultimately propelled her to fame, and a place in London literary circles including such legendary figures as Elizabeth Gaskell and William Makepeace Thackeray. She followed it up with 1849’s Shirley, which was written during and after the tragic deaths of her three siblings within a single year. In June 1854, Charlotte married long-time suitor – and her father’s curate – Arthur Nicholls. Her subsequent pregnancy, however, was accompanied by exhausting morning sickness, and she died aged 38 on 31st March 1855. The last of her siblings to pass away, Charlotte had nonetheless – by the mid-19th century – more than assured her place in literary legend for centuries to come.


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Although the prolific animation studio Pixar’s latest portrays what, at first glance, is a stereotypical fantasy world, it’s much more relatable than you might expect, as the actual magic has largely lapsed among the populace. So, a centaur cop drives a car, a dragon is kept as an overexcitable if ultimately tame pet, and unicorns rummage like squirrels through rubbish bins. It all makes for a lot of delightful silliness while setting the stage for the film’s more poignant moments.

That’s just one example of how Onward has fun updating a number of fantasy cliches. As the awkward self-doubter who initially knows next to nothing about magic, Ian represents probably most of the parents in the audience. Meanwhile, Barley is the roleplaying geek who – with some of the good-natured doziness of Emmet Brickowski, the Lego Movie protagonist previously brought to audible life by Pratt – teaches Ian more and more of the spells he needs to succeed in his adventure.

In amongst this world are our two leads, elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot – voiced respectively by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, with the Avengers stars’ chemistry consistently sparkling. The ever-reliable Julia LouisDreyfus voices the kind-hearted mother Laurel, who breaks the news that, now that Ian has reached his 16th birthday, the boys can inherit a very special item from their late father: a magical staff capable of restoring him to life for just 24 hours.

Director Dan Scanlon lost his own father early, and has spoken of how Onward is written from a place of “personal truth”. Even despite Onward’s lack of a clearcut antagonist, the emotional stakes are certainly high for Ian and Barley as they race against time before their patriarch has to disappear again, this time for good. No spoilers here about how the situation eventually resolves itself, but it will certainly resonate with viewers who have also lost a loved one in gut-punching circumstances.

Alas, the brothers mess up the spell – leaving them, creepy though it sounds, with just their father’s sentient legs. The only hope for bringing back the rest of him before the 24 hours elapse is a rare gem waiting at the end of a Lord of the Rings-style quest. The brothers eagerly embark on it while towing along their literal half-dad, who becomes a riveting character of his own even sans torso. The first stop? A tavern where the boys hope to meet a mighty manticore – who, it turns out, is now rushed off her feet as an embattled restauranteur, Corey (Octavia Spencer).

Pixar has a long and established history of moving audiences close to tears; the love story told in the opening scenes of 2009’s superb Up particularly springs to mind. Onward doesn’t quite scale the heights – either creatively or emotionally – of that film, but that probably says more about how high the Disney-owned studio has set the bar than Onward’s own (few) shortcomings. Like Ian and Barley, Pixar has hearteningly succeeded in rekindling a little magic from a bygone era.

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