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n u f e v i t s Fe n o s ’ t a h –w ! e r e h w and

Pupils back our autumn leaves campaign

Snow White sparkles at the PLAYHOUSE

Review of Services – what matters to you?

Keeping you informed |

Christmas and New Year -

refuse collection and recycling There will be no collection of refuse and grey recycling wheeled bins on the bank holidays:

Monday, December 27 Monday, January 3 Revised collection dates are set out below. Residents are reminded wheeled bins should not be put out for collection any earlier than the evening before your collection day.

Normal day:

Revised day:

Monday, December 27 Tuesday, December 28 Wednesday, December 29 Thursday, December 30 Friday, December 31

Tuesday, December 28 Wednesday, December 29 Thursday, December 30 Friday, December 31 Sunday, January 2

Monday, January 3 Tuesday, January 4 Wednesday, January 5 Thursday, January 6 Friday, January 7

Tuesday, January 4 Wednesday, January 5 Thursday, January 6 Friday, January 7 Saturday, January 8

For more information, or if you need extra cleansing services, phone Envirolink - 0345 2000 103

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Our communications team will publish short snippets of information, news and links to interesting articles and resources. We will also use this as a way of posting reminders so you won’t miss any key events, meetings or activities across the borough!

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North Tyneside Council produces Widening Horizons for the residents of the borough. Our aim is to keep you informed about what the council and its partners are doing to improve life for people in North Tyneside. If you would like to contact the council please use the following phone numbers: 0345 2000 101 – 0345 2000 102 – 0345 2000 103 – 0345 2000 104 – 0345 2000 105 – 0345 2000 107 – 0345 2000 108 –

General enquiries Housing and Kier repairs Envirolink Council tax and benefits Report a racial incident Payments Families Information Service

You can also email the council at: The next issue of Widening Horizons will be distributed during March.

North Tyneside Council wants to make it easier for you to get hold of the information you need. We are able to provide our documents in other formats including Braille, audiotape, large print and alternative languages. For further information please call (0191) 643 5080. Please recycle this magazine when you have finished with it. Front cover: Liam Davidson, aYear One pupil at Moor Edge Primary, helps to make the autumn environment campaign a success. Full story – page 12.

Inside this issue Mayor’s message


What matters to you?


Keeping fit – having fun!


Panto at the PLAYHOUSE


Christmas listings


Saturday events


On the beat


Annual Report


Keep it local


Elected Mayor Linda Arkley talks about what’s happening in North Tyneside. How can we improve our services and use our resources more effectively? A round-up of what’s happening in our Widening Horizons 4 Sport initiative. Snow White is the theatre’s jewel in the crown during December. Your eight-page guide to all the festive fun taking place across the borough. What’s on in our town centres in the run-up to Christmas. Find out about some of the latest policing initiatives in North Tyneside. What the council is spending your money on – and how it’s making a difference. Two pages of classified adverts featuring local businesses. For any queries regarding distribution of the magazine please contact Steve Forshaw on (0191) 643 5080 or email NTC GRAPHICS 10/10 3503JWI


Are you interested in becoming a school governor? Schools in North Tyneside currently have vacancies for authority governors (appointed by the local authority). Governors come from very different walks of life and can have very different skills, interests and priorities. What they share is a firm commitment and a strong desire to raise standards of education in North Tyneside.

What help will I get?

A support team is on hand to help all governors develop their skills. North Tyneside Governor Services produces an annual development package designed to help governors develop the competencies they need to be effective. North Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding children. Anyone interested in becoming a governor will be subject to the appropriate checks, such as Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.

For more information, please contact Jacki Kelly (Governor Services manager) on (0191) 643 8714. 4

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Governors are actively involved in recruiting new staff, overseeing the budget, developing new resources and much more.They also work closely with the headteacher and staff and share with them the vision for the school.

Mayor’s message continue to look at how we deliver this service.

Dear resident, As usual at this time of year, the council is working hard to agree its plans for how we take things forward over the coming years. Our key priority is to reduce our costs and to deliver maximum value for money for all of the services we provide for you. We are making sure that every pound of local taxpayers’ money is spent wisely to improve the borough for residents, visitors and businesses. With the changes being introduced by the government to allow local councils to have more control over what they do, we have been looking to see what we can do differently and better. We are building and strengthening the big society in North Tyneside – with more local people having a say in what we do. In the last edition of Widening Horizons, we asked for your views on how we should deliver waste services. I was very pleased to see the feedback, which showed that people have some different views but they also agreed on a number of important things. We will take this feedback into account as we

I want to make sure that we continue to listen to find out what is important to you. This is why we are asking for your views again in this edition. This time we want to know what you think of our libraries. I am keen that we make sure that our libraries are the type of places that you would like to visit again and again. Please let us know what you think and if you haven’t visited a library for a while, drop in and let us know what changes you would like to see. In this edition, we have also included an article about our adult social care service. This is a good example of where we have reshaped a service with involvement from users and residents. We have introduced different ways of working and new services to deal with issues that will affect our community in the years to come. We have also reviewed what we charge people for these services so that only those who can afford it have to pay. All of this has been influenced by what people have told us. As we head towards Christmas and the New Year, it is an opportunity not only to plan ahead but to reflect on the solid foundations we have to build upon, together with the opportunities to grow for the future. We need to do this by working in partnership. In October, we held a session where people representing

public, private and community or voluntary sector bodies came together to discuss how we could work together more closely to tackle the challenges we all face. As a result, we agreed a set of projects to take forward a number of big issues affecting the borough. We are also working more closely with the business community and looking ahead to see how the borough might need to change to support businesses and to make sure we have the right infrastructure, such as transport networks, to help them grow. I am very proud of how the people of North Tyneside continue to come together to improve our borough – such as those who supported our autumn environment campaign and the Widening Horizons 4 All programme and the young people who have cast their votes for the Young Mayor and the Youth Council.Thank you to everyone involved. Finally, I would like to send you all good wishes for the festive period and the New Year ahead.

Linda Arkley


Views sought on licensing proposal The council is responding to police concerns about increased anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay by looking at a special licensing policy for parts of the town.

As part of the council’s review of its Statement of Licensing Policy, the police submitted evidence showing a link between incidents of violence, criminal damage, drug use and thefts with the consumption of alcohol. Now the council is asking residents for their views on a proposal that would, in future, stop licences being granted in the area unless an applicant could prove it would not worsen the situation.

Elected Mayor Linda Arkley said:“I want Whitley Bay to re-establish itself as a family-friendly seaside town, which can only be achieved by tackling the rise in anti-social behaviour.

“Our aim is to make Whitley Bay a safer place for residents and visitors and, if establishing such a policy were to do this, then it’s certainly something the council will consider.”

“During the consultation on our Statement of Licensing Policy, which sets out North Tyneside’s approach on licensing issues, Northumbria Police asked us to think about setting up a ‘cumulative impact’ policy in the town centre.

Cumulative impact is not mentioned specifically in the Licensing Act 2003 but is covered within the guidance issued in conjunction with the Act.This may include potential impact on crime and disorder, or public nuisance, resulting from a concentration of licensed premises in a particular area.

“We have therefore decided to carry out a 12-week consultation – which began on October 1 – with the findings set to provide the basis for a report to full council.

Having a good time: The licensing review aims to make Whitley Bay a safer place.

If adopted, the new cumulative impact policy would be reviewed at least every three years. A copy of the submission is available on request from the Licensing Section on (0191) 643 2175 or via the council website – Go to ‘business, employment and regeneration’, then ‘licensing’, then ‘Licensing Act 2003’ then ‘Statement of Licensing Policy’. Comments must be sent by Friday, December 24 to the Licensing Section, North Tyneside Council, Harvey Combe, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 6UB. For more information, contact the Licensing Section on (0191) 643 2175.


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Thousands flock to the Dome

More than 15,500 people visited the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay when it opened its doors for a special centenary exhibition.

The event followed the completion of work to make the building structurally sound, wind and watertight.

Visitors also had the opportunity to enjoy views of the coast from the Dome’s roof terrace.

The centenary celebrations continued with the publication of a new book, which was commissioned by the council.

And such was its popularity, it had to be extended beyond the four days that formed part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative.

Whitley Bay poet Keith Armstrong and North Shields graphic designer Peter Dixon have edited The Spanish City – The Heart and Soul of Whitley Bay in Words and Pictures.

The ground floor of the building featured an exhibition by Whitley Baybased creative design company Black Dog Design that charted the Dome’s history over the last 100 years.

The book features creative writing from a range of local poets and story writers, experienced and amateur alike, illustrated by photographs and artwork, past and present.

Meanwhile, the first floor featured an exhibition of contemporary photographs taken during the Dome’s restoration by former Whitley Bay High School student Rebecca Davis.

Published by Northern Voices Community Projects, the book is on sale for £5 from a number of council buildings including libraries, tourist information centres, museums and St Mary's Lighthouse.

Looking back to its best Whitley Bay-based Shopjacket Ltd is behind the temporary design treatments on the Dome’s exterior. The first floor windows have been covered by panels portraying curtains and chandeliers. At ground level, there are six large images in the style of historic railway posters while the hoardings beside the Dome’s entrance portray a contemporary dining area. This is not meant to confirm what the area will be used for, rather to ensure the Dome has a vibrant appearance. A decision on the future use of the Dome is expected to be made before the end of the year. Meanwhile, work is underway on a new £1m road to the rear of the Dome, which will replace the road that currently skirts around the seaward side of Spanish City. The existing road will be pedestrianised as part of Spanish City’s redevelopment, extending the seafront promenade area.

Did you know? You can check revised bin collection dates at – type ‘bank holiday’ in the search box.



What matters to you? As the council considers the best way forward to deliver services that meet local needs and provide value for money, the key question we are asking is ‘what matters to you as a resident?’

Every service area is being reviewed, including leisure centres and libraries, support for families and adults, looking after our environment, tackling waste, supporting businesses and regenerating communities.

It’s a question that has already been posed at a series of Area Forum meetings and an event for our Residents Panel – a group of more than 1,000 people who help us shape our decisions.

The articles in the last edition of Widening Horizons, setting out some of the issues around delivering waste, the cost of school meals and changing the magazine itself, have provided another way of finding out what is important to you.

By knowing what matters to residents, we can use those priorities to shape our decisions – perhaps spending more on some services, less on others, or ideally doing things differently to deliver a better service.

All the comments are being considered as part of our decision-making – not just regarding the current budget-setting process but also to ensure all council services are effective and efficient in

the future.The feedback from residents is being used to help us as we look at how we work with partners, explore whether we can use our resources – staff and money – more effectively and see how we can make the best use of technology. That’s what we have already done in our adult social care service, following extensive consultation with service users. (You can read more about it on pages 10 and 11.) In this issue, we are launching an initiative to find out what matters to you about libraries (see opposite page).

Waste – your feedback It was clear from the feedback to the last edition of Widening Horizons that there are some important issues that residents would like to be considered around waste collections.

The risk of fly-tipping was raised as a concern when considering charging, which will be a consideration when planning how any changes might be introduced.

The feedback showed residents are divided over changing the frequency of refuse and recycling collection – with concerns about the disposal of food waste and nappies, smells or the risk of vermin.

These issues will all be considered as the council takes forward its drive to improve services and achieve efficiencies.

There was more support for introducing a standard charge for bulky waste and replacement bins and for stopping the garden waste collection in the winter.


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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to let us know their thoughts on waste collections and other matters.


Your library – your thoughts Residents who step inside their local library are being taken into a new world of learning and leisure. North Tyneside has ensured its libraries are not places where people feel they must speak in whispers or only go to borrow a book – although that is important to us! Instead they are being transformed into community hubs where there is something for everyone, whether they’re nine, 19 or 90. Recent months have seen visits from the Daleks and Prof Brainstorm, theatre productions and a scheme to use the People’s Network computers to help people express an interest in council housing.

We need as many views as possible and you can tell us your thoughts in different ways, including an online survey, email, post and a questionnaire available in our libraries. Our network of libraries is designed to meet the needs of the local population. Howdon, among the newest, has a family learning centre, community garden and under-5s play area, while Whitley Bay is set to be transformed as it becomes part of a new joint service centre.There you will be able to get advice and information on customer services, tourism, transport and health, as well as library services. If you are among the 52 per cent of residents who use our libraries, then let us know what your experience is like and how we can make it even better. If you’re not, drop in and tell us what would make you keep coming back.

For example, please tell us:

often do you use the library? ••• How three things matter most • What about our libraries? would you suggest we could •• What change or improve? You can share your thoughts by:

a questionnaire at •• Completing your local library the online feedback form •• Using on our website –

• • • Emailing – • Writing to Resident Feedback, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY.

And to keep the service up to date, residents are being asked to tell us about their vision for the borough’s libraries. For example, would there be a coffee bar where you could relax, catch up with friends or read; more family history; a teenage meeting area or a fresh look at opening hours?



Adult Social Care Putting people first in North Tyneside

across a range of living tasks and ensuring their abilities are maximised.

The council is currently reviewing all its services to ensure they are better able to meet the future needs of residents, as well as cost effective. But what might this mean for those receiving those services?

As the person improves, the service becomes less intensive. So far, more than half of people who use the scheme do not need a longer-term support service.

Adult social care is one service where significant changes have already happened - and many residents are benefiting as a result. It’s been necessary because, like the rest of the country, the borough has a growing ageing population which, in turn, means increased numbers of people with long-term conditions or disabilities. In meeting those challenges, we are working with our partners in the health, private and voluntary sectors to enable residents to gain more independence and have greater choice and control of their care.

The council has redesigned a number of services, including its home care and intermediate care teams, to deliver the initiative.

Dignity in dementia The number of people with dementia in the borough will rise considerably in the future - and we need to meet that challenge. An additional £250,000 is being invested in dementia care. Helped by feedback from service users, carers and independent surveys by LINk, we are re-shaping services.

Reablement for all

A free intensive reablement service is helping people stay healthy and independent for longer - and creating savings. The new team works intensively with an individual for up to six weeks with the aim of encouraging independence


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This includes new day opportunities, which will provide extended opening hours and additional provision of care at weekends. Two new extra care schemes, Linskill Park and Rowan Croft, are enabling people with dementia to live independently as their illness progresses.The schemes will also be providing new day services. Working in partnership with health and the Alzheimer’s Society, we are piloting a dementia adviser service, which helps people get the support they need at an earlier stage. And we’re using technology better.The increased use of specialised ‘telecare’ equipment such as pill dispensers, bed occupancy mats and carer alerts are helping people to continue living at home.


Matthew’s boxing clever Instead of shaping people to fit services, personal budgets are enabling North Tyneside residents to choose how their care and support needs are met. A personal budget is an ‘up-front’ allocation of funding so an individual knows how much money is available to meet their needs. For some people, this can be taken as a direct payment - an actual sum of money that enables them to arrange their own services if they want to, either independently or with support. Matthew Ainsley (21) is among more than 800 people who are receiving personal budgets and using them to live their lives as they want.

Matthew, who has a learning disability, was supported to employ a team of personal assistants, who were around the same age and had similar interests. It meant he was able to go to a wrestling match with someone who would enjoy the experience too. He is currently using his personal budget to ensure he has the support to live in his own home, as well as enjoy activities such as a regular boxercise class at Waves. Matthew has gained work experience at a number of locations, including a local cinema and the council. His next step is to secure a full-time job and increase his friendships and relationships.

Fairer contributions Currently the council heavily subsidises the cost of adult social services and the most people are asked to contribute is £99 per week. However, we need to ensure we can afford to sustain services as well as develop new ones to meet emerging needs. One way we’re doing this is asking that where people can afford to, they contribute towards the cost of their support.When we consulted on the topic, most people agreed with this as a principle. In all cases, an individual’s contribution will be determined after a thorough financial assessment, so they will only pay what they can afford. From January 2011, the maximum charge will rise to £150 and the council will move from a subsidised charging system to one where people pay a contribution towards their personal budget. Many customers currently pay nothing or a very small amount towards the cost of their services and for the majority this will not change. Far left: Georgia Douglas, the manager of the council’s Hospital Discharge Team, was recently named Social Worker of the Year. She is seen with Cllr Les Miller, cabinet member for Adult Social Care, and Elected Mayor Linda Arkley (right). Left: Matthew Ainsley is among more than 800 people benefiting from the council’s personal budget scheme.


Schools sweep their way to victory Some of the schools in the borough are leaving no leaf unturned as part of the council’s autumn environment campaign.

winter hanging baskets from Complete Growth – a council-run project based in Wallsend, which offers training to people with learning disabilities.

The initiative, which runs until Sunday, December 12, challenges teachers and pupils to collect as many bags of leaves as possible from within their grounds and surrounding areas.

Cllr Ed Hodson, cabinet member for Environment, said:“Leaves can be a serious hazard for people, especially for older residents, as they often become extremely slippery underfoot.

A grounds makeover by Complete Growth, worth £250, will be awarded to the school that collects the most bags, with a makeover worth £100 for second place.

“This is why we tackle the problem each year with our autumn environment campaign.

In addition, every school that collects 20 bags or more will receive two

“Last year we collected around 100 tonnes of leaves and litter, including more than 1,300 bags of leaves from 31 schools in the borough. “This was a fantastic effort, but hopefully we can do even better this year. I’d encourage every school to get involved to help

make North Tyneside cleaner, greener and safer.” People can see how well the competing schools are performing by visiting the council’s website – and checking out the special ‘leaf table’. As well as the leaf collecting challenge, the council's autumn environment campaign includes: Extra street sweeping vehicles, called ‘leaf busters’, removing leaves and litter from pavements Wardens getting involved in leaf collection and composting initiatives in the borough’s main parks The council’s neighbourhood wardens delivering letters, underlining firms' responsibilities for litter, to local businesses.They will also be patrolling town centres and speaking to traders.

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Any schools that would like to get involved should contact Kathryn Waugh on (0191) 643 7276.

Did you know?

Leaf busters: Liam Davidson and Rosie Sillitoe, of Moor Edge Primary, pick up leaves outside their school.


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You can now report, request or pay for many council services with one click from the homepage.

In Bloom

winners honoured

Keen gardeners who helped to brighten up the borough have been rewarded for their hard work and creativity.

The winners of this year’s North Tyneside in Bloom awards were among 200 guests who attended the annual presentation evening at Peter Barratt’s Garden Centre in Gosforth Park. Among the winners were children from King Edward Primary School in North Shields, who took the honours in the Best Nursery, School or College category. This year’s contest, organised by the council, featured 17 categories, including Community Effort,Young Gardener and Individual Allotment. Two new categories were Street Effort, which rewards residents who have worked together to brighten up their street, and Grow Your Own, which marks the popularity of growing your own fruit and vegetables.

Cllr Ed Hodson, cabinet member for Environment, said:“Every year, the people of North Tyneside make a fantastic effort with their gardens and allotments and this year is no different.

“The standard of entries has again been tremendous and the contribution of our residents to keep the borough looking clean, green and tidy has been superb.” As well as providing the venue for the presentation evening, Peter Barratt’s donated almost £1,000 in garden centre vouchers for the prize winners. General manager Paul Barker said: “We were delighted to host the event, which brings together garden enthusiasts and key people from the local community who have done so much to improve the environment in North Tyneside.”

First place winners received £30 of vouchers, a trophy and a certificate. Runners-up were given £15 in vouchers and a certificate and those who came third received £10 in vouchers and a certificate. Champions: Nathan Thewlis and Leah McRobb, both aged 10, of King Edward Primary, pick up the trophy for the Best Nursery, School or College category. Looking on are Elected Mayor Linda Arkley; Cllr Duncan McLellan, the Chairman of the Council, and Paul Barker of Peter Barratt’s.


What happens to your

garden waste?

Since the garden waste collections started in 2003, the scheme has gone from strength to strength and last year almost 9,000 tonnes were collected. We thought you might be interested to know what happens to your garden waste once it has been collected.


It is taken to the Transfer Station in North Shields and stored there until there is enough for a container load, usually about two days.


The garden waste is shredded to speed up the composting process.


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Your brown bin is collected from the kerb and emptied into the bin wagon.


It is then taken to the composting site near Hexham where checks are made to ensure there are no contaminants, including plastic bags and vegetable and fruit peelings.


It is then laid out in ‘windrows’ – long thin heaps of garden waste.


The benefits of home composting Home composting is an inexpensive, natural process that can transform your kitchen and garden waste into nutrient-rich food for your garden.

The windrows are turned regularly by machinery so the air can enter and help the waste to compost. It heats up naturally and becomes a usable product after about eight weeks. The bulk of the compost is used on agricultural land because it is very coarse and not good enough for home garden use. Some is re-shredded and put through the entire process again, achieving a higher heat, which kills off any pathogens and seeds.This portion can then be bagged and sold commercially by the reprocessor.

What can I put in? Your brown bin is for garden waste only. Please do not include unsuitable waste.

Yes please!

No thanks!

Place your compost bin on a reasonably sunny site in your garden, preferably on bare soil. A 50/50 mix of greens (grass and nettles) and browns (leaves and twigs) is the perfect combination for good compost.

Home composting can take between nine and 12 months until it is ready to use.Top up your bin regularly with greens and browns and let nature do the work. When your compost appears crumbly and brown – giving off a fresh, earthy aroma – it’s ready to use. Spreading a one-inch thick layer onto your lawn will make your grass grow faster and appear thicker and greener.

Home compost can be mixed with dried-out soil to provide an excellent base for your plants and flowers. Using it on your herbs and vegetables will make your produce healthier, leafier and full of flavour. For more information about home composting, visit:

cuttings • Grass Small tree prunings • Dead flowers • House plants • Leaves • Weeds • Turf (please remove as much soil as possible) •

• Plastic bags • Plant containers • Rubble and gravel trunks • Tree • Large branches • Soil • Food and animal waste • Pesticides


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Travel safely this Christmas

The risks of using unlicensed

taxis or private hire vehicles are being highlighted in the run-up to Christmas.

Travellers are being urged to check the vehicle is licensed and the driver has a

valid identity badge, before getting into the vehicle.

Licensed vehicles are regularly tested by the council, have appropriate

insurance and must meet minimum

standards of safety and comfort, while licensed drivers will have undergone criminal and medical checks.

By comparison, an unlicensed vehicle

• Keep your mobile phone handy. If

you feel uneasy, text the number of the vehicle to a friend or your family.

• Do not get into a taxi or private

hire vehicle if the driver appears to

have had a drink; does not seem to know the area or if the vehicle is in a state of disrepair.

• If, for any reason, you feel unsure – DO NOT get into the vehicle.

Stay safe: Make sure you use a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle if you’re having a night out this Christmas.

What’s the difference? Taxis licensed by the council are black and can be hired from a rank or hailed in the street.They have a taxi sign on the roof, a white licence plate on the rear and white crests on the front doors. Private hire vehicles licensed by the council are any colour other than black and must be pre-booked through a licensed operator. By law, they are not allowed to pick you up if flagged down in the street. They do not have a roof sign, have a yellow licence plate on the rear and yellow signs on the front doors. You can report any concerns to the council, by phoning (0191) 643 2165 or emailing

will not have passed the council’s

safety checks and any insurance is likely to be invalid.

The council’s taxi licensing team has issued the following tips to stay safe during the festive season:

• Do not get into an unmarked

car that has pulled up and asked if you need transport.

• If you’ve booked a private hire vehicle, ask the driver who the

booking is for, before you get in.


Sporty youngsters

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widen their horizons The poor weather during the summer did not dampen the spirits of sports-mad youngsters across the borough. More than 8,000 took part in various sporting activities as part of the council’s Widening Horizons 4 Sport initiative. Sports clubs, leisure centres, schools, community centres, parks and beaches were among the venues. Highlights of the summer sports programme included Star:Trac Athletics at Churchill Playing Fields in partnership with the YMCA, a cricket

camp at Tynemouth Cricket Club, and family sports days at local parks. More than 20 youngsters, aged 10 to 15, took part in activities such as abseiling, canoeing, orienteering and caving during an outdoor adventure week at the High Borrans education centre in the Lake District.

Meanwhile, as part of the Widening Horizons 4 Sport initiative, 130 people took part in the council’s first 5K Family Fun Run around the bridle paths in the Rising Sun Country Park.

Outdoor fun: Youngsters enjoy getting wet in the Lake District.


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Cllr Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for Community Services, said:“The initiative is all about giving youngsters the chance to have a go at different activities. “The run got families out and about and gave them the opportunity to take part in a fun event and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the Rising Sun.” Those taking part included club runners, community groups, families with pushchairs, younger children and grandparents.

Olympian Chris helps out More than 100 young swimmers from North Tyneside have received some top tips from an Olympic athlete. Chris Cook, who lives in Wallsend, won the 50 and 100 metres at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as well as competing for Great Britain at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. And the 31-year-old led a special training clinic for members of Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club, as part of the council’s Widening Horizons 4 Sport scheme. Cllr Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for Community Services, said:“Chris is a world-class athlete, and to have him help our young swimmers is fantastic for the borough. “This swim clinic gave youngsters an insight into what it takes to become

an Olympian, such as setting and achieving goals. “The Widening Horizons 4 Sport initiative aims to provide new and improved sporting opportunities for our residents." The training day started with a presentation by Chris at John Spence Sports College, followed by a question and answer session. Afterwards, Chris (pictured below) put swimmers and coaches through their paces at Tynemouth Pool and introduced them to several new training routines. The club is looking to send 26 of its top swimmers to a training camp in Majorca next year - as part of its talented athlete development programme - in preparation for the regional championships.

Nominations sought for sport awards

The 2011 Sport North Tyneside Awards will be held on March 24 next year.

Hosted by TV presenter Roger Tames at Quadrant, the council’s headquarters on Cobalt Business Park, the annual awards have been set up to celebrate the sporting achievements of individuals and clubs across North Tyneside. Nominations will be accepted until January 31. If you know an individual or a team that is involved in sport in any way, and you think they deserve recognition, then nomiate them for a Sport North Tyneside Award. Nominations can be made online at or contact Sports Development on (0191) 643 7447 or

Develop your skills

Widening Horizons 4 Sport is offering sports clubs, coaches and volunteers a helping hand to develop their skills and qualifications. Workshops are held at The Parks Sports Centre, Howdon Road, North Shields, (6pm to 9pm) and cost £20 per person. For more information, please contact Tyne & Wear Sport on (0191) 497 2320 or email You can also book online by visiting:

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Wednesday, November 24 Club for All Wednesday, December 1

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Wednesday, February 23


New arts event attracts the crowds

The first House of Objects Arts Fest in August proved a big hit with visitors – from North Tyneside and around the region.

The event was aimed at raising awareness of the House of Objects creative recycling centre at the Rising Sun Country Park, a unique facility in the North East that promotes how unwanted and discarded materials can be used in imaginative and artistic ways. Blessed with perfect weather, the event attracted more than 1,200 people, many of whom stayed all day soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the

entertainment and activities on offer – music, circus performance, art workshops, storytelling, aerial workshops, a sensory garden, junk music workshops and tours of the House of Objects itself.

Created by students at schools and colleges in the borough, the Christmas ‘re-trees’ will be on display around the Celtic village as part of the seasonal events programme at the Rising Sun from December 4.

Among the crowd was a group of Bulgarian students who got fully into the swing of things by carrying out the visitor survey for the council!

And in the New Year, a brand new series of art and sculpture workshops for 8-16 year-olds gets underway.

Now the House of Objects puts on its winter coat and, for a second year, will be showing how reclaimed materials can be transformed into spectacular Christmas trees.

The programme will offer a specialist course of six blocks of four sessions on Saturday mornings from January to July, covering a range of different artistic disciplines, run by professional artists and culminating in an exhibition of the work produced. Pre-booking is essential – session fees apply. For more details about these and other House of Objects activities, contact (0191) 643 2240 or email: House of Objects is part of the Arts Development service in Cultural & Customer Services, and is supported by the North & South Tyneside Find Your Talent programme. Go to for more about what the centre does.


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the swim! Get in

From now until March, every child under 17 can enjoy a range of FREE taster sessions at the borough’s pools. From mini water games to Christmas pool parties, there’s something for everyone – and it won’t cost a penny! Hadrian Leisure Centre,Wallsend (Tuesdays, 6 to 7pm)

November 23 (toys and floats), December 14 (Christmas pool party), January 11 and 25 (mini water games), February 1 and 15 (WaterWalkerz), March 9 and 22 (swim and play). The Lakeside Centre, Killingworth (Sundays, 2 to 3.30pm) November 28 (toys and floats), December 19 (Christmas pool party), January 16 and 30 (mini water games), February 6 and 20 (WaterWalkerz), March 13 and 27 (swim and play).

Why not try one of the Christmas pool parties for some festive fun and the chance to meet Santa! The parties include Christmas songs, games, a visit from Santa and a free raffle ticket for the prize draw. (To get everyone in the festive spirit, the pool at Waves will be a different colour.) All our pools also run a range of sessions for young people through the week. For more details, contact your local pool: Hadrian Leisure Centre, St Peter’s Road,Wallsend – (0191) 643 2025. The Lakeside Centre, Southgate, Killingworth – (0191) 643 4177. Tynemouth Pool, Beach Road, North Shields – (0191) 643 2900. Waves,The Links,Whitley Bay – (0191) 643 2600.

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Do you have a baby or toddler? Why not come along to our Swim-a-Song sessions – they’re fun, innovative and a great way for your little ones to become more confident in the water. Sessions are at Tynemouth Pool on Mondays, 11.30am to 12.15pm. Meanwhile, our Ducklings awards help babies and toddlers learn to swim with their parents or guardians.There are five grades, each with a certificate and badge. Sessions are at Waves on Mondays, 3 to 3.30pm and Fridays, noon to 12.30pm (up to 2 years) and Thursdays, noon to 12.30pm (2 to 4 years). For more details, phone (0191) 643 7453 or email:

Tynemouth Pool (Wednesdays, 6.45 to 7.30pm) November 24 (toys and floats), December 15 (Christmas pool party), January 12 and 26 (mini water games), February 2 and 16 (vertical limit), March 16 and 30 (WaterWalkerz). Waves,Whitley Bay (Wednesdays, 5.45 to 6.30pm) December 15 (Christmas pool party), January 12, February 2 and March 9 (swim and play)


Signs paint a picture of artist’s life Eye-catching signs are in place at the coast to celebrate the life of artist Winslow Homer.

A day of activities was also held at

Bank Top to mark the centenary of

Homer’s death in Prout’s Neck, Maine,

Maggie Jefferson – subject of a number of Homer’s paintings.

on September 29, 1910.

Meanwhile, the council has updated a

the American painter used Cullercoats’

It included art workshops with

coastal village, which developed a

as subjects for his work.

performance by Cullercoats Primary

For an 18-month period in 1881-82,

dramatic coast, fishermen and fishwives

Kathryn Wakeman; a musical

School pupils and an art trail around

leaflet depicting a trail around the

reputation as an artists’ colony in the 19th Century thanks to Homer.

Cullercoats Bay.

The leaflet, which is available from

have been installed at Bank Top, the site

Local professional artist Linda Marriott

Tyneside, takes in locations depicted in

Adamson Memorial Fountain at the

spot where Homer did his paintings.

And to mark the centenary of the

artist’s death, two information boards of Homer’s former studio, and the bottom of Marden Avenue.

The signs contain information about Homer and his life in the town, as

well as the history of Cullercoats as an artists’ colony.


worked on new pictures on the same

tourist information centres in North

several paintings – four of them by the American artist.

The public were able to look round

Cullercoats Watch House and see a

special display about Homer and the artists’ colony while Susan Johnson

gave a talk about her grandmother

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Brush strokes: Susan Johnson looks at one of the images in the exhibition while pupils work on their own paintings.

provide festive magic Snow White and Cinderella Christmas is coming and staff at the PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay are hosting not one but two sparkling pantomimes over the winter season. Oh yes they are! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starts a three-week run on December 14 and then Whitley Bay Pantomime Society takes over with a week-long production of Cinderella, starting on January 10. Two different shows but both will highlight all that’s best about pantomime – spectacular costumes, stunning sets, great songs and, of course, a new take on a traditional storyline. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, produced by New World Productions, features an all-star cast, including some familiar faces. Lucy Dixon (Danielle Harker in Waterloo Road) plays Snow White

while Jonny Freeman (Frank London in M.I. High) plays the Prince. Byker Grove stalwarts Anne Orwin (Lou Gallagher) and Hazel Pude (Toni) star as the Wicked Queen and the Good Fairy while Wallsend comedian Steve Walls – appearing in his 14th panto – plays Muddles. Artistic director Guy Pascall said:“It’s going to be great fun for all the family, both young and old alike.We’ve got plenty of great comedy routines and some amazing visual effects, such as a wacky magic mirror!” Snow White runs from Tuesday, December 14 to Monday, January 3. Prices are from £10.50 to £13.50.

If you fancy a second helping of panto, you can also catch Cinderella, a story that’s more than 1,000 years old but updated for 2011.This year’s show features all the traditional ingredients – ugly sisters, handsome prince, sparkling coach – plus a real pony. Cinderella runs from Monday, January 10 to Saturday, January 15.Tickets are from £10. From crooners to comedians, the PLAYHOUSE also has several one-off shows in the run up to Christmas. Christmas Crooners (Wednesday, December 1, £14) features a cast of West End singers, backed by the Jazz All-Stars, performing more than 30 Yuletide hits, such as Winter Wonderland and White Christmas. The Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash tribute show (Thursday, December 2, £13.50) brings together the songs of two legends in one spectacular production. Comedians Shappi Khorsandi (Saturday, December 4, £13.50) and Jim Jefferies (Tuesday, December 7, £14.50, £12.50 conc.) are also in town to provide plenty of laughs.

Booking information

Panto stars: Jonny Freeman and Lucy Dixon are appearing in Snow White at the PLAYHOUSE.

In person: Monday to Friday (10am to 4pm) and Saturday (10.30am to 2.30pm) Online: Booking hotline: 0844 277 2771 Accessibility bookings: (0191) 251 5484 Group bookings: (0191) 260 6006 All information correct at time of going to print


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Young people prepare to vote

Young democracy is going from strength to strength in North Tyneside. More young people are getting involved in the decisions that affect them and their areas.

During late November, 11 to 19 year-olds from across the borough will elect their new Young Mayor and Youth Council representatives. As he prepared to leave office, John Akinropo, the current Young Mayor, urged every young person in North Tyneside to use their vote, and have their say. “Your Young Mayor can really make a difference on your behalf,” he said.

“As Young Mayor, I was able to talk directly and regularly to the people who make the decisions, including Elected Mayor Linda Arkley. People are listening. Don’t lose this chance to have your say.” John was North Tyneside’s first-ever Young Mayor when he was elected in April 2009.

This time, 23 young people put themselves forward to be Young Mayor and preliminary voting during October narrowed the group down to four. The four on the shortlist are Aksa Ghaffer, aged 11; Rebecca Leighton, aged 14; Mark Strasshine, aged 12 and Alan Ware, aged 13.You can read their manifestos at Young people will also be able to elect their Youth Council representatives at

the same time – with 19 places up for grabs within the 50-seat council. The new-look Youth Council will contain a representative from each school in the borough as well as area and borough-wide group representatives. The successful Young Mayor will chair the Youth Council, as well as select a Young Cabinet from the group. Together, the Young Mayor and Youth Council act as a representative voice for the borough’s young people, and play an active part in the development and scrutiny of services for young people. Voting will take place in schools, youth centres and other selected public buildings. Any young person aged between 11 and 19, who lives or attends school or college in the borough, is eligible to vote. For more information on the Young Mayor and Youth Council, visit youngdemocracy

Did you know?

Figurehead: Young Mayor John Akinropo promotes the benefits of youth democracy.


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You can apply directly for council or social housing in North Tyneside at

Photo courtesy of the News Guardian.

Christmas! Have yourself a merry

Welcome to our Christmas events guide – you’ll find the next few pages packed with things to do this festive season. There’s the Santa Specials at Stephenson Railway Museum, a festive family fun day in Wallsend and, of course, the Victorian Christmas Market in North Shields. There’s also Santa’s Grotto at the Rising Sun, the St Nicholas Festival in Whitley Bay and the Tynemouth Station Christmas Market. You can also enter our annual Winter Snaps photography competition or, if

you have a shop in one of the main town centres, take part in the annual Best Dressed Window contest (details, page 36). The switch-on of this year’s Christmas lights takes place on Friday, November 19 at 6.30pm in Northumberland Square, North Shields.

Connor Bland, who won this year’s competition to design a Christmas light, will turn on the borough’s displays including his own special light. The build-up starts at 5.30pm and Metro Radio will co-host proceedings. Some of the cast of this year’s panto at the PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will be making guest appearances, including Jonny Freeman

(CBBC’s M.I. High), Lucy Dixon (Waterloo Road), Anne Orwin (Byker Grove) and local comedian Steve Walls. Last year’s lights in Whitley Bay and Wallsend town centres will be sparkling once again while new lights will feature in Bedford Street and Nile Street, North Shields. Each town centre will also feature festive floral planters, containing ivy and conifers, and an illuminated Christmas tree. There will be illuminated Christmas trees on eight of the borough’s major roundabouts. Unfortunately, a tree will not be installed at the Foxhunters roundabout in North Shields due to repeated vandalism over the last two years. This year, for the first time, there will be a unique visual projection onto the Spanish City Dome, produced by Newcastle-based company Novak Collective. On Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11 (between 6pm and 9pm), the Dome will be lit by a striking abstract and evocative reflection of bygone days. The eight-minute animation combines graphics and photography and will bring the restored landmark to life in a vibrant and colourful way. On behalf of everyone at North Tyneside Council, please have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


You could even say it glows! Connor Bland’s bright idea is set to light up the borough this festive season.

For Connor, 14, will be turning on the Christmas lights at Northumberland Square, North Shields after winning a competition to have his design turned into one of the lights. The Year 10 pupil from St Thomas More RC High in North Shields will be flicking the switch on Friday, November 19, at a special event hosted by Metro Radio. After finding out his drawing of Rudolph had been chosen,

Connor’s next challenge was convincing his parents he had won.

He said: "I couldn’t believe my drawing had been chosen – it was a total shock. “I’ve never won anything like this before, and when I told my mam and dad they didn’t believe me at first. But after a while they knew I was telling the truth and they were both really excited.

wait to see what my design looks like when it’s up there with the rest of them – it’s going to be great.”

Natalie Timmins, Connor’s technology teacher, said:“It was great news when we heard Connor’s drawing had been chosen. “He has a real passion for design and it’ll be brilliant to see his idea turned into one of the borough’s Christmas lights.”

“There were lots of people drawing Santa and I wanted to do something a bit different. I thought Rudolph would make a good light, because of his bright nose, so I decided on that.

North Tyneside's Christmas lights are manufactured by Blachere and leased as part of the council's PFI street lighting arrangements with energy giant Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).

“The best bit about winning is definitely going to be turning on the lights. I can’t

Because the lights are LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) they have very low energy consumption, emit little or no heat and have long life expectancy.

Bright idea: Connor Bland and the light made from his winning design.


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Christmaswhat’s on Christmas Lights Switch On November 19 Northumberland Square, North Shields

Metro Radio host the switch on, which sees 14 year-old Connor Bland officially turn on the borough’s Christmas lights. The cast of the PLAYHOUSE panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will be joining the celebrations, which start at 5.30pm. St Columba’s Church will be open for hot drinks and mince pies between 6pm and 7pm. For more details, call (0191) 643 7409 or email

St Mary’s Lighthouse – Santa’s Grotto

November 27 to December 24 St Mary’s Lighthouse,Whitley Bay The cost to visit Santa’s Grotto is £5 and each child receives a gift.Times vary each day: November 27 (10am – 3pm), November 28 (10.30am – 3pm), December 11 (10am – 3pm), December 12 (10am – 3pm), December 21 (10am – 11.30am), December 22 (10am –12.30pm), December 23 (10am – 1pm) and December 24 (10am – 1.30pm).

painters, balloon modelling, Punch and Judy, a clown, roast chestnuts and, of course, Santa in his Grotto.The Christmas Display features a scene from The Snowman. From 2pm to 4pm. Call (0191) 268 4739.

Blue Reef Aquarium – at Christmas time

Throughout December Tynemouth, Grand Parade It may be winter outside but the aquarium is open all year (closed Christmas Day only) and visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome – whatever the weather! With tropical displays and an underwater tunnel, the aquarium is an oasis of light and colour, even on the darkest days. Enjoy the incredible world of the tropical rainforest and meet the colony of monkeys, including tiny pygmy marmosets and comical looking cotton-topped tamarins!

Call (0191) 258 1031, visit or email

St Nicholas Festival December 3 and 4 Whitley Bay

French and Northumbrian stallholders will offer a wide range of traditional favourites to mark the celebration of the Feast of St Nicholas. There will be a lamplit procession on the Friday afternoon, starting from St Paul’s Church, the switch on of the church’s lights and the festival highlight – the calling of St Nicholas. Fairground rides and street entertainment. The cast of Snow White will make a guest appearance.10am to 6pm (Friday) and 10am to 5pm (Saturday). Call (0191) 643 6419.

Call (0191) 200 8650 or email

White Swan Centre Christmas Fayre

November 27 White Swan Centre, Killingworth This year’s market includes more than 20 stalls, music from the Salvation Army, outdoor tea-cup ride, hook-a-duck, face


Christmas Lunch at the Rising Sun December 1 to 22 Rising Sun Country Park

Christmas lunches are being served in the Rising Sun restaurant throughout December (Monday to Friday with sittings at noon and 1pm). Choose from either a two-course lunch including filter coffee or tea and sweet mince pie at £15.65 or three courses for £18.60. Pre-booking is essential. A non-refundable deposit of £5 per person is required. To book, call (0191) 643 2242.

Festive Family Fun Day December 4 Wallsend

A wide range of activities will be taking place around the bandstand just outside the Forum Shopping Centre. Face painting (11am to 2pm), traditional clog dancing by Tyne Bridge

Morris (11am to 11.45am), Christmas carols and songs performed by ‘Sing Out Loud’ (noon to 1pm), balloon modelling by Magic John (noon to 2pm),Wallsend Choral Society (12.30pm to 1pm), traditional Christmas songs performed by the Salvation Army (1pm to 2pm), Churchill Community College Steel Pans (3pm to 4pm). Call (0191) 643 6419.

Santa’s Grotto and Magical Winter Wonderland December 4 to 8 Rising Sun Country Park

Have a green Christmas this year and take your children to a grotto with a difference! Start off with a musical winter walk through the twinkling trees. Make a willow star decoration and prepare reindeer food in the donkey’s stable. Enjoy festive refreshments by an open fire before meeting Santa in his Celtic Village grotto.

The cost is £4 per child. Pre-booking is essential. Santa will see visitors from noon to 3pm (December 4 and 5) and from 3pm to 5.30pm (December 6 to 8). Call (0191) 643 2241.

Santa Specials

December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 (10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm) Stephenson Railway Museum The Santa Specials return for another year of family fun.Tickets are £11 each and include a train ride, a present from Santa for the children and light refreshments. Early booking is essential. To book, call (0191) 200 7146.

Tynemouth Station Christmas Market December 4 and 5

The Tynemouth Station Christmas Market will feature more than 100 stalls, Santa’s Grotto in the bridge and entertainment.The grotto will remain open every weekend up to Christmas. 9am to 3.30pm. Call 01670 536 939.


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Rotary Club of Tynemouth – Christmas Lights Switch On and Carol Service December 9 The Green,Tynemouth

Join the lighting-up ceremony and carol service at The Green from 7pm. Pupils from Kings School and Priory Primary School will switch on the Christmas

tree lights and join the Salvation Army for a carol service.

Call (0191) 257 7451.

Victorian Christmas Market December 11 and 12 Northumberland Square, North Shields

Features a wide variety of goods for sale, including festive gifts, crafts and

food, and entertainment, music and a

small fairground for children. Some of the cast of Snow White and the Seven

Dwarfs will help to open the market on

the Saturday morning. Saturday – 10am to 5pm, Sunday – 10am to 4pm. Call (0191) 643 6419.

‘The Big Christmas Adventure’ December 11 Cullercoats Methodist Church

Enjoy Christmas carols and a range of activities between 5pm and 7pm. Fun for the whole family, both inside and outside the church.

Call (0191) 251 5801 or 289 3710.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

December 14 to January 3 PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay For more details, see page 25.

carols and songs. 7.30pm.Tickets priced at £9 or £8 for concessions.To book, call (0191) 643 7093.

December 18 Kings School,Tynemouth

For more details, visit or contact Joan Trainor on (0191) 285 2420 or 217 1452.

Christmas Spectacular – The Salvation Army

Members of the Inspiration Choir will join Salvation Army musicians and students to present the popular show. Tickets £6 each, with all donations to The Lifespan Charity. Doors open 5.30pm, start 6.30pm. Contact George Miller on 0777 073 7163 or email

St Mary’s Lighthouse – Stranding Events

December 18 (11am – 3pm), December 19 (11.30am – 4pm), December 20 (noon – 5pm). St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay

December 18 Saville Exchange, North Shields

While ‘stranded’ on the island, children can enjoy games, crafts, stories and a visit to Santa. £10 per person, booking essential. Children are required to bring a packed lunch.

The perfect opportunity to get into the festive mood with an evening of

Call (0191) 200 8650 or email ➜

The Ravenswood Singers & Opera Live


Northumberland Square

North Shields Saturday 11 December, 10am – 5pm Sunday 12 December, 10am – 4pm Carol Service – 10am (Saturday only)


Boxing Day Pudding Fun Run December 26 Links,Whitley Bay

Sleeping Beauty

January 5 to 15 Tynemouth Priory Theatre

The annual 3.5 mile charity run gives

All performances start 7pm (Saturday

Day’s turkey and maybe some of the

information, phone (0191) 292 9292

you the chance to run off Christmas trimmings! Entry fees apply with the

proceeds going to charity. Organised by Woodlawn School.

Call (0191) 200 8729.

New Year’s Day Swim January 1 Whitley Bay beach

Organised by the Panama Swimming Club, the swim is a perfect way to

blow away the cobwebs! Fancy dress is optional and a hot drink and a mince pie await all those who take a dip. 11am.

Visit or email

Friday, December 24 (6pm –

Christingle service), Christmas Day (10.30am – service and Holy Communion).

1pm and 6pm). For ticket prices and

Call 07538 356 603.

or email

St Paul’s Church Dudley

Cinderella – presented by Whitley Bay Pantomime Society January 10 to 15 PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay

For more details, see page 25

Church Services Church of the Good Shepherd Burradon

Saturday, December 4 (1pm to 3pm – Christmas fayre),Thursday, December 23 (6pm – Christingle service),

Christmas Day (9am – service and Holy Communion),

Thursday, January 6 (7pm – ‘New Year, New Gifts’ epiphany service). Call 07538 356 603. Please note: Events may be subject to change.

Saturday, December 11 (10am to 1pm – Christmas fayre), Sunday, December 19 (6pm – nine lessons and carol service),

New Year’s Day Morris Dancing

January 1 Ship Inn, Monkseaton The Monkseaton Morrismen and

Folk Dance Club return with their

traditional dance on New Year’s Day. Visit


Borough is

picture perfect Four free postcards of North Tyneside winter scenes are now available from libraries and tourist information centres.

Photographs can be emailed to

The postcards feature photographs taken by the winners of our 2009 Winter Snaps competition.

Winter Snaps Competition, Marketing and Communications, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY

Our judging panel chose Sundial at Silverlink Park by Mark Hume, of Holystone; North Shields Fish Quay by Keith Howells, of Wallsend; Killingworth Village Colliery Wheel by Samuel Hood, of Killingworth, and Snowman at Cullercoats by John Stephenson, of Whitley Bay. The postcards are available on a first-come, first-served basis with one set available per person. Meanwhile, the 2010 Winter Snaps competition is now open.The closing date for entries is Monday, January 31 (4pm).

Prints should be sent to:

Terms and conditions: The photograph must have been taken in North Tyneside during 2010/11. Your entry should include your name, address and telephone number. It must also include a brief description of what the photograph shows. All digital entries should be in JPEG format.When using a digital camera, we suggest you have your camera set to the highest possible quality setting.

The same applies to using a mobile phone camera, however it is advised that you use a phone with a camera above five megapixels. Prints must be of a high quality, preferably an 8”x6” print.They cannot be returned.We cannot accept slides or negatives. The top four photographs will be turned into a limited edition series of council postcards.

Deck the stores with boughs of holly

Town centre shops are invited to sparkle with some extra yuletide joy by taking part in the third Best Dressed Window competition. Each business judged to have the best window in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay will receive a first prize of £50 while there will be runners-up prizes of £30 and third-placed prizes of £20. Festive displays will be judged at the beginning of December, based on flair, imagination, originality, creativity and impact on the high street. Last year’s winners were Wooly Minded on West Percy Street, North Shields;The Meeting Place on High Street West,Wallsend, and the Mind charity shop on Park Avenue,Whitley Bay. Entries must be registered before the judging begins.To register a shop, contact John Fleet on (0191) 643 6419 or email:


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We need your views People in North Tyneside are being encouraged to give their views on an assessment of health and social care needs. The council and the local NHS, focusing on the same priorities, have put together the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, or JSNA. The first JSNA for North Tyneside was developed in 2008. It is reviewed annually to ensure it is up to date.

What is the JSNA? The JSNA is a blueprint for the way the council and the local NHS identify and understand the health, well-being and social care needs of people who live in the borough.

It does this by: Bringing together all the relevant information around health, well-being and social care needs Setting out key priorities that can be used for action plans to help meet those needs in the future Providing the basis for all the key strategies and plans produced by the council and the local NHS to help them get the right services from the right providers.

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This allows the agencies that provide services to be better prepared to meet the needs of a changing population, work more effectively to reduce health inequalities and provide value for money.

Your views are important

Visit the website

Involvement from the people that use existing health and social services is essential to the development of the JSNA.

An online version of the JSNA has been developed to make it easier for people to view the needs assessments.

Dr Meng Khaw, acting director of public health for North Tyneside Primary Care Trust, (below) said:“We want to find out what people think the priorities for health and social care services should be. “The information is very important to assess whether we are providing services that meets people’s needs and seeing whether there is evidence to suggest a more effective and efficient way of working.”

In addition to being able to access the information used to create the needs assessments, residents can also give their feedback online through the ‘feedback’ section of the site. The online JSNA is available at You can also contact or phone (0191) 217 2599 for more information.

Tell us

1. What are your priorities for health and social care in North Tyneside? Do they match those outlined in the documents? 2. Do you have any suggestions for improvement? (Including future topic summaries / ideas for the new website) 3. Is the information in the JSNA easy to understand?


What’s on

in our town centres

From clog dancers to carols, and from music to markets, there’s plenty happening in the borough’s town centres every Saturday in the run-up to Christmas. Saturday, November 27

Whitley Bay: Tyne Bridge Morris will be performing their traditional clog dance along Whitley Road (11am to noon). Heaton Voices Choir will be singing carols in the town centre (noon to 1pm). North Shields: Tyne Bridge Morris will be performing in Bedford Street (1pm to 2pm). Heaton Voices Choir will be in the town centre (2pm to 3pm). Wallsend: One of Santa’s singing reindeers will be visiting the Forum Shopping Centre (11am to 2pm). Saturday, December 4 Whitley Bay: French and Northumbrian stallholders will be offering a wide variety of traditional favourites to mark the celebration of the Feast of St Nicholas.

A range of fresh produce will be available, including honey, cheese, cakes, wine, fresh bread and crepes. Fairground rides and street entertainment (10am until 5pm).

North Shields: The Salvation Army will be performing traditional Christmas songs along Bedford Street (10am to noon). North Tyneside Steel Band will be playing Yuletide favourites (1pm to 3pm). Wallsend: A festive family fun day with a wide range of activities taking place around the bandstand just outside the Forum Shopping Centre. Face painting (11am to 2pm), traditional clog dancing by Tyne Bridge Morris (11am to 11.45am), Christmas carols and songs performed by ‘Sing Out Loud’ (noon to 1pm), balloon modelling by Magic John (noon to 2pm), traditional Christmas songs performed by the Salvation Army (1pm to 2pm).Wallsend Choral Society (12.30pm to 1pm), Churchill Community College Steel Pans (3pm to 4pm).

Saturday, December 11 Whitley Bay: The Backworth Colliery Band will be playing along Whitley Road (12.30pm to 1.30pm). Sing Out Loud will be performing Christmas songs (11am to noon). Monkseaton Middle School Steel Pans (2pm to 3pm).

North Shields: The Victorian Christmas Market offers a wide variety of goods, including festive gifts, crafts and food. Entertainment, music and a small fairground for children.The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will help to open the market at 10am. Festivities run to 5pm. (Also on Sunday). Wallsend: The Backworth Colliery Band will be playing at the bandstand outside the Forum Shopping Centre (10.30am to 11.30am). North Tyneside Steel Band will be playing Yuletide favourites (1pm to 3pm). Saturday, December 18 Whitley Bay: The Fairy of Light will be gliding through the town centre getting shoppers in the Christmas mood (noon until 1pm). Sigmund the Singing Reindeer will be performing Christmas songs (2.30pm to 3.15pm).Valley Gardens Steel Pans (11am to noon). Star Wars Costume Club (10am to 4pm). North Shields: The Fairy of Light will be in the town centre (10.30am to 11.15am). Sigmund the Singing Reindeer will also be performing (12.30pm to 1.30pm).

Wallsend: The Fairy of Light will be in the town centre (2pm to 2.45pm). Sigmund the Singing Reindeer also performs (10.30am to 11.30am).


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More hours –

more support The Business Factory – the council’s one-stop shop for budding entrepreneurs – has extended its opening hours.

The premises on High Street West in Wallsend are now open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and staff are on hand to help people turn their ideas, existing skills or hobbies into a business. If you want to explore your potential business ideas, why not come along and speak to the team? If you don’t have an idea, the Ideas Bank now holds more than 300 to choose from and develop. As part of the Ideas Bank service, the Business Factory is now featuring a ‘Business Idea of the Month’ and November is eBay month. Many people buy and sell on eBay to de-clutter their homes or make some easy cash, however they don’t realise that this could be a potential business opportunity. The Ideas Team will be providing an introduction to the popular online auction site at a workshop on Wednesday, November 24 (5.30 to 8pm) at Howdon Community Centre.

you actually wish to sell.The Ideas Team will guide each client through the process on selling an item online.

You will be creating a real eBay listing and actually selling something, so if you’re interested, please bring something relatively small and manageable to the workshop.

Richard now has plans to expand his business to include house calls, tailored fitness programmes and rehabilitation for people who have suffered injury or illness. For more information about Body Sculpt, contact Richard on 07939 031 380 or email

Case study

Fitness fanatic Richard Ince, from Benton, has turned his hobby into a business – setting up personal training enterprise Body Sculpt. The 22-year-old, who also studies sport management at Northumbria University and works as a fitness instructor, knew he wanted to be his own boss and visited the Business Factory to find out what his next steps should be.

The Business Factory is based at 86 High Street West,Wallsend NE28 8HY.You can also call (0191) 263 6092 or email: To access the Ideas Bank, please visit our website:

He said:“The Business Factory has been a huge support.The team were extremely friendly and encouraging, and made each step easy for me to take.”

Whether you’re a regular user or have never been on eBay before, this interactive workshop will show you how to:

an eBay sellers account • Open Create • will sell an enhanced listing that great eBay pictures • Take Write perfect description • Open aa Paypal • payments account for easy

The session is fully interactive so you will need to bring along an item that

Young entrepreneur: Richard Ince.


Northumbria Police

New police station opens The new North Tyneside Area Command Headquarters has now opened on Middle Engine Lane,Wallsend (next to B&Q). The £27m station houses up to 300 staff and has a custody suite with 40 cells. Among the staff based at the new HQ are Wallsend's neighbourhood policing team, 24/7 response officers, CID and the senior management team.

The station has been designed to meet

the needs of 21st Century policing – it is open to the public 24 hours a day,

has on-site parking and public transport links are available for visitors.

Chief Supt Gary Calvert said: "The

Street East, provided by the council. This means the team will continue to have a visible presence in the town centre.

new station will enable us to continue

Cllr Mick Henry, Chair of

service the people of Tyneside expect."

“We have built the new headquarters

to deliver the high quality policing

Although the old station at Alexandra

Street in Wallsend has closed, the local neighbourhood policing team has a

Open all hours: The new police station is open 24 hours a day.


new base in the Town Hall on High

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Northumbria Police Authority, said:

so that your local police neighbourhood teams have fit-for-purpose facilities

that enable them to do a good job and fight crime.”

local news Seafront bars targeted An undercover operation has targeted disorderly behaviour linked to under-age drinking and lewd behaviour by exotic dancers at bars in Whitley Bay.


October 2006 - Northumbria Police Authority purchases the six-acre site November 2007 - Consultation roadshow at libraries in North Tyneside for public to view plans June 2008 - Council grants planning permission December 2008 - Miller Construction selected as the building contractor November 2009 - New station given an 'excellent' rating for sustainable design December 2009 - Local pupils bury time capsules on site (see above) November 8, 2010 - Building opens to the public.

 Green credentials

The building is designed to help tackle climate change and to reduce energy costs. Special features include: • Roof line solar shading to reduce glare and reduce heat gain • Solar panels for domestic hot water • Guttering that harvests rainwater from the roof and recycles to flush toilets • An efficient bio-mass boiler using locally-sourced wood pellets for heating.

Police station opening hours North Tyneside Area Command HQ, Middle Engine Lane,Wallsend. 24 hours. Wallsend Police Station, Alexandra Street,Wallsend, now closed. A yellow telephone outside the station can be used to contact the police control room. North Shields Police Station, Upper Pearson Street, North Shields. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays). Whitley Bay Police Station, Laburnum Avenue,Whitley Bay. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays). Forest Hall Police Station,Wilson Terrace, Forest Hall. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays).

Two South Parade premises have been taken to licensing reviews in recent months – one was given a three-month ban on selling alcohol and another must meet an extra 29 stringent conditions. Insp Jim Gray, of Whitley Bay’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “If a bar adopts an ‘anything goes’ approach, then their customers may adopt the same approach when they leave the premises and cause crime and disorder. “The purpose of this operation was ultimately to reduce levels of crime and disorder by encouraging high standards of bar management. “I want to make it clear that we will continue to demand a minimum standard of behaviour in Whitley Bay.We want bars and their patrons to acknowledge this and show due respect to the local community.”


Tips for cyclists and drivers A road safety event at Cobalt

Business Park has helped cyclists secure their bikes as well as

reminding drivers to watch their speed.

Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC

Sally Youden and CSO Kev Cresswell

security marked 17 bikes for staff and visitors and gave drivers crime prevention information.

PC Youden said:“We've had a great

turn-out for the initiative, people on Cobalt are clearly very interested in

road safety and we've been on hand to give them helpful tips.

"We regularly patrol this area and will be continuing to monitor speeds of

road users. If necessary, enforcement

action will be taken – including issuing £80 fixed penalty notices.”

Lynn Cramman, from Cobalt, said:

“With more and more employees at

Cobalt choosing to cycle to and from the park, we’re pleased to work with

neighbourhood officers to ensure that people based on site have up-to-date safety and security information.”


Safety advice: (from left) Lynn Cramman, travel and community co-ordinator at Cobalt, with CSO Cresswell and PC Youden.

Extra police on patrol Police have stepped up patrols around Wallsend Metro station to tackle crime and disorder. Officers from Wallsend neighbourhood policing team have responded to anti-social behaviour and crimes in the area, including shop thefts. Insp David Guthrie said:“We want to reassure people travelling to Wallsend by Metro that officers are tackling rowdy behaviour and targeting criminals, including known shop thieves. “It's important that people feel safe when going about their business.”

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Police are also working alongside Metro ticket inspectors and will be on the look-out for potential fare dodgers. Officers have been joined on patrol by colleagues from the mounted section (pictured) who added their horse power to the operation.

Northumbria Police local news

Safer schools on the agenda Police in North Tyneside are working towards a Safer School Partnership by building closer links with schools in the borough.

Chief Insp David Felton said:“This was a useful presentation which shows what can be achieved when schools and neighbourhood teams work together.

Officers met staff at St Stephen's RC Primary School, Longbenton, who are keen to develop their relationship with the local neighbourhood policing team.

"This initiative will help to make officers more accessible to the community and reduce the fear of crime."

Colleagues from Cumbria Police also shared information on best practice.

the contribution our pupils make to their community and their ability to make better choices for themselves. “We are now looking to develop this relationship with our CSO, so he can be more involved in appropriate school initiatives, enhancing our curriculum.”

Headteacher Stephen Fallon said:“By working closely with our CSO,Tim Cousins, we have been able to enhance

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local officers and discuss any

You can access them via

how to contact them. Council

Simply go to the police website:

to deal with your queries.

neighbourhood North Tyneside or

policing concerns.

These meetings, publicised on the force website, help residents to

know who their local officer is and representatives will also be present

If you prefer to make contact in

You can also come along to an

one of our public meetings?

where you can talk to your local

person, why not come along to Look out for the Partners and

Communities Together (PACT)

meetings across North Tyneside, where residents can meet their

informal police drop-in surgery, neighbourhood officer about

You can even sign up for a free

online e-newsletter and find out what your local neighbourhood

policing team has been doing to make your community safer. page, choose which area you are

interested in and enter your email address in the newsletter sign-up box.

any policing concerns or seek

crime prevention advice.These

are also publicised on the force website.


Domestic Abuse

Advice and support in North Tyneside Harbour

(0191) 251 3305 Victim Support

(0191) 257 9079 SAINT 07552 164 256 Acorns

(0191) 200 6302 Norcare

(0191) 261 2228

Tyneside Cyrenians Domestic Abuse Service

(0191) 270 4251

Northumbria Police Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 066 5555

Don’t suffer in silence

Freedom from ABUSE Do you think that you or someone you know might be in an abusive relationship? North Tyneside Domestic Abuse Partnership delivers the ‘Freedom Programme’ at locations across the borough. The Freedom Programme has been designed for women who may need help to deal with an abusive partner, or support after leaving an abusive relationship. Sessions also focus on what a healthy relationship might look like and encourage users to think positively about their future. For information on your nearest session, contact us confidentially on (0191) 643 7383.

Anne’s story

Anne, 51, says:“Over the years my husband would often say I was ‘pathetic’ or ‘useless’, and accuse me of all sorts, from lying to affairs, but I brushed it off because I loved him. “Things finally blew up just before our 30th wedding anniversary.We were at a party and I spilt some wine.When we got home, he said I’d shown him up, and then just went at me. I ended up with head injuries so bad that the police took pictures. He was arrested and charged but I dropped the charges. “Then he left me, told me he didn’t love me any more. I felt rejected and confused. He’d nearly killed me, but I never thought he would leave me. I wanted him to come home.

“Then I bumped into someone I hadn’t seen for ages. She was shocked at how thin I looked and I told her he had left me and why. She told me about the Cyrenians Domestic Abuse Project. I was given my own support worker and now I can finally see things clearly. I began to realise what he’d done to me over all that time. “I didn’t ever take him back, even when he begged. It’s hard, but I’m getting there one step at a time. I’ve also started the Freedom Programme and met people who’ve been through the same and worse.We now all support each other.The help is there. I’m so glad I reached out and took it.” * This is a true account, but some details have been changed.

ABUSE - spotting the early signs

belittled, criticised or put • Being down stopped from seeing • Being family and friends being allowed to have • Not money or other essentials or threats of violence • Violence • Intimidation • Being blamed for their anger Remember - domestic abuse can also happen to men. Visit or call us on (0191) 643 7383 for more contact details and useful numbers.


Guides receive top honour

An organisation that has benefited the lives of thousands of girls and women in the borough has been officially recognised.

Girlguiding North Tyneside received the Honorary Freedom of the Borough – the highest honour North Tyneside Council can award – at a special ceremony held in Wallsend’s Civic Hall. Around 40 members, aged from five to over 60, represented the organisation. They included girls chosen by their unit guiders as well as leaders from across the area who were selected because of the voluntary work they do for Girlguiding North Tyneside. County Commissioner Vivienne Barke said:“Everyone is delighted to be recognised by North Tyneside Council in this way.

“This is the centenary year of Girlguiding and in North Tyneside we have celebrated this in many ways with Princess parties, steam train journeys, a theme park trip and camps.Three of our members sailed around parts of the UK on a Tall Ship.

Rainbows (five to seven), Brownies (seven to 10), Guides (10 to 14) and Senior Section (14 to 25).

“To finish the year with the honour of receiving the Freedom of the Borough has made this a year we will all remember.

She said:“I’m delighted that the council was able to bestow this honour. I used to be a brownie, guide and guide leader, so I know at first hand how richly deserved it is.

“It gives us external recognition for the voluntary work we do with the young girls and women in the county as we look forward to many more years of guiding fun.” Girlguiding North Tyneside has around 2,300 members – 300 of which are trained volunteer leaders running units each week with the girls. Guiding takes place in four different age groups right across North Tyneside:

Cllr Glynis Barrie was among the councillors to nominate Girlguiding North Tyneside for their award.

“Girlguiding North Tyneside deserves to be recognised for the way it has provided its members with so many interesting and exciting experiences, regardless of their background. “It also offers the opportunity for people to discover new talents and explore their capabilities.” Music legend Sting, who was also nominated for the Freedom of the Borough, was unable to attend and will receive his award at a ceremony early next year. Coveted honour: (From left) Cllr Barrie, Cllr Margaret Finlay (deputy chairman of the council), Hilary Cooper (North East Chief Commissioner for the Girl Guides) and Vivienne Barke (County Commissioner) at the ceremony.

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Threat of eviction for illegal tobacco sellers

North Tyneside Homes is backing an initiative to get illegal tobacco off the streets – with the threat of eviction for anyone found to be selling from one of its properties. Earlier this year, the council’s trading standards and licensing teams supported the regional ‘Get Some Answers’ campaign by spreading the message about illegal tobacco to local businesses. Ian Conway, Head of North Tyneside Homes (the council’s housing service), said:“The council fully supports this approach to removing illegal tobacco off our streets.

But this is not a victimless crime. It is linked to organised crime, raising anxiety among law-abiding citizens. It also undermines the legal UK controls on tobacco, creating new generations of children becoming addicted from their teens, especially in poorer communities.

The council has been working with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Northumbria Police and the regional tobacco control office FRESH, to identify offenders and seize illegal tobacco supplies.

Ailsa Rutter, Director of FRESH, said: “Children barely into their teens are too often the target for people who sell illegal tobacco, bypassing all age-of-sale laws in shops and other important regulations.” If you have information about illegal tobacco or ‘tab houses’, call the Customs Hotline on 0800 595000, or go to

“We want to remind all tenants that anyone selling tobacco from their homes are in breach of their tenancy agreement and risk eviction. “We will continue working with our partners as we endeavour to create a safer North Tyneside for all our residents.” Illegal tobacco is a major cause of premature death, disease and health inequalities. It’s thought that one in six cigarettes and over half of hand-rolled tobacco is now smuggled or fake. In some areas, the sale of illicit cigarettes from a front room, car boot or factory floor is now the norm.


Time for your future

Now, more than ever, is the right time to learn new skills, develop old ones and help make your dreams a reality.

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Follow our tips for a worry-free Christmas

With the festive season approaching, there’s always a temptation to spend more than you should and worry about it later.

North Tyneside’s financial inclusion

But help is available to make sure you

And in January, the team will be holding

avoid a Christmas debt hangover.

people with their money worries.

make the most of your money and

partnership has launched a poster

campaign highlighting simple tips to

bear in mind when splashing out this Christmas.

a series of advice sessions to help

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a limit on spending. • Have Agree with family or friends

Our top tips include:

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how much you can afford and stick to it Shop around for the best deal. Use the internet as well as the high street If you think you may need an overdraft, remember to arrange one with your bank Talk to someone if you do get into debt. Free and impartial advice is available 0345 2000 101

To tie in with the poster campaign, we’re asking you to tell us your best money-saving tip.The first four out of the hat will each win a £50 savings account with the Northern Oak Credit Union. Post your money-saving tips, along with your name, address and phone number, to Christmas Competition, PO Box 694, North Shields, NE27 9AF. You can also email: Closing date: Friday, December 17

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Don’t miss any key events, meetings or activities across the borough – you can follow our official tweets by going to

Drop-in sessions

Area forums

You can find out about childcare, family support, health and wellbeing, education, and sport and leisure activities.

They provide an opportunity for people to discuss issues and influence the way council services are provided in their area.

The Families Information Service provides advice and information for parents, carers, children and young people on a range of services.

The FIS is holding a series of drop-in sessions across the borough (all 10am to 11am): • Tuesday, December 7 – North Shields customer service centre (Unicorn House). • Monday, December 13 – Whitley Bay customer service centre (Victoria Terrace). • Monday, December 20 – Wallsend customer service centre (Park Road). • Thursday, November 25 and Thursday, December 23 – Killingworth customer service centre (White Swan Centre). You can also contact the FIS via 0345 2000 108 or

The council has set up four area forums to increase the involvement of local people and communities in its work.

The next round of meetings will be held in December. All will start at 5.30 (refreshments) and run from 6 to 8pm. Wallsend – December 1 (Civic Hall); North West – December 7 (White Swan Centre, Killingworth); Whitley Bay – December 8 (Livingstone Hall, beside the Baptist Church); North Shields – December 16 (Saville Exchange). For more information about your area forum, visit the council website – click on ‘council and democracy’ then ‘area forums’. For general inquiries, phone (0191) 643 2828 or email:




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Help is at hand People who want to quit smoking can get free support with the help of NHS Newcastle & North Tyneside Stop Smoking Service. Extra drop-in sessions have been organised in North Shields and Wallsend to help local residents pack in for good. No appointment is needed and trained advisors will be on hand to provide the support and advice you need to take the first step. Dr Meng Khaw, director of public health for North Tyneside Primary Care Trust, said:“Smoking is the single greatest cause of preventable

illness and premature death in North Tyneside. “The benefits of giving up smoking are instant. After 20 minutes blood pressure starts to fall, in 24 hours the body is free from carbon monoxide and in 10 years an ex-smoker has lowered their risk of heart disease to the same level as someone who has never smoked before. “Quitting smoking remains the single most important thing you can do to improve your health.There is a variety of help and support available for people who would like to give up smoking and I want to urge as many people as possible to give it a try.”

Evidence shows that people who stop smoking with the help of NHS services are four times more likely to be successful and to remain a non-smoker after a year. The clinics are at:

• Every Thursday until December 9 –

Tesco Extra (in the café area), Norham Road, North Shields (6pm to 8pm).

• Every Saturday until December 4 – Forum Shopping Centre,Wallsend (10.30am to 12.30pm).

For more information about other stop smoking sessions in your area, contact the Stop Smoking Service on 0300 123 9290.

One jab – double the protection

The NHS in North Tyneside is encouraging people who are at risk from flu to get vaccinated and protect themselves against both seasonal flu and swine flu this winter.

A new seasonal flu vaccine is produced every year and, because the H1N1 virus that caused the ‘swine flu’ outbreak will still be around, this year’s flu vaccine will protect against H1N1 as well as other seasonal viruses.


There are many people who could be at risk if they don’t protect themselves by getting vaccinated. People aged 65 and over, and anyone aged six months or over with a longterm health problem or a weakened immune system, need to have the vaccine as a matter of urgency. They can suffer serious complications from flu, often resulting in a stay in hospital or – at worst – death.

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Dr Mike Guy (left), medical director for NHS North of Tyne, working on behalf of North Tyneside PCT, said:“Our clear message to anyone who is at risk from flu is to take up your offer of a free vaccination as soon as possible. “GP practices across North Tyneside are currently writing to their patients who are at risk and I would urge anyone who receives a letter to contact their GP practice and arrange a vaccination appointment.”

NHS and run community healthcare services, health visitors and specialist therapists.

A&E unit has moved

A major change to accident and emergency facilities has taken place in Newcastle. The A&E department at Newcastle General Hospital on West Road has relocated to a new wing at the Royal Victoria Infirmary on Richardson Road in the city centre.

Choose Well this winter As winter approaches, members of the public are being reminded to keep their medicine cabinet fully stocked with items to deal with ailments such as coughs and colds.

There are a number of different ways people can access the right NHS service and make sure they get the right treatment – at the time and place that is convenient for them.

Out-of-hours GPs receive a significant number of calls from patients requesting repeat prescriptions over holiday periods – instead, people are being asked to plan ahead and collect their repeat prescriptions from their own GP.

The Choose Well campaign uses a colour-coded thermometer to help people to link their symptoms with a particular NHS service that is right for their need.


Arts on Prescription A project that uses the performing arts to help improve people’s mental health has launched a new initiative.

There is no need to make an

Taking Part Workshops, based at the

director of TPW.“They may be worried

Town Hall in Wallsend, is working with

local doctors to allow people to access the arts sessions through their GP.

The arts workshops at the Town Hall

and the Linskill Centre in North Shields include singing with a local choir,

drumming, drama and salsa dancing.

appointment with your doctor.

“Stress and depression affect a lot of

The sessions, which are for people over 18, are held during the week and at weekends.

people,” said Matthew Henderson,

Taking Part Workshops is a charitable

about losing their job or the thought of

of an arts organisation to develop the

getting everything ready for Christmas.

company set up by a GP and a director link between health and the arts.

“The workshops are for people who

Council staff have also been involved in

confident and meet new people in a

will include sessions for people with

want to get out more, become more gentle environment.”

The sessions are normally £5 an hour but the Arts on Prescription scheme lets people take part for free.

developing the project. From January, it dementia and their carers.

For more information, contact Victoria

on (0191) 262 1808.You can also email or visit

You can either be referred by your

GP or fill in a form at your surgery, library or community centre and drop it into your GP to be stamped.


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North Tyneside Strategic Partnership Preparing for the challenges ahead

Organisations across North Tyneside have come together to discuss the various issues arising out of reduced funding for public services.

The ‘State of the Area’ event involved representatives from the council, business, health, education, voluntary organisations, the police, Jobcentre Plus and the borough’s Young Cabinet. The organisations looked at how they could work together and make improvements - with less money - to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing the borough over the next 18 months. John Marsden, Chief Executive of North Tyneside Council, said:“The purpose of the day was to look at opportunities to do things differently and to accept our responsibilities at a time when money is limited.We needed to come up with creative solutions to meet new challenges.” During the event, the participants looked at seven particular challenges for the borough: Alcohol and drug misuse ‘Big Society’ (enhancing the role of groups and individuals in the community) Health inequalities Ageing population Climate change Child poverty Economy and employment

• • • • • • •

Guest speaker John Atkinson, managing director of the Local Government Leadership Centre, said:“We want to support leaders as they tackle difficult issues and make tough decisions.

“Our role is to create the space for politicians and senior managers to think about the ambitions they have for their communities and how they can achieve them in order to change their localities for the better.” Feedback from delegates included:

“A really useful opportunity to discuss some very important issues affecting North Tyneside.”(Dr Meng Khaw, Director of Public Health) “I was part of a very enthusiastic group, with lots of informative discussion resulting in many ideas to work and build on.”(Cllr Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for Community Services) “This was an excellent event, with a great mix of people. It was good to see representation from many statutory, community and partner organisations working together.The discussion was very worthwhile, open and honest, covering a great deal in the time we had.“(Ian McKee, North Tyneside Coalition of Disabled People) “I'm glad that young people were invited to take part and had the chance to give their views. I met different people who are working to tackle the issues.” (John Akinropo, Young Mayor)

What happens next?

Ideas generated at the event are currently being evaluated. Decisions on which will be taken forward will be made at the next meeting of the NTSP Executive on December 1. The agenda and associated reports for this meeting will be available on the NTSP website (address below) nearer the time. Contact NTSP Telephone: (0191) 643 5621 Email: www:

NTSP brings together representatives from the council, primary care trust, police and emergency services,Tyne Met College, Jobcentre Plus, voluntary and community groups, and the private sector. Partners work together to improve the quality of life for people living and working in North Tyneside.

There are Partnerships like NTSP in areas all over the country and each produces a Sustainable Community Strategy.


ANNUAL REPORT 2009/10 It gives me great pleasure to present the council’s Annual Report. Linda Arkley, Elected Mayor

Some of the achievements in delivering the Council Plan during 2009/10 were:

Our families and children

Completing the Rowan Croft (Killingworth) and Linskill (North Shields) extra care schemes, providing more than 100 extra care units. Delivering £1.4m of energy cost savings to residents (representing 215,000 tonnes of CO2 saved) through the Warmzone scheme.

Backing businesses

• •

Introducing a business hardship rate relief scheme, helping businesses to survive the recession. Offering free car parking in town centres, enabling town centre businesses to compete with out-oftown shopping centres.

Getting more for less

Beginning a new contractual arrangement with Kier to deliver improved housing repairs and maintenance. Launching the new ease EXTRA card.

100 extra dog waste bins • Installing across the borough. implementing the new • Fully recycling scheme, leading to an

A safer, cleaner, greener North Tyneside

estimated eight per cent increase in the amount of waste recycled.

capacity to deliver debt • Building management advice to residents,

Shaping North Tyneside

supporting them in difficult financial times. Using our revitalised Area Forums to help allocate additional spending on road and pavement repairs.

the process to appoint a • Beginning preferred developer for Whitley Bay. key properties in • Acquiring Wallsend town centre to enable

The regeneration of NorthTyneside

regeneration plans to move forward.


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Income & Expenditure Account for the year ending 31 March 2010


Revenue Expenditure

This is spending on the day-to-day running expenses of the council. It includes expenses such as salaries and wages, heating, lighting, rent, rates and stationery. The Income & Expenditure account below represents the cost of running council services between April 2009 and March 2010, identifying where the money came from to finance these costs. Net Expenditure

Central Services Court Services

Cultural, Environmental, Regulatory and Planning Services Children’s & Education Services Highways & Transport Services

£000s 1,588 300

50,980 70,053 8,644

Adult Social Care


HRA Housing Services


Non Distributed Costs


Housing Services

Corporate & Democratic Core Net Cost of Services Precepts & Levies

Interest received and Investment income Interest payable and similar charges

Appropriations & other internal accounting Net Operating Expenditure Financed by:

1,160 7,911

205,640 12,972 -1,026

19,238 31,802


Council Tax


Distribution from non-domestic rate pool


General Government Grants Net General Fund Deficit

Other accounting treatments

Net increase in General Fund Balance for year

-26,527 89,528

-89,664 -136

The net cost of services is the cost of the services provided by the council, such as schools, waste collection, social care etc after taking account of any income or grants received. Net operating expenditure is the amount that is to be funded after taking account of our contribution to the Passenger Transport Authority, Environment Agency,Tyne Port Health Authority and Northumbria Sea Fisheries, along with interest paid and received and other costs related to capital expenditure. This is the amount that needs to be funded from either Council Tax, National Non-Domestic Rates or Government Grants. Other accounting treatments included adjustments relating mainly to FRS17 Pension Adjustments, Capital Adjustments and other adjustments that are required by statute to be included when calculating the General Fund Deficit/Surplus, but which have no effect on the council’s General Fund balance and therefore need to be reversed out. Full explanations of the terms can be obtained from the Statement of Accounts which are available on the council’s website.



Income & Expenditure Account for the year ending 31 March 2010 Capital Expenditure

Capital expenditure generally is money spent by the council on purchasing, improving and upgrading assets such as council houses, roads and other buildings. The council and its residents receive the benefit from this expenditure over a long period of time. The following chart outlines capital expenditure during 2009/10:

Total Capital Expenditure 2009/10

28% 28%

• • • • • • •

Cultural, Environmental, Regulatory & Planning Services (£31.747m) Adult Social Care (£2.371m) Children’s & Education Services (£30.582m)


Key achievements include:

The new-build Monkseaton High School was completed and opened The refurbishment of Whitley Bay Playhouse was completed and reopened The acquisitions of Swan Hunter shipyard, Fox Garage and Borough Bingo,Wallsend The new shopping centre at Battle Hill is now occupied A £5.5m funding package for refurbishment of Western Quay, North Shields £2m Sea Change funding obtained to undertake restoration of canopies at Tynemouth Station Over £1m has been spent on WarmZone Projects

Central Services(£11.361m)


Highways & Transport Services (£5.695m)



Housing (£32.567m)

Capital Financing 2009/10 Unsupported (Prudential) Borrowing (£41.221m) Suported Borrowing (£6.663m)



Capital receipts (£4.308m) Capital Grants & Contributions (£23.792m)

0% 0%

Direct Revenue Financing (£6.115m)

5% 21%



ERDF (£0.175m) PFI (£0.202m) Government Grants (£31.847m)

Financial review

The following is my personal statement, in my role as the council’s Chief Finance Officer, to describe some of the key points on the council’s stewardship of public funds. Financial Performance: The revenue budget has been monitored closely during the year and underspent by £0.126m. The General Fund Balance, excluding schools, increased to £6.602m and school balances increased to £5.252m. Council Housing: The council charges rent on the 15,613 homes that it owns. The council is required by law


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to account for all of its income and expenditure relating to those dwellings in a separate account, called the Housing Revenue Account (HRA). At March 31, 2010, the balance on the HRA was £2.940m. Capital Expenditure: Capital expenditure is money spent on the purchasing, upgrading or improving of assets, such as buildings, information technology equipment and roads. Capital expenditure differs from day-to-day expenditure as the council receives the benefit from the assets for longer than one year. It also includes expenditure on structural changes to the council, where we have


Summary Balance Sheet – What we own and what we owe Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2010 Fixed and other long-term assets Cash in bank Money owed to the council Money owed by the council Other short-term assets Pension Fund Deficit Council Net Worth Financed By: Capital Reserves Reserves & Balances Pension and Equal Pay Reserve


1,171,852 33,774 39,499 -577,219 588 -403,388 265,106 640,265 35,930 -411,089 265,106

Housing Revenue Account

The Housing Revenue Account is a statement, for council housing, which includes expenditure such as the repairs and maintenance of council houses, as well as recording income such as rents. It is a legal requirement to keep this expenditure/income in a separate account. The costs and income relating to the authority’s council housing provision are shown below. The council owned 15,613 houses and flats as at 31 March 2010.

express permission from central government to account for spend as capital expenditure. During 2009/10, we spent a total of £114.323m, of which £32.567m was on council housing. Chief Finance Officer’s Statement: The council’s Statement of Accounts was prepared in accordance with statutory/regulatory timetables, relevant accounting and reporting standards and the council’s agreed accounting policies. The figures in this summary were originally compiled having regard to proper accounting practice but for the purpose of this summary some modifications have

Fixed assets and other long-term assets are assets which have value to the council for more than one year, such as land, buildings and equipment Money owed to the council includes debtors and payments made in advance

Money owed by the council includes long and short-term borrowing, trade creditors and income in advance

Capital reserves are reserves earmarked for specific accounting treatments, which are not available to fund general expenditure. Reserves & Balances are reserves that are available for general use. Housing Revenue Account - Income & Expenditure Account (£000’s) Capital costs Supervision & management Repairs & maintenance Other costs

Other income Council house rents










been made to provide more meaningful information. The Audit Commission has audited the Statement of Accounts and agreed that they present fairly the council’s financial position for 2009/10. A full copy of these accounts is available on request and is also available on the council’s website. Please contact (0191) 643 5724 for further details. Fiona Rooney CIPFA, Quadrant,The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY


A safer North Tyneside Residents are feeling the benefits of continuing work to make North Tyneside a safer place to live. The borough is now safer than ever before, and residents have noticed the difference, with almost all (97%) saying they feel safe during the day. Things are also getting better after dark. In 2005, just under half of residents felt safe in the evenings but that has now jumped to 70%.

• Re-offending victimisation • Repeat crime – including alcohol• Violent related, sexual and domestic violence

The partnership is seeking your views on what you think should be addressed as a priority and what worries you the most. To have your say, and to read more about the partnership’s priorities for 2011 to 2014:

Work is underway to improve things even further over the next three years, and your views are needed to shape the plans.


Safer North Tyneside is a multi-agency partnership that includes the council and Northumbria Police.

Call: (0191) 643 6433

Its job is to tackle community safety issues and since 2008 its work has helped to significantly reduce crime in North Tyneside, by focussing on the community safety issues that really concern residents.


Community safety: Police and the council’s Safer Estates team are targeting anti-social behaviour.

Safer North Tyneside’s proposals for 2011-2014 are now under discussion. They include suggestions to target resources to specific areas, including: Anti-social behaviour Criminal damage Hate crimes – including racially motivated, homophobic or those targeting the disabled

• • •


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Crime is falling Since 2008:

behaviour down by • Anti-social 28% damage down by 36% • Criminal • Household burglary down by 39% • Recorded crime down by 30% down by 40% • Robbery from motor vehicles down • Theft by 54% • Violent crime down by 21%

Partners back

Diversity Week North Tyneside Council’s second annual Diversity Week took place during early November. The council was joined by a number of its partners, including the police,Tyne Met College, Nexus, the local primary care trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FoundationTrust, the fire service and VODA. During the week, each organisation – which between them employ more than 15,000 – organised different activities to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues and highlight some of the good work being done. ‘Diversity’ refers to the differences between people, such as age, gender, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or belief. In a fair society, differences between people are accepted, valued and respected. Recent figures show the borough’s population is now 198,500, with dozens of different nationalities, circumstances and backgrounds represented.

The council must comply with national legislation, which has been simplified by the introduction of the Equality Act in April. It’s therefore important that we continue to promote diversity in terms of the people we serve and the services we deliver.

are currently developing our • We first Older People’s Strategy and

Cllr Glynis Barrie, cabinet member champion for equality and diversity, said:“Using a week of themed events for staff provides a clear message that we are working to make sure that all our staff, and residents, are treated fairly and without discrimination.”

Supt Andy McDyer, of North Tyneside Area Command, said:“Northumbria Police is committed to promoting diversity by providing a policing service that is fair in the way we carry out our duties and attentive to the needs of our communities.We’re pleased to support this celebration of diversity, together with our partners in North Tyneside.”

Some examples of the council’s recent progress include:

updating our Children and Young People’s Plan We have led on introducing ‘ARCH’ in the borough – a new, easier system for reporting racist and homophobic incidents We are working to make sure consultation opportunities involve all sections of our communities, and are looking at how we can work together with our partners on this We are working with our partners to make equality work more co-ordinated across the borough – avoiding duplication and achieving more with less resources

• • • • • •

For example: 24% state they have a disability (47,000 people) 18% are aged under 16 while 23% are aged over 60 78% are Christian; 1% combined are Muslim, Sikh or Hindu 14% have no religion 5.9% are from a black or minority ethnic background (11,600 people) National estimates suggest 5 to 7% of the population to be lesbian, gay or bisexual (between 9,900 and 13,800 people in North Tyneside)


Keep it local North Tyneside Council is committed to helping small businesses. If your company is based in the borough, you can advertise on this page – free of charge. Just send the following details and we’ll put your entry in the next available issue: • Name of company • Brief (20 words maximum) description of your business • Phone, email or web address

Please note: space is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Adverts not used in one edition will receive priority for the next. The next issue of Widening Horizons will be published during March. Deadline for adverts is February 4. Send your details to: You can also write to Steve Forshaw at the address on page 3. (Terms and conditions available on request.)

Whitley Bay Dog Walking & Pet Sitting

Empel Flood Risk Services

Tel: (0191) 252 4427

Tel: 07821 287 692

Dog walking and pet feeding. Small friendly business, covering Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Monkseaton.


Past history or current problems stopping you progressing? Counselling and EFT could help. Initial free consultation.

Tel: 0795 459 1381

Faceworks North East Ltd

Offers discerning clients a tailored approach to non-surgical facial aesthetics and skin rejuvenation, using the best available product ranges Tel: (0191) 262 2135 or 0779 404 3455 .


Shirley’s Pet Supplies

The Forum,Wallsend. Get your furred, feathered or finned food from here.

Tel: (0191) 295 1493

Just Cakes

Delicious, hand-crafted celebration cakes, anything from cupcakes to 6-tier wedding cakes. Lovingly and locally designed and created – just for you.

Tel: 07963 375391 Email:


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Flood risk assessments to help you through your planning application and design advice for properties at risk of flooding.

The Jive Junction

Modern jive, every Thursday evening at Wallsend Memorial Hall. A fusion of jive and salsa. Have fun and get fit! No experience or partner needed! Tel: 0785 582 9042 Email:

JAPS – the Sports Shop

Specialising in cricket equipment and other sporting goods for schools, including football, hockey, netball, athletics and many more. 146, Grey Street, North Shields.

Tel: (0191) 290 1358 or 0789 491 5731

Custom Planet Ltd

For printwear, embroidery and promotional items – with a huge range of products.Visit our website for online design and ordering. Tel: (0191) 270 8181


Dance Sacks

Children’s music and dance classes, and adult Zumba fitness classes.Various locations, party service also available. Tel: (0191) 234 3284


Oval Designs – Freelance Florist

Lissi Naturally Dyed Products

Tel: 0798 361 4045


For that personal touch for your wedding flowers, events, functions and funerals, call Sue. 9,The Oval, Benton.


One of a kind – naturally dyed fashion accessories, greeting cards and supplies. Great for gifts or an indulgent treat for yourself! Commissions and orders welcome.

PCA Independent Living Solutions LLP

BnC Tiling and Laminate Flooring

Tel: 0844 535 0111 (local rates apply)


PCA offers a high-quality flexible support service.We provide personalised support packages for individuals aged 18 plus. It’s your life . . . live it.


Northern Doctors Urgent Care GP out-of-hours provider. Out-of-hours GP care. 6.30pm to 8am, Monday to Friday. 24 hours a day at weekends and bank holidays

Tel: 0845 60 80 320

Local business offering wall/floor tiling and laminate flooring services (supply and/or fit available). Friendly and reliable – free quotations. Contact Barry Tiernan. Tel: 0794 6066 820


192 Park View,Whitley Bay. Lovely and unusual gifts, jewellery, home accessories, furniture. Something for everyone.

Tel: (0191) 252 9357


Villabela Properties Ltd,Wallsend

Tel: (0191) 295 5553


MOTs and taxi tests, brake checks and headlight alignment, exhaust emissions, vehicle repairs and servicing. Free estimates.

Landlords wanted for available tenants. Independent lettings and management company.Visit our website for more details. Tel: (0191) 262 1260

Frontier Telecom

Seafront Apartments


Tel: 07977 203 379

One-stop shop for all your business communication needs. Local, friendly and professional. Call us today. Tel: 0800 124 4348

BW Architecture

Plans drawn for house extensions, refurbishments etc. RIBA chartered office. Reasonable rates. Planning and building regulation submissions. Quick, friendly service. Tel: (0191) 289 4312 Email:

Small Joinery

Good quality, small-scale carpentry and joinery work. Contact Neill Sheasby.

Tel: 07539 193 710

Family or colleagues visiting the area? 4-star weekly self-catering apartments. Superb Cullercoats Bay location. Close to shops, restaurants, Metro, buses. Email:

Contour Blinds

Showroom – 31-33 Claremont Crescent,Whitley Lodge. Local manufacturers of all types of blinds. Domestic, commercial and trade. Free quotations, measuring and fitting. Tel: (0191) 251 3757


North East Pest Control

Specialists in all areas of pest control. Commercial and domestic properties. Free, no-obligation quotations supplied.

Tel: 07887 842 663

North Tyneside Council does not accept any responsibility for the businesses listed above.


Widening Horizons December 2010  

North Tyneside's Residents Magazine

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