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Famous Three

Regular columnists... Belinda Ambrose

As ever with Belinda’s columns we are challenged and this issue’s column is no different. Consuming a placenta after giving birth may sound a bit cannibalistic. However Belinda gives a very reasoned and strong argument for doing just that in her column.

12. Ryton What’s On 18. Local Photography 20. Crawcrook What’s On

Roger Clegg

24. Greenside What’s On

Manipulation or not? Roger shares his philosophy on the manipulation of photographic images and also gives us an insight into historic manipulation of photographs including some unhappy Russian miners being made to look full of joy.

26. Wylam & Ovingham What’s On 27. Heddon & Horsley What’s On 28. Prudhoe What’s On

Joanne Major

34. Stocksfield What’s On

joanne’s intention for her column was to write a review of the year. 2012 was a “year to remember”, with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. So she turned on her computer, typed in Google and searched for “Events of 2012” to jog her memory.

36. Corbridge What’s On 37. Balman Art Gallery 39. Hexham What’s On

What’s On?

41. Hexham Queen’s Hall What’s On 43. National Trust

Recognise any of these places?

45. Roger Clegg column 49. Belinda Ambrose column

Northumberland, and our own Tyne Valley, have some truly spectacular hidden treasures, often where you least expect it.

53. Naturalist Field Club 53. Kielder Water 57. Friends of Red Kites 59. Darras Hall / Ponteland What’s On 61. Joanne Major column Front Cover Photography Duck landing on a frozen Bradley Pond in Crawcrook by Leanne Marshall Photography.

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January/February 2013 - features

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Naturalist Field Club p53

Friends Of Red Kites p57

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Editor’s page Welcome and Happy New Year to all our readers. Welcome to the New Year Issue of Tyne Valley Express. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas time and are excited about this New Year, as we introduce you to some fantastic events happening this January & February, springing up in abundance across the Tyne Valley. We very much hope you will be getting involved in what the people of the Valley have to offer this season. Keeping those winter chills at bay, the Balman Gallery (page 37) has a splendid collection of original artwork on display from across the region. Discover some glowing work from Jim Edwards, on display at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum along with several other local artists who have taken inspiration from wintry scenes across the Valley. Wandering across the to the Corbridge Gallery, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on some of the finest luxury jewellery - the perfect addition to your collection! We also say a welcoming Hola! to Katherine Matthews as we introduce you to her LingoTot franchise. Inspired by her passion for languages, Katherine from Newcastle is seeking to encourage parents & their

children to learn a foreign language. Check out her story on page 9 to find out more. Taking advantage of this beautiful time of year, the National Trust (page 43) has plenty of outdoor activities which they warmly invite you to get involved in. Capturing some spectacular aspects of nature in the region, there are opportunities for all the family to come along and explore the hidden treasures of the Tyne Valley. The Friends of Red Kites (page 57) are also giving local people the chance to uncover more of the regions natural heritage. Their exciting new project takes flight across the North East this year and will be landing at a place near you! Continuing along the outdoor theme, the Consett and Vale of Derwent Naturalist Field Club get one step closer to nature. With a variety of walks in the Valley and Wildlife watches (page 53) planned for the new year they would love for you to join them. Back for a new season of entertainment, the Queen’s Hall Hexham (page 41) has a jam packed schedule which is guaranteed to chase away the post-Christmas blues.

From fun filled shows to musical extravaganzas, there is absolutely something for everyone! As ever, our regular columnists are back with plenty to talk about as we sail into this new year. Belinda Ambrose gives an insight into overcoming post-natal depression on page 49 while Joanne Major reflects on the events of last year on page 61. Last but not least, Roger Clegg (page 45) delights us with some simply stunning photography. Exquisitely captured scenes from the Valley remind us that as a new day dawns (page 19) this New Year is full of new hope, new adventures and new beginnings. So I leave you with the warmest of New Year wishes as we move into this new season and explore more of the wonderful Tyne Valley.

God Bless Robert and the Tyne Valley Team.

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Tot’s language franchisee puts life as a doctor on hold to share her love of languages with babies and children around the north east A MUM who has recently bought a Franchise in Lingototot, a business teaching babies and children foreign languages has proved she’s talking the talk as her popular classes are expanding across the North East. Katherine Matthews, from Newcastle, a doctor training in Paediatrics who is currently on maternity leave, has decided to go back to her language roots by taking on a Lingotot franchise. She hopes to run the franchise alongside her medical career when she returns. Katherine, who has a BA honours degree in French and Spanish, said: “After my degree I went on to study medicine and my love of children led me to start training as a Paediatrician. “After the birth of my daughter, Olive, my passion for speaking languages was rekindled as I found my self singing, playing and interacting with her in French and Spanish. “I was keen to bring French and Spanish into her life as early as possible but was unsure how to best achieve this. I also faced a back-to-work dilemma of how to fit the demanding hours of my job as a doctor around family life. This is when I came across Lingotot. Lingotot seemed like the perfect solution!” Lingotot launched in 2010 by founder Angela Sterling. Lingotot offers French, Spanish and Mandarin sessions in the community, nurseries and primary schools. Lingotot franchises are now all over the North East and is expanding UK wide. Interest in Lingotot sessions is growing rapidly as new reforms to the national curriculum are being unveiled. This proposes that all children will be required to learn a foreign language from the age of seven. Lingotot sessions are different to other conventional ways of teaching languages to children and that is why it works. Forget workbooks! Lingotot enables the whole family to learn a language through songs, stories, games and craft activities. Sessions are fun and relaxed and no prior language knowledge is required. Lingotot is for everyone! You are never too young to learn a language, as mum of Martha Hinchliffe knows. Martha was just 5 weeks old when she came to her first Spanish Lingotot session and Mum Louise is enjoying incorporating Spanish songs into Martha’s daily routine. Likewise you are never too old as one of my Grandmas has proved by learning her first words of Spanish alongside her four year old Granddaughter. Mum, Anne Simpson, who attends French community sessions in Ponteland with 11 month old Gil says “As a person who has struggled to learn a second language, I am certainly benefiting from Lingotots. What better way to learn a language than through singing, dancing and having fun with your baby!” Do you take your baby or child to music, movement, storytelling or speech and language classes? Why not come to one single class that does all of this and teaches the whole family a new language. For more details about Lingotot sessions, email, contact 0845 680 8148 or visit


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Vegetarian (v) (hh) £4.50 seasonal roasted vegetables in a garlic & tomato sauce Arrabiata (v) (hh) £4.95 tomato, onion, garlic, chilli & basil Bolognese (hh) £4.95 classic bolognese sauce Meatballs (hh) £4.95 in a tomato & cream sauce

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Wednesday General Meeting usually meeting in Ryton Co-op Car park 10am. Other activities include social and cultural visits. Ryton Methodist Church: Every Thursday: MINI MESSY CHURCH: 1.30pm to 2.30pm Free coffee, songs, stories and messy craft activities for pre school children. Last Saturday of month: MESSY CHURCH. 4pm to 6.30PM. Fun, food, worship and messy craft activities for all the family. It’s church alright – but not how you would ever imagine it! Contact Judith Stoddart on 07979 481 019 to book a place. Ryton Litter Action Group We’re a group of volunteers aiming to keep Ryton, and the surrounding area, free from litter. We litter pick every 2-3 weeks from 10am-12noon on Sunday mornings. For details, check the website ryton-litter-action, email Andrew at or phone Lisa 07747 805175. Come and join us for some fresh air and exercise. It’s very rewarding! Singing For Fun Come along and join our group. Men and women of all ages welcome. A chance to blow off some steam, meet new friends and have fun! Monday 6:45 - 8:45 Willows Lounge (Ryton Social Club) Contact Jessica 07506830467 for more info. YOGA CLASSES IN RYTON Yoga for All. Tuesday 9.30am -11am, Wednesday 6.30pm - 8pm. Drop-in class £4.50. Holy Cross Church Hall, Ryton, NE40 3QC. Linda Irving 0191 413 8609 e-mail: Holy Cross Church, Ryton Village Join us for worship Sundays.... 08.00 am Holy Communion 10.00 am Parish Communion with Young Church 1st Sunday in the month at 4.30 pm The Ark For children aged 0-7 years and their families - songs, stories, activities and tea. 2nd Sunday in the month at 6.00 pm Evensong The traditional Prayer Book service sung with Anglican Chant. Thursdays at 10.00 am Holy Communion Followed by coffee and a chat in the Parish Hall. Saturday 19 January 2013 at 10.00 am a service to begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 8.00 pm Holy Communion and Ashing. Holy Cross Parish Hall Thinking of holding a party or celebration? Holy Cross Parish Hall may be the perfect venue. Telephone 0191 4132453 for further details. Dancing Sequence and Ballroom at Ryton Rugby Club every Tuesday 8 – 11pm. Friendly atmosphere. New members welcome. Dance hall newly re-furbished. Enquiries Tel: 01661 834 176 Strictlee Ballroom Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes at Ryton Rugby. Wednesday evenings, Beginners 7.05pm, Improvers 8.00pm. All Welcome! Contact Jean Hodgkinson

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Stocksfield what’s on? SICA January 2012 Mon 7th 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting Wed 9th 7.30pm Stocksfield W.I. Wed 9th 7.30pm Stocksfield Local History Soc. Thur 10th 1.45pm Stocksfield South of Tyne Flower Club Tues 15th 7.30pm Plants and Gardens Society Sat 19th 10.00am-4.00pm Tynedale Spinners & Weavers Dates for your diaries Feb 2013 Sat 2nd Feb 1.30pm Jumble Sale for Stocksfield WI Fri 22nd 2.00pm Blood donor session For further information or tickets, please contact Beth at SiCA on 01661 842346 or email (SiCA is located on Mount View Terrace, Stocksfield,NE43 7HL (near the Railway Station) Stocksfield Community


Association is a Registered Charity no.1139996 and is a Company Limited by Guarantee 7468137 Registered at Companies House, England Monday 9.15am – 12.15pm Stocksfield Playgroup term time 2.00pm- 3.30pm Badminton 6.30pm – 7.45pm Low impact aerobics/Body toning 8.00pm-10.00pm Badminton Tuesday 9.15am – 12.15pm Stocksfield Playgroup term time 9.30am – 11.30am Computer Club 10.00am --2.00pm Tuesday Club 1.30pm—3.30pm Rugbytots (term time) 6.00pm – 7.00pm Step Class - all levels Wednesday 9.15am – 12.15pm Stocksfield Playgroup term time 9.30am – 11.30am Parent & Toddlers term time 9.30am – 11.30am

Digital Photography Club Thursday 9.15am – 12.15pm Stocksfield Playgroup (term time) 6.45pm – 7.45pm Pilates using Stability Balls 7.00pm- 9.00pm Bridge (1st & 3rd Thursdays) 8.00pm – 10.00pm Badminton Friday 9.30am – 10.30am Low impact aerobics (with crèche) for legs,bums and tums! ** Restarts Jan 11th Saturday 10.00am – 11.30am Feet First Dance Class (term time) (Holidays are from Fri Dec 21st to Mon Jan 7th )

Gymnastics We are a not for profit community Gymnastics club, that has been established in Riding Mill since 1979. We are members of British Gymnastics and teach general gymnastics and tumbling. We meet every Tuesday during term time at Riding Mill Parish Hall from 5pm until 8pm. We take children from 4 years upwards and offer excellent tuition in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Heather Cruddis Club Secretary 07760 350 508 01661 843715

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Thursday 10.00am – 12.00pm Choir 1.30pm – 2.30pm Whisper Works Children’s Art/Story Workshop 3.45pm – 5.00pm Children’s Choir 7.30pm – 9.30pm Badminton Friday 9.30am – 11.30am Badminton 5.00pm – 6.00pm Karate Class (Children) 6.00pm – 7.00pm Karate Class (Adults) For further information please contact Mandy Senior on 07500 822784 or email clerk@ Corbridge Preschool. Good quality, Affordable childcare. Currently based in the Methodist Church Hall, Princes Street, Corbridge. Open Tues, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.15-12.00, lunch club optional extra til 1.00. Please contact Claire Milburn 07870761730 corbridge.preschool@ www.corbridgepreschool.weebly. com Gymnastics We are a not for profit community Gymnastics club, that has been established in Riding Mill since 1979. We are members of British Gymnastics and teach general gymnastics and tumbling.

We meet every Tuesday during term time at Riding Mill Parish Hall from 5pm until 8pm. We take children from 4 years upwards and offer excellent tuition in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Heather Cruddis Club Secretary 07760 350 508 01661 843715 St Andrews Church Church Services SUNDAYS St Andrews 8:00 Holy Communion 1st & 3rd 9:30 Parish Communion with crèche, Junior Church & Children’s corner 1st, 2nd 4th & 5th Sundays 9:30 All Age informal Worship: usually but not always 3rd Sunday 6:00 Evensong [3rd Sunday Holy Communion] St Oswald’s Halton 9:15 Holy Communion 1st Sunday WEDNESDAYS 10:00 Holy Communion at St Andrews Morning Prayer is said each weekday at 8:45 Corbridge Health Walks Walks are lead by trained volunteers. A choice of two walks, lasting about 1-2 hrs departing from Coigns Corner at the corner of Middle Street on each Wed at 10 am. For more information contact the

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Theatre Blackeyed Theatre presents Mother Courage and Her Children Exhibitions Saturday 12 January – Saturday 9 February Eduardo Paolozzi - General Dynamic F.U.N. A new Hayward Touring exhibition of screen-prints by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK. Paolozzi was a compulsive collector and a jumbler of icons. He is equally revered for his mechanistic sculptures and his kaleidoscopic print projects. Free Entry. Gallery One & Two, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Jazz - Jazz Club Thursday 17 January 8.00pm Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door / Under 18s free. The Exchange Café, Queen’s Hall, Film Film in the Theatre – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A) Thursday 17 January 8.00pm A group of British retirees travels to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. Stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy. (2011) Tickets: £4.50 / £3.50 (Friends / Film Club Member) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Comedy Big Owl Comedy Club Saturday 19 January 8.30pm Big Owl Comedy presents some of the freshest and funniest stand-up talent working on the national circuit today. Tickets: £8.50 / £4.00 (student) The Exchange Café, Queen’s Hall Theatre Théâtre Sans Frontières presents Canary Gold Wednesday 30 January & Thursday 31 January 7.30pm In present day Canary Wharf, wine traders and investors gather. A rare Canarian wine has come up for sale. Is it the real thing or an elaborate forgery? Tickets: £13.50 / £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc) / £8.50 (student) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre


Classical Hexham & District Music Society presents - James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook & the Puertas String Quartet Friday 1 February 7.45pm A rare opportunity to hear On Wenlock Edge, Vaughan Williams’ setting of poems by A E Houseman. English songs and the Elgar Piano Quintet complete this celebration of the best of English Music. Tickets: £14.00 / £7.00 (student) / £1.00 (schoolchildren) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Community Core Music presents, Core 4 Saturday 2 February 7.30pm

Core Music, Hexham’s own musical social enterprise, is four years old! To celebrate, this concert features musicians who are involved in Core through workshops, teaching, learning and volunteering. Tickets: £10.00 / £5.00 (conc) / £20 (family) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Children / Theatre Horse + Bamboo presents The Nightingale Tuesday 5 February 4.30pm The little King, has everything that money can buy and he still feels something is missing. That is, until he is enchanted by the most beautiful sound in the world and finds friendship in the most unexpected place. A sweet, funny and beautiful show for ages 4yrs+ and their families. Tickets: £6.50 / £20 (family) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Jazz James Birkett & Bradley Johnston: The Jazz Guitar Duo Thursday 7 February 7.30pm The Jazz Guitar Duo presents a programme of music by some of the most influential players of the last hundred years, taking the audience on a musical journey which moves from early jazz and blues, through swing and bebop, to cool and contemporary jazz. Tickets: £7.50 / £6.00 (Friends) / £4.00 (student), In the Exchange Café Film Film in the Theatre – Sunday matinee Double Bill Sunday 10 February 2.00pm Jean de Florette (PG) A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. (1986) Sunday 10 February 4.30pm Manon des Sources (PG) A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. (1986) Individual Film Tickets: £4.50 / £3.50 (Friends / Film Club Member) Combined ticket: £6.50 includes both films. Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Opera - Opera della Luna presents The Parson’s Pirates Wednesday 13 February 7.30pm Join the Reverend Arthur Bender of St Michael’s-under-Ware as he auditions his cast for the fastest, fizziest and funniest production of The Pirates of Penzance you will ever see. A cast of just six perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic comic opera - complete and unabridged (with cuts). An absolute must for all Gilbert and Sullivan fans! Tickets: £14.50 / £12.50 (Friends / benefit conc) / £8.50 (student) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Comedy - Big Owl Comedy Club Friday 15 February 8.30pm Big Owl Comedy presents some of the freshest and funniest stand-up talent working on the national circuit today. Tickets: £8.50 / £4.00 (student) The Exchange Café

Saturday 16 February – Saturday 6 April A Parliament of Hares - Joss Wrigg Joss Wrigg is a visual artist whose animal sculptures are made with locally sourced fleece using the dry felting technique of needle felt. In this new body of work, Joss has taken both the form and the myth of the hare as her inspiration. Free Entry. Gallery One, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Saturday 16 February – Saturday 6 April A Broad Palette: a retrospective of Edwin Straker mEstablishing his own studio in Newcastle, Edwin worked in commercial, industrial and fashion illustration and interior design before returning to his first loves of oil and watercolour. mFree Entry Gallery Two, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Children / Theatre Peoples Theatre presents The Elephant Bridesmaid Saturday 16 February 2.30pm Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children The Elephant Bridesmaid is a magical musical about weddings and wombats and the loveliest elephant the world has ever known. For ages 4yrs +. Tickets: £7.50 (adult) / £6.50 (Under 14s) / £25.00 family. Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Traditional Music Dervish. Thursday 21 February 7.30pm County Sligo’s finest export, Dervish creates one of the most distinctive, yet expertly balanced, sounds anywhere in traditional music, combining the fiery energy and mature complexity that have become their hallmark. Tickets: £13.00 / £12.00 (Friends / benefit conc) / £8.50 (student) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Classical Hexham & District Music Society presents - Cuillin Sound Friday 22 February 7.45pm Lynda Coffin, Sarah Watts and Laurence Perkins recently formed a trio to explore the repertoire for flute, clarinet (or bass clarinet), and bassoon. Programme stretches from Bach to a Villa-Lobos Brasileiras and includes music which they have arranged for this unusual and appealing combination. Tickets: £14.00 / £7.00 (student) / £1.00 schoolchildren. Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Theatre / Comedy Gonzo Moose in What The Dickens? Tuesday 26 February 7.30pm Young Charles Dickens is a rookie reporter on The Morning Chronicle. Whilst investigating the foggy slums of Ye Olde London Towne, he accidently stumbles on a story that could make his reputation. Follow our hero on the adventure of a lifetime! This inventive and gripping comedy features just three actors playing over 20 roles in 80 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.Tickets: £13.50 / £11.50 (Friends / benefit conc) / £8.50 (student) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Jazz - Jazz Club Thursday 28 February 8.00pm Play along with the rhythm section of the evening in an informal atmosphere

? n o s ’ t wha then sit back and enjoy the guests. Tickets: £3.00 on the door / Under 18s free The Exchange Café Film Film in the Theatre: Hobson’s Choice (U) Thursday 28 February 8.00pm Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker’s shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to run the lives of his three unruly daughters. Directed by David Lean and starring John Mills and Charles Laughton. (1954) Tickets: £4.50 / £3.50 (Friends / Film Club Member) Queen’s Hall Arts Centre

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impressions aside I became curious to find out more and understand why some individuals felt so passionately about this practice. Not thinking that anyone would have really heard much about eating human placenta I started to test the water and discuss the topic with others. There are usually three reactions when the subject is broached; utter revulsion at the very idea of cannibalising one’s own body, a polite ‘oh that’s interesting’ whilst all the while you know they think I’m barking mad, and a surprising number of individuals who have heard of it and furthermore its benefits in helping prevent PND. Astonishingly my health visitor recently commented how fashionable it was about thirty years ago when she started her career! Studies have proven that the symptoms of postnatal depression are linked with a severe lack of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B6 and hormones including CRH (our stress reducer hormone), all of which are in high supply in the placenta. Consuming the placenta nourishes the mother of lost nutrients and hormones and may entirely prevent the ‘baby blues’ and/or post-natal depression. It has also been shown to significantly reduce post-birth bleeding since stem cells and growth factors in the placenta play a key role in healing the wound left inside the uterus after birth by the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall. A mother will typically bleed for 3-6 weeks after birth however; mothers who consume their placenta after birth often bleed significantly less, with much lighter bleeding for just 5-10 days afterwards. Consuming the placenta particularly after a traumatic birth like a C section will replenish the body quickly of all the nutrients such as iron, amino acids and essential fats required to make a fast recovery. Eating the placenta has also been shown to encourage a quick and healthy milk supply, replenish essential hormone oxytocin (the ‘love’ hormone), reduce stress levels, leave new mothers feeling calmer, and give new mums the energy to cope with a busy day. An interesting fact here is that almost all mammals consume their placentas except marsupials where it is reabsorbed into the body. Mammals who consume the placenta never bleed after birth because they consume their entire placenta raw giving the body a large boost of the growth factors needed to heal the body completely and immediately. Placenta remedies have been a very important part of traditional birthing history, and along

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Calling all vintage vehicle owners A firm favourite event in every family’s calendar is the annual Kielder Classic & Vintage Vehicle Show where a wide range of classic and vintage cars and trucks are on display at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre. This year we’re also delighted to be celebrating 40 years of the Forest Drive being open to the public so we’re extending the event over two days. Saturday 11 May 2013 you can take part in a classic car fun run – follow vintage and classic cars along the Forest Drive (£3 toll applies). Enter through the Facebook page (Kielder Vintage & Classic Vehicle Show) or call 01434 220 242. Sunday 12 May is the Vehicle Show at Kielder Castle. If you’d like to book a place to exhibit your vehicle please call the Forest Commission now on 01434 220 242.

Dark Skies bid Kielder Water & Forest Park, together with Northumberland National Park, hope to create the third largest area of protected starry dark sky in the world and moves to gain official Dark Sky Status are gathering pace. An audit of external lighting is underway in the Park and parts of Northumberland National Park and residents in selected areas have been sent letters to explain the process and ask for their co-operation. The exercise is a key step in an application process which will eventually be adjudicated by the Tucson-based International Dark Skies Association. The aim is to demonstrate a commitment to tackling wasteful light pollution and helping us maintain the rural character of the area. Meanwhile, high profile support has been received from the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Director Dr Kevin Fewster said: “The creation of a Dark Sky Reserve in the north east will help increase awareness of astronomy across the region as

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Darras Hall & Ponteland Remembrance of Things Past My intention for this column was to write a review of the year. After all, 2012 was a “year to remember”, with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. So I turned on my computer, typed in Google and searched for “Events of 2012” to jog my memory. Everything I needed was right there on the screen, all the information I required. But actually I was quite shocked at how much I had already forgotten. I really could not remember the number of Gold Medals we had won during the Olympics or which musicians had played at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert without the aid of my trusty search engine. I am a Lawyer and my ability to recall the things I need to do my job efficiently and professionally is perfect. At work I am mentally focussed and good at what I do. However, ask me to recall my friend’s mobile phone number and I am at a loss. This is in spite of the fact I can remember a whole host of landline numbers belonging to friends when I was growing up in the 1980’s. Or ask me to name the actors in a film I saw last weekend and I will have to check on the internet. It may be my age but I am sure that recently my mind has rewired. Many

things I know I should remember, I clearly do not Apparently I am not alone. In Glasgow, a group of clinical scientists have identified a trend in which people are becoming increasingly forgetful as a result of information overload and labelled it “Busy Lifestyle Syndrome” . I have also heard it called “The Google Effect”, which is described “as the tendency to forget information that can be easily found using internet search engines such as Google, instead of remembering it”. I found that definition on Wikipedia . Case in point. Because of the internet, Social Media and 24/7 television and news, we have access to more information than ever before. We have to filter it some way to stay sane and what seems to be happening is we no longer even try to remember certain things because we know we have the technology to do it for us. There is new evidence from brain scans that young people who have grown up with all this technology are able to remember more things than we adults. We may not be so adept at remembering everything, but we are becoming much better at knowing where to go in order to find things out and better at processing the information we believe to be important. After investigation, I am happy to report that

Team GB finished the Olympics with 65 medals including 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze and that musicians who played at the Diamond Jubilee concert included Tom Jones, Lang Lang and Annie Lennox. This New Year I intend to make more of an effort to keep my mind sharp, my memory skills intact and my powers of recall super speedy. I had best start Googling to find out how

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