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Old September 2nd, 2011, 01:38 PM   #61
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Fentimans of Hexham appeal for help tracing mystery men in photographs
by Sarah Scott, The Journal, September 2nd 2011



THE owners of a popular lemonade brewed in the North East are hoping to uncover the founder’s family tree through these pictures. Fentimans, the Hexham-based botanical brewers, has been putting bottles of old-fashioned pop on to the shelves of pubs and restaurants across the country since the since the beginning of the 1900s.

Now bosses at the company are asking Journal readers to help them piece together the Fentiman family tree. The company, which is now run by founder Thomas Fentiman’s great-grandson Eldon Robson, was recently sent some photographs which had been found in an attic in an envelope simply marked Fentimans.



But the pictures remain a mystery as no one at the company can identify who the people pictured are or where the snaps were taken, although they believe they could have been on the roof of one of the breweries.

The company was forced to close down in the mid-1960s due to stiff competition from supermarkets but was reopened by Eldon Robson in 1988 who continues to use the same recipe.

Fentimans would welcome any information that readers have about the men in these photographs and anything at all to do with the Fentiman family.



The botanical brewers are hoping that someone interested in genealogy might be willing to do some research, and the company would give this person full access to the available archives.

For more information contact Tiffany McKirdy, at Fentimans on 01434 609847.


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Old September 6th, 2011, 09:32 AM   #62
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Prudhoe development plans blasted at meeting
by Paul Tully, The Journal, September 6th 2011



PLANS to redevelop the centre of a Northumberland town were last night slammed as "a disgrace" by angry residents. People in Prudhoe face being “encased in a concrete wall” with their lifestyles destroyed, a public meeting in the town was told.

The Duke of Northumberland’s £30m plans for a new supermarket, housing, office space and a multi-storey car park in the East Tynedale town have raised storms of protest since they were lodged five years ago.

Defeated once in the High Court, revised plans are back on the table – and at a meeting last night attended by 400 people, the Duke’s Northumberland Estates officer Colin Barnes faced a barrage of questions.

An acoustic wall over two metres high is planned for the Neale Street and Cranleigh Grove areas of Prudhoe to offset the extra noise the scheme would generate.

But former Prudhoe resident Peter Gallagher, now living in London, said: “It is an absolute disgrace. To encase people in a concrete wall, destroying their lifestyle and living conditions, is disgraceful – this should have been kicked into the Tyne long ago.


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Old September 8th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #63
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Prudhoe traders seek new meeting on town plans
by Paul Tully, The Journal, September 8th 2011


TRADERS’ leaders in Prudhoe are to seek a face-to-face meeting with planning chiefs to thrash out town centre redevelopment plans.

The Duke of Northumberland wants to see the area redeveloped with a supermarket, housing, offices, retail and a multi-storey car park.

The £25m plans from his business arm, Northumberland Estates, have been met with strong opposition – and following a major public meeting on Monday, the differences remain.

Objectors say the nature of the town would be ruined if the plans go ahead, but those in favour say it would give provide a major economic boost.

John Short, Prudhoe Traders’ Association chairman, now wants to form a delegation to meet county planners and debate areas of fact.

Disputes include the height of acoustic barriers near houses, figures on official documents and noise levels.


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Old September 17th, 2011, 10:37 AM   #64
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Wind Turbine exhibition at Hexham Racecourse
By The Journal, September 2nd 2011


A PUBLIC exhibition on plans for two wind turbines at Hexham Racecourse will be held next week.

Visitors will be able to inspect the proposals, which are at the study and assessment stage.

They will be able to discuss their views with racecourse executives and consultants.


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Old September 17th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #65
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Hexham Racecourse chief defends wind turbines plan
by Paul Tully, The Journal, September 14th 2011



A RACECOURSE BOSS last night defended plans for wind turbine energy as “essential” for the course’s future.

Charles Enderby, chief executive of Hexham Racecourse, said there was no alternative to the turbines in the face of a looming six-figure drop in Levy Board income.

Opposition to proposals for two 150ft turbines on the picturesque hilltop course at Hexham is growing ahead of an application going before county planners.

John Barker of Whitfield, who is leading early objections, said: “This is an elevated site in an area of high landscape value very close to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boundary.

“There is a very powerful principle at stake here because if permission for this scheme is given ‘on-the-nod’, then developers will feel they can put their turbines simply anywhere.”

Mr Barker is urging “anyone and everyone” to join him in opposition, and pleading with the racecourse to explore alternatives such as solar panels.


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Old September 17th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #66
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New opposition to Hexham Racecourse wind turbines
by Paul Tully, The Journal, September 17th 2011


A BUSINESSMAN has warned that racegoers will turn their back on Hexham Racecourse if it goes ahead with plans for wind turbines. David Shiel, managing director of Explain Market Research in Newcastle, says he will pull out of hospitality at the picturesque hill-top course unless the turbines plan is abandoned.

The course, facing a major drop in Horse Racing Levy Board revenue, urgently needs to find other sources of income.

But Mr Shiel declared: “If wind turbines are put up, I would not go back to Hexham Racecourse again and I think a lot of other people, including potential sponsors, would not go back either. “I have entertained clients and I have been entertained at Hexham but I would not wish to see turbines on what is a marvellous landscape.”

Racecourse chief executive Charles Enderby said: “We have done substantial research with our racegoers and Mr Shiel is the first person to show his disapproval. The main concern for racegoers is that Hexham continues as a racecourse.


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Old September 28th, 2011, 10:41 AM   #67
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New Heritage and Visitor Centre for Hexham Abbey
The Journal, September 28th 2011


Hexham Abbey has passed another landmark on its way to the £3m target figure to fund the conversion of the monastic buildings to a modern heritage and visitor centre.

The complex, which adjoins the Abbey and until last April housed Tynedale Magistrates’ Court, dates in part back to the 13th Century.

“This is a tremendously-important project for the Abbey and for the region as a whole, and it is a real landmark for the appeal to pass £2.7m,” said Canon Usher.

“People understand the spiritual and cultural role the Abbey plays in the life of the town and Tynedale, while local businesses fully appreciate the economic value of Hexham Abbey to the area.”


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Old October 4th, 2011, 10:50 AM   #68
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The below sounds a very interesting project. Perhaps, even at this early stage, it should have its own "Project Thread" set up.

BUT, on which part of our forum should a project thread for this be located?

It could be on the 'Sunderland and Durham' forum, as it is near Ebchester in County Durham though it is being built in Northumberland. It could be on the 'Communal Area' of the N E England Forum, though that does not get many visitors which would restrict the quantity of posts onto the thread. Finally, it could be on the 'Newcastle Forum', as it is to be built in an area of Northumberland to the West of Newcastle that is covered by the Newcastle Forum (we go further west in fact, as far west as Hexham).

So, what do you think, where should a Project Thread be set up?

A potential Thread Title would be -
Veterans Retreat Village | Northumberland | Various | Pre-planning

Here is the article in this mornings JOURNAL, announcing the project . . .


A ‘Village’ to be built in Northumberland for veterans
by Tom Mullen, The Journal, October 4th 2011



A PIONEERING £27m care “village” for injured soldiers is to be created in the North East of England.

The Veteran’s Retreat Village, which will be home to some 300 wounded or emotionally-traumatised servicemen and women, will be the first of its kind to be built in Britain.

Artist’s impressions reveal how the facility will look when it is built near Ebchester, County Durham, on a 55-acre plot of land just over the border in Northumberland.

A group of veterans helped launch the project in a walk-about event, where detailed plans for the project were unveiled.

It will include a fully-staffed 90-bed nursing and care facility, leisure centre with swimming pool, woodland walks, lakes and a donkey sanctuary.

Veterans’ Retreat, the charity behind the project, used the event to kick-start its Building Our Heroes a Home campaign, and hopes to raise initial funds in excess of £100,000 to get the project off the ground.

The project is being led by 64-year-old former military policeman Bill Liddle, who hopes the village will be completed within five years, with the first 20 bungalows finished by 2013.

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland are the charity’s official patrons.

Mr Liddle said: “The dream of Veterans’ Retreat Village has now moved one step closer to reality.

Veteran’s Retreat will host numerous fundraising events and activities throughout the year, including its inaugural black tie auction ball in early 2012 in Newcastle.

More details are available at www.veteransretreat.org.uk


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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:24 AM   #69
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In the absence of further comment (there have been some exchanges on the Admin Thread about this) I will set up the Project Thread on the Newcastle Forum, in due course.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #70
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£700,000 could be wasted on Hexham fire station plan
by Paul Tully, The Journal, October 7th 2011


MORE than £700,000 could be wasted if a planned new fire station in Northumberland falls victim to Government spending cuts, it has been warned.

The figure has been spent in the last two years on buying and preparing land in the west of Hexham to build a new multi-million-pound station.

But cutbacks have stalled the plans - and unless alternative funding is found the site may be left unused.

Hexham’s existing 40-year-old fire station on an industrial estate at Tyne Mills cannot be developed under planning rules as it is on an identified flood plain.

The station flooded in 2005 and was accepted as a “corporate risk” in September 2008.

Plans for a new station on West Road were revealed in 2009 and the site at West Point – a former car showroom – was purchased in early 2010.

Ranked as critical priority, Hexham’s new station was part of the North East Fire and Rescue Authorities business case presented to central government as part of a Private Finance Initiative. However, in October 2010 the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review withdrew support for the project and the Hexham plan was left in limbo.


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Old October 15th, 2011, 10:16 AM   #71
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Residents to fight Duke's Prudhoe Town Centre plans
by Paul Tully, The Journal, October 15th 2011


Ian Hutchinson chairs the public meeting in Prudhoe.

OBJECTORS to the Duke of Northumberland’s large-scale redevelopment proposals for Prudhoe town centre have pledged to fight to the last – even if a planning decision goes against them this week.

After a five-year planning battle which has included a High Court overrule, 5,000 objections, petitions and heated public meetings, Northumberland County Council’s area west planning committee is being recommended to approve the controversial £30m plans.

The committee meets in Hexham on Wednesday – and angry scenes are expected. The meeting has been moved from its usual venue of Prospect House to Hexham auction mart, which has higher capacity.

John Robson, of the Take Pride in Prudhoe action group, vowed: “Even if the plans get passed on Wednesday, there is still a long way to go. A lot of hoops have still got to be jumped through. “If necessary, we would go all the way and call it in to the Secretary of State for a full public inquiry.”


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Old October 17th, 2011, 10:19 AM   #72
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Decision looms on Duke's £30m plans for Prudhoe
by Paul Tully, The Journal, October 17th 2011


THE economic crisis in the North East has added to the case for the commercial redevelopment of a Northumberland town centre, it has been claimed.

The Duke of Northumberland’s estates office says commercial growth and new housing is increasingly important for Prudhoe in East Tynedale.

As a planning decision looms on the contentious £30m plans this week, the Duke’s Northumberland Estates development director Colin Barnes issued a four-point summary of why the plans should be given the go-ahead.

“Firstly, we have voluntarily carried out an environmental impact assessment, which once again shows there are no significant adverse effects.

“Secondly, all statutory consultees and various council departments have again supported it.

“Thirdly, the economic situation in the region has worsened and the need for commercial growth and housing has increased.

“Finally, the Government has issued new national guidance calling for the planning system to deliver growth.”


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Old November 14th, 2011, 09:34 AM   #73
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Hexham Poundland...

...opening in the old Heron Foods on Priestpopple on Thursday (17 November)!

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Old November 19th, 2011, 10:47 AM   #74
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Hexham Abbey development details revealed
by Paul Tully, The Journal, November 19th 2011



HEXHAM Abbey is close to reaching its £3m target for redevelopment plans which will bring a new look to the 1,000-year-old building. As fundraising enters the final furlong, detailed plans of the changes the Norman abbey will undergo have been revealed.

They include a new main entrance – a porched walkway to the south-west door of the abbey in the cloisters. The entrance, adding to the present front entrance on Beaumont Street, will stand alongside the ambitious new visitor centre which forms the centrepiece of the new development.

The abbey’s monastic workshops are to be converted into a spectacular exhibition space with a cafe to serve the visitor centre.

Abbey Heritage Development Manager Jane Gibson said the £3m appeal was on course to meet a building start date of autumn 2012 and the target opening date of spring 2013.

“We are all very excited now it is beginning to come together. Hopefully by about May we will be going ahead with the bricks and mortar.”


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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:37 AM   #75
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Corbridge Bridge to be closed to heavy goods vehicles
The Journal, November 30th 2011


A HISTORIC bridge across the Tyne is set to be permanently closed to heavy goods vehicles after weakness was found in its structure. The 17th-Century Corbridge Bridge, a scheduled ancient monument, faces an £825,000 repair bill to enable it to safely carry HGVs above 7.5 tonnes.

Two of the 480ft stone bridge’s seven spans have been found to be less able to carry heavy traffic, but freight bosses say the seven-mile detour to cross the river at either Riding Mill or Hexham is an unwanted burden.

The county council is being recommended to replace the present temporary weight limit – due to run out in April – with a permanent one, though excluding buses.

That has annoyed the Freight Transport Association, whose regional head of policy, Malcolm Bingham, said: “If there is a weak bridge, why let a 10-tonne bus over it? It’s either weak or it isn’t.

“This will create extra mileage using more fuel and therefore making more emissions. “The rationale of letting buses over the bridge but not HGVs doesn’t stand up.


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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:18 PM   #76
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That has annoyed the Freight Transport Association, whose regional head of policy, Malcolm Bingham, said: “If there is a weak bridge, why let a 10-tonne bus over it? It’s either weak or it isn’t.
Because there's a big difference between a 10-tonne bus and a 44-tonne HGV ?
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Further to a number of earlier posts on this thread, about this . . .

Hexham Hydro team hits the £100,000 jackpot
by Paul Tully, The Journal, December 5th 2011


IT'S power to the people of Hexham, after the Tyne Valley town clinched a national prize of £100,000 towards an ambitious water-energy scheme.

After six months of campaigning, the Hexham River Hydro community project came out first ahead of hundreds of UK competitors in a countrywide ballot.

The vote result was announced in London on Saturday evening – and Hexham took over 30% of the vote to leave its rivals well behind.

Hexham Community Partnership chairman Bob Hull and Gillian Orrell, co-ordinator of environmental group Tynedale Transition, were there for the vote. Yesterday, both hailed a marvellous achievement.

Bob said: “It has been a huge team effort by the community in Hexham, which pays tribute to the community spirit there is here.

“Hexham Hydro will be a flagship project and from now it’s all systems go to get it completed and in place.”


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Because there's a big difference between a 10-tonne bus and a 44-tonne HGV ?

10 ton bus is its dry weight empty, put say 100 people on it plus fuel must push it up a fair bit.
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Yes 100 people could be 10 tonnes themselves. Surprised the FTA man didn't quote a higher weight.

Presumably the point is that the council know how many buses cross that bridge a day, and about how heavy they are - and can therefore take a decision that says, yes if that is all the heavy stuff that is crossing it will be okay. But not if we also have arbitrary numbers of HGVs in the mix.

And I would also guess that the bus operators have been warned that increased traffic could result in their exemption being ended.
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New proposal to tackle Hexham car parking row
by Paul Tully, The Journal, December 14th 2011


A LONG-RUNNING row over parking availability in a Northumberland market town looks set to be resolved. The traffic squeeze on busy Hencotes, in the west of Hexham, has forced the issue to the top of the agenda in recent months.

On the north side of the two-way road are homes, shops and businesses, and regular yellow-line parking for drivers who can find no alternative while on the south side is St Cuthbert’s Terrace, a proud street of traditional stone houses with a limited number of residents’ parking bays.

A row broke out when it was suggested that part of St Cuthbert’s Terrace could be used for visitors’ short-stay parking and after months of talks with Northumberland County Council, a compromise now seems to have been reached.

Plans are now in place for five new short-stay parking bays on Hencotes itself, with eight of the 24 residential bays on St Cuthbert’s Terrace available for short-stay parking for all.

Law firm director Philip Smith, who lives on St Cuthbert’s Terrace, said: “We would have preferred to have seen it all just left as it was, but if that cannot happen then this proposal is significantly better than any of those that have gone before. Some of the occupants of the houses towards the bottom of our street still feel aggrieved by it, but the majority of the street is in favour."


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