A summary of news and happenings from across the North East

PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:25 20 February 2013

Dr Jonathan Foyle at the Transporter Bridge

Dr Jonathan Foyle at the Transporter Bridge

A summary of news and happenings from across the North East

TV stars to take leap from bridge


TV personalities Kevin McCloud and Dr Jonathan Foyle will be addressing a fund-rasing dinner in Newcastle and giving the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge a centenary treat this June to help raise funds for the Heritage Skills Initiative.


The duo will scale and then abseil off the iconic bridge just as Jonathan Foyle did in his award winning Climbing Great Buildings BBC programme. The public have a chance to get involved and Take the Plunge by signing up for a sponsored bungee jump from the bridge.


The Take the Plunge Dinner takes place on June 10 at Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle. For more details find the website link at www.nect.org.uk/heritage-skills-initiative/hsi-projects/take-the-plunge


Watch this PhotoSpace

The landscapes of the North East are the subject of a new exhibition by the PhotoSpace at the National Trust property of Gibside, Gateshead, from May 10 until June 5.


This collective of Teesside photographers has built a strong reputation for the quality and the variety of their imagery.


The how contains pictures from across the region taken at different times of the day and of the year to show the variety of moods of the landscape.


The exhibiting members are Trevor Camp, Cass Castagnoli Steve Griffiths, and Sue Griffiths and Charles Twist. The group is currently seeking new members, who should be proficient photographers, either amateur or professional. A warm welcome awaits all enquiries.

Actor hands over cancer donation


Actor Stephen Tompkinson has handed over a 25,000 donation towards a cutting-edge breast cancer research project based at the University of Newcastle, on behalf of Hallmark Cards.


Cards for a Cure has now donated 1.25 million to the Breast Cancer Campaigns UK wide research projects.


Stephen, well known for his leading roles in Wild at Heart and Ballykissangel.


Tamsyn Johnston-Hughes, CSR Manager at Hallmark Cards said: The pioneering research being carried out at Newcastle University may help to increase the chance of survival for people with breast cancer. Our Cards for a Cure campaign donation directly benefits this on-the-ground research and is key to funding world class research to understand how breast cancer develops.

Blooming great

Family firm Cowells Garden Centre based in Woolsington, near Newcastle, has been awarded the prestigious UK Garden Centre of the Year 2011 Award by industry body the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as well as the Ruxley Rose Award for best plant area in the UK.

The garden centre competition is designed to reward industry excellence in the display, quality and customer service of plants in centres nationwide.



Book business aids charity

An ethical book exchange website GreenMetropolis.com, which is based in Newcastle, is free to join and allows members to list books for sale by simply entering their ISBN code. All books cost 3.75 to buy, of which the seller receives 3 with 5p also going directly to The Woodland Trust.

Barry Crow founded GreenMetropolis.com after being made redundant from his job as an IT consultant. He said: We started with 1,000 books and have about one million second-hand books in stock now. Im passionate about reading and through GreenMetropolis I have an opportunity to encourage people to read, do their bit for the environment and contribute to charity.



Create a woodland habitat

Native woodland is one of the richest habitats for wildlife in the UK and The Woodland Trust is calling for landowners to plant native trees to increase the number of places wildlife can settle and thrive as part of its More Trees, More Good campaign.

Trees will grow on most land and creating wildlife corridors helps ensure species strength and wildlife survival.

New woodland rapidly attracts wildlife. Before long small mammals will visit and it will attract woodland birds.


The Woodland Trust is offering free advice to anyone interested in the project and its woodland creation team can be on hand every step of the process.

For more information please contact the Woodland Trust on 0845 293 5689.

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