North East News and Summary

PUBLISHED: 14:50 11 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:29 20 February 2013

Dennis Hutchinson and Carol Taylor, senior fundraiser of Children North East

Dennis Hutchinson and Carol Taylor, senior fundraiser of Children North East

A summary of news and happenings from across the North East

College wins national award

Middlesbrough College has scooped a major award for its contribution to the regeneration of the town.

The College has been named as one of six winners in a national competition which attracted 40 entries from regeneration projects located throughout the country.

The BURA Awards for Best Practice in Regeneration seek to identify and promote projects that are making a positive contribution to economic regeneration and providing long-term benefits for local communities.

We are delighted to receive this award, as the regeneration of Middlesbrough was a key factor in our relocation to Middlehaven", said John Hogg, Principal and Chief Executive of the College.

Walking in style

The teams from Saks in Barnard Castle and Sunderland joined forces by taking part in a sponsored walk for Breatkthrough Breast Cancer.

The hairdressers walked approximately nine miles from Muker in North Yorkshire to the Tan Hill Inn, Britains highest pub, and raised 1,300 for the charity. They drummed up funds through sponsorship from clients, family and friends.

Heading for the Barre

A budding fitness entrepreneur is bringing a touch of Los Angeles to the North East with The Barre - an innovative new urban fitness studio in the heart of Newcastle.

The Barre, which utilises the ballet bar to provide strength and resistance training, is the brainchild of Natalie Catlah, 31, who after 10 years working as a dancer, choreographer and pilates instructor in Los Angeles, has returned to her native North East.

In partnership with her mum, Maria Catlah and family friend Eileen Richardson, the trio have invested in the creation of a specially designed studio housed underneath the arches of Newcastles Central Station.

Prices for a one-hour class range from 5 for introductory lessons to 8 to 10 depending on the type and number of classes required. For further information and to reserve a place at one of the barre classes, please visit or call 0191 340 8834.

Out of Nelsons shadow

To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Vice Admiral Collingwood, and as part of the Collingwood 2010 Festival, Newcastles Discovery Museum is curating a new exhibition called Collingwood - A Northumbrian Abroad.

Using objects, paintings and extracts from his letters, the exhibition explores not only Collingwoods long Naval career but also the influence of his lifelong love of Northumberland.

Ian Whitehead, keeper of maritime history and the curator of the exhibition, said: Newcastle-born Collingwoods role in British naval success during the Napoleonic wars is frequently underestimated because of unfair comparisons with his friend Nelson. Through this exhibition we hope to shed some light on the life of this talented and loyal North Eastern hero, and to explore his connections with family and friends in the region.

The exhibition is on show from 23 January 23 to June 27. Discovery Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays, and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is free.

45,000 boost for St Oswalds

Twenty companies from across the North East attended an awards fund-raising event to celebrate the end of the Dickinson Dees Enterprise Charity Challenge (DDECC), which raised 45,000 for St Oswalds Hospice.

For the past three months, companies have devised entrepreneurial activities to raise funds, ranghing from sheep sales, golf days, wine tasting events and moustache growing competitions to chilli challenges.

For showing a huge amount of initiative by adopting a major event in Dubai and linking it to the DDECC Challenge, Positive Solutions were able to raise an astounding 18,000 to win the Fundraising Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Call for bird-watch volunteers

Active wildlife lovers in Northumberland are being urged to sign up for a scheme designed to help countryside birds in the county.

The RSPBs Volunteer & Farmer Alliance (V&FA) is a project that teams up participating farms with trained volunteer surveyors.

The volunteer visits the farm to survey the different species of birds present and the results are then plotted on a unique bird map that can help farmers target their work to benefit wildlife.

The initiative started life in 1999 in central England and has since been made available across the whole of the UK. Over the past decade, more than 4,250 farms have been surveyed.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering to help with countryside bird surveys please contact Blnaid OConnell on 0191 2334310 or at

Exciting day out at Tatlers

Having read your article in the North East Life, I would like to tell you about my first experience of Newcastle. It was about 1962 and I was 13.

My father was a miner and his motto was if you have what you need and not what you want life will be much easier.

Well, you can imagine my excitement when he said he had saved a little money and he would take the family for a good meal in Newcastle.

Mum, Dad little brother and I boarded the bus at Tow Law, which seemed to take forever to get to the city. We walked from the Haymarket down Northumberland street and on the right hand side before Marks and Spencer we went through a door to the back and up some stairs to a restaurant called Tatlers.

The tables had beautiful white cloths silver cutlery and wine glasses. In the centre of the room a big fountain changed colour, and a man played the piano. I cannot remember what we had to eat but it was a three-course meal and the bill came to about 20, a lot of money in those days.

If you have any information about this restaurant I would love to hear from you.

Margaret Bainbridge, North Terrace, Crook, Co Durham, DL15 9AZ, Email

Graemes new calendar

Landscape photographer Graeme Peacock, who regularly contributes to North East Life, has published Northern Vistas 2010, a superb calendar extending over 13 months.

It features beautiful photographs stretching from the Moray Firth to North Yorkshire and measures A3, folded to A4 size for postage purposes.

A limited print run of 500 is on offer at 7.50 each.

For any further information contact Graeme by e-mail at or phone 07713 351387.

Five-a-day for childrens charity

JR Holland Food Services has signed up to deliver free fresh fruit and vegetables to the regions oldest childrens charity, Children North East.

Children North East runs a variety of projects across the region with the aim of supporting children, teenagers and families through difficult times.

As a firm supporter of the five-a-day initiative, JR Holland food services is delivering weekly donations of fresh fruit and vegetables to various Children North East projects around the region.

Dennis Hutchinson, Managing Director of J.R. Holland Food Services said: JR Hollands heritage and its future lie within the North East and we have established ourselves as the leading food service provider in the region.

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