Saturday, 21 April 2018

Care Home Open Day- linking communities

Today is Care Home Open Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the people that make our local care homes such happy and friendly places to be. Care homes are at the centre of so many local communities and today they are opening their doors and inviting you to get to know the people that work so hard to make care homes so welcoming. 

It is very important to me to have a relationship with local care homes in the constituency, and last month I visited Carntyne Residential Care Home in Hexham for their Easter Fair. It was a pleasure to visit Carntyne and to meet staff and residents. It was great to see the fantastic community spirit they have there- why not visit your nearest care home and see for yourself the brilliant work they do? 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Take a leaf out of Hexham's book

The Hexham Book Festival starts next week (26thApril-6thMay), with a great line-up of authors scheduled to attend. With a line-up including Sarah Winman, Simon Mayo, Evan Davis, Judy Murray, Jeremy Vine, David Starkey, Harriet Harman and many more, it looks set to be a fantastic few weeks for Hexham. The Festival is this year focusing on the strides women have made in the last hundred years to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, with Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, also attending. Always a great event, which benefits the local economy and tourism- I encourage you to find out more about what’s going on at the Hexham Book Festival.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Restoring historic farm buildings

A new grant scheme offering funding to restore historic farm buildings in National Parks is being piloted this year. The Historic Building Restoration Grant is being piloted in certain areas around the country, including Northumberland, with the aim of saving iconic and historic farm buildings in English National Parks from falling out of use. Owners of these buildings can apply for a grant offering 80% of the cost of restoration, including replacing the roof, weather proofing the exterior, or other restoration works so that the building can be used again for farming purposes. The scheme is open for applications until 31stJanuary 2019, and once approved, the work must be completed within two years. I welcome this scheme, which will not only preserve our rural history and culture, but will also regenerate historic buildings for use today, and I encourage building owners to apply for a grant.