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Blackpool Jaunt for Tynedale Stroke Club

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Members of Tynedale Stroke Club enjoyed a short break in Blackpool last week, thanks in part to funding from the Co-op local community fund.

Cash generated when customers swipe their membership cards in stores and from the 5p carrier bag levy is distributed to nominated local charities every six months.

The funding paid for the transport to and from Blackpool, provided by Adapt (NE) and Jewitts coaches for the 24-strong group. The funds also covered the cost of hiring a carer to join them on the trip, meaning that some of the passenger’s partners could also take a break.

The group stayed at the New Mayfair Hotel in Blackpool, part of the CQC registered ‘Safehands’ holiday company which caters for people with a variety of disabilities, with hoists and other specialist equipment provided in the rooms.

As well as being entertained by displays from Blackpool National Armed Forces Day which included the Irish Guards Choir and an air show, some of the group visited the Tower Ballroom and had a dance to the famous Wurlitzer organ.

Organiser Eileen Vale of Tynedale Stroke Club says, “We all had a fantastic weekend with brilliant weather. The hotel provided a great service and nightly entertainment and our drivers were so friendly and accommodating; we couldn’t have asked for more and will definitely be going again!”

Great Northumberland: Hexham Launch Event

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Great Northumberland is 56 days of family-friendly arts, culture and heritage events across the county. In a year that sees the Great Exhibition of the North put the spotlight on the north, Great Northumberland is about celebrating the best that Northumberland has to offer.

The summer begins on Saturday 7 July with a spectacular opening ceremony in Hexham. This will be a fantastic opener for a summer-long programme of events, with a vibrant programme of music, street theatre and a spectacular showcase event produced and created by outdoor arts afficionados, ‘Walk the Plank’.

Adapt (NE) is pleased to be a part of the event. As well as transporting performers around the town, we will be providing the free park and ride shuttle bus service from the mart up to the town.

For more information on the launch event at the county-wide programme of events please visit: www.greatnorthumberland.co.uk.

Cafe @ Burn Lane NOW OPEN

Our new community cafe, Cafe @ Burn Lane, is now open! The cafe is a facility for everyone – individuals, groups and businesses, and along with the adjoining resource centre, is available for private hire. The cafe has an internet area with computer access, outdoor seating area and Changing Places accessible toilet.

Open from Monday to Friday 8.30am – 3.00pm, the cafe serves a selection of freshly cooked breakfasts, lunches, including homemade soup and quiche, along with homemade scones and cakes and a great cup of coffee.

There’s plenty of free parking and dogs are welcome too. See our Cafe @ Burn Lane page for the latest menu.