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MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Spring exhibition bursts into life for Bedale Art Group

The Northern Echo: Julie Metcalfe and Anne Flowers with raffle prizes

6:44pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BEDALE Art Group is holding its popular Spring Art Exhibition at Bedale Hall. The exhibition will showcase the varied artwork and crafts of members of the group. There is a preview evening on Thursday 8 May at 7pm. Admission is £1 including a glass of wine. The exhibition continues on May 9 and 10 from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free. Home made cakes and refreshments will be available. A raffle of original paintings done by Julia Metcalfe and Anne Flowers is being held. Donations will be made to Northdale Horticulture.

Former Air Traffic controller takes to the skies for Help for Heroes

The Northern Echo: High flying heather doing a tandem skydive

6:32pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FORMER air traffic controller Heather Whetnall is raising money for Help for Heroes with a tandem sky dive.

Nikki shoots into the spotlight with new business in home town

The Northern Echo: Nikki with Mayor Cllr Amanda Coates

5:39pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PHOTOGRAPHER Nikki Ramsay is in the frame of mind to do her own thing. She has set up a studio in her home town to put her talents to the test on local ground.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Bedale car park sell off to make way for bypass is confirmed as traders raise concerns

The Northern Echo: Temporary car park in Darlington granted permission to continue while spaces are reduced to build multi-storey and cinema development

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MARKET town is to sacrifice one of its two existing car-parks as part of the drive towards a new 42.5m bypass.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Vandals attack North Yorkshire school

The Northern Echo: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

3:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE are hunting vandals who caused damage valued at thousands of pounds to a local school.

Victims get chance to improve their treatment

The Northern Echo: Julia Mulligan

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

VICTIMS of crime, road accidents and anti-social behaviour are being given a bigger say in how they are treated after such incidents.

Family's desperation as fundraising for Fraja dries up

The Northern Echo: Fraja Simpson with parents Michelle and Garry.

1:50pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE parents of a girl who has battled a rare cancer have spoken of their devastation after donations to their £500,000 drive to fund life-saving treatment slowed to a trickle.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Plans to sell-off car-park are agreed

The Northern Echo: COUNCIL TAX: Hambleton District Council leader Councillor Mark Robson.

6:02pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MARKET town is to sacrifice one of its two existing car-parks as part of the drive towards a new £42.5m bypass.

Dog which was in the back of stolen car is found

The Northern Echo: Quinn the missing dog

6:20pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A DOG which was in the back of his owner's car when it was stolen has been found following a search by police.

Brewery in tune with Bedale music festival sponsors event

The Northern Echo: Simon Theakston and Carol Clark

4:40pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

ORGANISERS of North Yorkshire’s biggest acoustic music festival say they are again being sponsored by one of the region's oldest companies.

New super-diocese will be the biggest in the country

The Northern Echo: The new super-diocese and its five Episcopal areas.

1:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

ECCLESISTICAL history will be made on Easter Sunday, with the launch of the Church of England’s first new diocese since 1929.

Three engineers in Wensleydale nearly do the job of 300 in Devon

The Northern Echo: Engineers working on the landslip

2:46pm Monday 14th April 2014

A TREMENDOUS feat of engineering to repair a significant landslip which threatened the future of a Dales railway has been carried out by just three men.

Laura's lamb is the latest addition at pioneering special school in Bedale

The Northern Echo: Six year old year old Laura Parker with one of the new batch of suckling lambs

12:08pm Monday 14th April 2014

A special Easter delivery of nine lambs arrived for students at a pioneering school which has led the way in creating an on site farm.

Council dumps 0845 number

The Northern Echo: Hambleton District Council - zxc

5:01pm Friday 11th April 2014

A DISTRICT council is taking a step backwards – in an effort to make life cheaper for callers.

Death crash trucker was suffering from sleep apnoea, court hears

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

5:50pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A TRUCKER accused of falling asleep at the wheel and causing a fatal crash was suffering from a serious sleep condition at the time, a court heard.

Holidays make bin collections a day late

The Northern Echo: Hambleton District Council - zxc

3:23pm Thursday 10th April 2014

REFUSE and recycling collections across Hambleton will be affected by the Easter and May Day holidays.

Bedale bakery bowled over after bringing bread to market

The Northern Echo: Bedale bakery bowled over after bringing bread to market

4:33pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COMMUNITY bakery which was given a national profile when it featured in a television documentary is appealing for volunteers.

Ewe need to support the town appeal from Deputy Mayor

7:04pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

AN easter sheep trail has been organised throughout Bedale town centre to encourage shoppers to support the town and Tuesday market from April 15.

Bedale Bobby's marathon beat covers over 500 miles in four months

The Northern Echo: {C Lee Featherstone with Halcyon Trust supporters

6:56pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A marathon running bobby has beaten his own challenge of a lifetime by doing 20 marathons in 18 weeks to raise money for two causes close to his heart.

Lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel prior to fatal A1 accident, jury told

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

5:44pm Monday 7th April 2014

A LORRY driver fell asleep at the wheel and ploughed into a stationary truck which had broken down on the A1, killing a father-of-one, a court was told.

RAF takes its turn at teaching

The Northern Echo: Richmond School pupils with a Hawk jet at RAF Leeming.

1:06pm Friday 4th April 2014

YOUNGSTERS were able to get a close-up view of an RAF jet when they toured a North Yorkshire air base to discover more about aviation science and technology.

North Yorkshire Police to be investigated by IPCC over way it dealt with Jimmy Savile child abuse allegations

The Northern Echo: Jimmy Savile

8:47pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

NORTH Yorkshire Police and the county's Crime Commissioner have asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate its handling of historic child abuse allegations involving Jimmy Savile and his friend Peter Jaconelli.

Bobsleigh champion is awarded the OBE at 80 for services which have helped bring Olympic success

The Northern Echo: Bruce Ropner at the Palace after being presented with his OBE

9:10pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

ONE of the biggest influences on the sport of Bobsleigh who has made a major contribution to Britains Olympic success, 80 year old Bruce Ropner , has been awarded the OBE.

Over 140 gather for Bedale run which raised over £500 for sport relief

4:14pm Monday 31st March 2014

OVER 140 runners young and old were involved in the Bedale and Aiskew Running Sport Relief event .

'Beefy' boost for river charity

The Northern Echo: Auctioneer Andrew Fallows (Carter Jonas) with Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Brown, Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust.

11:50am Tuesday 25th March 2014

CRICKET legend Sir Ian Botham was the star guest at a charity auction is aid of the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust.

Food waste plant to be built at Leeming

5:31pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

A new anaerobic digestion plant at Leeming, near Bedale will take in over 55,000 tonnes of food waste a year, converting it into heat and power.

Nicholas dives in to raise money for charity

The Northern Echo: Hambleton District Council - zxc

9:50pm Monday 24th March 2014

MARATHON swimmer Nicholas Whitwam raised over £1,000 for a charity which helps provide leisure activities for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Festival calls on songwriters to come forward

The Northern Echo: Winners of last years competition

2:26pm Monday 24th March 2014

ORGANISERS of Bedale Music festival are calling on budding songwriters to tune into this years competition.

Exercises at RAF Leeming due to finish

The Northern Echo: LASER THREAT: Two Hawk jets take off from RAF Leeming

3:49pm Monday 24th March 2014

MILITARY exercises and events which have included night flying at RAF Leeming, near Bedale, since the beginning of March are due to come to a close at the end of this week. A spokeswoman for the base said they have been hosting various exercising aircraft and detachments throughout March, including a large-scale Tri Service exercise. These are designed to exercise Naval, Army and RAF vehicles, in close support of ground troops.

Man in court over alleged electricity theft

The Northern Echo: Paul Shepherd: Suspended sentence

5:48pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with illegally abstracting electricity.

Bedale woman Deborah Armstrong fined for tweeting identity of the alleged victim in the trial of Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell

The Northern Echo: Michael Le Vell

2:15pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire woman who admitted tweeting the identity of the alleged victim in the trial of Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell has been fined.

Yorkshire Ambulance Trust workers announce further strikes

The Northern Echo: Unite pickets outside Keighley ambulance station during the strike action taken on Saturday

4:51pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

Ambulance workers are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a long-running row over shifts and working hours.

Work to build three-lane motorway on A1 between Leeming and Scotch Corner 'progressing well'

The Northern Echo: Police appeal after motorway crash

3:33pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

WORK on £380m scheme to create a continuous motorway-standard route between London and Newcastle remains on schedule to be completed in 2016.

Work to build three-lane motorway on A1 between Leeming and Scotch Corner 'progressing well'

The Northern Echo: Police appeal after motorway crash

3:21pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

AN exhibition is set to reveal details of a £380m scheme to upgrade 12 miles of the A1 between Leeming and Barton to a three-lane motorway.

New man takes over safer neighbourhood policing

The Northern Echo: Acting Superintendent Simon Lovell.

3:09pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

A NEW man has taken over as leader of the police’s Hambleton and Richmondshire Safer Neighbourhood Command.

Bedale cubs branch out on the allotments

The Northern Echo: Bedale cubs on the allotments

12:46pm Monday 17th March 2014

CUBS have been digging in to help out allotment holders and earn new badges.

Notorious Bedale junction campaigners to present 1,000-signature petition to highways bosses

The Northern Echo: CAMPAIGN: Brian Hall at the junction of Firby Road and Masham Road, Bedale.

9:20pm Sunday 16th March 2014

A 1,000-name petition demanding action to improve safety at a notorious junction is set to be presented to highways bosses.

Family overjoyed as Fraja Simpson's rare cancer vanishes

The Northern Echo: Disease gone: Fraja Simpson

6:50am Thursday 13th March 2014

A GIRL who has battled a rare cancer for 15 months has celebrated her sixth birthday after surgeons revealed her disease had miraculously disappeared.

Eleven-year-old girl beats professionals at Crufts

The Northern Echo: Melissa Saunders with poodle Basil at Crufts

5:19pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

AN 11-YEAR-OLD girl has beaten professional dog groomers to scoop a national award at Crufts.

Village hall marks its first anniversary as a live music venue

5:44pm Monday 10th March 2014

A VILLAGE live music venue is marking its first anniversary with a birthday party featuring the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band.

Stargazers asked to help out in North-East light pollution survey

The Northern Echo: Stargazers asked to join light pollution survey

1:40pm Friday 7th March 2014

A SCHEME to tackle light pollution is calling on stargazers to join in its Star Count 2014.

Bogus golfers targeted elite players in £750k clubhouse raids

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Daniel Lloyd.

4:30pm Thursday 6th March 2014

BURGLARS who posed as golfers to carry out up to 60 raids on clubhouses, including seven in North Yorkshire and the North East, have been jailed.

Landlocked town seeks to appoint harbour master

The Northern Echo: All at sea as landlocked town set to appoint Harbour Master

2:20pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

A landlocked town is looking for its very own harbour master 240 years after it was left high and dry by a grand plan to connect it to the waterways of England.

Town turns out for Bedale battle of the pancakes

The Northern Echo: Bedale youngsters battle it out in pancake race

1:56pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

BEDALE pancake race returned to the town centre this year with over 160 youngsters battling it out in a series of races in the car park of the Coop.

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