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Chance to win tickets as match day travel gets a makeover

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:58:27 +0000

There’s a whole new look to match-day travel for NUFC fans heading to St James’ Park – and tickets for three upcoming games are up for grabs!

The former Altoonative Travel scheme has been relaunched as Magpies Go Smarter – and that’s not the only thing that’s been given a new look.

The X50 Match Day Park and Ride bus, which operates from the MetroCentre direct to St James’ Park, has been given a Magpies makeover, complete with eye catching black and white stripes and the new Magpies Go Smarter logo.

Crowdfunding appeal for Lullaby Hour at the Freeman Hospital’s Children’s Heart Unit

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:33:51 +0000

This week a Crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help an exciting pilot music project to continue into next year. The Lullaby Hour aims to entertain young people and parents throughout 2018 on the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Newcastle residents feeling the impact of austerity cuts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:50:34 +0000

Massive cuts in Government funding are affecting how Newcastle residents feel about living in their city.

A survey of residents commissioned by Newcastle City Council demonstrates growing concerns about the state of public services, following years of austerity funding cuts to services provided by the Council.

By 2020, Government funding to the city will have fallen by £282 million – cuts equating to £268 per person in Newcastle, compared to an average of £131 per person in England.

Council offers support to seek partnership for re-opening Elswick Pool

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:44:23 +0000

The future of Elswick Pool in the West End of Newcastle has been the subject of recent discussions between the City Council and the Friends of Elswick Pool (FOEP).

The City Council will work with FEOP to help identify a potential partner for the project.
The meetings have taken place at the Civic Centre to talk about what options are currently on the table for a community venue that closed its doors to the public back in October 2015.

Newcastle Sexual Exploitation Hub sets the gold standard

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:21:32 +0000

Newcastle’s multi-agency Hub tackling sexual exploitation has won gold at the Social Worker of the Year Awards just weeks after they picked up their first national award.

The Hub picked up the gold award in the Team of the Year, Adult Services category at the prestigious awards, adding to the top prize they picked up at the Children and Young People Now Awards in December.

Newcastle Sexual Exploitation Hub is a multi-agency service that supports the victims of sexual exploitation, both children and adults.

Fawdon Coxlodge Get Together

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:28:19 +0000

Any residents of Fawdon are welcome to join us at Fawdon Community Centre on Saturday 16 December from 11am-4pm for a fun filled day. 

See attached for all the details.

Next stage of North of Tyne Devolution begins

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:12:48 +0000

The next stage in the exciting plans for a devolution deal for the North of Tyne begin this week with the launch of a public consultation.

A once in a lifetime ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne was announced in November and offers unprecedented new powers and funding to the area, including a £600 million investment fund. This investment and new powers are expected to generate £1.1 billion for the local economy, create 10,000 new jobs and leverage £2.1 billion in private sector investment.

Power Cut Support - Northern Powergrid

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:37:14 +0000

For those who might need extra support during a power cut, Northern Powergrid have a Priority Services Register. 

You need to register for this service online or by calling 0800 169 2996.

For more information, see the flyer.

Dacia Magic Weekend Announcement...

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:20:35 +0000

Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique XIII to kick-off Dacia Magic Weekend

Toronto Wolfpack will play Toulouse Olympique XIII at the Dacia Magic Weekend at St James’ Park Stadium, Newcastle on Saturday May 19.

For the first time in Magic Weekend history a Championship fixture will kick-off the event at 12.45pm on Saturday May 19, giving sporting fans the opportunity to see the newly promoted Toronto take on a Toulouse side that narrowly missed out on the Qualifiers last year.

Keeping the city moving in winter weather

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:16 +0000

Newcastle City Council has signed a contract with a leading transport company to keep the city moving during winter weather.

Colas Ltd will treat the city’s roads with salt when there is the threat of ice or frost and clear snow when required to do so.

In addition, Colas have an agreement with Northumberland County Council to provide weather forecasting which tells Colas when to grit and in what quantities.

Shout Up! to tackle sexual harassment and violence in Newcastle’s pubs, clubs and venues

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:11:43 +0000

Safe Newcastle have teamed up with Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland to launch a new campaign that is aimed at raising awareness of sexual violence and harassment in pubs, clubs and venues across the city.

The campaign – Shout Up! – will launch on December 9th and work with venues across the city to train staff, raise public awareness and stamp out sexual violence and harassment. The campaign aims to deliver a safer place for women and men to enjoy themselves across the city. 

Red House Farm Community Festival

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:07:44 +0000

Would you like to see a Community Festival in Red House Farm in The Summer Holidays?

Newcastle City Council are holding a meeting and are inviting anyone along to discuss a proposal to hold a Community Festival at Red House Farm during the Summer Holidays. Further details of meeting attached.

Continued rise of Scotswood redevelopment

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:02:20 +0000

Planning permission has been granted for the second phase of an ambitious regeneration project that has already breathed new life into the west end of Newcastle.

A new phase of 264 homes, at The Rise in Scotswood, will be constructed to the south of the current development area – between Whitehouse Road and the Hadrian’s Way pedestrian and cycle route.

Christmas campaign launched to crackdown on Loan Sharks

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:55:05 +0000

Loan sharks are being targeted as part of a nation-wide social media Christmas campaign.

With the festive season fast approaching, the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are urging families to not borrow from loan sharks amid fears a small loan could lead to massive repayments in the New Year.

The IMLT – a national team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – work closely with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), local Trading Standards and the Police to crackdown on illegal money lending.

Campaign launched to help people who beg

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:08:36 +0000

A campaign to raise awareness of begging in Newcastle was launched today.

Eagles Foundation builds for the future as work begins on new community sports arena

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:31:42 +0000

The North East will benefit from a brand new, purpose-built community sports arena as the Eagles Community Foundation (ECF) begins work on its new multi-million pound home.

The state-of-the-art venue will house the award winning North East charity and host the region’s most successful sports team - the Newcastle Eagles.

Fawdon Community Library

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:21:01 +0000

Check out your local library! 

Fawdon Community Library offers you a range of services and activities. There are also opportunities to volunteer in the library.

Visit the website at: to find out more about the services they offer.



The Bergen Tree – our gift from Norway

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:20:43 +0000

Newcastle’s Lord Mayor will invite the Mayor of Bergen to switch on the Civic Centre’s Christmas tree lights at a special ceremony on Thursday 30 November 2017 at 6pm.

Each year the people of the Norwegian city of Bergen, one of our twin cities, present us with a tree as a gift of goodwill.

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Linda Wright, said:

“The Bergen tree is a symbol of our ongoing friendship between the people of Bergen and the people of Newcastle.

Late night festive fun at the Grainger Christmas Night Market!

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:58:47 +0000

Traders from Newcastle’s oldest surviving retail destination, the Grainger Market, are encouraging people to come and love their local market this festive season with the return of the popular Grainger Christmas Night Market on Friday 1 December 2017.

Last year’s event which featured bands, entertainment and a light show attracted over 6,000 visitors and this year’s promises to be even bigger, better and more sparkly than before with the market traders offering events, experiences and special offers all under cover in the historic and atmospheric city centre market.

Lord Mayor's award winners

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:21:03 +0000

Two more people have been added to the roster of twenty previous recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Award – an honour that is bestowed on individuals recognising their exceptional contribution and services at a community and city level.

Two awards were recently handed out at a special ceremony at the Mansion House in Jesmond by Cllr Linda Wright, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle to Muzoon Almellehan and Brian Clark.

Budget delivers devo deal and transport boost for North of Tyne

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:20:18 +0000

Those living North of the Tyne will benefit from £600 million of new government investment to spend on local priorities to boost growth after the area agreed a historic devolution deal.

Details of the deal were unveiled today by Treasury Minister Andrew Jones, who visited the region and was joined by the Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry and local leaders.

The 815,000 people living in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland will vote for a new directly-elected mayor who will have exciting new powers in housing, planning and skills.

National success for Children’s Safeguarding Hub

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:51:11 +0000

National success for Children’s Safeguarding Hub

Newcastle Sexual Exploitation Hub are celebrating after scooping the top prize at the Children and Young People Now Awards.

The Children and Young People Now awards are one of the highest accolades that can be awarded to a service that supports children and young people and celebrates innovation and excellence in service.

They are judged by a panel of experts and professionals from across the children and young people sector, along with a panel of young people.

Northern Children’s Book Festival: The reading and write stuff!

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:57:30 +0000

In November (6th-18th), Newcastle Libraries took part in the Northern Children’s Book Festival and their contribution to this annual centrepiece saw them host five nationally accomplished authors, who visited the region to entertain and inspire over 700 pupils from four local schools including Our Lady & St Annes, Hawthorn Primary, St Catherine’s Primary and Christ Church CE Primary School with another location being City Library.

Newcastle Libraries has a reputation for delivering innovative ways of encouraging young people to pick up books and enjoy the world of literature.

The future of Newcastle’s parks decided

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:30:34 +0000

Cabinet Update – the future of Newcastle’s parks decided

On Monday evening [November 20th] the City Council’s Cabinet approved a proposal for innovative plans to set up an independent charitable trust to run the city’s parks and allotments.

The pioneering approach to parks sees Newcastle become the first major metropolitan authority in the UK to establish such a Trust.

We're dreaming of a green Christmas

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:07:42 +0000

Come along to the recycling inspired Christmas Fair at Denton Youth and Community Project, Wednesday 29 November, 3pm-6pm. 

See the flyer for more information.

FAR Christmas Service

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:20:20 +0000

Come along to FAR's Christmas Service on Tuesday 12 December, 11am.

See the flyer for more information.

All eyes on the Tyne as bridge lights up Christmas for children

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:50:18 +0000

As the city of Newcastle prepares to switch on their Christmas lights, the Tyne bridge will be illuminated in green light as part of the NSPCC’s Light up Christmas for Children campaign.

The campaign, in partnership with Trinity Mirror and Sky Cinema will highlight the scale and impact of child abuse and neglect, raise awareness of Childline and explain why the NSPCC need public support and donations to ensure the service can be there for every young person.

Pioneering new trust proposed to protect Newcastle’s parks and allotments

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:36:59 +0000

On 20 November, the Cabinet of Newcastle City Council will take a decision on pioneering and innovative plans to set up an independent charitable trust to run the city’s parks and allotments – protecting these green spaces for future generations.

Responding to continuing cuts in Central Government funding for the Council over the last seven years (resulting in a 91% fall in the parks budget), the Cabinet discussion follows three years of planning and one of the Council’s biggest-ever programmes of public consultation.

Proudly supporting those who serve

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:57:50 +0000

We all know that our armed forces do a fantastic job in difficult circumstances. 

War zones, emergency situations and spending time away from their loved ones are all part of the job for the brave men and women who serve our country. 

That’s why Newcastle City Council is proud to have received the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award in recognition of our status as an Armed Forces friendly organisation.

Byker Wall Estate awarded the ‘greatest neighbourhood’ in UK

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:30:25 +0000

The iconic Grade II* listed Byker Estate in Newcastle upon Tyne was awarded ‘The Great Neighbourhood’ Award at the Academy of Urbanism Awards 2018 in London last night.

Byker was one of three finalists shortlisted for the award, which also includes Smithfields in Dublin and Golden Lane Estate in London.

Newcastle City Council receives funding to help local tenants

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:28:04 +0000

Newcastle City Council has received £12,000 funding from the TDS Charitable Foundation to develop a series of short educational films for tenants to help them understand their rights and responsibilities.

Newcastle’s Christmas lights prove a big hit on Broadway...

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:25:42 +0000

This year’s Newcastle City Centre Christmas Lights switch-on is really making a big song and dance about the festive programme, so much so, it has attracted sponsorship from a company used to having its name up in lights.

This Tuesday’s (14 November) lights switch-on spectacular at Grey’s Monument is being proudly sponsored by Newcastle-based company, Broadway Travel.

Council to save £13m next year

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:03:53 +0000

Newcastle City Council will have to save more than £13m next year and raise council tax in order to set a balanced budget.

This means our city will have lost £282 million by 2020. 

How the money could be saved is set out in a series of proposals in the report, Newcastle 2020: Investing in a fairer future – One year on, now available on the council’s website at:

The public have until 7 January 2018 to comment on the proposals.

Welfare Rights Support in Kenton

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:52:24 +0000

Read more about welfare rights support in Kenton ward.

Wingrove Photo Competition

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:50:24 +0000

Wingrove photo competition is open from now until 1 December 2017.

Take photos of your favourite places in Wingrove and win a £25 shopping voucher and cinema tickets. See the flyer for more information.

How healthy are our children?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:20:21 +0000

The Health Related Behaviour of Primary and Secondary School Pupils in Newcastle

The results of a detailed survey of children and young people in Newcastle released today (6 November) give us a real time insight into what’s happening with the health of our local children.

The survey has been run every other year over six years now and real trends have emerged.

The results will be officially launched at a conference called ‘This is Me 2017’ being held on 7 November at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel for professionals working with children and young people.

Biggest ever seizure in Newcastle

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:06:48 +0000

£50,000 worth of illegal tobacco has been confiscated in Newcastle.

The haul was removed from three shops and two houses in Benwell and Walker by Newcastle Trading Standards Team and a sniffer dog.

It’s believed to be the biggest tobacco seizure ever in Newcastle.

Cabinet Member for Regulation, Cllr Nick Kemp, said: “This is the biggest every seizure of illegal tobacco ever in the city, and I would like to congratulate Trading Standards.

Northumbria Police launch Operation Twilight

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:15:31 +0000

Northumbria Police has launched an operation to tackle changing crime trends with the festive period fast approaching.

Now that Bonfire Night has passed police are turning their attention to the crime patterns that emerge over the winter period.

These darker nights pose a different challenge than the summer months and now police have moved to put proportionate plans in place.

Today (Mon) the force has launched Operation Twilight in Central Area Command - to ensure that criminals have nowhere to hide this winter.

Joe McElderry to switch on Newcastle's City Centre Christmas Lights

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:40:45 +0000

We are proud to announce that chart topping star of stage and theatre, Joe McElderry, will be switching on Newcastle’s City Centre Christmas Lights on Tuesday 14th November at Grey’s Monument.    

The former X Factor winner will join Cllr Linda Wright, Lord Mayor of Newcastle and Steve and Karen, presenters of the Breakfast Show on Metro Radio as they press the button to illuminate the city to mark the countdown towards Christmas.

FAR Tea Dance

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:56:33 +0000


Lest we forget - Remembrance Sunday 2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:06:41 +0000

Remembrance Sunday 12 November 2017 - Memorial Service at the City War Memorial, Old Eldon Square.

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle will lead a service of remembrance on Sunday 12 November 2017.

Cllr Linda Wright will observe two minutes’ silence at 11am at the City War Memorial in Old Eldon Square.

The Remembrance Sunday Service is to commemorate military and civilian servicemen and women who died in the two world wars and in all later conflicts.

Darker Nights: Newcastle’s Anti-blazin’ squad...

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:39:11 +0000

With the clocks going back and the nights drawing in preparations are being made to ensure Newcastle’s communities are a safe place to be over the winter months.

The Darker Nights campaign will see the City Council and Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), the organisation responsible for managing its council homes, working together with other partners including Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and Trading Standards to help minimise the risks caused by illegal bonfires, fireworks and anti-social behaviour.

Monstrous New Year’s Eve bonfire to take place on Newcastle’s Town Moor

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:57:15 +0000

NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Newcastle City Council have announced a fantastic new event to take place on Newcastle’s Town Moor on 31 December – celebrating New Year’s Eve in theatrical style with a beastly bonfire and a breath-taking firework display.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon will take place from 4pm – 6pm and is produced in collaboration with outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, the team behind the hugely popular New Year’s Eve carnivals of previous years.

A collection of extraordinary books inspires brand new art exhibition

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:47:10 +0000

A rare collection of unique books at Newcastle’s City Library has inspired a new exhibition produced by twenty-two established and up-and-coming North-East artists.

'Love Big Books' is a series of diverse work that has evolved over the past seven-months from ideas generated by interaction with the library’s Fifth Size Books. The showcase opens on 2 November 2017 and has been funded by Arts Council England.