21 April 2017

Broadband Cancellation Fees for Armed Forces Personnel

Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for armed forces personnel.

Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel has announced that armed forces personnel will no longer have to face cancellation fees for their broadband and media packages when posted overseas or to another part of the UK not covered by their current provider. The commitment from the UK’s biggest broadband providers representing 95 per cent of Britain’s broadband market comes into force immediately, and will benefit tens of thousands of forces households in the UK and abroad. The change agreed to under the tenets of the Armed Forces Covenant includes BT, EE, Plusnet, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, who have all committed to treating military personnel fairly when cancelling their contracts. Up until now, members of the armed forces deployed overseas or to different part of the UK not covered by their provider could be forced to pay a cancellation fee. They will no longer have to face this cost and be disadvantaged due to the mobile nature of service life The Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel said: “Our armed forces are sent all over the world and across the country to help keep our country safe and they should never be disadvantaged because of this. The removal of cancellation fees by leading broadband providers is yet another example of the Covenant in action, which is making sure our brave personnel are treated fairly. It’s a welcome move and we’re looking forward to seeing what more British businesses can do to support our military.” The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged by their service. Delivery partners include businesses and trade bodies, charities and community organisations, local authorities and government departments.




Living North LIVE: The North East's Spring Fair
28th – 30th April 2017, Newcastle Racecourse
Living North LIVE is the most established Interiors and spring shopping event in the North. Visitors can expect unique and inspiring room sets, accessories and advice from the region's premier interiors companies as well as exciting garden design and a quality lifestyle shopping experience. Living North boasts the biggest food hall in both the North East and Yorkshire; you are sure to find some quirky and tasty treats to indulge in!
To add to some essential retail therapy, Living North are delighted to bring you top chefs from across the region and beyond to whip up some fantastic dishes for you to try at home as well as our now well established Living North LIVE Lounge where you are able to meet the experts and learn a trick or two in anything from interior design and up-cycling furniture to floral art and photography. 
For more information and tickets visit 

20 April 2017



A free, weekly, timed 5k walk/jog/run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Friendly and fun. Join us!

19 April 2017


We are recruiting Food & Beverage staff to work in our No19 restaurant. To apply or for further details, please contact victor.castro@closehouse.co.uk

Various local employment opportunities

Corbridge - Angel Street food

Female Helper Required - http://www.cn-jobs.co.uk/search-results/female-helper-required-329652608.aspx?jobId=329652608&list=SearchResultsJobsIds&index=8&querydesc=SearchJobQueryDescription&viewedfrom=1

Full or Part Time Cook  http://www.cn-jobs.co.uk/search-results/part-time-or-full-time-chefcook-329654583.aspx?jobId=329654583&list=SearchResultsJobsIds&index=7&querydesc=SearchJobQueryDescription&viewedfrom=1

Home Care Worker  http://www.cn-jobs.co.uk/search-results/homecare-worker-opportunties-329656340.aspx?jobId=329656340&list=SearchResultsJobsIds&index=3&querydesc=SearchJobQueryDescription&viewedfrom=1

Medical Receptionist  https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk/GetJob.aspx?JobID=42547427&JobTitle=Emis+Web+Medical+Receptionist&tm=1&where=Prudhoe%2c+Northumberland%2c+England&sort=rv.dt.di&pp=25&re=4&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fjobsearch.direct.gov.uk%2fhome.aspx&rad_units=miles&rad=5&AVSDM=2017-04-18T12%3a52%3a00-05%3a00


Tax-Free Childcare Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.

 Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.

Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.

Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible.

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so.

 To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family.
MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage.

Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information

13 April 2017

12 April 2017

Education in Scotland - An Introductory Guide for Service Families

Education in Scotland – An Introductory Guide has been produced with the full backing of the Scottish Government, and provides personnel either in Scotland or moving to Scotland with a comprehensive guide to all phases of education, with handy information and advice.  The document can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service#education-in-scotland

Free Training and Job Placement Programme - Amazon Web Services

JSHAO - Civilian Housing Brief

4 April 2017

Armed Forces Offer at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood House

MOD90 or Armed Forces ID card holders can visit Windsor Castle with up to four friends or family for FREE. That’s a potential saving of £85.
Be sure to check the Royal Collection website to plan and make the most of your visit.
1. Call ahead of your visit on 0303 123 7300 to check that the castle is open to the public (no advance booking required.
2. Bring your MOD90 / Armed Forces ID with you to get you and up to four friends or family in for FREE.
This discount applies to Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House as well as Windsor Castle. Phone 0303 123 7300 to confirm.

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount

West Midlands Safari Park - Armed Forces Discount

Please contact the HIVE for Corporate Telephone Number and
Discount Code

Military ID may have to be shown on entry.




30 March 2017


JSHAO Civilian housing Brief - Lichfield & Stafford


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23 March 2017

Employment Opportunity- Stamfordham


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Part time - term time
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06/04/2017 12:00
£11298 - £12983
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Schools - Support
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For more information visit   https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/default.aspx?page=jobdetail&module=jobs-userjobdetails&jid=161117


Listings for Life Science Centre
April – May 2017
New Events
What:  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – Chase over Atlantis
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 3 April 2017 – 30 September 2017
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-5.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-5.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: The star of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is back in another Jules Verne – inspired voyage! While looking for his long lost grandfather, Sean (played by Josh Hutcherson), decodes a secret map that points him and a group of adventurers to the elusive “Mysterious Island”. After finding his grandfather and discovering that the island is sinking, they all head for the shore on the back of giant bees! Hitch a ride with the gang in this immersive 3-D/4-D experience as you become a passenger in a real “flight of the bumblebee!”. Soar over the jungle, zoom through the treetops, and dodge the beaks of hungry birds! Featuring an all-star cast, including Michael Caine, Dwayne Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Luis Guzman, this is a one-of-a-kind ride you won’t want to miss. Please note – you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.
More info: life.org.uk

What:  Let it Glow
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 4 April 2017 – Sunday 2 July 2017
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-5.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-5.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Join our science explainers as they explore the wonder of light in this new Science Theatre show, featuring sparkles, twinkles, lights and lamps.
More info: life.org.uk

What: Bright Club
Where: The Stand Comedy Club, High Bridge, NE1 1EW.
When: Tuesday 2 May 2017
Opening times: 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Admission prices: £4 per person (please note this event is adults only, 18+)
Details: Bright Club Newcastle blends comedy, music, new writing, research and performance into a smorgasbord of delights. Funny and fascinating in equal measure, Bright Club offers a night out unlike any other! Come along for a laugh filled evening featuring academic talent from Newcastle and beyond. Organised by Centre for Life in collaboration with Newcastle and Northumbria Universities. Advanced booking recommended via The Stand Comedy Club.
More info: life.org.uk

What: Pre-school Day
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: Tuesday 23 May 2017
Opening times: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Admission prices: £7.50 per adult. Accompanying children (aged 4 and under) go free. Max 3 free child places per adult.
Details: Led by Life's friendly Science Explainers, these regular events provide a delightful opportunity for young children (under 4s) to enjoy and explore the Science Centre. Each session offers a mix of classic activities, such as Piccolo Music workshops, mini-beast handling and a toddler bubble disco alongside new activities, so that every event is different. Access to our Hands-on Young Explorers Zone and an under-7s planetarium show is also available during these special days.
More info: life.org.uk

What: Dino Jaws
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 27 May 2017 - 7 January 2018
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Don’t miss Dino Jaws, an amazing exhibition from the Natural History Museum, featuring life-size animatronic dinosaur heads – including the terrifying T. rex! Explore the sometimes gruesome, always fascinating, subject of dinosaurs and their food; from the notorious flesh-eating habits of T. rex to the vegetarian tastes of Iguanodon. In this exhibition you can also explore intriguing fossil evidence, hands-on exhibits and scientific insights that reveal everything we know about what and how dinosaurs ate.
More info: www.life.org.uk

Ongoing Events
What:  Is there anybody out there?
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 10 February 2017 – 8 June 2017
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10.00am-5.00pm, Sun: 11.00am-5.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Could there be life on other worlds in our solar system, or even beyond it? Astronomers are discovering planets orbiting stars other than our Sun every day. In this new planetarium show we explore how we go about looking for life in the Universe. Recommended suitable for ages 7+.
More info: life.org.uk

What:  Brick History
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 14 January 2017 – 14 May 2017
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-5.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-5.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Life Science Centre will be home to a host of intricate historical models, all of which have been made from scratch using LEGO® bricks. This new exhibition will span the whole of human history – picking out the key highlights – to show how mankind has progressed over the years, from the pre-historic era to modern day. Visitors can marvel at over 50 LEGO® models depicting the most pivotal moments in history, from the Big Bang, to the sinking of the Titanic, and modern events such as President Obama’s inauguration. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this exhibition.
More info: life.org.uk

What:  North East LEGO® Landmarks  
Where: Life Science Centre, Newcastle, NE1 4EP
When: 14 January 2017 – 14 May 2017
Opening times: Mon-Sat -10.00am-6.00pm, Sun – 11.00am-6.00pm
Admission prices: Included in Science Centre admission price
Details: Local LEGO® builder Steve Mayes has been busy building LEGO® versions of some of the North East’s favourite landmarks. See his collection at Life, including, the BALTIC, the Angel of the North and the International Centre for Life – a specially commissioned new model on show for the first time. Please note - LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this exhibition.
More info: life.org.uk

16 March 2017

Employment Opportunities

Newcastle Airport

Various roles

  • Commercial Training Administrator
  • Retail Assistant
  • Customer Service Rep
Check out  http://www.newcastleairport.com/recruitment for further information

15 March 2017

What's on - Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

What's On: Mid March 2017
 'the creative heart of the community'
Box Office 01434 652477
Book online www.queenshall.co.uk 

Jan Apr 17 Season Brochure Download here
Trustee Recruitment
We are currently looking to strengthen our Board of Trustees as we enter a period of diversification and growth which will include building developments and a significant expansion of fundraising (supported by Arts Council England's Catalyst programme). 

We are particularly keen to hear from people with accountancy and / or financial management experience. For further information please contact Geof Keys 

Closing date: 20 March 2017
Exhibition: Hayward Touring
Hairstyles and Headdresses
by Nigerian photographer J.D 'Okhai Ojeikere.

Featuring 50 black and white photographic prints, this is a rare opportunity to encounter an artist widely regarded as one of the most important photographers to emerge from Africa in the last sixty years.

On now until Sat 22 AprilW: Headdresses & Hairstyles
Hexham & District Music Society 
Sitkovetsky Piano Trio - Tonight!
Their dynamic, high-energy performances have brought the ensemble numerous awards and critical acclaim.

Their programme features works by Turina, Ravel & Brahms.

Wednesday 15 March 7.30pm
Film: The Graduate (15)
In arguably the most iconic movie of the 1960s, Dustin Hoffman plays Benjamin Braddock, promising academic and track star, who is lured into an affair by old family friend Mrs. Robinson.

Running time: 1 hr 45 mins

Thursday 16 March 8.00pm
113th Tynedale Music Festival

Since 1904, the Tynedale Music Festival has offered musicians of all ages from across the North East the opportunity to meet and compete in many different musical categories.

QHA will be hosting another 2 days of classes, as well as the Evening Concert of Festival Highlights (Free entry, come along and support all the musicians).

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March
Théâtre Sans Frontières
Heaven Eyes
Adapted for the stage by internationally acclaimed children's author David Almond, Heaven Eyes is mysterious, heart-breaking and humorous in equal measure, a story to touch the depth of your soul.

Wednesday 22 March 7.00pm
Last few tickets!
Peatbog Faeries
High octane Celtic dance music as you've never heard it before.

Hailing from the Isle of Skye and drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop and more..

Thursday 23 March 7.30pmW: Peatbog Faeries
Gonzo Moose presents
The Thing that Came From Over There!

Another rip-roaring comedy adventure; 3 actors, 15 roles, 85 minutes of shocks, spine tingling silliness, and blood curdling terror.

With comedy and thrills galore, the show features visual gags, verbal wit, giant puppetry, and even a little bit of live music.

Wednesday 29 March 7.30pmW: The Thing that Came From Over There!
An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show
A 5 star homage to the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. The original concert celebration of the iconic music from the multi-award winning soundtrack to Dirty Dancing.

Please note this production is not affiliated with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage on tour in the UK and worldwide

Friday 31 March 7.30pm
NEW EVENT: One Day Workshop

Book Binding Workshop
With artist & bookbinder Ruth McCann

Participants will learn how to make a book with a hard back cover and case using multi-section binding with a choice of colours, papers and book cloths. (Limited places available)

Saturday 1 April 10.00am - 3.00pmW: Bookbinding Workshop
Looking ahead into April... 
And looking further ahead