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Friday, 22 May 2015

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A TEMPORARY speed restriction of 10mph will be in place on a stretch of the busy A696 between Otterburn and Elishaw later this month.

The speed restriction will help protect the workforce while resurfacing work is carried out on the 1,000 metre stretch of road west of Otterburn.

The temporary order is to be effective from February 24 until March 28, although the restriction is expected to be lifted by February 28.

A SHED fire off a busy road in Ponteland broke out last Wednesday.

Fire crews from Ponteland and West Hartford took an hour to extinguish the blaze at a property in North Road after being called to the scene at 12.15pm.

An investigation into the fire is currently being carried out.

AN artisan candle making company from Tynedale is lighting up a lunch at a medieval restaurant in Newcastle.

Northumbrian Candleworks, based in Corbridge, is hosting a ladies’ lunch event at Blackfriars Restaurant on Tuesday, March 4, offering an interactive candle making experience for diners.

The family-run company, which was set up in 2009, hand-makes pure, natural soy wax candles from its workshop in the village’s Old Bakery Yard, using a wide range of fragrances.

Chandler Peter Cooke will host a ladies’ lunch workshop demonstrating the art of scented candle making and giving participants the chance to have a go for themselves.

HARTLEYBURN Parish Council is set to increase its precept for the next financial year by 30 per cent.

At the council’s latest meeting, members agreed to ask Northumberland County Council for £3,000 for 2014/15, a significant increase on the current £2,300.

Coun. Eddie Armstrong said the rise would enable the parish council to meet its financial responsibilities.