In March of this year Haltwhistle based Flashlight Films decended on Newcastle to film their second music video for up and coming North East band - Athletes in Paris. Despite blizzards at the start and finish of each days filming the weather held out though the outdoor scenes certainly tested the 'zombies' resilience to the cold as their outfits were not conducive keeping warm.
Attempts to catch a quiet centre of Newcastle with some early morning filming proved difficult as building sites, street cleaners, dustbin wagons, sightseers and residual revellers from the night before were all active by 7.00a.m. in the morning even on a Sunday!
It costs just £1.50 per person and there will naturally be plenty of refreshment available, a raffle and be ready for that statutory 'Beer Question'.
The quizmaster will naturally be John Harrison and you are advised to arrive early as these quizzes are very popular.
Returning to Tynedale Park on Saturday 17 August, Corbridge Festival is back for a fun-fuelled day of great music, art and local crafts, food, drink and entertainment. Headlining this year's festival is TOPLOADER who have recently released their come-back single 'Turn it around'. One thing is for sure festival goers will be 'dancing in the moonlight' at this years event.
Following on from the success of last year's festival, Corbridge Festival is back its glory. With a great line up of local bands and artists, Northumberland's favourite open air party has music to suit everyone's tastes: from talented songwriters ready to wow you with raw talent, to well-known favourites playing the kind of music that'll have you dancing like a dad.
Cheryl Durkin, the founder of Corbridge Festival said, "After last year's festival, I've had so many local people approach me that I hadn't even considered the option of not doing it all again this year! Corbridge is such a beautiful place, and the festival is a great way of bringing people up to Northumberland."
Throughout the day, festival-goers will be able to try their hand at something new in a workshop. Or take a little piece of Corbridge away with them in the form of handmade items or local produce, that will be available from the arts and crafts stalls at the event.
Toploader have sold more than two million records with hits such as 'Dancing in the Moonlight' and 'Achilles Heel'. Earlier this year they released their comeback single 'Turn it around'.
Following on from the success of last year, Corbridge Festival 2013 is set to be even bigger. And with a great line up of bands and artists, Northumberland's favourite open air party has music to suit everyone's tastes!
From talented songwriters ready to wow you with their raw talent to well-known favourites playing the kind of music that'll have you dancing like a dad.
There will be a charity quiz night at The General Havelock Inn on 28th May 2012 starting at 8.15p.m.
The event is in aid of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the most learned John Harrison will be the quizmaster.
The last quiz night at the General Havelock was a sell out with the bar overflowing and £227 was generated for the Haydon Bridge Health Centre Equipment Fund, So make sure that you arrive early.
The cost for the quiz is 1.50 per person, there will be refreshments, a raffle, naturally plenty available beer but also be ready for a question about beer!
Tynedale based singer/guitarist returns to Brampton this weekend, Saturday 11th May, to take a beginners ukulele session.
Last weekend he was busy at Maddy Prior's Stepping Stones Festival where he played and compered over the weekend as well as running a successful ukulele session for children and their parents.
The sessions this weekend will take place the Brampton Community Centre between 2.00 and 5.00 p.m.
On Tuesday April 30th The General Havelock at Haydon Bridge will be holding a Charity Quiz night.
It starts at 8.15 pm so arrive in time to get your team registered.
The cost is £1.50 per person, there will be refreshments available and, naturally, a raffle.
The Quizmaster for the evening will be the 'most learned' John Harrison.
Haltwhistle Walking Festival truly comes of age this Spring, with the 21st festival coinciding with the 10th birthday of the event (2 festivals a year since 2003). Organisers are hoping for a bumper attendance with 27 walks and an evening talk on offer over 10 days. Throughout the festival, Whistle Art Stop in Haltwhistle is hosting an exhibition to celebrate the festival with photos, memories, history, maps and art work by local young people.
"We hope to attract even more new people to the festival", said one of the organisers, Marjorie Baillie. "Once people have been to walk with us, we find that they often return again and again. It is hard to say which walks are most popular, but the longest themed walks usually sell out first, followed by the Special Interest walks."
There is certainly a wide range of walks on offer this Spring. Special Interest walks include 3 bird walks, a Bat Safari, a Sketching Walk, a Singing Walk, and a Real Ale walk.
"War, Peace and Reconciliation", is a walk to the site of the German Prisoner of War camp at Featherstone Castle. It has provoked a lot of interest particularly as recently one of the wooden dolls made by a prisoner came to light at the back of a shelf in Allerwash Hall - it will be available for walkers to see during the walk.
On Wednesday 20th March Young People from all year groups of Haltwhistle Community Campus entertained audiences totalling over 500 people in three separate performances over the day.
The idea came from headteacher, Mike Routledge, who is keen for all children to enjoy singing. 'The day was not about individuals or soloists but to simply have as many children as possible singing together and really enjoying it.'
Haltwhistle Community Campus is a 3 to 13 federated campus comprising of upper and lower schools and almost 400 of the pupils were actively involved.
The different age groups from the school performed completely different songs, many involving actions. There were also songs that all 400 pupils sang together and when the audience joined in as well the sound was very special.
The audience were treated to a programme of 15 different songs in the performance which, despite the numbers involved, operated very smoothly with a most relaxed atmosphere.
The performances took place in the morning, afternoon and evening to ensure that all parents and relatives would have the opportunity to enjoy this special event.
What was clear after each of the performances was that there were smiles from everyone - both the singers and the audience.
If you think that you are clued up in a wide range of things then make a note of this date.
On Thursday 7th March Haltwhistle's Black Bull Inn host a quiz night in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service was established in 1991 and has grown to become a leading healthcare charity, operating three helicopters in the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. As England's largest and most rural county Northumberland is certainly lucky to have this service available, but it always needs more support.
The event starts at 8.30 and is hosted by John Harrison of Haydon Bridge.