Word of Caution on Events

Updates to this website have been fewer than I would have liked, and I apolgise if I have not been able to offer a level of service you that you expected.

I have, however, been monitoring existing information, and updating this as regularly as possible. Through this, I have been able to make an observation regarding events, which I feel the need to highlight.

I’ve noticed that some events have changed dates, with little or no advanced warning. In some cases, event listings on websites and Facebook have been updated, without even so much as a post advising of the change.

Therefore, event dates on this website may be inaccurate, as I simply don’t have the time to continually monitor websites and social media listings in the hope of detecting a date change. It is important to check directly with the organisors to confirm that an event is still taking place, before you travel.

Although Covid-19 restrictions are easing, events may still be cancelled or postponed with little advanced notice.

Ovingham Bridge Closure

Ovingham Bridge is expected to be closed for up to three weeks, to allow for a nearby road to be repair following collapse.

Diversion routes have been set up, with traffic is being diverted via the A69 and A696.

The bridge links Ovingham village with Low Prudhoe, on the opposite side of the river.

Hexham Poundland Permanently Closed

Hexham’s Poundland has permanently closed. The company has cited proposed building changes to be made by the landlord, which would make the store unable to operate from its current site.

As the store sold essential items, it had remained open during the currently lockdown, closing initially on a temporary basis.

Temporary Service Resumes

Tynedale has, like the rest of the North East, re-entered a version of lock-down by being moved into Tier 4 restrictions. This means non-essential retail must once again close, and a stay at home message returns.

Once again, this restricts the information that All About Tynedale can offer. The new structure of the website offers flexibility to add or remove sections according to the present situation, and unfortunately sections will need to be removed in this instance.

The website never fully left the previous period of reduced service, but once again will operate a ‘bare bones’ service until further notice. I hope this continues to be of benefit.

Please continue to follow all social distancing measures, but take comfort from the approval of the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine. The end is insight, but it’s still important to remain determined and focused. Whilst mental health is important, this is NOT an excuse to ignore rules, and physical health is the greater priority.

December Updates

As the year draws to a close, I thought I would update you on the current progress of the website.

Firstly, if you’re reading this you’ve seen the new notice board section. This is the place for updates on things like road works, community notices, and like. The new section replaces individual ‘updates’ pages in the town and village guides.

Secondly, the town and villages guides section is being disbanded. Don’t worry, all the content will have a new home, but info on shops, things to do, etc. will be combined into their own sections. This should cut down on duplication, and provide greater responsiveness to ongoing Covid-19 control measures.

Finally, the ‘temporary’ service on this website should end by December 31st, assuming everything goes to plan. The rebuild is gradual, and new sections will appear every now and then. However, the events guide will not be returning for the time being.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you continue to find the website useful.

Temporary Closure of All About Tynedale

Last updated on December 7th, 2020 at 07:36 pm

Following the announcement of another lock down for England, it is with regret to inform you that from Thursday, the All About Tynedale website will temporarily close until further notice. Like with the first lock down, much of the content will be rendered inaccurate, meaning the website will no longer be viable in its current form.

I hope to be able to restart an interim service as soon as possible, but it is unlikely that this will be ready on Thursday. I will keep you posted on further developments.

October Updates: Weather, and Plans for News and Travel

Last updated on December 7th, 2020 at 07:36 pm

I have been able to locate new weather widgets, allowing the embedding of weather information without the time consuming task of manual updates. This has allowed me to improve the weather page, which now features forecasts for Hexham, Prudhoe, and Newcastle upon Tyne. These give the current weather and 7 forecasts.

I’m currently investigating similar solutions for local news and traffic and travel information. News is likely to be based around an RSS feed, which is already powering Tyne and Wear news in the sidebar. In this case a BBC News feed is being used.

Any updates will be posted in Website Updates, using the drop down from the ‘Home’ button on the menu, and via the @tynedale_uk twitter feed.

October Updates

Last updated on February 16th, 2021 at 10:01 pm

Firstly, as application of Covid-19 safe procedures still varies hugely from shop to shop, I would like to re-iterate the previous statement that any business not implementing sufficient measures will be removed from relevant sections of this website. I appreciate there is a cost involved, but everyone needs to contribute to keep the virus under control and keep businesses open.

I will not punish genuine errors, but negligence will result in removal, and re-in-statement is at the sole discretion of me, the editor. So far, I have only had to remove one business (not naming, but is a national retailer), due to poor/no procedures in place. This business has now implemented/re-implemented procedures, and will be re-added in due course.

That aside, the new regulations are not further impacting on this website, beyond previously mentioned sections. A near full service continues for now, but some sections are offline to allow for updates to take place.

That’s all for now, but you can always reach me via email, scott@tynedale.org.uk, should you have any queries.

September Updates

Last updated on December 17th, 2020 at 11:50 pm

Forgive me, this will be a long post.

You should now be aware the most of the North East, including Tynedale now has further restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Unfortunately, the rules/guidance are unclear, so I’m not in a position to provide much, if any guidance on the matter.

It does appear that meeting other household groups within your own house or garden is now banned. This seems counter intuitive, as most house/gardens should offer plenty of space for 2 metre social distancing. As yet, I haven’t heard any reports that households are now banned from meeting in public places, where I would have thought social distancing would be more difficult.

I do not support the governments get back to work message, and strongly encourage you to work from home where possible. As much as the economy is important, shopping trips should be kept to larger, less frequent shops to reduce contact with others. Social visits to venues such as pubs should be avoided at busy times.

Additionally, I’ve also seen several poor applications of measures designed to reduce the spread of the virus. Mask/face covering wearing has been poor across all age groups. Face coverings must cover both the mouth and nose to be effective. Do not touch the front of the face coverings whilst wearing it, adjust via coverings straps. Wash your hands immediately after removing the covering.

Face coverings need to securely cover the mouth and nose, and can be anything from a medical style mask, to a home mask. Avoid stretchy materials, as these are less effective. Whatever covering you use, it should be either washable or disposable.

You must use face coverings in shops and other indoor spaces. Additionally, you should also wear face coverings if the full 2 metre distance is difficult to achieve. You must not be within 1 metre of any other person not a member of your own household.

Lastly, the following adjustments are being made to the website:

  • Going forward, for the time being only virtual events will be listed on the Events guide, along with planned events for 2021.
  • The Property section is going offline to allow for updates and additions to be made.