Wee Jimmies unveil new-look suite in memory of Jimmy and June

zaphfrans

AN ICONIC pub in the heart of the Cowdenbeath community is looking its best courtesy of hours and hours of hard labour and graft.

Wee Jimmies has been a village favourite for decades with the family-run business attracting customers from local and far for years and years.

It is hoped that even more will soon be walking through the door on High Street as the pub has recently undergone a transformation inside.

The Wee Jimmies JJ suite is now fully operational and ready to welcome patrons for whatever the occasion; whether its weddings, birthday parties or anniversaries, the venue can

Read more

North East charity could give Gateshead pub a new lease of life as a community centre and flats

zaphfrans

A Gateshead pub could be transformed into housing and a community centre if exciting plans are given the go-ahead.

Handcrafted are behind proposals to give the Shakespeare Inn a new lease of life.

The Durham based charity helps people to develop skills, build confidence and “engage in positive activity”.

Go here for the latest regional affairs and North East politics news

It does this through practical training and creative activities which run from 9AM until 4PM on weekdays.

The organisation wants to put four one-bedroom flats on the first floor of the hostelry.

A leaflet distributed by the charity to

Read more

Housing and community centre plan for Gateshead pub

zaphfrans

A PUB could be transformed into housing and a community centre if plans are given the go-ahead.

Durham-based charity Handcrafted is behind a proposal to give the Shakespeare Inn, in Gateshead, a new lease of life.

The charity helps people to develop skills, build confidence and “engage in positive activity” through practical training and creative activities, which it runs from 9am to 4pm on weekdays.

The organisation wants to put four one-bedroom flats on the first floor of the hostelry.

A leaflet distributed by the charity to near-by properties explained the proposals.

In it the organisation described how the premises

Read more

Nostalgia: Tally ho! Hunt meets in the 1950s

zaphfrans

Over the years many Black Country folk have enjoyed a day out in the beautiful green borderland of our region. North Worcestershire and South Staffordshire share some of the finest countryside in England.

A popular destination for those escaping the smoke and grime of the Black Country was the countryside around Kinver, with maybe a stop-off at the celebrated Stewponey Inn and Foley Arms, the grand hostelry at the junction of the A449 and A458 at Stourton.

If you visited there between November and March, you may have seen a meet of the local hunt – the Albrighton Woodland Hunt.

Read more

Iconic Highland Applecross Inn takes to prayer and poetry asking people to reconsider the way in which they treat the fragile landscape and infrastructure around the North Coast 500

zaphfrans
A prayer for Applecross
A prayer for Applecross

A popular Highland hostelry has taken to poetry to get its message out.

The busy Applecross Inn thanked customers, and the Ross-shire Journal, for getting the message out when it comes to social distancing and table bookings, but wanted to paint a picture of the current situation in the hospitality industry.

After posting its message more than 2500 people interacted with the message, with 611 people sharing the post.

Mark Carrington of the Applecross Inn penned “Please help, please listen, we’re at a loss.”

The full poem reads:

Please help, please listen, we’re at a loss

Read more

Wreath laid and poignant poem read in Llandudno to mark Merchant Navy Day

zaphfrans

BRANCH members gathered together to mark Merchant Navy Day in Llandudno.

North Wales Merchant Navy Association branch members were joined by their wives and two representatives from each of the RNLI and HM Coastal Watch on September 3.

Despite a chill wind, members congregated from about 10.30am, ready to start the memorial on time at 11am.

Mike Ridehalgh, chairman, said: “We give thanks to the local Harbour Master’s office which had kindly arranged for our easy access to the memorial for wreath laying and photographic purposes and a Red Duster was flying high and proudly close by.

“Our wreath was

Read more