1. Local company puts in bid to save Newton Rigg campus

    A local company formed to try to save the training that happens at the former Newton Rigg College at Penrith has applied to the government's Further Education Commissioner to take the campus over.

    The college is due to close because its parent institution, Askham Bryan, said it was no longer financially viable.

    Newton Rigg College

    But people involved in industries such as farming in Cumbria say the training it provides is essential to the local economy, and the company has raised a significant amount of money to take the business on.

    The company's deputy chairman Christopher Crewdson said: "Newton Rigg College needs commitment to realise its important future potential, not compromise, and we should all be proud that we have pulled together as a community to fight for this to happen."

    The group is hoping to hear whether their bid has succeeded during December.

  2. Forest Live 2020 cancelled over coronavirus rules

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A series of outdoor summer concerts that would have brought former Oasis mainman Noel Gallagher back to Suffolk has been called off.

    Forestry England has cancelled Forest Live 2020 at all its venues, including High Lodge Visitor Centre in Thetford Forest, because of coronavirus restrictions.

    Noel Gallagher

    A spokesman said: “We really hope that everyone’s support to fight COVID-19 means the situation will have improved by the summer.

    "As well as our valued customers, we work with a large number of volunteers, artists and contractors to make these concerts happen and have taken this decision in the interest of safety for everyone involved."

    Ticket holders will be automatically refunded but Forestry England asked for everyone's "patience and understanding at this busy time".

    These were the headline acts that had been due to appear the venue at Santon Downham in Suffolk:

    • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - 18 June
    • James Morrison and Will Young - 19 June
    • Madness - 20 June
    • Rag‘n’Bone Man - 21 June

    Rag'n'Bone Man recently played a surprise gig in Gorleston in Norfolk as a favour for his dad.

  3. Endangered animals need more legal protection from forest felling, say campaigners

    Ewan Murrie


    Forest felling legislation in England doesn't go far enough to protect endangered animals, according to wildlife campaigners.

    Hundreds of Cumbrians are among more than 7,000 people to have signed an online petition urging the Government to allow authorities to consider the impact on animals when granting licenses.

    Red squirrel in woodland

    Since 2004, The Forestry Act in Scotland has allowed felling licenses to be refused on wildlife conservation grounds. Now campaigners want the same rights enshrined in law for endangered animals in England and wales.

    An industry body said that other legislation already existed to protect animals, including red squirrels, in England.

    The petition needs 10,000 signatures to secure a government response - and if it reaches 100,000 it could see the issue debated in parliament.