The ‘Northumbies’ are very special, sponsored awards made especially for Northumberland Day by hugely talented local fused glass artist, Helen Grierson www.helengrierson.co.uk (as pictured in the slideshow).
These stunning, handmade awards include references to both Northumberland’s flag, and its heritage and natural beauty, and reward those who have made an extra-special effort to celebrate the special county day.
The categories for 2019 will be announced shortly. Until then, you can browse the 2018 categories to get a feel for what 2019’s might be.
2019 Northumbies Categories
(Please be aware that categories will only run if sponsors are found)
1. Best Community Involvement
This award is for the event that best involves its local community, creating a sense of pride, togetherness and the feel-good factor
2. ‘Best Dressed Village or Parish’
This award is for the village or parish that makes the most effort to decorate itself with flags and red and yellow bunting, flowers and other Northumberland-focused decorations
3. ‘Best Dressed Town’
This award is for the town that makes the most effort to decorate itself with flags and red and yellow bunting, flowers and other Northumberland-focused decorations
4. ‘Best Designed Event’ – sponsored by Helen Grierson
This award is for a well-thought out, multi-faceted event especially created to celebrate Northumberland Day
5. ‘The Jill Bradbury Award for Most Inspiring School’ – sponsored by Catapult PR
This award is for a school in which teachers and pupils go the extra mile to demonstrate an understanding of Northumberland, past and present, and pride in their county. The school should ideally include parents and members of the community in their activities
6. ‘Best Foodies Event or Initiative’
This award will go to the food-focused business that creates something extra-special to celebrate Northumberland Day
7. ‘Most Passionate Pub, Restaurant or Café’
This award is for the hostelry or eatery that embraces Northumberland Day and celebrates it through a programme of activities, or a one-off event
8. Something Special/ ‘Just the Ticket’ Northumbie Award
This award is for an event or programme of activity that might not necessarily fit into other categories, but which really conveys the essence of Northumberland Day and what it stands for in terms of passion, pride and community.
9. Best Arts or Sport Event
This award is for an event or activity which celebrates Northumberland Day within the fields of either sport or arts.
10. Best Link to the Past
This award is for an event or activity that celebrates Northumberland Day through a link to heritage, history or former times.
11. Best Event in the Landscape
This award is for an outdoor event or activity that celebrates Northumberland Day. It could be an organised walk, a beach-based event, a nature excursion or something completely different. The more tailored to Northumberland Day, the better.
12. Best Dressed Cake
Northumberland Day is the perfect opportunity for all those cake bakers, cake decorators and budding Bake Off entrants to get to town and create a magnificent Northumberland Day cake. We want to see those pictures and feedback from those you invite to tuck in, so get recipe books in hand and start practising your bake!
13. Best Northumberland Day Flag Challenge picture
This award is new, but the Northumberland Day Flag Challenge is not, this having engaged people and encouraged them to be pictured with the Northumberland flag in weird and wonderful ways and extraordinary places. Now we wish to celebrate this with a Northumbie, so get planning your pic!
14. ‘The Above & Beyond Special Recognition Award’
This is an award celebrating dedication, enthusiasm and special achievement. It is not available for open entry and will be awarded by the Northumberland Day judging panel. If you wish to nominate someone else, however, nominations will be accepted at NDay@catapultpr.co.uk
Any business wishing to sponsor a ‘Northumbie’ Award should email Jane Hunt on email@example.com to request more details.
Melanie’s Tea Room, Newbiggin
Headway Arts, Blyth
The Angel of Corbridge
Allendale Primary School
Taste of Northumbria (Alnwick)
Katie Archer, Beadnell Village
New & very special Helen Grierson designed ‘Hearts of Achievement’ were also presented to:
John Emery, organiser of Ashington Rocks
George & Ailsa Shiel, Golden Gate Boat Tours