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News Blog page for JJ Communications, where we will post regular news updates, snippets that interest us, and information about events.
By Web Manager on 28 February 2018 15:11
A retired engineer has turned adversity into a potentially lucrative business by developing a dressing aid to help people with disabilities do one of the simplest of tasks.

Ray Bell, originally from Langley Park, in County Durham, was living on a narrowboat in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of London, when he suffered a back injury, which put him out of action, and eventually led to a hip replacement operation.

Following his release from hospital, and unable to get his socks on due to an inability to bend and reach his toes, he went looking for something to help, but was unable to find anything suitable in the shops to help.

But rather than be defeated, Ray, 77, set about developing a solution, using pieces of PVC guttering.

“I went into my local Wickes and bought a couple of pieces of black PVC guttering. Using a blow lamp, I heated the guttering and bent it into shape. I then used some more plastic to create a long handle, which enabled me to put on my socks and compression stockings from a seated position.”

By Web Manager on 01 August 2017 07:21

I had the good fortune to be invited to the fantastic launch event of the Treasures of St Cuthbert, at Durham Cathedral.

By Web Manager on 21 July 2017 08:56

Following a successful inaugural season, 'Kynren - An Epic Tale of England', returned to the North-East and I was one of the lucky journalists invited along to the premier.

By Web Manager on 21 January 2017 11:00

An article I produced with the help of Mark Tilley, the grandson of Leslie Robert Tilley who was a battery gunner who spent WWI defending the River Tyne from the threat of Zeppelin attack.

By Web Manager on 15 January 2017 11:30

Bees play a critical role in plant pollination, making them a crucially important part of our ecosystem. I visited a business start up in County Durham, in July 2016, to find out how it's helping to make beekeepers of us all with the help of 21st century technology.


By Web Manager on 14 January 2017 00:07

I meet former Northumberland County Archaeologist, Chris Burgess, and learn something about his passion for, and obsession with, the past.

By Web Manager on 05 February 2016 13:28

I've just submitted a script for consideration by Live Theatre in Newcastle.

By Web Manager on 27 January 2016 21:25

I worked for Raval in the early days of my freelancing career, and always thought there was something odd about the way it was run. My doubts have been confirmed by this story: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/owner-gateshead-curry-house-raval-10793978

By Web Manager on 27 September 2015 20:14

In the latest edition of Eastern Airways Inflight magazine, I go in search of my ancestral routes in Wales.

By Web Manager on 22 May 2015 12:06

A round-table summit, aimed at attracting more high-tech jobs to County Durham, took place in Sedgefield.