Football Focus Issue 65 - Page 14

Ashington FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG “Over the coming years our plan is to continue to build a sustainable community club, giving local people the opportunity of watching football at the highest level possible.” The club were recently given a boost recently when they were able to announce that midfield playmaker Paul Anthony had returned to the club. He had previously represented the team during the 2012/13 season with his final appearance coming in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James Park where they defeated Whitley Bay. Speaking to the club’s official website www.ashingtonafc. com recently, Anthony said, “Looking back I regretted moving on - I should never have left. My last game was the Northumberland Senior Cup final win which was a great memory – and I’m delighted to be back.” Anthony came on as a substitute in their recent FA Vase tie against Easington and will be looking to re-establish himself at the club as quickly as possible. There is clearly much to admire about the fine set up that Ashington FC currently has in place. If they continue in the same manner they are sure to be able to look forward to a bright and successful future. Northumbria Healthcare UNISON is a large Health branch in the North East of England with over 3,300 members. The branch secretary is George Barron. The branch covers a large geographical base and includes Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham General Hospitals smaller community hospitals in Blyth, Alnwick, Rothbury, Berwick and Haltwhistle and the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington. We have an active team of branch officers and stewards representing members on all kinds of issues from disciplinary, grievances and sickness to more broader issues such as terms and conditions and policies issues that can effect a large number of members. The branch has a Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator, Gemma Smith who organises Bridges to Learning (a partnership between Unison, Open University and WEA) sessions and workshops for members to help them develop in their jobs through learning. Finally, the branch in partnership with Northumberland County, and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear branches runs a resource centre in Station Road, Ashington where any Unison member can arrange to meet a Unison representative. If any Unison member working for Northumbria Healthcare NHS wants to speak to George or one of the branch officers, or would like to join UNISON they should telephone the number below in the first instance. UNISON Office 01670 529347 Wansbeck General Hospital, Ashington NE63 9JJ 14 Issue 65