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Richmondshire sports club collect donations

The Northern Echo: FUNDING: Representatives from local sporting organisations receive their cheques from Richmondshire Local Sports Association Picture: DAVID WOOD

4:09pm Friday 27th March 2015

SPORTS clubs from across Richmondshire have received money to help their members.

School not expected to enter special measures, parents told

The Northern Echo: DETERMINED: Wensleydale School chair of governors David Hartley said everything possible would be done to improve standards at the school.

12:26pm Friday 27th March 2015

PARENTS of children studying at The Wensleydale School have been reassured that the school is not expected to fall back into special measures.

Fresh appeal to restore tourist information centre in Richmond

The Northern Echo: CLOSED: The tourist information centre in Rodbers has closed.

12:24pm Friday 27th March 2015

A FRESH appeal has been made to find volunteers to run a tourist information centre (TIC) in Richmond.

'I didn't even know you could buy wine that cost more than a fiver'

10:31am Friday 27th March 2015

Joe Willis pops to the shops and has two very different customer service experiences in this week's sideways look at Dales Life

Government transport report 'fails to acknowledge existence of Tees Valley'

The Northern Echo: IGNORED: The Government report fails to acknowledge existence of Tees Valley, it is claimed.

1:30pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THE Government and the North of England's biggest cities have been accused of failing to acknowledge the existence of the Tees Valley.

Hidden restaurant worth finding

The Northern Echo: DINING: Fairhursts Bistro is based in Middleham Key Centre.

1:15pm Thursday 26th March 2015

I HAD been to Middleham Key Centre before for the odd council meeting or planning hearing, but the discovery that it now boasted a bistro was a surprise.

Shadow governing body formed at Richmond School

The Northern Echo: BODY: A shadow governing body has been formed to run Richmond School.

4:51pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A SHADOW governing body has been formed at Richmond School as the school looks to move forward after recent upheaval.

Fracas fudge Sunday off the menu

3:55pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

SO Jeremy Clarkson's career as a Top Gear presenter is over after a fracas at Simonstone Hall.

Call for openness

3:07pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

AROUND a hundred parents sat in the hall at The Wensleydale School this week to find out why the head teacher had departed unexpectedly and what was being done to improve the school's performance after the last GCSE results were so disappointing.

Fair share

12:59pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

Sir, – As an employed person I have no choice but to pay my fair share of tax. I am not rich enough or privileged enough to weasel my way out of it. Most of the uses of my tax I do not mind. I strongly object to people and corporations dodging paying their fair share. If they are members of our country it is their responsibility to pay their fair share of tax as I do.

Candidates needed

12:00pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

Sir, – On May 7, elections will take place in Hambleton district. This year there will be a difference as the number of councillors is being reduced from 44 to 28. This reduction in councillors gives an opportunity to bring an end to many years of domination by the Conservative group on this council who have always enjoyed a very large majority of Conservative members. For a district council to be held to account, it needs opposition councillors. A 50/50 mix of Conservative and others either independent, Labour, Lib Dem, Ukip and others would make a better council. Major decisions that in the past have affected the electorate, the likes of car parking charges as an example and many more, could if they were thought to be the wrong decision be stopped at the full council meeting.

Not true

11:51am Wednesday 25th March 2015

Sir, – With reference to Sue Holden's letter (D&S Times, March 13) which claims there is a single file rule over Skeeby bridge - this is not true. The 'give way' sign means do not impede approaching traffic. The priority sign applies to the left hand lane only. Halfway across two curved arrows reinforce this. Two cars passing on the bridge have a clearance of four to five feet; that is more than enough for competent drivers. A lot of drivers do mistakenly stop, not knowing the meaning of 'give way'. Other drivers not knowing the meaning of 'priority', flash lights, shake fists and even drive down the centre of the road impeding oncoming traffic. It comes down to a lack of knowledge about the highway code.

Scanner appeal

11:31am Wednesday 25th March 2015

Sir, – I wanted to take this opportunity to thank your readers and everyone who has supported the MRI Scanner Appeal at the Friarage Hospital - our dedicated fundraising appeal organised through South Tees Hospitals Charity in partnership with the Friends of the Friarage Hospital.

Dog walk held in Peterlee for mayor's charity

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISER: Dog owners take part in the Woof in the Park event to help raise money for charity Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:28pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

A SPONSORED dog walk has been held to raise money for charity.

School caretaker charged with child sex offence

The Northern Echo:

5:03am Saturday 21st March 2015

A PRIMARY school caretaker has been charged with making indecent images of a child.

Government sets out Northern Powerhouse plans

The Northern Echo: POWERHOUSE: The Government has set out multi-billion pound plans to improve transport across the North of England.

4:49pm Friday 20th March 2015

THE Government has set out multi-billion pound plans to improve transport across the North of England.

U-turn on post-16 home to school bus pass increase

The Northern Echo: CAMPAIGN: Cllr John Blackie welcomed the county council's decision not to increase the price of a bus pass for over-16s.

1:18pm Friday 20th March 2015

NORTH Yorkshire County Council has cancelled plans to increase the cost of an annual school bus pass for students over 16 by £70.

School head resigns amid concerns over standards

The Northern Echo: RESIGNED: Graham Parker has left his job at The Wensleydale School.

12:44pm Friday 20th March 2015

THE headteacher of a North Yorkshire secondary school has left unexpectedly - a move understood to be linked to concerns about falling standards.

Wensleydale School head leaves unexpectedly amid concerns over falling standards

The Northern Echo: HEAD: Graham Parker has left his job as headteacher at The Wensleydale School.

10:38am Friday 20th March 2015

THE headteacher of The Wensleydale School has left unexpectedly - a move which the D&S Times understands is linked to concerns about falling standards.

Do you remember that day a tank fell off a train?

The Northern Echo: TANK: The driver of a tank which rolled off a train and into a field was unhurt.

10:19am Friday 20th March 2015

DO you remember when a tank fell off the back of a train?

Economic growth must not be confined to the North of England's big cities, delegates told

The Northern Echo: GROWTH: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig told delegates that devolution must be offered to all.

2:52pm Thursday 19th March 2015

ECONOMIC growth must take place across the North of England and not just the big cities, conference delegates were told today (Thursday, March 19).

Teacher sacked after allegedly texting pupil 'wish you were here' from bath

The Northern Echo: SACKED: A Richmond School teacher has been sacked after allegedly sending a text to pupil.

8:50pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

A TEACHER has been sacked after allegedly texting a pupil from his bath 'wish you were here'.

Melsonby Post Office killer Robin Garbutt applies for case review

The Northern Echo:

5:04am Tuesday 17th March 2015

A MAN convicted of murdering his wife in the country post office they ran together has launched a new legal bid to clear his name.

Durham Tees Valley 'moving in right direction' as passenger numbers increase

The Northern Echo: INCREASE: Passenger numbers have risen on core business routes at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

2:25pm Monday 16th March 2015

BOSSES at Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) say a move to reposition the business is starting to pay dividends after an increase in passengers.

Liberal Democrat election candidate resigns over 'lack of help' from party

The Northern Echo: RESIGNATION: Chris Foote-Wood has withdrawn as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the Richmond seat.

6:24am Monday 16th March 2015

THE Liberal Democrat candidate to replace William Hague as MP for Richmond has withdrawn from the contest accusing local party members of failing to back him.

Never mind Clarkson's steak strop, it was drinking rose wine that was really unacceptable

The Northern Echo: INCIDENT: A fracas involving Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson took place at Simonstone Hall, according to reports.

10:30am Friday 13th March 2015

IT'S all about food this week after Jezza Clarkson apparently had a proper strop when he was offered a cold meat platter instead of a steak at Simonstone Hall.

Quakers more than half way to fundraising total for return home

The Northern Echo: CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Chief Executive Martin Jesper (right) and Director Dave Wills from Darlington 1883 at the Blackwell Meadows ground Picture: DAVID WOOD

5:52pm Thursday 12th March 2015

DARLINGTON FC has sold 175 five-year season tickets and vice-presidents' club packages meaning the club is more than half way towards its target of £225,000 to fund the club's return home.

Richmond election candidate stresses the need to improve broadband speeds

The Northern Echo: CONNECTION: Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid and Richmond Tory candidate Rishi Sunak discuss local connectivity.

12:50pm Thursday 12th March 2015

AN election candidate has met with a government minister to stress the need for better broadband speeds.

Cafe targets evening trade

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS: Penleys of Richmond are starting to serve evening meals.

3:40pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

A TOWN centre cafe is hoping to target the evening trade with a new bar and restaurant.

Durham Tees Valley friends group visits South Yorkshire airport

The Northern Echo: VISIT: Members of the Friends of Durham Tees Valley group receive a special tour of Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

4:46pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

THE support group for Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) have been given a guided tour of another airport.

New app encourages sustainable family fun in Harrogate

The Northern Echo: CAFE: Betty's has a tearoom at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate.

4:00pm Monday 9th March 2015

HARROGATE is lovely. The history as a Spa town, the green open spaces on the Stray, the elegant buildings, the beautiful people - calling in from elsewhere in the region it can resemble another country.

Six-year-old boy left with broken leg by hit-and-run cyclist in Darlington

The Northern Echo: INJURED: Six-year-old Nathan Dodd has had his leg broken after a cyclist collided with him at West Park, Darlington. He is pictured with his parents Vicky Young and Michael Dodd. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:05am Monday 9th March 2015

A MOTHER has criticised police after her son suffered a broken leg in a 'hit and run' cycle accident and the culprit was not found.

Man arrested after alleged assault in Yorkshire Dales village

The Northern Echo: Man arrested after alleged assault in Yorkshire Dales village

3:22pm Friday 6th March 2015

A MAN has been arrested after an alleged assault in a Yorkshire Dales village.

North-East migration up 26,000 in three years

The Northern Echo: REPORT: North-East migration has increased by an estimated 26,000 in three years.

12:36pm Friday 6th March 2015

THE migrant population of the North-East increased by an estimated 26,000 in three years, according to research by the University of Oxford.

Why would a weasel be riding a woodpecker?

10:39am Friday 6th March 2015

In the latest slice of A Dales Life Joe Willis finds himself distracted by a picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker... and believes he has an explanation

Darlington FC launches £225,000 campaign to fund return home

The Northern Echo: CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Chief Executive Martin Jesper, right, and Director Dave Wills from Darlington 1883 at the Blackwell Meadows ground Picture: DAVID WOOD

8:01pm Thursday 5th March 2015

THE Quakers have tonight (Thursday, March 5) launched an urgent campaign to raise at least £225,000 to fund the club's return to Darlington.

Householder claims heating oil company 'overcharged' him by up to £2,000

The Northern Echo: ANGRY: David Stanier, from Woodland, says he has been overcharged by a company which supplies his heating oil. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

6:07am Thursday 5th March 2015

A HOUSEHOLDER is threatening legal action against a heating oil company which he says overcharged him by up to £2,000.

Transport experts call for North of England 'Oyster card'

The Northern Echo: REPORT: The Transport for the North report calls for a North of England 'Oyster card'. Pictured is Bank Top Station in Darlington.

12:03am Thursday 5th March 2015

THE Government should appoint a North of England transport commissioner and introduce an Oyster-style travel card for the region, says an influential think-tank.

Tributes to Harvey Madden - the right man at the right time to help save Quakers

The Northern Echo:

12:12pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

A POPULAR sportsman and businessman who was at the heart of the campaign to save Darlington Football Club has died.

Trains to link London and Teesside from 2020, says East Coast Main Line operator

The Northern Echo: TYNE FOR A CHANGE: The first Virgin branded East Coast mainline train arriving over the River Tyne in to Newcastle today (Monday, March 2) en route to Edinburgh, after leaving London Kings Cross at 11:00am. Virgin East Coast Mainline have taken over the E

9:10pm Monday 2nd March 2015

DIRECT train services between Middlesbrough and London will begin in 2020 using new Intercity Express trains built in County Durham, the new East Coast Main Line (ECML) operator has confirmed.

Is this the moment a North Yorkshire barn was set alight?

The Northern Echo:

3:10pm Monday 2nd March 2015

MORE than 60 cattle have had to be evacuated after a large barn blaze in North Yorkshire.

End of East Coast Main Line in public hands to be marked by protests

The Northern Echo: LAUNCH: A Virgin train on the West Coast Main Line.

4:42pm Friday 27th February 2015

UNION bosses have organised a series of protests along the East Coast Main Line to mark the final day of its operation in the public sector.

News for readers in the Bahamas, Monaco, Worksop and other exotic places

11:08am Friday 27th February 2015

News reaches me of Dales ex-pats now living in Sweden who have this newspaper flown out first thing Friday morning and I'm forever going on about the First World War soldier who had the D&S sent out to him in the trenches.

'Government has listened' say rail users as announcement spells end of hated Pacers

The Northern Echo:

11:10am Friday 27th February 2015

THE North-East is to get new trains after ministers "listened to passengers" and ignored the advice of civil servants who claimed the investment was not worth it.

Richmond parliamentary candidate's Facebook page 'hacked'

The Northern Echo: HACKED: Richmond parliamentary candidate John Blackie says his official Facebook page was hacked.

11:46am Thursday 26th February 2015

A CANDIDATE contesting the Richmond seat at the general election has told how his official Facebook page was off-line for two weeks after being 'hacked'.

Restaurant Review: The Wellington Heifer, Ainderby Steeple

The Northern Echo: WARM WELCOME: The Wellington Heifer at Ainderby Steeple. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

10:27am Thursday 26th February 2015

On a snowy February night, Joe Willis finds a warm welcome waiting in Ainderby Steeple.

Thieves steal lead from historic Dales church

The Northern Echo: Thieves steal lead from historic Dales church

6:17pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

THIEVES have caused an estimated £10,000 worth of damage to a rural church by stealing lead and damaging stonework.

Police helicopter supporters make impassioned pleas for service to survive

The Northern Echo: SUPPORT: More than 500 people have signed a petition calling for the Npas Tees Valley base to be saved.

5:13pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

SUPPORTERS of the Tees Valley police helicopter have made impassioned pleas for the service to survive, with more than 750 people signing a petition backing the aircraft in just three days.

Voters decide

12:32pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

Sir, – In a newspaper which proclaims itself to be independent of any political party it was disappointing to see a full page devoted to the Conservative Party general election candidate for Richmond. As similar treatment is not to be accorded to the other candidates we must assume that the editor is endorsing the Conservative Party candidate.

Sheep parade

11:57am Wednesday 25th February 2015

Sir, – Whilst livestock theft is a constant and worrying problem for upland farmers, your headline about a sheep ID parade at first glance got my imagination turning over.


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