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£10,000 boost for sports clubs in Durham and Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: Local youth football

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GRANT of £10,500 will support sports clubs across Durham and Chester-le-Street.

Head teacher denies sex offences involving teenage boy

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey

3:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN acclaimed head teacher has denied historic sex allegations involving a teenage boy.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Warrant issued for arrest of man who assisted conman labourer

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

12:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a man convicted of assisting a conman labourer, who fleeced an elderly householder of thousands of pounds.

Watches worth thousands of pounds stolen in Chester-le-Street house burglary

The Northern Echo: Police investigate car arson attack

11:52am Thursday 17th April 2014

WATCHES and jewellery worth more than £20,000 has been stolen in a burglary at a collector’s home.

Exercise classes for older people

The Northern Echo: Age UK is starting a new meeting for men in Stanley

2:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Light exercise sessions to build up stamina and confidence are being held in the Parish Centre on Church Chare in Chester-le-Street.

Council agrees closure of five care homes

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE VOTE: A previous protest to save Newtown House care home in Stanhope

12:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIVE council-run care homes will close after councillors heard it is too expensive to keep them going.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Woman jailed for six months for £32,000 benefit fraud

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

6:29pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WOMAN filled in benefits claims forms making no reference to living with her husband of only a few weeks.

Witton Gilbert solicitor gears up for cycle ride in aid of cancer charity

The Northern Echo: Ailsa Wilkie

11:49am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A SOLICITOR is gearing up for a bicycle challenge in aid of a cancer charity that provided care for a colleague before he died.

Youngsters help keep Waldridge tidy

The Northern Echo: Pupils at the litter pick

11:38am Tuesday 15th April 2014

SCHOOL pupils and their local MP helped with a village spring litter pick.

Jewellery-making course

5:38pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A jewellery-making class is held at the Brockwell Centre in Pelton Fell, near Chester-le-Street, on Thursdays between 1 and 3pm. For further details call the centre on 0191-389 3399.

Art group to stage spring show

4:32pm Monday 14th April 2014

AN art group is to hold a week-long exhibition of members work.

Community champions honoured across County Durham

The Northern Echo: Councillor John Robinson hands out the Chairman's Medals

10:51am Monday 14th April 2014

FOURTEEN community champions have been honoured for their voluntary and charitable efforts.

Villagers and organisations agree to work to make life better

2:27pm Sunday 13th April 2014

RESIDENTS and agencies have signed a charter to keep a village clean and safe.

Frames plea by theatre group

The Northern Echo: Gala performance

11:46am Sunday 13th April 2014

THE Chester-le-Street Theatre Group needs the use of eight Zimmer frames for its next production.

News in brief

The Northern Echo: Carpet Bowls Introduction Session

11:23am Sunday 13th April 2014

Durham County Council planners are being asked to grant planning permission for a first floor extension to be built at the front and side of a house in Castlegields, Bournmoor, near Chester-le-Street.

Chester-le-Street man gets suspended sentence for using broken bottle in drunken attack

The Northern Echo: Darryl Williams admitted his crimes at Newcastle Crown Court

3:03pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN who used a broken bottle in a drunken attack was today (Friday, April 11) given a suspended jail sentence.

Confidence trickster did flit with £3,000 of victims' money

The Northern Echo: FORBODING GLORY: Durham Crown Court's central door and the window above it, out of which condemned prisoners stepped onto the wooden gallows, watched by thousands of people.

6:10pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A WELL-PRACTISED confidence trickster stole from elderly people he ‘befriended’ as a supposed Good Samaritan, a court heard.

Hotel in Bobby Shafto's home fined over pollution of burn

The Northern Echo: £20,000 fine: Beamish Hall Hotel

4:40pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A LEADING country hotel has been fined £20,000 for polluting a watercourse with inadequately treated sewage.

Sole survivor gets museum visitors steamed up

The Northern Echo: The world’s only surviving Sentinel steam wagon at Beamish Museum ahead of its steam weekend. Pictured are owners Richard and Kay Straughan.

3:31pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A STEAM wagon that is the only one of its kind is the star of a steam festival that got underway today (Thursday, April 10).

Golf pros launch coaching scheme for youngsters

The Northern Echo: TEE TIME: A golfer at Stressholme

11:29am Thursday 10th April 2014

PROFESSIONAL golf is being offered to youngsters in North Durham.

Charity supporting people with learning disabilities across North Durham gets three years of funding

The Northern Echo: PRIZE PACK: Sheila Harris with some of the prizes on offer at the charity night

11:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

A CHARITY that supports people with learning disabilities is celebrating a lottery windfall that will secure the future of its service in north Durham.

Learn how to play a round

The Northern Echo: Beamish Park Hotel's Golf Academy

12:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

WOULD-be golfers in the Stanley area are being offered the chance to learn the sport.

Golden celebration for Chester-le-Street Civic Choir

The Northern Echo: Golden years: Civic Choir marks 60yj anniversary

12:22pm Monday 7th April 2014

CHESTER-le-Street Civic Choir is 50 years old this year and its members are preparing to celebrate with a special sound.

Student holds charity fitness event

11:46am Monday 7th April 2014

A FUN fitness event is being held to raise money for charity.

Air cadets open evening

3:38pm Monday 7th April 2014

The Air Cadets are holding an open evening on Friday (April 11) when youngsters aged 13 to 17 can find out about the activities on offer n- including flying, gliding, shooting and adventure training - at the RFCA Centre in Picktree Lane, Chester-le-Street, from 6.40 to 9.30pm.

A year on from collision that cost five members of the same family their lives

The Northern Echo: Dean Cockburn with sisters Bethany (left) and Carly

4:17pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A YEAR after his whole family was killed in a car crash, Dean Cockburn has spoken of his loss.

Chester-le-Street pupils plant poppies for WW1 anniversary

The Northern Echo: Youngsters after the planting event

2:37pm Friday 4th April 2014

GREEN-fingered school children have planted poppy seeds to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

Monday exercise session

The Northern Echo: Abbots Langley carers invited for coffee

3:45pm Friday 4th April 2014

An exercise drop-in session for people aged 40-plus is held on Mondays in the Chester-le-Street Community Association’s centre on Newcastle Bank, Newcastle Road, from 1 to 2pm. The cost is £3.

Devoted Chester-le-Street wife given hospital order after attempting to strangle disabled husband

The Northern Echo: Christine Houston

7:32pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A DEVOTED wife tried to strangle her disabled husband with a cravat weeks after warning police she wanted to kill him, a court was told today (Thursday, April 3).

Many employers failing to pay a 'living wage' - TUC

The Northern Echo: Beth Farhat has been appointed as the Northern TUC’s new regional secretary

4:42pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THOUSANDS of workers in the North-East are in jobs paying less than the living wage, according to the TUC.

Interest rates will rise only after North-East jobs increase, says Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

The Northern Echo: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England at the cricket ground in Chester-le-Street.

12:10am Thursday 3rd April 2014

INTEREST rates could increase ahead of the next General Election, the Governor of the Bank of England told The Northern Echo, but he wants to see more jobs created in the North-East before he will intervene.

Two jailed for killing Jonty Hall

The Northern Echo: Guilty of murder: Nicholas Rought

6:47pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

TWO men have been jailed for savagely killing a father-of-two and then dumping his body near a country lane.

No plans to close Chester-le-Street's main police station

The Northern Echo: Police investigate car arson attack

3:03pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CHESTER-le-Street’s police station is here to stay, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner says.

Former cricket star opens hospice extension

The Northern Echo: RIBBON CUTTING: Geoff Cook officially opened hospice extension

2:35pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A FORMER cricket star has officially opened new first class facilities for patients at a hospice.

Meet Commissioner Hogg and discuss crime issues

The Northern Echo: Ron Hogg: backs crackdown

11:59am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PEOPLE in Chester-le-Street and Stanley have the chance to meet Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg this weekend

Pub music night

11:05am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Rock band Straight Shot will be playing at the Market Tavern pub, in South Burns, Chester-le-Street, on Friday (April 4). The gig starts at 9pm and admission is free. For more details call 0191-388 4749.

Who will be Durham's tourism superstar?

The Northern Echo: Councillor Neil Foster and Crook Hall and Gardens owner Keith Bell launch the award

6:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A SEARCH has been launched to find County Durham’s tourism superstar.

Two men found guilty of baseball bat killing of Jonty Hall

The Northern Echo: Guilty of murder: Nicholas Rought

5:06pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

TWO men have been found guilty of killing a father-of-two with a baseball bat before his body was dumped.

Victorian delights of transport at County Durham's Beamish Museum

The Northern Echo: Looking for Bevin Boys' memories

2:48pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A MUSEUM is staging a special event about travel and leisure time in the Edwardian era.

March of witness to take place in Chester-le-Street on Good Friday

11:47am Tuesday 1st April 2014

CHESTER-le-Street will mark Easter with its traditional procession through the town centre.

Anti-bullying message hits right note with Chester-le-Street pupils

The Northern Echo: Jessica Alice

10:51am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A TUNEFUL anti-bullying message was given by a singer/songwriter to children from Chester-le-Street primary schools.

Crime up since last year

The Northern Echo: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

12:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

OVERALL crime in County Durham has risen in the past year, figures have revealed.

Rotarians hail Chester-le-Street A Level star

The Northern Echo: Rotarians organising charity swim

1:55pm Monday 31st March 2014

CHESTER-le-Street Rotary Club has recognised the youngster who has achieved the best academic performance in the area.

Haul of suspected stolen goods seized during police raid

The Northern Echo: ITEMS RECOVERED: Three women arrested during police raid in West Rainton

11:27am Monday 31st March 2014

THREE women have been arrested after police searched a house for stolen property.

Summer buses to Beamish Museum return to the road

The Northern Echo: A Waggonway bus

6:25pm Monday 31st March 2014

A SEASONAL bus service to one of the region’s most popular attractions has resumed.

Work gets underway on new housing development at Nettlesworth

The Northern Echo: Backing new scheme

3:39pm Monday 31st March 2014

CHESTER-le-Street’s biggest landlord is starting work on the construction of much-needed new housing in a village.

Pit ponies' stables opened at Beamish Museum

The Northern Echo: Stables for pit ponies have been opened at Beamish Museum

1:20pm Sunday 30th March 2014

STABLES for seven pit ponies were opened at a County Durham museum during a weekend of events to celebrate the North-East’s mining heritage.

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