Covering Esh Winning, Witton Gilbert, Bearpark, Ushaw Moor, Broompark, Langley Moor & Meadowfield, Framwellgate Moor, Belmont, Pittingtons, Sherburns, Shincliffe, Shadforth, Bowburn, Coxhoe, Kelloe, Quarrington Hill, Croxdale, Brandon, Brancepeth and other surrounding villages


Come Dine With Me hopes to recruit contestants from Durham

The Northern Echo: DINNER PARTY: A previous edition of Celebrity Come Dine With Me

1:05pm Friday 25th July 2014

PRODUCERS of the popular TV show Come Dine With Me are looking to recruit contestants for their new series.

Children's charity benefits from pub staff's barrel roll

The Northern Echo: ROLL ON: Rosie Holness from The Library in Durham City rolls a barrel for charity around Durham City.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8578338)

6:07pm Thursday 24th July 2014

STAFF at a Durham city centre pub rolled out the barrel in the name of charity.

Construction of housing development on "blight site" in Langley Park approved

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:55pm Thursday 24th July 2014

COUNCILLORS have agreed to the demolition of a derelict youth centre which has become a blight at the entrance of a north Durham village and to allow a high-quality housing development in its place.

Happy returns for diamond couple

The Northern Echo: DIAMOND COUPLE: Ronnie and Betty Baty of Framwellgate Moor who celebrate their diamond wedding       Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:13pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A COUPLE have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a return trip to the area where they first met.

Durham rapist sentenced after sex register fail

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

3:05pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A CONVICTED rapist has admitted failing to tell police that he was living with his girlfriend and her two teenage children for a month.

Exploring everyday life in the last 10,000 years

The Northern Echo: ROMAN REMAINS: Gemma Lewis, deputy curator of archaeology for Durham University at the new gallery in the library at Palace Green. Gemma is at the roman display holding a cult figurine.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (8562506)

2:14pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A NEW exhibition exploring everyday life in the region over the past 10,000 years opens this weekend (Saturday, July 26).

A knockout of a funday for hospice

The Northern Echo: TEAM FUN: The Knockout Challenge features a host of fun games

2:08pm Thursday 24th July 2014

SPECTATORS are being invited along to cheer on the teams taking part in the St Teresa’s Hospice Knockout Challenge on Sunday.

Ex-chorister steps out for old school

10:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

A FORMER chorister is to undertake a sponsored walk to help other children attend his old school.

Cancer campaign reaches Westminster

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CAMPAIGNER: Nicola McCann, a Cancer Research UK ambassador

10:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

A NORTH-East charity campaigner has taken part in a day of action at Westminster.

Charity appeal in memory of much-loved deputy head

The Northern Echo: Mark Bushnell, whose body was found at Blackhall Rocks, pictured with wife Joanna (8532986)

9:16pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A CHARITY appeal has been launched in memory of a much-loved deputy headteacher of a private school whose body was found on a North-East beach.

New book explores 'Curious County Durham'

The Northern Echo: The cover of Martin Dufferwiel's The A-Z of Curious County Durham (8550781)

5:05pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A COUNTY’S curiosities are explored in a new book.

Bishop blesses new burial ground

The Northern Echo: CEMETERY CONSECRATION: The Bishop of Jarrow Mark Bryant leads a walk around Belmont Cemetery consecrating the two halves of the ground.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8544954)

4:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

NEW ground has been blessed for burials at a North-East cemetery.

Councillor: I didn't know your village existed

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

2:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANS to build new homes in a picturesque village have been thrown out after a councillor admitted he had only learned of the community’s existence hours before.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

12:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build 44 homes on farmland on the outskirts of a village.

Homes plan for former dairy site

The Northern Echo: A GV of  the former Stonebridge diary site, off the A690, Neville’s Cross, Durham.
Picture by Tom Banks 27-04-14 (8510086)

6:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PLANS to build houses on a former dairy site which had been earmarked for a £12.5m business park have been approved.

Thousands enjoy brass festival

The Northern Echo: Jaipur Kawa band perform in Durham City  (8506051)

6:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 30,000 people attended concerts, events and workshops over a ten-day musical festival.

Weekend return for 'a right old song and dance'

The Northern Echo: Dancers at the Durham Folk Party 2012 (8507821)

6:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN ANNUAL folk festival returns this weekend (July 25-27).

More student digs backed, despite 'gross over-supply' claim

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved another 109 student beds for Durham, despite claims the city is now suffering a gross over-supply of such accommodation.

Bishop's wife heads to Games

The Northern Echo: Rosemary Butler with husband Paul, the Bishop of Durham (8474928)

2:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A BISHOP’S wife is heading to Glasgow to provide first aid at the Commonwealth Games.

Lights out to mark war centenary

The Northern Echo: First World War trenches (8448778)

2:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SPECIAL evening is being planned to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Work to upgrade sewer network due to begin at Newton Hall, Durham City

The Northern Echo:

12:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORK is due to begin on a £1.1m upgrade to a sewer network on a Durham City housing estate.

More to see at kids’ visitor centre

The Northern Echo: : Colin Dixon (left) with Duke and Keith Martell (right)  from the North East cowboy re-enactor's Martell's Raiders test out the new Wild West indoor play area at Adventure Valley in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8394332)

10:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A FAMILY theme park in the North-East has expanded, creating four new areas for children.

Two churches, one priest, two bishops - one faith?

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, with women priests who were ordained in 1994 (8438161)

5:54pm Monday 21st July 2014

A PRIEST tasked with leading one church which accepts women bishops and another which refuses them had to be blessed by two bishops, all in one service.

Durham pilot of bus payment card

The Northern Echo: (8447468)

5:22pm Monday 21st July 2014

DURHAM City bus passengers are helping to road test a new cashless payment system.

Raft race helps charities keep their heads above water

The Northern Echo: Durham Raft Race organisers, contestants and beneficiaries

4:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

A RAFT race has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

Slimmer Michael saddles up for Big Ride

The Northern Echo: Clive Baxter, Shaun Clark, Michael Sinclair and Luke Sinclair. Michael is preparing for his fourth Durham Big Ride (8440355)

4:02pm Monday 21st July 2014

A CYCLIST who has shed nearly four stones is gearing up for his fourth annual community ride.

Good Citizens do their bit for charity

The Northern Echo: : Mayor of Durham councillor John Robinson talks with owner Olivier Bernard during his visit to Durham City Football Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8397066)

3:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A CHARITY day at a Northern League club has been hailed as a success.

Foto-Fest help for young snappers

The Northern Echo: Durham Town Hall

2:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

YOUNG photographers are invited to get advice and tips on entering an inaugural competition at an event this weekend.

Teen volunteer wins national acclaim

The Northern Echo: : Junior Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Andrew Donnelly (16) from Ushaw Moor, Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8426246)

1:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

A TEENAGER, believed to be the country’s youngest Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, has won national praise for his tireless community work.

Masons pledge to build on cathedral backing

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral

1:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

FREEMASONS have donated £50,000 to a cathedral.

Bike event marks its 20th anniversary

The Northern Echo: ON YER BIKE: Durham's Police HQ Aykley Heads plays host to the Bikewise event featuring lots of entertainment. Musical entertainment.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8402747)

5:33pm Sunday 20th July 2014

BIKERS from across the region have taken part in the 20th anniversary of an event to promote motorcycle safety.

Councillors to decide on housing plan for former dairy site

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

3:37pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PLANNING officers are recommending that a housing development on the site of a former dairy be granted planning permission.

Swan song from cathedral choir

The Northern Echo: : Choral Scholars and Choristers add their piece to the Lego model with Cathedral Lay Clark Deryck Webb (left) and Master of the Choristers and Organist Jame Lancelot (right) during the event at Durham Cathedral. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8397175)

2:03pm Sunday 20th July 2014

CHORISTERS and choral scholars leaving Durham Cathedral have recreated the quire area as part of the North-East landmark’s Lego model.

Woman given suspended jail term for taking most of man's life savings

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:01am Saturday 19th July 2014

A WOMAN took most of an elderly man’s life savings which she and her husband were storing on his behalf, a court was told.

Month-long delay in sentencing motorway road bridge missile thrower

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

4:45pm Friday 18th July 2014

SENTENCE on a youth who threw a concrete slab from a road bridge over the A1(M), smashing the cab window of a passing lorry, will take place next month.

Angry young woman attacked her ex's new partner

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

4:23pm Friday 18th July 2014

A YOUNG woman engaged in a “campaign of intimidation” before attacking her ex-partner’s new girlfriend.

Kenneth closing in on finish line in 100-day run

The Northern Echo: : Kenneth Reader's uncle Sol 'Solly' Reader.  (8379889)

3:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

A RUGBY player is approaching the finishing line as he attempts to complete an epic 1,000km charity challenge.

Helen becomes first woman to take on gruelling challenge

The Northern Echo: PEDAL POWER: Helen Tones leads the field on a previous fund raising effort

2:39pm Friday 18th July 2014

AN exercise co-ordinator will put her skills to the test this weekend when she becomes the first woman to take on a gruelling 202-mile charity challenge.

'Mind reading' bank Atom brings 400 jobs to the North-East

The Northern Echo:

12:00am Friday 18th July 2014

UP to 400 jobs will be created when the world’s first “telepathic” bank opens its UK headquarters in the North-East next year.

Durham's police chief joins stunt rider ahead of Bikewise event

The Northern Echo: RIDE ON: Chief Constable Mike Barton and stunt rider Dave Coates get a taste of Sunday's Bikewise event at Aykley Heads police HQ.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8303677)

9:10am Friday 18th July 2014

DURHAM’S chief constable helped a stunt rider test out his quad bike ahead of a popular annual motorcycle event on Sunday.

Missing person charity teams up with police to offer text lifeline

The Northern Echo: TEXT ALERT: Durham Police have teamed up with Missing People to lauch a text alert service. Pictured are Karen Robinson, head of development and partnerships for Missing People, and PC Terry Archibold, response officer from Derwentside. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:49pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A POTENTIAL text lifeline for vulnerable missing people is being set up after an agreement between police and a national charity.

City's annual bear hunt gets underway

The Northern Echo: BEAR HUNT: The launch of the police-run summer bear hunt, in which teddy bears are hidden in shops around Durham City, with children and various representitive from the city and the police. Picture: TOM BANKS (8337217)

2:35pm Thursday 17th July 2014

IF you go down to the shops today, you’re in for a big surprise.

Lollipop lady Sheila looks forward to final day

The Northern Echo: FINAL CROSSING: Sheila Gaskell is about to hang up her lollipop after 40 years' service

1:59pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A LONG-SERVING lollipop lady is preparing for her final day at work after 40 years of helping children cross the road.

Hundreds expected to take part in new trail run

The Northern Echo: GET SET: Around 300 runners expected to take part in first Coxhoe trail run

12:19pm Thursday 17th July 2014

HUNDREDS of runners are expected to take part in a new 10k event taking place later this year.

Life sentence for long-term inmate's prison hammer attack on child killer

The Northern Echo: HAMMER ATTACK: Frankland Prison

9:34pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A CONVICTED child killer suffered skull fractures in an unprovoked prison hammer attack, a court was told.

Durham's police chief unveils new plan in fight against bilking

The Northern Echo: THEFT WARNING: Chief Constable Mike Barton with a poster warning about fuel theft.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8303838)

6:25pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DURHAM’S chief constable has unveiled plans to identify those filling stations not doing enough to tackle fuel theft - by parking an unused patrol car nearby.

Community to remember outbreak of war

The Northern Echo: FIRST SHOTS: Belmont to commemorate outbreak of war

1:04pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FOUR-YEAR programme of activities to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is set to be launched.

Lumiere to return after council funding agreed

The Northern Echo: LIGHT FANTASTIC: Keyframes piece during last year's Lumiere

12:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE popular light festival Lumiere is to return to the streets of Durham next year after £500,000 council funding was agreed to stage the event.

Bloom judges cast an eye over rival bids

The Northern Echo: : Northumbria In Bloom judges Marian Foster (left), David Goodchild and Mary Lou Downie during their tour of Durham Botanic Gardens. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8238006)

4:23pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

JUDGES are casting an eye over rival bids for a prestigious competition.

Restaurant bar wins licence fight against residents

The Northern Echo: Granted application (8248423)

3:56pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A RESTAURANT bar has been allowed to open despite fears from nearby residents it could herald the return of "boy racers".

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