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


Pathway project puts reserve visitors on the wildlife trail

The Northern Echo: A way-maker on the kestrel trail (9946720)

6:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CONSERVATIONISTS hope work on their nature reserve will make it more attractive to the public.

Call for 'England of the regions'

The Northern Echo: REGIONAL CALL: Linda Riordan and Paul Salveson, of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation

6:30pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CAMPAIGN group has renewed its call for more powers to be devolved to the north.

Folk club's Scots-theme night for referendum day

The Northern Echo: CULTURE CHANGE: Durham City Folk Club is staging an evening of Scottish songs on the day of independence referendum

6:10pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FOLK club members will pay heed to events in Scotland when they meet later this month.

Pilots 'showed benefit' of free school meals

The Northern Echo: Children at Red Rose Primary School in Chester-le-Street enjoy their free school meals.

3:22pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE key role played by North-East schools in persuading the Government to introduce free school meals for all four to seven-year-olds has been underlined by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Councillors recommended to back old pumping station scheme

The Northern Echo: : General view of the North Dalton Pumping Station near Cold Hesledon. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9901710)

2:36pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

COUNCILLORS are being recommended to approve housing plan at a Victorian water pumping station that will safeguard its future.

Licence challenge as 'Spag' fails underage booze test

The Northern Echo: La Spaghettata on Saddler Street in Durham. (9919977)

2:28pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A POPULAR nightspot has again been caught selling alcohol to underage teens.

Classical star Russell Watson starts Christmas tour at Durham Cathedral

The Northern Echo: Tenor Russell Watson

1:14pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CLASSICAL music star Russell Watson will start a Christmas tour of UK cathedrals in Durham this November.

'Hidden gem' to become visitor attraction

The Northern Echo: : Peter Seed, Estate Director at Ushaw College, 200 year old Catholic seminary. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9880634)

6:03am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CENTURIES old former Catholic seminary largely hidden from the public for decades is set to become the region’s newest visitor attraction.

Stalag Luft survivor Bill, still golf mad at 95, tees off new £3m course

The Northern Echo: Bill Allchurch opens Ramside Golf Club's new £3m Cathedral Course, teeing off from a bottle of champagne. PHOTO: Ian Horrocks (9915405)

1:10pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A PARATROOPER who faced down Nazi Panzer tanks on D-Day and survived the infamous Stalag Luft prisoner-of-war camp has fired the first shot at a new £3m golf course.

Old rivals renew hostilities on golf course

The Northern Echo: Micky Horswill, left, celebrates winning the FA Cup with Sunderland in 1973

1:28pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FORMER Newcastle United and Sunderland players will go head-to-head on the golf course for charity.

Curtain up for film club's new season

3:55pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CLUB dedicated to showcasing non-mainstream, but often highly acclaimed films, returns with its first screening after the summer break at a new venue, on Thursday (September 4).

DLI statue ready for Bishop's blessing

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL STATUE: General view of the DLI memorial statue in Durham's Market Place. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9821554)

5:32pm Monday 1st September 2014

A MEMORIAL statue has been erected in a proud North-East regiment’s home city ahead of an official unveiling ceremony later this month (Sunday, September 14).

Tributes to great-grandmother, 81, killed in road crash

The Northern Echo:

4:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a great-grandmother who died in a road crash on Friday (August 29).

Hundreds riding high after Durham bike event

The Northern Echo: PEDAL ON: The Durham Big Ride sets off on mass at County Hall.

12:33pm Monday 1st September 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists of all ages took part in a mass bike ride around the North-East countryside.

Residents fears over plans for more student digs

The Northern Echo: (9823129)

8:02pm Monday 1st September 2014

CONCERNS have been raised over plans for a 395-bed student village on the outskirts of Durham City.

Young singers join Brit Award trio on stage

The Northern Echo: Blake: Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney and Stephen Bowman

1:57pm Monday 1st September 2014

YOUNG singers from the region will join a Brit Award-winning trio on stage later this month (Friday, September 19).

Fund-raisers help Leon get his wheels

2:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

CHARITY fundraisers really put their backs into it when they took part in a lorry pull.

Flower show in Durham City is blooming marvellous

The Northern Echo: FLOWER FESTIVAL: Durham Flower Festival at Houghall College.

2:30pm Sunday 31st August 2014

THE inaugural Durham Flower Festival has been held over the weekend.

Fund-raisers help Leon get his wheels

The Northern Echo: HEAVE-HO: John Appleby after pulling the truck at the New Durham Club. (9823998)

12:20pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CHARITY fund-raisers really put their backs into it when they took part in a lorry-pull.

Six charged over 43 house burglaries worth 'tens of thousands'

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

4:36pm Friday 29th August 2014

SIX people have appeared in court charged with conspiring to burgle 43 houses, stealing jewellery and cash worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Woman, 81, dies after Rainton crash

The Northern Echo:

5:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

AN ELDERLY woman has died following a road crash.

Matt's charity baton cycle

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CYCLE RELAY: Cotswold's staff member Matt Witney (21) who is taking part in the charity baton cycle relay to Harrogate in aid of Wings for Life. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9810584)

5:15pm Friday 29th August 2014

A SHOP worker has cycled 70 miles as part of a charity baton relay.

Drug farm costs home grower £100,000 in crime proceeds settlement

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

11:31am Friday 29th August 2014

A MAN’S home cannabis farming operation has now cost him £100,000 following a crime proceeds court agreement, almost two years after his conviction.

Suspected loan shark arrested in Bowburn

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

5:36pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A SUSPECTED loan shark has been arrested in the region.

Drivers badly hurt after car crash on outskirts of Consett

The Northern Echo: Emergency services on the scene of the crash on Wednesday afternoon

11:12am Thursday 28th August 2014

POLICE are investigating after a collision between two cars, which injured both drivers.

Laundry move clears way for 395-bed student village

The Northern Echo: The Berendsen laundry, in Neville's Cross, which could make way for student accommodation (9784476)

4:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

MULTI-MILLION pound plans have been announced for a 395-bed student village on an industrial site.

Choir returns for new season

The Northern Echo: Durham Choral Society in rehearsals

4:13pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A POPULAR choir starts rehearsals for its new season next week.

Four-day beer festival begins

The Northern Echo: BEER CHEERS: Volunteers at Durham Beer Festival raise a toast to the start of the proceedings. CAMRA members, from left Jess Durham, Gregory Marler, Nigel Brown, Andy Stowell and John Reed.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9746627)

1:28pm Thursday 28th August 2014

DURHAM’S annual beer festival has got underway.

Play suspended at Yorkshire v Durham after spectator suffers heart attack

The Northern Echo: Members of Unite who work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service plan more strikes over claims that safety is being put at risk.

11:08am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Yorkshire v Durham Royal London Cup quarter-final at Headingley was suspended for 30 minutes this morning after a spectator suffered a heart attack.

Shadforth's Big Weekend returns

The Northern Echo: A scarecrow from last year's festival

2:16pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A VILLAGE’S ‘big weekend’ returns next month.

Illicit ride on brother's motorcycle ended in collision with back of taxi

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

4:31pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AN unlicensed rider who used his brother's motorbike without permission was over the drink-drive limit when he crashed into the back of another vehicle, a court heard.

Six arrested in dawn drug raids across County Durham and Wearside

The Northern Echo:

1:15pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

SIX people have been arrested for suspected drugs and money laundering offences this morning.

Service marks 50 years since church merger

The Northern Echo: Methodist pioneer John Wesley

12:46pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A SPECIAL service is to be held marking 50 years since two village chapels merged.

Forgotten painting of Durham returns to North-East

The Northern Echo: ART WORK: Malcolm Lowson with the newly-discovered 1845 painting of Durham.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (9727490)

3:31pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A FORGOTTEN painting depicting a North-East city as it looked 169 years ago has been returned to the region.

New 10km run explores scenic countryside

The Northern Echo: Coxhoe Trail Run

1:45pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A NEW 10km run will be held for the first time next month (Sunday, September 14).

'Great Escaper' Jimmy gives birthday presents to cathedral appeal

The Northern Echo: : Veteran Jim Mulhall marks his 95th birthday by helping to build part of the DLI Chapel during the event at Durham Cathedral. Picture DAVID WOOD (9692906)

5:58pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A WAR hero dubbed The Great Escaper for his repeated attempts to flee Nazi prison camps has performed another act of selflessness – giving away his birthday presents.

Talks over student digs plan for social club

The Northern Echo: Talks over student digs plan for social club

5:34pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

SHOWDOWN talks are planned over controversial proposals to turn a former social club into student digs.

More buses for commuters

The Northern Echo: More peak time buses(9675319)

4:15pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

EXTRA rush hour buses are being added to an express service between Durham and Tyneside.

Medieval fair returns to St Giles

The Northern Echo: St Giles' medieval fair in 2012

4:14pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AN ancient church will host a medieval fair next month (September 8).

Rare sighting of tiny mouse raises hopes for species

The Northern Echo: HARVEST HOME: A rare harvest mouse, similar to the one spotted near Durham

3:29pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A RARE mouse has been found in County Durham, significantly further north than usual sightings of the animal.

Thousands expected as popular antiques show is filmed in city

The Northern Echo: EXPERT OPINION: Expert Henry Sandon values items during a previous Antiques Roadshow in Auckland Castle

12:24pm Monday 25th August 2014

HUNDREDS of visitors, many clutching much-loved family heirlooms, are expected in Durham next week as a BBC TV show returns to the city for the first time in 17 years.

Scuba diving teens' underwater litter pick

The Northern Echo: Robbi Waugh and Conor Wilebore on their underwater litter pick (9604005)

12:18pm Monday 25th August 2014

THREE teenagers have organised an underwater litter pick.

Hundreds of cyclists ready for eighth Big Ride

The Northern Echo: Pulman Skoda's Gary Irwin and Ian Jarivs, on the bike, show their support for Durham Big Ride

12:14pm Monday 25th August 2014

A POPULAR community bike ride returns at the weekend (Sunday, August 31).

New group for blind youngsters

The Northern Echo: Rosie Pybus, with the Prince Bishops river cruiser, Durham (9609390)

12:12pm Monday 25th August 2014

A PARTIALLY sighted young woman has helped launch a new social group for youngsters with sight loss.

Big turnout for military vehicle show

The Northern Echo: MILITARY VEHICLES: Visitors take a closer look at some of the vintage military vehicles on display during the event at the DLI Museum in Durham.

4:55pm Monday 25th August 2014

THE region’s biggest display of military vehicles has attracted up to 2,000 visitors over the past two days.

N-ice place for sundae lunch

The Northern Echo: GRAND OPENING: The new Nickles and Dimes ice cream parlour in Durham City.

4:16pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A TRIP to Graceland was the inspiration behind an authentic American ice cream parlour which opened in the North-East this weekend.

Entertainers take to the streets

The Northern Echo: STREET THEATRE: Ernest the Magnifico performs in Durham Market Place as part of The Durham Streets summer festival.

3:10pm Sunday 24th August 2014

PERFORMERS have taken to the streets of the North-East as part of an annual festival of entertainment.

Boy, four, denied entry to autistic brother's school

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL PLACE ANGER: Natacha Simms, pictured with her two autistic sons, Lewis Coughtrey, left, and Oscar Coughtrey, who are being sent to two different Durham primary schools. Picture: TOM BANKS (9597298)

6:32am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A PREGNANT mother-of-two is furious she faces having to send her two young sons, one of whom has autism, to separate schools.

Village takes delivery of defibrillator

The Northern Echo: NEW DEFIBRILLATOR: The Punch Bowl pub in Satley, near Lanchester, has installed a heart defibrillator after money was raised in the village. Pictured are, from the left, Colin Hodgson, Charlie Dobinson, Gavin Clark and David Gibson, all from Satley Parish

4:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AN ISOLATED rural community has taken charge of a new defibrillator for use in case of emergency.

Charity boss' ice bucket challenge

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHILLER: County Durham Foundation chief executive Barbara Gubbins does the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity outside her office in Meadowfield, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (9596644)

3:53pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A CHARITY boss is the latest to take on the ice bucket challenge.

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