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Good Friday means death, but Easter is about new beginnings

The Northern Echo: The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IN an Easter message, the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham, argues the season is one of change, but also hope and expectation.

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Northern Echo: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Political spat marks birth of 'super authority'

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE leader of a new “super authority” has insisted it will be subject to proper scrutiny, but admitted that will mostly be by fellow Labour councillors.

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.

Extra class for photography enthusiasts

The Northern Echo: Joanne Coates, who lives in Manor House, beat almost 100 other entrants to win the competition

1:46pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POPULAR digital photography classes held in Durham are increasing to three a week to meet demand.

Superhero costumes for supermarket workers

The Northern Echo: A previous Dance for Diabetes event at another Tesco store

11:44am Thursday 17th April 2014

SUPERMARKET staff donned superhero costumes to raise money for charity today (Thursday, April 17).

Axed motorcycle Easter Egg Run is revived

The Northern Echo: Bikers will start the run from Tesco at Dragonville, Durham

11:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE than 200 bikers have pledged to attend a replacement Easter Egg Run after the original event was cancelled by Durham Police.

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.

Grundy wonders: what makes a good townscape?

The Northern Echo: ‘SO MUCH WASTE’: local historian and TV presenter  John Grundy looks over Durham Market Place from the Town Hall balcony

2:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BROADCASTER and architectural historian John Grundy will give a lecture titled ‘What makes a good townscape?’ in room ER140 of Durham University’s Elvet Riverside 1 building, New Elvet, Durham, on Tuesday, April 29, at 5.30pm. The lecture is part of the Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation series. To book a free place, email:

Parkinson's awareness event

The Northern Echo: FOR ALL TO SEE: Inside Durham Town Hall, which visitors will be able to see as part of Heritage Open Days

2:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE North Durham branch of Parkinson’s UK held a coffee and information day at Durham Town Hall on Saturday, April 12, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. Visitors included Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

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.

Family's desperation as fundraising for Fraja dries up

The Northern Echo: Fraja Simpson with parents Michelle and Garry.

1:50pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE parents of a girl who has battled a rare cancer have spoken of their devastation after donations to their £500,000 drive to fund life-saving treatment slowed to a trickle.

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.

Durham City improvement plans approved by council cabinet

The Northern Echo: BEAUTIFUL: As the first bite of winter approaches, autumn is coming to its peak around the Durham Cathedral peninsula in Durham City. On the banks surrounding the large wooded meander of the River Wear, stands the 11th century Durham Cathedral

4:05pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SCHEMES to improve the centre of Durham City have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Police name Dipton man who died in Gateshead crash

5:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who died following a crash in Gateshead had been named.

You are nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth...

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral head gardener Geoff MacCullum with the Dean of Durham, Michael Sadgrove

3:31pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CATHEDRAL’s head gardener is celebrating 25 years’ service.

Warning after salmon anglers banned for a year

The Northern Echo: ROD BAN: Pair banned for illegal stroke hauling

3:19pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

ANGLERS are being warned after two fishermen had their equipment seized and were banned from the sport for a year.

Former Consett councillor to be honoured by Durham University

The Northern Echo: Bob Young

3:15pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BUSINESSMAN and former councillor who donated £1m to Durham University is to receive an honorary degree from the institution.

Durham pub closed following mass brawl

The Northern Echo: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

2:55pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE had to close a city centre pub after a disturbance erupted into a mass brawl.

Durham experts welcome climate report

The Northern Echo: Didcot Power Station

2:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

NORTH-East energy experts have welcomed a landmark report on tackling climate change.

Durham Big Ride roars back... with The Beast

The Northern Echo: Durham Big Ride roars back... with The Beast

1:24pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

AN ANNUAL bike ride which attracts hundreds of cyclists of all abilities and ages is returning this summer.

Apollo Art sets his sights on stardom

12:51pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A YOUNG musician is hoping to land the gig of a lifetime in front of 10,000 people.

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.

University awarded £1.2m for scientific and engineering research

The Northern Echo: Durham University facing call to end animal tests, after using 8,000 in labs last year

12:25pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A UNIVERSITY is take on more postgraduate science and engineering students after being awarded £1.2m in Government funding.

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.

City and town in bid for Britain in Bloom glory

3:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DURHAM City and Sedgefield have been shortlisted to represent Northumbria in this year’s Britain in Bloom.

Bishops takes colliery closure anniversary service

The Northern Echo: The Bishop of Durham during the service

2:48pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE Bishop of Durham has led a service to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a village pit closure.

Still chance to witness AniMotion

The Northern Echo: Artist Maria Rud and her dog in Durham Cathedral cloisters

1:26pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

TICKETS are still available for an ambitious art show coming to Durham Cathedral on Easter Monday.

Easter a time to celebrate - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Bishop Paul Butler

1:05pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE new Bishop of Durham has issued his first Easter message in the job, saying it is a time to celebrate.

Store in company top ten for charity fundraising

The Northern Echo: Helped by store's efforts

10:57am Tuesday 15th April 2014

STAFF and customers at a Durham store are among the best fund-raisers in the country.

Durham Pete conquers world's toughest footrace

The Northern Echo: Pete Nichols at the finishing line

6:07pm Monday 14th April 2014

A DURHAM man has completed the toughest footrace on earth.

Fancy living the Crucifixion?

The Northern Echo: Franz von Rohden's Crucifixion

5:06pm Monday 14th April 2014

FAITHFUL churchgoers wandering into their usually genteel parish church for a spot of quiet Easter reflection are in for a shock this week.

Durham BHS staff go green for NSPCC

The Northern Echo: BHS in Warrington raising money for NSPCC

12:12pm Monday 14th April 2014

SHOP staff are turning their workplace green in aid of charity.

Cadet James wins flying scholarship

The Northern Echo: Meeting twice a week are cadets from the Air Training Corps of the 2478 (Abergavenny) Squadron.  Pictured are badges on the arm of a cadet. (4670790)

11:16am Monday 14th April 2014

AN AIR cadet has secured a prestigious flying scholarship.

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.

Official reopening for former Sherburn leisure centre

The Northern Echo: Paul Eddy and Steve Gilling

5:53pm Monday 14th April 2014

A NEWLY reopened community venue will be officially launched with an open day and gala evening later this month (Saturday, April 26).

New forum to improve student-resident relations

The Northern Echo: People are asked to meet in Durham Market Place

11:50am Monday 14th April 2014

A NEW forum aimed at improving community relations has been launched.

Russell Kane in Durham

The Northern Echo: Russell Kane_lower res.jpg

1:32pm Monday 14th April 2014

Comedian Russell Kane will bring his Smallness tour to the Gala Theatre, Durham City, on Sunday (April 20) at 8pm. Tickets, priced £17.50, can be booked at the Gala box office, by calling 03000-266-600 or online at

Quarrington Hill litter pick

The Northern Echo: Litter pick in on Saturday

11:35am Monday 14th April 2014

MEMBERS of Quarrington Hill ‘2 Cool 4 School’ junior youth club took part in a litter pick round the village on Saturday (April 12), joined by Village Partnership members, parish councillors, community centre members and others. Organisers said it was very successful.

Learn how to bank online

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

1:39pm Monday 14th April 2014

Age UK County Durham is hosting a free online banking training session for the over 50's who are customers of Lloyds, TSB and Halifax at North Road Methodist Church in Durham on Wednesday, April 16 from 10am-12 noon. Refreshments provided. Call Barbara Webb on 01207-280119 for more information.

Archbishop reveals he liked to 'tell the bees the news'

The Northern Echo: Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby told Wonga that the Church of England wants to "compete" it out of existence as part of plans to expand credit unions

2:12pm Sunday 13th April 2014

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed he had some very special confidants during his childhood – honey bees.

National Youth Orchestra entertain shoppers and tourists in Durham City

The Northern Echo: The National Youth Orchestra performs at Durham Cathedral.

12:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

MEMBERS of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) gave a series of impromptu performances to shoppers and tourists in Durham City yesterday (Saturday, April 12).

Ramblers' coastal walk

The Northern Echo: Southampton Ramblers on a previous trek

11:08am Sunday 13th April 2014

Durham Rambling Club will do two walks on the Northumberland coast – nine miles from Craster to Seahouses and from Boulmer to Seahouses – on Sunday (April 20). Travel by coach with pick-ups around Durham costs £12. New members are welcome. For further details and to book a seat, phone/text 07706 871812.

Man taken to hospital after two car smash in Seaham

9:14pm Saturday 12th April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS freed a man from the wreckage of his car this afternoon (Saturday, April 12) following a collision with another vehicle near Seaham in County Durham.

Durham-born Sahara marathon runner gets backing of old school

The Northern Echo: Pete Nichols

7:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

SCHOOL children have been doing their bit to help a former pupil conquer the toughest footrace on earth.

Man jailed for two knife carrying incidents in less than three months

The Northern Echo: Man jailed for two knife carrying incidents in less than three months

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

A MAN arrested for two knife carrying incidents in less than three months has been jailed for three years and two months.

Son jailed after drunken street attack on father

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.

9:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN who is said to have “gone off the rails” in recent years was today jailed for a drunken street attack on his own father.

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