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


Persistent thief jailed after falling for police lap-top trap

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.

5:38pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A PERSISTENT thief and burglar fell for a police ‘trap’ and broke into a vehicle to steal a lap-top computer.

Workman's hat contributes to £30,000 fine for Northumbrian Water over sewage leaks

The Northern Echo: Envirobnment Agency: Cleaning up Twizell Burn

5:24pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ONE of the region’s biggest water companies has been fined £30,000 after sewage polluted two streams.

Durham on show for Northumbria in Bloom judges

The Northern Echo: Northumbria in Bloom judges visit the Botanic Garden in Durham City: Steve Ansdell, second from left, horticultural manager from Durham University shows around judges, Marian Foster, left, Mary Lou Downie, third from left and David Goodchild

5:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DURHAM has been showing off its efforts to judges from the region’s biggest gardening contest.

Experts make business case for rail line reopening

The Northern Echo: The Leamside line at Belmont, Durham

4:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A DISUSED railway line has moved a step closer to a possible reopening.

Fram kids have the gift of the gab

The Northern Echo: Sarah Kingston, Christian Thompson-Hails and Joshua Morgan from Framwellgate School Durham receive the Youth Speak shield from Phil Mars, of Durham Rotary Club

1:24pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SCHOOL pupils have gone head-to-head in a debating competition.

Ladies' lunch date for Grumpy Old Women creator

The Northern Echo: Last year's Ladies' Lunch

1:09pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

GRUMPY Old Women writer Judith Holder will be guest of honour at a North-East charity lunch later this week (Friday, April 25).

Getting shirty at Durham Cathedral

The Northern Echo: Samantha Stewart, 11, shows off a T-shirt design

12:52pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CHILDREN are invited to design T-shirts inspired by Durham’s picturesque riverbanks this weekend (Saturday, April 26).

A Medieval multiverse - 13th century bishop's creation theory not so far off the mark

The Northern Echo: Mysteries of the universe

12:38pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MEDIEVAL bishop’s theory about the origins of the Universe may not have been so wide of the mark, according to North-East researchers.

Martin set for 200km duathlon test

The Northern Echo: Martin Wilson

12:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AN ARTS chief will attempt a staggering charity challenge this weekend (Saturday, April 26).

Taylor's charity total

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:55am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A SCHOOLBOY has helped raise £708.14 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham City. Taylor Farrington, 11, from Chester-le-Street, raised £354.07 for the cause during Lent by donating pocket money, selling homemade scones and doing odd jobs. His total was matched by Indigo Software, where his mother Jacky Farrington works, and Taylor presented the money to the hospice last week.

Bowburn signs up to Our Big Gig

The Northern Echo: BEST OF BRASS: Pittington Brass Band performing at Durham Miners' gala

11:36am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A VILLAGE has won Government funding to stage its own music event this summer.

Pilgrim cyclists' 125-mile charity challenge

The Northern Echo: Holy Island

11:09am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ELVEN pilgrim cyclists are to pedal from Holy Island to Durham Cathedral for charity.

Historic school sets its sights on major rebuild

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the new look school submitted to Durham County Council

10:40am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A SCHOOL celebrating its 400th anniversary this year has formally submitted plans for a major rebuild.

Andrew Christer to play Bishop Auckland Methodist Church organ

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

5:23pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham events

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

More than 30 anglers caught during Easter crackdown on illegal fishing

The Northern Echo: GONE FISHING: A serene spot is at Llanover on the Usk just above Pantygoitre Bridge.

4:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

OFFICERS from the Environment Agency caught 34 people fishing illegally on the region’s waterways over the Easter weekend.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Safe Sextet next up at monthly jazz session in empty shop premises

The Northern Echo: More music entertainment provided by the Fringe Festival at Dinham Millennium Green. Picture Mark Bowen.

3:07pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE second in a series of monthly jazz nights takes place in a vacant city centre shop premises turned arts venue next week.

Rotarians present £2,000 to Macmillan

The Northern Echo: Bill Sones, Michelle Muir and John Shaw

3:33pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A ROTARY club has collected £2,000 for a cancer charity.

£50,000 Lottery jackpot for sport in Coxhoe

The Northern Echo: John Hepplewhite works out at the Active Life Centre, Coxhoe

11:12am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A LEISURE centre saved from closure by dedicated volunteers is celebrating a major boost, after securing nearly £50,000 in Lottery funding.

Awards for community volunteers announced

The Northern Echo: Sarah Robinson of Durham Community Action

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AWARDS are to be presented to recognise the contribution volunteers make to the communities of County Durham.

Brenda Collins in Bowburn

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BRENDA Collins will give a concert in Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, on Friday (April 25). The show is for over 18s only. Tickets are ᆪ3. The bar opens at 6.30pm. Proceeds will go to Bowburn Community Association and the Bowburn Banner Group.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Bishop gives first Easter Day service

The Northern Echo: This morning's service at Durham Cathedral

12:45pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THE recently enthroned Bishop of Durham has spoken of human fear during his inaugural Easter Day service.

Spaceman to land in North

The Northern Echo: WOW FACTOR: This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet ISON was taken on April 10, 2013.

9:33am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE first UK astronaut to walk in space will land in the North East next month to inspire a new generation of scientists.

Villagers hope to 'Save West Rainton' from 150 new homes

The Northern Echo: Michael Johnson (in white shirt, centre) with villagers who are opposed to building at West Rainton.

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

RESIDENTS say they are fighting to “Save West Rainton” from plans to build 150 homes in the village.

£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.

Great North Passion draws the crowds to hear story of Christ's death retold

The Northern Echo: The Great North Passion

5:01pm Friday 18th April 2014

A LIVE broadcast telling the story of the crucifiction of Jesus Christ has been staged in the North-East.

Body of elderly man found in river

The Northern Echo: REG LEAD - Man accidentally stabbed ex-girlfriend

12:08pm Friday 18th April 2014

THE body of a 72 -year-old man from Durham has been recovered from the River Wear.

Ramblers step out on newly completed section of coastal path

The Northern Echo: Ramblers take in section of new coastal path in the North-East

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

RAMBLERS stepped out with gusto for bracing walks along a newly opened stretch of coastal path in the North-East.

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.

Public meeting debates welfare cuts

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

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A PUBLIC meeting has been called to debate benefits and welfare spending.

Ramside dinner raises £5,000 for Durham hospice

The Northern Echo: Fiona Vallis and Tim Boyd

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A DINNER to celebrate a hotel’s 50th anniversary has raised more than £5,000 for a hospice.

Discover your family history

The Northern Echo: WAR: Men of 6DLI in a trench at Potijze, Belgium, on May 24, 1915. Image reproduced by permission of the trustees of the former DLI and Durham County Record Office

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

ASPIRING family historians can get tips on researching their ancestors.

Easter egg hunt for Durham shoppers

The Northern Echo: Easter egg hunt held in Durham City

11:57am Friday 18th April 2014

CHILDREN in Durham City have been taking part in an Easter egg hunt.

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.

HOLD LEADER PAGE Labour's forgotten man

The Northern Echo: Father and son Bob and Blair Smillie

5:02pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE great-grandson of a forgotten Labour pioneer and North-East MP is on a mission to have his ancestor’s achievements recognised. Mark Tallentire reports.

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.

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