Flood defenceswill be improved this week

6:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WORK will begin this week to improve Weardale’s flood defences.

Trimdon youngsters triumph in model making contest

The Northern Echo: MECCANO CHALLENGE: Pupils from Deaf Hill Primary School who won the  Great Engineers School Challenge using Meccano. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:11pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLAYFUL youngsters of today could be the ingenious engineers of tomorrow after taking part in a model making competition.

Children help council brighten up community

The Northern Echo: BULB PLANTING: The Mayor of Chilton, Elizabeth Bruce, helps Chilton youngsters plant bulbs Picture: TOM BANKS

4:47pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THOUSANDS of bulbs have been planted by a team of young volunteers who want to give their community a blast of colour.

Trimdon Foundry prepares for two parish by-elections

The Northern Echo: PARISH BY-ELECTION: Two by-elections will be held to elect three new councillors for Trimdon Foundry Parish Council

4:43pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO by-elections will be held for a parish council which lost its chairman and two councillors within weeks.

Woman admits 12 charges of assault at Barnard Castle hospital

The Northern Echo: COURT HEARING: Guilty pleas were entered on Danielle Walker's behalf at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court in County Durham

3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WOMAN has been charged with 12 counts of assault by beating at a hospital.

Artistic war tribute

The Northern Echo: WINNERS PRESENTATION: Mayor Pauline Crathorne with Eddie Serrell, Gillian Barnes, Ella-May Connolly and Kasey Newton

1:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ARTISTIC creations were exhibited at two events in Ferryhill to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Community walk plans stalled amid dog fouling fears

1:35pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLANS for a proposed community walk have been halted after concerns over dog fouling on football pitches.

Building gifted to Barnard Castle community remains empty after county council rejects community hub plan

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY BUILDING: Barnard Castle Town Council hopes to lease Woodleigh to keep the building for community use.

7:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BUILDING gifted to a town is set to remain empty after Durham County Council rejected plans to turn it into a community hub.

Celebration of historic locomotives short-listed for tourism award

The Northern Echo: SHORT-LISTED EVENT: The Great Goodbye exhibition at Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon brought together the six surviving A4 Pacific locomotives.

5:01pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MUSEUM'S tribute to an historic locomotive that drew crowds from far and wide is on track for an award.

Sunderland fan's heartfelt plea to meet Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Northern Echo: SOCCER HERO: Fred Stewart from Crook who wants to meet his hero, Wenger, at the Sunderland v Arsenal match this weekend.      Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN is making a heartfelt plea to make his dreams come true at a football match this Saturday (October 25).

Funding for war memorial garden

The Northern Echo: SPRUCE UP: Pupils help planting at the Coundon village war memorial with Stefa McManners, chairwoman of the Save Our Soldier Appeal, gardener Adrian Slack and ten-year-old Mia Kilding Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:31pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SCHOOL children spent the day tidying a war memorial garden ahead of Remembrance Day thanks to a grant.

Grant helps Great Aycliffe toddlers get the best start in life

The Northern Echo: NEW PROJECT: The toddler group at Woodham Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe is one of eight groups to benefit from the Healthy Starts project, which has received funding from Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (Gamp) Pictured is Joanne Charlton wi

5:05pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A HEALTH and well-being project aimed at giving children the best start in life has received a £5,000 funding boost.

Fisburn's own Repunzel donates hair to cancer charity

The Northern Echo: LOCKS AWAY: Phoebe Wright, seven, gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust at Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

REPUNZEL may be the heroine of the fairytale but it was little Phoebe Wright who stole the show when she donated her golden locks to charity.

Investigation into suspicious Spennymoor car fires continues

The Northern Echo: FIRE DAMAGE: The remains of the Citroen C3 that was set on fire in Whitworth Terrace in Spennymoor

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO fires which destroyed cars parked in neighbouring streets on the same night are being treated as arson.

Tree group celebrates 10th anniversary

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN award-winning tree group celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend, welcoming back its oldest member.

Spennymoor cyclist seriously injured in collision in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are seeking witnesses to a collision in which left a cyclist with serious leg and back injuries.

Volunteers help tidy town centre

The Northern Echo: LITTER PICK: Volunteers Bethany Cunningham, 12, Ben Holliday, 14, and Shaun Williams, 12, take part in a litter pick in Spennymoor town centre. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

VOLUNTEERS joined forces to tidy up Spennymoor town centre last weekend.

New foodbank for Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: NEW FOODBANK: (back) Yvonne Etherington and David Parry with Brenda and Allan Lodge-Metcalfe at the Wear Valley Christian Centre

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A NEW foodbank is being set up in Bishop Auckland town centre in an effort to cope with the increasing number of people needing the service.

Family 'patriarch' jailed for drunken assault on sister's ex-partner

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

7:23pm Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN who considered himself the “patriarch” of his family carried out a drunken assault on his sister’s ex-partner, a court was told.

Locomotion's first ever war gaming event

The Northern Echo: STAND TO: Brian Urving from Westerhope Wargames Group plays a game at the NRM in Shildon. Picture: TOM BANKS (11643243)

6:07pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE first ever Stand To! Exhibition took place at the National Railway Museum in Shildon yesterday (Sunday, October 19).

Emergency service station plans welcomed

5:55pm Monday 20th October 2014

PLANS for a unique emergency service station in Barnard Castle has been welcomed.

Mammoth move for animal sanctuary nearly complete

The Northern Echo: FLY LIKE AN EGYPTIAN: The latest animals to be moved from an animal sanctuary near Penrith to Thorpe Farm off the A66 near Barnard Castle: Egyptian Fruit Bats Picture: CHRIS BOOT

5:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE MAMMOTH task of moving up to 1,700 animals to a new home in Teesdale is nearly complete.

Festive market at Christmas lights switch-on in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: SEASONAL TRADING: A new festive market will take place in Bishop Auckland's market place next month. Pictured are Dave Hunter, chairman of Bishop Auckland Town team, South Durham Enterprise Agency community enterprise coach Nigel Robson, Bishop Auckla

5:45pm Monday 20th October 2014

A FESTIVE market will be held to celebrate the start of the countdown to Christmas in Bishop Auckland.

Police investigate spate of burglaries in Trimdon Village

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

5:43pm Monday 20th October 2014

AN investigation is underway following a spate of burglaries in a former pit village.

Bishop Middleham chef prepares for 90-mile charity run

The Northern Echo: KEEP ON RUNNING: Dave Sawyer from Bishop Middleham has taken part in various running races and events to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:16pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CHEF who challenged himself to run 20 races in a year will finish his epic fundraising mission with a 90-mile endurance test.

Barnard Castle Prep School's French themed tea party raises £400 for Epilepsy in Action

The Northern Echo: TEA PARTY: Barnard Castle Prep School children enjoy tea and cake to raise funds for Epilepsy in Action

4:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

PREP School children hosted a tea party and raised £400 for Epilepsy in Action on Wednesday, after being inspired by a former pupil who was diagnosed with the condition.

Apartment plans unveiled for Newton Aycliffe pub

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

3:11pm Monday 20th October 2014

PLANS have been submitted to turn a vacant pub into an apartment block for older people.

New shop in Bishop Auckland creates 12 new jobs

1:25pm Monday 20th October 2014

A NEW Screwfix store will create 12 jobs when it officially opens in Bishop Auckland this Thursday (October 23).

Cash taken in petrol station robbery in Crook

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

1:09pm Monday 20th October 2014

THREE men made off with a significant amount of cash during a robbery at a petrol station.

Village pub brought back to life

The Northern Echo: OPEN FOR BUSINESS:  The Rookhope Inn in Rookhope, Co Durham has reopened after being closed for several months.  In front of the building are new owners Scott McDonald, Tina Hogarth and Kenny Bushnall.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:19pm Monday 20th October 2014

A VILLAGE pub has been brought back to life thanks to two new owners.

£3.78m fund to improve the region's frontline emergency services

6:55pm Sunday 19th October 2014

TWO new emergency service stations will be built in County Durham thanks to a successful bid for a share of a £75m government fund.

Trio run 21km extreme obstacle course for charity

The Northern Echo: EXTREME OBSTACLES: Nick Flynn (left) with friends, Stephen Cox (centre) and Mark Johnson (right) after finishing a 21km extreme obstacle course to raise money for charity.

11:24am Sunday 19th October 2014

THREE friends battled through a 21km obstacle course to raise more than £500 for charity.

Dreams come true for winning couple

The Northern Echo: WEDDING WINNERS: Kathryn Miller and Michael Stones, this year's Win a Wedding competition winners.

11:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

A COUPLE’S dreams have come true after winning The Northern Echo’s Win a Wedding competition.

Moody Bakers scoop silver in national bread awards

The Northern Echo: BREAD WINNERS: The Bread team at the Moody Bakers in Barnard Castle. From left to right:  Sarah Sawyer (Director) Amberley Elliot, and Owain Davies

6:09pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST baker has scooped silver in the World Bread Awards.

Teenager stole his mother's car and crashed into four parked cars causing £10,000 damage

1:16pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A TEENAGER banned from driving stole his mother’s car after a night out and crashed it into four parked cars, a court heard.

New York opera singer to headline Tow Law

The Northern Echo: OPERA STAR: American opera singer Emily Cobley, who will sing at a First World War memorial concert in Tow Law, during rehearsals in St Joseph’s Church. Picture: TOM BANKS

7:39pm Friday 17th October 2014

A TOWN’S First World War memorial concert will be headlined by a New York Metropolitan Opera singer.

German band dedicates song to Teesdale holiday park

The Northern Echo: MAKING MUSIC: fellerband at Hillcrest Park Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:54am Friday 17th October 2014

GERMAN indie-folk band fellerband have written an ode to their favourite English holiday park - after falling in love with it.

Stars tune-in for community radiothon fundraiser

The Northern Echo: RADIOTHON: Actors Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann are guests on Mike Patterson's show on Radio Teesdale, part of the station's radiothon Picture: TOM BANKS

8:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

CELEBRITIES descended on the Radio Teesdale studios today (Friday October 17), to help with their fundraising community radiothon.

Fundraising purchases scooter in memory of former Vice President

The Northern Echo: NATURE SCOOTER: Fundraisers have managed to get a mobility scooter for Low Barns nature reserve. Pictured with the scooter is Reserves Officer West, Michael Rogers. Picture: TOM BANKS

8:11pm Friday 17th October 2014

A WILDLIFE trust has successfully raised more than £8,000 to buy an all-terrain mobility scooter for its nature reserve.

Schoolgirl wins competition to redesign war memorial

The Northern Echo: ART PRIZE: Former Etherley Lane Primary School pupil Kate Berry has won a competition to redesign Bishop Auckland's war memorial. Also pictured are Chris Percival, deputy mayor Lee Brownson, headteacher Karen Bennett and Lynn Bennett, from Sainsbury&#

6:27pm Friday 17th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL has won a competition asking children to redesign Bishop Auckland's First World War memorial.

Fraudster claimed he was a bailiff

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:43pm Friday 17th October 2014

A FRAUDSTER who claimed he was a bailiff to try to recover money he believed he was owed has been given a suspended jail term.

Public to vote on grant recipients

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC SAY: Last year's Spennymoor AAP It's Up 2 U event

4:48pm Friday 17th October 2014

PEOPLE power will determine which projects in the Spennymoor area get a slice of a £40,000 grants pot.

Newton Aycliffe drop-in given notice to quit site

The Northern Echo: UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Durham County Council has told volunteers it hopes to redevelop The Cubby site

4:16pm Friday 17th October 2014

A LANDMARK community venue faces an uncertain future after its council landlord said the site needs to be cleared to make way for shops.

Transatlantic charity connection

The Northern Echo: CAT ART: Amanda Ellison and Marion Maychell hold Native American art  donated to the Cats R Us charity in Shildon for a fundraising auction Picture: TOM BANKS

3:37pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN American couple has been so inspired by the work of a County Durham animal charity they have made an unusual donation to boost its coffers.

Rare moon rocks and priceless meteorites land in Trimdon school

The Northern Echo: OUT OF THIS WORLD: Pupils at Trimdon Junior School look a meteorite samples. Pictured are (L to R), Kaitlyn Forbes, eight, Lily Darby, eight, Callum Darby, eight, and Liam McCallum, nine. Picture: TOM BANKS

10:58am Friday 17th October 2014

FASCINATED children got to grips with rare moon rocks and meteorites dating back billions of years this week.

Gruffalo trails inspire children

6:51pm Thursday 16th October 2014

New activity trails have been designed using the Gruffalo’s Child to encourage children to learn about nature.

Chapel plans submitted

6:43pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Plans to convert a disused chapel into a three-bedroom house have been submitted to Durham County Council.

Obstacle course set to challenge County

The Northern Echo: MUDDY GOOD FUN: Competitor Gavin Meisuria and oganisers Paula Carlington and Neil Davies, stand where a 10k obstacle course will be held in Stanhope Picture: TOM BANKS

5:41pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IT will be a case of 'mud, sweat and fears' when challengers take on what is believed to be the first 10km obstacle course in County Durham.

Spennymoor honours community champions

The Northern Echo: CIVIC PRAISE: Spennymoor Town Mayor Councillor Geoff O'Hehir presents town honour to Hugh Stephenson

3:47pm Thursday 16th October 2014

TWO men with community and charity at heart have been recognised by their town.

Greens and big business clash over wind farms

The Northern Echo: From the County Durham Plan

2:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

GREEN campaigners and big business went head-to-head over how many more wind farms should be built in the region today (Thursday, October 16).

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