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Bishop appeals for more readers

The Northern Echo: David Walker with his wife Judith (10956965)

5:34pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A VICAR’S husband has become the first reader to be licensed by the Bishop of Durham.

Teesdale vet's mercy mission to save Sri Lankan street dogs

The Northern Echo: MERCY MISSION: Janey Lowes in Sri Lanka this summer with a stray dog

2:15pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A TEESDALE vet will swap the North-East for Sri Lanka this weekend to help tackle the country’s stray dog problem.

New homes for birds

5:40pm Monday 29th September 2014

A COMPANY has sponsored 50 new wildlife homes in North Pennines woodlands.

Important painting on show for first time in decades

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2:58pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A PAINTING of great significance in the history of Spanish art will be seen publicly for the first time in more than half-a-century next month.

Meerkat baby surprise for on the move animal sanctuary

The Northern Echo: BABY SURPRISE: A baby meerkat born at an animal sanctuary in Cumbria, where staff said they had no idea the female meerkat was pregnant until they found the baby in the pen. The sanctuary is the middle of moving premises to a new site in County Durham and

6:03am Saturday 27th September 2014

THIS baby meerkat caused a stir at an animal rescue centre - as shocked workers did not realise she existed until they cleared out her mother's pen.

Show time in Teesdale

5:13pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A COUNTRY show, regarded as one of the region's top sheep shows, will be held this weekend.

Sporting Tournament in Teesdale to mark school's 100th anniversary

The Northern Echo: SPORTING SPECTACLE: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School winning rugby captain Sam Moore, of Wakefield, with Barnard Castle Prep School captain Sam Metcalfe, of Gilling West

5:21pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

YOUNG athletes battled for honours on the sports fields commemorating the foundation of a school that opened its doors at the outbreak of the First World War.

Prisoner hid mobile phone in his cell

The Northern Echo: LOCKED UP: Deerbolt Prison

5:18pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A YOUNG man who was found hiding a mobile phone in his cell at Deerbolt Prison has been sentenced in court.

Expert adoption advice in Durham

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

12:13pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PEOPLE in County Durham who have adopted children will be on hand to share expert advice at a drop-in session.

Series of walks planned in the North Pennines

6:30pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE first event of the North Pennines Walking Festival will with walks from Dufton, Weardale and Allenheads on Saturday, September 27.

New opening times for county's recycling centres

The Northern Echo: REVISED HOURS: Romanway household waste recycling centre.

1:41pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

NEW winter opening times for County Durham’s household waste recycling centres will come into effect next week.

Museum's Silver Swan attracts attention from the palace

The Northern Echo: MUSEUM VISIT: David Barber, swan upper for HRH The Queen, will visit Bowes Museum next month.

2:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE official swan marker to the Queen will visit the region next month to give a talk on what his job involves.

Volunteers needed for children's visit

6:13pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A MOTHER who enabled children affected by the Chernobyl Disaster to visit Teesdale is looking to raise £5,000 and find ten host families to repeat the visit next year.

Teesdale company celebrates a year in business by doubling in size

The Northern Echo: DOG TREATS: Alison Walton, with her three-year-old Jack Russell, Welly.

2:31pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A TEESDALE company is celebrating a year in business with an expansion that will see it double in size.

Sporting success for Barney School girls

The Northern Echo: INTERNATIONAL TALENT: Aspiring horse rider and Barnard Castle School pupil, Charlotte Merrigan-Martin, is set to compete in international competitions. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:44pm Sunday 21st September 2014

PUPILS of Barnard Castle School are celebrating sporting success after excelling in javelin throwing and horse riding.

Resident's relief at planning rejection

3:17pm Sunday 21st September 2014

RELIEVED residents of a Teesdale village are thankful plans to build eight new homes in their picturesque village were rejected.

Community art project unveiled in Teesdale

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY ART: Residents of Hutton Magna with their newly installed stone information board

2:29pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A TEESDALE village has seen the results of more than a year’s planning come to fruition.

'They won't force me out' - Last remaining resident protests over care home closure

The Northern Echo: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

6:50am Friday 19th September 2014

AN 83-YEAR-OLD former headteacher has been joined by his family in making a last stand against the closure of a council-run care home.

Occupation of soon-to-be closed council care home 'will continue indefinitely'

The Northern Echo: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

5:19pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE occupation of a soon-to-be closed council care home will continue indefinitely until a decision over its future is reversed, campaigners have said.

Resident's anger over new homes in Barnard Castle

7:41pm Friday 19th September 2014

MEMBERS of the public shouted in anger as they left a meeting of Durham County Council’s Planning Committee yesterday (Thursday, September 18).

Talented violinist hits a high note

The Northern Echo: TOP MUSICIAN: Violinist Ceara Sutton-Jones. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:05pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A TALENTED young violinist has hit a high note with her latest academic achievements.

Stargazing event opens this weekend in Teesdale

The Northern Echo: DARK SKIES: Stargazer Richard Darn gets ready for the Hamsterley Village Hall astronomy event on Saturday, September 20.

1:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

STARGAZING events will take locals on a tour of the distant night sky from Saturday (September 20).

Chinese vase brings £10,000 at auction after £40 valuation

The Northern Echo: SHOCK RESULT: A Chinese enamel vase was knocked down for £10,100, in excess of its price estimate of £40-60.

6:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A VASE that was expected to bring £40 at auction sold for more than £10,000 earlier this month.

Sporting Tournament in Teesdale to mark school's 100th anniversary

The Northern Echo: SPORTING SPECTACLE: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School winning rugby captain Sam Moore, of Wakefield, with Barnard Castle Prep School captain Sam Metcalfe, of Gilling West

3:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

YOUNG athletes battled for honours on the sports fields commemorating the foundation of a school that opened its doors at the outbreak of the First World War.

Concerned residents object to new homes in Teesdale village

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

5:12pm Monday 15th September 2014

PLANS to build eight new homes in Teesdale have prompted 70 letters of objection from concerned residents.

Petition submitted to stop housing development in Barnard Castle

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

7:59pm Monday 15th September 2014

A PETITION to stop dozens of homes being built in Barnard Castle has been submitted to Durham County Council.

Thousands celebrate country life in Bowes and Stanhope

The Northern Echo: STANHOPE SHOW: Pony driving in the main arena. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:59pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A CHEMICAL engineer who dreams of competing on the Great British Bake Off got his first taste of success at a popular agriculture show at the weekend.

Callous vandals set fire to wheelie bin in Cotherstone conservation area

The Northern Echo: CALLOUS BEHAVIOUR: The remains of a burnt out wheelie bin at Kennedy's Pond, a picturesque conservation area in Cotherstone in Teesdale

9:41am Sunday 14th September 2014

A CONSERVATION area that shares its name with its late creator has been targeted by mindless vandals.

Council chairman's 'clothing allowance' scrapped - but has change gone far enough?

The Northern Echo: Cllr John Robinson, the chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

A SO-called clothing allowance mockingly dubbed the Geordie Armani by Prime Minister David Cameron has been scrapped, The Northern Echo has learned.

Man warned he risks prison sentence if he approaches ex's new partner in next six months

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

6:03am Friday 12th September 2014

A MAN was told he must keep away from the new partner of a woman with whom he had a long-term relationship, or risk facing a prison sentence.

See Barnard Castle church bell tower

2:48pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A CHURCH will give visitors an extra treat when it takes part in a national grassroots heritage event this weekend.

Like "Noah without the ark" - zoo-keeper appeals for help in moving 1,600 animals to County Durham

The Northern Echo: ANIMALS RE-LOCATED: Terry Bowes is in the process of re-locating an array of animals from a rescue centre he ran near Penrith to Thorpe Park alongside the A66 at Greta Bridge.  He is pictured with some pygmy goats.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (10111494)

6:02am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A VETERAN zoo-keeper is faced with having to transport 1,600 rescued animals 40 miles to a new home in County Durham.

Developer reveals plans for derelict school site in Gainford

The Northern Echo: NEW HOMES: Plans to transform part of the former St Peter's School in Gainford into flats and build 26 new homes have been revealed to residents

5:01pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

RESIDENTS were given the chance to quiz developers over plans to transform a derelict school into flats and housing last night (Monday, September 8).

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

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12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to sign up to a paid-for garden waste service.

100mph motorist narrowly escapes ban

5:22pm Monday 8th September 2014

A TEESSIDE motorist who reached speeds of up to 100mph on the A66 has narrowly avoided losing his licence.

Garden waste scheme to expand next year

4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to join the County Durham garden waste collection service next year.

Singers worried that 58-year-old choir may have to stop performing

The Northern Echo: GAINFORD SINGERS: Choir group is looking for new members. From left to right, Bridie Dixon, Katherine Mowbray, Don Eccles, Margaret Brown and Dianna Wilks

7:09pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A VILLAGE choir which began performing in 1956 hopes to strike the right note with new members or it could face closure.

Teesdale pub listed as one of the top places to dine out

The Northern Echo: GOOD GRUB: The Bridgewater Arms in Winston has been included in the 2015 Good Food Guide. Pictured front: restaurateur Paul Grundy with (L to R) his staff Emily Purvis, Charlotte Dickinson,Naomi Day, Tobias Biggs, Richard Vart. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:37pm Friday 5th September 2014

A BUSINESS owner has said he is surprised and thrilled that his restaurant has been included in the latest edition of The Good Food Guide.

Proposals to turn County Durham in to world leader in Spanish art given boost

The Northern Echo: SPANISH ART: Clare Baron, assistant curator at Auckland Castle Trust; Jane Whittaker is head of collections at The Bowes Museum; Adrian Jenkins, director of The Bowes Museum; Chris Ferguson, head curator at Auckland Castle Trust and Andy Beresford, Durham

6:27am Friday 5th September 2014

A BID to turn County Durham into an international destination for lovers of Spanish art has taken a step forward.

Council's flood response praised

The Northern Echo: Flooding near Staindrop, County Durham, in May 2013

6:52pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL has been praised for its response to severe flooding.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

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5:34pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL is ringing the changes for making over-the-phone payments.

Celebration of councillor's life

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SCENE: The funeral of Councillor Pauline Charlton at St Wilfrid's RC Church, in Bishop Auckland     Picture: ANDY LAMB (10017037)

5:14pm Thursday 4th September 2014

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral of a former council chairman who will be remembered as a redoubtable local politician who was treasured by friends and family.

Motorist shows age is no limit to safe driving

The Northern Echo: SAFE STANDARD: Terence Otter behind the wheel

3:58pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER professional driver proved he still has the golden touch after brushing up on his skills behind the wheel.

Bowes show will chart farming history

The Northern Echo: (9980033)

3:28pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A DISPLAY of vintage tractors and ploughs will show visitors to an annual country event just how much life has changed for farmers over the last two centuries.

Ring-a-ding-ding: Chinese keepsakes sell for hundreds of pounds at Barnard Castle auction

The Northern Echo: TOP PRICE: Two 19th Century bronze dings, which are believed to be have been brought to England from China by Reverend Jonathan Lees, an eminent missionary

6:54pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

KEEPSAKES believed to have been collected by an eminent English missionary in China during the late 19th Century surpassed auctioneer’s estimates by hundreds of pounds at a recent sale.

"Overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation of drugs, says police commissioner

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to local resident Helen Green and her sons James (9) and Daniel (5) in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

4:47pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NORTH-East police and crime commissioner (PCC) has called for the region to lead the nation on drug policy reform, saying there is now "overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation.

Village set for 200-plus new homes

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:59pm Monday 1st September 2014

MORE than 200 new homes could be built on the edge of a village, under proposals being considered by council planners.

Talented youngster trains at Loughborough University

The Northern Echo: NEXT GENERATION: 12-year-old Finn Usher, at Barnard Castle Cricket Club, was one of 80 selected to train at Loughborough University's cricket ground Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:21pm Monday 1st September 2014

A TALENTED cricket player was invited to spend the day at Loughborough University last week to experience national coaching.

Police found schoolgirl hiding in cupboard in man's house

The Northern Echo: IN COURT: Sean Lancaster arrives at Teesside Crown Court. Picture: TOM BANKS (9815166)

9:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

A MAN who was banned from having any contact with a schoolgirl was in court yesterday (Friday, August 29) after police twice found the teenager in his home.

Barnard Castle new bridge studies are completed

6:34pm Thursday 28th August 2014

PROPOSALS for a suspension rope bridge over the River Tees in Barnard Castle have been passed back to a Teesdale marketing company.

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