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County Durham farm shop named as one of the best in the UK

The Northern Echo: TOP TEN:Cross Lanes Organic Farm shop has been included in the BBC Good Food's top ten farm shops in the UK, pictured owners Peter and Sue Coverdale.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A COUNTY Durham farm shop has been named as one of the top ten destination farm shops in the UK by the BBC’s Good Food magazine.

Candlelit vigil and lantern procession to mark First World War anniversary

3:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A MUSEUM is holding a candlelit vigil and lantern procession to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Council apology over Labour children's centres briefings

The Northern Echo: Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council's corporate director of children and adults services

1:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have apologised after only Labour councillors were briefed on controversial plans to axe children’s centres before they were made public.

Increased sightings of elusive red squirrels in Teesdale

The Northern Echo: RED SQUIRREL: The red squirrel spotted in amateur photographer Martin Rogers' garden at Middleton-in-Teesdale.

5:37pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

RURAL communities and landowners are being urged to look out for red squirrels following several recent sightings of the rare mammal in the region.

Competitors sought for Teesdale photography contest

The Northern Echo: PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Amateur photographers are invited to capture the spirit of Teesdale.

3:06pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

AMATEUR photographers are invited to capture the essence of some of County Durham’s most picturesque countryside.

Councillors hope to keep historic building for community use

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

5:14pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

TOWN councillors have pledged to create a business plan in a bid to lease an empty community building.

Family distraught after vandals ruin stillborn baby's grave

The Northern Echo: GRAVE RUINED: Vandals ruined a stillborn baby's grave in Barnard Castle cemetery, leaving only a small vase at the scene.

3:16pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FAMILY was left distraught after vandals damaged a stillborn baby’s grave just weeks before the fifth anniversary of his death.

Love and romance through song and poetry at Barnard Castle's Witham Hall

The Northern Echo: Miranda Wright Singers (L-R) Emily Bullock, Charlotte Heslop from Tom Rowarth, Sarah Ryan, Ana Fernandez-Guerra and Jordan Carlton. Picture: Jen Hart (8720242)

3:13pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

SOME of the best young vocal talents from across North-East will perform stories of love and romance through song and poetry.

Charity runners bid to raise £500 for charity by completing Sunderland Color Run

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Ruth Murray and Wendy Bailey who took part in the Sunderland Color Run for charity

2:47pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

CHARITY runners took part in a North-East fun run to help raise money for causes close to their hearts.

Innovative process will help revive landscape described as "UK's rainforest"

The Northern Echo: INNOVATIVE PROCESS: The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is using an innovative new process to revive the region's peatlands.

5:24pm Monday 28th July 2014

BOG moss is being used to revive large areas of North-East landscape in an innovative trial.

Pupils learn lessons in protecting bees

The Northern Echo: BEES LESSONS: Pupils at Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School who were part of four schools learning about bees over the last year.

4:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

PUPILS from across the North Pennines were busy as bees while learning lessons in helping to protect the endangered pollinators.

Members sought for sports arena development group

4:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS drawing up plans for the creation of a sports arena are inviting people to join their group.

Artists sought for Wolsingham art show

The Northern Echo: ART EXHIBITION: Sue Weston, left, and Francine Moralee enjoy last year's art show in Wolsingham. Picture: GEORGE HORSLEY

12:32pm Saturday 26th July 2014

ARTISTS are being sought for an annual art exhibition taking place in a County Durham town.

Cancer sufferers' battle to have Barnard Castle trees chopped to boost TV reception

The Northern Echo: TALL TREES:Jean Alderson has problems with her TV because of the trees surrounding her house. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

12:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A TERMINAL cancer sufferer feels she has lost her lifeline because trees outside her house are interfering with her television signal.

Chernobyl children visit region to boost immune system

The Northern Echo: CHERNOBYL CHILDREN: Belarusian children affected by Chernobyl disaster visit Teesdale

6:02pm Friday 25th July 2014

CHILDREN affected by the Chernobyl disaster have visited the region for a month long trip to boost their immune systems.

Professional golfer from Richmond, whose brother has autism, has organised a pro-am golf tournament in Richmond to raise funds for North-East Autism Society

The Northern Echo: CHARITY DRIVE: Richmond pro-golfer, Bradley Rowntree with his autistic brother,Adam(centre) and Paul McCairns of the North East Autism Society, who are promoting the pro-am golf tournament to raise money for the charity.   Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

4:49pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GOLFER is organising a fundraising tournament to raise awareness for the North East Autism Society in support of his brother, and has pulled in professional golfers to play alongside local amateurs.

Ten-year-old Witton Will completes triathlon for Diabetes UK

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHAMPION: William celebrates completing his triathlon which raised £655 for Diabetes UK with his mother Samantha

4:25pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A BOY has launched his school holidays by completing a triathlon of his own making to raise money for Diabetes UK.

School group set-up to work with Rotary club

The Northern Echo: PRESIDENTS MEET: President of Barnard Castle Rotary Club, Chrissie Michaels, with president of the Teesdale Rotary Interact Club, Emma Turner.

3:07pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A SCHOOL group has been set-up to operate in partnership with Barnard Castle Rotary Club.

Talks agreed over future of children's centres

The Northern Echo: Liberal Democrat councillor Owen Temple (8575599)

2:53pm Thursday 24th July 2014

PLANS to slash a county’s children’s centres will be further debated next week (Thursday, July 31), amid allegations local councillors were not properly briefed on the shake-up.

Lib Dem bid to force Living Wage fails

The Northern Echo: Councillor Mark Wilkes outside the Mercia Retail Park in Durham. (8548193)

4:39pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN attempt to force the North-East’s biggest council to pay the Living Wage by next spring has failed.

Extreme hairstyles raise money for school

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3:59pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

EXTREME hairstyles helped raise money for a school catering for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Status quo backed in boundary review

The Northern Echo: General view of County Hall in Durham. (8546437)

3:47pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN attempt to change the area covered by a town council looks set to fail.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

12:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build 44 homes on farmland on the outskirts of a village.

Planners spurn £17m student digs scheme for former mental hospital

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the redeveloped former County Hospital (8480284)

2:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

RESIDENTS furious at the “studentification” of their city could be on the brink of a major success, after planners came out against multi-million pound plans to turn a former hospital into digs.

£840,000 funding to improve routes for walkers, cyclists and bus users

The Northern Echo: GREEN TRANSPORT: Cycle paths will be improved across south Durham

1:11pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TRANSPORT project that helps jobseekers, reduces congestion and protects the environment is expanding thanks to £840,000 in funding.

Residents to challenge council decision allowing Wheatley Hill Service Station to keep widened back entrance

The Northern Echo: Margaret Hedley at back entrance to Wheatley Hill Service Station. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (8435276)

3:51pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS are challenging a council decision to allow a filling station to keep a widened rear exit - which they say directs traffic from a busy bypass along their once-quiet street.

Voluntary groups urged to share transport plans

The Northern Echo: MORE MINIBUSES: Charity hopes to increase the use of minibuses by voluntary groups in Teesdale

1:55pm Monday 21st July 2014

VOLUNTARY organisations are urged to discuss their transport plans with a rural Teesdale charity.

Pupils graduate from 'outstanding' Bowes Pre-School

The Northern Echo: FLYING COLOURS: Graduates at Bowes pre-school back from left Louie Cook and Jack Addison. Front from left Georgia Cullerton, Samuel Webb, Megan Lowe, Elliot Hutchinson and Emily Luck, all four years old.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (8356837)

1:21pm Monday 21st July 2014

PUPILS have graduated from Bowes Pre-School in traditional garb as teachers and parents celebrated an outstanding Ofsted report.

Hundreds take on region's rough terrain

The Northern Echo: CANCER CARE CHALLENGE: A participant crosses the finish line in the Marie Curie Etape Pennines cycling event. Picture: Stuart Boulton. (8403860)

6:23pm Sunday 20th July 2014

MORE than a thousand cyclists descended on a North-East market town before riding over the hills and far away in a punishing bike challenge.

Councillors aim to slow down speeding vehicles in rural village

1:38pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PARISH councillors hope improved road signs will reduce speeding vehicles in their village.

First place for cheese making couple

The Northern Echo: PRIZE WINNING CHEESE: Cheesemakers Brian and Esme Dedman have won first prize at the Great Yorkshire Show for their White Hilton Cheese. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:42pm Friday 18th July 2014

A COUPLE are celebrating winning first place at the Great Yorkshire Show for their home made cheese.

Consultation on dog beach ban

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

5:58pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DOGS could be banned from the beach of a former pit town.

Approval for consultation on shake-up of Children's Centres

The Northern Echo: Granted application (8248423)

5:12pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A COUNCIL is to start consulting on a shake-up that could see two thirds of its Children’s Centres close.

Leading councillor urges tenants to vote

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

4:18pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

TENANTS are being urged to use their vote in a ballot on the ownership of their homes.

Museum launches summer of family fun

3:05pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MUSIC, crafts and history are among the themes at family activities being offered at a North-East museum.

Family of two siblings seriously injured in car crash raise money for Great North Air Ambulance Service

The Northern Echo: RECOVERING WELL: Brother and sister Jack and Sophie Handyside, who suffered life-threatening injuries in the car crash at Staindrop, in County Durham, two years ago

6:03am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A MOTHER whose two children were left fighting for their lives after a head-on car crash has raised £2,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Decision to be made on First World War memorials

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

6:26pm Monday 14th July 2014

RESIDENTS could be given the chance to decide where paving stones remembering County Durham’s Victoria Cross heroes are located.

Homes transfer ballot decision

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

6:24pm Monday 14th July 2014

THOUSANDS of council tenants could be balloted on the future ownership of their homes.

Food festival to tickle the taste buds

The Northern Echo: TASTY TEESDALE: The second Taste of Teesdale food festival takes place this weekend.

6:23pm Monday 14th July 2014

AN array of regional produce will tickle the taste buds of food and drink lovers this weekend.

Cyclists and spectators gear up for 60-mile cycling challenge

The Northern Echo: GEARING UP: Former Olympic triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards (left) and pro cyclist Steven Burke (right) promote the Etape Marie Curie Pennines cycle event near Eggleston in Teesdale

12:02am Monday 14th July 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists and spectators are gearing up to descend on the County Durham countryside for a 60-mile cycle challenge.

Staindrop stages carnival to remember

The Northern Echo: STREET ENTERTAINMENT: The procession down the main street of Staindrop during the annual town carnival.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:24pm Sunday 13th July 2014

COLOURFUL costumes, rousing music and traditional family entertainment ensured a long-running village carnival was a great success.

YOUfest brings creative fun to Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: CREATIVE FUN:  Youths take part in Youfest, Barnard Castle's first youth arts festival.  A drumming workshop at the TCR Hub.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:28pm Sunday 13th July 2014

TEENAGERS tried their hands at everything from samba drumming to felt making at an action packed youth arts festival.

Inspector appointed to lead hearing into County Durham Plan

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

4:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

DETAILS have been announced for the public examination of a plan which will guide economic development in County Durham for the next 15 years.

Schools close as thousands of teachers and public servants strike

The Northern Echo: UNION STRIKES: Unions members in Darlington gather before travelling to take part in a rally and march in Newcastle. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT.

4:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

STRIKE action by thousands of public sector workers in the region forced schools to close, shut council services and disrupted work by government departments.

Free Big Gig in Staindrop this weekend

The Northern Echo: BIG GIG: More than 600 people attended last year's festival in Staindrop (file photo)

5:46pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A TEESDALE village will be taking part in a national music festival this weekend.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEARLY two-thirds of a county’s children’s centres face an uncertain future, after council chiefs admitted they had not produced the hoped-for impact for the poorest children.

Council urged to pledge £500k for Lumiere return

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation at Lumiere 2013 (7991251)

6:57am Wednesday 9th July 2014

COUNCILLORS are being asked to pledge more than £500,000 of taxpayers’ money to ensure a spectacular light festival returns to the North-East next year.

Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Woods improvement scheme completed

The Northern Echo: FLATTS WOOD: Barnard Castle Mayor John Blissett with grandson Isaac John Blissett, aged two, performs the ribbon cutting to mark the completion of improvements to Flatts Wood Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:34pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

ORGANISERS of an initiative to spruce-up woodland at Barnard Castle are hoping the improvement work will attract more visitors to the area.

Villagers welcome move to abandon introducing parking restrictions

The Northern Echo: PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Diane Spark, who ran one of the petitions against introducing parking restrictions in Middleton-in-Teesdale.

3:52pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS opposing proposed parking restrictions in a rural village have welcomed a move to abandon the plans.

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