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£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.

Easter Monday launch for Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Northern Echo: WALKING CHALLENGE: Ian Tallentire and Lynda Bares, of the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network

10:47am Friday 18th April 2014

A REJUVENATED tourism group is hoping a new series of walks will attract more visitors to rural County Durham.

Russian born Teesdale-based artist plans unique Easter Monday show in Durham Cathedral cloisters

The Northern Echo: LIVE PAINTING: Artist Maria Rud, who has devised the Animotion Show which will be staged at Durham Cathedral

11:06am Friday 18th April 2014

A UNIQUE evening's entertainment of live painting and music will take place at Durham Cathedral.

Choir to pay tribute to First World War fallen at spring concert

The Northern Echo: The stone cross at Gainford

11:13am Friday 18th April 2014

A CHOIR will remember the First World War at its spring concert.

Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

The Northern Echo: Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

11:10am Friday 18th April 2014

VILLAGE groups are joining together in a bid to secure lottery cash for the renovation of a war memorial.

Dispute over who should look after village green

The Northern Echo: IN DISPUTE: Part of MIddleton-in-Teesdale Village Green

11:01am Friday 18th April 2014

PARISH councillors have decided against challenging a County Durham estate over ownership of a village green.

Town councillors line up programme of summer fun

The Northern Echo: A medieval combat display at last year's fair

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

Town councillors in Barnard Castle will meet on Wednesday, April 23, to discuss a programme of summer entertainment.

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.

Approval given for 120 homes in Spennymoor on DurhamGate site

The Northern Echo: County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor

5:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to build 120 dwellings on one of the North-East’s largest building sites have been supported after claims the plan would boost the area.

Family's joy as baby born three months early finally comes home

The Northern Echo: BACK HOME: Alison Marshall with her mother, Marie Spooner

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BABY who fought for survival after being born three months early has finally been released from hospital, five months after her birth.

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.

Court shown video of living conditions at Evenwood Gate dog breeder's compound

The Northern Echo: Darlington Magistrates Court GV

2:29pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ANIMAL welfare officials found dozens of dogs living in kennels with urine-soaked saw dust and surrounded by piles of faeces when they visited a County Durham breeder's compound, a court was told.

'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.

New super-diocese will be the biggest in the country

The Northern Echo: The new super-diocese and its five Episcopal areas.

1:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

ECCLESISTICAL history will be made on Easter Sunday, with the launch of the Church of England’s first new diocese since 1929.

Cheesemakers head to food festival with their hobby

The Northern Echo: WELL ROUNDED: Brian and Esme Dedman from Hilton achieved great success at the Great Yorkshire Show

5:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A COUPLE who took up cheese making to give them something to do after retiring are looking forward to returning to a popular food festival.

Comedian Mike Wozniak to appear in the North-East

The Northern Echo:

5:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

COMEDIAN Mike Wozniak, who appears in the Channel 4 sitcom Man Down, performs in Barnard Castle this month.

Crafts people to showcase work at up-cycling event

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

CRAFTS people and designers are preparing to showcase their work in Barnard Castle.

Man in court over report of robbery at village post office

The Northern Echo: CRIME SCENE: The scene outside the post office in Cockfield this afternoon

4:51pm Monday 14th April 2014

A DATE has been agreed for start of a trial for a postmistress’s husband who is accused of falsely claiming an armed robbery had taken place at the premises.

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.

Year-long art project which attracted international interest concludes with exhibition

The Northern Echo: Sculptor Tania Kovats (right) talks to Ewan Allinson (left) alongside his artwork Vinotonus' Shrine.

5:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A YEAR-long art project which attracted international interest is concluding with an exhibition at a leading North-East museum.

Get a fresh look for spring at Banardo's charity shops

The Northern Echo: Around 30 per cent of clothing in the average UK wardrobe remains unworn for more than one year

4:12pm Sunday 13th April 2014

CHARITY shop bosses are hoping spring clean fever will encourage shoppers to bag a bargain with Barnardo’s.

Easter fun day promises fun for all the family

The Northern Echo: Youngsters enjoy outdoor activities at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale

1:26pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A RURAL visitor centre will spring back into life on Bank Holiday Monday when it kicks off a new events season with a traditional Easter fun day.

Date set for police band concert

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

1:41pm Sunday 13th April 2014

DURHAM Constabulary Brass Band will give a concert at St Helen’s Church, at Manor Road, Bishop Auckland, at 7.30pm on Friday, May 2. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door or from 01388-664011. Alternatively, visit

£50,000 scheme to improve sports pavilion gathers pace

The Northern Echo: A £50,000 scheme to improve the pavilion and changing facilities at the Randolph Social Welfare Ground in Evenwood is progressing well

3:20pm Saturday 12th April 2014

THE first phase of a £50,000 scheme to boost sports facilities in a Teesdale village has been completed.

All welcome at Easter service

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

11:53am Saturday 12th April 2014

AN EASTER service will be held at Newbiggin Methodist Chapel at 8.30am on Sunday, April 20. All are welcome and are advised to park near the village hall.

New jobs at village pub

The Northern Echo: NEW APPOINTMENTS: From left, Paul Grundy, with Verity Naseby and Tobias Biggs

2:40pm Friday 11th April 2014

NEW jobs have been created at a pub which was given a new lease of life thanks to one of its benevolent locals.

Grand old Gladys celebrates her centenary

The Northern Echo: HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Centenarian Gladys Stirk celebrates with the chairman of Durham County Council, Councillor Pauline Charlton who along with her daughter and consort, Susie Charlton, presented her with a basket of flowers.

3:14pm Friday 11th April 2014

A GRAND old lady has celebrated her centenary.

Petition highlights opposition to planned bank branch closure

The Northern Echo: Elizabeth Conran with her petition outside the Britannia

2:32pm Friday 11th April 2014

MORE than 170 people signed up to protest the planned closure of a bank branch.

Easter treats at two-day makers market

The Northern Echo: Recycled copper sculptures by Graculus

2:26pm Friday 11th April 2014

MORE than 20 artists and craftspeople from around the region will take part in a two-day market over Easter.

Fundraising tops agenda of hospital friends group AGM

The Northern Echo: HEALTHCARE SUPPORTER: Marie Yarker, chairman of the Friends of Richardson Hospital

2:21pm Friday 11th April 2014

FUNDRAISING and planning for the coming 12 months are top of the agenda at the annual meeting of a hospital friends group.

Groups work together to market their village

The Northern Echo: MARKETING MIDDLETON: Organisers of the three monthly markets, from left Ian Tallentire (farmers' market), Emma Spry and Hayley Bell (car boot sales) and Jane Addison (craft and collectors fayre).

2:06pm Friday 11th April 2014

COMMUNITY groups have come up with the perfect way to market their village.

Prison charity's new transport service aims to maintain contact between inmates and their families

The Northern Echo: Independent report highlights improvements in facilities and education at Deerbolt Young Offenders' Institution

5:50pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A CHARITY is to launch the first prison visits transport service in the North-East in an effort to ensure inmates maintain contact with their families and loved ones while serving their sentence.

Youngsters in Barnard Castle enjoy holiday sports sessions

The Northern Echo: EASTER FUN: Children take part in a Big Lottery-funded street dance workshop at Teesdale School

12:05pm Thursday 10th April 2014

CHILDREN put on their dancing shoes during an Easter holiday sports workshop.

Village to commemorate First World War anniversary

The Northern Echo: Send The Westmorland Gazette your stories from the First World War

1:36pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A COUNTY Durham village is planning to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Villagers demand answers after missing out on repairs to road

The Northern Echo: POTHOLE PROBLEMS: The track which borders part of Evenwood village green is in urgent need of resurfacing.

11:56am Thursday 10th April 2014

nefited from a £100,000 improvement scheme.

Intimate glimpse into North-East farming family's life could be screened internationally

The Northern Echo: A scene from Addicted To Sheep shows tenant farmers Tom and Kay Hutchinson enjoying some family time with their three children

4:10pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

AN intimate glimpse into family life on a North-East sheep farm could be screened to national and international audiences, if the film-maker raises £7,000.

Multi-million pound plans to revive Durham's North Road

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE? The unused bike lockers at Durham bus station

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have unveiled multi-million pound plans to regenerate Durham’s struggling North Road, including a new £6.2m bus station.

Care home closure would be "rural discrimination"

The Northern Echo: Deacon Sue Peat during the protest at Newtown House

5:08pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE closure of a Durham dales care home would constitute unacceptable rural discrimination, protestors have claimed.

Sugar-craft course for parents

The Northern Echo:

5:03pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

PARENTS with children aged under five are invited to enrol on a sugar-crafting course.

Durham County Council's five remaining residential homes are recommended for closure

The Northern Echo: Cheveley House, Belmont

4:46pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COUNCIL is recommending its five remaining residential homes in County Durham should close to cut costs.

Council asked to merge Belmont infant and junior schools

The Northern Echo: Pupils at Belmont Junior School in 2011

4:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLORS will be asked to create a new primary school next week (Wednesday, April 16).

Easter activities for families

The Northern Echo:

2:46pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

FAMILIES are invited to celebrate Easter during an array of activities at a North-East museum.

Singing group for dementia sufferers

The Northern Echo:

12:56pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A SINGING group for dementia sufferers is being launched in Teesdale.

Police investigate burglary at stables

The Northern Echo:

5:02pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

POLICE are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a stolen saddle.

School offer free activities for children

The Northern Echo:

3:34pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

MULTI-SPORTS, street dance and an Easter bake-off are being offered to children in Teesdale.

Seeking the spirit of Teesdale

The Northern Echo:

4:32pm Monday 7th April 2014

ARTISTS and sculptors are being sought to create a piece of artwork inspired by part of the North-East countryside.

Durham needs more student digs - Sheraton Park developers

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the new Sheraton Park development would look

2:48pm Monday 7th April 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a £20m plan to turn a former teaching college into privately-run digs for almost 400 students hope to get the go-ahead next month (May).

Market town holds its first Chic Vintique fair

The Northern Echo: Customers browse goods on sale at Barnard Castle's first Chic Vintique event

12:28pm Monday 7th April 2014

DOZENS of visitors browsed antiques and vintage goods at the first Chic Vintique fair in Barnard Castle.

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