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Farewell to pioneering North-East referee Pat Partridge, who has died aged 81

The Northern Echo: A BEM for Retired Ref Pat Partridge PICTURE: Keith Taylor

5:38pm Friday 31st October 2014

PAT Partridge, one of the world’s top football referees, died on Friday aged 81.

New homes plan for village

7:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

PLANS have been submitted for 145 new homes in Howden-le-Wear.

School plan to be discussed by councillors

The Northern Echo: The decision will be made by members of Durham County Council

3:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

COUNCILLORS are meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 4) to discuss plans to rebuild a secondary school in East Durham.

Council tax relief scheme extended

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to protect benefit payments is to be continued.

Barnard Castle boundaries to remain the same

3:34pm Thursday 30th October 2014

PROPOSALS to redraw parish boundaries in Barnard Castle and the surrounding area have been rejected.

Police appeal for information after motorcyclist dies in collision near Ripon

The Northern Echo:

11:46am Thursday 30th October 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a van and a car in North Yorkshire on Wednesday.

Council considers 20mph limits for housing areas following successful pilot project

The Northern Echo: SPEED LIMIT: Councillor Dennis Southwell is backing a campaign to introduce 20-miles per hour speed limits across County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (12113181)

5:39pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

SPEED limits in residential areas across a county could be cut to 20mph, following a successful pilot project.

Councillors accused of 'petty childishness' over seats row

The Northern Echo:

6:05am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A ROW over seating arrangements has broken out ahead of a full council meeting.

North Pennines traineeships up for grabs

11:36am Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE North Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for enthusiastic trainees to join the team for a series of 12-month placements over the next three years.

Neighbourhood Watch appeals for members

11:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014

TEESDALE residents are being invited to join their Neighbourhood Watch teams.

Bowes Museum launch new exhibtion

The Northern Echo: FASHIONABLE FEATHERS: The exhibition's curator, Joanna Hashagen, prepares the items

6:04pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

MORE than 100 people attended the launch of a new exhibition at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Residents reunited after photographer's collection posted on Facebook

The Northern Echo: ROYAL VISIT: The King and Queen on their way to open the forestry centre February 1939

6:57pm Monday 27th October 2014

TEESDALE residents past and present have been reunited after a photographer’s collection was posted on Facebook.

Crackdown on disabled parking blue badge cheats snares first convictions

The Northern Echo: Andrew Cogdon's car parked illegally outside Framwelgate Waterside

4:10pm Monday 27th October 2014

A CRACKDOWN on blue badge cheats has yielded its first criminal convictions, with two law-flouting drivers hit with fines.

Chance to vote on priorities for Teesdale

5:53pm Monday 27th October 2014

PEOPLE in Teesdale are getting the chance to vote on their top priorities in the area for next year.

Business fears over temporary bridge closure

The Northern Echo: BRIDGE CLOSURE: The County Bridge in Barnard Castle

2:16pm Sunday 26th October 2014

A TEMPORARY bridge closure could put traders out of business in a North-East town, it is feared.

Replica First World War tank set to burn as part of Bonfire Night celebrations

The Northern Echo: TWO TONNE TANK: Volunteers accompany the replica tank

6:15pm Sunday 26th October 2014

A REPLICA First World War tank is set to go up in smoke as part of Barnard Castle’s Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jockeys targeted in high-value fraud

The Northern Echo: MONEY RECOVERED: Andrew Thornton after winning on Kingscliff, at Cheltenham, in December 2003 Picture: PA

2:17pm Saturday 25th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST jockey has told how he lost almost £10,000 in a fraud targeting high-profile riders.

Teesdale School earns international award

The Northern Echo: GLOBAL AMBASSADORS:  Teesdale School's Tina Masterman and Cassie Flint accept award

1:49pm Saturday 25th October 2014

TEESDALE School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for 2014-2017, in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Influence Church set to open second Barnard Castle foodbank

The Northern Echo: STOCKING UP: Influence Church intern Lesley Allison and StoreHouse coordinator Paige Rutherford with foodbank supplies Picture: KATIE RICHARDSON

1:45pm Saturday 25th October 2014

BARNARD Castle is set to open its second foodbank after growing concerns that people in the area are falling on hard times.

Labour retains Evenwood seat

5:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

EVENWOOD has chosen its new county councillor.

Councillors urged to reject proposal for motorcyclists' den

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

1:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

PLANS to turn a storage unit into a meeting place for bikers look set to be rejected amid fears over noise.

Concerns over future of historic North-East sites

The Northern Echo: DETERIORATING BUILDING: Plans for houses in the grounds of Hamsterley Hall have been rejected

6:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A 13th century church and a gothic county house are just two of the North-East historic sites which feature on English Heritage’s At Risk Register this year.

Police warnings after daylight burglaries in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: TV STOLEN: Police are investigating a burglary in Heighington

6:01pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WITNESSES are being urged to come forward after burglars targeted three properties in Barnard Castle.

New vicars make church history

The Northern Echo: NEW CLERGY: Rev Alison Wallbank at Holy Trinity Church in Eggleston Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:59pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

It was a first for Teesdale on Sunday as two vicars were licensed to practice across two dioceses.

Pupils elect first head boy and girl

The Northern Echo: MAKING HISTORY: Matthew Littlefair and Lizzie Knight are Teesdale School's first head boy and girl

2:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PUPILS at Teesdale School have elected their first ever head boy and girl.

Police warning after daylight burglaries in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

11:28am Thursday 23rd October 2014

WITNESSES are being urged to come forward after burglars targeted three properties in Barnard Castle yesterday.

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.

Voters called to polls to elect new Evenwood ward councillor

The Northern Echo: LATE STALWART: Councillor Pauline Charlton was a former Mayor of Durham City and chairman of Durham County Council

1:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VOTERS will be called to the polls to elect the next Evenwood ward councillor tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) following the death of Councillor Pauline Charlton.

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.

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.

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.

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.

£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.

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.

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.

Efforts of volunteers recognised at awards night

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Volunteer of the Year Donna Bruce. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11596672)

11:02pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WOMAN has been honoured for her dedicated voluntary work helping young people in a North-East community.

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.

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).

Teesdale captured by aspiring filmmaker

The Northern Echo: CAPTURING MOMENTS: Filmmaker Rupert Ludlow

8:19pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

AN ASPIRING filmmaker has produced a film about Teesdale’s landscape.

Festival celebrates Teesdale's most beautiful views

The Northern Echo: MAJESTIC VIEWS: The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership’s Festival of the Views will celebrate how the area influenced famous painters and poets and will feature a variety of free activities. A guided walk will set off from The Bowes Museum at 9

6:22pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TEESDALE’S picturesque views have inspired a new festival.

Parking is 'free after three' during December

The Northern Echo: FREE PARKING: On-street parking in Durham City is included in the offer

5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

PARKING at a council’s car parks will be free after 3pm during December.

Barnard Castle School boys secure silver in rugby tournament

The Northern Echo: TEAMWORK: Barnard Castle School boys win silver

3:11pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

SCHOOLBOYS from across Northern England weren’t afraid to get muddy as they took part in the tenth Tait 10s rugby tournament on Sunday.

Schoolgirl set to be next tennis star

2:20pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL is hoping to become the next tennis star.

Talented student set to be region's next superstar

The Northern Echo: YOUNG TALENT: Singer/songwriter Anna-Leigh Stainton Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:28pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A TALENTED student is set to be the region’s next superstar.

Five members of farming family in court over use of sheep allegedly stolen from 14 other farms

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

6:56am Monday 13th October 2014

FIVE members of a farming family have appeared at crown court accused of making gain from allegedly stolen sheep.

VILLAGE PHONE BOX HOUSES LIFE-SAVING DEFIBRILLATOR

The Northern Echo: Lartington speed limit story (11418939)

4:54pm Monday 13th October 2014

A VILLAGE phone box has become home to a life-saving defibrillator.

School launches new alumni organisation

The Northern Echo: ALUMNI ORGANISATION: Mr John Trevett launching the alumni organisation with former student Tom Sparrow who spoke to current students about life at University at the future progression evening.

11:27am Sunday 12th October 2014

TEESDALE school has launched a new alumni organisation to keep in contact with its former students.



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