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New: Shildon Matters
Colin Devonport looks at the positive side of life in Shildon and how a town with a mining past can have a glossy future in his new blog, Shildon Matters.


Call for action over rubbish dumped in Shildon alleys

The Northern Echo: ALLEY COMPLAINTS: Councillor Gary Huntington who claims some of Shildon's back streets are in a poor state. Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:01pm Friday 22nd August 2014

PLANS to clear overflowing bins and mattresses dumped in a town’s streets have been welcomed by a councillor who feels the problem has been ignored.

Enthusiasts view vintage Jaguars at Bishop Auckland car show

The Northern Echo: RACING CAR: Piotr Banda, ten, looks inside a racing Honda at the New Car Show. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:45pm Friday 22nd August 2014

VINTAGE Jaguars lined up alongside modern vehicles for enthusiasts to view at a car show based in Bishop Auckland.

Police in Shildon fight cycle thieves with bike marking session

The Northern Echo: BIKE MARKING: PCSO Michael Robson marks the bike of eight-year-old John Murphy

3:53pm Thursday 21st August 2014

CYCLISTS have has their bikes marked in an attempt to protect their property from thieves

Catch that penguin

The Northern Echo:

3:53pm Thursday 21st August 2014

POLICE are appealing for help to p-p-pick up a penguin wanted in connection with a shop theft.

Smoking ban for play areas considered

The Northern Echo: A man smoking

3:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PARENTS could be banned from smoking in play areas under a tobacco crackdown.

Paddington delights youngsters at North-East children's hospital

The Northern Echo: BIG HUG: Cameron Howe, seven,  from Bishop Auckland, meets Paddington Bear during his visit to the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne. PICTURE: John Millard.

7:12pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FAMOUS teddy bear has been spreading cheer at a North-East children’s hospital as part of a nationwide tour to raise funds for medical research.

Youngsters inspired to run Junior GNR for children's cancer charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Kids from Auckland Martial Arts will run the Junior GNR to raise money for Clic Sargent. Pictured are; Ellie Barker, Kaci Showler, Dannilee Barker, Annissa Holmes, Aaron Showler and Jake Fantarrow. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A YOUNG girl with leukaemia has inspired a martial arts group to run the Junior Great North Run next month.

Man jailed for agitated sustained attack at victim's flat

The Northern Echo: Daniel Marc Baker, jailed for 56 months. Pictured after he was taken into police custody having suffered injuries in a fall from the flat where his attack took place.

7:09pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A MAN responsible for sustained unprovoked violence, including a multiple stabbing, has no memory of the incident, a court heard.

County Durham council tenants vote for homes transfer

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

3:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS of tenants have voted for their homes to be transferred out of council ownership.

Woman trapped in car after accident in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire Service freed the woman from her car.

7:37pm Monday 18th August 2014

A WOMAN was trapped in a car after a two vehicle accident in Bishop Auckland.

Relatives can bid fallen soldier farewell at last

The Northern Echo: (9407626)

7:30pm Monday 18th August 2014

RELATIVES of a soldier who died in Poland during the Second World War will finally get to say goodbye to him when they visit his grave next week.

Action plan produced to tackle anti-social behaviour in park

5:26am Monday 18th August 2014

AN action plan to improve a town park has been drawn up but residents are being warned it could be a long haul before it returns to its former glory.

Children's character proves a hit in the woods

The Northern Echo: STORYTIME FAVOURITE: The Gruffalo appears at Hamsterley Forest  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:29pm Sunday 17th August 2014

SCORES of youngsters headed into the woods to find The Gruffalo.

Bank Holiday street festival to be biggest yet

The Northern Echo: Space Cowboy

12:11pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A POPULAR street festival will be bigger than ever this year, expanding across County Durham.

Firefighters tackle barn blaze

8:11am Sunday 17th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a large barn fire shortly before midnight last night.

Junior pirates can hunt for buried treasure and listen to seafaring tales in Shildon

5:29pm Friday 15th August 2014

JUNIOR pirates can hunt for buried treasure and hear seafarer Captain Raggybeard tell stories about life on the high seas at a family fun event.

Movie star halted by Jenny Agutter's underwear arrives for Shildon restoration

3:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

AN HISTORICAL movie star stopped in its tracks by Jenny Agutter’s red bloomers is undergoing a £2,000 cosmetic make-over in the North-East.

Motorist found to be nearly three and a half times drink drive limit near Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

12:08pm Friday 15th August 2014

A MOTORIST caught weaving along a road as he looked for a lay-by to sleep in was nearly three and a half times the drink drive limit.

Teenage driver's death a tragic accident

The Northern Echo: HM Coroner Mr Andrew Tweddle

7:29pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A TEENAGE motorist killed when his car span off the road and hit two trees probably lost control on a bend, an inquest heard today. (Thursday, August 14)

Community centre celebrates 50th anniversary

The Northern Echo: 50th ANNIVERSARY: Auckland Youth and Community Centre celebrate 50th birthday. Pictured, Ellie and Hollie Woodhams having their nails painted by Lynsey Bowes. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:17pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A COMMUNITY has come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their youth centre.

Multi-million pound land wrangle between brothers lands in civil court

The Northern Echo: Paul Shepherd  (9277607)

8:08pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A BITTER dispute between brothers over a farm tenancy came to a head in civil court today (Wednesday, August 13), with a sister caught in middle saying her part-ownership had been a millstone around her neck.

Woman slashed by partner after refusing to tidy up

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

12:31pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MAN slashed his long-term partner after a drunken row which began when she refused his request to tidy up.

Wind farm company attends Parish Council meeting

The Northern Echo: Banks Renewables are seeking planning permission for four wind turbines to be installed near Hamsterley

6:21pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

RESIDENTS met with the company hoping to install a £12.5 million wind farm near their countryside homes last night (Monday, August 11).

Book remembers the life of politician's wife

The Northern Echo: FITTING TRIBUTE: Chris Foote Wood, with his late wife Frances

5:19pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A POLITICIAN has written a memorial book documenting the life of his wife who lost her battle with cancer last year.

Bishop Auckland drink-driver was four times the legal limit, a court heard

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

5:09pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A WOMAN who drove to the supermarket while four times the legal alcohol limit appeared before magistrates in County Durham today (Tuesday, August 12).

New scoreboard for Bishop Auckland cricket club

The Northern Echo: NEW EQUIPMENT:  John Hudspeth, of Bishop Auckland Cricket Club; Councillor Sam Zair, Henry Nicholson, vice-chairman of Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP and Sheila Metcalfe, also of the AAP with young cricketers in front of the new scoreboard

3:54pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A CRICKET club has been bowled over after it received more than £4,000 to help pay a new electronic scoreboard.

Council tenants urged to vote on transfer

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:15pm Monday 11th August 2014

COUNCIL tenants are being urged to vote on plans to transfer their homes to a new landlord.

Free summer festival will visit Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: FESTIVAL FUN: Artists perform at Durham Streets Summer Festival in Barnard Castle last year

7:50pm Friday 8th August 2014

A POPULAR summer festival has been extended to include a visit Bishop Auckland this August Bank Holiday.

Residents object to plans for new homes near Bishop Auckland

4:19pm Friday 8th August 2014

PLANS for 61 new homes near Bishop Auckland have been submitted to Durham County Council, prompting objections from some residents.

Residents in North-East consulted about broadband coverage

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

2:47pm Friday 8th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the North-East are being asked about broadband coverage.

Dog found with cable tie around penis and collar so tight its eyes were bulging

The Northern Echo: DOG HURT: Rufus was found wandering the streets in Newton Aycliffe

6:10pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A DOG was found wandering around the streets with a cable tie around its penis and a wearing collar so tight its eyes were bulging.

Meeting planned to discuss vandalism in Bishop Auckland park

1:59pm Thursday 7th August 2014

TALKS are to take place over how to tackle anti-social behaviour in a Bishop Auckland park.

Ofsted inspectors praise Shildon pre-school and teaching staff

The Northern Echo: OFSTED INSPECTION: A pre-school in Shildon has been praised in an Ofsted inspection

1:07pm Thursday 7th August 2014

TEACHERS are celebrating after they were judged to be good during a recent Ofsted inspection.

Bishop Auckland cycling event hailed a success

The Northern Echo: WHEELS IN MOTION: Bishop Auckland Cycle Races event take place in the centre of the town.  Pictured is the start of the amateur race Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

8:20pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

COMPETITION was fierce as cyclists of all ages battled it out in a North-East town’s first-ever road race.

Speeding drivers in Shildon to be targeted by police patrols

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

1:54pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

POLICE are to run extra patrols to target speeding drivers in Shildon who are putting lives at risk.

Heavy metal giants set to rock Shildon charity music festival

1:38pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A HEAVY metal band which is credited with influencing music giants Metallica and Megadeth are to headline a music festival in County Durham.

Bishop Auckland shop worker celebrates 102nd birthday

The Northern Echo: HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Doris Pentland on her 102nd birthday at Barrington Lodge care home in Bishop Auckland. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:41pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A FORMER shop worker who spent years working in Bishop Auckland’s town centre is celebrating her 102nd birthday today (Tuesday August 5).

Youngsters with disabilities take part in Shildon Commonwealth Games themed event

The Northern Echo: SPORTS DAY: People with learning difficulties take part in their own Commonwealth Games. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

3:53pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

YOUNGSTERS with physical and learning difficulties have taken to the running track to take part in a Commonwealth Games-style event.

Campaign group dismayed over new wind farm plans

6:35pm Monday 4th August 2014

OBJECTORS battling plans for a £12.5 million wind farm in the North-East countryside have expressed dismay after revised proposals were submitted.

Villagers unite to mark the centenary of the First World War

The Northern Echo: IN REMEMBRANCE: Lewis Longstaff-Wood after placing a cross during the service at Witton-le-Wear in memory of his Great Great Great Uncle Harry Longstaff who was killed in the the First World War Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:55pm Monday 4th August 2014

ONE-by-one the names of the 16 residents of Witton-le-Wear who lost their lives were read out and small wooden crosses bearing their names were laid on the village green.

Air ambulance thanked for saving man's life

The Northern Echo: EMOTIONAL REUNION: Marc Reed thanks Dr Mike Davidson for saving his life

3:04pm Monday 4th August 2014

A MAN who doctors feared would not survive catastrophic injuries sustained in a road accident has held an emotional reunion with the medical team who saved his life.

Victorian school fun for competition winning children

The Northern Echo: VICTORIAN FUN: Cockton Hill Junior School pupils enjoy Victorian-themed fun with Dave Eliot Cooper, of the Histrionics drama group

1:15pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

YOUNGSTERS turned back time to enjoy a Victorian-themed event as a prize for being the best pupils to walk or cycle to school.

Accidental cinema meeting leads to Shildon couple's diamond wedding

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN WEDDING: Roy Pybus and his wife Edna on their wedding day

3:53pm Friday 1st August 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met by accident on a trip to the cinema have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Jobseekers' prospects boosted after securing work placement with building firm

The Northern Echo: BUILDING SKILLS: Darren Edwards and Shaun Henderson boosted their job prospects with work placements

1:50pm Friday 1st August 2014

TWO jobseekers boosted their skills and job prospects after securing work placements with a building firm.

Extra patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour on retail park

The Northern Echo: SHOPLIFTERS BEWARE: PCSO Mike Atkinson will be part of the patrols at the Bishop Auckland Retail Park.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

POLICE officers have launched a scheme tackling anti-social behaviour and shoplifting on a popular out-of-town retail park.

Rumours rife over location of County Durham horse fair

The Northern Echo: HORSE TROT: Horse and cart owners take part in Seaham Horse Fair in 2007

6:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

UNCERTAINTY over the site of an annual horse fair has sparked concern in some communities.

Appeal after 'indecent act' in car

5:24pm Thursday 31st July 2014

POLICE are investigating a report of a man seen performing an indecent act while sitting in a car.

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.

Visitor access to Hamsterley Forest boosted with bridge construction

The Northern Echo: NEW BRIDGE: A  bridge to ease access for visitors is being constructed in Hamsterley Forest

6:29pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE latest stage of a project to improve facilities in Hamsterley Forest has led to the construction of a bridge costing nearly a third of a million pounds.

Former mayor vows to fight plans for new Shildon takeaway

The Northern Echo: PLANNING CONCERNS: The Jubilee Fields Training Centre which could house a take-away. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:33pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

PLANS to create a takeaway in a former Shildon working men’s club have been criticised over claims that the town has enough fast food outlets.

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