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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.

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Hundreds sign petition to safeguard the future of Binchester Roman Fort

The Northern Echo: ROMAN REMAINS: Head curator at Auckland Castle Chris Ferguson at the Binchester Roman Fort near Bishop Auckland Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:30pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A PETITION backing a charitable trust’s bid to buy an internationally-important Roman Fort attracted almost 1,000 signatures in its first 24 hours.

Resident's fury at MP's decision to support wind farm

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

5:40pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

RESIDENTS are furious that an MP has given her backing to proposals for a wind farm they vehemently object to.

Improved rail travel facilities unveiled at train station

The Northern Echo: TRAVEL HUB:Councillor Neil Foster launches travel hub at Bishop Auckland Railway Station pictured front with Sarah Fay, of the Local Motion scheme. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

3:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A SCHEME to help to ease road congestion by encouraging more people to use the train has been launched at Bishop Auckland Railway Station.

Man raped woman while she slept, it is alleged to court

6:44pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A MAN raped a woman when she was asleep, it was alleged to a court.

Teenager hopes to build on past success

The Northern Echo: FIRST PLACE: Adam Lowson,17, of Hamsterley, with last year's winning wall

4:46pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A TEENAGER is hoping to build on his past success in an upcoming dry wall competition.

Saga over family farm feud could be over following court ruling

The Northern Echo: BITTER DISPUTE: Anthony (left) and Paul Shepherd at another court hearing

6:07pm Monday 1st September 2014

A JUDGE has delivered a scathing assessment of a legal wrangle over a family farm – and potentially given the green light to a huge new housing development on the site.

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.

£2m bid fails to secure Binchester Roman Fort

The Northern Echo: HISTORIC SITE: The Church Commissioners have put Binchester Roman Fort up for sale

6:36pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE group behind efforts to raise the profile of a North-East town has failed to buy an internationally-important Roman fort, despite offering the £2m asking price.

Developers "could buy County Durham Roman site"

The Northern Echo:

11:02am Friday 29th August 2014

CONCERNS have been raised that the site of a Roman settlement dubbed the Pompeii of the North could be sold to developers.

Banned driver used car as 'weapon' on seeing ex's former partner near her home

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

10:02pm Friday 29th August 2014

A BANNED motorist drove towards a former partner of his own ex-girlfriend after spotting him on a footpath near her home.

Man threatened to burn house down with his partner and children inside

4:52pm Friday 29th August 2014

A MAN who threatened to burn his partner’s house down while she was inside it with their children has appeared in court.

Fair boost's home comfort fund

The Northern Echo: FUN DAY: Resident Ena Johnson, 69, with activities coordinator, Jan Traynor, dressed as Minnie Mouse enjoy the fun of the fair

3:37pm Friday 29th August 2014

A CARE home threw open its doors to the community when it hosted a summer fair.

Man jailed after stealing 40ft of electricity cable from industrial site

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

5:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A MAN has been jailed after making off with 40ft of electricity cable belonging to an industrial estate on a bike.

Vulnerable elderly man's home targeted by couple

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

6:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

A WOMAN under the influence of a prescribed sedative stole personal items from the home of an elderly neighbour, a court heard.

Armed robber fled when store owner threw newspapers at him

The Northern Echo: Mike Barnes and partner Wendy Swords of The Little Shopper, in Evenwood, who threw bundle of newspapers at would-be robber.

6:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A WOULD-BE store robber fled empty-handed when confronted by the joint owner, who flung a pile of newspapers in his direction.

Tributes paid to former Durham County Council chairman

The Northern Echo: Coun Pauline Charlton

6:11pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A FORMER chairman of Durham County Council has died following an illness.

Young volunteers create sensory garden at Spennymoor campus

The Northern Echo: SENSORY GARDEN:Young people on the national citizens service have created a sensory garden for disabled youngsters at Aspire Centre, Spennymoor Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:08pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

YOUNG volunteers are digging deep to transform an unloved corner of a college campus into an oasis of calm for special needs students.

Railway station set to unveil improved facilities

The Northern Echo: NEW FACILITY: Improvements will be unveiled at Bishop Auckland railway station next week

4:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A NEW travel hub aimed at encouraging more people to take the train and cut congestion will be unveiled next week.

Final open garden of the season

The Northern Echo: OPEN GARDEN:Ravensford Farm, Hamsterley, The farm is opening its garden for the National Garden Scheme pictured  Caroline and Jonathan Peacock . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:42pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE final open garden in County Durham this season will take place this weekend.

Legal bid to get information from helicopter black box

The Northern Echo: INVESTIGATION CONTINUES: Oil worker Duncan Munro died  after a Super Puma L2 helicopter crashed in the North Sea at 6.20pm last year

5:11pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE Crown Office is set to petition for the return of the black box from a helicopter which crashed into the North Sea, killing a North-East man.

American opera star to perform at Tow Law First World War memorial concert

6:26pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AN American opera singer who has performed for Bill and Hillary Clinton will sing at a First World War memorial concert in the region this autumn.

Vintage fire vehicles to join rally at Shildon railway museum

The Northern Echo: FIRE ENGINES: Malcolm Paul with his 1978 Land Rover series three fire appliance which will take part in a rally at Shildon

1:30pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

CLASSIC and vintage fire engines will go on show at an annual rally at a railway museum.

Tudor exhibition set to close soon

3:40pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

VISITORS still have time to see an historic four-poster bed which is the centrepiece of a Tudor exhibition on display at Auckland Castle.

Amazon adventure on offer at Hamsterley Forest

5:42pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

PEOPLE young and old can explore a special Amazon adventure in a North-East forest next month.

Pirates take over Shildon railway museum

The Northern Echo: LAND AHOY: Eva Nottingham-Dennis, four,  of Bishop Auckland,  meets Captain Raggy Beard at The Locomotion Railway Museum. PICTURE: KEITH TAYLOR

4:46pm Monday 25th August 2014

PIRATES abandoned their ships in favour of historic trains at a seaside themed fun day.

Shildon welcomes Brit pop legends to family music festival

The Northern Echo: GOOD ENOUGH: Dodgy performing at Shildonbury Party in the Park. PICTURE: DAVID LANGLEY

4:26pm Monday 25th August 2014

BRIT pop band, Dodgy, who shot to fame in the 1990s, headlined a family music festival in the region yesterday (Sunday, August 42).

Wife secures winning runs for stumped cricket club captain in Shildon match

The Northern Echo: CRICKET WIFE: Deborah Gill who joined her husband, Darren Gill, to play for Ushaw Moor Cricket Team. Picture: Keith Taylor

11:51pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A CRICKET club captain who called on his wife to help out after he was left stumped by a shortage of players saw her score the side’s winning runs.

Holiday nightmare for Bishop Auckland family as toddlers left fighting for their lives

The Northern Echo: HOLIDAY HORROR: Nicola Owen with youngsters Hannah, left, and Olivia Smith

6:11pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A FAMILY holiday to Ibiza turned into a nightmare after two-year-old sisters Hannah and Olivia Smith were left battling deadly E-coli.

Church memorial erected to honour former Shildon deputy mayor

The Northern Echo: COUNCILLOR HONOURED: Councillor Henry Nicholson, mayor of Shildon, with Reverend David Tomlinson and Theda Bannister's family at the new gates. Picture Keith Taylor

1:22pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A LONG serving councillor has been honoured in the town which she worked so hard to improve - with a plaque and church gates erected in her memory.

Teenage Spennymoor meningitis sufferer's sponsored haircut in memory of her older sister

The Northern Echo: CHARITY HAIRCUT: Teenager Emily Blood after her charity haircut

9:35am Sunday 24th August 2014

A TEENAGE meningitis sufferer whose sister died from the same disease has had her pony tail cut off to raise money to help fight the illness.

Family of Bishop Auckland soldier make emotional trip to his grave in Poland

The Northern Echo: FITTING FAREWELL: Capt Joe Preece, Helen Thomson, Fr Robert Gamble, Clayton Thomson, Maj Eyton Parker, Norah Hutchinson, Tom Hutchinson, Linda and George Campbell (Norah’s niece and her husband) at the service in Popielow

6:32am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE family of a North-East soldier killed during the Second World War made an emotional trip to Poland to pay their final respects at his graveside.

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)



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