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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.


73-year-old former councillor takes his debut one-man show to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

8:55pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE brother of comedienne Victoria Wood is hoping to emulate his famous sibling by taking his one-man Charles Dickens-themed show on the road.

Opinions sought on future of Bishop Auckland maternity unit

The Northern Echo: HOSPITAL PLANS: Expectant mums are being asked about the future of the maternity unit

6:03am Friday 25th July 2014

EXPECTANT mums are being urged to give their opinions over the future of a North-East maternity unit.

Teenage apprentice is county's first tourism superstar

The Northern Echo: : Award winner Matthew Henderson (19) from Beamish Museum during the event at Crook Hall. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8590460)

6:03am Friday 25th July 2014

A TEENAGE museum apprentice has been named County Durham’s first Tourism Superstar.

Teenager admits meat cleaver robbery bid at Evenwood village store

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

6:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A TEENAGER has admitted attempting to carry out a robbery at a village convenience store.

History on show at annual Roman festival

The Northern Echo: NORTHERN POMPEII: Archaeologist David Petts with a silver 3rd Century ring which was found on the site PICTURE: Sarah Caldecott

4:47pm Thursday 24th July 2014

VISITORS to an annual Roman festival will be able to see the “Pompeii of the North” unearthed by archaeologists at an excavation site.

Compensation ordered after Shildon man trapped policeman's foot in door

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

3:07pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN has been ordered to pay a police officer £100 compensation after slamming a door on his foot.

Dog owners who fail to control pets targeted by police in Shildon

The Northern Echo: DOG CONCERNS: Police in Shildon are targeting irresponsible dog owners.

3:05pm Thursday 24th July 2014

POLICE are targeting dog owners whose pets run free in a Shildon park attacking other animals.

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.

Shildon man fined for carrying self defence knife

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

2:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A DRUG user who carried a lock knife with him as protection after suffering a brutal assault has been fined after admitting possessing an offensive weapon.

Haul of silver found buried in County Durham field

The Northern Echo: MYSTERY HAUL: Some of the silver ornaments found in the field near Summerhouse

5:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MYSTERIOUS haul of silver wrapped in newspaper from the 1980s has been found buried in a field by a metal detecting enthusiast.

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.

Dining habits of Prince Bishops unearthed at Auckland Castle

The Northern Echo: HISTORICAL GROWING: Archaeologist Harry Beamish at the site of the glasshouses

2:01pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A RARE insight into the luxurious dining habits of the Prince Bishops of Durham has been unearthed at Auckland Castle.

Campaigners hope to start work on historic rail bridges near Shildon soon.

The Northern Echo: BRIDGE REPAIRS: Campaigners are hopeful repairs can be carried out to a historic bridge.

1:47pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS are hopeful work to repair a historical railway bridge which was damaged by thieves can start soon.

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.

Bishop Auckland to host cycle road race next month

6:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CYCLISTS will bring back memories of the successful Tour de France Grand Depart when a North-East town holds its first-ever road race next month.

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.

"Pompeii of the north" found in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: HISTORICAL FIND: The inscribed altar dedicated to the Roman Goddess, Fortune the Home-bringer, found at Binchester Roman Fort

5:16pm Monday 21st July 2014

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed the “Pompeii of the north" at a County Durham excavation site.

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.

Police appeal to trace missing Shildon woman

The Northern Echo: MISSING WOMAN: Helen Martin who the police are keen to trace.

3:02pm Monday 21st July 2014

POLICE are appealing for help to trace a Shildon woman who has gone missing from her home.

American footballers on month long trip to region from the Temecula Valley Soccer Academy Hawks, California

The Northern Echo: INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR: Bishop Auckland club staged a friendly football tournament for a club from California, USA.  The U13s St Mary's Kings team (blue) take on U13s TVSA (Temecula Valley Soccer Academy) Hawks team (green) from the USA.  Picture: CHRIS

6:27pm Sunday 20th July 2014

THE region is playing host to young American footballers who are on a month long trip to England.

Help children to read

The Northern Echo: VOLUNTEER PLEA: Charity needs people to help children learn to read

5:41pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A CHARITY that helps children who struggle to learn to read is appealing for volunteers in the region.

Bishop Auckland MP apologises over "puppets" tweet

The Northern Echo: MP Helen Goodman

6:03am Friday 18th July 2014

A NORTH-East MP apologised last night (Thursday) after branding leading Conservative women MPs “puppets” who are interesting only for their clothes.

Fundraising climb in memory of soldier

The Northern Echo: POPULAR SOLDIER: Captain Richard Holloway with Bracken before he headed out to Afghanistan in November

6:03pm Thursday 17th July 2014

MORE than 30 friends of a North-East soldier killed in Afghanistan will tackle the Three Peaks Challenge in his memory – just two days after what would have been his 30th birthday.

Bishop Auckland motorcyclist killed in collision with tractor described as 'devoted father-of-one'

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5:17pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST who died when his bike was in collision with a tractor at the weekend has been described as a devoted family man.

UPDATED: Bishop Auckland MP apologises "unreservedly" for labelling new Tory women ministers "puppets"

The Northern Echo: MP Helen Goodman

4:11pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A NORTH-East MP who drew criticism after saying new Conservative female ministers' choice of clothes "really is the most interesting thing about them" as she backed a newspaper's focus on what they wore on reshuffle day has apologised.

Hero's daughter will pay poetic tribute to fallen soldiers

The Northern Echo: WAR POET: 14-year-old Ginalee Brownson, daughter of Cpl Lee Brownson, of Bishop Auckland, will read her poem at Durham Cathedral in September. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:32am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE daughter of a hero soldier killed in Afghanistan will read her own competition winning poem at one of the region’s biggest First World War centenary events.

Emergency crews rescue car crash "victim" in Shildon training session

The Northern Echo: EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Fire, police and ambulance crews practise rescue skills with a fake car crash.

6:19pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A TRAINING session for emergency crews saw the rescue of a man who was trapped in a car after it had crashed into a train today (Wednesday, July 16).

Youngsters enjoy a church backed graffiti themed workshop in Shildon

The Northern Echo: GRAFFITI ART: Catherine Vickers, 11, with Reverend David Tomlinson and artist Graham Cleland.

6:16pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS have shown off their creative skills for a graffiti art project designed to bring the church and the community together.

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.

Seriously-ill mother receives vital treatment thanks to Bishop Auckland teaching assistant

The Northern Echo: MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Teaching Assistant Wendy Shaw (right) with six-year-old Casey-Leigh Dodds and her mother Kimberley Howard.

6:03am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A TEACHING assistant has been praised after rushing to help the seriously-ill mother of a pupil who had failed to turn up at school.

Replica of historic loco leaves County Durham to appear in Holland display

The Northern Echo: RAIL JOURNEY: The replica Sans Pareil locomotion which has travelled to Holland.

5:55pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A REPLICA of an historic steam engine has travelled across Europe from a County Durham museum to help to mark the 175th anniversary of the railways in Holland.

Fire which destroyed £200,000 worth of tyres was an accident

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENTAL FIRE: The fire at Little Gordon Farm, near Cockfield, is thought to have been an accident.

5:45pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A HUGE fire which destroyed £200,000 worth of tyres is thought to have started by accident.

Bishop Auckland playgroup to close after 34 years

2:50pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A POPULAR playgroup is being forced to close after 34 years due to a lack of sustainable funding.

Inquest review into Afghanistan death of Captain Richard Holloway

The Northern Echo: INQUEST REVIEW: Captain Richard Holloway, 29, from Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, was serving with The Royal Engineers, when he was killed by enemy fire east of Kabul, on December 23

1:50pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A REVIEW of an inquest into the death of an Army captain killed inAfghanistan took place at the Coroners Court in Crook, County Durham, today (Tuesday, July 15).

Terminally-ill cancer patient needs £3,000-a-month for life-extending treatment

The Northern Echo: CANCER DRUG: Jemma Warburton is organising a fundraising night to raise money for terminally-ill Kevin Boland, who has been refused £3,000-a-month drug which could potentially extend his life Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

7:08am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A TERMINALLY ill cancer sufferer needs £3,000-a-month to fund drugs proven to extend life after being refused them on the NHS.

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.

Investigations ongoing into rural motorbike crashes

The Northern Echo: FLORAL TRIBUTE: A floral tribute on Nettlebed Lane, at the scene where a motorcyclist died after colliding with a tractor.

5:58pm Monday 14th July 2014

INVESTIGATIONS are underway into two separate crashes during which one motorcyclist died and another was seriously injured.

Ferryhill youth theatre commemorates First World War with original musical

The Northern Echo: NEVER FORGET: Enter CIC members Cameron Gough and Ashton Flynn pose for Home Fires publicity photo

3:55pm Monday 14th July 2014

A YOUTH performing arts group will commemorate the centenary of the First World War by staging an original musical in one of the region’s most historic landmarks.

Charity aims to help addicts in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: A man drinking beer

3:41pm Monday 14th July 2014

A GROUP of recovering addicts are hoping to launch a new charitable organisation aimed at supporting others who are ready to become abstinent.

Bishop Auckland biker killed in collision with tractor

The Northern Echo: SHOTS FIRED: Durham Police officers are investigating the incident in West Auckland

10:57am Monday 14th July 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST has died and another has been left with serious injuries after two separate crashes in the County Durham dales yesterday afternoon.

Tow Law man pens powerful message to dementia

The Northern Echo: Dear Dementia author Ian Donaghy with television presenter and dementia campaigner, Angela Ripon, at the book launch

10:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A BOOK of simple yet emotive letters to dementia from the perspective of those affected has captured the attention of MPs, academics and celebrities within weeks of its release.

Thieves target Bishop Auckland computer games shop

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

6:55pm Friday 11th July 2014

A POLICE investigation is underway after thousands-of-pounds worth of electrical items were stolen from a computer games shop this week.

Four arrested in tobacco raids

6:04pm Friday 11th July 2014

FOUR people were arrested in connection with the alleged possession and supply of illicit tobacco following two joint police and council raids.

Appeal after unprovoked attack on woman

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: Officers want to speak to this man in connection with assault on woman

4:50pm Friday 11th July 2014

POLICE have released a CCTV image of a man they want to identify after a woman was assaulted in an unprovoked attack.

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.

Arts award for youngsters

The Northern Echo: ART AWARD: Pupils from St John’s School, Bishop Auckland, receive the Febfest art award for a Japanese project from Durham Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon. Picture: TOM BANKS

1:58pm Friday 11th July 2014

AWARD winning artwork by a school’s creative youngsters is being displayed alongside exhibits from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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