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MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

£800 funding for indoor cricket league

The Northern Echo: Spec-tacular anniversary

3:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CRICKET league has received an £800 boost thanks to a national company keen to support projects close to home.

Sausages are among the award-winning produce at food festival

The Northern Echo: PRIZE SAUSAGES: Dan Armstrong, from Brockbushes, and Dr Clare Watson-Laney, from The Northumberland Sausage Company.

5:55pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PRIZE sausages will be among the award-winning produce on offer at a popular food festival this weekend.

Ceremony held to knight children

The Northern Echo: SPECTACULAR BACKDROP: Auckland Castle

4:35pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PUPILS were “knighted” in a special ceremony at a Bishop Auckland castle.

College to host first workshops as part of Bishop Auckland Food Festival

The Northern Echo: College to hosts food workshop during festival

6:47pm Monday 21st April 2014

FOOD festival visitors can sample culinary delights when Bishop Auckland College opens its doors for a series of workshops.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Hospice patients handle chick and ducklings in Bishop Auckland Easter treat

The Northern Echo: Debbie Green handles a duckling at the Butterwick Hospice.

5:29pm Monday 21st April 2014

PATIENTS at a Bishop Auckland hospice enjoyed an Easter treat as a chick and two ducklings were taken to the centre.

Charity group buys Ruby with donation

The Northern Echo: Helen Charlton (left) trustee of Wear Valley RDA is presented with a cheque for £1,500 from Ride-away to pay for horse Ruby, pictured

4:10pm Monday 21st April 2014

A RIDING club for disabled people was happy not to look a gift horse in the mouth when a shop donated £1,500 to the group.

Charity which help vulnerable find homes stages Shildon talent-style show

The Northern Echo: Charity holds talent show in Shildon

4:06pm Monday 21st April 2014

A CHARITY which helps vulnerable people at risk of homelessness has held a Britain’s Got Talent-style contest.

Railway museum in Shildon tops charity's national poll for disabled access

The Northern Echo: Railway museum in Shildon heads charity's accessibility table

2:23pm Monday 21st April 2014

A TOURIST attraction has been shown to be on the right track to help its visitors after it received a top rating for its disabled access.

Hunting for Easter eggs - on horseback

4:32pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN equestrian centre hosted Easter activities at the weekend, in aid of a disabled riding club that is based there.

One day until locos start to head home

The Northern Echo: Easter Monday will be the last chance to see the trains before they are returned to Canada and America

3:05pm Sunday 20th April 2014

TOMORROW (Monday, April 21) is the last chance to see two iconic locomotives from a museum’s hugely popular exhibition before they are shipped home across the Atlantic.

North club only one in country that can handle ping pongathon

The Northern Echo: PING PONG: Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club's Matthew Porter, chairman and coaching director, and club secretary Carol Rodway

1:45pm Saturday 19th April 2014

AN endurance challenge in aid of a cancer charity proved too much for sports clubs across the country – with just one North-East club able to complete the feat.

Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

The Northern Echo: Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TRADITIONAL Easter parades, events and activities have taken place across the region today.

£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.

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.

Anti-crime meetings in Shildon believed to be under threat are to continue

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

3:27pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to cut anti-crime meetings from monthly to bi-monthly in Shildon have been placed on hold after residents raised concerns at the plans.

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.

Army unit given freedom of Spennymoor celebrates for possibly last time with town's council

The Northern Echo: Councillor Jeff Daley, mayor of Spennymoor, is greeted by major Andy Sutherland watched by rifleman Steve Elliott, bugle major Garry Suggett, lieutenant Rishi Ahluwalia and mayor’s consort Maureen Hirst.

5:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A TERRITORIAL Army unit that has the freedom of Spennymoor has strengthened its links with the town for possibly the last time.

Council agrees closure of five care homes

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE VOTE: A previous protest to save Newtown House care home in Stanhope

12:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIVE council-run care homes will close after councillors heard it is too expensive to keep them going.

Dog breeder on trial

The Northern Echo: Graham Bodycombe appeared at Darlington Magistrates' Court

12:27pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

QUESTIONS have been raised in court about the severity of medical ailments suffered by dogs owned by a County Durham breeder.

Dog breeder denies causing suffering to animals

The Northern Echo: Darlington Magistrates Court GV

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A COUNTY Durham dog breeder has denied causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

'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.

Age proves no barrier for double black belt martial arts training Shildon pensioner

The Northern Echo: Pensioner Ken Nevison who trains in martial arts

12:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DOUBLE black belt winning 84-year-old is proving that age is no barrier as he continues to fight his way through weekly martial arts sessions.

Bishop Auckland youngsters discuss police issues

The Northern Echo: TOWN ISSUES: PCSO Abby Freeman with kids at a youth Pact meeting with posters

4:12pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHILDREN have been tackling issues affecting their town at a junior community police meeting.

Charity concert rearranged after being cancelled

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

3:08pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CONCERT in aid of a lung charity has been rearranged after a power cut forced the event to be cancelled.

Knifeman jailed for a year

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

5:45pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been jailed for a year after he was found guilty of affray.

Man arrested after police raid uncovers 102 cannabis plants in Shildon house

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

4:14pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested after a police drugs raid uncovered 102 cannabis plants in a County Durham house.

Equipment stolen from ambulance in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: IN THE FRONTLINE: Ambulance workers and paramedics are coming under increasing threats of violence

3:26pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

AN ambulance was forced out of action after important equipment was stolen during an emergency call.

New national retailer for Bishop Auckland shopping park

The Northern Echo: COMPETITION: Win £100 to spend at Kidderminster TK Maxx

2:34pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A NATIONAL retailer looks set to open on an out-of-town shopping park.

Man denies using knife in threatening fashion during confrontation

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

6:47pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MAN produced a knife after he was accused of being a car thief, a court heard.

Pet lizard quickly returned to cage after daytime break-in at owner's Shildon home

The Northern Echo: HOME TO JUSTICE: Durham Crown Court.

3:50pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A PET lizard had a brief disappearance from its cage, following a break-in at the home of its family owners.

European election polling card for Shildon girl, four

The Northern Echo: Four-year-old sent polling card for European elections

3:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl has been sent a polling card to vote in the European elections.

Crime reduction measures for Bishop Auckland allotments

The Northern Echo: ALLOTMENT WATCH: Doug Hatton stands in a potting shed at South Church allotments

3:58pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

NEW security measures have been put in place on allotment sites across Bishop Auckland to help combat crime.

£50,000 boost for sports facilities in Etherley

The Northern Echo: BID SUCCESS: Funding to improve sport facilities at Miners' Welfare Ground

2:32pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

VILLAGE sports officials are celebrating after securing £50,000 to improve dilapidated facilities.

Police in Shildon warn residents after a spate of sneak burglaries in the town

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

1:48pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

SNEAK BURGLARIES: Police are warning residents in Shildon to keep their property secure after four sneak burglaries in the town recently. There was one break-in on Ruby Street and another on St John’s Road plus two more on Coronation Avenue. Anyone who can help with enquiries, or who sees anyone acting suspiciously, should contact Shildon police on 101.

Horseback Easter egg hunt at Escomb riding centre

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

5:31pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

South Durham event

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.

Bishop Auckland area news in briefs

The Northern Echo: Marie Curie Cancer Care group seeks volunteers in Spennymoor

4:26pm Monday 14th April 2014

A TABLE top sale will be held at Hamsterley Village Hall on Saturday (April 19) to raise funds for the hoppings event.

Travel arrangements announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

The Northern Echo: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD: Reader G Temby was not impressed by the Bishop Auckland Food Festival

3:23pm Monday 14th April 2014

VISITORS to a popular food festival are being advised to plan their journey in advance.

Comedy night at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

The Northern Echo: CABINET STOLEN: Bishop Auckland Town Hall

5:25pm Monday 14th April 2014

COMEDIAN Rob Rouse will be appearing at the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Friday, April 25, at 7.30pm.

Auckland Castle heritage scheme to create 130 jobs

The Northern Echo: SPECTACULAR BACKDROP: Auckland Castle

10:30pm Sunday 13th April 2014

UP to 130 jobs will be created at a North-East castle within the next five years.

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.

Children's author Anne Fine presents Peter Pan panto prize to creative youngster

The Northern Echo: Peter Pan competition winner Lucy Robson, from Toft Hill Primary School, pictured with (L to R) Maria Blackett and Leanne Brown, from Hayes Travel, author Anne Fine and competition organiser Chris Percival.

3:30pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A CHILDREN’S author has presented a talented youngster with tickets to see an eagerly anticipated pantomime.

Fred Dibnah's widow promotes tribute to much-loved steeplejack

The Northern Echo: Fred Dibnah's widow, Sheila, attends Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon to promote her book, A Cast Iron Will.  She is pictured by her late husband's favourite locomotive, Stirling single GNR No.1.

11:41am Sunday 13th April 2014

FRED Dibnah’s widow has been promoting her poignant tribute to the nation’s favourite steeplejack at a North-East railway museum.

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