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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.


Heroes back home honoured at last

The Northern Echo: : Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon (front right) with Betty Horner (92, front left) and fellow Aycliffe Angels during the event at St John's RC School and 6th Form College in Bishop Auckland. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10530860)

6:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

HEROES of the Second World War who did essential and dangerous work back home to support armed forces on the frontline have been honoured.

Bands unite for Oxfam fundraiser

The Northern Echo: BRIGHT FUTURE: The Silence is one of four bands set to perform in Shildon next month

5:44pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FOUR aspiring young bands in the North-East are coming together for a special charity concert in aid of Oxfam.

£2,000 grant for young Bishop Auckland boxers

The Northern Echo: FUNDING FIRST: Members of Bishop Auckland Boxing Club with Jane Robson (black top, centre) of County Durham Community Foundation and Sandra Hillyard (white top, centre) of Sported Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:59am Thursday 18th September 2014

A BOXING club is celebrating after becoming the first project in County Durham to benefit from a new scheme aimed at boosting opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

Steamy date at Shildon museum

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL GUEST: Bellerophon, which arrived at Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon earlier this week ahead of the Tenth Anniversary Steam Gala

3:38pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

GUESTS at a museum’s tenth anniversary event will not just include visitors on foot but also those that travel on tracks.

Rail preservation role for former MP

The Northern Echo: RAIL ROLE: Lord Foster of Bishop Auckland

5:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LABOUR peer has been named as president of a group of enthusiasts dedicated to promote the world's first passenger railway line.

Man with large collection of indecent child images escapes immediate prison sentence

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

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN escaped an immediate prison sentence, despite amassing 1,979 indecent images of children over a three-year period.

Sisters to perform at annual charity ball

The Northern Echo: SINGING STARS: Sisters Alice and Emma Jordan are to perform at the County Durham Carers Support fundraising event Picture: TOM BANKS

4:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO talented young siblings will take to the stage tomorrow for a carers support fundraising ball.

Sir Winston Churchill's funeral carriage to be restored in Shildon

The Northern Echo: FUNERAL CARRIAGE: The Southern Railway luggage van no. 2464, which was built in 1931, has arrived in Shildon

5:46pm Monday 15th September 2014

A CARRIAGE, which formed part of a train that carried Sir Winston Churchill from his state funeral to his final resting place, will be restored in the region.

Newton Aycliffe Junior Football Club secures new shirt sponsor

The Northern Echo: NEW SPONSOR: Newton Aycliffe Junior Football Club's under-14s have a new kit sponsor, Co-operative Funeral Care. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:23pm Monday 15th September 2014

A CHILDREN’S football team is sporting a new kit after scoring a sponsorship deal.

Members sought for arthritis support group

The Northern Echo: ADVICE AVAILABLE: Councillor Sam Zair with members of the Wear Valley ArthritisSupport Group

5:21pm Monday 15th September 2014

AN arthritis group is appealing for more people to get involved and receive help and support for their condition.

Hero's daughter pays poetic tribute to fallen soldiers at Durham Cathedral service

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL SERVICE: DLI Reunion and World War One centenary commemoration service at Durham Cathedral.  Ginalee Brownson  reads her poem 'My Country'.  She won a competition organsied by the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, and her father was kille

7:12pm Sunday 14th September 2014

THE daughter of a hero soldier killed in Afghanistan read her own poignant poem at one of the region’s biggest First World War centenary events today (Sunday, September 14).

Stan Laurel letter set to go under the hammer

The Northern Echo:

6:02am Saturday 13th September 2014

A LETTER written by one half of a legendary comedy duo, who went to school in Bishop Auckland, will go under the hammer next week.

Council chairman's 'clothing allowance' scrapped - but has change gone far enough?

The Northern Echo: Cllr John Robinson, the chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

A SO-called clothing allowance mockingly dubbed the Geordie Armani by Prime Minister David Cameron has been scrapped, The Northern Echo has learned.

Castle photography project hailed a success

The Northern Echo: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

5:27pm Friday 12th September 2014

SNAP-HAPPY children have helped put a heritage site in the picture as part of an inspirational project aimed at transforming their lives.

Police dogs' visit highlights community issues

The Northern Echo: A DOG'S LIFE: Guinness the police dog jumps through a hoop for pupils Picture: TOM BANKS

5:13pm Friday 12th September 2014

POLICE dogs paid primary school pupils a visit to teach them about issues affecting their community.

Concerns over plans for children's home in South Church

The Northern Echo: FUTURE PLANS: South Church Nursing and Residential Home Picture: TOM BANKS.

5:11pm Friday 12th September 2014

PLANS to turn a former nursing home into a home for vulnerable young people have been met with concerns by nearby residents.

Roman fort sale “open and transparent” process

6:15pm Thursday 11th September 2014

THE sale of an internationally-important Roman fort is being carried out in an “open and transparent” way, it has been declared.

New bridge provides final link for forest trail

The Northern Echo: CROSSING OPEN: The Gruffalo heads a group in crossingHamsterley Bridge as it is officially opened Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:37pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A BRIDGE which helps creates a circular forest trail has been opened by a popular children’s character.

Petition launched to see services returned to Bishop Auckland Hospital

The Northern Echo: HOSPITAL PETITION: Anthony Roe, who has needed hospital treatment all his life, launches petition to see Bishop Auckland Hospital re-opened to full capacity Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:05pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A MAN has launched a petition in a bid to see a North-East hospital used to its full capacity.

Business boost for Bishop Auckland town centre

The Northern Echo: BISHOP BUSINESSES: New businesses move into Bishop Auckland town centre, pictured from left, Pearl Heels, Clive Auld, Ella Steadman-Lloyd, Rosie Kluz, Councillor Alan Anderson and Sharon Hall. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

2:27pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A NUMBER of new businesses have opened, giving Bishop Auckland’s struggling town centre a much-needed boost.

Children help design striking new sculpture at Tow Law primary school

The Northern Echo: WONDERFUL WELCOME: Children from Tow Law Millennium Primary School pictured with the new sculpture created by artist Graeme Hopper. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:01pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A SCULPTURE inspired by children’s impressions of their home village has been unveiled at a primary school.

Ban for woman caught driving without insurance for the third time

12:45pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

DRIVING without insurance has cost a Shildon woman her driving licence and more than £500 in court.

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to sign up to a paid-for garden waste service.

Tributes paid to Toft Hill motorcyclist killed trying to avoid tractor

The Northern Echo:

3:40pm Monday 8th September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorcyclist who was killed when his bike left the road as he swerved to avoid a tractor and trailer.

Soldier's parents overwhelmed by community support

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTE CHALLENGE: Richard Holloway with Bracken

3:36pm Monday 8th September 2014

THE parents of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan before Christmas praised a community for its support during a ceremony to unveil his name on a village war memorial.

Police launch road safety campaign in Shildon to promote seatbelt use

The Northern Echo: SAFETY CAMPAIGN: PC Calvin Skinner helps launch a campaign to improve road safety with pupils in Shildon. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:09pm Monday 8th September 2014

A CAMPAIGN to enforce seatbelt wearing has been launched - just days after a pensioner was banned from the roads for driving at 70mph with a child kneeling or standing on the front passenger seat.

Garden waste scheme to expand next year

4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to join the County Durham garden waste collection service next year.

Tributes have been paid to a Hamsterley soldier killed in Afghanistan at a war memorial re-dedication

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL SERVICE: Wreaths at Hamsterley's war memorial after its re-dedication to include the name of Captain Richard Holloway. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:39am Monday 8th September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a soldier killed in Afghanistan shortly before last Christmas during a service to re-dedicate a village war memorial which now bears his name.

Methodists celebrate first meeting of Bishop Auckland and Shildon Methodist Circuit at railway museum

The Northern Echo: METHODIST SERVICE: Methodist reverends Graham Morgan, Ruth Gee, Emma Morgan and Keith Phipps at the Shildon service.

6:03am Monday 8th September 2014

THE first meeting of the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Methodist Circuit has taken place at a railway museum.

Church project to help Shildon residents wins praise from MP

The Northern Echo: PROJECT PRAISE: Helen Goodman MP with Reverend David Tomlinson

5:50pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A PROJECT to help residents improve Shildon has been praised by its MP.

Police appeal for witnesses after motorcyclist killed near Witton-le-Wear

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

4:53pm Friday 5th September 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after swerving to avoid a tractor and trailer on the A68 in County Durham.

Plea for "common sense" over 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

3:44pm Friday 5th September 2014

SUPPORTERS of a campaign aiming to buy an internationally-important Roman fort are hoping “common sense” prevails over its future.

Entrepreneurial pupils raise more than £250 for hospice

The Northern Echo: FUN TIMES: Youngsters raise money for Butterwick Hospice at their summer school

12:23pm Friday 5th September 2014

DOZENS of Bishop Auckland school pupils used their entrepreneurial skills to raise money for a popular hospice.

Council's flood response praised

The Northern Echo: Flooding near Staindrop, County Durham, in May 2013

6:52pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL has been praised for its response to severe flooding.

St Helen Auckland man cleared of rape charge - on judge's direction

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

6:21pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A MAN who was alleged to have raped a woman while she slept has been cleared.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:34pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL is ringing the changes for making over-the-phone payments.

Celebration of councillor's life

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SCENE: The funeral of Councillor Pauline Charlton at St Wilfrid's RC Church, in Bishop Auckland     Picture: ANDY LAMB (10017037)

5:14pm Thursday 4th September 2014

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral of a former council chairman who will be remembered as a redoubtable local politician who was treasured by friends and family.

Bollywood dancers to help open Shildon exhibition on India's railways

The Northern Echo: BOLLYWOOD DANCING: The Bollywood Belles will appear at the opening of an exhibition on India's railways

1:58pm Thursday 4th September 2014

BOLLYWOOD dancers are to add a taste of the Orient to the opening of an exhibition on the railways of India.

Industrial Revolution engine overhauled at Shildon railway museum for visitors

The Northern Echo: RAILWAY HERITAGE: Trainee Steve Hopper helps to overhaul the beam engine

5:06pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A HISTORICAL artefact from the Industrial Revolution has undergone an overhaul in time for visitors to view it at a railway museum.

Motorist shows age is no limit to safe driving

The Northern Echo: SAFE STANDARD: Terence Otter behind the wheel

3:58pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER professional driver proved he still has the golden touch after brushing up on his skills behind the wheel.

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.

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