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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.


Locomotion's first ever war gaming event

The Northern Echo: STAND TO: Brian Urving from Westerhope Wargames Group plays a game at the NRM in Shildon. Picture: TOM BANKS (11643243)

6:07pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE first ever Stand To! Exhibition took place at the National Railway Museum in Shildon yesterday (Sunday, October 19).

Festive market at Christmas lights switch-on in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: SEASONAL TRADING: A new festive market will take place in Bishop Auckland's market place next month. Pictured are Dave Hunter, chairman of Bishop Auckland Town team, South Durham Enterprise Agency community enterprise coach Nigel Robson, Bishop Auckla

5:45pm Monday 20th October 2014

A FESTIVE market will be held to celebrate the start of the countdown to Christmas in Bishop Auckland.

New shop in Bishop Auckland creates 12 new jobs

1:25pm Monday 20th October 2014

A NEW Screwfix store will create 12 jobs when it officially opens in Bishop Auckland this Thursday (October 23).

Dreams come true for winning couple

The Northern Echo: WEDDING WINNERS: Kathryn Miller and Michael Stones, this year's Win a Wedding competition winners.

11:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

A COUPLE’S dreams have come true after winning The Northern Echo’s Win a Wedding competition.

Fundraising purchases scooter in memory of former Vice President

The Northern Echo: NATURE SCOOTER: Fundraisers have managed to get a mobility scooter for Low Barns nature reserve. Pictured with the scooter is Reserves Officer West, Michael Rogers. Picture: TOM BANKS

8:11pm Friday 17th October 2014

A WILDLIFE trust has successfully raised more than £8,000 to buy an all-terrain mobility scooter for its nature reserve.

Schoolgirl wins competition to redesign war memorial

The Northern Echo: ART PRIZE: Former Etherley Lane Primary School pupil Kate Berry has won a competition to redesign Bishop Auckland's war memorial. Also pictured are Chris Percival, deputy mayor Lee Brownson, headteacher Karen Bennett and Lynn Bennett, from Sainsbury&#

6:27pm Friday 17th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL has won a competition asking children to redesign Bishop Auckland's First World War memorial.

Transatlantic charity connection

The Northern Echo: CAT ART: Amanda Ellison and Marion Maychell hold Native American art  donated to the Cats R Us charity in Shildon for a fundraising auction Picture: TOM BANKS

3:37pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN American couple has been so inspired by the work of a County Durham animal charity they have made an unusual donation to boost its coffers.

Efforts of volunteers recognised at awards night

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Volunteer of the Year Donna Bruce. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11596672)

11:02pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WOMAN has been honoured for her dedicated voluntary work helping young people in a North-East community.

Gruffalo trails inspire children

6:51pm Thursday 16th October 2014

New activity trails have been designed using the Gruffalo’s Child to encourage children to learn about nature.

School reconsiders Ghanaian teacher visit after parents raise concerns over Ebola

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A SCHOOL is reconsidering whether to allow a visit from a Ghanaian teacher to go ahead after parents expressed fears about the spread of the Ebola virus.

Parking is 'free after three' during December

The Northern Echo: FREE PARKING: On-street parking in Durham City is included in the offer

5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

PARKING at a council’s car parks will be free after 3pm during December.

Spooky decorations prove too much for birthday party

The Northern Echo: FRIGHT NIGHT: Susan Masters has spent more than 30 hours decorating the Durham Ox pub Picture: TOM BANKS

3:54pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

HALLOWEEN decorations, which took more than 30 hours to put up in a pub, proved so scary for a ten-year-old, she cancelled her birthday party.

Pumpkin parade part of Bishop Auckland halloween event

The Northern Echo: (11300687)

1:41pm Monday 13th October 2014

A HALLOWEEN event will be held by Bishop Auckland Town Team in and around the town centre on Saturday, October 25, from11am to 3.30pm.

Model trains are a big hit at Shildon railway museum

The Northern Echo: ON TRACK: Shildon Model Railway Club holds its annual exhibition at Locomotion, Shildon. Picture: TOM BANKS

9:26pm Sunday 12th October 2014

MINIATURE trains were displayed amongst the great steam engines which inspired them at a model railway exhibition at the weekend.

Pedal power earns County Durham youngsters a free and healthy breakfast

The Northern Echo: PEDAL POWER: Pupils from Sedgefield Primary School work up an appetite for their Bike It breakfast

11:09am Sunday 12th October 2014

CHILDREN who cycle to school were treated to a free nutritious breakfast this week.

Council housing plans under fire

The Northern Echo: test

7:36pm Friday 10th October 2014

PLANS to build thousands of new homes in County Durham have drawn strong criticism.

Grant means 1,000 kids will learn to ride a bike earlier

The Northern Echo: Pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Gilesgate take part in Bikeability training

6:46pm Friday 10th October 2014

FUNDING has been secured to teach 1,000 more children to ride a bike safely.

Harvest celebrations hailed a success

The Northern Echo: HARVEST TIME: Victoria Lane Academy pupils with Fr Gary Nicholson take part in harvest festival service at St. James' Church, Coundon. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:11pm Friday 10th October 2014

HARVEST festival celebrations have been hailed a success after tonnes of food were donated to support the community and County Durham Food Bank.

Fortnightly bin collections 'help save £5m' says council

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig attaches collection day stickers to recycling bins in Chester-le-Street in 2012 (11317923)

5:46pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A COUNCIL says switching to fortnightly bin collections has helped it save more than £5m.

Why spend £136m on zombie roads?, ask council critics

The Northern Echo: Farmer Brian Hodgson (61) from Aldin Grange Farm in Bearpark who is campaigning against Durham's proposed western bypass. (11305814)

7:30pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CASH-strapped council wants to spend nearly £150m on “zombie roads”, a major inquiry heard today (Thursday, October 9).

Euro-cash to tackle social exclusion

The Northern Echo: Delegates at the conference

6:04pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CONFERENCE has discussed how best to spend £12m set aside to tackle social exclusion.

Soul mates celebrate 50 years together

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN COUPLE: Ronnie and Dorothy Jefferson, of Bishop Auckland, on their golden wedding anniversary. Picture: TOM BANKS

4:34pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A COUPLE who met when the factories they worked in shared the same cafe are today celebrating fifty years of marriage.

Evenwood election candidates named

2:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014

FIVE candidates will contest a Durham County Council election that has been called following the death of a former chairman.

Northern League heritage celebrated in play touring the region

1:39pm Thursday 9th October 2014

FOOTBALL fans and theatre don’t often go hand in hand but a new production coming to the North-East should appeal to both.

Bishop teenager receives curfew for criminal damage spree

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

3:37pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A TEENAGER who damaged 13 cars in a drunken rampage believes his drink was spiked, a court heard.

Council planning 'steroid growth' for Durham, say critics

The Northern Echo: Douglas Pocock, from the City of Durham Trust

8:05pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A COUNCIL masterplan envisages “steroid development” for Durham City, a public inquiry heard today (Wednesday, October 8).

Poor ticket sales jeopardise Shildon charity rock festival

The Northern Echo: FESTIVAL VENUE: The  Blitzallica Festival takes place at Shildon Civic Hall on Saturday, October 25.

2:27pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A CHARITY rock concert will be cancelled if ticket sales do not pick up.

Builders press council to up 31,400 new homes target

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

4:01pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A COUNCIL is facing mounting pressure to allow thousands more homes to be built – sacrificing green belt land in the hope of securing economic prosperity.

Mini driver has lucky escape in Bishop Auckland smash

The Northern Echo:

1:46pm Monday 6th October 2014

A DRIVER had a lucky escape after her red Mini left the road on South Church Road, Bishop Auckland, this afternoon, and smashed into a lamp post and the side of a garage.

Appeal by Shildon performers

12:47pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A THEATRE group is appealing for help to net some vital props for their next production.

Shildon man embarks on magic mushoom-fuelled criminal damage spree after seeing dead relatives

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

6:01am Saturday 4th October 2014

A MAN ate 100 magic mushrooms and suffered terrifying hallucinations of dead relatives before embarking on a criminal damage spree, a court heard.

A tough nut to crack

The Northern Echo: (11030754)

2:58pm Saturday 4th October 2014

PRACTICE made perfect for a Teesdale boy who triumphed in an annual conker contest.

Volunteers wanted for furniture scheme

The Northern Echo: NEW SCHEME: The former inShops store in Newgate Street

4:07pm Saturday 4th October 2014

AN empty shop in a struggling town centre will be brought back to life thanks to a new furniture scheme.

Bishop Auckland mother and son sentenced for drug offences

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

2:45pm Saturday 4th October 2014

A MOTHER accused of possessing a Class B drug tried to blame her son as the pair were being interviewed for drug offences, a court heard.

Still time to unearth family roots

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:47pm Friday 3rd October 2014

PLACES are still available on a series of family history courses.

Festival of colour inspires learning

The Northern Echo: COLOUR RUN: Seven-year-old Thomas Robson chases balloons at Evergreen Primary School Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:43pm Friday 3rd October 2014

PUPILS were joined by their parents and teachers to release 400 balloons as part of their school project on colour.

Residents raise more than £10,000 to save their grade two listed church

The Northern Echo: BOLAM CHURCH: The friends of St. Andrew's church in Bolam, are trying to raise funds for the church. Pictured are Susan Boyle, Roz Blacklock and Angela Sturgess. Picture: TOM BANKS (11094017)

5:31pm Friday 3rd October 2014

VILLAGERS are celebrating after successfully raising more than £10,000 to save their grade two listed church.

Council slammed for 'importing' 22,000 people, while 22,000 remain jobless

The Northern Echo:

2:25pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A COUNCIL has been criticised for planning to “import” 22,000 extra people by 2030 – the same number of people currently out of work in its area.

10 historical photos from the Dene Valley archive

The Northern Echo:

5:59pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

THIS year’s Images of Eldon exhibition is to be held next week in the Dene Valley. For those who do not know, the Dene Valley is the fascinating part of the Durham coalfield between Shildon and Bishop Auckland.

You beauty! Beautiful Durham awards a blooming great success

The Northern Echo:

6:09am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SCHOOLS, pubs, villages and residents have been honoured for their efforts in making their area a pleasant place to live and work.

Farmer is fed up after another car smashes through his wall

The Northern Echo: CRASH SCENE: The car that crashed into the fence at Royal Oak Farm.          Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A FARMER is fed up of cars smashing through his wall after yet another one brought it down and ended up lodged in a tree.

Council completely ignores us say objectors, as major inquiry begins

The Northern Echo: Roger Cornwell

1:27pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council was accused of completely ignoring the views of its citizens as a major public inquiry opened today (Wednesday, October 1).

Suspects to be swabbed for drugs in bid to cut crime

The Northern Echo: DRUG TESTS: Suspects to be swabbed for traces of heroin and cocaine

4:48pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

SUSPECTS held in police custody are to be swabbed for the presence of heroin and cocaine in a drive to steer drug users away from crime and into treatment.

Loco looking good

The Northern Echo: FINISHING TOUCHES: A locomotive from The Railway Children gets the finishing touches in its restoration project from Ian Matthews at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:10pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A FILM star loco is looking every bit the screen siren as its cosmetic restoration is almost complete.

Funding available for Bishop Auckland community groups

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY FUNDING: Residents Clive Auld and Lee Brownson, with Andrew Walker, from Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP

4:59pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

COMMUNITY groups in Bishop Auckland are being encouraged to apply for up to £1,000 in funding.

Former pub landlady celebrates 106th birthday

The Northern Echo: GENERATION GAP: Evie Mason's great grandson Lucas Wells, three, wishes her a happy 106th birthday Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:57pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WOMAN who doesn’t drink alcohol marked her 106th birthday down the 'pub'.

Army serves documents relating to the death of County Durham soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Northern Echo: KILLED IN ACTION: 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.

5:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AN inquest review into the death of an Army captain killed in Afghanistan took place at the coroner’s court in Crook, County Durham, today (Tuesday, September 30).

Women's refuge boosted by generous community

The Northern Echo: WOMEN'S REFUGE: Ruth Dawson, Alison Hope and Paula Carling, of the Wear Valley Women's Aid Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:02am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WOMEN’S refuge has been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by pub customers at a fundraiser held in memory of a domestic abuse victim.

Bishop Auckland ward praised

9:59am Monday 29th September 2014

A CANCER charity has praised a ward at Bishop Auckland Hospital for providing outstanding care and support to people affected by lymphoma.

Deer park becomes home to new boar sculpture

The Northern Echo: NEW ATTRACTION: Emma Stothard with the new boar sculpture

5:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

A NEW attraction at a North-East heritage site is set to hog the limelight.

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