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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.


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

6:27pm Tuesday 30th September 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.

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.

Police officer awaiting outcome of tests and treatment after being stabbed with syringe

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

11:23am Sunday 28th September 2014

A POLICE officer is awaiting the outcome of medical tests and treatment after being stabbed by a drug taker with a syringe, a court was told.

Coundon sex offender jailed for failing to live permanently at notified address was helping his disabled father, court told

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

11:01am Sunday 28th September 2014

A SEX offender given a short prison sentence for failing to live at the home address given to police was helping his disabled father, a court heard.

Inspirational trio at Bishop Auckland care home

The Northern Echo: THREE CHEERS: Bishop Auckland home's 100 plus club members Nora Wright, Marion Ablett and Doris Pentland.        Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A CARE home may have the discovered elixir of youth as three of its most spritely residents are members of the 100 plus club.

Shildon school on the money

11:16am Sunday 28th September 2014

A SCHOOL has won a national award for its efforts to make pupils wise on money matters.

Bike stolen from Hamsterley

12:28pm Sunday 28th September 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a bicycle was stolen from outside a village pub.

Sentence on drugs gang from Shildon, Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Angela Hauxwell

6:03am Saturday 27th September 2014

THIRTEEN people arrested in a drugs crackdown in County Durham were yesterday (Friday, September 26) jailed for what a judge called "a blight in their communities".

Caring couple celebrate golden milestone

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Wendy and Doug Lamb on their wedding day in 1964

8:44am Saturday 27th September 2014

A COUPLE celebrating their golden wedding say the secret to their success is to look after each other.

Shoplifter threatened guards when challenged

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

6:50am Saturday 27th September 2014

A SHOPLIFTER produced a knuckleduster when challenged by store security guards, a court was told.

Partnerships the key to success for community centre

5:14pm Friday 26th September 2014

A COMMUNITY centre in Bishop Auckland is celebrating successful partnerships with local businesses as it continues to enjoy the fruits of its golden anniversary year.

African workshops for Bishop Auckland students

The Northern Echo: AFRICAN DANCING: Pupils take part in African singing and dancing workshops Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:10pm Friday 26th September 2014

STUDENTS got a taste of traditional African dancing when Ugandan teenagers popped into school as part of their three month fundraising tour.

Woman in court over planning objection fraud allegations

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

3:33pm Friday 26th September 2014

A WOMAN appeared in court today (Friday September 26) in a case relating to alleged fraudulent and/or false objections made regarding a planning application.

Mother's plea for daughter's stolen puppy

The Northern Echo: STOLEN PUPPY: Three-year-old Lucia Mae with her 5-month-old puppy, Peppa, who was stolen at the weekend.

11:17am Thursday 25th September 2014

A MOTHER has made a heartfelt plea after her young daughter’s puppy was stolen from their back garden.

Green-fingered students brighten up church grounds

The Northern Echo: BLOOMING MARVELLOUS: Youngsters from St John's RC School and Sixth Form College donate seasonal flower tubs to two churches in Bishop Auckland Picture: Sarah Caldecott

5:41pm Thursday 25th September 2014

YOUNGSTERS have been using their green-fingered skills to brighten up two churches in Bishop Auckland.

Investigation after early morning assault

4:25pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A COUPLE were assaulted in Bishop Auckland town centre as they headed to a nearby takeaway.

Drugs found in wardrobe

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

4:16pm Thursday 25th September 2014

HIDING a haul of drugs inside a wardrobe has landed a Bishop Auckland man in court.

Student had 'no recollection' of stealing from car

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

4:01pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A STUDENT who claimed he could not remember stealing from a car has been sentenced in court.

Man was armed with tools to steal

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

3:14pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A MAN found armed with tools for stealing has been sentenced in court after being caught thieving from a Bishop Auckland Tesco.

Prince's Trust forms a partnership with charity furniture shop

The Northern Echo: CHARITY TEAMWORK: The Prince’s Trust, in Bishop Auckland, has teamed up with the British Heart Foundation Picture: TOM BANKS

5:59pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PRINCE’S Trust volunteers have kitted out their new home thanks to the British Heart Foundation.

Expert adoption advice in Durham

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

12:13pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PEOPLE in County Durham who have adopted children will be on hand to share expert advice at a drop-in session.

Youngsters warned about the dangers of power lines

6:18pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

POLICE are warning school children in Bishop Auckland about the dangers of vandalising overhead power lines following a number of incidents.

Sale of Binchester Roman Fort greeted with excitement

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

5:51pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AS news of the sale of Binchester Roman Fort was being revealed Durham University archaeology lecturer Dr David Petts immediately turned his attention to the work he wants to do on the site.

New opening times for county's recycling centres

The Northern Echo: REVISED HOURS: Romanway household waste recycling centre.

1:41pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

NEW winter opening times for County Durham’s household waste recycling centres will come into effect next week.

World Cup winner launches bid to find new team

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN GIRL: Tamara Taylor in action for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks

3:29pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ONE of England’s women’s rugby World Cup winners has kicked off a recruitment drive for a new college team.

£2m deal agreed to safeguard 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

4:52pm Monday 22nd September 2014

THE "Pompeii of the North" has been saved for the public after a £2m sale to a philanthropist.

Thousands visit Shildon for museum's tenth anniversary

The Northern Echo: STEAM GALA: A man in period dress at the annual steam gala at NRM Shildon. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:43pm Sunday 21st September 2014

THE sun shone down on Shildon as thousands descended into the town to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The National Railway Museum’s steam gala.

World Cup winner helps launch new rugby team

The Northern Echo: NEW TEAM: England Women’s rugby player Tamara Taylor and Bishop Auckland College sports development officer Rob Graham with sports students Becky Taylor and Lewis Hodgson, both 17

3:06pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A WORLD Cup winner teamed up with a college to launch its newest sports team.

'They won't force me out' - Last remaining resident protests over care home closure

The Northern Echo: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

6:50am Friday 19th September 2014

AN 83-YEAR-OLD former headteacher has been joined by his family in making a last stand against the closure of a council-run care home.

Multi-million pound geothermal energy plans for Auckland Castle

The Northern Echo: GREEN PLANS: Jonathan Ruffer outside Auckland Castle

6:32am Friday 19th September 2014

AN ambitious £3.5m plan to use geothermal energy to heat a North-East heritage site has been unveiled.

Full steam ahead at railway museum

The Northern Echo: FULL STEAM AHEAD: A replica of Stephenson's Rocket is  steam tested ahead of the 10th anniversary gala weekend at Locomotion, Shildon. Picture: TOM BANKS (10556835)

7:57pm Friday 19th September 2014

VISITORS to The National Railway Museum in Shildon were given a sneak preview of what’s in store for this weekend’s special tenth anniversary gala.

Stan Laurel letter sells after frenzied bidding

The Northern Echo: Stan Laurel letter (10563540)

5:17pm Friday 19th September 2014

A LETTER written by Stan Laurel to the wife of one of his boyhood friends in Tynemouth has gone under the hammer for £1,400.

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.

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