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'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.

Willington mother sheds stones for Surf Shack

The Northern Echo: Seven-year-old Bailey Metcalf gives Brian Myers a soaking

3:54pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MOTHER has shed more than two stone to raise funds for a new youth internet cafe.

Community events in Crook

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

3:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE North-East Theatre Organ Association, in High Street, Howden-le-Wear, is holding a concert and cream tea on Sunday, April 27, at 2.30pm.

Stanhope gardener died from nut allergy after eating curry

The Northern Echo: Derek Stephenson

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE mother of a landscape gardener with a nut allergy who died after eating a curry from an Indian takeaway is urging other sufferers to be aware of what they eat.

Chatterbox cafe in St John's Chapel launches bike hire scheme

The Northern Echo: Cameron Gordon launches Chatterbox Cafe's bike hire scheme

3:32pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WEARDALE cafe is launching a new cycle hire scheme to help more visitors appreciate the area on two wheels.

Willington food bank to open two days a week

The Northern Echo: Some of the team from the foodbank, Olwyn Gunn, WCA director Brian Myers, volunteers Halina Holman and Rosalind Glasper. Picture by Tom Banks

3:15pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A FOOD bank will be opening for a second day each week due to a rise in demand.

Wolsingham bridge fully repaired after last year's flooding

The Northern Echo: The repaired bridge

5:41pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A BRIDGE has been repaired and restored almost a year after it was damaged by flooding.

Nominations sought for North Pennines AONB's second Pendlebury Award

The Northern Echo: Dr Margaret Bradshaw receives the Pendlebury Award last year from Bob Pendlebury's grandson Ross and partnership chairman Eddie Tomlinson

5:16pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A HUNT is underway to find the next recipient of a countryside conservation award in memory of a former rambler.

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.

Killhope B&B owners campaign for C2C to cover more of Weardale

The Northern Echo: Phil and Claire Chatfield with their Elliptigo bike overlooking Killhope

4:24pm Monday 14th April 2014

A COUPLE are campaigning to get the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route to pass through more of Weardale.

Mothers' Union branch celebrates 100 years of friendship and fundraising

The Northern Echo: Members of Crook Mothers' Union celebrate the branch's 100th anniversary with the Reverend Vince Fenton (L) and the Venerable Nick Barker, Archdeacon of Auckland (R)

3:30pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A CENTURY of friendship, sisterly support and tireless fundraising was celebrated in Crook yesterday (Saturday, April 12).

Killhope to reopen on Easter weekend

The Northern Echo: HERITAGE: The mighty waterwheel dominates the scene at Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the North Pennines

6:04pm Friday 11th April 2014

A COUNTY Durham mining museum will reopen to the public on Good Friday (April 18).

Jazz season launches at St Cuthbert's Centre in Crook soon

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

6:38pm Friday 11th April 2014

South Durham events

Weardale Museum to open for Easter

The Northern Echo: ATMOSPHERIC: Weardale Museum curator David Heatherington checks exhibits. Visitor numbers have fallen this year

6:17pm Friday 11th April 2014

South Durham events

Woman freed after getting trapped in baby gate after stair fall

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

4:33pm Thursday 10th April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS had to free a woman after she fell down the stairs and trapped her foot in a baby gate.

Knitted Last Supper unveiled at Crook cafe

The Northern Echo: Wendy Darby and Maureen Aspey with the knitted Last Supper

10:38am Thursday 10th April 2014

A KNITTED depiction of the Last Supper has gone on display in a Crook café.

Sunnybrow pupils raise hundreds for Syrian relief

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

11:04am Thursday 10th April 2014

FUNDRAISING PUPILS: Pupils in Sunnybrow Primary School’s class four raised £325 for the Syrian Relief Appeal with a school fair on Tuesday, April 1.

New parking zones coming to Crook but marketplace cars need addressing

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council has issued a warning over a new telephone scam

3:20pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

NEW parking bays in Crook should benefit the town, but potential problems caused by council staff leaving cars in the marketplace all day need addressing, councillors have claimed.

Football photo prompts history investigation

The Northern Echo: Mount Pleasant Primitive Methodist Chapel Amateur Football Team 1921/1922

11:15am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A HISTORIAN is on a quest to discover more about a football team from the 1920s.

Multi-million pound plans to revive Durham's North Road

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE? The unused bike lockers at Durham bus station

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have unveiled multi-million pound plans to regenerate Durham’s struggling North Road, including a new £6.2m bus station.

Care home closure would be "rural discrimination"

The Northern Echo: Deacon Sue Peat during the protest at Newtown House

5:08pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE closure of a Durham dales care home would constitute unacceptable rural discrimination, protestors have claimed.

Willington FC unveils new stand council funding

The Northern Echo: Willington's Hall Lane stadium

5:26pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A FOOTBALL club has unveiled its new stand after receiving support from a town council.

Durham County Council's five remaining residential homes are recommended for closure

The Northern Echo: Cheveley House, Belmont

4:46pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COUNCIL is recommending its five remaining residential homes in County Durham should close to cut costs.

Council asked to merge Belmont infant and junior schools

The Northern Echo: Pupils at Belmont Junior School in 2011

4:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLORS will be asked to create a new primary school next week (Wednesday, April 16).

Wolsingham campsite given full year approval despite railway safety fears

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council

1:50pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A FARMER will be allowed to host campers all year round despite safety concerns raised by bosses at a neighbouring railway.

West Durham Youth and Community Resource launches internet cafe for jobhunters in Crook

The Northern Echo: Ian Lyle tries out on of West Durham Youth and Community Resource's new computers at their internet cafe

10:40am Tuesday 8th April 2014

JOB hunters can search the web for free at a new internet cafe being launched in a Crook Community Centre.

Willington's Spectrum holding holiday sessions

The Northern Echo: The Spectrum Leisure Centre in Willington is holding numeorus events during the school holidays

2:05pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

South Durham activities

Crook mortgage company puts Miles back on the market

The Northern Echo: Miles with (from left) Leanne Henderson, Ann-Marie Johnson, Vivienne Page, Michael Curry and Peter Mapps

1:42pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A CUDDLY polar bear toy which was won in a charity competition is going back on the market to raise further funds.

Killhope shortlisted for eco-tourism award

The Northern Echo: HERITAGE: The mighty waterwheel dominates the scene at Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the North Pennines

6:29pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COUNTY Durham mining museum is in the running for a national tourism award.

Durham needs more student digs - Sheraton Park developers

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the new Sheraton Park development would look

2:48pm Monday 7th April 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a £20m plan to turn a former teaching college into privately-run digs for almost 400 students hope to get the go-ahead next month (May).

Young Willington carer among Three Towns Youth Awards winners

The Northern Echo: Three Towns Youth Awards Winners

11:49am Monday 7th April 2014

A TEENAGER who cares for her younger brothers and a schoolgirl who wrote a letter to her teacher to avoid any awkward situations after her father died have received awards at a celebration of young people.

Success in fight against homelessness

The Northern Echo: Over 100 people are sleeping rough in Ludlow tomorrow in aid of homeless charities.

5:46pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the North-East has fallen by more than two thirds in just one year.

Clean-up operation for town's terraces

The Northern Echo: OPERATION AREA: Clyde Terrace and the adjacent terrace are being targeted by project to tackle environmental, housing and health problems

2:58pm Friday 4th April 2014

CENTRAL Spennymoor is being put under the spotlight in the latest of a series of clean-up operations to target rundown neighbourhoods.

Many employers failing to pay a 'living wage' - TUC

The Northern Echo: Beth Farhat has been appointed as the Northern TUC’s new regional secretary

4:42pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THOUSANDS of workers in the North-East are in jobs paying less than the living wage, according to the TUC.

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War

The Northern Echo: Replica tank outside the Miners' Hall, Murton, 1918

12:04pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A LOTTERY grant of nearly £500,000 will help the North-East mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Councillors back multi-million Houghall redevelopment

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the development

11:16am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE MULTI-million pound redevelopment of a long-standing agricultural college has taken a major step forward, after councillors backed the plans.

Chief Constable reveals identity of two men suspected of being "maximum pains in the bum"

The Northern Echo: Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton reveals identity of two suspected criminals - Billy Wilson (left) and John Watson.

6:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A POLICE chief has revealed the identity of two men he suspects of being involved in criminal activity.

Evicted animal sanctuary owner emerges after barricading herself inside for six days

The Northern Echo: Paula Campbell and one of her sons, James Ewing, leave the farm

8:10pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

AN animal sanctuary owner who barricaded herself into her home for six days after it was repossessed has vowed to return after she left the property at her father’s request.

Former animal sanctuary owner persuaded to leave farm

The Northern Echo: HOMES PLEA: Paula Campbell with Garfield, one of the many cats that need rehoming

4:48pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

AN evicted animal sanctuary owner has left her former farm five days after barricading herself inside the building.

Coroner raises concerns about gritting procedures after County Durham biker's death

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

3:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A CORONER will raise concerns with police and council chiefs about road gritting procedures following the death of a biker on an icy road.

Durham picks up Council of the Year award

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's county planning committee will determine an application to build the waste transfer station near Bishop Middleham at County Hall next week

12:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council has celebrated being named the best in the country, the day after it reached its fifth birthday.

Fore! Crematorium plan 'put mourners at risk of wayward golf balls'

The Northern Echo: CROY: Tee time for Mayor's charity drive

6:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PLANS to build a £4m crematorium near a golf course have been hit into the rough, amid fears grieving mourners could be struck by wayward balls.

Man charged with possessing mephedrone with intent to supply

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

3:54pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with possessing mephedrone with intent to supply.

New six-screen cinema for Bishop Auckland wins council backing

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

8:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

IT’S cameras roll for a new six-screen cinema for south Durham, after councillors overruled the fears of their planning officials to give the £50m venture the thumbs up.

Residents' anger after factory cuts back tree screen near Chilton homes

The Northern Echo: Chilton residents anger after factory cuts back trees

6:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

RESIDENTS are angry that trees which were planted to shield their homes from a factory have been cut back removing the barrier.

Who will be Durham's tourism superstar?

The Northern Echo: Councillor Neil Foster and Crook Hall and Gardens owner Keith Bell launch the award

6:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A SEARCH has been launched to find County Durham’s tourism superstar.

Premises licence approved for Durham business

The Northern Echo: Service station plans to extend alcohol sales given county council backing

5:42pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A PREMISES licence has been granted to a venue in Durham after talks were held over fears that loud music could be played at the business.

County council backs Newton Aycliffe service station's plans for extended alcohol sales

The Northern Echo: Service station plans to extend alcohol sales given county council backing

5:08pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

SERVICE station workers have been given approval to sell alcohol 24 hours a day seven days a week.



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