Covering Wolsingham, Stanhope, Frosterley, Willington, Howden Le Wear, Witton Le Wear, Hunwick, Tow Law and other surrounding villages.


Vandals trash playground days before children return to school

The Northern Echo: DAMAGED PROPERTY:  Youths have broken into the school grounds of St Cuthberts RC Primary School in Crook and damaged various items of the outdoor play areas, using some materials for skating activities.  School caretaker Catherine Ringwood and Head teache

6:43pm Friday 29th August 2014

VANDALS who have damaged a primary school play area days before the children are due to return have come forward, police have said.

145th annual Weardale Show this Saturday

5:29pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE annual Weardale Agricultural Show is set to celebrate its 145th year this weekend.

Appeal to trace owner of cat rescued from busy road in Wolsingham

The Northern Echo: CAT FOUND:The cat rescued by Dave and Sally Rowley in Wolsingham. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

12:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COUPLE who saved a friendly cat from imminent death on a busy road are appealing to her owner to come forward.

Tributes paid to former Durham County Council chairman

The Northern Echo: Coun Pauline Charlton

6:11pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A FORMER chairman of Durham County Council has died following an illness.

Howden-le-Wear couple are runners up in national vintage style contest

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Frankie and Melanie Calland at the finals of Mr and Miss Vintage UK at the Twinwood Festival in Bedfordshire

3:43pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A COUPLE who dress solely in vintage clothing were the runners up in a national style contest.

History is repeated in Hunwick when villages recreate 1900 photograph

The Northern Echo: PHOTO RECREATION:A  photo taken on the green in Hunwick in 1900, which pictures hundreds of people celebrating the Relief of Mafeking during the Second Boer War. Picture:COPY PIC

7:21pm Monday 25th August 2014

HISTORY repeated itself today (Monday, August 25) when villagers recreated a photograph taken more than 100 years ago to celebrate a triumphant siege during the Boer War.

Cowshill residents launch campaign to repair church path

The Northern Echo: PATH REPAIRS: Parishioners Jim Bowen, Lillian Rutherford (r) and Anne Rutherford (l) outside St Thomas Heatherycleugh Church in Cowshill. Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:10pm Monday 25th August 2014

PARISHONERS have launched a campaign to raise funds for vital repairs to their church path ahead of its centenary.

Crook florist scores place in national American football team

The Northern Echo: FLOWER POWER: Twenty-four-year-old florist, Lindsey Robson, has been selected to play American Football for Great Britain. Picture: DAVID WOOD

5:54pm Monday 25th August 2014

A FORMER cheerleader who swapped high kicks for touchdowns will represent her country as part of the first British women’s American football team.

Five candidates nominated in Crook by-election

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

12:26pm Monday 25th August 2014

FIVE candidates are battling it out for a seat in Durham County Council following the death of a councillor in earlier this year.

Residents horror as 100 foot wide sinkhole opens near Weardale home

The Northern Echo: SINKHOLE HORROR: A 100 foot wide sinkhole has opened in County Durham

7:41pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A COUPLE were stunned to find a 100ft wide sink hole had appeared near their County Durham farmhouse.

Scheme to promote exercise in youngsters to expand to Spennymoor, Crook and Willington

The Northern Echo: HARRY POTTER: Youngster Anna Shorten, of St Joseph’s Primary School, Durham, enjoys a Harry Potter-themed walk to school

1:51pm Sunday 24th August 2014

BOYHOOD heroes including Robin Hood and Harry Potter could soon be joining youngsters heading to school as part of a scheme to improve fitness.

Smoking ban for play areas considered

The Northern Echo: A man smoking

3:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PARENTS could be banned from smoking in play areas under a tobacco crackdown.

Old show looks to future

The Northern Echo: COUNTRY LIFE: Highland cattle being judged at last year's Wolsingham Show

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE oldest agricultural show in the country hopes to build on its successful history thanks to improved facilities.

County Durham council tenants vote for homes transfer

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

3:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS of tenants have voted for their homes to be transferred out of council ownership.

Victorian day out

1:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

FAMILIES can take a step back in time this weekend when a tourist attraction hosts a Victorian themed event.

Energy bosses hit back at concerns over plans for a 61-metre turbine near Crook

The Northern Echo: TURBINE PLANS: Energy bosses have defended plans for a wind turbine near to Crook

2:56pm Thursday 14th August 2014

ENERGY bosses have hit back at concerns that plans for a 61-metre turbine near to Crook will impact adversely on residents’ lives.

Former policeman from Crook with multiple sclerosis to be pushed round BUPA Great North Run for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN:Ossie Outterside who ran the first Great North Run and is to be pushed round this year's race. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:11am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A FORMER policeman who developed multiple sclerosis after running the first ever Great North Run is tackling this year's race in a wheelchair.

Council tenants urged to vote on transfer

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:15pm Monday 11th August 2014

COUNCIL tenants are being urged to vote on plans to transfer their homes to a new landlord.

Residents in North-East consulted about broadband coverage

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

2:47pm Friday 8th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the North-East are being asked about broadband coverage.

Concerns raised over plans for 61-metre high turbine in Crook

The Northern Echo: TURBINE CONCERNS: Campaigners are angry over plans to build a 61metre high turbine near to Crook. Stock image

5:56pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A SCHEME for a 61-metre wind turbine has been criticised over fears that it will impact visually on the area and cause health problems.

Council states it "will not" support horse fair at Helmington Row

The Northern Echo: FAIR PROTEST: Residents of Crook protesting about a travellers' horse, which they feared might be held near their homes. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:37pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

FEARS an annual horse fair could be relocated to a quiet residential area have been eased after the council confirmed it would not support the event in that location.

Charity golf day organised by Crook family of toddler with incurable illness

The Northern Echo: CHARITY GOLF: Mason Crossley, with his parents Miles and Samantha, who have organised a charity golf day

1:05pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

THE family of a toddler born with an incurable skin blistering condition are holding a golf day to raise funds to fight the illness.

Weardale museum launches First World War exhibition

The Northern Echo: WAR EXHIBITION: David and Ken Heatherington pictured with the WW1 Exhibition at the Weardale Museum at Ireshopeburn. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:03am Friday 1st August 2014

ONE of the region’s smallest museums is hoping to make a big impact with its latest exhibition – a moving tribute to the heroes of the First World War.

Jobseekers' prospects boosted after securing work placement with building firm

The Northern Echo: BUILDING SKILLS: Darren Edwards and Shaun Henderson boosted their job prospects with work placements

1:50pm Friday 1st August 2014

TWO jobseekers boosted their skills and job prospects after securing work placements with a building firm.

Council apology over Labour children's centres briefings

The Northern Echo: Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council's corporate director of children and adults services

1:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have apologised after only Labour councillors were briefed on controversial plans to axe children’s centres before they were made public.

Clergy duo to retire

The Northern Echo: LEAVING PARISH: The Reverends Maggie and Richard Deimel pictured at Escomb Church         Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:33pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A HUSB AND and wife clergy team who look after five rural parishes are about to retire.

Tickets are selling fast for the Weardale Railway's Polar Express ride

The Northern Echo: POLAR EXPRESS: Tickets are on sale for this year's Weardale Railway Polar Express ride

5:23pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ORGANISERS of the Weardale Railway’s popular Polar Express ride have already sold more than 6,000 tickets since they went on sale recently.

Crook pub loses licence over drug and underage drinking concerns

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s licensing committee has voted to revoke the licence of  Lotty's Bar in Crook. Picture: DAVID WOOD

2:58pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A LANDLADY has vowed to appeal a decision to revoke the licence of her family pub following concerns about drug use and underage drinking.

Tow Law charity match raises £1,000 for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

The Northern Echo: ACTION SHOT: Northern League players, past and present, battled it out for the President’s Cup to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

2:45pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FOOTBALL club that was saved from financial ruin by the late Sir Bobby Robson has raised more than £1,000 for his cancer charity.

Girl's chop for charity

The Northern Echo: : 9 year old Sophie Simpson has her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8590618)

6:27pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GIRLY girl who loves to brush and style her hair went for the chop so she could help less fortunate children.

Vintage queen Melanie reaches finals of national style contest

The Northern Echo: MISS VINTAGE UK. Melanie Calland feature. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (8555742)

6:03am Friday 25th July 2014

A WOMAN with a passion for vintage fashion has reached the finals of a national style contest with a little help from her four-legged friends.

Charity match at Tow Law to raise funds for Sir Bobby charity

The Northern Echo: CLUB PRESIDENT: Lady Elsie Robson became president at Tow Law Town FC last year

4:27pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A POPULAR annual charity football match is returning to County Durham this week and will now raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Crook pub could lose licence over drug and underage drinking concerns

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

3:01pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AN experienced landlady well-known for raising thousands of pounds for charity could lose her pub’s licence after police raised concerns about underage drinking and people taking drugs in the bar.

Talks agreed over future of children's centres

The Northern Echo: Liberal Democrat councillor Owen Temple (8575599)

2:53pm Thursday 24th July 2014

PLANS to slash a county’s children’s centres will be further debated next week (Thursday, July 31), amid allegations local councillors were not properly briefed on the shake-up.

Lib Dem bid to force Living Wage fails

The Northern Echo: Councillor Mark Wilkes outside the Mercia Retail Park in Durham. (8548193)

4:39pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN attempt to force the North-East’s biggest council to pay the Living Wage by next spring has failed.

Killhope launches I-spy guide for visitors

The Northern Echo: SHE SPIES: Killhope museum services officer plays Shelagh Connor with the help of the new guidebook

1:03pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

YOUNG visitors to a County Durham museum are being urged to be extra vigilante for interesting animals and artefacts this summer.

Stanhope residents invited to learn more about River Wear flood defence work

The Northern Echo: FLOOD DEFENCES: Work will be carried out to improve flood defences on the River Wear

12:27pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WEARDALE residents are being invited to talk to experts about a flood defence improvement scheme in Stanhope.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

12:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build 44 homes on farmland on the outskirts of a village.

North-East autism charity holds talent contest

The Northern Echo: TALENT AWARD: Gavin Bestford, left, chairman of the North-East Autism Society, presents the first prize award to Lauren Stephens

11:32am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A CHARITY that supports people affected by autism has staged a competition to showcase the talents of those who access its services.

Willington Council opposes 220 homes plan

The Northern Echo: COUNCIL OBJECTS: Willington mayor Fraser Tinsley has written to Signet Planning to object to the proposed homes

8:09am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANS to build more than 200 homes on two fields is being opposed by a town council, which believes they are unneeded.

Planners spurn £17m student digs scheme for former mental hospital

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the redeveloped former County Hospital (8480284)

2:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

RESIDENTS furious at the “studentification” of their city could be on the brink of a major success, after planners came out against multi-million pound plans to turn a former hospital into digs.

£840,000 funding to improve routes for walkers, cyclists and bus users

The Northern Echo: GREEN TRANSPORT: Cycle paths will be improved across south Durham

1:11pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TRANSPORT project that helps jobseekers, reduces congestion and protects the environment is expanding thanks to £840,000 in funding.

Former Willington farm worker celebrates her 100th birthday

The Northern Echo: CENTENARY BIRTHDAY: Anne Saunders who has celebrated her 100th birthday in Willington.

4:15pm Monday 21st July 2014

A FORMER farm worker who helped to run the management for her family’s business has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Residents to challenge council decision allowing Wheatley Hill Service Station to keep widened back entrance

The Northern Echo: Margaret Hedley at back entrance to Wheatley Hill Service Station. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (8435276)

3:51pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS are challenging a council decision to allow a filling station to keep a widened rear exit - which they say directs traffic from a busy bypass along their once-quiet street.

School grows old gracefully

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL'S LANDMARK: A weekend of events at Wolsingham School and Community College to mark its 400th anniversary Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:22pm Sunday 20th July 2014

FOR four centuries a Weardale school has helped to shape the hearts and minds of thousands of young people.

Plans for Willington bungalow to become children's home given the go ahead

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

6:27pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PLANS to turn a bungalow into a children’s home have been approved at a meeting of Durham County Council’s Planning Committee today (July 17) despite objections from residents.

Gala plan for Dales community

The Northern Echo: Lilly Elliott, left, and Kimberly Marshall, both four

2:41pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A DALES town hopes to resurrect a community event that ended many years ago.

Consultation on dog beach ban

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

5:58pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DOGS could be banned from the beach of a former pit town.

Approval for consultation on shake-up of Children's Centres

The Northern Echo: Granted application (8248423)

5:12pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A COUNCIL is to start consulting on a shake-up that could see two thirds of its Children’s Centres close.

Leading councillor urges tenants to vote

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

4:18pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

TENANTS are being urged to use their vote in a ballot on the ownership of their homes.

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