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


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.

Decision to be made on First World War memorials

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

6:26pm Monday 14th July 2014

RESIDENTS could be given the chance to decide where paving stones remembering County Durham’s Victoria Cross heroes are located.

Homes transfer ballot decision

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

6:24pm Monday 14th July 2014

THOUSANDS of council tenants could be balloted on the future ownership of their homes.

Inspector appointed to lead hearing into County Durham Plan

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

4:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

DETAILS have been announced for the public examination of a plan which will guide economic development in County Durham for the next 15 years.

Museum revamp taking shape

The Northern Echo: NEW HISTORY: Killhope information assistants Bridget Kennedy and Liz Whitfield in the new display area

12:57pm Friday 11th July 2014

A MUSEUM where visitors can trace the underground footsteps of Victorian miners now offers them a chance to step into the rest of their lives with a new £70,000 exhibition.

Fire could have polluted beck

The Northern Echo: TYRE BLAZE: The fire at Little Gordon Farm, near Cockfield, in County Durham. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:18pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A BLAZE that devastated a tyre dealership based on a North-East farm may have resulted in the pollution of a nearby beck.

Schools close as thousands of teachers and public servants strike

The Northern Echo: UNION STRIKES: Unions members in Darlington gather before travelling to take part in a rally and march in Newcastle. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT.

4:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

STRIKE action by thousands of public sector workers in the region forced schools to close, shut council services and disrupted work by government departments.

Get hooked on fishing

The Northern Echo: ANGLING EVENT: A free family fishing event will introduce young people to the sport in a safer setting

3:11pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A FREE fishing event will give youngsters the chance to try angling and see if they get hooked.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEARLY two-thirds of a county’s children’s centres face an uncertain future, after council chiefs admitted they had not produced the hoped-for impact for the poorest children.

Selecter success at Weardale scooter festival

The Northern Echo: MUSIC LOVER: More than 1,200 fans, incluidng this lady, enjoyed the Stone Valley Festival. Picture: DAVID LANGLEY

2:02pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MUSIC lovers and scooters fan descended on Weardale for a recent festival.

Council urged to pledge £500k for Lumiere return

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation at Lumiere 2013 (7991251)

6:57am Wednesday 9th July 2014

COUNCILLORS are being asked to pledge more than £500,000 of taxpayers’ money to ensure a spectacular light festival returns to the North-East next year.

Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Peases West leisure transfer recommended for approval

The Northern Echo: CROOK LEISURE: The proposed leisure centre would provide a leisure facility for the town which has been missing since Glenholme Leisure Centre (pictured) closed in 2011

12:10pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

CROOK could move a step closer to getting a new leisure centre if councillors agree to transfer a running track to the group behind the plan next week.

Weardale byway washed out by flooding needs to be repaired, councillor claims

The Northern Echo: WASHED AWAY: Weardale County Councillor John Shuttleworth is calling for the Lonen to be fixed

2:22pm Monday 7th July 2014

RIDERS and ramblers are risking serious injury by using a flood-damaged but popular path, a councillor has claimed.

Ranger Dave who fought for region's rarest butterfly wins nature award

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Dave Liddle (centre) receives the Pendlebury Award from AONB chairman Eddie Tomlinson (left) and partnership director Chris Woodley-Stewart

4:16pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A RETIRED ranger who spent his career protecting the County Durham countryside and launched a project to protect rare butterflies has received a nature lover’s award.

Dog show is the main attractions as crowds turn out for annual carnival

The Northern Echo: CARNIVAL SPIRIT: Six-year-old Madison Rimmer has her face painted by Sarah Shearer at Crook Carnival. Picture: TOM BANKS

1:32pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A TOWN’S annual carnival more than held its own against the Tour De France in terms of brining in visitors this weekend.

Crackdown on blue badge misuse across county

12:25pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A CRACKDOWN begins tomorrow (Monday July 7) over the misuse of parking badges.

Hartside Primary School in Crook opens its new nursery

The Northern Echo: NEW NURSERY: Hartside Primary School in Crook held a Ribbon cutting ceremony for the school’s new nursery. Pictured are Janet Bennett Education development partner, Ann Turnbull Chair of Govenors, Eva Mae Seed, Connie Irwin, Trey Mankelow and Spence

1:29pm Saturday 5th July 2014

A SCHOOL has opened its own nursery after a headteacher claimed children were finding it harder to settle if they arrived at an older age.

Clampdown over misuse of blue badges

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

5:58pm Friday 4th July 2014

TRAFFIC wardens will be cracking down on motorists who misuse disabled parking badges.

Crook Cricket Club celebrates rise from the ashes

The Northern Echo: JOB DONE: David Nevins at Crook Cricket Club where they are celebrating a year of fighting back from the brink of closure. Behind him are volunteers who helped in the effort.     Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:49pm Friday 4th July 2014

FROM the brink of closure to a planned expansion in just a year, even the former pro-cricketer behind his club’s survival plan is amazed at the speed of its revival.

School fears over village housing bid

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

12:49pm Friday 4th July 2014

COUNCILLORS will decide next week on an application to build housing on farmland on the edge of a village.

Green light for Lumiere return, as Arts Council pledges £1.2m

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation, Lumiere 2013

6:02am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE than £1m in Arts Council funding has been promised to bring a spectacular light festival back to the North-East twice over the next three years.

Superfast broadband coming to Weardale

The Northern Echo: DIGITAL DURHAM: Openreach engineer Kieran Byrne works on the connections at Durham

3:40pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

MORE than 5,000 homes and businesses in Weardale could be surfing the internet on superfast fibre broadband by the beginning of next year.

Planning company consults over 220 homes in Willington

4:25pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A PLANNING company is consulting the public over plans for up to 220 houses in the Willington area.

Wolsingham's national basketball winners reunite for 400th anniversary celebrations

The Northern Echo: WOLSINGHAM WINNERS: Wolsingham School's Under 19s team won the Northern Echo's Local Heroes Team Award as well as the national title in 2004

2:21pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE first team in a school’s history to achieve national sporting success is reuniting for one last game as part of 400th anniversary celebrations.

Wolsingham nursery children enjoy their new garden

The Northern Echo: PLAY IT AGAIN: Nursery children from Wolsingham Primary School in part of a new outdoor sand pit play area.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:15pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

CHILDREN at a Weardale nursery are growing their own fruit and vegetables on part of their new playground.

Hole in the Wall banner carried at Durham Miner's Gala for first time in 50 years

The Northern Echo: BANNER LIFTED: Volunteers given permission to carry Hole In The Wall banner at the Durham Miner's Gala for the first time in decades.  Pictured outside the Civic centre in Crook are (clockwise from bottom left) David Parker, Ray Williams, Roger Ward,

8:13am Tuesday 1st July 2014

ONE of Crook’s most important collieries will be represented at the Durham Miner’s Gala with a banner for the first time in 50 years.

Willington kitchen blaze

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire Service freed the woman from her car.

10:13pm Monday 30th June 2014

The kitchen of a house in Lydia Street, Willington, County Durham, was severely damaged by fire this evening.

Community garden opens at Crook centre

The Northern Echo: GARDEN OPENING: Sister Lucy Sacco (left) joins Father Gordon Ryan and Kathryn Turner (right) during the event at St Cuthbert's Community Centre in Crook. Picture: DAVID WOOD

1:11pm Monday 30th June 2014

A FORMER school playground has been transformed into a community garden featuring the original statue installed at a town’s church 160 years ago.

Loveable Elvis finds new home

The Northern Echo: NEW HOME NEEDED: Carol Graham of Westgate pictured with Elvis the lamb who she and husband John are hoping to rehome.  He suffered with a damaged pelvis shortly after being born.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:04pm Friday 27th June 2014

ELVIS the lamb with the injured pelvis has found a new home in North Yorkshire.

Volunteers sought for Weardale agricultural shows

The Northern Echo: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteers are needed for the agricultural shows in Weardale this summer. John Sunter is pictured at last year's show with a ewe.

4:43pm Friday 27th June 2014

VOLUNTEERS are being urgently sought to support the traditional summer shows held in Weardale in the coming months.

Stanley drink driver crashed into Weardale hospital wall

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

4:38pm Friday 27th June 2014

A DRINK driver crashed into a hospital wall after losing control of his car, a court heard.

Tow Law builder banned for 18 months after drink driving home from pub

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

3:57pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A BUILDER who travelled less than a mile to get home from the pub after drinking two pints has been banned from driving for 18 months.

Man given lengthy prison sentence for prolonged and gratuitous attack on petrified woman

The Northern Echo: Shaun Jackson: Jailed for ten years and six months at Durham Crown Court.

8:06pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A MAN who carried out a “gratuitous and sustained” physical and sexual attack on a woman was jailed for ten years and six months.

Brazil fun hits Peases West Primary School

The Northern Echo: BRAZILIAN RUN: Kids from Peases West Primary School in Billy Row wear Brazilian themed masks for sports day. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT

5:59pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

PUPILS have been getting into the World Cup spirit with a week of Brazilian-themed activities – and they have refused to let England’s failure dampen their enthusiasm.

Plans to turn Harperley POW camp into homes and cheese factory submitted

The Northern Echo: HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT: Plans have been submitted to turn huts at Harperley POW Camp, Near Crook, County Durham, into homes and a cheese factory

5:02am Wednesday 25th June 2014

PLANS have been submitted to turn parts of a former Prisoner of War camp into a cheese factory and housing.

Revealed: The hardly-used electric car charging points costing taxpayers up to £4,000

The Northern Echo: PARK AND RIDE: General view of Sniperley Park and Ride site in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7340981)

9:02am Tuesday 24th June 2014

SOME electric car charging points in the North-East have been used so little each re-charge has cost the taxpayer up to £4,000, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Home sought for loveable lamb Elvis

The Northern Echo: YOUNG ELVIS: Elvis when he was only a few weeks old

5:24pm Monday 23rd June 2014

HIS name is Elvis and like his namesake he has issues with his pelvis.

Ian's tiramisu wins him the Cowshill cup cake

The Northern Echo: CAKE WINNERS: Ian Reedman and Elaine Stoner celebrate their success at the Cowshill Cake, Pie and Pudding Festival

4:19pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A VILLAGE came out in force this weekend to celebrate residents’ cake making skills.

Weardale brothers make plinth for Ashes

The Northern Echo: THAT'S CRICKET: Maurice Hogarth on a spindle moulder in his workshop within the former dining hall of Wolsingham Grammer School.  He has been commissioned to create some furniture for Lord's Cricket Ground.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:45pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

TWO brothers who normally fit kitchens for a living have been bowled over by their latest commission – the plinth for the Ashes urn to sit on at the home of cricket.

Ska heroes The Selecter to play Weardale festival the day after Glastonbury

The Northern Echo: SKA SOUND: The Selecter, featuring Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson, will perform at the Stone Valley Festival in Stanhope the day after headlining the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury

4:04pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

A BAND will take to the stage at a North-east music festival the day after headlining at Glastonbury.

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