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


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).

New restaurant proving a hit in Crook

The Northern Echo: NEW EATERY: Neil Flockett has returned to his roots to set up The Cornerhouse Picture: TOM BANKS

3:37pm Monday 29th September 2014

A CHEF has returned to his roots to open his first restaurant after learning his trade in London.

Medal for Crook veteran

The Northern Echo: (10838195)

1:56pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A VETERAN decorated for his Second World War service says his pride is tinged with sadness for the comrades no longer alive to receive the same recognition.

Body found in River Wear near Willington

The Northern Echo:

3:35pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE body of a man has been pulled from the River Wear in County Durham this afternoon.

Fun day inspired by Wolsingham baby

4:20pm Friday 26th September 2014

A FAMILY fun day will be held in Weardale tomorrow (Saturday September 27) to help children in need of specialist medical equipment.

Black Bull fundraiser

9:58am Friday 26th September 2014

THE Black Bull, in Wolsingham, is holding a family fundraising day for a four-month-old who needs a special piece of corrective equipment.

Proud headteacher settles into new home after his defiant stand

The Northern Echo: SETTLING IN: Don Robson enjoying breakfast in his new home and reading birthday messages from his supporters

7:26pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A FORMER headteacher who staged a seven-day sit in at his doomed council-run care home has thanked supporters for their kindness and says he is now hoping to get back to normal.

Council slams 999 plans

6:07pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A DALES town council has sent a strongly-worded letter to GP commissioners expressing opposition to plans to reduce the number of paramedics in local ambulances.

From the Woolpack to Weardale for pub owners

The Northern Echo: FRIENDLY WELCOME: Glenn and Caroline Royston have swapped the Woolpack for Weardale

9:46pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A COUPLE who used to run one of the world’s most famous pubs said they are delighted with their new Durham dales venture.

Don Robson says his final farewell to the care home he didn't want to leave

The Northern Echo: LAST DANCE: Don Robson, the last resident of Newtown House, Stanhope, dances with granddaughter Amelia, before leaving the home for the last time. Picture: TOM BANKS

8:48pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A BIRTHDAY party for an 84-year-old man doesn’t usually need security guards, but visitors to Newtown House yesterday were met with six of them.

Drunken man threatened police and cut his own arms with knife

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

6:15pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A YOUNG man who racially abused a police officer and made threats with a knife has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Pair stole farmer's Land Rover

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

5:08pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

TWO young men who stole a farmer’s Land Rover in Frosterley, Weardale, while he worked nearby have appeared in court.

Former headteacher ends his occupation of care home after celebrating his 84th birthday

The Northern Echo:

6:02pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A FORMER headteacher’s occupation of his doomed council-run care home ended in acrimony after the authority insisted on sending security guards to police his 84th birthday celebrations.

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.

999 staff shortages 'should not penalise rural residents'

The Northern Echo: ambulance

5:33pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS who want to retain double paramedic-crewed ambulances in the Durham dales have said rural residents should not be penalised because of a national shortage of trained staff.

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.

Delay to dales ambulance changes

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE MEETING:Middleton-in-Teesdale public meeting about controversial ambulance staffing changes. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT  (10384766)

5:02am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans to reduce the number of paramedics on ambulances serving the Durham Dales have been put on ice until April 2016 to allow an independent clinical review to take place.

Care home in food appeal to support food bank

The Northern Echo: FOOD APPEAL: Staff and clients at Willington Care Village who are appealing for donations of food for the forthcoming harvest festival celebrations.  Back from left Julie Summers, Nora Hutchinson and Cheryl Douglas, front left Sheila Hall and Beverley Sco

6:28pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A CARE home in Willington is appealing for food donations to support a local food bank.

Cyclist stable after crash near Stanhope

The Northern Echo:

6:27pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A CYCLIST was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being found lying in the road by an off-duty paramedic.

Consultation planned for new homes application

5:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A HOUSING developer is seeking opinions on plans to build 58 new homes in Crook.

Council denies 'running down' care home in anticipation of closure

The Northern Echo: CANDLELIT VIGIL: Don Robson, the last remaining resident of Newtown House, in Stanhope, with daughter-in-law Michelle, join in with a candlelit vigil at the home. Picture: TOM BANKS (10583960)

5:47pm Monday 22nd September 2014

DURHAM County Council has denied claims it deliberately stopped referrals to a soon-to-be closed care home facility in a bid to hasten its demise.

Candelit vigil as former teacher continues occupation of his care home

The Northern Echo: STAYING PUT: 83-year-old Don Robson enjoys his porridge whilst reading The Northern Echo

9:10pm Sunday 21st September 2014

DOZENS of well-wishers staged a candlelit vigil tonight to show support for a pensioner in the fourth day of his sit-in at a council-run care home.

'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.

Derelict hospital will not be replaced with new homes

The Northern Echo: DERELICT SITE: The former Homelands Hospital, Holy Well Lane, Helmington Row, Crook. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:17pm Friday 19th September 2014

A DERELICT hospital that has sat empty for the past decade will continue to decay after a planning application to build homes on the land has been rejected.

Jobs at risk as supermaket announces closure

The Northern Echo:

4:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MORE than 80 people are at risk of losing their jobs after a supermarket announced it will close in November.

£500 film wins horror award at top festival

The Northern Echo: FILM SUCCESS: Dean Midas Maynard and Dan Weatherer

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A HORROR film co-produced by a North-East man for just £500 has won a prestigious national award.

Residents object to plans to build 220 homes across two sites in Willington area

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

5:54pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A DEVELOPER has submitted plans to build up to 220 homes on two sites in the Willington area, prompting concerns about traffic congestion, increased flood risk and lack of amenities.

Thousands celebrate country life in Bowes and Stanhope

The Northern Echo: STANHOPE SHOW: Pony driving in the main arena. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:59pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A CHEMICAL engineer who dreams of competing on the Great British Bake Off got his first taste of success at a popular agriculture show at the weekend.

Man charged with murder in Willington as police name victim

The Northern Echo:

4:25pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a body in a field in the early hours of Friday morning.

Residents speak of shock after man's body found in Willington

The Northern Echo:

7:20am Saturday 13th September 2014

MURDER squad detectives were last night interviewing a 22-year-old man after the discovery of a body in a field close to a North-East town centre.

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.

Durham Dales provide scenic backdrop for Shakespearean classic

The Northern Echo: MAGICAL PRODUCTION: PICTURE: Drama in the Dale will perform The Tempest on an outdoor stage at Harehope Quarry, in Frosterley, near Stanhope, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Open Stages Project.Jamie Sproates

5:25pm Thursday 11th September 2014

SHAKESPEARE’S last play will be brought to life amidst a sea of limestone grassland this month.

Garden has French vibe

The Northern Echo: LAUNCH PARTY: The new community garden off St Thomas Close, Willington  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:41pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A LITTLE French style is on display at a Willington housing estate following the redevelopment of a communal garden.

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to sign up to a paid-for garden waste service.

Ambulance plans get a hostile reception

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC MEETING:Crowds turn out in St Johns Chapel for the public meeting to discuss controversial plans to dilute ambulance crew skills in the  Durham Dales. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (10132184)

9:18pm Monday 8th September 2014

THE hundreds who packed St John’s Chapel Town Hall tonight (Monday) gave an overwhelming thumbs down to controversial plans to change the way in which paramedic crews operate in the Durham Dales.

Bus driver threatens Hunwick teen with violence during bus fare debacle

The Northern Echo: SHORT CHANGED: Benjamin Ford was thrown off an Arriva bus, and verbally abused by a bus driver when he tried to get change from a £20 note for the bus fare.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

7:05pm Monday 8th September 2014

A SHOCKED teenager claims he was subjected to a torrent of abuse from a bus driver after trying to pay his fare with a £20 note.

Garden waste scheme to expand next year

4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to join the County Durham garden waste collection service next year.

Willington great-grandmother celebrates 101st birthday

The Northern Echo: CELEBRATION TIME: Isabel Brown has reached her 101st birthday.  Pictured at the Willington Care Village in Willington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:20pm Monday 8th September 2014

A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER whose family has always been at the centre of her life has celebrated her 101st birthday.

Youngsters to visit France to remember Willington miners killed in the First World War

The Northern Echo: HISTORY LESSON: Mark Naylor, of the Durham PALS re-enactment group, with pupilsBethany Gouldbourn, Amy Craig,  Conor Long and Lily Ryder

6:03pm Sunday 7th September 2014

PUPILS will visit France as part of a project to remember local miners killed in the First World War.

Visitor numbers up at England's oldest agricultural show

The Northern Echo: BUSY DAY: Sleepy Georgia Bowman from Stanhope six, and Shorthorn calf  Picture Keith Taylor  (10078179)

3:27pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A DROP of rain did not dampen spirits at one of the North East's biggest agricultural shows.

Arsonists blighting Willington and Crook are being targeted by the police and fire service

The Northern Echo: ARSONIST THREAT: Fire crews are tackling repeated arson attacks at Willington and Crook (file image)

7:28pm Friday 5th September 2014

ARSONISTS who are blighting market towns with repeated fires are being targeted by the police in a bid to catch them before they cause a fatality.

Crook man hits barmaid and bites landlord in drunken rage

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

4:28pm Friday 5th September 2014

A DRUNKEN man struck a barmaid in the face and bit the landlord after being refused a drink in a pub, a court heard.

Council's flood response praised

The Northern Echo: Flooding near Staindrop, County Durham, in May 2013

6:52pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL has been praised for its response to severe flooding.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:34pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL is ringing the changes for making over-the-phone payments.

Celebration of councillor's life

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SCENE: The funeral of Councillor Pauline Charlton at St Wilfrid's RC Church, in Bishop Auckland     Picture: ANDY LAMB (10017037)

5:14pm Thursday 4th September 2014

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral of a former council chairman who will be remembered as a redoubtable local politician who was treasured by friends and family.

Charity Great North Run challenge for Crook runner with terminal cancer

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RACE: Gordon Johnson, who has terminal cancer, and wife Sue Johnson who are to tackle the Great North Run for charity. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:44pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER Great Britain swimmer battling terminal cancer will bravely tackle the Great North Run for charity.

Motorist shows age is no limit to safe driving

The Northern Echo: SAFE STANDARD: Terence Otter behind the wheel

3:58pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER professional driver proved he still has the golden touch after brushing up on his skills behind the wheel.

New boilers urgently needed at Stanhope outdoor pool

The Northern Echo: HEATING HOPES: (L to R) Peter Thompson, chairman of Stanhope Pool Ltd, with Chris Cassells, managing director of Opus Green, at Weardale Open Air Pool

1:43pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

AN outdoor swimming pool is seeking funding for an urgent upgrade of its heating system.

Howden-le-Wear residents object to plans for up to 145 new homes

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

3:18pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PLANS to create up to 145 new homes on the outskirts of a village have prompted concerns about traffic, loss of fields and increased pressure on schools and other amenities.

Village set for 200-plus new homes

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:59pm Monday 1st September 2014

MORE than 200 new homes could be built on the edge of a village, under proposals being considered by council planners.

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