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


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.

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.

Family's sheer joy at show results

The Northern Echo: SHOW ENTRIES:  Sheep prepare to be judged Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:51pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A VETERAN shepherd said he felt on top of the world after he and his son bagged five trophies and eight first place rosettes at the 145th show of Weardale’s Agricultural Society.

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.

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