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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.

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.

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.

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