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Teesdale woman will return to the country she fled as a child to return her mother's ashes

The Northern Echo: A collect picture of Klara Taby, pictured just after she arrived in England, who fled Hungary and ended up in Newton Aycliffe. Picture: COLLECT PICTURE

6:44am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A WOMAN who fled Hungary as a child with her family during the 1956 uprising will return next month to lay her mother’s ashes to rest.

Cancer survivor Kimberley, from Newton Aycliffe, celebrates GCSE exam success

The Northern Echo: FIGHTING BACK: Kimberley Hall, from Newton Aycliffe, who battled cancer while studying for her GCSEs, is celebrating exam success. Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:35pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A BRAVE teenager whose battle with cancer meant she missed a year of school is hoping to pursue a career in nursing after excelling in her GSCEs.

Newton Aycliffe community garden shares its fruits

The Northern Echo: BIG DIG: Nursery children along with adults at the Pioneer Care Centre join in the Big Dig on their garden in March. From left Isobel Bowyer, four, Christopher McQue, four, medical herbalist Mark Bonham and four year old Rudi Latherton.

1:06pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE fruits of a scheme to recruit more volunteer gardeners will be showcased next month.

Still time to see Norman Cornish exhibition in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: PITMAN PAINTING: Bishops Close Street by Norman Cornish, whose work is on display at the Greenfield Art Centre in Newton Aycliffe

4:16pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THERE is still time to get up close to the work of the celebrated pitman painter Norman Cornish.

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.

Businessman faces month-long trial over fraud allegations

The Northern Echo: DENIES WRONGDOING: Mike Smallman

9:36pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A BUSINESSMAN could face a trial lasting up to a month after he denied a series of fraud charges.

Newton Aycliffe colleagues take on water-fuelled obstacle course for cause close to their hearts

The Northern Echo: OBSTACLE CHALLENGE: Team leader Joanne Vipond, far right, puts her team through their paces in preparation for the Stockton River Rat Race at the weekend. From left,  Sarah Beadle, Sara Hird, Laura Newby-Higginbottom, Darren Feasey, Lee Newby-Higginbottom

12:57pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DAREDEVIL staff at a dehumidifier manufacturer may need their own creations on hand when they take part in a water fuelled obstacle course this week.

Final Great Aycliffe Show promises to be a weekend to remember

The Northern Echo: UP YOU GO: The Nemesis Allstars cheerleading dance team performing at last year's Great Aycliffe Show

3:55pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DARING motorcycle stunts, hilarious horses and a strongest man contest promise to make the final Great Aycliffe Show the best to date.

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.

Newton Aycliffe Football Club secures shirt sponsorship deal

The Northern Echo: WINNING TEAM: Safeline Taxis partner Chris Bennett (r) with Newton Aycliffe Football C general manager Dan Lewis and Clarence the Cab' Safeline's famous London black cab

2:54pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FOOTBALL club is celebrating after scoring a new shirt sponsorship deal.

Life's a teddy bears' picnic for sewing fan Tracey

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12:55pm Monday 18th August 2014

A SEWING enthusiast has turned her hobby into a business selling homemade teddy bears.

Residents back plans to merge struggling Shildon college with secondary school

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL MERGER: Sunnydale Community College which could merge with a Newton Aycliffe school. Pic SARAH CALDECOTT

1:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

RESIDENTS have backed plans to close a struggling college which was criticised by Ofsted before re-opening it as part of a successful nearby school.

Diamond Shildon couple celebrate 60-years of marriage

The Northern Echo: DIAMOND WEDDING:Joe and Irene Hankey, of Shildon, celebrate their diamond wedding. Pic: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:25pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A COUPLE who met at a dance shortly after the end of the Second World War have celebrated 60-years of marriage.

Autism charity celebrates sixth anniversary with fun day in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: SAFE ENVIRONMENT: The North East Autism Society is holding Fab Friday at its £9m education centre in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, from 11am on Friday, August 29

6:08pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CHARITY that helps families affected by autism from across the UK will celebrate its sixth anniversary by staging a family fun day.

Maisie tackles Great North Run for children's charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUNNER: Maisie Lyne hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for The Sick Children’s Trust by taking part in the Bupa Great North Run in Tyneside on Sunday, September 7

4:40pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A DECADE after the major operation that saved her life a young woman is lacing up her running shoes to raise funds for the children’s charity that ensured her family were always at her side.

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.

Newton Aycliffe artist unveils First World War masterpiece

The Northern Echo: VISUAL TRIBUTE: Veteran John Palliser (56) unveils his painting marking the centenary of the First World War at the Town Hall in Gateshead. Picture: DAVID WOOD

2:07pm Monday 11th August 2014

A PAINTING paying tribute to the heroes of the First World War has been unveiled to the public.

Newton Aycliffe woman completes extreme obstacle course in father's memory

The Northern Echo: IN MEMORY: Roy Blair, from Newton Aycliffe, was cared for at St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington before he died of cancer in April.

12:32pm Sunday 10th August 2014

A FITNESS challenge turned into an emotional fundraising mission for a mother-of-three when her father was diagnosed with cancer and died within days.

Newton Aycliffe golf club granted premises licence

The Northern Echo: Woodham Golf Club was put on the market in February after financial problems led to its closure

11:54am Saturday 9th August 2014

A GOLF club that reopened this month has been granted a licence to serve alcohol and stage live music, despite objections.

Newton Aycliffe artist unveils First World War masterpiece

The Northern Echo: VISUAL TRIBUTE: Veteran John Palliser (56) unveils his painting marking the centenary of the First World War at the Town Hall in Gateshead. Picture: DAVID WOOD

5:58pm Friday 8th August 2014

A PAINTING that pays tribute to the heroes of the First World War has been unveiled to the public.

Utility works delays third phase of Newton Aycliffe town centre revamp

The Northern Echo: Churchill House and vacant retail units in Newton Aycliffe town centre were due to be demolished in June to create an open plan shopping plaza

4:27pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE third phase of a multi-million pound town centre revamp has been delayed by utility work.

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.

Romanian card 'skimmer' jailed, despite 'innocent abroad' plea

The Northern Echo: The Tesco Extra store, Dragonville, where the final "skimming" happened

6:02am Saturday 2nd August 2014

A ROMANIAN falsely claimed to be an “innocent abroad” and the victim of a criminal gang to avoid jail for repeated credit card “skimming” frauds, a court heard.

Newton Aycliffe artist prepares for grand unveiling of First World War masterpiece

The Northern Echo: WW1 ART:John Palliser's commemorative painting is being kept under wraps until its grand unveiling next week

6:49pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MILITARY artist will unveil his biggest and most poignant painting to date next week, as a tribute to the heroes of the First World War.

Theatre group raises £1,000 for Newton Aycliffe Down syndrome charity

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING SUCCESS: Members of Stagecoach with children at the Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome. Lucy Moss, 16, holds the cheque for £1048 raised by the performing arts group. Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:51pm Friday 1st August 2014

A PERFORMING arts group has raised more than £1,000 for a charity that helps children with Down syndrome reach their potential.

Man cleared of historic sex assaults on children in care home

1:23pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN has been cleared of a string of sexual assaults against children dating back to the 1970s.

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.

Newton Aycliffe nursery holds emotional graduation ceremony

The Northern Echo: Staff and youngsters at a recent graduation ceremony at House of Eden Nursery in Newton Aycliffe

4:34pm Monday 28th July 2014

THERE were mixed emotions at a Newton Aycliffe nursery when 36 youngsters moved on to pastures new.

Newton Aycliffe teenager sentenced for making racist threats after DVD dispute

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

12:28pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A TEENAGER who made racist threats and said he would rape a man and stab his son following an argument about DVDs has been sentenced by magistrates.

Bizarre delivery driver in court after groping customer

The Northern Echo: LOST JOB: Andrew Hartley

9:06pm Friday 25th July 2014

A DELIVERY delivery driver who fondled a housewife on his rounds walked free from court - after claiming the case had upset him!

Man left with serious head injuries following assault in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

4:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

A MAN suffered serious head injuries following a vicious assault near a primary school.

Teenage charity founder sets of on tastebud tickling Coast to Coast trek

The Northern Echo: COASTING ALONG: Hannah Larkin, founder of teenage cancer charity Butterfly Giving and dad Paul Larkin undertaking a Coast to Coast walk to raise money for the charity.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:25pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE founder of a teenage cancer charity is setting off on a Coast to Coast adventure to raise funds for Butterfly Giving.

Residents encouraged to help shape Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Residents listen to a presentation about the Great Aycliffe Plan at Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre. PICTURE: Martin Walker.

3:07pm Friday 25th July 2014

RESIDENTS were encouraged to voice their views on everything from housing and open spaces, to retail facilities and parking at an open evening in Newton Aycliffe this week.

Man 'tried to hypnotise victims with pocket watch'

4:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN standing trial for a string of indecent assaults dating back to the 1970s tried to hypnotise his victims using a pocket watch, a court was told.

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.

Man carried out drunken attack on sleeping friend

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

5:02pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN carried out an apparently motiveless attack on a long-term friend which began as he lay asleep following a lengthy drinking session.

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.

Date set for Woodham Golf Club re-launch

The Northern Echo: GOLF REOPENING: Head green keeper, Mark Hodgson, and golf professional, Ernie Wilson, at Woodham Golf Club. Picture: STUART BOULTON

2:25pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DATE has been set for the re-launch of popular golf club that closed last year due to financial problems.

Craft and horticulture competition entries sought for Great Aycliffe Show

The Northern Echo: THE SHOW MUST GO ON: A stunt rider from the Bolddog Lings daredevil motorbike team soars across a grey sky at Great Aycliffe Show last year

12:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CRAFT and horticulture enthusiasts are being urged to showcase their creations at a popular summer show.

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.

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.

History society all set to commemorate First World War centenary in Aycliffe Village

The Northern Echo: Aycliffe Village Local History Society is staging a series of event to commemorate the centenary of the First World War . From left, Harry Mosses, Audrey Moses, David Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis, Vivien Ellis, David Baker and Denis Dryden.

6:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A HISTORY society will lead a series of commemorative events to mark the centenary of the First World War following a £10,000 research project.

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.

Newton Aycliffe engineer home after Dubai flight arrest

The Northern Echo: HIS SIDE OF THE STORY: Terry Harrison of Newton Aycliffe spent three months in a Dubai jail after an incident on a flight  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:03am Monday 21st July 2014

AN engineer jailed in Dubai after breaching Islamic laws on alcohol says the nightmare is still not behind him even though he is back at his North-East home.

Two in court over taxi incident

3:51pm Friday 18th July 2014

TWO men appeared at Peterlee Magistrates' Court today (Friday July 18) a following an incident involving a taxi that occurred in County Durham in the early hours of Thursday morning (July 17).

Arrests after three-hour hijacking ordeal for taxi driver

The Northern Echo: : Some of the damaged cars on Mellanby Cresent in Newton Aycliffe following the incident. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8359310)

6:03am Friday 18th July 2014

TWO men have been arrested over allegations that a taxi driver was held against his will and forced to drive around County Durham.

Newton Aycliffe dancer seeks sponsors to help make her dreams come true

The Northern Echo: DANCING QUEEN: 15 year old Emily Atkinson of Newton Aycliffe with some of her ballroom and latin dance trophies. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8211276)

3:25pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A YOUNG dancer who has been winning national competitions since she was a toddler is seeking sponsorship to help take her dancing to the next level.

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.



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