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New footpath links Shildon and Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: NEW PATH: Councillor Neil Foster officially opens the new  ‘Locomotion Way’ which will link Shildon with Newton Aycliffe. Picture: TOM BANKS (10574157)

5:03pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A NEW footpath linking Shildon and Newton Aycliffe was officially opened this weekend.

Police training car involved in Newton Aycliffe three-vehicle smash

The Northern Echo:

6:10pm Friday 19th September 2014

TWO cars and a lorry have collided today at around 12pm on the A167 in Newton Aycliffe.

'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.

Apprenticeship project for Newton Aycliffe school

The Northern Echo: APPRENTICE CHALLENGE: Carol Jordan from Ebac talks to students at Woodham Academy, Newton Aycliffe, about apprenticeships. Picture: TOM BANKS (10523883)

6:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A SCHOOL has launched an apprenticeship project to open pupils’ eyes to job and training opportunities on their doorsteps.

School cooks find the right recipe

The Northern Echo: YOUNG COOKS: Pupils at Newton Aycliffe Woodham Academy in the Let's Get Cooking club under the supervision of catering manager Linda Vipond. Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:56pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A SCHOOL cookery club has gone from strength-to-strength as pupils seek to recreate the healthy meals they enjoy in the canteen.

Poems by Newton Aycliffe school children included in First World War commemorative book

The Northern Echo: INSPIRATIONAL READINGS: Greenfield Community College pupils read poetry they have written, inspired by the First World War and appearing in a book created by the Aycliffe Village Local History Society. (L to R) Shannon-Leigh Banks (13) and Rachel Bremner

7:49pm Monday 15th September 2014

POEMS by school children conveying the reality of life in the trenches have been included in a book about the impact of the First World War on their community.

Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group celebrates successful re-launch

The Northern Echo: NEW CHAPTER: Peter Beaty, of Neville Parade Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe, and Allison White, founder of Great Aycliffe Cancer Support, officially re-launch the group at a new venue

9:35am Sunday 14th September 2014

GREAT Aycliffe Cancer Support Group has been successfully re-launched in a new venue.

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.

Trial for Newton Aycliffe woman spared jail after claiming she was pregnant

The Northern Echo: ACCUSED: Lisa Philips leaves Teesside Crown Court

5:11pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A WOMAN who was spared prison after claiming she was pregnant will go on trial charged with perverting the course of justice.

Safety concerns prompt council to withdraw support from Newton Aycliffe nature reserve

The Northern Echo: AGREEMENT ENDED: Great Aycliffe Town Council has ended its agreement with Durham County Council to help maintain Rope Moor Nature Reserve in Newton Aycliffe because it has serious concerns about improvement work being carried out on site

7:31am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A TOWN council has withdrawn its support from a nature reserve after describing a new pond as a potential health hazard.

Memorial service held to honour the Aycliffe village war dead

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial service to the Aycliffe Village men killed in the First World War is held

5:58pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A SERVICE has been held by residents to honour the men of a village killed in action during the First World War.

Newton Aycliffe cyclist completes toughest challenge yet for a cancer charity close to his heart

The Northern Echo: CYCLE CHALLENGE: Anthony Cox, from Newton Aycliffe, plans to cycle the 300 miles from London to Newcastle in just 24 hours to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust

4:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A TRAINEE PE teacher has raised more than £1,000 for charity by taking on an epic cycling challenge in memory of a friend.

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.

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.

Newton Aycliffe man takes on Great North Run barefoot for the second year running

The Northern Echo: INCREDIBLE FEET: Steve Wood, from Newton Aycliffe, has raised more than £300 for Butterwick Hospice by taking part in the Great North Run barefoot

4:25pm Monday 8th September 2014

FOR most people, taking part in the Great North Run is challenging enough but one charity runner stepped it up a notch by ditching his trainers.

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.

Enthusiast seeks to return Canadian sailor's war time accounts

The Northern Echo: DOCUMENTS APPEAL: Barry Henderson from Newton Aycliffe with the items he wants to get back to their owner.  Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:57pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A MAN who struck up a long distance friendship with a Canadian seaman is seeking to return an account of the latter’s wartime experiences to him or his family.

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.

Newton Aycliffe musician scores football stadium naming rights

The Northern Echo: WINNING TEAM: Aux Audio manager, Tom Bussey (left), with Newton Aycliffe Football Club general manager, Dan Lewis, and local musician, Lee Wright (back).

4:44pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A TEENAGE musician will see his name in lights after securing a sponsorship deal with an amateur football club.

Council and volunteers agree to work together to restore Newton Aycliffe park ,despite "fascist" jibe

The Northern Echo: PARK REVAMP: Members of the Friends of West Park in Newton Aycliffe have been working hard to revamp the amenity, planting bulbs and clearing rubbish and overgrown weeds from the former boating lake. They hope the lake can once again be used for recreatio

4:01pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL leader who was branded an “environmental fascist” has accused volunteers of being vicious and vindictive in their quest to restore a town park.

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.

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.

Friends walk 85 miles in three days for cousin recovering from cancer

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING FRIENDS: Donna Kelly (left) and Angie Cooke (right) have raised £1,000 for a cousin recovering from cancer, by walking 85miles in three days.

3:56pm Sunday 31st August 2014

TWO friends walked 85 miles in three days to raise money for a family member who was told he had 18 months left to live.

Volunteers could help older people

3:19pm Friday 29th August 2014

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help a project aimed at improving people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life.

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.

Teenager threatened with knife during Newton Aycliffe off licence robbery

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

1:07pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A TEENAGE shop assistant was threatened with a knife during a robbery at an off licence on Bank Holiday Monday.

Friend's cancer battle inspires Newton Aycliffe cyclist's biggest fundraising challenge to date

The Northern Echo: CYCLE CHALLENGE: Anthony Cox, from Newton Aycliffe, plans to cycle the 300 miles from London to Newcastle in just 24 hours to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust

4:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A TRAINEE PE teacher will embark on an epic cycling challenge this week in memory of a friend who died of cancer.

Credit union worker attacked by German shepherd during visit to Newton Aycliffe house

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

3:54pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A CREDIT union worker was attacked and bitten by a German Shepherd as she visited a Newton Aycliffe house to collect payment.

Newton Aycliffe community centre seeks auction donations

The Northern Echo: CHARITY AUCTION: Peter Beaty, Margaret Robson and Anne Hardy, of Neville Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe, are holding an auction to raise funds for the maintenance . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:37pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A COMMUNITY centre is seeking donations for an auction to raise funds for maintenance work and mounting running costs.

Kitten looks for new home after Newton Aycliffe recycling plant rescue

The Northern Echo: KITTEN RESCUE: Marion Maychell, of Cats R Us, with Wade the kitten who is looking for a new home after his rescue from a recycling plant. Picture: Keith Taylor

8:29pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A STRAY cat which used up one of its nine lives after it was rescued from a recycling centre conveyor belt is looking for a new home.

Visitors flock to enjoy the last annual Great Aycliffe Show

The Northern Echo: STUNT MOTORCYCLIST: A stunt rider at the Great Aycliffe Show. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

6:35pm Sunday 24th August 2014

THE final Great Aycliffe Show was hailed a success after crowds of visitors headed to the event which has entertained for more than 30 years.

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

The Northern Echo:

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.



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