Covering Aycliffe Village, School Aycliffe, Rushyford, Woodham, Middridge, Redworth, Chilton and surrounding villages.


Buffet cars to be axed from Hitachi's East Coast Main Line trains

The Northern Echo: HARD TO SWALLOW: New East Coast Main Line trains will not include buffet cars.

6:56pm Friday 24th October 2014

A UNION says it is "shocked and appalled" that new Intercity Express trains being built in the region will not feature buffet cars.

Councillors urged to reject proposal for motorcyclists' den

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

1:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

PLANS to turn a storage unit into a meeting place for bikers look set to be rejected amid fears over noise.

100th birthday celebrations for popular and talented man

The Northern Echo: ONE HUNDRED: Les Robson, reads his birthday card from the Queen on his 100th birthday Picture: TOM BANKS

6:40pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MAN who forged his father’s signature so he could marry the love of his life has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Voters called to polls to elect new Evenwood ward councillor

The Northern Echo: LATE STALWART: Councillor Pauline Charlton was a former Mayor of Durham City and chairman of Durham County Council

1:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VOTERS will be called to the polls to elect the next Evenwood ward councillor tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) following the death of Councillor Pauline Charlton.

Grant helps Great Aycliffe toddlers get the best start in life

The Northern Echo: NEW PROJECT: The toddler group at Woodham Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe is one of eight groups to benefit from the Healthy Starts project, which has received funding from Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (Gamp) Pictured is Joanne Charlton wi

5:05pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A HEALTH and well-being project aimed at giving children the best start in life has received a £5,000 funding boost.

Apartment plans unveiled for Newton Aycliffe pub

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

3:11pm Monday 20th October 2014

PLANS have been submitted to turn a vacant pub into an apartment block for older people.

Newton Aycliffe drop-in given notice to quit site

The Northern Echo: UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Durham County Council has told volunteers it hopes to redevelop The Cubby site

4:16pm Friday 17th October 2014

A LANDMARK community venue faces an uncertain future after its council landlord said the site needs to be cleared to make way for shops.

Efforts of volunteers recognised at awards night

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Volunteer of the Year Donna Bruce. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11596672)

11:02pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WOMAN has been honoured for her dedicated voluntary work helping young people in a North-East community.

Parking is 'free after three' during December

The Northern Echo: FREE PARKING: On-street parking in Durham City is included in the offer

5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

PARKING at a council’s car parks will be free after 3pm during December.

Call for people to take an 'elfie selfie' to benefit autism charity

The Northern Echo: SAY CHEESE: Kerrie Highcock, family development officer at the North East Autism Society, takes an elfie selfie with Lucas Robertson, three, at the North East Centre for Autism in Newton Aycliffe. Picture: ANDY LAMB

12:04am Wednesday 15th October 2014

AN autism charity is hoping its Christmas fundraising appeal will become the latest social media selfie trend.

Community stalwarts parting gift to cancer charity

4:54pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE FRIENDS and family of a much-loved grandfather have donated £1,500 to the cancer charity that supported him in his final days.

Grants available for youth projects in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: NEW FUNDING POT: Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (Gamp) and the Pioneering Care Partnership will launch the Small Grants Fund at the What’s Great in Newton Aycliffe and Middridge? event next month.

5:55pm Monday 13th October 2014

COMMUNITY groups working with children and young people in the Newton Aycliffe area can apply for grants of up to £1,000.

Newton Aycliffe charity helps Ferryhill woman turn her life around

The Northern Echo: NEW START: Jane Silliker, from Ferryhill, now volunteers for Lifeline Community Action's Helping Hands team. The Newton Aycliffe-based charity helps people in crisis. PICTURE: Ken Sadler

1:06pm Monday 13th October 2014

A WOMAN who became trapped in a downward spiral of depression, drugs, alcohol and debt is now volunteering for the charity that helped her turn her life around.

Youngsters sing with voices and hands in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: SIGNING FUN: London performers Singing Hands singing and signing with youngsters at Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome in Newton Aycliffe. Picture: TOM BANKS

12:26pm Sunday 12th October 2014

CHILDREN sang with their voices and their hands when a Down’s syndrome charity held a series of special music workshops.

Council housing plans under fire

The Northern Echo: test

7:36pm Friday 10th October 2014

PLANS to build thousands of new homes in County Durham have drawn strong criticism.

Grant means 1,000 kids will learn to ride a bike earlier

The Northern Echo: Pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Gilesgate take part in Bikeability training

6:46pm Friday 10th October 2014

FUNDING has been secured to teach 1,000 more children to ride a bike safely.

Man sentenced for punching sister-in-law in face in Newton Aycliffe

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

3:39pm Friday 10th October 2014

A MAN punched his sister-in-law in the face twice following a drunken row, a court heard.

Newton Aycliffe youngsters marvel at the wonders of science

The Northern Echo: APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE: Primary school pupils take part in a new science club at Woodham Academy in Newton Aycliffe.  In the first class they learn about combustion and set light to a piece of magnesium using a Bunsen burner.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:57pm Friday 10th October 2014

DRAMATIC explosions and bubbling chemical reactions opened up the world of science to primary school children.

Driver panicked on seeing police and led officer on high speed pursuit

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

11:51am Friday 10th October 2014

A YOUNG motorist who led a police on a high speed pursuit in the early hours refused to give a breath specimen when finally apprehended.

North-East train builder to spearhead industry's future

The Northern Echo:

4:47pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST train builder will spearhead the industry’s future after securing a lucrative Scottish deal, it was tonight claimed.

Fortnightly bin collections 'help save £5m' says council

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig attaches collection day stickers to recycling bins in Chester-le-Street in 2012 (11317923)

5:46pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A COUNCIL says switching to fortnightly bin collections has helped it save more than £5m.

Why spend £136m on zombie roads?, ask council critics

The Northern Echo: Farmer Brian Hodgson (61) from Aldin Grange Farm in Bearpark who is campaigning against Durham's proposed western bypass. (11305814)

7:30pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CASH-strapped council wants to spend nearly £150m on “zombie roads”, a major inquiry heard today (Thursday, October 9).

Euro-cash to tackle social exclusion

The Northern Echo: Delegates at the conference

6:04pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CONFERENCE has discussed how best to spend £12m set aside to tackle social exclusion.

Newton Aycliffe schoolchildren promote good morals through pop music

The Northern Echo: ON SONG: Pupils from St. Josephs RC Primary in Newton Aycliffe have produced a CD of pop songs promoting good morals. Pictured are head teacher Grainne Duffy, teaching assistant Lesley Swinney, pupils Rebekah Cox, Lewis Summerson, Emily Webb, Isaac Allins

4:42pm Thursday 9th October 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN hit all the right notes when they recorded a CD of songs promoting love, respect and kindness.

Council planning 'steroid growth' for Durham, say critics

The Northern Echo: Douglas Pocock, from the City of Durham Trust

8:05pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A COUNCIL masterplan envisages “steroid development” for Durham City, a public inquiry heard today (Wednesday, October 8).

Thousands of illegal cigarettes seized in Shildon

The Northern Echo: CRACK DOWN: Police and Durham County Council Trading Standards officers are working together to tackle the supply of illicit tobacco.

4:51pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

THOUSANDS of suspected fake cigarettes were seized in a raid as part of a countywide crackdown on illegal tobacco traders.

Pawn broker and trainee teacher through to semi-finals of Miss England

The Northern Echo: Jade Afflect from Yarm

1:32pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

TWO young women from the region have made it through to the semi-final of Miss England.

Newton Aycliffe Shower manufacturer helps baby seal appeal

The Northern Echo: TOWEL APPEAL: Scarborough Sealife and Marine Sanctuary needs towels to help grip and clean the orphaned seals for transportation to the centre.

4:30pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A SHOWER designer and manufacturer has turned its attention from bathroom seals to the animal variety with its latest community project.

Builders press council to up 31,400 new homes target

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

4:01pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A COUNCIL is facing mounting pressure to allow thousands more homes to be built – sacrificing green belt land in the hope of securing economic prosperity.

Newton Aycliffe man died moments after taking part in Liverpool 5k parkrun

The Northern Echo: POPULAR PLAYER: Darren Ablewhite

7:05am Monday 6th October 2014

AN amateur footballer from County Durham died moments after taking part in a 5k run in Liverpool at the weekend.

Newton Aycliffe colleagues raises thousands of pounds for boss' charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHALLENGE: Team leader Joanne Vipond (standing tall on the right) with the Ebac Rat Race team

4:57pm Monday 6th October 2014

DARING colleagues at a Newton Aycliffe manufacturing firm have raised almost £2,500 for their boss’ charity.

Man who sexually abused girl jailed for 14 years.

The Northern Echo: Steven James Wilson claimed he had no sexual interest in girl he abused

2:54pm Saturday 4th October 2014

A MAN who sexually assaulted a young teenage girl with learning difficulties, later denied having any attraction to the victim.

Still time to unearth family roots

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:47pm Friday 3rd October 2014

PLACES are still available on a series of family history courses.

Council slammed for 'importing' 22,000 people, while 22,000 remain jobless

The Northern Echo:

2:25pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A COUNCIL has been criticised for planning to “import” 22,000 extra people by 2030 – the same number of people currently out of work in its area.

North-East sport stars join Newton Ayciffe youngsters to celebrate the launch of new multi-use games area

The Northern Echo: GAMES AREA: Professional basketball players Tanja Licina and Chris Jones giving youngsters some tips in the new Horndale Multi-use Games Area. in Newton Aycliffe. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:14pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

ENERGETIC youngsters were given top tips from North-East athletes to celebrate the official opening of a new sports facility in their town.

You beauty! Beautiful Durham awards a blooming great success

The Northern Echo:

6:09am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SCHOOLS, pubs, villages and residents have been honoured for their efforts in making their area a pleasant place to live and work.

Newton Aycliffe leukaemia patient makes impassioned plea to save Stockton haematology ward

The Northern Echo: FIGHT ON: June Ryder, from Newton Aycliffe, is fighting the closure of the haematology ward at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton. Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:04am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A GRANDMOTHER-OF-TWO with leukaemia has threatened to chain herself to the entrance of a hospital if the planned closure of its haematology ward goes ahead.

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).

Final arrangements in place for Newton Aycliffe's residents-only fireworks display

The Northern Echo: FIREWORKS RETURN: Great Aycliffe Town Council has announced its annual display will return to Newton Aycliffe on Wednesday, November 5, but only residents will be able to enjoy the spectacle.

9:12pm Monday 29th September 2014

A FIREWORKS display cancelled after crowd numbers soared to dangerous levels will return as a resident-only ticketed event this year, a council has confirmed.

Newton Aycliffe charity boss completes gruelling cycling challenge

The Northern Echo: CYCLING CHALLENGE: Mark Weeding (right) with his colleague David Molesworth before the cycling challenge

5:28pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE leader of a charity that tackles deprivation and social exclusion has completed a gruelling bike ride to celebrate a major milestone.

Police at Newton Aycliffe school

The Northern Echo: FUN FORCE: Pupils at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Newton Aycliffe, enjoyed a police fun day. Pictured Alisha Haynes gets to sit in a helicopter with police officer Mark Walley Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

10:54am Sunday 28th September 2014

THERE was a heavy police presence at a Newton Aycliffe school earlier this week (Thursday, September 25) but parents need not be alarmed.

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.

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.

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.

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