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Sedgefield PC launches London Marathon fundraising campaign at Salute Our Heroes raceday

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING MISSION: PC Keith Todd is taking part in the London Marathon  to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers Charity. He is pictured on his stepper in training at Sedgefield Racecourse's Salute Our Heroes raceday.  PICTURE: Keith Taylor

5:40pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A DAREDEVIL policeman launched his latest charity challenge at Sedgefield Racecourse’s annual armed forces fundraiser today (Thursday, October 30).

Sedgefield supermarket helps generous Brenda send home comforts to British troops

The Northern Echo: HOME COMFORTS: Brenda Storey (right), collects supplies for soldiers from Steve Robson, acting store manager, and Jo Robinson, community ambassador at Sainsbury's in Sedgefield. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

6:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A WOMAN who sends parcels of treats to soldiers serving abroad has received a donation of goodies from her local supermarket.

Council tax relief scheme extended

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to protect benefit payments is to be continued.

Trimdon churches unveil lasting tributes to local war heroes

The Northern Echo: WAR DEAD REMEMBERED: Parishioners at St Mary Magdalene Church and St William RC Church in Trimdon Village have marked the centenary of World War One by installing brass plaques in both churches.  In St Mary Magdalene Church are John Burton, Glennis Defty

2:03pm Thursday 30th October 2014

TWO village churches have joined forces to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Council considers 20mph limits for housing areas following successful pilot project

The Northern Echo: SPEED LIMIT: Councillor Dennis Southwell is backing a campaign to introduce 20-miles per hour speed limits across County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (12113181)

5:39pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

SPEED limits in residential areas across a county could be cut to 20mph, following a successful pilot project.

Councillors accused of 'petty childishness' over seats row

The Northern Echo:

6:05am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A ROW over seating arrangements has broken out ahead of a full council meeting.

Sedgefield fashion show raises £1,000 for Alzheimer's Society

The Northern Echo: BIG DONATION: Sedgefield Inner Wheel Club presents a cheque for £1,000 to Alzheimer’s Society. Pictured are, member Ann Can, president Jean Hewick, and Rebecca Scott from the Alzheimer's Society, Picture: TOM BANKS

3:39pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A GLAMOROUS evening of fashion and fizz has raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Mixed reactions for Sedgefield 450-home plan

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression by Gradon Architecture of how the Beacon Lane development will look

2:36pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PLANS to create 450 new homes have divided a community, with some residents welcoming the extra housing and others expressing fears over its impact on the town’s rural character.

Bishop Middleham chef completes epic 90-mile running challenge for Breast Cancer Care

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHALLEGE: David Sawyer nears the end of the Castles Half-Marathon in Northumberland

5:25pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A CHEF who took up jogging to lose weight brought a year of charity challenges to a close with an epic 90-mile, 30-hour run.

Family fun on offer at Sedgefield Racecourse charity day

The Northern Echo: The JG Paxton Raceday will take place at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham next week

5:16pm Monday 27th October 2014

A RACECOURSE will offer fun for all the family at its annual armed forces fundraiser.

Crackdown on disabled parking blue badge cheats snares first convictions

The Northern Echo: Andrew Cogdon's car parked illegally outside Framwelgate Waterside

4:10pm Monday 27th October 2014

A CRACKDOWN on blue badge cheats has yielded its first criminal convictions, with two law-flouting drivers hit with fines.

Mainsforth Sports Complex project receives £75,000 funding boost

The Northern Echo: OUTSTANDING FACILITY: An artist's impression of what Mainsforth Sports Complex will look like

3:54pm Monday 27th October 2014

WORK to replace a village’s rundown cricket pavilion with a £330,000 sports facility is set to begin in January thanks to a National Lottery grant.

Cross border route closed to high sided vehicles

The Northern Echo:

7:23pm Sunday 26th October 2014

THE A66 between Durham and Cumbria has been closed both ways to high sided vehicles because of strong winds.

Patchwork pays tribute to Sedgefield's war heroes

The Northern Echo: REMEMBRANCE QUILT: Members of  Sedgefield Family History Group are taking part in a national project to create a First World War memorial patchwork quilt. Pictured are; Sue Wade, Sylvia Hall, Ann Oliver, Nancy Smart and Trish Harrison. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:56pm Friday 24th October 2014

A FAMILY history society has commemorated the centenary of the First World War by honouring the fallen in fabric and thread.

Sedgefield MP takes diabetes challenge

The Northern Echo: RAISING AWARENESS: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson with Hugh Quarshie, who plays Dr Ric Griffin in the BBC series Holby City, at Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge

3:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

AN MP has joined forces with the star of a popular television medical drama to encourage people to take a quick and easy diabetes test.

Arrest made in Trimdon Village attempted robbery investigation

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

1:32pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN has been arrested in connection to an attempted robbery in which a homeowner was threatened with violence.

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.

Trimdon Grange bids a sad farewell to its Methodist church

The Northern Echo: LAST SERVICE: Members of  Trimdon Grange Methodist Church gather for a photograph ahead of the church's last service on Sunday, October 26. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:49pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CONGREGATION will bid a sad farewell to a church which has been at the heart of their lives for decades this weekend.

Trimdon Foundry prepares for two parish by-elections

The Northern Echo: PARISH BY-ELECTION: Two by-elections will be held to elect three new councillors for Trimdon Foundry Parish Council

4:43pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO by-elections will be held for a parish council which lost its chairman and two councillors within weeks.

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.

Fisburn's own Repunzel donates hair to cancer charity

The Northern Echo: LOCKS AWAY: Phoebe Wright, seven, gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust at Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

REPUNZEL may be the heroine of the fairytale but it was little Phoebe Wright who stole the show when she donated her golden locks to charity.

Family 'patriarch' jailed for drunken assault on sister's ex-partner

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

7:23pm Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN who considered himself the “patriarch” of his family carried out a drunken assault on his sister’s ex-partner, a court was told.

Police investigate spate of burglaries in Trimdon Village

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

5:43pm Monday 20th October 2014

AN investigation is underway following a spate of burglaries in a former pit village.

Bishop Middleham chef prepares for 90-mile charity run

The Northern Echo: KEEP ON RUNNING: Dave Sawyer from Bishop Middleham has taken part in various running races and events to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:16pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CHEF who challenged himself to run 20 races in a year will finish his epic fundraising mission with a 90-mile endurance test.

Fraudster claimed he was a bailiff

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:43pm Friday 17th October 2014

A FRAUDSTER who claimed he was a bailiff to try to recover money he believed he was owed has been given a suspended jail term.

Rare moon rocks and priceless meteorites land in Trimdon school

The Northern Echo: OUT OF THIS WORLD: Pupils at Trimdon Junior School look a meteorite samples. Pictured are (L to R), Kaitlyn Forbes, eight, Lily Darby, eight, Callum Darby, eight, and Liam McCallum, nine. Picture: TOM BANKS

10:58am Friday 17th October 2014

FASCINATED children got to grips with rare moon rocks and meteorites dating back billions of years this week.

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.

Police appeal for help to trace men who threatened homeowner with violence during attempted robbery

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

5:34pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A HOMEOWNER was threatened with violence during an attempted robbery last night (Monday, October 13).

Trimdon graduate helps improve health and hygiene in rural India

The Northern Echo: VOLUNTARY WORK: Emma Christian, from Trimdon Village, is volunteering in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu for three months as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS) Restless Development scheme.

2:22pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A MATHS graduate put fractions and algebra aside to help improve health and sanitation in rural India.

Woman left devastated after thieves raid her Trimdon Grange stables

The Northern Echo: CRIME SCENE: Thieves raided the stables on the outskirts of Trimdon Grange, County Durham, last week, stealing expensive riding equipment and two terriers that have since been reunited with their owner.

7:31am Monday 13th October 2014

A WOMAN experienced her “worst birthday ever” when she was diagnosed with cancer and found thieves had raided her horse stables, stealing two much-loved dogs.

The latest inductee of the prestigious Blues Hall of Fame is from.........Sedgefield!

The Northern Echo: HALL OF FAME:Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club has just been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Pictured from left:  John Finlayson, Matt Wilson, John Tate, Rob Moran and Garry Jacobs. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

7:18am Monday 13th October 2014

BILLIE Holiday, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix are just some of the music legends to grace the Blues Hall of Fame.

Sedgefield horse centre provides riding for all

1:45pm Monday 13th October 2014

A HORSE riding centre can now offer even more safe and fun opportunities to people with disabilities.

More players needed to save Sedgefield's rugby club

The Northern Echo: MEMBERS NEEDED: Sedgefield Rugby Club desperately needs new members. Picture: TOM BANKS

10:47pm Sunday 12th October 2014

A RUGBY club that reformed in 2007 after dwindling numbers forced it to disband ten years earlier fears that history may again repeat itself.

Sedgefield Racecourse salutes our heroes

The Northern Echo: The JG Paxton Raceday will take place at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham next week

3:27pm Sunday 12th October 2014

A HORSERACING fixture will raise funds for two armed forces charities this month.

Council housing plans under fire

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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.

Deadline looms for Sedgefield collective switching fuel bill scheme

The Northern Echo: Sedgefield Development Trust has been working alongside the Belgian not-for-profit company iChoosr to introduce a collective switching scheme for gas and electricity ,

2:21pm Friday 10th October 2014

RESIDENTS still have time to sign up to a scheme that could save them up to £150 a year on their gas and electricity bills.


The Northern Echo: SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT: Police want to identify this man after Ferryhill theft

1:45pm Friday 10th October 2014

POLICE want to speak to this man in connection with a shoplifting incident during which more than £1,000 worth of batteries were stolen.

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.

Education, history and business on Duke's agenda as Royal visits the region

The Northern Echo: ROYAL VISIT:HRH The Duke of Kent officially opened Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form in Spennymoor today. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:31pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

EDUCATION, history and business formed part of a whistle-stop tour of the region for a Royal visitor today (Wednesday, October 8).

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).

Fundraising gets tough at Sedgefield sportsman's dinner

The Northern Echo: FOOTBALL LEGEND: Neil “Razor” Ruddock at the Butterwick Hospice Care  Sportsman’s Dinner at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield, County Durham. PICTURE: Paul Dobson

6:23pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

TWO sporting heavyweights helped a North-East charity raise £20,000.

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.

Scary line-up for Trimdon contest

The Northern Echo: SCARECROW COMPETITION: 9 year old Alex Storey with his scarecrow. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11100760)

1:06pm Sunday 5th October 2014

"EAT your heart out Worzel Gummidge", said organisers of a scarecrow competition which has raised the style stakes.

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.

Sedgefield school boys all set for dance showcase

The Northern Echo: DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY: Members of The Boyz Project at Sedgefield Community College. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:45pm Friday 3rd October 2014

SCHOOLBOYS will show they have all the right moves when they perform at a major dance event next month.

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.

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