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Sunflowers bloom in memory of First World War heroes at Sedgefield care home

The Northern Echo: SUNFLOWER COMMEMORATION: Residents and staff at Willowdene Care Home in Sedgefield with the sunflowers sown and grown for the WW1 celebrations. From left: residents Bill Todd and Gordon Balfour, activities co-ordinator Angela Penman, manager Alison Kelly,

4:59pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

FRIENDSHIPS blossomed at a care home when staff and residents planted sunflowers in memory of soldiers who died in the First World War.

Apprentice chef thrown in at the deep end at Sedgefield oyster festival

The Northern Echo: Hardwick Hall's head chef Mark Bennett with apprentice, Chelsea Layfield

5:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

AN apprentice who swapped her waitress uniform for chef whites is preparing for her biggest catering challenge to date at one of the region’s most prestigious social events.

Sedgefield Racecourse all set for evening of music, fashion and racing

The Northern Echo: Moni Tivony, star of BBC1 show The Voice, will perform at Ladies Evening at Sedgefield Racecourse next month

5:24pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SINGER who has collaborated with the likes of Mariah Carey and Chaka Khan will perform at one of the most glamorous events in the horseracing calendar next month.

Bikers tribute to First World War dead after Sedgefield wreath blessing service

The Northern Echo: WREATH BLESSING: The service to bless wreaths bound for First World War battlefields ad cemeteries. Picture Keith Taylor.

6:03pm Sunday 27th July 2014

MOTORCYCLISTS have set off on a pilgrimage to the battlefields of France and Belgium to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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.

Sedgefield apprentice is top of the class

The Northern Echo: TOP MARKS: Sedgefield Hardwick headteacher, Sally Newton, with Ava Bell, aged four; Benedict Mearns, aged three, Nicola Bourner and Area Action Partnership coordinator Jane Bellis.

11:58am Thursday 24th July 2014

A TEACHING assistant has emerged top of the class after a successful apprenticeship led to a permanent job.

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.

Trimdon couple fundraise for independence

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING MISSION: Faye and Stevie Pearson have launched a fundraising campaign to help maintain their independence. Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:37pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A COUPLE who suffer from neuromuscular diseases have launched a fundraising campaign to help maintain their independence.

Man denies pretending to be bailiff

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

3:01pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN has denied pretending to be a bailiff in order to collect money he said was owed to him.

Rugby fundraiser supports two groups

The Northern Echo: RUGBY FUNDRAISER: Rugby players from West Cornforth and Durham City present cheques to Alan Hodgson, of Cornforth Partnership, and Paul Ferguson, of West Cornforth Community Association

2:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

TWO organisations in West Cornforth have had their coffers boosted thanks to a group of sporty fundraisers.

Apprentice chef thrown in at the deep end at Sedgefield oyster festival

The Northern Echo: Hardwick Hall's head chef Mark Bennett with apprentice, Chelsea Layfield

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN APPRENTICE who swapped her waitress uniform for chef whites is preparing for her biggest catering challenge to date at one of the region’s most prestigious social events.

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.

Motorcycle riders on last lap

The Northern Echo: CENTENARY RIDE: Boundary 500 founder Brian Laverick, centre and right Councillor Eric Howden and Dave Blissett both members of Redcar British Legion.

6:44pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A GROUP of motorcyclists are on the last lap as they promote their trip to the Menin Gate to lay a wreath to mark the outbreak of the First World War.

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.

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.

Lift rescue

6:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

TWO women had to be rescued from a lift at Homebryth House retirement complex in Sedgefield, County Durham, this afternoon (Monday, July 21). Firefighters were alerted to the incident at around 2.35pm and the women were rescued uninjured within 25 minutes. It is believed a malfunction with the lift was to blame for the incident.

Service held after £15,000 restoration of village cemetery

The Northern Echo: GATES RENOVATION: Phil Wilson MP, John Burton, Reverend Micheal Gobbett, Durham County councillor Peter Brookes and Adam Luke stand in front of the newly renovated cemetery gates.

1:53pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PARISHIONERS marked the £15,000 renovation of a village cemetery with a dedication service attended by their MP, whose own father is buried there.

£6,000 needed to create school war memorial

The Northern Echo: WAR TALK: Stuart Bradnam, a teacher at Sedgefield Community College and former group captain in the RAF, talks to Annabel Stephenson, Georgia Earl, Gemma Barber, Thomas Richmond, Corey Wong and Joshua Woolley Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:55pm Friday 18th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS are hoping to see their designs for a memorial to commemorate the First World War come to fruition in the school grounds.

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.

Motorist tried to replicate crash death of girlfriend while two-and-a-half times legal limit

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

5:20pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A MOTORIST who tried to "replicate" the death of his girlfriend while two and a half times over the drink drive limit has been banned from the roads for 28-months.

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.

Hotelier hopes to expand and revamp Sedgefield pub

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

4:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A HOTELIER has submitted plans to revamp and extend a town centre pub.

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.

Hundreds enjoy weekend of fun, sport and nostalgia in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: BYGONE DAYS: Spitfire on the Green war weekend event at Sedgefield.  Old war jeeps.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:04pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A TOWN was transported back to the 1940s when a replica Spitfire took up residence on the green.

Funding boost for Trimdon outdoor gym

The Northern Echo: GYM GRANT:  (L to R) Malcolm Gray, community investment advisor for livin,Councillor Morris Nicholls, Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Dr Alan Bell, treasurer of Trimdon Colliery Community Association, Councillor Peter Brookes and Paul Todd, community coordinator

1:34pm Saturday 12th July 2014

A COMMUNITY will soon benefit from an outdoor gym thanks to a £5,000 grant.

County Durham widow writes candid memoir of life without beloved husband

The Northern Echo: Lucie Brownlee and her late husband, Mark, on their wedding day in 2006

6:52am Saturday 12th July 2014

A MOTHER who was tragically widowed at the age of 36 has captured the complex emotions surrounding bereavement in a candid memoir of life without her soulmate.

Former mayor and mayoress of Sedgefield celebrate 60 years or marital bliss

The Northern Echo: DIAMOND CELEBRATION: Keith and Nancy Wells from Sedgefield, with Councillor John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council. Picture: Keith Taylor

11:39pm Friday 11th July 2014

A FORMER mayor and mayoress have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Children enjoy rural pursuits and country fair in Sedgefield

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

5:39pm Friday 11th July 2014

HUNDREDS of schoolchildren were treated to a petting zoo, baking competition and much more when they attended a popular country fair today (Friday, July 11).

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.

Man has to remain in custody despite being cleared of sexual assault

4:49pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A MAN will remain in custody despite being cleared of hitting and sexually assaulting a woman.

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.

Man 'stunk of fags and booze' during alleged attack and sexual assault

5:10pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A BURLY attacker punched and sexually assaulted a woman after being let into her home, a court heard.

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.

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”.

Nostalgic fun comes to Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: HISTORY REPEATED: A replica spitfire on show at last year's event

7:22pm Monday 7th July 2014

MILITARY re-enactments, vintage crafts, a 1940s fashion show and a replica Spitfire are among an array of nostalgic activities at a free event this weekend.

The sky's the limit at Sedgefield care home

The Northern Echo: BALLOON RELEASE: Staff, residents and relatives release balloons with personal messages as part of National Care Home Open Day

4:41pm Monday 7th July 2014

THE sky was the limit for care home residents when they took part in an ‘Around the World’ balloon release.

Sedgefield Community Hospital hosts annual fundraiser

The Northern Echo: RAFFLE DONATION: Organiser Julie Welford  (centre) with Co-op managers Stephen Mould and Hayley Gibson

4:09pm Monday 7th July 2014

A GARDEN party has raised hundreds of pounds to improve facilities at a community hospital.

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.

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.

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.

Sedgefield Oyster Festival will raise funds for Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: Guests at last year's Oyster Festival at Hardwick Hall Hotel

1:32pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

AN annual music festival will this year raise money for the Butterwick Hospice, organisers have confirmed.

Train fans shown delights of brass band music by new exhibition in Shildon and Durham

The Northern Echo: TRAin music: John and Karen Topping with Connections at Durham Railway Station.

2:02pm Sunday 29th June 2014

MUSIC lovers can use a railway map and a smartphone to find music by brass bands across the North-East.

Crash victim was fun loving woman

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTES PAID: Ashleigh Quinn

2:49pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THE family of a woman who died in a car crash in County Durham have paid tribute to her.

Revealed: The hardly-used electric car charging points costing taxpayers up to £4,000

The Northern Echo: PARK AND RIDE: General view of Sniperley Park and Ride site in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7340981)

9:02am Tuesday 24th June 2014

SOME electric car charging points in the North-East have been used so little each re-charge has cost the taxpayer up to £4,000, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Fresh appeal for information after cat attacked

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: Gary Rodgers by a memorial to his cat Nutmeg, who was attacked by three dogs outside his home Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:36pm Monday 23rd June 2014

POLICE are repeating their appeal for information after a much-loved cat was killed by three dogs.

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