Covering Bishop Middleham, Fishburn, The Trimdons, Wynyard, Thorpe Larches, Mordon and surrounding villages


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.

Trimdon Foundry Parish Council loses chairman, two councillors and clerk

The Northern Echo: STOOD DOWN: Long-serving councillor Jim Grigg resigned as both chairman and councillor for Trimdon Foundry on Wednesday, August 27.

3:49pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PARISH council has almost halved in size after the chairman, two councillors and the clerk resigned within weeks.

Sedgefield's most glamorous raceday raises thousands for charity

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Women show off their outfits in the best-dressed contest at the Roflow Ladies Evening at Sedgefield Racecourse

5:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

AN evening of thrilling horse-racing and show-stopping fashion has raised thousands of pounds for a lifesaving charity.

Two horses die after car crashes into stable block

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

12:34pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after her car collided with a brick built stable on Salters Lane, in Trimdon Grange.

Launch of healing mask gives hope to patients who fear blindness

The Northern Echo: SLEEP MASK: Lorraine Helliwell pictured with Richard Kirk, chief executive of PolyPhonix   Lorraine is using the new electronic light-emitting sleepmask (made by a company based at NETPark, Sedgefield) her eyes greatly improved to the extend that an eye h

8:09pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT’S an amazing story. The day before 55-year-old Lorraine Helliwell started wearing her Noctura 400 light-emitting sleep mask she underwent a routine eye examination at her local hospital.

Quarry extension recommended for approval

5:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A PROPOSED quarry extension that will boost employment but has prompted environmental concerns has been recommended for approval by council planners.

Cyclist seriously injured after lorry collision at Bradbury

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT SCENE: The Great North Air Ambulance at the site of the accident.

7:19pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A CYCLIST suffered serious leg injuries after he was in a collision with a lorry.

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.

North-East talent joins pop royalty at Hardwick Live in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: LOCAL TALENT: Teesside’s Cattle & Cane who will perform as part of the Saturday Hardwick Live line-up

5:26pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

NORTH-EAST bands are gearing up to perform alongside pop royalty at one of the biggest music events in the region.

Sedgefield Folk Festival set to be the best yet

The Northern Echo: Spoon playing champion Bert Draycott, centre, holds a workshop at last year’s Sedgefield Folk Festival. Learning, from left Harris Andrews, Sean Davies, Iona Darnton and Diane Dixon

3:21pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

TICKETS are selling out fast for one of the region’s most eagerly awaited folk festivals.

Sedgefield florist sets out to inspire the next generation of flower arrangers

The Northern Echo: FLORAL DELIGHT: Florist Adam Prest is holding a  flower arranging workshop to encourage more young people to take it up and grow flowers. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (9684198)

4:59pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A FLORIST hopes to quash stereotypes about flower arranging and inspire youngsters to take up the art at a workshop next month.

Plans submitted for 42-home development in Sedgefield

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

5:28pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

PLANS have been submitted for 42 homes on the outskirts of Sedgefield.

Sedgefield horse fair passes without incident

The Northern Echo: HORSE FAIR: The Bank Holiday horse fair  in Sedgefield passed without incident, according to police . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:16pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN unauthorised horse fair that outraged residents when it arrived in their community without warning has been managed successfully, according to police.

Cult TV show starring North-East born actor could return

The Northern Echo: GENTLEMEN REUION: Mark Gatiss

4:37pm Monday 25th August 2014

CULT TV show The League Of Gentlemen could be set for a comeback.

Sedgefield gears up for evening of glamour

The Northern Echo: BEST DRESSED: Guests show off their outfits at a previous ladies evening at Sedgefield Racecourse

4:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AN EVENING or champagne, big hats and stylish dresses will bring extra glamour to a North-East racecourse next week.

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.

Police and council reassure Sedgefield and Fishburn residents following arrival of unauthorised horse fair

The Northern Echo: HORSE FAIR:Travellers on a site on the outskirts of Sedgefield, as they prepare for annual horse fair. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT

7:01pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN annual horse fair has moved to a new location without warning, sparking anger and fear among nearby residents.

Global interest in sight-saving sleep mask

The Northern Echo: MAN WITH THE MASK: Richard Kirk of PolyPhotonix in Sedgefield. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (9458346)

6:38am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PIONEERING North-East company which has developed an innovative way of preventing blindness in diabetics has been inundated with inquiries from all over the world.

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.

Sedgefield park introduces new running routes

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council has launched 3-2-1 Run at Hardwick Park, near Sedgefield, in a bid to persuade more people to take up running

2:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

A NEW running challenge is hoped to get pulses racing.

Remembering global war

The Northern Echo: HISTORY REMEMBERED: A VJ Day memorial service held by Sedgefield Village Veterans.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

ON the 69th anniversary of VJ Day, veterans and villagers remembered those who served and lost their lives in the Far East during the Second World War.

Ball to help carers

The Northern Echo: Having a ball (9329166)

3:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

A CHARITY that supports carers is holding a major event to raise money for its work.

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.

Police detective represents UK at international triathlon contest

The Northern Echo: SUPER FIT: Dave Hodgson, of Sedgefield, is taking part in the World Triathlon Series Grand Final. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:32am Monday 11th August 2014

A POLICE detective will swap the thin blue line for the finishing line when he represents the UK at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Canada.

Thousands celebrate country life at Sedgefield Show

The Northern Echo: SEDGEFIELD SHOW: Horse driving at Sedgefield Show. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:29pm Sunday 10th August 2014

THOUSANDS of people of all ages enjoyed a host of rural pursuits at one of the region’s most popular agricultural shows.

Sedgefield woman climbs new heights and inspires others

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Esme Harte in competition

6:32am Saturday 9th August 2014

ESME Harte loves to climb. Ever since she was eight-years-old, when her father, Joe, took her to a climbing wall for the first time, she has been hooked.

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.

Meet Mr and Mrs Vintage: Howden-le-Wear couple reach finals of national fashion contest

The Northern Echo: ROLLING BACK THE YEARS: Couple Frankie and Melanie Callend of Valley Terrace, Howden-le-Wear have reached the final of Mr Vintage UK and Miss Vintage UK respectively.  They dress in 1950's style outfits.  Pictured in their living room.  Picture: CHRIS

6:01am Friday 8th August 2014

A HUSBAND has joined his equally stylish wife in the finals of a national vintage fashion contest.

Bruno and Ruddock star turns at sportsman's dinner

The Northern Echo: HEAVYWEIGHT GUEST: Legendary boxer Frank Bruno MBE will be entertaining guests with tales from his prolific sporting career at the Butterwick Hospice Care Sportsman's Dinner at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield, County Durham.

1:20pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A CHARITY is welcoming two sporting heavyweights to the region for its first annual sportsman’s dinner this autumn.

Tickets selling fast for Oyster Festival

10:52am Tuesday 5th August 2014

MORE than 800 tickets have been sold for a popular event, making this year its most successful yet.

Hard work means town puts on a good show for bloom judges

The Northern Echo: FLOWER POWER: Britain in Bloom judges visit Sedgefield. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8927197)

6:33pm Monday 4th August 2014

MONTHS of hard work and summer sunshine ensured a town looked its best for the judges of a national horticultural competition.

Sedgefield charity on mission to reduce residents' fuel bills

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 ,

5:32pm Monday 4th August 2014

A SCHEME that could help residents save up to £150 a year on their gas and electricity bills is being launched in Sedgefield this week.

Veterans pay tribute at Sedgefield service to commemorate start of First World War

The Northern Echo: WAR WEEKEND: A First World War re-enactment weekend has been held in Sedgefield. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

3:23pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

VETERANS and First World War re-enactors commemorated the start of the Great War with a service on a village green.

Sedgefield Show looks set to be biggest and best to date

The Northern Echo: FLUFFY FRIENDS: May Johnston, of Darlington,  strokes an Ivory Satin, a Lion Head and a Blue Fox  rabbit on the touch and feel table in the fur and feather section at last year's Sedgefield Show.

6:12pm Friday 1st August 2014

A TRADITIONAL agricultural show will return to Sedgefield next week offering everything from livestock competitions and country produce, to novelty dog shows.

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.

Sedgefield Residents' Federation wages war on rogue landlords

The Northern Echo: LANDLORD CONCERNS :Ken Robson and Christine Hall from Sedgefield Residents' Federation are lobbying for the compulsory registration of private landlords. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

6:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COMMUNITY groups are demanding the compulsory registration of private landlords following complaints about noise, mess, drug misuse and anti social behaviour from some tenants.

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.

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.

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