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


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

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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.

Four vehicle collision closed A1 causing major delays

The Northern Echo:

11:21am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A FOUR-CAR collision caused major delays on the A1 motorway this morning (Thursday, October 2) and left one driver with minor injuries.

Trimdon youngsters cook up authentic cuisine at their local Indian restaurant

The Northern Echo: COOKERY CLASS: Syed Masum, a chef from the Cinnamon Club restaurant ,shows children from Trimdon Primary School, how to make chicken pakora. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:05pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

PRIMARY school children discovered the flavours of India when took part in a cookery lesson with added spice.

Guests shell out thousands for Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: OYSTER FESTIVAL: Guests enjoy a Fruits de Mer meal at the Oyster Festival in Sedgefield

1:46pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

GUESTS shelled out about £66,000 for charity at an annual society ball.

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.

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).

Lifesaving kit installed in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: DEFIBRILLATOR PRESENTATION: Sedgefield Village Games presents a defibrillator to the community. From left, surgery practice manager Neil Bunney, Ean (CORRECT) Parsons, chairman of the village games, heart attack survivor Barry Watson and Peter Field of th

11:34am Monday 29th September 2014

A SPORTS organisation is branching out in a bid to improve the health and welfare of its village.

Second chance to sign up for new treatment

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

6:11pm Sunday 28th September 2014

NORTH-East patients who have a sight-threatening condition known as diabetic retinopathy are being invited to a meeting to explain details of a revolutionary new form of treatment.

Box for Darcie in Trimdon

The Northern Echo: CHARITY BOX: World champion Thai boxer Jordan Williams who has organised a charity fight night at St. Luke's church in Sedgefield. Picture: STUART BOULTON

3:37pm Friday 26th September 2014

A TEENAGE sports star has roped neighbours into a event that will see them step into the ring and square up to each other - all in the name of charity.

Show organisers face trial over boy's death

The Northern Echo: (10786233)

5:41pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THE organisers of an agricultural show where a North-East boy was killed face trial over alleged health and safety breaches.

Mayor visits his village school

The Northern Echo: Pupils at Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School and headteacher Sally Newton welcome Mayor John Robinson and consort Maxine Robinson

4:42pm Thursday 25th September 2014

CHILDREN were treated to all the pomp and ceremony that comes with hosting a civic guest when the Mayor of Durham dropped in on lessons.

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.

Children highlight dangers of dog poo through posters

The Northern Echo: DOG DANGERS: Winners Mollie Presho eight, and Erin Prout, six, with Councillor Lucy Hovells and Margaret Eadsforth (rear) chairman Trimdon Foundry Parish Council with runners-up Emily Hancock five, and Mia Crawford, nine. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

4:39pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

YOUNGSTERS at a Trimdon primary school have been making posters to highlight the dangers about dog muck.

Village sport success

The Northern Echo: SPORTS DAY: Seven year old Daniel Weatherspoon tries out the punchball at the free sports day at the cricket club in Sedgefield.         Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:03pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A SPORTS event inspired by the London 2012 Olympics has been hailed a success for the third year running.

'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.

Top jockey Andrew Thornton shocks christening guests - by getting married

The Northern Echo: NEWLY WEDS: Andrew Thornton, Yvonne Dennis and baby Harry in the church

6:51pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LEADING jump jockey and a wedding florist sprang a surprise on guests assembled for the christening of their son – by announcing they were interrupting the baptism to get married.

Climber Esme scales new heights at world championships

The Northern Echo: CLIMBING CHAMPION: Esme Harte who won an international climbing contest four years after her leg was amputated. Picture: TOM BANKS

1:10pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A YOUNG woman who lost a leg in a life saving operation has enjoyed yet more success as a Team GB climber.

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