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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.

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).



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