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Pupils run daily risk of death at Shildon school due to selfish drivers ignoring the law

The Northern Echo: Pupils risk death from selfish drivers at a Shildon school

5:26pm Thursday 24th April 2014

CHILDREN are risking death as they are forced to dodge motorists who ignore parking restrictions to drop youngsters off as close as possible to school.

Hundreds of runners turn out for annual relay race

The Northern Echo: The first leg of runners set off at the Neptune Relays in Sedgefield

4:02pm Thursday 24th April 2014

RECORD numbers turned out for an annual relay race at a North-East country park last night (Wednesday, April 23).

Durham Police join effort to dissuade Muslims from joining Syrian civil war

The Northern Echo: A photo from the Syrian revolt in August last year (Pic: AP Photo/SANA)

12:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

NORTH-East police are seeking to stop young Muslims going to fight in Syria.

'Appalling, ugly, a disgrace, an abomination' - latest row over Durham Market Place

The Northern Echo: 'ABOMINATION': Tarmac instead of paving slabs in Durham Market Place

6:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

UGLY tarmac making an ‘abomination’ of a £5.5m market place is purely a temporary measure aimed at avoiding disruption to city centre trade, project bosses have insisted.

Veterans to host concert as part of First World War centenary commemorations

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

5:06pm Thursday 24th April 2014

SEDGEFIELD Village Veterans are hosting a concert by Darlington Community Wind Band as part of a series of events to mark the centenary of the First World War. The concert takes place at Sedgefield Parish Hall in Sedgefield, County Durham, from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the council office on Front Street and sedgefieldvillageveterans.co.uk

Crisis charity seeks DVD and CD donations

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

10:39am Thursday 24th April 2014

LIFELINE COMMUNITY Action, a charity that provides everyday essentials to families and individuals in crisis in Newton Aycliffe, is asking for donations of DVDs, CDs and Blu-Rays to sell. For every £1 raised, the charity will be able to claim £10-worth of household items for people in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Helping Hands off ice, at St Clare’s Church, St Cuthbert’s Way. Alternatively, call 07936-431262 to arrange collection.

Isles windfarm scheme revised but plan still meets with some local scepticism

7:26pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

REVISED plans for a 24-turbine wind farm have met with a mixed reaction, despite efforts to scale down the scheme.

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Spaceman to land in North

The Northern Echo: WOW FACTOR: This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet ISON was taken on April 10, 2013.

9:33am Sunday 20th April 2014

THE first UK astronaut to walk in space will land in the North East next month to inspire a new generation of scientists.

Hotel seeks licence to bring back popular music festival

The Northern Echo: Sharleen Spiteri of Texas during a performance at Hardwick Live in Sedgefield last year

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A HOTEL chain is seeking a premises licence to bring back a popular live music event for a second year.

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Northern Echo: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Political spat marks birth of 'super authority'

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE leader of a new “super authority” has insisted it will be subject to proper scrutiny, but admitted that will mostly be by fellow Labour councillors.

Approval given for 120 homes in Spennymoor on DurhamGate site

The Northern Echo: County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor

5:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to build 120 dwellings on one of the North-East’s largest building sites have been supported after claims the plan would boost the area.

Hundreds sign petition demanding all housing decisions are delayed

The Northern Echo: Nominations are being sought to find the unsung heroes of Sedgefield in County Durham

3:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PETITION demanding all decisions relating to future housing in Sedgefield are postponed has been handed over to Durham County Council.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Durham City improvement plans approved by council cabinet

The Northern Echo: BEAUTIFUL: As the first bite of winter approaches, autumn is coming to its peak around the Durham Cathedral peninsula in Durham City. On the banks surrounding the large wooded meander of the River Wear, stands the 11th century Durham Cathedral

4:05pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SCHEMES to improve the centre of Durham City have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Popular play park back in action following resurfacing work

The Northern Echo: Hardwick Park in Sedgefield attracts around 450,000 visitors a year

4:41pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WELLIES are no longer required at a popular play park that has reopened following resurfacing work.

Medieval magic to descend on North-East town

The Northern Echo: A medieval combat display at last year's fair

3:46pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

HEROIC knights, magnificent birds of prey and traditional games and entertainment will bring medieval magic to a North-East town next month.

Date set for Sedgefield school reunion

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL REUNION: Sedgefield Community College, formerly Sedgefield Comprehensive School

12:36pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A REUNION for past pupils of Sedgefield Comprehensive School, now Sedgefield Community College, will take place at the Crosshill Hotel on the town green from 8pm on Saturday, May 3. The free reunion is for pupils who joined the school in 1980. For more information contact Elizabeth Flanagan on 07733041074.

City and town in bid for Britain in Bloom glory

3:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DURHAM City and Sedgefield have been shortlisted to represent Northumbria in this year’s Britain in Bloom.

Community champions honoured across County Durham

The Northern Echo: Councillor John Robinson hands out the Chairman's Medals

10:51am Monday 14th April 2014

FOURTEEN community champions have been honoured for their voluntary and charitable efforts.

Date set for police band concert

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

1:41pm Sunday 13th April 2014

DURHAM Constabulary Brass Band will give a concert at St Helen’s Church, at Manor Road, Bishop Auckland, at 7.30pm on Friday, May 2. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door or from 01388-664011. Alternatively, visit sthelenschurch.co.uk

Supermarket staff help spring clean their neighbourhood

The Northern Echo: Staff at Sainsbury's in Sedgefield took part in Durham County Council's Big Spring Clean Up

12:05pm Friday 11th April 2014

SUPERMARKET staff helped spruce up their neighbourhood by taking part in a litter pick.

Charity ladies day will raise funds for hospice

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:44am Friday 11th April 2014

A LADIES day and night will take place at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield, on Saturday, May 3, to raise funds for the Butterwick Hospice. The event will feature performances by Kevin Cruise and the Loveable Rogues from ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Danyl Johnson from X-Factor and 1980s tribute band Wham Bam Duran. Tickets cost £35, including a two-course meal and welcome drink, and VIP packages cost £50. Contact 01642-628930.

Supermarket dishes out the cash to community groups

The Northern Echo: Sainsbury's in Sedgefield has handover £1,000 to community groups

4:58pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A SUPERMARKET has handed over £1,000 to a variety of voluntary groups and clubs as part of its community outreach work.

Latest fashion trends to go on display at charity ball

The Northern Echo: A model walks down the runway at last year's Lobster Ball

10:29am Thursday 10th April 2014

TWO designer stores will showcase the season’s new trends at one of the region’s largest society events next month.

Journey around the world in one night at North-East racecourse

The Northern Echo: Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham will host the Kids Love the Racecourse Roadshow next week

10:26am Thursday 10th April 2014

SEDGEFIELD Racecourse will treat visitors to dishes from across the globe, including Spain, Italy, China, India and America, at the themed event on Wednesday, April 16.

Badge presentation will honour veterans in Newton Aycliffe

12:45pm Thursday 10th April 2014

VETERAN badges will be presented to ex-servicemen and women at Neville Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe on Saturday, June 7, at a time to be confirmed. Anyone who served in the Army, Navy or Royal Airforce, including national service, can apply. To request an application form contact Peter Beaty on 01325-313924.

Twenty-four-turbine wind farm application revealed to the public

The Northern Echo: A wind turbine

4:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SCALED-DOWN version of a controversial 24-turbine wind farm application will be scrutinised by the public this month.

Multi-million pound plans to revive Durham's North Road

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE? The unused bike lockers at Durham bus station

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have unveiled multi-million pound plans to regenerate Durham’s struggling North Road, including a new £6.2m bus station.

Care home closure would be "rural discrimination"

The Northern Echo: Deacon Sue Peat during the protest at Newtown House

5:08pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE closure of a Durham dales care home would constitute unacceptable rural discrimination, protestors have claimed.

Folk musicians hold fundraising concert ahead of three-day festival

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

4:45pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

TOP North-East folk artists will perform at a fundraising concert to raise funds for Sedgefield Folk Festival this September. The concert takes place at Sedgefield Parish Hall in Sedgefield, County Durham, at 7.45pm on Friday, May 16. The line-up will include Happy Cats, Jack Burness, Bertie Draycott and the John Wrightson Band. Tickets cost £11 including a buffet. Contact 01740-621347.

Disabled horse riding charity to host Easter fun day

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

4:23pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

AN EASTER fun day will be held at Wear Valley Riding for the Disabled Association in Escomb, near Bishop Auckland, to raise money for the charity. The event, which will feature a raffle, Easter egg competition and much more, takes place from 9.30am to 4pm on Sunday, April 20. Entry is free.

Durham County Council's five remaining residential homes are recommended for closure

The Northern Echo: Cheveley House, Belmont

4:46pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COUNCIL is recommending its five remaining residential homes in County Durham should close to cut costs.

Council asked to merge Belmont infant and junior schools

The Northern Echo: Pupils at Belmont Junior School in 2011

4:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLORS will be asked to create a new primary school next week (Wednesday, April 16).

Durham needs more student digs - Sheraton Park developers

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the new Sheraton Park development would look

2:48pm Monday 7th April 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a £20m plan to turn a former teaching college into privately-run digs for almost 400 students hope to get the go-ahead next month (May).

Hats off to the ladies at Sedgefield Racecourse

The Northern Echo: The best dressed ladies at Sedgefield Races Ladies Day with judges Richard Bland, left, and Anthony Hutton (right). The ladies are, from the left, Chris Hughes, Parisa Marsden and Chris Phillips

6:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

FORGET Aintree, the best dressed women could be found strutting their stuff at a North-East racecourse today (Friday, April 4).

Success in fight against homelessness

The Northern Echo: Over 100 people are sleeping rough in Ludlow tomorrow in aid of homeless charities.

5:46pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the North-East has fallen by more than two thirds in just one year.

Finalists revealed in the search for Miss Durham 2014

The Northern Echo: The finalists of Miss Durham together for a photocall at Sedgefield Racecourse

5:34pm Friday 4th April 2014

AN ASPIRING police officer and a member of the Territorial Army are among the finalists in a prestigious beauty pageant.

Clean-up operation for town's terraces

The Northern Echo: OPERATION AREA: Clyde Terrace and the adjacent terrace are being targeted by project to tackle environmental, housing and health problems

2:58pm Friday 4th April 2014

CENTRAL Spennymoor is being put under the spotlight in the latest of a series of clean-up operations to target rundown neighbourhoods.

Plans submitted for up to 30 new homes in Trimdon Village

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council plans to re-develop Spennymoor school on show

1:18pm Friday 4th April 2014

PLANS have been submitted to build up to 30 homes on the outskirts of Trimdon Village, near Sedgefield.

Many employers failing to pay a 'living wage' - TUC

The Northern Echo: Beth Farhat has been appointed as the Northern TUC’s new regional secretary

4:42pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THOUSANDS of workers in the North-East are in jobs paying less than the living wage, according to the TUC.

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War

The Northern Echo: Replica tank outside the Miners' Hall, Murton, 1918

12:04pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A LOTTERY grant of nearly £500,000 will help the North-East mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Councillors back multi-million Houghall redevelopment

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the development

11:16am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE MULTI-million pound redevelopment of a long-standing agricultural college has taken a major step forward, after councillors backed the plans.

Fresh and familiar faces set to revitalise struggling farmers' market

The Northern Echo: Nominations are being sought to find the unsung heroes of Sedgefield in County Durham

5:12pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A ONCE-FLOURISHING farmers' market that was in danger of closing due to dwindling stalls will be re-launched this weekend.

Coroner raises concerns about gritting procedures after County Durham biker's death

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

3:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A CORONER will raise concerns with police and council chiefs about road gritting procedures following the death of a biker on an icy road.



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