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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

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.

Durham picks up Council of the Year award

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's county planning committee will determine an application to build the waste transfer station near Bishop Middleham at County Hall next week

12:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council has celebrated being named the best in the country, the day after it reached its fifth birthday.

Fore! Crematorium plan 'put mourners at risk of wayward golf balls'

The Northern Echo: CROY: Tee time for Mayor's charity drive

6:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PLANS to build a £4m crematorium near a golf course have been hit into the rough, amid fears grieving mourners could be struck by wayward balls.

Date set for Newton Aycliffe tabletop sale

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

1:55pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE Friends of Senior Citizens in Newton Aycliffe is holding a tabletop sale in the town centre from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, May 10. Tables are available for £5, with set up from 8am. To book, contact 01325-313924.

New six-screen cinema for Bishop Auckland wins council backing

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

8:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

IT’S cameras roll for a new six-screen cinema for south Durham, after councillors overruled the fears of their planning officials to give the £50m venture the thumbs up.

Residents' anger after factory cuts back tree screen near Chilton homes

The Northern Echo: Chilton residents anger after factory cuts back trees

6:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

RESIDENTS are angry that trees which were planted to shield their homes from a factory have been cut back removing the barrier.

Who will be Durham's tourism superstar?

The Northern Echo: Councillor Neil Foster and Crook Hall and Gardens owner Keith Bell launch the award

6:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A SEARCH has been launched to find County Durham’s tourism superstar.

Premises licence approved for Durham business

The Northern Echo: Service station plans to extend alcohol sales given county council backing

5:42pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A PREMISES licence has been granted to a venue in Durham after talks were held over fears that loud music could be played at the business.

County council backs Newton Aycliffe service station's plans for extended alcohol sales

The Northern Echo: Service station plans to extend alcohol sales given county council backing

5:08pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

SERVICE station workers have been given approval to sell alcohol 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Dog fouling gets the red card

The Northern Echo: Durham City FC owner Olivier Bernard helped launch the campaign

11:11am Tuesday 1st April 2014

DOG owners who allow their pets to foul on playing fields have been shown the red card in a four-week clampdown.

Does Barnard Castle still feel abandoned, despite investment?

The Northern Echo: The Witham, Barnard Castle

5:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

ON the first day of the new unitary Durham County Council, leader Simon Henig said its aim was to “not just maintain but improve services, from Barnard Castle to Blackhall, from Consett to Coxhoe.” Five years on, The Northern Echo’s local reporters assess the situation on the ground.

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