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Spennymoor woman tipped for engineering success

The Northern Echo: TOP STUDENT: Anna Jackson receives her scholarship award from Mark Hunt

11:15am Sunday 28th September 2014

A SPENNYMOOR woman has been named as one of the country’s brightest young engineers after landing a prestigious scholarship.

Fire crews tackle major blaze in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo:

11:13am Friday 26th September 2014

FIRE crews managed to stop a recycling centre fire from developing into a major blaze this morning.

Be part of West Cornforth school's final days

The Northern Echo: FINAL DAYS: An open day will celebrate the life of West Cornforth Primary School, which will be demolished this winter

2:50pm Thursday 25th September 2014

AN open day will give people a chance to visit a village school for the final time before its last pupils move into a new building and the old one is demolished.

Shoplifter used child to hide his crime

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

5:39pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A FERRYHILL man used a child to help disguise his shoplifting, a court heard.

Award scheme recognises youngsters' talents

5:21pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE exceptional achievements of Spennymoor’s young people will be acknowledged by an awards scheme.

Chilton post office to close for refurbishment

4:14pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A VILLAGE post office will shut for just over a week while it undergoes refurbishment.

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.

Pitman Painter work bought by collector

The Northern Echo: PITMAN PAINTER: The Pit Road, by Norman Cornish which was sold for £8,200

2:37pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A WORK by celebrated artist Norman Cornish has been sold for £8,200 at auction.

Talent rewarded

3:06pm Sunday 21st September 2014

WINNERS of Ferryhill's annual art and photography exhibition, which is a highlight of the town's summer gala, have been presented with certificates and gift vouchers.

Gap year student from Spennymoor helped women set up business in Tajikistan

The Northern Echo: GAP YEAR VOLUNTEER: Christopher Brown is back from volunteering during his gap year in Tajikistan. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:49pm Saturday 20th September 2014

A STUDENT who took a gap year to figure out what he wanted for his future used the time to do voluntary work overseas.

'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.

Cancer charity night in Chilton a hit

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISER: Trish Greensmith (front) from The Chyrelle Addams Cancer Support Trust with fellow fundraisers at Chilton and Windlestone Working Mens Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD

1:55pm Friday 19th September 2014

NINE singers from across the region teamed up with a band to perform a charity gig.

Mother of three hopes for glory in modellling contest

The Northern Echo: IN FINAL: Helen Kealey, photographed by Tony Robinson

12:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

A MOTHER of three hopes to strut her stuff to victory in one of Britain’s biggest model contests this weekend.

New academy opens early years centre

The Northern Echo: EARLY YEARS: Rosa Street Primary School, Spennymoor New lease of life for school the grand opening of early years centre by mayor Geoff O'Hehir

11:37am Friday 19th September 2014

A SCHOOL making a fresh start as an academy has made the first in a series of planned improvements.

Spennymoor mother fined for buying underage daughter alcohol

3:02pm Thursday 18th September 2014

POLICE are urging adults not to supply underage drinkers with alcohol.

Spennymoor pub wants to extend hours

7:25pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

COUNCILLORS will consider an application for a Spennymoor pub to extend its opening hours with new measures to prevent underage drinking.

Old Tudhoe schools to be pulled down

The Northern Echo: DEMOLITION WORK: Demolition of the former Tudhoe Grange School's upper school site, on St Charles Road, will start next week, followed by the lower school site, on Durham Road Picture: TOM BANKS (10307190)

5:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE demolition of an old school, part of which starred in a television drama, will begin within days.

Pub tribute to colliery

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: The Dean and Chapter pub in Ferryhill

4:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A BOARDED up colliery pub has reopened and its name pays tribute to the area’s mining heritage.

Hundreds attend Norman Cornish memorial lecture in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: PITMAN PAINTING: Bishops Close Street by Norman Cornish, whose work is on display at the Greenfield Art Centre in Newton Aycliffe

6:18pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

ABOUT 400 people attended a memorial lecture celebrating the life of Pitman Painter Norman Cornish.

Family embroiled in party wall battle Durham County Council

The Northern Echo: WALL ROW: Paul Kelley is having trouble with a wall (pictured) owned by Durham County Council that is joined to his West Cornforth home. Picture: TOM BANKS.

6:03am Monday 15th September 2014

A FAMILY embroiled in a two-year legal row with Durham County Council over a defective party wall claim the authority is failing in its legal duty.

Council chairman's 'clothing allowance' scrapped - but has change gone far enough?

The Northern Echo: Cllr John Robinson, the chairman of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

A SO-called clothing allowance mockingly dubbed the Geordie Armani by Prime Minister David Cameron has been scrapped, The Northern Echo has learned.

Cornforth residents' lifeline phones off for six weeks

8:03pm Thursday 11th September 2014

ELDERLEY and disabled residents left without their home telephones for six weeks have branded the situation a disgrace.

Memorial lecture for Norman Cornish

4:58pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A MEMORIAL lecture celebrating the life of Pitman Painter Norman Cornish will take place this weekend.

Sign up for paid-for garden waste collections

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

12:43pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to sign up to a paid-for garden waste service.

Garden waste scheme to expand next year

4:33pm Monday 8th September 2014

MORE than 190,000 households are being invited to join the County Durham garden waste collection service next year.

Vengeful 'tenant' wrecked rented home after landlord's eviction bid

The Northern Echo: WALKING FREE: House wrecker Liam Goodchild

6:04am Saturday 6th September 2014

Could this be Britain's worst tenant?

Spennymoor woman shouts abuse at police officers while hanging out upstairs window

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:40pm Friday 5th September 2014

A WOMAN who threatened to jump out of her bedroom window while children were watching from the street below appeared before magistrates today (Friday, September 5).

Body in river thought to be missing man

The Northern Echo: UP TO DATE: The Millburngate area today from the Framwellgate Bridge, with the Gates shopping centre of 1978 on the riverside and the Millburngate Bridge of 1967 in the distance

9:54am Thursday 4th September 2014

A BODY discovered in the River Wear yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, September 3) is believed to be that of an elderly man who was reported missing from home earlier that day.

Council's flood response praised

The Northern Echo: Flooding near Staindrop, County Durham, in May 2013

6:52pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL has been praised for its response to severe flooding.

Chilton brothers to tackle run for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Kyran Richmond, 11, left and brother Cameron, 15, from Chilton who will both be entering the junior Great North Run.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (10031704)

6:11pm Thursday 4th September 2014

TWO brothers will take on the Junior Great North Run this weekend for a cause close to their hearts.

Body of missing Spennymoor pensioner found in River Wear in Durham

5:56pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A BODY found in the River Wear in the centre of Durham has been identified as that of a pensioner missing from his home.

Ringing the changes for phone payments

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:34pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A COUNCIL is ringing the changes for making over-the-phone payments.

Celebration of councillor's life

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SCENE: The funeral of Councillor Pauline Charlton at St Wilfrid's RC Church, in Bishop Auckland     Picture: ANDY LAMB (10017037)

5:14pm Thursday 4th September 2014

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the funeral of a former council chairman who will be remembered as a redoubtable local politician who was treasured by friends and family.

Motorist shows age is no limit to safe driving

The Northern Echo: SAFE STANDARD: Terence Otter behind the wheel

3:58pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FORMER professional driver proved he still has the golden touch after brushing up on his skills behind the wheel.

Call for probe after 'unlawful' spending claim at Ferryhill Town Council

1:56pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

INDEPENDENT members of a town council have accused Labour counterparts of spending public money unlawfully.

Woman, 66, stabbed with pen on Blackpool coach trip

The Northern Echo: Cynthia Bell with the pen still lodged in her arm (9910016)

1:12pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COACH trip organiser is recovering at home in the North-East after being stabbed in the arm with a pen during a visit to Blackpool.

Woman, 66, stabbed with pen on Blackpool coach trip

The Northern Echo:

11:54am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COACH trip organiser is recovering at home in the North-East after being stabbed in the arm with a pen during a visit to Blackpool.

County Durham and Darlington Fire Service looking to cut staff and review services to save £3.6m

The Northern Echo: CUTS PLAN: Spennymoor Fire Station Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:50pm Monday 1st September 2014

A NORTH-East fire service is proposing to cut staff and review services to fill a £3.6m funding gap.

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.

Clay pigeon shoot for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SHOOT: Phil Bartlett of Ullswater Close, Spennymoor is organising a clay pigeon competition at the Spennymoor Shooting Club to raise money for Help for Heroes.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (9822248)

2:02pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A FORMER soldier who has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes hopes to be on target with his next charity event.

Ferryhill man enjoys free speech

The Northern Echo: STAMMER CONTROL: Liam Todd from Ferryhill attends a speech therapy programme to tackle his stammer     Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:02am Friday 29th August 2014

FOR many young men life is about getting a foot on the career ladder, having a laugh with friends and enjoying a drink and takeaway at the weekend.

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.

Spennymoor family's donation to thank Bishop Auckland ward for cancer support

The Northern Echo: BIG CHEQUE: Fundraisers Laura Dartnall, seated, and her aunt, Marie Bear, present £2,000 to staff nurse Charlotte Smith, left, and sister Yvonne Stuart, back right, at the Mara unit at Bishop Auckland Hospital   Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:47pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A FAMILY’S fundraising campaign has paid off for a hospital ward which will use its donation to make life a little easier for cancer patients.

Yob smashed disabled man's car window to steal £15

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court also houses the Youth Court

8:20pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A MAN smashed the back window of a disabled man’s car in order to steal £15 in loose change, a court heard today (Thursday, August 21).

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.

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.

Flying car nearly struck passing family vehicle

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

12:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A PASSING family vehicle was almost hit by a drink driver whose car hit a central reservation and flipped over as it careered up a road.

Fishing coaching for children on offer in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: ANGLING EVENT: A free family fishing event will introduce young people to the sport in a safer setting

1:59pm Monday 18th August 2014

YOUNG people are being encouraged to take up fishing thanks to angling coaching on offer in Spennymoor this summer.

Lottery grant will help break cycle of abuse in Cornforth

The Northern Echo: The Cornforth Partnership Healthy Changes project will tackle issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

1:57pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PROJECT to help tackle issues such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse will receive a £233,000 Big Lottery grant.



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