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Foodbank opens in church hall to help cash strapped Chilton residents

The Northern Echo: STOCKING UP: Volunteers Margaret Taylor, Mike Morrison and Brenda Johnson help to stock Chilton foodbank.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

A FOODBANK set up to help cash strapped residents has been praised for its efforts on the day that it opened.

Government plans to privatise Remploy criticised by Spennymoor union man

The Northern Echo: REMPLOY FEARS: Government plans to sell off Remploy to the private sector have been criticised

12:36pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A UNION official has spoken out about the planned privatisation of a workplace scheme for the disabled.

Golden couples in Ferryhill and Coundon celebrate 50-years of marriage

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN YEARS: Allan and Eileen Tate, from Ferryhill, celebrate fifty years of marriage. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

CELEBRATING couples have made it a golden weekend in County Durham as they celebrate 50-years of marriage.

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.

T Rex let loose in school grounds

The Northern Echo: T-REX: Children at a summer school at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College got a chance to meet Sophie a baby animatronic T-Rex dinosaur. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

2:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS preparing for the move to big school came face to face with a much more daunting prospect this week - a lifelike dinosaur.

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.

Vision for political success outlined by new Spennymoor BNP leader

The Northern Echo: POLITICAL FORCE: Adam Walker, leader of the British National Party, has outlined his vision for the group.

1:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A NORTH-EAST activist who has taken over as leader of the British National Party says he aims to convert the group’s support in to electoral success.

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.

Landlords enjoy building up trade at at refurbished Kirk Merrington pub

The Northern Echo: PUB REOPENS: Steve Metcalfe and Lynda Harland outside The Fox and Hounds Inn.

5:59pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A LANDLORD is looking to build up trade in a village pub after it reopened following a nine-week, £200,000 refurbishment .

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.

Teacher's Windermere swim in memory of Ferryhill pupil

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SWIM: Teacher Paul Simpson who has completed the Great North Swim for charity.

12:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TEACHER took on the Great North Swim to raise £750 for a teenage cancer charity in memory of a pupil who died of the illness.

Spennymoor BNP activist Adam Walker is party's acting chairman after Nick Griffin steps down

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5:49pm Monday 21st July 2014

A NORTH-EAST BNP activist has been appointed acting chairman of the party after Nick Griffin stepped down as leader.

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.

Man viewed indecent films and images of children after accessing hidden "dark net"

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

6:03am Monday 21st July 2014

A MAN viewed indecent films featuring children after installing software on his home computer to enable him to access the “dark net”, a court was told.

Baby cafes praised

5:49pm Sunday 20th July 2014

TWO leisure centres have been commended by the NHS for their support for breastfeeding mothers.

BOWLERS in Shildon seek funding to build a new clubhouse

The Northern Echo: NEW CLUBHOUSE: Shildon Town Bowling Club's run down clubhouse.

6:25pm Friday 18th July 2014

BOWLERS whose 107-year-old clubhouse is in a state of disrepair are urgently seeking funds to construct a new one.

Month-long delay in sentencing motorway road bridge missile thrower

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

4:45pm Friday 18th July 2014

SENTENCE on a youth who threw a concrete slab from a road bridge over the A1(M), smashing the cab window of a passing lorry, will take place next month.

Woman banned for drink driving after row with partner

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

4:31pm Friday 18th July 2014

A MOTORIST has been banned from driving for three years after police found her more than three times the legal limit in her car.

Tribute to Teesdale and Weardale rescue team legend

The Northern Echo: LASTING LEGACY: Chris and Kathleen Scott at naming of The Chris Scott Search and Mountain Rescue Centre

6:02am Friday 18th July 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a founder member of a search and rescue team who fought the illness which eventually claimed his life with the same tenacity he put into his voluntary work.

Pupils get behind the lens

The Northern Echo: PHOTO CONTEST: Artist Ken Lockwood judges a photography competition at The Meadows School, Spennymoor. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:27pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PUPILS got to explore their artistic side on a project that aimed to put them in touch with each other and their surroundings.

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.

Disruption expected during gas improvement work

The Northern Echo: GAS WORKS: Thinford roundabout

5:54pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MOTORISTS are being warned about potential disruption to a busy road while gas improvement works are carried out.

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.

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.

Pupils meet meerkats and police drugs dogs as part of Ferryhill college's Big Learning Day

The Northern Echo: ANIMAL FUN: Jay Gunn, of Jay's Animal Encounters, shows a meerkat to 12-year-old Jason Slack.

4:43pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

STUDENTS have taken time out from lessons to meet meerkats and tarantulas and go trekking in Hamsterley Forest.

Man jailed for brandishing knife in Spennymoor

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

4:26pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A MAN who brandished a large knife as he chased a gang who had been tormenting him has been jailed for ten weeks.

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.

Tales of the riverbank for school children

The Northern Echo: RIVER PROJECT: Pupils at St Charles Primary School work with Durham Wildlife Trust on a river project. Pictured are pupils Aboahbea Attuah and Lewis Sheffield, both ten, and Kirsty Pollard from Durham Wildlife Trust. Picture: TOM BANKS

4:04pm Friday 11th July 2014

CHILDREN in Spennymoor are soaking up tales of the riverbank in a wildlife project which aims to educate them about a waterway that flows through the town.

Inspector appointed to lead hearing into County Durham Plan

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

4:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

DETAILS have been announced for the public examination of a plan which will guide economic development in County Durham for the next 15 years.

Burglar jailed for break-in at home of terrified female householder

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

12:51pm Friday 11th July 2014

A LONE female householder feared for her life on waking to hear a burglar wandering round her home, a court heard.

Village war memorial restored and re-dedicated

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL RESTORED: The war memorial at St Michael's Church in Bishop Middleham Picture: DAVID WOOD

8:10pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A COMMUNITY gathered together today (Thursday, July 10) to commemorate the First World War and the restoration of a village memorial.

Schools close as thousands of teachers and public servants strike

The Northern Echo: UNION STRIKES: Unions members in Darlington gather before travelling to take part in a rally and march in Newcastle. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT.

4:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

STRIKE action by thousands of public sector workers in the region forced schools to close, shut council services and disrupted work by government departments.

Dance school's 'best ever' show

The Northern Echo: STARS IN EYES: Dress rehearsals for Darlington Civic Theatre under way for the Joanne Banks Dancers at Ferryhill.          Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:15pm Thursday 10th July 2014

DANCERS this week take to the stage to put on a show packed full of fun.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEARLY two-thirds of a county’s children’s centres face an uncertain future, after council chiefs admitted they had not produced the hoped-for impact for the poorest children.

Council urged to pledge £500k for Lumiere return

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation at Lumiere 2013 (7991251)

6:57am Wednesday 9th July 2014

COUNCILLORS are being asked to pledge more than £500,000 of taxpayers’ money to ensure a spectacular light festival returns to the North-East next year.

Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Music and motors parade through Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: HUNDREDS of revellers turned out for the Spennymoor Gala parade this weekend.Music and motor vehicles formed most of the procession through the town on Saturday (July 5) with marching bands joined by classic cars and trucks.A mini-steam engine also took p

5:51pm Monday 7th July 2014

HUNDREDS of revellers turned out for the Spennymoor Gala parade this weekend.

Crackdown on blue badge misuse across county

12:25pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A CRACKDOWN begins tomorrow (Monday July 7) over the misuse of parking badges.

Clampdown over misuse of blue badges

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

5:58pm Friday 4th July 2014

TRAFFIC wardens will be cracking down on motorists who misuse disabled parking badges.

School fears over village housing bid

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

12:49pm Friday 4th July 2014

COUNCILLORS will decide next week on an application to build housing on farmland on the edge of a village.

Two reasons for boxing club to celebrate

The Northern Echo: CHAMPION BOXER: Spennymoor's Adam Watson has won gold in The Haringey Police and Community Boxing Tournament, pictured with coaches Michael Thompson, Robbie Ellis and Stuart McCrone. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:27pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

AN amateur boxing club is better equipped to step into the ring after updating its kit following a funding windfall.

Green light for Lumiere return, as Arts Council pledges £1.2m

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation, Lumiere 2013

6:02am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE than £1m in Arts Council funding has been promised to bring a spectacular light festival back to the North-East twice over the next three years.

Compensation order after fracas

4:17pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A MAN who assaulted a woman after walking uninvited into her home has been ordered to pay compensation.

Plans for 49 room care home submitted for Byers Green

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

5:12pm Monday 30th June 2014

PLANS have been submitted to build a 49-bedroom care home in a village near Spennymoor.

Flypast by World War II bombers marks Armed Forces Day

The Northern Echo: Armed Forces Day in Redcar.Checking out an old firearm.

5:42pm Sunday 29th June 2014

WARTIME planes flew in the skies over the North-East at the weekend as the region paid tribute to the sacrifice made by men and women of the Armed Forces.

Thai boxing medals won at national competition by Ferryhill brother and sister

The Northern Echo: THAI BOXERS : Aidan Forster and his sister, Amy Forster, celebrate success at a Thai boxing championship.

5:05pm Friday 27th June 2014

A BROTHER and sister made it a family affair at a national Thai boxing competition as they clinched gold and silver medals.

A £130,000 sensory room to help disabled youngsters opens in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: SENSORY DELIGHT: Harry Luther, two, enjoys a new £130,000 sensory room in Spennymoor.

4:54pm Friday 27th June 2014

YOUNGSTERS with special educational needs and disabilities can now benefit from a £130,000 multi-sensory room.

Complaints over dog waste could see Spennymoor play equipment reinstated

The Northern Echo: Spennymoor Town Hall, wherein is a cupboard that has been turned into a mine. (7594585)

5:59pm Thursday 26th June 2014

PLAY equipment removed from Spennymoor on health and safety grounds could be restored after residents complained the area is now being blighted by dog waste.

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