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Weardale News

THRILLS: Mountain cyclists enjoy the new OddSox trail at Hamsterley Forest, which opened at the weekend

Forest's mountain bike trail grows

PLANS: A community group is working with a town council to create a neighbourhood plan that will give locals a voice.

Consultation process begins for new neighbourhood plan

JAIL: Lee was given a 16 month sentence at Durham Crown Court

Dealer who supplied drugs to his mother jailed

WINNERS: Francesca Cruddas (front) with Ruby Cruddas, Daniel Graham, Max Cruddas, Victoria Hay, Sara Graham, Tony Graham and Jessie Hay (l-r) Katie Rapp could not be in the photograph.

Five medals for young martial artist at national competition

PORTRAIT: Victoria and Colin Crompton and baby Jack won a competition run by photographer Val Fairhurst, from Crook, for parents of a baby born on the same day as the royal princess Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Baby born on same day as Princess Charlotte receives royal treatment

Suicide student feared college exclusion

BUGS: Bug hunters from Frosterley Primary School in Weardale, County Durham

North Pennines AONB Partnership help schools hunt for insects with trolley

WALK: More than 70 people took part in a sponsored walk in Weardale in aid of the David Nelson Memorial Fund

Sponsored walk raises £2,500 for Weardale defibrillator fund

LAUNCH: Tesco Bishop Auckland community champion John Bailey (Centre) presents a gift voucher to volunteers Katrina Buckham and Matthew Todd

Community kitchen serves food and opportunity

WINNERS: Sara Graham,15, and her brother Daniel Graham, 12, were medal winners at the Peniche Open in Portugal

Weardale teen triumphs at first international taekwondo contest

HOUSING: Durham County councillors are being asked to approve plans for a homes in Willington

Planners urged to approve scheme for homes on site of former Willington medical centre

BUSINESS: 20-year-old Rachael McKenna at her new fine art and photography business at the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Student sets up business after tuition fee dissatisfaction

RIDE 'EM: Reporter Gavin Havery on Sweetie

Little slice of the American West deep in rural County Durham

Durham Crown Court told overpayment of pension and other benefits exceeded £20,000 over a period of more than four years

Pensioner who failed to notify authorities he was back in work given suspended prison sentence

HONOURED: Joan Rutherford outside her shop in Stanhope

Granddaughter opens shop in Wolsingham to honour late Grandmother

Controversial wind turbine scheme to be decided this week

Future of County Durham wind farm to be decided this week

VILLAGE BOOK: Secretary of Howden-le-Wear History Society Chris Gibson with members of the club and their book that has been sent to villagers.            Picture: ANDY LAMB

History group publishes book to commemorate First World War

FOR SALE: Bishop Auckland house prices have plummeted since last election, a study has shown.

Bishop Auckland house prices have plummeted since last election, study shows

WARNING: Jonathan Race regularly met 14-year-old girl, in breach of warning notice he signed only weeks earlier.

Teen behind bars for grooming underage girl, contravening warning notice he signed

MEMORIAL: Linda Whelan, who son was killed in an industrial accident in 2002, speaks at a service of remembrance for Workers' Memorial Day at The Church of St Thomas, Stanley Crook Picture: TOM BANKS

In memory of workers

FUNDRAISERS: Chloe Tonkiss, Sarah Lee, Grace Elmes, Miss Gemma Halliday, Lorna MacDonald, Katie Pattinson, Holly Scott, left to right

School bag pack boosts hospital fund

REUNITED: The Lowe family is reunited with a long lost memorial football trophy created after Malcolm Lowe was killed, pictured Paul Lowe, Pat Lowe-Cleasby and Kathryn Lowe-Oliver with Clement O'Donovan chairman of Stanhope Town Football Club Picture: SAR

Weardale family reunited with memorial football trophy after Echo appeal

CEREMONY: Bishop Paul Butler will lead the remembrance ceremony to mark Workers’ Memorial Day

Bishop of Durham set to lead a Workers’ Memorial Day remembrance ceremony in Crook

Trial of duo over alleged spree in Willington and Crook earlier this to take place at Durham Crown Court, in June.

Pair to stand trial over spate of thefts from vehicles and garage break-ins

RIDE: School children from  Peases West primary School, Billy Row, are taking part in a virtual coast to coast over three days on a static bike to mimic what teachers have done for charity Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT


School pupils complete virtual Coast to Coast

HOME : A new children’s home has opened near Crook and is ready to take in children with learning and physical difficulties pictured some of the staff centre manager Gemma Goodey and from left Louise Elliff, Cate Dundas, Ryan Jones, Kara Karker and Crai

Children's home opens in Crook

CELEBRATION: Joan and Gordon Rutherford celebrated 60 years of business at Buckingham Palace

Tributes to Weardale fruit and veg lady

JOBS: A pioneering scheme to get people into employment has completed its first course with candidates now ready to progress into paid employment Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Pioneering job club returns after successful first year

MOVE: Police will move out of Durham Dales Centre, in Stanhope, next week (Friday, April 24)

Dale police team on the move

PERVERT: Robert Fothergill

Unmasked: Paedophile who worked in schools across region as children's counsellor

JAILED: Edward Whitfield jailed for raping woman he befriended on Facebook (23122368)

County Durham man jailed for raping woman he met on Facebook

SHERIFF: Newly sworn in High Sheriff for County Durham, James Fenwick (centre), pictured after the ceremony at Durham Crown Court with (from left) Judge Christopher Prince, the Honorary Judicial Recorder of Durham, chaplain, the Reverend Jonathan Whalley,

New High Sheriff takes up "ancient and honourable office".

Memorial fund launched to get defibrillators in Weardale

PERFORMANCE: Theatre Newfoundland Labrador will perform With Cruel Times in Between in Stanhope

Canadian theatre company set to perform in Stanhope

Crook man is jailed for 10 months for dealing in Mcat

CINEMA: A group has been set up to save the old cinema building in Crook  Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Group hopes to save town's old cinema

Sports facilities open to locals all year

New adult courses launched

WINNER: Crossword winner Stephanie Robson from Stanhope. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

A* for retired teacher in The Northern Echo's Giant Champage Crossword challenge - plus this year's solutions

CELEBRATIONS: Fondant and Apron Strings cake shop in Stanhope celebrates its first anniversary pictured Owner Lee Mahjen-Todd Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

First anniversary is 'the icing on the cake'

CYCLING: Local cyclist and organising team member Stephen Robinson testing out the Winking Sheep Course. At the top of Scutterhill Bank in between Westgate and Rookhope.

New cycling event set up to replace Etape Pennines

BURNING: Landowners burn heather on moorland between Stanhope and Edmundbyers in County Durham Picture: TOM BANKS

Heather burning lights up County Durham moorland

TRAINER: Candice Craven, HIT trainer-assessor at the Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope

Job swap for Durham Dales apprentice

ROSIE: Brian Sales with one of his rugs from the RHS Lindley collection

Dales man to exhibit at Chelsea

SOARING ABOVE: Sona taken by Rob Stonehouse.

Eagle-eyed twitchers capture Springwatch's celebrity bird over County Durham

CHARITY:Lucy Ringer, St Cuthbert’s Hospice physiotherapist, signs a good luck message on the car

Fundraiser to drive 14-year-old car 1,750 miles to Benidorm to raise money for Durham hospice


'One of my greatest moments in birdwatching' - one enthusiast's account of tracking down County Durham's celebrity eagle

HISTORIC: The Grade-II listed Tow Law Auction Mart

Historic mart could become a house

Village post office changes

MUSEUM: Killhope: the North of England Lead Mining Museum officially reopens on Wednesday, April 1, following its traditional winter closure.

Killhope re-opens after winter lay-off

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