Anger over new bid to turn hospital into student digs

The Advertiser Series: Anger over new bid to turn hospital into student digs

3:54pm Thursday 18th December 2014

RESIDENTS are fuming after developers who tried to turn an old mental hospital into digs for almost 400 students returned with “very similar” proposals.

Thornley robber will spend Christmas behind bars awaiting sentence

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

6:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A MAN who robbed a taxi driver after threatening to bite off his nose will spend Christmas behind bars after failing to get bail.

TV up for grabs in festive draw finale

The Advertiser Series: FESTIVE FAYRE: Darlington market

4:51pm Thursday 18th December 2014

ONE lucky shopper will win a 50-inch television in Darlington on Saturday as part of the festivities taking place in the Covered Market.

Staff bring winter magic to garrison town

The Advertiser Series: ELF FOR HEROES: Aaron Gartland cleans a car at North Coast 4x4 in Catterick Garrison. Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:22pm Thursday 18th December 2014

STAFF at a car dealership are dressing as elves and snowmen in the run-up to Christmas, as they create a winter wonderland for a garrison town.

Early Christmas present for pensioners' group

The Advertiser Series: HAMPER GIFTS:Members of the Firthmoor over 50’s group received special hampers from Sainsbury’s in Darlington pictured front with the group is  Kevin Nicholson, the chairman of Firthmoor & District Community Association  Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

3:58pm Thursday 18th December 2014

CHRISTMAS came early for a group of pensioners who received special festive hampers at their regular community centre get together.

Council leader praises postal workers during their busy time

The Advertiser Series: Leader visited Durham office

3:46pm Thursday 18th December 2014

DURHAM Country Council leader Simon Henig has praised postal workers after visiting a local delivery office.

Barnard Castle School pupils hit right note with nativity

The Advertiser Series: NATIVITY SUCCESS: Barnard Castle School pupils hit the right note with their nativity

3:39pm Thursday 18th December 2014

BARNARD Castle School pupils have held a nativity with a twist.

Demolition plans for derelict Bishop Auckland building

The Advertiser Series: VANDALISM HOTSPOT: A planning application has been submitted to demolish the former Durham County Council education offices

3:36pm Thursday 18th December 2014

PLANS have been submitted to demolish a derelict former council school building in Bishop Auckland.

Singers give food bank a boost

The Advertiser Series: CAROL FUNDRAISER: Members of the choirs who have raised money for the Hambleton Food Share scheme

2:25pm Thursday 18th December 2014

THREE choirs have joined forces to raise money for food parcels for people in need.

Escomb Churches Group announce Christmas masses

2:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

THE Escomb Group of Churches have released their Christmas services timetable which covers the five parishes of Escomb, Etherley, Hamsterley, Witton Park and Witton-Le-Wear.

Pupils have aid to orphans boxed

The Advertiser Series: From left, back row: Tracey Bryant of Cestria Community Housing; Yousof Badghaish; Laura Snowden, Head Teacher at Bournmoor Primary School,  and Angela Knox of Cestria Community Housing.From left, front row: Luke Mc Kitten; Ellie Musgrove; Kia Parker; Sin

12:38pm Thursday 18th December 2014

YOUNGSTERS from two Chester-le-Street schools joined forces to make life a little brighter for orphans in Afghanistan.

Children to help decide winner of £1.5bn community hub competition

The Advertiser Series: SPORTING SUCCESS: John Flintoff and his father, Brian, celebrate Sessay winning the National Village Cup final at Lord’s  in 2010.

12:29pm Thursday 18th December 2014

CHILDREN will be offered the chance to vote on their favourite design for a £1.5m community hub, after the four finalists in a pioneering international contest submitted their entries.

Drop-in sessions for people struggling with alcohol or drug addiction

The Advertiser Series: DEPENDENCY: Drop-in sessions for anyone struggling with drug or alcohol addictions are being held in North Yorkshire over Christmas

12:25pm Thursday 18th December 2014

DROP-IN support groups for people with alcohol or drugs problems are running throughout the Christmas period.

Spennymoor church's community hall praised

12:22pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A CHURCH community centre has been praised for how well it is run and the services it offers to the people of Spennymoor.

Dog of the Month: Can you give bouncy and lively Theo a home?

The Advertiser Series: LOVING: Theo the crossbreed, who is looking for a new home

11:34am Thursday 18th December 2014

EACH month The Northern Echo highlights one of the many dogs looking for a home at the Dogs Trust Darlington, in Sadberge, near Darlington.

Polar Express train ride makes emergency stop after 'dancing chef' collapses

The Advertiser Series: UNSCHEDULED STOP: A festive train ride came to a halt yesterday when a performer collapsed, requiring urgent medical treatment.

5:03pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A POPULAR festive train ride came to a halt yesterday (Tuesday, December 16) when a performer collapsed, requiring urgent medical treatment.

Mother dishonestly claimed £11,460 in benefits

The Advertiser Series: LAW COURT: Darlington Magistrates' Court

3:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A SINGLE woman claimed more than £10,000 in benefits while she was actually in a civil partnership, a court heard.

'Elf and safety concerns behind a lack of Christmas decorations in British Heart Foundation shops, claims disappointed customer

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2:37pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A LACK of Christmas decorations in the British Heart Foundation’s charity shops were blamed on ‘health and safety’, according to a disappointed customer.

Ho ho hospice

The Advertiser Series: CHARITABLE LITTLE HELPERS: Pupils from Durham Johnson School take part in a Santa Run around the school grounds to raise money for St Cuthbert's Hospice in Durham.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (14824122)

6:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

HUNDREDS of youngsters have donned Santa costumes to raise money for a popular hospice.

Elfie selfies raise festive funds

The Advertiser Series: ELFIE SELFIE:Toddler group Manic Mum Days held an ‘elfie selfie’ event at their Christmas party to raise money for the North East Autistic Society pictured Natalie Renwick with her daughter, 18-month-old Alice Langstone Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

TODDLERS at a North East mums’ group turned the selfie craze into a festive fundraising affair at their Christmas party.

£125k for council house driveways and parking

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5:39pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

MORE than £100,000-worth of investment to improve parking and access for council homes in Durham City has been given the green light.

Army engineer will lose his job after losing his driving license, court told

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

5:16pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A SPECIALIST engineer for the Army will lose his job as a result of losing his driving license, a court heart today (Wednesday 17).

Complaints over hidden tributes led to Chilton cemetery grass cut

5:10pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

COMPLAINTS that grass in a cemetery was too long to see tributes left by the families of the dead has led to a council extending its cutting season.

A1 reopens after trailer carrying cattle overturns

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4:40pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

THE A1 has reopened after being closed in both directions when a trailer containing cattle overturned on the northbound carriageway near Scotch Corner.

Panto helps raise funds for new Middleton in Teesdale village hall

The Advertiser Series: FAIRYTALE FUNDRAISER: Children from Middleton in Teesdale performed Cinderella on Saturday

4:33pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

IT was a fairytale start to fundraising for one Teesdale village hall as children put on their first pantomime for the cause.

Children name houses on rural development

The Advertiser Series: HOUSING PROJECT: Councillor Robin Scott, left, with Andi McLoughlin, of Broadacres, and Hunton and Arrathorne County Primary School pupils

4:21pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

PRIMARY school children have named all the houses on a development which aims to help families remain in a rural area.

Young sport star is honoured with district council award

The Advertiser Series: SPORTS AWARD: Marc Scott, centre, is pictured with Cllr John Prest and coach Ken Harker.

4:20pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

AN INTERNATIONAL cross country star has been honoured with a district council award.

Students wow audiences with Madness musical Our House

The Advertiser Series: MUSICAL: Taking to the stage, students at Longfield Academy perform Our House

4:19pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

TEENAGERS transformed madness and mayhem into magic and music as they took to the stage for their annual spectacular.

Animal Sanctuary humbled by generous donations

The Advertiser Series: GENEROUS DONATION: Ark on the Edge animal sanctuary have been flooded with donations allowing them to fix their doors after an appeal in The Northern Echo. Pictured is Anne Richardson with Magic the mule Picture: TOM BANKS

3:44pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

AN animal sanctuary in Woodland has been flooded with donations after appealing for help in The Northen Echo.

Free family fun over Christmas period

The Advertiser Series: INFLATABLE FUN: Lucy Drysdale at the Generation Air exhibition (13026861)

3:42pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

TWO visitor attractions are offering free entry over the Christmas period.

Charity concert raised more than £500 for Cancer Research

The Advertiser Series: CHARITY CONCERT: Five Pearls and a Piano

3:30pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

A COLLABORATIVE concert between a Dales brass band and vocal harmony group has raised £555 for Cancer Research UK.

Man killed by train at Chester-le-Street railway station

The Advertiser Series: Station where man was hit by train

5:52pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A MAN died after being struck by a train on the East Coast mainline this afternoon (Tuesday, December 16).

Barnard Castle residents find out about eight-month road closure plans - on Facebook

The Advertiser Series: TEESDALE HOUSE: Residents say they have not been informed about the road closure plans which are necessary for the redevelopment works to be carried out

6:33pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

RESIDENTS have criticised Durham County Council after they found out about plans to shut about 30 metres of their street for eight months - on Facebook.

Traders offered free pitches in Ferryhill to help boost town's market

The Advertiser Series: MARKET BOOST: Traders in Ferryhill are to be offered free pitches in a bid to boost the market.

5:48pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

MARKET traders are being offered rent free pitches over the Christmas period in Ferryhill to try to attract new businesses.

Young volunteers help others learn to ride without stabilisers

The Advertiser Series: ON THE ROAD: Volunteers help a young rider find her feet Picture: Scott Akoz Photography (14745039)

5:48pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Volunteers from Darlington’s cycling community gave up their time to help children as young as three on their way to stabiliser-free cycling.

From criminal checks to sound checks

The Advertiser Series: IN TUNE: Darlington co-workers have formed the first ever Disclosure and Barring Service choir.

5:48pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A GROUP of Darlington workers have swapped legal documents for music sheets to form the first ever Disclosure and Barring Service choir.

Sing to Win final

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS RECORDING: Residents and staff from Willow Green Care Home record their Christmas songs at The Forum in Darlington.          Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:27pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A CHRISTMAS choir competition reaches its crescendo on Thursday with a grand final at the Cornmill Shopping Centre.

Knitting group creates woollen version of the 12 Days of Christmas

The Advertiser Series: TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: The St. John's Church knitting group, Doreen Duguid, Rev. Susan Plummer, Margaret Bell, Catherine Duguid and Ena Craggs with their pear tree. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (14737090)

5:17pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A GROUP of keen knitters have created a woollen version of the 12 Days of Christmas to brighten up their church.

Choir hits high note with cathedral recital

The Advertiser Series: RECITAL SUCCESS: Members of Northallerton-based Unlimited Voices at St Paul's Cathedral

2:47pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A CHOIR composed of enthusiastic amateurs has fulfilled an ambition by singing at St Paul's Cathedral.

Helping hand to reach Special Olympics

The Advertiser Series: SPECIAL HELP: Footballer Michael MacGurk hopes to reach Special Olympics next year

2:37pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

SPORTS students have held an event to raise money to help two disabled students get to the Special Olympics.

Supermarket brings out the treats for children's centre

The Advertiser Series: Store donation: Left to right - James Collinge, Aldi Area Manager; hands over the treats to Linda Capstick and Neil Corkill from Carnagill and Wavell Children's Centre with Truda Archer, Aldi Manager.

11:52am Tuesday 16th December 2014

A supermarket is helping a children’s centre enjoy a merry Christmas after donating treats for their festive parties.

Youngsters get into Christmas spirit with school competition

The Advertiser Series: FESTIVE FUN: 6 year old Luke Mason from Stnley Crook Primary School blings up his scooter for the event. Picture: DAVID WOOD (14522709)

5:11pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

PUPILS combined festive fun with road safety for a special Christmas competition to encourage cycling to school.

Housing provider's grand donation to art group

The Advertiser Series: celebrating landlord's donation n (14617564)

5:05pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A GROUP for disabled artists has received a cash boost from Chester-le-Street’s biggest social landlord.

Beauty and the Beast embrace social media in Sedgefield panto

The Advertiser Series: PANTO STARS: Members of Sedgefield Players get ready for their annual Christmas Panto. Pictured are Ciaran Jasper, Tim Jasper, Liz Flanagan and Ian Thurgood. Picture: TOM BANKS (14584368)

5:04pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A CLASSIC fairytale will receive a modern twist at one of the region’s pantomimes this Christmas.

New partnership helps Bishop Auckland construction students build successful careers

The Advertiser Series: GOOD TEAM: Jason Howe ( left), construction learning area manager at Bishop Auckland College, with Lovell Repairs and Maintenance project manager Will English, celebrate the announcement that Lovell is the new sponsor of the Plastering and Multi-Skill Wor

4:58pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A NATIONAL repairs and maintenance firm has forged links with Bishop Auckland College to help young construction students build careers.

Church pre-school to close after numbers drop to unsustainable levels

The Advertiser Series: CLOSING DOWN: Children from Elm Ridge Methodist Church pre-school take part in a sponsored dance event in May

3:56pm Monday 15th December 2014

A CHURCH-run pre-school is to close its doors next year after the number of children attending the service fell to unsustainable levels.

Spate of quad bike thefts prompts police to seek community help

The Advertiser Series: POWER CUT: VANDALS: Police are appealing for information regarding damage to powerlines in Crook left 2,485 homes without power on Thursday (October 23).

6:02pm Monday 15th December 2014

POLICE are calling on the community to help stop thieves on a ‘crime spree’ after a spate of quad bike thefts in the area.

Prize band brings Christmas spirit to supermarket

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS SONGS: Cockerton Brass Band performed Christmas songs in Sainsbury's in Darlington. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:38pm Monday 15th December 2014

SHOPPERS showed their appreciation for a popular Darlington band by digging deep when members performed in Sainsbury’s.

Christmas fun continues in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: ICEY FUN: A temporary ice rink opens in Darlington market square themed by film Frozen.  Nathan Brown, Hannah Boyce and Anna Bell dressed as characters Kristoff, Elsa and Anna respectively.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:47pm Monday 15th December 2014

PRIZES are up for grabs across Darlington town centre as the festivities continue in the run up to Christmas.

Charity boost for cancer nurses

The Advertiser Series: CHARITY CASH: Supporters celebrate the £3,000 grant to Marie Curie Durham

3:46pm Sunday 14th December 2014

A CHARITY has won £3,000 from a bank’s community fund.









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