Nursery pupils bonny in their Easter bonnets at Edmondsley

The Advertiser Series: EASTER: Brooke Batey, 4, from Edmonsley Primary School wears her homemade Easter bonnets. Picture: TOM BANKS (21827275)

11:47am Saturday 28th March 2015

YOUNGSTERS at a village nursery celebrated Spring and the approach of Easter with a special event for their families.

Council offices and library to move into Louisa Centre

The Advertiser Series: CLOSING: Stanley Customer Access Point. Picture: TOM BANKS (21825259)

4:55pm Friday 27th March 2015

A LEISURE centre in north Durham is being renovated to make way for a library and council offices which have been earmarked for closure.

Trimdon and Barnard Castle churches celebrate £78,000 funding boost

The Advertiser Series: FUNDING: St Mary Magdalene Church in Trimdon Village

4:37pm Friday 27th March 2015

TWO medieval churches can look forward to long and dry futures after receiving grants in excess of £78,000 for urgent roof repairs.

Artist inspires people to look at churches in new way

The Advertiser Series: ART: Artist were able to work inside St Cuthbert’s Church during an art workshop Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:27pm Friday 27th March 2015

BUDDING artists have been exploring the architecture of a historic Darlington church.

Richmondshire sports club collect donations

The Advertiser Series: FUNDING: Representatives from local sporting organisations receive their cheques from Richmondshire Local Sports Association Picture: DAVID WOOD

4:09pm Friday 27th March 2015

SPORTS clubs from across Richmondshire have received money to help their members.

Theatre receives massive cash injection after Heritage Lottery Fund success

The Advertiser Series: CELEBRATE: Chairman Malcolm Bryant and chief executive, Warnock Kerr at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond which has received donations of £500,000. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY PHOTOGRAPHY

3:46pm Friday 27th March 2015

THE oldest working theatre in the country has been offered a lifeline after years of desperate fundraising to give it a viable future.

Couple celebrate diamond wedding

The Advertiser Series: ANNIVERSARY: Alan (82) and Margaret Wilkinson (80) celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary Picture: DAVID WOOD (21816705)

3:33pm Friday 27th March 2015

A SPENNYMOOR couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this week.

Jonny's on the spot for Army exercise

The Advertiser Series: TRAINING: Jonny Crossley. Picture: SGT SI LONGWORTH RLC (PHOT)

3:14pm Friday 27th March 2015

A DURHAM soldier put his skills to the test during a military air exercise.

Looking for art ideas to celebrate new town centre

The Advertiser Series: Looking for art ideas to celebrate new town centre

1:37pm Friday 27th March 2015

PEOPLE in the Catterick area are being asked for their input into a piece of art commissioned for the new town development.

Darlington church reveals ambitious expansion plans

The Advertiser Series: EXPANSION: Reverend Lissa Scott talks during the event at St Matthew and St Luke's Church in Darlington Picture: DAVID WOOD

12:47pm Friday 27th March 2015

A CHURCH which is aiming to become a key resource for the local community has revealed plans for expansion.

Former Roseberry College pupils to hold reunion at closed school

The Advertiser Series: DOOMED: Closed school is awaiting demolition

12:43pm Friday 27th March 2015

FORMER pupils of a school facing demolition are holding a reunion this weekend before the bulldozers move in.

School not expected to enter special measures, parents told

The Advertiser Series: DETERMINED: Wensleydale School chair of governors David Hartley said everything possible would be done to improve standards at the school.

12:26pm Friday 27th March 2015

PARENTS of children studying at The Wensleydale School have been reassured that the school is not expected to fall back into special measures.

Fresh appeal to restore tourist information centre in Richmond

The Advertiser Series: CLOSED: The tourist information centre in Rodbers has closed.

12:24pm Friday 27th March 2015

A FRESH appeal has been made to find volunteers to run a tourist information centre (TIC) in Richmond.

Newton Aycliffe gym donates Easter Eggs to Darlington hospice

The Advertiser Series: EGGS: Kendra Hulbert and Dani Kerr, of Lifestyle Fitness in Newton Aycliffe, with the donated Easter eggs

12:20pm Friday 27th March 2015

STAFF and customers at a Newton Aycliffe gym have donated more than 100 Easter eggs to a nearby hospice.

Police bear hunt to keep kids safe

The Advertiser Series: SAFETY: A teddy bear hunt is underway in Durham City

12:10pm Friday 27th March 2015

A TEDDY bear hunt has been launched in Durham City as part of a scheme to keep children safe.

Police urge public to report Darlington nuisance bikers

The Advertiser Series: NUISANCE: Irresponsible bikers causing issues in Darlington

12:04pm Friday 27th March 2015

POLICE are urging the public to help them identify nuisance bikers.

Three arrests following Newton Aycliffe burglary appeal

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4:03pm Friday 27th March 2015

THREE men in their early thirties have been arrested on suspicion of burglary following an appeal on the new Newton Aycliffe Police Facebook page.

Cathedral suing NHS after paying injured worshipper £130,000

6:04pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A CATHEDRAL which had to pay out £130,000 to a worshipper who tripped and injured himself during a service is now suing the NHS over the man’s treatment.

Pensioner begs Darlington Borough Council to trim hedge encroaching into his garden

The Advertiser Series: HEDGE: James Jordison from Darlington complains that council won't trim their hedge and it's encroaching into his garden Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:46pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A PENSIONER has complained after waiting almost six months for Darlington Borough Council (DBC) to tackle overgrown shrubbery encroaching on his garden.

Great British Bake Off star Diana Beard launches Help for Heroes fundraiser

The Advertiser Series: SHOWSTOPPER: Wounded servicemen take part in a baking event at Phoenix House in Catterick Garrison along with 2014 Great British Bake Off contestant Diana Beard. Anna Pollock ices her cake with Diana. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:26pm Thursday 26th March 2015

DIANA Beard unwittingly became a controversial figure in last year’s Great British Bake Off after the infamous “bingate” incident - but she has bounced back and was at Catterick Garrison today

Gospel revival for Holocaust evening

The Advertiser Series: LOSS: Darkness to Light will have a shoes theme, inspired by the piles of children's shoes found at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

4:17pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A CHOIR founded to welcome the Lindisfarne Gospels back to the North-East is reforming for a special Holocaust memorial show – and looking for new voices.

Service to honour war operations

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3:51pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A SERVICE to commemorate the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and to honour British that served there has been organised by two Spennymoor veterans.

Councillor resigns

3:48pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A FORMER leader of Ferryhill Town Council has resigned as a Durham County councillor for the town.

Report finds number of people needing help for homelessness in Darlington is increasing

The Advertiser Series: HOMELESSNESS: The number of people needing help for homelessness in Darlington is increasing, according to council figures

3:37pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THE number of people needing help for homelessness in Darlington is increasing, according to council figures.

Bank backs hospital radio

The Advertiser Series: SUPPORT: TSB announces its support for Durham Hospitals Radio. L-R Valerie Robinson, Sheila Hart, branch manager Anita Clark, Mayor of Durham John Robinson, Mayoress of Durham Maxine Robinson and Lisa Newcomb.

3:36pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A HOSPITAL radio station has been chosen as a bank branch’s first official charity.

Parking limit extended on Darlington's Grange Road

The Advertiser Series: LIMIT EXTENDED: Parking limits have been extended on Darlington's Grange Road

1:39pm Thursday 26th March 2015

SHOPPERS can now park for longer on one of Darlington’s most popular streets.

Clean up

1:30pm Thursday 26th March 2015

RESIDENTS are urged to give their village a spring clean this weekend.

Village pantomime is a sell-out success

The Advertiser Series: SELLOUT SUCCESS: Stars of Cinders Fella, back row (L-R), Mark Riddle, Stephen Norman, Linda Riddle, Mark Newman, Ben Hancock, Douglas Wesson, Thomas Crocker. Middle row John Day, Lizzie Blundell, Richard Stevens, Erica Crocker, Josie Marsden, Jim Boylan,

1:23pm Thursday 26th March 2015

THERE was standing room only at the final performance of a sell-out village pantomime.

Networking as two become one in Northallerton

The Advertiser Series: NETWORKING: Year 10 student Amelia Stapley, 14, serves guests refreshments.

1:01pm Thursday 26th March 2015

BUSINESS leaders have been introduced to the notion of a new school and its importance as a resource to the community.

Himalayan garden offers fresh views for visitors

The Advertiser Series: NEW PLANTS: Hannah Wilson and Jens Nielsen, of the Himalayan Garden, with plants grown at the Himalayan Garden and Scuplture Park

1:00pm Thursday 26th March 2015

AN AWARD-winning garden created by rare plant hunters has been transformed with a series of paths and seats for visitors to view the attraction.

Hospital shuttle bus service extended after rise in use

The Advertiser Series: FREE TRANSPORT: A free shuttle bus service from The Friarage Hospital to James Cook University Hospital has been extended

12:54pm Thursday 26th March 2015

A BUS service which was launched following controversial changes to key services at a general hospital has been extended due to rising demand.

Tall, dark and strong - Lucy's coffee's worth a Shilling or two

The Advertiser Series: CONTEST: Barista Lucy Shilling

1:40pm Thursday 26th March 2015

NATIONAL success is brewing for a North-East coffee queen.

Golden couple look forward to more happy years

The Advertiser Series: ANNIVERSARY: Ken (77) and Iris (72) Plumpton celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Picture: DAVID WOOD (21749661)

8:21pm Thursday 26th March 2015

PERISTENCE paid off for Ken Plumpton who had to chase the love of his life for weeks before securing the date that led to half-a-century of happy marriage.

Residents applaud as councillors reject open space housing development near Chester-le-Street

The Advertiser Series: DECISION: Councillors are being advised to grant approval

6:07pm Thursday 26th March 2015

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 63 homes on open space at the edge of a large housing estate have been rejected.

Search is on for Darlington's ugliest view

The Advertiser Series: HERITAGE: An aerial view showing Darlington at its finest. But what are the town's worst views?

10:50am Wednesday 25th March 2015

DARLINGTON residents are being invited to contribute to a search to find the UK's most unappealing view.

Local history reflected on shop shutters

The Advertiser Series: SHUTTERS: The shutters of Golden Pizza in Consett have had old images of Consett put on them. Pictured are businesswoman Marlene Boyles and Golden Pizza owner Ehson Teymouri. Picture: TOM BANKS (21586692)

6:20pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

SHUTTERS on a shop front are bringing the past to life in a former industrial town.

Children's health centre staff plan to brighten patients' visits

The Advertiser Series: PATIENT FOCUS: Staff at the Child Development Centre, Northallerton, on a dated staircase they want to transform

6:05pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

STAFF at a hospital unit which provides a range of services for children and young people are fundraising to make the centre a more welcoming and inviting place.

Active treats for youngsters in Newton Aycliffe and Spennymoor this Easter

The Advertiser Series: ACTIVE: Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

5:21pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to get active this Easter by taking part in a series of sporty activities.

Golden couple from Tudhoe

The Advertiser Series: LANDMARK: John and Helen Scott celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:45pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A GOLDEN couple with family at heart will celebrate their landmark wedding anniversary with a big bash later this year.

Overall crime is down in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: INSPECTOR: Inspector Caroline Dawson is the new neighbourhood inspector in Darlington Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:25pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

OVERALL crime has fallen in Darlington over the last year, with significant reductions in shed burglaries and theft from vehicles.

Darlington schoolgirl wins one of only 12 prestigious ballet school places

The Advertiser Series: ROYAL BALLET: 11-year-old Natasha Charles who has won a place at the Royal Ballet School in London. Picture: STUART BOULTON

2:51pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

A SCHOOLGIRL from County Durham has won a highly sought-after place to study at the Royal Ballet School in London.

New exhibition at Darlington's Crown Street Gallery

The Advertiser Series: ARTWORK: Three Musicians by Colin Graham

3:44pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

A MAJOR exhibition of Darlington-based artist Colin Graham's work is on display at Crown Street Art Gallery in Darlington Central Library until May 7.

Students clock up more than 20 million words in drive to boost reading skills

The Advertiser Series: AVID READERS: Parth Mittal, 11, with Leia Sunter, 15, in the library at Haughton Academy

3:42pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

AVID readers have amazed their teachers after clocking up a word count running close to 20 million.

Councillor warns against politicisation of family's heartache in Darlington town centre cycling debate

The Advertiser Series: NO CYCLING: The issue of whether to allow cycling in Darlington's pedestrian heart divides opinion

6:04pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A LABOUR councillor warned a Tory colleague against ‘politicising’ a family’s heartache as the row about cycling in Darlington town centre re-ignited.

Green-fingered volunteers take part in Newton Aycliffe Big Dig campaign

The Advertiser Series: GARDENING: The Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe hosts the Big Dig which encourages people to volunteer in parks and community gardens. Kirsty Deacon-Brown and Emily Bates front the picture Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:47pm Monday 23rd March 2015

GREEN-FINGERED volunteers came out in force to spruce up their area in Newton Aycliffe on Saturday (March 21).

Trampoline success for Holly

The Advertiser Series: CHAMPION: Holly Robinson, nine, from Consett who came first in a national trampoline competition Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:39pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A YOUNG athlete from north Durham has become a national champion after taking part in a trampolining contest.

Outstanding Darlington nursery makes it six in a row

The Advertiser Series: OUTSTANDING: Poppy Broderick, four, ad Alfie Blakeburn three, with George Dent Nursery’s outstanding Ofsted report

1:42pm Monday 23rd March 2015

A DARLINGTON nursery is celebrating after achieving its sixth consecutive 'outstanding' report from Ofsted.

Opposed housing development near Chester-le-Street could get the go-ahead from councillors

The Advertiser Series: DECISION: Councillors are being advised to grant approval

7:42pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

PLANS to build 63 homes on open space next to a large estate could win planning approval this week.

Big day for diamond couple

The Advertiser Series: ANNIVERSARY: Gerard (81) and Mary Kilty (81) from Blackhill celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:19pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

A COUPLE from north Durham celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary over the weekend.

Customers reach new heights at Crook builders merchants' open day

The Advertiser Series: BUNGEE: S&A Builders Merchants in Crook hold an open day with bungee jump, Andrew Bulmer braves the challenge Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:04pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

THERE were some high flying customers at S&A Builders Merchants, in Crook, as the company hosted a public open day with a bungee crane as its main attraction.









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