History group celebrates the past and present of Leadgate

The Advertiser Series: NEW BOOK: Bill Stockdale with the history of Leadgate book.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (13547287)

12:35pm Thursday 27th November 2014

LOCAL history enthusiasts have produced a booklet of old photographs that show how their village has changed.

"We do listen to traders" says Darlington chief executive Ada Burns

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4:31pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

THE chief executive of Darlington Borough Council has told traders in the town that the council is listening to their concerns.

Hopes high for £2.5m funding as sports village works gets under way

The Advertiser Series: SPORTING CHANCE: Representatives from the football, rugby and hockey clubs which will be using the Sowerby Sports Village, with Councillor Mark Robson

12:31pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

THE leaders of a scheme to build a £4m multi-sports venue on the edge of a village say they are confident about securing the £2.5m of funding needed to make the proposal a reality.

Volunteers' efforts get recognition from leading society

The Advertiser Series: Scheme was "outstanding"  (13552188)

6:47pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

VILLAGE volunteers are celebrating after their efforts to create a wildflower meadow were honoured by a leading horticulture organisation.

Christmas market set to bring festive cheer to Darlington

The Advertiser Series: FESTIVE CHEER: St Augustine's School choir at last year's Christmas performance in Darlington town centre

5:28pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

CHRISTMAS gifts and festive entertainment will be on offer at a market in Darlington tomorrow (Thursday, November 27).

England footballer praises college's sporting achievements

The Advertiser Series: SPORTING SUCCESS: England and Manchester City footballer Jill Scott with sports high-achievers at Carmel College

5:23pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

STUDENTS of Carmel College celebrated another year of sporting achievement – with the assistance of an international sporting star.

Barnard Castle School pupils' play marks First World War centenary

The Advertiser Series: JOURNEY'S END: From L to R – Pupils Kerin Borer, Emma Robson, Matthew Raper and Ben Pullan

5:20pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

BARNARD Castle School pupils marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by choosing Journey’s End for this year’s senior play.

Developer seeks residents views on Sedgefield proposals

The Advertiser Series: YOUTH FACILITIES: An artist's impression of a proposed youth facility near Salters Lane in Sedgefield

5:15pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A CINEMA and an ice rink topped the list when a developer quizzed residents about what they would most like to see in their community.

Diamond couple celebrate 60-years of marriage in Bishop Auckland

The Advertiser Series: DIAMOND COUPLE: Roy and Joan Douthwaite celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:11pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met purely by chance at a West Auckland dance are celebrating 60-years of marriage.

Young people's helpline needs cash to continue

The Advertiser Series: TEXT HELPLINE: ASK helpline runs out of funding at the end of this year

5:06pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

A CONFIDENTIAL advice and support service that helps young people through tough times faces a funding crisis.

School to put world champion's glove under hammer

The Advertiser Series: FUNDRAISING AUCTION: Allertonshire School pupils Abbey Kirkwood and Ella Kitchen with the signed David Haye boxing glove and William Hague’s House of Commons bear

1:31pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

AUCTIONEERS hope to raise a knockout total for school projects when they auction a glove donated by a boxer who captured world titles in two weight divisions.

Barnard Castle Christmas card competition winners announced

The Advertiser Series: XMAS CARD: John Blissett Barnard Castle Mayor with the winners of the town's first Christmas card competition, pictured from left Scarlett Daniels 6, Lewis Kipling 9 and Alice Crossling 12 Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:10pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

THE Mayor of Barnard Castle's Christmas cards will have a personal touch this year after he launched the first competition for local school children to design them.

Royal British Legion members visit Darlington school to thank staff and pupils for their fundraising efforts

The Advertiser Series: LEGION THANKS: The children of Beaumont Hill Academy with  children, with staff  Sarah Richards and Donna Hopkins with Ray Jeffery

4:04pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

VETERANS visited staff and pupils at a Darlington special school after they raised almost £200 for charity.

Singers to compete to be named choir of the year in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: IT'S A YES FROM ME: The judges for the Cornmill's Chorus - Sing to Win! community choir competition - Lynda Winstanley, director of Darlington Civic Theatre, editor of the Northern Echo Peter Barron and Susan Young, manager of the Cornmill centre

3:52pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

TWELVE choirs will competeto win £1,000 in a community singing competition that starts this week.

Creative calendar raises funds for Darlington school

The Advertiser Series: CREATIVE CALENDAR: DSMS Year 9 student Adam Plumb who provided the artwork for December in a special school fundraising calendar

3:36pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

STUDENTS are looking to the days, weeks and months as they strive to raise funds for school projects with a specially created calendar.

Traders launch Shildon loyalty card to entice shoppers to boost business

The Advertiser Series: YOUTH PROBLEMS: Youngsters are causing problems for residents and businesses on Church Street.

2:06pm Monday 24th November 2014

TRADERS are launching a loyalty card as they fight to boost business on Shildon high street with offers to attract customers.

Bicycle recycle scheme opens in Durham City

The Advertiser Series: RECYCLING BIKE SHOP OPENING: Ian Bremner (left) with, John Litherland, Dorothy Craw and shop manager David Nimmins from Recyke y'Bike during the opening on North Road in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (13388608)

5:54pm Monday 24th November 2014

A BIKE recycling shop has opened in Durham to encourage more residents to mturnto pedal power.

Developer adds extra drainage to new housing site after residents' fears of flooding

The Advertiser Series: TOWN HALL: Developer adds extra drainage to new housing site after residents' fears of flooding after planning concerns raised with Darlington Borough Council

5:51pm Monday 24th November 2014

A HOUSE builder has added extra drainage to its latest development in what was described as a ‘belt and braces approach’ after the owners of existing properties raised flooding concerns.

Former stately home cook celebrates 100th birthday in Chilton

The Advertiser Series: BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Betty Atkinson celebrates her 100th birthday in Crook. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:44pm Monday 24th November 2014

A FORMER cook at a stately home has celebrated her 100th birthday with a family party.

Care home residents spend the day in their pyjamas to raise funds for disabled child

The Advertiser Series: DUVET DAY: Staff and residents at The Lawns Care Home in Darlington dressed in their pyjamas today to raise money for the Precious Kids Charity Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:36pm Monday 24th November 2014

A DARLINGTON care home has helped raise vital funds for a poorly child – by having a pyjama day.

Crook teachers donate hair to cancer support charity

The Advertiser Series: HAIRY MOMENT: Four members of staff at Crook Primary School have hair cut to help make wigs for cancer sufferers.  Teachers Nim Philbrick. Kim Bushby, Emily conlin and teaching assistant Ayu Race who all had their hair cut.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:23pm Monday 24th November 2014

FOUR teachers have donated almost 30 inches of hair to a charity that makes wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Ewok mystic for sci-fi convention

The Advertiser Series: MIKE EDMONDS: As himself.

5:19pm Monday 24th November 2014

ANOTHER veteran from the original Star Wars trilogy will be heading for the North Yorkshire coast next spring.

Festive fun in the Dales

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS BAUBLES (13388740)

5:19pm Monday 24th November 2014

BUSINESSES in the Swaledale village of Reeth will be putting on a day of special day of festive activities on December 7.

Claypath closure experiment to try to tackle weekend night congestion

The Advertiser Series: General view of Claypath in Durham. Picture DAVID WOOD (13361694)

4:27pm Monday 24th November 2014

PART of Claypath in Durham city centre will be closed to traffic on weekend nights to tacjkle congestion.

Stained glass window is a memorial to a dearly loved doctor

The Advertiser Series: Tribute window: Designer Helen Whittaker puts the finishing touches to the window commemorating the life of Dr Jane Rajan

3:32pm Monday 24th November 2014

A specially commissioned memorial stained glass window has been installed in a parish church in tribute to a much loved local GP.

Christmas parking offer at Cornmill, Darlington

The Advertiser Series: ICE RINK: Colourful characters will help launch the ice rink in Darlington town centre

3:05pm Monday 24th November 2014

CHRISTMAS shoppers can take advantage of a discount car parking offer from the Cornmill Shopping Centre in Darlington throughout December and January.

Artist holds first solo exhibition in cafe

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2:24pm Monday 24th November 2014

A VILLAGE cafe is hosting the first solo exhibition of a local artist.

Park restoration plan outlined to public

2:21pm Monday 24th November 2014

PARK users will be briefed about plans to restore the site during a year-long closure planned from early in the New Year.

Charity launches elderly help scheme ahead of concert

The Advertiser Series: CHARITABLE AIM: Northallerton Male Voice Choir with members of the Military Wives, Affiliates, Girlfriends and Servicewomen's Choir, from Catterick Garrison

1:37pm Monday 24th November 2014

A CHARITY which has launched a scheme to provide free help for the over 60s who need help with everyday tasks is set to stage a fundraising concert featuring two choirs.

Police investigate Darlington town centre purse theft

The Advertiser Series: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

12:49pm Monday 24th November 2014

POLICE are investigating the alleged theft of an elderly woman’s purse that contained over £1,000 of her pension money.

Residents work together to improve Victoria Embankment conservation area in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: CONSERVATION GROUP: Resident Maggie Weir works on one of the bollards in Victoria Embankment

12:07pm Monday 24th November 2014

A CONSERVATION group has been helping restore 100-year-old bollards along a scenic walk next to the River Skerne in Darlington.

Three days of events to welcome Christmas to Darlington

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS FUN: TFM's Steve and Karen will host the Darlington Christmas lights switch-on celebrations

12:38pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

CHRISTMAS is set to begin with a bang in Darlington this year with a number of events planned to welcome the festive season.

Father Christmas brings Christmas sparkle to Firthmoor

The Advertiser Series: PONY RIDES: T'mara Jones, eight, and Summer Earl, ten, have a go on the Christmas ponies at Firth Moor Community Centre Christmas event

4:09pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

HUNDREDS of people enjoyed the fun of the fair as a community centre celebrated Christmas.

Christmas arrives in Consett

The Advertiser Series: FESTIVE CHEER: 4 year old Louie Turner meets Father Christmas during events in Consett.

1:46pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

SEASONAL activities got Christmas underway in north Durham over the weekend.

Sports coach delighted to set up new children's football team

The Advertiser Series: FOOTBALL PLAYERS: Richard Manuel (back row, centre) with players Leo Manuel, Jordan Raclawski, Harry Smith, Filip Firmanty, Thomas Morrow, Benjamin Moore, Nathan Cummings, Harrison Phelps, Molly Charlton and Callum Colville-Tait and team sponsors John Cam

12:42pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

A SPORTS coach has set up a new children’s football team in just a few weeks.

Memorial service in Ferryhill church to remember loved ones at Christmas

12:33pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

A MEMORIAL Christmas carol service is to be held to allow residents in Ferryhill to remember loved ones during the festive season.

Santa Claus to lead candlelit procession at Ferryhill Christmas fair

12:29pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

SANTA Claus’s sleigh will travel through Ferryhill as part of a Christmas fair.

Petition launched to remove dim street lights in Barnard Castle

The Advertiser Series: LIGHT CONCERNS: Mark Carter is complaining about the lack of light from new LED street lights which could result in a safety issue. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:17pm Sunday 23rd November 2014

A BARNARD Castle resident has set up a petition to change new LED street lights after claiming they are so dim it is “like stepping back into the Victorian days”.

Distraction thief jailed after targeting shops and offices

11:38am Sunday 23rd November 2014

A POLISH Big Issue salesman who stole shop and office workers' digital devices has been jailed for eight months.

Call to youth after parish council resignations

The Advertiser Series: ALTERNATIVE: Hurworth Grange Community Centre. Members of the parish council want to see it used as a polling station venue.

11:18am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A PARISH council chairman has urged aspiring young politicians to come forward, following the shock resignations of three councillors.

Aycliffe Village schoolchildren stage road safety protest

The Advertiser Series: PARK SAFELY: Jessica Armstrong, Louise Self and Jessy May Norman outside Aycliffe Village Primary School. (13286501)

12:55pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

CHILDREN joined forces with the police on Friday (November 21) to protest against dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside their school.

Pond row settled as ducks move to new home

12:33pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

A HOUSING association which caused a major flap over plans to fill in a duck pond has agreed to rehome the birds.

Children's author tells school pupils about how he comes up with his scary characters

The Advertiser Series: BOOK TALK: Author Barry Hutchinson signs one of his books for a young fan

12:01pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

ANauthor who has written for one of the most popular children's television shows visited a Darlington library to talk to school pupils.

Schoolgirl lands accolade at top baking competition

11:27am Saturday 22nd November 2014

A PRIMARY schoolgirl has beaten competition from scores of aspiring bakers to win an accolade at a prestigious contest.

Residents' safety fears over partial street lighting

5:25pm Friday 21st November 2014

A PETITION has been launched to reinstate the original hours of street lighting in Northallerton – with many people signing it saying they now feel less safe.

More details on shopping centre plans

The Advertiser Series: REDEVELOPMENT PLANS: The Gates Shopping Centre in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (13276058)

7:31pm Friday 21st November 2014

DEVELOPERS have announced more details of a £30m plan to transform a city shopping centre into a cinema, restaurants, shops and student digs.

Road increased to 40mph to reduce number of speeding drivers

7:03pm Friday 21st November 2014

A PLAN has been approved to tackle speeding through a village - by increasing the speed limit.

Young people learn about dangers of driving

6:07pm Friday 21st November 2014

A GROUP of teenagers have been cut free from a car to highlight the dangers of driving.

Hundreds of pupils tackle cross country course at Barnard Castle School

5:05pm Friday 21st November 2014

HUNDREDS of school pupils took part in South West Durham School’s Cross Country Championships at Barnard Castle School.

Retirement home plans for former Darlington preparatory school to go on display

4:59pm Friday 21st November 2014

PLANS to transform a former preparatory school into retirement apartments will go on display next week.









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