New headteacher for Cockerton Primary School

The Advertiser Series: NEW START: Pupils of High Coniscliffe and Cockerton primary schools (L-R) Isaac Henry, Leon Newman, Millie Mitford and Joshua Connor, all nine, Caleb Stand, 11, Harriet Hodgson and Theo Ellis, both seven and Gracie Dodsworth, eight, meet the head of their

4:51pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A DARLINGTON primary school left without a permanent headteacher after he absented himself through illness now has a new person in the role.

Families move into social landlord's new-build development

The Advertiser Series: HOME: Tenant Angela Boyle (left) with daughter Sophia and neighbour Jade Storey (right) and her daughter, Lexi, and Housing Officer Tracey Bryant (centre), holding Jade’s youngest daughter, Lola, outside the development

12:30pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

FAMILIES have started 2015 in brand new homes finished just before Christmas.

Artwork created by disabled people flies off the shelves ahead of exhibition

The Advertiser Series: ARTIST: ABLE Centre user Susan Spence with some of the artwork on display

6:17pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

DISABLED people who use a day centre have been successful in selling their own artwork – before the new exhibition has even opened.

Comic musicians set for Hamsterley performance

The Advertiser Series: ON SONG: Bowjangles are among the professional performances that will visit community venues this spring

4:38pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

VILLAGERS in Hamsterley will be treated to a special performance from comedic musical group, Bowjangles, on February 5.

A STALKER has been given a suspended jail term for harassing her former Ferryhill boyfriend

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

4:07pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A WOMAN who stalked her ex-boyfriend and accused him of making her pregnant has been barred from contacting him.

Burglars kick hole in back door of house to steal mountain bike they later dumped

The Advertiser Series: Vandals blight residents' lives with car vandalism attacks

3:56pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

BURGLARS kicked a hole in the back door of a house in Darlington to steal a mountain bike, which they later dumped in an alleyway.

Couple fight plans for housing development

The Advertiser Series: ANGRY: Sheila and Arthur Brooksbank of Bedale who are against plans to build on land around their home (pictured in background).
Picture; RICHARD DOUGHTY PHOTOGRAPHY (17204695)

3:29pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

PTROTESTORS have warned that the access onto a controversial new housing development could result in accidents.

Darlington UKIP candidate pledges to stop "appalling waste" of UK resources

3:28pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE candidate who will contest Darlington for UKIP at the forthcoming General Election has said he wants to see the UK stop its "appalling waste" of its resources.

Town Hall to double as cinema for film festival

12:46pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

MOVIE fans in a market town without a cinema are holding their first ever film festival.

Man admits reversing into car driven by his "ex"

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

3:48pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A YOUNG motorist has admitted reversing into a car driven by his former partner.

Teesdale villager appears in BAFTA-nominated film

The Advertiser Series: FILM: The Witham, in Barnard Castle

3:02pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A FILM due to be shown in Barnard Castle tomorrow (January 29) will have extra significance for two village residents as their son stars in it as an extra.

New life for old chairs

The Advertiser Series: PROJECT: Laura-Jane Hesslewood, Dean Butler and Mark Pearce work on chairs that have been donated by Durham Cathedral to the Wood Pile in Carrville. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:57pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

OLD tables and chairs from a cathedral are being resurrected by disabled volunteers.

Heating costs force ancient St Cuthbert's Church to move services

The Advertiser Series: FUTURE WORRIES: St Cuthberts Church, Darlington

12:25pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

AN ANCIENT church has been forced to move its services to the church hall because of “prohibitive heating costs”.

New recruits wanted for Royal British Legion

4:45pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

NEW recruits are being sought for a district branch of the Royal British Legion.

Hall revamp reaches key stage

The Advertiser Series: PLANS: Trustee Aurelia Smith studies plans to refurbish Framwellgate Moor Community Centre

4:39pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A MAJOR revamp of a Victorian community centre has reached a key stage.

Puss in Boots - in Bedale

4:23pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A COMMUNITY theatre is preparing to stage its unique interpretation of Puss in Boots – set in a North Yorkshire market town.

Green Party in Darlington announces its candidate for the General Election

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3:58pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THE Green Party has announced its candidate for Darlington in the forthcoming General Election will be Michael Cherrington.

Student fundraising for gap year trip to help Jamaican orphanage

The Advertiser Series: FUNDRAISING: Karisha Francis, who is hoping to complete a gap year in Jamaica

3:44pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A STUDENT who plans to volunteer at an orphanage in Jamaica after her A-levels is fundraising to pay for the trip.

Large-scale manhunt launched after fight in Thirsk

3:19pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

DETECTIVES are hunting a man over a fight in a town centre he had previously been banned from entering.

Hospice supporters urged to sponsor a nurse

The Advertiser Series: HOSPICE HOPES: Willow Burn’s chief officer Helen Mills discusses plans with Mike Foggon of Faithful and Gould

2:39pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

SUPPORTERS of a hospice are being invited to sponsor a nurse.

Newton Aycliffe town centre up for second award

The Advertiser Series: GOLD AWARD: The revamped Aycliffe Shopping Centre in Newton Aycliffe. PICTURE: Dave Charnley Photography

1:37pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

NEWTON Aycliffe’s award-winning town centre is in the running for another award.

Pampering delights at Newton Aycliffe care home

The Advertiser Series: BEAUTY: Resident Jean Beck receives nail therapy from care assistant Dyllan Quinn in a new beauty parlour at the Rose Lodge Care Home on Carers Way, Newton Aycliffe.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:02pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

CARE home residents can now indulge in beauty treatments and picnic in an indoor garden following a large-scale refurbishment.

Raffle tickets to boost club funds

12:56pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A FLEDGLING Darlington football club is giving businesses the chance to become its sponsor by buying a raffle ticket.

Angelic entertainment

The Advertiser Series: REHEARSAL: Cast members Katie Lowrie, Caroline Chapman, Helen Harris and John McKinnell from the Durham Dramatic Society take part in a dress rehearsal for their new production Entertaining Angels. Picture: DAVID WOOD

11:45am Tuesday 27th January 2015

AN AMATEUR dramatics group returns to the stage this weekend (Sunday, February 1).

Concerns over danger road in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: ROAD SAFETY: Hurworth parish councillors would like to see a school road turned into a 20mph zone

4:40pm Monday 26th January 2015

CONCERNS have been raised over motorists speeding on a busy Darlington road which became the scene of two crashes within 24 hours.

New £500k hall to rise from the ashes

3:50pm Monday 26th January 2015

VILLAGERS whose church hall was destroyed by fire last year can see designs for a £500,000 replacement this weekend.

Newton Aycliffe's new residents' association offers IT support, days out and more

The Advertiser Series: COMMUNITY:Members of the Simpasture Ward in Newton Aycliffe launch a new  Residents Association to hold community events, activities and trips for locals. Pictured (l to r) are: Alan Lowe, John Clark, Dorota Russek-Atkinson and Derek Atkinson Picture:SARA

5:36pm Monday 26th January 2015

A NEW community association will help residents brush up their computer skills, get out and about and voice concerns on the issues that matter.

Darlington mayor urges Redworth residents to report lurcher owners to the police following 'intimidating' incident

The Advertiser Series: Darlington mayor Gerald Lee

4:43pm Monday 26th January 2015

A COUNCILLOR has urged residents to report owners of lurcher dogs to the police, following an ‘intimidating’ incident in his ward.

Pupils at South Stanley Infants School celebrate opening of new play area

The Advertiser Series: GRAND OPENING: Members of the student council enjoy the new playground equipment following the offical opening at South Stanley Infant and Nursery School. Picture: DAVID WOOD (16982719)

4:31pm Monday 26th January 2015

PUPILS have celebrated the official opening of their improved playground following an ambitious year-long project.

New fun day proposals aim to see return of community spirit

The Advertiser Series: COMMUNITY: Plans unveiled for family fun day in West Auckland

4:22pm Monday 26th January 2015

PLANS have been unveiled for a new annual community carnival in West Auckland.

Newton Aycliffe teens attend St James's Palace in London on royal invitation

The Advertiser Series: AWARDS: Emma Partridge and Kara Ward from Newton Aycliffe attended St James’s Palace this month to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

4:11pm Monday 26th January 2015

TWO teenagers enjoyed a date with royalty when they attended a Duke of Edinburgh presentation ceremony in London.

Volunteers plant trees on riverbanks

The Advertiser Series: PLANTING: Volunteers planting trees on riverbanks

4:04pm Monday 26th January 2015

VOLUNTEERS have helped plant trees along the banks of a stream to help local wildlife.

Angelic entertainment

The Advertiser Series: REHEARSAL: Cast members Katie Lowrie, Caroline Chapman, Helen Harris and John McKinnell from the Durham Dramatic Society take part in a dress rehearsal for their new production Entertaining Angels. Picture: DAVID WOOD

3:45pm Monday 26th January 2015

AN AMATEUR dramatics group returns to the stage this weekend (Sunday, February 1).

Voter registration help at care provider

The Advertiser Series: DIMENSIONS: An initiative will help ensure that adults with learning difficulties do not lose their vote

3:32pm Monday 26th January 2015

DARLINGTON residents with autism and learning difficulties are being offered support in registering to vote ahead of the general election.

Darlington music teacher impresses judges on The Voice

The Advertiser Series: INSPIRING: Celebrating their teacher’s success, Darlington School of Rock and Pop students, L-R, Emily Barrett, Solape Betiku and Jordan Croslegh, all from Darlington

3:27pm Monday 26th January 2015

A MUSIC teacher is taking time out from inspiring youngsters in Darlington to impress judges on a major talent show.

Obmbudsman backs Ferryhill group's battle for tax relief from county council

The Advertiser Series: HEATING: A wrangle is slowing down repairs to the heating at Ferryhill Hub

2:55pm Monday 26th January 2015

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to secure tax free status for a former leisure centre are celebrating after an Ombudsman backed their case against a county council.

£1.5m award for region's community foundations

The Advertiser Series: VALUE: Mark I'Anson

1:43pm Monday 26th January 2015

THE region will benefit from a £1.5m special award from the Northern Rock Foundation as part of its final programme of work in 2015.

Store revamp will turn it into community hub

12:06pm Monday 26th January 2015

THE Co-operative is investing £325,000 in a revamp of their Northallerton store which they say will turn it into a hub for the local community.

Beat out that rhythm on a drum - Africa-style

The Advertiser Series: DRUMMING: Allertonshire School students, L-R, Charlie Whitehead, Aidan Bentley and Matthew Fenwick play the djembe during a drums workshop.

12:06pm Monday 26th January 2015

CLASSROOMS don’t always have to be quiet places – as youngsters at one Northallerton school have been proving.

Story-telling workshop for children in Darlington

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10:14am Monday 26th January 2015

CHILDREN are to get the chance to take part in a fun workshop as part of National Storytelling Week.

Horse riding group hacked off after Islamic extremists' cyber attack

The Advertiser Series: HACKERS: The Ride Yorkshire website, which has been rebuilt following a cyber attack by Islamic extremists

6:02pm Monday 26th January 2015

BOSSES of a social enterpise which encourages people to enjoy the countryside on horseback have told of their shock after hackers claiming to be Islamic militants closed its website.

Campaigners fight housing plans to "Keep Bedale Beautiful"

The Advertiser Series: PETITION: Campaigners say they want to stop the town being swamped

4:50pm Sunday 25th January 2015

AN online petition has been launched to fight plans for a new housing estate which protestors fear will overwhelm their community.

Becky's big "thank you" to hospice for support of her mother

The Advertiser Series: HOSPICE-HELP: Becky Clark, 15, from Consett, at a fundraising event she organised in aid of Willowburn Hospice in memory of her mother, who died three years ago Picture: TOM BANKS.

3:43pm Sunday 25th January 2015

A TEENAGER has passed on her long-held gratitude to a hospice which cared for her mother prior to her death.

Long running Ferryhill Gala scrapped due to falling visitor numbers

The Advertiser Series: GALA: Youngsters enjoy the Ferryhill Gala which has ended because of falling visitor numbers

12:25pm Sunday 25th January 2015

A FALL in visitor numbers over the last few years has led to the cancellation of a long-running gala in a former mining town.

Councillor "extremely disappointed" after petrol station is granted alcohol sales licence

The Advertiser Series: GRANTED: The Grange Road Service Station will be allowed to sell alcohol after a licensing committee ruling Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:02am Sunday 25th January 2015

A COUNCILLOR has said she is "extremely disappointed" that a petrol station has been granted a licence to sell alcohol despite the opposition of nearby.

Youth council urge young people to apply for grant scheme

10:48am Sunday 25th January 2015

YOUTH projects in Richmondshire are being urged to take up the offer of cash from a local grant scheme.

UPDATED 2pm: Woman dies in County Durham house fire

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12:14pm Saturday 24th January 2015

A WOMAN has died following a fire in a bungalow close to the County Durham/North Yorkshire border, police have confirmed.

Advice for older residents on cutting fuel bills

1:06pm Saturday 24th January 2015

OLDER people in North Yorkshire are being offered advice on keeping warm and cutting fuel bills.

Young cyclist airlifted to hospital after being trapped beneath bus

The Advertiser Series: ACCIDENT: The scene at Tadcaster Road in York. PICTURE: Frank Dwyer

6:18pm Friday 23rd January 2015

AN 11-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after becoming trapped beneath a bus when his bicycle came off a pavement as he cycled to school.

Jeweller shutting up shop after 35 years

The Advertiser Series: RETIRING: Jeweller John Welsh and wife Melanie who have traded in Spennymoor for 35 years  Picture: Keith Taylor

5:10pm Friday 23rd January 2015

A JEWELLER who has been a key figure on Spennymoor high street for 35 years is retiring.









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