Congregation to bid farewell to church after 120 years

The Advertiser Series: FINAL FAREWELL: SHotley Bridge Methodist Church, which is closing after 120 years

12:11pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A CONGREGATION will gather this weekend to bid a final farewell to their church after 120 years.

Post office opens in new Ferryhill premises after service upgrade

The Advertiser Series: Improved Post Office service for Ferryhill residents

12:09pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CUSTOMERS will access an improved Post Office service when it reopens following a modernisation scheme in Ferryhill.

Punch in the face leaves man with fractured cheekbone

The Advertiser Series: The police element of council tax could rise

12:06pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLICE believe witnesses to an assault in which a man suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was punched in the face could hold the key to their enquiries.

LAST E-PIC Egg-straordinary designs on show at school's Easter competition

The Advertiser Series: Pupils from West Park Academy and their winning Easter egg designs with judge Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust clinical lead occupational therapist Paul Meylan

11:09am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

EASTER celebrations got off to a cracking start as school children produced a stunning display of decorated eggs.

Village hosts crafts and collectables fair

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4:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CRAFTS and collectables will be on sale in a Teesdale village on Sunday.

Flower shop to close town centre store, but business as usual elsewhere

The Advertiser Series: BLOOM WOES: The branch of Nattrass, in West Row, Darlington, will shut its doors on Saturday after 20 years. Pictured from the left are staff members -Sally and Katie Bennett and Laura Simpson.

5:45pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A FAMILY-RUN flower shop is closing its doors after 20 years of trading, blaming town centre parking regulations for a drop in footfall.

Could Darlington be the home of England's best burger?

The Advertiser Series: Created by Tom Byng, Byron focuses on hamburgers ‘the way they should be’

4:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A DARLINGTON-BASED company has reached the final of a national competition, giving it the chance to put the town on the map as the home of England’s best burger.

Biker hurt in town smash

The Advertiser Series: Violent offender arrested in Catterick after manhunt

4:56pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST was hurt when he collided with a car that failed to stop on Good Friday.

Energy advice sessions to help people cope with rising bills

The Advertiser Series: Citizens Advice Bureau

5:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

REGULAR advice sessions have been organised to help people cope with rising energy bills.

Social dance for charity in Sowerby Parochial Hall

3:54pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AN evening of social sequence dancing will take place at Sowerby Parochial Hall in Sowerby, near Thirsk on Monday, May 26 from 7.30pm to 11pm.

Diamonds not just a girl's best friend, according to expert

The Advertiser Series: Gemologist Robert Bolton with the Club President, Ann Williams

3:19pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DIAMONDS are not just a girl’s best friend, as a women’s group found out recently.

Almost a thousand runners heading for mountain run this weekend

The Advertiser Series: A summer’s view of Ingleborough, one of the hills in the Three Peaks Challenge

4:17pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NEARLY 1,000 runners have entered the Three Peaks Race taking place in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend.

Anti-nuclear campaigner to visit Darlington

The Advertiser Series: Bruce Kent, vice-president and former CND chairman, before talking at the Time To Scrap Trident public meeting at the Friends Meeting House in York

2:39pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A PEACE campaigner will bring his anti-nuclear weapons crusade to Darlington this week.

Safe Sextet next up at monthly jazz session in empty shop premises

The Advertiser Series: More music entertainment provided by the Fringe Festival at Dinham Millennium Green. Picture Mark Bowen.

3:07pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE second in a series of monthly jazz nights takes place in a vacant city centre shop premises turned arts venue next week.

Rotarians present £2,000 to Macmillan

The Advertiser Series: Bill Sones, Michelle Muir and John Shaw

3:33pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A ROTARY club has collected £2,000 for a cancer charity.

Villagers gather to celebrate centuries old egg rolling tradition

The Advertiser Series: Villagers partake in egg rolling tradition

2:55pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FAMILIES gathered together in the sunshine to join in a centuries old tradition on Easter Sunday.

Advice for teenage jobseekers

The Advertiser Series: Job centre - jobs

2:45pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DROP-IN sessions for older teenagers who are looking either for work, college or training opportunities are to take place.

Farm services firm staff take on cycling challenge for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The Advertiser Series: FUNDRAISING AIM: Ripon Farm Services staff ahead of their Coast to Coast cycle challenge

3:12pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

STAFF at an agricultural machinery retailer are set to cycle the Coast to Coast route to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Land of the rising sun comes to North Yorkshire

The Advertiser Series: Kimono World - part of Northallerton's Japan Day.

1:50pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE public are to be transported to the land of the rising sun – in the very heart of North Yorkshire.

Treasure hunt at Kirkby Fleetham

The Advertiser Series: Judging taking place at the dog show at Kirkby Fleetham Feast on Saturday.

12:51pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

KIRKBY Fleetham Feast is holding a treasure hunt on April 27. Teams or families, a maximum of five, are invited to dress up in racing colours or in fancy dress for a bike tour around the surrounding villages of Scruton, Ainderby, Thrintoft and Langton, starting at the village hall at 2pm. Entry fee is £5 per team and children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. More information on

Landlord submits plans for new bungalows

The Advertiser Series: The charity, Victim Support, is working with the social landlord, Derwentside Homes, and Durham County Council’s Safe Durham Partnership.

2:19pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A HOUSING association has revealed plans to build dozens of new bungalows.

Horror fall jockey presents donation for rehabilitation centre

The Advertiser Series: Jockey Brian Toomey, fundraiser Jack Berry, and, right, Grand National winning jockey Gerry Scott, receive a cheque from James Sanderson, Clerk of the Course

2:07pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A JOCKEY who sustained life-threatening head injuries after his horse collapsed in a race has collected a £2,000 donation towards a rehabilitation centre for those injured in the sport.

£50,000 Lottery jackpot for sport in Coxhoe

The Advertiser Series: John Hepplewhite works out at the Active Life Centre, Coxhoe

11:12am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A LEISURE centre saved from closure by dedicated volunteers is celebrating a major boost, after securing nearly £50,000 in Lottery funding.

Awards for community volunteers announced

The Advertiser Series: Sarah Robinson of Durham Community Action

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AWARDS are to be presented to recognise the contribution volunteers make to the communities of County Durham.

Mysterious giant egg appears in school grounds

The Advertiser Series: Police appeal following overnight theft from South Oxhey newsagents

3:59pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PUPILS at a Newton Aycliffe school launched an investigation after a mysterious giant egg appeared in their playground.

Ceremony held to knight children

The Advertiser Series: SPECTACULAR BACKDROP: Auckland Castle

4:35pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PUPILS were “knighted” in a special ceremony at a Bishop Auckland castle.

£800 funding for indoor cricket league

The Advertiser Series: Spec-tacular anniversary

3:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CRICKET league has received an £800 boost thanks to a national company keen to support projects close to home.

Stalls up for grabs at award-winning Darlington market

The Advertiser Series: Darlington Sunday People's Market is hoping to be crowned the nation's favourite for the second year running

4:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BOOKINGS are being taken for stalls at an award-winning Sunday market.

Artist to discuss her textile journey

The Advertiser Series: Image for Head of Steam Darlington

1:08pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

VISITORS to the Head of Steam railway museum on Sunday (April 27) can hear artist Catherine Howard giving a talk entitled Textile Journey, at 1pm.

PACT meeting in Heighington

The Advertiser Series: Police arrest man following serious sexual assault in Runcorn

2:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PACT MEETING A PACT meeting for residents of the West Villages will take place at Redworth Hall Hotel in Heighington, near Darlington on Wednesday April 23 from 7.30pm. The meeting will allow members of the Heighington and Coniscliffe ward to discuss issues with a police representative.

Brenda Collins in Bowburn

The Advertiser Series: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BRENDA Collins will give a concert in Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, on Friday (April 25). The show is for over 18s only. Tickets are ᆪ3. The bar opens at 6.30pm. Proceeds will go to Bowburn Community Association and the Bowburn Banner Group.

Hospice patients handle chick and ducklings in Bishop Auckland Easter treat

The Advertiser Series: Debbie Green handles a duckling at the Butterwick Hospice.

5:29pm Monday 21st April 2014

PATIENTS at a Bishop Auckland hospice enjoyed an Easter treat as a chick and two ducklings were taken to the centre.

Former Blue Peter presenter Hele Skelton officially opens Piercebridge country store

The Advertiser Series: Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton opens a store near Darlington

5:11pm Monday 21st April 2014

A FORMER Blue Peter presenter met tarantulas and snakes plus Easter chicks as she officially opened a county store.

Charity which help vulnerable find homes stages Shildon talent-style show

The Advertiser Series: Charity holds talent show in Shildon

4:06pm Monday 21st April 2014

A CHARITY which helps vulnerable people at risk of homelessness has held a Britain’s Got Talent-style contest.

Things are looking up for Distinct Darlington as it prepares to mark its second birthday

The Advertiser Series: Alex Swan, manager of Distinct Darlington: "This is going to be hugely positive for the town centre, it is really going to be of benefit to food businesses, retailers might take longer to notice the impact"

2:23pm Monday 21st April 2014

THE manager of Darlington’s business improvement district (Bid) has said she hopes the organisation is starting to become more accepted by traders in the town as it approaches its second birthday.

New look post office in Middleton St George is opened by the Mayor

The Advertiser Series: Postmaster Andy Hill with Mayor Charles Johnson and Mayoress Carol Johnson at the reopening of the Middleton St George Post Office

12:09pm Monday 21st April 2014

A REVAMPED post office that will offer some of the longest opening hours in the area has been officially reopened by the Mayor of Darlington.

Mayor to raise a toast in honour of St George

The Advertiser Series: People in Southampton are being called on to help mark St George's Day.

11:58am Monday 21st April 2014

A TOAST will be raised to St George at Darlington’s Market Cross on Wednesday, in honour of his Saint’s Day.

Darlington businesses rally round to support MS charity

The Advertiser Series: Logo for The MS Society

4:03pm Monday 21st April 2014

A HOST of Darlington businesses have been rallying to raise much-needed funds for people living with MS.

Choir to perform in support of St Teresa's Hospice

The Advertiser Series: Piano plan for Brighton station: our top 10 train playlist

12:59pm Monday 21st April 2014

MIXED vocal choir Northern Voices will raise funds for a Darlington hospice at its next concert.

Hypnotherapist offers Darlington taster session for weight-loss programme

The Advertiser Series: A salad of heritage tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and gazpacho of green vegetables

1:04pm Monday 21st April 2014

A HYPNOTHERPAIST who has developed her own weight-loss programme will host a one-off taster session in Darlington next month.

History group to hear story of famous County Durham son's exploits in America

The Advertiser Series: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

1:21pm Monday 21st April 2014

HISTORY TALK: Crook Local History Society is to hear a talk by George Dixon on his ancestor Jeremiah Dixon of the Mason-Dixon Line fame. The talk is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22) at 7.30pm. Entry is free to society members and £3 to visitors.

Darlington Lions to hold charity book stall at market

The Advertiser Series: Darlington Lions Club member Robert Hillary, bookshop chairman dressed in a lion costume with Tom Peacock and Jenny Lumley at the charity marketstall book sale.

11:47am Monday 21st April 2014

BOOK STALL: Darlington Lions Club will host a bookstall in Darlington Market on Saturday, April 26, between 10am and 4pm. There will be thousands of books available on the stall and at the Lions’ nearby bookshop in Blackwellgate. Books are 50p each. The Darlington Lions bookshop is open every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm.

Village's affordable housing development named one of UK's best

The Advertiser Series: Children from Osmotherley School Primary School celebrate the opening of the award-winning affordable housing development

1:51pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN affordable housing development in a North Yorkshire village has been named one of the best in the UK.

Easter fun in Darlington markets and Elim Church

The Advertiser Series: Members of Red Hall Dance School perform at the Easter Eggstraordinary Market

12:01pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THERE was Easter fun across Darlington this weekend as a series of activities took place for families around the town.

Keeping blacksmiths' skills alive - leading authority to give talk

The Advertiser Series: Chris Topp, a leading authority on ironwork and blacksmiths' skills

5:23pm Sunday 20th April 2014

ONE of the world’s leading architectural metal workers is to give a talk in North Yorkshire.

Civic dinner success

The Advertiser Series: CIVIC EVENT: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson with Mayor Ken Campbell and consort Ann Kells

9:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

A CIVIC dinner raised well over £1,000 for a mayor’s charity appeal.

Bounce into action

The Advertiser Series: TRAMPOLINE CLASS: You don't have to be as good as Great Britain's Katherine Driscoll to try trampolining

10:59am Sunday 20th April 2014

A TRAMPOLINE course for 11 to 16-year-olds will be launched at Teesdale Leisure Centre, in Barnard Castle, next week. (Tuesday, April 22)

Business premises could become homes

12:32pm Saturday 19th April 2014

TWO former business premises in a village centre could be converted for residential use.

Villagers hope to 'Save West Rainton' from 150 new homes

The Advertiser Series: Michael Johnson (in white shirt, centre) with villagers who are opposed to building at West Rainton.

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

RESIDENTS say they are fighting to “Save West Rainton” from plans to build 150 homes in the village.

New pilates class for all at The Kings Church

The Advertiser Series: A pilates class - posed by models

1:11pm Saturday 19th April 2014

PILATES CLASS: A new pilates class for men and women who want to improve their posture and core strength will start at The Kings Church Centre, in Whessoe Road, Darlington, on Monday, April 28, between 11.15am and 12.15pm. The class is for mixed abilities and costs £4 per person. Booking is not necessary. For more information call Mel on 07751067455.

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