Bishop Auckland care home gets musical

The Advertiser Series: AWARENESS: Sandringham Care Home staff Lauren Beasley (Minnie Mouse), Heather Evans (Oliver), Siobhan Viggars (Wicked Witch of the West) and Emma Mundy (Mamma Mia) Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:02am Saturday 23rd May 2015

A CARE home has been alive with the sound of music this week.

Mayor accepts challenge from young badminton players

The Advertiser Series: CHALLENGE: Gerald Lee with the badminton team. Also pictured is Darren Cole, duty manager at the Dolphin Centre who welcomed the mayor and mayoress.

10:40am Saturday 23rd May 2015

FORMER mayor of Darlington Gerald Lee showed he still has what it takes when he accepted a challenge from members of Hummersknott Badminton Club.

Citizens Advice apologise after disabled Sedgefield pensioner told he could not have a home visit

The Advertiser Series: HELP: Alan Hardwick, a disabled pensioner asked CAB for a home visit to help him fill in a complex form Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

10:02am Saturday 23rd May 2015

A CHRONICALLY disabled pensioner is asking the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to use “common sense” after he was told they could not come to his home to give him advice.

School wins award for outstanding outdoor play

The Advertiser Series: PLAYTIME: Pupils and staff at Esh Winning Primary School with some of the new play equipment. Picture: TOM BANKS (26948039)

9:05pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A PRIMARY school has won a prestigious national learning award for its outstanding outdoor play area.

Youngest Shildon mayor follows in the footsteps of campaigning great granddad

The Advertiser Series: MAYOR: Matthew Burdess has been elected as Shildon’s youngest ever Mayor Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:43pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A MARKET town’s youngest ever mayor is following in his great grandfather’s footsteps as he looks to bring political change to Shildon.

Youngest Shildon mayor follows in the footsteps of campaigning great granddad

The Advertiser Series: MAYOR: Matthew Burdess has been elected as Shildon’s youngest ever Mayor Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:17pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A MARKET town’s youngest ever mayor is following in his great grandfather’s footsteps as he looks to bring political change to Shildon.

Young woman sexually assaulted between Evenwood and West Auckland

The Advertiser Series: APPEAL: Police are appealing for information following an attack on a woman

4:46pm Friday 22nd May 2015

DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a woman in her early 20s was sexually assaulted as she walked along a country road.

Roman find declared of "national importance"

The Advertiser Series: DIGGING: Archaeologists at work on the villa site.

3:59pm Friday 22nd May 2015

THE remains of a third-century Roman villa, found during excavations for a new bypass, have been declared a monument of national importance by Historic England.

Barnard Castle festival this weekend

The Advertiser Series: FESTIVAL: The Harambee Pasadia festival will come to Barnard Castle this weekend. Pictured is organiser Hannabiell Sanders playing the trombone.

3:53pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A FAMILY festival celebrating diverse cultures is being held in Barnard Castle this weekend.

Boxing champ hands over coach keys to children's charity

The Advertiser Series: HANDOVER: Officials from Variety, The Children’s Charity, with a new coach for the official handover by champion boxer Stuart Hall to principal Clare Devine

2:59pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A CHAMPION boxer made a knockout delivery to schoolchildren that will give them the mobility they need to maximise their learning.

The Romans are coming

The Advertiser Series: RIDER: Cavalryman Barbaratus and his trusty steed Blue

1:45pm Friday 22nd May 2015

HISTORY will repeat itself this Bank Holiday weekend when the Romans return to their old stomping ground.

Children's banner message to urge drivers to cut their speed

The Advertiser Series: BANNER: From left, back, Ann Corbett, road safety officer with Durham County Council, Keith Robson, chairman of Durham Cricket Club, Clare Swales, head teacher and Susan Chappell from Clarks Shoes. From left, front, are pupils Oliver Rigney, Freya Wilkins

11:36am Friday 22nd May 2015

CHILDREN have designed a huge banner urging drivers to slow down outside their school.

Chester West and Central Community Project celebrates after winning lottery fund lifeline

The Advertiser Series: FUNDING: Chester West and Central Community Project have been awarded Big Lottery Fund money. Pictured from the group are; Sharon Lockie, Pam Collinson, Bill Collinson, Claire Clifford, Karen Smith and Sheena Morgan. Picture: TOM BANKS

11:32am Friday 22nd May 2015

MEMBERS of a community group are celebrating after being thrown a lottery lifeline that will ensure their future and fund the expansion of much-needed services.

Mayor looks forward to year of anniversaries

The Advertiser Series: CHANGE: Retiring Darlington mayor Gerald Lee, left, hands over the chains of office to Tom Nutt

4:28pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A LONG-SERVING councillor looked forward to a year of anniversaries as he previewed his time as mayor of Darlington.

Double success for football club

The Advertiser Series: DONATE: Neil Hepper from BoxFit, Sister Nurse Nicola Eeles and the ward staff and some of the players from the Blackwell Rangers FC U12s Squad.

4:22pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A YOUTH football team is celebrating a double victory – after securing two new sponsors and raising funds for a good cause.

Fundraisers urge others to help them help world-renowned hospital

The Advertiser Series: FUNDRAISERS: Darlington Rotary Club is raising money to help the James Cook University Hospital

4:18pm Friday 22nd May 2015

BIG-HEARTED fundraisers are helping a world-leading cardiac care department maintain its lifesaving qualities.

Saying farewell - with ceramic poppies

The Advertiser Series: GIFT: Col Stephen Padgett is presented with his prize poppy by ceramicist Sheila Plews and Risedale Sports and Community College students Abigail Smith and Kyal Almond, both 12.

4:04pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A RETIRING Army chief has been given a fitting tribute for his work in the community - and the chance to join in with an historic fundraiser.

Villagers invited to share street picnic

The Advertiser Series: INVITE: Catchgate residents invited to share street picnic at the Big Lunch event

3:05pm Friday 22nd May 2015

VILLAGERS are being invited to get involved in a special family fun day and street picnic.

Nursing home's clothing appeal for earthquake victims

The Advertiser Series: CLOTHES WANTED: Deacon Joy Sykes launches the Rosedale Nursing Home appeal for Nepal earthquake victims Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY PHOTOGRAPHY

2:50pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A NURSING home is appealing for residents to donate unwanted clothes to give to victims of the earthquakes in Nepal.

Visitors to Darlington urged to visit town centre gallery

The Advertiser Series: IN THE PICTURE: A previous exhibition at Darlington Building Society.  Pictured are Colin Farrant of DSA, Gina Morton of DSA and an exhibitor, and Sharon Willetts, group sales manager for Darlington Building Society.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH.

12:06pm Friday 22nd May 2015

EXHIBITION organisers are urging visitors to Darlington to visit their gallery.

Town prepares to celebrate Magna Carta milestone

11:38am Friday 22nd May 2015

A SERIES of events are set to be staged in a market town ahead of celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Skerne Park youngsters urged to do one hour of physical activity a week

The Advertiser Series: ACTIVE: Youngsters are being urged to take part in at least one hour of physical activity a week as part of a new project

11:14am Friday 22nd May 2015

CHILDREN are being offered the chance to take part in at least one hour of physical activity a week as part of a new project.

Wartime memories evoked at Shildon care home to help mark national Dementia Week

The Advertiser Series: PARTY: Resident Ena Johnson dons 1940's style clothing with staff from Redworth House care home for a vintage street party Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:24pm Thursday 21st May 2015

WAR time memories were rekindled as a care home turned back the years with a VE-Day party.

Ducks raise hundreds for school

The Advertiser Series: PADDLE: Children and adults taking part in the duck race in Melsonby

5:12pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A VILLAGE duck race organised by a small village school of less than 50 pupils has managed to raise more £1,000 for new books.

Forest's mountain bike trail grows

The Advertiser Series: THRILLS: Mountain cyclists enjoy the new OddSox trail at Hamsterley Forest, which opened at the weekend

3:38pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A NEW section of a track designed to challenge and thrill cyclists has been unveiled.

Spennymoor parents urged to think about road safety

The Advertiser Series: SAFETY: PCSO Sam Stephenson on parking patrol near King Street Primary School

3:28pm Thursday 21st May 2015

PARENTS are being urged to think about children’s safety when they make the daily school run by car.

Bishop Auckland school trip to Spain kicks off

The Advertiser Series: SQUAD: The Bishop Barrington School footballers who are on tour in Spain

1:36pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A SCHOOL football team has made its first trip overseas to line up against European opposition this week.

Consett Festival this weekend

1:14pm Thursday 21st May 2015

FINISHING touches are being put to a community music festival in north Durham this weekend.

Work set to start to remove bridge as £2.4m road scheme gets underway

The Advertiser Series: BEYOND REPAIR: The rusting Leadgate road bridge

11:32am Thursday 21st May 2015

A VICTORIAN railway bridge is to be demolished as part of a £2.4m road scheme.

Young rangers set to take to the streets of Darlington

The Advertiser Series: RANGERS: Last year's young rangers on patrol

2:58pm Thursday 21st May 2015

YOUNG rangers will be helping to keep the streets of Darlington safe next month.

Homes project helps students build for the future

The Advertiser Series: PROJECT: David Streits with site manager Ian Docherty

12:50pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A DARLINGTON student is gaining valuable work experience thanks to a housing company's policy of involving apprentices in the redevelopment of properties which have been empty for more than six months.

Bike ride to raise funds for children in India

The Advertiser Series: HELP: Cara Morris is cycling 150 miles to help children in India

11:55am Thursday 21st May 2015

SCHOOLGIRL Cara Morris is using pedal power to raise funds for children in India.

Campanologist's community efforts chime with councillors

The Advertiser Series: NEW ROLE: From left, former Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Councillor Jim Clark, with new Mayor Councillor Nigel Simms, Mayoress Lynn Simms and former Mayoress Councillor Shirley Fawcett

11:53am Thursday 21st May 2015

A CAMPANOLOGIST has received a ringing endorsement from his fellow councillors after being appointed as Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate.

800 years of the rule of law

11:52am Thursday 21st May 2015

A TOWN is to mark its place in history as it celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Handing over fundraising spoils from mayoral year

The Advertiser Series: GENEROSITY: Councillor Lee and his wife Ruth hand over the cheques to Jackie Firth, from Butterwick Hospice, and Jock Kelso, from Phoenix House.

11:28am Thursday 21st May 2015

THE outgoing Mayor of Darlington has handed over £25,000 to his chosen charities.

Head backs online first aid training

The Advertiser Series: HANDS-ON: A child practises dressing a head wound

10:37am Thursday 21st May 2015

A HEADTEACHER is urging more schools to sign up for a free first aid lesson.

Spennymoor shines the spotlight on dementia

The Advertiser Series: AWARENESS: Appleton Lodge in Spennymoor held a Dementia Day to raise awareness. Housing management worker Sally Edwards chats with residents Jean Robson and Valerie Jones Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:25pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A SHELTERED housing complex for people with memory loss problems has opened its doors to the public.

Darlington school takes two-year-olds for first time

The Advertiser Series: SCHOOL'S IN: From left to right, Edward West, Lexie Wardle, Archie Mitchell, Lexi Williams, Isabella McVay and Amir Bahja

11:20am Wednesday 20th May 2015

TWO year olds are getting their first taste of school thanks to an initiative that extends free childcare to toddlers.

Darlington College students help residents to name care home

The Advertiser Series: CARING: Darlington College health and social care students work with residents at North Park Care Centre to come up with a new name for the middle floor, L-R, Brittany Adamson, 16, Shannon Nuttall, 18, Shannon Hunter, 18, resident Margaret Wheelan, Darlin

11:18am Wednesday 20th May 2015

CARING students have been working alongside elderly residents to help suggest a new place name for them to call home.

Council unveils plaque commemorating late member Rob Johnson

The Advertiser Series: MEMORIAL: Cllr Russell Lord with fellow councillors with the new plaque on the bench at Mercury House

3:20pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A PLAQUE commemorating the life of one of Richmondshire’s longest serving councillors has been unveiled.

Police recruit seeks to improve residents safety in Shildon, Sedgefield and Ferryhill

The Advertiser Series: POLICE: Lauren Wray who has joined Durham Police

3:10pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A FORMER saleswoman is looking to put her people skills to work as she takes up the new challenge of helping keep the streets safe.

Sedgefield fun club submits new build plans

The Advertiser Series: FUNDRAISING: Children from the Sedgefield Out of School Fun Club, which has submitted plans for a new building Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:14pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

AN out of school fun club – on a quest to raise more than £100,000 for a much-needed new building - has submitted plans for the project.

Mayor of Ferryhill donates £3,610 to help youth football club and Girl Guides

The Advertiser Series: FUNDING: Councillor Pauline Crathorne, mayor of Ferryhill, hands over £1,805 to Dave Foster, of Ferryhill Town Youth Football Club

3:13pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A TOWN mayor has boosted the work of good causes in her area by donating more than £3,600 to a football club and a Girl Guides group.

Now student digs planned for Durham's Market Place

The Advertiser Series: PROPOSAL: The site behind Durham Market Place proposed for student accommodation. Picture: MARK TALLENTIRE

5:55pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

PLANS to house more than 50 students at the heart of Durham are facing mounting opposition.

Paper money - store backs school library

The Advertiser Series: BOOKS: Lesley Anne Newell, from Bearpark Co-op, presents a cheque to the local primary school to help fund its library. From left: Corey Parkinson, Kyle Williams, Alicia Matheson, Lewis Connor, Ellie May Hurd and Layla O'Rourke. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:49pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

A CHARITABLE donation will herald a new chapter in the story of a school library.

Johnston launches alumni network

The Advertiser Series: CELEBRATION: Lydia Aers, Richard Bloodworth, Carolyn Roberts, Michael Wardle, Sir John Dunsford OBE and David Elson at the launch of Durham Johnston's alumni association

4:11pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

PAST pupils, staff and governors attended the launch of a school’s alumni association.

Young performers display stage skills in theatre showcase

The Advertiser Series: SHOWTIME: Durham Schools' Showcase, on stage at The Assembly Rooms, on May 21.

3:50pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

TALENTED youngsters will tread the boards at a showcase of their stage skills this week.

Skydive boosts pub charity total

The Advertiser Series: CHEERS: Staff and customers from The Market Tavern present the cheque to Help For Heroes

3:34pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

PUB regulars have hit new fund raising heights during a year helping their chosen charity.

Get in shape in Bishop Auckland and Shildon this summer

The Advertiser Series: DECISION: Durham County Council’s south and west area planning committee will determine an application for 79 homes in Newton Aycliffe next Thursday

2:44pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

A SERIES of new outdoor sports sessions aim to get Bishop Auckland and Shildon residents in shape this summer.

Cast your vote to help secure future of Cockerton library

The Advertiser Series: HOPE: Cockerton Library

2:23pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

MEMBERS of the public are being urged to support a community effort to secure prize money of £25,000 to help secure the future of a closure-threatened library.









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