Last chance to enter blooming great competition

The Advertiser Series: BLOOMING CHANCE:Twelve Central hairdressing, in Middleton St George, has entered Darlington in Bloom in the business category. Pictured is beautician Leila Ghanadi Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:02am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE Bank Holiday weekend marks the last chance for garden enthusiasts to enter the revived Darlington in Bloom contest.

Concerns grow about anti-social behaviour at Dales beauty spot

The Advertiser Series: BEAUTY SPOT: Concerns are growing about antis-coal behaviour beside the River Ure at Redmire.

4:23pm Friday 22nd August 2014

CONCERNS about anti-social behaviour at a Yorkshire Dales beauty spot have prompted calls for visitors to improve their behaviour or face public access being restricted.

Council pledges over care service move

The Advertiser Series: PRIORY HOUSE: A general view of Priory House, Pity Me, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (9048325)

2:18pm Friday 22nd August 2014

RESIDENTS angry social services for vulnerable families are being moved into their area have won a string of concessions from council chiefs.

Newton Aycliffe community garden shares its fruits

The Advertiser Series: BIG DIG: Nursery children along with adults at the Pioneer Care Centre join in the Big Dig on their garden in March. From left Isobel Bowyer, four, Christopher McQue, four, medical herbalist Mark Bonham and four year old Rudi Latherton.

1:06pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE fruits of a scheme to recruit more volunteer gardeners will be showcased next month.

Improving Darlington school achieves record GCSE results

The Advertiser Series: LEADING THE WAY: Former DSMS head boy James Allison who achieved top grades in his GCSEs

1:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

ONE of the region’s fastest improving schools has secured record results for the third time in the past four years since new management transformed its fortunes.

Darlington couple complete ten-year challenge

The Advertiser Series: HILL CLIMBERS: Peter and Philippa Sinclair celebrate at the top of Holme Fell

12:56pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A DARLINGTON couple have completed the challenge of climbing all 214 Wainwright peaks after almost ten years.

Council announces intention to take on Northallerton prison for redevelopment

12:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A DERELICT prison site could be given a new lease of life to become part of an economic redevelopment scheme in a Hambleton market town.

Sports day to be held in aftermath of bus crash

12:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A FAMILY sports day will raise money for the emergency services which helped rescue children from a horrific bus crash.

Vital advice service for over-50s faces funding struggle

The Advertiser Series: Age UK Chief Executive Officer Gillian Peel. (9586834)

12:04pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A SERVICE providing essential advice for older people is under threat as it faces a struggle for funding.

Arsonists spark police appeal

The Advertiser Series: OPERATION RELENTLESS: Four arrested in police raids

11:45am Friday 22nd August 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after arsonists lit fires in a farmer’s field near Lanchester twice in a matter of days. Officers say someone went into a field off the Lanchester Valley Walk, near Dora’s Wood, on Monday, placed cut straw at the foot of a beech tree and set fire to it.

Bailiff rage driver jailed for nine months for dangerous pursuit

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

5:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A MAN saw red when a bailiff turned up at his house, accompanied by two police officers, seeking payment for an unpaid fine.

Changes to 500-home extension to Malton to be revealed

The Advertiser Series: ESTATE PLAN: An artist's impression of the High Malton development

4:24pm Thursday 21st August 2014

DETAILS of changes to a plan for a 500-home extension to a market town are set to be unveiled.

Police in Shildon fight cycle thieves with bike marking session

The Advertiser Series: BIKE MARKING: PCSO Michael Robson marks the bike of eight-year-old John Murphy

3:53pm Thursday 21st August 2014

CYCLISTS have has their bikes marked in an attempt to protect their property from thieves

Charity challenge for bank worker

The Advertiser Series: BANK CHALLENGE: A mortgage advisor from Darlington is getting ready to pull on her hiking boots for a charity walking challenge.

3:32pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A MORTGAGE advisor from Darlington is getting ready to pull on her hiking boots for a charity walking challenge.

Darlington planners to debate takeaway scheme

The Advertiser Series: REFORM PLANS: Darlington town hall

2:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a former corner shop in a residential street into a takeaway look set to be rejected.

Gospels foretold improvements at Darlington church

The Advertiser Series: ON SHOW: The Reverend Lissa Gibbons looks on at the Darlington Gospels on show at St Matthew and St Luke's Church in Darlington Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

2:38pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A RELIGIOUS text inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels has gone on display at a Darlington church.

Great Taste Awards help celebrate 25 years

The Advertiser Series: Caroline and Katie Bell from the Shepherd's Purse

2:33pm Thursday 21st August 2014

AN artisan cheesemaker is celebrating its 25th anniversary in true style – after winning another clutch of awards.

Retirement village's summer fun day raises hundreds for charity

The Advertiser Series: SUMMER FUN: Middleton Hall resident Tom Edge with daughter-in-law Linda

5:07pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE hustle and bustle of a traditional summer carnival was brought to life at a North-East retirement village as residents, staff and family members helped to raise money for charity.

Ethical bank supports almhouses project

The Advertiser Series: CHARITY BANK: £500,000 loan to almshouse project.

4:38pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN ambitious project to restore a set of 17th-century almshouses has won the support of an ethical bank.

Scheme to help people get to work gets boost

The Advertiser Series: WORKING WHEELS: Cllr Bridget Fortune is pictured with Keith McDonnell from W2W.

4:36pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A SUCCESSFUL mobility project designed to help unemployed people find work is set to roll forward after winning a major financial boost.

Centre closing for repairs

The Advertiser Series: Aileen Johnson (left,)  Kathleen Slater, Eileen Hopper, Ken Harris and Dorothy McNally from the Blackhill Art Group, one of the many local organisations which the soon-to-be renovated Blackhill Community Centre.

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

USERS of a community centre have been warned it is expected to remain out of use for up to six weeks while repairs are carried out, from next month.

Football team completes sponsored walk to say thank you for new kit

The Advertiser Series: SPONSORED WALK: The under 10 Spraire Lasses, based in Darlington, completed a walk around the town to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which provides accommodation for parents of children undergoing hospital treatment

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A TEAM of young footballers have put their best foot forward to complete a sponsored walk for charity.

Council is killing the town, say self-styled Darlington Liberation Army

The Advertiser Series: UNITED FRONT: Posters in the front window of DLA headquarters

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs are staying tight-lipped over the launch of a self-styled ‘liberation army’, set up in a bid to encourage transparency and expose alleged town hall wrong-doing.

Chester-le-Street arts project gets funding to put the town in the picture

The Advertiser Series: Directors (left to right): Gillian Westrip, Sharon Gollan, Miranda Petersen, Tracey Barnes and Anne Proctor. (9520459)

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN arts project is celebrating its first birthday with a big funding boost.

Old show looks to future

The Advertiser Series: COUNTRY LIFE: Highland cattle being judged at last year's Wolsingham Show

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE oldest agricultural show in the country hopes to build on its successful history thanks to improved facilities.

Youngsters inspired to run Junior GNR for children's cancer charity

The Advertiser Series: CHARITY RUN: Kids from Auckland Martial Arts will run the Junior GNR to raise money for Clic Sargent. Pictured are; Ellie Barker, Kaci Showler, Dannilee Barker, Annissa Holmes, Aaron Showler and Jake Fantarrow. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A YOUNG girl with leukaemia has inspired a martial arts group to run the Junior Great North Run next month.

Newton Aycliffe colleagues take on water-fuelled obstacle course for cause close to their hearts

The Advertiser Series: OBSTACLE CHALLENGE: Team leader Joanne Vipond, far right, puts her team through their paces in preparation for the Stockton River Rat Race at the weekend. From left,  Sarah Beadle, Sara Hird, Laura Newby-Higginbottom, Darren Feasey, Lee Newby-Higginbottom

12:57pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DAREDEVIL staff at a dehumidifier manufacturer may need their own creations on hand when they take part in a water fuelled obstacle course this week.

Cash boost for centre revamp

The Advertiser Series: Framwellgate Moor, Durham City- Colin Hillary (left), chairman of the community association and parish councillor Terry Moderate, pictured outside Framwellgate Moor community centre, where the community association is to take over the council-run communit

12:53pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROJECT to expand and improve a Victorian community centre has received a cash boost.

Surprise for golden wedding couple

The Advertiser Series: Hilda and Malcolm Woolley who celebrate their golden wedding at Kirkbymoorside.Nigel Holland. (9052095)

12:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A COUPLE had an extra special present for their golden wedding anniversary when one of their daughters made a surprise visit from the US.

Charity beer festival helps dementia sufferers

The Advertiser Series: Event boosts funds(9469627)

4:47pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A BEER festival held in Chester-le-Street raised almost £850 for a charity that helps people with dementia.

Thirsk archery club offers primary pupils taster sessions

The Advertiser Series: AIMING HIGH: Flynn Cole, a Year Three pupil at Mill Hill Primary School, Northallerton, with Denise Brockbank and Danny Cameron, of Thirsk Bowmen and Councillor Bridget Fortune, right

4:41pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

AN ARCHERY group will offer primary schoolchildren the chance to try the sport after landing a council grant.

Final Great Aycliffe Show promises to be a weekend to remember

The Advertiser Series: UP YOU GO: The Nemesis Allstars cheerleading dance team performing at last year's Great Aycliffe Show

3:55pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DARING motorcycle stunts, hilarious horses and a strongest man contest promise to make the final Great Aycliffe Show the best to date.

Lanchester Dairies fined £10,000 for safety failings after worker's fall

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3:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A DAIRY has been fined £10,000 for safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a fall.

Marks and Spencer seek permission for food store on historic site

The Advertiser Series: CONVERSION PLAN: The former Rutson Hospital, in Northallerton, which developers want to convert into a supermarket and a pub

3:24pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a plan to create a Marks & Spencer supermarket and a pub on a former NHS hospital have applied for planning permission to transform the site.

Newton Aycliffe Football Club secures shirt sponsorship deal

The Advertiser Series: WINNING TEAM: Safeline Taxis partner Chris Bennett (r) with Newton Aycliffe Football C general manager Dan Lewis and Clarence the Cab' Safeline's famous London black cab

2:54pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FOOTBALL club is celebrating after scoring a new shirt sponsorship deal.

Donation invite to Chester-le-Street good causes

The Advertiser Series: Donation offer (9446806)

2:10pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A LEADING chain store is inviting local community groups and charities to apply for a £150 donation.

Thief takes 93-year-old's purse in Chester-le-Street shop

The Advertiser Series: (9443387)

1:35pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 93-year-old woman’s purse was stolen from her handbag while she was shopping.

Darlington nursery celebrates tenth birthday

The Advertiser Series: Staff and children at the Big Kids Little Kids nursery in Darlington celebrate its tenth birthday

12:40pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE tenth birthday of a popular nursery was celebrated with a family fun day recently.

Mental health in the workplace focus of new scheme in Darlington

12:29pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MENTAL wellbeing in the workplace will be tackled as part of an initiative being launched in Darlington.

Rugby club gets pre-season makeover

The Advertiser Series: TRY HARD: Volunteers get their hands dirty at Darlington Rugby Club Picture: DAVID BRIDGEN/CLIQUE IMAGES

12:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

VOLUNTEERS helped give a Darlington rugby ground a spruce-up as it prepares for the start of the new season and gets ready to welcome new tenants.

'Tour factor' credited with helping inspire rise in cycling in Darlington

The Advertiser Series: FLASH BACK: Former Bishop of Durham Justin Welby talks bikes with trainee Tony Riding, at the opening of Bike Stop, in Darlington, in January last year Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

11:29am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Tour de France has been credited with helping inspire a large increase in the number of people getting on their bikes in Darlington.

Couple celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

The Advertiser Series: WEDDING DAY: Doreen and Gerald Swainston on their wedding day

6:20pm Monday 18th August 2014

A COUPLE who have been at the heart of Richmond civic life since they were married have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Parish council opposes plans for children's care home in Hambleton village

5:07pm Monday 18th August 2014

PLANS to house six young people with behavioural and social difficulties in a Hambleton village have been opposed by a parish council over fears of anti-social behaviour and crime.

Decision imminent on major plans for town

The Advertiser Series: MAJOR PLANS: Ryedale District Council will decide this week.

4:31pm Monday 18th August 2014

MAJOR schemes that could transform business and housing in a North Yorkshire market town look set for approval.

Commissioner joins in the fun at the Market Place

The Advertiser Series: MARKET WEEK: Town crier Marjorie Dodds, right, joins with Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, PCSOs and civil supporters for the event in Chester-le-Street Market Place

4:21pm Monday 18th August 2014

CRIME Commissioner Ron Hogg was among the visitors to a week-long event police are staging in the centre of Chester-le-Street.

Emergency exercise at RAF base

3:37pm Monday 18th August 2014

AIRMEN and 999 crews will be putting themselves and their procedures to the test later this month.

Northallerton Samaritans celebrate 50th anniversary

The Advertiser Series: GUEST SPEAKER: Lord Crathorne at the Samaritans 50th anniversary lunch in Northallerton

3:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

A CHARITY that lends a caring ear to those in distress has celebrated 50 years of its Northallerton branch.

Hundreds vote in favour of re-opening Darlington public toilets

The Advertiser Series: ENGAGED: The disused toilets in Darlington town centre

2:44pm Monday 18th August 2014

HUNDREDS of readers of The Northern Echo website voted in a poll about disused toilets council chiefs say would costs tens of thousands of pounds to re-open.

Fishing coaching for children on offer in Spennymoor

The Advertiser Series: ANGLING EVENT: A free family fishing event will introduce young people to the sport in a safer setting

1:59pm Monday 18th August 2014

YOUNG people are being encouraged to take up fishing thanks to angling coaching on offer in Spennymoor this summer.

Lottery grant will help break cycle of abuse in Cornforth

The Advertiser Series: The Cornforth Partnership Healthy Changes project will tackle issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

1:57pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PROJECT to help tackle issues such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse will receive a £233,000 Big Lottery grant.

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