The Advertiser Series E-Editions

'Severe' impact of bedroom tax

The Advertiser Series: Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods

2:20pm Sunday 21st December 2014

AN MP says the so-called bedroom tax is severely affecting the most vulnerable people in her constituency.

Santa's elves keep eyes on Seaham children

The Advertiser Series: GIVING GIFTS: PCSOs Carole Hutton and Kerri Bassom hand out gifts to kids at Seaham Trinity Primary School. Picture: TOM BANKS (14955415)

4:50pm Friday 19th December 2014

SANTA’S elves have been keeping a closer eye than usual on children at schools and nurseries in east Durham in the run up to Christmas.

Mining firm to appeal council's opencast refusal

The Advertiser Series: NEW FIGHT: Campaigners against the original opencast application, with the site in the background

4:48pm Friday 19th December 2014

VILLAGERS and a mining firm are preparing to renew hostilities over controversial plans to dig coal from open countryside.

First stage of roadworks completed

The Advertiser Series: FIRST STAGE: First stage of work to build roundabout near the Honest Lawyer has been completed

4:43pm Friday 19th December 2014

ROADWORKS on a busy route have been removed after the first stage of work on a new roundabout was completed.

Builder aids green revamp

The Advertiser Series: North Skelton Band master Denis Noble, Coxhoe Banner Group chairman Robert Robinson, secretary Jenny Robinson, Rev Christopher Wood-Archer and Councillor Maria Plews in front of the Coxhoe mining memorial (8789989)

4:31pm Friday 19th December 2014

A HOUSEBUILDER has donated £20,000 to a village green restoration scheme.

Anger over new bid to turn hospital into student digs

The Advertiser Series: Anger over new bid to turn hospital into student digs

3:54pm Thursday 18th December 2014

RESIDENTS are fuming after developers who tried to turn an old mental hospital into digs for almost 400 students returned with “very similar” proposals.

Thornley robber will spend Christmas behind bars awaiting sentence

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

6:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A MAN who robbed a taxi driver after threatening to bite off his nose will spend Christmas behind bars after failing to get bail.

Council leader praises postal workers during their busy time

The Advertiser Series: Leader visited Durham office

3:46pm Thursday 18th December 2014

DURHAM Country Council leader Simon Henig has praised postal workers after visiting a local delivery office.

Ho ho hospice

The Advertiser Series: CHARITABLE LITTLE HELPERS: Pupils from Durham Johnson School take part in a Santa Run around the school grounds to raise money for St Cuthbert's Hospice in Durham.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (14824122)

6:02pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

HUNDREDS of youngsters have donned Santa costumes to raise money for a popular hospice.

£125k for council house driveways and parking

The Advertiser Series: (10027074)

5:39pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

MORE than £100,000-worth of investment to improve parking and access for council homes in Durham City has been given the green light.

Free family fun over Christmas period

The Advertiser Series: INFLATABLE FUN: Lucy Drysdale at the Generation Air exhibition (13026861)

3:42pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

TWO visitor attractions are offering free entry over the Christmas period.

Helping hand to reach Special Olympics

The Advertiser Series: SPECIAL HELP: Footballer Michael MacGurk hopes to reach Special Olympics next year

2:37pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

SPORTS students have held an event to raise money to help two disabled students get to the Special Olympics.

Charity boost for cancer nurses

The Advertiser Series: CHARITY CASH: Supporters celebrate the £3,000 grant to Marie Curie Durham

3:46pm Sunday 14th December 2014

A CHARITY has won £3,000 from a bank’s community fund.

Dashing through the city, in a charity Santa way, over the bridge we go; fundraising all the way

The Advertiser Series: SANTA STROLL: Children fron Neville's Cross Primary School take part in a Santa Walk in Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (14497440)

2:29pm Sunday 14th December 2014

CHILDREN, parents and teachers donned festive hats and costumes for a charity Santa walk.

Drunken resident threatened flat-mate at home for vulnerable women

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

2:11pm Sunday 14th December 2014

A WOMAN who sought refuge from a violent partner suffered threats from a drunken fellow resident in support accommodation.

Flagship sheltered housing development officially opened in Lanchester

The Advertiser Series: GRAND OPENING: Derwentside Homes Executive Director Geraldine Kay, vice chairman of Lanchester parish council Colin Burton, Pat Glass MP and Derwentside Homes Chairman Sebert Cox OBE pictured at the new £6m sheltered housing development and medical centr

4:39pm Friday 12th December 2014

A FLAGSHIP sheltered housing development and medical centre were officially opened in a north Durham village today (Friday, December 12).

Roaring success for Lions club

The Advertiser Series: DOUBLE AWARD: Durham Lions Club president Alvan Bailey, 2nd vice district governor David Wheeler and former club presidents George O'Donnell and Peter Oakley

3:10pm Friday 12th December 2014

PRIDE was the word as a Lions Club received a brace of awards.

Giant Christmas cards on show

The Advertiser Series: CHRISTMAS EVENTS: St Mary's Church, West Rainton

2:43pm Thursday 11th December 2014

A CHURCH is to host a giant Christmas card exhibition this weekend (December 13-14).

Money raised for children's heart unit at Freeman Hospital

2:40pm Thursday 11th December 2014

THREE cycling partners have raised cash for a North-East children's heart unit which cared for a friend’s baby daughter, who has since sadly died.

Christmas cheer for expectant forces couple

The Advertiser Series: STUDY REWARD: Finchale College students Chris Gray and Carol Harrison with their Christmas hamper. Also pictured are Durham Mayor John Robinson, his wife Maxine, Mel Pears and chairman of wardens of City of Durham Freemen, John Heslop. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:57pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

A COUPLE of forces veterans have been given an early Christmas present by their college.

Youths behind bars for motiveless attack on dad walking home with family

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

12:09pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

TWO youths are behind bars following a “sustained” attack on a man walking home from a night out with members of his family.

Police hail Claypath closure trial

The Advertiser Series: Claypath, Durham

11:59am Tuesday 9th December 2014

A POLICE inspector says the overnight closure of part of a city centre on weekends has got off to a promising start.

Curtain up for school panto

The Advertiser Series: FESTIVE FUN: Students from Belmont Community School take center stage ahead of their production of Cinderella. Picture: DAVID WOOD (14177888)

2:48pm Monday 8th December 2014

SCHOOL pupils are preparing to take to the stage for their Christmas pantomime.

Evening of festive music in Durham

The Advertiser Series: Durham Choral Society to appear at Durham Cathedral  (5755072)

2:28pm Monday 8th December 2014

THE DURHAM Choral Society and the NASWT Riverside Band are join forces once again to present an evening of festive music to get people into the Christmas Spirit.

Christmas comes alive on city streets

The Advertiser Series: XMAS FUN: Street entertainers Mr Scrooge and Mr Scratchit

8:02am Monday 8th December 2014

CHRISTMAS characters from the past will come to life on a city’s streets next weekend.

Turf cut as crematorium refurbishment moves to next stage

The Advertiser Series: TURF CUT: (l to r) Graham Harrison, Cllr Maria Plews and Cllr Jim Graham.

4:35pm Sunday 7th December 2014

WORK has started on a new building as part of the refurbishment of a crematorium.

Village housing development recommended for refusal

The Advertiser Series: (11870635)

3:33pm Friday 5th December 2014

PLANS to build 103 homes on the outskirts of a former pit village breach planning policies, councillors will be told next week.

Almost 40 arrests during Christmas crackdown on shoplifters

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

12:37pm Friday 5th December 2014

ALMOST 40 people have been arrested during the first month of a crackdown on shoplifting.

Talks to tackle zero hours economy

The Advertiser Series: SUMMIT VENUE: County Hall, Durham

6:46pm Thursday 4th December 2014

A SUMMIT aimed at tackling the growth zero-hour contracts will be held on Friday (December 5).

More parking spaces for Arnison Centre shoppers

The Advertiser Series: Councillor Mark Wilkes outside the Mercia Retail Park in Durham. (8548193)

4:57pm Thursday 4th December 2014

A SCHEME to free up extra parking spaces for Christmas shoppers at the Arnison Centre retail park in Durham is to be repeated.

New police chief wants public help to keep Durham a safe city

The Advertiser Series: NEW POST: Durham City neighbourhood inspector Dave Coxon

3:00pm Thursday 4th December 2014

DURHAM’S new neighbourhood inspector has appealed to the public to help his team keep the city one of the safest in the country.

Garden waste initiative is a success

The Advertiser Series: GARDEN WASTE: Households have signed up to a scheme to have it removed

6:47pm Thursday 4th December 2014

THE number of County Durham residents signed-up to an extended garden waste collection scheme has already topped the 15,000 mark.

Retired Fire Brigade personnel invited to view HQ one last time before demolition

The Advertiser Series: MEMORIES: Former personnel are being invited back to the HQ for a final farewell party

6:02pm Thursday 4th December 2014

FORMER employees of Durham County Fire Brigade are being invited to a special farewell party.

Mocktails served to older people in Durham to highlight impact of alcohol

The Advertiser Series: TIME FOR TEE-TOTAL: Claire Houstoun, Stephanie Esteris and Sue Pine prepare non-alcoholic cocktails at North Road Methodist Church, Durham, for an Age UK campaign about drinking. Picture: TOM BANKS (13918366)

2:53pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

NON alcoholic cocktails were at the top of the menu at an event aimed at highlighting the impact of drinking on older people.

Charity effort by scout group

6:12pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014

A SCOUT group has been raising funds for a charity that improves the mental health of children.

Durham taxi drivers speak out against road closure

5:14pm Friday 28th November 2014

DURHAM’S taxi drivers have spoken out against a decision to close part of a busy city centre street on weekend nights to tackle congestion.

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.

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.

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.

Artist holds first solo exhibition in cafe

The Advertiser Series: (13363208)

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.

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.

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.

Step forward for park restoration

4:47pm Friday 21st November 2014

INFORMATION boards explaining the £3m restoration of a Victorian park will be installed next week.

Girls couldn't be 'app-ier at STEM success

3:00pm Friday 21st November 2014

AN all-girl team has reached the national finals of an enterprise contest.

Roofers land in hot water after Fish Tank flare-up

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

8:07pm Thursday 20th November 2014

TWO workaway roofers’ night on the tiles nearly landed them behind bars after trouble flared near a city centre night spot.

Two arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following three car collision

The Advertiser Series:

1:29pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following a three car collision last night.

Handyman scheme set to continue

The Advertiser Series: Durham Handyperson Scheme  (12970270)

2:34pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

A SCHEME that helps makes the homes of elderly and disabled people safer has reached an important milestone.

MP reveals winner of annual Christmas card competition

The Advertiser Series: WINNING DESIGN: Competition winner Caitlin Bradley with Roberta Blackman-Woods MP

2:30pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL has won an annual competition to design a Christmas card for her MP.

Added zest helps young cook William win Great Durham Bake-Off

The Advertiser Series: Durham's 'Safe City Bear', pictured with Bake-Off winner William Vincent, Inspector David Coxon, Sergeant Kay Howarth and police volunteer Henry Acres

2:21pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

YOUNG cooks rose to the challenge in a test of their culinary skills organised by their local neighbourhood police team.


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