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Residents enjoy sing-along during MP's visit to Willington nursing home

The Advertiser Series: VISIT: Councillor Fraser Tinsley, mayor of Willington, offers cakes to birthday girl Grace Ward, 92, right watched by care home manager Julie Gray and Durham County Councillor Olwyn Gunn, second from right at the afternoon tea event in Willington Care Vil

6:21pm Friday 27th February 2015

RESIDENTS at a nursing home enjoyed a singalong as part of an MP's visit to see the facilities.

Ground breaking day for Wolsingham school

3:09pm Thursday 26th February 2015

A SCHOOL celebrated a big date in its 400-year history when building of new multi-million pound facilities officially began.

Skills centre provides development opportunities

3:14pm Thursday 26th February 2015

A NEW learning skills centre for adults with disabilities has been opened in Bishop Auckland.

Plea to clear Bishop Auckland alley of rubbish

5:13pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

CONCERNS have been raised over rubbish being dumped in an alley behind two residential streets in Bishop Auckland.

New look outside Willington ground

1:35pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

A FOOTBALL ground is the latest area to be spruced up in an ongoing environmental improvement scheme.

Quiz night raises vital funds for nursing care

The Advertiser Series: FUNDS: Quiz question maker Glynn Wales and Dr Bob McManners hand over the cheque to Marie Curie Care treasurer Gillian Wales Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

2:27pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

AN annual quiz has raised enough money to pay for dozens of hours of medical care in Bishop Auckland.

Rugby coaches in Shildon tackle training scheme to help young players

4:21pm Monday 23rd February 2015

RUGBY coaches are raising their game as they tackle improved training techniques to help players in Shildon.

Green-fingered young adults transform community allotment

8:27pm Friday 20th February 2015

A GROUP of enthusiastic young people rolled up their sleeves to transform a community allotment for the benefit of people with learning disabilities.

Teesdale School defends performance after Ofsted report

The Advertiser Series: Sessions for families and young people are running at Teesdale School, in Barnard Castle, during the half-term holiday

7:16pm Friday 20th February 2015

LEADERS of Teesdale School have expressed shock after inspectors found it required improvement.

South Church homes plan refused

4:54pm Thursday 19th February 2015

COUNCILLORS have turned down a proposal to build houses next to an industrial estate.

Public meeting held for village's last shop

4:40pm Thursday 19th February 2015

DOZENS of residents from a Weardale village met last week to discuss the proposed closure of their local shop.

Diamond couple who enjoyed South America adventure celebrate 60th wedding anniversary in Bishop Auckland

4:28pm Thursday 19th February 2015

A CHURCH pastor and his wife who helped spread the religious message in South America have celebrated their diamond wedding.

Furniture scheme aims to boost employment in Bishop Auckland

2:59pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

A NEW furniture scheme is helping people gain new qualifications and get back into employment.

Funding to tackle road safety initiatives in Bishop Auckland

2:37pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

A COUNCILLOR has donated more than £5,000 in funding for three road safety initiatives in the Bishop Auckland area.

Homeowner left to foot £3,000 bill to reroute drains

The Advertiser Series: UNFAIR: Wilf Moralee has been told to expect a bill for more than £3,000 to re-route drains from his home

7:45pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

A MAN has been left with a £3,000 bill to re-route drains that were leaking human waste onto a nearby grass bank since the house was built in 2005.

Motivated teenager is fundraising for trip to Ghana

6:11pm Monday 16th February 2015

A MOTIVATED teenager is fundraising for a month long trip in Ghana to teach young children and help build houses.

Conservative candidate for Bishop Auckland announced

4:22pm Monday 16th February 2015

AN entrepreneur who says south Durham has played a big part in his childhood is hoping to become the area’s next MP.

Improvement plans for cricket club submitted

1:59pm Monday 16th February 2015

PLANS have been submitted for new changing facilities at a popular cricket club.

Car overturns on A6072 near Shildon this morning

The Advertiser Series: SCENE: The female driver escaped unhurt after crash near Shildon

1:27pm Sunday 15th February 2015

THICK fog caused a motorist travelling on the A6072 near Shildon to lose her bearings and veer off the road just before 8.30am this morning (Sunday, February 15). The Renault Clio car ended up on its roof at the side of the road but the driver, a local woman, was uninjured.

Dance holds the key to couple's heart

The Advertiser Series: Dance holds the key to couple's heart

5:28pm Thursday 12th February 2015

A COUPLE who were engaged to be married five weeks after meeting at a dance have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Youngsters reveal a dream wish-list of ideas to improve Shildon

The Advertiser Series: Youngsters reveal a dream wish-list of ideas to improve Shildon

4:20pm Thursday 12th February 2015

YOUNGSTERS have created a wish-list of ideas which they would like to see in Shildon in an effort to improve the town.

Homes plan for former South Church allotment site

The Advertiser Series: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

3:29pm Thursday 12th February 2015

PLANS FOR 61 houses on a former allotment site are being recommended for approval.

26-year-old Willington man charged with harassment

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

6:37pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

A MAN showed up drunk and invited himself in to a house he was ordered to stay away from last year, a court heard today (Tuesday, February 10).

Village primary school is 'outstanding' Ofsted says

The Advertiser Series: OUTSTANDING: Howden-le-Wear Primary School pupils and headteacher celebrate their achievement.  In the play-area of the school are Connor Box (11),Alex Smith (10), Kia Johnson (8), Carla Kershaw (8) head Chris Baines and Jessica Pattison (10).  Picture: C

5:26pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

A PROUD headteacher is celebrating after an Ofsted inspection rated his village primary school as outstanding for the first time.

Plea to reunite artwork with rightful owners

The Advertiser Series: PLEA: Some of the artwork found in the Newton Cap Viaduct car park

2:12pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

THE owners of a collection of artwork are being sought by police after the pictures were found abandoned in a car park.

Magna Carta contest launches Bishop Auckland arts festival

The Advertiser Series: WINNER: County Durham Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon with the winning Magna Carta-themed entry by Cockton Hill Junior School in this years' Febfest Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:16pm Monday 9th February 2015

A POPULAR Bishop Auckland arts festival has been launched with the winners of a Magna Carta-themed competition.

Packed activity programme unveiled for Crook arts group

The Advertiser Series: GOT RHYTHM: Youngsters take part in a samba drumming workshop at Jack Drum arts in Crook,  to form band for street performances during the summer. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:44pm Monday 9th February 2015

A COMMUNITY arts group has unveiled its spring activity programme for Crook.

Cancer survivor condemns decision to close cancer clinic

The Advertiser Series:

12:31pm Monday 9th February 2015

A CANCER survivor has condemned the decision to close the breast cancer clinic at Bishop Auckland Hospital.

New walking group leaders appointed

The Advertiser Series: ACTIVE: The walking group sets off from Willington Community Action Centre Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:22pm Friday 6th February 2015

A WALKING group has trained two new leaders in a bid to encourage more people to get fit and active.

MP backs Witton Park Methodist Chapel's £35,000 extension

The Advertiser Series: SUPPORT: MP Helen Goodman is shown the start of work on an extension of Witton Park Methodist Chapel by local builder Jimmy Simpson, left, and chapel property steward John Swinbank right Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:15pm Friday 6th February 2015

AN MP dug up support for a Methodist chapel today (February 6), as work got underway for a £35,000 extension.

Youth group set up to give Shildon youngsters a voice in town affairs

The Advertiser Series: YOUTH PROBLEMS: Youngsters are causing problems for residents and businesses on Church Street.

12:53pm Wednesday 4th February 2015

A YOUTH group is to be launched aiming to give youngsters in Shildon a voice.

Parking fines for drivers who ignore village restrictions

The Advertiser Series: WARNING: Police officers will be issuing fines to motorists who ignore restrictions

1:08pm Tuesday 3rd February 2015

MOTORISTS in West Auckland are being warned they will be fined if they continue to flout parking restrictions outside a convenience store.

Running club seeking 100 athletes to take part in 100th Shildon parkrun

The Advertiser Series: ANNIVERSARY RUN: Runners are being sought for the 100th Hackworth parkrun

3:24pm Monday 2nd February 2015

A RUNNING club is keen to attract 100 athletes to help it to celebrate its centenary parkrun.

Gold award for green school

5:47pm Sunday 1st February 2015

A PRIMARY school has been given a gold award for going green.

Supermarket donation allows for community centre improvements

The Advertiser Series: GENEROUS: Asda, in Bishop Auckland, has donated £13,000 to Auckland Youth and Community Centre

3:18pm Sunday 1st February 2015

IMPROVEMENTS look set to be carried out at a Bishop Auckland community centre thanks to a generous donation from a supermarket.

Pupils enjoy getting fit with Bilbo Baggins

The Advertiser Series: WALK: Bilbo Baggins, played by David Eliot-Cooper of the Histrionics drama company, with Aliesha, classmates and mascot Sam.

12:40pm Friday 30th January 2015

SCHOOL pupils enjoyed a hobbit themed walk this week as part of a new campaign to get moving and keep fit.

Campaign launched to raise profile of train heritage

The Advertiser Series: LOCAL ENGINE: A Pacer train at Bishop Auckalnd station.           Picture: ANDY LAMB (9602676)

6:16pm Thursday 29th January 2015

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to recognise the railway heritage of Bishop Auckland.

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.

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.

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.

£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.

New leisure centre in Crook is still going ahead, organisers say

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3:02pm Friday 23rd January 2015

A GROUP allocated half a million pound nearly two years ago to create a new leisure centre in Crook has reassured the public that the development is still going ahead.

Packed programme of events unveiled for arts festival

2:54pm Friday 23rd January 2015

AN increasingly popular arts festival is set to return next month.

Bishop Auckland businessmen aim to raise £15,000 with charity trek up Mount Kilimanjaro

The Advertiser Series: CHALLENGE: Graham Sheldon with Steve Coulthard training in the Lake District

4:48pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

THREE businessmen are set to take on the challenge of a lifetime by trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

Drug addict stole champagne and laptops

The Advertiser Series: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

4:04pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

A HEROIN addict stole laptops and champagne to fund his habit, a court has heard.

Councillors praise foodbank volunteers

5:42pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

COUNCILLORS have applauded the hardworking volunteers behind a busy Bishop Auckland foodbank.

Daughters of Willington crash victim Darren Edwards: "We are going to miss our daddy so much."

The Advertiser Series:

3:30pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

THE young daughters of a man killed in a car accident on Sunday say they can’t believe he is gone.

Asylum seeker drove without licence and insurance

The Advertiser Series: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

7:22pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

A KURDISH refugee caught driving without a licence and insurance has been given a conditional discharge.

Community celebrates windfall from new turbine

The Advertiser Series: A wind turbine

5:41pm Monday 19th January 2015

A COMMUNITY is celebrating after a wind turbine years in the planning is finally producing energy.

Village shop owner saves post office

The Advertiser Series: OPEN: Jane Coates, who runs the post office in Stanhope, with her mother Beryl Brown. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT

5:53pm Friday 16th January 2015

A SHOP owner of 20 years has saved a village from losing their post office.








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