December 2009/January 2010 www.durham.gov.uk
The magazine for people in County Durham
Bus route investment
Homebuyer help Page 7
Christmas opening times
and bin collections
board games, signed cricket
Durham Monopoly is here! Page 31 books, steam train cab ride
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As I write this, thoughts of Christmas are not too Durham City 0191 386 6111
far from my mind, and the busy time I will have Features
or 0191 383 4567
with events during the festive season. Spennymoor AAP 8 Easington 0191 527 0501
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Christmas is a time for thinking of others, Seasonal advice 14-15 Coxhoe 0191 301 8499
especially those who are not lucky enough to have Spennymoor 01388 816 166
investment for county
Meadowfield 0191 301 8499
close family and friends around over the holidays.
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I would encourage you all to think of your Crook 01388 765 555
neighbours at this time, especially the ones that Or via www.durham.gov.uk
are on their own, or you haven’t seen in a while.
One of the best things about being Chairman is On the cover Work has begun on the first part of routes are matched by reliable and sustainable transport
Altogether Safer 10-11
that I get to meet many residents from across the Imogen Bristow from a £5m scheme which will lead to enhancements from the fit for the 21st century.”
county, providing me with some great memories. Cotherstone officially launched
better quality journeys on seven bus companies.
MONOPOLY: Durham edition at The key routes which are included
On behalf of Durham County Council, may I wish key bus routes. in the scheme are:
Durham Cathedral. She won a The first of 27 projects within the
you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous competition by creating a poem
The funding will pay for improving ‘Transit 15’ scheme is the Bishop Auckland to Durham
(to be sung to the tune of
New Year. accessibility and reliability, improvement of the roundabout in Durham to Birtley
‘My favourite things’ from
‘The Sound of Music’) making bus journeys better for Stanley which provides access to Crook to Durham
NHS 22-23 “Castles, museums, cathedrals passengers with regular and and from the bus station. Coxhoe to Durham
and leadmines, frequent timetables featuring Durham to Stanley
Green 20 Councillor Bob Young, the Council’s
Shopping, sightseeing, you’re low floor buses. Durham to Consett
guaranteed great times, Cabinet Member for Strategic
We are working with Arriva and Environment and Leisure said, Sherburn to Durham
Hamsterley Forest, High Force
is supreme, Go NorthEast to ensure that the “Transit 15 is a very important part The scheme should be completed
In County Durham you’re living physical improvements to the of our drive to deliver efficient, by March 2011.
Monopoly: Durham edition
Local News competition on page 9.
East 6 Route planning Inspection praise
South and West 12 Competition entries
Send them in by Wednesday 16 More than 15,000 people have already used Our learning disabilities day services team have
December, unless otherwise our interactive bus route planner, but we’ve now been rated in the top five in the country. The team
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NEWS FEATURE: DIRECT PAYMENT
Did you know that if you are eligible for social care,
you could receive a direct payment to put you in charge
of your own care or support arrangements?
Direct payments can give you independence and
flexibility over who provides your care, and how
and when it is delivered.
Find out more: visit www.durham.gov.uk/
directpayments or to get a direct payments leaflet,
complete the coupon (right) and return to FREEPOST
Lyndon is presented with the cheque by Chairman of
the Council, Councillor Brian Myers, watched by the
Chairman’s wife and Lyndon’s year nine friends at
King James I Community School in Bishop Auckland.
New target set in
Fancy being a Eva and Alison
fundraising appeal Mining Marra?
Mining Durham’s ‘Hidden Depths’ project
81 year old Eva has been using direct payments for
about 3 years. She employs someone to support her
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needs volunteers to help transcribe and with things that her disability prevents her from
An appeal to get an Olympic hopeful a set of prosthetic legs doing, and still can’t believe how easy direct Name:
digitise the Durham Miner’s Association
has reached its target in record time – now fundraisers are (DMA) records. payments are to manage and what a difference
looking to raise enough cash for a ‘bionic’ arm. they’ve made...
Making the DMA records more accessible
Lyndon Longhorne (13) from Crook, lost his legs and an arm “A social worker visited me and took me through the
will help family members and local
to meningitis when he was a baby, but now dreams of Paralympic care and support assessment process and I was
historians find out about miners who Would you like to receive the leaflet (please tick)
swimming glory. “It’s great to see the target reached, and given information about direct payments. I decided
worked in the coal industry and their input
passed, so quickly,” says Councillor Brian Myers, Chairman that direct payments was right for me, as the help
into colliery life. Volunteers on the project
of the council, who started the appeal in conjunction with the and support I needed and the hours allocated would by email
will have access to original documents
Northern Echo. The target of £10,000 was reached within a be flexible.
and get training to transcribe the records
couple of weeks. “With the money still coming in, a decision was and create an online catalogue and index. My social worker worked with me to create a care Email address:
made to extend the appeal to try and get a new arm for Lyndon plan showing how the direct payment would be used
so he can become even more independent as he gets older.” Find out more: call 0191 383 3575 or to meet my care and support needs.
email email@example.com by post
Lyndon will travel to Dorset where the new limbs are designed A Personal Assistant is someone who helps you do
and fitted. “The new legs will get me out of my wheelchair”, the things you want to do. I chose my PA myself and I
says Lyndon. “This will improve my general health and muscles am their ‘boss’, but they are friends too. Alison helps Address:
and help me with my swimming. To get the legs will be great me with tasks around the home and I use some of
and it would be fantastic to get an arm as well. That would the money identified in my care plan for transport to
mean that I can go out with friends without my parents!” doctor and dentist appointments and to the over
60s club to socialise.
If you would like to make a donation, please post to:
I love the paper work that is involved because I like
Limbs 4 Lyndon, The Chairman’s Office, Durham County
organising things, but there’s also an agency who
Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL.
can do all that for you if you want. It’s amazing what Postcode:
Cheques should be made payable to ‘Limbs 4 Lyndon’ help you can get, if only you ask.”
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LOCAL NEWS FOR EAST DURHAM NEWS
National Carers Rights Day
Gold award for garden centre Bulb planting
Friday 4 December
challenge This year’s theme is ‘caring for your income
Green-fingered residents have been
and pension’, and groups throughout the UK
will be using the day to help carers prepare for A new way to buy
your first home
digging in for spring by joining a their future. If you are a carer, our welfare
seasonal campaign to brighten up rights team can help maximise your income,
their communities. give advice and check your entitlement to
Now in its third year, The Spring benefits, such as Pension Credit and Carers’ There’s a new scheme helping first time buyers get on
into Action 2009 bulb planting Allowance. Call 0191 370 8787 or email the housing ladder.
challenge encourages people in the email@example.com
HomeBuy Direct gives an interest free loan for 30% of the
east Durham and Durham City areas Our carers’ centres can also help. To find value of the new house that you have chosen.
to bring some springtime colour to out more about your local centre and
their local neighbourhoods. It means a house worth £140,000 can be bought for just
services we provide visit
under £98,000. You will still need a small deposit and a
Schools, voluntary groups, and www.durham.gov.uk/carerscentres
mortgage from one of the qualifying lenders for the 70%
residents’ associations have For information on Carers’ Rights Day, purchase price; but the remainder is lent to you at no cost
chosen community spaces in which or to register as a supporter, visit for the first five years you are in the house. From the outset
to plant as many bulbs as possible. www.carersrightsday.org you will have ownership of 100% of the house and you can
Find out more: Call 0191 527 sell it on the open market without restriction.
0501 or email pride-easington@ Human Rights Day
Gemma Eldridge and Ross Barber from Sacriston have
durham.gov.uk Thursday 10 December already benefited. “People who can’t afford a house and
The 61st international Human Rights Day is first time buyers should look into these schemes,” says
Green Lane Nurseries has been presented with a gold award for its
work to tackle waste, boost recycling and look after the environment. an opportunity to learn more about your rights. Gemma. “I couldn’t have wished for a better house. This
will be our house until the kids grow up. This is ours to stay.”
The Trimdon Station business met a range of strict criteria to qualify Focus on: mental capacity Whether you
for the honour, but also received special recognition for its support of have a learning disability, dementia or mental Find out more about this scheme, and others designed
community campaigns. Tidy Business Standards awards are presented illness, the law says you have the right to make to help you get a foot on the housing ladder, by calling
by the council and supported by ENCAMS, organisers of the Keep your own decisions unless it is proved that you the Time2Buy team on 0845 6042942 or visit
Britain Tidy initiative. Find out more: call 0191 527 0501 or email can’t. Nobody should make assumptions about www.time2buy.org.uk
firstname.lastname@example.org. a person’s ‘mental capacity’ based on the way
Residents in the east of the county they look or behave.
Don’t Cash boost are taking part in a unique project, Making the decision The professional
which delves into community life person who is involved in the decision can
buys new bus
both past and present. conduct a ‘capacity test’ to come to a
‘best interest decision’. They must take
East Durham Community ‘Who do we think we are?’ brings
into account your wishes and try to find out
Young artists are encouraging Transport, based in Peterlee, together people young and old to
what is important to you. They will consult
their peers to speak up about has been granted £40,000 by discuss their memories and views
your friends and family, or the council will
domestic violence. the council to buy a new minibus. about the area they live in.
get you an independent advocate. The tests
The three won joint first prize in The grant means a 17-seater Local history groups have been and decisions will be recorded and you
a competition organised by East minibus will be the latest holding quizzes for children and should have a copy of them. Find out more:
Durham Youth Forum, which addition to the project’s fleet their parents at primary schools www.durham.gov.uk/mentalcapacityact
challenged them to design a of nine vehicles. in Wheatley Hill, Murton and
poster to raise awareness of Horden to gather their views. Resource Centre Move
The community transport project Our Visual Loss Resource Centrehas moved,
the issue among young people. Over the next few months they will
was one of four in the county as part of the relocation of The County
A poster based on designs by awarded council cash, including work with professional poet Andy
Durham Society for the Blind and Partially
Jordan Bate, Diane Cameron and Dene Valley Community Transport, Croft to develop a series of poems.
Sighted. The new address is: 4 Red Hill
Kayleigh Thompson will be created Teesdale Community Resources, The poems will be displayed on Villas, Durham City, DH1 4BA, although
and displayed in schools and at and Cornforth Partnership (see banners throughout the mall at the telephone number, 0191 386 8175,
youth forums. page 12). Dalton Park in the new year. remains unchanged.
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FOCUS ON: Spennymoor AAP Facts
Spennymoor Members of the Board
Over the next year, Spennymoor
• A 17 to 20 year old
driver is three times
Area Action Mark Abley, Agnes Armstrong
Andrew Lamb, Ian Lessiter
AAP will focus on: more likely to die in
• provision for young people
Partnership is Ian McLaren, Norman Vaulks and teenagers
a car crash than any
other age group.
one of the 14 • town centre regeneration. • Almost 700 young
people aged 17 to
AAPs now up Councillors
Councillor Joe Anderson
Find out more: contact Michael
Wilkes on 0191 527 4827 Email: 20 year are killed
and running in Councillor Jim Smith
each year, and in
County Durham and
the county. Councillor Neil Foster Darlington, young
Councillor Barbara Graham You can also bring local issues to drivers were
Councillor Ben Ord the attention of your local County Along with Durham Constabulary, our partners in the scheme, we’ve been responsible for 40%
Councillor Kevin Thompson Councillors who are not currently awarded the ‘road safety scheme or project of the year’ award at this year’s of fatal collisions.
Sunderland Bridge, Croxdale, Councillor Mac Williams Highways Magazine excellence awards.
on the AAP Board. They are: • This figure rises
Hett, Tudhoe, Spennymoor,
Partner organisations Christine Potts (Chilton), Most of us know a young person who Almost 9,000 pre-driving age pupils to 82% when
Middlestone Moor, Byers Green,
Brian Avery (Chilton) and can’t wait to get behind the wheel and have taken part in the scheme so far, collisions happen
Kirk Merrington. Laura Agar-Wilson,
Jan Blakey (Durham South) pass their driving test. attending sessions run by the between 11pm
voluntary and community sector
Who makes the decisions? All projects should meet an But sadly, statistics show the most emergency services, the council and and 6am.
Inspector Bill Bentham,
It’s hoped everyone in the local Durham Constabulary identified local need, linked, vulnerable road users are the under local businesses, and covering issues • The largest single
area will get involved by attending where possible to their local 25s. such as car maintenance, driving in cause of non-
Maureen Clare/ Jenny Haworth,
Forum meetings, held twice a year, AAP priorities. The Wise Drive – Drive for Life initiative hazardous conditions, drink and drug medical death of
Durham County Council
and sharing their views. “If residents have projects or was introduced ten years ago to try to driving, as well as hearing about the teenage girls is
John Robson, raise awareness of the dangers and impact of losing a young person as a
Next Forum meeting: County Durham and Darlington issues in their area that could male drivers under
benefit from this kind of funding, responsibilities associated with getting result of a road traffic accident first the age of 25.
Thursday 26 November Fire and Rescue Service
contact your local councillor,” behind the wheel. hand from a victim’s relative.
There’s a Board of 21 people who Alan Smith,
advises Councillor Brian
meet approximately every other housing representative
Stephens, the county council’s
month to vote on decisions and Debra Swinburn, Lead Member for Neighbourhoods Name
ensure progress is being made. business representative A C A T H E D R A L
and Local Partnerships. “This
Next Board meeting Vicky Waterson/Jacqui Deakin, money is definitely available for V C A T H A K L B L
Thursday 14 January NHS County Durham priorities in their areas.”
S O E G O L P O E P Address
Meet the Chair Agnes Armstrong E P A L L M A L L T
Agnes Armstrong is well known in Spennymoor, where she worked as a T T S L A R A B L O
community midwife for more than 20 years. With a strong interest in J A Q L D D B O E P
healthcare, Agnes is a member of County Durham Link, an independent A limited edition board game. We’ve
body which monitors the provision of healthcare. A R E T V I L W L H got five to give away. Complete the
wordsearch, fill in your details and
Agnes became a Sedgefield Borough Councillor in 1999. Nine years later I G K S O I L E R A return to FREEPOST DC NEWS by
she became Leader, remaining in the position until the authority’s merger
L I L U U T N S P T Telephone Wednesday 16 December to be in
into the new unitary Durham County Council this year.
with a chance of winning a copy. The
As former chair of the now defunct Sedgefield Local Strategic Partnership, S M A I T A R E I L Email MONOPOLY: Durham Edition is out
Agnes brings with her a strong background in partnership working and now and available to buy from www.
realising local goals. Hidden words: Vine/Jail/Board/Go/Pallmall/Bowes/Cathedral/Tophat durham.gov.ukcountydurhambooks
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SAFE DURHAM PARTNERSHIP
Local Fire and Rescue
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
have six area teams to provide you with ‘on your doorstep’
community safety support and advice.
Your local fire-fighters can provide a FREE fire safety check
in your home; giving advice on fire prevention as well as
supplying and fitting, smoke alarms free of charge.
Think before a drink
Did you know you are four times more likely to survive a
house fire if you have working smoke alarms. Find out more:
call 0191 332 4222 or visit www.ddfra.co.uk
With the party season upon us, follow these Consider alternating between alcoholic Plan your journey home
Winter Nights is a crime prevention campaign led by Durham rules to avoid the morning after the night and non-alcoholic drinks Make arrangements before you start drinking, and
Constabulary working with the Safe Durham Partnership before: It will keep you hydrated and lessen any hangover make sure you don’t get left to walk home alone.
Its aim is to reduce and remove targets and opportunities for Eat before drinking effects the next day. Don’t drive the next morning
dwelling burglaries, providing crime prevention advice and to Food slows the speed at which alcohol gets Avoid drinking in rounds If you’ve had a heavy night drinking, you will most
disrupt criminal activity by targeting known offenders. into your bloodstream. This can often mean drinking at a faster pace set by likely still be over the limit the next morning. If you
Now the winter nights are here don’t make it easy for burglars. Drink lighter beers someone else in the group. It may also mean that you drive you could be prosecuted, so don’t risk it.
Strong continental beers are popular, but the end up drinking more than you intended as you The myth
Did you know that if you If you’re going out...
leave your house in difference between a pint of 5% lager, and a accept people returning your kindness after you have Caffeine in coffee and fizzy drinks is a stimulant,
consider leaving a light
darkness... lighter 3.5% or 4% beer, is a whole unit. bought them a drink. so it might make you more alert, but it won’t make
on in your home, or use
it is more likely to be a timer switch. Set a drinks limit Be your own person you sober. For your body to fully recover from the
burgled. Decide your own limit in advance and stick If you don’t feel like another drink, or want to drink at effects of a heavy night of drinking, you should avoid
lock your windows and doors.
to it. Before you go out, nominate a your own pace, your friends should respect that. alcohol for a full 48 hours.
it is more vulnerable.
close your curtains. designated driver to stay sober. Drink smaller drinks Find out more: www.nhs.uk/units
it stands out during
if you have an alarm - use it. Have a strategic soft drink or water Drink smaller measures where there’s a choice, Use the DrinkCheck test at www.nhs.uk/drinkcheck
Try starting your night with a non-alcoholic especially with wine. A large glass in most bars is or, if you are concerned about the amount you drink,
drink to quench your thirst. equivalent to a third of a bottle! call drinkline on 0800 876 6778
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LOCAL NEWS FOR SOUTH & WEST DURHAM FEATURE: SPORT AWARDS
Residents taking part in
the ‘Ton up Challenge’
have been rewarded for
completing their one
hundred miles target.
Participants in the Triple Olympic medallist, Steve Backley joined Secondary School Contribution
Walking to Health almost 400 guests to see clubs, coaches, schools to PE and School Sport
scheme braved the and volunteers from County Durham celebrated at sponsored by Helmepark Ltd
elements over the months the 6th annual County Durham Sport Awards at Parkside Sports College
to clock up the miles. Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham. Volunteer of the Year
Supervised sessions at
sponsored by Durham FM
the Peases West track
This year’s winners are: Chris Hume
take place on Mondays
(12noon to 2pm) and Contribution to Physical Activity Young Volunteer of the Year
Monday and Wednesday sponsored by Helmepark Ltd sponsored by Durham County Council
evenings under floodlights Jaqualine Luke Matthew Gillam
(4pm to 7pm). Physical Activity Achievement of the Year Sports Club of the Year
Find out more: call sponsored by NHS County Durham sponsored by D&P Trophies and Sports
Ton up centurions honoured
Lynn Wilson, on Women on Wheels Marketing Network
01388 765555 Coach of the Year Horden Rugby Club
sponsored by Durham University Junior Sports Club of the Year
Laszlo Jakab and Sutera Ritrawe sponsored by D&P Trophies
Bishop Auckland St Mary’s Junior FC
Young Coach of the Year
sponsored by Platinum Physiotherapy Sporting Achievement of the Year
start to produce
and Personal Training sponsored by Strands Hair and Beauty
Catherine Alabaster Andrew Hetherington
The community swimming pool at Wolsingham School
A community venture is starting to see its Primary School Contribution to PE and School Sport Contribution to Sport
and Community College is getting a £250,000 facelift.
plans become reality. The Cornforth Partnership sponsored by Durham County Council sponsored by PMP Genesis
“It will be a much nicer place to enjoy the water and Bowburn Junior School Dr Peter Warburton OBE
recently received £35,000 of county council
school children will enjoy learning in a far more
funding to help bring its community transport
inspiring setting,” says Councillor Eunice Huntington,
plans a step closer, with the group aiming to
our portfolio holder for healthier communities. “We are
offer a ‘wheels to meals’ ser vice.
still working to secure further funding to build a new
They’ve already got a community allotment where swimming pool in the future.”
the produce could be used in a vegetable box
The pool will be closed for 12 weeks from New Year’s
scheme, and the catering project.
Day. Primary school swimming lessons will be
switched to different venues.
We’ve been working with the Barnard Castle Vision, New centre for Aycliffe
the town council and English Heritage to create a
new lighting scheme for the castle. A new £275,000 community centre has opened in
Aged floodlights have been replaced with new Newton Aycliffe.
energy efficient lights which can have their direction Work started six months ago to demolish Agnew
and colour changed. Community Centre’s ageing green hut at Morrison
The castle will be bathed in subtle light during the Close, and replace it with a larger building, complete
early hours of darkness in the winter and throughout with improved facilities and extra rooms.
the evening, with the lights switched off during the To book, or for information on volunteering
small hours each night. opportunities, call Ron Mitchie on 0751 8035 320.
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ASK OUR EXPERT
Ask our expert...
We hope you’ve enjoyed our occasional
‘ask our expert’ features in Durham
County News over the months. This
seasonal special issue, we’ve gathered a trio of willing
experts in their field to answer your
Welfare rights expert E standards expert E Waste expert
Chris Lawrence Craig Hudson Victoria Burrell
Q I am 67 years old, single and am having problems Our trading standards expert, Craig Hudson, explains Q Every year we seem to get more 1 Real Christmas tree? Recycle it (until the end of February) at one of
paying my energy bills. Can I get any help? the perils of seasonal shopping. “Rogue traders, poor and more packaging and wrapping, our Household Waste Recycling Centres where it will be composted.
service and con tricks can turn the festive season into I try to be ‘green’ for the rest of Even better, buy an artificial tree. Use it year after year and save money!
a story of woe for unwary consumers. the year, but find it really difficult
It’s predicted energy bills will continue to increase,
at Christmas – what can I do?
2 Send an e-card. It saves paper. Alternatively send recycled cards,
so it’s very important that older people access Keep your receipts Shoppers’ rights belong to the and recycle the ones you receive at Tesco and WHSmith. Make next
support available to them to keep well and warm person who bought the goods, not the person who Victoria says... year’s gift tags out of this year’s cards.
during the winter months. receives them. Unless the goods are actually faulty As a nation, we produce a third
You should check you are getting the right social or not as they were described, even the buyer will more waste at Christmas than
3 Give recycled gifts. If you’ve still got shopping to do, why not try
security entitlements, as you may not be claiming have no automatic right to redress. Many shops will the rest of the year, so I share
everything that you could. The welfare rights offer an exchange or refund but it is purely down to your concerns! We send about a 4 Theatre and cinema tickets, gift experiences and vouchers make
team can provide advice and information on your the goodwill of the shop concerned. If you buy goods billion cards and it’s estimated environmentally friendly presents as they don’t come surrounded
entitlements. that are faulty or have not been described properly, that 83 square kilometres of by packaging.
you may well be entitled to your money back from the wrapping paper will end up in UK
‘In periods of cold weather older people on
rubbish bins this year. 5 Recycle your glass bottles and drinks cans in your kerbside
Guaranteed Pension Credit will get a payment of retailer. Do not be fobbed off by the retailer saying it
We can all make a difference by collection boxes or local recycling banks.
£25 a week from the Pension Service. is the manufacturer’s responsibility.
If your health is significantly compromised by the The sales Your rights apply equally to goods bought in
trying to follow at least some of 6 SNUB carrier bags. Say No to Unwanted Bags when doing your
my top ten waste reduction tips… Christmas shopping - take your own re-usable bags instead.
cold weather or poor heating, you may qualify for a sale. Ignore any signs which say otherwise as they
emergency payments to help keep your home warm. have no legal effect, and traders can be prosecuted. 7 Take unwanted gifts or old toys to a local charity shop, play centre,
Call the advice line on 0191 370 8787 between
9am and 3pm Monday to Friday.
You can’t get your money back if faults were pointed
Looking for a hospice or hospital, rather than throwing them away.
out prior to purchase.
Shopping from home You are protected by extra
new year’s 8 Buy electrical items that run off the mains rather than batteries.
rights when shopping from home. The law allows you resolution? More than 680 million batteries are bought in the UK every year and
usually end up in landfill. If you must buy batteries, buy re-chargeable
We work closely with the Energy Saving Trust to cancel most orders and receive a full refund for a
who provide advice on grants or energy saving Why not try ‘create less waste’ ones. Recycle your batteries at Household Waste Recycling Centres.
change of mind. You have a 7 day cooling off period,
products to help you cut the costs of energy. to see you through 2010… 9 If you are having a party, avoid disposable tablecloths, plates,
starting from when you receive the goods. There are
For example, the UK Government funds schemes some exceptions – for example for personalised Find out more about local cups and cutlery and use the real thing.
providing up to £3,500 to households on certain recycling and more festive tips,
goods, unsealed CDs or DVDs, and perishables like 10 Turn off your outdoor Christmas lights when you go to bed. The
benefits to improve their heating and energy visit www.durham.gov.uk or
food and plants. carbon dioxide given off when electricity is generated is contributing
efficiency. Call the Energy Saving Trust on contact our waste management
0800 512 012. “ Problems with purchases? Call Consumer Direct to climate change.
team on 0191 383 5674.
North East on 0845 4 04 05 06.
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HAVE YOUR SAY
Have Your Say...
The best way we can get information which will help our Councillors shape their policies and proposals
for improvements is to ask you! These pages outline some of the current consultation we are doing, as
well as feeding back information and actions from previous surveys, focus groups and fact finding events.
The best way we can get information which will help our Councillors shape their policies and proposals
for improvements is to ask you! These pages outline some of the current consultation we are doing, as
well as feeding back information and actions from previous surveys, focus groups and fact finding events.
Current consultation: Intermediate care Look out for your leaflet
What is it? the future. Perhaps you have received some form
You told us you wanted more
of intermediate care yourself and want to tell us
Intermediate care is a range of short term health information about our winter
and social care services that help people return about your experiences, or make suggestions about
service, and suggested ways
home from hospital with the right health and social improving it, so it is important that we take your we could make it better.
care support, or bring services into someone’s views into account.
A leaflet explaining salting
home so they don’t need to go into hospital in the How do I take part? routes, the way we allocate grit
first place. We are developing a four year plan with bins, and new procedures for
The full draft strategy and the summary version are
NHS County Durham to help us make intermediate treating footpaths during
available at www.durham.gov.uk You can fill in the
care services better in the future. snowfalls is being delivered
online form or print it off and complete it. If you
Why is it happening? alongside this issue of Durham
would like us to send you a paper copy, call Anita County News.
Intermediate care services have developed Porter on 0191 372 5495.
differently across the county and we need to
All our tomorrows
make sure that access is fair for everyone and How long have I got?
look at how we can make intermediate care We need to know your thoughts by Friday 5 February Council budget -
services even better. 2010. All the feedback will then be considered and planning ahead
What’s it got to do with me? the strategy will be amended, taking into account 141 older people attended this
people’s views. The updated, final strategy will be year’s conference which looked at We’re now starting to plan our
You may need, or know someone who needs
published in the summer of 2010. how the council and NHS County budgets for the next three years.
intermediate care, either now, or at some point in
Durham can find out what matters
to older people and older carers, Over the last few months, the
in relation to health and social county council and its partners –
Do you want
care issues. including police, fire and health
Ask us a question: services – have been attending
Discussions included older every Area Action Partnership
people’s priorities, how to
to ask us
forum to give details about the
ensure a wide range of views budget process.
arerepresented and what the
role of older people and older Together we’ve been providing
something? carers should be. information on where public sector
funding comes from and on what
The partnership board for older our priorities are in the months
Name: adults, a special interest group and years ahead.
which looks at health and social
Address: This is just the start of the budget
Whether it’s an idea for improving our service, care issues relevant to people
aged over 50, will look at all the process and we’ll be making a
or something you’re wondering about but can’t
points raised at the conference final decision on the budget and
think who to contact, just let us know.
and decide the priorities for the council tax levels towards the end
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org of February.
Telephone: next year.
Fill in this form, cut it out and send it Find out more about the Look out for further information
to us at: FREEPOST DC News Email:
Partnership Board for Older Adults: on the council’s website and in
call Julie Turner on 0191 383 3669. the local media.
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NEWS LOCAL NEWS FOR NORTH DURHAM
Staff at Castleside Cemetery have been
named runners up in this year’s Cemetery
of the Year competition, organised by the
Memorial Awareness Board.
The awards aim to raise standards in
burial grounds and reward those who work
hard to maintain our local burial sites.
If you are in years seven or eight, and
interested in playing football, Consett
AFC need you! Call 01207 506472 to
find out more.
School award Support group
The Support Action Information Fun (SAIF)
Tanfield Lea Community Primary School has been awarded the
International School Award, in recognition of its efforts to group, supported by Derwentside Carers
develop links with other countries and promote understanding and Sure Start’s children centres, can help
of other cultures. parents and carers of a child with a disability
The Stanley school has made international issues a key part or additional needs.
of its curriculum and has welcomed a number of foreign They meet monthly at the Benfieldside
language assistants. Children’s Centre in Blackhill, Consett to
School meal celebration
Teacher Samantha Johnson received the award from share experiences. “It is supportive, friendly,
broadcaster and journalist George Alagiah. and happy,” says one of the members.
The school will be continuing its international work during the “It’s a place to talk, laugh, cry and listen.”
next two years, when pupils will be working with children from Find out more: call Andrea Hindson on
Pupils from 15 primary schools Steve,who is supporting the two Italy and Germany to consider active healthy lifestyles. 01207 590930.
joined former Olympic athlete Steve year pilot scheme in County
Cram to celebrate free school Durham, which involves 244
meals for children in the county. schools and up to 30,000 children.
They paraded in an ‘opening “It gives children the chance to
ceremony’ style event at Chester-le- enjoy a free healthy meal, which
will not only help to make them
Batty about cricket in Durham?
Street’s Riverside cricket ground,
took part in a fun run and cookery fitter and stronger but will also Durham County News readers are in with a chance of winning one of three
demonstration and watched help them to perform better in books, signed by local author Tom Moffat MBE, which tells the story of how
a drama performance by students the classroom.” Durham County Cricket Club attained First Class Status.To be in the batting
from Shotton Hall School, as well order for this prize, just answer this question and send to the address on
as tucking in to some healthy Find out what pupils who have
page 2 (competition closing date details also on page 2):
school meals. made the change from packed
Q: When did Durham County Cricket Club attain First Class Status?
to cooked think of the scheme
“As an athlete I know that you can Anyone interested in ordering this book should contact the author direct on
in the next issue of Durham
only perform at your best if you eat 0191 388 0421.
a healthy and balanced diet, says
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Environment Awards Talk to your teens
The County Durham Environment Awards celebrate
their 21st birthday this year, with applications Did you know the highest rates of teenage
accepted from mid December. conception in England happen in December
To celebrate the anniversary, we’ll be
The scheme exists to encourage good design launching a ‘best of the best’ campaign, and January? County Durham and the North
and sustainable principles in all aspects of the showcasing past winners and asking you East region have some of the highest rates
built and natural environment. It also promotes to help select an overall winner from ten of teenage pregnancy in the country.
environmentally friendly schemes which conserve outstanding schemes. Research shows that young people really
and enhance natural features. want to talk to their parents about big issues
Look out for more information about
Awards are given in the following categories: such as relationships, sex and alcohol, and
voting in the local press and on our
when they do, they are much less likely to
built environment website soon.
take the kind of risks that can result in
craftsmanship If you, or an organisation you represent, unwanted pregnancies.
have been involved in a scheme which The 2008 Time To Talk report revealed that
natural environment and countryside you feel deserves recognition, visit only 4% of parents would feel anxious if
improvement www.durham.gov.uk or contact a member hey found out their 16 to 19 year old was
waste management of the awards team on 0191 383 3347 carrying contraception. In contrast, two in five
to find out more.
teenagers feel they need to be clandestine
when it comes to carrying contraception.
A ride in the cab of ‘Tornado’
Two lucky people will win a cab ride
each on the magnificent brand new
Peppercorn A1 Pacific locomotive,
No. 60163 Tornado.
Locomotion: the National Railway Museum
at Shildon is running a competition
To enter, visit Locomotion from Monday
4 January to Sunday 31 January.
Just complete a question sheet during your
visit and hand it in before you leave the
museum to be in with a chance of winning.
For further information, call
Locomotion on 01388 777999
or email email@example.com.
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Patients across County Durham are
Need healthcare in a hurry? being urged to ‘choose well’
when accessing NHS ser vices for
Traditionally, people tend to rely on
There is now a new service for patients requiring The urgent care service is run by the NHS County Accident and Emergency (A&E)
urgent health care in County Durham and Darlington. Durham, County Durham and Darlington Community departments at local hospitals for
Patients can ring a special number – 0300 111 0111 Services, County Durham and Darlington NHS many treatments, when sometimes a trip to the pharmacist, phone call
– and they will be passed to the service they need. It Foundation Trust, North East Ambulance Services
is not for emergencies – if an adult or child has a NHS Trust and Primecare all working together.
to NHS Direct or visit to the local Urgent Care Centre might be more
suitable for their particular needs. Ask your local
serious illness or injury, people should still dial 999
and ask for an ambulance.
Conditions needing urgent attention could include:
chest infections. urine infections, suspected eye
GP practices, pharmacists, dentists and optometrists are all involved pharmacist
in promoting the ‘choose well’ message, which uses a thermometer
The new urgent care service provides treatment or infections, fevers, cuts, sprains and strains, hand, Gone are the days when the
to help people gauge what they should do, as well as hospital and
advice for people who have a minor injury or foot and wrist fractures white-coated pharmacist stayed
other NHS staff.
suddenly feel ill. Services are provided from six in the back of the shop counting
urgent care centres staffed by GPs and highly out pills and checking medicine
qualified staff skilled in emergency care. Patients bottles.
can walk in without an appointment but are advised Nowadays, although pharmacists
to call 0300 111 0111 first. still carry out their core business
The centres are in Bishop Auckland Hospital, of making up prescriptions, they
Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, Dr Piper are also kept busy providing
House, Darlington, University Hospital of North expert advice to their customers.
Durham, Seaham Medical Centre and Peterlee Nationally, 96% of the population
Community Hospital. have a pharmacy within 20
Urgent care is available 24/7 across the county. minutes of where they live.
Accident & Emergency (A&E) services are available Pharmacists are highly skilled
at Darlington Memorial Hospital and the University health professionals with at least
Hospital of North Durham. Patients can also get five years training and practical
medical advice by calling their own GPs in working experience.
hours or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. Newton Aycliffe pharmacist Rob
Transport to hospital
Pitt reckons he talks to between
40 and 50 people every day,
sometimes over the counter and
sometimes for a more confidential
chat in a private part of the shop.
for patients in the Durham Dales “If someone has tried self
A new transport system has been introduced in the Memorial Hospital, with one return journey treatment for a condition, for
Durham Dales to help patients and visitors access especially for visitors at weekends. example, a sniffley nose in winter,
local hospitals. and they are still not happy with
A similar service will be available for patients and
Just call the special help line 0191 383 5383 to visitors living in Teesdale to access Darlington it, they can come to us. When I
book transport. A minicom number is also available Memorial Hospital. can help with treatment, I will,
on 0191 383 6472. or I might advise people to go to
A free shuttle service for patients and visitors has their GP or signpost them to
The scheme, developed through a partnership also been provided, linking the University Hospital other places they can get help.
including local NHS organisations and Durham of North Durham, Bishop Auckland Hospital and
County and Darlington Borough Councils, includes Darlington Memorial Hospital. “Usually we are not restricted
two new specially commissioned bus ser vices. If you become unwell or are by appointments and some
Call the Travel Response Centre on 0191 383 5383 injured make sure you choose pharmacies are open at least six
The new ser vices include five return journeys each if you need to find out about transport to hospital. the right NHS service days a week. So people can drop
weekday from Weardale, taking patients and visitors We can advise on travel options and book the new in, or give us a call for advice on
to Bishop Auckland Hospital and Darlington bus service or non emergency ambulances for you. how best to treat minor ailments.”
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12 days of Christmas...
There’s lots going on over the festive period to keep you fit, fun filled and entertained
wherever you live in the county. Be inspired by our ideas based loosely around the 12
Days of Christmas theme. We say loosely as it’s nearly Christmas and there are 12 ideas!
On the first On the third On the fifth seventh On the ninth On the tenth
day of day of day of day of day of day of
Christmas: Christmas: Christmas: Christmas: Christmas: Christmas:
I went to join a gym I partied in I watched
Spennymoor gym- nas- tics I splashed The children I went for a
Until 28 February
and Shildon 17 to 22 December:
about a bit had their fun Boxing Day Dip
3-2-1 offer giving up to 3 months
When Take That met Queen Deerness Leisure Centre 21 December to 6 January Wednesday 23 December Belle Vue Swim Centre 9am -
free membership at Lifestyle
Friday 11 December Deerness Valley Gymnastic Club Glenholme and Woodhouse Spennymoor Leisure Centre: 12noon. No normal pool entry
Fitness gyms in Newton Aycliffe,
Totally Take That and Queen FM Christmas displays are on for just Leisure Centres: 1pm to 3pm. Children’s Christmas party. fees, instead we ask you for a
Spennymoor, Belle Vue, Louisa,
take to the Spennymoor Leisure six days. Tickets available from Fun sessions – inflatables: 1pm to 3pm. Bouncy castles, donation to be given to a charity.
Barnard Castle, Freemans Quay,
Shildon, Sunnydale and Ferryhill. Centre stage. Find out more: call Thursday 10 December. Find out Monday, Wednesday and Friday Punch and Judy, party games
Encore on 0191 419 1818. more: call 0191 301 8303. (£2.35). Floats: Tuesday, and disco. 01388 815827
Thursday and Saturdays (£2.35
Abba Fever Saturday 12 December Thursday 24 December eleventh
unless free swim registered.)
An ABBA and Motown spectacular. Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre day of
On the Excludes Christmas Day, Boxing
Find out more call Encore on 0191 Children’s Christmas party. Christmas:
second Day and Bank Holidays.
419 1818. On the sixth 12noon until 3pm. Bouncy castle,
‘Complete Madness’ over 18s day of Santa’s grotto, Art zone, WII games
I took a New
party night: Saturday 19 Christmas: On the and performances from some of
our clubs. Tuck shop and present
Year train trip
December. Tribute band, table eighth
I cycled 1 January 10.15am
I went on an
magician, hot beef sandwich. day of from Santa, under eights must
off to Paris Wolsingham Station. Join volunteer
Christmas: be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets £15. Call 01388 815827
Tickets: £3. 01325 300500 countryside ranger Steve Shippen
Until 10 January There are also festive party nights
for an 8 mile (5 hours) linear walk
We learned all
planned at Shildon’s Sunnydale 20 December
Take part in the challenge at Thursday 24 December. with return leg via train – the
Chester-le-Street , Abbey, Leisure Centre, call 01388 777 Whitworth Park. Starts 10.30am,
about trees Teesdale Leisure Centre: ‘mince pie special’. Cost £2.50
340 to find out more. 8 miles (about 4 hours). Park in
Sherburn, Woodhouse Close, Children’s Christmas Party (train fare additional)
Shaftos car park. Cost: £2.50, 21 December
Glenholme, Deerness, Meadowfield (3 to 11 years). 1pm to 4pm.
Need to bring a packed lunch. Hardwick Park: 1pm. 1.5 mile
and Coxhoe leisure centres. Bouncy castle, Jolly Jungle,
family winter tree walk: Start from On the
Everyone who clocks up the right face painting, food, party games,
the visitor centre. Cost: £2.50 twelfth
number of miles will be put in the trampolining, climbing wall
draw to win a mountain bike. On the fourth (age restrictions apply). day of
day of Booking essential. Tickets: £6.85 Christmas:
Christmas: members, £7.70 non members.
I started a
I saw Santa at
From Monday 4 January
Sherburn Leisure Centre:
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 Aimed at beginners, with coaching
December 11am to 3pm. Make staff on hand to help. Body jam,
tree decorations, cards and your body attack, body combat and body
own wooden reindeer to take home balance classes on offer for £2.
(small charge applies). Meet Santa Call 0191 301 8305
and his elf in our magical grotto.
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now to avoid disappointment. 5 December – 10 January Tues 8 December 7.30pm
www.galadurham.co.uk 10am - 4pm North East of England
Tickets: £13.50 (£10.50 conc.), DLI MUSEUM AND DURHAM ART GALLERY Orchid Society: Plant Sale
£7.50 Schools, £5 Bargain Shows, Matthew Houlding Come to our annual party and
£40 Family Ticket (please phone Matthew Houlding’s sculptures and relax at this busy time of year.
What’s happening where you are? for Family Tickets) collages draw us into a fantastic, Bowburn Community Centre,
retrofuturistic world, inspired by Durham Road, Bowburn,
Daily until 17 January 2010 for the first time to mark the 140th Fri 4 December 7.30pm – 10pm architectural forms and models, Durham, DH6 5AT.
Venues The Wonders of the Orient: An Anniversary of the laying of the Durham English Folk Dance Group modernism and a childhood www.ne-orchids.org.uk.
exhibition of artwork by pupils of Museum’s foundation stone. Call If you like Barn Dances or Ceilidhs spent in East Africa. Drawing
BISHOP AUCkLAND TOWN HALL Spennymoor School 01833 690606 ext 203 or email and would like to learn more, our relationships between intersecting 9 December 2009 –
Market Place, Bishop Auckland Featuring artwork created by GCSE email@example.com dances should be ideal for you. All materials and planes, contrasting 3 January 2010
01388 602610 students inspired by the Oriental to book or for further details. you need is a pair of comfortable geometry is framed by bold,
Empire Theatre - Cinderella
www.bishopauckland Museum collections, this exhibition shoes (not high heels) and £2.00 primary coloured Perspex, which
admission, which includes tea and Pantoni Pantomimes make a
townhall.org.uk is the culmination of a two year Sat 28 November 4.30pm casts a Californian sunny glow over
biscuits. Come on your own or with welcome return with the magical
work programme. Highlights Sedgefield Snow Party split level exteriors and interiors.
a partner - you won’t be left sitting Adults: £3.25, Concession: £2.15, fairytale, Cinderella. Performance
include paintings, textiles and Snowmen will be marching around
Barnard Castle out! Contact Janet or Bruce on Child (5-16 years): £1.35 (under 5 dates and times available from
ceramics. The Oriental Museum, St Edmunds Church and the village
01833 690606 green. Also brass band, Santa 0191 370 0591. Framwellgate years free), Family ticket: £7.50, the Box Office. Tickets from
Elvet Hill, Durham.
www.bowesmuseum.org.uk Claus, funfair and carol singing. Moor Community Centre, Front St, Group bookings by arrangement. £6 - £12. Group booking,
14 November 2009 – Free event Framwellgate Moor, Durham, family discounts and
3 January 2010 County Durham, DH1 5BL Sun 6 December 10am concessions available.
Durham County Council’s
(closed Mondays, Fridays & Every Sat & Sun in December DCC WALk
(except 26 & 27) Sat 5 December 9.30am – 3.30pm Thu 10 December 2.30pm
Charge: £2.50 per person Christmas Day) Railway and Sculptures
0191 383 4144 Christmas at Beamish Crook Hall - A Traditional Handmade Craft Fair Approx 5.5 hours, 10.5 miles, THE BOWES MUSEUM
Experience an Edwardian Christmas Christmas Handmade craft fair in Durham Medium/Long. Steve Shippen – Gallery Talk – Director’s Choice
DLI MUSEUM AND
in The Town and Colliery Village. Visit Father Christmas and his Town Hall including wide range of Voluntary Countryside Ranger. Join the Museum’s Director,
DURHAM ART GALLERY
For the first time ever in 2009, elves. This is a truly magical stalls, ‘Krafty Kids’ workshop and Start: Ebchester Station picnic area, Adrian Jenkins, for this gallery
Aykley Heads, Durham Beamish will be offering a whole event, which will delight the whole cafe. Free admission. Ebchester, off B6309. Bring a talk to complement Goya: the
0191 384 2214 season of Christmas festivities. family. Presents for everyone. packed lunch. Small charge. Year of Despair.
www.durham.gov.uk/dli The Town and Colliery Village Pre-booking essential. Crook Hall Sat 5 December 10am – 3pm
DURHAM TOWN HALL will take on a festive feel with and Gardens, Durham. Table Top Sale
period decorations from the early Dancing, food and quiz. Free Entry.
Durham City, Market Place
1900s, there will be traditional Every Sat & Sun in December The Witham Hall, 3 Horsemarket,
0191 384 3720
entertainment and, at weekends, (except 26 & 27) Barnard Castle, Co Durham,
GALA THEATRE Father Christmas in his grotto. Hall Hill Farm - Santa Weekends DL12 8LY. Contact Chris Best
0191 332 4040 Beamish, The North of England Meet Santa, see the animals in their on 01833 631107 or
www.galadurham.co.uk Open Air Museum, Beamish, winter stables, carol singing in the firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Durham, DH9 0RG barn and Christmas fayre in the
Further information call tearoom. Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester. 5 December 2009 – 10 January 2010
The North of England Lead 0191 370 4000 or email 10am - 4pm
Mining Museum, email@example.com DLI MUSEUM AND DURHAM ART GALLERY
Upper Weardale Barry Hirst
01388 537505 Raby Castle - Santa’s Winter
Thurs 26 November 6-7.30pm Wonderland Grotto Barry Hirst’s work explores two
www.killhope.org.uk distinct subjects - the images that
County Hall Throughout December, Santa’s
LOCOMOTION Your COunty Record Office: an winter wonderland grotto, his work represents and the
The National Railway Museum introduction for family and local tearooms, shop and trees at Raby method he uses to create this
history interest. Find out how to Castle, one of England’s most representation, which essentially
At Shildon Sunday 20 December 10am to 4pm
01388 777 999 search Durham’s archives. beautiful castles. www.rabycastle. asks the viewer to question
www.locomotion.uk.com £2.50. Carers accompanying a com 01833 660202 ‘How is it made?’ and ‘Why was it Christmas Market
made like that?’ The exhibition
disabled person free. Family ticket:
(2 adults and up to 3 children 1 December 2009 – 3 January 2010 features Hirst’s images of at the Bowes Museum
Tanfield, Stanley under the age of 12): £7.50 GALA THEATRE
Seahouses, Craster, Amble and
0845 463 4938 Howick from his home county of The annual market is sure to get you ready for Christmas, with
Dick Whittington A Gala Theatre
www.tanfield-railway.co.uk Fri 27 November 1pm – 4pm Northumberland. Barnard Castle farmers’ market, seasonal crafts and entertainment
Sat 28 November 10am – 1pm Adults: £3.25, Concession: £2.15, and Santa in his grotto. A free event, with free parking, to get the
WEARDALE RAILWAY Gala’s pantomime spectacular!
Child (5-16 years): £1.35 (under 5 whole family in festive mood. Find out more: call 01833 690606
01388 526203 THE BOWES MUSEUM Fabulous family fun at the best
years free), Family ticket: £7.50, or visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk
www.weardale-railway.org.uk Reading Room Open Days prices, with a pantomime direct
Group bookings by arrangement.
The room will be open to the public from the heart of Durham. Book
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Thu 10 December 7.45pm 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 December Fri 18 December 7.30pm
10am – 4pm
26 December & 1 January
GALA THEATRE Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
10am – 4pm
Maggie Bell and Dave kelly LOCOMOTION presents Carolling and Crumpets
Back by popular demand, Santa’s Christmas Special - John kirkpatrick
Scotland’s Queen of Soul and Tickets on sale now - price includes This show peels away the
former Blues Band slide guitar king steam train ride, magic show, craft
activity, music, and a quality gift for
commercial gloss of modern
Christmas to reveal the life and
come together for two hours of
acoustic blues and soul.
every child. Free admission death struggle behind many Admission
Mon 14 December 6.30pm – 8pm
mysterious and murky goings-on in
midwinter. As a singer, dancer and
Pantomime: Dick Whittington instrumentalist, John Kirkpatrick Durham Light Infantry (DLI)
Fri 11 December 7pm – 1am
Easington Social Welfare Centre has been one of the most museum and gallery will be
The Morritt Hotel Seaside Lane South Easington prominent figures on the English open on Boxing Day and New
60s and 70s Night Colliery Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 Folk Scene for many years. Year’s Day between 10am and
Prizes will be awarded for your 3PL. Price: £3.00 Contact Geoffrey Barningham Village Hall. 4pm. If you’re in Durham City and
get ups. The Morritt Hotel, Greta Price on 0191 527 0635 Tel: 01833 621309, looking for something a bit
Bridge, Barnard Castle. £20 - three Web: www.highlightsnorth.co.uk different to do over the festive
course party menu included in the Fri 18 December 7pm period, why not visit the DLI –
price. Tel: 01833 627232 or Sat 19 December 7pm – 12am where admission is free on these
two days. Find out more:
Email: email@example.com Performed by the Beverley Artistes Mike Berry and The Outlaws
at Newsham Village Hall. Contact Easington Social Welfare Centre
Sat 12 December 2pm Rose Davies on 01833 621300 hold a rock and roll night every 3rd
DLI MUSEUM AND DURHAM ART GALLERY Saturday in the month. Easington Stanhope Station, Station Road, Mon 21 December 1pm
Talk: “V Beach Landing at 25 December Social Welfare Centre Seaside Co Durham, DL13 2YS. Further DCC WALk
Gallipoli, 25th April 1915” Lane South (Back) Easington Enquiries call 01388 526203 or Family winter tree walk:
by Peter Hart Christmas Day Walk Colliery Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 visit www.weardale-railway.org.uk identification and mythology
The landing at V Beach was one of Work off that Christmas pudding! 3PL. Price: £7.50 Contact Geoffrey
Approx 2 hours, 1.5 miles, Easy.
the most desperate undertakings Death, Dirt and Disease in Durham City. Price on 0191 527 0635 19 & 20 December
Saul Fajerman – Countryside
ever carried out by the British Army. 1.5 miles (lasts about 2 hours) New Victoria Centre
No need to book, just turn up and enjoy this medium graded walk Sat 19 December 7.30pm Ranger. Start: Visitor centre,
It is a tale of Turkish heroism: (home of the Mighty Hardwick Park, on A177 on west
with local historian David Butler. Durham Singers:
outnumbered ten to one they Wurlitzer) Concerts
Meet at 2pm at Londonderry Statue, Market Place, Durham City. Christmas Concert side of Sedgefield. Small charge.
fought almost to the last man Cost £2.50 per person 2009 programme of concerts
A traditional Durham Singers
before the British won the day. Find out more about our walks programme over the festive period: on the ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer theatre
Christmas programme, built around Thu 24 December
Adult £4.35, Adult Concession call 0191 383 4144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org pipe organ at the New Victoria
movements from Rachmaninov’s 6.30pm – 7.30pm
£3.25, Child £2.45, sumptuous All-Night Vigil. The Centre at Howden-le-Wear.
Eggleston Carnival Annual
Season Ticket Holder £2.15 programme also includes multi-part Please see website for details
Christmas Carols Service
Renaissance motets and carols by www.netoa.org.uk
Sat 12 December 7.30pm
Hot drinks available, watch out
Howells and Warlock, as well as
Sun 20 December 7.30pm
for Santa! Eggleston Village Green.
Northern Spirit Singers carols for all. To be performed by
candlelight, and followed by Contact Dave Smith on 01833 650
Christmas Concert BISHOP AUCkLAND TOWN HALL
Tickets £6 & £4.50 concession seasonal refreshments. 702 or email davsanjas@tiscali.
Listen to the gentle sounds of your
available at the door. St Oswald’s St Oswald’s Church, Durham. co.uk
favourite carols, then join us for
Church, Church Street, Durham Tickets £10 / £7 available from ‘party time’ and sing along with
City. 07917 007255 or visit www.durham-singers.org, call Thu 24 December
your favourite songs. All tickets £8
www.northernspiritsingers.co.uk 07790 148062, from Durham Christmas Eve Church Services
Tourist Information or on the door. 4pm A crib service for all the family
Sun 20 December
12 & 13 December 10am – 4pm Santa Steamings at Barnard Castle Parish Church.
Sat 19 December
Hamsterley Forest Festive Fun The Original North Pole Express 9.30pm Bethlehem Midnight
Follow our festive trail through runs again to see Santa in his Communion service at St Mary’s
the forest then return to the grotto Join one of our special trains at grotto. Early pre-booking is Church, Whorlton. 11.30pm The
for a chat with our Green Santa. Wolsingham to take a magical essential. Tanfield Railway, County First Communion of Christmas at
Families welcome. Hamsterley journey to visit Santa in his Grotto. Durham. Further Enquiries call Barnard Castle Parish Church.
Forest Visitor Centre. £5 per Trains: 9.45am and 1.00pm from 0191 388 7545 or email Contact Reverend Alec Harding on
person. Tel: 01388 488312 Wolsingham. Weardale Railways, email@example.com 01833 637018.
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26 December 2009 - telephone 0191 383 4061 or Wed 27 January 8pm
3 January 2010 email cabinetquestions@durham. BISHOP AUCkLAND TOWN HALL
Weardale Railways: gov.uk Spooky Old Stories
Mince Pies Special with Adam Bushnell
Come along and enjoy our superb Thu 22 January 7.30pm In aid of R.N.L.I. SOS appeal.
homemade seasonal pies. Teesdale and District Lions Club Enjoy old and new stories of the
Weardale Railways, Stanhope Annual Burns Supper and Ceilidh sea, as well as spooky ghost
Station, Station Road, Co Durham, Dress - informal but wear some stories with master storyteller
DL13 2YS. Further enquiries tartan. Location: Glaxo Social Club. Adam Bushnell. Tickets:
call 01388 526203 or visit
Tickets: £10. Contact Bob Garton £4 / £3 concessions
www.weardale-railway.org.uk on 01833 638113
9 & 10 January 10am – 4pm
Fri 23 January 7.30pm
Sat 30 January 7pm
The Snake Davis Band
GALA THEATRE Durham Town Hall, Market Place,
Durham City. Tickets: £15.
Salute Our Heroes
Get on board some of the Contact TIC Box Office Customer access points in all council offices will be open during normal office hours
A charity concert featuring two
rail vehicles from the 0191 384 7641 on weekdays as usual over Christmas and New Year, but closed on Bank Holidays.
wonderful military bands - The
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and
The Royal Signals. The first half Wed 3 February 7.30pm Leisure Centres
features your favourite songs BISHOP AUCkLAND TOWN HALL
Thurs 14 January 10.30am Our leisure centres will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on Tuesday 29
from the Musicals; the second Tales from the Council
DCC WALk December. They will close at 4pm on New Year’s Eve and reopen on 2 January 2010.
half is styled as a Last Night of Chamber with Olive Brown
Shincliffe circular Teesdale Leisure Centre will be open on Bank Holiday Monday 28 December.
the Proms.General: £15, and Chris Foote Wood
Approx 4 hours, 7 miles, Medium. Concessions: £12, VIP Ticket: £30 Combined, these two former
Dara Dastur – Voluntary councillors have over 70 years Refuse and Recycling Collections
Countryside Ranger. Start: Meet
outside St Mary’s church, St
Mon 25 January 7pm service on Wear Valley District
Council. Their book, although
over Christmas and New Year
Mary’s Close. Park in Shincliffe
village with consideration. Bring a Photography walk: Durham by night touching on many serious matters, Derwentside, Durham City and Sedgefield areas
Approx 2 hours, 2 miles, Easy. aims to be an amusing and If you live in the Derwentside, Durham City and Sedgefield areas, there is no change
packed lunch. Small charge. interesting record. Copies of the
Philip Nixon – Photographer. to your collections.
Night photography. Bring a tripod. book will be available on the
Fri 16 January 7.30pm evening. Free event, Easington
Booking essential, as places are
limited call 0191 384 5058. entry by ticket. If you live in the Easington area your collection day is as normal apart from Friday, then
The Ben Waters Band your collections will change from Friday 25 December to Monday 28 December, and from
Ben plays some of the greatest Friday 1 January to Monday 4 Januar. Otherwise, there will be no changes.
boogie woogie and rock ‘n roll piano
Teesdale, Chester-le-Street and Wear Valley areas
you’ll ever hear. Combining the
music of his heroes - Fats Domino If you live in the Chester le Street, Teesdale and Wear Valley areas, collection dates will be the
and Jerry Lee Lewis - with original same as usual up to and including Christmas Eve. From then on, the following changes apply.
material, he shared the stage with
some of the top names in the USUAL COLLECTION DAY REVISED COLLECTION DAY
business. General: £12, Fri 25 December Mon 28 December
Concessions: £10, Friends: £8 Mon 28 December Tues 29 December
Wed 20 January 9.30am Tues 29 December Wed 30 December
Durham County Council Wed 30 December Thurs 31 December
Hits the Road at Spennymoor Thurs 31 December Sat 2 January
Durham County Council’s Cabinet
is making its decisions closer to Friday 1 January Mon 4 January
local people. The Cabinet is
holding its meetings at locations
across County Durham. You can
submit a question before the
event or ask it at the session
itself - priority is given to questions Wendy Wilkinson won our continental market hamper competition
submitted in advance. Please and picked up a basket full of goodies as her prize. Mrs Wilkinson,
submit your question by 12noon, from Stanley, is pictured here with Markets Manager Jo Price and
at least three working days before manager of the touring market, Francois Mauraisin.
the session. Further Enquiries
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