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					  December 2009/January 2010
  The magazine for people in County Durham

                           Bus route investment
                           Page 3

                           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
                                                                                       Contact Durham                                                                                                                                NEWS
                                            Councillor   Also in                       County News
                                         Brian Myers,
                                         Chairman of     this issue...                 Durham County News is your
                                                                                       magazine and we want to hear
                                              Durham                                   what you think of it. If there’s
                                               County                                  something you would like to
                                              Council                                  see in your council magazine,
                                                                                       or you’ve got a comment or
                                                                                       query, just get in touch. Email
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                                                         Free school meals        5    Read Durham County News
                                                         Driver training          9    online at

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                                                                                       Council area contacts
                                                                                       Consett 01207 693 693
                                                                                       0191 387 1919
  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
                                                         Festive leisure      24-25    Stanley 01207 693 693
  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.
                                                                                       Barnard Castle 01833 690 000
  I would encourage you all to think of your                                           Crook 01388 765 555
  neighbours at this time, especially the ones that                                    Or via
  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.
                                                                                       the dream!”
                                                                                       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
                                                         North                   19
                                                                                       December, unless otherwise           our interactive bus route planner, but we’ve now        been rated in the top five in the country. The team 01833 696 258                                       stated. Post competition             made it even easier to use, by improving the place      work to provide services for people with learning
                                                                                       entries to FREEPOST DC NEWS.
                                                                                                                            name search, map format and timetable links.            disabilities in their own communities, and were
                                                                                       Durham County News costs                                                                     recently inspected for the Charter Mark award. If
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NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                                    FEATURE: DIRECT PAYMENT

                                                                                                                   Direct payments
                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                             directpayments or to get a direct payments leaflet,
                                                                                                                                                                             complete the coupon (right) and return to FREEPOST
                                                                                                                                                                             DC NEWS
 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
                                                                                                                                                                             Return to FREEPOST DC NEWS

                                                                   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                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                     Homebuy direct
                             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
                                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                     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.                            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
                                                                                           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

                                                                           Who do
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

                                                                           we think
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

                                                                           we are?
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                                                                                    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
stay silent
                                                                           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
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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AAPS                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NEWS

FOCUS ON: Spennymoor AAP                                                                                                                                                                                      Facts
Spennymoor                            Members of the Board
                                      Public Representatives
                                                                            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.
                                      Susan Darling
one of the 14                                                               • town centre regeneration.                                                                                                       • Almost 700 young

                                                                                                                       Wise Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                      County Councillors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                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%
Areas covered:
                                      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         

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Local Fire and Rescue
Community Teams
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

                                                                   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:
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
winter nights.
                                                                   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

                                                                                                                    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

                                                          Pool facelift
                                                                                                                                                                         Bishop Auckland St Mary’s Junior FC
 Partnership plans
                                                                                                                    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.
 Castle lights
 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.

12 Durham County News | December 2009/January 2010                          Durham County Council’s magazine for residents         December 2009/January 2010 | Durham County News 13

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
                                                                                                                    seasonal queries…

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!
Chris says...
                                                         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 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.

14 Durham County News | December 2009/January 2010                          Durham County Council’s magazine for residents                 December 2009/January 2010 | Durham County News 15

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.
                                                                                                                   Winter service
 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 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:                                                                                                                                                              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.

16 Durham County News | December 2009/January 2010                      Durham County Council’s magazine for residents                December 2009/January 2010 | Durham County News 17
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.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Girls’ football
                                                                                                                                                                                 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.
                                        County News.
a healthy and balanced diet, says

18 Durham County News | December 2009/January 2010                   Durham County Council’s magazine for residents               December 2009/January 2010 | Durham County News 19
GREEN                                                                                                                                                                                                NEWS

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                                 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.
energy efficiency

                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                           throughout January.
                                                                                                           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

20 Durham County News | December 2009/January 2010             Durham County Council’s magazine for residents     December 2009/January 2010 | Durham County News 21

                                                                                                                                                      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.”

22 Durham County News | December 2009/January 2010                       Durham County Council’s magazine for residents              December 2009/January 2010 | Durham County News 23

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
  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
                                                                                                                                                                                                 On the
                                                                                                                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,
    day of
                                     ‘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
                                                                           invigorating walk
                                                                                                                   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.
                                                                                                                                                       01833 690400
                                                                                                                                                                                             I started a
                                                                                                                                                                                             fitness class
                                     I saw Santa at
                                     Hardwick Park
                                                                                                                                                                                             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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County Guide
                                                                                                                  now to avoid disappointment.            5 December – 10 January                 Tues 8 December 7.30pm
                                                                                                                            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     
                                    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          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                    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.                                                    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
 countryside service.
                                                                           (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
                                    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,
                                    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.              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               Open Air Museum, Beamish,              winter stables, carol singing in the
                                    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,                                                                    DLI MUSEUM AND DURHAM ART GALLERY
                                                                           1-23 December
 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                                                                                              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              £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         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        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
Admission: £15
                                        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:                                                                                        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
                                        Pantomime: Cinderella
                                                                                                                                                                                                        two days. Find out more:
Email:           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      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                                                                      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
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.                                          
                                                                                                                                                                 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                                                                                    , call                                                   Thu 24 December
                                                                                                                                                                 your favourite songs. All tickets £8                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                         Weardale Railways:
Follow our festive trail through                                                                                                                                 runs again to see Santa in his         Communion service at St Mary’s
                                                                                                                         Santa Specials
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,            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:                                               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
                                                                                                                              Festive season
                                          Tickets: £10. Contact Bob Garton       £4 / £3 concessions               on 01833 638113
9 & 10 January 10am – 4pm
                                          Fri 23 January 7.30pm
                                                                                 Sat 30 January 7pm
                                                                                 The Snake Davis Band
                                                                                                                              council arrangements
Cab It!
                                          GALA THEATRE                           Durham Town Hall, Market Place,
                                                                                 Durham City. Tickets: £15.
                                                                                                                              Our offices
                                          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
National Collection.
                                          Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and
Free admission.
                                          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
                                          DCC WALk
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.
                                             NE E

boogie woogie and rock ‘n roll piano
                                           IN IZ

                                                                                                                              Teesdale, Chester-le-Street and Wear Valley areas
                                          W PR

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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