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A dream day for
cricket-mad kids,
local books, music and
cinema tickets, and a
year of family fun at

into spring!
New life for an old lifeboat, community safety
news, what’s on and much more...
Contents                                       Welcome
                                               Welcome to the April edition of
News                                           Durham County News.
Get BikeWise                           5
                                               Although we’re all disappointed
Safe communities                       8
                                               that County Durham wasn’t
Recycle your furniture                 12
                                               shortlisted for 2013’s national City
Lots to enjoy in 2010                  22-23
                                               of Culture, there’s still so much to
                                               look forward to in 2010. You can
East Durham News

                                                                                                              Photograph by Darin Smith
                                               find out what’s going on in County
Medal for Harry                        6       Durham on pages 22 and 23.
What a catch!                          7
                                               If you’re starting your spring
Sign of the times                      7
                                               cleaning, we’ve got tips on what
                                               to do with your old furniture. Plus,
South and West Durham News
                                               for those of you who are looking forward to getting your
Dipping into poolside jobs 10                  motorbikes back on the road after the winter chill, there’s
Run for it                 10                  important news about the BikeWise motorbike safety scheme.
Playtime at Locomotion 11
                                               To enter any of our competitions please send your
                                               competition entries to us by Monday 19 April 2010. Post them
                                               to FREEPOST DC NEWS. This is the exact address. You do not
Look after your                        14      need a stamp or to add any other details.
mental wellbeing                                                                                                                          Sarah Burn from Visit County Durham with Sharon Musgrove and Amy Kobelis from Beamish Museum.

                                                                                                                                          A sweetener for the
New life for this lifeboat             15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Win a whole year
North Durham News                                Council area contacts                                                                                                                                               of family fun at the
Stanley’s French
                                                 01207 693 693
                                                 Durham City
                                                                                      0191 387 1919
                                                                                                                                          county’s economy                                                           Beamish Musem!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We’re giving away one
Pontop Pike gets TLC                   21        0191 386 6111/0191 383 4567          0191 527 0501                                       A pocket-sized guidebook to County Durham has been                         Beamish Unlimited Pass,
                                                 Stanley                              Coxhoe                                              launched to encourage tourists to stay longer and spend                    valid for 12 months, for
Green Living                                     01207 693 693                        0191 301 8499                                       more money in the county.                                                  a family of up to 2 adults
                                                 Spennymoor                           Meadowfield                                                                                                                     and 2 children. To enter,
Foul flag                               24        01388 816 166                        0191 301 8499                                       Launched at Beamish                  Great results
                                                                                                                                          The Durham Pocket Guide              Research into the impact of last      just tell us the name of
Real nappy week                        25        Barnard Castle                       Crook
                                                                                                                                          2010, produced by tourism            year’s guidebook found that           the manor at the Beamish
                                                 01833 690 000                        01388 765 555                                                                                                                  Museum. Send your answer
What’s On                                                                                                                                 agency Visit County Durham,          each copy encouraged people to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to the address on page 2.
                                                 Or via                                                               was launched at Beamish
                                                                                                                                          Museum – one of the world’s
                                                                                                                                                                               spend an extra £13.95 in shops,
                                                                                                                                                                               restaurants, and on visiting
Bishop Auckland                        26
Town Hall                                                                                                                                 12 coolest museums,                  attractions and entertainment
                                                                                                                                          according to The Sunday              in County Durham.                    For visitors and locals too
Event listings                         27-31
                                                                                                                                          Times.                                                                    The guidebook targets people
                                               You can contact Durham County News on:                                                                                          Big business                         who have already arrived in
                                      0191 372 7674                                               The guide, which profiles             Tourism is worth more than           the North East and is available
Durham County News costs 15p a copy. It
is written and designed by Durham County                                                                                                  places to visit, eat and shop,       £4 billion annually to North         at Tourist Information Centres,
Council, printed by Acorn Web Offset Ltd on
100 per cent recycled paper and distributed
                                                                                                                                          promotes the county to an            East England. County Durham          shops, visitor attractions,
by Amaro.                                                                                                                                 annual readership of 500,000         attracts almost 18 million           restaurants and libraries. It is
                                                                                                                                          and is expected to provide           visitors each year to view its       also posted through the doors
                                                                                                                                          a considerable boost to the          world class cathedral city,          of residents in the North East
                                                                                                                                          regional economy.                    stunning coast and idyllic           to encourage them to explore
                                                                                                                                                                               rural dales.                         the region more.

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                                    Our Life in
                                                                                                            Get BikeWise
Singers wanted for
Community Opera
Organisers are looking for
singers to take part in a new
production set to be performed
                                    your hands
                                                                                                            Every year, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts take to the
at Durham Cathedral.                A new bi-monthly magazine has
                                                                                                            roads, some purely for pleasure and others as a means of
                                    been launched for people with
                                                                                                            transport. Unfortunately, motorcycling can be
                                    learning disabilities in County
                                                                                                            dangerous if not approached in the right way.

                                    ‘Our Life’ magazine is supported                                        To be safe as a motorcyclist, it is vital riders are
                                    by County Durham Learning                                               trained to a high standard. BikeWise training is a
                                    Disabilities Partnership Board                                          highly effective course specifically designed
                                    and is written in a friendly and                                        to help bikers improve their skills and safety.
                                    easy to read style, highlighting
                                    concerns, choices, opportunities                                        The training is open to all riders of motorcycles
                                    and local services for people                                           of 400cc and above who have recently passed their
                                    with learning disabilities.                                             test or are returning to biking following a break. The focus is
Community Opera ‘The Fall of                                           To receive a regular copy or         very much on optimum rider and bike performance, exploring
Creation’ is one of ten specially   Editor, David Simpson              to submit a story, contact           both your own and your bike’s full potential.
commissioned plays which will       said: “Our Life will be of         ‘Our Life’, Rivergreen Centre,
make up Durham Mysteries.           interest to parents, carers,       Aykley Heads, Durham DH1             Sound good so far?
                                    professionals and service users    5TS; email ourlife@durham.           If you want to improve your confidence, skills
Rehearsals for the Creation         in the learning disabilities; or call 0191 370 8774        and raise your standards, BikeWise training
Choir start on 27 April and will    community.”                        for more details.                    is for you. A full day of tuition with a Police
take place from 6.00-8.00pm                                                                                 Advanced Motorcycle Instructor is available
at the Gala Theatre.                                                                                        from £35.
To get involved, please
register by emailing
                                    HealthZone information points                                           For more information, visit www.bikewise-         Did you know that your local library is a great place to find  , call 0191 383 5630 or email
For more information, visit:        health information?                                           
                                                                       If you’re trying to find
and look out for your May
                                                                       information on how to adopt a
Durham County News.
                                                                       healthier lifestyle, learn more
                                                                       about an illness or find a local      Meet the trainers
                                                                       support group, libraries can help.
Bin collection
                                                                       Each library has a HealthZone                                                               The one day course covers:
arrangements for                                                       with books and information on                                                               ●   pre-ride checks to ensure the bike is
May Bank Holiday                                                       a wide range of subjects. From
                                                                       alternative remedies to self-                                                                   roadworthy and its functions are familiar
                                                                       help programmes and healthy                                                                     to the rider;
If you live in Chester-le-Street,
Durham City, Sedgefield,                                                cooking books, you’ll be sure                                                               ●   coaching to develop concentration,
Derwentside, Teesdale or                                               to find information to help and                                                                  observation and positioning;
Wear Valley areas your bin                                             inspire you.                                                                                ●   correct techniques for cornering;
will be collected one day later                                                                                                                                    ●   correct use of brakes and gears;
                                                                       For more information on                                                                         safe overtaking and how to make good
than usual during the week                                                                                                                                         ●
                                                                       libraries, visit                     Retired Sgt, Bob Brown and PC Mick Alder                   progress;
commencing Monday 3 May.
                                                                       have almost 40 years experience between                ●   increasing vision through correct road
If you live in the Easington                                                                                them. Both are Police Class 1 Motorcyclists/               positioning; and
area, there will be no change                                                                               Drivers and Advanced Police Motorcycle                 ●   how factors such as attitude and fatigue
to your collections.                                                                                        Instructors.                                               can affect performance.

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Shrugging Off
the Wind
Nine Easington writers are
                                                                                                            What a catch!
                                                                                                            Keen angler Gary Blanchard is
thrilled to see their work in
print.                                                                                                      celebrating after hooking the
                                                                                                            biggest catch in an annual
Shrugging Off the Wind – Tall                                                                               fishing competition.
Tales from Easington Writers
is a collection of stories and                                                                              Gary, from Peterlee, won the
poems – many of which are                                                                                   £2,000 top prize in Durham
set locally.                                                                                                County Council’s Open Sea
                                                                                                            Angling competition by
Easington Writers was set up                                                                                landing a 6lb 2oz cod.
three years ago and received
lottery funding to have this                                                                                More than 350 anglers turned
book published.                                                                                             up for the annual competition,
                                                                                                            taking their choice of spots

                                                                                                            along the coast between
                                                                                                            Ryhope and Crimdon Dene.
We have
                                                                                                            Competitors caught more than
one copy of
                                                                                                            100 fish between them, with
                                                                                                            second prize going to Wayne
Off the Wind’
                                                                                                            Harris, from Easington Village.
to give away.
                                                                                                            Third, fourth and fifth prizes     Gary Blanchard with his prize-winning catch.
For the chance to win, just tell                                                                            were presented to George
                                                                                                            Wilkinson, from Gilesgate, Ken
                                                                                                                                                Sign of the times
us how many authors have
contributed to this book. Send                                                                              McCoy, from Sunderland, and
your answer to the address         Mr Clark has made a truly outstanding contribution to education.         Steven Hepple, from Easington
on page two.                                                                                                Village.                            Entrepreneurial mum Carrie Million was inspired to set

                                   Medal for Harry
                                                                                                                                                up her own business after attending her local children’s
                                                                                                            More winners
                                                                                                                                                centre in Peterlee.
Play park                                                                                                   Katie Peel, from Seaham,
                                                                                                            was awarded first prize in the       Carrie decided to set up her          me. The friends I made, as
transformation                     A former head teacher who pioneered the use of computers                 women’s category
                                                                                                            and nine-year-old
                                                                                                                                                own franchise of Signing
                                                                                                                                                Tots after attending a
                                                                                                                                                                                      well as the fact I realised
                                                                                                                                                                                      that I wanted to work with
                                   in school timetabling has been honoured by us. Harry Clark
Work has started on a                                                                                       Mathew Winn,                        session at Peterlee Children’s        children and have started
                                   received the Chairman’s Medal from Durham County Council
£100,000 scheme to renovate                                                                                 from Seaton                         Centre. Signing Tots teaches          my own business, it’s all
                                   chairman Brian Myers, at County Hall.
a County Durham play park.                                                                                  Carew, pictured                     children up to five years              thanks to Sure Start.”
                                                                                                            here, took the                      old to communicate using
The transformation of              Harry qualified as a teacher             He has lectured in 31 councils                                                                             Would you like to enrol
                                                                                                            top spot in                         signing, helping to alleviate
the rundown play area              in 1933 and was headmaster              and at universities around                                                                                 on the next Signing Tots
                                                                                                            the children’s                      frustration and encourage
at Adventure Lane, West            of Seaham Camden Square                 the country. He was made                                                                                   course at Peterlee Children’s
                                                                                                            section.                            language development.
Rainton will see a range of        Secondary School from 1956              an MBE in 2001 and now,                                                                                    Centre? Contact Lauren
improvements, including the        to 1976. His school was                 aged 96, still writes, works     Local support                       Carrie said: “There is so             Chappell on 0191 587 8625
installation of a BMX track        the first in the UK to create            on environmental issues          The competition is backed           much that Sure Start did for          for details.
and skate park.                    timetables using computers.             and speaks at Seaham Town        by Seaham Sea Angling Club,
                                                                           Council.                         Durham Heritage Coast,
The work is being co-ordinated     Mr Clark also worked as                                                  Coast Guards Hartlepool and
by us with the West Rainton        a consultant for Durham                 Proud Mr Clark said: “This       Seaham Teams, the Police,
Play Scheme group and              County Council and the                  award I shall truly treasure.”   Seaham Dock Company,
West Rainton and Leamside          National Computing Centre.                                               Leisure Connections Seaham
Partnership.                                                                                                and Seaham Town Council.

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Photo supplied by Sunderland Echo

                                                                            places to live
                              PACT: Police and Communities Together
                                    Do you want to discuss what we are doing about crime and
                                    anti-social behaviour in your area? If so, the Safe Durham
                                    Partnership supports PACT (Police and Communities Together)
                                    meetings, which are held every month.

                                    Identifying local problems       Arnison Centre. It has also      This was recognised as good
                                    At the meetings, residents       proved successful in Consett     practice by the Home Office.
                                    identify crime and anti-social   where a walk-in police vehicle   Drug dealers have been
                                    behaviour issues they feel are   is taken to supermarket car      arrested and charged through
                                    important for local action.      parks and the town centre on     information given at PACT
                                                                     market day.                      meetings, with one delighted
                                    Meetings are open to everyone                                     resident claiming: “We have
                                    and can be attended by other     Floodlit PACT                    our neighbourhood back.”
                                    Safe Durham representatives      In the Peterlee and Durham
                                    such as Durham County Council    City areas, a floodlit PACT has   Ongoing work
                                    and Durham and Darlington        been introduced. Meetings        These are just some of the
                                    Fire and Rescue Service. They    take place outdoors with crime   many success stories. Police,
                                    are held at local venues at      prevention advice and crime      Fire and Rescue, county
                                    convenient times - usually       statistics projected onto the    council teams and other
                                    early evening - and last no      side of a prominent building.    agencies in the Safe Durham
                                    longer than an hour.                                              Partnership are working daily
                                                                     Seeing results through PACT      to solve problems in County
                                    Drop-in PACT                     In the Tindale area of Bishop    Durham.
                                    In the Durham City area, a       Auckland, wasteland awaiting
                                    mobile police station has been   redevelopment was ploughed       Find your next PACT meeting
                                    used to hold ‘drop-in’ PACTs     to stop off-road bikes causing   Visit
                                    at retail parks such as the      a nuisance to local people.      or call 0345 606 0365.

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Free family
history course
                                                                                                        Playtime at Locomotion
                                                                                                        It’s playtime all the time at Locomotion these days.
Who do you think you are?
                                                                                                        That’s because the team at
Now you can find out. Durham
                                                                                                        Locomotion: the National
Dales Action for Carers is
                                                                                                        Railway Museum at Shildon
organising free courses to help
                                                                                                        has developed a community
you trace your family tree.
                                                                                                        play and learning space for
The courses, starting in late                                                                           young families.
April, will run for six weeks and
will be held in Bishop Auckland                                                                         The new indoor and outdoor
and Barnard Castle. They are                                                                            play space is located within
open to all unpaid carers in                                                                            the historic Hackworth
Wear Valley and Teesdale who                                                                            Museum building.
look after friends or family
members.                                                                                                The refurbishment followed

Expert help will be provided        Dipping into poolside jobs                                          £5,000 funding by the
                                                                                                        Museums, Libraries and
by the County Record Office          Six pupils from a County Durham school have been given an           Archives Council (MLA) as part
and the final session will be a      insight into life behind the scenes at a busy leisure centre.       of the Broadening Horizons
special trip to the archives in                                                                         Project. The money was used
Durham City.                        The pupils from Staindrop Business and Enterprise College           to buy new furniture and toys
                                    sampled a day in the life of staff at Freeman’s Quay Leisure        and to redecorate the room.
To reserve a place or to find        Centre in Durham City.
out more ring Jane or Michelle                                                                          Outside in the Victorian yard
on 01388 451 400 or Barbara         The visit was arranged by us as part of County Durham               there are new planters for
on 01833 630 202.                   Economic Partnership’s ‘Learning the Business’ initiative.          family gardening projects. To
                                    This provides students with the opportunity to dip into the life    celebrate the new play area, a
                                    of various council workers to see if their career path interests
                                                                                                        Victorian Day event was held.
                                                                                                        For more information about
school plans
                                    Run for it
                                                                       Ladies! Grab those trainers      Locomotion, visit www.
                                                                       and tracksuits and join an all
                                                                                                                                         Jim Kerr, Explainer and Sharon Thorburn, Front of House Officer at Victorian Day.
Families in Kirk                                                       female running group.
Merrington have
been giving
their views on
proposals for
                                                                       Our Leisure Development
                                                                       Officer, Sarah Beadle has
                                                                       set up the group for women
                                                                                                        Win! A dream prize for cricket-mad kids
a new primary                                                          aged 16 and over living in the   We’ve teamed up with Durham County Cricket Club to give a
school.                                                                Teesdale area.                   cricket-mad youngster the chance of a lifetime.
We want to provide a new                                               Sarah, a qualified coach, said:   Our lucky competition winner will have a special job to do on
school for Kirk Merrington,                                            “Running improves health         May 23 when Durham takes on Leicestershire at the Riverside.
near Spennymoor, as the old                                            and mental wellbeing and the     They will be tossing the coin at the start of the game to see
building is badly in need of                                           group is an excellent way to     who bats first.
modernisation.                                                         meet new people.”
                                                                                                        They will then get to watch the game with their parent or
Parents and local people were                                          All levels of experience are     carer and will also keep the Durham County Cricket Club
asked to give feedback by the                                          welcome. The group meets         shirt they wear on the day.
end of February and we are                                             every Monday at 6.00pm at
currently considering all their                                        Teesdale Leisure Centre in       Youngsters aged between five and 14 years can take part. To enter, just tell us
views. We’ll keep you posted                                           Barnard Castle. Contact Sarah    what is the name of the world class sporting venue which is the home of Durham
here in Durham County News.                                            on 01833 696 366 for details.    County Cricket Club? Send your answers to the address on page 2.

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Match making...                                                                                                       Mid-Durham Rural West AAP
                                                                                                                      Mid-Durham Rural West Partnership covers areas that include
If you’ve got unwanted
furniture, it’s more than
likely there’s another County
                                                   for furniture                                                      Castleside, Lanchester, Langley Park, Esh Winning, Ushaw Moor
                                                                                                                      and Brandon.

Durham resident in need                                                                                               The partnership is made up of local people and organisations who
of exactly the kind of thing                                                                                          work on projects to improve the area. It has been in operation
you’re looking to get rid of.                                                                                         since April last year, working on a series of projects to help
                                                                                                                      achieve the AAP’s priorities. At its official launch in May 2009,
Why not use a Furniture                                                                                               it was decided that the three main priorities for the first
Forum to help your old                                                                                                year would be:
household items find new                                                                                                  • Road safety and highways
homes, rather than taking                                                                                                • Support for the community and voluntary sector
them to the tip and landing                                                                                              • Activities for young people
them in landfill? Just call
your local project from the                                                                                           Members of the Board
table below to find out about                                                                                          The Board consists of seven members of the local
collection arrangements.                                                                                              community, seven local county councillors and seven
                                                                                                                      representatives from partner organisations.
          Get your ‘Too good
          to throw away’                                                                                              Public members
          guide by calling                                                                                            Kath Currie, Anne Bonner, Barbara Armstrong, John Booth,
          0191 383 5554 or                           Case study                                                       Mary Tribe, Alison Hiles and Keith James.
          visit www.durham.                          “This scheme helped me out when I really needed it,” says Paul   Service partners
 The booklet                        Simpson who got a sofa and chairs, vacuum cleaner, cooker        Keith Tallentire (Housing and Vice Chair for Service Partners),
  provides information about                         and a fridge from the East Durham Partnership. Paul continued:   Dave Coxon (Police), Steve Chicken (Fire and Emergency), Sandra
  donating and selling items,                        “Just because one person is fed up with something from their     Moran (Health), Julie Taylor (VCS), David Algeo (Business) and Peter
  repairing and de-cluttering.                       home, it doesn’t mean it’s not useful anymore.”                  Appleton or Steve Keetley (Durham County Council senior officers).

                                                                                                                      Elected members
                                                                                                                      County Cllrs Paul Taylor, Ronnie Rodgers, Joseph Armstrong, John
                                                                                                                      Wilkinson, Ossie Johnson and Ritchie Young. Parish Cllr Colin Burton.

                                                                                                                      Meet the chair: Kath Currie
                                                                                                                                                          Despite being diagnosed with        introduce some major health
                                                                                                                                                          ME, and later breast cancer,        projects, many of which are
                                                                                                                                                          the grandmother-of-four has         still going strong today.
                                                                                                                                                          had an active career in local
                                                                                                                                                          government and the health           Since moving to Brancepeth
                                                                                                                                                          sector.                             in 2001, Kath has once more
                                                                                                                                                                                              become involved in community
                                                                                                                                                          After being elected as a district   work, bringing her wealth of
                                                                                                                                                          and county councillor in her        experience to chairing her local
                                                                                                                                                          native Suffolk, she became          community association and
                                                                                                                                                          chairman and regional               now chair of her local AAP.
                                                                                                                                                          chairman of the Community
                                                                                                                      Kath Currie’s life took a change    Health Council. She progressed      For more details, contact
                                                                                                                      in direction when ill health        to chair one of the country’s       Andy Coulthard on
                                                                                                                      left her unable to continue her     first waves of NHS trusts in         01388 816 166 or visit
                                                                                                                      career as a successful artist       East Anglia. During her time
                                                                                                                      and competitive sportswoman.        with the trust, Kath helped
* Should be free from stains, tears and comply with the current fire regulations.

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Look after your mental                                                                               New life
When we’re feeling well and
have good mental health,
we’re able to cope with the
                                                                                                     for an
                                                                                                     old hero
normal stresses of everyday
life. But everyone has times   There are ways you can help yourself to cope:
when they feel down or         ●   Talk about your feelings -     ●   Keep in touch with friends
stressed, and while some           this can help you deal with        and relatives - they make
people bounce back from            your troubles.                     you feel cared for.            Almost 50 years since it was
a setback, others may feel
                                   Exercise - it will help you    ●   Ask for help - from friends    involved in a rescue disaster
weighed down.                  ●
                                   look, feel and sleep better.       or family, a support group,    off the East Durham coast,
                                                                      or your GP.                    a lifeboat has been bought
                               ●   Eat a balanced diet - good                                        by a group of enthusiasts
                                   for both your physical and     ●   Do something you’re good       who intend to have it fully
                                   mental health.                     at – enjoying yourself helps   restored.
                                                                      your mental wellbeing.
                               ●   Drink sensibly – try to have
                                   some alcohol-free days every   ●   Accept who you are – we’re     The East Durham Heritage
                                   week and stay within the           all different, be proud        Group paid £1,900 for the
                                   recommended guidelines of          of who you are. It will        Seaham lifeboat the George
                                                                                                                                         On that fateful Saturday afternoon...
                                   3-4 units a day for men and        improve your self-esteem       Elmy, now housed at the
                                                                                                                                         In 1962 the George Elmy lifeboat set sail to help a fishing
                                   2-3 units a day for women.         and confidence.                 Seaham Grange Industrial
                                                                                                                                         boat, the Economy. On leaving the harbour, the wind was
                                                                                                     Estate for restoration.
                                                                                                                                         blowing up to storm force 10.

                                    Case study: Positive thinking                                    Brian Scollen, treasurer of the
                                                                                                                                         On return from their rescue mission the George Elmy
                                                                                                     East Durham Heritage Group,
                                    Having a positive outlook really helped Lee                                                          capsized and of the ten on board, only fishing boat crew
                                                                                                     said: “We are a group of local
                                    Duggan. He attends the Fenwick Centre in                                                             member Donald Burrell, 32, survived.
                                                                                                     people, all with an interest in
                                    Seaham, a resource centre for people who                         local history in East Durham.
                                    are going through mental health problems.
                                    Through attending the centre, he’s got                           “Our aim is for the George        Want to make a donation?
                                    involved in helping appoint new staff to the service             Elmy to become seaworthy          Anyone wishing to make a donation to the fund, now standing
                                    – including sitting on interview panels. Lee said: “Mum is       again and then become             at over £11,000, can do so by contacting Brian on 07742 487 804
                                    my rock; someone who knows how to talk to me. I’ve also          a showpiece for Seaham.           or by sending a cheque made payable to East Durham Heritage
                                    taken City and Guilds in English and Maths. I have been          It would be brilliant to          Group to: East Durham Heritage Group, c/o Brian Scollen, 28
                                    positive and got involved.”                                      eventually see her escorted       Northlea Road, Seaham, SR7 ODL
                                                                                                     under her own power by the
                                                                                                     RNLI back home to Seaham.”
                                    Case study: Independent living
                                    For Gary Dent, using our mental health service                   Preparatory work is well
                                    has helped him to look after himself and                         underway while the group
                                    move into his own place. “This has helped                        continues to fundraise for
                                    me become more independent,” Gary said.                          restoration, which could cost
                                                                                                     up to £162,000.
                                    Like Lee, Gary has been on the interview panel
                                    for Community Coaches and support worker posts. Gary             Brian continued: “Our next
                                    still has ‘up and down’ days and appreciates the support         challenge is to apply for
                                    of his family and our mental health services.                    Heritage Lottery Funding and
                                                                                                     fortunately we have received      George Mullan, Brian Scollen and George Maitland just after the
Call the NHS Stressline between 8.00am and 10.00pm on 0300 123 2000 for practical                    a lot of help and advice from     arrival of the George Elmy in Seaham. To find out more, please visit
advice, emotional support or the first step in getting treatment for depression.                      Durham County Council.” 

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Twin-tastic German links                                                                                                      A total
Did you know that County Durham has 10                                                                                        approach
German twins? That’s because the former
                                                                                                                              Durham has been chosen as
county, district and borough councils had
                                                                                                                              one of 13 areas nationally to
strong partnerships with different areas of
                                                                                                                              trial the Government’s Total
                                                                                                                              Place Initiative.
And, enthusiastic local community groups
meet on a regular basis to organise a wide                                                                                    This initiative looks at all
range of German-themed activities. These                                                                                      the public services in a local
include visits to the partner area, hosting                                                                                   area to see how they can be
German visitors in Durham, and international                                                                                  provided better and cost less.
youth projects.
                                                                                                                              In Durham, the focus of our
Earlier this year, Durham Miners’ Association                                                                                 work has been on housing and
arranged for a group of the county’s retired                                                                                  how it can lead to regenerating
miners to attend a celebratory weekend in                                                                                     communities. We believe if we       Warden Natalie Davies with volunteers from King’s Church group, clean
Kamp Lintfort in Germany.                          expertise of various colleagues and hear from                                                                  up graffiti blighting a housing estate in Durham.
                                                                                                                              are to regenerate the county it
                                                   Germans who live and work in the county.”

                                                                                                                                                                  Key priorities agreed
                                                                                                                              is fundamental to offer a good
Lucy Turzynski from our International Team,        To find out more about your nearest Town
                                                                                                                              mix of quality housing.
said: “We feel events like these are a great way   Twinning Association, email international@
to share personal experiences, benefit from the or call Lucy on 0191 383 4098.
                                                                                                                                                                  Reducing anti-social behaviour, tackling alcohol and
                                                                                                                                                                  substance misuse and protecting vulnerable people from

Scrutinising health services                                                                                                                                      harm have been highlighted as key priorities for improving
                                                                                                                                                                  life in County Durham.

                                                                                                   Lanchester Road Hospital
Our councillors have reviewed NHS proposals for future                                                                                                            The three issues are                community. As a result
provision of mental health services in North Easington and made                                                               Ian Thompson, Corporate             identified as key areas for          of the consultation, we
                                                                                                                              Director for Regeneration and
recommendations on how services should be taken forward.                                                                                                          development in The Safe             have revised our top three
                                                                                                                              Economic Development said:          Durham Partnership’s                priorities and have also
                                                                                                                              “This is an important piece of      updated plan for 2009/11,           added the reduction of
During their two month review,    during the review, the           that service users and their                               work. Many of the proposals
councillors received the views    NHS has now carried out          families should benefit from                                                                    discussed by members of             burglary, theft, organised
                                                                                                                              are specifically aimed at            our Cabinet at their meeting        crime and road casualties to
of patients and carers, and       further consultation to          in-patient and day services                                improving services and quality
visited hospital sites.           find out whether patients         provided by both the mental                                                                    on Wednesday, 10 March.             our overall concerns for the
                                                                                                                              of life for local residents. They                                       coming year.
                                  and carers would prefer to       health trusts serving North                                concern energy efficiency,
The main proposed change          access in-patient facilities     Easington. This includes                                                                       The plan has been revised
                                                                                                                              home adaptations, access            following extensive                 “Once again the plan clearly
is for in-patient beds for        in Monkwearmouth or              Cherry Knowle hospital and                                 to employment and training,         consultation with members of        states how the partners
adults, and in-patient and        in Ryhope, as well as at         its proposed replacement                                   rationalising social housing        the public and representatives      will work together to tackle
day services for older people,    Lanchester Road, in future.      hospital in Ryhope.                                        provision and tackling poor         from a range of public              these issues.”
to be transferred from
                                                                                                                              quality private rented homes.       bodies and private and
Cherry Knowle hospital to         The NHS believes that the        For more details on the
Lanchester Road Hospital,         proposals would mean better      review, contact 0191 383                                   “The plan is to set up a new        community organisations.            The Safe Durham Partnership,
west of Durham City, pictured     and safer care for patients.     3673.                                                      partnership for housing–led                                             which includes the
above, or to Hartlepool.          The review conducted by                                                                     regeneration. By working            Rachael Shimmin, Corporate          county council, Durham
Following concerns expressed      our councillors concluded                                                                   with our partners we can            Director for Adults, Health         Constabulary, NHS County
                                                                                                                              co-ordinate investment to           and Wellbeing said: “The            Durham, County Durham and
                                                                                                                              maximise benefits for local          purpose of reviewing the plan       Darlington Fire and Rescue
                                                                                                                              residents,” Ian added.              is to ensure that it includes as    Service, Durham Police
                                                                                                                                                                  much up-to-date information         Authority and County Durham
                                                                                                                              You can read our Total Place        as possible and that the            Probation Service, is tasked
                                                                                                                              submission at                       partnership’s priorities            with reducing crime and
                                                                                                                                continue to reflect those of         disorder in the county and
                                                                                                                              Service.aspx?ServiceId=7453         the local community.                combating substance misuse.

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Have your say                                                                                                                                    Setting the standard
                                                                                                                                                 We expect people representing the council to maintain the
                                                                                                                                                 highest standard of conduct. Setting these standards is our
The best way we can get information which will help our
councillors shape their policies and proposals for improvements                                                                                  Standards Committee.
is to ask you! This page outlines the consultation we are doing
                                                                                                                                                 It is responsible for promoting   Research has proved that
and invites you to comment.
                                                                                                                                                 and maintaining high              councils which display good
                                                                                                                                                 standards of conduct by           conduct enjoy higher levels of

                                                                Joint Commissioning Strategy                                                     councillors, independent
                                                                                                                                                 members and co-opted
                                                                                                                                                                                   public confidence than those
                                                                                                                                                                                   which do not.”

                                                                for older people
                                                                                                                                                                                   About the committee
                                                                                                                                                 At the helm is Dorothy            The committee is made up of:
                                                                What is it?                                  to write agreed priorities          Winter, a senior HR manager       • an independent chair;
                                                                A three year plan produced in                for service reviews and             in the civil service. She’s       • 12 county councillors;         standards framework, the role
                                                                partnership with NHS County                  development over the next           the Independent Chair of          • six independent people         of the Standards Committee,
                                                                Durham and Darlington to                     three years.                        the Standards Committee.            (who are not councillors or    meetings and much more.
                                                                help us improve health and                                                       “I am delighted to chair             employees of the council);    See www.durham.
                                                                social care services for older               What’s it got to do with me?        the Standards Committee,”         • six members of parish or
                                                                people in County Durham.                     The draft strategy action plan      Dorothy said.                        town councils.                aspx?ServiceId=6949
                                                                                                             covers a range of services for
                                                                Why is it happening?                         older people. The consultation      “We believe in principled local   Find out more                    To contact Dorothy, call
                                                                It is part of a group of                     period gives you time to look at    politics and part of our role     Learn about the Standards        07901 670 307 or call Jocasta
                                                                plans, developed jointly                     the strategy and its proposed       is to champion and promote        Committee on their webpages.     Lawton on 0191 383 3679.
                                                                between health and social                    actions, and tell us if you are     high standards of conduct         They are constantly updating
                                                                care for both organisations                  in agreement with them or if        among our local politicians.      them with details of the local
                                                                                                             you think there are any missing
                                                                                                             actions before a final document
                                                                                                             is published.
Do you want to ask us something?
                                                                                                             How do I take part?
Whether it’s an idea for improving our service, or something
                                                                                                             The full draft strategy and the
you’re wondering about but can’t think who to contact, just
                                                                                                             summary version are available

let us know.
                                                                                                             at and
Email us at: or fill in this form, cut it                                                  you can fill in the online form or
out and send it to us at: FREEPOST DC NEWS (Please note:                                                     print off the form to give your
this is the exact address. You do not need a stamp or to add                                                 views. For a paper copy, call
any other details.)                                                                                          Anita Porter on 0191 372 5495
                                                                                                             or email acs.commissioning@
Ask us a question:
                                                                                                             How long have I got?
……………………………………………………………………………….....................                                                          The consultation is over a 12
……………………………………………………………………...........................……                                                      week period. The last date you
                                                                                                             can let us know your views
……………………………………………………………………………........................                                                        is Friday 28 May 2010. The
                                                                                                             feedback will be considered
Name: .......................................................…………………………………….                                 and the strategy amended,
Address: …………………...................................................………………….                                  taking into account people’s
                                                                                                             views. The updated, final
................................................................... Postcode: ........................       strategy will be published
Telephone: ……………….............................................…………………......                                  towards the end of summer

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The success of                      Stanley’s French connection                                                                                                                           Children are
joint working                       Angela Sterling has lived in France,
                                                                                                                                                                                          seen and heard
                                    Switzerland and Dubai but says the best                                                                                                               Youngsters in Chester-le-
                                    place to start her French for Babies and                                                                                                              Street have spoken out about
                                    Toddlers courses is at home in Stanley.                                                                                                               issues which concern them in
                                                                                                                                                                                          their local area.
                                    Angela (pictured above right with her
                                    daughter) said: “When Annalise was only                                                                                                               Chester-le-Street and District
                                    eight weeks old, I signed up for the Business                                                                                                         Area Action Partnership (AAP)
                                    Link Women Start your Own Business                                                                                                                    asked primary and secondary
                                    Course at Stanley Children’s Centre                                                                                                                   school children for their views
                                    and it started there.                                                                                                                                 on how money could be spent
                                    “I read French books to her when I was                                                                                                                and services changed to
                                    pregnant and when she appeared, I                                          Local children Ben Jobling and Ryan Smailes working with Margaret Blake,   improve life for them.
Care Connect has been               started speaking French to her. Parents                                    one of the Pont Valley Network members.
working with the local NHS                                                                                                                                                                Younger people highlighted
                                                                                                               Pontop Pike gets a little TLC
                                    and carers shouldn’t be nervous if they
at Shotley Bridge Hospital,                                                                                                                                                               the need to tackle their local
                                    don’t speak French though as all work is
to establish a one-stop-shop        translated into English.”                                                                                                                             environment and improve the
for customers.                                                                                                 Dipton residents have been working hard to improve the                     attractiveness of the town and
                                    Want to know more?                                                         health of local woodland at Pontop Pike.                                   surrounding villages. Older
It has been in operation since      Contact Angela on 01207 283 537 or                                                                                                                    children focused on the need
May 2009 and has highlighted        email or visit                                           The problem with the woods             heather plants and trees            for more events and activities
the benefits of joint working. For Business                                             was highlighted in a village           to re-establish an area of          such as a community cinema,
                                    Link programmes near you, call                                             appraisal five years ago                lowland heath - a very rare         music concerts and discos.
Case study                          0845 600 9006 or visit                                                     but the Dipton Partnership             environment.
A member of the public found                                                  struggled to get things going.                                             AAP board members are now
an elderly man wandering the                                                                                                                          The woods are now lighter,          evaluating the information.
street with cuts to his arms                                                                                   Pont Valley Network offered            safer and healthier and
and unsure where he lived.                                                                                                                                                                Co-ordinator Andrew Megginson,
                                                                                                               assistance and we organised            comments from local people
                                                                                                                                                                                          said: “We had some great ideas
He was taken for assessment                                                                                    to remove one in three trees to        have been positive.
to the Urgent Care Centre at                                                                                   help thin them out. We removed                                             from the young people and I look
Shotley Bridge Hospital.                                                                                       around 500 tonnes of trees.            Karen Adamson from Pont             forward to working with them

Care Connect Mobile Wardens
                                                                              kids!                            Groundwork and the
                                                                                                               Probation Service removed
                                                                                                                                                      Valley Network said: “This
                                                                                                                                                      really has been a joint effort by
                                                                                                                                                      a lot of groups. Special praise
                                                                                                                                                                                          and the AAP board to develop the
                                                                                                                                                                                          ideas further.”
                                                                              Everyone knows that kids
assisted the Urgent Care                                                                                       some invasive laurel bushes,           must go to Karen Fisher from
                                                                              love creepy crawlies, but
team to establish his identity.
A computer search was
                                                                              tarantulas, rats and snakes?     and local people helped by             the county council who guided       Fundraising bid
                                                                                                               Collierley Primary School              us throughout and the children
unsuccessful but the combined                                                 Plucky youngsters at Sacriston   pupils planted over 1,250              who worked so very hard.”           Tireless workers Carole Bruce
skills of all staff established a                                             Sure Start Children’s Centre                                                                                and Diane Boyle have set
possible name, address and                                                    at Fyndounne Community                                                                                      themselves a new fundraising
telephone number.                                                             College got the chance to                                                                                   challenge for Ropery Lane
                                                                              handle some wild visitors.
                                                                                                                                             Childminding networks                        Cemetery in Chester-le-Street.
Happy ending                                                                                                                                 The Derwentside area has a quality
Unfortunately the telephone                                                   The event was part of                                          assured childminding network                 Carole and Diane, who form
was disconnected and                                                          celebrations to mark the                                       which demonstrates to parents                the Friends of Ropery Lane
wardens visited what was,                                                     official opening of the new                                     the high quality of care provided by         Cemetery, are raising funds
an old address. However,                                                      centre. It will offer young                                    childminders.                                to have the cemetery church
visits to neighbouring homes                                                  children and their families                                                                                 re-wired. They’ve already
established that the man had                                                  specialist support, activities                                 For further information, call Lesley         raised funds for a new roof
moved to permanent care                                                       and training. You can find                                      Maltby at Moorside Children’s Centre         and £39,000 for a memorial
and he was safely returned          10 year old Lucy Wormald was one of the   out what’s going on there                                      on 01207 590 930.                            to children who were buried in
following treatment.                lucky youngsters to enjoy the session.    by calling 0191 371 8309.                                                                                   mass graves.

   20        North Durham News                                North Durham News                                North Durham News                                      North Durham News                               21
Durham’s show goes on...                                                                       Here’s what you can
Durham’s show will go on – despite the
disappointing news that it has not been
                                                  The City of Culture partnership’s
                                                  commitment to culture doesn’t end
                                                                                               look forward to in 2010
shortlisted for UK City of Culture.               with 2013 though. Melanie Sensicle,
                                                  Chief Executive of Visit County Durham
Chief Executive, George Garlick reaffirmed         said: “Although we already have some
that 2013 will still see County Durham put        outstanding events lined up, major capital
the spotlight on culture. “We have proved we      projects potentially worth £20m are
can deliver large scale events like Lumiere       progressing in the city.
successfully and we are seeking to maintain

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photograph by Graeme Peacock
the momentum Durham has gathered since            “These include the World Heritage Site
announcing our intention to bid.”                 visitor centre, and a proposed new
                                                  visitor attraction, as well as the £5.5m
Highlights of the year will include a return      transformation of the city’s Market Place
of the Lumiere festival of light, an England v    into an events space.
Australia Ashes Test Match, and the emotive                                                    The Crucifixion - Durham Mysteries   Jack Dee at last year’s Book Festival   Durham Regatta
return home of one of the world’s greatest        “There are also more than 20 developments
treasures – the Lindisfarne Gospels.              worth £60 million under discussion or        Durham Mysteries 2010               Durham Regatta
                                                  construction in the county.”                 May 27-29
                                                                                               TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
                                                                                                                                   June 12-13
                                                                                                                                   The premier rowing event
                                                                                                                                                                            Discover the
                                                                                               An exciting contemporary
                                                                                               revival of a traditional mystery
                                                                                                                                   in the North of England and
                                                                                                                                   the second oldest Regatta in
                                                                                               play cycle. Plays include
                                                                                               Noah and the Flood and The
                                                                                                                                   England. Visit www.durham-
                                                                                                                                                    this April
                                                                                               Crucifixion. A diverse range of                                               From mountain biking
                                                                                               styles including opera, break       Brass: Durham International              to orienteering, guided
                                                                                               dancing, drama and comedy           Music Festival, Durham City              walks to landscape
                                                                                               will appeal to young and old.       and locations around the                 photography, there’s
                                                                                               county. July 3-18                        loads of outdoor fun on
                                                                                               Tickets from Gala Box Office         International acts from                  offer during Durham’s
                                                                                               0191 332 4041.                      across the world bring                   Outdoor and Active Week.
                                                                                                                                   Durham to life with the sound
                                                                                               Northern Rocks:                     of brass music, plus the                 It runs from April 5-11 as
                                                                                               The North Pennines Festival         126th Miners Gala. Visit www.            part of National Outdoor
                                                                                               of Geology and Landscape                        Adventure Week. Other
                                                                                               May 22 – June 6                                                              activities on offer include
                                                                                               Part of European Geoparks           Durham Book Festival                     tennis and fencing lessons!
                                                                                               week with 30 events and             October 2010
                                                                                               activities to help you discover     A celebration of the written             For full details about
                                                                                               the geological secrets of           word appealing to all ages.              Outdoor and Active Week,
                                                                                               the North Pennines. www.            Visit www.literaturefestival.            see www.thisisdurham.

Photograph by Matthew
Andrews: The fantastic
Lumiere festival, which
is likely to return in the
winter of 2011 and 2013.

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    Better than ever
    recycling centres
    Using your local
                                     Foul f lag
                                     These innocent looking flags mark mounds of dog mess. It’s
                                                                                                        Real Nappy Week                                                                      26 A
                                                                                                                                                                                            -2 M ril
    recycling centre
                                     a startling demonstration of the problem of dog owners not
                                     clearing up after their pets, and it’s as bad in the countryside
                                                                                                        What are the benefits of real nappies?
    is about to
                                     as it is on our pavements.
    become even                                                                                         Disposable nappies are           which fit easily and are           reduce waste. Real Nappy
    easier.                          At Waldridge Fell Country Park in Chester-le-Street, an area       made from super absorbent        comfortable for your baby.        Week encourages parents to
                                     of lowland heath and a site of special scientific interest, the     chemicals, paper pulp and                                          use real nappies and kick the
    Each of our 15 Household         amount of dog mess is actually changing the soil and killing off   plastics, while real nappies     The nappy inserts can be          disposable habit.
    Waste Recycling Centres          the unique plants that grow there. Please clean up after your      are mostly made of natural       washed with your normal
    (HWRC) will benefit from a        dog, wherever you walk in the county.                              fabrics and are designed to      washing and can be used
    variety of works, including                                                                         be comfortable and secure.       again and again.
    clearer signage and layout,
    creation of drop off zones                                                                          Parents could save £500 on       Nearly three billion disposable
    and an increase in the type                                                                         home laundered nappies for       nappies are thrown away in
    of materials you can recycle                                                                        one baby, and more if they use   the UK every year and around
    there.                                                                                              them again on another baby.      90 per cent end up in landfill.
                                                                                                        You can now get super            Landfill space is running out
    The centres will close at                                                                           trendy and practical nappies     and we face tough targets to
    various times while work
    is carried out over the next
    eight months, but users
    will be pointed in the right
                                                                                                        Very nappy customers!
    direction to their nearest                                                                                         New mum-of-one Lyndsey Rawle, 31, of
    open HWRC.                                                                                                         Bishop Auckland uses real nappies for ten-
                                                                                                                       month-old Joe.
    Call 0191 383 5674 to find
    out when your centre will be                                                                                       She said: “I’ve always been conscious of doing
    closed, or visit www.durham.                                                                                       my bit for the environment and real nappies                                                                                                             are far cheaper, so I thought I would give
                                                                                                                       them a whirl. They are easy to use, Joe never
                                     Bag it and bin it, or you could be fined up to £80!                 gets nappy rash and it’s great not having to buy nappies
                                                                                                        each week.”

                                     Share                             Plan your next
                                                                       guided walk
                                     and learn                         A leaflet
                                     website                           containing our
                                                                       guided walks
                                     Share your experiences of         programme
                                     nature with others through        for April to
                                     iSpot, a website that             September
                                                                       is now
                                     encourages people to report
                                     wildlife sightings.
                                                                       Call 0191
                                     Visit to         383 4144 or email
                                     view the latest wildlife
                                     ‘spots’ and upload your own.      for your free copy.
Photograph by Darin Smith

     24                     Green Living       Green Living                  Green Living               Green Living                   Green Living               Green Living                        25
                                                    We’ve got two
                                                    great prizes to
                                                    give away for
                                                    events at Bishop
                                                    Auckland Town Hall.

                                                    The first is a pair of
                                                    tickets to see Vin
                                                    Garbutt on Wednesday 26
                                                    May. The second prize is two
                                                    tickets to see any film in the
                                                    new season’s brochure – out
                                                    now and covering events up
                                                                                                                                 son                        Get a spring in your step by heading out into
                                                    until September.
                                                                                                                                                          the sunshine this April. We’ve got den building
                                                    To enter, tell us the name of the theatre that                                                        at Hamsterley, little lambs at Lanchester, plus
                                                    Laurel’s father managed. Send your answer to                                                                       walking and sketching in Durham.

At the                                              the address on page two by Monday 19 April.
                                                                                                                                                         All that fresh air will build up a great appetite –

heart town
                                                                                                                                                          so then you can get down to Bishop Auckland
                                                                                                                                                        Food Festival to try all their tasty treats. There’ll

                                                                                                                                                           be cheese, wines, meat and sweets…ooh, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                      enough to make your mouth water.

                                                  the                                                  Music, theatre, special events and places to visit across County Durham

When is a town hall not just a town hall?         current theatre takes its name. The
When it’s a library, café, tourist information    Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society                1 April - 31 October              7 April

centre, art gallery and a theatre too. Bishop     also holds monthly meetings to watch                 Killhope Mining Museum            Bishop Auckland
Auckland Town Hall is all of these things and     Stan and Olly in classic action.                     Sam Squirrel Detective            Town Hall
more. It’s a real heart of the community.                                                              Nature Back Packs                 Twiglets: Sun catchers
                                                  The library recently had a mini-makeover with        Come to Killhope and wander       and rain clouds
Since the building first opened in 1862, it’s      comfy seating areas, new spaces for people to        around the woodland trails        Entertaining stories and
also been a temperance hotel, an indoor           work in, and new display areas.                      to learn about all the wildlife   creative crafts especially for
market, an air raid shelter, turkish baths, and                                                        at Killhope. You may even see     the under 5s. Sessions at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Disney Pixar
a public toilet! It finally opened as a library    This spring you can see a fabulous range             some red squirrels. 10.30am       10.30am and 1.30pm. £1.00
and arts centre in September 1993.                of exhibitions and events. This includes Vin         - 5.00pm. Normal admission        per session. 01388 602 610.
                                                  Garbutt, one of the best known performers on         prices apply. 01388 777 999.      www.bishopaucklandtownhall.
On Tuesdays, tea dancers glide across the         the British folk scene. The exhibition Glory Days     
Eden Theatre. On Wednesdays you’ll                by Alan Adamthwaite chronicles the Glory                                                                                  8 April
find excited children getting stuck                Days of Bishop Auckland Football Club, from          7 - 10 April                      8 April                            Bishop
in at the regular arts and crafts                 1939 – 1957.                                         Gala Theatre, Durham              Causey Arch and Beamish            Auckland
group. Whilst on Thursdays it’s all                                                                    Spennymoor Youth Theatre          DCC Walk                           Town Hall
about reading at the book buddies                 Regular film nights bring blockbusters                presents: Fame                    Around 4.5 hours, 7 mile walk      Widower Carl Fredricksen
group. Plus, you’ll find performances              such as the BAFTA award-winner The                   Following the success of Lés      with Mike Munro, Countryside       and overeager ‘wilderness
of comedy, music, films and plays.                 Hurt Locker to Bishop Auckland.                      Miserables, the youth theatre     Ranger. Start 10.00am: Causey      explorer’ Russell fly to South
                                                                                                       returns with another fantastic    Arch picnic area, west side of     America in a floating house
The town hall also maintains strong links to      For the latest brochure, pop into Bishop             show. 7.30pm and 2.00pm           A6076, near Stanley. Bring a       suspended from helium
Laurel and Hardy – after all Stan Laurel lived    Auckland Town Hall in the Market Place               (Saturday only). Tickets: £12,    packed lunch. Charge applies.      balloons. 3.00pm. Tickets:
his early life in the town. His father managed    or call 01388 602 610 or visit                       Concs: £10. 0191 332 4041.        Walk rating: Medium. www.          £2.50. 01388 602 610. www.
the original Eden Theatre – from which the              

26                          What’s on               What’s on                   What’s on             What’s on               What’s on                 What’s on                                         27
9 April                            10 - 11 April                      14 April
Bowes Museum                       Locomotion, Shildon                Hardwick Park, Sedgefield
Vacation Chamber Orchestra:        Diesel Cab It!                     DCC Walk: The history of
Members of the UK’s top            See locomotives including Deltic   Hardwick Park with photo
conservatoires and universities    prototype, 2-Bil, NE electric No   opportunities
perform Vivaldi. 7.30pm. Adults:   1. Diesel passenger service.       Around 2 hours, 2 mile walk                                     On 17 April, Bishop Auckland
£12, Friends of museum: £10.       FREE entry! (small charge for      with Richard Gater, Voluntary                                   will be hosting one of the
01833 690 606. www.                train rides) 01388 777 999.        Countryside Ranger and Geoff                                    largest food festivals in                     Hill, amateur photographer.                                     the North East, with over
                                                                      Start 2.00pm: Visitor Centre,                                   100 local producers selling
10 April                                                              Hardwick Park, on A177 on west                                  quality fine foods and crafts,
Hamsterley Forest                                                     side of Sedgefield. Bring your                                   cheeses, wines, meats and
Den building                                                          own camera. Charge applies.                                     sweet delicacies.
Join the Hamsterley ranger                                            Walk rating: Easy. www.
team for a fun shelter                                                                             Venture inside Auckland
building session. Wear old                                                                                                            Castle for refreshments in
clothes, sturdy footwear and                                                                                                          the Thorne Room and see the
waterproofs. 1.00pm-3.00pm.                                                                                                           world famous paintings by
£5.00.                                                                                                            Spanish artist Francisco de
                                   12 April                                                                                           Zurbaran. Before you leave be
                                   Gala Theatre, Durham                                                                               sure to visit St Peter’s Chapel,

                                                                                                    Photo by G Hill
                                   TIN Arts present: Best Foot                                                                        one of the largest privately
                                   Forward 11                                                                                         owned chapels in Europe.
                                   Evening of new dance
                                   work performed or created                                                                          Entertainment and cookery
                                   by people with a learning          15 April                                                        demonstrations throughout the

                                                                                                                                                                          glorious food!
                                   disability. 8.00pm. Tickets: £5,   Bishop Auckland                                                 day will provide something for
                                   Concs: £4. 0191 332 4041.          Town Hall                                                       everyone. Admission is FREE and
                                        Dorian Gray                                                     includes a free park and ride
                                                                      A deal with the Devil - a                                       from Bishop Auckland College.
                                   13 April                           dark picture of Victorian                                       10.00am - 4.00pm. www.
                                                                                                                                                                           17 April, Bishop Auckland Food Festival
                                   Gala Theatre, Durham               London and how the rich
                                                                                                                                                                           Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
                                   North by North                     and infamous party at their                           
                                   Features the best of County        peril. 7.30pm. £2.50. www.
                                   Durham youth dance.                bishopaucklandtownhall
                                   8.00pm. Tickets: £5, Concs:                                                                       16 April                            17-18 April                       17 April - 10 May
                                   £4. 0191 332 4041. www.            16 April                                                       Gala Theatre, Durham                Durham Art Gallery                Locomotion, Shildon
                                            Gala Theatre and cinema                                        Funny Bones Comedy Club             The Bureau of Silly Ideas         Local art exhibition
                                                                                                                                     Stand-up comedy in The Studio       Join the official launch of        Part of the County Durham
                                   14 April                                                                                          with Jim Smallman, Jane             the campaign to introduce         Open Art Exhibition 2010.
                                                                                                                                     Hill and Mark Rough. 7.45pm.        pie throwing as an official        10.00am - 5.00pm. FREE!
                                   Gala Theatre, Durham                                                                              £8.50. 0191 332 4041.                                                 01388 777 999.
                                                                                                                                                                         2012 Olympic Sport. 11.00am
                                   The Tiger Lillies
                                                                                                                                           - 5.00pm. FREE! 0191 384
                                   The Godfathers
 Awesome                           of alternative
                                   cabaret return
                                                                                                                                                                                                           17 April
 Science!                          with a show
                                   celebrating 20
                                                                      15 April
                                                                      Bishop Auckland
                                                                                                                                                                         17 April
                                                                                                                                                                         Gala Theatre, Durham
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Methodist Church
 12 - 16 April                     years of dark                      Town Hall                                                                                          The Saw Doctors                   Chester-le-Street Civic Choir
                                   and deviant                        Where the wild things are                                                                          They’re back with their classic   presents: Jubilate
 Locomotion, Shildon                                                                                                                                                     electric folk - rock from
                                   theatrics.                         Lonely 9-year-old Max sails                                                                                                          The choir, joined by guest
 Fun-packed science
                                   7.30pm.                            to an island inhabited by                                                                          the west coast of Ireland.        soloist Rachel Orr, perform
 activities for ages 4 to 14.
                                   Tickets: £15.                      creatures who declare him                                                                          7.30pm. Tickets: £20 seated       classic favourites. 7.15pm.
                                                                                                                      Jim Smallman

 10.00am - 4.00pm. FREE
                                   0191 332 4041.                     their king. 3.00pm. £2.50.                                                                         or standing. 0191 332 4041.       Tickets: £5 including
 entry! 01388 777 999.
                                        www.bishopaucklandtownhall                                                                             refreshments. 01388 816 521.

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18 April                           22 - 28 April                   24 April - 6 June
                                                                                                       Lambing time
Gala Theatre, Durham
Studio Sessions: Emily Smith
                                   Witham Hall, Barnard
                                                                   Durham Art Gallery
                                                                   Rosy Martin: Too close to home?     Until 30 April
                 This Scottish
                                   Glass engraving exhibition
                                   Exhibition and demonstration
                                                                   Holding the everyday still
                                                                   Featuring photographs and
                                                                                                       Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester
                                                                                                       Come and see the newborn
                 has a voice       of engraved glass and           videos that offer glances of        lambs. We have several
                 that blends       crystal by Lawrence Staley.     working-class suburban social       different breeds of sheep
                 delicacy with     10.00am - 4.00pm. FREE!         history. 10.00am - 5.00pm.          which will lamb over six
                 surprising        01833 640 545. www.             0191 384 2214. www.durham.          weeks. Adults: £5.50,
                 power.                            Children: £4.00, Under 3s:
                 7.45pm.                                                                               FREE! Family: £16.75.
                 Tickets: £10,     24 April                        24 April                  
Concs: £9, Gala Friends: £8.       DCC Walk: Sketching             Gala Theatre, Durham
0191 332 4041. www.                                                Robbie’s Night
                                   Around 2 hours, 2 mile walk     All funds go to local boy Robbie
                                   with artist Sophy Nixon.        Jones - who has undergone
23 April                           Please wear appropriate         life-changing surgery following
Lamplight Theatre, Stanley         clothing and bring something    Meningitis. 7.00pm. Tickets:
YUVA (Youth Festival)              to sit on. Start 10.00am:       £20. 0191 332 4041. www.
Youth performances of              Pennyferry Bridge, Durham
Bollywood dancing, Indian music,   City. Charge applies. Bring a
classical performances and more.   pencil and sketch pad. Walk     25 April                                                         2 May: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
£2-£3. 4.00pm - 7.00pm. www.       rating: Easy. www.durham.       Gala Theatre, Durham                                             FREE! Broompark Picnic area, Ushaw Moor               Stewart Francis: Tour De                                         Join in our countryside fun day. Nature walks, cycle challenges,
                                                                   Francis                                                          bushcraft and entertainment are all on offer. You can also help
                                                                   Join the Canadian - seen on

Have a cracking
                                                                                                                                    us with some practical conservation tasks to give you a flavour
                                                                   Mock the Week, and 8 out of                                      of what our rangers and volunteers do.
                                                                   10 Cats - as he embarks on
                                                                   his first British tour. 8.00pm.                                   Access the picnic area by foot, cycle or horse, using one of the three

                                                                   Tickets: £14. 0191 384 2214.                                     Railway Paths (Lanchester Valley, Deerness Valley and Brandon-
                                                                                                       Tornado to visit             Bishop Auckland). Very limited parking on site. For more information
                                                                                                                                    call 0191 383 4144 or email
                                                                                                       Late April - early May
 Until 18 April                                                                                        Locomotion, Shildon is       Regular events:
 Hamsterley                                                                                            delighted to announce that
 Forest                                                                                                Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific   Durham City Farmers’ Market
 Easter Trail                                                                                          No. 60163 Tornado will be    Third Thursday of the month in the Market Place.
 Family fun in the                                                                                     visiting the museum.         9.00am - 3.30pm. 0191 383 0597.
 forest! Find the                                                                                                         
 wooden Easter eggs                                                                                    For information about
                                                                                                       the Tornado contact the      Easington Social Welfare Centre
 and solve the cryptic
                                                                                                       museum on 01388 777 999.     Age Concern activities for over 50s
 clues to enter a
                                                                                                 Sing for fun in a local silver singers group
 prize draw. Sensible                                              28 April                            FREE entry!                  led by The Sage Gateshead. Tuesdays
 clothing and                                                      Empire Theatre, Consett                                          10.30am-12.00 noon. £2.50. 0191 527 0224.
 footwear advised.                                                 All Our Yesterdays
 Dogs allowed.                                                     A musical journey from the                                       Sedgefield Racecourse car boot sale
 11.00am-4.00pm.                                                   good old days of music hall                                      If you have a garage full of bits and bobs
 £1.50. www.forestry.                                              through the 40s, 50s, 60s and                                    to sell or you’re after a bargain, this is the                                                            70s. 7.30pm. Tickets: £8-£9.                                     place to be! Thursdays and Sundays.
                                                                   0191 384 2214. Also showing                                      Sellers: 9.30am set up. Early buyers:
                                                                   at The Lamplight Arts Centre,                                    10.00-11.00am. Buyers: 11.00am
                                                                   Stanley at 1.30pm.                                               onwards. 07986 583 232.

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