Archive for April, 2010

JournalLive – Sport – Cricket – COUNTY DURHAM LEAGUES

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Brandon went through the whole of 2009 winning just the one game in the Readers Durham County League, but they started the new campaign with a bang as they hammered Ushaw Moor by 112 runs. New signing Chris Peareth hit a breathtaking century which included 14 fours and 3 sixes and, with old hand Stephen Ball demonstrating his class in a knock of 82, the Moor were rocking as last year’s whipping boys rattled up 253-5.

Another new boy Cloudsley Long, who had earlier hit 46 runs, wrapped up victory with four cheap wickets.

via JournalLive – Sport – Cricket – COUNTY DURHAM LEAGUES.

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Sumo project pulls its weight (From The Northern Echo)

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Youngsters in County Durham have been taking part in a Stepping Up, Moving On (Sumo) project at Durham Community Business College, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City.

Staff from Connexions, New College Durham, The Northern Learning Trust and the college joined forces to teach job search skills, interview techniques, first aid and build confidence, over a ten-week course.

Chris Peverall, from Durham and Chester-le-Street Connexions Centre, said: “We are very proud of what we have achieved with the Sumo initiative which highlights the effective way we can work together to benefit young people in our area.”

via Sumo project pulls its weight (From The Northern Echo).

Plans to improve pathways – Sunderland Echo

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Plans to improve pathways

Published Date: 12 April 2010

PATHS and cycleways on the outskirts of a city are to be improved thanks to a cash boost.

The Mid Durham Rural West Area Action Partnership (AAP) is supporting the development of a master plan to renovate three railway foot and cycle paths that cut through the area.

Durham County Council’s countryside rangers will work closely with community groups and schools to identify designs for 12 potential focal points along the old lines.

The routes are linked to the villages of Castleside, Lanchester, Langley Park, Waterhouses, Esh Winning, Ushaw Moor, New Brancepeth, Brancepeth, Brandon, Meadowfield and Langley Moor.

All three lines will connect at Broom Park.

It is hoped the areas will also benefit from sculptures and natural play facilities created to blend in with the local environments.

The proposals will be developed between April and September.

The project will be led by countryside rangers but will include input from parish councils, schools, health, leisure and community representatives.

Kath Currie, chairwoman of the AAP, said: “This particular project manages to cut across all three of our key issues, improving cycle ways, increasing volunteers and community pride and developing more outdoor provision for young people and families.”

via Plans to improve pathways – Sunderland Echo.

ChronicleLive – Sport – Grassroots – Gymnastics: Durham’s Deerness medal triumph

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Gymnastics: Durham’s Deerness medal triumphApr 14 2010

Evening Chronicle DURHAM’S Deerness Valley High Performance Centre for Acrobatic Gymnastics and Tumbling enjoyed success in the Regional Championships.The club entered youngsters aged between eight and 18 in 18 different categories at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre.They achieved an impressive medal hoard of 14 gold, nine silver and two bronze – as well as qualifying 19 of their tumblers for the National Finals.The kids who go through to the British Championships were Lauren Said, Lauren Husband, Sam Stafford, Casey Coxon, Shanice Davidson, Caleb Steel, Courtney Hodgson, Alexandra Richardson, Jonathan Morgan, Jevon Atkinson, Kristian Atkinson, Iona Rockett, Rachel Pearson, Eilidh Cameron, Erin Stone, Mae Heskett, Matilda Hamilton, Deborah Gathercole and Sophie Mills.The medal winners were Alexandra Knowd, Rebekah Pattinson, Hope Rackstraw, Rebecca Dixon, Oliver Herring and Sasha Atkinson.Lily Hardie, Kara Farrier, Rachael Brown, Georgia Tindale, Stephanie Plowman and Caroline Barker all represented the club as well, while coaches Mark Nesbitt, Cassie Burnett and Glen Wharton were in charge of the squad.Tumbling coach Wharton said: “It was an outstanding achievement for the club.“The performances of the young children, many of whom were taking part in their first competition, was extremely impressive.”The Durham club has a good track record in the Regional Championships, but their successes this time round were unprecedentedly high.Wharton added: “It is unheard of to have so many kids in the national finals representing one club.“It was a pleasure to see the kids perform so well in their first big competition.”The budding gymnasts will now go on to represent the region in the British Championships at Stoke-on-Trent in May.

via ChronicleLive – Sport – Grassroots – Gymnastics: Durham’s Deerness medal triumph.

Deerness Valley Railway Path – LDWA Long Distance Paths

April 10, 2010 1 comment

Deerness Valley Railway Path

13 km / 8 miles


One of a series of walks, the Durham Railway Paths, using dismantled railways in the Durham area. This line was opened in 1858 and carried coal out of the valley for nearly a hundred years. Now it is a pleasant walk, which follows the River Deerness through a wooded and pastoral landscape. The track runs high above the River Deerness valley, crossing and recrossing the river, and passes by Ushaw Moor asnd Esh Winning to finally cross the river again near Waterhouses to head south to Crook.

Leaflets currently out of print however copies will be sent out from Durham Rangers. Please contact Maria Murphy 0191 383 4144 or by Email

From Broompark follow the Deerness Valley Walk sign.

via Deerness Valley Railway Path – LDWA Long Distance Paths.

Lib Dems hope the political tide in the city has turned (From The Northern Echo)

April 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Lib Dems hope the political tide in the city has turned (From The Northern Echo).

At the elections for the new-look Durham County Council, the Lib Dems broke out of the city centre for the first time and captured a number of seats in Labour’s heartland, including one seat in Deerness Valley and two in Framwellgate Moor. By the end of the night, the Lib Dems held 15 of the 22 council seats which make up the constituency.

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Lib Dems hope the political tide in the city has turned (From The Northern Echo).

Karen to walk for mum Anne (From The Northern Echo)

A WOMAN is to tackle a sponsored walk in aid of a hospice which transformed her mother’s quality of life.

Karen Dobson noticed a marked improvement in her mother Anne Nixon’s health after she began visiting St Cuthbert’s Hospice, in Durham, in December.

Mrs Nixon, 65, from Bearpark, near Durham, has suffered two heart attacks and her condition worsened in March 2009.

Mrs Dobson, from Ushaw Moor, said: “Apart from her frequent trips to hospital, mum wasn’t able to leave her house for nine months.

“Within a few days at the hospice, mum was literally glowing. It was an astonishing improvement.”

Mrs Nixon said: “I can’t put into words how much the hospice has helped me – I feel like a person again. Knowing that I can come back here in a few months will keep me going.”

Mrs Dobson will take part in the ladies-only Midnight Walk for St Cuthbert’s Hospice on Saturday, June 19, in Aykley Heads, Durham.

Organisers hope 1,000 women will take up the challenge.

Registration costs £10 per person, plus sponsorship. For more information, call Rachel Jobson on 0191-386-1170 or visit The closing date for entries is Sunday, May 23.

via Karen to walk for mum Anne (From The Northern Echo).