Archive for December, 2011

Ushaw Moor Resident – Organises concert for Japanese earthquake relief fund

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

A STAR-STUDDED concert aiming to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the Japanese earthquake relief fund has been organised by people in the North East.

Tickets have gone on sale for the concert starring X Factor winner Joe McElderry and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, which will take place at The Sage Gateshead in February.

Organisers of the JapaNOISE event hope to raise £50,000 for the Japanese Disaster Fund following the devastating tsunami in March.

The event is the brainchild of water worker Jane Morland, from Ushaw Moor, who hopes to create the biggest fundraising event in the UK for the fund as it reaches its first anniversary.

Ms Morland, from Northumbrian Water, said: “Like many others, I watched the sheer scale of the disaster unfold before my eyes through the media and felt utterly helpless. So much has been done to help rebuild the affected communities but there are still thousands of people who will continue to struggle in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake disaster.”

When the earthquake hit Japan it left a trail of utter devastation – at least 15,500 people dead and 90,000 homeless. A year later and there are still thousands living in small spaces allocated to them in shelters with no privacy or room to grieve.

The Sage Gateshead hosts concert for Japanese earthquake relief fund – Today’s News – News – JournalLive.


Top Marks – Your Local Bicycle Mechanic

December 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Bicycle repair. Electric bike repair. Bicycle engineering. Bicycle Re-Cycle service.

TopMark’s Workshop is a free home-based maintenance and repair workshop dedicated to helping you get your bicycle back on track. All you need to do to take full advantage of this service is make a small donation. Donations start from £5 for basic repairs to £10 for more advanced repairs. (This excludes parts) all I ask in return is that you give generously as the money you donate will help towards the building and running of a workshop and in return for your generous donation you will have your bike serviced or repaired.

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Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

The Ushaw Moor Action Group started as a Neighbourhood Watch and received national recognition for positive campaigning by the Neighbourhood Watch Network. The most impressive Neighbourhood Watch achievements result from members looking closely at the needs of their communities and meeting them with innovative and creative thinking which is exactly what the Ushaw Moor Action Group is striving to acheive through positive community engagement.

We are keen to increase the number of Neighbourhood Watches Schemes and establish a Village Watch, which would serve to benefit the whole community by fostering stronger links with our neighbourhood policing team, establish community safety priorities for the village and strengthen community safety links with other agencies.

For further details on how to set up a Neighbourhood Watch group in your street or estate email and we will help you set up a scheme.or contact:Tim Thompson, Community Liaison OfficerTel: 0191 3752814Email:  Tim Thompson

via Ushaw Moor Streetlife PAGE Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

Ushaw Moor man attacked and robbed of £1,000 in own home From Durham Times

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

A MAN has been attacked and robbed in his own home.

Two men wearing balaclavas burst into the house, on Hunter Avenue, in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, at about 7pm on Thursday night.

The householder was struck over the head and the robbers escaped with a safe believed to contain about £1,000.

The victim, a 48-year-old man, suffered a cut to his head and was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City.A Durham Police spokeswoman said he was not believed to have been seriously hurt.

A woman and a girl who were in the house at the time were uninjured.It is thought the crooks ran off towards Durham Road.

Police enquiries are continuing and anyone with information is asked to call Durham City CID on 0345-60-60-365 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.

via Ushaw Moor man attacked and robbed of £1,000 in own home From Durham Times.

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Highways Projects – Road Safety Schemes

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The AAP, its local elected members, Parish Councils,partner officers and local residents are working on a number of road safety schemes throughout Mid Durham. There are schemes ongoing in Castleside, Lanchester, Maiden Law, Cornsay Colliery, Ushaw Moor and Broompark with more to follow in Esh inning, Burnhope, Satley, New Brancepeth and Holmside. To support these schemes residents are being asked to promote any speeding issues at their local PACT meetings whereby the use of the community speed watch scheme and police enforcement if necessary can be implemented.

For more details on your local pact meetings see

The Heads up Mid Durham Area Action Partnership issue 5



Wheel Deal for Ushaw Moor

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

A pilot mobile ramp project which attracted approx 50 different young skater, scooters and bikers from Ushaw Moor and surrounding villages on a Friday evening came to an end last month due to the dark nights.  The project saw a number of  partners come together to help make the session possible with the mobile ramps loaned out by  Ushaw Moor Community Association.  Supervision was provided by Durham County Council’s Positive Activities for Young People team with the venue provided by the County Council’s Sport and  leisure team and the Deerness Gymnastics Club with funding from the AAP.  Over the winter period the Deerness Gymnastics club will be looking to host a weekly urban gym session to cater for some of  the young people attending the ramp project. The sessions will aim to improve balance, agility and fitness. Work will also continue over the winter months with local communities to examine the possible development of  a fixed wheels park that will cater for several of  the local villages.

The Heads up Mid Durham Area Action Partnership issue 5


Members of Deerness Valley Gymnastics Academy open Local Heroes Awards

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The awards night has become the biggest celebration event in the grassroots sports calendar, with finalists covering a wide range of sports, and aged from 11 to 92.

The overall Local Hero of 2010, Yarm Tennis Club stalwart John Schofield, will be a guest of honour, and members of Deerness Valley Gymnastics Academy will open the show.

Event compere, Peter Barron, editor of The Northern Echo, said: “This is the 12th year of these special awards and it is wonderful that the event will be graced by so many famous faces paying tribute to those who compete for the pure love of sport.”

via Stars gather at Local Heroes Awards to hail achievements in grassroots sport From The Northern Echo.