Archive for March, 2012

Retailer Names Good Causes – Heel and Toe; 4yr Old Thomas Brennan, from Ushaw Moor

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

A RETAIL giant has revealed the three local causes chosen for a charity scheme.

The Asda Living store at the Arnison Centre, in Durham City, launched its Chosen By You scheme on Monday.

Three good causes were named as the first beneficiaries of the scheme: Framwellgate Moor-based children’s charity Heel and Toe; four-year-old Thomas Brennan, from Ushaw Moor, who needs surgery in the United States; and Newton Hall Infants’ School.

Adam Foster, who has been appointed the store’s Community Life champion, said: “Chosen by You enables our customers to nominate and then vote for which local charity they would like to support.

“Every time a customer makes a transaction at the checkout they are given a green token to vote at the community board at the front of our store for the charity of their choice.

“At the end of the voting process the first placed charity will receive £100 and the second and third placed charities £25 each from the Asda Foundation.”

via Retailer names good causes (From The Northern Echo).


Gold MP Junior Deerness 2012 British Acro Champs – YouTube

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

The Junior Men’s Pair from Deerness claim gold at the 2012 British Acro Championships

Gold MP Junior Deerness 2012 British Acro Champs – YouTube.

LOCOG confirms the streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

LOCOG confirms the streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along

The Olympic Torch Relay will light up communities right across County Durham during three inspirational days in June this year. Passing though towns and villages from Barnard Castle in the west to Peterlee in the east and Consett to the north, moving down through Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe in the south; thousands of people will get the chance to see the Olympic Flame pass through their community and feel part of a once in a lifetime moment.

Today (7.30am Monday 19 March) LOCOG has unveiled the street level map which the Olympic Torch Relay will follow and the names of many of the inspirational people who will carry the Torch, including some of those who will do so in County Durham. This can be viewed in full via the Olympic Torch Relay visit to County Durham web page.

The map gives important detail regarding not just the street level route but also the times the Relay will pass through. For County Durham the excitement begins when the Flame is carried into Consett on Saturday June 16 just after 4pm. The spectacle then visits Tow Law, Esh and Langley Park on its way to the Durham County Council hosted free evening celebration event in Durham City that evening. On Sunday June 17 the Flame will be carried through communities including Sherburn, Sherburn Hill, Haswell Plough, Peterlee and Blackhall Colliery. Later the same day Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Middridge and Newton Aycliffe welcome the Flame. Amazingly the county then gets a further chance to host the Relay as it comes to Barnard Castle just after 3pm on Wednesday June 20.

Amongst those who will bear the Torch with pride in the county is international cricketing star Paul Collingwood. The Durham County Cricket Club player was nominated by Durham County Council.

via Press Release-Durham County Council.

Garden waste collections restart – Tues. April 17th

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Published March 16, 2012.

Durham County Council will resume collections of garden waste from Tuesday, 17 April.

Householders who are part of the collection scheme will receive a calendar during the coming weeks showing their specific collection dates.

Collections may not match rubbish or recycling collection days, so residents are asked to check the calendar carefully before leaving their garden waste out for collection.

The following items can all be placed in the garden waste bin:

Small branches
Grass cuttings
Hedge clippings

Oliver Sherratt, Durham County Council’s head of direct services, said: “Last year, we collected more than 22,000 tonnes of garden waste from our kerbside collections, showing what a valuable service this is to residents.”

The county council collects garden waste from homes in the Durham City, East Durham, Derwentside, Wear Valley, Chester-le-Street and Sedgefield areas.

Collections in the Teesdale area, which are carried out by Rotters, are due to restart on 26 March.

For more information about Durham County Council’s garden waste collections call
03000 26 1000.

Bins should be left out by 7am on the specified collection day.

via Press Release-Durham County Council.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy Prepare For World Championships In America

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment


Eleven Acro-gymnasts from the North East are into their final weeks of training before they travel to America for the World Championships.

Gymnasts from the Deerness Gymnastics Academy qualified for events including Mens’ Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Men’s Group and Women’s Group.

Jesse Heskett, 17, from Sunderland is part of the Men’s Group. He said: “It’s been hard work to get this far. A lot of blood, sweat and tears. We still have four weeks to go.”

Newcastle College student Alex Houston, also part of the Men’s Group, said: “I suffer from cystic fibrosis, and originally came to gymnastics as a way to keep fit. I love it and can’t believe I am going to America to compete.”

The World Championships take place in Florida from April 12 to April 19.

via North East Acrobatic Gymnasts Prepare For World Championships In America – Sky Tyne and Wear.

Durham homes plan ‘just what’s needed’ From The Northern Echo

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

A PROJECT to build 29 houses on a former school site is just what a village needs, councillors heard today.

Gleeson Homes and Regeneration’s plans for the former Ushaw Moor County Infants School site, on Temperance Terrace, in Ushaw Moor, were unanimously approved by members of Durham County Council’s central and east planning committee, meeting at The Glebe Centre, in Murton.

Earlier, Councillor John Wilkinson, whose ward includes Ushaw Moor, said: “It gives me great pleasure to support this application.

“I’m pleased to see a site of little real ecological value become new houses – mainly with two or three bedrooms, aimed at owner occupiers with small or modest incomes.

“This is just what Ushaw Moor needs. It will contribute to the continuing regeneration.”Coun Wilkinson, who began his teaching career at the now-demolished school, said the site was on a bus route, near to shops and schools, the house designs would complement the local area and praised Gleeson for only selling to owner occupiers.

The homes will have two, three or four bedrooms. There will be a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced properties.

The estate will be accessed from the West, off Cockhouse Lane.Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council backed the project.

via Durham homes plan ‘just what’s needed’ From The Northern Echo.

Residents urged to join the Big Spring Clean

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Residents, community groups and schools are being urged to sign up for this year’s Big Spring Clean campaign.

It is hoped the campaign will see hundreds of volunteers in County Durham and Darlington stepping forward to tidy up their local areas.

The campaign is being organised by LitterFree Durham and backed by both Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council.

This is the second year the campaign has been run. Last year 72 groups, made up of almost 1,300 volunteers took part. Between them they carried out 82 litter picks and collected just over 1,500 bags of litter.

Now LitterFree Durham is urging people to sign up for this year’s campaign, which will be launched tomorrow (March 10).

Litter picks will be held to mark the launch at South Park, Darlington; the village hall at Heighington Village and The Bridge, at Whorlton, County Durham.

All of the events will take place at 10am and organisers are calling on people to join in and sign up for the Big Spring Clean.

The Big Spring Clean itself will take place between April 16 and May 11 and local community groups, organisations and schools are being urged to register.

Gerald Lee, chair of LitterFree Durham said: “Once again we are working in partnership with Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council to organise our Big Spring Clean campaign to remove litter from the highways and byways of County Durham and Darlington.

“We’re calling on local people to help us to help them make a difference to their community by joining us for the 2012 Big Spring Clean.”

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships at Durham County Council, said: “Last year was a brilliant example of people coming together to make their local areas clean and tidy.

“We are inviting those groups and others to join us again and help to make this year’s Big Spring Clean campaign even bigger and better.”

And Cllr Nick Wallis, Cabinet member for leisure and local environment at Darlington Borough Council, said: “The majority of us take great pride in our area and don’t drop litter.

“The Big Spring Clean is a great way for local people to come together and help clean up after the minority who feel it is OK to drop litter in our town.”

Groups are invited to register for the campaign from Saturday (March 10).

To sign up in County Durham email or ring 01388 728 826.

To sign up in Darlington email or ring 01325 347 434.

Further information about the Big Spring Clean campaign can be found at

via Press Release-Durham County Council.