Archive for April, 2012

New Recyling (Blue Lid) Bin – Information from Durham Council

April 30, 2012 1 comment

Start using your BLUE LID recycling bin straight AWAY.

Information Leaflet on NEW Alternate Collection Dates Starting in June. FRONT BACK

Good Morning, need info on new Recycle (Blue) lid bins, we had ours delivered in Ushaw Moor, info. that came with the bin informs us we start using the bin on 22nd June 2012, in the mean time continue to use the Green sack for paper/plastic etc.

I have now heard that a number of users have had their Green Sack taken away after collection today 30th April.

Am I to understand that we are now using the NEW Blue Lid for recycling with effect from NOW rather than 22nd June as told by leaflet ?

    • Durham County Council
      Hi there. You should start to use your new bin from now on, putting it out on your current recycling day. Alternate weekly collections (where your rubbish is collected one week, and your recycling is collected the next) will start in June, and the date on the leaflet refers to the recycling collection day once alternate weekly collections start in your area. Hope this helps. Thanks.
    • Paul Clough
      Thanks for your help, I notice most were actually doing this,,, some were still using their OLD sack bins,,, thanks again for confirming this ūüôā

    • You’re welcome.


New limb hope for Kieran, 13 (From The Northern Echo)

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment

THE parents of a teenager who lost part of his leg to a rare form of cancer are renewing their efforts to get him a new prosthetic limb.

Kieran Maxwell, from Heighington, near Darlington, underwent an amputation at the knee of his left leg in March last year, after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, which attacks bone and muscle tissue.

The 13-year-old, who is now in remission and will be one of the region’s Olympic flame bearers, already has an NHS-issue prosthetic.

His parents, Nicola and Alistair, want Kieran to have one that will help him to develop his sporting ambitions.

Kieran recently joined a gymnastics club, the Athena Sports Academy, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Mr and Mrs Maxwell have set up the Kieran Maxwell Trust to raise funds and are hopeful he will have his new prosthetic by the time he completes his 300m stretch of the Olympic torch relay, in Bishop Auckland, in June.

They will next month meet specialists from the Hampshire based clinic Dorset Orthopaedic, whose clients include Lyndon Longhorne, the Crook teenager who endured multiple amputations after contracting meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia as a baby.

Private clinics can charge anywhere between £10,000 and £100,000 for prosthetic limbs, said Mrs Maxwell.

The couple have set a fundraising target of £15,000 and are already about halfway there.

Mrs Maxwell said: “The top-of-the- range prosthetics are not cheap, and we would also have to pay for any adjustments it needed in the future, for example if Kieran had a growth spurt.

“I was talking to a lady whose son’s cancer has come back four times, so that is always a bit of a worry.

‚ÄúWe take it one day at a time and he sees his oncologist once a month for check-ups.‚ÄĚ

Kieran recently enjoyed success in a gymnastics competition with his club, of which he is the first wheelchair member.

He and other members recently took part in their first regional competition, at Deerness Valley Gym Club, near Durham City.

They won a total of 34 medals, to the delight of their coaches and parents.

ŰÄĀß A table-top sale will be held in Heighington Village Hall from 10am to 1pm on Saturday. Admission costs 50p, with proceeds to the trust.

New limb hope for Kieran, 13 (From The Northern Echo).

Deerness gymnasts have proved that they are world-class

April 19, 2012 Leave a comment

A teenager from Seaburn is returning home from Florida with a world championship medal.


Jesse Heskett, 17, was part of the Team GB senior men’s group squad which snatched the title in America.


Competing alongside Newcastle University student Dorian Walker and fellow Deerness Gymnastics Academy members Matthew Evison, 19, and Richard Hurst, they shared the title with China at the 2012 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships


A British Gymnastics spokesman said: “Their composure, style and mastery at these world championships were remarkable. They proved that Great Britain is an established power in this discipline and is there to stay.”


Their performance helped Team GB win a total of four medals ‚Äď one gold, two silver and one bronze ‚Äď which gave them the silver medal behind Russia.


Breathtaking routines from the British and Chinese men’s four earned each 28.050 points to earn a share of the gold medal.


Stuart Thompson, head of acrobatic gymnastics for County-Durham based Deerness Gymnastics Academy, said: “Once again Deerness gymnasts have proved that they are world-class and that as a club we are able to contribute to the ongoing success of Great Britain gymnastics at an international level.


“The British acrobatic gymnastics team produced a sensational performance topped off with gold in the final event of the men’s four. It is great news that Deerness Gymnastics club was there to help them achieve that success.”


The volunteer-led club took over the running of Deerness Gymnastics Academy last year following the closure of Deerness Leisure Centre and is making gymnastics coaching available to all ages from novice to elite level.


In its 20-year history it has produced over 60 international gymnasts with more than 50 world and European medals, including four world and four European champions.

via Wearside Teenager Wins World Acrobatic Gymnastics Title With Team GB¬†–¬†Sky Tyne and Wear.

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The Hive ‚Äď Ushaw Moor Action Group

April 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The Hive

opening soon

The Hive is a flexible place for people to meet, and facilitate a variety of activities and services for people of all ages living in Ushaw Moor.  These activities will promote health, well being, intergenerational activity,  access to services, social cohesion,and community safety.

The Hive will facilitate a range of activities which cut across all ages, and provide a dedicated meeting place for community activity, encourage engagement with key projects to continue throughout the year and provide a showcase for positive community action.

The building will support group provision for children, young people, and the elderly in the area.  The development of youth activities will promote intergenerational activity, social cohesion, health and well being, thereby engaging and strengthening the local community.

Project Objectives
We anticipate through the enthusiasm for the creation of a community focus that the provision of a dedicated community venue will promote the following activities:

Children and Young People
 The dedicated meeting place will support activities for young people based on need.

Support Out-of-Term activities

Evidence suggests that community activity should not be confined to the school, there are children and young people who do not want to go back to school for activities.

Older people
Provide a place for older people to meet and socialise.

The Hive will encourage and facilitate new community group meetings and activities.  Interest in local craft and arts group activities were requested at the public meetings.

The closure of Age Concern in the village presents the community with an opportunity to consult with elderly residents with regard to their current needs.   Planning sessions based on identified need will be organised with Age UK to guide future development.   Where possible we will work closely with existing services and their partners to improve, increase and provide the opportunities available to all the residents of Ushaw moor and its surrounding villages.

Increasing the volunteer base is an obvious challenge

The new computer suite and associated activities will support workshops and programmes promoting intergenerational activities, citizenship, inclusion, tolerance and life skills.

The Hive will provide a base for the Ushaw Moor HAGGRID Community Garden project and support the training and workshop elements of the project.

It will serve as a meeting place and additional training venue for the Friends of the Community Garden.

With the support of local business we aim to encourage enterprise and strong youth involvement and through such activities capture talent, engage potential and empower young people to drive change.  The building will offer unique fund raising, work experience and, through linking with the community garden, future social enterprise opportunities, and in doing so serve to showcase positive community activity.

The potential to work with our local CVS to develop meals on wheels provision is also being explored.

Community Safety
The Hive will provide a much needed drop in centre for the Neighbourhood Policing Team. Facilitate PACT and Neighbourhood Watch meetings, supporting the promotion of our Village Watch initiative; including other voluntary organisations that need to deliver services at local level e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau.

via The Hive ‚Äď Ushaw Moor Action Group.

Greenspace : Bus Service to Ushaw College – Durham University

To assist staff and students who are now based at Ushaw College, a new bus service, effective from Monday 3rd April 2012, is now in operation.

This service runs a circular route from Durham Bus Station/North Road Bus Stop to Ushaw College on an hour basis throughout the day. The U1 bus service is a public service, and staff and students can travel free on this service. The bus stops for the U1 bus service are as follows:

Durham Bus Station/North Road Bus Stop

New Elvet

South Road, Collingwood College

South Road, Cemetery

South Road, Durham High School

A167 Opposite Merryoaks Estate

Ushaw College Gates (Main Road)

Ushaw College (Business School Entrance)

Staff and students can also travel on other bus services which go to Ushaw Moor free of charge on production of a valid Campus ID Card. Please note that free travel on these services is only valid between the set points of the Bus Station, North Road and Ushaw Moor/Bear Park. The bus services in question are as follows:

Number 52 (stops outside the main gates of Ushaw)

Number 43 (stops at Ushaw Moor – Flass Inn)

Number 48 (stops at Bear Park, Aged Miners Homes)

via Greenspace : Bus Service to Ushaw College – Durham University.

Cuban Wheels – Action for Charity – Alexandria Charters

Blog on our efforts so far at and my just giving page is

My name is Alexandria Charters and I live in Ushaw Moor, County Durham I am a busy working mum with four young children. My godmother who lives in Carlisle and I have signed up with action for charity to raise money for three worthwhile charities in memory of my mum who I sadly lost just under 2 years ago to breast cancer. The three charities are breast cancer care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer and Ovarian Action registered charity number 268369. We both have a lot of training to do to ride 400km around Cuba in 5 days in October 2013, We both need to raise ¬£2900 in sponsorship money to keep our places on the challenge and we are working on ideas and events to reach the target.

This is an ‘adventure’… a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip.. it will be a challenge and an amazing experience.. It will provide incredible memories and bring together two people from different generations with different life experiences on a journey together… because of one person they both loved – ‘Trudy’ … this trip will be our tribute to her, whilst at the same time raise funds to help others who sadly find themselves in a similar situation..

Alex and I will be partaking in a ‘Women v Cancer’ cycle ride – a mere 400km across Cuba. The funds raised will be divided equally between: Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.. some money will also be donated to help women fight cancer in Cuba….

blog on our efforts so far at and my just giving page is

Read their STORY in the Cumberland NEWS

via Cuban Wheels – October 2013.

Time to turn to 101 – Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary’s non-emergency phone number – 101 ‚Äď will be the only number for people in the region to call as from today.

The new national non-emergency number 101 went live in Durham in December 2011. It automatically connects callers to their nearest force, but includes options for four other neighbouring forces.

The aim is to have a single non-emergency number for the police which is easy to remember and make it simpler for the public to contact the police in non-emergency situations.

Durham’s previous number ‚Äď 0845 6060365, which dates back to 2003 – will be switched off from today. Any callers will receive a message advising them to hang up and ring 101.

Although the alternative number – 0345 6060365 – will still operate, it is tailored towards people calling from outside County Durham and Darlington. Local callers using this number will receive a message advising them to use 101.

Chief Superintendent John Bell, head of Durham Constabulary’s Response Command, said: “101 is already proving popular for providing people with quick, direct access to their nearest police force. Our response times remain high and we want this to continue, so the more people who use 101 the better. Using 101 will enable us to continue to provide an effective policing service to the people of County Durham and Darlington.”

Time to turn to 101 –.

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