Archive for July, 2012

Fruit and Veg at the Hive – Ushaw Moor Action Group

A selection of fruit and vegetables will be on sale at the Hive 5 Station Road on Fridays from 10.00 till 2.00, all proceeds will support new community projects.

via Fruit and Veg at the Hive – Ushaw Moor Action Group.


Durham’s Got Talent – Junior Acropolis Come Third in Talent Competion

Junior Acropolis

Junior Acropolis

Gymnastic foursome Junior Acropolis opened the second half and brought cries of amazement with their extraordinary athleticism, the highlight being when youngest member, Stuart Napier, was flipped high into the air by twins Steven and Paul Dixon, to be caught on the fists of Paul Dixon again and Andrew Piper, a move clumsy to describe, but smooth and swift in its execution.

The judges, Kate Sorahan, Jack Haywood, Keegan Harris, Amanda Hopgood and Jo-Jo, took only five minutes to decide the winners.

Third were Junior Acropolis, out of Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Ushaw Moor, second Riverdance and the winner was a gob-smacked Katie Smith.

via Theatre focus on lots of talented youngsters From The Northern Echo.

Missing Kitten lost near South View Ushaw Moor

Missing Kitten

Has anyone today found a kitten in ushaw moor? my 8 week old female has gone missing. Shes all black with tabby stripes just visible and has a small white patch underneath between her legs. she was last seen at back of south view, please check your yard as she cant go far, if found please return to number 1 south view, thanks.
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Missing Kitten via Ushaw Moor DH7 on Streetlife.

Acropolis win ITV’s Let’s Get Gold talent show | ITV News


Acropolis have been named as winners of the ITV 1 talent show “Let’s Get Gold” and have won £100,000.

The group of acro-gymnasts wowed the judging panel of Rio Ferdinand, Freddie Flintoff, Martine McCutheon and Una Healy with their technique, skill and creative flair.

The programme was hosted by Vernon Kay and combined sport with entertainment in a mini-series of three pre-recorded programmes shown this week on ITV 1.


Over the three nights the programme was shown, groups competed to impress the judges in an attempt to win the trophy and £100,000 prize fund.

This is the latest achievement for the group who have previously already won a selection of European and worldwide competitions for gymnastics.

They train at Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Ushaw Moor, Co. Durham and are planing to use the prize money to encourage more people to take part in sport.

via Acropolis win ITV’s Let’s Get Gold talent show | ITV News.

Acropolis – Deerness Gymnastics Academy wins £100,000 on ITV’s Let’s Get Gold

Acropolis - Deerness Gymnastics Academy

Acropolis – Deerness Gymnastics Academy wins £100,000 on ITV’s Let’s Get Gold

A QUARTET of North-East gymnasts have bagged £100,000 for their club by becoming the first winners of a new TV talent show.

The four acro-gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy, based in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, wowed judges on ITV’s Let’s Get Gold, picking up the first cash prize in a show broadcast on Saturday night.

Competing as Acropolis, Matthew Evison, 19, and Richard Hurst, 21, both from Esh Winning, Dorian Walker, 21, from Durham City, and Jesse Heskett, 17, from Seaburn, Sunderland, showed off their skills to a judging panel of footballer Rio Ferdinand, cricketer Andrew Flintoff and singers Martine McCutcheon and Una Healy, with host Vernon Kay watching on.

Over recent years, the club has won a string of British, European and world titles, producing more than 60 Team GB athletes. However, Saturday’s cash jackpot completes a remarkable turnaround its recent fortunes.

Just last year, it was threatened with homelessness when Durham County Council announced plans to close its leisure centre base.

However, the club took over running the facility itself and now offers community classes, courses and meeting spaces.

Karl Wharton, the academy’s director of gymnastics, said: “As a charitable body and volunteer-led club, the prize fund is going to make such a big difference to our future.”

Mr Walker, 21, said: “It was just incredible. I didn’t really believe it was happening. You were on stage and all of a sudden people were congratulating you.

“We were up against people doing other sports and the aim was to find the one with the most entertainment value, so it was a bit different to competing in a championship.”

Jesse said: “When they said we’d won it was really a shock. We went into the competition a bit bare, not really knowing what it was all about. I was just astonished to think we’d won.”

Team coach Stuart Thompson added: “It (the academy) costs about £7,000 a month to run and while we could have managed without the prize money it will give us a handy buffer while we build up membership.”

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via Durham gym club wins £100,000 on TV talent show From Durham Times.