Archive for June, 2013

MP opens baby cafe at Ushaw Moor Children’s Centre

DURHAM City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, has officially opened a new Baby Cafe.

The cafe at Ushaw Moor Children’s Centre will be open on Fridays from 9.45am to 11.30am and offers a friendly and relaxed environment for pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and their families to meet each other and access support from experienced childcare professionals.

The Baby Cafe is particularly keen to stress the importance and benefits of breastfeeding and offers an environment in which mothers can feel comfortable and confident nursing their babies.

Ms Blackman-Woods said: “I was extremely pleased to be able to come and open the Baby Cafe and meet staff together with a number of mums and babies who are looking forward to the weekly sessions.

“I have always been a keen supporter of breastfeeding and the babies I saw were so content it was a delight to see.

“We all know that many new mums need and appreciate support, particularly with important issues like breastfeeding, from both professionals and other mothers.

“I hope that this Baby Cafe, and others like it setting up in and around Durham, are able to continue to offer this valuable support and encourage more new mums to learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding.”

via MP opens baby cafe From The Northern Echo.


Outstanding Achievement Award – John Booth, of Ushaw Moor Action Group


A COMMUNITY stalwart has won a national crimefighting award.


John Booth, of Ushaw Moor Action Group (Umag), near Durham, won the Outstanding Achievement Award at a House of Commons ceremony organised by the Queen’s Diamond Volunteering Awards.


The accolade means Umag is officially recognised as the best Neighbourhood Watch scheme in England and Wales.


Umag is a combined Neighbourhood Watch and residents’ association, which runs The Hive community hub on Station Road.


Earlier this year, Mr Booth was given Durham County Council’s Chairman’s Medal.


Also at the ceremony, Jim Allen, chair of Darlington Neighbourhood Watch, accepted the runner-up award for best Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.


Mr Allen has helped increase the percentage of homes in Darlington covered by Neighbourhood Watch from eight to 21.

via National honour for crimefighting John From The Northern Echo.

Man released after woman’s body found From The Northern Echo

Man released by police after woman’s body found in Ushaw Moor



A MAN arrested following the discovery of a woman’s body has been released without charge.


Police have confirmed they are not treating the death of the woman in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, as suspicious.


Officers were called to Skippers Meadow at around 11.30pm last night (Thursday, June 20) after reports that a woman’s body had been found.


Police and ambulance crews attended the scene where a 49-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released, was confirmed dead.


A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “A 63-year-old man was arrested and has since been helping police with their enquires.


“He has now been released with no further action.


“Details have been passed to the coroner and an inquest will open in due course”.

via Man released after woman’s body found From The Northern Echo.

Deerness Tumblers Take Four Gold – Sky Tyne and Wear

Deerness Gymnastics Academy is celebrating after eight of their young tumblers represented the region in a national competition last weekend – with half of them returning with a GOLD medal.

Eve Coates, age 11 (NDP 3 age 11-12), Hope Rackstraw, age 16 (NDP 4 age 15+), Rebekah Pattinson, age 14 (NDP 5 age 15+) and Erin Stone, age 14 (NDP 5 age 13-14) all won GOLD medals in their respective categories.

The Deerness gymnasts qualified for the national finals after all winning gold in the regional finals earlier this year. In total hundreds of gymnasts from across the country thrilled and entertained the judges with their with non-stop action of high-flying somersaults and twists and fast-paced tumbling at the event in Stoke.

“These are great results for the club, and great to see the hard work of the coaches and gymnasts being rewarded,” said Glen Wharton, head of tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy.

“Deerness Gymnastics Academy has a strong history as a gymnastics club and even though tumbling is a relatively new discipline for us we have been able to achieve a lot in short amount of time, we have celebrated European and World medals as well as regularly contributing members to the GB squads. We are all now working hard towards the British Championships with 19 of our tumblers qualifying for that event in July.”

via Deerness Tumblers Take Four Gold – Sky Tyne and Wear.

Baby cafe opens its doors – Ushaw Moor Childrens’s Centre

A BABY cafe is to open later this month.

The baby cafe movement, which launched 13 years ago, is a national network of breastfeeding drop-in sessions.

A new cafe is to be launched at Ushaw Moor Children’s Centre and will be officially opened by Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods on June 28.

Gillian Trotter, early years practitioner at the centre, said: “Breastfeeding is the most natural way for us to feed our babies, we recognise, however, that it isn’t always easy.

“Being part of the baby café means we are able to provide an even better level of support to breastfeeding mothers than we ever have done before.”

Breastfeeding mothers, their families and partners are welcome to drop into the Durham County Council-run centre on Durham Road, in Ushaw Moor every Friday between 9.45am and 11.30am.

Baby cafe opens its doors From The Advertiser Series.