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Ushaw Moor Celebrate Start of Christmas – Decorate Our Community TREE

November 30, 2013 Leave a comment

RESIDENTS are being invited to plant and decorate a community Christmas tree.


The festive tree will be planted in Ushaw Moor Community Garden next week with a free family fun day being organised around the decoration of the tree.

Ushaw Moor Action Group organised the planting of the tree in the community garden where it can be seen by people passing on the main road.

Currently, the village has no lights and there is demand for a tree to give the community a festive feeling.

Other activities include card and wreath making workshops and a Santa’s grotto where children will be given a free gift.

There will also be a selection of free food and drinks on offer including hog roast, hot drinks and mince pies.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 7 from noon to 3pm at Ushaw Moor Community Garden.

via Village to celebrate start of Christmas From The Northern Echo.


Gymnastic team to appear at Local Heroes Awards (From The Northern Echo)

November 29, 2013 Leave a comment

A SPECTACULAR gymnastics team who have appeared on TV across Europe are to perform at The Northern Echo’s Local Heroes Awards.

Although four members of Durham-based Acropolis are currently on a UK tour with Ashley Banjo and Diversity, 10 of the team have agreed to appear at the awards ceremony, taking place in the Dolphin Centre, in Darlington on December 5.

Acropolis, based at Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Ushaw Moor, perform incredible feats of acrobatic strength, agility and bravery, combined with beautiful gymnastics and stunning choreography.

Performers at Local Heroes will include European silver medallists: Chelsea Fisher, Abbi Greaves, Michael Gill, Stuart Napier, Nathan Brady and Finn Gavin, alongside the emerging talent of Steven Dixon, Paul Dixon, Andrew Piper and Marcus Winship.

Acropolis won last year’s ITV show \”Let’s Get Gold\” and came second in the French talent show \”The Best Le Meilleur Artiste\”.

via Gymnastic team to appear at Local Heroes Awards (From The Northern Echo).

Durham Tumblers Triumphant at World Championship

November 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Two tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics Academy have returned to the club with SILVER medals after competing in the 2013 Tumbling World Championships for Great Britain in Bulgaria.

Shanice Davidson from Washington took SILVER in the 13-14 girls age group and Rachel Davies from Langley Park took SILVER in 15-16 girls age group.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy, head of tumbling, Glen Wharton was also selected as one of the team coaches. His vision has always been for Deerness Gymnastics Club to become one of the strongest clubs in the country and he has an absolute passion and determination for Tumbling Gymnastics.

“These were fantastic displays by our tumblers,” said Glen Wharton, head of tumbling. “I would have been really pleased to just make the finals however to bring back two World Championship SIlver medals is a great achievement for both Shanice and Rachel but also their coaches, families and also the club.

“Tumbling is a relatively new discipline for Deerness Gymnastics Academy but we have been able to achieve a lot in short amount of time and its a real achievement for the club to continue to represent and win medals for Great Britain at international level.

“We have started new tumbling recreational classes here at Deerness Gymnastics Academy and we hope this will inspire our younger and newer club members as we continue to  develop the club for both the local community as well as national and international gymnastics.”

The 2013 Trampoline, Tumbling & Double Mini Trampoline World and World Age Group Championships were held in Sofia, Bulgaria between 14 and 17 November. The Great Britain tumbling team has representatives from 11 different gymnastics clubs across the country and in total seven tumblers from Deerness represented Great Britain, making up a quarter of the whole squad.

The club took over the running of Deerness Gymnastics Academy last year, following the closure of Deerness Leisure Centre by Durham County Council, and is making gymnastics coaching available to all ages from novice to elite level.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy, which now has Matt Baker as its patron, has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past twenty years, with over 100 international gymnasts with more than seventy World and European medallists, including four World and six European Champions in its roll of honour. It is not only one of the most successful clubs in Great Britain but it is also recognised on the International scene as one of the top clubs in the world.

To find out more call: 0191 373 9419 or visit follow on twitter @deernessga or find on Facebook.

via Durham Tumblers Triumphant at World Championship – Sky Tyne and Wear.

Festive fun at Ushaw Moor – Community garden

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment


FREE Festive Family Fun is on offer the at the Community Garden, off Durham Road, Ushaw Moor, near Durham.

A Santa’s Grotto will appeal to younger visitors, with various Christmas craft workshops, including a Christmas card class, bauble decorating and wreath making.

All those attending can then help to decorate and light the site’s community Christmas tree.

There is also the tempting prospect of free hog roast, plus hot drinks and mince pies.

The event, on Saturday December 7, running from noon – 3pm, is organised by the Lottery-funded Ushaw Moor Action Group.

via Festive fun on offer at village’s community garden From The Northern Echo.

Medal for Michael in top European event – Morpeth Herald

November 19, 2013 Leave a comment

A PONTELAND gymnast has won a silver medal at a prestigious competition which attracts some of the sport’s hottest stars.

Michael Gill, 15, got his hands on the gong at the recent European Gymnastics Acrobatic Championships in Portugal.

The youngster was part of a quartet from Durham’s Deerness Gymnastics Academy that came second in the 11-16 age men’s four contest.

The other members were Finn Gavin, 11, from Alnwick, as well as Nathan Brady, 15, and Stuart Napier, 14, both from Durham.

A total of 10 Deerness gymnasts competed at the championships and they all won silver medals.

The group, including Michael, are British champions and they are coached by Stuart Thompson and Karl Wharton.

via Medal for Michael in top European event – Morpeth Herald.

Advice in Ushaw Moor From The Northern Echo

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Durham Citizens Advice Bureau will hold an outreach advice session on Thursday November 21 in Ushaw Moor Sure Centre from 11am to noon. No appointment is needed.

via Advice in Ushaw Moor From The Northern Echo.

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November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

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