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2013 in review

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Former Ushaw Moor Club – Land Release in 2014

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment


Children from Silver Tree Primary – Name New Housing Development

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

A PRIMARY school pupil has been chosen to name a new housing development in her village.

Children from Silver Tree Primary School, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, were set the challenge by housing company, Keepmoat.

The organisation has just completed an older persons’ accommodation scheme on behalf of social housing provider Housing Hartlepool, in Skippers Meadow, Ushaw Moor.

Before work on the development began, staff from Keepmoat visited the school to talk to the children and highlighted the dangers of playing on building sites.

The Hebburn-based firm joined the children, aged between four and 11-years-old, at their daily assembly, showed them an interactive DVD and invited them to think of a new name for the development.

Paisley Eldridge was the lucky winner with her chosen name of Silver Tree Gardens.

The 11-year-old was presented with gift vouchers by Keepmoat staff during a special ceremony held earlier this month.

She was also presented with a plaque, which will be placed in the school’s garden alongside a Silver Birch tree planted to mark the new development.

Paisley said: “I was really pleased that my name was selected and that I was able to plant the tree in the school garden.

“When me and my friends are older we can go back and see how it has grown and be really proud of it.”

via Name for housing development chosen by pupil From The Northern Echo.

Ushaw Historic Catholic Seminary could become Durham University college

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment


TALKS have begun which could see a historic former Catholic seminary reborn as a university college.

Bosses from Durham University and the Roman Catholic Church are in negotiations over the future of Ushaw College, a 200-year-old priests’ training school which counts among its alumni Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman, Bishop Hugh Lindsay and comedians Johnny Vegas and Alfie Joey.

The seminary, at Ushaw Moor, near Durham, closed in July 2011, amid falling rolls and worsening finances.

But days before the doors closed plans were announced to turn the Grade I and II-listed buildings into an extension of Durham University’s world-leading Centre for Catholic Studies, under the new name of The International Centre for Advanced Catholic Studies.

Today (Wednesday, December 18), the University and Church announced they were in talks which could see most of the college occupied and managed by the University, while still owned and overseen by the Church.

They also signed a so-called Heads of Terms agreement, cementing the partnership.

Professor Chris Higgins, vice-chancellor of Durham University, said: “The signing of the Heads of Terms marks a significant step in exploring the potential opportunities for this historically important site.

“We look forward to working with the Ushaw trustees and with the many communities that have an interest in supporting the future of the college to ensure that its collections are preserved intact in Durham and are made more widely available to the community as well as to educators and researchers from the University and around the world.”

Bishop Terence Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough and acting chair of the college’s trustees, said: “We are delighted that the work and efforts of the joint steering group for the Ushaw project have resulted in a proposal that could allow the heritage of Ushaw College, its collections and library, as well as its educational traditions, to continue and to secure a future for this very important estate within the Catholic community.”

Prof Paul Murray, dean and director of the University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, said the collaboration held real promise for the region, the national and international Catholic community and the international scholarly community and urged supporters to come forward to get involved.

via Historic Catholic seminary could become Durham University college From The Northern Echo.

Pittington Brass Band perform at Ushaw Moor Baptist Chruch – Sat Dec 14th

December 11, 2013 Leave a comment

A BRASS band wille to perform their annual Christmas concert next week.

Pittington Brass Band will perform at Ushaw Moor Baptist Church, in Ushaw Moor, Durham City on Saturday, December 14.

The church has a tradition of inviting the community and the band to join them for a free Christmas concert and supper.

The concert is known for giving the audience plenty of opportunity to join in with carols and other Christmas songs.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7pm. No tickets are required, everyone is welcome.

via Brass band to play Xmas concert (From The Northern Echo).

TWO tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics Academy pick up silver medals

December 7, 2013 Leave a comment

TWO tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics Academy are ready to enjoy Christmas after picking up silver medals in the Tumbling World Championships in Bulgaria.

Shanice Davidson, from Washington, secured a silver in the 13-14 girls age group and Rachel Davies, from Langley Park, was runner-up in the 15-16 category.

Deerness’s head of tumbling, Glen Wharton, who was among Great Britain’s coaches in Sofia, said: “These were fantastic displays by our tumblers.

“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.”

Anyone wishing to join or find out more about the Ushaw Moor-based club, call 0191 373 9419 or go online to

via Sofia silver for Shanice – Sunderland Echo.

Life Coach Directory – Find a Life Coach or NLP Practitioner Near You

December 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Life Coach Directory (, a website which I hope may be of interest to you and your visitors.

Life Coach Directory was set-up in order to raise awareness of coaching and to enable visitors to find the most suitable qualified coach for their needs. Coaching is the process of guiding a person from where they are to where they want to be, and can address a range of areas from career advice to family coaching.

To ensure the professionalism of our website, all listed coaches have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.

Life Coach Directory – Find a Life Coach or NLP Practitioner Near You.