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Ushaw Moor Community BLOG – 2014 in review

December 30, 2014 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 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 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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A very Merry Christmas from Ushaw Moor Community Blog

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Lots of good wishes to all the contributors and readers of Ushaw Moor Community Blog.

Your contributions are highly valued and hope they keep coming.

A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you all.



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Christmas 2014 bin collections – Durham

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Christmas 2014 bin collections Published December 11, 2014 Find information about household bin collections during the Christmas and New Year period.

Bins will be emptied as normal up to and including Wednesday 24 December. Over Christmas and New Year, the following changes will apply:

Bin collections

Bins will be emptied as normal up to and including Wednesday 24 December.

Over Christmas and New Year, the following changes will apply:

Normal collection days Revised Christmas collection days Revised New Year collection days
Tuesday Collection as normal 23 December 2014 Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Wednesday Collection as normal 24 December 2014 Friday. 2 January 2015
Thursday Monday, 29 December 14 Saturday, 3 January 2015
Friday Tuesday, 30 December 14 Monday, 5 January 2015

Normal collections will start resume from Tuesday 6 January 2015.

via Christmas 2014 bin collections – Durham.

Your 1950s council house could be the model for an exciting new project at Beamish Museum

December 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Any one who has been to Beamish museum will be familiar with the 1900s pit village, the pre-World War I town, and the 1940s farm.

These, among other attractions, are as close as you’ll get to stepping back into the North East’s past.

Now, Beamish is planning an exciting addition to its unique “living history” experience – a 1950s town.

The museum is inviting people to nominate their 1950s semi-detached house and see it replicated at Beamish.

As part of the opening celebrations, you’ll even get the chance to enjoy a short stay in the completed home.

Beamish needs your help to decide which style of semi-detached house should be replicated in its ambitious plans for a new 1950s Town.

If you live, or used to live, in a semi-detached house in the North East, built between 1950 and 1959 and originally constructed as social housing (although not necessarily still social housing) then you can nominate it to be replicated at Beamish. (You might even want to have a chat with your neighbour to get them involved).

Oakridge Road

The house which will be included in the final plan is set to be decided by a public vote between March 27 and 30, 2015.

Richard Evans, Beamish’s Director, said: “Our 1950s Town will tell the stories of the North East’s communities during an important decade of change. What better way to do this than by recreating the real homes of real people, to be shared with more than half a million visitors each year?”

Post-war Britain was a time of great change. The construction of new social housing estates in the 1950s was a big part of this change, as town planners tried to build better homes for ordinary people.

If your house is chosen for inclusion in the project, Beamish would like to work with you to explore the history of your home and the impact of the 1950s within your community.

The opening of new council houses, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, in May 1953
The opening of new council houses, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, in May 1953

The 1950s Town is set to include, in addition to houses, a parade of shops, police house, cafe, cinema and recreation area.

Aged Miners’ Homes will be a centre for people living with dementia and their families and carers, and a 1950s trolleybus system and restored buses will transport visitors.

  • If you’d like to nominate a 1950s semi, complete the online form at Alternatively, you can send the museum a one-minute video clip, via a YouTube or Facebook link, explaining why you would like your house to be replicated. Closing date for entries is 9am on March 5, 2015. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Beamish website.

Beamish staff will be visiting communities across the North East to share information about the exciting project and encourage people to make nominations.

Go along and find out more at:

  • Sunderland Bridges shopping centre, Saturday, January 24
  • Grainger Market, Newcastle, Saturday, January 31
  • Durham market place, Saturday, February 7
  • King Street, South Shields, Saturday, February 14;
  • Tynemouth Market, Sunday February 22.

Troubled school hit by financial crisis – Durham Federation – From The Northern Echo

December 13, 2014 Leave a comment

A CRISIS-hit federation school that was plunged into special measures just two years after being hailed the most improved in the country has hit a financial crisis, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Trevor Dunn, the principal at the Durham Federation, has written to staff and trade unions spelling out the need for “significant savings” to balance the budget.

Mr Dunn appealed for money saving ideas, including expressions of interest in early retirement or voluntary redundancy.

However, suggestions at least 15 jobs will be axed across the two schools, Durham Community Business College (DCBC) in Ushaw Moor and Fyndoune Community College in Sacriston, have been dismissed as premature.

 MP Kevan Jones, whose North Durham constituency covers Sacriston, said the development was alarming and the federation should be taken out of local authority hands and turned into an academy as quickly as possible.

However, Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, whose Durham City patch includes Ushaw Moor, said while it was very unfortunate, decisions on the federation’s future should not be rushed.

The Unison trade union, which represents many school staff, said it would be inappropriate to comment.

 In a statement, Mr Dunn said: “I have sent a letter to staff and trade unions outlining the need for the federation to make significant savings to balance its budget.

“The letter is clear that at this stage we are asking for suggestions or ideas to reduce spending, which could include expressions of interest in early retirement/voluntary redundancy, a reduction in hours, job sharing or new ways of working.”

He added: “I would like to stress that we are at the very early stages of this process and we will listen carefully to all suggestions before making any further decisions.”

The federation, the first in County Durham back in 2006, has suffered a remarkable fall from grace. Just two years ago, Fyndoune was the most improved secondary school in the country and DCBC was given £650,000 to pioneer vocational education with the region’s first Studio School sixth form.

 Subsequently, it lost three headteachers, including Anne Lakey who is facing child six charges, and a surprise Ofsted inspection in September led to the federation being put into special measures, the closure of its sixth form, the resignation of its chair of governors and its emergency conversion into an academy.

Mr Jones said the conversion must happen as quickly as possible to minimise uncertainty for staff and families – and with a sponsor other than Durham County Council, which he accused of dragging its feet over the school’s leadership problems.

Dr Blackman-Woods linked the budget deficit to the school’s management problems but said she hoped compulsory redundancies could be avoided.

Troubled school hit by financial crisis – From The Northern Echo

Karl Wharton named Local Hero of the Year for his tireless work supporting young gymnasts

December 12, 2014 Leave a comment


THE guiding light behind one of the North-East’s most successful gymnastics clubs was crowned 2014 Local Hero by sporting legend Steve Cram tonight (Thursday).

The 15th annual Northern Echo Local Heroes award saw sports stars, enthusiasts and administrators from across the North-East honoured at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre.

More than 800 people, including VIP guests such as former Sunderland ace Kevin Ball and athlete Allison Curbishley, saw Karl Wharton named Local Hero of the Year for his tireless work supporting young gymnasts.

The 51-year-old, from Ushaw Moor, founded the Deerness Gymnastics Academy and has dedicated 25 years of his life to helping youngsters and growing his club into one of the most successful sporting institutions in the region.

Mr Wharton has helped hundreds of gymnasts achieve sporting success, with more than 100 of his protégés representing Great Britain, over 80 winning medals and seven crowned as either European or world champions.

The university lecturer also served on the gymnastic’s world governing body and oversees the day-to-day running of the academy in his spare time.

Northern Echo editor and compere Peter Barron said: “In choosing a winner, the judges had an unenviable task.

“It was the closest call in the 15-year history of these awards, but the casting vote went to someone who epitomises what these awards are all about.

“It is someone who has invested a great deal of precious time into helping others excel at sport.

“It is someone who started from humble beginnings and created something very special – one of the leading grass roots sports organisations, not just in the North but the country.”

Mr Wharton also picked up the Sir Bobby Robson Leading Light Award and was awarded £5,000 by the County Durham Community Foundation in recognition of his dedication.

via From one sporting hero to another – Steve Cram honours Durham gymnast named 2014’s Local Hero of the Year (From The Northern Echo).

Middlewood Moor – Land off Whitehouse Lane – 167 Spacious family Homes – Ushaw Moor

December 11, 2014 Leave a comment

A fantastic development


Taylor Wimpey North East have been granted planning permission for new family homes in Ushaw Moor, County Durham on Thursday 1st July 2014. Having formally purchased the land on 1st December 2014 we intend to have ground workers on site immediately with the hope that we will launch our sales office in March/April of 2015.

We have had an exceptional early response to this exciting new development and would urge anyone interested in the site to ensure that they have registered for updates, to stay one step ahead.

Over the coming weeks this webpage will begin to fill with more and more information as we move ever closer to the launch of the development. However, if you would like to contact us directly via telephone or email do not hesitate to do so.

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The designs used throughout the development have been carefully planned and thought-out ensuring that the site is as homely as possible for its new residents, incorporating fantastic areas of green space and natural materials; slotting perfectly into the development surroudings.

Middlewood Moor will fit into the surrounding village of Ushaw Moor adding a fantastic array of homes, perfect for each and every buyer.

Each home will be built to the impeccably high standard set by Taylor Wimpey, ensuring every purchaser a relaxed, easier moving process.


Taylor Wimpey are already investing in the community surrounding the development and are constantly looking for opportunities  to help the area around Middlewood Moor thrive and develop even further.

Throughout our time on site we will  invest heavily in the community, not just through cash investments or sponsorship, but with time and labour too.

Middlewood Moor | Taylor Wimpey.