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European bronze joy for gymnasts

October 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Two gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy have become the club’s first female acrobats to win a senior all-round competition medal on the international stage.

Abbi Greaves, 15, from Ushaw Moor and Chelsea Fisher, 19, competed in the Women’s Pair at the 2015 Senior European Championships and won bronze in the all-around competition, behind Belarus (silver) and Russia (gold).

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/community/european-bronze-joy-for-gymnasts-1-7514246

Gymnasts bidding for Euro glory – Sunderland Echo

September 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Six gymnasts from a Durham club are representing Britain in the Acrobatic European Championships in Germany.

The gymnasts are from Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Ushaw Moor.

Nathan Brady, Ryan Dury, Michael Gill and Finn Gavin will compete in the 12-18 Men’s Group. Although gold medallists in the world championships last year, this is a new line-up, with Ryan joining the team for his first international competition. The four are the current British champions.

Chelsea Fisher and Abbi Greaves will compete in the Senior Women’s Pair for the first time in an international competition after moving up from the age group category following their gold medal success at the World Championships in 2014. They are also current British champions.

Source: Gymnasts bidding for Euro glory – Sunderland Echo

Taylor Wimpey help fund new girls’ teams – Durham Federation FC

A HOUSEBUILDER has donated £500 to a school football club.

Developer Taylor Wimpey gave the money to Durham Federation FC, based in Ushaw Moor, to help fund new girls’ teams.

The club already has ten teams and hopes to establish girls’ teams at under 10, under 12 and under 14 level.

Matt Stevenson, the club secretary, said: “We are extremely grateful for Taylor Wimpey’s generous support, which has given us a huge boost and enabled us to offer girls in the local area the opportunity to play football.

“In a short space of time, we have already seen an influx of girls interested in joining the club and we’re looking forward to playing competitive matches in the near future.”

Taylor Wimpey has been building 167 new homes in Ushaw Moor, on land north of Ladysmith Terrace – less than a mile from the Durham Federation’s campus at Durham Community Business College.

The new estate, known as Middlewood Moor, will be unveiled on Saturday (May 2).

Karl Morton, the firm’s North East sales and marketing director, said: “With our new development opening just down the road from the club, it’s extremely important to us to support local projects where we can.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help Durham Federation offer football for girls for the very first time and we wish the new players the best of luck.”

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via Defensive wall: housebuilder donates £500 to football club (From Durham Times).

GYMNASTICS: Deerness tumblers target more success as 2015 gets into full swing (From The Northern Echo)

January 31, 2015 Leave a comment

DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy is hoping to get 2015 off to a flying start as its young tumblers enter the Regional NDP (National Development Program) Championships this weekend.

The regional championships are being held in Hartlepool tomorrow when 19 tumblers from Deerness will compete against other tumblers from the region to compete to represent the region at national level.

The 19 Deerness Gymnastics Academy gymnasts are: Tia Barratt, Mya Malthouse, Ava Bayles, Tom Reid, Olivia Bell, Samantha Tull, Sophie Smith, Beth Watson, Abigail Raine, Daniel Wilkinson, Tia Simpson, Lorna McAllister, Quinn Young, Solomon Cornwell, Lewis Westwood, Megan Young, Eve Coates, Cleo Watson and Amy Jeff.

In total 168 gymnasts from clubs right across the North-East will thrill and entertain with their skills as they contend for medals in the different categories and the opportunity to proceed to the National NDP semi-finals.

The top two in each category will make it through to the semi-finals in Peterborough in May and Sheffield in June, hoping to then qualify for the national finals.

via GYMNASTICS: Deerness tumblers target more success as 2015 gets into full swing (From The Northern Echo).

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 http://www.beamish.org.uk. 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

Trio of gold medals for Deerness Gymnasts (From Durham Times)

March 28, 2014 Leave a comment

NORTH EAST gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy have returned from the British Acrobatic Championships with three gold medals and one silver medal and with all reigning British Champions retaining their titles.

Twelve of the 15 gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy, who competed in British Acrobatic Gymnastic Championships last weekend against the very best acrobatic gymnasts from around the country, returned with a medal and the womens trio were a close fourth in their very first British Championships.

Abbi Greaves, 13, from Ushaw Moor and Chelsea Fisher, 17, from Darlington, took the British title for the second year in the 12-18 Womens Pair. Last year they also won a silver medal in the European Championships.

Millie Nesbitt, 15, from Durham and Liam Sneath, 17, from Spennymoor also took the British title for the second year in the 12-18 Mixed Pair. Last year they also won a silver medal in the European Championships.

Eight gymnasts competed in two different mens four groups. Winning the gold medal and British title in the 11-16 age category were Michael Gill, 15, from Ponteland, Nathan Brady, 15, from Durham, Stuart Napier, 14, from Durham and Finn Gavin, 12, from Alnwick.

via Trio of gold medals for Deerness gymnasts (From Durham Times).