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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).


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

Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Deerness, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City hosted the Deerness Floor Championships

March 17, 2014 Leave a comment

HUNDREDS of the North-East’s most promising young gymnasts displayed their talents in a keenly-contested championships yesterday (Saturday).

Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Deerness, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City hosted the Deerness Floor Championships, attracting entries from 12 gymnastics clubs across the region, with more than 500 people taking part.

Many gymnasts from the Durham club took part in the competition which was developed to give young children the opportunity to perform their gymnastic skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.

Children aged four to 16, including novices, intermediates and advance gymnasts, participated in individual, pairs and disability categories.

The academy’s gymnastic director Karl Wharton said: “Congratulations and many thanks to all the clubs, gymnasts, coaches, parents and volunteers who made this a very successful day.

“Although Deerness Gymnastics Academy is known as a major club in GB gymnastics and home to world, European and British champions the club is also committed in helping to develop happy, healthy and confident children throughout the region.

“The sport also provides many young people throughout Durham and the North-East with the opportunity to improve their health and physical development, promote social and emotional skills as well as boost their confidence.

“Competitions like these are a great way to introduce children and young people to the competitive side of the sport.”

Deerness Gymnastics Academy, which has One Show and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker as its patron, has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past 20 years, with more than 100 international gymnasts securing 70 world and European medals. It has four World and six European Champions on its roll of honour.

To find out more about the academy contact 0191-373 9419 or visit

via Hundreds of young gymnasts display skills in regional contest at Deerness Gymnastics Academy (From The Northern Echo).

Mini Mixers next session is a Mothers Day special – Saturday 29th March The Hut Ushaw Moor

March 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Mini Mixers next session is a Mothers Day special – Saturday 29th March at 1.30pm (The Hut, Ushaw Moor, Durham)

Join our Mini Mixers having oodles of Creative fun making lovely Mothers Day cards and having a Mini Cupcake Masterclass decorating Cupcakes for Mum using edible lustre dust and more!

£7 per child – Suitable for children aged 3 – 12 yrs approx.
Booking and prepayment essential – Contact or ring 07977 484767

Mini Mixers – Timeline Photos.

Durham gymnasts to support Diversity on UK tour From Durham Times

November 5, 2013 Leave a comment

FOUR North-East gymnasts are to support dance stars Diversity on their UK tour.


Acropolis, part of Deerness Gymnastics Academy, in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, will join Diversity, winners of TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent, for the dance group’s Limitless tour.

Diversity choreographer Ashley Banjo said: “I had heard that Acropolis had world-class gymnasts so I visited the club.

“They are amazing – and having international medal-winning acrobats is definitely giving the show an added dimension.”

The Acropolis stars taking part are: Millie Nesbitt, 14, from Durham; Liam Sneath, 16, from Spennymoor; Tim Pritchard, 18, from Durham; and Alex Houston, 20, from Consett.

The tour visits Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Tuesday, December 3.

For more information on the Limitless tour, visit

via Durham gymnasts to support Diversity on UK tour From Durham Times.

Enterprise Development and Education Network – Ushaw Moor Cafe

October 19, 2013 Leave a comment

We are a Cafe based in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, giving young people in the area and other ages a chance for training in working in the Cafe and also work experience, this is because of our close links with Enterprise Development and Education Network, also known as EDEN. EDEN which is run by Anne-Marie Booth who is also the Manager of the Cafe. We are primarily based in the lovely Village of Ushaw Moor, in ‘The Hive’. Our staff who are all volunteers are extremely friendly and constantly open for a chat. So if you are ever visiting Durham, this is the place to go.

Basic info

Joined Facebook 19/10/2013

Location 5 Station Rd, DH7 7PX Ushaw Moor

Wed – Fri: 10:00 – 16:00
Sat: 10:00 – 14:00

Enterprise Development and Education Network.

New cafe is space to meet in Ushaw Moor From The Northern Echo

October 18, 2013 Leave a comment


The opening of The Hive; a community cafe in Ushaw Moor. From left social entrepreneur Andrea Watts, Anne-Marie Booth and Rachel Shepherd, chair of Ushaw Moor Action Group The opening of The Hive; a community cafe in Ushaw Moor. From left social entrepreneur Andrea Watts, Anne-Marie Booth and Rachel Shepherd, chair of Ushaw Moor Action Group


A VOLUNTEER-run cafe has opened in a community hub.


Drinks, scones and teacakes are being served at The Hive, on Station Road, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, after the coffee shop was officially opened by social entrepreneur Andrea Watts today (Thursday, October 17).


The cafe was set up to meet an identified need for space for the community to meet, particularly young people.


It is hoped it will become a training centre for village youngsters, who will get work experience in the cafe.


The facility will be run by the Enterprise Development and Education Network (Eden). Eden leader Anne-Marie Booth said: “The opening went really well. We had a near-constant flow of people all day and two young people volunteered to help.”


The cafe, decorated with pictures of the local area, will be open Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

via New cafe is space to meet in Ushaw Moor From The Northern Echo.