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  • Free fun for children on National Play Day
    Youngsters can get fired up about archery, dress up as a Victorian and take a trip down a lead mine at a free fun day next week. Killhope: the North of England Lead Mining Museum is celebrating National Play Day on Wednesday, 6 August with a special day of free games and activities. Young visitors will be able to try their hand at archery, get creative with colouring crafts and play dough and dress up in Victorian costume. There will also be a sand pit, water play area, fairground ride and bat the rat game. Adventurous children who are four-years-old or over can also take a trip down the museum’s lead mine. Admission to the museum is completely free on National Play Day for all children accompanied by a paying adult. Booking is recommended for all sessions. To book, call 01388 537 505 or email
  • ‘Green’ sweep for County Durham in open spaces award
    Green flags are flying high and proud across County Durham in celebration of a series of national open spaces awards.All 15 of Durham County Council’s parks, cemeteries, crematoriums and countryside sites to have applied have been handed prestigious Green Flag status in 2014 following a recent assessment.The awards recognise the high levels of maintenance needed to keep the areas in pristine condition as well as the excellent standards in management and good practice.The Green Flag scheme, which is managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and was launched in 1996, sees judges look at various criteria, including maintenance, conservation and community involvement, as well as how welcoming, healthy, safe and secure open spaces are.Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We’re delighted that 15 of our sites have received Green Flag awards, reflecting the high standards of these open spaces.“This goes to show how much hard work, commitment and pride continues to be demonstrated by all those involved, from council staff to a large number of dedicated volunteers. My congratulations go to everyone involved in achieving this hallmark of quality.”The sites to have picked up Green Flag status this year are:Parks:• Annfield Plain Park • Hardwick Park, Sedgefield• Blackhill and Consett Park• Chester-le-Street Riverside Park• View Lane Park, Stanley• Bishop Auckland town recreation groundCemeteries/crematoriums:• Castleside Cemetery, Consett• Moorside Cemetery, Consett• Ropery Lane Cemetery, Chester-le-Street• Sacriston Cemetery, Sacriston• South Road Cemetery and Crematorium, Durham City• Mountsett Crematorium, DiptonCountryside sites:• Hurworth Burn to Station Town railway path• Waskerley Way railway path• Witton Dene nature reserve
  • Get your Check 4 Life
    People are being encouraged to take up free health checks at County Durham leisure centres. Check 4 life health checks are aimed at assessing the risk of developing serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.  They are available at most Durham County Council run leisure centres for people aged between 16 and 74.   Lynne Archer, aged 57, from Spennymoor, is one of many people who have already benefited by taking advantage of the checks.   She said: “By having this health check I found out I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.   “I was advised to visit my GP where I was diagnosed with type two diabetes. I now go to the gym three times a week and have drastically changed my eating habits.”   Your Check 4 Life health check takes around 30 minutes and includes:   Height, weight, waist and blood pressure measurements Simple finger stick test for cholesterol; Questions about your health, diet, exercise and family medical history; An assessment of your level of cardiovascular risk Advice on improving your health and fitness.  They are available at Chester-le-Street, Freeman’s Quay, Newton Aycliffe, Riverside, Shildon-Sunnydale, Spennymoor, Teesdale and Woodhouse Close leisure centres.   To arrange an appointment people can contact their local leisure centre or telephone 03000 266 555.  People can find contact details for their local leisure centre by visiting          

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  • Potholes, 29th July
    The road running from Northumberland street to Morpeth Street is in a very poor condiion. The road is littered with very deep potholes which are a safety risk to both cars and pedestrians, this area is predominately an aged persons dwelling area. The road has been reported before but absoloutely nothing has been done, this road is an accident waiting to happen. Some of the potholes are up to 10 cm deep with a surface area of 1.5 m square, which is quite an easy place to have a fall or damage a car which will follow with legal action against the coucil I am sure.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Morpeth Street, Peterlee
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  • Broken paving slabs, 28th July
    Several broken paving slabs outside of 17 and 18 lilac gardens crook co. durham dl159lu
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  • Street light broken, 28th July
    Street light broken outside of 24 cedar gardens crook county durham
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  • Overhanging Lime trees, 26th July
    Green Belt area with pathway to Picktree Lodge. Overhanging Lime trees that need to be trimmed as walkers need to duck to avoid them or walk on the grass. This is a popular walkway for all residents and is annoying.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Chester le Street
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  • Caravan parked in steeet, 22nd July
    Caravan parked in parking area for a couple of months. Unsecured, is legs are not down, if stones are removed from wheels, could quite easily roll down street. Blocking 2 limited car parking spaces.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 106 Beechfield, Newton Aycliffe
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  • Road sign, 22nd July
    Redundant temporary 'Flood' warning triangle. Hasn't been removed. Overgrown.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Durham Lane, Haswell
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  • Pot hole, 21st July
    Pot hole in the middle of the road on the junction. Outside 10 Albert Street.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 14 Albert Street, Chester le Street
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  • Hi, 20th July
    Really really bad
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 13 Londonderry Street, Dawdon
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  • Broken glass, 19th July
    The skate park and childrens play area is littered with broken glass from smashed beer bottles. It covers the floor in both areas
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 11 Wesley Grove, Bishop Auckland
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  • Broken Park bench, 15th July
    I live at 5 St Aidans Street Blackhill Consett and at the bottom of the road ther is a open grass area which has a seating bench . This bench has been vandalised and was laying on its side . Someone has come along and put the seat the right way but i am concerned that somone could get hurt as it is not safe
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  • Water leak within school grounds, 14th July
    There is water trickling out of the yard of the old 'infant' school. Across the footpath and down into the gutter. Going at a fair rate. Has been for a few days now. Looking through railings it appears to be coming from the school.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Seaside Lane South, Easington Colliery
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  • Speeding Cars & Double Parking, 14th July
    There is a serious issue with cars speeding through the estate. Turning into my drive I have nearly had the back end of my car taken off by someone going too fast. This is an accident waiting to happen and I am surprised a child has not already been knocked over. Also in areas of the estate there is an issue of cars double parked. This is to the extent you can not see around the corners what is coming until it is too late.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Carr House Mews, Consett
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  • Street Light, 11th July
    Street Light at the back of Watt Street broken and smashed
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Stephenson Street, Murton
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  • Ragwort flowering, 10th July
    From Guide Post Corner to the A66 a number of flowering Ragwort plants have appeared. Ragwort is a noxious, notifiable weed and the landowner has a responsibility to remove it when notified of its presence. Durham County Council is the landowner. It's likely that the next few weeks will see it flowering on both sides of the A66 Westwards to the County boundary. The Highways Agency is the responsible authority for this section of road.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A67, Bowes
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  • Speeding cars on egglestone drive onto holwick close, 10th July
    I live on holwick close on a corner plot outlook onto entrance of egglestone drive. I again report the speeding cars in this area. Someone will be killed by this irresponsible behaviour. I have neatly had the back end of my car taken off when manoeuvring onto drive as cars speed around corner. Speed bumps are not a deterrent. Something has to be done here before a child is killed.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Holwick Close, Templetown
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  • Column 1901, 9th July
    Column 1901, near to the industrial estate Quarrington hill Age Minors, is not working.
    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Quarrington Hill
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  • Column 369, 9th July
    369, Church Street Quarrington hill going down towards Kelloe has unfortunately yet again suffered from the hands of Vandals, it has been shot out or smashed yet again. this one is targeted a lot so I am wondering weather it may be a good idea to maybe put a grille on it once fixed

    Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Arterial, Quarrington Hill
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  • Film: Winter’s Tale
    Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) attempts to rob a mansion. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl who is dying. Advisory: Brief violence Cert: 12A, 118 mins.
  • Women’s Voices
    1.00pm - women only event (with crèche) 7.00pm - General admission Witness, enjoy and participate in the sharing of extraordinary, courageous and inspirational stories gathered from diverse women across County Durham and Darlington. 'Women's Voices' will feature live theatre, dance, art and cake. (Not suitable for children under 13.) This project has been kindly supported by Durham County Council, Arts Council England, Creative Darlington, Durham Women Rising, Jack Drum Arts and Changing Relations. For further information please contact: Alys on 0795529970 or Katie 07891009401 Tickets: 01388 765002
  • Folk: Bernard Wrigley
    The Bolton Bullfrog returns for another evening of captivating stories and funny songs. Support: Paul Davison
  • Exhibition: Class Act 2014
    This popular Workers' Educational Association (WEA) Art Group continues to thrive meeting Monday mornings in Bishop Auckland. The subjects are chosen by the students to explore new materials and techniques - watercolours are always popular and now charcoal and acrylics have been added. The group is for anyone who has an interest in painting and drawing, with a curiosity to develop their artistic abilities. New members are always welcome – for further information call Sue Abel on 01388 528635. The McGuinness Gallery is open: Mon to Fri: 10 am – 4 pm Sat: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm Free admission
  • Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    This Oscar winning comedy tells of the adventures of a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) at a famous hotel between the wars. Advisory: Some language and sexual content Cert: 15, 100 mins
  • Music: Winter in Eden
    After recently recording their third album in the Netherlands, produced by Within Temptation’s Ruud Jolie, Winter In Eden return to their home town to showcase live the new material from the album, along with some of their other anthemic classics, at this fantastic UK launch party. Described as “Nightwish… with a British accent”, their music builds from delightful symphonic instruments to crunching hard rock. Expect compelling vocals, muscular riffs, memorable hooks, swirling keyboards, pounding bass and thunderous drums. With support from Cloud Atlas.
  • Music: World War I
    Lunchtime Concert : Eileen Glenton, Eddie Gratton and George Hetherington To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War join Eileen, Eddie and George to evoke musical memories of that time in our history. Tickets: £4.00
  • Film: Inside Llewyn Davis
    A week in the life of a folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of ’61, guitar in tow, against the unforgiving New York winter. Advisory: Some language and sexual references Cert: 15, 104 mins
  • Theatre: Dead to Me
    Steven is a believer - in reason, logic and humanity. The Psychic believes in the spirits. The dead are always right. A disturbingly funny story about a man and a troubled relationship with a psychic and her spirit guide.
  • Folk: John Wrightson and Bert Draycott
    Town Hall favourites John and Bert return with an evening of great music and laughter.
  • Film: Noah
    A man is chosen to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. Starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson. Advisory: Some disturbing images Cert: 12A, 138 mins
  • Comedy: Carl Hutchinson, Sam Avery and MC Andy Fury
    Hilarity Bites presents Headliner for September is brilliant Geordie comic Carl Hutchinson. Carl has recently supported Chris Ramsey on several dates on his sell-out UK tour, whilst also performing sell-out shows himself: at the past two Edinburgh Fringe festivals, and supporting other comedians such as WWE legend Mick Foley! Joining Carl is top Liverpudlian comedian Sam Avery, who has similarly been performing in comedy clubs around the country, whilst also touring his own solo shows. Host for the evening is the brilliant Andy Fury.
  • Theatre: Money the Game Show
    Bush Theatre present: Join Casino and Queenie as they demonstrate how the world’s economic system came to the brink of collapse through a series of high stake games played with £10,000 in real pound coins. Ages 14+ (Contains strong language)
  • Exhibition: On Your Doorstep
    by Jackie Stonehouse. Jackie returns for her second exhibition at The McGuiness Gallery, where her journey of discovery continues. Using mixed media she experiments with surface texture, together with more traditional responses to her environment. Alongside Jackie's exhibition is an introduction to work by other local artists by way of expanding and showcasing the talent of the area. The McGuinness Gallery is open: Mon to Fri: 10 am – 4 pm Sat: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm Free admission
  • Talk: ‘Binchester – The Pompeii of the North East’
    Bishop Auckland Civic Society Present: Dr David Mason, Principal Archaeologist for Durham County Council will talk about Binchester Roman Fort.
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