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 email@example.com
‘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 www.durham.gov.uk/leisurecentres