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DURHAM County News

www.durham.gov.uk

Winter 2016

The magazine for people in County Durham

Behind the scenes at our perfect panto

Win luxurious overnight breaks

. Huge panto giveaway . Bumper winter what’s on


WELCOME

The nights may be getting darker, but in my role as Chairman of the Council I am meeting so many people who make our county a brighter place to be.

to the winter edition of Durham County News

Councillor Edward Bell, Chairman of the Council

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These include people who give their time or make our county a better place to live, like those volunteers who turned our towns and cities into a kaleidoscope of colour and contributed to our ‘In Bloom’ success. (See page 18)

Over the autumn, I was proud to represent our county at The Somme to see the new memorial bench to the 18 Durham Light Infantry Pals battalion unveiled. The public gave generously to this fundraising campaign, and it is both humbling and inspiring to think that 100 years on the valour of these soldiers still inspires people to give and remember. Our commitment to remembering the Durham Light Infantry also saw the opening of the DLI Collection research and study centre last month (see page 8).

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As we also look forward to the fun and festivities of Christmas in this issue, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy 2017.

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Cllr Edward Bell

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Manage your money at Christmas

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We’re ready for winter

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A stepping stone from leaving care

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Local news pages

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12 days of Christmas in Durham

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Our biggest ever winter What’s On

Front cover: Paul Dunn is ‘in the pink’ as Dame Trott in The Gala Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk production this winter.


A place to remember

November 11 is always a time to remember; to remember the courage and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom. And 2016 has been a special year filled with occasions to remember, in particular the harrowing events of the Somme 100 years ago. The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 when 60,000 British soldiers climbed out of their trenches and began to move across No Man’s Land. Within one hour, over half of these men were dead or wounded among them men from 18 DLI, the Durham Pals, who in 24 hours lost 75 men and saw 250 wounded.

Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. And you too can remember by pausing, contemplating and remembering at a new memorial bench to the Durham Pals, on Durham’s riverbanks. Its identical partner bench has been placed at Thiepval, the official Franco-British memorial to the missing. The benches mark the start and end of the Durham Pals’ fateful journey into battle. They were miners, bakers and farmers; sons, fathers and brothers; all embarking upon what was for many, their first and final journey beyond the shores of Great Britain.

The memorial benches were funded by a public appeal by the Somme Memorial Partnership, made up of Durham Cathedral, Durham County Council, Durham University, the DLI Trustees and The Northern Echo.

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Contact us: You can get lots of information, and apply online for council services via

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Your area, Your views

Get involved with our Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) this winter and help make things happen in your community! Vote on what you think are the main priorities for your area and find out more about the work of your AAP. This year some AAPs are hosting their own forums or going along to local events. Find out what’s happening in your area at www.durham.gov.uk/aaps

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Rediscover County Durham

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Check out Visit County Durham’s new-look official tourism website. It showcases our glorious county to the max with its bold design, wonderful photographs and easy navigation for desktop PC, laptop, tablet and mobile. www.thisisdurham.com

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Includes rubbish and recycling, street lighting faults, potholes, commercial waste, neighbourhood wardens, stray dogs, abandoned vehicles, pest control, street cleaning, litter and dog fouling, graffiti, fly-tipping, fly posting, parks, open spaces and cemeteries maintenance.

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This month will see us opening our doors to children and young people and them taking over adult roles. It’s all part of the Children’s Commissioner's Takeover Challenge which puts children and young people in decisionmaking positions and encourages organisations to hear their views.

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Families Information Service

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A truly great outdoors

All eyes were on Durham’s great outdoors this autumn when Ben Fogle visited the county to film an action-packed video.

The adventurer was commissioned by Visit County Durham to film an episode of his online series Ben Fogle’s Great British Adventure here. Broadcaster Ben said: “This video will help to raise the profile of Durham’s outdoor activities - and inspire even more people to visit and see for themselves.”

Watch it online at www.britainisgreat.com

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Watch out for the big Lumiere announcement coming your way in November. www.durham.gov.uk/lumiere #LumiereDurham

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Listening to your views on our budget Thank you to everyone who got involved in our budget consultation this autumn.

We headed out to Area Action Partnership meetings, community groups, youth groups, leisure centres, local markets and even the supermarket to get your thoughts. And almost 3,500 people talked to us about how we should prioritise services and manage our budgets.

Council Leader, Simon Henig listens to residents’ views on the budget.

£185.9 million savings

As you’ll be aware, we’ve faced the largest challenge in our history saving more than £180 million as funding from central government has gone down year after year.

But it is now harder than ever to find savings and not affect frontline services. And, with £29.1 million of savings needed for 2017/18, we felt it was the right time to come back to you for your views.

We asked what you had thought of the changes so far; and what you thought of our proposals for the future. Although we are still looking at your feedback, initial results show that despite the huge cuts in funding around 55 per cent of people felt council services had stayed the same or improved; and most people feel we have taken the right approach.

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The majority of people agreed they would like to see more protection given to frontline services, like budgets for children and families; gritting and snow clearance; and job creation. And most people agreed they would prefer to see larger savings made from back-office areas. We’ll bring you more news of our budget planning and how we’re responding to your feedback in our spring edition.

Get into the festive spirit with Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa There’s a whole host of fantastic seasonal surprises in store, with Christmas party nights and lunches for those who like a little daytime revelry. With a range of live music tribute acts and delicious food, it’s the perfect location for friends, families or colleagues to have fun. Visit www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk to view all of the party packages and festive seasonal offers. We’ve teamed up with Ramside Hall Hotel so one lucky winner can enjoy an overnight stay in a premier room with breakfast the next day and use of the award-winning Spa at Ramside. To enter, just tell us the name of one of Ramside’s restaurants. ...................................................................................................................................................................................

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Investing in innovation today for a better tomorrow We want to celebrate County Durham as a leading light in the business world; a county that’s ablaze with fresh ideas and new ways of working; where we focus on building a better future for residents.

Over the last year we’ve worked with Business Durham, our economic development company, to launch several innovative projects to create high value jobs, generate economic growth and even solve health problems. We put the spotlight on three big projects.

Investing in bright futures

We’re shining a light on County Durham being a fantastic place to do business. And we’re so passionate about this that we’re prepared to put our money where our mouth is. That’s why we’ve set up Finance Durham, a £20 million investment fund to grow local businesses.

The investment fund will make financial investments in local businesses and those relocating here. Within the first ten years it’s predicted the fund will: 3 create or safeguard 2,000 jobs; 3 support over 500 businesses; and

3 directly invest in up to 70 businesses.

The scheme will make similar investments to those of a traditional venture capital fund. So not only will companies benefit from the support but, by targeting businesses with potential for high growth, Finance Durham is estimated to make a £6 million return in its first 10 years. We’ll then have the option to realise these profits or invest in even more businesses.

Coun Neil Foster, our Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said:

“Creating a stronger economy is one of our highest priorities. That’s why we’re taking direct action to support business and create and protect local jobs.”

A leading light in healthcare

Two big priorities of ours are improving health and boosting business. And with ‘Durham Smart County’ we’ve been thinking outside the box; finding an innovative solution to tackling health problems and encouraging high-value economic growth in our county at the same time. So why health? Because we want to see improvements in life expectancy, obesity, alcohol abuse, self-harm and smoking in County Durham.

So ‘Durham Smart County’ sees us join forces with local health organisations, the voluntary sector, universities and private companies to identify specific health issues. We’ll then support them to come up with innovative products and services which will make a difference to people’s lives, and prevent people from ever becoming patients. We believe it will lead to advanced solutions to our healthcare problems and, at the same time, help establish a

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commercial cluster in healthcare; winning investment, and creating more and better jobs.

Council Leader Simon Henig said: “We are rallying our local knowledge, expertise, resources and networks, to strive towards a more prosperous County Durham and to tackle health inequalities.”

A brilliant start for businesses

We’re giving new and growing businesses a bright start by purchasing a business incubator building that leaves a lasting impression. Salvus House, in Aykley Heads, Durham City, was praised for its dramatic design when it was built in 2005. When it came up for sale this year, we felt it was the perfect location for cutting-edge business start-ups needing city-centre office space, and we snapped it up. The award-winning offices will be managed by Business Durham.

Some of the space will be available for businesses to lease whilst the rest will house a new Durham City Incubator. This incubator will see us work with Durham University and New College Durham to help entrepreneurial businesses to thrive.

Shop locally and don’t pay for parking with free after three parking during December. All Durham County Council car parks across the county and on-street parking in Durham City will be free after 3pm during December and from 10am on Small Business Saturday - 3 December. 6

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Spotlight on success

3 Spectrum in Seaham has

increased its occupancy from 15 per cent to 60 per cent, approximately 2,000 new jobs.

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ambitious companies that want to grow, from new tech companies at NETPark in Sedgefield; to ResQ with 1,300 jobs, the single biggest inward investment in Durham in recent times.

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of four national technology centres at NETPark managed by CPI: Printable Electronics, Healthcare Photonics, Graphene Applications, and Formulation.

3 We’ve supported existing

businesses to grow; such as Thorn, Bristol Laboratories, Atom Bank and Hitachi.

Leading lights in business (from top to bottom): Centre for Process Innovation; Smart-7; Hitachi; PolyPhotonix; Salvus House and Thorn Lighting.

Find out more at www.businessdurham.co.uk 03000 261 261 Discover how we are illuminating our future at www.DurhamPlaceofLight.com

a luxurious break at the Best Western Beamish Hall Beamish Hall has a long and interesting history. With roots firmly in the 13th century, it was a wedding gift to celebrate the union of two Norman families. Passing through the hands of many northern aristocratic families, it was also the original home of Beamish Museum. Now owned and run by the Craggs family, it is a four-star country house hotel with 24 acres of woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens to enjoy. Visit the historic Eden Tearoom, Stables Restaurant or on-site micro-brewery - brewing seven real ales. 01207 233 733, www.Beamish-Hall.co.uk One lucky couple can win an overnight stay with evening meal in the Stables Restaurant and tour of the micro-brewery with a couple of tasters. To enter, tell us how many acres of land Beamish Hall is set within. ...................................................................................................................................................................................

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Lest we forget From the uniforms to the weapons to the medals, the Durham Light Infantry Collection provides amazing evidence of the daring deeds of our county’s own regiment. The lovingly-handmade crafts, closely-kept keepsakes and sporting memorabilia also give a startling insight into soldiers’ lives, loves and leisure time.

Now this collection of artefacts is available for research and study in a new centre in Spennymoor. We met Collections Managers, Gillian Kirkbride and Charlotte Barron to find out more. What are the new arrangements for the DLI Collection? The DLI Collection is very wide ranging. In planning the new arrangements we’ve thought about how best to care for the collection and the best way for people to access it.

Parts of the collection will be used in public exhibitions, like the Somme 1916 exhibition held at Palace Green Library. Other items are used by our education outreach team to deliver schools workshops. Medals are available to view by appointment at the Barker Reading Room in Palace Green Library, near Durham Cathedral. DLI archives, such as diaries, letters, photos and maps can be viewed by appointment at the Record Office in County Hall, Durham.

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Charlotte unveils a wooden roll of honour.

The other parts of the collection, like uniforms, weapons and personal effects are being kept in our new research and study area here at Spennymoor. How can people get the most from their visit to the research and study area? Talk to us about your area of interest before you come. Whether it’s a family or village connection, or a particular period in the DLI’s history, if we know what you want to get from your visit we can research which items are most appropriate and have them ready. What sort of things can people view? The collection spans a long history of the DLI, with the oldest items from 1758 and the most recent from 3 Rifles campaign in Afghanistan in 2010. It ranges from fire arms and uniforms; to china, silverware and decorative items from the mess; to personal items like embroidery and keepsakes.

DLI Collection: Amazing evidence of daring deeds

How much of the collection is accessible? For the first time in its history, the full collection of 15,000 artefacts is accessible. Like most museums, 80 per cent of the collection at the former DLI Museum was kept in storage with only 20 per cent on display.

Over the years we’ve worked with dedicated volunteers to produce a full inventory. And with the move, every button, badge and bullet had to be accounted for - all 80 pallets, 24 rails of costumes, 12 crates and 63 boxes of medals! The new specially refurbished storage is helping us keep items in better condition and given us easier access to share individual pieces with people. Why is it important to conserve this collection and keep it accessible? This collection is so important to County Durham. After all, the life we lead today is in some part down to the bravery of these people and the experiences they went through. This collection helps you relive those events in a way that books can’t. Having this research and study area and our schools education programme ensures the bravery of these soldiers is never forgotten.


How to see the DLI Collection

Gillian inspects a jacket.

See key items online at

www.durham.gov.uk/dlicollection

Gillian’s favourite piece

Book an appointment

These two windows are not that old, from 1952-1953, but this is the first time we’ve been able to properly unwrap and view them. Soldiers in Korea created them for their hand-built church which had ammunition tin walls, a thatched roof and these beautiful windows hand-painted with images of St George and the Venerable Bede.

Charlotte’s favourite piece

at the study and resource centre at Greenhills Business Park, Spennymoor DL16 6JB by calling 03000 266 631 or emailing dlicollectionenquiries@durham.gov.uk

Visit the Collection Library

on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-3pm when volunteers and Friends will help you.

To make an appointment to see medals at

The Barker Reading Room, Palace Green Library, Durham

call 0191 334 2972 or email pg.library@durham.ac.uk Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

It’s the astonishing story behind this Albert For the DLI archives at first-class medal from Durham County Record Office, 1916 that makes it so County Hall, Durham moving. It was awarded call 03000 267 619 or to Lance Corporal email record.office@durham.gov.uk George Alderson 10 Bn DLI. He was storing bombs when he heard a Newton Pippin rifle grenade fall from the to make an appointment (Monday to stands. He would have known he had just four seconds Wednesday). Check the online catalogue at until detonation, but he didn’t flee for his life as many www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk might. Calmly he carried the bomb to the window, but on seeing men working outside, he Coming soon: A new DLI exhibition at Palace headed to the door to throw it outside Green Library opens on Saturday 11 March 2017. instead. It exploded in his arms and More details to follow in our next edition. he died from his injuries. The Albert To coicide with Remembrance Day, a DLI display medal was one of only 64 awarded will open in the The Wolfson Gallery at Palace and one of only 15 not exchanged for Green Library this November. the George medal in 1949. DLI Collection: Amazing evidence of daring deeds

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We lift the curtain on the perfect panto

You take your seat in the theatre; the curtain rises; the auditorium hushes. It’s the start of two hours of magic and mayhem. But for the scores of people involved - from actors, dancers, and musicians to stagehands, set designers and costumer makers it’s the culmination of 12 months of hard work. We went behind the scenes to see what goes into putting on the Gala Theatre’s biggest production of the year - their perfect panto!

Counting down… 12 months to go -

the clock has only just struck midnight on 2015’s Cinderella, but joint writers and directors Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley are already thinking big about 2016. Neil (who hams it up as the baddy) and Paul (the unlucky-in-love sidekick) get straight to writing the script in January.

Paul explains how they get their inspiration. “Jack and the Beanstalk stood out as the ideas and jokes just kept popping into our heads. This year we had the script finished by March. The sooner we’re done, the musical director can start thinking ‘ooh I’ll do a big number for that scene’; the designer knows what characters to design costumes for; and everyone involved from lights to sound to choreography can start work.”

Nine months to go - every panto needs top tunes.

Adding the right blend of music is the job of Musical Director, Mark Thompson. Jack and the Beanstalk will be his fifth pantomime, so he knows a jolly panto tune when he hears one. “I get the script in April. Sometimes the directors might specify a song and sometimes they might say ‘Find a fairy song for here’. I find inspiration everywhere, from the charts to old time musical hall songs. But I might need to cut them, change the tempo or rewrite the lyrics for it to work for us. Once we know the songs, I write the band parts and produce rehearsal tracks for the cast to practice too.”

Seven months to go - it’s April and the casting starts.

Getting the right chemistry on stage is all important, so casting starts early, as Neil explained: “We’ve a huge amount of acting talent in the North East and we’re always keen to use local actors. We loved Paul Dunn as an Ugly Sister last year so he’s back as Dame Trott, and Sally Collett will play Fairy Moonflower. As well as these familiar faces, we have some new actors. Jamie Brown stars as hero Jack and Sarah Boulter is our feisty Princess.”

Three months to go

- it’s full throttle with sets and costumes.

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Peak behind the curtain at the panto


His amazing costumes are coming to life on local dressmakers’ tables, with actors’ final fittings arranged throughout October.

The panto gives Andy the opportunity to go to town: “This year I’ve had a ball designing the set, with oversize props for the giant, and wacky inventions which produce hilarious results. “For the costumes, we returned to the original storybook origins of Jack and the Beanstalk with a lovely mix of medieval-inspired and fairytale costumes. But the dame is always a chance to go big, bright and a bit crazy! “Actors need several outfits that are quick to change; easy to move in; and tough enough to get through around 50 performances.”

10 weeks - dancers step up to the mark.

Youngsters from the Gala Theatre Stage School get the chance to shine. Choreographer, Georgina Mannifield has the tough job of choosing the dancers and extra cast members. Georgina said: “The kids are awesome and work so hard. It’s great to give them a chance to be part of a production like this.”

Three weeks and counting - the elements come together.

It’s all go to be ready for the big night. Cast and dancers rehearse in full. The band joins them in the last week, and lighting and technology checks ensure it sounds and looks amazing. The Gala Theatre is stocked with enough popcorn to blow your mind and an iceberg-sized order of ice-cream’s placed.

It’s curtain-up time! Take your seats… Now see the magic first hand! Jack and the Beanstalk performances from 24 November 2016 to 7 January 2017. £6-£17.50 (family £50-£58). Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266 600, www.galadurham.co.uk

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Save yourself from Christmas debt Wanting that special Christmas but dreading dealing with the debt? There’s a way to save yourself worry; save yourself heartache; and save yourself from crippling debts. You might even manage to save some money to cover the costs of next Christmas.

How?

Talk to your local credit unions, NEFirst and The Prince Bishops Community Bank.

Credit Unions are notfor-profit savings and loans organisations run for the benefit of the local community.

A Christmas credit union loan is much more affordable than weekly payment stores. We priced up two popular Christmas gifts.

Weekly payment store e.g: iPad £15.25 every week for 104 weeks.

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They want to help they have a history of helping people with poor credit histories.

They offer simple ways to help you save, even just a pound or two a week. They offer loans of up to £500 that won’t cost the earth to pay back.

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e.g: iPad £470 credit union loan Buy the iPad from an established high street retailer for £469. Pay back £9.88 per week to the credit union over 52 weeks.

Total payment: £513.42

Total payment: £1,586.00

Their savings are protected by the Bank of England and they’re regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What’s good about credit unions?

Credit union

(saving £1072 from the weekly payment store)

Credit union e.g: Xbox £270 credit union loan

Weekly payment store e.g: Xbox £7.00 every week for 130 weeks.

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Total payment: £910.00

Buy the Xbox outright from a high street supermarket with a similar games bundle for £269. Pay back £5.67 per week to the credit union over 52 weeks.

Total payment: £294.55 (saving £615 from the weekly payment store)

Save, save, save!

Getting both items with credit union loans is £1,688 cheaper than from weekly payment stores. Pay that into a credit union savings account and Christmas 2017 is sorted too!

Manage your money at Christmas


Beware of Christmas cons Don’t shop ‘til you drop

Be spending savvy with our tips. 4 Write a list and set a budget for your Christmas spending.

4 Use your loyalty cards they aren’t earning interest so use them to get presents.

4 Pay off credit cards and store cards quickly; they’re an expensive way to borrow. If you can’t pay off the balance in full, talk to your credit union about a loan to pay them off. Their interest rates on a loan will be cheaper than a credit or store card. 4 Check your overdraft. Make sure it’s authorised (unauthorised and you’ll get a high charge). 4 Look for deals and keep receipts in case presents need to be exchanged or refunded.

Want to know more? Watch this video at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=qexYQ4sBHdY

Prince Bishops Credit Union www.pbcb.org.uk 01207 232 351

NEFirst Credit Union www.nefirstcu.co.uk 03300 553 666

From suspicious emails and dodgy websites to dishonest door salesmen and postal scams, beware of fraudsters this Christmas. Festive fakes, such as designer handbags, watches, perfumes and toys are often poor quality and unsafe due to the lack of safety testing. Whilst cut-price tobacco

Safe Durham Partnership

products and bargain booze can be dangerous.

For advice or to report fakes, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Check out our advent calendar for tips to stay safe online this Christmas at www.durham.gov.uk/crimeprevention

Winter security

Long dark nights can see crime rates go up so check your home, car and personal security.

• Check doors and windows are locked, and make your home look occupied when it’s not. A light on an automatic timer and a radio playing will make it seem like someone’s home.

• Don’t leave car keys, ID cards or valuables on show, especially near windows, doors or letterboxes where burglars can reach through.

• Stay with your car while you defrost it and don’t leave it running whilst unattended, the frost might not be the only thing you find has gone on your return!

• Going out at night? Avoid dark short cuts, park in well-lit places and wear reflective or light coloured clothing. Remember Cou • If you’re not sure if a taxi is licensed, nty Durham is a safe place to DON’T get in. Look out for a taxi sign live. You can help keep it this and official licence plates and report way. For more tips, visit www.d concerns to us on 03000 261 016. urham.gov.uk

an Escape Rooms challenge Escape Rooms is a new exciting activity - growing in popularity across the world - and now here in Durham! Your team of up to six people is locked in a themed room with one hour to find the clues, solve the puzzles and unlock the door to escape. Think ‘The Crystal Maze’ meets ‘Cluedo’! Perfect for families, friends and colleagues. www.escapedurham.co.uk 07492 428 835. We’ve teamed up with Escape Rooms Durham to offer two teams the chance to play for free. To enter, just name a Cluedo character. .......................................................................................

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We’re ready for winter Weather warnings Keep up to date with Met Office weather warnings at www.durham.gov.uk/ weatherwarnings

Winter service information

Keep up to date with social media for news on weather warnings and gritting information. Facebook/durhamcouncil Twitter @DurhamCouncil #twittergritterNE

Salt bin refills

Snow and ice

We presalt around 1,700km of roads to prevent ice and frost forming. If heavy snow falls, we clear the main routes first. To see which routes we grit, visit www.durham.gov.uk/winterinfo

New for this winter - live tracking of our gritters in action together with planned gritting and confirmation of routes that have already been gritted. Go to www.durham.gov.uk/winterinfo and select ‘Today's gritting plans’.

Our winter planning in numbers

1,700 km

We provide more than 2,300 salt bins. If a salt bin needs refilling, let us know by completing the online form at www.durham.gov.uk/saltbins or call 03000 26 1000.

Potholes

To report a pothole, visit www.durham.gov.uk/potholes or call 03000 26 1000.

Flooding - Sandbags

If you need sandbags to protect your property from flooding, call 03000 26 1000.

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The time gritter drivers start work for an early morning grit.

The time it takes to salt all priority 1 routes.

The length of roads we pre-salt in normal winter weather conditions (priority 1 routes).

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Protect against flu Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible, get it now. It’s free because you need it. Get the jab: •

If you’re over 65.

If you’re pregnant.

For your children if they’re aged two to four. This is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray.

If you’re the main carer of an older or disabled person you may be eligible.

If you live in a long-stay residential home.

If you have a long-term health condition like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease or have suffered a stroke. Contact your GP or pharmacist to get the flu jab now.

Make sure you’ve got winter health all wrapped up Keep warm to keep well

Winter can be bad for your health, particularly if you are older or have existing health conditions.

Keep warm in winter - both inside and outdoors - it can help prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F). Make sure you’re receiving all the help to heat your home that you are entitled to. Find out more at www.nhs.uk/staywell. Wrap up warm outdoors, have regular hot meals and drinks and keep active.

There are lots of ways to keep yourself and your family well. Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for tips and advice.

Pick up a prescription If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or other medication, pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.

Flu and first signs If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious, get help from your pharmacist. The sooner you get advice the better.

Everybody needs good neighbours Keep an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours. Supporting them in the cold weather can help them stay well this winter.

Be prepared and keep your water pipes cosy to avoid bursts and save money.

To find out more, visit: www.nwl.co.uk/btf @nwater_care

For help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk Winter health

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Real Christmas tree collections

If you’d like your real Christmas tree collected free of charge in the new year, save time and do this online between Monday 19 December and Sunday 8 January at www.durham.gov.uk. Alternatively call 03000 261 000. Or take your real Christmas tree to a household waste recycling centre (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Visit www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc for locations and opening hours.

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Christmas bin collections There’ll be no changes to bin collections during the Christmas and New Year period. Place your bins out on your usual collection day. Find out collection details by entering your house number and postcode into the ‘My Durham’ section at www.durham.gov.uk or visit www.durham.gov.uk/bins

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Be ready for winter

Festive period closures Over the festive period, there’ll be changes to services that you need to know about…

Most of our public-facing council buildings will be closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Customer Access Points will close at 4.30pm on Friday 23 December and reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January. Library opening times may vary, call into your local library (or check our website) before Christmas for opening times. Leisure centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Children’s centres will close or have restricted opening times over the Christmas period. Call into your local centre before Christmas to see when they’ll be open. Day centres for adults will remain open, except on bank holidays.

Register offices will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and Bank Holidays 27 December and 2 January and open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for weddings only. Bishop Auckland and Aykley Heads House Durham register offices will be open between Christmas and New Year for appointments only phone 03000 26 6000. Travel Response Centre - the pre-bookable transport service to hospital appointments remains open for telephone bookings. Other booking services are closed from 12 noon Christmas Eve until Tuesday 3 January. 03000 26 9999.

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NEWS Entente cordiale

We’ve strengthened our educational links with France so pupils have even more opportunities to learn from their French counterparts.

We signed a new education cooperation agreement with the Académie d’Amiens. The council has been linked to the Somme County since 1980, with over 130 individual school partnerships already in place. This new agreement will lead to even more new school links.

Will your child be five on or between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018?

If so, complete an application to tell us which school you’d like your child to attend from September 2017 by visiting www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions You must still apply even if your child already has a sibling at the school. The application process also includes applying for a place in a junior school for an older child.

Chairman Cllr Edward Bell and Madame Valérie Cabuil, the recteur of the Académie d’Amiens sign the agreement.

National Fraud Initiative 2016/17

We share personal information to combat fraud and save you money.

In October we shared your personal information with the Cabinet Office. They match our data against data from other public bodies, such as other local councils and the NHS. For most people, the checks show no issue. For a few people, the check shows evidence of a mistake or potential fraud.

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Green living Northumbria in Bloom

Durham has scooped gold and been named overall winner in the Champion of Champions category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Northumbria in Bloom competition, winning the Bob Woolley award in honour of the founder of Northumbria in Bloom.

The city was selected to take part in the Champion of Champions category after the city won gold and was the overall winner in the Large Town category in 2014 and 2015. Chester-le-Street received a silver gilt award and was overall winner in the Large Town category, while Stanley, competing for only the second year, won silver in the Town category. Many other town and parish/community led entries across the county also picked up various awards for their In Bloom campaigns. See www.northumbriainbloom.co.uk for details.

And… a hat-trick for Durham at Britain in Bloom

Durham City scooped a horticultural hat-trick at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom awards. It received a third national gold medal in three years; this time in the prestigious national Champion of Champions category.

Garden waste collections resume next spring. Details to sign up will be available soon. If you subscribed for three years you’ll receive your bin sticker and calendar for 2017 collections in the new year. www.durham.gov.uk/gardenwaste

Have your say: New enforcement powers

Have your say on our proposal to implement a countywide Public Space Protection Order for Dog Control. These are new enforcement powers to help protect parks and open spaces against irresponsible dog owners.

Have your say online at www.durham.gov.uk/ consultation or request a copy by calling 03000 265 586. Closes: Monday 5 December. 18

Green living

‘Like’ recycling

Check out our dedicated Facebook page for handy tips on reducing waste, reusing, recycling and composting. Middleton-in-Teesdale resident Julia Nelson won a £50 voucher for being one of the first to ‘like’ the page. “I needed advice on recycling coffee pods and had a helpful reply very quickly,” Julia said. www.facebook.com/recycleforcountydurham

Environment Awards 2016

Recycling centre extended

The Frosterley mobile recycling centre in Weardale will continue until August 2017.

The mobile recycling centre, which is operated by the HW Martin group, is open on alternate Saturdays 9am12 noon. Next month this will be 3, 17 and 31 December. The site will close in very bad weather. 03000 26 1000, www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc

Winners of the 2016 Environment Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 10 November. Check online at www.countydurhampartnership.co.uk/envawards


Moving towards independence When young people leave care they often need a halfway house - a place where they can start to be more independent, but with someone to guide and support them. Our Supported Lodgings service offers this stepping stone to independence for many young people leaving care and vulnerable adults who are not ready to live independently. David was nine when he was taken into care. He had five foster placements and a brief period in a children’s residential unit. Against advice, he decided at 16 to move into a ‘semi-independent property’, where he would live in a shared flat and be supported to manage his tenancy. But David struggled. It quickly became a party house and David felt he had no power to tell people to leave. Things became out of control and eventually David was persuaded to go into supported lodgings. Supported Lodgings placements are provided by individuals and families in their own homes. They help the person to prepare to live independently, teaching them skills for life like how to manage money, plan shopping and cook meals. David says his placement increased his confidence and independence. He has

now successfully moved out and is living independently.

I felt safe in Supported Lodgings. I was responsible for myself, but had the stability and reassurance of the family I was lodging with. It was a relief living in a well-kept home, surrounded by caring people and not having to face the stresses of living independently, David said.

Could you help a young person take those first steps to independence? Find out more about becoming a supported lodgings provider at www.durham.gov.uk/supportedlodgings, or email supportedlodgings@durham.gov.uk or phone 03000 262 272 to find out more.

From care to career

We’ve committed to giving our 240 care leavers a great start on the career ladder.

Care leavers can struggle to find work opportunities for a number of reasons. And as we have supported them throughout their care, we feel it’s the natural step to help them take their first steps into the world of work. Our services will be looking at ways of providing work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships, internships and graduate opportunities.

Already our Care Leavers’ Service has worked with the Adult Learning and Skills Service to provide nine traineeships to care leavers. They recently completed these and received a special award at our annual Adult and Learning Skills award ceremony.

Stair lift servicing

We offer stair lift and platform lift maintenance services. Fully trained tradespeople will provide a trouble-free annual lift servicing package from as little as £72.60. Call 03000 269 359. Health and wellbeing

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CENTRAL and EAST Durham

Have a caring Christmas

Official opening of city-centre park

Durham City found itself in the national spotlight when HRH, The Duke of Kent arrived to officially reopen Wharton Park following its stunning £3 million makeover.

The gem in the heart of the city has gone from strength to strength since it reopened in May and looked stunning for the duke’s arrival.

The pop up charity shop Cards for Good Causes is open for business at Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham. Open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday until 16 December. www.cardsforcharity.co.uk

Generations together

Durham University students are bridging the age gap to bring people together. Volunteers are pairing up with older residents to offer friendly conversation and companionship.

Second year History student Bethany Holden said: “I decided to volunteer with Generations Together because I wanted to break out of the student bubble and do something worthwhile in our local community while making new friends.”

North Road revamp

Family fitness

Following public consultation, an £8 million bus station is also earmarked for development in the next two to three years. This is set to make shopping in the area easier and more accessible and transform North Road into the gateway to the city.

If you are interested in joining the scheme call 0191 334 1208 or email generations.sca@durham.ac.uk

More than 200 East Durham residents are reaping the rewards of an eight-week health and fitness course.

My Sporting Chance gives families the opportunity to try lots of fun activities to make people healthier and happier. Free sessions are running for parents and youngsters aged 6-13 years, contact 03000 266 592.

afternoon tea for two Set in a Georgian listed building; the Townhouse hotel in Durham City has 11 completely indulgent, individually designed rooms and secluded apartments. It offers a delicious homemade afternoon tea (48hr advance booking). 0191 384 1037, www.thetownhousedurham.co.uk To enter, name a type of tea... .......................................................................................................... Name ................................................................

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Work to improve road layouts and pedestrian safety on North Road in Durham City is underway.

Dementia drop-ins

People living with dementia or caring for someone with the condition can now get free, confidential support. Sessions are 10am to noon: • Peterlee Library - first Monday of every month • Blackhall Library - second Friday of every month • Seaham Library - third Wednesday of every month For more details, call 0191 389 0400.


NORTH Durham Northern Writes

Stanley residents can join an exciting six-month programme of poetry and music, thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stanley Area Action Partnership.

Stanley-based arts in education agency, The Forge, is running Northern Writes, a series of events themed around the works of the pitman poet Tommy Armstrong. There’s lots for everyone. Folk artist Katie Doherty is working with 12 primary schools to produce their own new ‘Song for Stanley’. Poet Bob Beagrie is working

with younger pupils at North Durham Academy, while older students will hear nationally acclaimed poet Simon Armitage read. Kirsten Luckins, BBC poetry slam finalist, will work with community group Just for Women.

There are also creative writing workshops and a music programme which kicks off with “Wor Tommy’s a Mazer” night at Tanfield Lea Club on Saturday 19 November. All tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. 01207 284 515, enquiries@intheforge.com

Wicket improvements

An £85,000 scheme to improve a community cricket ground is underway. Work to install a new drainage system and level the outfield playing area at Leadgate Cricket Club should be complete by March. Funding came from our Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership and Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields initiative.

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Oak & Iron

Ɣ Over 100 free exercise classes Ɣ Multi-site access Ɣ Free swimming within your group Ɣ Swimming memberships also available

Join the Woodland Conservation Team to work on the Plantation at Burnopfield or help to improve interpretation materials at Blackhill and Consett Park.

Be part of the Land of Oak and Iron project and help enhance and celebrate the Derwent Valley and surrounding area.

The partnership is led by Groundwork NE & Cumbria and supported by £2.2 million Heritage Lottery funding. www.landofoakandiron.org.uk, Facebook\LandofOakandIron, call 01207 524 883.

Beat the Scammers

Membership from £17.00 a month*

*Refers to group 2 and 3 concessions rate

www www.durham.gov.uk/leisurecentres .durham.gov.uk/leisurecentres

Age UK County Durham would like to hear from volunteers who can help them deliver a ‘Beat the Scammers’ initiative across the Derwent Valley AAP area. The project helps older people develop skills and confidence to protect them from telephone fraud. It has been supported by Derwent Valley AAP and Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg.

Call 0191 374 6569 or email bts@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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SOUTH and WEST Durham New home for Newton Aycliffe library

Newton Aycliffe library will move from Central Avenue into newly refurbished premises at the leisure centre later this year. The scheme, part of a £1 million project to help rejuvenate Newton Aycliffe, will transform shop units adjoining the centre; construct a new shared entrance and reception for the library and leisure centre; and create a new plaza area. The new-look facility will also offer residents the opportunity to make an appointment to discuss revenue and benefits queries with customer service staff. The work is set to be complete in December.

Blue plaque for Ferryhill writer

A plaque celebrating the life of influential writer Sid Chaplin has been unveiled at his former home on Gladstone Terrace in Ferryhill.

Teesdale Business Awards

Nominations are open for the sixth annual Teesdale Business Awards.

Twelve categories will celebrate achievements in all aspects of business development and success in the world of commerce and social enterprise. Categories include Best Business, Best Customer Focus and Apprentice of the Year.

Last year’s winners included Apprentice of the Year - Gemma Barrett from Zhoo Hair and Beauty Salon; and Best Business went to Stable Hearth.

The awards are on Wednesday 15 February at The Witham, Barnard Castle. www.e-house.co.uk

AAP co-ordinator Michael Wilkes with the project team.

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South and West Durham news

What’s On in Spennymoor

Spennymoor AAP is supporting a scheme to publicise the range of activities available for youngsters in the area.

The What’s On in Spennymoor project includes leaflets, a website and social media updates. The project was previously funded by the AAP and Success (NE) and has now been successful in obtaining financial backing to continue the project throughout 2017. For more details or to join the network contact 01388 824 800, info@success.coop

One Point Service

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Sid Chaplin’s work included the BBC series When the Boat Comes In and also inspired the iconic stage musical Close the Coalhouse Door. Born in Shildon, the acclaimed author was considered one of the finest writers working in the north in the 20th century.

For support, advice and activities for children, young people and families Call us today on: 03000 261 111


Activities in Crook

The Crook Local Community Activity Team promotes Crook, raises awareness of the range of activities on offer - from jujitsu to samba drumming - and provides opportunities that benefit the wellbeing of local people. Facebook (Local Community Activities in the Crook Area), CROOKLCA@yahoo.com

Norman Cornish’s studio

Love the work of Norman Cornish? Experience the artist’s studio at a special exhibition opening soon at Spennymoor Town Hall Art Gallery.

The artist’s studio in Whitworth Terrace, Spennymoor, was dismantled after his death and gifted to Beamish Museum, including items from the studio, furniture and unfinished artwork.

Norman's studio will be on loan from the museum and recreated in full in the town hall’s gallery, forming part of the very successful Coming Home exhibition. The items will then be returned to Beamish Museum so they can replicate Norman’s former home in Bishop’s Close Street, Spennymoor, as part of the planned 1950s town. The Remaking Beamish project has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a £10.75 million grant. Call 01388 815 276 or email enquiries@spennymoortowncouncil.gov.uk

Budding bobbies on the beat Now open

Local residents recently celebrated the re-opening of Scarth Memorial Hall in Staindrop following its refurbishment through a Big Lottery grant of almost £500,000. We supported by funding new lighting down the side of the hall and ramp access. www.scarthhall.co.uk

Would you benefit from a buddy?

Buddies Befriending Service, funded through our Great Aycliffe and Middridge Area Action Partnership, aims to help reduce loneliness and isolation in the over 50s by matching them up with a friendly befriender for company and support. Find out more 01325 329 933, buddies@pcp.uk.net

A night out like no other

Over 16 and looking for a work out that feels more like a night out?

Try Clubbercise. Weekly sessions are taking place on Mondays at Teesdale Leisure Centre, 8pm-8.45pm, Wednesdays at Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex, 7.30pm-8.15pm and Shildon-Sunnydale Leisure Centre, Wednesdays 6.45pm-7.30pm. Book on at your local leisure centre. www.durham.gov.uk/leisurecentres

Newton Aycliffe youngsters are laying down the law.

Alopecia support

Performing their duties dressed in uniform, the volunteer new recruits will be helping the police and taking part in community events.

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Durham Constabulary and Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (GAMP) joined forces with local children to introduce the Mini Police project in four schools: St Francis, Sugar Hill, Woodham Burn and Stephenson Way.

Alopecia Support County Durham is a new group for women aged 16 and over who would like support, advice and tips on living with hair loss. The next meeting is at 7pm on Wednesday, 21 December at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe.

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12 days of Durham If a partridge in a pear tree is not your cup of tea, then try our alternate 12 days of Christmas instead.

beautifully decorated tree Get your home spruced up for Christmas with a trip to Raby Castle, near Staindrop. Pick out your freshly cut Raby Estates real Christmas tree before heading into the Christmas shop. Open 1 to 23 December 10am-5pm (3pm on 23rd). www.rabycastle.com

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hundred stalls Durham City’s Traditional Christmas Festival returns from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December, providing excellent festive shopping and entertainment. A huge marquee on Palace Green houses 185 craft and gift stalls whilst in the Cathedral Cloisters, the Regional Producers’ Market features more than 30 traders. Open Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon4.30pm. Durham Market Hall will also be open and there’ll be festive markets in Durham Market Place and Millennium Place. www.durhamchristmasfestival.com

men a-singing Original X-Factor stars and operatic vocal quartet G4 bring their atmospheric Christmas By Candlelight show to Durham Cathedral on 14 December. www.durhamcathedral.co.uk Not your cup of cocoa? Enjoy Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir on Saturday 10 December when you’ll hear the choristers sing with the gentlemen of the Choir and the Reg Vardy Band. Tickets on 03000 266 600 or www.galadurham.co.uk

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Out and about

Whether you choose the Weardale Railway’s Polar Express, The Tanfield Railway’s North Pole Express or Locomotion’s Santa Christmas Special, you’re sure to get Christmas right on track with a railway seasonal special. Find details of all three at www.thisisdurham.com/whatson/christmas-events

sad sticks Can you help Stick Man return to the family tree, his Stick Lady Love and his stick children three? If you love this Julia Donaldson Christmas story, head to Hamsterley Forest for this 1.5 mile forest trail, perfect for little legs. www.forestry.gov.uk/hamsterleyforest

Christmas classics Oh the joy of curling up with a cuppa and a good book. We’ve got hundreds of Christmas favourites at our libraries, from Dickens’ classic Christmas Carol to Dr Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So whether you want gripping; bodice-ripping; or side-splitting stories, we’ve got it covered. There’s also access to 189 emagazines and a huge range of free to download ebooks. www.durham.gov.uk/libraries


skaters skating There’s nothing as nice as a spin on the ice. So head to the Beamish Museum to take a turn on the wonderfully traditional real ice rink, visit Father Christmas, meet his magic reindeer and go nuts for roast chestnuts and mulled wine. www.beamish.org.uk

towns a-twinkling Durham City, our towns and many villages have an array of awesome events lined up, from carol singing to switching on festive lights. Check our what’s on and keep an eye out locally for events.

thousand stars a-sparkling There are 9,096 stars apparently visible to the naked eye so take time to lift your eyes to the skies. You could even head to one of the 16 Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the North Pennines. Find out more at www.northpennines.org.uk.

days of fun Durham City has 10 festive days of fun planned. Starting with the unveiling of the magical Christmas lights on 20 November, through to bands and carollers and the live nativity. See www.durhambid.co.uk for details.

a year of family fun at Crook Hall We’ve teamed up with Crook Hall and Gardens in Durham City to give five lucky families a season ticket. For the chance to win, just tell us the date their Christmas fun begins.

miles for walking Burn off those Christmas calories, and join voluntary ranger Steve Shippen for a Waskerley Way walk on Boxing Day, Mon 26 December. Starting at 10am from the Rowley Station Picnic Area, south of Castleside, and taking around 5.5 hours to cover the 11 miles. All booked up on Boxing Day? Don’t worry, we have loads of walks planned, including a four-mile walk at Castle Eden Dene on Sun 18 December; or discovering Foxholes and Horsleyhopes on a seven-mile walk on Fri 23 December. See a full list at www.durham.gov.uk/countryside

magic moments There are 12 days of festive fun at Durham City’s hidden gem, Crook Hall and Gardens. From when they first deck the hall with boughs of holly on 2 December, through to their final Traditional Christmas event on 23 December with Santa and snowball fights, you’ll be enchanted by the magic. Book online at www.crookhallgardens.co.uk

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Panto Season Get ready to cheer, boo and shout “they’re behind you!” Thursday 24 November to Saturday 7 January Jack and The Beanstalk Gala Theatre, Durham The Gala Theatre team is back to bring you this heroic and hilarious tale. Various times. £6-£17.50, F £50-£58. 03000 266 600, www.galadurham.co.uk Saturday 26 to Monday 28 November Aladdin Bishop Auckland Town Hall A family treat of a pantomime with spectacular illusions and lots of laughs. Various times. £8, Con £6. 03000 269 524, www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 December Aladdin Everyman Theatre, Spennymoor A whopper of a show, with panto favourites Widow Twankey and Wishy Washy. 7pm plus Sat 2pm. £6, F £20. 01388 816 430, www.spennymoorsettlement.co.uk Friday 2 to Saturday 31 December Sleeping Beauty Empire Theatre, Consett Expect glitzy costumes, audience participation and fast-paced family fun. Various times. £15, Con £13, F £48. 01207 218 171, www.leisureworks.net Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 December Jack and the Beanstalk Park View Theatre, Chester-le-Street Riverside Musical Theatre Company’s adventure promises a feast of laughs and a sprinkling of magic. 7.15pm plus Sat 2.30pm. £10, F £35. 0191 385 7500, www.ticketsource.co.uk/rmtc

Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 January Cinderella Park View Theatre, Chester-le-Street A rags-to-riches story featuring panto favourites Buttons and the Fairy Godmother. Various times. Thur: £8, Fri-Sun: A £10, Con £9. 0191 388 3362, www.dryburntheatricalworkshop.ticketsource.co.uk Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January Sing a Song of Sixpence Blackhall Community Centre A must-see, with lots of fabulous fun and laughter. 7pm. Plus Sat 2pm. £4. 0191 586 7396. Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 January Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Civic Hall, Shildon This enchanting tale will put a spell on you. 7.30pm plus Sun 2pm. A £5.50, C £3.50. 01388 774 838. Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February Puss in Boots Everyman Theatre, Spennymoor Spennymoor Youth Theatre & Performing Arts School presents lots of music and lots of laughs. 7pm, plus Sat 2pm. £5. 01388 811 364, www.spennymoorsettlement.co.uk

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Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 December Dick Whittington and his Cat Easington Social Welfare Centre Seaham Theatre Production brings to life a witty and warm delight of a story. 7.15pm plus Sat 1.15pm. Advance £5, Door £8. 0191 513 1314, www.ticketsource.co.uk/seahamtheatre Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 December Sleeping Beauty Seaham Town Hall This spellbinding fairytale of a beautiful princess cursed to fall asleep for 100 years is performed by In Your Face Theatre. 6.15pm. Advance £5, Door £8. www.ticketsource.co.uk/inyourfacetheatrenortheast

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WHAT’S ON

November to March

Make some magical memories this winter.

Wednesday 16 November Beginner Digital Photography Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe Learn the basics and how to develop as an artist. Five weeks. £25. 01325 379 048. Friday 18 November Mowtown ‘70s Blackhall Community Centre Get your groove on. 7.30pm. £3. 0191 586 7396. Tuesday November 8 to Saturday 14 January St Mary’s Church in Time and Place The Art Block, Church Street, Seaham Exhibition includes painting, calligraphy and ceramics. Tue-Sat 11am-3pm. Free. 0191 649 9431. Wednesday 16, 30 November and 14 December Tea Party St Oswald’s Church Institute, Durham Meet new people, with tea, cake and entertainment. 2pm-4pm. Free.

REGULAR Events

First and Third Tuesday of the month Tea Dance St John’s Church Hall, Moorside Enjoy an evening of dancing. 7.45pm-10.30pm. £2. Every Wednesday Tea and Tango Bearpark Community Centre Learn ballroom-style dance steps. 1pm-3pm. Free. Every Friday Singing the Faith Community Centre, Runnymede Court, Bishop Auckland The choir sings well-known hymns at various venues. All welcome. 01388 604 151.

Saturday 19 November Xmas Fayre St John’s Church, Meadowfield Craft stalls, tombola, raffle and refreshments. Noon. Saturday 19 November Willow Burn Hospice Christmas Fair St Bede’s School, Lanchester Santa’s grotto, stalls, raffle, tombola and refreshments. 12.30-3.30pm. 50p. 01207 523 900. Saturday 19 November St Cuthbert’s Hospice Christmas Fair Ushaw College, Ushaw Moor Stalls, crafts, raffle, tombola and guest appearance from Santa. 11am-2pm. Admission by donation. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November Designer Makers' Market The Witham, Barnard Castle Original and contemporary work on offer. 10am-4pm. Free. 01833 631 107, www.thewitham.org.uk Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November Swimathon Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre, Durham Swim for a worthwhile cause at this charity event. Teams of 4-6. Half-hour swim. 0300 026 8488, www.durham.gov.uk/freemansquayleisurecentre

Price key: A = Adult; Con = Concession; C = Child; F = Family.

Saturday 19 November to Saturday 24 December Christmas at Beamish Beamish Museum Meet Father Christmas; visit the Winter Fun Fair and ice rink. Find presents and tasty food at the new Beamish Bazaar. 0191 370 4000, www.beamish.org.uk/whats-on Saturday 19, Sunday 20 November and Tuesday 27 December Toy and Train Fairs Locomotion, Shildon Toys, collectables and railwayana for sale. 10am-4pm. Free. 01388 777 999.

Sunday 20 November Christmas Market Spectrum, Willington Gifts and treats for the festive season. 11am-4pm. Santa visit £3. 01388 747 000, www.spectrumleisurecentre.com Sunday 20 November Santa on a Motorbike Wolviston to Bishop Auckland All Santas get a bacon sandwich. £12.50 includes Santa suit and medal. 01388 603 003, www.butterwick.org.uk/santamotorbike

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WHAT’S ON Sunday 20 November Father Christmas Needs a Wee Bishop Auckland Town Hall Fantastic music, fabulously funny and full of sparkle. 2pm. £10, Con £8. 03000 269 524, www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk Monday 21 November Sedgefield Family History Group Ceddesfeld Hall, Sedgefield Talk is ‘Raby Castle through the Ages’. A £1.50, Con £1. Free to members. 01740 620 367.

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November Brancepeth Castle Christmas Craft Fair Brancepeth Castle 75 craft stalls and delicious homecooked food. A £2.50, Con £1.50, Under 14s free with paying adult. 0191 378 9670, www.brancepethcastle.org.uk Saturday 26 November Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope Christmas Fair Craft fair and seasonal entertainment. 11am-4pm. 01388 527 650, www.durhamdalescentre.co.uk NEW DATE: Saturday 19 November PCP Community Christmas Fair Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe Great stalls and tasty treats. 10am-1pm. 01325 321 234, www.pcp.uk.net Saturday 26 November Christmas Market Pittington Village Hall Santa’s grotto, stalls, tombola, raffle and refreshments. 10am-1pm. www.pittingtonvillagehall.org.uk Saturday 26 November Dane Baptiste Reasonable Doubts The Witham, Barnard Castle Funny Way To Be Comedy presents one of the most exciting new comic talents in years. 8pm. 16+. A £12, Con £10. 01833 631 107, www.thewitham.org.uk

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Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November Christmas Craft and Gift Fair Locomotion, near Shildon Unique presents to make Christmas extra special. 10am-4pm. Free. 01388 777 999, www.nrm.org.uk/locomotion

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December Durham Christmas Festival Palace Green, Durham Award-winning festival, see page 24. www.durhamchristmasfestival.com Saturday 3 December Belshazzar’s Feast The Witham, Barnard Castle A Christmas-themed show mixing folk, classical and jazz with pop and music hall. 8pm. Advance £14, Door £16. 01833 631 107, www.thewitham.org.uk

Saturday 26 November to Saturday 24 December Winter Wonderland Adventure Valley, Brasside Make decorations in the elves’ workshop, meet reindeer, skate in the roller rink, see white snowy owls and visit Santa’s grotto. 10am-5pm. 0191 386 8291, www.adventurevalley.co.uk Saturday 26 Nov, 28 Jan & 25 Feb Castleside Dance Village Hall New members always welcome. 8pm. £5. Sunday 27 November Durham Rambling Club Pick Up Points Around Durham Two walks around Beadnell, 9m & 12m. Coach fare £10. See their Nov-March walks programme at www.durhamramblingclub.org.uk Sunday 27 November Christmas Wreath Making Workshop St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham Join expert florist Rebecca Hough, gold medal winner at Chelsea Flower Show. 10am-12.30pm or 2pm-4.30pm. £30. Booking essential. 0191 386 1170, ext. 5. Friday 2 December Rock and Roll Night British Legion, Meadowfield Fancy dress encouraged. 7pm. £3. Facebook: stjohnshallmeadowfield

Saturday 3 December Willow Workshop with Sheila Walton Durham Dales Centre, Stanhope Make unique Christmas decorations. 10am-12.30pm. £25. 01388 527 650, www.durhamdalescentre.co.uk Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December Wooden Reindeer Hardwick Park, Sedgefield Make your own reindeer. 10am-noon, 1pm-3pm. £24. Booking essential. 03000 262 899, www.durham.gov.uk/hardwickpark Saturday 3, 10 and 17 December Meet Santa Claus Bishop Auckland Meet Santa at Beales Department Store on Sat 3 Dec, 9.30am-3pm. On Sat 10 & 17 Dec Santa joins stilt-walkers and a choir at Newgate Shopping Centre. Free. 9.30am-3pm. 01388 609 852, www.bishopaucklandtownteam.org Sunday 4 December Santa Run Hardwick Park, Sedgefield Raise money and get into the festive spirit. 10.30am. Includes Santa suit. A £12.50, C £6, Dog £4. 01388 603 003, www.butterwick.org.uk/santarun

Price key: A = Adult; Con = Concession; C = Child; F = Family.


Monday 5 December The Witton Gilbert WI Musical Evening Witton Gilbert Community Centre A performance by the Witness Choir and music from The Durham Miners Association Brass Band. 7pm. £4. 0191 372 3207. Wednesday 7 and Saturday 10 December Toddler Tails and Trails Hardwick Park, Sedgefield Fun for tots with storytelling, park trails and crafts. 10am-11.30am, 1pm-2.30pm. £4. Booking essential. 03000 262 899, www.durham.gov.uk/hardwickpark Wednesday 7 to Tuesday 20 December Teesdale Christmas Art Fair The Witham, Barnard Castle Unique art from exciting regional artists. 01833 631 107, www.thewitham.org.uk Thursday 8 December Durham City Live Nativity Market Place Live camels and donkeys, actors and a community choir. 6pm. Free. www.stnics.org.uk or www.durhambid.co.uk

Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December Tree Festival St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth See delightfully decorated trees. 11am-5pm. £2. Saturday 10 December Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir Durham Cathedral Magical concert in the candlelit cathedral. 7.30pm. £26, £22, £18 & £10, Con £22, £18, £15 & £8. Pre-concert supper, 5.30pm, £23.50. 03000 266 600, www.galadurham.co.uk Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December Toddler Tails and Trails Wharton Park, Durham Fun for tots with storytelling, park trails and crafts. 1pm-2.30pm. C £4. Booking essential. 03000 262 655, www.durham.gov.uk/whartonpark Saturday 10 and 17 December ‘80s Disco Night Planet Leisure, Maple Way, Newton Aycliffe Nostalgic night with a prize for best fancy dress. 7pm. £19.95. 01325 310 989, www.planet-leisure.co.uk

Thursday 8 December Gala Preview Evening St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth Music, wine, cheese, canapés. 7.30pm. £8. Booking essential. 01429 823 400.

Sunday 11 December Traditional Christmas Party Spectrum, Willington Bouncy castle, craft corner, magician and party games. 11.30am-3.30pm. £2. Santa visit £3. 01388 747 000, www.spectrumleisurecentre.com

Friday 9 December Durham University Chamber Choir St Margaret’s Church, Crossgate, Durham Christmas concert to bring festive cheer. 8pm. www.duchamberchoir.org

Monday 12 December A Christmas Triptych The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle Create a folding set of three pictures based on the Christmas story in this art workshop. 10am-4pm. £35, Con £33. Booking required. 01833 690 606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Price key: A = Adult; Con = Concession; C = Child; F = Family.

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Wednesday 14 December Derwent Valley Flower Club Dene Court Communal Rooms, Hamsterley Christmas workshop and tea. 2pm. 01207 505 576. Wednesday 14 December Mayor’s Christmas Carol Service St Cuthbert’s Church, Peterlee Hear festive carols. 7pm. Friday 16 December Bishop Auckland Choral Society Bishop Auckland Town Hall A Christmas concert filled with carols. 7pm. A £8, Con £6. 01388 834 359.

Saturday 17 December An Evening of Festive Music Elvet Methodist Church, Durham Get into the Christmas spirit with Durham Choral Society. 7.30pm. A £7, C £3.50. www.durhamchoralsociety.org.uk Saturday 17 December Concert of Christmas Music Methodist Church, Chester-le-Street Carols performed by The Argus Singers. 7pm. £6.

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Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December Christmas in the Park Wharton Park, Durham Meet Father Christmas, and enjoy festive trails and crafts. 11am-3pm. Free. 03000 262 655, www.durham.gov.uk/whartonpark Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December Swirling Snowflakes Palace Green Library, Durham Create a snowflake decoration to hang at home. 1pm-3pm. www.dur.ac.uk/palace.green Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December Mighty Wurlitzer New Victoria Centre, Howden-le-Wear Traditional Christmas spectacular with Matthew Bason. Sat 7pm, Sun 2.30pm. £8. 01388 762 467.

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Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December Christmas Market The Bowes Museum Fabulous food, creative crafts and seasonal entertainment.10am-4pm. A £2.50, C Free. 01833 690 606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk Saturday 17 to Wednesday 21 December Father Christmas in the Park Hardwick Park, Sedgefield Festive activities and Father Christmas. Various times. £7.50. 03000 262 899, www.durham.gov.uk/hardwickpark Tuesday 20 December Comedians and Carols Durham Cathedral Laughs for the entire family, interspersed with carolling... but not always the way you’d imagine. 7.30pm. £15 & £10, Con £13 & £8. www.durhambid.co.uk/events/ comedians-and-carols Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 December Wild Winter Trail Low Barns Nature Reserve, Witton-le-Wear Spot wildlife, make a bird feeder and enjoy hot chocolate around the campfire. A Free, C £5. 0191 584 3112, www.durhamwt.com Thursday 22 December Little Red Riding Hood and Other Tales Bishop Auckland Town Hall Music, chilling moments and plenty of laughs. 6.30pm. £8, Con £6, 03000 269 524, www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 December Twelfth Night Celebrations Beamish Museum Perfect post-Christmas outing with first footing, music and song. 0191 370 4000, www.beamish.org.uk/whats-on

January 10-week Courses Greenfield Arts, Newton Aycliffe A range of adult learning courses from yoga to beginners Spanish. 01325 379 048. Friday 13 January A Choir! A Voice! Shakespeare Hall, North Road, Durham Community choir’s spring 12-week term starts. A £8.50, Con £7, term in advance. 0191 447 8130. Tuesday 17 January to Saturday 18 February Showcase The Art Block, Church Street, Seaham East Durham Artists’ Network’s exhibition includes cartoons and photography. Tue-Sat 11am-3pm. Free. 0191 649 9431. Thursday 19 January and Thursday 16 March Dunelm Flower Club Durham High School for Girls Delightful floral demonstrations. Visitors welcome. 7.30pm. £5. Saturday 21 January Fantastic Fans Durham University Oriental Museum Check out the lovely Korean fan and make your own. 1pm-3pm. Normal admission applies. 0191 334 5694, www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum Thursday 26 January An Introduction to Durham Wildlife Trust Low Barns Nature Reserve Discover how the trust helps local wildlife. 4pm. 0191 584 3112, www.durhamwt.com Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 January The Knitted Bible Exhibition All Saints Church, Newton Hall Browse 33 scenes at this anniversary event celebrating 50 years. 0191 384 0143, www.allsaintsnewtonhall.org.uk

Price key: A = Adult; Con = Concession; C = Child; F = Family.


Friday 27 January A Viennese Strauss Gala Empire Theatre, Consett The European Orchestral Ensemble recreates the romance and glamour of the Viennese festive season. 7.30pm. A £18.50, Con £17.50. 01207 218 171, www.leisureworks.net Saturday 28 January Lucy Porter - Consequences The Witham, Barnard Castle Funny Way To Be Comedy presents a show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations. 8pm. 14+. £14. 01833 631 107, www.thewitham.org.uk

Saturday 11 March Model Railway exhibition Youth Centre, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe Rotary Club of Newton Aycliffe’s charity exhibition has 19 layouts, trade stands and preservation societies. 10am-5pm. A £4, Con £3, C 50p, F £8. 07870 210 269. Thursday 23 and Friday 24 February Jays Animal Encounters The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle Meet marvellous creatures, including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions. Various times. A Free, C £6. Booking required. 01833 690 606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk Thursday 2 March Durham Flower Club Sherburn Village Community Hall Fun, flowers and friendship. 2pm. Membership £25, Visitor £5.

Saturday 28 January Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín Durham Cathedral Hear the story of Jewish prisoners during WW2 who performed Verdi as a statement of defiance. Includes performance of Verdi’s oratorio and video testimony from surviving members of the choir. £25, £22, £10, Con £20, £18, £8. 03000 266 600, www.galadurham.co.uk Sunday 29 January to Sunday 4 February The Hound of the Baskervilles The City Theatre, Fowlers Yard, Durham Holmes’ most spine-chilling mystery set in modern times. 7.30pm (29 Jan 2.30pm). £7.50. Tickets available 10 Jan. 0300 026 6600, www.galadurham.co.uk Saturday 11 February Lunar New Year Lantern Festival Durham University Oriental Museum Celebrate the Lunar New Year with fun crafts, stories and gallery hunt. Charges apply. 0191 334 5694, www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum

Friday 3 March Cestrian Flower Club Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street Explore the theme of Metalflora. 7.15pm. £5. 0191 389 4730. Saturday 4 March Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Empire Theatre Consett The Bay City Rollers return with all their hits. 7.30pm. £22. 01207 218 171, www.leisureworks.net Sunday 5 March Paws for a Cause Riverside Park, Chester-leStreet Join St Cuthbert’s Hospice in a sponsored dog walk. Registration 10am. Walk 11am. www.stcuthbertshospice.com Friday 10 March Last Night of the Proms Lanchester Methodist Church Lanchester & District Choral & Operatic Society perform. 7.15pm. £8. 01207 521 458.

Price key: A = Adult; Con = Concession; C = Child; F = Family.

Christmas lights switch on and festivities Thursday 17 November Haswell – lights 7pm Friday 18 November Bishop Auckland – from 4pm Sunday 20 November Durham City – festivities noon onwards Friday 25 November Chilton – festivities 6.30pm, lights 7pm Peterlee – festivities 3.30pm, lights 5.45pm-6pm Spennymoor – festivities 3.30pm, lights 4pm Saturday 26 November Middleton-in-Teesdale – 3.30pm to 4pm Sunday 27 November Crook – festivities 11am onwards, lights 5pm Tuesday 29 November Murton Village Green – 6pm Thursday 1 December Chester-le-Street – 4pm-5.30pm Willington – festivities 6pm, lights 7pm Friday 2 December Barnard Castle – festivities 5pm, lights 6.30pm Consett – festivities 4pm, lights 6.30pm Esh Winning – 5pm Seaham – 6pm to 7.30pm Shildon – 4.30pm to 5pm Trimdon Village – 6pm to 7.30pm Ushaw Moor – 3.30pm Saturday 3 December Hawthorn – festivities 3.30pm, lights 5pm Sedgefield – festivities 1pm, lights 4.30pm Stanley – from 4pm Sunday 4 December Langley Moor – festivities 4.30, lights 5pm Wednesday 7 December Easington Village – 3.30pm Wednesday 14 December Horden – 6pm

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