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Seaham’s Lickety Split recognised at environmental awards

Seaham’s Lickety Split recognised at environmental awards

County Durham’s green-minded residents and community groups have been celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony. The annual County Durham Environment Awards, which are run by Durham County Council on behalf of the County Durham Environment and Climate Change...

Queen’s Baton Relay to visit County Durham including a stop in Seaham

Queen’s Baton Relay to visit County Durham including a stop in Seaham

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will visit County Durham during its final journey through England ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates...

UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel spend in day in County Durham

UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel spend in day in County Durham

Ambitious plans to drive growth, spark creativity and celebrate the extraordinary people and places of County Durham have showcased to the UK City of Culture 2025 judging panel. An exciting and immersive timetable of activities was arranged for the judges’ eagerly...

Local lad Lewis helps get work started on new homes in Peterlee

Local lad Lewis helps get work started on new homes in Peterlee

Work to regenerate disused land on the edge of a County Durham town with almost 60 new affordable homes is underway. Housing association believe housing is working with Partner Construction to deliver 59 high-quality homes in Peterlee, an area where it sees some of...

Free swimming sessions to promote water safety

Free swimming sessions to promote water safety

Families in County Durham can enjoy free pool fun as part of a campaign to encourage safer swimming. Durham County Council is offering free pool-based activities for children and young people aged 18 and under who live in the county, in support of national Be Water...

Believe Housing pledge to plant almost 600 trees around the region

Believe Housing pledge to plant almost 600 trees around the region

Almost 600 trees are being planted in North East England, as part of a housing association’s environmental pledge. This Earth Day (Friday, April 22, 2022), believe housing is paying for a native tree to be planted on behalf of each of its 568 employees. The trees will...

Lifesaving mother and community advocate receive prestigious award

Lifesaving mother and community advocate receive prestigious award

A young mum whose quick thinking and first-aid skills saved a man’s life, and an activist dedicated to improving his community, have been honoured for their actions. Megan James and David Kinch accepted the Chairman’s Medal, the highest accolade that Durham County...

Council and university partnership going from strength to strength

Council and university partnership going from strength to strength

Two of County Durham’s most influential institutions have committed to strengthening their already successful partnership, by making their joint working agreement even more ambitious for the county’s economy and communities. Durham County Council and Durham University...

Dalton Park welcomes new Centre Manager

Dalton Park welcomes new Centre Manager

It’s all change at Dalton Park, as the North East’s largest outlet shopping destination bids a fond farewell to Centre Manager Jerry Hatch after 16 years at the helm. New centre manager Richard Kaye is excited to take over the role. Having spent over 5 years managing...

100 apprenticeships on offer at Durham County Council

100 apprenticeships on offer at Durham County Council

Almost 100 new apprenticeships are on offer with the North East’s largest council. Durham County Council is recruiting apprentices across a wide range of occupations from entry to degree level, offering people the chance to earn as they learn. The scheme is the...

Community groups urged to apply for their share of Believe Housing pot

Community groups urged to apply for their share of Believe Housing pot

Community groups in County Durham can apply for up to £20,000 to support projects which have the power to change lives and communities. Housing association believe housing has £40,000 up for grabs, through its Large Community Capital Grants scheme. Applications for...

Anticipation builds for reimagined County Durham cultural venue

Anticipation builds for reimagined County Durham cultural venue

A first glimpse of an exciting new cultural venue for County Durham has been revealed. Durham County Council has released a visualisation of what the former DLI Museum and Gallery will look like after it is transformed into a vibrant exhibition centre, gallery and...

Electric vehicles take centre stage in County Durham

Electric vehicles take centre stage in County Durham

Electric vehicles, their many benefits and the importance of introducing more charging points were the focus of a special showcase event in County Durham. Rev Up the North – Electric Vehicle Charging in the North took place at Durham Town Hall and provided an...

County Durham bids for Great British Railways headquarters

County Durham bids for Great British Railways headquarters

County Durham’s illustrious rail heritage, thriving train building industry and pioneering cultural and economic ambitions make it the ideal home for the Great British Railways (GBR) headquarters. That is the message from Durham County Council, which has submitted a...

IPS Flow Systems backs Wapping Burn clean up campaign

IPS Flow Systems backs Wapping Burn clean up campaign

Seaham company IPS Flow Systems has given its support to a campaign to clean up the tributaries that feed into Castle Eden Dene. Rhys Donald and Mark Atkinson from IPS joined the team from the Wear Rivers Trust to help improve the water quality of Wapping Burn, which...

Levelling up funding is crucial for County Durham

Levelling up funding is crucial for County Durham

Council leaders have pledged their absolute commitment to securing more levelling up funding after a previous successful bid was held up as an example of best practice. Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed the second round of the £4.8 billion Levelling...

County Durham makes UK City of Culture 2025 shortlist

County Durham makes UK City of Culture 2025 shortlist

County Durham is now a step closer to being named UK City of Culture 2025 and securing the colossal social and economic benefits this would bring. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the county was one of just four locations from across the...

Housing development of 250 new home in Wingate progressing well

Housing development of 250 new home in Wingate progressing well

Construction work is progressing well at a new Bellway development in Wingate, where more than 30 homes have been built. Wellfield Rise will eventually extend to 250 homes, on land off Wellfield Road in the village. Bellway will create a 20-acre public open space and...

Final chef announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

Final chef announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

With six weeks to go until Bishop Auckland Food Festival, organisers are excited to announce the final celebrity chef making up the weekend’s line up. The Durham County Council-run festival will delight foodies from across County Durham and beyond on Saturday 23 and...

Lucy Wood blog: Overcoming emotions and achieving your dreams

Lucy Wood blog: Overcoming emotions and achieving your dreams

The beginning of January was such a turbulent time. Both my parents had caught Covid-19 on New Year’s Eve and were having to isolate in a room separate to me. I tested myself and I was negative, which was a bittersweet moment because as much as I was pleased that I...

Believe Housing teams up with children to help wildlife in their school

Believe Housing teams up with children to help wildlife in their school

Children have given the wildlife in their school grounds a helping hand as part of a construction week led by believe housing. The not-for-profit County Durham-based housing association held a series of activities for more than 230 pupils at Catchgate Primary School,...

Dalton Park gears up for its very first environmental event

Dalton Park gears up for its very first environmental event

Dalton Park is gearing up for its first major event of 2022 with a brand-new concept - EcoFest! The two-day free festival is part of the ‘One Small Change’ campaign in partnership with Climate Action North and will showcase small changes everyone can make to reduce...

Seaham Food Festival confirmed for August

Seaham Food Festival confirmed for August

A popular festival will bring delicious street food, celebrity chefs and more to the County Durham coast when it returns this summer. Food fans are being invited to save the date for Seaham Food Festival, which will take place this year on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7...

Discovering Durham gives County Durham producers a route to market

Discovering Durham gives County Durham producers a route to market

An organisation which champions local food, drink and arts and crafts producers is giving dozens of micro-brands a route to market, as it prepares to mark its second birthday. Discovering Durham, which is run by passionate entrepreneurs Liza Johnson of The Tea...

County Durham finalises City of Culture 2025 bid

County Durham finalises City of Culture 2025 bid

Being named UK City of Culture 2025 will attract millions of visitors to County Durham and the north east, create thousands of jobs, and significantly support the region’s levelling up. Today, Durham County Council has outlined its plans for the Durham 2025 campaign,...

New funding helps volunteer project bring Easington community together

New funding helps volunteer project bring Easington community together

Visitors to Cafe Together in Easington will continue to receive a warm welcome, friendship and support thanks to a £7,000 grant from believe housing. For more than seven years, the team of dedicated volunteers at Cafe Together have been providing low-cost, freshly...

Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Durham City

Chinese New Year to be celebrated in Durham City

Communities and venues across County Durham are preparing to ring in the Year of the Tiger with a host of traditional events and activities. Durham City will be celebrating the Lunar New Year on Saturday, 5 February with activities, performances and entertainment from...

More than £20m invested to improve County Durham’s roads

More than £20m invested to improve County Durham’s roads

More than £30million pounds was invested in road improvement schemes across County Durham during the last financial year. As part of its commitment to keeping County Durham moving, Durham County Council has continued to increase its contribution to planned road...

Archive office takes first steps towards new premises

Archive office takes first steps towards new premises

Changes to a County Durham archive will mark the beginning of an exciting new era for the service, as it prepares to move to a vibrant new local history centre. From January 2022, Durham County Record Office’s search room will temporarily close to visitors to allow...

Council claims top award for custom build housing work

Council claims top award for custom build housing work

A North East council has won a national award for its work on a pilot project which helps buyers custom build their own homes. Durham County Council has been working with Custom Build Homes to develop nine serviced plots at the new Trinity Mews development on the...

Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas

Accessible pantomime performances available for families over Christmas

With pantomime season in full swing, two County Durham theatre venues are providing accessible performances of their Christmas shows, so that all audiences can share in the festive fun. Since late-November, Gala Durham and Consett’s Empire Theatre have been hosting...

Bishop Auckland Food Festival to return next year

Bishop Auckland Food Festival to return next year

Traders are being invited to apply for a stand at one of the region’s most popular food festivals ahead of its return next spring. Durham County Council has confirmed Bishop Auckland Food Festival will take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April next year. This...