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East Durham Trust awarded four-figure funding boost

East Durham Trust awarded four-figure funding boost

A County Durham charity that works to improve the lives of families living in the county’s former pit villages has received a four-figure funding boost from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation. East Durham Trust provides a range...

Thousands of visitors attend Seaham Food Festival

Thousands of visitors attend Seaham Food Festival

Food-lovers from across the region flocked to County Durham’s coastline for two days of festival fun. The sun was shining across the weekend for Seaham Food Festival, which saw over 100 traders set up shop to sell everything from mouth-watering street food to...

Progress continues on new Durham City bus station

Progress continues on new Durham City bus station

Construction of a state-of-the-art bus station in the heart of Durham City is now well underway. Durham County Council is developing the project to provide new first-class facilities on the site of the current bus station, which serves as a major transport hub for...

Just a few days to go until this year’s Seaham Food Festival

Just a few days to go until this year’s Seaham Food Festival

With just days left to go until Seaham Food Festival, organisers are reminding festival goers to plan their journey before they travel. The Durham County Council-run event will return to County Durham’s coastline this weekend, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. With...

Funding to support unemployed young people secured

Funding to support unemployed young people secured

More than £1million in funding has been secured to help almost 300 unemployed young people get into work and improve their skills. Durham County Council and Groundwork North East have been successful in winning a £1.2million bid awarded by the Youth Futures...

Healthy dinners on the menu thanks to family cooking classes

Healthy dinners on the menu thanks to family cooking classes

Families in two County Durham communities are learning how to cook healthy meals on a budget, thanks to believe housing. The housing association provided funding to the Family Dinners project, a five-week course taking place at ,Seascapes Primary School in Peterlee,...

North East Chef of the Year to appear at Seaham Food Festival

North East Chef of the Year to appear at Seaham Food Festival

An award-winning chef at a County Durham spa and hotel will be showcasing the best of local produce at Seaham Food Festival. The Durham County Council-run event will return to the Seaham coastline on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August, and organisers are pleased to...

East Durham residents encouraged to get fit as new campaign launches

East Durham residents encouraged to get fit as new campaign launches

A campaign supporting people with long-term health conditions to lead an active lifestyle is being extended across County Durham. Following a successful launch in Ferryhill and Chilton last year, Durham County Council’s We Are Undefeatable campaign is now helping...

Work to start on South Durham Garden Village this summer

Work to start on South Durham Garden Village this summer

South Seaham Garden Village has taken a huge step forward with landowner Tolent completing the land sale to a trio of developers including Karbon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Miller Homes. The completion of the deal means construction of the project, which was awarded...

Family fun on offer at next month’s Seaham Food Festival

Family fun on offer at next month’s Seaham Food Festival

From well-known music and street performances to sports games and arts and crafts, there will be plenty of entertainment for people to get their teeth into during Seaham Food Festival. The Durham County Council-run festival will be returning to Seaham’s coastline in...

New round of Believe Housing grants open for applications

New round of Believe Housing grants open for applications

Community groups in County Durham can apply for thousands of pounds to help sustain community projects or get new activities off the ground. Housing association believe housing is offering grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 through its Large Community Revenue Grants...

Traders announced for this year’s Seaham Food Festival

Traders announced for this year’s Seaham Food Festival

In just five weeks’ time, a County Durham seaside town will come to life with a scrumptious selection of food vendors and entertainment. Traders from the county and beyond are preparing for Seaham Food Festival, which will be returning for two days of food and fun at...

Funding helps young people of Seaham find their wings

Funding helps young people of Seaham find their wings

A Royal Air Force Cadets squadron in Seaham is helping the town’s young people get a flying start to their careers, thanks to funding from believe housing. 1338 (Seaham) Squadron ATC, a voluntary youth organisation within the RAF Air Cadets, was awarded a £1000 grant...

Final names confirmed for this year’s Seaham Food Festival

Final names confirmed for this year’s Seaham Food Festival

Two celebrity chefs born and bred in the North East have been confirmed as the final additions to a star-studded line-up for Seaham Food Festival. The popular seaside event returns on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August, with beachgoers able to enjoy two days of fun,...

Ferryhill Station plans receive further Government backing

Ferryhill Station plans receive further Government backing

Plans to reopen a railway station in County Durham have taken a step closer to becoming a reality, as Government announces funding to further develop the proposal. Last year, Durham County Council submitted proposals to reopen Ferryhill Station after the government...

New British lifestyle brand arrives at Dalton Park

New British lifestyle brand arrives at Dalton Park

Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination is delighted to celebrate the arrival of a new lifestyle brand, Crew Clothing. The North East’s largest outlet shopping and leisure destination has welcomed the classic lifestyle brand to its collection of more than 65 stores....

First celebrity chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

First celebrity chefs announced for Seaham Food Festival

A Saturday Kitchen star and a formidable TV judge are the first celebrity chefs confirmed to appear at a popular seaside food festival. Seaham Food Festival returns on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August, bringing back sensational street food, family entertainment and live...

Trees planted by believe housing for Queen’s jubilee

Trees planted by believe housing for Queen’s jubilee

Believe housing has planted two special trees to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee – supporting a veterans’ charity and the environment at the same time. Bill Fullen, Chief Executive of the County Durham-based housing association, was joined by Board...

Customers can help Believe Housing award community grants

Customers can help Believe Housing award community grants

A housing association with 18,000 homes across County Durham and beyond is inviting customers to help it allocate grants to community projects. Throughout the year, believe housing supports projects and activities that make a difference to people’s lives and wellbeing...

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...