Time to let the history cat out of the bag – or out at night

4:16pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HERE’S another update on the history of the Dales. Hopefully this will be both interesting and informative – and most important, won’t upset or insult anyone.

‘Rock’ and role in setting date for Easter

Darlington and Stockton Times: LEAP OF FAITH: Spring has sprung and this lamb at a County Durham farm is making the most of it

4:13pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

WHITBY Abbey, with its famous abbess, Hild, now known as St Hilda, was one of England’s leading centres of the Christian faith and a major event occurred during Hilda’s stewardship. It was the Synod of Whitby in AD 664 when the town was known as Streoneshalh.

Debate on drink – a food or poison?

Darlington and Stockton Times: Details below...

4:10pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Middlesbrough Athenaeum – The adjourned discussion upon “Alcohol-food or poison?” by the members of this institution was resumed on Wednesday last, in the New Room of the Oddfellows’ Hall.

Surprise as House Martin sighted before the end of March

Darlington and Stockton Times: Snow Bunting

3:58pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MARCH saw the appearance of the first summer migrants with an Osprey over Nosterfield on the 8th taking the prize for the earliest arrival.

Amritsar, Houndgate, Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: SMART: What was the Golden Brown coffee shop and bistro has been transformed over two floors and the result is classy and colourful dining

3:36pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ANOTHER week, another Indian restaurant opens in Darlington. Such are the comings and goings of this particular ethnic cuisine, a new opening hardly counts for anything these days. So what if yet another Bangladeshi curry house is making a pitch for the five-pints-of-Cobra-and-avindaloo market?

The Britannia Inn, Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Britannia Inn, Darlington

3:33pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AS frequent town centre visitors will testify, Darlington has a lot to offer when it comes to traditional pub culture.

Review: A Winter’s Tale Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

3:28pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

FROM the opening moments when the cast struck up a high-energy, foot-tapping melody, the tone was set for fast-paced and original interpretation.

Review: Arta Arnican Sir William Turner’s Almhouses, Kirkleatham

3:28pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ARTA Arnicane was introduced as “one of our favourite performers”.

Preview: Phoenix present REfined show

Darlington and Stockton Times: Phoenix Dance Theatre

3:27pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PHOENIX Dance Theatre, one of Britain’s leading contemporary dance companies, performs at Thirsk High School on Thursday as part of the Rural Arts spring ON Tour line-up.

Much to hear in busy period for region’s vibrant jazz scene

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Paul Edis Sextet

3:27pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE new jazz scene in the region shows again that much of the hard work is due to local enthusiasts and musicians though this season there seems to be a small increase at some professional venues and festivals, writes Peter Bevan.

‘If you are in need we are here to help’

Darlington and Stockton Times: PASSION: Marcus Hawthorn, new northern manager of the British Legion

3:25pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

They have fought in war zones and risked their lives for their country, but for some ex-servicemen and women, their biggest challenge begins when they return home. Hannah Bryan meets the Royal British Legion's new north area manager.

Broadband on the buses – oh boy, that has to be in America

2:45pm Friday 11th April 2014

ONE of the boys has gone skiing to America. I went to East Barmby orienteering, he’s in New Hampshire on the piste.

Cuckoo waltzes in with spring weather

Darlington and Stockton Times: THE CUCKOO: Its arrival and call are the subject of many sayings and superstitions

2:45pm Friday 11th April 2014

IT is around this time that we listen for the cuckoo’s familiar cries. Down the centuries this has always been a sure sign that spring has arrived, but now this iconic bird is in serious decline.

Clubs offer much more than the pub

Darlington and Stockton Times: Clubs offer much more than the pub

2:38pm Friday 11th April 2014

Headline news from the Darlington & Stockton Times 50, 100 and 150 years ago

Heading north in search of fantastic lights display

Darlington and Stockton Times: COLD COMFORTS: The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, where guests snuggle down in sleeping bags for a night on the ice

2:28pm Friday 11th April 2014

A glimpse of the Northern Lights in all their glory would be near the top of most things-to-do-before-you-die lists. But northern Norway has much more to offer, as Vicki Henderson found out

The County, The Green, Aycliffe Village

Darlington and Stockton Times: AWARD WINNING: The County on the Green at Aycliffe village

2:21pm Friday 11th April 2014

ONE has to feel sorry for the couple who run The County in Aycliffe Village. For Stuart Dale and Colette Farrell run a famous pub.

Holly Hill Inn, Sleegill, Richmond

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW LOOK: Kamran Ozkan outside the Holly Hill Inn

2:16pm Friday 11th April 2014

RECENTLY under new management, the Holly Hilly Inn, in Sleegill, Richmond, has benefited from a simple but effective makeover and an enthusiasm to bring in a new chef to provide high quality but inexpensive meals.

Rwandan choir on stage at international festival

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHARING MUSIC: The choir from Rwanda which will sing at Harrogate International Festival

2:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

A CHOIR from Rwanda will be among music and dance groups performing over Easter in this year’s Harrogate International Youth Festival.

Yorkshire and French fusion

2:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

LE Tour is the theme of a gala concert at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday, April 26, when the St Cecilia Orchestra, will perform Yorkshire and French music under conductor Xenophon Kelsey.

Hall hosts Easter exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bamburgh, a watercolour by Stewart Huntington

2:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

WHEN the village hall in the picture postcard Yorkshire Dales village of West Burton burnt down 17 years ago, soon after a £10,000 facelift, local people were in despair.

The Armed Man: Ripon Cathedral

2:06pm Friday 11th April 2014

THERE were no empty seats for Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and John Rutter’s Magnificat.

Dmitry Sitkovetsky & Roger Vignoles: Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

2:05pm Friday 11th April 2014

THIS latest recital in Harrogate’s Spring Sunday Series drew another large crowd to see these internationally renowned musicians.

Funding will bring tours to new venues

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLAYS FOR ALL: The Life and Loves of a Nobody by Third Angel, a touring company involved in the Arc and Dep Arts project

2:04pm Friday 11th April 2014

STOCKTON Arc is among a clutch of arts venues in the North-East which will benefit from major Arts Council funding designed to bring the best contemporary theatre to the region.

Mark Nightingale to headline at festival

2:03pm Friday 11th April 2014

HEADLINE acts at this year’s extended Darlington Jazz Festival are trombonist Mark Nightingale and the Al Wood 9.

Wild and wonderful

2:03pm Friday 11th April 2014

WILD and Wonderful is the title of an exhibition which opens tomorrow with a preview at Grewelthorpe Village Hall.

New High Sheriff means business

Darlington and Stockton Times: FAMILY MAN: New High Sheriff Gerald Osborne, his wife Pamela and family members Kathy Osborne, with her partner Owen Medler, and David Osborne and his wife Lorraine

2:02pm Friday 11th April 2014

WELSH wisdom is alive and flourishing in one corner of the North- East, to the benefit of a grateful group of workers.

Do you have a cuddy in your garden?

Darlington and Stockton Times: ALSO KNOWN AS: The house sparrow - or spuggie

3:53pm Friday 4th April 2014

FOLLOWING my recent notes about the North Riding dialect names, especially for the hedgehog, a reader asks about dialect names for some of our wild birds He adds that his bird feeders are regularly visited by stoggies. I’m sure the same reader would have told us that spuggies were also regular callers, then with a bit of luck he might have noticed a French linney or a cuddy.

Mystery surrounds who is causing this giant-sized problem

3:52pm Friday 4th April 2014

IT’S a mystery that is gripping the nation. Well, when I say nation, I actually mean Leyburn, and when I say Leyburn, I suppose I really mean Maythorne and when I say Maythorne ... OK, it's just me that's gripped – and if I'm being totally honst, I'm only quite interested.

Dealer lands a £1 fine for cruel cuts

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dealer lands a £1 fine for cruel cuts

3:45pm Friday 4th April 2014

Above picture: The January 1979 student nurse intake at North Tees Hospital, Stockton. Jane Gregson is trying to locate as many as she can to celebrate the 35-year anniversary of the event. Jane writes: “We have a Facebook group ‘35 years and counting’ where we can be contacted or I can be e-mailed at janestannett @hotmail.com.”

Hotel is Holmes from home for Sherlock fans

Darlington and Stockton Times: 221B OR NOT 221B? : The Sherlock Homes Museum is enjoying a revival thanks to the latest television series

3:37pm Friday 4th April 2014

I OPENED the bedroom door and Benedict Cumberbatch was inside staring straight at me. Not in person, I should add, before his fan posse of “Cumberbitches” go into a frenzy of delight, but on the cover of a glossy men’s magazine on a table in the room.

Brasserie Hudson Way, Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: STYLE: The restaurant says its design recalls the grand cafes of Europe

3:25pm Friday 4th April 2014

IF I was mayor of Middlesbrough and trying to woo some big-time investors into parting with millions, this is where I would bring them – and let the view at sunset do the talking.

Edward’s secret: Be a stickler for quality

Darlington and Stockton Times: STYLE: The Nag’s Head restaurant has two AA Rosettes

3:21pm Friday 4th April 2014

STUBBORNNESS and a quality product are the secrets to success and longevity in the pub and restaurant trade. That’s the advice from one of the longest-serving independent landlords in Yorkshire, and possibly Britain.

Horses at heart of exhibit

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAUCOUS NOVELS: Jorrocks out hunting, a creation of RS Surtees, left

3:18pm Friday 4th April 2014

A DISPLAY on Victorian hunting, horse breeding and racing, assembled by volunteers from the archive and library, has opened at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Father and daughter share a concert platform

3:16pm Friday 4th April 2014

FATHER and daughter musicians John and Alison Gill, from Hartlepool, will play a Shostakovich concerto during a concert by Cleveland Philharmonic Choir at Stockton Parish Church on Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm.

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra: Middlesbrough Town Hall

3:15pm Friday 4th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH’S series of classical concerts continued with this long established Austrian ensemble conducted by the current music director, Andrés Orozco- Estrada, born in Columbia but trained in Vienna.

The Diary of Anne Frank: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

3:14pm Friday 4th April 2014

WHEN 13-year-old Jewish girl Anne Frank began filling the pages of a diary while in hiding in Amsterdam, she could scarcely have dreamed her words would still be reaching people more than 70 years on.

Richmondshire Choral Society: St Mary’s Church

3:14pm Friday 4th April 2014

The performance of Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem which opened this concert was particularly appropriate this year which marks the centenary of the First World War.

The Revolutionary Drawing Room: St Bernadette’s Church, Nunthorpe

3:13pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE Revolutionary Drawing Room specialises in music of the late 18th to early 19th centuries with gut-stringed period instruments.

Claire Martin and the BBC Big Band: Middlesbrough Town Hall

3:12pm Friday 4th April 2014

Middlesbrough Town Hall IN THEIR first appearance for some time, the BBC Big Band with featured singer Claire Martin “celebrated the big band divas”.

Old Deanery art boosts charities

3:11pm Friday 4th April 2014

SLENINGFORD Artists hold their annual an exhibition of paintings and other works at the Old Deanery, Ripon, next weekend.

Globe’s King Lear is set to cause a stir

Darlington and Stockton Times: MUST SEE: Joseph Marcell as King Lear

3:12pm Friday 4th April 2014

TICKETS went on sale at the Georgian Theatre Royal this week for the Shakespeare’s Globe production of King Lear, which is likely to be one of the must-see theatre events in North Yorkshire this year.

Quartet’s concert supports hall

3:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

MARKENFIELD Hall, near Ripon, hosts a spring concert by the recently formed Dales String Quartet on Saturday, April 12.

Aquarelle returns

3:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

A RETURN to Sowerby Music by the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet next weekend will give audiences another chance to hear the orchestral, moving and dynamic sounds that have earned this ensemble critical acclaim.

Pevsner’s art is under spotlight

3:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE story of how a German refugee, who was an internee and a jobbing journalist, came to be regarded as the Grand Old Man of English art history is the subject of next week’s lecture to Wensleydale Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Hownot to be burned at the steak

Darlington and Stockton Times: PREPARATION: Students at the Swinton Park cookery school and, below, Ruth Campbell

3:09pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE perfect, melt-inthe- mouth steak has to be up there in the top five of most people’s fantasy last meals.

Roll up for the best seat in the Dales to see the Grand Depart

3:15pm Friday 28th March 2014

THERE’S a bit of a rumble going on in Bainbridge about the annual visit of travellers who stop on the village green before and after Appleby Fair.

Do you measure up in the size stakes?

Darlington and Stockton Times: ABOUT THE SIZE OF IT: A male mallard in the spring sunshine among crocuses in Ripon

3:14pm Friday 28th March 2014

IT can be difficult conveying to another person’s imagination the approximate size of something.

Local iron trade booms as prices fall

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: At Thirsk School in February 1987, Diana Clarke is taking a class in home economics. Are you a former pupil pictured here who can let us know why the D&S photographer had called in. Contact From Our Archive at dst@nne.co.uk

3:06pm Friday 28th March 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago. – In the Cleveland Iron Trade, which is rapidly becoming the staple trade of this important district, we have to report a slight change for the worse – but this is only a slight change.

Grand ‘Dev’ proves a gastronomic delight

Darlington and Stockton Times: COUNTRYHOUSE SPLENDOUR: One of the bedrooms in the Old Wing of The Devonshire Arms

2:42pm Friday 28th March 2014

AS we were driving to the Devonshire Arms, near Skipton, from our home near Darlington, I couldn’t help pondering the hotel’s name.

The Park, Sutton on the Forest, York

Darlington and Stockton Times: MENU: The Park Restaurant, venue for a taste of many foods and flavours

12:22pm Friday 28th March 2014

IF YOU like plenty of choice, then you might panic at the thought of being faced with a single option on the menu.

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