Grand designs, not to mention the buns

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bath (11311779)

12:41pm Friday 17th October 2014

As I bite into my afternoon treat, it's pure pleasure with every forkful.

Reflections on a Suffolk sojourn

Darlington and Stockton Times: 17.12.08-yarmm-DJ
Living Magazine: Pics of Yarm river area for Keith Proud's walky-type article. View from road bridge toward the viaduct.
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11:19am Friday 17th October 2014

This week’s Diary comes from Suffolk where my wife and I spent a few days researching the wild life and history of that area with a novel in mind. Our base was Aldeburgh, a seaside town with a fairly modern history because the original town on this site, Slaughden, was swept away by extremely heavy seas. That name lives on in a local sailing club and a street name.

‘Every day is a school day, with bells or no bells’

11:17am Friday 17th October 2014

FOUR hundred words of meandering nonsense in about half an hour before the home time bell. The clock's ticking. Do schools still use bells? I must ask the kids.

Bowes Museum plays host to haute couture

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thierry Mugler, spring summer collection 1997. Picture: Patrice Stable Studio

10:46am Friday 17th October 2014

THE Bowes Museum has been chosen as the only UK venue for an exhibition of haute couture by leading European designers who have all used feathers in their fashions.

Classic opera success with a packed house

Darlington and Stockton Times: WELL MATCHED: Hye-Youn Lee as Violetta and Ji-Min Park as Alfredo with the Chorus of Opera North. Picture: Richard H Smith

10:40am Friday 17th October 2014

NO DOUBT encouraged by the fact that its recent production of La Bohème attracted a substantial new audience, Opera North will be hoping the equally popular La Traviata does the same.

Response to some just criticism

10:40am Friday 17th October 2014

IN ARTS News on September 19, I previewed the music programme in Middlesbrough Town Hall, writes Peter Bevan.

Arts Reviews

10:36am Friday 17th October 2014

A Month in the Country

A new main line railway is surveyed

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: It is March 1981 and these good ladies (and one gentleman) of Hawes are on a sponsored slim to help raise funds for the restoration of the town's Market Hall. Who were the slimmers? How much weight did they lose and how much money wa

10:06am Friday 17th October 2014

From this newspaper 150 years ago. – The advent of November has brought forth more than the usual crop of new railway schemes.

Norton Conyers: the medieval house that inspired Jane Eyre

Darlington and Stockton Times: 16/09/14
 Norton Conyers, Wath. Picture. Sarah Caldecott (11063361)

10:06am Friday 17th October 2014

‘I ALWAYS call this place a blessing and a curse,” says Lady Halina Graham, referring to the late medieval manor house, Norton Conyers, in North Yorkshire.

The Bay Horse, Hurworth-on-Tees

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10:06am Friday 17th October 2014

IT is six years since the business partnership of Jonathan Hall and Marcus Bennett re-opened the Bay Horse in Hurworth, near Darlington, and set a new standard for top notch pub fare.

Dales church hosts "extraordinary" night of folk rock

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:10am Friday 17th October 2014

PICTURE a traditional Dales church, parts of which date back to the thirteenth century, in beautiful surroundings and rather unusually, complete with a temporary bar for the evening stocked with an extensive range of real ales.

Show busts stereotypes

10:42am Friday 17th October 2014

NORTH East Rising, Rowan McCabe’s new show about regional identity, is staged at Stockton Arc on Thursday.

Arts In Brief

10:40am Friday 17th October 2014

MARK Steel, a regular on Have I Got News For You and QI , comes to Stockton on Tuesday with a show based on his Radio 4 series Mark Steel's In Town.

Waste not, want not

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10:06am Friday 17th October 2014

In this age of recycling - plastics in one bin, glass in another, garden matter and food waste also being separated - there can be no better time to start your own compost heap.

Firemen's creditable display

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: As work proceeds on the upgrading of the A1 between Leeming Bar and Scotch Corner to motorway standard, here's a picture from the last time this stretch of the Great North Road was upgraded. It is June 1964 and the northbound dual ca

2:05pm Friday 10th October 2014

On Thursday the periodical examination and inspection of the Darlington fire brigade men and the fire engines took place in the Horse Market in the presence of a large number of persons the proceedings being also observed by the members of the Local Board of Health from the windows of the room in which they were assembled to hold their ordinary monthly meeting.

Speed bumps and spurious Kinks links

12:51pm Friday 10th October 2014

THE debate on Skeeby speed bumps is still rumbling on. Inspired by the "my dad works here" signs among the roadworks on the A1 at the moment, I would favour a speed matrix sign and number plate recognition camera linked to DVLA records which flashed up images of the speeding driver's loved ones along with a poignant message.

Celebrating 80 years of the Soroptimists

Darlington and Stockton Times: WORKING TOGETHER: The Darlington Soroptimists branch   Picture: TOM BANKS

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

THE one thing Soroptimist members find themselves explaining most often is where the curious name of their organisation comes from.

The sea – in depth

Darlington and Stockton Times: LINE-UP: The exhibitors at the Turnstones Gallery

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

TURNSTONE Gallery at Sandsend is making the most of its coastal location with its latest exhibition, Drawn to the Sea.

Versatile shrub synonymous with the Moors

Darlington and Stockton Times: Redcar and area for Living Mag.
   Eston Moor.
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10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

A TRIP across the North York Moors revealed several patches of yellow gorse flowers showing brightly on their spiky dark-green shrubs.

The Town House, Durham

Darlington and Stockton Times: EATING OUT: The Town House on Old Elvet in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10415253)

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

“ERRRM, medium... please,” I said, timidly. That was as brave as I was prepared to be.

Wide range on offer at local music societies

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

THE concert season for most local societies is about to begin but there are a few not so far covered that will offer a mix of formats and ensembles and a wide range of music, writes Peter Bevan.

Get right tools for the job and autumn will be a breeze

Darlington and Stockton Times: Undated Handout photo of Bosch ALS2500 leaf vacuum. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. (11053621)

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

The leaves are starting to fall, the lawn needs rejuvenating, the beds could do with a tidy-up, and overcrowded plants can be lifted and divided.

Baker with a secret

Darlington and Stockton Times: USING HIS LOAF: Colin Scott-Moncrieff as baker August de Ville

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

THE Badapple Theatre Company stages its new one-man show, The Daily Bread, at St Mary’s Church in Norton, Stockton, tomorrow (7pm).

Standing tall at Nosterfield

10:02am Friday 10th October 2014

THE best find in September was a Crane at Nosterfield, one of only a handful ever recorded in the area. Standing nearly 4ft tall these magnificent birds are now breeding regularly in Britain again with populations in the Norfolk marshes and on the Somerset Levels but they remain rare visitors elsewhere.

Peter and the Wolf comes alive

10:05am Friday 3rd October 2014

RIPON International Festival presents an enchanting autumn family show, Peter and The Wolf and other Russian Tales, on Sunday, October 12, at Ripon Leisure Centre.

Plea for more to enjoy young and gifted musicians

Darlington and Stockton Times: ACCLAIMED: The Archaeus Quartet

10:05am Friday 3rd October 2014

DARLINGTON Music Society's 2014-15 season starts tomorrow with a plea to classical music lovers. "It is a strange irony that as the pool of prodigious musical talent gets wider and younger, our audience gets older and smaller," said committee member Mike Chapman. "The dismal end to this for the music society is obvious.

Book looks at how sheep shaped our world

Darlington and Stockton Times: (10589110)

10:04am Friday 3rd October 2014

SHEEP – we all know about sheep, don’t we? They are those anonymous white blobs on the hillside that produce enchanting little lambs to delight us in the spring. We enjoy them again a bit later in the year with minted new potatoes, broad beans and onion sauce.

Colours that brides should choose – or avoid

Darlington and Stockton Times: ARISTOCRAT: It seesms to have been a good summer  for butterflies like the red admiral

10:04am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE formal aspects of getting married seem to have become less important in modern weddings. Informality seems to be the situation nowadays, with as much original thinking as possible.

Freemasons Arms, Nosterfield

Darlington and Stockton Times: COUNTRY PUB: The Freemason's Arms in Nosterfield. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (10565782)

10:04am Friday 3rd October 2014

CELEBRATING celebrity customers is nothing new, of course.

Fur flying over town troubles

5:33am Friday 3rd October 2014

WE have a cat down. It's the grey cat which spags the baby and bites your hand when you try to stroke it, but it's poorliness has been surprisingly upsetting. The vet thinks he may have been hit by a car. I didn't like to tell her I'd thrown away his pet slug and he's probably just unable to walk through grief.

Dig under the covers for inspiration

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:04am Friday 3rd October 2014

If you're looking for inspiration this autumn, you can find it in spades in a crop of new gardening books. Hannah Stephenson leafs through the best.

Yoga, massage and other earthly delights

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10:04am Friday 3rd October 2014

LOCKING my gaze into the splintered grooves of a pine tree, I try to hold my balance as I totter on one leg with my hands in an Anjali Mudra pose.

Theatre review: Double Death: Civic Theatre, Darlington

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

DESPITE the theatrical clichés – remote Victorian house near a Cornish cliff top, thunder storm and power blackouts – this psychological thriller holds audience attention up to the somewhat contrived climax.

Music review: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage, Gateshead

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

THERE were several firsts in this packed concert. It was the first in the Sage’s new classical season, the first to be conducted by Lars Vogt as music director designate, and the first in the Sinfonia’s complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies.

Music review: Alan Barnes & Paul Edis, Gala Theatre, Durham

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE monthly series of lunchtime jazz concerts in the upstairs Studio at the Gala has proved to be a great success with performances regularly selling out.

Music Review: Coffee, cake and music, St Agatha's Church, Easby

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE posters for this informal recital, organised to raise money for St Agatha's and for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, read "coffee, cake and music".

Music Review: Ben Horden, St Oswald's, Sowerby

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

SOWERBY Music, now in its 28th year of presenting high calibre music, on this occasion welcomed organist Ben Horden, who performed in a church well filled for the occasion.

Fire at the ironmonger's causes alarm

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: In March 1995, Rod Hall, the acting headteacher of Gunnerside Methodist Primary School in Swaledale, was leading his school choir in recording almost forgotten Victorian hymns for posterity. The pupils were to record the songs which woul

10:05am Friday 3rd October 2014

Shortly after eight o'clock on Saturday evening last, a fire broke out at Mr Allison's ironmongery stores, Finkle Street, Richmond.

Rejoice - for our NHS heroes and the demise of a slimy slug

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

IT'S a good news week this week, so in your face people who say newspapers only print bad news.

The traditional tales we all know

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:51pm Friday 26th September 2014

OUR region is particularly rich, with legends ranging from tales of giants to accounts of fairy activity in quiet places. Barguests and wild boars were said to roam the countryside during the hours of darkness, and we also have widespread tales of ghosts and other fearful apparitions.

Rejoice at prizewinning way to run the Friarage

2:49pm Friday 26th September 2014

IT’S a good news week this week, so in your face people who say newspapers only print bad news.

Striking over ‘a black sheep’

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

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

Steps that will pave the way for bountiful year

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:43pm Friday 26th September 2014

Hannah Stephenson presents essential tips to help prepare the garden for next season – with a bit of help from TV presenter Diarmuid Gavin

Best of the bunch: Physalis (Chinese Lantern)

2:40pm Friday 26th September 2014

THIS spreading, rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial has insignificant creamy bell-shaped flowers in midsummer before inflated, papery 5cm lanterns emerge which turn from green to beige and then orange-red in autumn.

Good enough to eat: Overwintering Onions

2:38pm Friday 26th September 2014

ONIONS are so easy to grow and they make a great fill-in veg when much of your vegetable plot has been left vacant after your main harvests.

What to do this week?

2:38pm Friday 26th September 2014

Keep collecting seed from perennials and alpines and watch out for any tree and shrub seeds you might want to save.

Splash out on a trip to English Riviera

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:36pm Friday 26th September 2014

Chris Moran and family head south to discover the delights of Devon

Black Coffee: Civic Theatre, Darlington

2:28pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NIGHT of stylish bedazzlement seems assured when the curtain rises on an impressive art deco set and female characters waft on stage in beautiful period clothes, but despite the best efforts of the cast and injections of comedy, this revival of one of Agatha Christie’s earliest plays becomes bogged down in tedious dialogue.

Whitworth Hall Hotel, Spennymoor

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:33pm Friday 26th September 2014

IT’S been a difficult year for Whitworth Hall Hotel, the minor stately pile near Spennymoor. In administration last October, it traded in limbo for three months before a buyer was found.

Yuma Osaki: The Witham, Barnard Castle

2:28pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NEW season of classical recitals presented by Master Musicians International began with pianist Yuma Osaki, best known in this country as 3rd prize winner in the 2003 Leeds Piano Competition.






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