Autumn woodland colours can help us feel better

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, PA Photos/Joe Cornish.

11:14am Friday 24th October 2014

SO it's official - a walk to take in the seasonal colours of autumn is good for our wellbeing, according to new research by the National Trust. Indeed, now is the time for considering what we might want to plant to give us a blaze of autumn colour in future years. Here are some of the places you may find inspiration this autumn

A winter wonderland in the Banff National Park

Darlington and Stockton Times: Undated Handout Photo of someone ski-ing in Lake Louise Ski Resort, Banff National Park, Canada. See PA Feature TRAVEL Canada. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Bell Pottinger. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TRAVEL Cana

11:14am Friday 24th October 2014

WHEN our instructor Kenji asks us to check each other's noses for frostbite, I assume he must be joking. Only Everest climbers get frostbite, right? But as it turns out, coming home from a skiing trip with two less fingers is an actual possibility when the temperature is -27.

Unpropitious weather for Yarm Fair

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: In August 1980, there was trouble in I'Anson Road, Richmond, when the county council ripped up paving stones to re-use in the Market Place outside the new Woolworth's store. I'Anson Road residents were not happy particularly

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

FROM OUR ARCHIVE: In August 1980, there was trouble in I'Anson Road, Richmond, when the county council ripped up paving stones to re-use in the Market Place outside the new Woolworth's store. I'Anson Road residents were not happy, particularly these three gentlemen. Who were they – and did they get their paving slabs back? Let From Our Archive know at dst@nne.co.uk

New version of Ibsen's masterpiece comes to the Georgian

Darlington and Stockton Times: Felicity Rhys as Nora with Adam Redmayne who plays Torvald. Picture: Pete Le May

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

A NEW version of A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen’s ground-breaking play about marriage, money and the freedom of women in the late 19th century – will be performed at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond next Friday .

Former vet's new book salutes the hill farmer's best friend

Darlington and Stockton Times: Neville Turner – with camera

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

WHEN Neville Turner began working as a vet in the late 1960s, it was, he says, “still like James Herriot”. “I loved that – flying by the seat of your pants, working 18 hours a day, every other night and every other weekend. It was total commitment and, looking back, it was wonderful. I used to get excited about going to work every morning.

Diversity and natural colours at exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: Aspects of Coverham Church by Carol Tyler. Picture: Pip Land

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

A DIVERSE and fascinating range of work by Dales artists was on display at The Old School House in Leyburn during the first week in October.

The Fox Hole, Piercebridge, County Durham

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Fox Hole, Piercebridge.      Picture: ANDY LAMB (11489502)

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

AS transformations go, the recent conversion of what used to be a very average boozer in the village of Piercebridge, just west of Darlington, into The Fox Hole takes some beating.

Who is our entertaining visitor?

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10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

FOR the past few weeks, we have been regally entertained by a mysterious visiting bird that sings each evening before dusk. Its platform is an ornamental maple in our neighbour’s garden. This decorative tree produces copious amounts of large deep red leaves reminiscent of sycamore foliage and they are big enough and thick enough to conceal the songster. Therein lay the problem. We could not catch sight of it even with binoculars, so we did not know the identity of our entertainer.

High hopes for wannabe Tory MP

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THE Conservatives have selected their man to contest the Richmond seat – the safest in the country – at the next general election.

Pipes star Tickell in concert

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kathryn Tickell and The Side

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

FOLK legend Kathryn Tickell brings her new band The Side to Stockton Arc on Tuesday, November 4.

Music review: Archaeus Quartet, Central Hall, Darlington

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THIS was the opening concert in Darlington Music Society’s new season which includes an attractive mix of chamber ensembles both by established artists and rising stars.

Theatre review: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

EUROPEAN Arts Company’s new play charting the descent from grace of one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights contained all the vital ingredients for a scandalous and entertaining court room drama. Its execution, however, was at times a little dry and did not do justice to Wilde’s flamboyant talent and wonderfully over-developed ego.

Music review: Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Middlesbrough Town Hall

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THIS was one of those experiences that are just unforgettable. Two stars shared the laurels – Natalia Lomeiko for her virtuoso violin performance and conductor Valery Polyanski, a star in his own right.

Castle Players tackle classic about Great War

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THE Castle Players – Barnard Castle’s well-known community theatre company – will stage RC Sheriff’s acclaimed First World War play Journey’s End over two nights this autumn.

New season dedicated to chairman Nat

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

TEESSIDE Music Society's 71st season is dedicated to the memory of its much respected chairman, Nat Smith, who organised concerts and performers for many years. He death occurred just before the new brochure was printed.

Music review: Show of Hands, St Andrew’s Church, Wensleydale

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

ALL 200-plus church pews were occupied by people waiting in anticipation for this pre-tour concert by folk rock duo Show Of Hands.

Weather Watch: Dry September as high pressure ruled the roost

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THE remains of ex-hurricane Cristobal came our way at the start of the month. They stayed way out in the Atlantic, allowing high pressure to build north-east across Britain.

Grand designs, not to mention the buns

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Yoga, massage and other earthly delights

Darlington and Stockton Times: Undated Handout Photo of yoga practice at Fonatan Pool at Zening Resort in Latchi, Cyprus. See PA Feature TRAVEL Cyprus. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TRAVEL Cyprus. (10777560

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.

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.

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.






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