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.

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.

Culinary journey stops near Stockton

Darlington and Stockton Times: ALL I EVER WANTED: Pastry chef Vanessa Wade at the Vane Arms, Thorpe Thewles

12:05pm Friday 28th March 2014

VANESSA Wade is just 32 but can boast almost 20 years’ experience in the catering industry. It is, she says, all she has ever wanted to do.

Artist records wildflower beauty but are her subjects under threat?

Darlington and Stockton Times: WILDFLOWER ARTIST: Janet Rawlins at home, Unicorn House, Bainbridge

3:30pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE profusion of wildflowers which Bainbridge artist Janet Rawlins captures so exquisitely in the intriguingly titled A Grass Rope to Catch a Unicorn speaks of a landscape teeming with life and colour and texture.

A jewel of a farmers’ market – that’s award-winning Stokesley

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP FARMERS’ MARKET: Andy Wake, chairman of Stokesley Parish Council and Nigel Davison, manager of Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets

3:37pm Friday 14th March 2014

THE sun shone on Stokesley‘s Farmers’ Market, as crowds gathered to look at the stalls and also to congratulate the winners of the National Farmers’ Market of the Year Award for 2014.

Students urged to consider Oxbridge

Darlington and Stockton Times: MESSAGE: Headteacher David Dunn at highly regarded Yarm School

10:50am Friday 7th March 2014

EVERY year I’m delighted when my top students achieve a place at Oxford or Cambridge universities. But what I really want is more pupils from the entire North-East to gain entry.

The highs and lows of working in a tropical hospital

Darlington and Stockton Times: VITAL CARE: Beth Lewis has swapped Teesside for the Tropics, working as a doctor in a remote hospital in Papua New Guinea

2:29pm Friday 28th February 2014

WATCHING a fiveyear- old stand up and walk across a room to say good morning shouldn’t have reduced me to tears.

Wartime lifesaver’s heroism is honoured

Darlington and Stockton Times: BRAVE SOLDIER: Private Arthur Poulter, the only Dalesman to be awarded the Victoria Cross

3:29pm Friday 21st February 2014

SINCE 1856, the Victoria Cross – the highest award for military valour – has been awarded 1,356 times. Although many Yorkshiremen are among this select group of individuals, only one Dalesman has received the honour – Arthur Poulter.

Revolution isintheair forradio enthusiasts

Darlington and Stockton Times: RADIO PLANS: Jeremy Gartland, chairman of East Cleveland Community Radio Ltd, whose station Zetland FM was awarded an Ofcom licence last October

3:04pm Friday 14th February 2014

THERE has been a radio revolution in the past decade. Since 2005, Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has granted licences to about 200 community stations across the country.

The Roman road to Bedale Hoard discovery

Darlington and Stockton Times: CLOSER LOOK: Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum with a Viking neck ring, part of the Bedale Hoard, which is the subject of an appeal for £50,000 for it to remain at the museum

1:42pm Friday 7th February 2014

FOR metal detectorists Stuart Campbell and Steve Caswell, the thrill of their hobby comes from learning about the minutiae of life in Britain hundreds of years ago.

The times are not a changin’ thatmuch

Darlington and Stockton Times: WELL DRESSED: Adam Brittain was the Beau Brummel of paupers

3:14pm Friday 31st January 2014

ALIFE on benefits?

Dales landscapes through the years on show in exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: INDUSTRY: Ropeworks, Hawes

11:34am Monday 27th January 2014

THERE is a rare chance to see a collection of photographs from one of the 20th century’s most prolific recorders of the Dales landscape and architecture at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s headquarters in Bainbridge.

TV’s great – and I just love being in business

Darlington and Stockton Times: DALES FAN: antiques expert David Harper in his shop at Barnard Castle

3:53pm Friday 24th January 2014

DAVID Harper has just taken delivery of 100 boxes of objects from a client in Staffordshire and is about to get rummaging.

Taking command of 12,000 soldiers

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAN IN CHARGE: Commander of Catterick Garrison Colonel Stephen Padgett

3:20pm Friday 17th January 2014

WITH 12,000 troops and 8,000 dependant families, Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire is the largest concentration of troops in Europe. Under the Government’s Strategic Defence Review, it is set to grow even further.

Caught hook, line and sinker on fishing

Darlington and Stockton Times: PRIMARY PASSION: Geoff Bucknall from Lartington who has written a book on fishing

2:58pm Friday 10th January 2014

WHAT breeds a Newcastle United fan? None can have arrived in the ranks more oddly than Geoffrey Bucknall. He came via his primary passion – fishing. A noted angler, author of a dozen or so highlyregarded books, he is also an expert flydresser. Among his successful flies is one created specially to catch trout that rise at dusk on Somerset’s Blagdon Lake – a phenomenon known as the Blagdon Boil.

Jumping at chance to work with wool

Darlington and Stockton Times: RARE BREED: Nobby the Norfolk Horn, one of Jo Davies’ favourite breeds of sheep

3:53pm Friday 3rd January 2014

JO Davies is passionate about wool. Set her off on the subject and she will spin yarn after yarn, listing her favourite breeds of sheep and extolling the virtues of wool in all its manifestations, from fleece to yarn to knitted jumper.

Trying to stand out on High Street

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHOPPING STRESS: Berenice Semp at home in Stokesley

12:22pm Monday 6th January 2014

A NEW survey by pollsters Opinium reveals that 49 per cent of over-65s feel excluded by high streets.

Dementia should be matter of perception

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rebecca Jenkins

10:48am Friday 20th December 2013

IT can be really hard to admit publicly that you have been given a diagnosis of dementia. Let’s face it: who wants to be thought of as demented?

Bedding in to their newlife up north

Darlington and Stockton Times: WATER VIEW: Jane and Neil McNair at their converted guesthouse beside the River Bain

12:45pm Friday 13th December 2013

JANE and Neil McNair never planned to live in Yorkshire. In fact, until a weekend break in the Dales three years ago, Neil had never even visited the place.

Chef who puts the super into fresh soup

Darlington and Stockton Times: SOUPER CHEF: Belinda Williams in the kitchen of her home at Newton-le-Willows, near Bedale

2:49pm Friday 6th December 2013

FOOD and Yorkshire are the lifeblood of Belinda Williams, who grew up on a farm near Masham, where everything was home-made.

Plans have to change due to an early arrival

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW ARRIVALS: The croft takes shape

2:06pm Friday 29th November 2013

THE nights draw in fast up here, and as winter sets in with a succession of storms there’s plenty of time to reflect on the progress we’ve made.

Civilisation never felt so far away as helicopter takes over

1:58pm Friday 29th November 2013

WE like to think that everything we do is well planned and thought out, and being our own masters our lives run to a strict timetable.

The constant hunt for perfection sees Charles athomein Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: GETTING A BUZZ: Charles Merchie – strives for perfection at the Feversham Arms in Helmsley

3:25pm Friday 22nd November 2013

CHARLES Merchie’s life revolves around perfection. The 53- year-old has devoted his entire career to fivestar luxury and quality, scrutinising the finest of details an everyday task.

Why the adrenaline still kicks in for Pam

Darlington and Stockton Times: STILL LEARNING: Pam Royle at home

11:46am Friday 15th November 2013

IT’S a grey and wet November Saturday morning when Pam welcomes the D&S Times to her village home.

Farm is at the core of reviving a tradition

Darlington and Stockton Times: JUICY BITS: Rachel Benson prepares to press apples on one of the apple pressing days

12:57pm Friday 8th November 2013

BRAMLEY trees are groaning with fruit while branches laden with damsons are drooping heavily to the ground. Crab apples, too, are plumping up nicely. In orchards and gardens all over the North-East and North Yorkshire, we are enjoying a bountiful autumn.

Ahead of the pack on Tour route

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON TOUR: From left, James Brown and Ashley, Mike and Stella Barnard on their bicycles on the Tour de France route at Aysgarth

11:46am Friday 1st November 2013

TORTUROUS climbs, exhilarating descents, spectacular views, jelly legs and aching bones – I experienced it all during my twoday adventure in the saddle.

B&B adds revenue to help farm to prosper

Darlington and Stockton Times: FULL ENGLISH: Farmers John and Mary Pearson won the Breakfast of Year award in the Deliciouslyorkshire awards. They have combined running a B&B with their working farm for 25 years. Stuart Laundy is pictured sampling the breakfast

3:32pm Friday 25th October 2013

MARY Pearson is hard at work pressing apples she has collected when the D&S Times calls in for one of her awardwinning breakfasts.

Village stop with bikes to see and bites to eat

Darlington and Stockton Times: DESTINATION: The Manor Cafe

3:42pm Friday 18th October 2013

A PURPOSE-built cafe catering for motorcyclists is attracting a growing number of visitors to the Yorkshire Dales.

Innovative expansion is proving popular

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOME FROM HOME: The Shepherd’s hut

4:15pm Friday 11th October 2013

WHEN Clare Moss- Clennell and her husband Shaun found they were short of space in their onebedroom barn conversion, they came up with a practical, if slightly unusual, solution – they had a shepherd’s hut installed in their garden.

The mysterious base keeping watch over our skies for 50 years

Darlington and Stockton Times: VITAL ROLE: RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors,

3:31pm Friday 4th October 2013

THE Cold War might be consigned to the history syllabus, but high on the North York Moors, a huge radar base continues its 24-houra- day, 365-days-a-year vigil, looking for deadly ballistic missiles heading our way.

Next Bishop steps into Cathedral limelight

Darlington and Stockton Times: INSTALLED: The new Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler at Durham Cathedral on the day his new job was made public

2:19pm Friday 27th September 2013

BISHOP-designate Paul Butler entered Durham Cathedral to meet his new flock in, it seems, characteristic manner: quietly and modestly.

Scouts so prepared to help in creation of good citizens

Darlington and Stockton Times: VOLUNTEER: Asa accompanies the Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to the Lakes

12:01pm Friday 20th September 2013

THROUGH his manual of good citizenship, Scouting for Boys, Robert Baden-Powell encouraged young men to Be Prepared for any eventuality: runaway horses and trains, poisonous snakes, mad dogs and murderers, were all to be tackled with fervour, a selfless disregard for safety and a cheery smile.

Weaving a path in life leads to a happy art

Darlington and Stockton Times: WONDERFUL WEAVE: North Yorkshire willow sculptor Emma Stothard

2:52pm Friday 13th September 2013

IN the middle of a barn on the outskirts of Whitby, surrounded by bundles of willow sticks tied together with string, stands a cluster of eerie metal skeletons. Two huge birds, a group of small deer, and the towering figure of a horse, all made from thin metal poles, huddle together.

Family firm has stood test of time

Darlington and Stockton Times: OPEN ALL HOURS: Two pictures of Grocers R Campbell & Son, of Leyburn, taken in the early 20th century

2:33pm Friday 6th September 2013

IT is a Dales’ institution, relied on for generations by local people and highly valued by visitors.

Couple’s labour of love restores hall to grandeur

Darlington and Stockton Times: SAVIOURS: Shona and John Harper-Wilkes pictured at Lartington Hall

3:04pm Friday 30th August 2013

SURROUNDED by cardboard boxes, standing between a stack of plastic chairs and a stuffed deer’s head, I’m looking up at a tacky plastic clock nailed onto a shed-brown wall.

Lessons learnt, it’s time to go back to school

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOME: Chef Stephen Bulmer at the Swinton Park Cookery School

2:14pm Friday 23rd August 2013

STEPHEN Bulmer is a born-again Yorkshireman.

Oursmall piece of heavenat the seaside

Darlington and Stockton Times: COSY: Christina Zanelli and her daughter Annabel, seven, at their beach hut on Whitby seafront,

3:02pm Friday 16th August 2013

CHRISTINA Zanelli is surrounded by brightly-coloured bunting, chintzy cushions and other home comforts as she takes a break from watching the waves crashing on the beach to put the kettle on to boil.

Taking the hit:amazing ordeal ofwarsurvivor

Darlington and Stockton Times: LIVED TO TELL THE TALE: Gordon Clare, under arrow top right, on a lifeboat after being picked up by Cape Verde islanders days after a torpedo attack

2:02pm Friday 9th August 2013

AAFTER being twice torpedoed by German U-boats and surviving almost two weeks marooned in a lifeboat with only a compass and hope, battling malaria in a makeshift clinic in Sierra Leone, and bravely carrying dangerous cargoes around the world without convoy, Gordon Clare, 88, saw plenty of action during the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War.

Wining on about all the classic vintages

Darlington and Stockton Times: PERKS OF THE JOB: Wine merchant Simon Wrightson samples a glass at his Colburn warehouse

3:11pm Friday 2nd August 2013

SIMON WRIGHTSON loves his work. He strides through his warehouse past the cases of wine, each in its own little alcove of country and region.

Jail’s just not a soft option, says Kay

Darlington and Stockton Times: ROLE: Prison volunteer Kay Atkinson and Northallerton Prison

3:20pm Friday 26th July 2013

KAY Atkinson wants people to know that everything they read in the popular press about prisons as holiday camps is nonsense.

Getting a mole out of his hidey hole

Darlington and Stockton Times: EXPERIENCED: Mole catcher Tony Maude, from Lartington, Barnard Castle

4:07pm Friday 19th July 2013

MAYBE it’s because of Wind in the Willows, or their twitchy little noses, or the fact that they’re covered in fur, but a lot of people have a soft spot in their hearts for moles.

Partnership that is giving theatre to community

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN COSTUME: Cast members Mira Wrightson, Doug Claydon, Tom Leeks, Bruce Cunningham, Freya Mawhinney, Paige Rutherford and Max Walker from the Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society during rehearsals for their production of The Critic

2:06pm Friday 12th July 2013

RICHMOND Amateur Dramatic Society, known as RADS, formed 79 years ago in 1934 and began rehearsing and performing in church halls, community venues and schools around the town, owing to the lack of a theatre.

Ruth gets ready for her year as ‘mother’

Darlington and Stockton Times: ‘VERY CALM’: The Reverend Ruth Gee, who is about to become President of the Methodist Conference. Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:40pm Friday 5th July 2013

Ruth Gee is just weeks away from becoming earthly leader of more than 250,000 Methodists across the country. Ahead of her year as President of Conference, the Darlington mother-of-two talks to Mark Tallentire.

TV vet still brings in tourists 35 years on

2:32pm Tuesday 2nd July 2013

It may be decades since the stories of James Herriot were on prime-time TV and in the bestseller lists, but, as Philip Sedgwick reports, the name still carries tourism clout.

Friends of parkona mission of discovery

Darlington and Stockton Times: VITAL ROLE: Michael Rudd dressed as James Paine, the achitect behind The Temple of Minerva, ahead of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of a grand gala at Hardwick Park near Sedgefield

4:25pm Friday 21st June 2013

PICTURE the scene. It is a glorious August day and the “beautiful and romantic” grounds of Hardwick Park in Sedgefield are thronging with people – 3,000 to be precise – most of whom travelled by train from Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Newcastle and beyond. Many are enjoying guided walks around the park, taking in the beautiful scenery and buildings packed full of artwork.

Work is keeping the harsh coldat bay

2:59pm Friday 14th June 2013

THE weather in the first week was, even by local standards, “a bit rough”. A hard easterly blew relentlessly.

Fatal flaw that led to tragedy at market

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO CEREMONY: From the Illustrated London News of 1864, showing Darlington’s new Covered Market

4:41pm Friday 7th June 2013

THE new market was crowded. Ladies were bustling around in their large whalebone dresses, “the Piping Bullfinch” was the sensation of the season and drawing a large crowd, but the reporter from the Darlington & Stockton Times had eyes only for the prizewinning ox.

Help give a voice to women’s causes

Darlington and Stockton Times: EADERS: The president, Elsie Leadley, right, and vice-president, Wendy North, of The National Council of Women, who are based in Darlington

4:28pm Friday 31st May 2013

The National Council of Women has been championing women's causes since 1895 but the organisation remains relatively unknown. Following the launch of a new writing competition for women and girls under 30, Vicki Henderson visited its Darlington-based headquarters to find out more.

Explorer honoured with hall memorial

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOME HONOUR: Angie Butler unveils the plaque commemorating Frank Wild in Skelton Civic Hall

2:41pm Friday 24th May 2013

THE metal decks of their once-sturdy ship cracking, the great beams snapping “with the noise of heavy gunfire”, Frank Wild looked to his great friend, Ernest Shackleton, out on the lookout platform.

Missed chance to mine a great opportunity

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCENIC: Sheep in Goathland, where Whitby naturalists once went to see a mine

1:55pm Monday 20th May 2013

THE other day I came across possibly convincing evidence of a major lost opportunity in the North York Moors.

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