Norton Conyers: the medieval house that inspired Jane Eyre

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 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.

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.

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.

100-year legacy of the need to train an army

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2:24pm Friday 26th September 2014

Ashley Barnard meets the author of a book charting the story of Catterick Garrison

Intriguing questions remain at historic battle site

3:45pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A number of the linear boundaries near Sutton Bank have long looked to be rather too sharply defined for the prehistoric date ascribed to them. This raises the question of why might someone have recut or reinforced these (presumed) prehistoric boundaries more recently?

Rector can tell his wife who's boss - for now

Darlington and Stockton Times: REACHING OUT: Ian and Linda Robinson, with Tibetan terrier, Ozzy, in the garden of the Bedale Rectory

2:42pm Friday 19th September 2014

Betsy Everett meets a church couple who have found the call to serve God irresistable and who serve together.

Learning the truth about speeding

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Reflective mood...Ruth Campbell who has been on a speed awareness course after being caught speeding. See features. (pic Richard Doughty) (10000846)

2:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

After a long day at the wheel Ruth Campbell was stopped by the police for being 8mph over the speed limit. Here she explains what happened next.

Dale’s mining heritage revealed in book

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:24pm Friday 29th August 2014

Ian Spensley has written a new book about the long and often neglected history of mining in Wensleydale

Struggles to keep General Practice on track

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:58am Friday 22nd August 2014

FIRST, the bad news. Over the next seven years, the Central Dales GP Practice, on which more than 4,500 of us depend for our health care, will lose £74,000 thanks to complex changes to government funding for family doctors.

Leading the field to reach a century

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:41am Friday 15th August 2014

THIS month the Wensleydale Agricultural Show takes place for the 100th time. Since its inception it has been first and foremost a traditional agricultural show and remains so today.

Her menus are music to stars

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:17pm Friday 8th August 2014

Personal chef Sarah Muir looks after some of the world’s biggest music stars. She tells Lucy Richardson how she does it

Still lots on luncheon menu

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:52pm Friday 1st August 2014

Ladies’ luncheon clubs still thrive despite the changing role of women. Betsy Everett found out why

Twenty seconds of film that mean the world

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

AWARD-WINNING documentary maker Mark Flowers has played with lemurs in Madagascar, swum with river dolphins in the Amazon rainforest, joined in a Mali mud festival in the heat of Africa and tracked down giant fish in the turbulent rapids of Laos.

A triumph, now let’s reap the rewards

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2:27pm Friday 18th July 2014

With the Tour de France back in its homeland after its time in Britain, Emily Flanagan looks at the Yorkshire legacy

Army of helpers ready to help the victims of crime

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:44pm Friday 11th July 2014

FORTY years ago Victim Support, an independent charity for victims of crime was established throughout England and Wales. It is now the oldest and largest victims’ charity in the world.

A flying visit to instant air base

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12:37pm Friday 4th July 2014

As Russia flexes its muscles Stuart Minting joins units from RAF Leeming on NATO’s policing mission in Lithuania

Do we really need 'nation status'?

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Lifestyle mag feature on Northallerton: All Saint's Church
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3:07pm Friday 27th June 2014

Spurred on Cornwall's example, some feel Yorkshire should seek minority nation status too. Harry Mead reports.

Fishy relic is one of England's strangest listings

2:13pm Friday 27th June 2014

Peculiarity of Character by Clair Shields Planning Officer (Building Conservation) with the North York Moors National Park Authority

No need for milk churn as chapel looks to the future

Darlington and Stockton Times: LABOUR OF LOVE: Tom and Elaine Ewbank pull the churn for the last time

3:34pm Friday 20th June 2014

EVERY week for more than 50 years, Elaine and Tom Ewbank have wheeled water in a milk churn from their farm cottage in Marsett, high above Semerwater, to the Methodist chapel in this hamlet of just nine souls. There’s a congregation of around a dozen, an official membership of eight.

A warm welcome awaits at Crook Hall

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY DAYS: Crook Hall is increasingly popular with wedding parties

3:05pm Friday 13th June 2014

FOR 800 years, Crook Hall, a diminutive stately home on the banks of the River Wear, in Durham, has had two main attractions: the house and gardens.

Bringing out the silver for 151 years

Darlington and Stockton Times: AS YOU WERE: Members of Cockerton Band in 1880, when they moved to Mary Pease’s Cockerton Cocoa Palace

12:39pm Friday 6th June 2014

BACK in 1863, a music teacher called James Hoggett decided to gather young Cockerton men together to form a band. The rest is history.

Bringing musical heroes to Teesside

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAESTRO: Paul Burns, director of Tees Music Alliance, which organises the Stockton event

4:27pm Friday 30th May 2014

Challenging is the diplomatic term Paul Burns uses to describe dealings with music artists. Off the record, the director of Tees Music Alliance (TMA) reveals which middle-aged performer is so vain he insists on being lit a flattering way and the identity of the hard-drinking frontman who demanded a sick bucket by the side of the stage.

Getting a Michelin star was surreal

Darlington and Stockton Times: ABOVE PAR: James Close, who originally wanted to be a golf pro

1:05pm Friday 23rd May 2014

JAMES Close can remember exactly what he was doing when he became only the fourth North- East chef ever to receive a Michelin Star.

Farmer turns to training after retirement

Darlington and Stockton Times: HOBBY: Edwin Tuer – 'At least it gets me out of the house'

2:05pm Friday 16th May 2014

WHEN Edwin Tuer retired from farming, he decided he needed a hobby.

Relaxing break is a racing certainty

Darlington and Stockton Times: COUNTRY STYLE: Ann Duffield on the gallops at Sun Hill Farm

2:46pm Friday 9th May 2014

HE first thing you notice when you walk through the door is the welcoming, fresh smell of wood – Russian pine to be exact – and it is immediately good for the soul.

Sniffing out clues toYork’s moorland

Darlington and Stockton Times: WHAT’S IN A NAME?: National park: but why 'the North York Moors'?

3:52pm Friday 2nd May 2014

NAME the odd one out among these, ahem, fragrances of York – chocolate, smoke and engine oil, horses, heather, sulphur, daffodils.

A simple recipe for a business with heart

Darlington and Stockton Times: MOST REWARDING: Managing Director Rick McCordall inside Olivia’s Bakery

2:54pm Friday 25th April 2014

FORGET concrete and steel. Rick Mc- Cordall's success at the Clervaux Artisan Cafe and Bakery is being built on flour, yeast, a pinch of salt and water.

‘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.

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.

How not 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.


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