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Consett Watch – By Malcolm Clarke

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By   3 weeks ago in Consett News

Driving a friend back to Moorside after a meeting in Consett, I noticed how dark it was on the A692 between the McDonald’s Roundabout and The Grove now that the street lights have been removed. Residents frequently use this road in the evenings to either return to Consett or head back down the hill to […]

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Major Improvement Scheme to Begin – Leadgate Road

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By   2 months ago in Consett News

A major £2.4m scheme to ease congestion and promote economic growth is set to get underway. Durham County Council is removing the disused railway bridge, which is beyond repair, and improving the layout of Leadgate Road, which links Villa Real to Front Street in Leadgate. Currently, traffic lights only allow a single file of traffic […]

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The Rotary Club of Consett support World Challenge Schoolgirl

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By   2 months ago in Consett News

Nicola Lines, a fifteen year old schoolgirl took the initiative to write to The Rotary Club of Consett and offer to speak to members about her trip to India with World Challenge. Nicola who has been fundraising for almost two years to help fund her trip is seen here accepting a cheque from President Elect […]

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Golf Tournament to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli

By   2 months ago in Consett News

The Consett and District Branch Royal British Legion (BR1261) will be holding a Golf Tournament to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli 1915-2015. The event will take place on Saturday 11th July, 10am T-Off, Consett and District Golf Club. If you would like to play the cost is £40 per person which includes green fees, […]

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Say No to Austerity – Demonstration in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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By   2 months ago in Consett News North East News

Go back only 40 years in Consett’s history and you will see the story of a thriving Industrial Town, a strong local community and a relatively equal society. People were working class and didn’t have huge amounts of money, but they supported each other and had a welfare system and community to rely upon. Fast […]

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We Used to Make Steel – Consett Steel Poem

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By   2 months ago in Consett News History

There is a place high up on ground It’s workings can be seen from all around Toil, sweat, graft and tears Dry throats soothed by post-work beers Iron, Steel, Ore and Heat Their sturdy product could not be beat Many a bridge and Blackpool Tower Owed their debt to Consett’s power Men and women side […]

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VE Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration Concert

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By   2 months ago in Consett News

The Consett and District Branch Royal British Legion will be holding a VE Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration Concert at Stanley Civic Hall on Sunday 31st May 3pm-5pm. The Lanchester Male Voice Choir and Annfield Plain Gleemen with special guests June Lavin and Pat Boustead have very graciously given their time to perform. Tickets can be obtained […]

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Charity Bike Ride – Bright Red

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By   3 months ago in Consett News

YMCA staff from Consett are taking on a 55-mile bike ride in aid of the leukaemia charity Bright Red. The staff will be riding in memory of 35 year old activity co-ordinator Lee Robson, who died in summer 2013, and was an ambassador for the Bright Red charity. On the 17th May 2015, the three cyclists will leave Seahouses and pedal to Paddy The […]

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Ode to The Turf – By Barrie Davison

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By   2 weeks ago in Entertainment

Your modern pub is shiny plastic It’s atmosphere is something drastic Production line, all alike Substance there will take a hike Well I know a place not too far With warmer people behind the bar Characters there by the spadefull Their wit and craic will make you grateful What is this place that earns its […]

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Ollie and Nina – Poet Pets

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By   2 weeks ago in Entertainment

I over heard Ollie and Nina chatting the other day as they were resting in their doggie beds. Nina asked Ollie what breed of dog he was. Ollie thought for a little while then jumped to his paws and in a very theatrical way he explained. Strutting round the room he recited this little poem […]

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Ollie and Nina – Cats

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By   2 months ago in Entertainment

What is it with cats and dogs! How come they are such good buddies? Why do they love to frolic and play together? Ok, what crazy, topsy-turvy world do I live in you might well ask? But that’s exactly how it is with our little menagerie. Honestly, our animals are shameless. We have four cats […]

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Villa Real School – Race Night Charity Event

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By   2 months ago in Entertainment

Villa Real School, a special school for severe and complex needs, are holding a charity race night at Castleside club on Friday 19th June 2015 starting at 7.30pm. Horse racing tickets will be sold and there will be an incredible raffle with amazing prizes to raise money for the school. The money raised will enable […]

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Consett Festival 2015

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By   3 months ago in Consett News Entertainment

Consett Festival 2015 is fast approaching. We caught up with Brad the organiser to find out a bit more about how Consett Festival came about and what people can expect this year. What has been your favourite memory from Consett Festival, so far? The response from people I spoke to after the first year was so positive. […]

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Consett’s Own Zoe Birkett Starring in The Bodyguard Musical at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal

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By   4 months ago in Entertainment

If you’d been following Consett-born Zoe Birkett’s career you’d know how much of a devoted Whitney Houston fan she is. Her singing career, which started on the ITVs talent show Pop Idol back in 2001 featured a young 16 year old Zoe singing Houston’s classics including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment in Time, […]

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Something For the Kids! – Milkshake Live!

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By   4 months ago in Entertainment

This great new and exciting show features lots of Milkshake! friends including two fun presenters and follows on from the huge success of the previous tour Come Out to Play from 2012 and 2013. Milkshake Live! has a stellar line up including Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas, Noddy and Tessie Bear, Pip from Pip Ahoy! […]

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Danny Does Math – Neil Sullivan

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By   4 months ago in Entertainment

Danny was getting away with it till Mum entered the room. “You, tear yourself away from that blinking game and do something useful” barks Danny’s Mum. “Like what?” Says Danny. Mum heads for the kitchen table where little Kate is sitting amongst her schoolbooks. In sarcastic tones, Mum introduces Danny to his little sister as […]

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In The Bluebell Woods – Written by Sydney Peck

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By   2 weeks ago in Lifestyle

Shotley Bridge woods must no longer exist because the builders have  covered so much of the land around the village with houses. They probably ceased to exist about thirty years ago, judging from the appearance of most of the houses. But for me the woods disappeared from ken about twenty years even before those houses. […]

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Fancy a story… in French??

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By   1 month ago in Lifestyle

Then please come aboard our mobile library full of French books!! My name is Nathalie Paris, I am French but have been a resident in Consett for nearly 17 years now so it feels like home! Last year I decided to give up my full-time job teaching secondary languages to work part-time teaching primary languages, […]

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The Rotary Club of Consett – Bike Ride

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By   2 months ago in Lifestyle

The Ride to the Top Or There and Back Again. Enjoy a relaxed Cycle Ride on the Lanchester and Waskerley Way From Lanchester to Park Head Station and back. 21st June 2015 @ 10am For more information Contact The Rotary Club of Consett bstobbs@damha.org.uk Welcome to The Rotary Club of Consett’s first cycle ride in […]

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Mary, Queen of May

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By   3 months ago in Lifestyle

The days were getting warmer and the last of the daffodils had closed their brown heads inwards as the budding blossom peeped out from the leafy branches.   Preparations were being made for the May Procession, in church and school. Special celebratory hymns for Mary were being learnt as this was her month and needed to be acknowledged.   It was a time of joy […]

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Easter Feast

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By   4 months ago in Lifestyle

Easter Feast Written By: Lorraine Weightman  Easter Eggs lined the shelves in Woolworth’s and for the whole of Lent every Saturday afternoon we picked out the one we would choose if we were buying and hoped by telepathy we could relay this to our parents. Cadburys Flake always came out on top with its bright […]

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Sarah Thew Photography – Q & A March 2015

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By   5 months ago in Consett News Lifestyle

When did you start Sarah Thew Photography? I grew up in Prudhoe, Northumberland and at the age of six I was given my first camera from my Uncle. From that moment my passion for photography grew. After graduation my life was again transformed when I met and married Peter. We now have two gorgeous daughters, […]

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CHEESE PLEASE with Ollie and Nina

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By   5 months ago in Lifestyle

CHEESE PLEASE Picture the scene: me watching TV, Ollie watching me and Nina watching a few slithers of left over ham on a plate, on the coffee table in our lounge. Both dogs are obedient enough to know better than to think about stealing the left over ham. And both dogs are clever enough to […]

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Single? Online Dating Guide for Lonely Hearts in Consett

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By   6 months ago in Lifestyle

More than ever, people are turning to the internet to find love <3 Online dating is nothing new, websites to help people find love have been around since the invent of the modern internet. Online dating or Internet dating is a simple personal introductory system where individuals can find other singles quickly and easily using the […]

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Macabre Death on the Heaps – Consett History

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By   1 hour ago in History

It was a dry spring Saturday evening in April 1863 when James Malone, better known to his friends as Dublin Jack, set out with his friend and landlord George Threw to have a night on the town. James had previously been working as navvy laying the new train line through the Consett Iron Company slag […]

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Steel Tears – Rob Beckwith

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By   1 week ago in History

Do you know the earth beneath your feet once blew a dusty red Sharp whistles in the distance lad rose all from in their bed Do you know my lad that Consett town was filled with men of muscle Men of steel and iron ore Front Street awash with bustle Do you know my lad […]

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Sports Day – By Lorraine Weightman

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By   4 weeks ago in History

Like it or loathe it, It’s something we all enjoyed or endured in our school life. The annual sports day held in July was a time when the house points you’d accumulated over the year for neat handwriting, keeping the playground tidy and not running in the corridor could be wiped out by a couple […]

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Consett Theatres – Consett History

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By   1 month ago in History

The men and women of the area may have been humble working class people but we have also always been a cultured area. Almost as soon as the small Hamlet of Consett began to expand into the town it is today we have had a theatre, or three. The Theatre Royal was the first situated […]

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The School Trip – Consett History

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By   2 months ago in History

The days and nights were growing longer as the build up began. Tickets went on sale on June 1st and you could buy them from the secretary’s office in school. Everyone wanted to go as it was the highlight of our year, every year! The small green printed tickets had an official Saint Patrick’s School […]

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The Colliery Band & the Candymen – Pit Mining

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By   2 months ago in History

In late 1885 at South Medomsley Pit, also known as Pontop Hall Pit,  the masters and men clashed over pay and conditions, something that happened all to often in those days, the miners notices having expired on the 4th December.  It was a hard time of year and the masters of the pit decided in […]

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We Used to Make Steel – Consett Steel Poem

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By   2 months ago in Consett News History

There is a place high up on ground It’s workings can be seen from all around Toil, sweat, graft and tears Dry throats soothed by post-work beers Iron, Steel, Ore and Heat Their sturdy product could not be beat Many a bridge and Blackpool Tower Owed their debt to Consett’s power Men and women side […]

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DLI Museum – Mach Goes Commando – David Mach

By   3 months ago in History North East News

An explosive collection of collages, prints and sculptures by the artist who created Darlington’s brick Train went on display last month. Mach Goes Commando at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery has been on display since Saturday, 18 April. It features landscapes, seascapes and football images by David Mach. Inspired by classic comic books, some of the […]

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