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VE Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration Concert

VE Day 70th

By   7 days 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

Charity Bike Ride

By   2 weeks 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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The UK General Election 2015 – Your Candidates

UK General Election - North West Durham Candidates

By   3 weeks ago in Consett News

The UK General Election 2015 – North West Durham Candidates This month sees the voters going to the polls. The United Kingdom General Election 2015 will be held on 7 May 2015, to elect the fifty-sixth parliament of the United Kingdom. Traditionally, Labour has had quite a safe seat here in North West Durham. Labour […]

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Consett Festival 2015

consett festival 2015

By   4 weeks 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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ADSA COMES OUT FOR ST GEORGE, MACMILLAN AND A 50TH ANNIVARSARY

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By   4 weeks ago in Consett News

St George slayed the dragon this year with the help of ASDA Stanley as the staff put on a day of dragon sized fun for the customers. With the highlight being St George , with the assistance of some mini-knighs amongst the children getting to slay the dragon through out the day. Instead ot the ASDA greens, the […]

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THE FUN AND GROWING POPULARITY OF COSPLAY

From "A galaxy far,far away" to one a bit nearer-Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy collide.

By   1 month ago in Consett News

With the 2015 Newcastle Film and Comic Con having completed it’s second successful show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, perhaps a brief look at what was certainly a very popular aspect of the event is worth looking at. Other than the celebrity appearances, the world of Cosplay was on display in greater numbers […]

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Smoke Free Play Areas

smoke-free play areas

By   2 months ago in Consett News

Visitors to a County Durham park are asked not to smoke when in or near the children’s play area from early March 2015. The outdoor play area at Riverside Park, in Chester-le-Street, is the first of 178 owned by Durham County Council to become a smoke-free zone. The authority is introducing the voluntary no-smoking code […]

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Big Spring Clean – Durham 2015

Big Spring Clean

By   2 months ago in Consett News

Residents, community groups and schools are being encouraged to get involved in the Big Spring Clean campaign as it returns to County Durham for the 5th time. After its roaring success last year which saw 1,700 volunteers spend 3,000 hours collecting 1,200 bags of rubbish, the initiative is back to urge more volunteers to sign up to clear areas of strewn rubbish. “Litter picking and rubbish […]

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Consett Festival 2015

consett festival 2015

By   4 weeks 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

Zoe Birkett - The Bodyguard

By   2 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   2 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

CONS MAG DANNY

By   2 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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Music of The Pretenders – Comes to Consett

Music of The Pretenders - Comes to Consett

By   4 months ago in Entertainment

As the UKs only Tribute to the music of The Pretenders, and with Chrissie Hynde back in vogue, interest in Talk of the Town is growing. The Pretenders tribute band are coming to Consett on February 20th 2015 at The Club That Rocks from 8pm. The Pretenders got together in the late 1970s and released […]

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Introducing: Ollie and Nina – This Week, Nina Has a Boyfriend

nina and ollie

By   4 months ago in Entertainment

  ‘Nina’s got a boyfriend… Nina’s got a boyfriend!’ This is how we like to tease Nina when her boyfriend comes a courtin’. He’s a Working Cocker Spaniel who goes by the name of Bentley. He is the brownest dog you could ever wish to see. Brown coat, brown eyes, brown nose, it’s like he […]

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DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery Free on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

DLI Museum

By   5 months ago in Entertainment

Forth those looking for a family outing on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day why not head down to the DLI Museum or Durham Art Gallery. The DLI Museum is one of the North East’s finest military history museums. It details the story of the most famous County Regiments in the British Army. More importantly, it tells […]

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Gala Theatre Offers Family Panto Deal – “Oh Yes They Have!”

Aladdin Gala Theatre

By   6 months ago in Entertainment

Gala Theatre is offering families a great deal this panto season. Oh yes they have! The Durham City venue has a special last minute offer on tickets for the matinee performance of Aladdin on Tuesday, 16 December. A family ticket for four people, including at least one child under 16-years-old, is available at the reduced […]

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Mary, Queen of May

Queen of May

By   3 weeks 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

Easter Feast

By   2 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

Sarah Thew Photography

By   3 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

Ollie and Nina - Cheese Please

By   3 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

Online Dating - Consett Dating

By   4 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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Police Called Amid Fear of Violence on Black Friday

lack Friday Scenes in the US

By   6 months ago in Lifestyle

What is Black Friday? Black Friday is a tradition which is quite new for most people here in the UK. What is Black Friday? Whilst a huge event across the US as a post Thanksgiving mega sale has been a yearly event for a long time with the first use of the term going as […]

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EVEN RETAILERS HAVE A SOFT SIDE FOR SUPPORTING NATIONAL CHARITIES

By   7 months ago in Lifestyle

Charities, whether large or small, local or national, have very limited places in which to exhibit their work publically. However, supermarkets are now becoming more involved in supporting such charities and the Stanley branch of ASDA is fast becoming a leading supporter and location where charities can get pubic exposure. Even though ASDA has been […]

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Charitable Causes That Begin at Home in the North East

Even Geordie Police Officers are no match for the Stormtroopers of the Empire.

By   9 months ago in Lifestyle

Since I first picked up a camera in 1985, I have had the privilege of meeting a number of amazing people from all walks of life. Some famous, others not so and the remainder are just regular people who have been doing things for others all of their lives and have made the lives of […]

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DLI Museum – Mach Goes Commando – David Mach

By   2 weeks 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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Leadgate Park and Exiles, Two Clubs One Village

Leadgate Exiles Roman Catholic football Team of The Brooms

By   3 weeks ago in History

In the 1890’s Consett and the surrounding area’s where a bustling hive of Industry with the Steel Works and the local mines. The men worked hard but also played hard too. The Football Leagues were just finding their feet and the North was the place to be.   Most of the villages in the area had a football team of sorts but few could boast […]

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Consett History – Little Edwards

George J Edwards

By   2 months ago in History

Consett History Story Written By: Brian Harrison  Blackhill & Consett Park was opened on 17th July 1891 and gifted to the people of the area by the Directors of the Consett Iron Company. The park consisted of 30 acres of reclaimed land of which the design and overseeing of works was entrusted to one of […]

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Top 5 April Fools

April fools

By   2 months ago in History

Meticulously stretching cling film over the toilet may be an absolutely hilarious April Fools’ joke, but this top five list will blow your socks off!   Back in 1962, Sweden had one TV channel and it was obviously in black and white. The channel announced that it had discovered an ingenious way to change the […]

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The Annandale Paper Mill at Shotley

Paper Mill Shotley Grove

By   3 months ago in History

The paper making trade had a long standing tradition in County Durham, but it was the Derwent Valley that could lay claim to being the oldest site of manufacture. In July 1761 Cuthbert Smith of Snows Green owned the Mills at Ealands. A few years later they were in the possession of Thomas Johnson. In […]

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Consett or Berry Edge in Brief

Peeps at Consett

By   6 months ago in History

For years there has been a constant argument among many people about the original name of Consett. From most local history books it was stated that the original name of the town was actually Berry Edge and that it only later became known as Consett. An initial letter sent to a Newcastle paper in the […]

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Wheels of Fortune

By   6 months ago in History

When the Consett Steelworks closed in Sept 1980 the Sunday Times covered the story with the headline “Consett –   The steel town that died“ and The Specials  ska band had a hit single with the song Ghost Town and  an accompanying video that seemed all too prophetic. As in the aftermath of the passing of […]

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Crookhall, the Village the Maps Forgot

By   7 months ago in History

It was the winter of 1934 and the residence of  Crookhall decided it was time to make a stand. For more than 50 years the village had been booming and now could boast a population of more than 1000 residents. Unfortunately they were totally isolated having no road access whatsoever. They were literally “off the […]

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It’s Party Time

By   6 months ago in Business

It’s the festive season and the works Christmas party is just around the corner. Everyone is looking forward to letting their hair down and having a good time. Just be careful though that you don’t do something which you may later regret. A works party is still a work function and inappropriate behavior could get […]

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EVEN RETAILERS HAVE A SOFT SIDE FOR SUPPORTING NATIONAL CHARITIES

Simon and George from the Consett and District Branch of the Royal British Legion are joined by ASDA Management team Marsha and Anne.

By   7 months ago in Business

Many consumers tend not to realise some of the extensive community work that our local supermarkets are involved with, including both local and national charities that, especially now, need all the help they can get. One such supermarket is the Stanley branch of ASDA who, not only do this on a regular basis, but also […]

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Consett Factory Jobs at KP Snacks Under Threat

Consett Factory Jobs under Threat in 2015

By   9 months ago in Business

It is already news that everyone in Consett is well aware of, the possible (but somewhat likely) closure of the KP Snacks factory on the Number One Industrial Estate. Consett factory jobs could go as early as 2015. A 45 day consultation is underway. History of Snacks in Consett The Consett based operation started life as Phileas […]

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Hitachi Facility to Attract Business Park

hitachi facility

By   11 months ago in Business North East News

Plans are in motion to construct a new business park alongside the new Hitachi facility in Newton Aycliffe. This is just part of the plans laid out after the announcement that Durham County Council were successful in their bid to receive funding to further develop/begin several sites in the County Durham area, including in Newton […]

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The Realities of Flexible Working Requests

Flexible Working Time

By   11 months ago in Business

The Realities of Flexible Working Requests—by Rob Grinter, Mark David HR Ltd   There has been much media hype about the problems that extending the right to request flexible working will cause for employers. I don’t believe that this will be the case for most employers who have become accustomed to such requests from employees […]

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The Copy Shop at Firefly New Media

Consett Copy Shop

By   11 months ago in Business

Consett media company Firefly New Media have branched out to provide a variety of printing products which almost anyone could take advantage of. Usually dealing in commercial printing for business, this new range of products can help out anyone in a pinch needing the use of a printer. Image the scene; it’s the day before […]

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Mortgage Loans Cap Aims to Stabilise Housing Market

Mor

By   11 months ago in Business

The UK housing market is set to take a major turn in the upcoming months. A plan put forth by the Bank of England aims to put a cap on residential mortgage loans based on income and the ability to continue payments into the future. Governor Mark Carney said that the housing market is becoming […]

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Short term Loans Lender Punished

Short Term Loans Lender Wonga in hot water

By   11 months ago in Business

The short term loans lender Wonga has landed themselves in hot water recently over unethical practice concerning the collection of debts owed to the company. By creating fake debt collector and solicitor letters and sending them to people with outstanding payments, the payday lender was unlawfully putting pressure on their clients to pay. This has […]

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Wearable Technology

Wearable Technology

By   2 weeks ago in Science & Technology

Apart from its health assistance, wearables are now being considered by many experts as the next tech trend to revolutionize the enterprise sector. Based on a survey by Modis as featured by ComputerWorld, “employees are eager to incorporate wearable devices into their work routines,” where 90 percent of the respondents said they are interested to use this technology to […]

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5 Incredible Benefits of Having a Website

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By   2 months ago in Science & Technology

5 Incredible Benefits of Having a Website Here are 5 incredible benefits of having a website. Your Competition Already Has an Awesome Website If you are in competition with another business that has a great Website,then they have a clear advantage – especially if they are marketing their Website well. People Will Look for You […]

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Consett Graphene Manufacturer Leading Revolution

Graphene - Consett company leading the Graphene Innovation

By   5 months ago in Consett News Science & Technology

Thomas Swan, the performance and specialist chemical manufacturing company based in Consett, Co.Durham has been awarded four Government grants to develop the amazing new material, Graphene. We first wrote about Graphene back in 2014, you can read that article here. Last year they created graphene products known as Elicarb, with the Consett operation having the initial ability to manufacture 1 […]

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The Collapse of Building Seven – 9/11

Twin Towers

By   10 months ago in History Science & Technology World

The Collapse of Building Seven Building seven was a 47 storey tower, which collapsed just seven hours after the twin towers, however this building was not hit by a plane. How exactly did this tower collapse? The investigators of the National Institute of Standard and Technology, located near Washington DC, said fires on several different […]

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Can Technology Read Your Mind? Google Glass Says Yes

Google Glass

By   11 months ago in Science & Technology

Can technology read your mind? A new app by This Place called MindRDR pairs with Google Glass with a device that can detect brain waves. The app MindRDR is free to download, however to use it a pair of Google Glass are needed, as well as the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile EEG headset, a brainwave detection […]

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The Monsters In Your Garden

Bee Monster in your garden

By   11 months ago in Science & Technology

As winter’s icy grip weakens, giving in to spring’s inevitable arrival, monsters begin to awaken…some hatch, some crawl out of the ground while others emerge from that rotten tree stump you’ve not got round to moving…one thing’s for sure…they’re coming! I am of course talking about the multitude of insects that occupy our surroundings – […]

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Windows 9 Could be Seen in 2014

windows 9

By   11 months ago in Science & Technology

Microsoft’s Windows 9 could have a preview ready for release as early as Q3 of 2014. The next possible operating system from Microsoft has so far only been known by one codename, ‘Threshold’. Reports now indicate that a preview of threshold (AKA Windows 9) could be ready for press testing and previews as early as Q3 […]

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Google’s First Social Media Platform to Meet its End

Orkut Logo Social Media

By   11 months ago in Science & Technology

Orkut, the very first foray into social media by global web giant, Google, will be closing its doors to the public permanently later this year. The social media platform which has been going strong for 10 years this year is finally taking the long walk as Google has announced that they wish to focus on […]

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Local Muay Thai Fighter Wins First Fight for Peg Muay Thai Consett

Tony O'Brien - Consett Mauay Thai Fighter

By   2 months ago in Sport

Great news to report for local sport fans – Consett lad, Tony O’Brien won his first fight for Peg Muay Thai Consett. The fight won by O’Brien was against ranked fighter, Andy Webb from Liverpool. Webb has held three British Titles and is in European rankings. Now local lad, Tony O’Brien (off the back of […]

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The Tyne-Wear Derby Preview – Newcastle v Sunderland

tyne-wear derby

By   5 months ago in Sport

One of the best derbies in English football is fast approaching and this is my preview to how both teams are performing in the build up to the Tyne and Wear derby. Newcastle’s last home game ended with a memorable 2-1 win against table topping Chelsea after super sub Pappis Cisse got a brace to […]

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FOUR DAYS ON THE TYNE-CELEBRATING THE GREAT NORTH RUN

TYNE BRIDGE AND BLUE LOGO close

By   9 months ago in Sport

This year’s Great North Run entered the record books for numerous reasons. The most important being the 1,000,000 runner to cross the finishing line in South Shields. We’ll return to her success after looking at the weekend of celebrations as a whole. The weekend began with the Millionth Opening Celebration on the Newcastle and Gateshead […]

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From Football To Music And Fayres. It’s All Bank Holiday Fun In Stanley

The trophies and medals that were up for grabs at the Simba Charity Football Tournament

By   9 months ago in Sport

Stanley is rapidly becoming a leader where local charity and community events are concerned. This was more than obvious over the August Bank Holiday weekend as there were no fewer than fourteen major events that took place over the three day period. There was something for everyone and catering for all tastes. However, one of […]

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The Stewart Weightman Cup

By   9 months ago in Sport

The Annual Cricket Day will return to Shotley Bridge Cricket Club on Sunday August 24th starting at 12 noon. This event is organised by The Rotary club of Consett and Derwentside Round Table. Held in memory of Stewart Weightman who was a member of Rotary and Round Table it has, since 2007, raised money for WillowBurn Hospice. […]

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World Cup Final Kick Off Time – Argentina v Germany

World Cup Final Kick Off Time

By   11 months ago in Consett News Sport

What is the World Cup Final Kick Off Time? The World Cup Final Between Argentina and Germany Kicks off at 8:00pm here in the United Kingdom. The final is highly anticipated with Germany coming off one of the most impressive games in recent World Cup history. Brazil floundered to a 7-1 defeat at home while Germany […]

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World Cup Preview – Who Will Win Tonight?

World Cup Final Kick Off Time

By   11 months ago in Sport

HOLLAND V ARGENTINA ( WORLD CUP PREVIEW ) Semi Final Game Kicks off at 9:00pm GMT TIME World Cup Preview – Tonight see’s the last of the semi final of the world cup between Argentina and Holland, on paper these two sides look very hard to separate. The winner would play Germany on Sunday and […]

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Predictions for the 2014/15 premier league season

premier league

By   11 months ago in Sport

My Predictions for the 2014/15 premier league season   Arsenal I don’t think Arsenal will get champions league football this season, they have got good players at the club, but teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Man United are spending money and improving their squads. Arsenal need a striker and have been linked with […]

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