Steering Group chair calls for delayed libraries decision

Councillor Nick Wallis’s assertion at Cabinet last week that members of the public are mostly concerned about the Crown Street building, and not the library, appears completely at odds with the true feelings of those objecting to the library proposal. There appears to be an attempt to dismiss the voices of more than 6,000 people more »

Steering group chair urges acceptance of community libraries plan

Gemma McDonald, Chair of the Community Libraries Steering Group, has written to all Darlington borough councillors, giving excellent reasons why the community plan for the future of libraries in the town should be accepted at full council on June 29. The full text is in the attachment here. Letter to councillors re library proposals

Proms in the Park

Darlington will be alive with the sound of music as Proms in the Park returns to help celebrate Armed Forces Day (which is on June 25). The Proms in the Park event will take place on Sunday 26 June at the Bandstand in Darlington’s South Park, from 3pm. The free event will offer music for more »


Library protest announced

The Friends of Darlington Libraries haves organised a protest against Darlington council plans to close Crown Street Library and move it to the Dolphin Centre. The protest will take place at 5pm on Wednesday June 29 outside the Town Hall ahead of the full council meeting that will be asked to approve the proposal. The more »

Cockerton Library – the way forward

While Darlington for Culture remains committed to fighting to save Crown Street Library in the face of recommendations to move it to the Dolphin Centre, the borough council has also proposed a stay of execution for Cockerton Library until March 2017 to allow DfC to continue our efforts of recent months to pull together a more »

Disappointment at council Crown Street Library response

Darlington for Culture has reacted with disappointment to the publication today (Wed June 15) by Darlington Borough Council of its officers’ recommendations on the future of Darlington’s libraries. The report, which goes to Cabinet on June 22 and full council on June 29, rejected the community’s proposal for a joint partnership between the council and more »


Shakespeare at the Station

Join Head of Steam—Darlington Railway Museum as Green Theatre present outdoor performances of two of Shakespeare’s most dramatic plays—Macbeth and Hamlet. The plays are abridged and last about one and a half hours. You are welcome to bring your own chairs and picnics, but seating will be provided. Hot and cold drinks, crisps and biscuits more »


Alternative plan for library service submitted

The community steering group supported by Darlington for Culture and established to devise a way to secure the future of Darlington’s library service without the need for major cutbacks submitted its plans to Darlington Borough Council towards the end of May and we expect the council to publish its response on Wednesday June 15. The more »


Orchestra to play at summer concert

Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert 2016 takes place on 2 July 7.30pm at The Dolphin Centre DL1 5RP The orchestra doesn’t have a set repertoire so the programme is different for every concert. This summer’s event presents music from various eras, composers and countries including: • ‘Grand March from Aida’ by Verdi • ‘Pomp and Circumstance more »


Membership scheme runs into second year

Local traders and cultural organisations have renewed their support for the arts in Darlington by backing a membership scheme. Supporters as varied as Head of Steam and Green Theatre are offering the members of Darlington for Culture (DfC) special benefits as part of a membership scheme which rewards people who support the work of the more »

Railway heritage on display

May 7 – July 3 sees North East Locomotive Preservation Group – an exhibition showcasing the work of NELPG in preserving, restoring and running heritage steam locomotives. The venue for the event is Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum – Time: 10am- 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets and arrangements: Included in normal Museum admission

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Voodoo hosts disco nights

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington – Double Entendre – DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late

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Making space for art to flourish

The following event has been rescheduled from Monday 23 May to Monday 11 July Making space for art and creative enterprise in Darlington – Arts Forum The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington, DL1 1SG 1.00pm buffet, starts 1.30pm ends 4.00pm At the One Darlington’s Assembly event in October 2015 Wayne Hemingway MBE identified the more »

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Summer courses at The Bridge

The Summer courses programme for The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts has been announced. The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane.

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Your chance to support film company

Sparrowhawk is the latest feature film project from Broken Scar Productions , who brought us Damaged Goods in 2013. Sparrowhawk is a taut, stripped back crime thriller based in one location which may, or may not, be a police safehouse. A suspect is brought in for one particular crime and it soon transpires that there more »

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A stroll down memory lane

Darlington Historical Society has organised several summer walks. They include A Walk in the Park with Chris Lloyd of The Northern Echo on the history of the South Park – Thursday 30 June at 7.00 pm – meet outside the Park Lodge West Cemetery Guided Walk – Sunday 14 August at 1.45 pm – meet more »

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Next Arts Network meeting

The next First Wednesday Arts Network gathering will be on Wednesday July 6. An initiative to bring together people from across the borough of Darlington, First Wednesday Arts Network is open to everyone from arts practitioners to audience members. The evenings, run by Humantics CIC and Darlington for Culture, are informal drop-ins which allow people more »

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Historic church stages year of events to celebrate renovation

Historic Holy Trinity Church in Darlington is to stage a year-long programme of exciting events to celebrate renovations designed to grow its congregation and increase its community involvement. The church in Woodlands Road has carried out a £450,000 repair and improvement project to safeguard its future after securing grants and more than £100,000 in legacies. more »


Open mic for writers

The Open Mic night for authors season continues on Thursday June 30, the last one in the current season. The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the more »

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Time to get knitting!

A reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds its Monday night sessions at Lingfield Point, off McMullen Road. The sessions introduce people to knitting, and are also for experienced exponents. For more information, contact Becky on 07550002773

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The town is alive with the sound of music

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington – Double Entendre – DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late Music in the Park Proms in the Park Darlington will be alive with the sound of music as Proms more »

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Beading group set up

A new beading group has been created in Darlington. Janet Lambert is a bead artist with 15 years’ experience of beadworking, making jewellery by weaving and stitching beads together by hand. She says: “Beading helped me cope with health problems and I am starting this community based beading group so like minded folk can work more »

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Fun with art

Scrapstudio arts – Arts & Recycling – workshops, projects, events, parties and scrap store here in Darlington, for all ages. The studio base of visual artist Yvonne Preston (pictured), tutor and facilitator, who works with local businesses that have clean waste materials which can be reused in creative projects and art activities. Always looking for more »


Rejig sewing sessions

Rejig Sewing Sessions run weekly groups in different venues around Darlington for people of all ages and abilities to learn creative recycling skills and enjoy sewing together. Come and have fun making quilts, clothes, embroidery, cushions,curtains, blinds and all kinds of crafts in our friendly sessions. Rejig Sessions for 2016: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon more »

Sailing adventure provides inspiration for exhibition

An eighteen-year-old girl’s journey to Egypt onboard Robert Stephenson’s yacht ‘Titania’ in 1858 is the inspiration behind a new exhibition at the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum. Opening on 9 July, the new installation by Newcastle-based artist Cath Campbell, features architectural, replica models of train stations depicting those found in cities eighteen-year-old Elizabeth more »

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Theatre restoration begins

With hoardings being erected and crossings being closed on Parkgate, it is not difficult to notice that the eagerly awaited restoration of Darlington Civic Theatre has begun. Contractors have started their seventeen month process to make the theatre fit for modern shows and audiences whilst also restoring the theatre to its original Edwardian beauty. So, more »


Time to get ingenious!

The Festival of Ingenuity is a fabulous large scale event coming to Darlington on 8th and 9th July. This two day, high profile event has been created to raise the profile of the town to increase investment and growth and celebrate the spirit of ingenuity by celebrating and showcasing the major engineering employers in the more »