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Proposal for the future of Cockerton Library is submitted

Darlington Borough Council is being asked to consider a proposal that would save Cockerton Library, which has been threatened due to austerity cutbacks. A steering group including a number of community businesses and organisations has been working over recent months to put together a plan which would see the building remain open as a library/community more »

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It’s Panto time!

The Majestic Theatre proudly presents the cast of Aladdin. Starring XFactors sensational Bre Music.. Meet the beautiful Princess, the hilarious Widow Twankey, Wishy Washy and the dastardly Abanazer. ‘An unmissable pantomime’ “Funniest show I’ve seen, lots of fun, lots of laughs, great audience participation”. “Fantastic show from beginning to end”. “The comedy and acting skills more »

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Santa at the Station

Visitors young and old are being invited to climb aboard for some festive fun with Santa at the Head of Steam museum in December. The railway museum will be playing host to ‘Santa at the Station’ as Father Christmas sets up his magical grotto to find out whether youngsters have been ‘good or bad’ and more »

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Collection on Show

A series of paintings of unknown women have provided the inspiration for a new exhibition in Darlington. The canvases form part of Darlington Borough Council’s art collection and were unearthed by North East curator Michaela Wetherell who launched an appeal asking the public and other artists to help tell the stories of the forgotten women. more »

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Author to give talk

A popular North Yorkshire author will be returning to Darlington Library to talk about his latest books. Professor Gervase Phinn is probably best known for his best-selling autobiographical novels ‘The Other Side of the Dale’, ‘Over the Hill and Dale’ and ‘Head Over Heels in the Dales’. He will be returning to Darlington’s Crown Street more »

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Brilliant end to a year of brilliant jazz

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club is set to celebrate its year- long programme of live jazz with a resounding performance by the popular and hugely talented Yorkshire Stompers on Saturday December 3. First formed in 1992, and stomping their way round the jazz clubs and festivals of the UK ever since, The Yorkshire Stompers are more »

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Initiative continues to bring the arts community together

The next First Wednesday Arts Network is on Wednesday December 7. 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 to share more »

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Craft sessions for children

Make Time – Making Time for Arts and Crafts Art and craft sessions for parents & children (18 months to 5 yrs) Wednesdays 9.30 at Danesmoor House Nursery, 158 Carmel Road North, Darlington DL3 8RH) Classes open to the public from 30th November 2016. Fridays 10.30 at Adventure Point, Morton Trade Pk,Darlington DL1 4PT . more »

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Celebrating Dickens in Darlington

Darlington Civic Theatre has launched Dickens in Darlington, a series of events telling the story of the strong connections Charles Dickens had to Darlington and to the world of theatre, music hall and the railways. Dickens in Darlington will include performances, workshops, talks, a book club, storytelling and an exhibition in Crown Street Art Gallery more »

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Shopping scheme helps to raise funds for DfC

Do you ever shop online? If you buy clothes, stationery, holidays, home appliances, IT gadgets, train travel or just about anything via www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/darlingtonforculture you can raise free cash for Darlington for Culture every time you shop – at no additional cost. Many popular retailers are involved (including Amazon, Argos, eBay, Boots, Tesco, House of Fraser, more »

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Olivia continues piano rectical season

Darlington Piano Society celebrates its 21st season with six recitals that bring artists of the highest quality to the Dolphin Centre. Amongst these is the considerable coup of securing a recital by Vaydm Kholodenko, the 2013 winner of America’s most prestigious competition, the Van Cliburn competition. The society’s third recital of the season at 3pm more »

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Your chance to showcase your talent at Festival

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the fifth Darlington Arts Festival, themed A Celebration of Talent and due to run in 2017. The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough from late more »

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A Christmas book starring … your child!

Carol Dean, local children’s author, is launching her new bespoke Christmas book ‘Santa Steams Ahead’. Carol said, “This is a totally new venture for me and very exciting. I wanted the book to have a magical look and feel and with the fantastic colourful images in the book, thanks to my talented husband, I think more »

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BIG Little Gigs celebrating first birthday

Darlington-based BIG Little Gigs is celebrating its first anniversary. That year has seen founder Sarah Wilson bring New Orleans Jazz, original folk, blues, flamenco, gypsy jazz, string quartets, ska and a Ceilidh to sell out audiences of hundreds of children and their grown ups in venues across the area from Crown Street Library, Friends Meeting more »

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Orchestra begins new rehearsal season

Darlington Orchestra’s new rehearsal season started on Tuesday 6th September. Even if you haven’t played for years, it’s never too late to take up orchestral playing. Age range of players in Darlington Orchestra currently stretches from 14 to 80-plus. The orchestra performs two concerts a year and always includes an eclectic range of music from more »

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Disco nights at Voodoo

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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The Hot House – making things happen

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture has launched an initiative which it hopes will spark new creative partnerships in the town. The Hot House, which offers to bring creatives together to work on new projects, has its roots in a chance encounter five years ago when Darlington Arts Centre was still open and which led to 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 »

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Time to get knitting!

A reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds Monday night sessions. 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

Stomping good end in prospect for Darlington’s jazz year Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club is set to celebrate its year- long programme of live jazz with a resounding performance by the popular and hugely talented Yorkshire Stompers on Saturday December 3. First formed in 1992, and stomping their way round the jazz clubs and festivals 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 »

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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: NEW Rejig Sewing Sessions for more »

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Theatre talk

Darlington Civic Theatre will be hosting a talk exploring the rich heritage of the theatre on Thursday 15 December at 7pm in The Pease Suite, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington. The evening will feature guest speakers David Wilmore, lead heritage consultant from Theatresearch and Sean McNicholas, on site Operations Manager from the Civic Theatre’s restoration building more »

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Bright Water Photography Competition Winners Celebrated

The Bright Water landscape project held an awards evening for the winners and runners up of their photography competition and to celebrate the launch of the Bright Water Wallplanner 2017, in which the winning photographs feature. The event was held at the Head of Steam Railway museum in Darlington and it was a standing room more »

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Design competition is launched

Have you been struggling to find the perfect winter coat which is warm while also keeping you safe in the darker winter nights? Do you have teenagers and know how hard it is to get them to wear anything other than black? Have you got some great original ideas which you could translate into designs? more »

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Author’s second crime novel is published

The second crime novel by Darlington author Michael Beck has been published. Making A Difference, which is available as an ebook published by Inscribe Media, is set in a fictional northern town and tells how Greg Preston, Mister Average in his mid-thirties with a wife and two children, becomes radicalised by an extreme left wing more »