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Fundraising ceilidh

Oxjam Darlo are continuing their 2016 fundraising efforts by holding a Ceilidh on Saturday 3rd September at the Holy Family Parish Centre in Cockerton, Darlington. Music will be provided by the excellent Blind Panic Ceilidh band and it’s sure to be an evening full of spirited dancing and fun. Ceilidhs are a great family friendly more »

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Jazz event is announced

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club have a very special event on Saturday 3rd September 12:30 till 3pm at St Augustines Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington,DL3 7TG. Two internationally acclaimed musicians Jeff Barnhart [piano] and Tom “Spats Langham” [banjo and guitar] will be performing a range of classic jazz numbers together with an interesting potted history more »

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Orchestra begins new rehearsal season

Darlington Orchestra’s new rehearsal season starts 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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Be part of the network

Initiative continues to bring the arts community together The next First Wednesday Arts Network resumes after its summer break on Wednesday September 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 more »

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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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Creative writing course dates announced

Creative writing tutor John Dean is taking bookings for the Autumn 2016 term of his popular courses at the Friends’ Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington. The adult learning courses deal with all aspects of creative writing, focusing primarily on prose, including short stories, novels and other forms of writing as well as occasional forays into more »

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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 »

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A stroll down memory lane

Darlington Historical Society has organised several summer walks. Still to come is: North Road’s Railway History – Sunday 18 September at 1.45 pm Meet at the entrance to Head of Steam, the North Road Station Railway Museum. The walks will be circular, ending at/near the starting point and will last about 1hr 30mins. The cost 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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Open mic for writers

The new season of Open Mic nights for authors will begin on Thursday September 29. 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 month. Now in their 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

Fundraising Ceilidh Oxjam Darlo are continuing their 2016 fundraising efforts by holding a Ceilidh on Saturday 3rd September at the Holy Family Parish Centre in Cockerton, Darlington. Music will be provided by the excellent Blind Panic Ceilidh band and it’s sure to be an evening full of spirited dancing and fun. Ceilidhs are a great 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: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon more »

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A 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 »

Funding secured for arts project

A new initiative to unlock the arts for looked after children and young people across Darlington has been awarded a £30,000 grant from the Arts Council England (ACE) National Lottery Funded Grants for the Arts programme. The “Heads, Hearts and Hands” project has been developed by arts and cultural programme manager Jenny Young to encourage more »

Crime writers head for town

Best-selling author Ann Cleeves is making a return visit to Darlington in September when she will be joined by ‘partner in crime’ and fellow crime writer Catriona McPherson. Perhaps best known for the unconventional DCI Vera Stanhope, immortalised by Brenda Blethyn in the TV series Vera, Ann will be talking about her newly completed novel. more »

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Behind the scenes

Darlington for Culture volunteers were among those enjoying a behind-the-scenes tour of Darlington Civic Theatre as it undergoes restoration ready for its reopening as the Hippodrome next year. DfC’s volunteers work closely with the theatre, supporting the work done by staff.

Legal challenge to library closure decision

Local campaigners have appointed one of the country’s leading judicial review lawyers to challenge Darlington Council in the courts over its decision to close the Crown Street Library. DfC’s comment is at the bottom of the piece. Peter Cuthbertson, who last year ran to be the MP for Darlington, is working with top lawyer Michael more »