Tickets now available for a ‘1940s’ dance

Join in a 1940s dance on 17th November at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Darlington. Tickets cost £10 until 1st September. Music is by the Doo Wop Dollies and vintage DJ Murray, they’ll show you the moves and you can join in solo and couple dances. For tickets and information, email manicmumdaysevents@gmail.com or book through this link (+ more »

Darlington for Culture launches small grants scheme

Darlington for Culture has announced the launch of a small grants scheme. The voluntary organisation has launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the scheme. DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone from music groups to more »

History walks

Darlington Historical Society has announced its summer walks programme. 9 July 2017 Westbrook Villas with Shirley King Meet at the Head of Steam railway museum at 1.30 pm 20 August 2017 West Cemetery with Richard Stephenson Meet at the cemetery main entrance at 1.30 pm Non-members welcome – no booking required. Walks cost £1 per more »

A chance to support railway heritage

The Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway were formed in 2013 to take forward ambitious plans to conserve and promote the 1825 line in the lead up to the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the opening of the railway in 2025. While the development of the modern railway can be traced to a more »

New volunteering service provides opportunities

Darlington for Culture and Darlington Hippodrome have launched an exciting new venture to support and promote arts and culture in the town. With the restoration work at Darlington Civic Theatre moving towards the final stages a new volunteering partnership has been forged between the regionally renowned Theatre and the award-winning community arts organisation, Darlington for more »

Tickets on sale for Hippodrome Panto

Darlington Civic Theatre has announced that their 2017/18 magical pantomime will be the fairest of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Running from Saturday 9 December 2017 until Sunday 14 January 2018 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the first major production at the newly re-opened Darlington Hippodrome following its 18 more »

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 »

Disco at Voodoo

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

The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington’s lunchtime jazz helping just gets hotter Darlington New Orleans Jazz club is delighted to host another visit from red hot gypsy jazz king Keith Stephens and friends. Keith Stephens’ Hot Club Trio will make a return visit to the club on Saturday 5 August 2017 at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, and doors open at more »

Beading group set up

A 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 on more »

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, 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 regular more »

New Rejig sewing sessions

New Rejig Sewing Sessions for 2017 Rejig are offering a bigger range of friendly, drop-in sewing sessions in community venues each week, along with short monthly textile skill courses and our popular, free ‘Sew Saturday’ sessions in the South Park on the last Saturday of each month. http://www.luckyfisharts.co. uk/sessions/sew-saturdays/ For further details about these sessions, more »

Library case to go to court

Campaigners are taking Darlington Council to Court over the handling of the changes to the library service. The full Northern Echo story can be read at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15389966._It_was_inevitable____Court_proceedings_issued_over_Darlington_Council_s_plans_to_close_Crown_Street_Library/

DfC names new Chair

Darlington for Culture (DfC), the voluntary organisation that speaks for the arts and culture sector in the borough, has named Jo Potter as its new Chair. Jo, who lives in Darlington and is involved in several community organisation including Darlington Green Theatre, steps up from his role as Vice-Chair. Jo replaces John Dean, who steps more »

Hullabaloo secures funding

Darlington-based Theatre Hullabaloo, the North East’s specialist producer of theatre for children and young people, is celebrating the news that it has been included in the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of Organisations (NPO) for 2018 – 2022. The organisation will receive just over £250,000 per year to deliver a high quality programme of theatre and more »

Swashbuckling fun

Ahoy there, shipmates, why not climb aboard the good ship Naughty Nellie and join family favourites Double Trouble in a brand new swashbuckling spooktacular adventure this Halloween? Double Trouble and the Curse of the Haunted Pirate Ship will be presented by the same team that brought Sleeping Beauty to The Majestic theatre during the February more »

Do you have a story to tell?

Creative writing tutor John Dean is taking bookings for the Autumn 2017 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 »

The Haunting of Cole Peters

The Haunting of Cole Peters, a debut collection of ghost stories by Darlington-born writer Joe Hetherington has been published. An amulet with an unusual power, strange figures in the arctic wastes and a terrifying night shift at an art gallery all feature in this disturbing anthology of nine tales, available from .https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Peters-Other

Legal move over library

Following the news announced on June 15 that lawyer Michael Imperato has written to Darlington Borough Council advising of legal action to halt the move of Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre, Darlington for Culture Chair John Dean said: “If there were shortcomings in the process followed by the council to agree the move more »

Stadium concert a success

By Allen White, NCTJ student, Darlington College The English reggae and pop band UB40 took to the stage at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, along with the Grammy-nominated Jamaican group Raging Fyah. The concert’s opening acts had included Level 42, the Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, and Raging Fyah, a spectacular line-up for the more »

FIrst small grants award is announced

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture (DfC) has made the first award from its new small grants scheme with £500 going to support the programme of Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club. Voluntary organisation DfC launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to more »