Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter, updated on November 16

The Darlington for Culture information stall will be at Head of Steam for four Santa days in December so if you want us to display your leaflets, please drop them into Darlington for Culture, c/o Heritage House in Houndgate Darlington.

Darlington Choral Society is staging the Verdi Requiem on November 25. If this does not open, click on
This is a unique opportunity to hear this magnificent Verdi work performed live in Darlington.
With combined choirs of 150 singers and a 50 strong orchestra, it is an unforgettable musical experience, whatever your musical tastes.
Darlington Choral Society has brought together three choirs, two regional orchestras and four top class soloists under the baton of Richard Bloodworth. Verdi’s operatic approach to the requiem mass firmly places it as one of the greatest sacred choral works ever written. If you are considering what to see and hear this month, then come and hear what the many talented people of our region can achieve given the opportunity.
Tickets online at

>There is loads more brilliant music coming up in Darlington, including the newly-released Autumn programme of Darlington Folk Club, the new seasons from the Darlington Piano Society and Darlington Music Society and the latest offerings from the New Orleans Jazz Clubs, plus plenty to enjoy at The Forum and disco nights at Voodoo Cafe. You can check out on our The Town Is Alive With the Sound of Music blog at

Artist Paul Dillon’s latest exhibition, Another Side to Paul Dillon, is to be staged at the Crown Street Gallery from November 11
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Cockerton’s Christmas Tree will be switched on on December 1. If this does not open click on
Literary news

The season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday November 30.
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 seventh year, the nights have given dozens of writers from Darlington and further afield the opportunity to read work including poetry, short stories, novel extracts and scripts to appreciative audiences. Readers range from published authors to those just starting out on their writing careers, and pieces read out range from completed pieces to work in progress for which the authors are seeking feedback. It all makes for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment.
Each session starts at 7pm and the cost of entry is £3 paid on the door. More information is available from Inscribe Media Limited at
A share of the proceeds is donated to Darlington for Culture to help further its work supporting arts and culture in the town.

<Writers meet
Bennet House Writers meet every Monday at 10.30am at Age UK, Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West, Darlington DLI 5SX. The group read and discuss new and old work from members that includes poetry, short stories and novels. Further details can be obtained from Mary Sweeten on 01325 283401.

Regular events

Courses, workshops and crafts groups, including for children

Fancy learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one? Then head to our courses pages at

Group meets
The Campaign to Protect Rural England, CPRE Darlington, meets in the Upstairs Restaurant, Dolphin Centre, Darlington, at 6.30 pm.. Meetings are informal and usually held the third Tuesday in the month. They cover mainly planning applications and so give the opportunity to air any views on issues which could affect your quality of life. Please ring 01325 485107 to check dates and inform them of your attendance.

Talks and lectures

‘And the bride wore’ talk at Crown Street Library on Tuesday 14 No, 2pm. Tickets £2 on 01325349630 or

Darlington Amateur Gardening Club
They meet in Bondgate Methodist Church, Winston Street entrance, and the talk starts at about 7.20pm, after tea/coffee. For club information contact the club secretary on 01325 468870.

National Council of Women Great Britain
The National Council of Women (NCW) wants to ensure that women play a full role in our society. In Darlington they meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month between 10am and midday at the Millennium Centre, All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, Darlington DL3 8DT. They welcome women from around the wider area. Want to know more? Then check out the NCW website or Twitter @NCWGB or search for National Council of Women Great Britain on Facebook or for the local group ring Mary Drury on 01325 380665.

Darlington Historical Society talks:
Talks and meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NG (accessed via the archway on Skinnergate) starting at 7.30pm.
Annual membership £10 covering all talks. Visitors £3 per meeting.
More information at

Wednesday 20 December 2017
The Langworthy Mystery with Tony Nicholson

Wednesday 17 January 2018
North East Film History

Wednesday 21 February 2018
From rainwater Tubs To Taps: A history of Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Wednesday 21 March 2018
Medieval Towns and Villages in Tees Valley

Wednesday 18 April 2018
North Road Head of Steam Museum

Darlington Lecture Association
Darlington Lecture Association welcomes £5 visitors to its meetings at Carmel RC College (7.30pm). Details of £25 membership covering eight lectures from 01325 363350 or at

Monday 13th November 2017 at 7.30pm KEITH HOLMES A Taste of Cornwall
This will be “taste” in the sense of selected highlights and off-beat attractions of the most westerly of English counties, the sunniest and warmest, among the biggest and least populous and certainly among the most visited. But it will be a surprise if we are not to be tempted too by the eponymous pasties and cream teas and expensive fish dishes.
And surely there’ll be its place in popular cultural taste, from du Maurier’s Rebecca to Poldark (in his day, that hard-won tin gave the county an importance rewarded by 44 MPs, against six today).
Cornwall is the home of the extraordinary Eden Project enclosing warmer climes in huge bubbles within a reclaimed quarry, of the Camel Valley’s noted vineyard, of the country’s only commercial tea-growing estate, of the Lost Gardens of Heligan….
We know Keith Holmes and we like his fine photographs and informed, informal commentary. He explored unknown Norfolk for us and a couple of seasons ago showed us Britain’s finest houses as well as the most eccentric in his Des Res presentation.
He researches his subjects thoroughly so we get the stories behind the pictures of cities (just one in Cornwall, a small gem: Truro), coast (the Cornish Riviera of coves and harbours in the south, the cliffs and surf of the north) and countryside (the purple moor of Bodmin, doubtless crossed by roads that at night are ribbons of moonlight and are roamed by highwaymen.

Monday 4th December 2017 – GARY BANKHEAD Bridge Over Treasured Water
Did an Archbishop of Canterbury of our own time take leave of his senses when, as it appears, he walked 200 yards from his home in Durham City and threw valuable Church treasures into the dark depths of the River Wear?
That question was raised when tonight’s speaker discovered, in dives with his brother around Prebends Bridge, gold and silver mementoes from Michael Ramsey’s reign. They included gifts from the Queen and the Pope.
Since the Ramsey finds, Mr Bankhead has made further discoveries in the river, this time near the 12th-century Elvet Bridge, that have been lauded as of major importance. The British Museum, following a naming tradition that includes the Staffordshire Hoard, has grandly titled his latest achievement the Durham River Wear Assemblage.
Our amateur underwater archaeologist now with an MPhil degree at Durham University – his proper job is as a fireman – will tell us of an intriguing link between the Prebends and Elvet discoveries a short distance apart near Durham Cathedral.
The Assemblage is of some 9,500 small items of astonishing variety that cast light on how our ancestors worked and played in medieval times. Not least is evidence, new to historians, of the scale of the cloth trade in Durham, including European imports: many lead seals that had been pinned on bolts of cloth by taxation inspectors since Edward III’s time. They may have fallen off during riverside dyeing.
In cities worldwide, past cultures have been explored via underwater finds at river bridges. What, one wonders, will Paris historians of 3000 AD make of millions of padlock keys to be found in the Seine?

Keeping fit
Darlington Keep Fit Association is celebrating its 55th year of movement to music with regular sessions.The first takes place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall and is choreographed by Catherine Gilsenan and the second is held every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Sadberge Village Hall and is choreographed by Margaret Marston. Both are qualified teachers with regularly updated training, costs are £3.50 per session with a view to membership if liked. Ages range from 18 years upwards.


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What’s On
There is so much going on that our weekly newsletter is unable to carry everything so to allow you to get the bigger picture, you can check out our What’s On (click on What’s On at the left of this page) featuring everything from films and theatre to dance and music, art and exhibitions to literature and lectures. Also across the left is a link to courses and workshops.

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Thank you, as ever, for your support.

John Dean, DfC Media Officer, and the DfC team