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 »

DfC reacts to libraries vote

A truly sad day for Darlington as Darlington council’s cabinet votes to move Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre. As an organisation whose members have continually voiced their opposition to the move, we feel that this decision, which will be voted on by full council on March 23, is a missed opportunity for the 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 »

More cause for concern over Crown Street plan

The Northern Echo has revealed a further cause for concern over the council’s plan to move Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre in the form of a legal issue that will further delay the proposals. You can find out more at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15105369.Council_blunder_leads_to_yet_another_delay_of_contentious_decision_to_close_Darlington_s_Crown_Street_Library/ http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15105369.Council_blunder_leads_to_yet_another_delay_of_contentious_decision_to_close_Darlington_s_Crown_Street_Library/

Anthology published

The Prison, a new anthology of short stories by Darlington author and Inkerman Writers member Michael Jarvie, is on sale for reading on Kindle. Taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s notion of the “epiphany,” as exemplified by his pioneering work “Dubliners,” this collection of short stories – or composite novel – focuses on the theme more »

Survey shows opposition to Crown Street library move

Friends of Darlington Libraries recently surveyed people about the council’s planned move of Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre. The report (the full version of which can be found in the attached pdf), based on surveying in October/November 2016, showed: 96% of respondents were satisfied with the library service at Crown Street, of which more »

Panto time

Darlington Hippodrome’s 2017/18 pantomime is the fairest of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Running from Saturday 9 December until Sunday 14 January, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the first major production at the newly re-opened Hippodrome following its 18 month restoration. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will see more »

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 »