Give Them Wings is published

Darlington authors Paul Hodgson and Mike Jarvie have brought out their new e-book Give Them Wings. Disabled as a result of childhood meningitis, Paul has written this hard-hitting autobiography together with Mike in order to challenge the stereotype of the wheelchair-bound victim condemned to a life on the sidelines. Far from being a passive spectator, 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 »

Council to review libraries decision

The Northern Echo has been told in a statement (on Tuesday September 8) that Darlington Borough Council proposes to set aside the decisions made about the town’s library service in June and to review them again – you can read more at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14726282.Decision_to_close_Crown_Street_Library__set_aside__by_Darlington_Borough_Council_following_legal_challenge/ John Dean, Chair of Darlington for Culture, one of the organisations that more »

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 »

What price civic pride?

A thought-provoking piece published in The Northern Echo and written by Darlington for Culture’s former chair Nick Brewster about the impact on the town of recent council cutbacks can be found at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/features/14607090.Closing_the_book_on_civic_pride/

Crown Street Library campaign continues

The Committee of the Friends of Darlington Libraries is leading on efforts to save Crown Street Library following the council decision to close it. They have asked that people channel all suggestions and ideas for saving the library through the Friends at alan.macnab@ntlworld.com The Friends say: “The Friends of Darlington Libraries was suggested in May more »

Dismay at decision to close Crown Street Library

Darlington for Culture has reacted with dismay to the decision tonight (Wednesday June 29) by Darlington Council to close Crown Street Library despite the submission by DfC on behalf of the community of a plan that proposed a different way forward. Despite hundreds of people protesting outside the Town Hall, Full Council rejected the community’s more »

Steering Group chair calls for delayed libraries decision

Councillor Nick Wallis’s assertion at Cabinet last week that members of the public are mostly concerned about the Crown Street building, and not the library, appears completely at odds with the true feelings of those objecting to the library proposal. There appears to be an attempt to dismiss the voices of more than 6,000 people more »

Steering group chair urges acceptance of community libraries plan

Gemma McDonald, Chair of the Community Libraries Steering Group, has written to all Darlington borough councillors, giving excellent reasons why the community plan for the future of libraries in the town should be accepted at full council on June 29. The full text is in the attachment here. Letter to councillors re library proposals