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Calling all wildlife photographers

The three north east Wildlife Trusts (Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley), the Natural History Society of Northumbria, Great North Museum: Hancock and Alan Hewitt Photography have joined forces for the fifth year running to launch the 2017 North East Wildlife Photography Competition. Nestlé Fawdon, which has supported the competition since its launch in 2012, is more »

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Bud’s trilogy is published

The first three crime novels by writer Bud Craig, from the Darlington area, have been brought together and published as an e-trilogy. Salford Murders features three gripping private eye detective stories set in the industrial North. With the atmosphere of urban decline and inner-city violence, these three murder mysteries are set in the metropolitan area more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Final concert of piano recital season

Darlington Piano Society has been celebrating its 21st season with recitals that have brought artists of the highest quality to the Dolphin Centre. Distinguished French pianist Amandine Savary concludes the season with works by Robert and Clara Schumann on March 26. Concerts take place at 3pm on Sunday afternoons at Central Hall in the Dolphin 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 »

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 »

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 »