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OPEN DAY AT SPENNYMOOR CHURCH FOR "STEEPLECHASE"

t. Paul's Church in Spennymoor will be one of many throughout the North-East which will once again be throwing open their doors for the annual Northumbria Historic Churches Trust steeplechase. The Trust raises money to help restore and preserve places of worship, and raise awareness of the region's religious heritage. This year 's main fundraising effort is the steeplechase, which takes place on Saturday 8th September. Participants taking part aim to visit as many churches as they can across the day, and St. Paul's in Spennymoor is just one of the churches taking part in the popular event. Christopher Luke, churchwarden at St. Paul's said; "The event is an excellent opportunity for people to have a look around churches which would not normally be open

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There's an opportunity to have a look round St Paul's Church in September St. Paul's will be open to during the day." "Even if you're not taking visitors from 10am until part in the steeplechase 4pm and entrance is free. then people are still very For more information welcome to come to St. about the church, log on to Paul's and have a look their website, www.stpauls spennymoor.co.uk around".

TREASURE HUNT

The organisers of a popular "Treasure Hunt" featured in the last few issues of Spennynews are urging readers to get their entries in by Monday 3rd September by 3.00pm. "Don't forget to have your

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Irene Burns with her Ladies Single trophy Irene Burns from Tudhoe Village won the Ladies Singles croquet handicap competition on Sat 25th August 2002 at Auckland Croquet Club at Henknowle, Bishop Auckland. This week Irene goes to Dublin to play in the 2nd World Croquet Federation Women's World Golf Croquet Championship Irene, who is sponsored by Spennymoor Town Council, is one of 5 ladies representing England."

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It's all about local people and local events.

We d d i n g Congratulations

Congratulations and best wishes to TONY BIDDLE and CAROL PATTERSON from Middlestone Moor on their forthcoming wedding on September 8th. Love from both families TONY BIDDLE CAROL PATTERSON Lots of Love, Mam and Dad on your Wedding Day September 8th. From your bridesmaids Amy and Emma.

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Aged Miners Homes in Middlestone Moor is making good progress. A while ago, nine single bedroomed homes were pulled down to make way for new two bedroomed bungalows. When the scheme is finished, there will be twelve homes instead of the former eighteen, but the new homes will be built to a very much higher standard than those they replace. With living room, two bedrooms and a beautiful Taken a few weeks ago, this view of the compact kitchen, shows the living room beyond. (Photo: Alan Marron) compact kitchen, as well as a small entrance porch at preacher Joseph Hopper, Miners Homes to be built the front and a yard at the himself a miner. and let free of charge. rear, the new homes have He believed that men who Although the Durham been designed to offer had worked in the mines, coalfield no longer exists, comfort and a high living often from boyhood to the the Association has standard, to their residents. age of 65 or older, deserved continued to prosper, and The first tenants could be better than to be evicted still provides quality in residence very soon. from their 'tied' home. accommodation for the The demolition of the A small weekly levy was elderly, and disabled,as well remaining dwellings and donated by mineworkers as those who are less their ultimate replacement from their wages, and this physically active. will then continue. was added to, by the grant Preference for tenancy is The original Aged Miners of land and materials from still given to former Homes Association grew other sources including mineworkers. from the vision and belief colliery owners. of former Methodist lay That allowed the first Aged

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MALICIOUS WOUNDING CASE SENT TO CROWN COURT

A Spennymoor man charged with an offence of malicious wounding will have his case heard at the Crown Court following his appearance before local Magistrates recently. William Robinson, aged 24, faces a charge of `unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm'. The offence was allegedly committed in Spennymoor in mid-May this year. The sitting Magistrates at the South Durham Magistrates' Court in Newton Aycliffe agreed that Robinson should be dealt with on a date to be determined at Durham Crown Court.

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THE CHILDREN ARE COMING READY OR NOT! by Alan Marron

caffolding still surrounds a new Primary School but Anniversary as the date approaches for children to return after their Congratulations summer break, residents are PAM and ALLEN SMAILES openly voicing doubts over its readiness. One villager, who wished to remain unnamed, said, "If you go past the school, there's never any sign of work going on, or of any workmen on site". It is generally believed in the village that the school building project is about six or seven week behind schedule. Rumours are circulating on your Ruby Anniversary that the school opening 2nd September, could be delayed until the from all the family. next half-term break. To advertise in your a spokesman inisted Spennynews ring Jeff on 01388 however that the school 775896

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Spennynmoor in early January and at the beginning of June this year. Mr. David Maddison, appearing on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, told the Court that Cason had a number of previous convictions. The last was in September last year when he was given a Community Penalty for offences of aggravated vehicle taking and driving

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with excess alcohol. With regard to the offence of criminal damage, committed in January, Mr. Maddison told the Court that the owner of a vehicle parked it in the street and secured it. Some time later, the vehicle's owner discovered that the off-side wing mirror of the vehicle was damaged, and there was blood at the scene. The damage caused to the car was valued at some £150. Mr. Maddison stated that the second charge involved damage amounting to £650 to a UPVC window Ffame belonging to The Railway Public House in Spennymoor. On this occasion, Cason was locked out of the pub and was banging on the windows and heard to shout "I'll put the f****** windows out!" Once again, damage to the frame was later found, as was Cason's blood at the scene. In an interview with the Police, Cason admitted both acts of criminal damage. Ms. Claire Brinton, representing Cason, told the Court that the Defendant had no recollection whatsoever of committing the first offence, adding that Cason could only suggest he lashed out indiscriminately after having an argument with his partner on the way home from the pub. With regard to the offence at The Railway Public House, the Court heard that Cason and his girlfriend were out for the evening and, whilst Cason wished to return

home, his girlfriend preferred to stay out drinking. Cason discovered he did not have a door key so he returned to The Railway to get the house key. Despite banging on the window, he failed to gain entrance and, subsequently, damage was caused to the frame. Ms. Brinton said that Cason, had already apologised to the Licensee of The Railway and offered to pay for the damage he caused. After some deliberation, the sitting Magistrates gave Cason a six month Conditional Discharge and ordered him to pay Compensation totalling £800 and Court costs of £43, at the rate of £25 per week.

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`BLUES BROTHERS' HIT TOWN

Customers in ASDA at Spennymoor may have been shocked to see eleven men in black, in the store last Friday. However, it wasn't a raid ­ it was the "Sister Act" dance team giving a preview of their performance of the "Blues Brothers." The event is taking place at Middlestone Moor Club on September 15th, with the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. For tickets, please ask at the Customer Service Desk in ASDA.

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`GUILTY' AND `NOT-GUILTY' TO STRIMMERS THEFT CHARGE

When two Spennymoor men appeared before local Magistrates recently charged with stealing two strimmers, one pleaded `Guilty' and the other denied the charge. 23 year-old Clifford James Moody, of Heather Grove in Spennymoor and Johnathon Frank Petch, 21, of Hawthorn Road in Middlestone Moor, appeared before the South Durham Magistrates sitting at Newton Aycliffe, charged with `theft of two strimmers valued at £180'. Whilst Petch entered a `Not Guilty' plea to the charge, Moody fully admitted the theft. Mr, Michael Clarke, appearing on behalf of Petch, told the Court that the Defendant completely denied the offence and that there was also a question concerning identification. A trial was duly set for the 12th of November at Bishop Auckland Magistrates' Court and a continuation of his unconditional bail was granted until that date. With regard to Moody, Mr. Maddison told the Court that he had a number of previous convictions, the last being in September, 2005 for matters of a dissimilar nature. However, it was in the late 1990's that Moody was last convicted of an offence of dishonesty Mr. Maddison told the court a man was working on a property in Spennymoor and had left his van containing his tools open, giving Moody the chance for an opportunist theft. Police followed Moody to a vehicle and found the two strimmers inside. Ms. Claire Brinton, mitigating, told the Court that Moody had been unemployed for some four months, having previously worked as a labourer. She added that Moody and Petch were in the area looking for work and, in fact, it had been Petch who had taken the strimmers completely unknown to Moody. She told the Court the first time Moody had heard of the crime was when Petch asked him to carry one of the strimmers. Foolishly, stated Ms. Brinton, Moody took part and he is now embarassed, ashamed and upset that he was making a Court appearance, having successfully completed a Suspended Sentence Order in 2005. The sitting Magistrates told Moody that they fully accepted that this was not a planned offence and that he had shown remorse for his actions. Moody was fined £60 and ordered to pay Court Costs of £43 and the Victim Surcharge of £15.

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The Government recently decided to replace the Borough and the County Councils with a single, county wide Council, despite a recent referendum rejecting the idea. This correspondent wants readers to know they can contact the Prime Minister direct. Dear Editor, the Prime Minister direct. and sign petitions on the their local government It is possible that, whilst Petitions have long been website of the P.M. giving arrangements. we have held a referendum sent to the Prime Minister you the opportunity to A recent (albeit unofficial) on whether to go with a by post or delivered to the reach a potentially wider Referendum showed that single unitary authority or door of Number 10 in audience and to deliver over 70% of electors (from your petition directly to a return of 40%) wish to not, residents can have a person. retain their District second go by contacting You can now both create Downing Street. You can view and sign any Councils. current petitions, and see The reasons for these are the Government response many, but the message is to any completed petitions singular. A single unitary Council for once they have closed. Tudhoe Industrial Estate, Spennymoor, DL16 6TG The Governments aim with the County is not wanted Tel: 01388 814935 this website is to enable as by the only people who Specialist Manufacturers of Quality many people as possible to matter - the electors." To access this petition log make their views known. Paving, Path Edging, Concrete Fence to http:// The following petition is on Posts and Gravel Boards, Walling, important to prevent a petitions.pm.gov.uk then Copings and Pillar Caps. takeover of all the District on the search page put in Councils by Durham Unitary Councils County Durham then fill in the Suppliers of Sand, Decorative Gravel, County Council. It reads, "The people of details. Cement and Dolomite Yours sincerely County Durham have Cllr. Vince Crosby , expressed very strong Sedgefield Borough preference to retain Council District Councils as part of

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TWO YEAR BAN FOR DRINK-DRIVER

A Kirk Merrington man who admitted to a District Judge sitting at a local Magistrates' Court recently that he was some two and a half times above the legal drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for two years. 31 year-old George Ellis, of Coulton Terrace in Kirk Merrington, pleaded guilty to `driving with excess alcohol when he appeared in Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court. He was disqualified from driving for a period of two years, ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work in the community and ordered to pay Court costs of £43. He was also offered a place on the Drink-Drivers' Rehabilitation Course, which, when completed, would reduce the ban by a quarter .

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Letters to the Editor

This correspondent was over the moon at the catering facilities offered at the Town Hall when her daughter got married.

Dear readers, I would like to congratulate Spennymoor Town Council on the splendid Wedding day that we had for my daughter Kate Heslop, when she married Richard Luther. On July 28th 2007. Kate and Richard married at St Paul's Church. After the wedding service, which was conducted by Rev Linda Gough, the bride and groom and all guests visited Jubilee Park to have photographs taken. As local people will know, the park is a wonderful place and full of colour. From the park we walked

to the Town Hall where the reception was booked. The quality of the wedding meal was absolutely superb - Guests could choose on the day from a number of starters and sweets, and it was all hot, good flavour, and the staff were extremely helpful towards children and adults alike. The wedding meal over, guests were asked to move to the bar area so the evening room could be set up. Once again this was carried out with the minimum of fuss and guests moved back into the large hall very quickly. The food

was once again excellent and guests could not believe the quality and standard of the food served. At the end of the evening the clearing up was taken out of our hands, and we were asked to come back to the Town Hall at mid day on the Sunday. At this point the caretaker loaded my car with all wedding presents and other items that had been left at the Town hall. An excellent service. As a Head Teacher of a local nursery school in Spennymoor, I know how good it is for staff to receive

praise for their work. I special day at the Town therefore would like to say Hall. Yours sincerely a huge "Thank You" to Sandra Heslop everyone involved in the Address supplied. wedding day celebrations from the caterer, the waiting staff, the caretaker, the bar staff , admin staff and anyone else involved in the day.

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TRAVELLERS TAKE OVER DAISY FIELD

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and scores of vans and pickups parked harazardly about. Officers at the Borough Council, who own the field, were quick to react to the invasion of caravans. A spokesman for the Council said they were working with both the travellers and a liaison officer from the County Council, and are seeking a legal solution to the problem. He said that papers were being prepared and would be served if anyone was remaining on the site next Tuesday. "This is a play field and recreational land," he said, "And we will take action." One of the travellers said this week that he didn't consider they were doing anything wrong and just wanted to be left in peace. One resident however was concerned that the field would suffer if the travellers

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Villagers in Byers Green finally held their Annual Sports Day, which along with the Village Carnival raises funds for the senior members of the community to enjoy a day trip, and provides them with a slap up Christmas Luncheon near to the festive season. The event normally follows the carnival, but this year the weather had made the village green unusable. The main race of the day is, by tradition, a circuitous by Alan Marron course around the village boundaries. Starting from the road at the side of the green, competitors run via Byers Green School, Todhills, Michael Terrace and the Church of St. Peter back into High Street, ending at the start "The race is very popular amongst the young men of the village"', says Miranda Oliver, who adds that 'a good time was had both by competitors and spectators'. It includes a couple of uphill sections ­ long ones - and is definitely not recommended for the fainthearted, we are given to understand., and this year was won by Miranda's son, Richard Oliver. The Carnival in Byers Green, will revert to its normal date of the last Saturday in June next year, when the main feature will be a Brass Band Competition. The Sports day will be on the following day, weather permitting.

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TWO WEDDINGS AND A GREMLIN

by Alan Marron and Anne Robinson The last issue of Spennynews fell victim to a visit from our resident gremlin. So to put things right we're giving readers another chance to read the stories they should have seen last time. They concern not one, but two weddings, and hopefully our gremlin friend will stay away this time.

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drugs to slow down his heart before transferring him to James Cook Hospital on Tees-side, where he was fitted with a defibrillator. Kirsty admitted afterwards, "With Chris in hospital we obviously didn't know if the wedding was going ahead or not." " That was all we could tell anyone". But things turned out well for Chris and his 27 year old schoolteacher bride to be, for florists, caterers and guests all happily agreed to put the arrangements on hold. "It wasn't until after the operation that I knew for certain that everything was going ahead as planned. We were both ecstatic at the turn in events," said a Chris and Kirsty Priestly pictured after their wedding. much relieved Chris. Priestly said Tunisia, but I'm so glad The couple finally Mrs exchanged their vows at St. afterwards, "We couldn't Chris is okay, and nothing Paul's Church, and the new go on our honeymoon to else matters."

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The wedding of Ian James Robinson, son of Douggie and Anne Robinson, and Gillian Frances Sewell, daughter of Ron and Judith Sewell, took place at Cockfield Chapel on Saturday 28th July, but the young couple's troubles didn't surface until after the wedding. The bride wore an off the shoulder white dress, with a burgundy rose motif on the bodice and train and burgundy piping at the waist. Her head -dress contained a mixture of pearls and flowers. She was followed by three bridesmaids and a kilted page boy. All the main men of the party wore coats with waist-coats and kerchiefs in burgundy. The reception was held at Butterknowle Community Hall. After the meal Ian led Gillian onto the dance floor, where they were joined by their guests. The newly-weds then had the fright of their lives just days after their marriage. Gillian went downstairs on Thursday morning, to find a strong smell of gas in

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The thirteen playing members of Spennymoor Ladies Bowling Club began their new season with something to live up to, having won the Central Ladies Bowling Clubs Championship in 2006.

SPENNYMOOR LADIES ARE THE BEST by Alan Marron

Once again, the talented ladies beat the top teams in the region, to represent the county in competitions. In the Inter Counties competition they have already beaten Derbyshire in a match played at Shipton, near York on 16th August, and have met a team representing Yorkshire at Northallerton. They will then celebrate the Iris Lawson Memorial Trophy, Triples Competition in the Jubilee Park on Thursday 30th Is the perfect vehicle August. for local advertising. With the Indoor Bowling Season starting soon, new The popular Community Paper is read by members, with or without everyone in the previous bowling experience, Spennymoor area and will be warmly welcomed. Club members say, "If you're all adverts appear in the on-line version looking for a gentle exercise completely free of regime, this is the answer." charge. "Come and experience for See us at yourself the enjoyment and www.spennynews.com comradeship of bowling"

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Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre's Under 14 AFC are proud to announce that local engineering company Evenwood Industries Limited have sponsored the team kit for the 2007-8 season. The team, which attracts a number of players from the local area, have demonstrated a continued improvement over the last two years in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance Duncan McDonald (MD Evenwood) with Kevin Pyle, league, highlighted by a Ross Lathan, Harry Rockett, Aran Berezanskji, Sam Jarps, fantastic run in the Durham Anth Caygill, Kev Lathan, Paul Jarps. FA County Cup. The team wish to thank Newton Aycliffe Youth They reached g the last 32 Evenwood Industries for Centre AFC is a Football teams and defeated teams their support & wish the Association Charter from higher divisions along company every success for Standard club the way. the future. With a football development section for under 7 years and nine boys teams in the age groups 9 to 16 years, they also have a girls under 14's team and a disabled adult team. uPVC, Fascia, Soffits and Guttering. All the sections have regular Slating, Tiling, Pointing and Flat Roof Work. training sessions so there are many opportunities for anyone interested in developing their football Site Mobile: 0777 598 6592 skills. More information about the club can be FREE ESTIMATES obtained from their website Insurance work undertaken www.naycafc.co.uk or by telephoning the club secretary Bernie Borsberry on 0793 904 5242

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Spennynews Saturday 1st September 2007 A new club is starting for mothers or carers with babies and toddlers. The venue for "The Big Ted Club" will be St David's Church Hall in Tudhoe Lane. The club will be open every Thursday afternoon, starting on 6th September, from 1.30pm.until 3.00pm and promises lots of fun, games, stories ­ and refreshments. There are qualified and experienced helpers on hand should anyone need assistance and there is no charge for admission. "Come and join us," say the organisers, and have a great afternoon" Details are available from Kathleen Hetherington (01388) 816921.

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SPENNYMOOR IN FINE FORM By Garry Keay IN LEAGUE AND FA CUP

Spennymoor Football Club are riding high in the 1st Division of the Albany Northern League and are through to the next round of the FA Cup after a fine start to the 2007 season. Spennymoor entertained a bumper 414 crowd with a comfortable 3-0 victory over derby rivals Bishop Auckland on Monday night. The eagerly anticipated game nearly got off to a dream start for Spennymoor when Richie Ward hit the bar in the opening seconds but the deadlock wasn't broken until after the half hour when a free kick was awarded for a well placed kick into the ribs of Karl Richards. Adam Clough's cross was neatly headed past Bishop's `keeper Farrell by the unchallenged Richie Storr. The second half started with Spennymoor in control but it wasn't until the 58th minute that Richards deservedly bagged a goal. Using his speed, power and skill, he ran half the length of the pitch to create the shooting chance which he took with aplomb, firing across the keeper to send the Moors 2-0 up. Spennymoor's third came following a magnificent move with Ian Clark picking out man of the match Karl Richards. He squared the ball across the visitors goal leaving David Manson to sweep in the third on 72 minutes to take all three points. Last Saturday, Spennymoor really put their stamp on the Northern League by thrashing Chester-le-Street 5-0 at home. The second and killer goal came on 65 minutes when man of the match Graham Robinson took hold of a loose ball and fired his shot straight as a die from all of 30 yards into the visitors goal. Spennymoor's third came courtesy of Ian Clark who's solo run created the space and opportunity to shoot. Shoot he did and his Spennymoor goal scoring account was opened in great style. The 85th minute saw the Moors fourth as Robinson again struck a bullet of a shot from well outside the box. Still not finished Spennymoor went nap in injury time as Robinson side footed home his third following a superb display of one touch passing and outstanding movement. The two victories were as different again to `Moors performance at Morpeth Town on Tuesday 21st August when Spennymoor suffered not only their first defeat of the season but their first defeat in the League since 28th October 2006 Spennymoor were weakened without the presence of first team regulars Adam Johnston, Karl Richards, Carl Beasley, Richard Ward and Ian Dixon. The `Moors solitary goal in the subsequent 3-1 defeat came from Hyson who broke through the defence and chipped over the Morpeth keeper. This Saturday, September

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Worshippers at the Independent Methodist Church in Half Moon Lane, officially named 'The Bethel' but affectionately known locally as 'The Little Chapel' will be holding a special Thanksgiving Service on Saturday 8th September beginning at 7.00pm. The preacher will be Eric Southwick of Seaham, and Mark Oxley, a well known member of the local community, will be the soloist. The church members extend a cordial invitation to anyone who would like to join them in this special service. There will be a buffet afterwards, and those SPENNYNEWS

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