Activities & Events across Durham

Gala Music Night Swells Charity Funds **New**

The Rotary Club of Durham Bede joined together with Lloyds Banking Group, Durham to raise funds for two local charities with a concert held at Elvet Church, Durham. The Gala concert “Friday Night Is Music Night” was held on Friday 3rd November 2017 to benefit St. Cuthbert’s Hospice, Heel and Toe Children’s Charity and also the British Heart Foundation. The members of the Rotary Club of Durham Bede arranged this, their annual concert, along with major support from the Lloyds Banking Group, Durham, who supported the event with Matched Giving. Elvet Methodist Church, Durham was the setting for the event which featured a wide range of popular music ranging from Films, Opera, The Musicals and Folk provided by the young musicians of the Durham County Wind Band; Leaders Caroline Roberts & Tina Mortimer, and the voices of Val Anderson, Soprano, Evelyn Mitchell, Mezzo, and John Oliver, Baritone with accompanist Martin Dack. There was a special guest appearance by flautist Dr. Michael Cave, Cardiologist at the University Hospital of North Durham, accompanied also by Martin Dack. The volunteer work of Dr. Cave with the British Heart Foundation was rewarded with a donation from the Rotary Club. The audience did not need any encouragement to raise the roof with Last Night of the Proms favourites. 

President Terry said: “I am pleased to announce that, with the support our members, friends and supporters who attended the concert and the Lloyds Banking Group, and other very generous donations plus the revenue from ticket sales we will be donating in excess of £1300.00 to each of the charities. “To me, this is what Rotary is all about, raising money for wonderful causes and having a great time doing it.”

Sedgefield Homestay Free Housing-Related Support and Advice **New**

• Any aspect of your current tenancy 
• Claiming benefits • Budgeting your finances 
• Any general concerns you may have about your living and Financial arrangements 
• Finding education and training courses 
• Getting in touch with other services 

If you require support with any of the above than our staff are available to help at the drop in’s below. 
Monday – Chilton Foodbank St Aidan’s Church, Chilton, DH17 0EJ – 10am – 12pm 
Tuesday – Shildon Alive 19 Church St, Shildon DL4 1DS – 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Tuesday – Trimdon Village Hall Hallgarth Rd, Trimdon Village, TS29 6JX – 2pm – 4pm 
Wednesday – Newton Aycliffe Foodbank St Clare’s Church, DL5 5NT – 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Thursday – Ferryhill foodbank St Lukes Church, Ferryhill, DL17 8LT – 10.30am – 12pm 
Thursday – Spennymoor Sure Start (Fortnightly starting 12th October 2017) Green Lane, Tudhoe Moor, DL16 6EX – 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Thursday – Jubilee Fields Community Centre Jubilee Road, Shildon, DL4 2AL – 12pm – 2.00pm 
Friday – Cornforth Partnership 68 High Street, West Cornforth, DL17 9HS – 9.30am – 11.00am 

For further information call our Gateway Number 08000 731837

Kynren OPEN CALL! **Current**

We are welcoming curious individuals and keen families who are thinking about volunteering for Kynren to a tour behind the scenes. We are recruiting for all aspects of the production -onstage, backstage and public-facing- for Season 2018. 

Come meet the horses, see the costumes close up, tour the props workshop, check out our state-of-the art the tech and talk to our fantastic team leaders about the roles in their teams. No reservation or registration needed, just park on site 10 minutes before the session - and wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing. 

Approximate duration: 90min. Saturday 18th November 10.30am Saturday 18th November 12 noon Wednesday 6th December 6.30pm Wednesday 17th January 6.30pm

The Story of Us is The Story of YOU! Call

Autism Strategy Implementation Stakeholder Event **Current**

We would like to invite individuals 16+ with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and parents/carers to our next Autism Strategy Implementation Group Stakeholder event to discuss services and the autism strategy within County Durham, hosted by MAIN-Taking Autism Personally and Durham County Council. This is an opportunity to raise concerns/issues and offer feedback which will be taken to the Autism Strategy Implementation Group within the council.

Tuesday 28th November 2017 Individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder are welcome to attend at: 1.30pm-2.30pm Parents/Carers are welcome to attend at: 3pm-4pm This event will be held at Durham Indoor Bowling Club Abbey Road Durham DH1 5GE 

If you would like to attend, please get in touch 0191 300 8556 or via email at Please note: There is limited free car parking on site 

Carers Rights Day 2017. **Current**

For Carers Rights Day 2017 on the 24th November, Durham County Carers Support have organised 6 mini events throughout the county. Carers are welcome to attend the event which they feel is of most interest to them and can ask for any information from other sessions. 

Contact us on 03000 051213 for more information. All events are free to attend and take place between 10am – 12pm in the following areas:- 

Barnard Castle Methodist Church, Flatts Road, DL12 8PW Information and advice available from; Local MPs and County Councillors. Come along for a chat with free tea, coffee and cake. 

Bishop Auckland - The Four Clocks, 154a Newgate Street, DL14 7EH Information and advice available from; Welfare Rights, Citizens Advice County Durham, Advice in County Durham, Age UK, Credit Union and Job Centre Plus. Universal Credit will be introduced in Bishop Auckland on the 13th of December 2017, come along for free tea or coffee, cake and a chat to find out more. 

Chester le Street - The Lambton Arms, Front Street, DH3 3BJ Information and advice available from; Kevan Jones local MP, Ron Hogg: Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington, Durham Constabulary and local councillors. Come along for a chat with free tea or coffee and cake. 

Consett - The Demi Consett, 45 Albert Road, DH8 5QU Information and advice available from; Health Trainers, a local solicitor, your local MP who is looking forward to meeting carers, Derwentside College and craft stalls. Come along for a chat with free tea, coffee and cake. 

Newton Aycliffe - St. Clare’s Church, St. Cuthbert’s Way, DL5 5NT Information and advice available from; Hewitts Solicitors, Monkey Money Advice Service and NHS Health Trainers offering free health checks. Come along for free tea, coffee and cake 

Seaham - Seaham Primary Care Centre, St. Johns Square, SR7 7JE Information and advice available from; Hospital of God, Horizons, O.O.O.P.S, Carers Respite Committee and more. Come along for a chat with free tea, coffee and cake.

Look what's on offer this winter at Roseberry Grange Golf Club!!! **Current**

Winter Warmer*** Round of Golf...£10 per person includes home-made soup and a bun. 

We are currently on summer tees and greens...course in excellent condition!! Buggies available...winter rules apply...please call us to book your tee time! 

***Footgolf*** '2 for 1 offer' 2 people playing footgolf only paying for 1!! Please quote '2for1' 2 Adults for £10.00 1 Adult and 1 Under 16 for £10.00 2 Under 16's for £7.00 
 ***Driving Range*** Buy 2 digi-cards for £10 and receive a 3rd free!! That's 9 tokens for £ time limit on when digi-cards have to be used. 

 Prizeballs Prizes to be won every month...find a prizeball in your basket and you could win...  * Round of golf for 4 players * Round of Footgolf for 4 players * Golf lesson * Bottle of spirits and sleeve of 3 golf balls 

 ***Free function room*** 120 capacity function room available...ideal for any occasion...disco hire and buffet on request! Have any of these offers caught your eye...we hope to see you again soon!

 For any enquiries please call on 0191 3700660 or email

VONNE AGM and Conference 2017 **Current**

The 18th VONNE Annual General Meeting will be held at 11am on Thursday 30th November 2017 at The CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2JQ. At the AGM members will agree the minutes from last year, review the accounts and annual review and appoint the auditors and elect new trustees.

The Board is made up of a maximum of 9 membership elected and up to 6 independent trustees appointed by serving trustees for their particular expertise, qualification and/or knowledge. - More Information

What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre **Current**

Please find attached our What’s On Monthly Newsletter for the Pioneering Care Centre. This newsletter is distributed at the beginning of each month with upcoming classes, courses and events.

Chester le Street Methodist Church Christmas Events**Current**

Saturday November 25th 9.00am . CHRISTMAS FAYRE come and grab a bargain or bring the children to meet Santa Claus. 

Saturday 2nd December 7.00pm. The amazing ‘ROCK CHOIR’ in concert. A fantastic evening for all the family with ROCK, POP, CHRISTMAS SONGS and Much More. Tickets: £6.00 adults £3.00 children 4+ Children under 4 free 

Contact:0191 3881313

New SMART Money Course **Current**

We are delivering our successful SMART Money Course starting next Thursday 16th November. 

It will be taking place at Holyoake Community Centre (Pelaw Bank) every Thursday for 6 weeks from 1pm – 3pm. It’s fully accredited, all travel reimbursed, and for every Karbon tenant who completes it – we will pay £30 on to their rent account. It is open to all resident of Chester le Street! 

Many thanks for your help Suzanne Suzanne Jobson Financial Inclusion Manager Karbon Homes 
My working arrangements: Monday - Thursday 7.30am - 4pm Friday 7am - 1pm T 0191 385 1418 M 07767618625 E

The Woodpile free Workshops **Current**

We are running FREE workshops for unemployed persons, we have a Joinery Workshop and Furniture Upcycle Workshop. All information can be found on the posters, please feel free to get in touch with us for more information, or to see about signing up. Please click here for more information

Energy Training.. **Current**

Citizens Advice are delighted to host some Energy Training on Wednesday the 29th November 2017 at Armstrong House.

This will be a half day course from 10-1pm…9 :30 registration and coffee This is to be delivered by Jess Arragon for those who know Jess she was the Energy Champion for Citizens Advice and very popular for delivering Energy training across the county We are keen to make this session as interactive as possible she will be looking at Smart Meters, Switching Tariffs, Priority Services Register , Understanding Energy Bills and Resolutions for Debt and would love for those attending to have input on anything else they would like to hear about.. She will be delivering another session early next year too so don’t worry if you aren’t able to attend this date **

So if you are interested please register your interest as soon as possible as places are limited 
Many Thanks Sam Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447

Balance Alcohol Event **Current**

Date: 6th December 2017 Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham 

Keynote Speaker: Dr David Jernigan, Associate Professor, John Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Context: Many of our children are choosing not to drink alcohol. Yet many of them are profoundly affected by alcohol, regardless of whether they drink or not: 
· In the North East an estimated 3,000 11-15 year olds become regular drinkers every year 
· On average, over one child aged under 18 is admitted to hospital for an alcohol specific condition every day in the North East 
· Children are exposed to alcohol marketing from such a young age, that 98% of 10-11 year olds in the region can accurately identify Fosters as an alcohol brand 
· Nationally, around 200,000 children are living with an adult who is dependent on alcohol 
· Alcohol is cited as the main reason children call Childline for help 
· Children of parents with problematic alcohol use are at greater risk of a range of harms and neglect 

 Attendees can also expect to hear about the impact of alcohol on childhood; the role played by commercial interests; the latest research on young people’s consumption; how harm impacts on the public sector; and discuss how we can work together to help give our children the best start in life. We’ll be circulating info about how to register for this event in due course – but please block out in your diary in the meantime and we’d be really grateful if you could cascade amongst your colleagues involved in the CYP agenda.

Activities at the Discovery Museum **Current**

Discovery Museum
Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
TEL: 0191 232 6789

November & December 2017


Charge! The Story of England's Northern Cavalry

Free entry, donations welcome

A permanent gallery which brings the 300 year history of England's Northern Cavalry regiments to life, through fascinating historic artefacts, and hands-on activities and displays. 

The exhibition charts the pivotal moments in the colourful history of these regiments, from the capture of Napoleon’s carriage at the Battle of Waterloo (1815) to more recent reconnaissance missions in Bosnia (1993), Iraq (2004) and Afghanistan (2009), and honours the vital roles played by those born and bred in the north of England.

All the Fun of the Fair: 135 Years of The Hoppings

Until Sunday 4 march 2018

Free entry, donations welcome

All the Fun of the Fair charts the history of Newcastle’s much-loved Hoppings fair, first held on the Town Moor as a Temperance Fair in 1882. From the involvement of the Showmen's Guild to the memories of generations of Hoppings patrons, All the Fun of the Fair explores the history and development of The Hoppings in a colourful, hands-on setting.

Play with our unique collection of 50 vintage coin-operated amusement machines, discover ‘what the butler saw’, perfect your pinball skills, and even have your fortune told.

Tiny Sparks
Wednesday 8 & 22 November, 10 – 10.45am
£3.50 per session (+ small booking fee), advanced booking essential
Suitable for children aged 2 – 4 with an adult.

An award-winning fortnightly play session for young children to find out about great scientists and their amazing achievements. Come and sing, play, make stuff and have fun.

TALK: The Willington Waggonway
Tuesday 14 November, 2pm
Free entry, donations welcome

Dominique Bell, Project Co-ordinator for the Willington Waggonway Research Programme, will talk about the discovery of the waggonway, its rescue and preservation and new evidence brought to light by the current research.

This talk will also briefly explore the impact of waggonways on the North East, their lasting worldwide legacy and plans for the remains of the Willington Waggonway.

A free public talk in partnership with Newcomen North East.

Uniformed Groups Badge Day

Saturday 18 November, 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm

£5 per participating child* (+ small booking fee), advanced booking essential

Free for accompanying leaders and adults

Calling all Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies and Cubs! Come to Discovery Museum and take part in a series of activities that will help you achieve some of the requirements for your science and art badges. 

Helmet, Sword, Scooter…Charge!

Sunday 19 November, 11am – 12.30pm

£6 per child, £2 per accompanying adult (+small booking fee), advanced booking essential

Free for children aged 1 and under

This event is most suitable for children under 12.

Prepare for a historic battle as Chalk take over the Great Hall for a fun filled family adventure celebrating the arrival of our newest gallery, Charge! The Story of England's Northern CalvaryChalk will be crafting helmets and swords, then helping you create your very own cavalry banner. Get put through your paces by the Drill Sergeant, try your sword skills on the dummy and test yourself on an assault course. Then hop on one of the Chalk scooter horses...3..2..1..CHARGE!  

Nutcracker Christmas market

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November, 11am – 4pm

Free entry, donations welcome

A Christmas market returns to Discovery Museum, outside on the Plaza, and this year it will be themed around The Nutcracker, complete with larger-than-life toy soldiers. 

Browse and buy from a range of heritage & innovative crafts, art, food and gifts, whilst enjoying some festive entertainment.

Delivered in partnership with Time & Tide Events.

Stitches in Time Tour
Thursday 7 December, 11am - 12pm
£4, booking essential

This curator-led tour will give you a sneak peek into the vast vintage costume store at Discovery Museum, with a look at changing fashion trends through the decades.

Festive Film PLUS – The Polar Express

10, 17 & 23 December, 11am & 1.45pm

£8.75 per adult, £6.75 per child (+ small booking fee), advance booking essential

Under 2s free of charge but do require a ticket

This Christmas, this festive favourite is returning to Discovery Museum but this year there's much more than just the film to enjoy.  You never know, there might also be a surprise guest! Perfect festive family fun. 

Tour of the Archives
Monday 18 November, 10am & 1pm
£4, booking essential

Wear Valley Action Group Event **Current**


Speakers Natalie Barker Illegal Money Lending Michael Barton Chief Inspector Durham Police 



Chester le Street Charity Shop Reopening **Current**

A treasured charity shop will reopen to the public this week after an exciting refurbishment. St Cuthbert’s Hospice Chester-le-Street shop has undergone a complete transformation, with a big revamp and lots of new decorative touches added to the interior. The shop has a long history in the town and first opened its doors to the public 20 years ago and helps to raise much needed funds for the Durham based hospice, which provides care and support to many residents across the area. 

Retail Manager Olwyn Hobbs said: “It has taken lots of great teamwork to create this beautiful looking shop and we are so excited for the public to come and take a look around. We’ll be offering a prize to the first customer to visit on the opening day. We’re so grateful to the community for their continued support over the years so it will be nice to say thank you in this way" People visiting the charity shop on Front Street will be able to pick up a bargain, with items such as clothes, shoes, games, ornaments and household goods all sold. 

The shop will reopen to the public at 10:30am on Friday 3rd November. Usual opening times Mon-Sat 9:30-4:00pm. 172 Front Street, CLS, Durham DH3 3AZ.

Carers Rights Day in Chester le Street **Current*

Friday, 24th November 10am until 12 noon Lambton Arms, Front Street, CLS DH3 3B

Do you look after a friend or relative who is unwell or disabled and needing your help? If yes, please come along to this free coffee morning to find out about the type of help that could available to you. FREE coffee and cake 

Attending the event; Kevan Jones MP, Ron Hogg, Durham Constabulary, local Councillors and many others to offer you information, help & advice.

Spanish Beginner's Group at Consett AFC **Current**

1) There are still places on the New Spanish Beginner's Group at Consett AFC starting on Monday 13th November from 7-8pm. Please feel free to share the post to anyone who might be interested in coming and ask them to contact me. The deadline for payment is Tuesday 7th November. Please see PAYMENT details attached in the ADVERT. 

2) There will be a Christmas Themed Spanish Tapas Night, also at Consett AFC, on Wednesday 13th December from 7.30-9.30pm. There will be quizzes, games, Spanish bingo and a Christmas raffle. I will start to take PAYMENTS on Wednesday 8th November. 

Anyone is welcome, all ages and all abilities - you don't need to know any Spanish to come! 

Places are confirmed upon receipt of payment. Please feel free to forward this email to any friends/family who might be interested.  

Hope to see you soon Hasta pronto
Christine :) 

PAYPAL details:

Re-thinking poverty event **Current**

On behalf of the North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) and Webb Memorial Trust, I would like to invite you to a regional discussion event titled, ‘Rethinking Poverty – What makes a good society?’, to be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017, 9.30am-2pm at the Stephenson Works, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 3PE (map). ‘Rethinking Poverty - What Makes a Good Society?’ - a book by Webb Memorial Trust Director Barry Knight - was launched in September 2017. This discussion event will explore the book’s key themes, implications for the North East and next steps for social action. 

Confirmed speakers include Barry Knight (Webb Memorial Trust), Professor John Veit-Wilson (Newcastle University) and Sara Bryson (Tyne and Wear Citizens). The meeting will open with registration and coffee from 9.30am, and will close with lunch and networking from 1pm. A final programme will be made available during November 2017. This event is intended to be of interest to a wide audience including researchers and academics, policy makers, campaigners, public sector organisations, charities and those with direct experience of living in poverty. Attendance is free but places are limited and registration is essential. 

Please register here: We very much hope that you are able to accept our invitation and look forward to seeing you there. Please find attached a flyer which provides some additional background to the book. Feel free to circulate this information to your own colleagues and networks. If you have any enquiries, dietary or access requirements please contact me directly on the details below. 

Many thanks and best wishes, Deb Deborah Harrison PhD Coordinator - North East Child Poverty Commission Institute for Local Governance Durham University Business School 0191 334 9107 07983 408966

The Jingle Hop Saturday 9th December **Current**

Doors Open 7.30pm St Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN 

Come join us at the St Cuthbert's Centre for some Swing Dancing with live music in the lead up to the Christmas festivities. Hosted by the fabulous Joo-Lee Stock from Lindy Jazz.   We've got Gavin Lee’s ‘Strictly Speakeasy’ band plus DJ Andy coming to play for us. Both of them have played for international swing events so they know a thing or two about swing music that will have you Lindy Hopping, Jiving, Charlestoning or even Shim Shamming all night. With some cracking swing tunes, a cheap bar, a lovely venue with sprung floor and surprise performances, you’re in for a treat so don your party shoes, dress to impress and come join us. 

Oh yes! Tickets are £10 for adults or £5 for under 16's if purchased in advance online at ticketsource. 

Please note tickets on the door will cost significantly more so booking in advance is advised. There is a licenced bar (do not bring your own bottle as this is a fundraising event). All under 16's need to be with an adult age 18+. The event is part funded by the 3 Towns AAP and Colour Your Life.

Bearpark artists co-op Selling exhibition **Current** 

Selling exhibition A great opportunity to buy unique paintings at A wide range of affordable prices For more information phone 0191 3733168 

Saturday 2nd December 10am - 4pm Sunday 3rd December 11am – 4pm at Bearpark community centre Durham dh7 7AG

Free workshops Saturday 10.30 – 12 am Children’s Workshop with John Foker Watercolour Workshop with Barrie Ormsby Come and try watercolour painting 

Please let us know if you would like to attend the workshops.

Wellbeing for Life brings back Community Festive Fair! **Current**

The Wellbeing for Life Service is bringing back the Bishop Auckland Community Festive Fair. The service really missed the fair last year, and feel that it is a great local event to celebrate Christmas as a community and to share all the good things that happen locally. 

They are bringing back the event this year with a healthy family focus and would like to invite all members of the community along. The Festive Fair promises to be a fantastic, fun event, with lots of things for all family members to take part in, young and old. Marnie Ramsey, Wellbeing for Life Coordinator said ‘We really love getting involved with our communities and this is a great way to celebrate Christmas together. 

We’ve got lots of attractions, workshops and displays planned; there’s literally something for everyone. Santa Claus will also be visiting us at the Community Festive Fair, along with his little helpers, so children can visit Santa for free and will receive a present from the North Pole!’ 

The event will be held at Bishop Auckland College on Sunday 10 December, 10am – 3pm. Entry is free. The Wellbeing for Life Service will be announcing the main attractions over the coming weeks on their Facebook page @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService.  

If anyone would like a market stall at the Community Festive Fair, please contact for a booking form.

Loan sharks and Police event **Current**


Speakers Natalie Barker from the illegal money lending team Michael Barton Durham Police 

FREE LUNCH & A FRIENDLY CHAT Entry into a FREE Prize Draw for all those that a end. 

Please come along and join in . 


Christmas Carol Concert at Elvet Methodist Church **Current**

Elvet Methodist Church, Durham 12 December 2017, 7pm 

Join us for a magical evening of musical performances, sing-along carols and festive readings by special guests. 

Buy your tickets today: or call 0330 333 0804 

Registered charity no. 296645. Alzheimer’s Society operates in England, Wales and Northe

Profoundly deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of hearing, and hearing loss? **Current**

BID services will be at Cornerstones Centre for the community every Friday morning 10.00-12.00pm to support people who are: Profoundly deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of hearing, and hearing loss. If you know someone in this situation who needs help completing applications, help with debt or letters explaining please come along .
When a hearing aid is not enough New Evening lip-reading class **Current**

At No.7 Keller Court ,Langley Moor Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30  - Coping skills make life easier 

Learn how to: • Manage your hearing loss. • Reduce misunderstandings that cause embarrassment, anger and stress. • How to plan to manage difficult situations. • Meet people in a friendly informal atmosphere. • Qualified experienced teacher If an evening class is no good for you, we have another 10 lip-reading classes in County Durham, contact us to get more information “On the edge of conversation is one of the loneliest places on earth” 

Attendance is by referral only, please ask your Hearing therapist, GP, Social Worker, or contact us for a self referral and for more information Tel: 0191 5183358 Mobile: 07463259216(Text only) e - Mail

Exciting News - Evening Lip Reading Support Group **Current**

Just a quick reminder that our evening lip reading course starts this week at Langley Moor 6:30PM to 8:30PM.

If you are interested in attending please let us know as soon as possible, places are allocated by referral only 

Kind Regards Jane Dennison Admin 
Please note our new address from the 26th June 2017 
Durham Deafened Support c/o Horden Social Welfare Centre Seventh Street Horden Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 4LX 0191 5183358

Yoga Classes at Horden **Current**

Following our move to larger premises, we now have some spaces available in our Yoga group which takes place in our offices in Horden on a Friday morning between 10AM and 11AM. 

If you are interested please can you contact Durham Deafened Support in the first instance 
Jane Dennison Admin 

Please note our new address from the 26th June 2017 Durham Deafened Support c/o Horden Social Welfare Centre Seventh Street Horden Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 4LX 0191 5183358