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Musicians at the Barn in Easington
Musicians at the Barn in Easington
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A fine evening was enjoyed at the Barn at Easington sitting around the fire with Boff Whalley, Kate Young and Findlay Napiere, who have been staying in the caravans to soak up the East Durham vibes.

The musicians plus Jackie Oats have been commissioned by Joan Crump and Jonny Mohun to create new songs inspired by the communities and landscape of East Durham. The songs will be performed at Hartlepool Folk Festival Fantastic music so don’t miss the festival from October 16 to 18. For more details visit www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk

Owen Williams,  Rebecca Robson, and Ahmed Elkamel  from Cleveland College of Art and Design, in Middlesbrough.

Owen Williams, Rebecca Robson, and Ahmed Elkamel from Cleveland College of Art and Design, in Middlesbrough.

Easington Colliery Heritage Group (ECHG) wants to preserve the history of its mining heritage and is taking the first steps of the project and a way of organising fundraising efforts. Members approached design students Owen Williams, 18, Rebecca Robson, 18, and Ahmed Elkamel, 19, from Cleveland College of Art and Design, in Middlesbrough, who agreed to come in on their own time to present their work to members of the Heritage Committee. They were given a detailed brief by ECHG and were tasked with creating a visually impressive design of the visitor centre, meeting specific requirements and highlighting the industrial heritage. Committee member Brian Jolly, said: “The students have done a fantastic job and each one has incorporated something about the area and its coal mining heritage and local history, which is very important to reflect. We didn’t expect this much detail and Owen, Rebecca and Ahmed have far exceeded what we wanted to present to the rest of the group and local councillors. The 3D scale models have helped us see what the proposed visitors centre could look like and is much better than just having pictures to look at. The next stage will be to seek the support of the community at large through a consultation process.”

The Anti-Capitalist Road Show takes place on Saturday from 10am- 5pm, part of the Easington Colliery Heritage day with free entry. This is a collective of musicians, singers and songwriters: Roy Bailey, Grace Petrie, Sandra Kerr, Robb Johnson, Jim Woodward and Janet Russell. They have performed to audiences all over the UK, raising spirits and giving hope to those angry at the ideologically driven austerity programme imposed by this millionaire Government. Supported by Hartlepool Folk Festival and Durham Miners Association.

Saint Mary’s Church, Hall Walks is open for the National Heritage Open Day on Saturday from 10am-4pm.

Stop Smoking sessions at Healthworks have been cancelled until further notice. It should resume soon but for further information, contact 0191 527 4150.

Winners of Easington Village Parish Council flower container competition 2015 were: Joint first Mr and Mrs J Lee, Low Row, and D & L Cornish, St Thomas Close; joint second Mrs J Wright, Hall Walks and Mr and Mrs F Piper, Stockton Road. They will receive vouchers to spend at sponsors Plants’R’Ross. Very Highly Commended were McKellar Taybank, Stockton Road, Allison Sunray, Durham Lane, Simpson, Petwell Crescent; Longstaff, Hopper Street; Weatherall, St Mary’s Close; Allen, St Mary’s Close; Reed, Thorpe Road; Scott, Hebburn Street; Ruddell. The Old Granary; Stephenson,Thorpe Road; Hamilton & Griffiths, Thorpe Road; Wilson, St Mary’s Close; Pritchard, Hall Walks; Snowdon, Sunderland Road; Young Brinkburn, Little Thorpe; Harper Asholme, Clappersgate; Maxwell, Hopper Street; Sillito, Hopper Street; Harle, Hebburn Street; Border, Nursery Gardens and Ballantyne, Mill Terrace. Highly Commended were: Bower Mill Cottage; Parker, St Mary’s Close; Drake, Hebburn Street; Shiel, Heburn Street; Graham, Jude Street; Quarmby, Stockton Road,;Weatherall, Brampton Court; Key Leeholme, Seaside Lane; Smith, Tudor Grange; Kears, St Thomas Close; Delandre, Victoria Mews; Whinn, Hopper Street; Greener, St Thomas Close; Robson, Hopper Street and Lowe, Victoria Mews. Once again the standard was high and judging took place the last week in July. 

Messy Church will be held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday at 4pm with crafts, stories, music, prayers and tea. All are welcome.