Easington - Down Your Way

The old pit lift on the site of the former Easington pit.

The old pit lift on the site of the former Easington pit.

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Rosemary Lane Nursery School thanks everyone who helped to contribute towards all the wonderful fundraising activities last term. The school raised a fabulous £506 on the raffles and £264 on Christmas DVD sales. Well done. This money helped to provide Christmas parties and gifts for all the nursery children. The remainder of the money will go towards special visitors to the nursery and a trip to the theatre this term.

The Reverend Kate is leading a special day at the Church of the Ascension on Saturday from 10.30am-3.30pm, using the C S Lewis ‘s Voyage of the Dawn Treader to help prepare for Easter.

Alice Morton with the hair she has had cut for the Little Princess Trust.

Alice Morton with the hair she has had cut for the Little Princess Trust.

Seaham and Easington Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting for Easington and Grants Houses will be held tomorrow at 6pm in Easington Social Welfare Centre. Come along and talk to your neighbourhood policing team about any issues.

Easington Local Nature Reserve is hoping to be successful in securing funding from Tesco Bags of Help appeal . The funding is shared across three projects and the project with the most votes gets £12,000 the next £10,000 and the third £8,000. It would use the funding for an entrance sign, extra seating and interpretation boards to showcase flora and fauna, butterflies, walkways and heritage. The colliery closed in 1993, and the site was landscaped for wildlife and recreation six years later. The land, owned by Durham County Council, was made a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) to help protect the site for future generations and get more local people involved. Dr David Boyes, Durham County councillor for Easington, welcomed news that the 27 hectares of the former pit area in Easington has been declared a Local Nature Reserve. The site has a high conservation value as it contains species such as the common toad, skylark and dingy skipper butterfly. It also features many different types of habitats including woodland, ponds and lowland meadow. As well as highlighting the area’s natural qualities, confirming the site as a LNR could also help attract future funding to further improve public access and nature conservation. Beautiful photos can be found on the website http://easingtonlnr.wix.com/easingtonlnr

Local woman Alice Morton loved her long hair but made a donation of it when she had it cut so that a little boy or girl who is suffering can have a little bit of normality back in their lives. Alice also raised £250 for the charity. She was supporting the Little Princess Trust that provides real hair wigs, free, to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses. It costs the Little Princess Trust £300 for a wig. Alice is well known for her work in the community with the Guides, the Annual Scarecrow competition and church and was nominated by Easington Village Parish Council for a Durham County Council Young Person’s Award and reached the last three