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Winner Aisha.
Winner Aisha.
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An underused social club known as the Pulse, located on Eden Lane, will experience a new lease of life to transform it into a much needed community hub for the Edenhill area and its surrounding community.

This is thanks to East Durham College’s Technical Academy and a boiler donation from renewables specialist, Baxi. Installed with the help of students the new gas heating boiler will form a crucial part of a wider project to transform the building. The Pulse project, led by Peterlee Town Council and East Durham Business Academy, will see the building used as a focal point for existing community groups to work from, as well as offering a potential home for service providers including Stonham mental health services and Durham Constabulary. A requirement for the project is for it to provide practical training and development opportunities during the process of its transformation and to provide a facility for training once the project is completed. Work on the project is still ongoing but “can do” attitude from all parties in this venture has generated a “buzz” throughout the area, with lots of enquiries from the community in general.

A new sound recording studio has opened in East Durham called the Sound Room with free professional sound recording to record singer songwriters, bands, poets, brass bands or most anything else that makes a noise! Get in touch to book your recording time at the Production Office on 0191 3900123 or email - alan@noweastdurham.co.uk

Castle Dene Shopping Centre Next Big Thing Talent Competition heats in association with 103.4 Sun FM had a great standard of performances and everyone was brilliant. The finalists for Saturday’s Final Show were: Connor Thomas (acoustic guitar player) Erin Gallagher-Smith (singer), Morgan Elizabeth Robinson (dancer) Arunima Batra (singer), Aisha Harriett (singer), Tye Jobarteh (dancer), Leah Sanderson (singer) and Abigail Sabrah (singer). The winner of NBT 2015 was Aisha, second place Leah, and joint third Connor and Morgan. Congratulations to all who took part and congratulations to Aisha Harriett, from Easington Lane, who was the winner.

Peterlee Mayor Coun Mary Cartwright visited NOW FM during its Friday morning Jump Start to talk about her role as a councillor for Peterlee and do a spot of live broadcasting. The new internet radio station, based in Lee House, helps encourage job-seekers to find out about a career in radio or news-story writing. Live broadcasts have a mixture of music, news and pre-recorded programmes both morning and afternoon.

Through the Prepare for Work programme, students at East Durham College have been learning about keyskills that employers have identified as lacking in candidates. Sessions have focused on topics including CVs and interviews as well as identifying and demonstrating personal strengths during the recruitment process. Students have also learnt about the steps to be taken when starting a business and have had the opportunity to enter their business ideas in a national Built for Business enterprise competition.