The Let’s Create fund, part of East Durham Creates, was launched with an information event at Shotton Colliery.
Community groups are invited to bid for up to £2,500 to develop artistic and cultural projects with applications open for grants of £500 to £2,500. Malcolm Fallow, chief executive of the East Durham Trust, who manage Let’s Create, said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for local people to contribute to increasing participation in the arts and I’m confident that the community will take full advantage.”
It could be for a series of workshops, or getting artists involved in community events, or longer term projects involving local people to lay the foundations for everyone to have the chance to be involved in arts and creative activity on a long term basis. For more information, call Colin Jackson on 0191-569-3511 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two dedication ceremonies were held to commemorate the commitment to Castle Eden Dene that Ray Whiteman and Arnie Church gave for more than 25 years. They were wardens who are no longer with us. It was decided to dedicate the Hatfield gate to Arnie and the gate at the lodge to Ray as these were the gates that they always used when entering the Dene on their patrols. There was a good turnout and a few words about them and their dedication to Castle Eden Dene over the years were said. After the speeches, a short silence was held at each gate. Chris McCarty, came down from Middleton in Teesdale, to pay his respects. Chris was the site manager 20 years ago and knew both Ray and Arnie. A small buffet and get together was held at the lodge in Ray and Arnie’s honour.
A great day was held at East Durham Trust to workshop a new project with Usman Haque and Umbrellium, Haque brought residents up to speed on SmartCities and talked about what the subject area means to communities such as those in EastDurham.
The 43rd Peterlee Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Helford Road. On Saturday, the stage will host professional artists and at 11am it will begin with a performance from Peterlee GT Brass Band. From 11.45am there will be performances from dancers and cheerleaders. New this year is a talent show for children aged five to 16 on the main stage between 1.30pm- 3.30pm. The performances from bands will begin at 3.30pm. There will be a companion dog show and horticultural show, football tournament, fun run and fair ground. On Sunday there will be a vintage fair, classic vintage car display, vintage/retro stalls and entertainment with a fantastic collection of rock and roll bands, starting at 1pm and finishing 4.30pm. A great opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy an afternoon of music. For further information, contact Janet Hugill on 0191 5182295 email@example.com