Horden Parish Council will mark its mining heritage with the unveiling of a distinctive memorial statue later this month. The opening ceremony will see the nine-foot steel sculpture, Marra, officially taking its permanent place in Horden’s Welfare Park. It depicts a miner with his heart ripped out, made by celebrated steel sculptor Ray Lonsdale in his studio at nearby South Hetton.
East Durham Homes’ gas safety service has been shortlisted in the Contractor Initiative of the Year and the Collaboration of the Year categories in the AGSM (Association of Gas Safety Manager) Supplier Excellence Awards. For the sixth year in a row, East Durham Homes and repairs partner Morrison Facilities Service (Mears Group) have carried out a gas or solid-fuel safety check on all of its properties. The service uses innovative ways of getting access to properties to carry out the checks through teamwork and excellent working practices.
Workers from Peterlee’s Caterpillar have been removing litter and working to clean up Wapping Burn. Volunteers know water from a culvert pipe on Davy Drive eventually flows into Castle Eden Burn, but also takes surface water from the industrial estate and suffers from flooding and poor water quality, which has led to a decline in wildlife.
Students from the Apollo Studio Academy visited Buckingham Palace to take part in a special convention on studio schools. They were invited to attend, with representatives from 40 other studio schools, as part of the studio schools national conference. Students, from the Apollo Studio Academy, had to apply for one of the four spaces available, with two Year 11 and two Year 13 students selected to travel to the special event alongside Apollo vice-principal Karyn Vose. The guests viewed many areas of Buckingham Palace including the ballroom, featuring the thrones, where the main conference was held. Guests met the Studio Schools Trust patron HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who gave them a motivational speech before meeting guests.
Employees and tenants of a Durham housing group held cuppa and a cake events for national charity events. Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, as part of County Durham Housing Group, are donating £3,464.40 to Macmillan Cancer Care after taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The combined efforts saw employees and customers host bake-offs, coffee mornings, raffles and quizzes, which all led to the vast sum being raised. This is the first group-wide fundraising event since the organisations came together in April, following the transfer of ownership and management of homes from Durham County Council.
Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve volunteer Dene team has planted more oak trees in the Dene, as part of a programme of replanting acorns collected from the dene.
Students from a range of creative industries courses at East Durham College have been taking part in the inaugural Why Art Man festival in Peterlee town centre. Working alongside festival organisers, the students and staff from the college put together a programme of different activities throughout the five-day event. They took over the former Ethel Austin clothing store unit in Castle Dene Shopping Centre and set up an art gallery, while also holding dance, music and radio drama performances. Students rounded off the festival with a musical performance attended by local MP Grahame Morris.