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Staff and students from catering courses at East Durham College's Scene1 restaurant hand over a cheque to members from the local Macmillan Cancer Support charity team.
Staff and students from catering courses at East Durham College's Scene1 restaurant hand over a cheque to members from the local Macmillan Cancer Support charity team.
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East Durham Trust held its Christmas at Community House with a visit from Santa, loads of lovely crafts and tasty festive food for local families. A big thank you to East Durham Homes for its funding that allowed the event to happen and to everyone who attended and made it such a success. It is hoped to see everyone this Christmas.

Staff and students from catering courses at East Durham College’s Scene1 restaurant invited members from the local Macmillan Cancer Support charity team for a meal at the restaurant to handover the money they raised during a recent bake sale day. The fundraising day saw students don fancy dress whilst selling cakes and other sweet treats along with setting up a karaoke event in the restaurant, with the event raising a total of £545. Course leader in hospitality and catering, Sharon Littler, praised the hard work of the students and was pleased to be able to raise money for a brilliant cause. Sharon said: “The students put on a fantastic day in Scene1 last month and we raised money for a brilliant cause in Macmillan. It was great to be able to invite local people, who work so hard to volunteer so much of their time for Macmillan, to Scene1 for a meal to say thanks for their hard work and handover this cheque during the evening.” For more information on courses in hospitality and catering at East Durham College, contact the student services team on 0191 518 822.

Mum and daughter Alex Zajac and Iga Zajac, who both studied floristry at Houghall College.

Mum and daughter Alex Zajac and Iga Zajac, who both studied floristry at Houghall College.

East Durham College students had a special visit from a candidate hoping to start a new life on Mars, who came into college to give students an inspirational talk about the experiences she has gone through. Hannah Earnshaw, 24, from Birmingham, a Durham University Astronomy PHD student, has been selected as one of four Britons on a final shortlist to go on a planned one-way mission to Mars. The original application phase saw 200,000 people apply which has now come down to a final 100 shortlist. Hannah will now take part in further test phases and procedures before full-time training, which will begin at the end of the year as organisers assemble would-be crews for the mission. The plan is there will be eight or nine unmanned trips to Mars before the first group of four astronauts will be launched into space in 2024.

Castle Eden Dene NE held a volunteers thank you night at the Old George at Old Shotton. The event was held to say thank you so much for all your efforts this year. 

A mother and daughter who studied floristry at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus have brought their dream of running their own business to life. Iga Zajac, 28, from Gateshead, and Alex Zajac, 50, from Houghton, both completed their college courses last year before opening their own floristry business in Sunderland. The family moved to the North East from Poland in 2006 with mum Alex working in a local factory. Due to back problems Alex decided to leave the factory and retrain in the industry she had always wanted to work in, floristry. Iga decided to sign up to the course with her mum and they both supported each other through the process with a dream to open their own family store. And now they have opened their store, Pretty Daisies, in Sunderland’s Eden Terrace.

East Durham College’s equine department has launched a new deal on its popular ABRS short course, two courses now available for the price of one. The Association of British riding schools level 1-3 course is set up ideally for new and potential horse owners looking to improve their skills and knowledge. The four-week course is open to all ages and abilities, and will take in topics such as basic anatomy, health and safety, handling grooming, tacks and rugs and catching and turning out. The course will start on Saturday, February 6, at the college’s Houghall Campus in Durham, running for four Saturdays between 10am to 2pm.  The cost of the course is £140 with additional exam fees now at £25 per person. At the moment though you can take up a special offer on the course, if you book and are fully paid by January 8. Places on the course will be buy one get one free.