Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

The Academy at Shotton Hall students Lydia Matterson, Molly Alderson and Sophie Reed performed as part of the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Academy at Shotton Hall students Lydia Matterson, Molly Alderson and Sophie Reed performed as part of the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Following a litter-pick with East Durham Homes and Horden Colliery Residents’ Association, Cotsford Junior School pupils have taken part in a poster competition to illustrate the importance of putting rubbish in public bins to keep their streets tidy. With entries from across the Year 4, Summer Hewitson, Leah May Richardson and Emmy Clifford took first, second and third place in the draw respectively. Summer’s design will now be posted on community bins to encourage people to keep the area tidy. Carole Tilley, East Durham Homes customer involvement officer, who organised the estate clean-up programme, said: “It’s been great to bring a range of age groups from across the community together, who have made a joint commitment to keeping their streets clean and tidy.” Pat Barnett, from Horden Colliery Residents’ Association, which donated prizes for the competition and funded the bin stickers, said: “We’ve really enjoyed working with the children and it’s fantastic to see their work come to life.”

East Durham College were delighted to be able to help a local manufacturing company during their annual charity day. Sotech Peterlee held their fifth Pink Day, which coincides with national Wear it Pink Day, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Gary Wheatley, 52, from Peterlee, decided to grow his beard for a year in the run up to last week’s charity day, dying his beard pink for the cause, and to then have it shaved off on the day. A call was made to the college who were more than happy to help, with barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood popping along to give Gary a wet shave to remove his beloved beard. The day was a huge success with fundraising around the factory, smashing their target total of £200.

Football-loving brothers Arjun and Amar Purewal.

Football-loving brothers Arjun and Amar Purewal.

Thanks to wonderful Christmas spirit, Yohden Primary School were able to send 32 boxes to Operation Christmas Child. An overwhelming response, giving the gift of Christmas to 32 children. Thank you for the generosity.

Our Lady of the Rosary RCVA Primary School hold its Christmas Fair on Friday, December 2, and its Foundation Stage Nativity on Tuesday, December 6.

Football-loving brothers Arjun and Amar Purewal, 26, from Sunderland, have made the sport their life, and since leaving East Durham College in 2010 they have gone on to achieve remarkable things, both with their business and with their skills on the pitch. The twins, who studied BTECs in sport at the Peterlee campus before staying to study Foundation Degrees in sports coaching, returned to college to talk about their international sporting success. As part of the degree they had to put together a business plan; from this they set up AP Coaching, a football coaching company that sees them going around schools and working within local communities in Sunderland to help train the up and coming talent. Alongside their business the lads have been impressing in the lower leagues of the English Football League pyramid, with Amar scoring goals to help Darlington to back-to-back promotions, whilst Arjun has recently joined Jarrow Roofing from Bishop Auckland. The brothers have seen their hard work in the national leagues recognised at international level,when they represented the Panjab national team at the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (ConIFA) World Football Cup in Abkhazia. The Panjab side narrowly missed out on the trophy, beaten by the home nation, Abkhazia, on penalties in the final. Arjun won the golden boot as the top scorer, bagging seven goals. Both are extremely proud of their achievements in football and thanked the college for helping them mould their business idea into what it has become today.

Three talented students from The Academy at Shotton Hall took to the stage at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London to perform at the Music for Youth Proms. After two vigorous auditions, one at the Sage in Newcastle and one in Birmingham, the girls found out their band – the Houghton Area Youth Band – had been chosen to play. Lydia Matterson and Molly Alderson, in Year 8, and Sophie Reed, in Year 10, joined 3,000 of the UK’s brightest young musicians at the Royal Albert Hall in a concert like no other.

East Durham College barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood gives Gary Wheatley a wet shave to remove his beloved beard.

East Durham College barbering lecturer Alison Scattergood gives Gary Wheatley a wet shave to remove his beloved beard.

East Durham Trust has started an Active Minds group on Thursdays from 10am to noon at Community House. Call along for relaxed fun, especially designed for people with dementia. For details call 0191 569 3511.

Jackie Ward, left, from Horden Colliery Residents Association, with pupils Summer Hewitson, Leah May Richardson and Emmy Clifford, and back, left to right, Carole Tilley, from East Durham Homes, and Pat Barnett, from Horden Colliery Residents Association.

Jackie Ward, left, from Horden Colliery Residents Association, with pupils Summer Hewitson, Leah May Richardson and Emmy Clifford, and back, left to right, Carole Tilley, from East Durham Homes, and Pat Barnett, from Horden Colliery Residents Association.