Easington - Down Your Way

Snowman, who was part of the  Hawthorn Snowman competition.
Snowman, who was part of the Hawthorn Snowman competition.
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The Hawthorn Snowman Competition is an annual event open to everyone in Hawthorn – young and old. You don’t need snow, simply build your own snowman and place in a front window or garden, anywhere which is visible to the judges as they walk around the village. Results for last year are: Winning entry Anna Ellis, with joint runners-up Len Clifton, Sheila Irving and Elsie Nettleton.

A community job club is held at Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm. Pop along for support with your CV and job search.

Verve Florists at Plants ’R’ Ross have a fresh timetable of workshops. The first one will be on Wednesday, January 27, from 10am to noon, entitled January Blues, using flowers in shades of violet, blue, purple and lilac. All materials are provided for a beautiful floral arrangement. To book a place on any of the workshops, ring 01915118972.

County Durham tenants were being invited to take part in a free course to help them to dissect and digest housing performance. ‘Understanding Housing Management Performance Information’ was hosted by Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, and explores how scrutiny fits with other forms of tenant involvement. Attendees will have a better understanding of housing facts and figures, which in turn will help them to question how services are delivered. As part of the County Durham Housing Group, the three local landlords are encouraging customers already involved in monitoring performance, service improvements, scrutiny and inspections to take part.

Parents of pupils at Easington C of E Primary School are invited to a Celebration Worship on Friday at 1.45pm.

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg is seeking views from members of the community as part of his annual public consultation on the police budget. He said: “In this continued period of austerity, all police forces across the country are facing similar challenges. I am committed to ensuring that the police have the resources they need to continue to provide an excellent service to the public. To support the budget in the face of further cuts, Mr Hogg intends to apply an increase of 1.98% to the amount of Council Tax which goes to the police service. This equates to just £3.16 over the year, or 6p a week for a house in Band D. The public consultation is open until Monday, January 26. Residents can provide their views in a number of ways, including through the Ron Hogg’s website at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk, by Facebook or Twitter (search for Durham PCC), or ring 03000 264631. Mr Hogg has already asked the public for views on his draft Police & Crime Plan 2015-17. This consultation closes on February 15.