Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

Caroline Pickering and Anne Maughan, of the Academy of Shotton Hall.
Caroline Pickering and Anne Maughan, of the Academy of Shotton Hall.
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Peterlee Walking Club organises graded walks each month for all abilities and transport is usually arranged, leaving from Peterlee Lodge car park on Sunday at 8.30am. The next walk will be on Sunday to Guisborough. For more information, ring 0191 5863009.

The Academy at Shotton Hall is one of a handful of schools chosen to take part in a new careers project. The two-year project, funded by the seven local authorities in the North East, sees 19 schools working towards a nationally recognised quality award for careers advice, called Inspiring IAG (information, advice and guidance) Gold. So far 16 of the 19 participating schools have been awarded the first of the three stages; The Academy at Shotton Hall is the first to be awarded Stage 2, which reflects the hard work put into the curriculum by all the staff delivering in P4L, and the wider community which supports students to make the important decisions about their future through extra-curricular events such as visits to colleges and universities and mock interviews. Caroline Pickering and Anne Maughan attended a celebration event in Boldon to collect the award on behalf of the school. Thanks to Julie Evans-White and Helen Marshall, from One Point, and Richard Allnutt, from Careerwave, who deliver high quality IAG and support to students.

As part of the East Durham Creates project East Durham Trust will be hosting adventures throughout the year to get disengaged folks experiencing art in its natural habitat. The first one will be a free trip to the Festival of Thrift on September 26 at Darlington. Details from Jess or to put your name down, ring 5693511.

Now East Durham will be launching a new magazine written by young people and aimed at the 11 to 24 demographic. Full colour (A4) 32 pages and an expected distribution of 20,000 copies into homes and business across East Durham and ASDA has said it will stock this quarterly magazine.

Adult Learning and Skills Service courses (Durham County Council) will start in Horden Youth and Community Centre. They are all free and run for a full year (3 terms). Courses are: English for Work and Life Levels 1 and 2 starts today from 9.30am to 11.30am. Maths for Work and Life Levels 1 and 2 starts today from 1pm to 3pm and ICT (computing) entry level starts tomorrow from 9.30am to 11.30am. You must book the courses through ALSS. To apply, ring 03000 266 115; email alss@durham.gov.uk; or go to the website www.durham.gov.uk/adultlearning

Blood donor sessions will be held at Peterlee Methodist Church, Bedeway on Tuesday, September 22, from 2.05pm to 4pm and 4.50pm to 7.05pm.

There will be some noise and disruption this month and next, as Horden Youth and Community Centre is finally getting a new roof. The walls will also be rendered with an insulating material to save on bills. This is the first stage in refurbishment. A new noticeboard outside the centre, shows What’s On every month. There will also be some changes to displays inside, to make it easier for visitors to find information.