Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

The Academy at Shotton Hall maths team.
The Academy at Shotton Hall maths team.
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Once again, maths week has taken The Academy at Shotton Hall by storm and staff and students have seen that maths can be loads of fun!

The week began with an exciting trip to Durham to complete a maths trail, then a tetrahedron building challenge followed by a visit from the Happy Puzzle company and finally, an exciting talk from the author of the Murderous Maths books. Staff have been sporting matching t-shirts all week and taking part in maths activities to help promote maths. Staff and students then battled it out in a nail-biting maths quiz where students came out victorious.

Alastair Tennant.

Alastair Tennant.

Horden Parish Council is hosting a children’s Halloween party on Thursday, October 29, from 5pm to 6.30pm, for ages six to 14. Tickets are free and includes disco, fancy dress competitions, hot dogs, pop and entertainment. They are available from Horden Welfare Centre at the Parish Council Office. Children five years and under can get tickets from One Point Horden (Sure Start Centre) for the earlier party.

D&S Services, Hunter Road, on the South West Industrial Estate, moved to the area in a bid to boost its productivity, capacity and capability and has quadrupled the firm’s floor space, after it outgrew its 10,000 sq ft premises on Aycliffe Business Park. Commercial Director of D&S Services, Alastair Tennant, said it is an exciting time for the company in terms of its growth, while also boosting employment in East Durham. As well as placing an added focus on two of the firm’s five sub-brands – D&S Fabrication and D&S Material Handling, it has invested more than £180,000 in new machinery and has taken on four new members of staff after its expansion from Newton Aycliffe to the 46,000 sq ft unoccupied factory in Peterlee. The expansion, development and refurbishment of the Peterlee site, which had stood empty for six years, cost £380,000, offering a massive economic boost to the region. One new piece of equipment that has been bought and installed in the D&S warehouse is a high-speed automated drill line, which is faster and more accurate than manual techniques. D&S Services is a multi-disciplined service supplier delivering metal fabrication, engineering, and material handling, services nationally. D&S Services, formed in 2004, operates three other sub-brands D&S Express, D&S Coating, and D&S Agricultural.

KF Training on Whitehouse Business collected £300 at a masquerade ball at Seaham Hall and donated the money to Grace House for children and young people in Sunderland.

Welcome to Why Art Man? Festival 2015 commencing Monday, October 19, until Saturday, October 24. Go down to Castle Dean Shopping Centre where Now East Durham, in association with The Mad Natters art group, are staging a mixed arts festival using the empty shops as a blank canvas to host exhibitions throughout the week. With a wide range of the arts to see, hear and experience, the festival promises a full programme of fun exhibitions encouraging public engagement throughout the week. Exhibitions from the 34 artists involved will include paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, music and perhaps some unexpected gems too. The Academy at Shotton Hall will be displaying its artwork and providing some unusual musical performances. Exhibiting artists will include Dr Maggie Parker; Dawn Douglas, glass sculpture; Ian Horn, performance poetry; Barrie West, paintings; Laura Joy Smith, children’s stories and Alan Sill, photography. Throughout the week it is asking the question, simply: Why art? It is hoped that some answers will be uncovered that are relevant to the region and residents. For further information about the event, contact Alan Sill on 07977 141 809 or email:

Peterlee Walking Club organises graded walks each month for all abilities and transport is usually arranged by the club, leaving from Peterlee Lodge car park on Sunday at 8.30am. The walk this week will be at Ingleby Greenhow. For information, ring 0191 5863009.

Horden Youth and Community Centre has started gentle exercise sessions on Thursdays from 11.30am to 12.30pm. These are being run by Wellbeing for Life and sessions are £1. Go along and give it a go.