Martin Stephenson, 27, from Seaham, has been nominated for the Bowling Green Groundsman of the Year award at the 2015 Institute of Groundsmanship awards for his work at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland.
This is the third year in the row that Martin, who studied on a horticulture apprenticeship course at East Durham College, has been nominated for the award. He previously won the Most Promising Grounds care Student of the Year award in 2013 and last year won the Young Groundsman of the Year Award. The ceremony was held at Birmingham’s Metropole Hotel, with Martin going up against the other nominee from St Ives Bowls Club, Cambridge.
Peterlee Walking Club’s next walk on Sunday is to Chopwell. For information, ring 0191 5863009.
A Level student Sarah Maher, 17, from Blackhall, an East Durham College Sixth Form student has been selected for a prize by the British Academy of Film and Arts for her work on an eight-minute sci-fi film, called Impact. It was shot around East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus where the film’s premiere evening was also held. With other ED6 students, she worked alongside local charity Kids for Kids UK and Quay Animation Studios to create the short film, using techniques they have picked up on their media course. Sarah was put forward by the team at Kids for Kids for an opportunity to have one-on-one mentoring with an industry professional and will meet with BAFTA and the British Film Institute before going on to the three-month mentoring programme.
To all those walkers who walked for a World without Dementia in Castle Eden Dene, thank you so much for your support it raised £551. A huge thank you also to Joe and the volunteer team that led and supported the walks, not forgetting Geoff, Julian and Tony who were out way-marking the routes. The raffle cake by Pauline was covered in Forget-me-nots, the official flower of the Alzheimer’s Society.
More than 250 pupils from County Durham primary schools were at East Durham College for the FA Girls’ Football Festivals, in association with Continental Tyres. Schools, including St Aidan’s and Clavering, from Hartlepool, Yohden and Seascape, from Horden, Our Lady and Cotsford, from Peterlee, and Sunderland’s Diamond Hill and St Mary’s took part. Durham midfielder Beth Hepple and world-famous Sunderland Ladies and Republic of Ireland foward Stephanie Roche were there to demonstrate their skills as well as talk to the youngsters.
The Academy at Shotton Hall took part in County Durham’s 2015 Take Off Theatre Festival with the Propeller Theatre Company performing their Pocket Theatre version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Take Off Festival is England’s leading festival of theatre for children and young people with a week of fantastic shows from the UK and abroad which were performed in venues across County Durham. Pocket Merchant is a condensed version of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays which uses the company’s unique revelatory style an all-male cast.
Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve is planning winter felling works at the West end of the site. This will mean that access to the west of Gunners Pool Bridge may be limited for a number of weeks.