East Durham College’s Houghall Campus hosted a remembrance service to remember fallen service men and woman. The Royal British Legion service was attended by all staff and students. Following the impeccably observed silence, poems were read and attendees laid wreaths around the remembrance stone to mark the occasion. College staff member Julie Carmichael played The Last Post which was then followed by a two-minute silence around the remembrance stone in the Houghall Gardens. At the College’s Willerby Grove and The Technical Academy, The Last Post was played and a two minutes silence was observed at 11am.
Several agencies have teamed up to improve the water quality of Castle Eden Burn, which runs through the Castle Eden Dene nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest out to the coast. The stream has been designated by the Environment Agency as having poor ecological value. The Caste Eden Catchment Improvement project aims to find out why the water quality is poor and draw up measures to improve it. The Wear Rivers Trust is working with businesses on Peterlee Industrial Estate businesses to address problems in the Wapping Burn, one of the main tributaries of the Castle Eden Burn. Surface water from the estate runs into the burn, which suffers from flooding and poor water quality and a decline in local wildlife. They will also train volunteers to monitor water quality in the future. Groundwork North East and Cumbria will focus on education work, raising awareness of the problem with community groups and local schools.
East Durham has more than its fair share of people experiencing problems with debt the Debt First Aiders project offers a welcome lifeline. Building on the success of our East Durham Trust Welfare Champions project and once again funded through the East Durham Area Action Partnership the project has recruited and trained 20 volunteers and between them they have so far supported over 120 local people. The range of support given by the team of volunteers includes providing budget management advice and giving support to individuals in specific areas such as rent arrears, student loans, benefits claims and signposting to specialist services such as the Credit Union.
Badminton is held on Mondays at Peterlee Leisure Centre from 7-8pm. Beginners welcome £3.
Georgia Leadbetter, 23, from Seaham won the Best Upcoming Talent award at the HairClub Live show in Newcastle. An East Durham College barbering student, she received a top regional award, voted for by top local salons and peers from other colleges around the region. The Hair Club Live Open Chair Night in Newcastle’s The Cluny venue, saw them take to the stage for a ten-minute demonstration with an opportunity to show off their skills and the chance to shine in an environment away from the salon. And out of 16 students that took part in the event, Georgia was selected as the best newcomer on the night.
A selection of Year 11 students from The Academy at Shotton Hall attended a Wise Drive event at The Work Place at Newton Aycliffe. The aim of the event was to make students aware of the dangers associated with being new drivers. They attended sessions on new drivers, drink driving and seatbelts. Students also got a turn of a simulator which they had to drive at 30mph and then perform an emergency stop.
Roseby Road Wellbeing Centre invite you to join them at their monthly quiz night on Friday, November 27 from 6pm-8pm.