Megan Ogden, 16, from Shotton Colliery who is studying photography, fine art and psychology at East Durham College, was in the top three winners of the Exhibtr 2015/16 Student Photography Competition sponsored by Olympus. The theme was Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle and encouraged students to show off their ability to compose a great image. Her image Back Yard Junkie won her an Olympus Stylus TG860 worth nearly £200. The national competition was open to all students, so the fact Megan finished third ahead of many entries from university students and adult learners makes the achievement all the more impressive.
Accent resident and community champion Billy Hill was included in the New Year’s Honours List and recognised for his outstanding contribution to community life in Horden and East Durham. Parish Councillor for the last 10 years and Accent Advocate, 69-year-old Billy will receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) later this year. The award recognises his efforts to make a difference in Horden and his hard work over many years to improve the lives of local people. He is looking forward to receiving his medal and attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court prosecuted 34 people in a crackdown on littering and dog fouling by Durham County Council. They have been fined for dropping litter or failing to clean up after their dogs. The defendants were fined up to £220 each along with other legal costs of up to £150. Anyone wishing to report littering offences in County Durham can do so on 03000 261 000 or www.durham.gov.uk/litter. Dog fouling can be reported at the same number or on www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling.
The 1st Horden Brownies s meet every Monday at Horden Social Welfare Club, from 5pm-6.30pm. The group has been running since 1944, but now needs extra adult helpers to secure its future. Contact Tawny Owl, Jennie Coatsworth, on 0191 5861049, if you can help.
Leo Devine, from Our Lady of the Rosary RCVA Primary School, took part in the Durham County cross country race and came 18th out of about 100 runners.
Peterlee Walking Club organises graded walks each month for all abilities. Members will walk to Kilburn on Sunday. For more information, ring 0191 5863009.