Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

East Durham College vice-principal Graeme Blench, Paul Brannan, MEP, and College Principal Suzanne Duncan.
East Durham College vice-principal Graeme Blench, Paul Brannan, MEP, and College Principal Suzanne Duncan.
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Pirates of Crimdon Dene: The Treasure of Many Happy Returns will be held on June 3 and 4 from 10am-4pm at Crimdon Dene. The pirates are back looking for new recruits to help find the lost treasure.

Follow their trail along the coastal pathway down into the leafy dene to discover a pirate world full of hands-on arts activities and entertainment, including a creative treasure hunt along the Dene, make and do craft activities with local artists. There is also workshops and The Pirate Talent Show with Circurama-Gump and Pearl show by Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company as well as comedy walkabouts from The Bread and Butter Theatre Company and more. Go along in your best pirate costume and spend the day with at this free event. Limited parking available. This is an outdoor event. There will be food stalls. The event is part of the Heritage Coast Partnership Beach Outdoor Festival.

Reach for the Beach is holding a Fairy Flax to Andy Capp Walk on Sunday from 10.30am-1.30pm (approx). Join Heritage Coast Officer Niall Benson on this interesting stretch of coast from Crimdon to Hartlepool Headland. The route will follow the England Coast Path past a series of superb sand dunes before reaching the heritage rich headland. There will be a short break before returning to Crimdon. Length: eight miles, Crimdon beach main car park (at the top of stepped access to beach, TS27 4BL)

A two-hour five-mile circular history walk around Horden and Easington with the Heritage Coast Officer will be held on Tuesday, May 31. Look at how the area has changed in recent years after the demise of the coal industry. Find out about the fascinating geology and grasslands and wonderful coastal views the area has to offer. Meet at Horden Heritage Centre, Park Road, Horden, SR8 4PE.

A member of the European Parliament visited East Durham College’s Houghall campus to speak to different departments and get a guided tour of the college. Paul Brannen, who is one of three North East MEPs, sits on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee as well as the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. He met the principal, agriculture lecturers, the farm manager and the arboriculture team as he was recently involved in works on the European Parliament’s report on the new EU Forest Strategy.

Owen Atkinson, a Year 9 student at St Bede’s Catholic School, competed in the Under-16 epee category of the British Youth Fencing Championships in Sheffield. As a result of his performances, Owen is now ranked 23rd nationally. After he was eliminated in his competition, Owen continued to be involved in a coaching capacity, providing support and encouragement to members of his team who were still involved in their events.

Cotsford Infants School took part in a bumper book quiz in February. Over 115 schools, libraries, bookshops and publishing houses worldwide took the quizzes simultaneously with 11,828 people in total being involved. They have received confirmation that they helped to set a new world record for the most people participating in simultaneous literature quizzes.

Roseby Road Wellbeing Centre quiz evening will be on Friday from 6pm-8pm. Entry is £1. Take your own drink and as always snacks and pie and peas will be available.