Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School under-13 girls with their tournament trophy.
St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School under-13 girls with their tournament trophy.
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Business and IT students from East Durham College have spent the week getting a taste for the world of work while taking up a number of exciting work experience places with Accenture. Fourteen students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course and IT courses spent time at the company’s Newcastle offices, taking part in skills and employability workshops, along with learning about the numerous job roles at the Fortune 100 company. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

East Durham College football team have wrapped up the double as they won the cup after securing the division one league title last month. The men’s first team, led by former Sunderland and Hartlepool United defender, Darren Williams, were the winners of the Albert Knox Trophy after a convincing 4-0 win over Darlington College, retaining the trophy for a second year. This wrapped up an impressive year for the team, who finished the season top of the English College’s Football League North East Division One by 13 points having only lost one game all season.

Blood donor sessions will be held in Peterlee Methodist Church hall on Tuesday, July 5, from 2.05pm to 4pm and 4.50pm to 7.05pm. There are limited walk-in slots and appointments can be made.

Year 2 pupils of Acre Rigg Infants School were in an exhibition entitled The Coast, showing the beauty of the coast in a range of collage and ceramic at The Art Block in Church Street, Seaham. Forty-eight pupils produced the collage and ceramic work under the guidance of Jean Lowes and Victoria Leeks, of the East Durham Artists’ Network (Edan), as part of their curriculum. Nearly 100 people attended the opening. The Art Block is open from 11am to 3pm from Tuesday to Friday and from noon to 4pm on Saturday.

Walter Knowles, a retired miner, and his family syndicate won half-a-million pounds on the National Lottery game Thunderball. The 85-year-old great-grandfather, his son Gary, 60, and two daughters, Christina, 58 and Joanne, 52, play Lotto and Thunderball every week. The winning ticket was bought from Stephensons Newsagents in Peterlee.

The Engage 16+ course at East Durham College and Houghall is aimed at teenagers who have left school and are currently out of education or employment. Over the last few week’s students on the course have worked with help from other areas of East Durham College to renovate an old building at the college’s Houghall Campus, which will be the base for the Engage programme. Students have worked on tasks such as painting and decorating the building, pruning and tidying the garden and upcycling old furniture to create an outdoor seating area. The programme is tailored to a student’s needs, with a personalised study programme created to help gain the necessary qualifications and work skills to enable the student to progress into further employment or an apprenticeship. There will be opportunities for students to gain valuable employability skills, essential maths and English skills along with the chance to develop personally and socially.

St. Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School were crowned Premier League Schools Tournament champions in the U13 girls’ competition with a fantastic win against Everton in the final. The girls were presented with a replica Premier League trophy by first team players’ Leighton Baines and Jonjoe Kenny. The girls had a fantastic day and were very excited to play on Everton’s home ground. More than 14,000 young footballers from more than 1,700 schools took part in this year’s Tournament, with 320 taking to the pitch at Goodison Park.

Our Lady of the Rosary RCVA Primary School summer fair will be held tomorrow at 3.15pm.

Apologies for last week’s error, it should have been Pick up a leaflet from Horden Parish Council for 2016 summer events. Events will cover almost each day of the holidays in various venues. Ring 5180823 for further information.