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Grahame Morris MP with pupils from The Academy at Shotton Hall, who took part inthe Send My Friend to School campaign
Grahame Morris MP with pupils from The Academy at Shotton Hall, who took part inthe Send My Friend to School campaign
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Local MP Grahame Morris visited The Academy at Shotton Hall as part of the Send My Friend to School campaign. He attended The Academy to collect nearly 400 campaign bags created by Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. The bags are designed to send a message to parliament to campaign for the 37 million children globally who are missing out on education. Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school. The bags were presented to Grahame by Jack Paddon and Lauren Firmin after an introduction by Emma Watson, Connor Noble and Tyler Thomas. Mr Morris will now deliver the bags to Downing Street for consideration as part of the national Send my Friend to School campaign.

East Durham Creates presents From Out a Darker Sea by Sō Percussion on Thursday, August 18, from 7 pm to 9pm at St John’s Church, Seaham. An evening of live music, visual art and film created for and inspired by East Durham memories of the past and hopes for the future. Sō Percussion is a four-piece ensemble based in Brooklyn, New York, which has gained international recognition for its original compositions, percussion performances and education projects. Members worked with local people, students from East Durham College and Amber Films on a new work, Song for Billy. There will be an audio-visual installation, followed by a 45 minute live performance by Sō Percussion. The evening will finish with a relaxed social event including drinks and nibbles, a chance to meet the artists and find out more about the project. Tickets and £7 (£3 East Durham residents and concs) and include a drink and nibbles. For more information, visit or buy tickets from the East Durham Trust reception desk, ring 0191 569 3511 or in person at Community House, Yoden Road.

Lyle Dodds hands over a cheque for Cancer Research in memory of his dad.  The cash was raised by fellow East Durham College students.

Lyle Dodds hands over a cheque for Cancer Research in memory of his dad. The cash was raised by fellow East Durham College students.

Other events by East Durham Creates are a GSplat Art Workshop at Sunderland Road Playing Fields and Family Arts And Crafts at Community House today from 10am to 1pm. Tomorrow there will be a GCraft Workshop at Horden Welfare Centre. Looking Good, Feeling Good will take place at Community House as well as Music Bugs (ages 0-five) . AULFun Days will be held in Woodhouse Park, on Friday and The Pavilion will have a GSurprise Visit from A Disney character on from 11am to 4pm. Go along and enjoy a free day of activities, including kiddies’ rides and inflatable, crazy golf, face painter, balloon modeller and children’s entertainer. More details, visit or ring 518 5073.

East Durham Trust’s fantastic ‘Colour Your Life’ is full of great free activities all week with East Duhm Creates. Family Arts and Crafts are held every Tuesday, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at Community House, Yoden Road.

Horden is holding a series of events over the school holidays. There will be a bird box workshop is at Cotsford Play Park Horden on Thursday from 10am to 1pm and a bouncy castle in the Memorial Park from 1pm to 4pm. Traditional park games will take place in the Welfare Park on Friday from 10am to 1pm and on Monday, August 18 there will be a circus workshop from 10am to 1pm with crazy golf on the Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm. Ring Horden Parish Council on 5180823 for further information.

Students on a study programme with East Durham College raised money for a cancer charity in remembrance of a fellow student Lyle Dodds’ father, from South Hetton. The team were taking part in the Government-backed National Citizen Service (NCS) programme and had to organise a social action project as part of the course and decided to help raise money for Cancer Research UK, in memory of Lyle’s father. They took part in three fundraising activities: A six-hour bag pack at Asda, a sponsored military bootcamp and a sponsored walk to the summit of Roseberry Topping, and raised a fantastic £970, which they delivered to the Cancer Research charity shop in Durham.

Roseby Road runs two kids’ clubs every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays from 10am to noon and from 4pm to 5.30pm, snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome. Sessions cost £1.50. Ring 0191 518 1160 for details.

Castle Dene Shopping Centre will be holding a Meet the Flintstones day tomorrow. There’s plenty of prehistoric play lined up at the Flintstones extravaganza. Be entertained by the crazy cavemen and then get creative in the craft workshop, where children can design and decorate their own wooden dinosaur. This event is for children aged three and over.