Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

National Citizen Service learners from East Durham College who got involved with East Durham Trust.
National Citizen Service learners from East Durham College who got involved with East Durham Trust.
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Ben Healy, 17, from Peterlee and Owen Ryan, 16, from Seaham, graduated with hundreds of junior soldiers at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate at military passing out parade and will now go on to join specialist units within the British Army. The passing out parade marked the completion of the soldiers’ British Army Junior Entry training at Uniacke Barracks, where they are all paid to train. Jr Soldier Healy will go on to serve with the Royal Armoured Corps, while Jr Soldier Ryan, will go on to serve with the Royal Artillery.

Starting Wednesdays, a new evening session from 7pm to 9pm is Looking Good, Feeling Good at East Durham Trust, Community House (just opposite the former Royal Arms Pub). Build confidence, get tips on everything from the clothes you wear to what you eat. Fab sessions, always a huge hit! All welcome. Best bit, it is free.

Ben Healy, 17, from Peterlee.

Ben Healy, 17, from Peterlee.

The Walsingham Festival will be held at St Mary’s Church, Horden, on Saturday, September 24, with a Solemn Mass at noon followed by lunch at 1.15pm. A Sprinkling Procession of our Lady and Benediction will be held at 2.45pm. Celebrant and Preacher is the Right Reverend Philip North.

East Durham Trust gives huge thanks to all the National Citizen Service learners from East Durham College who got involved with East Durham Trust over the summer by raising money, donating tons of food and even hosting a East Durham Creates Creative Social. Congratulations to everyone who graduated, and remember, if you want to continue volunteering we are always looking for people to support all of our projects.

Do you want to learn how to use digital gadgets and devices such as tablets and laptops to help with everyday tasks? Acumen’s Digital Evolution course is a package of fun and interactive sessions which will show you how to use digital technology to pay your bills online, search for information, download music, online jobs adverts and applications, recognising internet scams, online shopping. East Durham Trust Keyboard Champions also support this course, all ages welcome. For more information and to book your slot call Hayley on 0191 518 8810.

East Durham Trust has a Go and Sees event coming up soon with East Durham Creates, with local pick-ups to the National Glass Centre on Thursday, October 13. Contact Jess on 0191 569 3511 or email

Cotsford Junior School is holding Jeans for Genes Day on Friday, September 23, when children will be allowed to come to school wearing jeans for a 50p donation, which will go towards helping children with genetic disorders.

East Durham Creates says why not give this friendly and supportive choir group a try every Thursday, 6pm to 7pm at East Durham Trust, SR8 5DP. Belle Canto Choir is open to women and girls aged 14+ and inclusive of all singing abilities. The group will cover a broad mix of songs from popular chart hits to rock classics. No need to audition, just come along and enjoy being part of this friendly group. This project is part of our Let’s Create programme in partnership with East Durham Trust.