Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

Catering students at East Durham Colleges Scene1 restaurant, Emma Wharton, Louise Maratty, Grace Deakin and Beth Hall.
Catering students at East Durham Colleges Scene1 restaurant, Emma Wharton, Louise Maratty, Grace Deakin and Beth Hall.
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Visitors to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art can now buy traditional ‘clippy mats’ which have been handmade in the region by a group of Horden-based crafters.

Six members of the ‘Hole in the Wall’ craft group will have mats on sale in the shop, including Marguerite Hales, who said: “We feel proud and satisfied to see our mats for sale at MIMA. It feels wonderful to have our craft and creativity appreciated by other people.” If you fancy giving this craft a go, why not join their weekly meet-ups to learn new skills with the Proggy Mat group - every Tuesday from 10am to noon at Horden Youth & Community Centre, Eden Street, Horden.

Horden and Peterlee Rugby Club young players Ellie Pigford, Maddie Craggs, Jasmine Hendon and Dannah Ryan.

Horden and Peterlee Rugby Club young players Ellie Pigford, Maddie Craggs, Jasmine Hendon and Dannah Ryan.

Students and staff at East Durham College’s Scene1 restaurant were celebrating after hosting a highly successful Robert Burns’ Night supper event earlier this week. The restaurant catered for over 40 guests, who had booked for the popular annual event, and they were treated to a stunning traditional Scottish menu. The event was held at the College’s training restaurant, based in its Peterlee campus, and took place on January 24. It saw over 20 students take part working in the kitchen and front-of-house. The students planned and organised all aspects of the event as part of their hospitality and catering course.

Congratulations go to Jasmine McQuade (St Bede’s RC, Peterlee and Durham County School’s Football Association U14 Girls) and Sharna Wilkinson (Harton College of Technology and DCSFA U16 Girls) who have been selected into the squad to represent ESFA in the 2017 schools international programme. They attended a training programme last weekend at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. During February half-term the squad travel to Portugal for a training camp.

Peterlee Walking Club organises graded walks each month for all abilities and transport is usually arranged by the club, leaving from Peterlee Lodge car park on Sunday at 8.30am. The next walk is on February 19 to Tynemouth. For information call 0191 586 3009.

Colour Your Life is held at East Durham Trust Community House and provides access to enjoyable arts, crafts and learning activities for the improvement of mental health and the development of emotional resilience. All activities are completely free for 10 weeks. Arts and Crafts every Tuesday, 1pm to 3pm. A casual and fun session including upcycling fabric, jewellery making and seasonal crafts. Music Bugs every Wednesday, 1.15pm to 2pm. Interactive music classes with singing, exploring, and making new friends for ages up to five years. Shabby Chic every Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm and Friday, 10am to noon. Upcycle your furniture and trinkets. Youth Opps every Thursday, 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Sessions for teenagers including graffiti art, photography, confidence boosting. For further information or to register contact Yvonne Frost on 0191 569 3511 or email

Carers’ Respite Committee is the newest outreach project at Van Mildert College who work with families from the Easington and Peterlee area. The project aims to provide respite services to families with children, who have mental or physical disabilities. They currently offer fortnightly two-hour Happy Saturday sessions in Horden Youth Club and Community Centre, during which parents can catch up with other parents in similar positions and the children, and siblings, can all partake in a range of activities from crafts and board games to football with university volunteers. In Peterlee/Murton we offer fortnightly one hour home visits, during which volunteers visit a family’s house and entertain the children so the parents can have some time to themselves. We also run termly trips with the group of families, most recently we have visited Hartlepool cinema and Diggerland. Contacts for the group are Erin on 07403 515858 and Molly on 07429 512490.

Horden and Peterlee Rugby Club are delighted to announce that three of their four girls have been selected to represent the North of England. Ellie Pigford and Maddie Craggs at the U18s, this is the third year in a row these two have been selected at this and no doubt will play a major part in the upcoming fixtures. At U15s Jasmine Hendon and Dannah Ryan travelled to Sheffield for the trial, Dannah was unsuccessful this season, but Jasmine secured herself a place in the squad in her first competitive season playing rugby. To be selected to attend this trial is a great achievement in its self and shows the hard work the girls have been putting in on the training field and match day.