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ANTI BULLYING WEEK CELEBRATIONS AS NEW CELEBRATED IN COMMUNITY BUS TAKES TO THE SHILDON ROAD
Shildon is boasting a brand new Community Bus, thanks to a £40,000 grant from Durham County Council's Community Transport Fund. The cash had been topped up by funds from the longestablished Shildon Community Bus Committee to enable the group to buy the bus. The new Mercedes Sprinter 16-seater is completely wheelchair accessible and will be used by local groups and organisations for outings. The new bus became a necessity after the older of the group's two buses had to be taken off the road after breaking down regularly. The costs of repairs were averaging £800 a time and the Committee soon came to the conclusion that it would be better to invest in a new bus than fix the old one. As a result, the Shildon Community Bus Group has been running on one vehicle for the past seven months, making them struggle to meet demand. Peter Hillary, the Chairman of the group's Management Committee, said: "It was absolutely exhilarating to hand the bus over to the community of Shildon and its area. We feel it belongs to them - the people who need access to community transport to keep their groups going and to get to events." The two coaches are run by volunteers and are available to all community groups at
All 198 pupils of Thornhill Primary School showing their support for the Anti-Bullying Campaign by wearing blue.
Youngsters all over Shildon celebrated Anti-Bullying Week at their respective school last week. Pupils at Thornhill Primary in Shildon showed their support for National AntiBullying Week by collectively donning the colour blue. As well as the temporary replacement of the usual uniforms, the pupils at the School took part in an array of tasks and projects, including writing poetry and playscripts, performing drama and designing a 'grafitti wall', with an antiracism theme.
Pupils were also visited by three top footballers, Dean Gordon, currently playing for Torquay and formerly of Middlesbrough, Kieron Brady of Sunderland and Gary Bennett, formerly of Sunderland. The footballers visited the School as representatives of the 'Show Racism the Red Card' campaign, which is trying to rid football, and society, of racism. The children, aged between four and eleven, were also given blue wrist bands to take home and have written a leaflet all about antibullying. See page 3.
Peggy Coates, a member of the Community Bus Committee, cuts the ribbon on Shildon's new Community Bus, watched by Cllr Ann Hammond, the town's Deputy Mayor, and Dawn Watson, Accessibility Planning Officer for Durham County Council. Photo Mike Stott. a basic mileage rate, giving The Committee's aims, them access to good value "Taking you where you want and reliable transport. The to go," are now firmly Committee was formed printed on the side of the eighteen years ago when the new bus. need for affordable Full details of the group and community transport was coach hire can be obtained by ringing (01388) 773666. first noticed.
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GORDON BENNETT November 28th, 2006. In loving memory of our lovely Dad and Grandad. Jill, Michael, Harry, Kay and Roy. xxx
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WILF SCOTT December 1st. No cards to send, Dad, No presents to give. Only our love, Dad, As long as we live. Dearly loved, sadly missed. From Allen, Chris and Steve. xxx WILF SCOTT December 1st Gentle Jesus up above, Give Great-grandad all our love. From Amber and Owen. xxxx IRENE PATTERSON December 3rd. It's six long years Since you went away, And I miss you more each day. You made me laugh, You always had a smile, You were so strong, because thats the way you lived your life. Love always, Billy Hopwood.
HANNAH LEIGH BELL Have a lovely Birthday, Hannah. Love from Uncle Daniel, Auntie Vikki, Lennox and Larry. xxx HANNAH LEIGH BELL Happy Birthday, Hannah. Lots of love and kisses From Auntie Kirsty, Uncle Adam and Luke. xxx ADAM DACK December 1st.
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KNIFEMAN SOUGHT BY POLICE
A man who threatened a Shildon bookmakers' cashier with a knife is being sought by Police. The thief entered the Albert Street branch of Chisholm's last Tuesday night, wearing a dark balaclava, and demanded cash from the lone female on duty. The man produced a knife with a six inch blade, before climbing onto the counter and squeezing through a gap in the security screen to confront her. He escaped with £500 cash, leaving the cashier shaken, but unhurt. Police are studying CCTV footage from the shop and surrounding streets. Anyone who was in the area, including customers in Clems fish shop opposite, and saw anything suspicious, are being asked to contact Durham Police.
GORDON BENNETT November 28th, 2006. Treasured memories of a special Dad and Grandad. Loved and missed everyday. Gail, David, Kirsty, Kim & Chris. xxx
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ANICE FRENCH November 28th, 2004. Three years have passed, Dear Mam, Since you went to sleep, The sweetest memories of you We'll always keep. Thinking of you always. Graham, Janice and Jodi. xxx
JEAN ASCOUGH (Nee Cooper) December 1st, 2003. Sadly missed, Never forgotten. Love Eric and Margaret. xx JAMES (JIM) MORRIS November 28th, 2000. There's a bridge of golden memories, From here to heaven above. It keeps us very close to you, It's called the Bridge of Love. So sadly missed. Loving Wife Janet and family. xx GORDON BENNETT 29.7.1928 - 28.11.2006 Cherished memories of my Dearest Husband. As this first year ends without you. You are always in my thoughts, And forever in my heart. My love always, Joan. xxx
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Happy 3rd Birthday To our special little boy, Owen. Love Mammy and Daddy xxx OWEN EVANS Happy 3rd Birthday, Owen. From big sister Kira. xxx OWEN EVANS To my Uncle Owen., Happy 3rd Birthday. From Halle-May xxx OWEN EVANS To our special brother, Owen. Happy 3rd Birthday. Love Alan and Amy. xxx
A laptop computer was stolen from the New King William Public House on Thursday, 22nd November. The incident happened between 3.30pm and 4.00pm in the Lounge area of the well-frequented town centre pub opposite the Bus Station. Police realise that regulars would have been aware of the lap-top and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen it being picked up and taken from the pub. All calls will be taken in confidence. Readers who were in or around the pub at the time, and may have seen something or have any information on the theft, should contact PC 2098 Steve Graham on 0845 6060-365 or, if he's off-duty, ask to speak to any police officer, or leave a contact number.
Happy 7th Birthday On the 27th. Lots of Love, Dad xxx HANNAH LEIGH BELL Happy 7th Birthday, Hannah. With love from Grandma xxx HANNAH LEIGH BELL Have a fab Birthday, Hannah. Love from Auntie Claire, Uncle Paul, Lauren, Keeley and Lillia. xxx THE TELEPHONE MAN Extensions Fitted, Repaired Broadband, Internet and Phones All Jobs £40 01388 833828 Happy 30th Birthday, Raven. Love from Kes and all the girls at 2nd Shildon Guides . GARY PROUDFOOT November 29th Happy 18th, Son. Love, Mam and Dad GARY PROUDFOOT Happy 18th Birthday From Abbie and Jaylee. GARY PROUDFOOT Happy 18th Birthday, Uncle Wuz. Love Millie and Ellie May. xx GARY PROUDFOOT Happy 18th Birthday. From Terri and Freeman. PAULA CAYGILL Have a fantastic 40th. Love and best wishes, Bev, Keith and Jonathan.
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EXCITEMENT IN MAIN STREET AS CONSULTATION SOON ON PROPOSED TENNIS POLICE STOP BUS Shoppers and traders in PAVILION Main Street came out and
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the, more modern cyber bullying, involving things like texts and emails. Seventeen pupils from Year 6 also gave a presentation to parents and pupils, showing posters they had made and reciting poems they had written themselves. Mr. Andrew Farnell, the School's Head Teacher, ended the presentation by explaining that each year, the School have to submit a portfolio about all the antibullying work they have done throughout the year , in order to receive accreditation. He then gave a representative from each Year-Group their own accreditation, in the form of a badge to place on the classroom wall to remind them of the work they have done. "Anti Bullying Week is about trying to find solutions", said the Head Teacher.
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KINGS AND ANGELS CHRISTMAS PROCESSION WILL LEAD TO FESTIVE SWITCH-ON
Santa Claus will lead a procession of youngsters dressed at Kings and Angels in December, as a prelude to the annual switch-on of Shildon's Festive Lights. This week, staff started to erect the Lights in the Town Centre ready for the official switch-on December 7th. Because the Lights are being connected to the electricity supply on lamp-posts however, the lights will come on as soon as they are in position, leaving only the Christmas tree to be illuminated as the final act in the colourful run-up to Christmas. The Kings and Angels Christmas procession will take place on Friday, December 7th and is open to anyone who wants to take part. The procession will form up in the Co-op Car Park from 4.00pm and will set off for the short walk to the Town Square at 4.15pm. is asked by organisers to arrive at the Co-op Car Park by 4.15pm. Santa and a Reindeer Stiltwalker will lead the procession to the Town Square for the Official Lighting of the Christmas Tree Ceremony. Santa, Bo the Clown and a face painter will then gather to meet everyone at the Shildon Civic Hall from 5.15pm. The event, which includes a Children's Disco and all the entertainment, is free for all the family. Outside will be a variety of children's rides, including the popular "Cup and Saucer" ride. The festive fun will start much earlier in the day, however, with the appearance of a Fairy Queen in Shildon Library. She will be entertaining youngsters aged 3-4 in a "free to attend" story telling session between 10.00am and 11.00am. Because of limitations of space, the storytime will be an all ticket affair, with the free tickets currently available from the Library. Shildon Civic Hall will also be holding a Christmas Craft Fayre between 2.00pm and 7.00pm, with all proceeds from the stall rents going to the Butterwick Hospice at Bishop Auckland. A spokesperson for the Craft Fayre said "This will be an ideal opportunity to buy some uniquely crafted Christmas Gifts. The annual event is being sponsored by Shildon Town Council.
Last year, the Mayor of Shildon led the carol singing with the help of Father Christmas and entertainer Mr Twister.
FESTIVE LIGHTS WILL INCLUDE CHILDREN'S WINNING DESIGNS
Shildon's Festive Lights in Church Street, Main Street and the Town Square, will be all the more special this year because two have been specially designed by school children from Shildon. This week Town Council workmen were carefully erecting the winning Lights in a competition organised by the Town Council. They were designed by Jack Samuels and Gavin Morrison, both pupils at St. John's C. of E School, and will be erected near to Shildon's Town Square.
POLISH FACTORY WORKER MORE THAN TWICE THE DRINK-DRIVE LIMIT
Local Magistrates heard last week that a Polish factory worker was nearly two and a half times the legal drinkdrive limit when he crashed into two cars whilst trying to reverse. Due to the man's extremely poor command of the English language, it was necessary for a Polish Interpreter to attend the South Durham Magistrates Court in Newton Aycliffe to assist Michal Kazimierz Polar, of Bouch Street in Shildon. Polar admitted charges of 'driving with excess alcohol,' having no insurance' and two charges of 'failing to stop after an accident.' The offences were committed in Hazeldale Avenue in mid-November. Mr. Ciaran Grogan, appearing on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, told the Court that Polar attempted to reverse his Vauxhall Vectra out of a parking space and succeeded in colliding with a Rover and a Renault Clio, causing damage to both vehicles. Mr. Grogan stated that local residents detained Polar until the arrival of Police Officers, however, at this point, Polar attempted to run away. However, during the escape attempt, Polar fell over, injured himself and had to recieve hospital treatment. Due to his injuries, Polar was unable to provide the Police with a sample of breath and, consequently, it was necessary for Police to carry out a blood test to determine the level of alcohol in his body. Mr. Robert Willoughby, appearing on behalf of Polar, told the Court that the Defendant was of previous good character. Mr.Willoughby went on to state that Polar, a full-time factory worker, had been resident in this country for around twelve months, having come to England with friends, and had never been in trouble in his native Poland. The sitting Magistrates fined Polar a total of £500, banned him from driving for a period of two years and ordered him to pay Court costs of £43 and the £15 Victim Surcharge.
Letter to the Editor
This reader would like to give support to the campaign to keep Jubilee Fields Community Centre open. children of this estate and other estates to provide sufficient funds, to make sure they are able to keep up the running of them. When election time comes around, you are always saying you are doing this, that and the other. Now is the time for doing and not just empty promises. Yours faithfully, M.Jones Coronation Avenue Shildon.
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YOUNGSTERS DECORATE THE NEW SHILDON CO-OP CHRISTMAS TREE
When the Co-op in New Shildon suggested to the Byerley Road Pre-School Group that they might like to decorate a Christmas Tree in their "Welcome" store, the youngsters set about the task with enthusiasm. And when the Store welcomed the youngsters and their Teachers, they were pleased to see that there were enough decorations , not for one tree, but two! Jackie Humphries, Pauline German and Warren Scaife welcomed the youngsters to the Co-op "Welcome" Store, complete with their hand-painted stockings and Christmas Tree Decorations to decorate the Redworth Road shop. Store Manager, Warren Scaife, said that staff and shoppers alike were grateful for the youngsters' efforts, adding that it put everyone in a festive mood. Susan Calvert, the Manager of the Pre-School Group said she was delighted that the children could help. "Its lovely for the children to work in the community BARNES BOOK-KEEPING SERVICES
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CHESS CLUB BUS UNDER SERVICE Shildon's Chess WAY Club got RE-ROUTED under way last Tuesday
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MAN 'SNAPPED' AFTER CONTINUOUS NAGGING
Local Magistrates heard last week that a Shildon man eventually 'snapped' and slapped his former partner after she persistantly nagged him about food. Following the incident, in mid-November, 41-year old David Meads, now of Garbutt Street in Shildon, appeared before the South Durham Magistrates sitting at Newton Aycliffe, where he entered a 'Guilty' plea to a charge of 'assault'.' Ms.Jacqueline Gibson, appearing on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, told the Court that, on the day in question, both Meads and the injured party had been drinking. When the couple were interviewed by Police after the event, whilst the injured party admitted being drunk, Meads stated that he had drunk nine pints but was not drunk. Ms.Gibson stated that at around 8.00pm, after the injured party had been nagging Meads for some time about going to get some food, he finally turned upon the woman and slapped her once on the face. After the incident, the woman stated that she was not injured but that her "head hurt". In conclusion, Ms.Gibson told the Court that Meads was last before the Courts in 1998 for an offence of 'theft'. Mr.Chris Bunting, mitigating, stated that the incident was the final straw in the couple's seven year relationship and that, consequently, the relationship was completely over. He went on to tell the Court that Meads described his former partner as an alcoholic and that, at the time of the incident, she was heavily under the influence of alcohol. Mr.Bunting stated that whilst Meads certainly regretted his actions, he firmly maintained that he had been provoked by the persistent nagging. The Magistrates handed Meads a six month Conditional Discharge.
KEEP IT GREEN THIS CHRISTMAS
Recycling enthusiasts are reminding readers to "keep it green" this year and to recycle as much as possible in the run up to, and in the period after, Christmas. Before Christmas, all the Christmas card envelopes can go into the recycling bin and the used stamps can be saved up and handed in to the Town Crier, which collects them for a number of charities. After Christmas, of course, the thousands of Christmas cards can be handed in to a variety of places, including a major supermarket and locally, in aid of the Butterwick Hospice. Christmas trees can also be recycled and details of that scheme will be released nearer Christmas. Cardboard boxes can also be recycled . The Butterwick Hospice have skips at Elm Road Club, Shildon and at Bishop Auckland Swimming Baths which take newspapers, magazines, white envelopes (minus their plastic windows) , and junk mail, all of which is recyclable. Cardboard can also be taken to a skip at the Butterwick
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METCALFE - LOVERANCE Congratulations, ASHLEY AND JONATHAN, on the safe arrival of your baby Son, ETHAN MARTIN. Born November 9th. We thank you both for making us very proud Grandparents. Love to you all, From Mam and Dad. METCALFE - LOVERANCE Congratulations to you both on becoming proud parents of baby Ethan, our gorgeous little Nephew. With love from Michelle and Darryl xx
WE JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE OF THE INTERNET SAYS POST OFFICE
People in the North-East have been named amongst the worst in the country for understanding the language of the internet According to research conducted by the Post Office, those surveyed only managed to correctly identify 58 per cent of internet terms and phrases. When asked to define common internet terms, the top five least -understood were: "Cookies" - “ 62 per cent of people got this wrong, "Macros" - “ 55 per cent of people got this wrong, "Browser" - “ 48 per cent of people got this wrong, "HTML"- “ 47 per cent of people got this wrong and "Hyperlink" & "VoIP" - “ 39 per cent of people got this wrong. Nationally, around 50 per cent of people over the age of 55 do not understand simple internet terms such as "browser", "hyperlink" and "cookies". In contrast, 70 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds were able to correctly define such terms. Despite lacking an understanding of net terms, however, some of the results of the survey made for amusing reading: "Macros" were mistaken for a chain of online discount supermarkets, whilst "Browser" was mistaken for an indecisive online shopper As part of its new Broadband service, the Post Office has launched a new "Jargon Buster" available in all 14,000 Post Office Branches and at www.postoffice.co.uk, where the public can access an easy-to-understand guide to internet terms. The Post Office has identified over six million "non-liners" - potential users - from older and cash-dependent groups who remain offline due to confusion surrounding what services are on offer and poor knowledge and understanding of the internet. Martin Moran, Head of Telecoms at the Post Office, said:"The new broadband packages available from the Post Office have been specifically designed to appeal to those looking for a better, fairer and easier broadband option." "We're confident we have created a product which will help to take the fear and confusion out of the Internet for millions." Post Office Broadband is a unique, reassuringly easyto-use service, providing national coverage at a universal price, avoiding now common "rural surcharges" imposed by other ISPs. Users will also have the option to pay for the service in cash at any of the 14,000 Post Offices, an alternative not offered by any other ISP.
DESIGN A LOGO FOR KIDS
Youngsters in Shildon are to be asked to design a logo for the Shildon Children and Young People's Network and the first prize is going to be a Wii. Full details and will appear in next week's Town Crier.
CASH BOOST FOR BOROUGH MAYOR’S CHARITY
A Variety Entertainment Evening hosted by the Mayor of Sedgefield Borough, Cllr Sarah Iveson, at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, raised £420 for her chosen charity - The Children's Diabetes Trust Fund. The Mayor said: “I would like to thank everyone, not only the excellent performers, but also those who attended and who gave such kind support to the evening.” Services
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METCALFE - LOVERANCE Ashley and Jonathan are extremely grateful to the Maternity Staff of both Bishop Auckland and Darlington Hospitals, including the staff in the Special Care Baby Unit, for the excellent care given to both Ashley and their baby Son Ethan Martin.
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MONTHLY DROP-IN FOR THOSE WHO ARE LONELY The Shildon Community members wanted.
Safety Group is looking at the possibility of starting a monthly 'Drop-in'. The idea is to allow people to go along and meet together for a chat. The Group hopes that by giving people the opportunity to socialise with others, it will help them feel better about themselves. It would also be an opportunity for people to ask questions about community safety issues, talk to others and share experiences. A spokesperson for the Community Safety Group said: "The Group would be very informal and would develop very much as its "There will, of course, be the 'cuppa' and 'chat' and, perhaps, talks, quizzes, activities and outings." The Group are hoping to meet on a Thursday in The Rest House at Hackworth Park. The Group are also looking into the possibility of transport becoming available for a small cost, subject to the number of people interested in using it. If you think you may be interested in joining the Group, please call the Community Safety Group on 01388 778300, between 10.00am and 2.00pm, or ask a friend or relative to call on your behalf. "If we have sufficient interest, then we will commence in January, 2008", says the spokesperson.
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A CHRISTMAS CONCERT SHILDON'S SUCCESS MEANS RISE WITH A CARIBBEAN TWIST! IN LEAGUE POSITION
Sedgefield Borough Council is presenting a Christmas Concert with a difference at Spennymoor Leisure Centre on 11th December. The 'Sing for Life' Choir will join harmoniously with Sedgefield Steel, the Borough’s Youth Steel Pan Band, to provide a taste of local musical talent. The evening starts at 7.00pm and promises an eclectic mix of show tunes, gospel, folk, exotic sounds of the Caribbean and some classic Christmas tunes for everyone to enjoy. Tickets include a complimentary drink of mulled wine on arrival and festive refreshments will be available to purchase during the interval. Tickets are on sale now from Spennymoor or Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centres or Sedgefield Borough’s Arts Team on (01388) 816166 Ext. 4378 priced at £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions. Shildon's success, away from home, has seen an improvement in the Club's position in the Arngrove Northern League Div. One. A 1-1 draw away at Billingham Synthonia and a 2-0 victory up at Ashington sees The Railwaymen rise to 10th position in the League but the Club face an arduous December with seven games on the timetable, three away and four at home. After a magnificent performance at Billingham Synthonia, Shildon travelled to Ashington, who had been showing decent form of late. Shildon made a couple of changes, Gary Bullyment started in midfield for the suspended Dion Raitt, John Jury took the number 10 shirt after striker Wayne Gredziak was forced to sit out the game due to injury. The first goal however didn't come until the 63rd minute. Andy Howarth, who was having a storming game playing as a right wing back, played a superb left footed ball into the back post, and Masters looked as if he got a slight touch to the ball as it nestled in the bottom corner of the net. Just two minutes later Niven's corner was met by Tom Ptak who headed the ball past the helpless keeper and defender to not only put Shildon two up , but to take the points This weekend Shildon are away at Whitley Bay.
GREY HORSE KEEP HEAT ON HEATON
hildon's Grey Horse played Heaton Winstons in the Divisional Cup on Saturday, and came out on top with a 4–2 win. The Grey Horse started slowly, with some disjointed movements and lack of effort in some parts of the field. This led to the team finding themselves 0 – 1 down with a 30 yard speculative strike from a Heaton midfielder. This shook the Shildon side into improving their play and game plan. The Grey Horse then deservedly equalised through Dixon.
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After much persistence, he ran unchallenged from right to left across the goal area, then tapped the loose ball home for a goal. The score at half-time was 1-1, and the second half began with the Grey Horse having much of the play. Hallimond scored a peach with a long range blast at goal, which had the Heaton keeper grasping at thin air. Then the Shildon lads scored again with a spectacular high cross from the side-line by Weldon, which looped over the Heaton keeper and dropped over the line. Bland, playing his first game, tried to steal the glory but it remained Weldon’s goal. Heaton then doubled their score with a strike from outside the area to make the score 3 – 2. With the Heaton boys pushing hard, the Horse’s defence stood strong and they had the final say with Costello knocking a loose ball into the back of an empty net with virtually the last kick of the game. This now puts the Grey Horse into their first semi-final and hopefully not their last. The next Cup game will be away to Cramlington Phoenix. Fans and spectators are again asked to meet at the Grey Horse at 8.45am.
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