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Shildon's very own "X" Factor came to St.John's C of E aided Primary School this week when the children and staff put on a performance worthy of Simon Cowell himself for this year's BB- led, Children in Need Appeal. The children put on a spectacular show, displaying an array of talents including singing, dancing, playing musical instuments and performing sketch shows. Understandably, some of the youngsters looked nervous as they prepared to take to the stage, for, not only did they have to perform infront of a crowd of fellow pupils and parents, but also in front of a panel of 'X' Factor judges, consisting of Mrs Wearasingh, as 'Sharon Osbourne, a fellow pupil as 'Louis Walsh' and Head

Budding artists (left-right): Matthew Thompson, Matthew Franklin, Ryan Parker, Kimberley Shaw, Tia Peacock, Ethan Tarn, Ryan Wise and Kaitlin Maguire.

Youngsters from Timothy Hackworth Primary School in Shildon took part in an art project at the National Railway Museum at Shildon recently . The pupils were taking part in "The Big Draw and the event culminated this week with the launch of a new art display “Steaming ahead into the 21st century”. Over 120 pupils took part in the two-day art workshop, with various artists and activities arranged around “The Big Draw”, a national art event which encourages people of all ages to express

themselves through drawing. Activities included producing collages, making shakers, brass rubbing and symmetry and taking part in block painting the mural. The children, who were all from Years 4 and 5, all worked on a large mural which will be displayed at the Museum. After the exhibition it will be presented to the School. “Steaming ahead into the 21st century” depicts a railway scene and landscape and is an interpretation of the way forward for the local community and for Shildon.


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One of the entertainers at St John's C of E "X Factor", performs a talented 'break dance' for Children in Need. Teacher, Andrew Farnell as as 'wonderful' but 'Mr. the 'fearsome' Simon Cowell' wasn't so kind, living up to his real life role model's Cowell. After each act, the nickname of 'Mr.Nasty'. performers had to wait on Luckily, the audience stage to be told whether largely disagreed with him they had 'got through' to and his opinions were met the next round, by the with an array of hisses and judges, and hear their boos. opinions on the The final total raised for the annual Children in Need performance. Mrs Wearasingh declared Appeal wasn't assessed by Shildon youngsters appeared almost every performance the time the show ended. on Bishop FM this week and last, as the Community Radio Station came to the end of its "Restricted Service SLIGHT CABINET DAMAGE Licence" and 28 day trial FULL MANUFACTURER'S GUARANTEE broadcast. Youngsters from Timothy Hackworth School, Thornhill Primary and St. John's C.of E. Primary all appeared on the Station's "Through the School Gate" programme, with staff and pupils being interviewed by SLIGHT CABINET DAMAGE local journalist John Smith. FULL MANUFACTURER'S The Station's initial GUARANTEE broadcast on 87.7 FM came to an end on Friday. Bishopfm has been granted a permanent 5 year licence to Models offered may differ broadcast to the local area from those illustrated but staff and volunteers now Also fridges / freezers / cookers face a wait until Ofcom, the and every appliance you can think of! broadcasting regulator, agrees a permanent frequency for the Station. The Station continues to broadcast on the internet at SHAFTO WAY, NEWTON AYCLIFFE , DL5 5QN Telephone (01325) 321678








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DOREEN STABLER Died 25th November, 2006. A year has passed since you slipped away, But in our hearts you will always stay. Remembering a much loved Mother, Mother-in-law and Nana. Love you always. Paul, Jacqueline, John-Paul & Lewis. xx DOREEN STABLER 25th November, 2006. With a broken heart we whisper low, Oh, how we miss and love you so. We miss the smile upon your face, For there is no-one on this earth who could ever take your place. Love and miss you, Mam. DOREEN STABLER 25th November, 2006. It's been a hard year without you, darling. Time spent thinking of things never said, Is tempered by memories of you smiling, And all of the precious times we shared. But we carry on because we have to. You are in our hearts and in our thoughts. You'll never know how much we miss you. Mere words struggle to express the loss. Love and miss you always. Grandson Richard and Angie. DOREEN STABLER 25th November, 2006. Words cannot express how much we love and miss you. Our lives will never be the same without you. Love you always, Sharon, Steven and Robert. xxx

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A thief was discovered by Police Officers sleeping on the back seat of a car he had broken into in Bishop Auckland, a local Magistrates' Court heard last week. The South Durham Magistrates, sitting at Newton Aycliffe, heard that 19 year-old Jason Gray, of Princess Street in Shildon, smashed a window and the cowling of the Citroen Saxo in mid-October this year. Gray admitted charges of 'Interference with a vehicle with intent to commit theft of the vehicle or its contents', 'Theft of a Claude Butler mountain bike valued at £1,000,' and 'Possession of an air rifle being a person who had been sentenced to more than three months in custody'. The offence relating to the mountain bike was committed on the same day as the 'vehicle interference' offence, whilst the firearm offence was committed two days later. Mr.Ciaran Grogan, appearing on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court that Gray "had been overtaken by sleep and decided to have a nap in the back of the car". Mr.Grogan added that, when the Police Officers discovered Gray in the car, they also found next to the vehicle the mountain bike, which was returned to Gray following his arrest and charge of breaking into the vehicle. It was only later that Police discovered that the mountain bike had been stolen. With regard to the firearm offence, Mr.Grogan told the Court that the air rifle was discovered in Gray's home. The sitting Magistrates jailed Gray for a period of thirteen weeks for theft of the mountain bike and seventeen weeks for possession of the air rifle, these terms of imprisonment to run concurrently. He was also jailed for nine weeks for the offence on the motor vehicle and this will run consecutively.

The Funeral has taken place of a former local bell ringer and a popular retired deputy head-teacher who passed away aged only 50. Susan Elizabeth Harrison, known by all as Soo, was a resident of Shildon for most of her life, and died in Bishop Auckland Hospital on 6th November, 2007, less than three weeks after the death of her brother, Chris Coates. Susan Elizabeth Coates was born on September 16th, 1957, daughter of Tommy and Sheila, and granddaughter of Alderman George Coates, a very respected local politician. Soo was educated at Shildon Council School, and Bishop Auckland Grammar School where she achieved A-level success. She was a gifted pupil who flourished in the academic arena, having a very high IQ which entitled her to be able to join MENSA. Soo was also a very active and talented girl, playing leading parts in school productions and a keen Girl Guide. Soo went on to excel at university, gaining an honours degree at Sheffield, while acquiring a prodigious reputation for success in Scrabble competitions and pub quizzes. She returned to Shildon, marrying Steven Harrison of Eldon Lane, and having two children, Amy and Ian, children who themselves developed considerable talents in Literature and Art respectively. Soo's favourite childhood game had been Teachers, so it was no surprise when she gained a PGCE qualification and joined the teaching profession. After a short spell at Shincliffe CofE School, Soo moved on to Chilton Infant, where she received successive promotions within the school to become deputy head at Chilton Infants and later at Chilton Primary. Highly regarded, Soo had a gift with less advantaged and Special Needs children, and her expertise was called on at other schools. Soo also served as a governor at St. John's School. Soo played a very active role in the ministry of St. Mark's Church, Eldon, in church and in the community and later at St. John's, Shildon, where she joined the bell ringers. Unfortunately, ill health began to take a toll on her life and she had to retire from teaching on ill-health grounds nearly two years ago. Her death came suddenly, while in intensive care in hospital, aged 50 years. She will be remembered by so many as a lovely, capable, caring person, missed particularly by her children, Amy and Ian, and her two brothers, Joe and David. DAVE'S DISCO For all occasions

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A young couple have been banned from keeping dogs for three years after failing to take their elderly pet to the vets, despite it being badly underweight. Stewart and Kim Burrows, from Teesdale Walk, Shildon, pleaded guilty to failing to take their 12

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When Police Officers were called to an incident in Newton Aycliffe at the beginning of this month, they discovered upon their arrival a man displaying signs of aggressive behaviour towards paramedics in the back of an ambulance. Appearing before South Durham Magistrates sitting at Newton Aycliffe last week was the man in question, 40-year-old John Dennis Robinson, of Birch Avenue in Shildon, who admitted a charge of 'Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour'. Mr.Andrew Wallington, representing the Crown Prosecution Service, told the Court that the Police Officers witnessed Robinson being aggressive and using foul and abusive language towards the paramedics, whilst being treated in the ambulance for a head injury. Mr.Wallington added that upon being taken to hospital for further treatment, Robinson continued to behave in the same manner, so much so that the hospital staff were unable to treat him. As a result, the Police Officers arrested Robinson outside the hospital after he had been told to leave. Robinson, who was not represented in Court by a Solicitor, stated that he was sorry for his actions and that he was making efforts to avoid alcohol. After some deliberation, the sitting Magistrates requested the Probation Service to prepare a 'stand-down' PreSentence Report. Robinson was told that the aggravating factors of the offence were the high levels of abuse directed at public servants. Following the preparation of the Report, Robinson was handed a Community Supervision Order.

Police are appealing for information after a burglar stole £600 from a Shildon pensioner. The 77 year-old disabled woman watched helplessly as a man entered the property, searched it, and took her handbag, which contained £600 cash. The incident happened between 7.00am and 7.30am on Saturday. Detective Constable Mark Forster, of Newton Aycliffe CID, said; "This was a despicable crime committed by someone who clearly intended to target a vulnerable, elderly member of the community." "Fortunately, the victim wasn't attacked or injured in any way, but was badly shaken by the incident." The burglar entered the woman's house, in Raby Gardens, Shildon, via the front door, and left through the back door, heading towards the nearby cemetery. He is described as in his mid40's, between 5ft 9in and 5ft 11in and of thin build. He was wearing dark clothing. The victim's handbag was later discovered, emptied of the cash. Police say there was also an attempted break-in at nearby Windsor Terrace in the early hours of the same day. Det Con Forster said" At that time of morning it's possible there were people, perhaps dog walkers, out and about, and they may have seen the burglar making his get-away." Anyone with information about either offence should contact Newton Aycliffe CID on 0845-60-60-365, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Local Magistrates heard recently how a local woman escaped from assault by her partner of seventeen years, by fleeing to a neighbour's house. South Durham Magistrates, sitting at Bishop Auckland, heard 34 year-old Lee Hartshorn, of Heslop Street, Close House, admit assault. Representing the Crown Prosecution Service, Mrs. Alison Nunn told the Court that, after Hartshorn struck the injured party, a scuffle ensued before the woman managed to escape. She reached the safety of a neighbours home, where she managed to alert the Police Mrs. Nunn, in conclusion, told the Court that during the assault and scuffle, the woman suffered a swelling to the back of her head. After some deliberation, the sitting Magistrates requested the Probation Service to prepare a PreSentence Report upon Hartshorn and told him that he faces a Community Supervision Order, which will include a stipulation that he attends domestic violence rehabilitation programme. Hartshorn will return to the Court in order to be sentenced on the 6th of December.

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This weekend sees a programme of music for everyone at Shildon's Community Inn – The Fox & Hounds. Friday night sees vocalist and instrumentalist Lance Newman with music for everyone, and Saturday night sees the return of Elvis as part of a charity night, with funds going to local youngster Ryth Morland. Elvis is joined by local musicians who are invited on Saturday night. DOUGLAS ELECTRICAL SERVICES Tel: 01388 774154 Mobile 0777 844 9812

Over 800 visitors turned last weekend out to see Woolmer, the first locomotive to come out of the Conservation Workshops at Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon. The weekend saw the second “Cab It” event of the year when a limited number of vehicles from the museum’s collection were opened, allowing access to the cabs. Woolmer, is a new addition to the displays, having been restored with the purpose of allowing visitors to see what it is like to board the cab of a real steam engine. It will be on display at Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon from Wednesday to Sunday in the winter period, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Admission and car parking is free.

Carrying on a now local tradition, Monday night sees the fourth Fox Jam Night starting at 8.30pm, completing a trio of super nights. Plans are moving ahead to refurbish the buildings at the rear of the public house, and the Trust, who manage the Fox & Hounds has since been awarded financial support to design this development, with building improvements happening next year. The Trust is also speaking to the Workers Education Association to present a wide range of interesting courses during the week, and full details will appear in the next two weeks. Anyone who wants to pursue a community project, or organise a charity night, or seeking support for a project can contact Chris Jones at the Fox & Hounds.


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A professional chef from County Durham school catering company, Scolarest, will be helping pupils at Timothy Hackworth Primary School, Shildon, gain some handson cookery skills during a Food Fun Week from the 26th to 30th of November. Scolarest development chef David Riley will be spending the week at the school running a series of cookery workshops and helping children learn more about healthy eating. He will be organising practical ‘funky food factory’ sessions where pupils will have the chance to try cooking activities, including assembling a fruit salad, making fresh pasta, creating fruity pancakes and blending fruit smoothies. Other events will include a stir-fry challenge, giving youngsters the chance to try some wok cookery. “Getting children involved in preparing healthy dishes using fresh food is the best way of encouraging them to eat well,” says David. “We’ll be showing them that cooking is fun, helping them acquire some simple cookery skills, encouraging them to taste food which some pupils may not have tried before, and talking about how important it is to

eat a balanced diet.” David will also be staging international cookery demonstrations at lunchtimes during the week, preparing meals such as Indian-style spicy curries and Spanish tapas dishes for children to try. The Food Fun Week also marks the launch by Scolarest of a new school meals ordering system at the School to allow parents and children to pre-order school lunches in advance. The idea has been introduced to make sure that pupils eat healthy school meals which they enjoy. Scolarest and the School are introducing the system after working closely with the School Nutrition Action Group and with parents. Children and parents simply fill in the colour-coded menu, which offers three choices each day, at home and return it to the School. Pupils are given a coloured badge corresponding to the menu choice they have selected and at lunchtime collect their meal from the appropriate colour-coded section. Under the new system, parents and pupils will order meals in advance for a three-week period and parents will know exactly what their children are eating.

ast week, toddlers from Messy Tots toddler group did a sponsered 'toddle' aeound Shildon running track. The event was to raise money for local toddler, Rayth Morland, who has recently been diagnosed with Majewski Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism (MOPD). Gillian Allen, who runs the toddler group, would like to thank everyone who took part in the event, and also inform readers of another fundraiser, again for Rayth. The event this time, is a Body Shop Party, to be held at the Jubilee Fields Community Centre, on


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Shildon man who has denied a motoring charge, should he maintain his 'Not Guilty' plea, will ultimately face a trial in a Magistrates' Court. Having entered his 'Not Guilty' plea to a charge of 'Driving without due care and attention' at an earlier court hearing, Aaron Joseph Mills was scheduled to

appear before Magistrates sitting at Newton Aycliffe last week for a Pre-Trial Review Hearing. Mills, 21, of Sunnydale in Shildon, is alleged to have committed the offence in Newton Aycliffe's Greenfield Way on the 1st of April this year. Mills will face his trial at a venue and date to be determined.

Local Magistrates last week requested the Probation Service to prepare a PreSentence Report on a Shildon man who admitted charges of assault and other offences. Appearing before the South Durham Magistrates sitting at Newton Aycliffe was 22year-old Damon Christopher Askew, of Thomas Street in New Shildon. Askew entered 'Guilty' pleas to charges of 'Assault by beating', 'Assaulting a Police Officer', 'Resisting a Police Officer in the execution of his duty' and 'Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.' All four offences were committed in Bishop Auckland at the beginning of this month. After hearing the facts of the case, the sitting Mgistrates requested the PreSentence Report and Askew will return to the same Court on another date in order to be sentenced.

everybody who attended the coffee morning for Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary. "The event was a great success and £131 was raised for the Sanctuary, around a third of which came from the 'Name the Granny' competition," said a spokesperson for the organisers. "There was so much interest in the competition that it was decided the Granny should have a first and second name which, drawn at random, turned out to be Beatrice Pauline," she said. As advertised, two mystery guests attended and they turned out to be Polly, a King Charles spaniel, and Henry, a white albino rat, who enjoyed eating a gingerbread man! "Co-operative Funeralcare would also like to inform readers that they are rapidly approaching one thousand pairs of specs for the overseas appeal, and will be giving a small prize to whoever brings in the 1001st pair," said the spokesperson.

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This reader would like to thank the residents of Shildon for their kindness and hospitality. Dear Editor, Shildonians, who offered A thank you to the Shildon me your warmest welcome, Community! that I adapted so easily and On the 21st of December, I faster than I could ever wish. shall be celebrating ten My feelings for you, the happy years since my arrival Community of Shildon, are in England, directly to stronger and more profound Shildon. than words can express. Being Greek, and having A wholehearted thank you lived in South Africa for to you all, for having so thirty five years, with a readily accepted me and different mentality and way supported me in making of life, I reached here with Shildon my home. set ways and set ideas. Happily yours, Yet it is thanks to you, the Charles Acriviadis, friendly, hospitable Queensway,Shildon.

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Redworth House Nursing Home will be holding their popular Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 24th November, from 11.00am to 1.00pm. There will be plenty of stalls, including a craft stall, gift stall, cake stall, tombola and refreshments. There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a flat screen portable TV, a large food hamper, a wine hamper, spirits and many more. Admission is 20p, and all proceeds will go to the Residents' Fund, to ensure the residents have a very merry Christmas. "A warm welcome awaits all who attend," says the Activities Co-ordinator.

Instead of their usual Christmas Fayre this year, Shildon Methodist Church has decided to embark upon what they consider to be an entirely unique event in this area. It asks: "Have you ever wondered why, every year, we get out the Christmas tree, hang up our stockings, put up the greenery and wait for Santa Claus?" "Every year we carry on these traditions unaware of the real history and origins." This year, the Church invites readers to go along and find out for themselves where we obtained these Christmas customs. As well as the displays, there will be many hand-made articles on sale relevant to the various traditions celebrated. There will be an opportunity to shop for Christmas articles such as cards, crackers, handmade sweets and gifts. The 'Fayre' will be taking place on Saturday, 1st December, 10.00am to 4.00pm, and Sunday, 2nd December from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, and will be held in the Church Hall, to the rear of the Church itself. Admission is by donation of £1.00. For more information, call Susan, on 01388 773171.

Vintage Vehicles Shildon, on Dabble Duck Industrial Estate are holding a Christmas Fayre on Sunday, 2nd December, between 10.00am and 4.00pm. There will be lots of festive stalls, including home-made cakes, cards, decorations, jewellery, gifts, toys, candles, hand-made handicrafts and ready-made hampers. There will also be a raffle, tombola and lots of festive cheer! Santa will also be making a visit in his vintage grotto, offering gifts to children or adults for a small charge of £2.00, between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Because Vintage Vehicles is a community-run Museum that recieves no government funding, there will be a small admission charge of £2.00 per adult and £1.00 per child, with under twelves free, when accompanied by an adult. The fee will give full admission to the Museum and the Christmas Fayre. Anyone wanting more details can contact John Bowman, on 07775 892324.

Newton Aycliffe Rugby Club visited old rivals Jarrovians in their latest Durham Junior League match. Aycliffe began the game with two substitutes on the pitch due to the late arrival of players. Jarrovians began with a strong wind at their backs. From the kick-off, they won a ruck and sent the ball along their back line to score a try in the corner. More good control, coupled with poor Aycliffe tackling, saw them score another try before Aycliffe had touched the ball and they added two further tries before the half hour mark. Finally, Aycliffe put on some concerted pressure and were rewarded with a try and convertion from Luke Tinkler .

Just when Aycliffe looked to be back in the game, however, the defensive lapses resurfaced and the home team scored againto make the half time score 29 – 7. In the 2nd half Aycliffe had the wind behind them and they began to dominate play. Trys came from Andrew Newman,and Ryan Milford and a scum against the head resulted in a second try for Aycliffe's Tinkler, His conversion attempt hit the post, reducing the margin to three points. The final score, however, was not to come and Aycliffe fell agonisingly short at 29 – 26. Anyone who would like to play at Aycliffe, of whatever standard, is welcome to attend training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm,

Sunderland Supporters Club will be holding their next Branch Meeting at Old Shildon Club on Thursday 29th November, at 7.45pm. New members are welcome.

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The Shildon Jubilees Jazzband are holding a Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 8th December. The event will take place at Shildon's Methodist Church, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.


During the usual Coffee Morning at the Shildon Methodist Church this Saturday, there will be a home made cake stall. The Coffee Morning will be held in the Hall at the back of the Church, on Saturday, 24th November, from 9.30am to 11.00am. All proceeds from the event will be split between Home and Overseas Missions (working with people in the UK and people abroad), and the Bible Society.
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Holly Lodge Care Home on Byerley Road will be having a Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 8th December. Doors open at 11.00am and admission is free. Santa will be there alongside cake stalls, a tombola, brica-brac and much more. Shildon's There will also be tea, coffee Locomotion, Railway Museum, is adding and sweet mince pies. a touch of flora and fauna to the museum decor on Sunday, 25th November. The Museum is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm and entrance is free. St.John's Church, in Shildon The Collection Building are having a Christmas Tree will be decorated with Festival in December. themed, artistic displays of There will be over 40 floral arrangements, Christmas trees decorated depicting festive and and sponsored by the nostalgic scenes and Community of Shildon, touches from a bygone era. including the Churches, businesses, schools and clubs. The Jubilee Fields The Festival will be held Community Centre is from Thursday, 13th to working with local families Saturday, 15th December, to host a fundraising Jumble from 10.00am to 8.00pm, Sale on Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 16th December, from 11.00am December, from 11.00am to 2.00pm. to 4.00pm. There will be a small Admission is free and entrance fee of 20p, and refreshments will be hot food and refreshments available. There will also be will be available to purchase. a Special Festival Service Any donations for jumble on Sunday, 16th. will be welcome.

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hildon travelled to Salford last weekend to meet Salford City in the FA Vase. The Railwaymen took two coaches of supporters with their team for the clash , all hoping for another good Vase

run. Salford are currently top of the North-West Counties League so a tough match was expected. Shildon started with a rearranged side from the victory against Jarrow

Shlidon's Grey Horse Over 40's Soccer Club met Hartlepool Navy Club last weekend , and, not for the first time, got off to a slow and sluggish start but still dominated the game. Throughout the first half, The Grey Horse slowly improved their game and eventually scored after a Bullyment cross. The ball was headed goalward by Weldon then Bainbridge pinched Weldon's glory with a little deflection for the goal. In the second half, Shildon played with three men up front and this caused The Navy Club all sorts of problems. A powerful strike from outside the area by Substitute Hallimond blazed into the net giving The Grey Horse lads a boost to their confidence. They then scored a third through the 'Flying Pig' Bainbridge with yet another header. Playing with total confidence and ease, the Shildon side then scored the fourth through another powerful drive from Bannister on the edge of the area. Keeping up the pressure, Shildon then got a fifth with a tap in after some neat play by Costello. The Grey Horse's 'keeper didn't have to make a save, as such, throughout the game and, in fact, only touched the ball three or four times to keep him warm. Shildon then finished the game with a well deserved goal from Harry Thompson. The goal was his first of the season and, say his team mates, hopefully not his last. At the final whistle, the Shildon side came away with a well deserved 6 0 result. The Grey Horse's next game is at home in a cup game on 24th November , and the team and supporters are asked to meet at the Rec at 10.00am

Roofing the previous week, with John Jury and Daniel Moore returning with Stuart Niven continuing as a centre-half. City went close in the 4th minute but Niven managed to snuff the danger out, but shortly afterwards poor defending cost Shildon a goal. Gary Anker's back header fell in the path of a City winger who crossed into the area for Moses to head home and give Salford the lead. Shildon drew level in the 14th minute, when a great ball by Niven gave Emson the chance to run at the City defence. They seemed shaky as the young striker raced into the area and blasted the ball past Robertson in the City goal to make the scores level Things began to look good for Shildon at this stage, with Robertson looking somewhat dodgy in the Salford goal. With the half-time whistle looming, City began to turn the screw, penning Shildon back in their own half, luckily without threatening Spence in the Shildon goal. Right from the re-start, Salford started at a blistering pace and with just 4 minutes of the half gone, they took the lead. Shildon were caught waiting

for the linesman's flag and City's striker Robinson nipped in and rounded Spence in the Shildon goal to put City 2-1 up. Salford had clearly been blasted at half-time, their passing and movement was beginning to carve up the Shildon defence who were under constant pressure. They increased their lead in the 62nd minute after a quick free kick caught Shildon napping. This time it was Buckley who seized the opportunity to put City 3-1 up and gave Shildon a mountain to climb. Robinson then bagged his second of the game in the 72nd minute to all but send Shildon out of this season's Vase. Shildon looked shattered as the end of the game approached, giving Robinson the opportunity to snap up his third of the game and, with it, a place in the next round of the Vase. The final result of 5-1 was a more than disappointing result for the Shildon travelling supporters who had been hoping for a repeat of last season's giant-killing FA Vase campaign. It's back to League football this weekend, with Shildon meeting Ashington away from home, contrary to the details outlined on the Club's website as of Wednesday of this week.

Readers interested in Chess are cordially invited to the first meeting of the Shildon Chess Club at 7.00pm next Tuesday, November 27th at 7.00pm. in the Rest House at the top of Hackworth Park in Central Parade. "Bring your own chess board and pieces if you fancy a game", say the organisers.


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Shildon Railway Juniors suffered their first defeat of the season against a very physical Lambton Lions Bees at the weekend. Shildon took the lead through Chris Dobson but the Bees soon equalised. Railway restored their lead when Upton took a free kick picking out Brown who headed it past the defenders into the goal. Lions again equalised and then, early in the 2nd half took the lead. Shildon then equalised with the best goal of the game when Upton curled a 25yard left foot shot over the keeper. As Railway attempted to force the game they were hit on the break twice in quick succession, giving Lions breathing space. Shildon continued to attack but could not find the net and again fell to another goal late in the game.

Shildon’s young athletes travelled to Blaydon at the weekend for the first NE League fixture of the season, and came away with some excellent results. In the first event, the Under 13 Boys, Liam Boyek and Ryan Walton, started from the fast pack, giving a one minute twenty second start to the slow pack, after top 10 runs last season. Both had good runs, with Liam finishing in 10th place overall and Ryan in 24th. Liam also had the distinction of recording the 3rd fastest time of the event. In the Under 13 Girls race, Amy Etherington recorded the first victory of her fledgling career, despite being at the bottom end of her age group. Zoe Hewitson, starting from the fast pack, stormed through the field to finish in 7th place overall and also recording the fastest time of the event. Abbie Avery continued her improvement with a 30th placing overall. The team finished in second place overall. In the Under 15 Boys race, Cameron Boyek kept the winning run for the Club going, with a fine victory. Leading from the early stages, Cameron crossed the line 16 seconds clear of second place. Cameron also recorded the second fastest time in the race. Further back in the field, Ryan Etherington finished in 17th place. In the Under 15 Girls race, Fiona Higgin made it a trio of Club victories, winning by 11 seconds. Emily Findlay had an excellent run to finish in 5th place, and with Elizabeth Wood finishing in 10th place, the team award also came Shildon’s way.

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