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  • Stubbing out illegal tobacco trade
    Thousands of suspected fake cigarettes were seized in a raid in County Durham.Trading Standards officers at Durham County Council and police searched two premises in the Shildon area on Thursday (October 2) in connection with cigarettes and rolling tobacco, which were believed to be either smuggled or counterfeit.As a result two arrests were made and 122 pouches of rolling tobacco and 4,000 cigarettes were seized. The raid was the latest in a series of operations across the county aimed at tackling the supply of illicit tobacco carried out by the council’s specialist team.Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection at Durham County Council, said: “Thanks to a wealth of intelligence from the public and honest traders we have really stepped up our action against the trade of suspected illegal tobacco.  “This type of activity not only undermines the work of the stop smoking services but also has a significant impact on honest local businesses. There is also much evidence to suggest that it increases availability and supply to young people to start smoking and has links to other criminal activity.“Anyone found guilty of supplying counterfeit tobacco could face up to 10 years in jail and unlimited fines and their assets may be seized.“Stemming the supply of cheap and illicit tobacco is an essential tool in our fight to reduce smoking harm and achieve our vision of a smoke free future for our children.”Information about illegal tobacco can be reported in confidence to Durham County Council’s Trading Standards on 03000 261016 or by emailing
  • Join the Worst Princess at County Durham libraries
    The Worst Princess is on her way to entertain youngsters at libraries across County Durham. A theatre production of the popular children’s book is touring Durham County Council libraries as part of Durham Book Festival. The performance gives young bookworms the chance to find out how the feisty princess defies expectations in a funny twist on this traditional fairy tale. Featuring puppets, live music and plenty of opportunities to sing-a-along, the Worst Princess is a raucous and wild adventure. Performances take place at the following venues: Bishop Auckland Town Hall – Monday, 6 October at 2.00pm Newton Aycliffe Library – Wednesday, 8 October at 10.00am Crook Library – Wednesday, 8 October at 2.00pm Peterlee Library – Wednesday, 15 October at 10.00am Seaham Library – Wednesday, 15 October at 2.00pm The productions is aimed at children aged seven-years-old and under and their families. Tickets are £1.00 each and should be booked in advance by contacting the venue. The Worst Princess is Carina Rodney’s adaptation of the acclaimed children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie. It has been commissioned by New Writing North in association with Sage Gateshead and is supported by bait.
  • Celebrating volunteers
    Nominations are open for volunteers who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in East Durham. They will be honoured at the Volunteer Recognition Awards next month with nominations closing on 31 October.   The awards have been launched by the East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) and are open to individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to making the community stronger, including general health and wellbeing.  The ceremony is at Shotton Hall, Peterlee, Wednesday 26 November and the categories are Young Volunteer (up to age 21), Individual and Group.  For more information or an application form visit: or call the AAP team on 03000 262 057 or email  

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  • Little Red Wagon Rock 'n' Roll Vintage Market
    Wayhey!! More Little Red Wagon Rock 'n' Roll & Vintage Market fun at Plants 'R' Ross, Easington, Co. Durham on Sunday 19th October, 10am 'til 4pm. Vintage Market, Classic Car Meet (everyone welcome), Live Rockin' Music from The Del Rio Ramblers, Ladies Hairstyling & Gents Classic Barber, Ice Cream, Bar & Bistro! Rock 'n' Roll fun for all of the family. Only £1 entry.
  • Family Origami Sessions
    These family origami sessions are free and organised by Teikyo University, Durham
  • Tech Apprenticeships - Free Breakfast Talk
    Have you ever considered taking on an IT apprentice? The benefits of doing so are vast. Come along to this session to find out how your company can benefit from this programme. While guests enjoy their complimentary breakfast and coffee, Escalla Apprenticeship experts will cover the following topics: - Outline of apprenticeship programme - Details of the Tech Apprenticeship offer and how it is delivered - Benefit to employers and success stories There will be time for questions and networking following the presentation.
  • Pelton Remembered
    A Great War Centennial Anniversary Exhibition
  • Are there Giraffe in Madagascar?
    An illustrated talk on the wildlife and culture of Madagascar by Alison Smith and Dave Bottoms, in aid of St Mary's Church, Hutton Magna.
  • Gallery Talk
    Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.
  • Gallery Talk
    Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.
  • Gallery Talk
    Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.
  • Gallery Talk
    Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.
  • Gallery Talk
    Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.
  • Cinderella
    Spennymoor Stage and Song invites to their 2015 pantomime: Cinderella. With an array of laughter and entertainment for the whole family, we are sure you'll have a great time with us. Join us on the 14th to 17th January in Spennymoor Town Hall from 6:30pm with a matinee on Saturday starting from 2pm.
  • Black Horse Beamish Halloween Party
    Our annual Halloween Party at the Black Horse Beamish. Doors open 7pm Live music from the fantastic band 'Shotgun Hooker'. Food available on the evening Tickets £12.00 available to purchase online, over the phone or from the bar (50p booking fee for tickets bought online). £15.00 admission on the door. Please call 01207 232569 if you'd like to buy your ticket over the phone.
  • Black Horse Beamish Bonfire
    Bonfire Night at Black Horse Beamish, Durham. This year promises to be a fantastic evening of family fun. We will have several stalls organised serving delicious snacks, drinks and treats. Funfair Bonfire Firework Display at 7.15pm ***PARKING*** We ask everyone to please be sensible and park in a safe place, not blocking any vital access for emergency services. We recommend giving yourself plenty of time to find a parking space - parking is available at the Black Horse or we have additional parking in our overflow field and at Aston Workshop which is a short walk. Please follow directions from our parking attendants.
  • Robin Williamson
    In Concert Robin Williamson Co-founder of The Incredible String Band
  • Fantastic Acts!
    Riding Lights inspire with Fantastic Acts! Hilarity and vitality abound as Riding Lights Theatre Company presents Fantastic Acts! and take on the book of Acts... and beyond. In classic Riding Lights' style - with laughter, insight and vivid story-telling - Fantastic Acts! invites you to take an invigorating dip into the remarkable lives of the men and women who formed the first churches. Riding Lights is a charity and the performance has been booked by local residents For a full tour schedule visit
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