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Children get an insight into Christmas in Europe
Published December 17, 2018 11.15am
Mince pies, stockings and red breasted robins - that's how children would describe Christmas in County Durham to pupils in other parts of Europe.
Mother's festive plea to give a child a home
Published December 14, 2018 11.13am
A mother has spoken of her joyful first Christmas with her adopted children to encourage others to give the gift of a home.
County Durham outperforms national average in primary school performance tables
Published December 13, 2018 3.48pm
Primary schools in County Durham are performing above the national average in almost all areas.
If you go down to Wharton Park you're sure of a big snowy surprise
Published December 12, 2018 1.10pm
Little bears and their grown-ups are invited on a winter adventure to help save Christmas.
Vocal Festival will fill Durham with song once again
Published December 07, 2018 1.59pm
Durham Vocal Festival is set to return for a third year, promising world famous artists, thousands of performers and two world premieres.
Free food and winter woollies for families
Published December 07, 2018 1.09pm
Free snacks and store cupboard staples are on offer to families in Bishop Auckland this winter in a bid to reduce food waste.
Children's views help shape social care improvements in County Durham
Published December 04, 2018 3.25pm
Councillors will hear of improvements to children's social care, including a new electronic referral and case management system and a successful social worker training academy, when they meet next week.
Plans for Regional Adoption Agency to be discussed
Published December 04, 2018 3.17pm
Proposals to combine adoption services at three local authorities in the north will be discussed by councillors in County Durham next week.
Don't Drink and Drown
Published December 04, 2018 11.24am
Don't Drink and Drown - that's the simple message being issued to revellers this festive season.
A festive guest at Hardwick
Published November 30, 2018 12.20pm
Families can meet a very merry special guest at Sedgefield's Hardwick Park this December.
County Durham nursery highlighted internationally
Published November 29, 2018 10.42am
An outstanding nursery in County Durham is representing England in an international study.
Safeguarding week for children and adults
Published November 23, 2018 3.04pm
A week dedicated to the safeguarding of adults and children will provide important advice to the public and practitioners next week.
New campaign urges people to be Litter Heroes
Published November 20, 2018 4.12pm
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and even Captain America - they've all been spotted in Durham City.
Lumiere returns with Director's Cut of past festival favourites for 10th anniversary edition
Published November 14, 2018 9.25am
The biennial Lumiere light festival, produced by leading arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by the council, will return to Durham city from the 14 to 17 November 2019. Lumiere 2019 will mark 10 years since the festival first launched in Durham in 2009.
British and German schoolchildren unite for armistice commemorations
Published November 09, 2018 1.43pm
At a time when the First World War is at the forefront of everyone's minds, German and British schoolchildren have come together to spread messages of hope and unity.
Multi-academy trust for Wellfield and Tanfield schools
Published November 06, 2018 3.30pm
Councillors are being recommended to support Wellfield and Tanfield schools in their aspirations to form a multi-academy trust.
Little bears and their grown-ups invited to Christmas party in the park
Published November 06, 2018 2.55pm
Children are invited to a magical Christmas show this December as a theatre company returns to entertain.
Operation Jellyfish stings illegal tobacco trade
Published November 06, 2018 11.49am
Illegal tobacco thought to be worth thousands of pounds has been seized and a man arrested in raids in County Durham.
County Durham care leavers celebrated
Published November 01, 2018 1.01pm
Achievements of County Durham care leavers have been highlighted during a national awareness week.
Assistance for care leavers in the spotlight
Published October 23, 2018 5.03pm
"The council has designed a lot of different pathways to help people like me to get the best possible opportunities and give them the stability that is so important."