Last Saturday saw several Community Groups including Neville Community Association, Acorn Community Association, Junction 7, Junior Neighbourhood Watch, New Friends New Places and Horndale Community Association hold a pop up shop in the town centre to showcase the great work they carry out across our town for the benefit of others. Lots of people attended the event and found out about the activities and projects the groups carry out. The groups were successful in securing funding for the event so there was free face painting, balloon modelling and gifts for all the family.

A group of young adults from the National Citizenship Scheme joined us for the day as part of their work during the summer holidays, they raised approximately £150 for the charity If You Care Share, this assisted with their qualification.

Newton Aycliffe is very lucky to have many groups working in our town delivering many activities and projects, there are more groups than those involved in this event. I believe that there is no other town comparable in size that has so many great organizations working to improve the lives of others.

Thank you to Great Aycliffe Town Council and the towns seven County Councillors Adam, Atkinson, Clare, Durham, Hopper, Howell and Iveson.

Philip Clark

Horndale Community Association