An array of significant events this week (including a vitally important survey), plus some interesting things to do next week. Find more information on my blog at:
And don’t forget to join me for my community/council radio show jdccdj on Friday afternoon, 4-6pm; and for my politics discussion show POLITICAL, 6-7:30pm, Sunday 19 May, both on Aycliffe Radio at:
• DCC funding bid provides £800,000 to help rough sleepers find accommodation.
• A Climate Change meeting with Northern Powergrid.
• Road Safety Awareness Week targeting traffic outside schools.
• Middridge litter-pick, Sunday 12 May.
• Middridge Parish Council AGM, Monday 13 May.
• This year’s County Durham Big Spring Clean saw 2,215 people spend more than 5,200 hours carrying out 187 litter picks to collect 3,318 bags of rubbish.
• DCC operation conducted roadside inspections to catch would-be flytippers.
• Please respond to the Digital Durham 2019 broadband consultation (includes your postcode’s superfast classification) – this is something we need not just to ‘consult’ about, but to start shouting about.
• Aycliffe ASB Group, Friday 10 May.
• Ron Hogg spoke at a Serious Violence Conference discussing the government’s policing strategy.
• Ron Hogg has endorsed the NCA’s call for more resources for policing.
• The May 2019 GAMP e-bulletin is published – Board meeting 21 May; project callout for bids currently open; 10 Years of Success; Wheels2Work; NHS Long-term Plan; open air music festival; Carers Support newsletter.
• Road closure Nimbies take aim at Velo North.
• Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Darlington Hippodrome, 21-25 May, tickets £12.50-£38.
• Guided walk – the Heritage Coast and Horden (7½miles/4 hours), meet 10:30am 24 May, Easington Colliery car park, SR8 3RU, £4.
• Beginner’s Guide to Maps & Compasses: 25-26 May, £35 – call 03000 264589 or email for more information and to book.
• Craft & Trade Fair, The Big Club Sheraton Road DL5 5NU, 10:30am-1pm Saturday 25 May, FREE.
• Sk8fest, Town Park Newton Aycliffe, 11am-4pm Saturday 25 May, FREE.
• Japanese manga series Rozen-Maiden magical dolls (5-11s), Durham Oriental Museum, drop-in 1-3pm Saturday 25 May, FREE.
• Enchanted Village trail (families), Hardwick Park, 25 May-2 June, £1 – phone 03000 262 899 for more information.
• Durham Pride (family event), The Sands Durham, 10:30am-11pm Sunday 26 May, FREE.
• Meccano Magic, Locomotion Museum Shildon, 10am-5pm, 26-27 May, FREE.
• Women’s Gala, Wharton Park Durham, Saturday 8 June.