Another quiet week for Council news, but an update on the S&DR, some important business news and some ideas of things to do next week. Find more information on my blog at:

And why not join me for my politics discussion show POLITICAL, 6-7:30pm, Sunday 16 June (where the Big Story will be Participatory Politics):


• STEPHANIE meeting (space and photonics technology innovation), Monday 10 June.

• GATC Policy & Resources Committee Meeting, Wednesday 5 June (grants/donations; budget and MTFP; tipper vehicle replacement).

• Ron Hogg calls for a review of drug policy after government ministers admit having taken drugs.

• Friends of the S&DR meeting, Thursday 6 June.

• Extinction Rebellion meeting, Monday 10 June.

• Newspaper campaign to ‘power up the north’.

• The North East has outperformed the rest of UK In Exports.

• A three-year £4.9 million County Durham Growth Fund has been launched by Business Durham.


• ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ Toddler Trail (2-5s), Hardwick Park, 10am-11.30am or 1pm-2.30pm Wednesday 18 or Saturday 22 June, £4: book on 03000 262 899.

• Romeo and Juliet ballet, Gala Theatre Durham, 7:30pm Wednesday 19 June, tickets £15-18.

• Horrible Histories, Darlington Hippodrome, 20-23 June, tickets £10-15.

• Durham University Community Fun Day, Palace Green, 10am-3pm Saturday 22 June, FREE.

• Chinese Jade landscapes (5-11s), Durham Oriental Museum, drop-in 1-3pm, Saturday 22 June, FREE.

• North East Police History Society AND opening of the Welfare Hall (the first building in the new 1950s town), Beamish Museum, 22-23 June (entrance fee applies).