Some interesting newsletters, plus health opportunities and consultations to take part in. And don’t miss my talk on the History of Aycliffe! As always, further details and links online at:


• Last chance: the Primary School admissions application deadline is Monday 15 January.

• Consultation: Police element of council tax to increase.

• Durham Countryside New Year Newsletter.

• Middridge Parish Council Meeting, Monday 8th January.

• Latest local roadworks information in the Newton Aycliffe area.


• Are you taking part in the ‘Dry January’ challenge? The harder you might find it, the more you need to do it.

• ‘Walk Durham’ to improve your health and fitness – Tuesdays 10-11am from the Pioneering Care Centre.

• Healthwatch County Durham January Newsletter.

• Consultation: Healthwatch County Durham are asking your opinion on which services they should investigate in 2018/19.

• Consultation: Should the system for organ donation be changed to one where you are automatically signed up unless you opt out?

• Consultation: How should decisions be made when people do not have capacity to make them for themselves?

• The Kings Drive estate is ‘a place to be proud of’ – thank you North Echo for recognising what has been done.


• ‘When the Bugle Calls’ DLI exhibition in Bishop Auckland Town Hall (until 16 March).

• ‘Chinese Pots’ (5-11s), Durham Oriental Museum, drop-in 1-3pm, Saturday 20 January.

• I am speaking to the Bishop Auckland Civic Society on the fantastic History of Aycliffe, 7.30pm, Tuesday 27th March.