Informative reports about DCC’s Economy Scrutiny, some interesting political news, a great week if you are a railway enthusiast … and the Bishop Auckland Food Festival heads our list of things to do next weekend! Find out more about all the following on my blog at:


• Economy Scrutiny Committee meeting, Thursday 5 April (Tourism, Broadband, Performance Review, GRT provision).

• The DCC Economy Scrutiny Retail Review continues to make good progress.

• Do you need help to remain in your own house? DCC has information about adaptations to your home, equipment & personal care.

• Ron Hogg PCVC has taken issue with the Home Secretary over the impact of police cuts.

• No ID, No Vote – voter ID is being trialled this May in the local elections in Swindon, Woking, Watford, Gosport and Bromley.

• It has been a good week for the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

• Exciting news about the Weardale Railway.

• North-East Autism Society Short Break Lodges Open Day, 10am-3pm, 28 April, 2018.

• Road closures have been advertised for the Newton Aycliffe 10k run on 17 June.

• Latest roadworks information.


• Bishop Auckland Food Festival, 21-22 April.

• World Heritage Weekend, Durham, 21-22 April.

• Toddler Trails – Jack & the Beanstalk (2-5s), Hardwick Park, 10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm, Wednesday 18 April and Saturday 21 April, £4, book in advance (03000 262 899).

• Learn about the Japanese tradition of Sakura (5-11s), Durham Oriental Museum, drop-in 1-3pm, Saturday 21 April.

• Military Music and the DLI (5-11s), Palace Green Library, drop-in 1-3pm, 21-22 April.