This week’s newsbits include interesting meetings, messages for Fraud Week, and great events starting next weekend. Please respond to the consultation on the DCC Budget. Find out more about all the following on my blog at:


• DCC Budget Consultation.

• DCC Environment Scrutiny Committee meeting, Monday 13 November.

• GAMP Employment Task Group meeting, Thursday 9 November.

• Newton Aycliffe ASB Group, Thursday 9 November.

• Latest local roadworks information.


• Alcohol Awareness Week.

• Fraud against job-seekers.

• Important information about Universal Credit ‘waiting days’.

• Don’t get bitten by a loan shark this Christmas.

• A new £1 million sewer is part of the work to develop Forrest Business Park.

• The Centre for Process Innovation breaks ground on Sedgefield NETPark.


• See Tim Peake’s historic spacecraft + VR descent, Locomotion Museum Shildon, 10am-4pm, 22 November-15 January.

• Durham Gala Theatre Panto – Robinson Crusoe, from Thursday 23 November to 6 January.

• Bishop Auckland Town Hall Panto – Dick Whittington and his Pirate Adventure, 10:30am and 1:30pm, 25-27 November.

• Learn how to play the ancient Chinese game of Go (for families with children aged 8+), Durham Oriental Museum, drop in 1-4pm, Saturday 25 November.

• Xcel Christmas Fayre, from 5:30pm, Wednesday 29 November.