Neighbourhood Watch

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NHW news letter April 2016

  • 02 May 2016
  • John Bignall

NHW newsletter for April 2016 just posted

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Neighbourhood Watch (1)

  • 17 February 2016
  • John Bignall

The latest postings and previous information from Police and Neighbourhood Watch

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Video Makers Club

  • 11 November 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

This weeks meeting on Thursday, 12th November, 2015 starting at 7.30pm, will be setting up and filming an interview, experimenting with various microphones and viewing some of the footage you have taken with your various cameras etc. Last week was busy and successful when 4 new members from the Training Course came along, plus a further new member.

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WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

  • 11 November 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

REMEMBRANCE DAY, WEDNESDAY, 11TH NOVEMBER, 2015. WE REMEMBER ALL OF THOSE MEN AND WOMEN FROM HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN NUMEROUS CONFLICTS ACROSS THE GLOBE AND ALSO TO THOSE WHO TOOK PART AND SURVIVED LIVING WITH THE MEMORIES. WE OFFER OUR GRATEFUL THANKS.

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Another Talk Talk Scam!

  • 04 November 2015
  • John Bignall

Another Talk Talk Scam

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HMRC Scam

  • 26 October 2015
  • John Bignall

Latest Scam from Neighbourhood Watch

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Darlington FOODSTORE Network

  • 17 September 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

(Darlington Churches Together) St Andrew's distribution point Thursdays, 1.30pm - 2.30pm An emergency food resource for people in hardship and crisis who are unable to feed themselves or their family. We are always in need of donations of food to maintain our giving to needy families. Especially welcome are gifts of Tinned fruit, Tinned meat, UHT milk, Tinned tomatoes. Drop off your gifts at the St Andrew's Church Hall, The Green. St Andrew's Office contact telephone (weekday mornings) 01325 468142

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History Society

  • 17 September 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Members and guest enjoyed the history society meeting on Monday evening 14th September. Win Coleman gave a fascinating talk about her grandfather PETER LEE born in 1864. A remarkable man who went to work down the pits at the age of 10. Learnt to read at 20, travelled the world and was so well thought of, had a new town named after him.

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Video Makers Club

  • 17 September 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

This weeks meeting will be especially good. We shall be welcoming David Peffer, who is an an award-winning film-maker from the Tynemouth Club. David will be showing some of the movies that he has produced and/or acted in. Some of the movies these will involve children from the school where he teaches. Not only will be be treated to some really good dramas and comedies, but also we are sure to pick up some tips that will help us improve our techniques. A meeting not to be missed!

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Neighbourhood watch

  • 16 September 2015
  • John Bignall

Neighbourhood Watch Postings

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Wild Flowers (1)

  • 31 July 2015
  • John Bignall

William Thompson's photo of Wild Flowers

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Neighbourhood Watch News Letter now posted

  • 09 July 2015
  • John Bignall

Neighbourhood Watch News Letter July 2015

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Memorial Garden Ash Burial

  • 26 April 2015
  • John Bignall

Memorial Garden Ash Burial

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CHANGE OF DATE FOR RESIDENT'S ASSOCIATION MEETING

  • 23 March 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Please not that the Resident's Association Meeting is now to be held on the 9th March and not the 2nd as originally planned. See events/calendar for further details.

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St ANDREW'S CHURCH OPEN DAYS 2015

  • 21 March 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

The very beautiful St Andrew's Church, Haughton-le-Skerne dating from 1125 will be open again for visits as follows: March to April 2015 on Wednesdays between 10.15am-3.15pm and in May to September on Wednesdays from 1015am-4.15pm. Stewards will be present to offer assistence and leaflets are available. The Boathouse Cafe is also open in the Church Hall on a Wednesday morning and is well worth a visit.

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A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS

  • 19 March 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Darlington Video Makers (who meet in the very lovely Haughton Methodist Chapel) celebrated their 50th anniversary last Thursday, the 12th March, 2015 Club, when a good night was had by all. Treasurer Derek had prepared a movie of 50 years of club members' productions with which to dazzle visitors and there was a delicious buffet with which to feed them - and members too of course. There was also a huge cake cut by John the surviving founder member. The Club received an IAC certificate from the President of that august body, Linda Gough. Also in attendance were the Chairman of the IAC, Ivor Rose (he's one of the club members), the Chairman of NERIAC, Sylvia Spence, and the Chairman of NECA, Brian Dunkerly. Darlington Video Makers own president presided over the whole assembly which also included many visitors from clubs around the region.

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Haughton Ladies Badminton Club

  • 03 February 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Haughton Ladies Badminton Club meets every Wednesday, at 8pm, in the Education Village, Haughton-le-Skerne. More details can be found on haughtonladiesbadmintonclub'webs.com or by contacting Darren on 01325 251713.

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A day in the life of a market trader

  • 03 February 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

If you haven't already done so, take a look in February's Darlington Together Magazine, where there is an interesting article on page 26 called 'A day in the life of a market trader'. The article is about a chat with greengrocer Robin Blair, who has been a grocer for over 50 years and whose shop JJ Blair and Sons has been in the market for more than 140 years. Robin is well known in both Darlington and Haughton where the family also have a shop on Barmpton Lane.

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Holiday Competition

  • 03 February 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Darlington Video Makers Club. This week we hold our annual Holiday Competition on Thursday, 5th February. Films are limited to 15 minutes in length and we are hoping that there will be a good number of entries. After we have viewed the films, members will be free to discuss them in our traditional, constructive way as they will be sent off to be judged by Michael Gough, the famous film-maker from the Newcastle Club. In due course, Michael will reveal who won the competition and will send us his comments about each of the entries. To finish off the evening's entertainment, members have been asked to bring a video that we haven't yet seen, or one that we haven't seen for a long time. Alan M

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KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR THIS VAN

  • 26 January 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

A WHITE TRANSIT VAN bearing the registration number NA06 SVD was seen in Coxhoe, Co Durham last week. It is believed to be the van going around the North saying that they're selling fish when really they're eyeing your property to see if you have any dogs which they come back and steal. SO BE AWARE AND MAKE SURE YOUR DOGS ARE SAFE.

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Visit by Reading Film & Video Makers Club

  • 20 January 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

This week on Thursday, 22nd January, Darlington Video Makers Club have invited the Reading Film and Video Makers along to their weekly meeting at Haughton Methodist Chapel. The Reading team are very experienced and active. Tonight we shall watch some of their films and discuss each one. We find this process stimulating as we exchange views and options and, inevitably, come away with new ideas that we can use in our own videos. Visitors are always welcome to join us to see who we are and what we do. See events for times etc.

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Found Near Five Arches

  • 20 January 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Info requested by Darlington Neighbourhood Police Teams. On 18 January, a member of the public was walking his dog along the footpath by the river Skerne, near the Five Arches at Haughton, when he spotted a bin bag. His dog started barking, so the man opened the bag to see what was in it, and found the remains of a deer and a fawn. Do you know of anyone who may be hunting or poaching in the area? Did you know who might have left the bin bag on the footpath? If so, please call us on our non-emergency number, 101. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111. Calls are anonymous, and they pay cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information you give to them leads to one or more people being arrested and charged.

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Pilot Officer William McMullen's Story

  • 13 January 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Please take a look in the Local History, Memories Section on the Hub where you will find the story of Pilot Officer William McMullen who on this day, Monday, 13th January, 1944 guided his stricken Lancaster away from Darlington and took it down in a field near to where a memorial now stands in his honour. Much has been written about McMullen who is remembered with grateful thanks. This article was recently written by Chris Lloyd, Deputy Editor of the Northern Echo, for his Echo Memories Section dated 10th January and is also available on line.

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Theft of Motor Home, Stockton Road

  • 13 January 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

Sometime between 05/01/2015 and 11/01/2015,(while occupants were not at home) unknown person/s stole a Dark Grey, Sprinter 311 Motor Home reg YE07OYW from the driveway of number 39 Stockton Road. If you heard or saw anything suspicion in the area between the relevant dates please contact PC 578 HUNT, B Relief, Darlington Police Station, Telephone 101. Please be vigilant as a male has also been seen in the area trying door handles.

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Act of Remembrance tonight

  • 13 January 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

It is 70 years this evening Tuesday, 13th January, since CANADIAN PILOT OFFICER WILLIAM McMULLEN died whilst he steered his stricken Lancaster away from Darlington during WW2. There will be a small service of remembrance at his memorial on McMullen Road junction of Allington Way. The Mayor of Darlington, representatives from various groups including the British Legion, plus Chris Lloyd from the Northern Echo will be in attendance - a number will be laying wreaths. EVERYONE WILL GATHER AT 8.30PM. The mayor is to say a few words and a minutes silence will be held at 8.49pm (the time the Lancaster came down) followed by the last post and reveille. All are welcome.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

  • 01 January 2015
  • Carol Atkinson

The team from the HAUGHTON HUB wishes all its readers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and hopes that 2015 will bring good health and happiness. For those of us here in Haughton-le-Skerne the first day of the new year has entered gently and it is incredibly mild for the 1st of January. The sun is shining and the garden birds are out in force enjoying the day, what could be nicer! ALL THE BEST.

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Programme of Films from Potters Bar

  • 03 December 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Darlington Video Maker's Club this week is being treated to a Programme of Films from Potters Bar. Following recent club discussions about how to judge videos and other constructive suggestions for improvements, we shall probably use the Potters Bar films to try and hone our skills. Everyone Welcome Alan M.

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New book on sale HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE MEMORIES

  • 01 December 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The new book HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE MEMORIES priced £9.99 will be on sale in the Local Studies Section of Darlington Library this Friday, 5th December, from 10am until 1pm, when Carol Atkinson is holding a Book Signing Event. The book contains a wealth of memories written by Carol, fellow history society members and villagers past and present. The memories are accompanied by photos many from private collections that have never been published previously. EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS PRESENT.

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15 MINUTES COMPETITION

  • 20 November 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

This week we hold our annual "15 Minutes Competition". Any length of film will be welcomed, up to a maximum of 15 minutes. Entries will be judged by outside judges, and we will receive expert comments on our efforts. It's difficult to know how many entries there will be and how long the viewing will take, so members are asked to bring along some of their films that we haven't seen for a while, or perhaps a film-in-the-making where advice is needed would be welcomed. Alan M

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ST ANDREW'S CHURCH FAYRE

  • 16 November 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

If you are thinking about buying Christmas presents, remember to put ST ANDREW'S CHURCH FAYRE into your diary. It will be held next Saturday, 22nd November, 11am-2pm in the church hall opposite St Andrew's Church. A new book called HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE MEMORIES will be on sale priced £9.99. Stalls include: cakes, preserves, bottles, crafts, and cards. There will also be a raffle, tombola, plus a visit from Father Christmas. If you need a break in between shopping, enjoy some refreshments or visit the BBQ. ENTRY to the Fayre is 20p.

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HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE MEMORIES

  • 13 November 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

History Society Members and villagers alike enjoyed a pleasant morning at the launch of our new book 'HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE MEMORIES'. There has been some wonderful feedback since such as: "The book is amazing, I can't put it down", "Such a gem", "A truly historic collection of lovely memories for us all and future villagers. And I feel proud to be part of that history", "The book is brilliant", "Fabulous", "A triumph". The book priced £9.99 can be ordered by sending an email to datkinson1689@aol.com or phoning 01325 351546 and asking to speak to Carol Atkinson.

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Remembering HAUGHTON'S FALLEN of WW1

  • 06 November 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

On behalf of all of those who attended the talk 'REMEMBERING HAUGHTON'S FALLEN' given by Neil Wastell in St Andrew's Church on the 1st November, I would like to say big THANK YOU. Neil told the story of the men from Haughton who lost their lives in WW1, describing a little about the men's lives; the Haughton, they left behind and the war torn countries of Belgium and France in which they valiantly fought and where they finally lost their lives. Neil spoke with both passion and empathy in remembrance of the men who we have come to know as our HAUGHTON BOYS.

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BOOK LAUNCH

  • 06 November 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

TOMORROW 12TH NOVEMBER, 10AM UNTIL 12 NOON, launch of new book HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE MEMORIES' published by the Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society. The book compiled by Carol Atkinson is full of memories written by her, members of the history society, also villagers past and present. The stories are accompanied by photographs, many of which come from private collections and will not have been seen before. The book priced at £9.99 can be purchased at the book launch which will take place in the Methodist Chapel, Haughton Green, tomorrow WEDNESDAY, 12th November. Orders can be placed by email on datkinson1689@aol.com or 01325 351546 and will be ready for collection that morning. Please note that this book (and ideal Christmas present) is not available in bookshops.

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Saturday November 1st 10am

  • 27 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Neil Wastell is giving a free talk in St Andrew's Church this Saturday November 1st at 10am REMEMBERING HAUGHTON'S FALLEN with an exhibition and refreshments afterwards in Haughton Chapel. A number of the men's descendants are coming along too. Everyone welcome

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For Future Generations

  • 25 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

If you enjoy Haughton's history, take a look at this morning's Northern Echo Memories in which Chris Lloyd has written an interesting piece called 'For Future Generations'. Jacqueline Smith from Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society supplied and poignant information about her grandfather Lance Cpl John George Robinson accompanied by 2 photos of him with the Northumberland Fusiliers. Chris has also kindly advertised the fact that Neil Wastell is to give a talk called 'REMEMBERING HAUGHTON's FALLEN' in St Andrew's Church on Saturday, 1st November at 10am. Buy an Echo or read it on line and please come along to the talk.

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REMEMBERING HAUGHTON'S FALLEN

  • 25 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Neil Wastell is to give a talk 'REMEMBERING HAUGHTON'S FALLEN' in remembrance to the 32 men from Haughton-le-Skerne who lost their lives in WW1. Following the talk everyone is invited to move to Haughton Methodist Chapel on the Green for refreshments. Plus there will be a small display of WW1 memorabilia and further info including some relating to a number of Haughton's survivors.

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Stay Safe Online

  • 21 October 2014
  • John Bignall

Interesting and Informative Information about Staying Safe Online

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MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

  • 20 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Macmillan helps to improve the lives of thousands of people affected by cancer. If you have some spare time this coming Friday 24th October please drop in at Coffee@Haughton in the Methodist Chapel anytime between 10am-1pm and support the MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING. All takings to will go to the Macmillan Nurses.

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River Skerne by Haughton-le-Skerne

  • 18 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Durham Wildlife Trust has some ideas for improving the wildlife and landscaping along by the River Skerne and would like to present these to you. They are seeking opinions and any ideas you might have, so why not go along to one of the public consultations. The next date is Monday 20th October. There will be a drop in session from 3pm-5pm, a presentation from 6pm-6.30pm followed by a discussion from7pm-7.30pm. This meeting will be held in the Methodist Chapel, The Green. Come along and have your say.

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Dog Fouling

  • 18 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Dog fouling on the pavements has become a real problem in Haughton, especially along Stockton Road and The Green. If you own a dog that is walked on the pavements, please show some consideration and 'pick up' after your dog. Just think for a moment "WOULD YOU LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR"? I don't think so and believe the owners of these dogs would be the first to complain. Speaking from experience, as one who has to constantly clean up someone else's unpleasant mess up, to stop it being trampled into the home, show some consideration and PICK IT UP!

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NEW BOOK ABOUT HAUGHTON

  • 11 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

A new book called 'Haughton-le-Skerne Memories' has been produced and will be published in mid November. Members from Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society have been putting pen to paper and writing about their memories of life in Haughton. We have also had contributions from ex Haughtonians from as far away as Spain! The book is full of recollections including subjects about schooldays, village shops, life during wartime and much, much, more. All of the stories are accompanied by lots of interesting photos, many coming from private collections. So if you are thinking about what to buy friends and relatives for Christmas, 'Haughton-le-Skerne Memories' could be the ideal present.

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Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society

  • 10 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The next meeting of the history society will be on Monday 13th October, 2014. The talk 'The History of Darlington Markets' will be presented by Chris Lloyd, Deputy Editor of the Northern Echo. Meetings start at 6.30pm and are held in the Methodist Chapel, Haughton Green, DL1 2DD. Members £2 & Guests Welcome £2.50 per meeting.

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Darlington Video Makers Club

  • 04 October 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The Darlington Video Makers Club meets tonight in the Chapel starting at 7.30pm. The group invites members and guests to 'An evening with Michael Gough" Michael is a major award-winning video maker and will be showing some examples of his work. To avoid any confusion, the club until recently was known as the Darlington Camcorder Club but has changed its name to reflect the current changes in technology and media now used.

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WI tour of the church on 17th September

  • 30 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Whoops! My apologies to the gentleman who gave some ladies from the WI a tour of the church on Wednesday, 17th September. I had been under the impression that Audrey Pearson was on duty but it turns out that she wasn't. Thank you they enjoyed the tour.

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Muddy Mayhem at the Camcorder Club!

  • 20 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

An enjoyable meeting was had by all last Thursday at the Camcorder Club. Reg from the 'Outside Broadcast' Unit filmed his 'Muddy Mayhem' visit to Hardwick Country Park. Muddy Mayhem was not a race for the faint-hearted! Runners could tackle a 5km or 10km course strewn with a variety of obstacles, including cargo nets, tyres, climbing walls, tunnels, open water ditches and of course lots of mud! Reg himself, did a brilliant job of following the competitors around the course. Following tea and cake, during the 2nd half of the Camcorder Club meeting, members and guests watched a show reel from 'The Coast Video Club'.

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Haughton Memories Book

  • 20 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

'HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE MEMORIES' - For those of amongst us who enjoy reading about memories of days gone by and looking at old photos, keep watching the Hub for further details, as a new book being produced by the History Society is to go on sale mid November.

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WI GET TOGETHER

  • 18 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

A pleasant afternoon was had by all yesterday when the Haughton WI arranged for a few members from other town groups to join them in the Chapel. Carol Atkinson from Haughtons Local History Society gave a talk written in 2010 by Pam Pallister (sadly no longer with us) called 'Village Life in Haughton-le-Skerne - My Memories of Bestwick's the Bakers & Pamela Brown's Hair Salon'. Pam had been an enthusiastic member of both groups and is fondly remembered by them. Following the talk Valerie Tooth opened up Coffee@Haughton where the group enjoyed lattes, hot chocolate, tea and homemade cheese scones. A number of the group then wandered over to St Andrew's Church where they were given a guided tour by Audrey Pearson. The remainder of the ladies present watched photos of the village. In fact the day proved to be quite a 'GET TOGETHER' for a number of groups.

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Camcorder Club Weekly Meetings

  • 10 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Just to let everyone know that the Darlington Camcorder Club's new season starts tomorrow Thursday 11th September and the group will now meet once again on a weekly basis. The meetings are interesting and friendly. Guests are encouraged to come along and are always made extremely welcome. Meetings are published in the Hub Events and the full timetable is available on the Darlington Camcorder Club Website.

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Festival of Thrift

  • 07 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The Festival of Thrift returns to Lingfield Point in Darlington on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th September. The 2014 festival has expanded with a new stage and even more workshops, food, stalls, speakers and things to do and see. The festival was a roaring success in 2013 when 27,000 people came from all across the country to join in the fun. There will be over 50 stalls on site selling all sorts of wonderful upcycled, vintage and preloved goodies. Browse through a plethora of stalls selling jewellery, furniture, homewares, accessories and toys. Take part in workshops, demonstrations, beekeeping, crab dressing, sushi-making and all things upcycled. Visit www.festivalofthrift.co.uk to find out more and book your place.

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William COATES, Yorks & Lancs Regiment

  • 06 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society have been researching the lives of the 32 men from the parish who died in WW1. However, one man in particular William COATES of the Yorks & Lancs Regiment has proved to be quite elusive. If you are a descendant or have some information on William Coates please get in touch with Neil Wastell by email on nwastell@gmail.com.

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Haughton Girls at the High School

  • 06 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

If you attended the Darlington High School don't forget to pop in and take a look at the Exhibition being held in the Local Studies Section, Darlington Library. It was easy to spot the faces and names of a number of HAUGHTONIANS amongst the memorabilia on display.

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We will REMEMBER THEM

  • 06 September 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

On November 1st, Neil Wastell a member of the Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society is to give a talk in St Andrew's Church about the men from Haughton-le-Skerne who lost their lives in WW1 and accompanied by a small exhibition. Refreshments will be available in the Haughton Methodist Chapel. Keep watching the Hub for further details. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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Well Done

  • 23 August 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

A polish student at Haughton Academy proved that language is no barrier. When Piotr Toczyski joined the school in year 7 he could only say 'yes' and 'no' in English. At school in Poland students were taught Russian and German, not English. With help from teachers, English TV and film he soon picked up the language. The result being Piotr gained an A, two Bs and three Cs. Well done Piotr, what an achievement.

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Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society

  • 11 August 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The next meeting of the history society will be on Monday 18th August, 2014. The talk 'GERTRUDE & THOMAS CARTER, A WW1 WARTIME ROMANCE' will be presented by their granddaughter Susan Harrison (nee Carter). Meetings start at 6.30pm and are held in the Methodist Chapel, Haughton Green, DL1 2DD. Members £2 & Guests Welcome £2.50 per meeting.

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St Andrew’s Church Hosts Exhibition of Parish War Graves

  • 10 August 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

St Andrew’s Church opened its door to the public on Monday, August 4th to honour the young men of the parish who died in the Great War with an exhibition charting their family graves. Go to the Local History, Memories Section to see further details.

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WW1 DESCENDANTS

  • 05 August 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Some time ago an appeal was made on the Haughton Hub asking for descendants of the 32 men from Haughton-le-Skerne who died in the conflict to contact us. Recently, 2 families got in touch for which we are extremely grateful, especially at this moment in time when yesterday signified 100 years since the start of WW1. Carol Atkinson and Neil Wastell members of the Local History society are currently researching and have been for some time the 32 men in question. If you are also a descendant please don't hesitate to get in touch. A page is shortly to be placed in the History Section on the hub with further details.

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WW1 Act of Remembrance

  • 05 August 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Yesterday, marked the centenary of 100 years since the start of WW1 and as an act of remembrance and respect St Andrew's Church was open for quiet moments of reflection. Audrey Pearson, a church member, cleaned and tidied up 13 gravestones on which families had included the names of their sons, brothers, husbands who had died in the conflict. In addition Audrey placed small hand written crosses on these graves and took photos which were placed as a collage in the church. The collage can also be viewed each Wednesday when the church is open to the public.

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Haughton Village Teddy Bears Picnic

  • 03 August 2014
  • John Bignall

Teddy Bears Picnic August 9th 11.00am until 2.00pm in the Memorial Garden

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August Opening Times

  • 25 July 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

During August, Coffee @ Haughton, will be open from 10am to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Fridays. Ideally positioned on the village green, Haughton Methodist Church has converted the chapel vestry into a bistro-style café serving a range of fresh coffees (filter, latte, cappuccino etc) and cake. On a sunny day there are also tables and chairs placed outside in the courtyard.

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Food Bank

  • 12 July 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The King's Church Foodstore Network in Darlington has now opened its 4th distribution point at St Andrew's Church, Haughton Green. The King's Church Network gave out 3,563 bags of food between September and January. Donations to the independent King's Church Foodstore can be made at the King's Centre on Whessoe Road in Darlington. For more details and opening times call 07403402361.

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Remarkable Coincidence

  • 10 July 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

A truly remarkable coincidence has occurred relating to 'John's Story' that can be found in the Local History, Memories Section on the Hub. Read about this incredible coincidence which will be published on the Hub this Sunday 13th July.

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The Seven Sisters!

  • 28 June 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Who were the Seven Sisters? Go to the Local History, Stories Section to read instalment one.

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A Policeman's Lot in 1916

  • 20 June 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

If you were under the belief that life in Haughton-le-Skerne would be quiet and crime free in 1916 then think again! Go to the Local History, Stories section and read about a Police Chase that took place on the 19th May that year. The details were taken from the Newcastle Journal. Consider there were no double crews or police radios in those days to ask for assistance!

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PTE Wilfrid Hope, DLI

  • 14 June 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Those of you who regularly read the Hub will be aware that we appealed for the descendants of WW1 Haughton service men or women to get in touch. Research is being carried out by 2 members of the History Society which will be published on a database in time for ARMISTICE SUNDAY this year. Subsequently, Andy Shotton got in touch and has now written an article about his granddad WILFRID HOPE who served in the DLI and was wounded at Ypres but thankfully returned home. Andy's account (accompanied by photos) is poignant but scattered with humour too. To read this fascinating tale please go to the Local History, Memories Section.

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Remembering Issac Scarth on this D Day Anniversary

  • 06 June 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

On this very special day of remembrance, I would like our readers to take this opportunity to think of Issac Scarth who took part in (and survived) the D Day Paratrooper Landings at Pegasus Bridge, Normandy. Take a look at a photo of Issac in his WW2 Uniform in the Local History, Photographs & Video Section.

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Haughton Gets Electricity

  • 01 June 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Today we all take electricity for granted but were you aware when it was first installed in Haughton? If not take a look at the London Gazette article that has been added to the Local History, Stories Section.

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Guides Call for Help

  • 31 May 2014
  • John Bignall

Haughton le Skerne Guides seek historical data ready for their 90th anniversary celebrations next year.

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An Evening of Contemporary Folk Music with Jez Lowe

  • 30 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

If you enjoy contemporary folk music come along to a musical evening on Saturday May 31st with North-East singer songwriter Jez Lowe. Although this event has already been advertised in the events section, we felt it was worth a further another mention. Tickets are available in advance from St Andrew's Parish Office, tel 01325 468142. A complimentary glass of wine or soft drink is included in the ticket price which is: Adults £9.00 and Children (under 16) £5.00. Location St Andrew's Church, Haughton Green, event starts at 8pm (doors open 7.15pm).

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Haughton WMC 1950s Outing

  • 24 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

There are already 2 articles on the Hub about life at Haughton-le-Skerne Working Men's Club and we thought it was about time for a photo of some of the members! Go to the Local History, Photographs & Video section, where you will find a 1950s photo of members on a club outing.

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Camcorder Club, June Meeting

  • 18 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Meeting Preview for the 12th June 2014. Our second Summer Club Evening will address the often ignored manual settings on a camcorder. We all know that allowing electronics to sort out the best settings for a particular shot will, most times, produce a good result. However, if we wish to become a little more creative then we need to take a few decisions ourselves.

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Highland Laddie Photos

  • 17 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Please take a look at 4 magical photos belonging to Chris Armstrong who lived in the Highland Laddie Public House as a Child, I am sure you will enjoy them. View the photos in the Local History, Photographs & Video Section.

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A Haughton DVD

  • 13 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Two members of Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society are researching the lives of the Haughton men who lost their lives in WW1. This info plus stories of those who survived and returned home will be added to a database available for all to view. Accompanying the database will be a short DVD featuring members telling the men's story. Last night Jean Robson (nee Clough) who used to teach at Haughton Church of England School was the first Haughtonian to take part in the filming.

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Darlington In Bloom

  • 10 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The Darlington in Bloom competition is open to gardeners of all levels of experience and with every type of garden. There are some beautiful gardens in HAUGHTON so why not think about taking part. Organisers are encouraging people who love their garden but who have never entered the event before to consider taking part. Amongst the many categories are those for large and small gardens. To enter the competition email streestscene@darlington.gov.uk or call 01325406627.

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Coffee Bar on the Green

  • 10 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The COFFEE BAR at Haughton Methodist Chapel, Haughton Green is now open two mornings a week. Come along on a Tuesday or Friday morning from 9am - 12 noon and enjoy a drink and a piece of cake. Meet up with friends for a cup of freshly made coffee eg Fresh filter coffee - Espresso - Latte - Cappuccino - Tea (including Speciality teas).

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Riverside View Care Home's 10th Anniversary

  • 09 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Red Hall community Dance Company are to the open the 10th Anniversary Celebrations at Riverside View Care Home, Haughton-le-Skerne, Darlington at 1pm on Saturday, 7th June. Councillor Gerald Lee who is to take over as the Mayor later this month will attend the festivities. Police Officers and Fire Fighters will provide entertainment! There will also be a tombola, raffle, Punch & Judy and refreshments.

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The River Skerne

  • 02 May 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Another interesting article has been added to the Hub, entitled 'The River Skerne' and written in 2005 by Pam Walker of the Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society. Included in the article are a couple of photos, one being the Pack Horse Bridge at Ketton. To view Pam's article go the Local History, Stories section.

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The Long Frost of 1963

  • 27 April 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Our latest memories 'The Long Frost of 1963' was written in 2007 by Neil Wastell. Neil was originally a 'Haughton Boy' and although he no longer lives in the area, still has a strong connection and visits regularly. Go to the Local History, Memories Section to read it.

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The Jolly Miller

  • 16 April 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Another story has just been added to the Local History, Stories section on the Hub. Take a look at an extract taken from the Darlington & Stockton Times dated May 13th, 1950 and read about Great Burdon's 'Jolly Miller' Mr Robert Jones.

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Fryer's Field

  • 05 April 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Have you heard of Fryer's Field in Haughton-le-Skerne? A paper cutting and photos have been been added to the Hub, telling you a little bit about its story. Go to the Local History, Photographs & Videos Section to take a look.

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Would you like to adopt a cat? (2)

  • 05 April 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Not that far away from Haughton, the Sadberge Boarding Kennels and Cattery have 20 beautiful cats looking for new homes.

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Charles Samuel Craven

  • 02 April 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

In the Northern Echo Memories dated Saturday, March 15th, 2014, Chris Lloyd featured a story about Charles Samuel Craven who was at the forefront of the creation of both Darlington Football Club and also the Northern League. The latter celebrating its 125th Anniversary this very year. Craven (we discovered from Chris Lloyd’s article) had an association with Haughton-le-Skerne. Read about this link in the Local History, Stories section.

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Agnes Adams 1967

  • 30 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Yet more memories have been added to the Hub, go to the Local History, Memories Section and read about the late Agnes Adams receiving Maundy Money from the Queen at Durham Cathedral in 1967.

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Photos from Susan Harrison

  • 30 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Take a look in the Local History, Photographs & Video Recordings Section. Susan Harrison (nee Carter) who recently added some of her memories to the Hub, is also allowing us to include some of her amazing photograph collection too. Here are the first 4 of many. Hopefully, after speaking to Sue I will try to add a few dates and further details.

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COMING SOON...

  • 24 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

HAUGHTON METHODIST CHAPEL, THE GREEN. Are planning to open a COFFEE BAR a couple of mornings a week. The Chapel which is situated in the centre of the village will be an ideal location to meet up with friends for a cup of freshly made coffee eg Fresh filter coffee - Espresso - Latte - Cappuccino - Tea (including Speciality teas). WATCH THE HUB FOR NEWS OF THE OPENING DATE!

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Camcorder Club

  • 23 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

We are now at the end of our weekly winter programme and for the summer we hold monthly meetings, just to keep things ticking over, until we start with our new, weekly programme in September. Our next meeting will be the 10th of April when we will be discussing our programme for this year’s monthly meetings, but more significantly deciding on our full, weekly programme for the 2014-2015 year.

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Red Hall Primary School Gardening Club

  • 22 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Lovely article with a photo in the Northern Echo on Friday, March 21st about the Red Hall Primary School's new Gardening Club. The children are busy creating an area where they can grown their own fruit and vegetables. The head teacher hopes that the children will be able to mix with parents and people living on the nearby housing estate and become more involved in the community. Also allowing the children to understand where vegetables come from and promote healthy eating.

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New Memories added

  • 21 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Take a look at the Local History, Memories Section on the Hub where some more memories have been added by Susan Harrison (nee Carter) who now lives in Spain. Susan regularly visits the area which she refers to as 'Coming Home To Haughton'.

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Update on Appeal for WW1 Descendants

  • 16 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

We have some heartfelt success in finding a number of descendants of the Haughton Men who sadly lost their lives in WW1 and in fact contact is being made today with yet another relative. However, our quest continues. Below is a list of the Men who are named on the Haughton-le-Skerne War Memorial and Plaque inside St Andrew's Church:

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What's on at Education Village

  • 12 March 2014
  • John Bignall

New Link added to the Education Village site and Useful Contacts Page. Have a look!

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Redhall Free Child Care

  • 11 March 2014
  • John Bignall

Free Child Care offered by Redhall Primary School for Some Children

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The Great Burdon Burdon Slow Poisoning Mystery

  • 09 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Another story has been added to the Local History, Stories section on the Hub. There is buried in Haughton Churchyard one Joseph Snaith Wooler, who died on September 25th in 1871, aged 61. The gravestone which commemorates his wife, Jane, who died 16 years previously on June 27th, 1855, aged 46. Wooler was the central figure in what became known throughout the country as the Great Burdon Slow Poisoning Mystery.

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St William's Residential Home

  • 08 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Residents at Bupa's St William's Residential Home in Cornwall Avenue off Haughton Road responded to an annual independent survey and rated the home as excellent or very good.

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Allotment Watch

  • 08 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Members are being sought for a scheme to help protect allotments in the area from thieves and vandals. Darlington Police are supporting the Allotment Watch Scheme.

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The Haughton Hub Facebook Page

  • 06 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

For those readers who are FACEBOOK USERS and just in case you haven't already noticed, The Haughton Hub now has its own Facebook page which can be accessed by clicking on the Facebook icon displayed underneath the welcome message on the home page. There is also a return link onto the Haughton Hub website from our Facebook page. Social networking is a brilliant tool that enables us to talk to other people, exchange news, photos etc and it gives us the ability to keep up to date with what is going on in our local community. Therefore, while checking and updating your Facebook page, don't forget to nip on to The Haughton Hub for further news!

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Update on the Patons & Baldwins Event

  • 05 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The special 3 day event held in the Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library proved to be extremely popular and was viewed by over 300 people. Many of the visitors were ex workers from the factory who happily browsed through the material, then wrote down memories of their time at Patons & Baldwins. A few of those present were also delighted to bump into and chat with ex colleagues whilst at the library.

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Appeal for Descendants of Haughton Men who lost their lives in WW1

  • 03 March 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society are trying to trace descendants of the families of men from Haughton who served and died in World War One. There are 18 names on the War Memorial next to St Andrew’s Church, a further 9 names on a plaque in the church itself, and 5 who are commemorated on their parents’ or wives’ gravestones in the churchyard. For most of them, we already know who they fought with, where they died, what they did and where they lived before the War.

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Prefects help younger students

  • 26 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Year 11 prefects at Haughton Academy, the Education Village, have launched a project to help younger students settle into school life when moving from primary to secondary school. The prefects hold mentoring sessions 3 lunchtimes a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, they would like it known that they can also be approached at any time in the school corridors.

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The Gate House, Barmpton Lane

  • 25 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Another batch of photos have just been added to the Hub. Take a look at the Local History Section in 'Photos & Video Recording'. The latest photos are of the Gate House, Barmpton Lane in 2005 prior to being demolished.

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World War One

  • 22 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE We are trying to trace descendants of Haughtonians who served in World War One.

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Haughton Conservation Area Consultation

  • 17 February 2014
  • John Bignall

You are invited to join Heather Nelson for a consultation 24th March. See details and link to draft Document

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Haughton W.I.

  • 13 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

HUB NEWS FLASH! The Haughton-le-Skerne Women's Institute (founded in 1918) another well established and popular local group is joining forces with the Hub. The W.I.'s programme of events for 2014, along with some old photos and a little bit of history will be added to the Hub within the next couple of weeks.

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Catkill Lonnin & Pattie's Nook

  • 11 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Another story has been added to the Local History, Stories section on the Hub. It is an extract taken from 'Longstaffe's History of Darlington' first published in 1854. Longstaffe tells both the tale of Catkill Lonnin (one of our ancient pathways steeped in myth and folklore) and also about a grisly murder whereby the victim is chased through Haughton and then his body disposed of at Pattie's Nook beer house!

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Muscar House, Barmpton Lane

  • 10 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Plans have been approved to sell off 50 acres of land to address a predicted shortage of future housing in Darlington borough. The majority of land agreed for release is in urban areas. The largest is a 25-acre plot at Muscar House Farm, off Barmpton Lane on the outskirts of Darlington, which could accommodate up to 90 houses.

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Police Appeal On Rogue Bikers

  • 07 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was knocked off his bike by quad bike and mini moto riders. The two quads and one mini moto were being ridden around Red Hall yesterday afternoon. As well as causing the cyclist to fall off his bike, at around 2pm, they also narrowly avoided hitting an elderly woman.

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Darlington Camcorder Club has joined the Hub

  • 06 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

The Darlington Camcorder Club, a prominent local group, has now joined forces with the Hub. Included in the Camcorder Club's section are 4 amazing films produced by a number of members: The Newport Bridge Story, Costa del Durham, Sam's Dynamite and Olympic Torch. The films are all very different but unique in their own way.

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Darlington Camcorder Club

  • 02 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

HUB NEWS FLASH! After an interesting meeting and discussions took place with members of the Darlington Camcorder Club, we are really pleased to announce that they are going to join the Hub Village Website. The Camcorder Club will have their own section on the Hub which will come on line in the near future. Also, from this date onwards club events will be advertised on the Hub. As you can read below, the Camcorder Club have kindly forwarded the report from their last meeting:

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Memories of Haughton-le-Skerne Working Men's Club

  • 01 February 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

If you are a lover of history or enjoy reading people's bygone memories of the Haughton area, read the latest article that has just been added to the Local History, Memories Section. This is our second piece about Haughton-le-Skerne Workingmen's Club which includes 4 photographs. It also tells us a little about the history of the club and how it was formed. My name is Carol Atkinson and I am the editor of the 'Local History Section' on the Hub. This is the story about my own family's past connection with the Club which I hope you will enjoy.

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John's Story - Haughton WMC & Club Life

  • 26 January 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Take a look in the Local History, Memories section and read about John's Story - Haughton WMC & Club Life. John sent his story about his club experiences to the Club Historians website and they have kindly given us permission to include his account on the Hub.

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Redhall Primary Gardening Club

  • 24 January 2014
  • John Bignall

Redhall Primary after school gardening club

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Appeal after scooter rider accident

  • 24 January 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Police are appealing for witnesses after a scooter rider was forced off his bike by a driver. The 19 year old was riding his 125cc scooter through a traffic chicane on Salter's Lane South, Haughton, Darlington, at about 6.30pm on January 18th when he saw a white Peugeot heading towards him. The rider had right of way, but the Peugeot carried on through the chicane causing the teenager to swerve and fall off his machine.

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Construction of Red Hall Estate 1970s

  • 24 January 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Newly added to the Local History, Photos & Video Recordings Section, is a yet another video recording taken by the late Ron Pearson of the 'Construction of Red Hall Estate' taken in the late 1970s. Also included is some background info about the building of the estate and the construction methods used.

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John Hedley - A Barmpton Gourmet

  • 24 January 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Take a look in the Local History, Stories Section and read about John Hedley - A Barmpton Gourmet! The story was taken from a 1974 St Andrew's Church Magazine.

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Silver Jubilee Street Party, 7th June, 1977, Gouldsmith Gardens

  • 16 January 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Yet another fascinating video recording by the late Ron Pearson. Take a look at the Local History Section and view it in the 'Photos & Video Recording' section. If you are a Haughtonian of that era watch out for Ron himself! Then there is the Rector's wife Mrs Joan Lazonby and so many more familiar faces.

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Donkey Derby, Red Hall Haughton Mix (video 1960s & 1970s)

  • 15 January 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Take a look at the Local History Section and view another amazing video recording in the 'Photos & Video Recording' section. Once again composed by the late Ron Pearson which includes short clips of a Donkey Derby at Red Hall in the 1960's; Haughton-le-Skerne 1967; Haughton Secondary 1969; and Haughton-le-Skerne, 17th Cubs 1978.

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Scoot off to school... safely

  • 14 January 2014
  • Carol Atkinson

Children from primary schools across Darlington (the first being Springfield and High Coniscliffe) are receiving training to ride their scooters more safely on the journey to and from school. Members of Team Local Motion are visiting schools throughout the borough to deliver a full day of tuition to help prepare pupils for real-life situations and give them the skills and awareness to respond safely.

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Good Friends

  • 31 December 2013
  • Carol Atkinson

Have you made a New Years Resolution yet? Why not make it to help someone in the local community by taking part in the Darlington Partnership's new scheme 'Good Friends'. The aim is to keep a watchful eye on older and vulnerable neighbours, provide support and friendship and assistance.

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Welcome to THE HAUGHTON HUB

  • 19 December 2013
  • Carol Atkinson

HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to THE HAUGHTON HUB our new village website. Although, still in its early stages, the aim of the HUB is to provide the community with a means of getting in touch with one another and sharing information about what’s happening in the area. The Local History section is already up and running, for you to enjoy finding out more about Haughton-Le-Skerne and the people who once lived here.

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