Durham Council: Stories from souvenirs
A creative writing workshop will give amateur authors the chance to take inspiration from a museum’s collection of World War One artefacts.
The DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery is hosting the session on Sunday, 16 March as part of a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.
Professional writer Rachel Cochrane will lead the workshop, encouraging authors to write a creative piece about an item from the collection.
At the end of the session, a selection of pieces will be chosen to be read out or performed at the opening of an exhibition by local artists from Creative Durham.
The group have produced a number of pieces in response to the museum’s WW1 artefacts and will be exhibiting their works at the gallery in June.
The workshop, aimed at adults of all writing abilities, will run from 10.00am to 12.30pm and costs £7.50 per person including admission to the museum.
Places are limited so should be booked in advance by calling 03000 266 590 or visiting the DLI Museum and Art Gallery in person.
The session will be repeated on Sunday, 13 April and Sunday, 11 May.
Durham Council: A great deal at Gala’s Comedy Store
Gala Theatre has a great deal to offer comedy fans this weekend.
The Durham city venue has teamed up with Chiquito Mexican restaurant to offer comedy fans a cut-price night out.
Book a ticket for The Comedy Store on Sunday, 9 March and you can also get a main meal at Chiquito all for £15.00.
So grab something spicy and sit back and enjoy an evening of cracking comedy with four rising stars.
This special deal is only available by visiting the box office or by calling 03000 266 600. Please quote ‘Chiquito15’ when booking. Please note, the show is for over-16s only.
You must pre-book your table at Chiquito by calling 0191 370 6470.
Durham Council: Northern writers set to meet their readers
A collection of northern writers will discuss their latest works with readers in County Durham over the coming weeks – with a series of library visits starting tomorrow (Tuesday, 4 March).
Novelists Sarah Stovell and Rebecca Muddiman and poets Mark Robinson and Tara Bergin will visit libraries in County Durham as part of Read Regional 2014.
The annual campaign, run by New Writing North in partnership with 19 library authorities, brings emerging and established writers to communities across the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside.
Sarah Stovell, who grew up in Oxfordshire but now lives in Northumberland, will be talking about her new novel, The Night Flower, when she visits Consett Library on Tuesday, 4 March at 2.00pm.
Winner of the Northern Writers’ Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition 2012,
Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in Redcar. She will be visiting Spennymoor Library on Thursday, 10 April at 11.00am to discuss her latest novel Stolen.
Mark Robinson’s poetry collection, How I Learned to Sing, contains new, ambitious poems alongside the best of his work from the past 25 years. Mark, who lives in Stockton-on-Tees, visits Consett Library on Thursday, 3 April at 2.00pm along with Tara Bergin.
Tara’s accomplished debut collection combines lyricism with fairytale and folklore. Born in Dublin, Tara studied at Newcastle University and now lives in North Yorkshire.
Poetry enthusiasts are also invited to a poetry reading workshop at Lanchester Library on Tuesday, 8 April at 2.00pm.
More information about Read Regional visit www.readregional.com
Durham Council: Business rooms with a view
An exciting new office development in Consett will be officially opened by the Chairman of Durham County Council, Cllr Pauline Charlton, on Tuesday March 4.
ViewPoint, named by pupils at the nearby Villa Real School because of its spectacular countryside setting, has 20,000sq ft of office space for small businesses available. The £3m development at Consett Business Park is managed by Business Durham, the business arm of Durham County Council.
It has space for 46 offices ranging from 148sq ft to 1600sq ft and seven tenants have already moved in. Viewpoint was funded by Durham County Council and the European Regional Grant Fund and built by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd.
Business Durham already manages 100,000sq ft of office space across the rest of the park.
Businesses interested in the new offices should contact Julie Jennings from Business Durham on 01207 693 902
Durham Council: Energy experts on hand
Experts will be on-hand to give advice on everything from cutting energy bills to flood protection as Durham County Council supports Climate Week.
They are setting up stalls at Durham Market Place on Saturday March 1 with representatives including the Environment Agency, Warm Up North and civil contingency officers.
Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.
Councillor Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration said: “This is a great opportunity to get practical help on a variety of climate issues such as paying less for your energy and becoming more resilient to severe weather. We are delighted to be supporting Climate Week
The event has been organised by Durham County Council and the County Durham Environment Partnership.
More details on Climate Week: www.climateweek.com
Photo-opportunity: Councillor Foster will be at the Market Place at 11.00am.
Durham Council: All aboard for new passes
More than 10,000 people across County Durham are set to have their concessionary bus passes renewed in March.
County Durham travel scheme passes due to expire on March 31, 2014 will be replaced with a new pass valid until June 2019.
The new passes will be sent out automatically but you should call the bus pass renewal hotline on 03000 268 667 or visit one of the council’s Customer Access Points if you have moved house since your received your last pass, you will need proof of new address such as a utility bill. Or if you have not received your new pass by March 24, 2014 or you have received a pass in error.
Further information is available on www.durham.gov.uk/buspassrenewal