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2008-10-09 09:00:41

LOCATION: Billingham. HOUSE TYPES: Full range. SCHOOLS: Primary schools include Roseberry Junior School, Pentland Primary School, Oakdene Primary School. Secondary schools include St Michael's RC Comprehensive and Northfield School and Sports College. LOCAL AMENITIES: Full range in Billingham town centre. TRANSPORT SERVICES: Regular bus services and train station at Billingham. PUBS: Plenty to choose from in Billingham. HOSPITALS: Nearest is University Hospital of North...

2008-10-05 03:00:19

By Anonymous A Pounds 500 million gas-fired power plant on Teesside has been approved by energy minister Malcolm Wicks. Thor Cogeneration Ltd is to build the 1,020MW combined heat and power plant at Seal Sands near Billingham. Its carbon emissions will be 60 per cent lower than current coal-fired plants, the company said. Project manager Paul Verrill said: "The plant will provide greener, reliable energy at a time when many power generation assets around the UK - particularly ageing coal...

2008-09-15 09:00:39

By P DICKENSON CLLR Ken Lupton says that pounds 15m will be spent on refurbishing Billingham Forum. Passing the Forum every day, I see a massive structure of scaffolding on one end, but I can't see what work has been carried out. The structure has now been taken down, yet the steel that I can see is covered in rust. Can Cllr Lupton tell me how much the scaffolding cost? I can't see pounds 15m going far at this rate. Will the scaffolding be put up again to finish the job? P...

2008-09-07 18:00:14

FILM star Jamie Bell says he has a new influence in his life keeping him grounded . . . his girlfriend. But he's keeping his new love's identity a closely guarded secret because she does not work in showbusiness. Jamie of Billingham, Teesside, previously dated actress Evan Rachel Wood. He revealed he has a new woman in his life while promoting his last film Hallam Foe - retitled Mister Foe for foreign audiences - in America. He said: "Most people can get quite involved with what's...

2008-08-21 09:00:56

By M ELVIDGE IN your report on the death of the last ironstone miner who worked in the Eston mine, it is stated that it "has brought the curtain down on the long-gone ironstone mining ... to East Cleveland and beyond". Please remember that other mines were still working and that the last one, North Skelton, worked until 1964, so I'm sure many miners who worked in those mines are still around. Your editorial repeats the statement that the last Teesside ironstone miner has died....

2008-08-14 09:01:14

By MARIE LEVY A LOVING mum who lost her courageous fight against a brain tumour has inspired a bumper charity night. Christine Hutchinson was 39 when she lost her three-year-battle for life. Following her death in 2003, Christine's family held a fundraiser to mark what would have been her 40th birthday and collected more than pounds 1,000. Five years later they have topped that by raising a further pounds 1,600 at a special event to celebrate her life. Christine's sister Yvonne...

2008-08-14 09:00:39

By KELLEY PRICE LANDFILL tax rises show no signs of slowing and Teesside firms are feeling the pinch. But a growing number of environmental projects are striking gold on the back of the Government's first green tax on dumping waste. Every year a small fortune is given away to projects designed to improve those communities living with landfill sites on their doorsteps, under the Landfill Tax Credits scheme. The tax, which hit in 1996, was an attempt to encourage businesses to find...

2008-07-09 09:00:38

By Paul Delplanque THE "VAGABOND" ENTERTAINERS: The Vagabond Concert Party were a group of voluntary entertainers entertaining old folk and disabled people in their homes. Kathleen Carr, secretary of the Vagabonds, said that they chose the name because they wanted to roam around entertaining people. Kathleen and fellow Vagabond Paul Medhurst are pictured with residents Willie Day and Ada Plummer when they put on a show at Derwent House in Billingham in January 1984 Send your pictures...

2008-06-18 09:00:42

BILLINGHAM: Sports drome staff have shared details of Indepen DANCE, a show choreographed by 120 pupils at Northfield School and Sports College in Billingham which will be performed from July 8- 10. They wrote: "The pupils themselves have arranged and choreographed all the schemes, with some playing on influences from musicals such as Billy Elliot, Starlight Express, Step Up and High School Musical, making this well worth watching." Dance teacher Carolyne Brown said: "This is an...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

By SUE SCOTT Nature's World environmental centre is planning to ramp up its corporate partnership programme following a pounds 200,000 bid to the Big Lottery Fund. Since launching last year, the centre's business package has attracted big name supporters, including Johnson Matthey Catalysts at Billingham, Corus at Teesside, and North-east based waste management firm Sita UK. Companies receive complimentary family tickets for staff and have use of the centre for volunteer days....