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Welcome to the January edition of Darlington Monthly! Well, 2017 has been a crazy year – and now, it’s onto 2018. Are you feeling the January gloom, or are you looking towards the coming year with optimism? Either way, you’ll have some decent reading material to start the next 12 months, in the form of our free monthly community magazine. As usual, we’ve got some great stuff for you to get stuck into, including our regular contributor Alex Nelson’s ‘Places To Go...’ column on Buxton in Derbyshire, as well as our rundown of some of the must-watch TV this month. The Simpsons, Silent Witness and Harry Hill’s Tea Time all return, so you’ve got plenty to distract you as the rain falls. Plus, there are all of the local events listings and other updates from in and around Darlington that you’ve come to love and expect from us! As always, keep sending us your feedback on what is or isn’t working about the magazine, as we really do want to continue making it the best it can be. Finally, we have to say a massive ‘thank you’ to our advertisers – they are, once again, the heroes who make Darlington Monthly possible. You can become one of them, too – all that you have to do is email us via or call us on 07500 828 396 to learn more about our heavily discounted three and six-month plans. Anyway, that’s it for another month. From everyone here at Darlington Monthly, we hope you’ve been having a brilliant New Year, and we look forward to greeting you again for our February issue!

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Darlington College Ranked Best in Tees Valley By Education Sector Publishers, FE Week STUDENTS and employers are the most satisfied with college life in the Tees Valley according to the latest national league tables.

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Almost 90 per cent of the 12,664 students on full and parttime courses at Darlington College completed their studies and achieved their qualifications, putting them well ahead of even their nearest rival in the Tees Valley.

The league table was devised by Nick Linford, FE Week’s editor and a former college director of performance. Based on key criteria published by the Department for Education, the overall score for each college is based on satisfaction and progression. Darlington College scored particularly well on employer and student satisfaction, both above average at 96.5 per cent and 86.7 per cent respectively. Darlington College chairman Pat Howarth said: “I know there are an infinite number of ways in which you can rank colleges, but it is particularly satisfying to see that we nearly always appear near the top. “It is also rewarding to note the very positive perceptions of the college among students and employers, particularly in the light of apprenticeship reforms which place greater emphasis on close working relationships between education and employers.” Last year staff and students celebrated after their efforts to transform their fortunes resulted in national recognition and their college being hailed one of the best in the country.


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Should I include a pet in my will? Many people omit one of their most prized possessions from their wills: their beloved pets! This is possibly because we don’t think of them as property as much as ‘part of the family’, but the law views pets as possessions and it is therefore important to make sure that they will continue to be looked after in the event of your death. So, should you include a pet in your will? The short answer is yes. Here, one of our wills specialists Karen Killick explains why, and underline some key points to consider. Why should I include my pet in my will? Because you love them! If you wish to make sure that your pet goes to live with a person or family that you know and trust, then it is best to spell this out explicitly in your will. A pet is no different to any other possession and you need to make sure that they are accounted for in the event of your death. Whether you have a cat, a dog, something bigger or smaller, it is essential to write them into your will. What if I don’t include my pet in my will? Then you run the risk of your pet being taken into care, left unwanted or even homeless. What if I have nobody who would look after my pet? There are options open to you, including a free RSPCA service called “Home for Life”. Where a pet has been signed up for the service the RSPCA promises to find a suitable and loving new home as soon as they can in the event of the pet owner’s death. In the meantime the pet will be cared for at an RSPCA animal centre. There are other charities to consider, too, such as the Cinnamon Trust, which helps elderly and terminally ill people to look after their pets. If you wish for your pet to be cared for by a specific charity, it’s important to include the correct wording in your will for this, and DMA Law can help to advise what that should be. We can also help to ensure that a financial donation is made to the charity, if you wish. What about the cost of looking after my pet when I am gone? Looking after a pet can be a significant financial burden. It is a good idea to leave a financial sum, if you can spare it, in your will to cover at least some of the cost of looking after your pet in future. If you want to write a will, or re-write a will to include a family pet, then DMA Law can help. It’s more affordable than you might think and we will make sure you cover all the important details. Contact us today on 01325 482 299 and ask to speak to a wills specialist.

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What’s on TV This Month The Simpsons, Sky1 For many years, there’s been at least a perception that one of the undoubted greatest television comedies of all time is past its best. The last truly classic season was series 10, so many critics say. Plus, how can Matt Groening and co possibly hope to get anything from such over-familiar characters as Bart, Homer and Marge that we haven’t seen many times before? It’s astonishing to think that The Simpsons is now entering its 29th season. However, such longevity can probably be largely attributed to the sheer durability of a show that still manages to throw up new and interesting surprises, and a few chuckles along the way. Key changes for this season include the departure of long-time Simpsons score composer Alf Clausen, with the show switching from a live orchestrated score to a produced score by Bleeding Fingers Music. Also expect guest appearances from the likes of Norman Lear, Martin Short and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau when the season debuts in the UK on Sky1 on a yet-undetermined date. Harry Hill’s Tea Time, Sky1 While the one-time physician does have a fall-back option in the event that his entertainment career ever flounders - given that he is, after all, still registered on the General Medical Council’s list of Registered Medical Practitioners - we suspect that it isn’t something the funnyman is going to have to fret about anytime soon. As a matter of fact, last year saw him build on the success of the long-lived Harry Hill’s TV Burp with the debut of another madcap entertainment series, Harry Hill’s Tea Time. It saw him welcome guests to a spoof comedy kitchen and ask them to cook bizarre things, with Guardian reviewer Alexi Duggins declaring that Hill was “back to what he does best”.


With the first season’s guests having included Paul Hollywood, Joey Essex, Gok Wan, Martin Kemp and Jason Donovan, it’s fair to say that the new series will need to work hard to match its star power - but we don’t doubt that Hill will serve up another delicious smorgasbord of cooking-related chaos. Have your eggs and spoons at the ready from 8:30pm on 2nd January on Sky1. Silent Witness, BBC One Not everyone is convinced of the wisdom of Silent Witness which first aired way back in 1996 - returning for a 21st season, with Radio TimesTV editor Alison Graham having declared it “too silly to live” on account of the improbable role it gives pathologists in the investigation of crimes. Nonetheless, it’s difficult to argue with viewer figures that consistently top six million - and who are we to do so here at IN&AROUND? In any case, the venerable crime drama series has come a long way since its earliest days, when it was Amanda Burton who starred as the primary character Dr Sam Ryan. Since her eighth-series departure, the programme has featured more of an ensemble cast, presently consisting of Emilia Fox, David Caves, Liz Carr and Richard Lintern. While we didn’t yet have an exact date for the show’s return as the magazine headed to press, the pattern of the last few series’ broadcast dates suggests the first few days of January - so be sure to keep an eye out.

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Healthwatch Darlington helps you and your family get the best out of health and social care services in Darlington. No matter who you are, where you live, or how old you are, you have a voice, and you have the right for that voice to be heard. Can you help NICE update their guidance on long term sickness at work?

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BUXTON, Derbyshire

Buxton was developed as a spa town to rival Bath in the south, in one of the highest market towns in England. Indeed, it’s a toss-up between Alston in Cumbria and Buxton as to which is the higher, both being about 1,000 feet above sea level. But you can no longer reach Alston by rail, whilst Buxton is linked to Manchester by a regular diesel service. I arrived in Buxton for a one night stay, and I cannot recall a visit researching for these articles where it rained so much. It rained when I arrived, all evening, and all morning until I went home. The Pavilion Gardens looked very impressive, but it was all very damp. Don’t let me put you off, though. The architecture is stunning and the Crescent is being redeveloped at the moment into a new five star hotel which will update this fashionable Georgian spa town into, arguably, the finest in England. William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire was responsible for the original spa buildings between 1780 and 1789, well before the railway arrived in 1863. Two railway lines serving the town opened within two weeks of each other and had their opening ceremonies on the same day. A few years later in 1868, the Palace Hotel opened adjacent to the station to cater for visitors. It has recently changed hands and is now in the control of Britannia Hotels, whose company motto might as well be “caveat emptor” – let the buyer beware. I walked down a rarely used footpath down to the back of the hotel and had a poke about at the back before emerging into a service yard with, thankfully, an open gate to get out. The public areas looked inviting and attractive, but it’s up in the 122 rooms that some of the bad experiences occur. I had chosen to stay in the Old Hall Hotel (opposite the exquisite Opera House designed by Frank Matcham), which was excellent, and not much more expensive. The Old Hall was occupied several times by Mary, Queen of Scots, from 1573 onwards until 1584 who (not being a well lady), came to take the waters. The thermal mineral water comes out at a spring at a constant temperature of 28°C and is piped to St Anne’s Well in the town, sometimes known as the Tuscany of the North. Also worth seeing is Poole’s Cavern, a limestone show cavern a mile from the town centre. You are invited to take a Journey beneath the earth with expert guides, to explore the vast limestone caverns and see how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers over millions of years. Thereafter, stroll though


beautiful woodland trails to a panoramic Peak District hilltop viewpoint. I was pleased to see the attraction was open through the winter 10am-4pm, with tours at weekends every 20 minutes, and during the week at 10:30, 12:30 & 2:30. More, of course, in the summer.

Outside the Opera House is a pick-up point for the little red “Victorian” tram which carries eight tourists at a time around the town centre and nearby attractions. If it looks rather like a milk float, that’s because it is. On the north side is the huge Devonshire Dome, bigger than St. Paul’s Cathedral dome, which is now used by the University of Derby as part of their campus in the town. It is both massive and unsupported, and its café would be a good place to stop for a coffee. Buxton has a compact town centre, with the railway station to the north, with an hourly service to Manchester and trains home to the north east. Alex Nelson Stationmaster

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Tartiflette Ingredients. 1kg/2lb 4oz Charlotte potatoes, peeled 250g/8oz bacon lardons 2 shallots 1 garlic clove 100ml/3½fl oz white wine 200ml/7fl oz double cream sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 whole Reblochon cheese (about 450g/1lb), sliced

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Cook the potatoes in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 5-10 minutes, or until tender.

Slice the potatoes thinly and layer into an ovenproof gratin dish with the bacon mixture. Pour over the double cream. Season with salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Layer the Reblochon slices on top. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is golden-brown and bubbling.

Drain and set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot and fry the bacon, shallots and garlic for 4-5 minutes, or until golden-brown. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and continue

PCVC asks for residents’ views on paying more for policing Residents across Darlington are being asked for their opinion about police funding.

more for their policing, it is not right that they should shoulder the whole burden”.

Residents are being asked whether local residents would be prepared to pay a higher amount for the police element of Council Tax, to maximise the number of Police Officers in the area.

The survey only takes a few seconds to complete. It can be found on Ron’s website at: www.durham-pcc.

Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said: “The Government has reduced the funding for policing every year since 2010, which has led to a reduction of around 360 officers. Next year I expect to have to increase the police element of Council Tax by 2% to maximise numbers. This is equivalent to 4p a week for a household living in a property in Council Tax Band A.”

Ron will be hosting a drop in session on a Dolphin Centre, Darlington on 19th January 2018 between 11am – 1pm if anyone wishes to pop along to discuss his proposals or any issues in their area.

Ron added “as well as seeking the views of local residents, I have also written the Chancellor of the Exchequer to demand that central government provide more funding for policing. Whilst I am willing to ask Darlington residents to consider paying a little Find us on Facebook: DarlingtonMonthly Visit us online:


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Darlington FC had a successful presentation about the way forward for the club at the Dolphin Centre before Christmas. The club has now consolidated in the Vanarama National League North, but in order to win promotion and compete at the next level and beyond even to the Football League, then it needs to increase its revenue streams through various means, especially income-generating assets. There are several possibilities. The club could move back to the Arena as part of a Sports Village, but it has misgivings about playing in a 25,000 seater stadium – which was one of the reasons for the club’s malaise up to administration in 2011. There is also the idea of the club constructing its own clubhouse, together with a 3G all weather pitch, which would be used seven days a week. This pitch wouldn’t be used for league matches. Chief executive officer David Johnston said; “We will shortly be launching an affiliate marketing drive that if the fans get behind, has the potential to generate significant revenue for the club. “We also recognise that we aren’t maximising our commercial revenues currently and have put in place an action plan especially around selling advertising boards.There are currently over 40 spaces left to fill at Blackwell Meadows and we hope to make inroads into that number over the coming weeks.


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The Forum Music Centre / Film Club Contact 01325 363135 for further information. January 3rd Open Mic Night 5th The Jam’d 6th Hilarity Bites Comedy Club 12th RnB Club: Kyla Brox Band 13th Book Tickets Original Punk Night 19th Deep Purple In Rock 20th The Total Stone Roses 26th Northern Soul Oldies Night 27th Black Ice:Tribute to AC/DC

Darlington FC Fixtures Home Games at Blackwell Meadows, DL1 5NR 1st Mon - 15:00 Harrogate Town vs Darlington 6th Sat - 15:00 Darlington vs York City 13th Sat - 15:00 Alfreton Town vs Darlington 20th Sat - 15:00 Darlington vs Chorley 27th Sat - 15:00 Leamington vs Darlington

The Spotted Dog January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st The Spotted Dog Weekly Quiz Night at 8pm. 6 The Green, Darlington, DL2 2LJ.

Head of Steam North Road Station, Darlington, DL3 6ST. Various Dates throughout Jan - Station Scampsis a chance for under 5s to make new friends, play in a safe space and be the first to try the new toddler activities in the museum. All children will be given a free drink and snack.

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The King’s Centre 11th Jan - 05:30 PM - 06:15 PM. Family Clubbercise has UV lights, UV face paints, disco lights and glow sticks, as well as games and varied music to suit all ages. Prices for the class are £3.50 adult and £1.50 for children. Suitable for ages 7+ (child and parent/ gaurdian must both participate). Prospect Place, Whessoe Road, Darlington, DL3 0QT

Walworth Castle Jan 19 - Call My Quaff Supper. Would you know a Sauvingnon Blanc from a Chardonnay. A Rioja from a Pinot Noir? Join Walworth Castle Hotel for a wine quiz. A carefully selected panel of experts will guide you through the wine tastings, and you have to guess who is telling the truth.Tickets £25.00.

Rocket Town Brewhouse Houndgate, Darlington, DL1 5RL. Jan 28 - Gin Masterclass 03:00pm - 05:00pm - Steel River Gin host a gin masterclass at Rocket Town Brewhouse.Tickets, £10.00.

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Darlington Monthly January 18  

Well, 2017 has been a crazy year – and now, it’s onto 2018. Are you feeling the January gloom, or are you looking towards the coming year wi...

Darlington Monthly January 18  

Well, 2017 has been a crazy year – and now, it’s onto 2018. Are you feeling the January gloom, or are you looking towards the coming year wi...