This week's front page
This week's front page

Making the headlines in this week's Mercury:

More than a year after campaigners saved Bede Kirk green from the developers, red tape is still holding up its transfer to the town

We've three pages of pictures from this year's Middleton Carnival

Teesdale Day Clubs is planning not one but four celebration lunches to mark the organisation's 25thanniversary

Volunteers in Startforth have launched a new monthly community cafe

Organisers say horse and pony classes will go ahead at this year's Bowes Show despite the spread of equine flu

The Making Better Barney Together group has launched a selfie trail around the town in an effort to raise its profile

In sport, there was joy for Barnard Castle CC, whose first team lifted the Kerridge Cup for the third time in six years – we've a full report and pictures

Also in sport there's more cricket, football, bowls, tennis, athletics, golf, pool, darts, quoits, pigeons and dominoes.

We've three pages of rural news, including Andrew Wilkinson's angling column, all your letters in our postbag, plus community news, the dale's most extensive what's on guide, jobs, motors, family announcements and much more... all in this week's paper.