West Park are First Class!
West Park Primary School are set to be the first 'solar' school in Hartlepool.
Paul Hewitson, project co-ordinator of Hartlepower CIC asked listeners of Radio Hartlepool to vote in the 'M&S Community Energy' competition.
It was a nail-biting time as the local school was up against several across the country to be in with a chance of winning the funding of £40,000.
The pupils and parents used social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter to gain votes.
The school is already classed as a 'green flag eco school' and now winning this will ensure they can take it to the next level.
Mandy Hall (left) Headteacher of West Park Primary School and Paul Hewitson (right) from Hartlepower CIC
Radio Hartlepool helped this community action by producing a 'community break' news story which was played every day leading up to the closing date.
Keeping warm this winter
It's getting chilly across Hartlepool right now and a local company want you to make sure you're going to be warm this winter.
Go Warm, a Stockton based business are helping elderly and vulnerable people to install new boilers, insulation and heating systems. Anyone in private or private rented homes with certain benefits could get help.
Over 250,000 people have already been helped out of fuel poverty. The scheme can also help reduce energy bills with an estimated £10 million in life time savings.
The scheme runs until January 2016 so check if you're eligible by phoning Go Warm on (01642) 605130.
Training together, working together
Twelve apprentices who trained in welding are sticking together when it comes to finding work.
After completing a successful programme at Hartlepool Training and Employment Services, they were handpicked by local company, CPD BODIES of Stockton to commence full-time employment.
Brian Goodlad from Hartleppool Training and Employment Services said "It's a tremendous boost for young people when they see there are real jobs out there.Our apprenticeships are not fruitless programmes, there are endless results and this is the perfect example."
Visit their website www.hartlepooltraining.co.uk or drop in and see them at 158 York Road.
Use YOUR vote!
This Thursday is a very important day for Hartlepool people. As well as council elections, the MP for Hartlepool will be chosen by the people of the town.
We hosted a special two hour programme - we invited all prospective parliamentary candidates to give them a chance to explain why you should vote for them.
Thank you to all candidates who took part and to all listeners who contributed questions.