Yesterday (Tuesday, January 11th) the Newcastle Journal published an article about the online petition which is gathering momentum in an effort to halt the closure of Ushaw College. The article comments that this "is the first time the board of trustees for Ushaw College, on the outskirts of Durham, have responded to the demands of the online petition which is gathering support daily." As the article says, "the move (to close the College without consultation with other interested parties) sparked outrage among campaigners, who launched an online petition calling for a full consultation into the college's future with the results made public before any final decision to close is made." The trustees of the College have now apparently agreed to discuss the petition at their next meeting which will be in a few day's time.
At this moment (8.15 am on January 12th) there are nearly 800 signatures on the petition, and if you, my dear reader, have not yet signed, I urge you to do so now. Here is the address: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ushaw/.