If you would like to have a chat with friends or learn a new skill New Brandon WI meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in Silver Courts Community centre at 7.30p.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30p.m. There will be a tasty harvest supper and a fruit and vegetable auction as well as a Halloween Biscuits Baking Competition. See below for future meetings:
Brandon Community Hall will be hosting a Reg Vardy Brass Band Concert on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at 7.30p.m. Tickets are £5 each and can be obtained by calling 07751 630886.
A new Memory café will be held in The Orchards, Brandon the last Thursday of every month starting on Thursday 31st August from 2.00 – 3.30pm in the communal lounge. If you or anyone you know is suffering with Dementia or Alzheimer’s the cafe will provide a warm welcome to you.
Vote for your favourite Park in County Durham
County Durham’s best kept parks and green spaces are up for a national award.
Keep Britain Tidy is asking people across the country to choose their Park of the Year and six County Durham sites are in the running.
Blackhill and Consett Park; Annfield Plain Park; Chester-le-Street Riverside Park; Hardwick Park, Sedgefield; Wharton Park, Durham; and Bishop Auckland Town Recreation Ground are all eligible for the People’s Choice Award as they hold Green Flag Status.
The Green Flag Award recognises excellence and good practice in the management and development of parks and open spaces in England and Wales.
Durham County Council, which oversees the county’s six Green Flag parks, is calling on members of the public to take part in the vote and secure the People’s Choice Award for the county.
Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We are very proud of our parks and green spaces here in County Durham.
“The fact that we have six Green Flags is fantastic but it really would be a wonderful achievement if we won Park of the Year.”
People can cast their vote online by visiting www.greenflagaward.org, clicking on County Durham on the interactive map and selecting their favourite park from the list.
Voting closes on Saturday, 30 September and the UK’s 10 most popular parks and green spaces will be announced in October.
For more information about Green Flags in County Durham, visit www.durham.gov.uk/greenflags.
Pictured above is Council leader Cllr Simon Henig and Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships Cllr Brian Stephens with Durham County Council staff at Wharton Park.
Please see below for more information on the service
Dementia Friends- Brandon Library
From September 2017, the Government will offer 30 hours of free childcare per week for parents of three and four year olds, to help them continue or take up employment.
Guidance from the Department for Education states that parents will need to meet the following criteria to be eligible:
• They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
o This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c.£5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
o This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
• Where one parent meets the income criteria above and the other is:
o Unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
o On maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
• Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (ie they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
• If the parent is a non-European Economic Area (EEA) national, they must have recourse to public funds.
There’s still time for parents to apply for 30 Hours Free Childcare. Parents whose children will be aged 3 or 4 on 31 August 2017 can check their eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and access their free place from this September
The Youth Project is commencing taster sessions from Monday 5th June until Monday 17th July from 4.00p.m until 5.30p.m. The sessions are for Year 6 pupils who would like to go along and see what a great range of activities the Youth Club can offer.
In 2013 the Mid Durham AAP, County Councillors and Parish Councils started work on producing Village Action Plans created from a number of village drop in sessions. Six plans were created across Brandon and Byshottles Parish for 2013/2016 covering a wide variety of village issues. The AAP, County Councillors and the Parish Council are planning to repeat this process again in 2017, with drop ins planned for June and July. If you attend our Summer Drop Ins you will get the chance to enter into our draw and possibly win £500 for your community group. At the session you will need to provide the staff with the name of your group which will be entered into the draw which will take place at the AAP Board meeting on the 13 September 2017. The more times your club name is
mentioned the more of a chance you have of winning the £500. So why don’t you pop in for a cuppa and let us know your ideas to improve your village. Please see below for dates, times and venues .
June 16 4.00pm – 5.30pm Langley Moor, Parish Offices, 6 Goatbeck Terrace, DH7 8JJ
July 3 4.00pm – 6.00pm Esh Winning Woodland Road Community Centre, DH7 9JJ
July 4 4.00pm – 6.00pm New Brancepeth St Catherine’s Church, DH7 7HZ
July 19 4.00pm – 6.00pm Ushaw Moor Catholic Hall, DH7 7LF
July 24 4.00pm – 6.00pm Brandon St Andrews Church, DH7 8QG
July 26 4.00pm – 6.00pm Waterhouses Village Hall, DH7 9AS
Brandon Carrside Youth and Community Project, Brandon Community Partnership and the Parish Council have joined forces to deliver a history project throughout the last year supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This has seen many offsite educational visits to museums and places of interest all relating to World War 1. In 2016, a group of students went across to Normandy and visited the Somme battlefields. This year another group are researching
the centenary of Passchendaele, along with inter-generational days out to Manchester Imperial War Museum and Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and the Durham Light Infantry. The culmination of this history project has resulted in 6 elaborate commemorative benches being installed throughout the Parish – look out for them in your village. An official launch event will take place at Brandon Carrside on Monday March 13th at 10.30am witha viewing of the final bench to be installed. Everyone is welcome to come along and see the design and beauty of this piece of artwork designed by inter-generational members of our local community.
Parish Councillors, local schoolchildren, clergy and members of the community gathered together on Monday 13th March 2017 at Carrside Youth & Community Project to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The Chairman of the Parish Council officiated at the event which included children from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Primary, Esh Winning, Browney Academy, Silver Trees Primary and St. Joseph’s RC Primary in Ushaw Moor and Brandon Primary. The Chairman opened the event by welcoming everyone present and then read out a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Nations. The commonwealth affirmation was read by Poppy Jackson, from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs school and the children from Brandon Primary read out short pieces about the 12 principles of peace-making and displayed bunting made up of the 53 Commonwealth flags. Refreshments were provided by Carrside Youth Club following the ceremony.