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.
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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.
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.
The Christmas tree lights switch on event in Ushaw Moor will take place on Friday 1st December 2017 at 3.30p.m at the centre of the village. Choirs from Silver Trees and St.Joseph’s Primary schools and Deerness Community Business College will sing carols while Fr.David Coxon will perform the switch on. The Baptist Church will be providing hot drinks during the event. Everyone is welcome to come along to this festive community event.
The Chairman of the Parish Council performed the official opening of the new sculpture at Whitehouse Lane on Monday 14th November at 11.00am. Local school children, community group representatives, unitary and parish councillors were among those attending. The project has finally come to fruition thanks to funding from the Local Members AAP budgets, the Parish Council and S106 monies from local developments at Cockhouse Lane and Whitehouse Lane. Local school children who were involved in the design process with Sculptor, Graeme Hopper earlier this year really loved the sculpture and were proud that they had had some input into the design. One young girl described the sculpture as ‘magnificent and enchanting’, which really struck a chord with those present. The Sculpture depicts the mining history of the area and the inclusion of poppies commemorates the centenary of the First World War and conflicts since. There is also a permanent fixing for an annual Christmas Tree so the local community can come together to celebrate the festive season.
Chairman of the Councilwould like to thank everyone who supported her Charity evening on Friday 25th November 2016 in The British Legion Club, Meadowfield. The evening was a great success and raised £1,473 for Brandon Carrside Youth & Community Project and St.John’s Hall, Meadowfield. A total of £2,074 has been raised so far.