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.
The Past Chairman, Cllr Mrs Cecilia Wharton, would like to thank everyone who contributed to her chosen charity, Parkinsons UK. Cllr Wharton raised £3,168.81 during her year of office and presented the proceeds to Abby Robinson from Parkinsons in May.
Unfortunately Durham County Council’s Registered Trader Scheme for County Durham businesses and residents has come to an end.
The RTS was launched in 2005 to combat doorstep crime by providing consumers with a list of traders that have been subject to a vetting process and have signed up to a commitment to trade fairly.
Since the launch, the Fair Trading Team has managed disputes between the trader and consumer, including providing advice to both parties on their civil law rights and obligations in the event that legal proceedings are initiated by either party. As from 31 May the council no longer provides this service.
However the Council is continuing to investigate criminal allegations where it is suspected the trader has broken the law.
Businesses and consumers can join alternative schemes such as TrustMark (A Government backed umbrella scheme with 30 approved operator schemes). Further information can be found on the TrustMark website.
Any queries on these changes should be directed to the Fair Trading Team by emailing email@example.com.
Brandon Boxing Club has gone from strength to strength since its formation in 2013 and the Club has now outgrown its present premises at Carrside Youth Club. The Club is particularly popular with young people and is all inclusive catering for everyone from disabled youngsters through to older men and women. The Club has been working hard with local businesses and thanks to funding from various sources their dream of a new purpose built building in the grounds of Brandon Cricket Club will hopefully soon become a reality. The Club will be part of a sports hub at the Cricket Club’s premises and will provide excellent sporting facilities for our local communities.
Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band attended the National Finals in Cheltenham on Saturday 19th September 2015 and, out of 19 bands in the 4th section, came a very credible third place. The band were awarded the Denis Wick Trophy, thereby keeping their promise to everyone to bring some silverware back to the North East and our local villages. The Secretary of the band, Marion Waterworth, said:
“I would like to thank all of you (personally and as organisations) for helping the band to achieve this goal and placing a Co. Durham brass band firmly on the map. We could not have done it without you and your assistance was, and continues to be, very much appreciated. On Sunday 20th Houghton Brass won first place in the 3rd section. So between us we have done the North East proud.”
The Council would like to congratulate the band on achieving this well deserved recognition.
Over the past two years the Mid Durham AAP has delivered three of its four forum events in a unique way compared to the other AAPs within County Durham.
The Board took a bold, but calculated decision, to deliver in partnership with the Mid Durham Parish Councils a number of village based, ‘surgery style’ drop ins. Feedback from 938 residents over the two years saw the creation of 16 village action plans which were drawn up and jointly owned by the AAP, County Councillors, Parish Councils and village residents.
This year representatives from the AAP staff team, the AAP Board and the Parish Council attended meetings of existing groups and committees across the Mid Durham area to highlight and discuss the following areas:
- Update on the progress of the village action plans
- Identify any other village underlying issues
- See whether the group need any further support
- Promote the work of the AAP and its partners
- See how the group can help the AAP to deliver its key priorities, especially concerning support for older and unemployed residents.
For an up to date copy of your village action plan please see below:
- Brandon Action Plan 2013-16
- Browney, Meadowfield and Langley Moor 2013-16
- Esh Winning Action Plan 2013-16
- New Brancepeth Action Plan 2013-16
- Ushaw Moor and Broompark Action Plan 2013-16
- Waterhouses Action Plan 2013-16
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