Activities & Events across Durham



Macmillan Joining the Dots Launch Date *Invitation*

We are holding our official launch of the Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham service on:-

Date: Thursday 24th January 2019
Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm (Registration from 9.30 am)
Venue: The Riverside Suite, Emirates Riverside, Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-le-Street, Durham DH3 3QR

Please can you register your interest in joining us at the launch by return of email.

Many thanks
Ali Cooke
Macmillan Public Health Cancer Project Management Support
Public Health Room 3/56-71, Adult and Health Services, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ
Tel: 03000 267345
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This week we have our site work days on:
Thursday 28th November 2018
Friday 29th November 2018
Working from 9-4pm, but feel free to drop in and out as you are able! Even an hour of help on-site would be appreciated. Our site work is removing more vegetation so if you are able to wear suitable clothing, some eye protection would be good, gardening gloves, sturdy footwear, and any tools you can!
Next week our dates on site are:
Thursday 6th December 2018
Friday 7th December 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
Woking from 9-3pm

Saturday 8th December 2018 is our performance of ‘A Traditional Christmas’, telling the story of Christmas through the ages through song, music and dance. It begins at 7pm at Bearpark Community Centre from where we will walk down in candlelit procession to the illuminated ruins of Beaurepaire, where the evening’s performance will take place. It will be a fantastic evening and we hope you may join us! Please advertise and share the attached poster to all those you know!

9th January 2019 will be our first day back at work on site and we will also be having an evening talk in Bearpark Community Centre by Martin Roberts. The talk will discuss all the manors of Durham, of which Beaurepaire was the largest. It will be a fantastic opportunity to know more about your local history and to find out the background behind Beaurepaire!

We are still looking for practical help on-site and donations of tools (old or new) and money to purchase items like weed killer and gravel. We are still needing help from people who have and are proficient in chainsawing, scything and petrol strimming.

Stanley Woodcraft Folk 1988-2018

Celebrating 30 Years in Stanley

Family Party @ Saturday December 8th 7.30-11.00

Live music from-Copperhead and Shaun Henderson Pie & Peas Supper and Super priced bar with Real Ale

Cost: Current Members & Volunteers FREE £5 adult’s £3 children Family (2 adult& 2 children) £15 If you would like to attend this fantastic fun filled celebration

Please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or ring 01207 230213 or 01207 236739 charity number 1148195

Walk & Talk project

Please find attachment giving date for the 2018 walk & Talk project (Woodhouse Park), All 50+ persons are welcome to join us on the walk with a cuppa and cake afterwards in the community building kindly provided by the Howletch residents Association. All details are on the flyer but if there are any queries please contact me in the first instance

Thank you for your anticipated support in this worthwhile project aimed at the awareness of dementia.

BrendanParks & Special Projects Team Leader
Peterlee Town Council

0191 586 2491 Ext. 104


Have a magical Christmas in Durham

Come and enjoy a festive break in Durham, with cosy retreats, enchanting events and magical experiences.

Durham in winter is simply magical, especially during the festive season. Whether you’re a family looking for fun filled festive events or a couple looking for a romantic winter getaway, you'll find Durham has Christmas all wrapped up!

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Improving 7-Day Access Public consultation

We want to hear your views, experiences and ideas on changing 7-Day Access to Primary Care Services across Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield. 7th November to 19th December 2018

Join us at one of our events If you require a copy of the consultation document this is available by calling 0191 371 3222 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also write to us at: Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, Sedgefield Community Hospital, Salters Lane, Sedgefield TS21 3EE.

If you wish to attend one of the public events, register in two ways. Visit and search for ‘improving 7 day access’ choosing which event you wish to attend or by calling 0191 371 3222. Please let us know at the time of registering if you have any special requirements. Complete the online questionnaire You can give us your views by completing the online survey at Please read the accompanying consultation information before completing the questions. Closes 5pm Wednesday19th December 2018. 

Sat 17th Nov 10am-12noon Easington Colliery Club

Wed 21st Nov 10am-12noon Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Sat 24th Nov 10am-12noon Wolsingham School Main Hall

Mon 26th Nov 6pm-8pm Glaxosmithkline Sports & Social Club, Barnard Castle

Thu 29th Nov 6pm-8pm East Durham College, Peterlee Tue 4th Dec 10am-12noon Bishop Auckland Rugby Club

Thu 6th Dec 10am-12noon Seaham Town Hall

Sat 8th Dec 10am-12noon Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre Mon 10th Dec 6pm-8pm Sedgefield Community College

Save the date : Universal Credit Working Group Meeting …

Monday the 21st January 2019 2-4pm at Armstrong House, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5GH

We will be issuing minutes from today’s meeting in the next few days – it’s great to see so many people around the table contributing which is a testament to the value of the group

I know it’s a long way off but if you could let me know you are attending in advance so we are aware of expected numbers on the day

**Please note that Parking Eye is now installed at the premises and as the meeting is scheduled for 2 hours you may wish to park in the Arnison Centre which is located around the corner as there will be limited parking on the day

Any questions at all please give me a call..

Ms Sam Scotchbrook
Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham
Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447

Whats On at Fishburn Youth & Community Centre

We have a lot of things going on here at FYCC. Please see below some events that are happening over the next couple of months.

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What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre

Please find attached our What’s On Monthly Newsletter for the Pioneering Care Centre. This newsletter is distributed at the beginning of each month with upcoming classes, courses and events.

The Woodpile - List of upcoming Workshops

Hello please find a list of some of our upcoming workshops into 2019 including FREE Joinery Workshops for unemployed.

If you require any further information please contact us, you can find workshop info on this page.

Food Durham Annual Gathering - save the date!

Following on from my previous email and Annual Report, I can now tell you that the Annual Gathering will be on the morning of Wednesday March 13th and this year our host is Durham University. We have booked rooms at Collingwood College, which does not have the access problems we encountered at the Holgate Centre (Collingwood was unavailable that year due to refurbishment).

Our keynote speaker has also confirmed and it is Prof. Mike Hamm, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Food Systems, at Michigan State University. Mike’s research interests are Community-based food systems, food security, sustainable agriculture and nutrition education. His outreach focus is working with communities to develop community-based food systems and working on local and state food policy issues, including membership on the Michigan Food Policy Council.

You can find out more about the Center from this page: His approach and research interests and community outreach match closely with the work of Food Partnerships in the UK. The Gathering will be in the morning, finishing with lunch and you should be away by 1pm. Get the date in your diary now!

Co-ordinators Forum

The next meeting of County Durham Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum will be held on 15th January 2019 from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm at Bowburn Community Centre.

The suggested topic for meeting is “Loneliness Across All Ages” and it would be really useful to us if you could let me know if you would like to contribute to this session around the experiences of your organisation through client and volunteering support. We will also be back in touch nearer the time with a reminder and agenda for the meeting.

County Durham Partnership Event - 10th October 2018

Thank you for attending the County Durham Partnership Event on 10th October 2018. Please find link for presentations for the event which you may find of interest: CountyDurhamPartnershipEvent101018

Thank you Kind regards County Durham Partnership Transformation and Partnerships Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 263593 INTERNAL 263593 E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lip-reading class in Bishop Aukland

A new lip-reading class started at Henknowle Community Centre On Fridays 1:30 TO 3;30

Learn how to: • Manage your hearing loss. • Reduce misunderstandings that cause embarrassment, anger, and stress. • How to plan to manage difficult situations. • Meet people in a friendly informal atmosphere. • Qualified experienced tutor. “On the edge of conversation, is one of the loneliest places on earth”

Tel: 0191 5183358 e - Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Chester-le-Street Theatre Group proudly presents ‘Robin Hood (The Geordie Pantomime Adventure)’

In this brand new adaptation of the classic Robin Hood story there’s a true local twist. Featured are all of the essential characters for a true and faithful telling of the story – but there’s also a few surprises in there too!!!! Within this action-packed story are frequent swords, swashbuckling and a catalogue of festive fun and jokes! You won’t want to miss it! Click for the Poster

TIERED SEATING AVAILABLE From Tuesday 27th November – Saturday 1st December at Chester-le-Street Community Centre Performances nightly at 7.15 pm with a 2.15 pm Saturday Matinee £10 Adults and £8 Concessions

Tickets available by calling our Box Office on 0191 3883778

We are proudly supporting NEH (North East Homeless) again during this production. Like our hero Robin Hood we would like to share our fortune with those less fortunate, so from now until closing night we shall be collecting items such as thermal socks, gloves & hats (no scarves), toiletries such as hygiene wipes, deodorant, feminine items etc (no aerosols), underwear (new), sleeping bags and insulated flasks/cups to help our street friends through the winter. Any donations will be gratefully accepted and passed on to NEH after the show. For anyone wishing to donate collection boxes will be placed in the Community Centre or donations can be given to cast members who will pass them on.