Jubilee Park, Spennymoor
No ticket required, free entry – Friday 12th August 6-11pm, gates open 5.30pm
Free live music for all the family. Including, bungee, trampolining, bouncy castle, giant slide, catering trailers, bar and much more…
No ticket required, free entry – Friday 12th August 6-11pm, gates open 5.30pm
Free live music for all the family. Including, bungee, trampolining, bouncy castle, giant slide, catering trailers, bar and much more…
Trinity Methodist Church, Rosa Street, DL16 7NB
Following the unfortunate leak of confidential reports and other comments on social media, Spennymoor Town Council would like to clarify its relationship with the organisation Step to the Occasion/One Step at a Time.
The Council was approached 18 months ago by the organisation’s two directors, who wished to set up a pilot project in a building in Jubilee Park. As a not for profit community interest company offering free mental health services to residents, the Council approved the trial, with no fees for rent or utilities. The Council also funded repairs, maintenance and inspections of the building, registering it with a name and address so it could receive mail. The organisation was also awarded grants to undertake activities for the benefit of the community.
Following the successful pilot, the Council agreed to extend the organisation’s use of the building, pending negotiations on a long-term lease, providing the organisation with stability and allowing it to apply for funding, that could be reinvested back into the community via mental health support services. This represented substantial investment and commitment by the Council.
Unfortunately, recent events required the Council to seek legal advice in relation to the tenure of the organisation in the building, as part of the Council’s civil and criminal responsibilities outlined in a variety of legislation. As a result, a report will be presented to councillors on Tuesday 28th June, 2022 to decide on future use of the building.
A further update will be available following the meeting next week.
Please note the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st has been cancelled.
One of the highlights of Durham County Council’s annual events programme, the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever when it returns from Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 July.
It will feature a host of spectacular performances, new commissions, school workshops, free concerts in communities and care homes and a full programme of lively street bands. An inclusive and accessible Bold as BRASS segment is also set to showcase the talent of disabled artists inspired by brass music.
Taking to the stage at Ushaw Historic House on Wednesday 13 July is Sunderland-born conductor, musicologist, teacher and composer, Ben Lunn, who will celebrate the culture and history of the region with three new sets of songs for voice and brass.
Sangs from Hyme, The Whispered Yakka and Symphony for me Marras, will explore notions of identity within pit communities and the wider north east.
Sangs from Hyme explores old and contemporary texts from the region and concludes by celebrating the impact of the Durham Big Meeting, while The Whispered Yakka is dedicated to the miners and pit villages and draws on the talent of north-east poet, Paul Summers, to dare for something bigger and better.
Symphony for me Marras amalgamates the musicians from the previous two works as part of a large exploration of the region’s culture and communities, focusing on key elements of the area’s shared past.
Lunn’s unique award-winning work, which is described as deeply moving, continues to focus on the interaction between society and music and how this can be used as a force for good.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said:
“Bold as BRASS is a fantastic addition to our incredible BRASS festival. Celebrating the rich history of brass, championing new works by contemporary artists and demonstrating the power of music to bring people together is what this festival is all about.
“We are, therefore, delighted that Ben is going to be part of this to reflect on our shared heritage and his working-class upbringing. The diversity of the Bold as BRASS programme also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to culture and cultural-led regeneration here in County Durham.
“Inclusivity was at the heart of our countywide bid for UK City of Culture 2025 and remains at the heart of our plans to deliver key projects within our shortlisted bid. It is so important to us that our many cultural events and activities are accessible to all our residents so that we can truly bring our communities together and create opportunities for all.”
BRASS is just one of the many cultural events and activities taking place in County Durham this year, demonstrating the council’s ongoing commitment to cultural-led regeneration. This includes delivering key projects within County Durham’s shortlisted UK City of Culture bid and raising the county’s profile as a fantastic place to live, work, visit and invest. It also includes progressing major capital projects, such as the redevelopment of the former DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery into a stunning new creative centre showcasing national and international contemporary art alongside collections that celebrate the county’s heritage.
To book tickets and to find out more about the festival, visit www.brassfestival.co.uk
Every year, we support people and organisations who are doing something for their community, competing in sporting events or simply in need of new band equipment.
Please get in touch to find out if your project is eligible.
The excellent Spennymoor Town and Youth Bands 🎺🎺have been shortlisted for funding from the Venator Community Together Fund and would appreciate your support 🙏.
You can use the link below to vote for the best brass in the business up to three times, with grant of £250 each being awarded to the top 40 applicants receiving most votes – so all votes ❌are important 👍👍.
Voting ends on 7 July
Working with you, alongside planning and housing, neighbourhood wardens, police and community officers, fire and rescue teams we aim to improve the local environment and promote healthier lifestyles.
Whilst we are in your area we will be dealing with a range of issues including:
If you would like to get involved or express your views on our plans to improve your area please come along to the residents events at: St Pauls Centre, St Pauls Gardens, Spennymoor, DL16 7LR
Cllr Dean Ranyard, 41, who has lived in the town since 2013, also pledged to work with officers and fellow councillors to help continue the progress the town has made in recent years.
Cllr Ranyard, who is a train driver and has served on Spennymoor Town Council since May 2017, said: “It is a great honour and privilege to take up this position and I’d like to pay tribute to my colleague, Cllr Neil Foster, who has served Spennymoor fantastically during one of the most challenging periods in our history.
“I am humbled to have been made Mayor of this special town, which has such an incredible sense of community. The people genuinely care for the area and fellow residents, and that is something I have not failed to notice since coming here.
“I feel like I’m very much part of a real community, along with my partner Cllr Beckie Calder, who is Spennymoor born and bred, and our four sons.
“Community and health are what I wish my mayoral year to be all about, and I will strive to serve every person, business and organisation during my term.”
Cllr Ranyard was inaugurated at the Spennymoor Town Council AGM on May 24 and has selected two local charities close to his heart to support and raise funds for during his term.
ManHealth is an organisation that runs peer support groups across the region, working with men affected by depression and other mental health issues, sharing friendship and support over a common condition. ManHealth groups are run by men with a hands-on experience of mental ill health.
The second charity is Moors in the Community, recently launched as a community outreach programme, working alongside Spennymoor Town Football Club. It works with a variety of people and groups across the town, with one of its main focuses being to enhance the physical, social and mental wellbeing of children and teenagers.
Cllr Ranyard added:
“There are many fantastic groups and organisations operating across the town and I’m really looking forward to meeting the many hardworking volunteers running them and seeing just what they deliver for local people week in, week out.
“Having lost my Dad to suicide as an eight year old child, I feel the work of ManHealth is something very close to my heart. Just over three out of four suicides are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 35.
“Moors In The Community builds on the great work of our football club, rising from the Northern League to the National League North in a short space of time and firmly putting Spennymoor on the map. This outreach work and a desire to do even more is a credit to them and a testament to how embedded they are within the community.”
Cllr Ranyard also paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of Spennymoor Town Council officers and staff.
The event will be led by Councillor Dean Ranyard, Mayor of Spennymoor Town Council, who today unveiled details of the event in Jubilee Park.
Cllr Ranyard said: “There is a long and unbroken tradition dating back generations in our country of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of ceremonial beacons, and this summer it will be no different.
I am delighted to announce that Spennymoor Town Council will stage a Beacon Lighting event on June 2, during which we will come together as a community to celebrate this incredible unique milestone in UK history, Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth.
“It would be fantastic if you could join us for this momentous occasion.”
A Platinum Jubilee is a feat achieved by no previous monarch, and to mark its arrival more than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and overseas territories. One will also be lit in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries, recognising The Queen’s long and selfless service.
Those planning to attend this event, should arrive at Jubilee Park by 9.30pm. The itinerary for the event is:
The Mayor has also announced the community organisations that secured Spennymoor Town Council Platinum Jubilee Grants, which were offered earlier in the year:
*Clyde Terrace Community Garden is under new management and will re-launch the Community Garden on Saturday June 4, with refreshments being available and all welcome to attend from 12 noon until 4pm.
“I am really pleased to see so many of our fantastic dedicated community groups seizing the opportunity to stage events for people across the town and surrounding areas,” said Cllr Ranyard.
“Occasions to come together and socialise with friends, colleagues and neighbours have been few and far between over the past two years, so we should grab this opportunity to celebrate and enjoy ourselves.”
The Town Council is here for the people who live, work and enjoy spending time in Spennymoor.
We’re often asked about the services we deliver and the areas in which we can help support people and groups.
We’ve prepared this short animation to give a flavour of the services we provide, events we organise and support we can give.
Hope you enjoy it ☺
While many restrictions may have been lifted, the fight against COVID-19 continues.
Here are some simple tips that will help us, as we all get used to living with COVID-19.
Spennymoor has an abundance of allotments, and the Town Council would like to maximise their benefit for anyone interested in developing green fingers.
In November 2021, the Council’s internal auditors examined how allotments are run. They made the following statement:
A formal Allotment Policy should be compiled and agreed by the Council as soon as possible, to assist in the management of allotment provision.
Adherence to the policy should be included in the tenancy agreement, relating to Council run sites.
The Council should formulate an Allotment Strategy, providing guidance on management, development and maintenance of allotment provision.
They also pointed out that the current tenancy agreement, introduced in 2016, has a clause that tenants holding prior agreements could continue with these, even though some allow activities not permissible under the 2016 agreement. Often, there no evidence of such agreements. As a result, it’s difficult for the Council to enforce agreements demonstrating consistent treatment of tenants.
In January, councillors on the Council’s Facilities and Recreation Committee instructed the Grounds and Estates Officer to meet secretaries or representatives from each allotment site as soon as possible to establish views on a new agreement and Allotment Strategy.
Minutes and video from this meeting are available on the Council website, showing debate between the Councillors in attendance, what was discussed, and the instructions given.
Following a meeting with allotment representatives, a further report will be drafted so Councillors can decide on the next course of action, including plans for wider consultation in which all allotment holders can participate.
The Council is very much in the early stages of this process, and it is anticipated that it will take months to complete. If changes are decided upon these will not occur until 2024, as allotment tenants will be afforded 12 months to prepare for any proposed changes.
Since May 2021, the Council has worked hard to develop a short to long term strategy, enabling it to deliver projects that will have maximum benefit for residents.
A wealth of exciting projects are already underway, but now it’s time to have your say!
What has been done so far…
The Council secured almost £40,000 in grants, with applications submitted for a further £45,000+.
Having declared a Climate Change Emergency, a carbon reduction plan is being developed to achieve Investors in the Environment accreditation.
Spennymoor Gala Committee received £9,500 to secure the 2021 Gala and the Council committed further funding for this year’s event.
Grants were awarded to support attendance at sporting events, bus trips and community hampers.
Town Show, Party in the Park, Fireworks Display, Santa in the Town Hall, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday events went ahead. Plans for 2022 include The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting and Armed Forces Day.
CCTV was upgraded in the Town Hall, and additional cameras installed in the Town Centre.
The Bob Abley Art Gallery has expanded, creating space showcasing Chris and Steve Rocks, twin artists, born and raised in Spennymoor.
The Council funded new boilers and heating systems for several community buildings.
Strong financial management, success in securing grants and income generated from the Bob Abley Art Gallery, means the Town Council portion of Council Tax precept will not increase.
So, what happens now?
The Council wants your views. What are your priorities for the short to long term?
Town Hall consultation will take place on Tuesday March 15, 6.30-7.30pm, followed by the Meeting of Electors/Town Meeting at 7.30pm, where you can ask the Council questions about its work.
If you cannot attend, there are other opportunities to contribute. Choose up to five priorities from the list below and send them to: email@example.com or call: 01388 815276 with your picks. Please also submit your name and address as consultation is open only to residents of Spennymoor, Tudhoe, Byers Green, Kirk Merrington and Middlestone Moor.
Environment and Sustainability
Art and Leisure
Community Engagement and Strength
Growth and Development
Health, Wellbeing and Community Safety
|Date:||Tuesday 7 December 2021|
Councillors will next week discuss the progress of schemes to help tackle inequalities in County Durham and decide on the future approach for supporting vulnerable residents and their families.
Members of Durham County Council’s Cabinet will discuss the action taken so far to alleviate poverty across the county, the impact of coronavirus and how best the council can support low-income households in the future.
Councillors will hear about the work of the Poverty Action Steering Group to support financial inclusion, directed by its countywide Poverty Action Plan.
The council’s Poverty Action Plan was approved by Cabinet in September 2019 to support lower-income households facing increasing financial pressures as a result of the Government’s welfare reforms and longer-term challenges in the labour market.
Since then, in response to further welfare reforms and the coronavirus pandemic, a number of national policies have been updated and reflected in the work of the Poverty Action Steering Group, including the temporary “uplift” to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit, the furlough scheme and the introduction of the Kickstart job placement scheme for young people.
Cabinet will hear about the key interventions put in place to help individuals and communities to move out of poverty, and to access the support they need, including those which support people to access well-paid employment, training, welfare support, housing and food.
They will also hear about the work the council, and its partners, have undertaken to help households facing financial pressures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, including:
Cllr Alan Shield, the council’s Cabinet member for Equality and Inclusion, said: “Many households in our county were left facing greater financial uncertainty following the coronavirus pandemic and providing support for vulnerable residents is a key priority for our council.
“During the pandemic our efforts to address and alleviate poverty increased significantly but there is still much to do.
“Vouchers to the value of £20 per child each week are being provided for children receiving Free School Meals during the Christmas holidays, while new dispersion hubs to provide low-cost surplus food are to be progressed across County Durham.
“Looking forward, we will continue to work closely with our partners, to support households through co-ordinated advice and guidance, to ensure no resident is left behind.
“This will include helping residents to move away from having to access food through crisis intervention support such as food banks, working with key providers such as the credit unions to improve access to low-cost loans and supporting work to address fuel poverty and digital exclusion.”
The Poverty Action Plan is currently being reviewed, in line with the most up-to-date data and intelligence, and the Poverty Action Steering Group aim to present an updated plan to Cabinet for consideration in March 2022.
Cabinet will meet virtually at 9.30am on Wednesday 15 December. Members of the public can view the meeting on the council’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/DurhamCouncil
The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds. The new housing measures will come into force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021 to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza following a number of confirmed cases across Great Britain in recent weeks. See attached poster which has comprehensive requirements for all poultry and captive bird keepers.
For full details click https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#latest-situation
Whether it’s your Facebook, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.
Unfortunately, some of us cope with this challenge by resorting to practices that leave our data, devices and money at risk – by using the same password across multiple accounts, or by creating simple passwords that could easily be guessed by hackers. Bad password practice is more prevalent than you might think – the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre carried out analysis of passwords leaked in data breaches and found that more than 23 million users worldwide used 123456 as a password. You can read more about it here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/most-hacked-passwords-revealed-as-uk-cyber-survey-exposes-gaps-in-online-security
Here are some top tips that will make your life easier and your online accounts more secure:
1: Creating memorable passwords
A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words. But remember, don’t use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”
2: Saving passwords in your browser
Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.
This can help:
It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.
3: Email account passwords
If a hacker gets into your email account, they could:
Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.
For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware
Information from Durham Miners Association
Antisocial behaviour (ASB) incidents have increased over the last three years. Police forces, councils and housing associations are reporting significant spikes in ASB cases – and these are not minor incidents. They are complex and serious cases causing real harm to many people.
45% of people say ASB is a problem where they live, and 56% of those who had either been a victim of or a witness to ASB did not report it to anyone. *
To help tackle the issue, we are running a campaign encouraging people to SAY NO TO ASB.
The campaign will run from the 25th October through to the 21st November on our social channels with key information on recognising, recording, and reporting ASB on our website: ourwatch.org.uk/asb.
We are running a free online ‘SAY NO TO ASB’ webinar on 15th November at 5pm with the charity ASB Help as part of the campaign. Places are limited. To book your place, visit ourwatch.org.uk/webinars.
If you would like a digital campaign pack, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Data source: Taking Back our Communities – working together to make communities safer report, commissioned in 2021 by RESOLVE, a Centre of Excellence solely focused upon community safety and antisocial behaviour
Thousands of households across County Durham will continue to receive help in covering the cost of their council tax bills after councillors agreed to the extension of a scheme.
Durham County Council provides council tax discounts of up to 100 per cent to eligible households through its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) and is one of only a small number of authorities to continue to offer this level of support.
There are currently 56,250 LCTRS claimants in County Durham, of which 21,150 (38 per cent) are pensioners and 35,100 (62 per cent) are working age claimants. Almost 80 per cent of all working age applicants receive maximum help, leaving them with no council tax to pay, with LCTRS support forecast to be circa £62million in 2021/22.
Durham is the only local authority in the North East and one of a small minority in the country to continue to offer the same level of support to all claimants as was available under the former Council Tax Benefit (CTB) scheme. The LCTRS is open to residents on a low income, whether in work, unemployed or retired, who have less than £16,000 savings.
There was in an increase in claims for Council Tax Reduction last year as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on household income levels. At the peak in May 2020 the working age LCTRS caseload was almost 3,000 higher than in January of the same year.
In order to ensure that low-income households continue to access this vital support, the council has this week approved the continuation of the current LCTRS for a further year into 2022/23, which will continue the protection afforded to all claimants in line with what their entitlement would have been under the former CTB system.
Cllr Richard Bell, the council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for finance, said: “We have one of the best schemes in the country for helping people with council tax support and are pleased to be able to continue this
“Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic our staff have been working hard to ensure those eligible to receive additional help to pay their council tax bills are able to access this as soon as possible.
“We want to ensure that our residents are aware of the support offered through the scheme and that we can also provide assistance to anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to progress a claim.
“We are mindful of the continuing detrimental impacts that the pandemic is having on many low-income households and the fact that the additional council tax liabilities for working age households could have a significant impact on affected household budgets by around £100 to £350 a year based on a scheme whereby entitlement for working age claimants is set at a maximum of 90 per cent entitlement.
“We are now the only authority in the North East whose scheme continues to mirror entitlement under the former Council Tax Benefit system.”
The LCTR scheme in Durham, based on the former CTB scheme, designed to reflect the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) long-standing range of legacy benefits. All of which are calculated weekly, are based on the same premiums and allowances, have identical income and capital assessment rules and an established history of common case law.
For further information and support for helping to pay council tax bills go to http://www.durham.gov.uk/counciltaxreduction