The Town Quiz 2023


In aid of the Spennymoor Town Mayor’s Charities Moors in the Community & ManHealth.



£7 entry per person – 4 maximum on a team Pie and Peas included


Register now at the Town Hall Reception / 01388 815276

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Spennymoor Town Council is excited to announce that the above event and encourage people to bring picnics (there will be a catering offer and ice cream van on site), blankets, chairs, cushions …but no gazebos please.

The Council will provide free rides, face painting and entertainment and there will be a competition to nominate a King and Queen for the day for parish primary school age children. So, get your royal robes ready and crowns dusted down as your thrones await on this special date.

Hobby groups, Scouts and Guides, Dance and Theatre groups are encouraged to volunteer to host a stall – provided by the Council free of charge – to give demonstrations of what you do…a great opportunity to get the neighbourhood knitting, dads dancing and kids crafting.

Interested in a stall? Contact Commercial and Facilities Manager, Colin Ranson on 01388 815276 or email: by 10th March 2023.

Please note: as this is a family event, no alcohol will be permitted on site.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2023

Today Spennymoor Town Hall will be lit up purple to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

We remember all those murdered during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Together we must challenge prejudice and hatred to create a better future.

#HolocaustMemorialDay #HMD2023 #LightTheDarkness


Tudhoe & Spennymoor Local History Society Talk

Tudhoe & Spennymoor Local History Society has its first talk of 2023 tomorrow (Monday 23 January, 7.30 pm at St David’s Hall Tudhoe) and, for various reasons, we weren’t able to publicise it in Spennymoor News as we usually do.

Since the talk is by Bob Fleming, former Leader of Sedgefield Borough Council, on growing up in pre war Spennymoor, I hoped you might be interested and would also be able to let other local people know.

As shown in Saturday’s Northern Echo, we will also be showing a newly acquired panoramic school photo which we believe shows staff and pupils of the Alderman Wraith School in 1939

There are details of the Society’s activities on our website :


Spennymoor Young People’s Awards Returns!

The achievements and hard work of Spennymoor’s exceptional young people will be recognised as a much-loved annual awards ceremony makes a welcome return.

Spennymoor Town Council’s Young People’s Awards 2023 will take place on Friday 24th March, celebrating the amazing achievements of incredible young people in the town…and nominations are needed!

The awards, in Spennymoor’s Town Hall, honour exceptional young people across several categories and are now open for nominations.

Having been delayed for two years due to the pandemic, the awards promise a fantastic evening of pride, laughter and celebration of those making a positive impact on communities.

Spennymoor Town Council is asking adults, young leaders, and volunteers to nominate someone who should be recognised for their hard work, exceptional talent or caring efforts.

Spennymoor Town Mayor, Cllr Dean Ranyard, said: “Spennymoor is blessed with a small army of young people doing incredible things – and the Town Council takes great pleasure in recognising and celebrating their efforts.

“Whether that person has been caring for others, giving up time to help people, excelling in sport, music or other pastime…anything that deserves recognition, we want to hear about it!”

Awards cover a range of categories including Art, Music and Dance Award, Sports, Young People’s Choice (celebrating someone encouraging young people to contribute to their community), Community Champion, and School Award for a pupil demonstrating the seven Olympic/Paralympic values of Respect, Friendship, Excellence, Courage, Determination, Inspiration and Equality.

Additionally, the Extra Special Achievement and Recognition Award celebrates a young person or people who have gone further than most to accomplish their dreams, helped others or even accomplished something in amazing circumstances.

Cllr Ranyard, added: “After what has been a difficult few years, now is a great time to vote for the friends, pupils and neighbours who have inspired you.

“I am proud of the work that has been done and continues to be achieved by young people in Spennymoor. The Awards show how important it is to reward those who have had such a positive impact on our community.”

Nominations for the awards can be made using the Town Council nomination form, available at:

The closing date for nominations is noon on Friday 17th February.

Any questions, please contact the Town Council at:


Spennymoor Town Council King Charles III Coronation

The Town Council is pleased to announce that it will be putting on an event to celebrate the above momentous occasion.

A meeting will be held on Thursday 19th January 2023 at 6pm in The Memorial room at the Town Hall and residents are welcome to attend to provide input to how this event should be celebrated.

The Town Council looks forward to seeing you there.


New Year – Need Help?

• Managing your Money?
• Help getting back to work?
• Help with benefits or energy costs?
• Struggling with your mental health?

We have a team of people on hand who can help so pop along …

When: Monday 16th January 2023, 1:30pm -3pm
Where: Spennymoor Youth & Community Centre

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Warm Room Provision

Spennymoor Town Council is providing a ‘Warm Room’ in the Lounge/Bar area of the Town Hall on Mondays and Tuesday between 10am and 3pm from Tuesday 3rd January 2023 to April 25th 2023.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided as well as newspapers, puzzle books and games.

Please come in for a warm cuppa and a chat with fellow residents, if you wish.

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Warm Spaces/Rooms/Hubs – Grants


Spennymoor Town Council is supporting groups and organisations that will provide warm spaces/rooms/hubs over the coming months for residents in:

  • Spennymoor
  • Tudhoe
  • Low Spennymoor & Tudhoe Grange
  • Middlestone Moor
  • Kirk Merrington
  • Byers Green

There are eight grants of £400 available and applications should be returned no later than 12 noon Monday 9th January 2023

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Finance and Administration Assistant Vacancy



£22,369 – £24,496 (SCP 7 to 12) Part of Local Government Pension Scheme (Employer contributions currently 18.9%)


Spennymoor Town Hall, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6DG


Permanent – 37 hours per week (full time)


Our finance and administration department comprises a Finance Manager and four Finance and Administration Assistants who work closely together at Spennymoor Town Hall. Each of the four Finance and Administration Assistants have their own specialism, as well as a number of shared administrative duties from standard reception cover to tasks such as taking payments for goods and services, sorting incoming and outgoing post, raising sales orders, and raising purchase orders.

The specialism for this vacancy is finance where the successful candidate would see exciting variety as they primarily oversee the debtors ledger, the creditors ledger, and cashbooks on a day to day basis within Sage 50 Accounts Professional. A solid knowledge and understanding of debits and credits is desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail, be logical and methodical in their approach, be confident and competent with computers (we primarily use Excel, Word and Outlook), and hold strong written and verbal communication skills to help deliver excellent internal and external customer service.

Hours are 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.45am to 4.30pm on a Friday. Holidays will start at 27 days per year (plus Bank Holidays) increasing to 32 per year after 5 years service. A very small amount of evening and weekend work is required.

If you have any questions and/or would like to visit us before applying then please call us on 01388 815276 and ask for the Finance Manager. If you would like an application pack please contact us via email at

The closing date for applications is strictly noon on Monday 6th February 2023. Due to the expected volume of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Spennymoor and Ferryhill Police

Residents and community groups are invited to have their say at a public meeting which aims to address how safe women and girls feel in Spennymoor.

The consultation will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, 21st December in the heart of the community at Spennymoor Town Hall (Memorial Hall).

Police including the force lead for violence against women and girls and key partners are keen to hear from local residents who are willing to share their experiences of living in Spennymoor.

It is also a chance for people to offer their suggestions and ideas on how police and partners can work together to improve the safety of women, girls, and the wider community.

The invite is open to everyone living in Spennymoor, so please, if you can, come along and help us make the town as safe as possible.


Get Your Civic Dinner Tickets Now!

The Spennymoor Civic Dinner will take place on the evening of Friday December 2 in the Town Hall.


With tickets priced at just £30, it promises to be a fantastic start to the festive season, offering a four-course meal, raffle and incredible entertainment by singing duo “Alpha-November”.

Contact Spennymoor Town Hall for details or to order your tickets:

01388 815276


Government Advice – Bird Flu

A national housing order will be introduced across England on Monday 7 November making it a legal requirement to house flocks.

Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds are to be introduced to all areas of England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November, following a decision by the United Kingdom’s Chief Veterinary Officer. The housing measures legally require all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size.

The United Kingdom’s Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said:

We are now facing this year, the largest ever outbreak of bird flu and are seeing rapid escalation in the number of cases on commercial farms and in backyard birds across England. The risk of kept birds being exposed to disease has reached a point where it is now necessary for all birds to be housed until further notice.

Scrupulous biosecurity and separating flocks in all ways, from wild birds remain the best form of defence. Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, from Monday 7 November onwards you must keep your indoors. This decision has not been taken lightly, but is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease. All bird keepers across England must:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control
  • keep records of mortality, movement of poultry and poultry products and any changes in production
  • thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis
  • keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points
  • minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
  • prevent access by poultry to ponds and watercourses and ensure that birds are kept in fenced or enclosed area

A Time for Reflection

Spennymoor will join a nationwide one-minute moment of silent reflection on Sunday evening in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

At 8pm on September 18, on the eve of the funeral of Her late Majesty, Spennymoor Town Mayor, Cllr Dean Ranyard, will hold a short ceremony at the Town Hall, alongside flags currently flying half mast, and by the spot many have laid flowers to honour and give thanks.

Members of the public wishing to attend should gather by 7.55pm. A short statement will be made prior to the silence. No other ceremony is planned for this moment.

The solemn occasion comes a week after the Mayor recognised the passing of our Late Sovereign and made a local proclamation recognising His Majesty, King Charles III as the new Sovereign, wishing him a long and happy reign.

The event in Jubilee Park was followed by Spennymoor Town Band playing one verse of the National Anthem.

Cllr Ranyard said: “I’d like to thank those who joined us in acknowledging the passing of our Late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth II, with great respect, and to recognise the new Sovereign His Majesty, King Charles III.

“The proclamation, this Sunday’s moment of silent reflection and Her late Majesty’s funeral the following day allows us to remember the great service of the Queen, honour her memory and also share in our grief.”


Take chance to see Queen’s Baton Relay

Members of the public are being encouraged to take up the best vantage points available to see the Queen’s Baton Relay as it visits County Durham ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. Across England, the Queen’s Baton Relay is providing an opportunity for communities to experience the excitement building for the event.

Batonbearers aged between 12 and 75 will be carrying the Baton when it visits County Durham on Thursday 14 July, journeying through first Durham City and then Seaham.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will start at the top of Claypath in Durham City at 3pm, before heading into Market Place and then visiting Palace Green beside Durham Cathedral.

The Baton will then be carried back on to South Bailey and across Prebends Bridge. It will then go via the River Wear where the Baton will be taken by Durham Amateur Rowing Club from the Durham School boat landing to The Racecourse.

The best viewing points for seeing the Baton as it makes its way through Durham City are Palace Green, Prebends Bridge and The Racecourse.

After arriving at The Racecourse, the convoy will travel to Seaham. The procession will start at North Terrace at 5.20pm, heading past the Tommy statue before ending at Vane Tempest Car Park. The iconic Tommy statue on Seaham’s North Terrace will provide the ideal backdrop as the second leg of the County Durham visit nears its end.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said:

“Excitement is really building now as the day of the Queen’s Baton Relay approaches and it promises to be an historic day for County Durham.

“I’m sure plenty of people will want to cheer on our incredible community Batonbearers and I’d encourage members of the public to come along and experience the Relay in either Durham City or Seaham for themselves. It really will be something they won’t forget.”

Members of the public are being reminded that short-term road closures will be in place on the day of the Relay visit.

Access to Claypath and Market Place in Durham City for vehicles will not be possible from 2.45pm to 3.45pm as the relay takes place. In Seaham, access to North Road will not be possible for vehicles between 4.45pm and 5.45pm.