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.”

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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.

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Fun and Food programme back for summer holidays

Children across County Durham can enjoy a fun-packed summer break by taking advantage of a range of free activities during the school holidays.

The sessions are part of the Fun and Food programme, which provides holiday activities with healthy food for families on low incomes.

Durham County Council has received over £2.3 million from the Department for Education to provide the activities, which have been organised in response to the fact that some families can struggle to keep children fed and entertained while they are off school.

Activities are offered through the council’s leisure centres, family centres and libraries, including free swimming sessions, while some are provided by schools and voluntary and community sector groups.

Among the hundreds of sessions on offer is Carnivals of the Animals Theatrical Adventure, which will see children aged between three and 10 go on a magical and musical theatrical adventure, designed to spark imagination.

STEAM Ahead is offering exciting skills-focused activities, from building ride-on hovercrafts and coding drones, to launching compressed air rockets and taking part in archery and bushcraft. Children can also splash in puddles, wander through trees and cook on a campfire with Stomping Grounds Forest School.

Durham Area Disability and Leisure Group is hosting events in which children can design and make a sandwich with a range of different ingredients.

There are also activities specifically for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, and sports, weather permitting, such as swing ball, short tennis, badminton, basketball and indoor activities including new age curling and boccia.

Sessions to support children and young people with social communication difficulties and/or a diagnosis of autism are being provided by K-9 Comprehensive with Durham Neurodevelopment Hub. Young people can complete challenges and tasks alongside the team and learning dogs.

Information on more activities is available on the Fun and Food programme web page.

Cllr Ted Henderson, the council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “With the current cost of living crisis impacting on so many families, we appreciate that it is difficult for parents and carers to afford days out and trips which keep children occupied during the summer holidays.

“Our Fun and Food programme provides the ideal opportunity for children to enjoy free activities while also getting healthy and nutritious food at the same time. There are so many activities planned across the summer break so please take the time to find out more about what is going on.”

For more information on the Fun and Food programme to go www.durham.gov.uk/FunAndFood

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Party in the Park 2022

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…

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Council Update

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.

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Grant scheme launched of community projects

Spennymoor Town Council is delighted to announce the launch of its Community Grant Scheme.

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.

 

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Vote – Vote – Vote

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

Visit here: https://www.venatorcommunity.com/community-fund-2022-vote-now/project/?project_id=118&fbclid=IwAR3vYSlsknRNE5pnTiCUzQJC4IHw5A3_EUj-s1nsvb4UPc96Cz1FK_pkLk4

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Making a Difference In Your Area

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.

We will be in your area from:

20th June 2022 until 4th September 2022

Whilst we are in your area we will be dealing with a range of issues including:

  • Improving housing standards and management of privately rented property
  • Dealing with empty properties
  • Making sure rubbish dumped in gardens, streets and on waste ground is removed
  • Seeking improvements to derelict buildings and abandoned land
  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Investigating noise issues
  • Challenging under-age sales of alcohol/cigarettes
  • Implementing energy efficiency projects
  • Advising on your consumer rights and dealing with cold callers
  • Supporting local businesses through the Better Business for All scheme

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

Residents Engagement:

  • Tuesday 21st June 2022 — 4pm — 6pm
  • Monday 27th June 2022 — 9.30am — 11.30am

Mid Action Drop In:

  • Tuesday 19th July 2022 — 1pm — 3pm
  • Wednesday 27th July 2022 — 9.30am — 11am

For more information on the work of Durham County Council’s Community Action Team visit www.durham.gov.uk/CAT email communityactionteam@durham.gov.uk or call 03000 261 016

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New Mayor for Spennymoor

The new civic head of Spennymoor has put physical and mental wellbeing at the top of the agenda for his mayoral term.

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.

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Spennymoor fired up for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee…

The Town Council will ignite Platinum Jubilee celebrations by firing up a spectacular beacon of light in Spennymoor.

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:

  • 35pm – A piper will play the tune ‘Diu Regnare’ at 9.35pm.
  • 40pm – A bugler or cornet player will play the tune ‘Majesty’ at 9.40pm.
  • 45pm – The Beacon will be lit whilst a choir sings a song specially commissioned for the event – Song for the Commonwealth.

 

Platinum Jubilee Grants

The Mayor has also announced the community organisations that secured Spennymoor Town Council Platinum Jubilee Grants, which were offered earlier in the year:

  • Kirk Merrington Village Hall – £2000
  • The Settlement – £384
  • The Park Run – £80
  • Step to the Occasion – £1500
  • Clyde Terrace Community Garden – £50*

*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.”

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What we do

What We Do Image

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 ☺

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Living with COVID-19 – Tips

Living with COVID-19 - Tips

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.

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Spennymoor Allotment Policy

Allotments

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.

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SPENNYMOOR TOWN COUNCIL – WE NEED YOUR VIEWS!

Jubilee Park

SPENNYMOOR Town Council is asking residents to name their community priorities.

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: info@spennymoor-tc.gov.uk 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

  • Declaring a Climate Change Emergency – ✅
  • Survey of Town Council’s carbon impact
  • Strategy for dealing with the Council’s carbon impact
  • Cow Plantation Nature Reserve
  • Paperless Office
  • Council Vehicles – going hybrid/electric

Art and Leisure

  • Art Gallery
  • Allotments
  • Community Centres
  • Parks, Play Areas & Football Pitches
  • Cow Planation Nature Reserve
  • Cemeteries
  • Dog Walking areas
  • Sports Facilities
  • Green Spaces

Community Engagement and Strength

  • Engage and consult with people and businesses
  • Provide grants and support to community groups and individuals
  • Support and Leadership to and for Communities
  • Business Engagement
  • Community Website/Comms/Marketing Strategy

Growth and Development

  • Promote and develop Spennymoor effectively as a place to live, work, play, shop and visit
  • Work with the Area Action Partnership, Towns and Villages Fund
  • Build relationships with businesses and traders

Health, Wellbeing and Community Safety

  • Flower and tree planting
  • Support and deliver community events and encourage organisations delivering these things
  • Liaison with partners such as the Police, Durham County Council etc
  • Staff and Member Wellbeing
  • Accessibility and Inclusion
  • Assets

Governance

  • Local Council Award Scheme accreditation– Foundation, Quality, Quality Gold
  • Maintain the General Power of Competence
  • Ensure Accounts & Audits demonstrate good finance management and Council is well run
  • Attract Staff and Councillors when vacancies arise
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