Summer Drama Project (funded by the Derwent Valley Partnership)

An exciting, creative Summer Drama Project for young people aged 11 years and over living/studying in Consett and the surrounding Derwent Valley AAP areas is available.

The drama project takes place at BLACKHILL COMRADES CLUB, BLACKHILL, DH8 8TT on Tuesday 31 July and Wednesday 1 August 2018 from 10am – 4pm. Total Cost is £10 per person and participants must commit to the full 2 days.

Places are limited and booking is essential before Wednesday 25 July 2018.

For more information see flyer below and to book a place contact Shelley O'Brien, Actress & Artistic Director, Mad Alice Theatre Company 07880 792597 / 01207 509823 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOB workshops


She Wins All The Races - one woman show!

‘She Wins All The Races’ is a one woman show performed by Shelley O’Brien from MAD ALICE THEATRE COMPANY (who is also one of our Public Reps) and funded by the Derwent Valley Partnership.

The show is on Monday 30 July at 2pm and held in Blackhill Comrades Club. Tickets cost £5 / £3 concessions.

Suitable for ages 13+

Performance duration 1 hr 15mins

Tickets can be bought on the door (but they are limited, please reserve / book in advance either online at , by calling 07880 792597 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is a link about the show:…

A fun, heartwarming positive story about how, given even the most tragic family circumstances, the human spirit can rise triumphantly! A strong message of resilience and hope for everyone! Based on the performers own story.


Consultation on the County Durham Plan Preferred Options


Durham County Council is consulting on the County Durham Plan Preferred Options between the 22nd June 2018 and the 3rd August 2018.


The County Durham Plan sets the planning framework up to 2035 to support the development of a thriving economy in County Durham while at the same time protecting those things that are important to us all. It identifies a number of sites for new employment, new housing and new infrastructure to accommodate the growth needed to achieve these ambitions.


Details of dates, times and venues of consultation events are available to view at

A presentation will be made at the DVP Board meeting on Wednesday 18 July, 6 - 8pm in the Salvation Army Hall, Sherburn Terrace, Consett, DH8 6ND.  Please contact the DVP on 03000 260725 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place.


The Preferred Options document is  available to view on DCC's website at:, at the council’s customer access points  and at libraries.


 In addition to the County Durham Plan Preferred Options the consultation also provides an opportunity to comment on the following documents:


·       The Sustainability Appraisal;


·       Habitat Regulation Assessment;


·       Building for Life Supplementary Planning Document;


·       Durham City Sustainable Transport Delivery Plan;


·       County Durham Parking and Accessibility Guidelines; and


·       Statement of Community Involvement.


More information on the purpose of these documents and why they are important is set out on the website alongside the County Durham Plan’s evidence base.


If you wish to comment on the County Durham Plan Preferred Options please do so in writing by 4.30pm, 3rd August 2018:


We encourage you to submit your views online at:


Alternatively you can:


Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Write to: FREEPOST Spatial Policy (no other details are required for the address)


If you have any questions please use the contact details above or telephone: 03000 260000.



Healthwatch County Durham 2017/18 Annual Report


Healthwatch County Durham's Annual Report 2017/18 is now available on their website at

It’s been a really exciting year for Healthwatch County Durham and you enjoy reading the highlights, in particular where the voice of patients and service users has been heard and made a difference.


FREE - Pick‘n’Mix Taster Sessions at Delves Lane Village Hall


Every Monday for 6 weeks commencing 2nd July


09:30 - 11:00am


    • Healthy Eating

    • Weight Management

    • Physical Activity

    • Practical Cooking

    • Relaxation

    • Mental Wellbeing





Tel: 0800 8766887


For more information please contact:


Wendy Scofield-Marlowe…07825196656


Caroline Cranston….07826530851


Wellbeing for Life