Leadgate Christmas Tree Lights Switch On


Leadgate Christmas Tree Lights Switch On is taking place this Saturday, 25th November at the Cricket Club end of Front Street.


Carols with the Salvation Army from 5.30pm with a Lights Countdown at 6pm.



Refreshments and Raffle in Cricket Club




The High Sheriff Awards 2018 programme is open for nominations!

The scheme is supported by the Sir James Knott Trust, CDCF and the current High Sheriff, Mrs Caroline Peacock of Bishop Auckland, who serves for one year from April 2017.

In 2018 the awards will focus on youth groups who work on two particular themes:

  • Supporting young people affected by mental health issues and/or young offenders to help turn their lives around.
  • Supporting young people to be upstanding citizens and/or deterred from criminal activities

Award Amount: Up to £2,500

Closing Date: Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Grant Award Date: Thursday, 15th March 2018


If you think your group might be eligible read more and nominate here. 

Have your say on our budget proposals for 2018/19

Over the last six years the council have faced one of the greatest financial challenges in our history and will, by March 2018, have had to save more than £200 million. The outlook remains challenging as Government funding continues to reduce and demand for some services is rising. Uncertainties around Brexit, possible new business rate retention rules, social care funding and welfare reforms all add to a complex picture.

There is still a way to go to reach savings of £250 million by 2022 and we need your help again to balance the budget for 2018/19 for which we need to find a further £15.3 million.

To view our proposals, have your say and see what we are doing to ensure the future prosperity of the county visit


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Stay safe for firework celebrations


As Halloween and bonfire night approach, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) is reminding parents to protect their children from flammable fancy dress costumes.  This is so that they and their families can enjoy themselves while staying safe.

Some fancy dress costumes can catch fire extremely quickly with tests showing that those wearing them can be engulfed in flames in as little as nine seconds.

County Durham and Darlington’s Chief fire officer, Stuart Errington, said: “Such costumes are currently classed as toys and are not covered by children’s clothing regulations; the safety standard for them can be as little as a ‘keep away from fire' label. Like other fire services across the country we have been and will continue to back calls for costumes to be covered by children’s clothing regulations but until this happens we would advise people to check the labels carefully.”

CDDFRS advise:

 Check the labels on any fancy dress outfits you buy and see what fire resistance they offer

  • If in doubt check with the customer services department or the store manager

  • Do not let your child go near any ignition sources – sparklers can burn at up to 2,000 degrees Celsius

  • Replace candles in pumpkins with battery powered candles – these are cheap, they do not blow out and they are much safer

  • Teach your child to STOP, DROP and ROLL in the event that their clothing does catch fire

  • In an emergency cool any burns with large amounts of water and get urgent medical assistance.

Cutting the risk of flames catching a costume in the first place is also an important safety measure.  People are urged not to use naked flames while their children are dressing up for Halloween or bonfire night. This would include lighting candles in the home and use of candles and tea lights in pumpkins. LED candles, displaying the correct kite mark, are a safe alternative; they can look very realistic and are an inexpensive option.”

For further details visit:

 Bonfire Night

Residents and retailers in County Durham are also being advised to stay safe in the run up to this year's Bonfire Night festivities.

Fireworks seizure

Any premises storing explosives and fireworks must be either licenced by Durham County Council for year round sales or licensed for storage for sales over the restricted periods covering Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year as well as Chinese New Year and Diwali festivals. Officers from the council’s trading standards team visit retailers in the run up to each firework period to ensure correct storage and CE (European Conformity) compliant products are on sale. They also monitor online sales of goods, including fireworks to identify people who may be illegally storing and selling fireworks via social media.

Failure to store explosives and fireworks safely can put lives and property at risk, and can also affect the insurance for business premises.

Retailers must only sell to people over 18 and must store fireworks in an appropriately safe manner. Consumers are advised to handle and use the fireworks they buy with care, by keeping them out of the reach of children and by following all the safety instructions supplied with them.

Age-restricted sales

Traders must also adhere to their legal obligation regarding the sales of fireworks to under-18s. Traders found to be breaking the law and selling to underage customers face investigation and prosecution.

Organised bonfire displays

For details of organised bonfire displays in County Durham, please visit the council’s website: