Remembrance Day Services 13th November 2011

The Remembrance Day Services are currently scheduled to take place on Sunday 13th November as follows:-

Service at Consett Methodist Church, Station Rd at 9.30am.

Remembrance Day Parade assembles at 10.30am outside Consett Police Station and Christ Church.

Service and wreath laying at the War Memorial, beside the former Consett Civic Centre at 11am.

All welcome.

It's Up 2 U Voting Event!

After months of hard work, the Derwent Valley It's Up 2 U Community Voting Event will be taking place on Saturday 5th November 2011, 10am until 2.30pm in Consett Community Sports College (Blackfyne).

33 local groups have been succcessful in moving to the next stage of the 'It's Up 2 U' Scheme process and will be showcasing their projects at the voting event on 5th November. It is now up to local residents to choose their favourites! If you live, work or study in Derwent Valley and are aged 7 or over, you are eligible to vote for your 4 favourite projects at the event. Projects range from theatre productions, coffee mornings and arts and crafts workshops to youth clubs, music and dance, saving schemes and sports clubs.
The groups attending the event are relying on public votes to be awarded any funding for their project - the projects with the most votes will receive their share of £20,700!
To find out more about the Community Voting Event, please contact the Derwent Valley Partnership on 03000 260 725.

Derwentside Homes Community Grants Scheme

Last year Derwentside Homes helped a variety of community and sports groups achieve their hopes and dreams by supporting them with a Community Grant of £500

Some of the groups who benefited were:

St Mary’s Special Needs Club in Consett – This group was in need of a new mini bus.  The old bus was not only used for the Special Needs Club which has in excess of 35 members, but also members of other Community Groups.  By obtaining the Community Grant from Derwentside Homes the Club was able to continue to run the weekly group and other groups were able to take advantage of the new mini bus. The group is made up of disabled people from the Consett, Moorside, Delves Lane, Blackhill and Leadgate areas of Derwentside, and because of the Community Grant, they are continuing to improve the quality of life for those with learning disabilities, and to continue to provide respite for their families

Beamish Community Football Club – This club requested a Community Grant to purchase a new kit for the under 15’s Team.  The club is very successful and has 16 male teams from under 6 through to adult, 3 girls teams and 3 disabled teams providing sporting opportunities for over 300 children.  They explained that with rising costs of insurance, league fees, pitch hire, referees fees and indoor winter training, they had insufficient funds to purchase the football kit to play in.  Because of the Community Grant from Derwentside Homes, Beamish Community Football Club is able to provide a safe and secure environment for children to develop their football skills and bring out their potential as individuals.  Derwentside Homes logo is on the front of the under 15’s strip and the kits will be worn for the next three season and will be seen throughoutDurhamand Tyne & Wear.

St Josephs Tuesday Club – This Club began 10 year ago, for the social life of elderly people in Langley Park.  It is well attended but the group needed new equipment as the current equipment was 10 years old.  Because of the Community Grant from Derwentside Homes, they were able to buy all new equipment including new, larger bingo cards for the partially sighted and a range of other games to play.  This has given the Club a great boost and the group feel that they have the independence to continue and give the elderly a great social life within Langley Park.

Do you have an idea that would benefit your community?

Do you have a If so, Derwentside Homes are offering tenants the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £500 to fund a community project of their choice.

As part of their approach to Community Investment, Derwentside Homes wants to support local communities to address the issues that might affect them. We would like to receive applications for projects that will stimulate and support the local community, while helping to solve existing neighbourhood problems at the same time.

For more information, or to receive an application form, please contact Karen Morris, Head of Community Investment & Customer Services on 01207291431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Willow Burn Hospice launches new range of products

Willow Burn Hospice launches new range of products

WILLOW BURN Hospice in County Durham has unveiled its range of spa and pampering products.

The range, which features products ranging from scented candles to luxurious gels and moisturisers, is available from the hospice’s website at and from its high street store in Stanley and Consett.

The products have been developed across two ranges – Indulgent Almond, which includes a hand and nail cream, a massage bar and a lip balm; and Uplifting Tea Tree and Lime, which is available as a body lotion, shower gel, foot spray and a foot and leg balm.

Helen Mills, Chief Executive of Willow Burn Hospice explained: “Our philosophy is to improve the quality of life for adults who have a life-limiting illness by providing care, comfort and compassion and our Spa Range is a natural extension of how we are already doing that.

“The range also means we can give people a taster of what to expect when we open our spa in our new hospice development – a resource which will be available not only to people who come to Willow Burn Hospice but also the wider Derwentside community.”

Willow Burn Hospice was opened in 1989 and provides vital in-patient and community services from its base in the grounds of the formerMaidenLawHospitalin Lanchester. The hospice occupies former hospital buildings and temporary offices while it raises the £5.7 million need to build the new hospice.

The design of the new hospice takes on the appearance of barns, reflecting the rural nature of North West Durham, with the buildings appear to emerge from the landscape while maximising the uninterrupted views from the south of the site. The new hospice will see the number of in-patient beds increase from four to six, and include additional well-being facilities, such as a sun room, health spa, dance studio and therapy suite created.

The new hospice will ensure that Willow Burn can continue to treasure life and deliver its services from modern and fit-for-purpose facilities for years to come.

The Spa Range, which comes in Willow Burn Hospice’s distinctive green branding, had been developed over recent months with two North East suppliers to create the environmentally friendly products to harness the power of aromatherapy and natural ingredients.

The range has already generated a flurry of sales, with orders of some of the most popular products, including the refreshing Tea Tree and Lime Bath and Shower Gel, having to be restocked already.

Helen Mills added: “We’ve been working on some very exciting developments as we work to raise our profile and people’s awareness of what we do so it’s great to see this range going to the market. The current economic climate is difficult for everyone, and as a charity we are acutely aware of how important every penny and pound can be. We are aware that being a charity means we are expected to ask people for support or money but we wanted to add to the ways we give something back to the communities we are generously supported by.

“We are thrilled with how well the spa products have been received by the public so far and we are hoping to see an increase in demand in the run up to Christmas – they make an ideal gift for someone who you treasure.”


·         Willow Burn opened in 1989 as a result of two remarkable women, Irene Mortimer and Valerie Davison, who identified a local gap in the service of Hospice care and with the support of the Secretary of State set up Day Hospice Care with the help of funding from Macmillan. The Willow Burn Day Hospice service was expanded in 1991 to include in-patient services and until 2006 these were the only beds available inDurham

·         Willow Burn continues to provide vital community resources and services, delivering a positive contribution to the community from its hospice within the grounds of the formerMaidenLawHospitalin Lanchester

·         Willow Burn once set the precedent for Hospice palliative care in CountyDurham and is committed to improving the quality of life for adults who have a life limiting illness and their families. Our aim is to support people in managing every challenge that they encounter

·         Willow Burn continues to provide vital community resources. Willow Burn is well known locally for its commitment to service quality, compassion for the people that it serves and integrity to the community and to the staff and volunteers

Willow Burn is developing its plans to build a new hospice at the Maiden Law Hospital site. Planning approval has been granted and fundraising campaigns to raise the money to build the new hospice are underway.

For more information contact, Ruth Shepherd, Results Communications, for and on behalf of Willowburn Hospice, 01434 689 415/07852 219699. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Durham County Council is providing grants for this year's Tree Week Campaign. 

The Tree Council organised the first National Tree Week in 1975 and now up to a million trees are planted nationally each year as a result of this campaign.  Since 1979, Durham County Council has taken part in National Tree Week which, this year will run from 26 November to 4 December 2011.

As before, a 100% grant up to a maximum of £150 is available to Parish Councils, Community Groups and Schools wishing to participate.

Application forms are available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (t:0191 3834077).  As requests will be on a first come first served basis, early application is recommended.  Completed application forms should be returned by Friday, 4th November 2011.

Applicants will be required to fund the work and then claim the grant from the County Council.  Please ensure that you keep a complete record of spending on the project.  Notes on tree planting and aftercare are available upon application.