The former mining village of Wheatley Hill offers a wealth of history and heritage. Prior to the opening of the coal mines, Wheatley Hill was known as Quetlaw Village and then later as Whitelaw.
As there is generally a reason for a name it is thought that these names derive from Wheat (Grain) and White, as the land was often seen covered in a Hoar frost, and “Law” meaning land.
Wheatley Hill History Club
Wheatley Hill History Club is dedicated to promoting interest in all aspects of the village history. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month (except August and December) at 7.30pm in Wheatley House, Woodlands Avenue, Wheatley Hill. Admission is £1.50 and includes refreshments and raffle tickets.
The Club encourages anyone to attend and membership is not necessary. Membership provides the Club with their only source of funding and entitles members to a quarterly newsletter. For further information please have a look at Wheatley Hill History Club website.
Durham County Councillors
Wheatley Hill sits within the Trimdon and Thornley Division and is represented by three Councillors:
Councillor Lucy Hovvels (LAB)
Telephone: 03000 268 728
Councillor Peter Brookes (LAB)
Telephone: 03000 268 689
Member of Parliament
The Parish of Wheatley Hill sits within the Sedgefield Parliamentary Constituency:
Phil Wilson MP
Telephone: 01325 321 603
East Durham Area Action Partnership
Wheatley Hill is covered by the East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP). Each year AAP forum members are invited to vote for those AAP priorities that will shape next year’s AAP Action Plan.
Board members will then consider the recommendations for the AAP priorities 2015/16, made by both the forum and Youth Forum, during the next AAP Board meeting in May 2015.
To find out what the AAP is and what it does, visit the East Durham AAP section of the Durham County Council website.
Although Wheatley Hill is a small village it boasts a strong sense of community spirit, with many organisations working hand in hand to deliver quality services to residents.
Wheatley Hill Parish Council is keen to establish “working in partnership” ideals and always welcomes the opportunity to help further develop the links between the public and the services offered within the village.
As a Parish Council we work closely with Durham County Council and many other business and community organisations, all helping the village to flourish. Many of the contacts we have in the village help us enormously through their experience and knowledge and we thank the community for their efforts.