Fantastic turn out for the Remembrance ceremony on Sunday 10 November 2019.
WOW……..what a great turn out for the community Christmas event held at the Greenhills Centre on Saturday 30 November 2019.
Everyone had a fantastic day and enjoyed the many activities which included the The Lost Present theatre production, fairground rides, Elf & Safety comedy duo, Christmas crafts, face painting and cake decorating.
Highlights of the day included the Blackberry Donkeys (Bandit, Sox and Hobo) the tree lighting with Santa and carols around the Christmas tree with the fantastic Trimdon Brass Band.
A massive thank you to everyone who came along and supported the day.
We are already planning how to top it in 2020!!!!!
Wheatley Hill History Club is dedicated to promoting interest in all aspects of the village history. Meetings are held at 11.00am in Wheatley House, Woodlands Avenue. There is always a speaker who gives an one hour presentation. Admission costs £2.00 and includes refreshments and raffle tickets.
The Club encourages everyone to attend and membership is not necessary.
For further information please have a look at Wheatley Hill History Club website.
Wheatley Hill Parish Council has signed up and pledged to join the County Durham Single Use Plastics Pledge.
Single use plastics are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, water bottles and most food packaging.
It is thought that more than five trillion pieces of plastic are in the world’s oceans and it can take years for it to break down. Most of it isn’t biodegradable, it doesn’t rot like paper or food and so it can hang around in the environment for hundreds of years.
Find out what happens to your plastic on Durham County Council’s What happens to your recycling page.
There are all sorts of things you can choose to do your bit such as:
Following consultation by NHS County Durham it was evident that people were often unsure what to do when they were unwell and were also unaware of what help was available regarding transport to attend non emergency hospital and medical appointments.
As a result the NHS has launched an 18 month campaign aimed at getting key health messages out to members of the public to help them better understand how to access the most appropriate care when they need it.
The poster below provides information on “what to do when unwell” and helps residents understand how to access the most appropriate care when they need it.
The leaflet below on NHS funded transport provides information on transport options that are available to attend non emergency hospital or medical appointments.
This information is not widely known so please pass it on to someone who you think may benefit from the information.
For more information contact
Senior Commissioning Support Officer
NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit
John Snow House
Durham University Science Park
Mobile: 07833 048 291
Ring 101 immediately and give as much information as you can. You DO NOT have to give your personal details.
The Parish Council understands that you may not want to ring the Police yourself.
If you see or hear a quad bike and do not want to report it yourself then please contact the Parish Council or your County Councillors who will report it on your behalf.
For more information please see the attached poster.
At the January meeting of the Parish Council Members agreed, for the second year running to work in partnership with Wheatley Hill Community Association to deliver a range of activities during the annual school holidays at the Greenhills Centre.
The Greenhills Centre in partnership with the Parish Council will provide a full programme of activities during the following school holidays.
Christmas – 2 Weeks
Spring half term – 1 week
Easter – 2 weeks
Summer half term – 1 week
Summer – 6 weeks
Autumn half term – 1 week
Christmas – 2 weeks
Spring half term – 1 week
Where possible school holiday activities will be provided free of charge or at a minimal cost.
It was becoming increasingly difficult for the centre to plan activities due to their reliance on grant funding. Completing grant applications was time consuming and they were often unsuccessful. Activities could only be booked once the outcome of the applications was known, which often meant that many of the more popular providers were already booked and the Centre missed out.
The Parish Council wants to provide activities for children in the village but with no staff to deliver activities on such a large scale it made sense for the Parish Council to work in partnership with the Community Association. The Parish Council is able to provide the funding and the Community Association are in a position to deliver the activities.
The projected annual costs to provide the full programme of activities during the school holidays was in the region of £15,000 which would be built into the 2020/2021 budget.
The North East Autism Society are running parent and toddler groups across County Durham for children with autism and other additional needs.
For more information see the attached poster advertising the group in your area or contact Kerrie Highcock on 01914109974 or email Kerrie.Highcock@ne-as.org.uk
“50 Years Without Our Pit” Miner Sculpture
In 2014 the village’s Mothers Club discussed the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the colliery’s closure in May 2018.
A member of the Mother’s Club proposed erecting a “statue” to commemorate this event. This led to local organisations forming a Funding Committee called The Last Shift to raise the estimated £20,000 needed to have a sculpture fabricated by the well know artist Ray Lonsdale – he of “Seaham Tommy” fame.
The sculpture portrays a typical 1960’s Wheatley Hill miner. Additional costs associated with the foundation, setting, surround and plinth brought the overall cost of the project to just over £25,000.
Over the last 4 years, village organisers, groups, clubs and individuals have raised funds, put on shows, organised fund raising events and dug deep in order to raise the initial target figure of £10,000 with which funding organisations were approached and grant applications made. In 2017 that figure was surpassed and the community raised £14,000. The following organisations raised a further £13,000; The Sir James Knott Trust, CDCF East Durham Wind Farms Project, East Durham Area Action Partnership, Wheatley Hill Parish Council, Wheatley Hill Co -op Members, Durham Miners Association and the Freemasons of the Province of Durham Castle Eden Lodge.
The location of the sculpture, its ongoing security and insurance were issues that initially caused concern. Wheatley Hill Parish Council stepped in and offered long term assurance by allowing the sculpture to be located in the Cemetery.
The artwork itself depicts a Wheatley Hill Miner, carrying a “Powder Box” over his shoulder, working the last shift at the colliery. He is positioned with a slight turn of his head toward the now reclaimed colliery surface infrastructure and pit waste heaps.
The official unveiling of the sculpture was held on 3 May 2018 at Wheatley Hill Cemetery.