Spennymoor Town Council


Behind the Lines


In May 1920 Sister Kate Maxey, a shopkeeper’s daughter from Spennymoor, was honoured as one of the first recipients of the International Red Cross’s Florence Nightingale Medal. She had served in casualty clearing stations and hospitals behind the Western Front for three and a half years before being wounded in a German air raid. To celebrate Sister Maxey’s service, and that of others from the town involved in medical services on the Western Front, Tudhoe & Spennymoor Local History Society, with the support of a £10,000 National Lottery Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, commissioned Lonely Tower Film and Media to make this film.

The Society is deeply indebted to Kate Maxey’s family, who have made photographs and other records available, and to Dick Robinson, the great nephew of Kate’s nursing friend, Sister Edie Appleton, for his support for the film and for the readings from Edie’s diary so movingly read by his wife, Lisa. The film has also been enhanced by support from many experts, notably Christine Hallett, Professor of Nursing History at the University of Huddersfield, whose accounts of nursing on the Western Front form one of the main elements of the narrative.

The Society see the film both as a commemoration of the 100 years since the end of the Great War and an insight into how our community was involved in medical services at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was most appropriate that the first showing was at Spennymoor Town Hall, which, then a new building, saw many of the local events associated with the war, particularly fund-raising events for those serving and celebrations of homecomings and medals won.

The Society is very grateful to Spennymoor Town Council for supporting the Premiere, which showed the Town Hall at its best. In particular, the big screen and sound system in the main hall supported the impressively produced HD film and soundtrack which Mark Thorburn and Marie Gardiner of Lonely Tower Film and Media have created.  Some of the music for the film was recorded at the Everyman Theatre in the Settlement by Spennymoor Town Band. The Band, fresh from the National Brass Band Championships, set the scene at the film premiere by playing to the invited audience and among their repertoire was a specially commissioned piece – the Gallant Sister.

The film is free to view on YouTube; however, we have had such positive feedback about the film from those who have seen it, that the Society hopes to take up the Council’s welcome offer of another showing at the Town Hall in the near future.

Tudhoe & Spennymoor Local History Society




Temporary Road Closure Notice

The County Council intend to close to vehicular traffic, from 8.30 am on Wednesday 7 November 2018, a 225 metre length of Carr Street between its junctions with Parkside and Kirkdale, Spennymoor.

The closure, which is being effected by means of Notice under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984,  is necessary to enable carriageway / new roundabout resurfacing works to be undertaken which will probably take some 2 days (8.30 am to 4.30 pm per day) to complete to be carried out to that length of road.

Throughout the period of closure an alternative route will be available to vehicular traffic from Carr Street north easterly on High Street turning northerly / north easterly onto Oxford Road and northerly on Ox Close Crescent and northerly then south westerly on Carr Lane to the northern side of the closure, and vice versa.



Wheels to Work

Wheels to Work



Wheels 2 Work offers a unique transport solution to people struggling to get to work, training or college.

You could loan one of our Sym Jet 4 mopeds to help you get to work!

If you can answer YES to the following questions then we can help you with a 6 month moped loan:


  • Do you live in the Spennymoor?
  • Do you have a firm offer of a job, training/college place, or are you already in work/training/college
  • Are you struggling to get there?
  • Have you checked and found that there are no easy transport options?
  • Are you at least 16 years old?
  • Do you have or have you applied for a provisional or full driving licence?
  • Are you willing to undertake motorcycle training (Compulsory Basic Training)? (Paid for by the scheme)
  • Are you able to make weekly loan payments of £25 or £30?


As part of the package, all Wheels to Work members receive everything they need to get them safely on the road, including brand new helmet, jacket, waterproof over-trousers, gloves, heavy duty lock, regular servicing, puncture repairs, MOT, road tax, 24 hour breakdown & recovery, training and insurance.

Please get in touch to find out more by phoning 0191 303 8442,

or Email: info@w2wcd.org.uk


Website: www.wheels2workcountydurham.org.uk

Find us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/wheelstoworkcountydurham and Twitter@W2WCountyDurham


Wheels to Work is supported by grants from the North East Combined Authority (NECA), Durham County

Council, several County Durham Area Action Partnerships including Spennymoor, the County Durham Community Foundation

and the Virgin Money Foundation.


October is ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD Awareness Month

At the request of Lynn Gibson, a member of the local community, for the second year running, Spennymoor Town Council will be lighting up the Town Hall orange in support of ADHD Awareness Month.

ADHD Awareness Month is celebrated every October, with events and activities happening all across the country and now, around the world, on the ground and on the Internet, capturing the notice of numerous national, regional and local media outlets resulting in articles, interviews and feature stories.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a very common disorder which affects children and adults. It has for many years been recognised as a childhood issue that affects focus, self-control and many other important skills. However, it has only recently been recognised as an adult problem too. The cause is an imbalance in the brains anatomy and its wiring.

You can find further information about ADHD and where to find support at http://www.addiss.co.uk/


Photography – Sealed Bid


Expression of Interest to Tender For


Spennymoor Town Council are looking to award a contract for photography services for a period of two years, from the date of the contract award.

The service required is both a fixed and on an ‘as and when required’ basis, including attendance at various events and occasions within the Parish of Spennymoor which may take place during the daytime or evenings, at weekends or during public holidays.

Attendance at both public and private events will be required, examples of this include Civic Events, Public Events, personal achievements, weddings and birthday celebrations

The service will include the supply of photographs either electronically or via cd with the Council being the licence holder / owner of the work

To receive the specification of contract please contact info@spennymoor-tc.gov.uk

All tenders to be returned in the envelope provided, by no later than 12.00 noon on Friday 26th October 2018.

For an informal discussion please contact Colin Ranson Facilities Manager on 01388 815276


To receive a project brief please email info@spennymoor-tc.gov.uk.

All Submissions must be marked



For the attention of The Town Clerk

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Grazing Land – Sealed Bid



 Spennymoor Town Council Grazing Land

 Spennymoor Town Council has the following land available for the grazing of horses for a fixed term period of two years.

Plot No Location Size (m2)
1 Byers Green 2,550
2 Byers Green 2,850

It should be noted that none of the above sites contain any permanent structures or have access to a water supply.

Plot No Location Size (m2)
3 Whitemoor Allotments 4,370

All Bid Submissions should be for the amount to be paid annually.

All Bids should be received in a sealed envelope and clearly marked ‘Private and Confidential’ and ‘For the Attention of the Town Clerk’

Spennymoor Town Council

Town Hall

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To be received by 12 noon on Friday 26th October  2018


Spennymoor Football Club

What’s on at Spennymoor Football Club

Tuesday 9th October

At approximately 12.30 pm a charity walker Mr Kevin Webber will be visiting us at the Brewery Field home of National League North side Spennymoor Town FC

Mr Webber is visiting every Vanarama League Ground in the UK walking from ground to ground in aid of Prostate Cancer awareness it would be great if we had as many people as possible at the ground to meet and support this event and show the media our awareness. I attach further information in relation to the walker and the planned programme of support and media interest.

It is clearly a fantastic opportunity for the town as well as the club.

Friday 19th October

At 6pm we have our open night for our academy which boasts 360 young people from ages 18 months to 18 years many are young people from the town.

The open night will offer refreshments and chance to meet the club and understand its future plans to support and help develop our young people in conjunction with your great work.



Spennymoor Foodbank

Spennymoor Foodbank

Please see details below on how you can support Spennymoor Foodbank

Spennymoor Foodbank (collections): Trinity Methodist Church, Edward/Rosa Street, Spennymoor. DL16 7NB

Please help Spennymoor Foodbank by buying food/drinks and taking them to a local collection point.

All donations are gratefully received but please note we do not have fridge/freezer facilities.

The list below are the main things we need:

Fruit Juice (non-chilled)                    Cereal/Porridge

UHT Milk                                              Meat paste

Tinned Meat                                         Jam

Tinned Fish                                          Sugar

Tinned Vegetables                              Instant Mash Potato

Tinned Spaghetti                                 Tea

Tinned Fruit                                         Coffee

Sponge Pudding (non-chilled)          Custard

Biscuits/Chocolates/Sweets              Children’s treats/snacks

Food we currently have a good stock of but are still accepting:

Pasta, Rice, Baked Beans, Rice Pudding, Soup

We also accept donations of toiletries.

Collection points also include: “Tea & Toast” at Trinity Church.

Friday (Term-Time) 8:30-10:00 am – All Welcome.


For more information and to organise a donation/collection, please contact Janet Barrett (07455098204) or Geraldine Davenport (geraldinedavenport@hotmail.com)

Thank you for supporting people in crisis.


Exciting News


 2019 sees the centenary of the birth of Norman Cornish, world renowned artist, who was born in Spennymoor. A former miner, he was known for his pictures of mining and community life in and around the pit villages in Durham.

Cornish started work as a miner in 1933, at the age of 14. He continued to work as a miner even after his painting career was established, until he retired as a miner and became a full-time artist in 1966.  He was a contemporary and friend of the artist L.S. Lowry.

Exhibitions of his work are being planned across places in County Durham in 2019, including Bishop Auckland, the Bowes Museum, Northumbria and Durham Universities and Spennymoor Town Hall Art Gallery.

However, it is hoped that a lasting memorial and legacy can be created. One that will educate children about the history and heritage of mining and art in the area and keep alive the memories for the older generations, and also bring in tourists to boost the local economy.

The Town Council have agreed to refurbish the Archway/Tunnel linking the High Street and Festival Walk to the car park at the rear of the Town Hall and also develop a ‘Norman Cornish Art Trail’ which will take residents and visitors from the Archway up to the top of Spennymoor and back around to the Town Hall through the shops.

This trail will see stands, depicting Norman Cornish art, placed around upper Spennymoor illustrating some of his most iconic pieces, at the places they depict.

In this regard the Council has appointed, as part of the Council’s larger ‘Open Spaces’ project, a company to design a new, innovative and creative archway linked to the heritage of the town, which will also link to the Cornish Art Trail/Walk.

I am delighted to invite you into the Town Hall Memorial Room/Civic Suite, for drop in sessions between 10am and 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm or 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018 to view the designs for both the Archway and Trail.  

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of Officers and Members.

We look forward to seeing you there.



Have your say………

Have your say………

All Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) have been set up to give people in County Durham a greater choice and voice in local affairs.  There are 14 AAPs that cover the whole of County Durham.

Across all 14 AAPs, local people are asked to vote on what priorities they would like to see their AAP work towards.  In order to give as many residents as possible the opportunity to vote on their local priorities, we conducted a countywide survey/campaign.  The last survey was carried out in 2016 and we had just under 8,000 responses from across the county (including the views of over 3,000 secondary school pupils).  As a result of these responses, each AAP was able to work with partners and local organisations to develop a range of projects and schemes to meet the priorities and issues raised by residents.  During 2017/18, the AAPs allocated over £2.5 million and helped bring into the county over £2.3 million of matched investment to deliver 825 local projects across the county.

In order to ensure local AAPs continue to work towards current and relevant local issues, we would now like to once again hear from you on your issues and priorities.  It is essential that we receive YOUR views on YOUR community, therefore we would like to encourage you, your friends and your family members to complete one of our surveys.

To vote on your priorities for your area then follow either of the links below:

We really appreciate your time in completing this brief survey……………please pass it on to as many people as possible.

Thank you

Spennymoor AAP.


Free swim, gym and fitness class pass

Try your local leisure centre for free this September!

Pick up a free seven day pass between Monday 3 September to Sunday 16 September at one of our leisure centres to enjoy a swim, hit the gym or check out a fitness class!

The free pass entitles new customers full access to leisure facilities.

Find out more: http://ow.ly/KvSm50ikRt9


Exciting New Plans!!


 At the Town Show on Saturday, the Council held a consultation with the public to discuss the proposals for a project to refurbish the archway at the Town Hall which will become the start of phase 2 of the project – a Cornish art Trail.

2019 sees the centenary of the birth of Norman Cornish, world renowned artist, who was born in Spennymoor. A former miner, he was known for his pictures of mining and community life in and around the pit villages in Durham.

Cornish started work as a miner in 1933, at the age of 14. He continued to work as a miner even after his painting career was established, until he retired as a miner and became a full-time artist in 1966.  He was a contemporary and friend of the artist L.S. Lowry.

Exhibitions of Cornish work are being planned across places in County Durham in 2019, including Bishop Auckland, the Bowes Museum, Northumbria and Durham Universities and Spennymoor Town Hall Art Gallery.  However, it is hoped that a lasting memorial and legacy can be created.  One that will educate children about the history and heritage of mining and art in the area and keep alive the memories for the older generations, and also bring in tourists to boost the local economy and that this legacy will be in Spennymoor.

And this is where the Archway and the Trail come in.  Starting in the Archway the Trail will provide a route around the top end of Spennymoor, with between 10 and 15 pieces of art on display along the Trail.  The Trail will then finish back at the Town Hall, having taken visitors through Jubilee Park and the shops and will promote the Bob Abley Art Gallery and the Durham Mining Museum.

It is hoped that this project will be the catalyst for future regeneration in Spennymoor with art, culture and heritage used as a theme to link all of the green and open spaces across the area.

So apologies for the short notice, but there is a first opportunity to see a presentation from the company that has come up with the proposals for the project,  at the Council meeting at 6.45pm on Tuesday 4th September in the Council Chamber.  You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and comment. 

 Don’t worry, this item is first up for discussion and if you wish to leave straight afterwards you are able to do so.  But if you want to stay and watch the rest of the meeting you are more than welcome to.


Community Consultation Event


The Town Council would like to consult with its community on the above two projects which we consider to be two exciting opportunities that will capture the heritage of our Town.

2019 sees the centenary of the birth of Norman Cornish, who was born and raised in Spennymoor and who spent his time working down the mine whilst also painting the local area and the community, before going onto to become a full-time and internationally recognised artist.

There are a number of art exhibitions across County Durham planned for 2019 including one in the Town Hall to commemorate the Norman Cornish centenary.

However, Spennymoor Town Council would also like to seek your views on us creating a lasting legacy of Norman Cornish and his work within Spennymoor, his home Town.

It is hoped that the majority of the projects will be paid for by grant funding which the Town Council is applying for and from the Cornish Family. We are already through to the second round of funding with the AAP and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Plus, five County Councillors who represent various wards in Spennymoor have already committed £5,000 each in order to get the project off the ground.

The projects are based around heritage, art and history and will link in with the current Town Hall Bob Abley Art Gallery and the Durham Mining Museum.

It is hoped that undertaking these works will encourage visitors to the Town, boost spending and be a catalyst for further Town Centre development and regeneration, (A similar scheme in Berwick has seen an additional 6000 visitors per annum).

As part of the project, and as well as a leaflet and map, it is proposed a mobile phone compatible ‘APP’ will be created to use on the Trail which will start in the Town Hall Archway.  This will give visitors the ability to park in the car park to the rear and make use of the public toilets if required, so an ideal starting point.

We are hoping that local people who know Norman’s art will contribute to the ‘APP’ by having their memories recorded and included on the ‘APP’, so that visitors can hear your personal stories about his work and the times he captured through his art. If you would be willing to participate in this please provide your information on the attached form.

Consultation Questionnaire



Refill Your Bottle

Refill Your Bottle

Spennymoor Town Council have registered as a Refill point in Jubilee Park, Spennymoor in a bid to help reduce plastic waste.

Refill is a national, practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing Refill Stations on every street.

Water fountains can be expensive to install and maintain, so now friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses are welcoming you in to refill your water bottle – for free! Refill is currently happening around the UK – have a look here to see a list of current Refill schemes!

How does it work? 

Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle – for free! Download the free Refill rewards app to see where you can Refill on the go, or add new places to Refill yourself!

No Refill Stations where you live? Start adding them to the map!  

The free Refill rewards app allows you to add Refill Stations to the map. Just press and hold the point on the map you want to add a Refill Station and follow the instructions! It’s super simple to populate your local village, town or city with Refill Stations so you need never buy a plastic bottle again



Notice of Memorial Inspections

Spennymoor Town Council has an obligation to inspect memorials at least every 5 years for the purposes of health and safety.

This notice is to advise that inspections are to be carried out in the cemeteries at Spennymoor – Rock Road and Tudhoe – York Hill commencing: Monday 20 August 2018.

Notices will be placed in the cemeteries.

If you have any queries, please speak with the staff on-site at the cemeteries or contact the Town Hall on 01388 815276.


Pop-up Sensory Sessions

Sensory Sessions!!

The learning Library are holding Pop-up Sensory sessions in Jubilee Park, Spennymoor on Wednesday 15th, 22nd and 29th August 2018 between 1.30pm to 3pm.

These sessions will be located in the Tennis Pavilion which has been provided to the Learning Library free-of-charge in order to benefit local children.

Please see the poster below for further details…



Bob Abley Art Gallery and Norman Cornish Exhibition

Bob Abley Art Gallery and Norman Cornish Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing work by Norman Cornish, the internationally recognised artist who captures the cultural history of the North East, is attracting visitors from around the world.

To get an idea of the response to Norman Cornish: Coming Home, an exhibition at the Bob Abley Gallery, in Spennymoor Town Hall, you need only look at Trip Advisor. Among the comments on the attraction ratings website are, “an unexpected treat”, “breath-taking” and “a hidden gem”. These come as no surprise about work described by broadcaster Melvyn Bragg as having “significance and permanence”. The exhibition’s title couldn’t be more fitting – the world-renowned artist, known for depicting miners’ working and social lives, was born in Spennymoor in 1919 – and its centrepiece is a replica of his studio, on loan from Beamish Museum. It’s bringing visitors from all over the world, keen to acquire an artwork for themselves or even just admire the stunning pieces.

“Most of them have never been seen or made available before,” says a gallery spokesman. “We’ve had people from San Francisco and all over the world coming to buy art from the gallery. We’ve even had an anthropologist from Ohio University and someone from Durham University who are looking to do a study on the art gallery and how it captures the social history of life in the North East.” In addition to work by Norman Cornish, the  gallery showcases that of other local artists – an average of between 20 and 25 at any one time. The current crop includes painter and cartoonist Alfie Joey, who is also a radio presenter; self-taught artist Charlie Parker, who specialises in the human form; and mining artist Karen Thompson. Many who visit the gallery end up going home with a contemporary piece. “People come to look at the Norman Cornish, but end up spending £150 on a local artist’s piece of work,” says the gallery spokesman.

The gallery is run by volunteers and entrance is free. Anyone wishing to volunteer is encouraged to get in touch.

*Norman Cornish: Coming Home, is open from Monday-Friday, 12-4pm and 10am-2pm on Saturdays


Bob Abley Art Gallery, High Street, Spennymoor, DL16 6DG

T: 01388-815276

W: www.spennymoor-tc.gov.uk



Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Heritage Open Days 2018 will be 6-9 & 13-16 September 2018

Spennymoor Town Council will be participating in this weekend by extending our opening hours for the Art Gallery and Norman Cornish Exhibition and Durham Mining Museum . Click on the following link to explore the other venues you can visit for FREE https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/


Neighbourhood Warden

Spennymoor Town Council have held two public consultations in the last year and it has been made quite clear by residents that dog fouling, rubbish and fly tipping are a major concern.

That is why the Council decided that Spennymoor needed this extra service, a service dedicated to Spennymoor and its parishes, that is in addition to that already provided by Durham County Council.

In order to ensure this service is used to its maximum residents are asked to contact Durham County Council either by telephone or the online system to report where issues are occurring.

This information will then be used to direct the Town Council’s enforcement area to identified hot spots.

This is a partnership effort between Spennymoor Town Council, Durham County Council, the new Warden and the residents of Spennymoor. If we all work together we can make it a success.


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The town of Spennymoor, and the villages of Byers Green, Kirk Merrington and Tudhoe, are in the North East of England, situated on high land above the south side of the Wear Valley between the City of Durham and Bishop Auckland.

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