We are pleased to let you know that the Durham Miners Association (DMA) has today handed ownership of its historic home to the people.
The DMA is honouring the pledge it made when it launched its plan for Redhills, Durham Miners Hall.
The DMA has spent four years working to secure the future of Redhills as a centre of heritage, culture, and education. Earlier this year, it was awarded £4.5million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, enabling its vision to become reality.
When the DMA launched The Redhills Appeal, it pledged that it would hand over ownership of the Miners Hall to the communities of the Durham coalfield. Today, the DMA has honoured that pledge.
The DMA has been working this year to create a charity, constituted to serve as stewards of the Miners Hall on behalf of the public. Today, ownership of Durham Miners Hall transfers to Redhills Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
With a board in place, Redhills CIO will receive the pledged funding, ensure the renewal programme is completed and that the Miners Hall serves its communities for generations to come. The public will have an active role in shaping the renewed Miners Hall and its future activities, including through a community network launched in April this year.
Alan Mardghum, Secretary of the DMA, said: “This is an historic day for the DMA and our communities as we take this vital step in ensuring the future of the Miners Hall.
“Today, we return Redhills to the people. Our thanks go to the CIO board members who have stepped up to serve as the stewards of Redhills on behalf of our communities. All have a deep affinity with our communities and commitment to ensure success for the Miners Hall.
“All of us at the DMA know that Redhills will be in safe hands and will serve our people for generations to come.”