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council tenants are the Lane in Ferryhill is is to be accompanied by an adult.
‘toast of the town’ after become a ‘Messy Church’ The sessions will be held in St
playing a leading role in the when a new venture gets Luke’s Centre on the second
celebration of the launch of underway. Sunday of every month
Sedgefield Borough Homes. Messy Church will provide (except August) from 4.00pm
Margaret Longstaff and a new experience of church, to 5.30pm starting on May
Margaret Woodhall joined when parent and their 10th.
people connected with children can enjoy taking The theme of the first session
Sedgefield Borough Homes part in creative activities, is “I am the true vine,” from
to mark the progress the worship and sharing food John’s Gospel.
organisation has made since together. There will also be
launching on March 30th. “I will be an ideal refreshments, table-top
Both ladies have been opportunity for families to games, creative activities,
tenants for more than 90 explore the Christian faith drama, music, 15 mnutes of
years in total, since long outside the formal setting of joint worship and a meal.
before the former Sedgefield a Sunday service,” said a For more information,
District Council became spokesperson for the contact the Parish Office on
their landlords in 1974. church. Everyone is Mondays, between 6.00pm
They were guests of honour welcome to the sessions and and 7.00pm, or Thursdays,
at the event at Hardwick there is no age limit, between 9.30am and
Hall, which attracted dozens although children on nursery 11.00am.
of SBH tenants, staff, local
politicians and partners of
SBH Chairman Billy Waters, Margaret Longstaff,
Margaret Woodhall and SBH
organisation. Chief Executive Colin Steel. A plant sale will be held on sale.
Mrs Woodhall, of Raby bedroomed Council home in The new improvements will
Saturday, May 9th, from There will also be a book stall,
Road, Ferryhill, moved into Auckland Wynd, Shildon, make a big difference, but it’s 10.00am at the entrance to selling both fact and fiction
her two bedroomed home with her husband Richard and really nice to be invited to Cleves Court Estate in titles from just 50p.
aged 17 with her parents, four young sons in 1969. this event and be part of the Ferryhill. All proceeds will be donated
Joseph and Elizabeth Anne, Mrs Woodhall said, “I love celebration.” There will be a variety of to Dr Lamb’s Insulin Pump
53 years ago. Mrs Longstaff living in my house, and In the first year alone, around spring and summer Appeal at Bishop Auckland
first moved into her three- wouldn’t live anywhere else. £16 million will be invested flowering perennials for Hospital.
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COULD YOU FERRYHILL’S BEACON OF
NOMINATE EUROPE RESTORED
SOMEONE? The Beacon of Europe in
The Volunteer Centre at Tickets for the evening, which Ferryhill has become a well-
CAVOS is looking for includes entertainment and a known landmark since it was
nominations for ‘Volunteer of pie and pea supper, are free unveiled by former MEP
the Year’ and ‘Organisation for anyone who volunteers or Stephen Hughes,
of the Year’, which will be works with volunteers in commemorating the 20th
presented at its Volunteer Sedgefield Borough. anniversary of the entry of
Thank You and Awards For more information, tickets the UK into the EEC in 1993.
Evening, on Thursday, June or nomination forms, contact A number of residents had
4th, at Spennymoor Town Sharon Vasey on 01388 recently expressed concern as
Hall. 811115. part of the structure had
collapsed other parts were also
COMMITTED TO need of repair.
Town Council staff, therefore,
CROWN COURT submitted bids for funding to
Local Magistrates recently 1st. undertake the £5,000 worth
decided that the matters Miss Richardson, formerly of work required on the
before them were too of Bessemer Street in The Beacon of Europe has been restored.
serious to be dealt with by Ferryhill and now residing Lafarge Aggregates came up illuminated relief of a coal to undertake this work. This
Newton Aycliffe in Hazeldale Avenue, trumps and awarded a full miner. It was also funded by brings the total amount of
Magistrates' Court and Shildon, is accused of £5,000 grant for the project. Lafarge through its previous grants secured by the Town
committed the case of assaulting Samantha Ridley, Durham Stonemasons name of Steetly. Council staff to over
nineteen year-old Michelle who was pregnant at the recently completed the works. Town Council leader, £1,200,000 this year, which
Elizabeth Richardson to time, occasioning her actual The structure, depicting the Councillor Pat McCourt, said, is outstanding for such a small
Durham Crown Court June bodily harm. four scenes of the town crest, “I am delighted that our staff organisation and is the
is made up of a former length were able to find and equivalent saving of 200% of
CHILDREN’S of railway line and includes an successfully apply for a grant our Council Tax.”
SESSIONS AT CYCLING IN THE PARK
HENDERSON HOUSE A free cycling taster session
is to take place on Thursday,
at 6.15pm and the session will
finish at the park at 8.00pm.
for the event. “For those
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Children’s sessions, for 1st. Entry costs just 50p.
May 7th, at Jubilee Park in It is not essential to have fiends, check out the “Young
youngsters aged between 5 Qualified Youth Workers
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and 12, will begin this week will be on hand at the
year old females. equipment will be provided. Recreation Programme”
at Henderson House on sessions, which are funded
Those wishing to take part “This is being introduced as group page as we would
Coleridge Road, Chilton. by Sedgefield Borough’s
are asked to meet at part of the Young Women’s appreciate your comments.”
The sessions will be held on Koolka$h funding scheme.
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BUS ROUTE CHANGES NORTHUMBRIA IN BLOOM
Changes have been made to
two Scarlet Band bus
route 110 will run via
JUDGES ARRIVE IN FERRYHILL
services. Kirk Merrington, Ferryhill Northumbria in Bloom judges
Services 110 has been Village and Wood Lane shops Audrey Manuel, June Grubs
withdrawn between Ferryhill before returning to Ferryhill in and radio presenter Marion
Surtees and Duncombe and Village, Kirk Merrington and Foster were in Ferryhill
also between Kirk Spennymoor Greenways. recently to judge the
Merrington and Again, buses will call at Asda spectacular flowers show
Spennymoor ’s Asda, (via on both outward and return around the town.
Middlestone Moor and journeys. The judges were taken to the
Chestnut Avenue. Service 112, which runs town’s four parks as well as
The new service for route Monday to Friday only, will the cemetery and the
110, from Monday to now travel from numerous flowerbeds around
Friday, will run between Spennymoor to West town by Councillors Doreen
Spennymoor, Greenway Cornforth, Ferryhill Station, Barber and Zena Roddam.
Estate, Kirk Merrington, Lime Road, Ferryhill Village, Audrey Manuel said of Dean
Ferryhill Village, Wood Lane Linden Road and Wood Lane Bank Park, “It is amazing
shops, Ferryhill Station, shops, before returning via how the park has been
West Cornforth and back to Ferryhill Village and Kirk transformed and improved
Spennymoor and Greenways. Merrington. over the winter by the Town
Buses will call at Asda on Buses on route 112 will also Council workforce. What is
outward and return journeys. call at Asda on both outward uniquely impressive, The judges with Councillors Dorren Barber and Zena
The Saturday service for and return journeys. however, is the scale of the Roddam along with Ray Seymour.
grants secured for the park flower shows around dedicated hard work of our
YOUNGSTERS ENJOY and the plans for even more Ferryhill. This would not be Council workforce, both
money to be applied for. The possible were it not for the outside and in the office.”
EASTER EGG HUNT Town Council is doing an
There was no stopping for the Mayor of Ferryhill, amazing job.”
Ferryhill’s little egg hunters Amy Patchett to present Councillor Doreen Barber POEMS & LETTERS
on Friday, April 17th, as they the youngsters with their said, “It was a real privilege Please send your poems & letters to 3 - 4
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COUNCIL INVITE DEFENDANT APPEARS
RESIDENTS TO VIA VIDEO LINK
ANNUAL MEETING A Ferryhill man recently
appeared at Newton Aycliffe
hair and on another occasion
that he had grabbed her by
Wilkinson was ordered to
reside at his parents' address
Ferryhill Town Council is working between
inviting members of the Magistrates Court via video the throat and punched her in Ramsey Drive in Ferryhill
public to this year’s Annual link in order to answer in the head. and not to enter Ross
Representatives from local
Town Meeting, which will charges of assault. The Crown opposed the Terrace, where he had
organisations, such as
be taking place from Michael John Wilkinson, defendant's request for bail previously lived with his
6.00pm to 9.00pm on currently on remand at describing Phillipa Hunt as a partner and their eight
Youth Groups, the Business
Thursday, May 14th at St H.M.P. Castington, faced reluctant and vulnerable month-old son.
and Enterprise College,
Lukes Parish Centre. five charges when he witness who could be In relation to another charge
Community Groups, the
The purpose of the appeared at Newton Aycliffe pressurised into retracting of harassment, Wilkinson
Police and Town Council
meeting is to provide an Magistrates' Court via video her allegations if the was ordered not to contact
will all be invited to the
opportunity for local link. defendant was released. the alleged victim.
meeting, either to give
groups to share their plans The twenty year-old pleaded The Bench, however, Two trial dates were set for
presentations or to
for the forthcoming year, guilty to wilfully obstructing allowed conditional bail "set the July 3rd and 12th at
while also reflecting on P.C. Wharrier in the for the protection of Newton Aycliffe Magistrates
their recent successes. execution of her duty on the others". Court.
Following the meeting,
According the the Council, night of April 2nd, but
the meeting will help to
refreshments will be
pleaded not guilty and denied
other charges against him.
facilitate the exchange of
ideas and information
At this point, a further
opportunity will be
The court heard extracts ASSOCIATION HOLDS
from a letter written by
between the towns various
stakeholders and will
provided for people to
exchange information on
Wilkinson's partner, Phillipa FASHION SHOW
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an informal basis.
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Letters to the Editor
This correspondent says FAIR would Councillor Brian Gibson writes in response to Councillor Pat McCourt’s letter in the
improve things in Ferryhill..... previous ssue of The Chapter....
Dear Editor, years, has been vastly Dear Editor, We were told that this was Executive Officer is placed
Once again, Ferryhill Labour improved whilst our Labour I write in response to points personal data which could within the salary grades
Councillors have got their Councillors have neglected raised in Councillor not be disclosed. Eventually, known as LC4, which ranges
facts wrong. the park, Storehouse McCourt’s letter in issue the information had to be from LC4 - 52 to LC4 - 68.
No 1: Councillor Gibson, Allotments, shops, 416 of The Chapter. released. My reading of our Executive
FAIR and Dave Watson had footpaths and market on a FAIR is not, of course, a Councillor Garrett and I then Officer ’s contract of
nothing to do with the Friday. political party, nor am I the asked for details of the actual employment indicates that,
Parish Poll. At least FAIR would improve leader of the group of salaries of the 2 most senior as of 1st April this year, he
No 2: Councillor Gibson has things. residents who support the members of staff. Once will have reached the top of
not mentioned any Hopefully, the good people aims of FAIR. again, we were told that this his current salary range of
redundancy. will wake up to the fact that Secondly, in relation to the was personal data which LC4 - 60, approximately
No 3: The ‘witch hunt’ is it is Labour that is trying to number of staff emplyed by could not be disclosed. Once £54,000 per annum plus
all in B Lamb’s and P get their own way and, as for Ferryhill Town Council, I again, most of this overtime payments.
McCourt’s heads. FAIR screaming in the was guided by the advert information has also been Councillor McCourt is
I would like to ask B Lamb meetings, what about Lamb, which appeared in the local released. perfectly correct when he
and P McCourt, what have Campbell, McCourt and co press in June, 1998, which, I have also asked for full states that there has been
they done along with their all trying to push through when referring to the duties details on the number of no discussion in Town
Labour croneys for Ferryhill stupid motions? of the Executive Officer, hours overtime each Council about redundancies.
in the last ten years? Whilst Name and address states, “You will perform all employee works. Once Indeed, the opposite is true,
Chilton, over the last four withheld on request? proper Officer and other again, I have been imformed for the Labour group appear
statutory duties, together that this is personal data to be moving towards
with the supervision of the which cannot be disclosed. accepting the Executive
The writer of this letter refers to the recent Council’s 10 staff.” The Information Officer’s suggestion that we
housing stock transfer..... I do apologise for stating Commissioner has yet to now employ an Assistant
that there were 12 members make his final decision on Executive Officer.
Dear Editor, that, in the first year, the of staff when, with the the question of overtime. Within the last week,
Through The Chapter, I Housing Association would Executive Officer, it was I am sure that Councillor however, I have
have been asking Chilton be spending £16 million actually 11. This makes the McCourt would agree that it documentation which states
Labour Councillors Christine improving homes in every increase in staff numbers in would have been less time that one of the criteria for
Potts and Brian Avery the part of the borough but the past 10 years to be 13 consuming, and therefore moving up the LC4 salary
ligitimate question; why Chilton? and not the 12 I quoted. less costly, had there been a grade is how many people
didn’t they disclose to their Finally, given the latest On the question of great deal more openness in the Town Council employs.
constituents that the council political scandals over Disclosure of Information, the first place. It is within As for the Parish Poll, I have
housing stock transfer Labour slandering the I do accept that this has been this context that the blame every confidence that the
involved a substantial land opposition and ballet box a long and difficult procedure for the costs involved lies people of Ferryhill will
grab? tampering, can I for all concerned. Within a within those who decided arrive at the right decision.
Since they are refusing to congratulate the Labour few weeks of being elected that a policy of secrecy be Meanwhile, I will continue
answer this valid query, pary on morally bankrupting to the Town Council, none- applied. with my scrutiny of the
perhaps they can answer the Britain as well as financially Labour Councillors began to Additionally, in relation to Town Council’s finances.
following question. bankrupting Britain. ask for information on the cost argument, I can also Councillor Brian Gibson,
After they jumped ship to Yours sincerely, salary grades. report that the position of Ferryhill Town Council.
support the housing stock J Moffatt
transfer, when did these Tennyson Road,
Labour Councillors know Councillor Bernard Lamb writes also writes in response to a letter
printed in last week’s issue of The Chapter.....
This reader has several topics of discussion....... Dear Editor Executive Officer. of the Council is entirely in
In response to Mrs E Tomys We attracted some very good the hands of Council
Dear Editor, However, now that you have letter (Issue No 416) I would quality candidates for the members.
What a pleasure to see that a fob for electronic access like to respond to the issues post and Jamie Corrigan was Elected representatives are
Ferryhill has finally to the club, perhaps club she has raised. considered to be the best the decision making body.
accepted the need for public members can nip to the Representing the people of candidate out of all of the The Executive Officer and
conveniences. Council toilets! A kind of Ferryhill for the past 18 applicants. his/her staff are responsible
Where are the Councillors repayment for years of years on the Town Council, Within two years of being for implementing the
who objected some time ago service to the community. I have worked with many appointed we were the first decisions the Council has
on the grounds of cost? Finally, I saw something I Town Clerks including Mrs Town Council to achieve the made.
Please remind us. never thought I would see the B Shepard. When Mrs ‘Investors In People’ award. I hope this clarifies the
I am unsure, however, of the other day, a horse grazing on Shepard left in 1992 we In 2002 we received the situation for Mrs Tomys.
revenue costs that come a lawn in Ramsey Drive. appointed several clerks up ‘Council of the Year’ award, The council encourages
with the capital investment Surely, there must be some until 1998. out of over 9000 Councils residents of Ferryhill to
and hope the loos do not by-law or covenant that Since the departure of Mrs throughout the UK. engage with the Council and
become a target for vandals prevents this? However, I Shepard, it was obvious to the Part of the role of a Clerk/ has recently introduced 30
and grafitti criminals. I suspect this too will be council that we were not Executive Officer, is to minutes public participation
refuse to call hem artists. overlooked in favour of getting the quality of inform and advise the sessions at Council meetings.
Seems like a golden keeping the Natwest free of Administrative Officer that Council on policy issues and If members of the public
opportunity for the club to parked cars and the could take the council government legislation to would like to know more
upgrade their toilets. They allotment entrance clear. forward and to address the ensure that the Council acts about the Council please call
must surely be some of the Good job Community challenges we faced. within the rule of law. in and see us.
worst in the county and fall Officers, if you go behind With this in mind, the The position ensures all You will receive a much
far short of the minimal Bessemer, you won’t have to Council decided that to administrative tasks that the thorough understanding
environmental health see all the cars on the attract higher quality Council requires are from meeting the Council,
standards. pavements. candidates for the job we conducted in a professional than newspaper politics.
You can neither wash or dry Name and address would enhance the role of the manner and environment. Councillor Bernard Lamb,
your hands. withheld on reqest. Clerk to that of and The decision making process Ferryhill Town Council.
Ferryhill, May 1st, 2009 Page 7
TOWN YOUTH SEASON FERRYHILL W.M.C.
COMES TO AN END KEEP UP THEIR
Ferryhill Town Youth Under
11’s football team were away
to make it 5-4.
Ferryhill pushed for an
couple of minutes later due
to a goalkeeping mistake. WINNING WAYS
to Hardwick Youth at the equaliser but some good This effectively sealed the Ferryhill W.M.C. everyone to sail into the net.
weekend, and were soon two defending and goalkeeping game, although Ferryhill entertained a strong Wahington responded and a
goals down. kept them out. pressed to the end and had Washington side recently, defensive error let them back
They quickly pulled a goal The final score was further chances but couldn't who were hoping for points into the game to go 2-2 at
back through Declan Hardwick Youth 5 Ferryhill take them. to avoid relegation, while the half time.
Grayson, however Hardwick 4, with the Man-of-the- Ferryhill Town Youth has home side needed to Ferryhill pressed straight
soon made it 3-1 . Match award going to Alex congratulated its Under 13s maintain their winning ways from the restart and were
Alex Quinn scored to make Quinn. squad for winning the league in order to finish second tin awarded a free kick on the
it 3-2 but Hardwick scored A disappointing title, scoring an impressive the league. edge beyond the ‘keepers
again to lead 4-2 at half time. performance from Ferryhill 120 goals throughout the Washington started the reach to make it 3-
In the second half, Connor Under 15s, who had a lot of season. brighter of the two sides and 2.Washington then went
Whitelock scored to make it chances but couldn't convert “Well done to all the squad!” came close with a couple of close and dominated the
4-3 but Hardwick scored them into goals. said a spokesperson for the good chances. proceedings until, ten yards
again. Their opponents, Aycliffe, club. They then broke the in his own half, Andrew
Alex Quinn scored another scored on the half hour mark The club has also deadelock with a well-taken Dixon spotted the ‘keeper
for Ferryhill after an the score remained 1-0 at congratulated the Under 9’s goal. off his line and chipped him
excellent run, which saw him half time. Squad for getting the runners- Ferryhill pushed for a quick to take a well-deserved hat-
finish in the bottom corner In the second half, Aycliffe up spot in their league and response and were rewarded trick.
went 2-0 ahead after 10 has also wished them every with a well-taken penalty The final score was Ferryhill
To Advertise, minutes before Ferryhill success in the league cup from Andrew Dixon, after 4 Washington 2.
Call us on pulled one back with a lovely final, which is to be played Liam Parsons was brought Ferryhill finished in 4th
01388 chipped goal from Clarke at Middlesborough training down inside the box. place in the league last year
775896 Rivers. The Ferryhill side ground at Rockcliffe The game was evenly with 28 points, and are
went on to concede a goal a Hurworth on Sunday, May marched until young Hoggar currently in a good position
17th. curled a free kick into the to improve with 37 points
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