Trimdon Grange Banner Association
We would like to thank everyone who helped and made our Charity Night on the 5th November 2010 a success and raised £531.85 for Trimdon Grange Banner Association project. A special thank you to Dave Lee Micheals, Trimdon Grange W.M.C steward, staff, members, individuals/organisations who donated raffle prizes and the community who came and supported our project once again. It was nice to see the whole community coming together for a special occasion and raising funds to “keep our mining heritage alive”.
Please do not forget “Durham Miners Gala” is Saturday 9th July 2011. TGBA has transport already booked if anyone would like to go with Trimdon Grange Banner, watch out for publicity nearer the time. Once again Thank You from Trimdon Grange Banner Association

Crime Prevention 7th Oct 2010
In recent weeks criminals have targeted detached sheds and garages in areas of St Albans Terrace, Trimdon Grange, and Hart View / West Grove, Trimdon Village . Property stolen includes various tools /pedal cycles/lawn mowers. Entry has been forced to most of the premises targeted, however on some occasions they have been left insecure.
In order to prevent any further members of our Community becoming victims of crime can we urge that all garage /shed owners ensure that they are locked and secure. Please remove any valuable items from insecure properties. Anyone with any information about these or any other crime in the area, or require any further crime prevention advice, please contact PC John Seymour or Sergeant 919 Brian O’Connor on 0345 60 60 365 Ext 661 4670

Bike Thefts 2nd Sept 2010
Within the last two weeks approximately six pedal cycles have been stolen from within Trimdon Grange. The bikes range from children’s BMX bikes to adult mountain bikes. Three of the bikes have been recovered in and around neighbouring Trimdon Colliery which suggests they have been used as a mode of transport rather than for personal gain. Can all cycle owners please take relevant steps to keep them secure and out of site. Anyone with information in relation to who is responsible for the thefts please contact Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police Team.

Original Deaf Hill Banner August 2010
It is the wish of Mr. & Mrs. Atherton that the original Deaf Hill Banner of 1892 be on permanent display at the Trimdon Station Community Centre formally the Deaf Hill Miners Welfare Hall. This permanent display will allow anyone both young and old to call at the Centre to view the banner at anytime. We currently have two other Deaf Hill banners at the Centre which can also be viewed at anytime.

Drugs WarrantDurham Constabulary
On the morning of 31/07/2010 Trimdon Neighbourhood Police Team executed a Magistrates Search Warrant at an address in Elwick View Trimdon Village . A local male was arrested for production of cannabis and a large quantity of cannabis and plants were seized. Associated growing equipment was also seized, the male arrested is currently on bail pending further enquiries. This warrant was only possible as a result of members of the community coming forward with information which the police were able to act on. Anyone with information in relation to the dealing or use of drugs please contact us directly or via crime stoppers.

Grand Summer Draw
The draw, which was organised by 15 year old Adam Luke, is considered as one of the most successful events in almost 900 years of the buildings history, raising the sum of £2260.

Deaf Hill Colliery First Ever Banner Is Coming Home.
Deaf Hill original bannerOn Thursday 5th August the very first banner dated 1892 will be on display at Trimdon Station Community Centre (Deaf Hill Miners Welfare Hall). The banner, which is in the ownership of Mr. E Atherton, will be on display at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. The banner is believed to be unique as it shows the Good Samaritan on a white horse.

Deaf Hill Banner Groupbannergroup July 12th 2010
A heartfelt thanks to everybody who turned out to support and march with the Deaf Hill Lodge Banner and Trimdon Concert Brass Band on Wednesday night. It was an emotional evening and many thanks to everybody who respected the playing of “Gresford” in the Crescent. Thanks also to Michael Evans, Stephen Booth, Paul Connor, Kevin Flint and Jim Robinson for flying the flag at short notice and to the lady in the black car (sorry, I didn’t get your name!) for helping with the traffic. The collection raised £158.86 to be shared between the Band and the Banner. Many thanks to all who contributed, participated or just enjoyed!

Trimdon Labour Club to close
The former working mens club will close on 22nd July 2010.

Trimdon Grange Burglary 21st April 2010
Overnight on 19/04/2010 a high value burglary occurred at Trimdon Grange. A secure storage container was forced open and stock car parts and tools to the value of approximately £3000 were taken. The unit is to the rear of the MK Motors garage, and the parts taken were unique to a Mk 2 Ford Escort hence the value. Anyone with any information in relation to this crime please contact the Trimdon Village Beat Officer or Crimestoppers.

Operation Phoenix 2010 9th April 2010
Historically from the month of March calls received about the use of off road motorcycles in the Trimdon (in particular Galbraith Terrace) and Fishburn areas has increased. Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police Team today has launched Operation PHOENIX 2010 in order to combat these types of incidents.

Trimdon Village Drugs Warrant 7th April 2010
07/04/2010 at 09.30hrs Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police team executed a magistrate’s search warrant at Jasmine Crescent Trimdon Village . A quantity of cannabis was seized and the female occupant of the address was arrested and later issued with a caution for possessing a controlled drug. The warrant was obtained and executed as a result of local intelligence being obtained and actioned by Neighbourhood Officers. Anyone with any information in relation to drugs misuse or supply can contact the Village Beat Officer in person or remain anonymous

Stan and Judith Turner Golden Wedding Anniversary 1st April 2010
Congratulations to Stan and Judith Turner from Deaf Hill who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 2nd April 2010.

Melanie and Trevor – A Wedding Date 1st April 2010
Melanie Henderson lives with her fiance Trevor in Trimdon Station, and is due to be married on 17th July 2010. Nothing unusual about that, you may think…… Tyne Tees news also featured the couple during the evening news on Thursday April 1st.

Return of Tony Blair to Trimdon Labour Club 30th March 2010
Ex Prime Minister Tony Blair returned to Trimdon Labour Club on Tuesday 30th March to campaign on behalf of Phil Wilson and the Labour Party in the forthcoming elections. Full text of his speech here on the Labour Party website, or text and video here.

£200,000 ‘sophisticated’ cannabis farm discovered 16th March 2010
Drugs worth up to £200,000 were discovered on Monday 15th March by a builder sent to do work on a semi-detached property in Meadow Road, Trimdon. Police were called in and discovered 200 cannabis plants in various stages of growth. All the main rooms of the house had been used to grow the plants and police today described the farm as ‘sophisticated’.
Det Con Mark Forster, heading the investigation, said:
“It was like other sophisticated farms that have been found in other parts of the county and it is obviously linked to organised crime. The house was rented out at the beginning of the year and the landlord has obviously been totally unaware of what has been going on. The builder was sent to do some work on the house yesterday and that was when the discovery was made.”
“Forensic officers are at the house today and the drugs and equipment will later be sent away for analysis after their examination is concluded. We are appealing to anyone who has information about these premises and in particular about the tenant, who has disappeared from the premises.”
Anyone who can help should call the police on 0345 6060 365.

Drugs seized in Trimdon Colliery 9th March 2010
Two men were arrested and cannabis plants with a street value of £18,000 were removed during a search of a property in St Paul’s Road, Trimdon Colliery. The raid followed a stop-and-search patrol when two people were arrested and seven grams of cocaine valued at £350 were seized.

Off Licences checked for under-age sales 13th Feb 2010
Ten off licensed premises were tested in an undercover operation by Police and Trading Standards officers on the evening of Friday 12th February 2010.

May Crescent Burglary 26th Feb 2010
The Community House, May Crescent was burgled overnight Friday 20th – Saturday 21st February whereby laptop computers, money and a camera were stolen. The Community House is for the use of the community and local residents have worked hard over the years to provide an environment whereby the whole of the community can utilise the building and its equipment to their advantage. It is of great regret that now due to mindless vandals items of property will need to be replaced.
If anyone has any positive information in relation to the burglary, please contact PC 1925 GODBER or PC 1246 MELLENTHIN at Durham Constabulary on 0345 60 60 365, alternatively you may call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

Several crimes were reported during the week of 14th-20th Feb in the Trimdon/Sedgefield area. Some of these crimes have occurred as the result of vehicles or premises being left insecure, Police are asking local residents to secure their property in the best way possible in order to prevent any similar crimes from occurring in the future.

Former TMS owner dies 4th Feb 2010
Robert Lewis, the well respected owner of Trimdon Motor Services until its sale in 1990, died peacefully at home in Jersey on 25th January.

Scrap Thefts 27th Jan 2010
Over the weekend of 22nd – 24th January several incidents involving thefts of scrap have occurred in the Trimdon area. Vehicle parts and plumbing equipment have been taken from gardens, in particular in the Trimdon Grange area. One witness describes a white flat back vehicle with the registration number obscured visiting premises in the Berry Road area of Trimdon Grange, unfortunately no other information is available. Can residents be aware of possible rogue scrap collectors, collectors who don’t hold a valid permit issued by Durham County Council will face prosecution. Collectors who take scrap from properties without the householder’s permission commit the offence of theft. Anyone with information regarding any recent scrap theft in Trimdon please contact Trimdon Beat Officer John Seymour.

New Years Honours List 8th Jan 2010
Margaret (Peggy) Robinson, from Trimdon Village, is to receive an MBE for her services with the Childrens Society and to the local community. Apparently wanting very few to know of this honour, Margaret has declined to give newspaper interviews, which friends say is typical or her whole demeanor and self-effacing attitude. The ceremony will be held at St. James’ palace in the near future.

Trimdon student for Cambridge January 2010
Eighteen year old Michael Dyson of Trimdon Village, has achieved the pinnacle of success in being accepted for a student graduate place at Cambridge University. He will initially study mathematics, which could ultimately lead him into other fields. Michael has been accepted for a place at Christ’s College, an achievement all the more commendable because the college only accepts twelve students at one time in the subject of mathematics. One of the oldest of Cambridge’s colleges, Christ’s was formally founded in 1505, although its origins go back into the early fifteenth century. When not studying, the former pupil of Trimdon Junior School and Sedgefield Community College will be able to sample the delights of the college bar, unique in that it specialises in Belgian beers and malt whiskies; the annual cheese and wine tasting conventions and of course the obligatory punting on the river Cam.