Christmas Lights
The Trimdon Village Christmas lights were officially switched on at 6pm Friday 6th December 2013.

The Christmas tree on the village green next to St Mary Magdalene Church was lit up during an evening of festive fun which included free fairground rides, free Christmas cake and ginger wine, a burger van, and carols performed by Trimdon Brass Band

Delivery Vans
Police are appealing to all delivery drivers and companies in the coming weeks NOT to leave delivery vans at the roadside with keys in whilst delivering parcels in the run up to Christmas 2013. Police in the Trimdon and Wingate area have had two incidents within the last week where delivery vans have been stolen with keys in whilst the driver has been in the process of delivering parcels. Please be extra vigilant and DO NOT leave keys in any vehicle, please report any suspicious activity to Police. Anyone with any information in relation to this type of crime or incident contact us on 101 or via Crime Stoppers.

Trimdon Station Boundary Markers
The Foundry Parish Council are proposing to commission an artist to design and construct two new entrance signs at the main entrances into Trimdon Station – Deaf Hill from Thornley Road and on Wingate Road. Full details here.

Success Blooms
A group of residents from Trimdon Village are celebrating after their efforts to smarten up an area near their homes has been deemed ‘outstanding

Community Funding Results
The Your Money, Your Area, Your Views Community Grants Fund event held at Sedgefield on 23rd November has seen various local groups awarded grants towards their activities. Full list here.

Deaf Hill Banner Group
The Banner Group would like to thank those who supported us at Sedgefield School on Saturday 23rd Nov 2013. While we were unsuccessful in attracting funding we will be carrying on and hope to keep the traditions and heritage of the community flying. Congratulations to all of the local groups who were successful and thanks again.
Deaf Hill Banner Group

Trimdon Colliery Club Burglary

On the 21st October 2013 Trimdon Colliery Workmens Club was burgled, if you can identify anyone in the security camera images please contact Police on 101 or the local Beat Officer.

Memorial Window Installed
A stained glass window dedicated to much-loved organist Lily Burton was installed on October 31 at St Mary Magdalene Church, with an official unveiling service and ceremony planned for Saturday, November 16.
Full story in the Northern Echo.

Memorial Bench
A bench designed by local children will serve as a lasting tribute to a woman who worked tirelessly to raise funds and improve opportunities for residents in Trimdon Grange. Full story in the Northern Echo.

Community Grants Fund
The decision on who gets money will be made by members of the public who get to vote on their favourite projects at the EDRC/AAP event, on 23rd November at Sedgefield Community College, between 10am – 2pm. As long as you live, work, volunteer or study in the East Durham Rural Corridor AAP area and are 10 or over, you can vote on projects that will benefit your community. Free transport available, full details here.

Trimdon Pond Improvement Phase 2
Trimdon Angling Club improvementsThe local Trimdon angling club has completed phase 1 of pond development. There is now a pleasant walk around the pond, and two dipping platforms are present along with some benches for walkers to rest and chat. The club now want to improve the area further and have applied for more funding for the required improvements, but to obtain this funding the club need votes. On Saturday 23rd November between 10am and 2pm at Sedgefield Community College, Hawthorn Road, Sedgefield, TS21 3DD there is a Forum and Community Voting Event. You can come along and vote hopefully for the club and others up to a maximum of 4. The event is being run by the East durham Rural corridor Area Action Partnership.

County Durham Plan Consultation  (22nd November 2013)
A meeting is being held in Trimdon Station community centre between 5-6.30pm tonight  to give local people the opportunity to comment on where development should take place in coming years

Fatal Accident   (24th October 2013)
A 51-year-old woman from Trimdon Village died when the silver Ford Fiesta Zetec she was driving collided with a coal wagon on the A177 between Sedgefield and Stockton. Details in the Northern Echo.

Village Hall Asks For Donations   (18th October 2013)
Trimdon Village hall has launched a campaign asking residents to donate £1 and some of their time to ensure the centre survives impending council cuts. Full story : Northern Echo

Trimdon Grange Theft
Between 20th and 22nd September 2013 3 x 3 metre lengths of fencing and a gate have been removed from a small holding off Salters Lane in Trimdon Grange. Please contact Police if you have any information, also any farmers or land owners if you see any suspicious vehicles in the area please report it.

School Abuse Claims
The Catholic Church has received a complaint of historic physical abuse against young children by a primary school headteacher. The complainant claimed she and other pupils were assaulted by headmaster Fred Higginbottom – who has since died – at St William’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Trimdon, County Durham, in the 1950s. Full story from the Northern Echo.
Also please see some responses on our Guestbook regarding this article.

Charity Event
in memory of Mandie Mason at The Green, Trimdon Village on Saturday 10th August 2013.
First act 8pm (4 acts), pie & peas, raffle, tombola, cake stall and fire breathers. Tickets are £5, and all proceeds go to Cancer Research and The Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation.
For tickets contact Liam Mason on 07734 323353 or Guappo Hair Design on 0191 520834

Fatal House Fire
A woman has died following a kitchen fire in Sycamore Crescent, Trimdon Station. Three fire crews attended the incident shortly after 9pm on Friday 12 July. The 66-year-old, who has been named locally as Monica Freeburn, was pronounced dead at the scene after being brought out of her house by firefighters.

Thousands Raised By Charity Event
On Sunday June 16, two days before what would have been the first birthday of Gary and Lisa Bowes daughter Darcie Jane, villagers held a charity day, which raised £4,655. Full story from the Northern Echo.

Basket Thefts  1st July 2013
In the last few days there has been an increase in thefts of hanging baskets from properties in the Trimdon area. Enquiries are on- going in relation to these incidents. Please help prevent further incidents if you have hanging baskets by using a small piece of wire or similar to tie around the chain of the basket and bracket so the basket cannot be easily removed.  Anyone with any information in relation to these crimes please contact Police.

Project Work   June 2013
The angling club is currently having work done on their members-only fishing pond, next to Chats Pond. Improvements include new platforms, including some purpose built dipping platforms for both parents and schools to allow children to use safely, a path around the pond, resting benches and rerouting drainage work. It is hoped to be complete by end of summer, current weather permitting. More details on

Another Housing Development     June 2013
A planning application has been submitted to demolish Ashleigh House in Thornley Road, a former residential home, and erect 12 new houses on the site. The application may be viewed here. Alongside the development below, this would mean at least 40 new properties in Trimdon Station alone.

Farm Watch Updates:  30th May 2013
The biggest Farm Watch operation to date – involving volunteers from across six police force areas – is being hailed a success. Durham Constabulary officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) and their colleagues from Northumbria, North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cleveland and Lancashire joined in Tuesday night’s operation which covered a total of 4,000 square miles.
In total 225 volunteers took part, supported by 110 officers across the six force areas.#FARMWATCH

Church Memorial Window
Members of St Mary Magdalene Church at Trimdon Village hope to raise £12,000 to install a stained glass window in honour of dedicated church organist Lily Burton. Details here: (Northern Echo) Anyone wishing to make a donation online can use at

Bogus Collector
A resident from Willow Drive reported that on Friday 15th March 2013 a young boy purporting to be selling tickets on behalf of the Dogs Trust took to his heels when asked for identification. If you have fallen victim please contact your local Beat Officer.

Trimdon Grange Community Centre
There are fears the centre may have to close unless more volunteers come forward to help with day-to-day running tasks. It is currently run by a small management committee, who give up their time for the benefit of others. Next April, Durham County Council’s asset transfer programme will mean the overstretched volunteers will have to take on even more responsibilities, including internal and external building maintenance. Fearing it will unable to cope with the extra workload, the committee has issued a desperate plea for volunteers to help ensure the centre’s survival.

Escaped Prisoner Recaptured
A prisoner who had absconded from HMP Kirk Levington early on the morning of Tuesday 5th March 2013 was yesterday detained in Sedgefield at 3:45pm with the assistance and quick thinking of off duty PCSO Andrew Taylor of Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police Team. The male absconder was seen by PCSO Taylor who had finished his shift and was leaving Sedgefield, on seeing the absconder PCSO Taylor immediately contacted duty officers and kept the absconder under covert observation. His quick thinking and immediate actions lead to the successful detention of the absconder who was returned to HMP.

Damaged Minibus
Local Police are appealing for any information in relation to damage that has been caused to a vehicle belonging to Wood Lea Residential Care Home, Low Hogg Street, Trimdon Colliery. The vehicle concerned is adapted for use as a disabled mini bus for residents of the home. On Monday the 25th of February 2013 between 12pm and 12.45pm the rear window was damaged by an unknown person using a ball bearing, at the time the vehicle was parked outside the home. Please contact Pc 1636 John Seymour at Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police Team using 101 on extension 6614670.

Farm Watch goes region-wide.
On Tuesday 19th Feb 2013 Durham Police hosted what is believed to be the biggest Farm Watch operation in terms of geography covering around 4,000 square miles of northern England. Five forces were involved in the operation, with officers from Northumbria, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Cleveland working alongside their Durham colleagues. The operation involved over 90 police officers and staff and nearly 150 volunteers. For the first time Cleveland provided a large number of officers to contribute towards the operation.
During the operation a large number of vehicles and people were stop checked. People can also find out more by meeting local officers and PCSOs at regular PACT (Police and Communities Together) meetings.

House Fire
Fire and Rescue services were called to a terraced house in Station Road West, Trimdon Station around 7.40pm Tuesday, February 5th 2013, after reports of people trapped. Full story from the Northern Echo.