Trimdon news snippets which have appeared recently on the Trimdon Times.
Other full page articles may be found in the Archives’ section.

Stolen from Sedgefield Cemetery  (Sept 2017)
Items have been stolen from the grave of recently buried father of two Mr Mark Gowland of Sedgefield, who died suddenly earlier this year. His widow Lynne Gowland wants the thieves to return the personal tributes back to their rightful place, and shame whoever is responsible into returning these items. One is a ‘dream catcher’ with the words “Special Dad” placed on it and was laid on his grave by his grieving daughter.
(From our Facebook page)

Trimdon Brass
Trimdon Concert Band competed at the North of England Brass Band Championships Fourth Section in March 2017 and did extremely well, putting Trimdon on the map, and have now qualified for the finals at Cheltenham. Lynsey Garraghan took away best cornet, well done to all band members and good luck for the Finals in September.

Avoiding Debt At ChristmasAvoiding Christmas Debt
In the run-up to Christmas 2016, Durham County Council is encouraging everyone to speak to their local credit union to avoid giving themselves the unwanted gift of debt this year. Information here.

George Anderson receiving his award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution from Trimdon Foundry Parish Council Chair Carole Bell.Trimdon Foundry In Bloom
The Trimdon Foundry in Bloom group was rewarded for their hard work recently with the village being judged at a Bronze standard as part of the Northumbria in Bloom Competition. Story and photos here.

Wellbeing For Life achieves the County Durham Volunteer Kite MarkCounty Durham Volunteer Kite Mark
Wellbeing for Life is the first service to achieve the County Durham Volunteer Kite Mark as a programme involving a partnership of organisations. Read about it

Memorial Park
Photos from the Remembrance Service held on 11th November 2016 at the Trimdon Station memorial park on our galleries here.

Rachel ElliottDragon Boats
A Trimdon girl has received her second call up to represent her country in the sport of dragon boat racing- story here.

Cinnamon Club, TrimdonRestaurant vs Band
Local Indian restaurant Cinnamon Spice Club have agreed to sponsor local band The Voluntears – story here.

Standing Orders by David RoseFormer Trimdon Man Publishes Novel
Some people may remember David Rose from his days growing up in Chisholm Road, though his parents (Ralph and Sadie Rose) later moved to Front Street (North). David played a lot of football and was a member of the successful Trimdon Juniors team, coached by John Burton. He recently had his first novel published, called Standing Orders.

Community Gardens
The Growing Forward Together group aims to bring residents, children and businesses from Trimdon Station and Deaf Hill village together to improve their community. More info here.

Macmillan Joining The DotsMacmillan Joining The Dots
Durham County Council in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support is embarking on a flagship project to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Details here.

Phil Wilson Visits Village Hall ‘Over 60’s project’
The MP visited the ‘Over 60’s Project’ in Trimdon Village Hall which delivers a range of activities to those in later life, from flower arranging and sugar craft workshops to sound therapy sessions. All the activities are free of charge and include a free meal. Details here.

Leadership Champions
County Durham Sport is committed to supporting students who wish to volunteer both in school and within the community.  The Leadership Champions Programme has been extended this year, more details and entry form on the Grange Community Centre’s page.

Dyno Plumbing
Having completed the purchase of a site in Trimdon Grange, the company are seeking someone to help maintain the building, i.e cleaning and other duties, and are also interested in hearing from anyone interested in an apprenticeship, either as an engineer or office staff. Details here.

Treasure Trove
A new shop opened July 2016 at the former Iron Maiden shop in Trimdon Colliery. Shirley Craig is selling shabby chic vintage and second hand furniture smaller items, all good quality at affordable prices. A savings or ‘layaway’ scheme can be arranged to help families struggling on low incomes. Shirley says;
“Bags of unwanted clothes and bric a brac welcome, what I can’t reuse I’ll try and upcycle to avoid waste of any kind. I’m a canny lass, good crack, and if I’m having a cup of tea I’ll make you one as well at my lovely vintage tea table.”
Free workshop on shabby chic at the shop a possibility if people are interested, covering the basics.

New Healthwatch seeks Board members  (July 2016)
A newly formed consortium comprising of the Pioneering Care Partnership, Durham Community Action, and Citizens Advice County Durham need to recruit an independent voluntary Board to oversee the work of Healthwatch
Healthwatch is responsible for gathering the opinions of local people and using feedback to influence the design and planning of health and social services in the area. Details here.

Deaf Hill Banner Group and Durham Big Meeting 2016Durham Miners Gala
Deaf Hill Banner Group invite you to the 132nd ‘Big Meeting’ on Saturday July 9th. A free bus leaves the Station Road community centre at 8am. Please contact Jim Robinson on 01429 880584 to reserve a seat – first come first served.

Scarecrow Competition
Trimdon Parish Council is holding its first Scarecrow Competition 1 – 12 June 2016. Start making your scarecrow NOW and let’s make this a successful event!

Improving Mental Health in Men ConferenceImproving Mental Health in Men Conference (May 2016)
Deaf Hill Ward Regeneration Partnership, who manage Trimdon Station Community Centre, are delighted their manager was approached to speak in London. Details here.

Volunteers are being urged to “join up” and help unearth the history of the Durham Light Infantry’s “Shiny Tenth”DLI 10th Infantry
Volunteers are being urged to “join up” and help unearth the history of the Durham Light Infantry’s “Shiny Tenth”. The first research session will take place at County Hall on Saturday 11 June from 10am to 12.30pm, people living elsewhere in the country or overseas can also take part in the project by contributing online – details here.

Temporary Road Closure
TRoad-Ahead-Closedhe County Council intend to close the C24 Hurworth Burn Road between the entrance to the Hurworth Burn House west of the bridge and the access road to railway walk Car Park east of the bridge, from 8.30 am until 5.00 pm on Tuesday 5 April 2016. The closure is necessary to enable inspection of the former rail bridge to be undertaken.

Hurworth Signpost (February 2016)
Hurworth junction - click to enlarge
The Parish Council is looking to restore the Signpost at Hurworth Burn/Trimdon Colliery Junction and would like to locate a photograph showing the signpost in its original condition circa 1920s – this would help with the authenticity of the restoration. The signpost can just be seen on the right of the photo shown. Can anyone help with any old photos showing the signpost in more detail?


Proposed Housing Development 
(February 2016)
Planning application for up to 138 dwellings, health centre & open space Land South Of Three Ways Hurworth Burn Rd Trimdon Village; Application Details and Comments
Location map: LOCATION_PLAN-1733475.pdf

Garden Waste Collections

Residents who have subscribed to the Durham County Council’s garden waste collection can expect their first collection to take place between Tuesday 15 and Friday 25 March 2016. This year’s sticker must be fixed to the garden waste bin and, on collection days the bin needs to be put out by 7am. Anyone who hasn’t signed up to the garden waste collection can still do so for a fee of £20.
For more information or to subscribe to this service, visit www.durham.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 03000 261000.

Information Appeal
Burglary Trimdon Village – on the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd February, a dwelling burglary occurred in the Beckwith Drive area of the village. We are keen to trace a smartly dressed male who was seen going door to door apparently canvassing for solar panels. Did you see this male? Did you receive any documentation relating to a solar panel company? If so please contact us on 101 quoting DHM-02022016-0246


Trimdon Schools MergerSchools Merger Update
The proposal by Durham County Council to amalgamate the three Trimdon Schools has moved to the next phase despite 78% of respondents already being opposed to the merger in its current form. Further public responses to D.C.C are needed urgently before the deadline of 11th February 2016
Responses can be sent to Durham County Council: Children and Adults Services, Business Reply Service License DU63, FREEPOST, County Hall, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5BR or by email to schoolorganisation@durham.gov.uk

Deaf Hill Ward Announcement
Message from Jim Grigg; (27th Jan 2016)
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of of our dedicated and long term secretary, trustee and volunteer Eileen Smith, who has passed away after a long illness. Eileen would have been 73 years old at the end of April and suffered a stroke in 2015, and ended her days in a nursing home at Wheatley Hill.
She was one of the original volunteers and founders of Deaf Hill Ward Regeneration Partnership, along with her late husband Ronny, who served as a volunteer and treasurer. Eileen was involved in the running of our Lunch Club and was in charge of the bingo ,raffles and tombola for which she sourced the prizes and called out the numbers. Eileen gave her time willingly and would help out whenever she could at the centre, and carried out her duties as secretary in a professional ,diligent and honest manner.
I had the privilege and pleasure of working with her for almost 17yrs, she will be sadly missed by all in the Partnership, our condolences and sympathy go to all family and friends.”
Jim Grigg, Chairman/Trustee, Deaf Hill Ward Regeneration Partnership.


Public Meeting Announcement
Trimdon Grange and Village schools amalgamationA local resident has called a public meeting and has invited Governors of Trimdon Grange Infants to attend and update parents and members of the community on the latest school amalgamation developments and to discuss what happens next. To help attendance, there will be two public meetings held on Friday 29th January 2016 at Trimdon Grange Infants School in the hall.
The first meeting will be at 2.30pm (school staff are able to provide childcare if required, please bring children to the nursery entrance) and the second meeting will start at 6pm, (sorry, there will not be childcare available at this later time).
This is a public meeting and everyone with an interest in Trimdon schools and the amalgamation is welcome to attend.