In November we were nominated as highly commended volunteer group of the year 2018 by Durham County Council. We had a lovely evening seeing other local groups and finding out more about them. Even though we didn’t win an award, we still received as certificate as nominees.
On Sunday the 2nd of December, the annual Christmas Tree switch on took place. It is estimated around 200 people attended as well as two school choirs from local primary schools, Langley Moor Primary School and St Patrick’s R C Primary School.
The Lights were switched on by Lesley Baxter (St Johns Hall Meadowfield), Paul Taylor (Local Councillor) and Frank Bonner (Local Councillor).
Our Christmas Tree lights switch on event will take place this year on Sunday 3rd December 2017.
The event will be compared once again by Lieutenant David White of the Salvation Army. Also, as in previous years, there will be choirs from St Patricks and Langley Moor Primary Schools performing from 4.30pm. The switch on will take place at 5.00pm and will be ably performed by our local MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.
Have you noticed the new 20 MPH signage introduced at Brandon Lane and Black Road?
These will flash during school start and finish times to alert drivers to the fact children are present and to encourage a slower speed of 20MPH during these times.
There is also a flashing 30MPH sign, which is triggered when the sign observes speeds of over 30MPH. This is located just past the entrance of the Regents Green estate – this section is a particular speed hot-spot, where traffic has not slowed from the earlier 40MPH zone when leaving Brandon and before entering Langley Moor.
Another successful Community Litter Pick… On Saturday, 4 June four volunteers managed to collect seven bags of litter and a 2 square metre section of welded wire fencing!
The areas covered in this pick were Black Road, former Whitwell Terrace, the Railway walk opposite Woodridge up to the Cricket Ground, the edge of Sports Field and finally Goatbeck. Not bad for a couple of hours work! Thank you to all volunteers.
Further to the FOLM meeting on 6 April 2017, there’s been some exciting developments…
We’ll be adding to the village’s wonderful floral displays with the installation of two additional planters. The location of the current planters is indicated by the black stars, the additional planters by the red stars (see image below). Funding has been secured for their maintenance for five years – a very welcome sight in the village.
Another Community Litter Pick has been organised for Saturday 22 April. The likely location of the focus of effort with be Goatbeck; so wellies required, more details nearer the time via our Facebook page.
The Mining Memorial is making good progress with the school.
There has been a slight delay to the 20MPH scheme on Brandon Lane and Black Road. We’re awaiting installation of some cabling by Northern Power Grid – updates on this development will come.
Ideas welcome, please feel free to get in touch with these or attend any of the upcoming meetings – a friendly welcome always.
A very, very cold and wet first litter pick of 2017, but incredibly successful. Pictures below! The haul included: a bundle of undelivered Durham Advertisers, two car tyres, and 15 bags of litter including paper, plastic, bottles, cans…
Special thanks to those who came out to volunteer on such a cold and wet day including Cllr. Paul Taylor and employees Trish, Jay and Graham from Tesco.
Thank you so very much to all those who attended our Christmas event in December. We estimate that over 400 people came to see the Christmas Tree lights switched-on and to hear our wonderful local school children sing.
We hope you all had a very merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year to you all.