Coxhoe is susceptible to regular power failures. Powergrid have announced that from 6th September 2017 there will be a a new telephone number that you can use to report power failures. We will be receiving new details on this from Powergrid in the coming weeks and we will provide more information to you when we get it. You can find out more information here.
Meet Craig Rowbotham, our New Parish Clerk who commenced working with us in late July. Craig has a wealth of experience gained in the National Health Service, Local Government and Education. Craig is looking forward to helping the Parish Council and our communities continuing to improve by building on the work of previous Parish Clerk.
Craig is working part-time with the Parish Council and we have also made appointments for a part- time Neighbourhood Plan Community Engagement Officer, Youth Workers and Auxilliaries.
More details will appear on our website in the coming weeks.
Durham County Council are currently carrying consultations on the County Durham Plan. This includes their Issues and options document where, amongst many other things, they set out options for how many and where housing will take place in the County up to 2033. One of the options is for 28% of all the County’s housing needs to be located in the central Durham villages which includes Coxhoe. That amounts to between approximately 8,000 and 9,200 dwellings. This is an important document of crucial importance to Neighbourhood Planning in Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill. It is vitally important that you engage in this consultation and make your views known loud and clear direct to Durham County Council.
If you live in Coxhoe or Quarrington Hill you should have received a yellow leaflet raising your awareness of these options together with a copy of the County Council’s official response form. The Parish Council is urging local residents to make their views know on the future of our villages by responding formally to the consultation. This may be your last chance, please take advantage of it. You can download additional copies of the local leaflet and the official County council response form here:
Find out more here.
Coxhoe Community Partnership are desperate for more members. The Partnership aim is to make Coxhoe a better place. Its numbers of community volunteers have dwindled over the last few years and the charity has just enough members to keep it float.
Current Chair, Ian Forster says:
‘Most of our members have other roles in the community such as helping to keep the Village Hall and the Active Life Centre going while others are undertaking the formal duties of the charity. We are struggling to undertake project work and making things happen. The Partnership has been able to access significant grants over the years but with few members significant project work and development is becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible’
The Partnership is calling out for other members of the community to help out. If you want to make Coxhoe better, have ideas how this might happen and be prepared to do something about it then please get along to a Community Meeting.
You can find out more about the Partnership and meeting dates here.
Our new website has finally arrived. Its bigger, bolder and more easy to use. However it still has all the content you had previously, and more. In particular we have developed a new set of pages for young people which we hope to build upon with their help in the future
We have been working with Durham County Council for the last few months to ensure that all the information in our previous website has been transferred over. The change has been necessary because the County Council has changed the software that manages the website. Our volunteer web administrator has carried out all the work from our side so there has been no additional costs in developing the new site.
We hope you like it!
Coxhoe Village Hall has been given a new lease of life after receiving a much-needed facelift thanks to a group of volunteers from Wates Construction and its supply chain. It has been refurbished as part of Wates’ Community Week initiative, a nationwide charitable programme that sees the business down tools to donate time to transform their local communities
This year has seen the team focus its efforts on the village of Coxhoe, home of Wates Construction’s Business Unit Director, Paul Dodsworth, who joined the business in April last year. Paul, who is current Chair of the village hall management committee, and a team of volunteers carried out internal decoration, painted several rooms, cleaned both the interior and exterior of the building and spruced up the main hall.
Wates’ work to revamp the village hall has contributed to the committee’s plans to modernise the building and has facilitated its aim of encouraging more people to make use of the hall’s amenities.
Wates’ Community Week initiative (13-17 June) saw approximately 850 volunteers donate time and resource to 62 projects nationwide to make a positive difference to the communities in which they are working. Wates’ presence in the North East region currently includes the £11m expansion of Newcastle High School for Girls and the creation of a new £60m student accommodation development in Newcastle.
In addition to the man-hours donated, a grant of £500 was made by Wates Giving, which is the charitable programme of Wates Family Enterprise Trust. Wates Giving forms a vital part of the Wates Family’s approach to being responsible business owners. The programme’s priority is to empower initiatives that make a real difference to society. The Village Hall has benefitted to the tune of £5,000 and the works have included:
- Redecoration of Hall and Bar Area
- New ceilings upstairs
- New Dado electrics in computer room
- Various electrical upgrades
- Joinery throughout, andN
- New lighting in the bar area
‘Wates has a deep-rooted commitment to the delivery of social value initiatives, which forms the basis of our Community Week scheme. Coxhoe Village Hall is a charity and facility dear to my heart as I reside in Coxhoe and am a volunteer on the management committee. Our employees and supply chain have channelled all of their energy into making this week-long project a success, making a tangible difference to the transformation of this fantastic community building.’