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Welcome to the web site for the village of Bowburn, County Durham, a former mining community, less than 4 miles to the South of Durham City in the North East of England. A warm welcome to our Internet community wherever you may be from. Please browse our pages and enjoy.


2006 Archive

Recovery time (26.12.06)

Well, we hope you sincerely enjoyed your Christmas day celebrations and imagine you are now in recovery mode for the New Year celebrations this week-end.

At bowburnet, we hope you all had a great time and Santa brought you everything you asked for.

As for the site, we have the same content but have changed the 'look' of the site to make it easier for our editors to update.

Hope you like it, and we wish you all the best for the coming New Year

Wind causes Damage in Village  (13.12.06)

As the wind got up today there was local damage as fences blew down and signs blew over. Dustbins were rolling around and litter was blowing up and down the streets. Weathermen predict the same for tomorrow so be safe and keep everything locked up and if possible stop indoors.

Your village needs you (10.12.06)

 We need some local reporters!

Do you want to see up to date information on the web site?

Do you want to see information from your group, event, club, class or school?

If the answer is YES - then so do we

send an e-mail to : webmaster[at]bowburn[dot]net

Village reporters (07.12.06)

Hopefully you noticed the picture and advert above. We really would like to bring you more up to date news about what is happening in the village including all groups, schools, clubs, associations etc... but without your help we can not do that.

If you can help by sending us information and news of what is happening in your Club, School, Class, Association or Group, then let us know.

We would like to get regular reports and updates for publication on the web site. If you can help out - please send an email to:


You don't have to update the web site yourself - but if you would like to learn, then that is also possible.

New Indoor Play Area To Open  (06.12.06)

Action Replay, a new 16,000 sq ft indoor play centre here at Bowburn is to open on the 9th December. The unit is on the South Industrial Estate opposite the Post Office.

The family run business would like to welcome you for fun and adventure with its brand new purpose designed multilevel play area with designated areas for 0-4 yrs and children up to 12 yrs.

As well as parent and toddler sessions why not enjoy refreshments in the spacious and relaxing Cafe Diner Area .

There are also themed party rooms disco and karaoke rooms. Membership deals are available and for the parents there is room for more than 180  people as well as a 50" Sky TV and pool table plus loads more.

Opening times 10am-7pm Mon-Sat 10am-6.30pm Sundays.

for more information ring 0191 377 2777 .

Good luck to all from the team

Congratulations (30.11.06)

Congratulations to Gary and Pamela Hutchinson on the Christening of their daughter Skye Kelsey.

Congratulations (30.11.06)

Congratulations to Paul and Angela Carr on the Christening of their two sons Alex and James.

Are you an Editor in the making? (29.11.06)

BVC, the producers of Interchange, are looking for a voluntary sub-editor to help out with the production of the Interchange.

Do you think this could be you?, if so, look out for the advert in the next issue of Interchange coming out soon

Youth Project needs you! (29.11.06)

The village Youth Project is currently closed until further notice pending some necessary repairs to the building.

If you are a good handyman/woman or indeed want to help with running  the Youth project drop a mail to the website and we will pass your name along.

Centenary Celebrations for December (17.11.06)

Friday December 15th sees an evening of live music and dancing to the Bush Big Band to be held in the Community Centre. A buffet & licensed bar will also be available.

Come along and join in at the Community Centre for only £5.00 per ticket, but hurry up they are going fast.

Want to see the Masterplan? (17.11.06)

There will be an exhibition of the Community Masterplan for Bowburn & Parkhill in the Community Centre on Tuesday 28th November between 2.00pm and 8.00pm.

This is your chance to see what the future holds  and to speak with representatives from all organisations involved in the development, including members of the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership.

Fancy a pint? (17.11.06)

Durham Brewery logo

Well, Bowburn's resident brewery have an internet shop, and I for one will be ordering for Christmas.

Apart from their excellent range of bottled beers they also have some 5 litre draught mini casks!


to order - visit: here or pop along and see them.

Draught Mini Casks

                                          Mixed and Single Beer Cases

Bulbs Planted! (16.11.06)

Children and locals turned out in 'not so warm' weather to plant bulbs on the green in Prince Charles Avenue today.

bulb planting picture
Infant school children getting their pre-planting instructions

bulb planting picture
hard at work!

We look forward to springtime and seeing the fruits of their efforts.

More pics available on the gallery page.

Under 18's Disco (14.11.06)

The recent Under 18's disco's have been a great success, so good in fact that the next event is being organised already and looks to be even better.
Big name DJ's and MC's, a competition for a local MC, and maybe some 'freebies' to be given away!

nder 18 disco picture
It's good to see something organised in the village for this age group.

Watch this space! We will post more info when  we receive it.

Bulb Planting (13.11.06)

The Centenary Group will be planting bulbs in the green at Prince Charles Avenue, behind the small post box in between the vicarage & the Oak Tree, on 16 November (Thursday) from 10.00am to 11.30am.

One class of Infant School children will be helping as well. If you are available to help in the planting, please come along, you would be most welcome to join us. If you own a bulb planter/trowel, and can come, please bring it with you.

New Mining memorial (12.11.06)

miner with pick pictureA former miners coal wagon has been donated to the village and will go on display as a permanent memorial to the villages mining heritage.
The memorial will be mounted on a section of rail with sleepers to represent a working vehicle.

The coal wagon is currently going through some restoration before being permanently sited adjacent to Durham Road, opposite the war memorial.

We will bring more news when we have it.

Miners Memorial (10.11.06)

The proposed list of men and boys killed at Bowburn Colliery, to be included on the new Mining Memorial in Bowburn Community Centre, is now listed on the “Interchange” site.

The organisers are trying to finalise this list of names and any contacts before next week.

Click Here to view the page with the information and get in touch quickly if you want to add or amend any information.

The organisers are also looking for contact details for relatives of any of the men listed, so that invitations can be sent for the dedication of this memorial which will be held on 16th December. 
They do have many details already but there are several gaps – especially in respect of the earlier names.

Remembrance Sunday 12th November (09.11.06)

lest we forget


Remembrance Sunday this year is being marked by a much bigger ceremony than in previous years due to this being the villages Centenary Year.
The Reg Vardy Band, one of the best in the country, will be playing at a joint service in Bowburn Community Centre, starting at 9.45am, and then again at the War Memorial, starting at about 10.55am with The Last Post scheduled to be played, of course, at 11.00am.

Wreaths will be laid in the Community Centre, then taken and re-laid at the War Memorial. 
It is expected that at least two ex-Service Association standards will be present, as well as the new Centenary Banner. 

Have you bought your Poppy?
If not, do it online by clicking the picture below.

poppyfunds picture - donate on-line

School's 'Recipe for healthy Eating'  (02.11.2006)

Pupils in County Durham schools are cooking up a treat to promote healthy eating. Projects involving 19 schools including our own Bowburn Junior School have received £1,500 each to develop 'Cook It' clubs. The clubs, primarily aimed at 11 to 14-year-olds, will also look at planning balanced meals, cooking on a budget and food preparation. The scheme, which runs until August next year, has been funded by the Continyou organisation.
Alison Young, Food and Healthy Schools Advisor at Durham County Council, said: “The Cook It clubs will show young people that healthy eating can be fun and can also be beneficial to their well-being. “This is a chance for them to think about what they might be eating and give them fun, hands-on experience of planning and preparing foods so they can see the wide variety of food available to them.”

Available Now! (29.10.06)

banner dvd

We mentioned earlier in the year about the production of a DVD with photo's of the banner!

Well, it's here!
It contains over 400 photographs (mostly taken on Big Meeting Day itself but also including some background stuff about the Centenary Banner) and a soundtrack of brass band music (including The Bowburn March)

The DVD will cost £6.00 with all proceeds from the sale going towards the costs of next years Big Meeting parade. The DVD will be on sale at the Banner Photography Exhibition on 15th December in the Community Centre.
If you can not wait until then, click here to email the Banner Group to order one.


Scam Alert (08.10.06)

One of the latest 'bogus' scams is to do with a parcel Company.
Someone has been leaving cards through letterboxes stating that PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) have tried to leave a parcel but no-one was in, they then go on to ask you to call a number to arrange an alternate delivery. The problem is that the telephone number is a premium rate number and you are left hanging on the line while the call cost mounts up. If you come across this call the local police.

Village roads a mess (08.10.06)

Driving around the North end of the village is like driving through a bomb site at the moment! Prince Charles Avenue is a disgrace with the condition of the repaired road worse than it was prior to the works being carried out. More recently, Phillip Avenue was closed for a while - did they advertise the fact? no of course not!

The Contractors seem to not care about the condition and state of the roads.
Interestingly I found these statements on the Haslam Homes web site:

an extract from their Health & Safety Statement

"Haslam Homes are committed to:

  • consultation with the local community when working in the area
  • Visiting local schools prior to commencing on site and arranging pupil visits to raise awareness of the dangers from playing on building sites"

and from their Environmental Policy

  • "Gaining respect from the local communities in which we work by ensuring all our sites are clean and tidy and that dust and noise are kept to a minimum."

This topic on the forum is by far the most popular and despite complaints from locals living in the area Haslam Homes seem to turn a blind eye and fail to respond.

New web address for Forum (21.09.06)

The message board (Forum) now has it's own unique web address:

Making it now fully in line with the rest of the sub domains belonging to the site.
If you already have it in your favourites, don't worry, nothing will change and you can still access it.
Never been there yet - then click the link above, register and join in to have your say!

News Update on the banner site! (21.09.06)

the Edith Cavell Banner

After a successful evening at the unveiling of the 'Edith Cavell' Banner on Friday 8th September, the Banner group has updated their site with news of future events where the banner will be appearing.

Click the link at the top of the page to visit their site and read more about the night and future events.

Disco restarts! (20.09.06)

This Friday, 22nd September, sees the restart of the Childrens Disco at the Community Centre. It will be on from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

All are welcome to go along and enjoy.

Exclusive! (18.09.06)

Bowburnet brings you an exclusive look at the 'centenary medals' produced by the local Centenary Group to recognise the Bowburn Centenary.

Bowburn centenary medal
the Bowburn Centenary Medal

The medals are housed in a blue velvet box (shown above) and supplied with a small booklet (shown below) outlining the history of Bowburn.

Bowburn Centenary history booklet
Bowburn Centenary History booklet

These will be on sale to the general public on Saturday afternoon 23rd September at the Community Centre.

Art Exhibition & Competition Judging (15.09.06)

Saturday 23rd September 2006 at the Community Centre the Centenary Group, part of the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership, is holding an exhibition of mining pictures. This will take place during the afternoon. The pictures are being displayed by Gillian Wales, Centre Manager of Bishop Auckland Town Hall, and Bob McManus.

Paintings by the noted pitman painter, Tom McGuinness will be on display
There will also be an art competition for local residents, to mark

At the same time, the “Bowburn's Heritage” Competition pictures will be judged, and prizes awarded.

Centenary medals (15.09.06)

During the afternoon of Saturday 23 September any Year 11 child, who left school in June and has not received the Centenary Medal, can collect it at the Community Centre.  All you need to do is bring along proof of age. 

Congratulations to a bowburnet baby (15.09.06)

Congratulations from bowburnet to our own Newshound!
Gary & Pamela Hutchinson celebrated the birth of a new baby daughter, Skye Kelsey Hutchinson, born in University Hospital North Durham, (Dryburn), on Tuesday night at 11.35 pm weighing in at 5 lbs 7 ozs.

Time to fill up your tanks (15.09.06)

Whether you like shopping at Sainsbury or Asda doesn't really matter but what does matter is that the 2 retailing giants have started a fuel 'price war', which is only good for the motorists among us!

On Wednesday Asda reduced it's unleaded and diesel to 87.9p and 92.9p per litre respectively. Sainsbury and Morrisons followed suit and matched those prices last night whilst Tesco knocked 1p a litre off unleaded.

Thank You (15.09.06)

George Stoker sends his thanks for all the well wishes he has received during the last few months. George is out of hospital after his second spinal operation in 5 months and is at home recovering. He is also looking forward to getting some work done on the web site!

 Recent work causes more mess (01.09.06)

If Prince Charles Avenue is not bad enough, recent work and ongoing work on the road is starting to make the village look like a rubbish tip! That is the view of local residents who have wrote to the web site. A number of complaints at the way the road has been dug up and resurfaced is the main issue. The road was bad enough before it was dug up but now it has been left in a very bad way as they move further up the road to continue work. Some readers have pointed out the condition of a number of other roads in the village.

Look out for a picture report coming soon!

Can You Help Local Football Team (01.09.06)

Gary Hutchinson, secretary of Bowburn Crowtrees F.C., one of the Sunday morning football teams in the village has asked the website if its readers can come up with a football crest for the team. Most football teams nowadays have their own identity and Gary would like one for his team. You can learn more about the team by clicking on the link for sport above then going into football and then the Crowtrees web pages.

Haslam Homes Say Sorry For the Disruption Caused (12.08.06)

Haslam Homes have wrote to the website and would like us to say that they are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to the people of the village. You can read the letter in our discussion forum which was also passed on to Mike Syer our councilor who also expressed his concerns on behalf of the village and of course the visitors to our website.

Website Grows Thanks to You (12.08.06)

Once again the website last month had a superb turn out with over 6000 hits all thanks to you the people who visit it .The team would like to thank all of the clubs and groups for emailing us the information to add to the site.

If there are any more groups clubs teams etc etc who would like to share their information with us  then email us at the normal address

The Bowburn team would like to wish George Stoker a speedy recovery again as he is back in hospital without George the website would not be where it is today so from all our readers and the team get well soon.

New Bowburn baby (11.08.06)

Congratulations to Paul and Angela Carr on the birth of their son 7lbs 7 ozs.
Lots of hugs xxx from all the family and best wishes from the bowburnet team as well.

It's nice to be nice (01.08.06)

Here is part of an email we have just received:

I would just like to congratulate the people taking the photo's of the banner and the parade.  I was wondering if you will be putting the photo's on to DVD?  As I know a lot of disabled people without a PC may like to keep a record of such a magnificent piece of history of Bowburn.
Thanks for a great day"

Now that is what the web site is all about! and to get to the DVD point,

Did you take  any pictures?
Did you take a video that day?

If you did, let me know at webmaster(at) and we will compile them all to DVD and provide them at a nominal cost.

All photographs will be credited to the owners.

Banner & Village celebration photo's (01.08.06)

collage of pictures

The gallery page has been updated to include some albums of the banners being paraded through the village and onwards to Durham.
If you have any pictures you would like to share please either send them to me at:
or send me a mail and I can arrange to collect them.
We are also looking for pictures from the village celebrations, so once again if you have some you would like to share use the mail address above.

Village Celebrations go off with a bang (23.07.06)

The village celebrated 100 years today at the local football field with shows and stalls, football games which we must say the girls beat the boys for the trophy, as well as many other things going on ,including your very own councilor Mike Syer and your website Newshound been put in the stocks while people threw sponges at them.

Also there were lots of prizes to be won including a Hot Air Balloon Ride and a mountain Bike as well as cake stalls etc etc etc and displays by different groups.

It was a marvelous day and success and it was also hot, credit must go to the organizers and to everyone who helped out WELL DONE.
The evening was finished with a super firework display where many people turned out .


it's Bowburn's centenary year

Website Supports Village Footballers  15/07/2006

Bowburn village football teams are joining together to support one of the options of the Park Regeneration Scheme and have asked the village website to help.
One option is for floodlights for the football field and the other option is for a cricket pitch.
Bowburn have had both for a number of years until it was decided to let the grass grow over the cricket pitch. Recently it has been cut again hopefully not just for the village celebration. Bowburn have not had a cricket team for a number of years now and the football teams pay over £400 each to use the field each season so we think that the option of floodlights around the football field should be the only option and bring the field back to the old days where cup finals were once played and youth/adult teams alike can train at night  instead of traveling out of the village. So please help us to help them and vote for Floodlights not Cricket.

 Countdown Begins  To Bowburn Centenary Birthday Bash(15.07.06)

it's Bowburn's centenary year

Well if you have not had your leaflet through the door yet you will have probably heard but next Sunday 23rd July 2006 Bowburn will be celebrating its Centenary.
Yes the FUN will start at 1pm at the football field next to the Bowling green.
There will be something for everyone with stalls,Circus Skills,Fairground Rides ,Tattoos,Football Demo and Panalty Shoot Out ,Martial Arts Punch and Judy ,Balloon Race,Face Painting,Childrens Races a Gigantic Cake and loads loads more a fun day for the whole family and to top it all of between 8.30-10.30pm  Hot Dogs Glow Sticks Fairground Rides and at 10pm  a Firework Display..
Please note as there is not much Car Parking space , why dont you leave your car at the community Centre and walk through the park ,this maybe a good idea as you will also have a last chance to give your views on the Park Regeneration Scheme .
Lets show everyone how the village can join together again like we did following the Banner at the Gala.

 Presentation to be held at Local Schools (10.07.06)

The partnership, in the form of the Centenary Group are going to make a special presentation to commemorate the 100th birthday of the village. The presentation will be to the children in the infant, junior and senior schools for children up to the age of 16. It will be on Thursday and Friday morning this week. Mams and Dads look out for these things. Kids being kids will put them in bags and pockets and forget about them. Hope they like them hope you do to.

Village Turns out to Follow Banners 08/07/2006

Congratulations to everyone concerned with the Bowburn Banners loads of people followed them through Bowburn and into Durham with an enjoyable day for all. The village was united as a large number followed them through Bowburn, Durham and also to the Cathedral. There was no sign of any trouble on a day that the BIG MEETING came back to life with an estimated 75,000 people turning out.

Marching through Bowburn
Proudly marching through the village

The banner at the County hotel
Marching past the County Hotel

Latest web site stats (06.07.06)

The stats show that the site is a hit with you!
June is normally a 'drop' month due to holidays etc... but the trend is fantastic.

Thank you for visiting and making bowburnet your No. 1 site!

Get your Flags out! (05.07.06)

it's Bowburn's centenary year

The centenary week-end is a few weeks away but wouldn't it look good for the banner parading through the streets this Saturday if the Centenary flags you were supplied with were displayed!

It's your village - show your Support and get your flags out

Name and Shame the streets without any Banners up

Request from a new Villager (05.07.06)

Whitwell Farm now has new owners who would like to "restore the buildings  to make it a positive village landmark"
To help in this quest, the new owners are looking for any photographs of how the farm looked in the past.
If anyone has any pictures - let me know at webmaster(at) and I will forward the details or visit the forum and leave a message

Banner makes it's 'Big Meeting' Return (04.07.06)

1967 banner

As you may or may not know, the last time the banner was paraded at the Big Meeting was in 1967 and we have very few photo's to look back on.
This week-end, it makes a welcome return and will be marched through the village before going on to be blessed in the Cathedral and marched through Durham once again.

We hope you will all be there to witness this historic event and also that you take loads of photographs. If you do take photos (especially digital) please send us a copy of them all and we will publish them in a special page celebrating the return of the banner and of course pass copies to the banner group to keep for posterity. The photographs will of course be dedicated to the person(s) who have taken them and all copyright will reside with them.


mail pics to: webmaster(at)    or: bowburnnews(at)

Car Crashes on Mile road?  (27.06.06)

There was a crash just past the entrance to Bowburn Hall Hotel and before the junction tonight at about 7pm .A blue ford fiesta left the road after hitting a curb before going into the fence on the other side of the road also hitting a BT power telephone box .Although the driver was unhurt the car looked a write off. Normally, young children sit on the fence exactly where the crash took place but luckily they were playing on the field.
Some youngsters thought that the car was racing another car at the time and the teenager lost control of the wheel but this was not confirmed by anyone else at the scene.

An email from an ex-pat (26.06.06)

Here is an extract from an e-mail recently received re the Bowburn web site and some info on a picture in our Gallery.

"Hello my name is Sharron Wilson (nee Jones) we lived at Surtees Ave until 1979. I`ve just seen your photos of the Pit Laddie pub. My grandparents had that pub and that's my Granda on the 2nd pic with the white shirt and tie its George Jones. Great site - takes me back !!!! "

pit laddie
The picture in question

Bowburn  Football?  (21.06.06)

Next season Bowburn Boys Football Club will be playing under 11s eleven a side and under 16s as well as the u8s development,U8s,u9s,u10s .
The club is looking for new players and everyone is welcome .
The club is also holding its A.G.M. on Tuesday 27th June 2006 at Bowburn Community Centre starting at 6.30pm for more information on these and loads of other stuff click on the sport link above then football then youth football its all exciting stuff.

UP UP AND AWAY?  (21.06.06)

How you you like to have a wonderful experience and go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride? Well here is your chance for only £1 a ticket you could be our lucky winner Bowburn Centenary Birthday Party  Sunday 23rd july are giving you the chance to win this marvellous trip of a lifetime if you would like a ticket contact either Gary Hutchinson Mike Syer or Janet Blackburn or look for one of the posters around the village IT COULD BE YOU for only £1

Helicopter up  again?  (19.06.06)

The police helicopter was up again tonight around 9pm  so if you know whats going on email us at and we will let everyone know.

Time Bandits Dig Back the Years?  (19.06.06)

Time Bandits will turn the clock back 90 years at a local and family history day in County Durham soon. (June 24)

The re-enactment group will be at Bowburn Community Centre on Saturday, June 24 for the event hosted by Bowburn Local History Group and Durham County Council’s Community Heritage Project with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Eighteen groups and organisations, including craft demonstrations from the Clayport Matters, are to exhibit at the free event for all the family.

The Time Bandits will give presentations entitled Under the Front – the Great War Miners throughout the day.

Visitors will be able to hear a Durham miner serving with a tunnelling company of the Royal Engineers describe mining activities underneath the trenches just before the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The British Army sought to break the deadlock on the Western Front by tunnelling under No Man’s Land to plant explosives underneath German trenches.

Defenders tried to dig counter-mines and fierce skirmishes were fought out in the subterranean galleries.

There will also be an opportunity to hear a member of the Women’s Land Army describe her life and the role of women on the Home Front in 1917.

The event runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm and refreshments are available.

Thanks to Leighton Kitson  public relations officer Durham County Council for the information

Holiday Photos Wanted?  (16.06.06)

Its that time of year where most people go on holiday so we would like to see where you have been email us at with your photos and we will add them to the Gallery.

Bowburn Cooperage Football Club receive major award  (16.06.06)

The team have received Charter Standard Status from the F.A. a magnificent achievement  may we congratulate them from your favourite village website this follows Bowburn Crowtrees achievement with the same award recently.