| 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.
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
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
Your village needs you (10.12.06)
need some local reporters!
want to see up to date information on the web site?
want to see information from your group, event, club, class or school?
answer is YES - then so do we
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
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 www.bowburn.net team
Congratulations to Gary and Pamela Hutchinson on the Christening of
their daughter Skye Kelsey.
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
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)
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.
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.
school children getting their pre-planting instructions
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!
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)
A 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
The organisers are trying to finalise this list of names and any
contacts before next week.
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
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)
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.
School's 'Recipe for healthy Eating'
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
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
Available Now! (29.10.06)
mentioned earlier in the year about the production of a DVD with
photo's of the banner!
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
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
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
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
"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
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)
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
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
All are welcome to go along and enjoy.
Bowburnet brings you an exclusive look at the
'centenary medals' produced by the local Centenary Group to recognise
the Bowburn Centenary.
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
These will be on sale to the general public on
Saturday afternoon 23rd September at the Community Centre.
Art Exhibition & Competition Judging
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.
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
Congratulations to a bowburnet baby (15.09.06)
Congratulations from bowburnet to our own
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
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
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
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 Bowburn.net 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 email@example.com.
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
Bowburn.net 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:
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.
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)bowburn.net and we will
compile them all to DVD and provide them at a nominal cost.
will be credited to the owners.
Banner & Village celebration photo's
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
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
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 .
Website Supports Village Footballers
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)
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
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..
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
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.
through the village
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
Thank you for visiting and making bowburnet
your No. 1 site!
Get your Flags out! (05.07.06)
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
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)bowburn.net
and I will forward the details or visit the forum
and leave a message
Banner makes it's 'Big Meeting' Return (04.07.06)
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)bowburn.net
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
"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 !!!! "
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?
The police helicopter was up again tonight around 9pm so if
you know whats going on email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let
Time Bandits Dig Back the Years?
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
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
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
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 Bowburnnews@aol.com with your
photos and we will add them to the Gallery.
Bowburn Cooperage Football Club receive major
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.