Bowburns Concert Party (16.12.07)
Remember the Saints rock group we reported
earlier? Well, Alan Clarke, a member of that group has kindly sent us a
photo to include on the web site.
So, the name is quite easy but can anyone name who
is in the picture?
Drop us an email if you know anyone
Thank you Alan for donating the picture
Black Ice (12.12.07)
Once again please beware of the roads and drive
carefully reports are coming in that a car and lorry have crashed this
morning with possible fatalaties as the helicopter was brought in to
take people to hospital on the motorway
Its That time of Year (09.12.07)
As most people celebrate the time of the year some
people think of it as a good oppurtunitty to steal from others.Recently
a van was broken into and goods stolen .The message is enjoy Christmas
but always be on the look out
Hare & Greyound Tonight (30.11.07)
The Hare and Greyhound tonight (Friday) present a
guitar vocalist back by popular demand Mr Grahame Russell everbody is
welcome .Watch this space for more information on whats on .
Ideal Xmas present! (26.11.07)
Once again, the local History Society have put
together a calendar for 2008 featuring photographs of Bowburn.
An ideal gift for friends
& family, it is available from the following outlets at a price
- Andersons Bakers
- Jet Filling Station
- Community Centre (am weekdays & some
- Atkinson's Newsagents
- Scarr's Newsagents
- Bowburn Surgery
- Bowburn Chemists
- Bowburn Post Office
Church needs you! (18.11.07)
To aid further funding for the church a
questionnaire needs to be completed by residents of the village This is
where you can all can help by downloading and filling in the
questionnaire below. Please download it, fill it in and drop it off at
one of the collection points advised on the form.
You can mail your answers to questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your help
click here to
Preview of New Church Plans (18.11.07)
Want a sneak Preview of the new Church Plans?,
then pop along to the church web site and have a look:
New addition to the village (17.11.07)
Did you spot it? or did you drive past without
The memorial of an old mining tub was erected opposite the war memorial.
ROK stars wanted! (16.11.07)
Do you get the Northern Echo?
Do you know someone else that does?
Then please save the ROK coupons from the latest
issues so we can try to get a makeover for the Community Centre.
This is what they look like.
Recently, as a promotional event to win a free makeover, the Northern
Echo has been publishing these tokens from 10th November and will
publish every day until 28th November. Please cut them out &
Drop them off at the Community Centre or if you
are less mobile - let us know where we can collect them
Enjoy Music & Dance? (16.11.07)
Well, do you enjoy music, dancing and a good night
out? Then come along to the Bush BIG Band Dance Event
When - Friday 7 December
Where - Bowburn Community Centre
Time - Doors open 7pm Band starts 8pm
Cost - £7.50 Including Buffet
Contact - Community Centre 377 0571 OR 377 0653
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
The Remembrance Service took place at the village
memorial this morning with the banner and representatives of local
organisations in attendance.
It's Panto Time (10.11.07)
It's Panto time in the village Community Centre
FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER
at 7 PM
beans” for children
Tickets now on sale
at the centre.Tel 0191 3770571
(a m weekdays,some evenings)
also at the door on the night,
but to be sure of your seat book in advance
Bush Big Band is Back! (10.11.07)
"Bush BIG Band Dance Night"
Do you enjoy big band music, dancing, and a good
Then the 7 December is for you. Once again the
Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership is hosting and part
funding the Bush Big Band Dance Night.
If you were there last year you will remember what
a great night it was. If you weren't then come along and see/hear for
Tickets are £7.50 including a buffet
Doors open 7.00pm Band starts 8.00pm
Tickets available from Bowburn Community
Centre or by telephoning 0191 377 0571 or 0191 377 0653
This is a recent letter from Daphne Wallace From
the Inner Wheel Club of Durham regarding a future event.
Bowburn Community Centre on Friday, 30th November
10.00 to 12.00 noon.
Billed as a 'Christmas Fayre' there will be a T0MOBOLA, several stalls
including cakes, used books, toys, children's clothes, hand made cards,
bric a brac etc. - plus coffee or tea and biscuits for 50p. Entrance
All proceeds go to our charity account - we support several but mine,
as president for this year, is the NSPCC. We had a
event in the summer and even though attendance was not what we had
hoped - it was a lovely sunny day! - we still managed to raise almost
£700 so hope to improve on that this time around.
Inner Wheel Club of Durham
Please give your support any other events coming
soon email us at email@example.com
Did you guess right? (28.10.07)
The bands name is 'The Saints'
Here is an extract from an email I recently received from one of the
bands members, Charlie Pragnall, who is now living in Australia.
formed in about 1956 at Bowburn Boys Club which was then held in the
Institute (The Tute as it was known) and played many local halls and
photograph from left to right, I am on the far left, the washboard
player was Ronnie Mould who is still in the Bowburn area, the young man
on the tea chest/ double bass is Billy Edwards from Durham, and then in
the centre is Alan Clarke the leader and main singer of the group and
who was very well know for his musical presentations at the Bowbelles
concerts, the seated guitar player we cannot identify but the guitarist
on the far right is Les Hare from an old Bowburn family. Alan and I
regularly write to each other and he is now retired and living in
Nuneaton, Warwickshire after a distinguished career as a music teacher
and examiner. Alan and his parents used to live in Oxford Road Bowburn.
played regularly at Siemens Night Club in Spennymoor and were twice
invited to play on the Carole Levis Discoveries shows at Sunderland and
I later received
a mail from another Group member, Alan Clarke, giving me some
additional information .......
"Incidentally, Charlie forgot to tell you that the compere of our
appearance at the Newcastle Empire was none other than the celebrated
Jackie Collins-yes, the authoress and sister of Joan Collins. Imagine
Bowburn lads of around 18 chatting to her in the wings? - what a
Hopefully a few
more pictures and thoughts to come from far and wide!
Bowburn's answer to the Beatles! (25.10.07)
Anyone remember this group?
This was recently sent to bowburnet via email from
an ex-villager, now living in Australia.
We'll leave you to guess for a few days
What was the name of the group?
Can you name anyone?
Let us know, send me a mail
Changes and a new event (12.10.07)
The three streets initiative are still holding
Bingo events every week although the venue has now changed
Bingo is now every Thursday at 7.00pm in the Oak
Tree so please go along and support them.
They are also holding Race Night in the Hare
& Greyhound on Friday November 2nd at 8.00pm
All are welcome
Fish Shop and Newsagents up FOR SALE(10.10.07)
The local Fish Shop and Newsagents in Romaine
near the Hare and Greyhound pub have both gone up for sale recently.
With both properties having a main road position and the fish shop
being the only one in the
ever increasing village both shops should be doing well and could be
good investments for the future.
The Motorway was left blocked recently between
and Carville after approx 9 vehicles were involved in a collision after
apparently a car went into the back of a broken down vehicle early on
in rush hour traffic
Hare & Greyhound f.c Win Away(08.10.07)
With manager Gary Parle away Warren Rummney
team and they comfortably won 5-0 away at Chilton Lodge in the league
the Greyhound are at home this Sunday with a 10.30am k.o.
Has the village improved(01.10.07)
Over the last year or so a large amount of money
been spent on the village with local clubs and groups also benefiting
but has the village seen an improvement and what else can we improve ?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write it in the forum and lets get
as many views as possible.
Man Wins £15000 (29.09.07)
AN ex Bowburn man won £15000 recently
after buying a scratch card from the local post office. The man was
apparently going to Blackpool on the bus and though he would buy a
scratch card while he was waiting.
Bowburn Crowtrees At Home (29.09.07)
Bowburn Crowtrees FC are at home this Sunday to
Park with a 10.30am K.O. Bowburn have started of badly with new players
still settling in.
Ex Player Gary Hutchinson is also back and has
to help pick the team but he wants to get players fit and back from
injury quickly as he knows it is a struggle and even even had to play
himself recently Gary is also looking for New Players so anyone
interested please email him on email@example.com The club are also
looking for a sponsor to help with the ongoing costs. Good
Luck to the club for the season and all Bowburn teams from Your village
Road Closed (25.09.07)
the Motorway from Bowburn to Durham was closed
for a few hours after a crash on the northbound side was been removed.
Road Closed (24.09.07)
Please note that the road from Bowburn to Sherburn
is now closed for 14 weeks while the new link road from Bowburn to
Wheatley Hill is now been built.
ARE YOU READY FOR WINTER (24.09.07)
The recent cold spell in the village asks the
question are we ready for the winter ?Have you filled up the car with
antifreeze?Have you done them last jobs in the garden ready for the
winter have you any tips for us then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
even better put them on the forum .
A request from a villager (14.09.07)
Would the owner of a large, brown, 'Great Dane'
type dog please call at The Community Centre and pick up some doggy
bags so that he may clean up after his own dog.
If anyone knows where this 'dog' lives, please
pass on the address as unfortunately, today between 12:00 and 1:00 he
left a rather large deposit on the main footpath in Prince Charles
Avenue. (the route children take from school!!!) We would like to
return his lost property!!!
We may or may not decide to publish the photo
Have your say!! (11.09.07)
2 meetings will take place in the Community Centre
on Wednesday 12th September!! Yes it's short notice but we have just
Here is a copy of the poster for the meetings
This is all about open spaces in our Village (and
surrounding villages) Make your views heard if you can attend.
Please pass on this information to anyone you can
Every picture tells a story :-)
Three Streets Events (29.08.07)
The Three Streets unadopted road project are
organising the following events to raise funds:
Saturday 15th September: DVD
& Book Sale in the forecourt of the Community Centre from 10:00
Thursday 20th September: Bingo
in the Community Centre (to be held every Thursday)
Book Sale next week (26.08.07)
The Church are holding a 2nd hand book sale next
Saturday (1st September).
Get along to the vicarage between 10:00am & 1:00pm for bargain
books with prices ranging from .50p to £2.00
Activities @ Community Association (08.08.07)
September 4th sees the start of Judo classes at
Bowburn Community Centre
2 age groups of Juniors will be catered for and
Parents are welcome to attend also.
Juniors First Class: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Boys and Girls aged 7yrs to 11 yrs
Juniors Second Class: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Boys and Girls aged 12yrs to 15yrs
Courses will be under supervision of a 3rd Dan
Black Belt and Senior Coach of the British Judo Association.
For further information contact the Community
Want to see how Bowburn has changed? (07.08.07)
Then get along to the Community Centre on Tuesday
14th August at 7:00pm where tehre will be a slideshow by a local
photographer of Bowburn, Durham & surrounding ares through teh
last four decades.
minimum donation for entry of 50p
presented by the Local History Society
Garage Table Top sale (01.08.07)
The 'Three Street' unadopted road project are holding a Garage/Table
Top sale in the forecourt of the Community Centre on Saturday 11th
August from 11:00am - 2:00pm.
Go along and grab a bargain !
Family Fun Day (25.07.07)
There will be a big Family Fun Day on Tuesday 7th
August 2007, at Bowburn Community Centre, from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
• Wall Climbing
• Henna Painting
• African dance
• Chinese dance
• Music &
• Arts &
• Face painting
• Health &
• Information stalls
• And much more
Don't Miss it!!
More Banner pics (22.07.07)
Specially for Paul in Wales, and everyone else,
there are some more banner photos in the Gallery section.
Anyone else with good photos? drop me a line and
we will arrange to add them to the web site.
click the picture above to go straight to
Down came the rain! (18.07.07)
Well, it certainly rained!
Fire engines were called to deal with Floods at the Community centre -
below is a picture of Prince Charles Avenue taken during the storm.
Big Meeting time again (14.07.07)
That time of year again and hopefully the weather
This year is expecting the most Banners parading through Durham since
the 1950's. Certainly a sight not to miss.
The Village Banner was paraded proudly through the
village before going on to Durham.
Here it is coming up Bede Terrace.
Beautiful Parish Competition (23.06.07)
The local competition closes this week so if you
want to enter, download the form, fill it in and get your entry to the
Community Centre by Friday 29th June.
Click Here to
Latest Quiz results (23.06.07)
Here are the winners of the Connecting Words Quiz.
1st: J Lister, Bowburn
2nd: M Minto, Durham
3rd: K Hill, Durham
Look out for the next quiz in the middle of July.
and he must be watching! (17.06.07)
The remaining stone has turned up!
Thanks to an alert individual who spotted it in
some bushes - called the church warden and arranged to pick it up and
You know who you are - and thank you!
God works in mysterious ways ! (13.06.07)
A further message from the church:
"Grateful thanks to the gentleman in
Prince Charles Avenue who, noticing the safety fencing around the
church had been opened and a dated down comer stone had been
taken, removed the other one and phoned the churchwarden for it to be
collected. It was retrieved today (Wednesday). Once again, thank you to
If anyone knows the whereabouts of
the other one, we would like it back as it was our intention to donate
it to our local history group."
Now isn't that heartening!
All that is needed now is for the remaining one to be returned!
Every Picture tells a story (12.06.07)
Well, we said it could be your last view of the
church yesterday and........... it sure was!
For some it was an eyesore, for some it was loved!
Whatever your opinions it was a Bowburn landmark
and holds special memories for lots of villagers.
Below is a picture trail of the demolition today
Pictures courtesy of Edwin Kelly
Last View (11.06.07)
This could be the last view you get of the Church
as it is.
Demolition started a few weeks ago and has been
slow due to the amount of asbestos to be removed.
However - the roof and remaining structure will be
coming down over the next few days.
Bookies Open for business (11.06.07)
The bookies has been open for business over a week
now and has at least smartened up part of the Co-op building.
Football Team Hoping for Success (10.06.07)
After last seasons disappointment of finishing
4th from bottom. only 1 place above local rivals Bowburn Cooperage,
Bowburn Crowtrees have not only changed secretary, with Gary Hutchinson
stepping down, but have also changed Manager.
David Foster has taken over from John Rowe and has already had a number
of enquiries from different players wanting to join. At a meeting only
last week, in which the club looked like folding, it was decided to
on, a new committee was formed and David was appointed manager.
David is hoping to take the club to the next level and is also chasing
some players of his own. David said "with
the news of the field being
improved we would like a team to match, as well as local lads
it is fair
to say we need to bring in a few new faces. The village has two teams
but last season some lads were just not turning up, I am hoping to get
squad together than can go places and if that means bringing players in
then I will do, obviously I would like them in before our first
training session, which is the 1st of July, but if I have to wait I
will. If any players would like to join up send an email to
email@example.com and leave a contact name and number and I
will get in touch ."
If anyone is interested in sponsoring the team in any way at all you
can also contact the same email address.
A message from the Church (08.06.07)
"As the church is being demolished certain
things are to be retained for historic purposes. On the list
were the 'down comer' dating stones. These were removed and placed on
the ground by the demolition team on Thursday night and left behind
the fences to be moved the next morning for safe
keeping. Someone must have thought they were
not wanted and took them through the night
Would that person or persons please give them
back. If you leave them by the front gates behind the fencing we can
then put them away until the new build is completed.
So - if you are responsible, or know who is
responsible - please return the stones. They are of no use to anyone
else and will hopefully form an historic part of the new Church
Goodbye 'Christ the King' (25.05.07)
Work has started on the demolition of Christ the
King Church. Workmen have moved in this week to start the demolition
The church was built in the 1960's at a cost of
less than £1,000
The design of the church was certainly different
and both loved and hated by village residents. However, I think all
will miss it.
New Village Book Available (16.05.07)
The village History Society have produced a book
containing pictures and stories documenting some of the History of the
'Memories of Bowburn' is for sale at
£5.00 per copy and is available from the Village History
The Group meets every 3rd Thursday at the
It will make a great keepsake!
Feeling Quizzical? (13.05.07)
Do you like the challenge of a quiz?
The Bowburn & Parkhill Community
Partnership organise regular quizzes during the year.
The Partnership is a voluntary group working on
behalf of the village, but it does have to raise funds to cover its
Each quiz costs £1 and you could win up
If you would like to sell 5 quizzes you could win
£5 if you sell the winning entry.
The latest quiz is called "Connecting Words" and
is available from Janet Blackburn on 377 0653.
Results are notified at Village Meetings and will
also be published on the web site
Community Partnership AGM & Meeting
The next meeting for the Village Community
Partnership is this coming Tuesday (15th May) and will be preceded by
Annual General Meeting: 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Community Partnership Meeting: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
St. Georges Day Parade (22.04.07)
Tomorrow, April 23rd is St Georges Day and to
celebrate it in the village the children from the Junior School will be
walking through the streets from the School to the Community Centre.
Council Approves Recreation Area (20.04.07)
Good news for the village is that the Council
Cabinet recently approved the plans for the development of the
Recreation Field Area in the village. This means that it will now go
before the Planning board in the next few months.
Congratulations and thanks have to go to the
villagers who formed the PARC group They are the ones who have been
working hard on
What's behind the shutters? (20.04.07)
what was behind the shutters of the proposed new bookies in the Co-op
building? Well wonder no more!
Here is a picture of the shutters raised.
Look who's back! (20.04.07)
The speed pole made a return visit to the village
this week after a vacation around other villages in the county.
If you spot it on your travels - let us know where
Community Centre & Youth Club (19.04.07)
Well, despite writing about it on here last month
(21st March) and a leaflet going to every householder, the recent
consultation event regarding the future for Bowburn Community Centre
and the Youth Club was only attended by around 70 people (out of a
population of approx 3,500)
The numbers attending the consultation event on
28th March were disappointing but some questionnaires have been filled
in since then and more can still be. The option plans (of one
or two buildings) are still on display at the Community Centre, as are
spare copies of the questionnaire.
A decision has to be made within the next few days, both by the
Community Association and the Youth Club, on whether to apply for Big
Lottery Community Buildings Fund funding and, if so, with what option.
Opinion as described by those who've filled in the questionnaire so far
has been predominantly for refurbishing both existing
buildings. The ultimate decisions must be with the charity
trustees of both organisations.
However those decisions have to be based on
(a) what would best serve the needs of the whole
community (hence the request for views in the consultation exercise)
(b) what levels of funding can realistically be
expected. (Unfortunately, these two things don't necessarily
point in the same direction!)
So if you don't make your feelings known - don't
complain! Get along to the Community Association and fill in a form.
Increased Police Presence (18.04.07)
Well, it was only mentioned at the meeting last
night but it has happened, and been noticed, already.
Two Police Officers made a very visible presence today walking around
the village for most of the day, and people have commented on the fact.
This is exactly what the villagers want to see,
but we need this presence on an evening also.
Let us know on the forum or via mail if you are aware of the increased
presence as we would like to report back at the next Village Meeting.
Tail-upon-end Housing Plan changes (18.04.07)
We have been informed of changes to the plans for
the Tail upon End Lane development and have looked at the council
planning site for details of changes. Main changes are shown in the
picture below (marked by red arrow).
What is currently an access road to the field from
Robert Terrace will now become 2 further houses!
The Full Planning application can be viewed on the
Visit the site, have a look at the plans and leave
any comments or objections online.
Village Partnership Meeting (17.04.07)
Tonight was the April meeting of the Bowburn
& Parkhill Community Partnership which was attended by more
people than normal!
Local Police always attend the meeting to give a report and answer
questions. Needless to say there were a lot of questions tonight
regarding recent and ongoing disturbances in the village.
The basic outcome is that the Police will be
holding meetings over the coming months with various officials from
Local Organisations to discuss the current situation. Inspector Dodds
has said that there will be increased Police presence in the village,
extra patrols and a form of 'Street Safe' initiative will be
The Police have asked for the villagers to be
vigilant and help them by reporting any incidents using the 0845 60 60
365 telephone number. Only use the 999 number in case of
By reporting incidents you will help the Police & the village,
to build up it's case for action.
The Police have promised support for the Youth
Football team in any meetings with FA or League Officials to help bring
back the teams to the village.
So, this month, please be vigilant, report any
offences you see and lets see if increased Police action is working.
Letter to Bowburn Youth Football (15.04.07)
As posted earlier, see below for a copy of the
letter sent to Bowburn Youth Football
Apologies for the quality of scan but it is
This letter was given to us for publication on the web site by an
Official of Bowburn Youth FC
Date Change! (15.04.07)
The award-winning Fishburn Band has been booked
again to play for the Banner Group in Bowburn Community Centre.
The date was originally going to be 27th April but has been
changed to Friday 4th May.
The reason for the date change is that a certain
local football team's match will be televised that night, and, as they
are looking to win promotion to the Premiership it was deemed likely
that attendance at the concert could suffer.
This Championship class band proved a
great success last year when they played a popular
programme in Bowburn.
During the interval, a special edition of the score of “The
Bowburn March” – composed by Ray Farr, specially to
mark last year’s centenary celebrations – will be
presented to representatives of Bowburn Junior School.
It is hoped that, in years to come, children at the school who are
learning to play brass instruments will be able to play this rousing
number, or join in when it is played by an adult band. (Who
knows – might Bowburn one day have its own brass band?)
Tickets for the concert are now on sale at £4 Adults,
£2 Bairns and £3 Concessions. Available from the
Community Centre or by ’phoning 0191-377-1491 or 377-0553.
Doors and bar open at 7.00pm. Concert starts at 7.30pm.
The Banner Group would like to express thanks to all concerned, to the
Band itself, to Carrie and others at the Community Centre, for making
it possible to change the date of the concert.
Bowburn Tidy - not! (15.04.07)
Just in case you haven't been to the Park/Football
field area lately we thought we would let you see how it looks.
Maybe we should make this a quiz and spot how many
Crimes took place!
The children playing probably think this is normal!
Do we need a recycling bin in the park?
this wasn't the only empty bottle!
and this isn't the only broken one!
one of the tidier areas!
and of course there's no fun without driving a car
round the pitch and damaging it!
Football goes on despite the mess! (15.04.07)
Despite the damage to the pitch area and the mess,
The Cooperage local Football team had a home fixture today.
Club Officials and spectators we spoke with were
enraged by the mess and damage to the pitch area and also expressed
their support for the Youth Teams.
Following 2 pictures show goalmouth action from a
Cooperage were leading 1 - 0 when we left.
Youth Football Update (15.04.07)
We have been given a copy of a letter sent from
The Youth Football League to the Officials of Bowburn Youth Football
declaring that the facilities at Bowburn are unsafe for youngsters to
play and arrangements must be made to play matches elsewhere.
A copy of this letter will be posted here later today
Remember this (15.04.07)
We showed you this picture some time ago
Well, the person who took this sent us in a
picture he took recently of the same area
Guess the street (13.04.07)
I suppose this was Bowburn Regeneration a
Generation ago !
A picture kindly sent into us by an ex villager of
her mother washing the newly purchased car.
But where in Bowburn is it?
Post your answers on the forum!
More Youth Football News (12.04.07)
We have just heard that the proposed development
of the Football Area in the village has been cancelled due to the teams
having to move out of the village to train and play their Football.
This is a direct result of the incident reported below.
So a groundbreaking development which was planned
for the village, backed by the Football Association, now has to be
What a sad loss for the Village and more so for
our young Footballers.
Bowburn Junior Footballers forced to Quit
Due to an incident involving local Teenagers which
took place while a Bowburn Youth Football match was in progress the
Bowburn Youth Team may be forced to stop training and playing their
football in the village.
Officials of the Club could be asked to face an FA
inquiry as a result of a complaint made to the FA by the visiting team.
For more details on this - visit the forum and
watch this space!
Police Contacts (12.04.07)
In light of recent incidents in the village we
have been requested to publish the contact number for Police and
explain the contact process.
We have shown it alongside each index page for some time now but here
it is all big and bold.
So what is the difference between this number and
Well, here is an explanation of which one to call
and when (courtesy of Durham Police Web Site)
Callers should only dial 999 when:
The Force has recently introduced a
single non-emergency number, which will direct calls to a
Communications Centre. This non-emergency number is 0845 60 60 365.
So now you know!
Please be aware that this number is also
advertised for all General Enquiries, so if you look at the 3rd and 4th
criteria on the list above you are well within your rights to call 999
to report any disturbances when "Offenders are nearby" or "A crime is
in the process of being committed."
Can you spot what's missing?
Well, there was a red box on this post (no pun
This was the scene this morning, no red box on the post in Prince
Charles Avenue (in between Church and Oak Tree)
Dates for your Diary (01.04.07)
Saturday 12th May
Yesterday Belongs to You, Local History Fair, County Hall
Saturday 19th May
Christ the King Church Spring Fair, Community Centre
Friday 27th April
Fishburn Band concert (Banner Group), Community Centre
Friday 13th July
Shepherd Building Group Brass Band concert (Banner Group), Community
Saturday 14th July
Durham Miners Gala Day
Another view to Recognise! (01.04.07)
Again, another picture set in to us of snow in the
village (taken last year)
A nice village snow scene that will never be seen
Here it is today!
Picture is taken from a slightly different position but the lamp post
you see is the same one in both photographs
What a way to spend a Saturday Afternoon!
This picture was emailed in to us with a
request for it to be published on the site - well here it is.
As you can see by the timestamp it was taken yesterday afternoon
Note: We have blurred this
whole picture due to a 'rumour' that a parent of one individual in the
picture objects because their child is 18!
We apologise to the person who sent in the picture that we can not use
it. Maybe the Northern Echo will
Isn't it time our 30+% increase in Police taxes
went towards stopping this?
Have your say in the forum!
Link Road Final Approval (31.03.07)
After a seven-year delay, work
on the £11.45m link road to the South of the village, will
begin in May.
In an statement yesterday,
Transport Minister Gillian Merron announced that the Government had
provided £10.5m towards the road linking the A1(M) to the A19
in County Durham.
The link was first proposed in
Durham County Council's local transport plan in 2000.
The project was delayed when a proposal for an opencast mine was
submitted along the route, forcing a public inquiry.
The opencast plan was rejected,
but the resulting delay has seen costs for the road spiral by a further
In February, the County Council
granted conditional approval for the A688 Wheatley Hill to Bowburn
And yesterday, the Government
agreed to provide the lion's share of the £11.45m budget,
with the balance being funded by the county council.
Red Line below shows the proposed New Road, along
with 2 new roundabouts adn upgraded work to existing roads.
Note: This is not an accurate plan of
the proposed route
Did You remember? (25.03.07)
To put your clocks forward last night (or this
morning). Today is the start of our beloved British Summertime.
As promised a few days ago here is a picture of
the daffodils planted by the schoolchildren.
Recognise this view? (21.03.07)
Yes, it's the field behind Robert Terrace and
alongside Tail-upon-end Lane (shown below in an aerial view)
Well, there is a proposal for a development of 79
further new houses on this site. (see plan below)
These will be a mixture of 2, 3 & 4
bedroom houses for sale.
Plan courtesy of Bowburn Interchange
At this stage we have to stress that this is a
'suggested' proposal for housing subject to local acceptance and
planning approval at local and National level as this would have to
enforce a 'change of use' from what is currently scheduled as a
Full details of this will be in your next issue of
Bowburn Interchange due to arrive through your doors very soon.
The Notice board gives details of contacts where
you can leave your views or email the web site and we will pass your
Community Centre & D J Evans Youth Club
The Community Centre and Youth Club are both
buildings which are in need of Major Refurbishment - and as ever there
are differing views how to go forward.
Demolish the existing buildings and build new,
purpose built premises or Refurbish to an acceptable standard
Your thoughts and feelings on this subject are
very important to the village and you are invited to attend a
Consultation Event on Wednesday 28th March between 3.00pm and 8.00pm at
Bowburn Community Centre. Here you can see full details of this
You should also receive a 'flyer' through your letterbox with details
of this event.
It is important!
If you feel strongly about it - go along and voice
Don't wait until it is too late!
Are your children budding Footballers? (21.03.07)
Bowburn Youth Football Club are
proud to announce they are holding their 1st Holiday Football Camp over
the Easter Period.
The organising team promise 4
days of Fun, Football, Team-building & trophies!
This event will take place over 4 days from Monday 2nd April to
Thursday 5th April and from 10.00am to 3.00pm each day.
The venue for the event is Bowburn Football Ground
The event is for Under 8's,
U9's, U10's and U11's and is open for both boys and girls.
The cost will be
£34.00 for the 4 days with places being limited you are
advised to telephone and book your place.
Contact: 0191 377 9866 for
further details and to book your place.
Daffodils in the Snow (21.03.07)
Remember the school children planting the
daffodils in Prince Charles Avenue ?
Well, they are finally blooming despite the
The coming weeks should see them all in bloom.
Check back for more pictures later.
Where's Your Cheapest Fuel? (28.02.07)
||Tesco Durham Extra
||Bell Hill Service Station
||Snippersgate Filling Station
||Burnmoor Filling Station
||Tesco Newton Aycliffe
||Binchester Service Station
||Bowburn Filling Station
||Dragonville Filling Station
||Burnmoor Filling Station
||Tesco Newton Aycliffe
||Bowburn Filling Station
||Tesco Durham Extra
||Bell Hill Service Station
||Snippersgate Filling Station
||Woodham Service Station
||Dragonville Filling Station
Our Deepest Sympathy (14.02.07)
Our sympathy goes with the family of Ida May Clark
who died peacefully on Feb10th at her home in Margaret Court
aged 84 .
Congratulations from Canada (13.02.07)
A message for Bowburn's newest Landlord was
received by the webmaster tonight.
Johnny G. on the success of your Pub, the Hare &
From all your Canadian Friends, Family and Fans.
We all look forward to visiting your Pub for a FREE good old English
the guys from Canada, eh."
be costly John!!
Addition to bowburnet (11.02.07)
King church web site has been 'off-the-air' for some time so bowburnet
has stepped in to help with a sub domain and a new site for the church.
We'll be amending the menu links soon but for now
you can access it at:
More Congratulations (10.02.07)
Congratulations to Robin Millerchip who has
secured a new post at Ustinov College.
Congratulations to Margaret and Bill Cook of
Broadmeadows who celebrate their Ruby Wedding this weekend.
The Snow Arrives (07.02.07)
The snow arrives at last but so far not as bad as
other parts of the country
The Big Match Live (31.01.07)
This Sunday sees the Bowburn W.M.C. PLAY Bowburn
Cooperage in the Durham and District Sunday Morning League k.o.1030am
everyone welcome to come and watch at our local park.
MATCH CANCELLED DUE TO FROST : TO BE
Our Deepest Sympathy (30.01.07)
Our sympathy goes with the family of Harry
Simpson of David Terrace who died on the 30th January 2007 aged 68years
Friends please meet for the service at Bowburn Methodist Church on
Friday Feb 2nd at 10.30am.
Name and Shame looks to become a success
The name and shame section in the forum looks as
it could be a success as people air there views on the village
Bowburn.net will pass all of these views on and hopefully we can get
some feedback and success.
Strong winds cause havoc again Bowburn (13.01.07)
Strong winds brought down fences and
caused havoc again last
Roof tiles caused some damage in Runcy Road but
no-one was hurt
as small trees were also snapped with the high winds lorries were once
again told to take care on the A1m after a number of accidents recently
weather reports say more rain and wind is to come
so take care and onl
make journeys where necessary.
Stabbing in Bowburn (13.01.07)
News is coming in of a stabbing tonight around
7.15pm near to Marlene Avenue any more news and we will update you as
soon as possible
Cooperage Shuts Doors (07.01.07)
'One Of Bowburn,s Pubs the Cooperage has had its
doors shut for over a week now with reports of business been low due to
the success of another local the Hare and Greyound after the recent
takeover from local lad John Guarnnacio .Rumours are also high that
John would like to take over the Cooperage as well but none of this
story has yet been confirmed .If we here any news then we will let you
Banner Tales (04.01.07)
'Banner Tales' is the name of the group of
enthusiasts from Greenside who got together to reproduce their village
Members from the Greenside group regularly
supported events organised by our own village banner group and in turn
have sent out an invitation to the first public appearance of their own
This will be on
Saturday 13 January 7.30 pm in Greenside Social Club and will be
supported by a night of music from the Happy Cats (Marty Craggs, ex
Lindisfarne singer) which is a mix of folk, rock and roots and a
display of Irish dancing by a local dance school.
for the event are £3.00. Anyone interested, drop a line to
the webmaster[at]bowburn[dot]net and we will send you the contact
Miners Memorial (01.01.07)
The news pages of the Interchange section have
been updated to include a report of the dedication of the new Miners
Memorial which took place recently in the Community Centre.
Click the Interchange link at the top of this page
to visit and read the report.
The events of the day were recorded
photographically by John Attle, who we have to thank for the picture
To see more of Johns excellent pictures of the day
Picture courtesy of John Attle (imagesbyJA)
Happy New Year (01.01.07)
2007 has arrived! a very Happy New Year from all