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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.


2007 Archive

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.

Picture of Bowburns Concert Party

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 super 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.

Bowburn Calendar 2008

An ideal gift for friends & family, it is available from the following outlets at a price of £3.00

  • Andersons Bakers
  • Jet Filling Station
  • Community Centre (am weekdays & some evenings)
  • 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:

Thank you in advance for your help

click here to download questionnaire

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 noticing?
The memorial of an old mining tub was erected opposite the war memorial.

Bowburn Mining 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 & save them.

Drop them off at the Community Centre or if you are less mobile - let us know where we can collect them

Thank You

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 (11.11.07)

The Remembrance Service took place at the village memorial this morning with the banner and representatives of local organisations in attendance.

Remembrance day in the village

It's Panto Time (10.11.07)

It's Panto time in the village Community Centre

peter pan


at 7 PM

Adults-£3.50     Children-£2.50

“Magic beans” for children

Refresments,Tombola & Christmas Raffle

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 night out?

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 yourself.

Tickets are £7.50 including a buffet supper.

Doors open 7.00pm Band starts 8.00pm

Tickets available from Bowburn Community Centre  or by telephoning 0191 377 0571 or 0191 377 0653

Xmas Fayre(10.11.07)

Coming Soon

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 free All proceeds go to our charity account - we support several but mine, as president for this year, is the NSPCC.   We had a similar 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. Thanks Daphne Wallace Inner Wheel Club of Durham

Please give your support any other events coming soon email us at

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.

"We were 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 pubs. 
In the 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.
We also played regularly at Siemens Night Club in Spennymoor and were twice invited to play on the Carole Levis Discoveries shows at Sunderland and Newcastle Empires."

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 thought!"

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?

Rock Group Picture

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 square 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 Bowburn 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 picked the 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 has 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 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 Hilda 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 started 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 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 website .

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.


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 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 found out.

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 :-)  (30.08.07)

disco time :-)

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 to 12:00

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 Centre

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)

family fun day picture

There will be a big Family Fun Day on Tuesday 7th August 2007, at Bowburn Community Centre, from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Attractions include:

Wall Climbing
Henna Painting
African dance
Chinese dance
Music & stories
Arts & Crafts
Face painting
Health & safety awareness
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.

Reflections on Bowburn Banner

click the picture above to go straight to Photo Album

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.

July 07 rainstorm


Big Meeting time again (14.07.07)

That time of year again and hopefully the weather will hold.
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.

Bowburn Banner

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 download form

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 return it.

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 that gentleman.
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

church being demolished: pic 1

church being demolished: pic 2

church being demolished: pic 3

church being demolished: pic 4

church being demolished: pic 5

church being demolished: pic 6

church being demolished: pic 7

church being demolished: pic 8

church being demolished: pic 9

church being demolished: pic 10

church being demolished: pic 11

Pictures courtesy of Edwin Kelly

Last View (11.06.07)

christ the king church

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)

bookies picture

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 carry 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 a 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 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.
Thank you"

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 process.

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)

memories of Bowburn

The village History Society have produced a book containing pictures and stories documenting some of the History of the village.

'Memories of Bowburn' is for sale at £5.00 per copy and is available from the Village History Group.

The Group meets every 3rd Thursday at the Community Centre.

It will make a great keepsake!


Feeling Quizzical? (13.05.07)

Quizzical Logo


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 running costs.

Each quiz costs £1 and you could win up to £25.

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 (12.05.07)

The next meeting for the Village Community Partnership is this coming Tuesday (15th May) and will be preceded by the AGM.

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 this.       Well done!

What's behind the shutters? (20.04.07)

Ever wondered 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.

 new bookies windows

Look who's back! (20.04.07)

speed pole returns

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 it goes!











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 judgements about:

(a) what would best serve the needs of the whole community (hence the request for views in the consultation exercise) and

(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).

Tail upon end development changes

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 Council site HERE

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 implemented.

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  emergency.
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

Youth FC letter

Apologies for the quality of scan but it is readable.

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.

Keep Britain 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!

Park area 1
The children playing probably think this is normal!

what a mess
Do we need a recycling bin in the park?

empty vodka bottle
this wasn't the only empty bottle!

broken, empty vodka bottle
and this isn't the only broken one!

no comment!

mess behind changing rooms
one of the tidier areas!

football pitch damage
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 corner.

Cooperage were leading 1 - 0 when we left.

Cooperage football team in action

Cooperage football team corner

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

Snow scene in David Terrace

Well, the person who took this sent us in a picture he took recently of the same area

Bowburnb re-generation April 2007

Guess the street (13.04.07)

early bowburn development

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 shelved!

What a sad loss for the Village and more so for our young Footballers.

Bowburn Junior Footballers forced to Quit Village! (12.04.07)

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.

Police telephone Number 0845 60 60 365

So what is the difference between this number and 999?

Well, here is an explanation of which one to call and when (courtesy of Durham Police Web Site)

Callers should only dial 999 when:

  • Life is at risk
  • Person(s) are badly injured
  • A crime is in the process of being committed
  • Offenders are nearby
  • There has been a serious disruption to the flow of traffic
  • 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."

    Postless! (03.04.07)

    Can you spot what's missing?

    postless box

    Well, there was a red box on this post (no pun intended) yesterday!
    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 Centre

    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)

    Snow scene in David Terrace

    A nice village snow scene that will never be seen again.

    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

    New houses next to wood

    What a way to spend a Saturday Afternoon! (01.04.07)

    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 £5m.
    In February, the County Council granted conditional approval for the A688 Wheatley Hill to Bowburn link.
    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

    Bowburn Link Road

    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.

    daffodils in Prince Charles Avenue

    Recognise this view? (21.03.07)

    Tail upon end lane

    Yes, it's the field behind Robert Terrace and alongside Tail-upon-end Lane (shown below in an aerial view)

    aerial view of tail upon end development


    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.

    development plan
    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 'recreation area'

    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 concerns on.

    Community Centre & D J Evans Youth Club (21.03.07)

    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 proposal.
    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 your opinion!

    Don't wait until it is too late!

    Are your children budding Footballers? (21.03.07)

    Bowburn youth badge

    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 ?

    daffodils in the snow

    Well, they are finally blooming despite the temporary snow.
    The coming weeks should see them all in bloom.

    Check back for more pictures later.

    Where's Your Cheapest Fuel? (28.02.07)


      Name City How Far Price Updated
    Tesco Tesco Durham Extra Durham 2.85 miles 85.9p 27-02-2007
    Shell Shell Durham Durham 3.84 miles 85.9p 27-02-2007
    Total Bell Hill Service Station Houghton-le-spring 5.22 miles 85.9p 27-02-2007
    Asda Asda Spennymoor Spennymoor 5.6 miles 85.9p 24-02-2007
    Total Snippersgate Filling Station Houghton-le-spring 8.18 miles 85.9p 27-02-2007
    Total Burnmoor Filling Station Houghton-le-spring 8.34 miles 85.9p 24-02-2007
    Tesco Tesco Newton Aycliffe Newton Aycliffe 8.6 miles 85.9p 27-02-2007
    Total Binchester Service Station Bishop Auckland 8.82 miles 86p 27-02-2007
    Jet Bowburn Filling Station Durham 0.58 miles 86.9p 26-02-2007
    Bp Dragonville Filling Station Durham 3.13 miles 86.9p 27-02-2007


      Name City How Far Price Updated
    Asda Asda Spennymoor Spennymoor 5.6 miles 88.9p 25-02-2007
    Total Burnmoor Filling Station Houghton-le-spring 8.34 miles 88.9p 27-02-2007
    Tesco Tesco Newton Aycliffe Newton Aycliffe 8.6 miles 88.9p 27-02-2007
    Jet Bowburn Filling Station Durham 0.58 miles 89.9p 27-02-2007
    Tesco Tesco Durham Extra Durham 2.85 miles 89.9p 27-02-2007
    Shell Shell Durham Durham 3.84 miles 89.9p 27-02-2007
    Total Bell Hill Service Station Houghton-le-spring 5.22 miles 89.9p 27-02-2007
    Total Snippersgate Filling Station Houghton-le-spring 8.18 miles 89.9p 27-02-2007
    Total Woodham Service Station Newton Aycliffe 8.46 miles 89.9p 27-02-2007
    Bp Dragonville Filling Station Durham 3.13 miles 90.9p 27-02-2007

    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.

    "Congratulations Johnny G. on the success of your Pub, the Hare & Greyhound. 
    From all your Canadian Friends, Family and Fans. 
    We all look forward to visiting your Pub for a FREE good old English ale.

    All the guys from Canada, eh."

    Could be costly John!!

    Addition to bowburnet (11.02.07)

    bowburn churchChrist the 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 (10.02.07)

    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

    snow in bowburn 1

    Snow falls at last

    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.


    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 (15.01.07)

    The name and shame section in the forum looks as though it could be a success as people air there views on the village 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 night.

    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 know.

    Banner Tales (04.01.07)

    'Banner Tales' is the name of the group of enthusiasts from Greenside who got together to reproduce their village Miners Banner.

    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 Banner.

    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.

    Tickets 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 details.

    Miners Memorial (01.01.07)

    Miners memorial - photo by John Attle

    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 alongside.

    To see more of Johns excellent pictures of the day click here




    Picture courtesy of John Attle (imagesbyJA)

    Happy New Year (01.01.07)

    2007 has arrived! a very Happy New Year from all at