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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.
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 Postal Scam(01/12/10)

Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching - it has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam: A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. see the Crime Stopper website:

Church Fair Seems to have been a Succes(29/11/10)

As reported earlier in the month snow was expexted and it arrived on Thursday but this did not put off lots of people in the village on Saturday despite the weather lots turned up at the fair at
.  the church and had tea coffee cakes hotdogs etc aswell as having a laugh and having a go at the tombolla stalls and buying cakes everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and it was a credit to everyone concerned and lets hope they made lots of money, aswell as making people happy 

Snow Arrives with Bang(25/11/10)

Despite our newshound letting us know the snow arrived with a bang as thunder and lightening came with it snow blocked streets around the village as is expected to last for some time as the cold spell from the east continues .Please keep a eye on your neighbours especially the old as they are more vunerable to the cold and if you go to the shop why not ask them if they need something .  

Snow on way(20/11/10)

As reported earlier in the month snow is expexted as early as this week .  

Football Team Look for application for manager (18/11/10)

The sunday morning  Football team are looking for new manager for next season as the current manager Gary Parle will be stepping down The club would like to thank Gary for all his efforts over the years if anyone is intrested could you please contact Secretary Gary Hutchinson at

Snow Expected at the end of Month(16/11/10)

Reports coming in to our newshound are that snow will be here by the end of the month with 36 inches expected in places the north east been one of the worst to be hit as snow comes from the east so keep warm .  

Children in Need (14/11/10)

On Friday 19th November between 4.30pm and 6.30pm the young people from Bowburn youth project have planned an open day for Children in Need ....... tea, coffee, soft drinks and CAKES will be available for a donation. Can you please spread the word around. This is a great opportunity for the community to come to the youth club and meet the staff and young people as well as being able see what a fabulous job has been done to the building. And of course - part with your money for such a good cause Hope to see you then Joanne Eden, Young People and Staff Bowburn Youth Project

Village set to remember (06/11/10)

The village will remember those lost next week so dont forget your poppys.

Village sky lights up (06/11/10)

Fireworks went of last night through the village lighting up the sky despite the rain should we have a annual event in the village ?

Rain Causes Havoc (03/11/10)

Along near the doctors surgery rain caused havoc once again as the village saw a large downpour in a couple of hours some people were out with the brushes sweeping the water away .

Motorway Crash(2/11/10)

Just North of the Bowburn Interchange this morning saw another crash blocking the road with fire crews ambulancemen and police all on the scene a van and car were involved

Village Set For Halloween Please Take Care(23/10/10)

As children come out for Halloween please take care when opening the door especially the older people as they can be frightened very easily and please keep those pets indoors as they can also be frightened .There is also a Halloween party by Bowburn Youth f.c.  at the community centre.  

York Trip (22/10/10)

The 3 streets project are having a fund raising chritmas shopping trip to York on the 13th November, leaving Bowburn Community Centre (ample free parking) at 8.30 am Cost £11. Also an excelent chance to explore the attractions of York if you dont like shopping. The bus will leave York around 5ish For details and to book phone:- Sheila Sudder on 0191 3772802.

Community Safety(24/09/10)

Community Safety. – The Police, with various partners, are planning a “Not in My Neighbourhood” week of action in Bowburn next week. It will include a community safety event in Prince Charles Avenue, near the Co-operative stores, on Thursday (September 30), and follows a recent survey of residents’ views and a meeting with those interested in setting up new Neighbourhood Watch groups etc., in Bowburn Community Centre, last night (Thursday, September 23).

Community Centre(07/09/10)

BOWBURN Community Centre. – This month’s meeting of Bowburn Community Association’s management committee is on Wednesday (September 29) – a week later than normal. It will review progress on the building’s refurbishment, now nearing completion, and plan an Open Evening to celebrate this, on November 12. Affiliated organisations are reminded of their duty to send representatives to committee meetings, in order to qualify for reduced room hire rates

Heritage Open Days(02/09/10)

 “A Celebration of Miners’ Lodge Banners” Bowburn Community Centre Saturday 11th September 2010 10.00am till 4.00pm
At least 40 banners from the Durham coalfield will again be gathered specially for this year’s Heritage Open Days weekend event. It includes some rarely-seen examples from both before and after nationalisation in 1947, as well as more recent replicas and community banners.
 The exhibition is expected to include the banners from the following lodges, mining communities and related organisations: Blackhall, Boldon, Bowburn, Brandon, Browney, Byermoor, Craghead, Crookhall, Dawdon, Deaf Hill, Durham Aged Miners Homes Association, Durham Miners Support Groups, East Hetton, Eldon Drift, Esh Winning, Fenhall Drift, Greenside, Hamsterley, Hole in the Wall, Horden, Houghton, Houghton, Kibblesworth, Kimblesworth, Houghton, Lambton, Murton, New Herrington, N.U.M. (N.E. Area), Randolph, Ravensworth, Sacriston, Seaham, Shotton, Silksworth, Spennymoor, Springwell, Trimdon, Trimdon Grange , Vane Tempest, Waterhouses, Wear Valley. Banner enthusiasts and former miners will be present throughout the day to explain the significance of these magnificent treasures and to discuss with visitors the history of the Durham Miners’ Gala and of Durham’s mining communities. Information about each banner and their collieries will be displayed. There will be a display of photographs by Durham Photographic Society and books & memorabilia for sale. Refreshments will be available.
For further information, contact: Mike Syer, Secretary, Bowburn Banner Group tel.: 0191-377-1491 e-mail:

------- Some of the comments left by visitors to the 2009 Exhibition: “A unique event as the public can view the banners closely and see banners too old & frail to be paraded at the Miners’ Gala – A valuable event for the county.” “Amazing - Important to show & be proud of our mining heritage - especially children (brought my 2-year-old daughter).” “Best show in town.” “Better every year.” “Cultural heritage a symbol to all North East citizens.” “Excellent.” “Fabulous exhibition, showing a very proud heritage which the UK should not forget! Food for thought!” “Fantastic.” “I thought it was very good. I would like to come again next year! (Aged 8)” “It was great fun. Brilliant. I hope they do this again.” “Keep things going. It’s great to keep the mining memories going.” “Stunning show. Would like it to be held every year to keep our heritage going.” “Thank you to everyone for putting this together. The younger generation have a lot to thank these miners for.” “The exhibition should have been on for more than a day!” “This has been a very interesting exhibition today. This should be an event for future generations to come.” “Very good display of banners. Arranged very well for viewing both sides and for photography. Very detailed information displayed with each banner.” “Very nice to have been. Well organized & people very helpful.” “Well displayed. Can easily see both sides of all banners. Good label system. Congratulations to all.” “Well thought out display - Amazing to see so many banners, all so well preserved. Please keep it going.”

 Background information At the start of World War I, over a million UK miners were producing nearly 300m tons of coal a year. One seventh of this came from the Durham coalfield, where one tenth of the entire population worked underground. Half a century earlier, miners had literally been the bonded servants of their masters, the colliery owners. Through effective organisation and successive Acts of Parliament, their wages and working conditions markedly improved. The Durham Miners Association, formed in 1869, played a major part in this. Mining remained a dangerous occupation, however: about 1,300 men and boys died in UK pits every year and thousands more were seriously injured or crippled by industrial diseases. (The Durham Mining Museum lists the names of 20,990 men and boys killed in colliery accidents in the North East. Many more are unknown.) Moreover such gains as they had made were always threatened by economic and political forces – witness the huge wage cuts, the pit closures and the bitter disputes of the 1920s. Even after nationalisation, in 1947, the mighty NUM could not hold back the oil revolution of the 1960s or a hostile government in the 1980s. The last deep mine in the Durham coalfield closed in 1993 and there are now none left in the north east of England. From the 19th century, miners’ union lodge banners were emblems of pride and unity. They bore images and mottoes encapsulating the values of organised labour – such as “The Emancipation of Labour”, “Brotherhood of Man” and “Unity is Strength”. They often had deeply religious rather than political themes – such as “Go Thou and do Likewise” and “Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me”. Portraits on many of the banners honoured heroes of the miners’ own union or of the wider labour movement. One of Bowburn’s banners, uniquely, portrayed Edith Cavell, a British nurse executed during World War I, as a tribute to her heroism. The Durham Miners’ Gala has been held annually, apart from during wartime and major industrial disputes, since 1871. At one time a quarter of a million miners and their families flocked into Durham and made the city their own for the day. The lodge banners were a proud rallying point not just for the miners themselves but for everyone from their mining communities. They were a focal point behind which they marched (or danced!) and round which they gathered together on Durham Racecourse. The banners gathered in this exhibition will include several over 50 years old and at least one over 100. Some have been repaired and conserved, while others are frail and badly in need of conservation. This is a rare opportunity to see these treasures, which will never again be paraded outdoors. They have been kept in churches, schools, community centres and even attics and cellars. This will be the last chance to see some of them until funding can be found for their repair and conservation. Thanks are due to David Hopper, of the Durham Miners’ Association, for his support of this gathering and for lending banners from the Miners’ Hall, in Durham, for display on the day.

Police Consultation (02/09/10)

Police consultation. –The Durham Police Consultative Community Group (PCCG) meeting this month will be in Bowburn. Though it is open to members of the public from a much wider area, it is hoped there will be a good turn-out by local residents. The meeting, in Bowburn Community Centre, starts at 7pm. The next morning (Friday, September 10), police and community representatives will hold a walkabout in the village, to help identify trouble spots. This follows a survey conducted over the last few weeks, in which residents have been asked about policing and environmental problems.

Bowburn Youth F.C.(02/09/10)

BOWBURN Youth football. – Bowburn Youth Football Club will be visiting Bowburn Infant and Nursery School on Tuesday (September 7) and Bowburn Junior School on Wednesday (September 8), with their new strips. These have been bought with £2,900 donated by local businesses and individuals

Banner Group AGM(20/08/10)

Please remember that the Bowburn Banner Group AGM is on Monday (6th September), starting at 7pm, in Bowburn Community Centre, followed by an special committee meeting. Agendas available on the night. All welcome. I hope you will encourage others to come. The special meeting is to finalize arrangements for our Heritage Open Days event - the "Celebrating Miners' Lodge Banners" exhibition - on the Saturday (11th September) - and to deal with any other urgent business (only). Again, I hope you will pass word on about the exhibition and encourage others to come along on the day

Pact Meeting(18/08/10)

Please note that there is a meeting of PACT (Police And Community Together) at Bowburn Community Centre next Wednesday, August 25, from 7 till 8pm. Representatives of the police, the Council's environment team, housing and education will be present. They hope members of the public will come and let them know what issues concern them most locally, so a "Not in Our Neighbourhood" week can be organized some time in the near future, to make a concerted attack on problems identified. They will also be producing a questionnaire, for written responses about issues of concern.

Mat Making(16/08/10)

Mat making. – The Clayport Matters are holding a taster session in traditional rag rug making at Bowburn Community Centre on Wednesday (August 25). All welcome. Call in any time between 10am and 2pm. A series of sessions will start on September 29 and run till December 1. For further information, tel: 0191 3770514 or email:

Brenda Collins Returns(09/07/10)

 Celebrity Brenda Collins will perform two whole  turns at tonight’s charity concert (Friday, July 9) at Bowburn  Community Centre, as they are being filmed for future promotions.  Tickets, at only £3 (adults) and £2 (children), which includes a door  prize raffle, may be available at the door but can be booked by  ringing 0191 3771491.

Banners Parade(06/07/10)

Bowburn’s Centenary Banner and Childrens Banner will 
again be joined by the Tursdale Mechanics Banner on Big  Meeting Day  (Saturday, July 10) parade and also one from the Co-op.  The banners will be paraded from Bowburn Infant & Nursery School  through the streets to Bowburn Junior School, between 8.30am and  9.30am, and then through Durham from the New Inn. They will be accompanied by Fat Al’s Big Band, as last year. Transport into Durham  will be provided from Lawson Road at 9.30, returning from Durham at  4.30pm.        

Sponsored Bike Ride(06/07/10)

steven gillham and derek pearson are doing a 140 mile bike ride from whitehaven to sunderland from coast to coast to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. we are doing it on the weekend of the 30th july and will be done over 3 days and starting at whitehaven and setting off on the friday afternoon. we are doing it in memory of dereks son Mark Lawrence Pearson 87-94 who died at a very young age from leukaemia and to raise some money for the charity.

Johnstone School Admissions(10/06/10)

See message below from a campaigner """A public meeting (open to everyone parents or not) is being held on Tuesday 15th June at Durham Johnston School at 6pm. PLEASE can you encourage as many people as possible to attend as it may be the last chance we get to change the admissions arrangements so our children are not unfairly disadvantaged. A quick email to the adjudicator registering your concern about the new admissions criteria will also make a difference; we need as many people as possible to do so as soon as possible. We also need as many people as possible to attend the public meeting on the 15th June. We would encourage you take this opportunity to voice your opinions / concerns, if not in person by attending the meeting, then by writing direct to the adjudicator (John Simpson) via Rachael Reid, using either post: Rachael Reid Office of the Schools Adjudicator Mowden Hall Staindrop Road Darlington DL3 9BG Or email The Adjudicator is happy to receive written representations up to Wednesday 23rd June.

 Eve of Gala  (08.06.10)

Tickets can be purchased and reserved from the the centre (phone 0191 3770571) 

Change of Venue (05/06/10)

The next meeting of Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership will be held in Lawson Road Communal Centre on 15 June at 6.30pm

Another Landlord set to Leave(05/06/10)

The landlord of the Oak Tree Pub Cliff Pinkney on the estate is set to hand his notice in next month with Derrick Taylor and Collen set to take over good luck to them both. 

BOWBURN Litter pick.(04/06/10)

 Volunteers are invited to join the Parish Council’s monthly litter pick tomorrow, Saturday (June 5). Meet in Bowburn Community Centre car park at 9.30am. 

BOWBURN Banner Group. (15/04.10)

Bowburn Banner Group will hold its next meeting, on Monday (June 7), at the Victoria Inn, Cassop. This is because work is now under way on the first phase of refurbishing Bowburn Community Centre and because publican Rob Cairns, of the Vic, will provide the bar for the Banner Group’s concert on Friday, July 9. Featuring local celebrity Brenda Collins, the concert will still take place in the Commmunity Centre, as the main hall will by then have been re-wired.

Robbie Jones Football Day(30.03.10.)

Bowburn will hopefully be out in force once more on JUNE 5TH  as the oldens v youngens  once again play each other at the football field to raise money for Robbie with a 2pm k.o. Also on the night at Bowburn club there will be a disco £3/ticket  and a raffle for more information click on Robbies website above.

Bowburn Interchange(15.03.10.)

Bowburn Interchange. – The latest edition of Bowburn Interchange was being printed this week and will be delivered throughout the Bowburn area over the next few days. The newsletter can be viewed on-line at

Parish Council(13.03.10.)

Questionnaires are now being delivered throughout the parish as part of a survey being conducted by Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council. The views and information collected will inform a Parish Plan to be produced later this year.

Bowburn Community Association(12.03.10.)

Bowburn Community Association holds its A.G.M. on Wednesday (March 24), in Bowburn Community Centre, starting at 6.30pm. Members will be given the latest news about the forthcoming refurbishment of the building

New Manager Wanted(01.03.10.)

Bowburn Cooperage F.C. the only adult sunday football team in the village are on the lookout for a new manager for season 2010-2011 season .Present manager Gary Parle will be stepping down at the end of the current season after giving alot of timeup over the years the club would like to wish Gary all the best for the future but need to bring in a new manager .It is a large possibillity that if no one comes forward the club could fold at the end of this season  and leave no adult team in the village in which there has been a team since 1908 at least of what we know.If you are intrested please contact Gary Hutchinson on 01913771681 and will be discussed in the strictest of confidence if neccesary please note time is running out before a decision will need to be made .

Park delay.19-01-10

The monthly meeting of the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership learned on Tuesday (February 16) why work on the latest phase of the Bowburn Park refurbishment had been suspended. The main contractor, Brownfields Contracts Ltd, had ceased trading. What was supposed to be a 12-week programme started last August but was not complete when bad weather stopped work in December, and had not resumed. Service Direct, however, has now agreed to finish off, starting on March 1. The footpath from Bowburn Junior School, in Surtees Avenue, will be given priority and the other footpaths done by the end of March. Landscaping, however, will wait till dryer weather. Lighting columns, which are part of a separate contract, are due to go in next week.

                                         HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL AT BOWBURN.NET(01.01.10)

More Snow On Way(27.12.09)

More snow is expected towards the end of the week causing problems for people celebrating the new year please be sensible drive carefully and book those taxis early on behalf of all at the village website we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and once again thank everyone for there support .


                                            Merry Xmas to old and new visitors

Drivers over limit(14.12.09)

The traffic survey on Tail upon End Lane (T-u-E) was complete; almost 60% of drivers were over the speed limit of 30mph

Snow Expected.(14.12.09)

Yes its that time of year snow is expected on high ground tonight with most people to see the snow on Thursday so please take care on the roads and wrap up well.

Partnership Meeting(14.12.09)

The next Bowburn Parkhill Partnership will be on tommorrow night at the communnity centre 6.30pm start.

Phase Two Nearly Completed.(31.11.09)

Most of Phase 2 is complete and the drainage systems have been tested. There is some seepage in the area of the cottage but that should be stopped in Phase 3. The base of the footpath is complete but the top coat will be done when all work are finished. Once connected CCTV for the park will be up and running immediately. The Co-op CCTV camera will be connected separately.

 Would you like a Dental Practice in Bowburn? (25.11.09)

Burgess and Hyder Dental Group are working in conjunction with the County Durham PCT to research and identify the current dental state and requirements of the Bowburn area.

Bowburn has been identified as an area of ‘high need’ for an NHS dentist by the County Durham PCT.

The location and opening date of the NHS dentist will be confirmed in early 2010.

To assist them in their research, Burgess & Hyder would appreciate the help of residents of the village by filling in a questionnaire

A copy of the questionnaire can be downloaded by clicking here, or you can pick up a form from any one of the following locations

  • Bowburn Pharmacy

  • Bowburn Hall Hotel

  • Community Centre

Once completed, the forms can be handed in to any of the locations above.

Burgess & Hyder Dental Group would like to thank you for your assistance.

Communitty Centre work done after xmas (08.11.09)

Despite some concern about Broadway show it was said that refurbishment works will not start until after Xmas which means that the ‘On Broadway’ concert will go ahead on 4 December please see below, tickets £2 and concessions £1. There was a request for Tombola Prizes and Food donations from the Bowburn and Parkhill Partnership for the concert as they are benefiting from the fundraising evening.Please support this musical and have a great night out.

 Caravan Thefts(09.11.09)

Latest figures upto 5 weeks before the 20th Octobers Bowburn and Parkhill Partnership meetings crime figures in Bowburn were reported that 1 Attempted Robbery followed by an arrest in the village plus 1 Burglaryand 8 Thefts with an arrest for a garage door but there have been repeated caravan thefts so please try to keep everything locked up in these cold winter days . 

 Christmas Show time (08.11.09)

A Christmas Concert is arranged at the Community Centre featuring On Broadway who will be doing hits from the shows plus some Christmas favourites.

Tickets can be purchased and reserved from the the centre (phone 0191 3770571)

Still a few Xmas Shopping Seats Left (08.11.09)

There are a few spaces left for the 3 Streets Xmas shopping trip to York on Nov 21st priced £12 phone 0191 3772802.

 Blackpool Illuminations(23.10.09)

On Saturday the 7th November 2009 there will be a bus leaving Bowburn co-op and heading to Blackpool to see the lights the bus will leave Blackpool at 7pm so you can even do some xmas shopping while you there .If anyone is intrested in going the price will be £14 for adults £12 for Pensioners and £9 for children if anyone is intrested you can either contact or ring Gary Hutchinson on 01913771681 to confirm your seat please note anyone drunk will not be allowed on the bus this is a family event and everyone is welcome but will also be on a first come first served basis .

 Orchid Society(22.10.09)

The North East of England Orchid Society will hold its agm at Bowburn Communnity Centre next tuesday at 7.30pm there will also be a talk called Jac Wubbens 50yrs in Orchids.

 Youth Club to get Facelift (21.10.09)

The local Youth club formerly the boys club will be getting a facelift in the half term this follows already lots of improvements inside for more information on the Youth club you can contact for more information .A Open day will also be held soon to show off the work that has been done .

 Children Beware(15.10.09)

According to the network site facebook people have been writing that a white van with blacked out windows has been seen around the area talking to children please let your children know as reports are they have been trying to persuade them to get into the van this has not been confirmed but is on facebook so please keep an eye on your children.

 Manager comes into Cooperage (13.10.09)

A new manager has come into the Cooperage after Jon left on Sunday Jon would like to thank everyone for there custom over the years Jon had a large dominoe and pool handicap on sunday and had a Karoke on Saturday where the locals turned out in force .Jon said if it had been like that all the time then he would have probably stayed in but has enjoyed his time in the pub.

 Fish shop re-opens (12.10.09)

The village fish shop has re-opened after some work inside the shop including turning the range around since Kevin Davison formerly of Brandon has come into the shop he has now done both in and out and is happy with the way things are going.

 Flowerpots Stolen in Village (11.10.09)

A number of flower pots have been stolen from bungalows in the village lately and local people are furious with names been mentioned around the local pubs .The message is dont get involved and let the police deal with it.

Anyone with information please call your local police  A.S.A.P

 Do you want to go Xmas Shopping? (11.10.09)

'Three streets' group are having a Christmas shopping trip to York on Saturday 21st November, leaving from outside Bowburn Community Centre at 8.30 am. Price £12

Anyone interested phone 0191 3772802  A.S.A.P

Fun Day Meeting Cancelled (05.10.09)

A fun day meeting organised for tomorrow night has had to be cancelled  Local people are hoping to get a Fun Day organized in Bowburn next summer. The first meeting was to start planning this was to be on Bowburn Football field this Tuesday (October 6), starting at 7.30pm.but has had to be cancelled another meeting will be organised shortly but the people organising it are waiting on news that the football field where it is to be held is been re-laid next year as new drainage is laid For information, 0n the fun day you can email more details will appear here soon.

Monthly meetings.(05.10.09)

Future meetings of the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership and of Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council will be on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st, starting at 6.30pm and 7pm respectively, both in Bowburn Community Centre

Community centre.(05.10.09)

Tenders are due to be opened this Friday, October 9 for the first phase of Bowburn Community Centre’s refurbishment. This will include a new gas boiler and electrical re-wiring, work on which should then start within about a month.

Rocket was set to be cleaned(05.10.09).

The campanile (bell tower) of Christ the King Church, better known as the “rocket”, was set to be cleaned next Thursday (October 15). before the wind blew it over on Saturday

Banner outings.(05.10.09)

Bowburn’s Centenary Banner took part in a mining exhibition at Houghton-le-Spring last Saturday (October 3). Its next outing is to the Thomas Hepworth memorial service, at Heworth, on Saturday October 17.

Church Supper (04.10.09)

There will be a pie and peas supper in the Christ the King church hall on Tuesday (October 6), starting at 7.00pm. For tickets, 'phone Maureen Robinson on (0191) 377-0814.

 A Landmark is gone!! (03.10.09)

The high winds certainly took their toll today blowing over the church spire. The 'Rocket' , as it was nicknamed county wide, ended up on the floor next to it's metal base. Luckily no one was hurt.

spire blown down

church & spire

 How it used to look

pictures courtesy of G Stoker

close up of spire

Ironically, the spire was scheduled to be professionally cleaned on 15th October!!


Bowburn Lady Mugged On Street (21.09.09)

News is coming in that a Bowburn lady was mugged this morning at a local bus stop .Police are appealing for witnesses .Reports unconfirmed are that Police have arrested a local youth .Reports say that The lady was knocked to the ground before the mugging.

 Bowburn Fund reaches £100,000 (21.09.09)

A fund set up to raise money for a local boy who caught meningitis and lost both legs and his finger tips has now gone over the £100,000 barrier, despite needing alot more money the family cannot thank everyone enough for there support to read Robbies story and catch up with the latest news visit his website above at the top of this page

 Youth FC Join (20.09.09)

Bowburn Youth FC get a new web site and join the village portal.

You can access the site from the sports page or directly at:

 Banner Exhibition (05.09.09)

About 40 banners will be on display in Bowburn Community next Saturday (September 12), in an exhibition entitled “Celebrating Miners' Lodge Banners”. This is the third year an event has been organized here, as part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend. Last year it attracted over 300 visitors. Admission is free. Open 10am till 4pm. Refreshments available.

Train Collectors? (05.09.09)

The toy and train collectors meet at Bowburn Community Centre this Sunday, September 6th.

Johnston School Admissions (05.09.09)

There is to be a public meeting concerning the Admissions Process for Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, at Bowburn Community Association on Wednesday, September 10th, starting at 7pm.

This will be a chance to answer questions, and feedback on where things stand, and what can still be done. 

Time is extremely tight for the parents of children in the new Year 6, as the admissions process for next year starts in mid September, and if the Council are to be able to do anything for this cohort, they need to act soon.

Bowburn Youth F.C. Take Children to Flamingo Land (26/08/09)

Bowburn Youth Football club took its children free to Flamingo Land Today over 100 people took up the offer and left from the community centre this morning which is probably why Bowburn was quieter than normal today at 8am, arriving at 10am.

Committee members said that it seemed everyone enjoyed themselves especially the children as it was free if they were members of the club, others got big discounts , the buses, Lees Coaches, arrived back at about 7.15pm and despite our famous British weather is was a very successful day which shows why the club is growing all the time. Bowburn Youth Football club has gone through hard times over the years but now seems to be going in the right direction with the present committee, one committee member said,  we have never said we are a perfect club but listen to everyone including the children to do the best we can and a day where we give like today can only prove the children come first ,we will try to organise other events once again if not free hopefully big discounts, lots of children have left in the past but we seem to be getting a lot of them back which means we must be doing something right and new children are arriving all of the time. like i have said we make mistakes but hopefully we can learn from them and today we hopefully got it right but next time we will try to do it bigger and better. On behalf of the club, thank you to everyone who made this a success especially Martin, Joanne and Alan Richardson who worked hard behind the scenes. 

John set to leave Cooperage (25/08/09)

Local lad John Guarnaccio is set to leave the Cooperage public house on the main street the signs went on the front of the building last week as rumours circulated that the money is just not about and John only been able to pay for rent and stock .John has helped different groups like the darts and pool teams as well as the Cooperage football team over the years and the website would like to wish him all the best for the future .A number of people are interested in taking over according to our sources but this is to be confirmed and with the Hare and Greyhound already boarded up Bowburn could do without another.

Park improvements. (25/08/09)

Work started this week (week-ending August 29) on the next phase of improvements to Bowburn Park. Drainage works will be done first, followed by footpaths, lighting and CCTV. The top footpath through the allotments will be temporarily closed to pedestrians from September 10.

BOWBURN Banner group (25/08/09)

 Bowburn Banner Group meets on Wednesday (September 2) to finalize plans for this year’s exhibition of miners’ lodge banners in Bowburn Community Centre on Saturday, September 12. 

BOWBURN Cup match. (24/08/09)

 The Cooperage FC meet West Rainton at home in a cup match this Sunday (August 30). Kick-off at 10.30

Drugs Raid Hits Village (28/07/09)

Bowburn was hit with a drugs raid at 7 oclock this morning in Philip Avenue one local person saw Police near to the Griffiths Court Junction thank you to a newsspotter for letting the website know for obvious reasons I have not put his name if you hear any news then let us know at

Alan Heightley Remembered by village

The village turned out again today in the rain for the annual remembrance of Alan Heightley a popular lad who lived in the village 40 people entered a golf tournament and there was also events happening in the Cooperage Pub today and night .Clive Mcfeggann won the golf tournament.

Rain Causes Problems

Rain caused lots of roads in the village to be flooded last night and this morning as it kept on  coming down. Also some houses were badly damaged as water came in under the doors and through windows and damaged roofs .Links into Durham were also closed as the wear broke its banks in a number of locations and the main slip road onto the motorway looked more like a river as emergency services worked overtime to try to keep traffic flowing but the water was really the only thing flowing for a few hours.

Banner Day A Success

It was a very good day and enjoyed by all at the Durham Gala .Bowburns banners were not only followed through the village but also into Durham where buses were also laid on for people to get there .In front of The Royal County Hotel the band played three songs including a very popular we are on the way to Amarillo where the crowds joined in before going onto the show field ,also special thanks should go to the organisers of the roads been closed in the village this year as they were shut and opened in no time at all letting the traffic flow . There was three banners this year including Bowburns own banner ,the Junior school banner and also the Tursdale Mechanics banner that raised a few eyebrows to say the least .The banners were lifted from the show field at 3pm and led through DURHAM once again before heading back for the buses and back to the village.

Park Vandalised (22/06/09)

Bowburns new park has been vandalised sometime today with parts of the safety floor pulled up. Local children have been enjoying themselves lately and soil around the edge of the park has been rolled and grassed over the last few days with stones and rocks also been skipped  if anyone has any information please inform the police a.s.a.p.

Where has our seat gone?(21/06/09)

A number of people have asked recently where the seat has gone near to the entrance to Bowburn Hall one resident recently said" I have been sitting there years watching the traffic on the motorway then first of all they let the place get overgrown you cant even see the road signs then they come along and shut the footpath and move the seat surely this can be tidied up and the seat replaced and I bet this doesnt go on the website " well as promised it has this is a village website so your views are more than welcome and this should have probably gone on the forum but there you go.

School Centenary (20/06/09)

The 100th Birthday of Bowburn Infant School will be celebrated on Friday (July 10th). The event will be officially launched at 1.30pm and this will be followed by various children’s activities, to mark the occasion.

Bowburn Youth FC (20/06/09)

Bowburn Youth FC will hold its annual presentation night on Saturday 27th June at Bowburn W.M.C. where it will be free to get in and there will also be a raffle buffet and disco with the doors opening at 7pm If any child is intrested in joining the club please email or check our website at for more details and contacts.Good luck to all players .

Litter Pick (15/06/09)

The next Parish Council litter pick is on Saturday  (July 4th). Anyone interested in joining in can just turn up, at 9.30am in the Community Centre car park, or ’phone Sylvia Raine first, on 0191-377-2728

Safety Days (10/06/09)

Monday 15 June to Saturday 20 June at The Gates shopping centre, Durham City, next to Holland and Barrat. Mon - Fri: 10.30 - 2.30pm Sat: 10.30 - 3.30pm (Exact times of items to be confirmed)

Monday 15:         SECURITY Home, Shed, Garage, Garden

Tuesday 16:        PERSONAL SAFETY In the home; Out shopping; In the community

Wednesday 17:  ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR Dealing with it; Damage; Graffiti; Street drinking; Off road bikes.

Thursday 18       ROGUE TRADERS Bogus callers; Bogus Charity Collectors; Door to door sellers

Friday 19            VEHICLE SECURITY Car security, Bike security; Cycle security Saturday 20 COMBINED THEMES

Mayors Golf Day (10/06/09)

Mayor’s Charity Golf Day takes place on Friday 3rd July. For more information or to enter a team, please contact Jill Wood on 0191 301 8226 or email

 Hendersons Celebrates 40 YEARS (06.06.09)

The Norther Echo this week has local firm Henderson doors celebrating 40 years which after surving a closure threat last year and a fire previousley shows the firm has turned it round.Bosses are planning to invest over £900,000 pounds over the next 3 years.PC Henderson was founded in 1921 before moving to the village in 1969.

 Next Blood Donor Session (19.05.09)

The next blood donor session for Bowburn is Friday 29th May at 2.30pm till 4pm then 4.30pm till 7pm at Bowburn Community Centre, you can call 0845 7711711 to make an appointment to save waiting on the day.

3 Streets Sale (13.05.09)

3 streets group is holding a book sale on Sat. 16th May in the Cooperage car park between 10am and 1pm. CD's, Videos and DVD's also on sale.

Weather permitting

Cape Development info (11.05.09)

Below is a proposed plan of the development at the Cape Universal site with entrance shown from Main Road

Grange Plan

The complete document can be downloaded by clicking HERE

Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file

New website( 28/03/09)

Bowburn Youth fc has a new website please check it out on our sport pages

Village Care Under Threat (12/03/09)

News is coming in that Village Care and other local companies have lost out to other companies one from London to take over careing for the people of our village and surrounding areas I am hoping to get a statement from Mr Lee Walker who set up Village Care soon but apparently every so many years companies after re-apply for contracts for careing in the surrounding areas but this time Village Care has lost out even though they have one of the best repretations in the North East below is a recent letter wrote on our own forum from one person WHO WANTS Village Care to continue careing for him and not someone from London .

please leave your comments and support on our forum.

Hello everyone, As some of you may know I am disabled, I receive a care package from the above named company. But in June the Council is changing the way it gives out the work to the care companies. Village Care is going shut down unless people who use there services at the moment don't support the company. The only way to keep it going is for everyone who uses them to change to direct payment scheme. I urge anyone who either uses or knows someone who uses there services to get in touch with your social worker and ask to be changed to direct payments. If you want to know anymore info about this you are quite welcome to contact. One of the companies that may take over this area is based in London!!!! Lets keep local care for local people!! Thanks for taking time to read this post P.S. Is it possible for something to be posted on the front page of the website please. Ian

Well Ian as requested here is your own letter and hopefully we can help sort this out for you and many others like you.


Bowburn’s Talent. (13/03/09)

The Thurston Project, run by members of Durham University’s Student Community Action, will give a performance of dancing, singing, acting, comedy and puppetry, at Bowburn Community Centre TONIGHT (Friday March 13), from 7 till 8.30pm. Helped by Jessica Collings, Elaine Gray and other dedicated volunteers, around forty local 8 to 12-year-olds have been working on creating their own acts for this show, since their successful “Musical Extravaganza” last Christmas. Admission is free but donations very welcome.

Begonia talk. (12/03/09)

Ian Donaldson will give a talk on Growing Begonias for the garden or show, in Bowburn Community Centre, on Tuesday (March 17). It starts at 7.30pm.

Monthly meetings. (11/03/09)

This month’s meetings of the Bowburn Community Partnership, Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council and the Bowburn Local History Society will be held next week in Bowburn Community Centre, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 17, 18 and 19).

Junior disco(10/03/09)

The latest Under-13s Disco at Bowburn Community Centre will be held next Friday (March 20), 6.00–8.00pm. £1 children, 50p adults. Door prizes. Snacks and refreshments available.

Archaeology project. (09/03/09)

Members of the Crowtrees Heritage Group met archaeologist Penny Middleton again this week. The group is commissioning a study of the Crowtrees Nature Reserve, to find out what archaeological remains might be found, if a full dig can be organised. The study is looking mainly for signs of the 18th century Crowtrees Colliery, the railway incline and the hamlet which, with Quarrington Hill and Cold Knuckles, once served that colliery. The latest meeting was a second walk over the site itself, trying to link up visual features with those Penny has identified on old maps and other archive documents.

Community Centre.(09/03/09)

Members of Bowburn Community Association have now met officers of Durham City Council, following the shock revelation last month of the state of the Council’s Bowburn Regeneration Fund. The Association were hoping for a grant of £500,000 to help fund an extensive refurbishment of Bowburn Community Centre. Now, with Council assistance, they are prioritising the work most urgently needed. They are determined to make sure the Centre stays open and are confident that this will be achieved.

Litter pick. (08/03/09)

A team of Parish Council volunteers meets tomorrow for its monthly litter-pick. They meet at 9.30am in Bowburn Community Centre car park, on the first Saturday of every month. New volunteers are always welcome. For details, phone 0191-377-2728.

Fence trimmed. – (07/03/09)

Bowburn Youth Project has thanked the County Durham Probation Service’s Community Payback organisers, for work done at the DJ Evans Youth Club, near Burn Street. A high wooden fence has been reduced in height, on the advice of crime prevention advisers, and land around the youth club building has been tidied up.

BOBBY THOMPSON NIGHT in Bowburn (01/03/09)

Bowburn Youth FC are hoping to raise funds next week sat 7th march at Bowburn Crowtrees w.m.c. with a Bobby Thompson night .This should be a excellent night with great reviews with the object of the night to obviously raise funds for Bowburn Youth FCs children from the village ,also on the night there will be  Sunderland and Newcastle United shirts signed to be raffled if you would like to either go or buy raffle tickets for the shirts then you can contact the club for more details where Jayne the secretary can help you out .If you click on the sports link above then Bowburn Youth you can get the relevent details and telephone numbers Jayne would like to thank everyone for there support.

Bowburn Crowtrees wmc lose again (01/03/09)

BOWBURN Crowtrees fc who are bottom of the 4th division lost again today going down 2-1 to a late penalty at home to Kelloe Davy Lamp ,Bowburns other adult team The Cooperage did not have a game but entertain Washington Nissan next week at home in the 3rd divisions top of the table clash good luck to both teams from you can check out both teams and other sports teams from the village by visiting the sport pages via the link above.

COOP Broken into (28/02/09)

News is coming in that the Bowburn COOP was recently broken into from the back with cigarettes stolen police are apparently looking at cctv footage.

No Ohio Band (09/02/09)

No Ohio. – At its meeting on Thursday, January 29th, members of the Bowburn Banner Group discussed news that the Central Ohio Brass Band will not be coming to Durham this July. Some members of this band came last year, joining the Ohio Brass Band to march the Bowburn banner into the 2008 Miners’ Gala. They were so impressed that they went home determined to persuade their own band to come this year. However the economy then took a turn for the worse. The banner group is still hoping that “The Best Damn Band in the Land” – the Ohio State University Brass Band – will come in 2010.

Community Centre Dissapointment 09/02/09

Centre disappointment. – The Bowburn & Park Hill Community Partnership meeting on Tuesday (January 20) learned that funding for the refurbishment of Bowburn Community Centre has been delayed. A report expected to go to this month’s Durham City Council Cabinet had not been produced in time. A grant is sought, by Bowburn Community Association, from the £1.9m Bowburn Regeneration Fund, which was set aside in 2005 from the sale of Council land in Bowburn for housing. The grant was supported in principle last August by the Community Partnership, which endorsed a detailed application for £500,000 on 18 November. However the Council’s senior officers decided on December 2 that they needed more information about commitments made from the Regeneration Fund, before they could report to councillors. The Cabinet is now expected to consider the matter on February 18

Are you Dancing? (06.02.2009)

dance classes

Childrens Disco (29.01.2009)

disco poster

Bobby Thompson Night (26/01/2009)

On 7th March at Bowburn W.M.C. Bowburn youth football club present A Bobby Thompson Night tickets are £4 each and can be obtained from coaches and committee members or for more information you can email .This should be a brilliant night of entertainment .
There is also a raffle on the night where the prizes are newcastle and sunderland signed shirts.

BOWBURN Monthly Meeting. (15/01/2009)

The monthly meetings of Bowburn & Park Hill Community Partnership and Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council will be held next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday (January 20 and 21), in Bowburn Community Centre.

 BOWBURN Crowtrees Heritage. (15/01/2009)

The Crowtrees Heritage Group last week met members of the research company, Archaeo-environment, who will be working with them on the history of Crowtrees Colliery. This 19th century colliery once played an important part in the local economy of Quarrington, the township whose main settlement later became Bowburn. Its site is now part of the Crowtrees Nature Reserve. The researchers will help work out which features of the colliery and its surrounding area might be worth further archaeological investigation – and which have been lost.

BOWBURN Bowburn collieries. (15/01/2009)

Members of Bowburn Local History Society will attend a meeting of the Durham County L.H.S. in Gilesgate Church on Saturday, January 24, when one of its members will give a talk on “Researching Bowburn Collieries”. The talk starts at 2pm.

Proposed work at Quarry (06.01.09)

Quarry plans.
Tarmac Ltd will have an all-day display in Quarrington Hill Community Centre on Thursday, January 8 about its review and proposed extension of quarrying at Old Quarrington and Cold Knuckles Quarries.
Their plans involve the removal of the ridge of land that carries the ancient bridleway between Old Quarrington and St Paul’s Church churchyard. That right of way would be diverted via the track that now runs along the bottom of Cold Knuckles Quarry and, some 10 to 15 years later, restored to a new ridge to be created 100 metres or so further north.
Tarmac plan to phase the work so that the new gap has a minimal impact on views across the Crowtrees vale during that period. They have also produced a detailed Environmental Statement, which covers all aspects of the work, including its effect on wildlife in and around the Crowtrees Nature Reserve, and the long-term restoration proposals