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26/11/2013 - Christmas Tree Switch-on and Reindeer Service
The Town Council in partnership with Bishop Auckland Town Team hosted its annual Christmas Tree Switch-on which took place on Friday 22nd November at 4:30pm.
Two live reindeer ‘Twinkle’ and ‘Star’ led children from Escomb Primary, Etherley Lane Primary, St Andrew’s Primary and St Anne’s C of E Schools through the Auckland Castle Clock Tower to the Christmas tree located just outside Auckland Castle.
For the full article visit our Christmas Festivities page.
18/11/2013 - New Christmas Lights come to Town
Christmas shoppers in Bishop Auckland have been given a boost after the Bishop Auckland Town Team appeal to raise funds for new festive lights reached its target.
Over the last year the Town Team have been trying to find £20,000 for the new Christmas lights.
The idea was first mentioned at an events meeting back in January and the group were unsure if they could reach the target by October.
With the help of several fundraising events, grants and donations from Councillors’ allowances, the plan to replace the Christmas lights in the town is now a reality.
As from today, Newgate Street now boasts 35 brand new, energy efficient LED festive lights.
In addition to the new lights on Newgate Street, some of the appeal money has been used to buy new lights for the balcony on the Town Hall in the Market Place along with 6 new lights in Fore Bondgate.
For the full story visit the Bishop Auckland Town Team website.
09/10/2013 - Mayor's Curry & Quiz Night - 7th November 2013
The Town Mayor, Councillor David A. Fleming, extends a cordial invitation to the public to attend his first charity event, a Curry & Quiz Night to be held at Bishop Auckland Golf Club on Thursday 7th November 2013.
Tickets for the evening are £7.50 each, which includes a curry supper. Please note that vegetarian and other options are available.
All proceeds will support the Mayors chosen charity, The Butterwick Hospice at Bishop Auckland. The Butterwick Hospice cares for members of our local community: our families, friends and neighbours, who benefit from the wide range of professional and holistic services which the charity freely provides.
Guests are requested to arrive at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start. It is anticipated that the evening will finish around 10:30pm.
It should be grateful if you would confirm your attendance by no later than Friday 1st November by completing and returning the booking form below.
Curry and Quiz Night Reply Form.pdf
Curry and Quiz Night Poster.pdf
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Please note that places are strictly limited. Tickets will therefore be sold on a first come, first served basis.
Your support is very much appreciated and the Mayor looks forward to enjoying your company at what promises to be a fun evening.
25/09/13 - Remembrance Service - Sunday 10th November 2013
Bishop Auckland Town Council in partnership with the Royal British Legion is organising a Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade.
The event will be held on Sunday 10th November commencing at the War Memorial in the Market Place, Bishop Auckland at 10:30am.
Wreaths will be laid by members of various organisations, after which a Service of Remembrance will be held in St. Anne’s Church, in the Market Place at around 11:15am.
25/07/12 - New Car Show 2013 - Friday 23rd August 2013 from 10:00am-4:00pm
Bishop Auckland Town Team has again invited various car dealers from the region including Cooper BMW Teesside, Evans Halshaw, Mercedes-Benz, SG Petch, Sherwoods and Vertu Honda Durham to exhibit the latest models of their brand new cars and who will be promoting special offers to the public.
As well as the new cars there will be various classic cars on display (Courtesy of Geoff Mansfield, and the Jaguar Club).
The Town Team members extend a welcoming invitation to attend the show and enjoy the day, and hopefully you will not be too 'tyred' at the end of it.
The Town Team is a joint venture between Bishop Auckland Town Council, traders and members of the public from Bishop Auckland, who have united to make Bishop Auckland the jewel in the crown of Durham, by promoting events and exhibitions to attract people to our Town.
Other aims include developing the town’s market to make it a successful, vibrant and thriving attraction which, in turn, will lead to increased footfall.
Anybody wishing to support the Town Team can contact us on the following.
Facebook: 'We want a better Bishop Auckland Town Centre'
09/07/13 - Bishop Auckland in Bloom Judging Date Rescheduled
The new Judging date for the Bishop Auckland in Bloom Competition is now to be held on Sunday 28th July 2013; this is in view of the recent poor weather conditions.
Entrants in this years competition can expect the judge to visit their garden/premises between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
The presentation evening to be held in the Town Hall, where this years winners will be announced is still scheduled to be held on Wednesday 28th August commencing at 7:30pm.
08/06/13 - Youth Awards Presentation Evening
Bishop Auckland Town Council recently held its annual Youth Awards Presentation Evening last night in the Town Hall, Bishop Auckland when eight youth groups turned up to see if they were to be the lucky winners in the competition.
The evening started with music from 'The Pocket Snakes' from St. John’s School and Sixth Form College.
The newly elected Mayor, Councillor Dave Fleming presented prizes to:
• Jack Drum Arts (£1,500)
• Wear Valley Christian Centre (£1,500)
• Venture Out (B.A.C.P.) (£1,500)
The remaining 5 groups were given £100 each for their efforts which the Town Council hoped would encourage them to enter next year’s competition.
Photos of this years presentation evening can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
01/06/2013 - Election of new Mayor
The retiring Mayor Councillor Charlie Kay handed over the chain of office to Councillor David Fleming who was elected Mayor of Bishop Auckland for the year 2013-2014.
Mayor David Fleming has chosen the the Butterwick Hospice as his chosen charity for the year.
01/06/2013 - Election of new Deputy Mayor
The retiring Deputy Mayor Councillor Ann Golightly handed over the chain of office to Councillor Colin Race who was elected the Deputy Mayor of Bishop Auckland for the year 2013-2014.
21/05/13 - Annual Town Meeting
Bishop Auckland Town Council is to hold its Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday 28th May 2013 at 6:00pm in the Wesley Room at The Four Clocks Centre, Bishop Auckland.
09/05/13 - Election of Town Council - Results of Poll
Attached are the results of the Election of Bishop Auckland Town Council.
Election 2013 - Results.pdf
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03/05/13 - Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Bishop Auckland Town Council is to hold its AGM meeting on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 6:00pm in the Wesley Room at The Four Clocks Centre, Bishop Auckland.
This is the first meeting of the newly elected Council and the election of a new Mayor for the forthcoming year.
18/04/13 - Bishop is Blooming
Following the success of previous years, Bishop Auckland town Council would like to invite green fingered residents to enter the Council’s Bishop Auckland in Bloom Competition 2013.
The categories this year are: Business Premises, Licensed Premises, Front Garden, Back Garden, Yard and Allotment Garden with a 1st prize of £50, 2nd prize £30, 3rd prize £30 and £100 to the overall winner.
Judging is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 14th July with winners being officially announced during an evening ceremony at the Town Hall on Wednesday, 28th August 2013 at 7.30pm.
Bishop Auckland Town Council would like to say a big thank you to Deco Trophies and Engraving Ltd for once again, sponsoring this event. Their contribution is much appreciated.
To take part in this year’s competition, please complete the Entry Form available on the Bishop Auckland in Bloom page and submit it to Bishop Auckland Town Council by no later than Monday, 1st July.
26/03/13 - Youth Awards Competition Extended Closing Date
Application Forms for this years' Youth Awards Competition are still available from the Four Clocks Centre and can also be downloaded from the Youth Awards Event page.
Please note the extended closing date which is now Tuesday 16th April.
20/02/13 - Youth Awards Competition 2013
Bishop Auckland Town Council is to hold its sixth annual Youth Awards competition.
The Youth Awards Competition is open to:
(a) established youth groups working within Bishop Auckland Town Council area - Cockton Hill, Henknowle, Woodhouse Close and Bishop Auckland Town (which includes Toronto)
(b) new groups intending to establish themselves with a youth project in mind
(c) school groups, including P.T.A.s are eligible to apply as long as it is for an extra-curricular activity.
Organisations are invited to apply for a sum of money up to £1,500 to fund a project which will enhance the experience/skills/creativity/enjoyment of the young people involved and will create a lasting benefit.
For more information and to download an application form, please visit the Youth Awards Event page.
Bishop Auckland Parks and Environmental Support Team
Bishop Auckland Town Council employs a Supervisor with a team of up to 5 trainees from the Jobcentre to work in the Town Council’s Wards of Cockton Hill, Henknowle, Woodhouse Close, Bishop Auckland Town and Toronto.
The scheme is run in partnership with Groundwork North East and Durham County Council to support existing parks and environmental services such as:
• Litter picking
• General environmental improvements
• Small scale snow clearance and gritting
Work by the Groundwork team is currently fulfilled one day a week to supplement the works carried out by Durham County Council.
To view some examples of work carried out by the team, visit our Photo Gallery.
Let the Council make your day special
If you are a member of an organisation operating in the Town Council’s Wards and would like to arrange for the Mayor to open a fayre or make a presentation at a forthcoming event, then simply contact the Town Clerk at the Four Clocks Centre.
Also, do you know of anyone living in the Town Council’s Wards who may be celebrating a special wedding anniversary, either a golden wedding, diamond wedding or even a 65th wedding anniversary? Or perhaps you know of a person celebrating a 100th or more birthdays! If so, why not inform Bishop Auckland Town Council.
The Mayor of the Council will make a special visit to couples celebrating any of these anniversaries and will make a presentation on behalf of the Town Council.
If you would like to arrange for a visit from the Mayor, ring the Town Clerk on 01388 609852 with the details, alternatively you could e-mail the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thieves and vandals beware!!!
Five of the Town Council’s allotment sites are now signed up to Allotment Watch, which will see gardeners given ‘Smartwater’ to mark their valuables and extra vigilance encouraged, together with the provision of Allotment Watch signs.
John Raw, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for Durham Police in Wear Valley said the scheme had proved successful during a trial at Tindale Crescent and Woodhouse Close Allotments.
The Town Council and the Safer Neighbourhoods Partnership have funded the scheme which has been rolled out to include allotments at The Pollards, Edge Hill and South Church Lane, with more than 350 plots covered by the scheme.
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