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Want to know what's happening in Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill? Want to know what's on at the Parish Council? You can find out on these pages. To find out whats on in your village click the links at the bottom of this page.
December Coxhoe Chronicle now avialable
The December edition of the Coxhoe Chronicle is now available in full colour. Paper copies will shortly be being delivered by volunteeers shortly:
Coxhoe Chronicle December 2013.pdf
Success for Coxhoe at It's Up 2 U Participatory Budget Event
On Saturday 23rd November £85,000 was distributed to local community groups by East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership. Coxhoe groups were successful in obtaining nearly £10,000 of this. Coxhoe Village Hall, Coxhoe United and the Active Life Centre @Coxhoe had all prepared and submitted bids for this 'participatory budgeting' event held at Sedgefield Community College. Representatives of all three groups undertook presentations at the event where there was a public vote to decide who got the funding applied for.
Due to the mumbers of people who gave up their time to go to Sedgefield and vote all three groups were successful which means that a further £10,000 will be invested in our village. the grant aid will be used to help improve the Village Hall, provide family activities at the Active Life Centre and provide gender specific fitness programmes for members of Coxhoe United.
A big thank you to all that turned out to vote and another big thank you for those who prepared and submitted the bids and spent all day lobbying voters. Well Done!
Coxhoe welcomes The Clarence Villa!
An important pub and restaurant is reopening in Coxhoe and is a massive boost for the village. Sonnet 43 Brew House is to re-open its adjoining pub as a brewery tap after completing extensive renovation work. The former Kicking Cuddy, Coxhoe, will revert back to its original name The Clarence Villa and comprise both a pub & restaurant. This will be the brewery’s third pub of 2013 and will create around 50 full & part-time jobs. Doors will open to the public on Friday 22nd November.
The venue was closed for over 14 months to carry out the refurbishment including an extension to the rear of the property. It will now offer traditional British dishes with a modern twist made with quality ingredients from local producers wherever possible and also, feature ales from Sonnet 43 brewed just next door.
The format of craft beers coupled with good honest food has proved extremely popular at sister venues The Lambton Worm, Chester le Street, and The White Lead, Hebburn, which both launched earlier in the year. In addition to the pub and restaurant The Clarence Villa, being the home of Sonnet 43 Brew House, will include a visitors’ centre where guests will be able to explore the brewery element of the site, though this part of the business isn’t planned to open until 2014.
Brewery owner, Mark Hird, commented: “I’m pleased to say The Clarence Villa has been completely refurbished to a very high standard. There is a lot of anticipation locally surrounding the pub’s re-opening and we’re thrilled people are embracing this. We are hoping it will also prove popular with surrounding towns and become a real destination venue, being easily accessible from the A1.”Mark also explained the decision to go back to the original name: “We were keen to stay true to local roots, as the brewery itself does with its own name; Sonnet 43 being the work of Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning who was born and raised in Coxhoe. First opened back in 1857, ‘The Clarence Villa' was derived from the neighbouring Clarence Railway which was used for coal transportation and was named after the Duke of Clarence who later became King William IV.”
Speaking of future plans, Mark added: “Further down the line we will be developing the site to encompass a visitor’s centre offering brewing experiences and brewery tours combining elements of both the pub & restaurant with the brewery. We hope it will become something of a tourist attraction for the area.” The Clarence Villa is the final Sonnet 43 pub planned for 2013, however there are more undisclosed sites planned for 2014.
Coxhoe Parish Council Chair, Paul Dodsworth said,' This is a massive boost for the village. We are so lucky that the Brewery has located here and are now opening a quality pub and restaurant witnvestment and job creation. It all adds to the excellent social and entertainment facilities are developing in our fantastic village".
Have a glimpse of inside the pub and restaurant on the Preview Night here.
For further information about the opening, please contact Grace on 0191 3779561 or email@example.com
Coxhoe Post Office is on the move!
Coxhoe Post Office is on the move to Londis, The Avenue, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4AH, 300 metres from its current site at 22-23 Church Street, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4HE.
The move is part of major modernisation programme across the Post Office network designed to make it easier for customers to do business, through longer opening hours and modern open plan environments. Coxhoe Post Office will open as a new ‘local’ style open-plan branch. This new local style Post Office will have two open plan tills, located at the shop counter, enabling customers to carry out a wide range of Post Office products and services alongside retail transactions.
Opening hours at the new location have been greatly extended and aligned to shop opening hours, allowing customers to access Post Office products and services: Monday to Saturday: 07:00-21:00 and Sunday: 08.00-19.00.
Final arrangements for the move are currently being made and posters will be displayed in the present office to advise customers of when the move will take place (believed to be around 22nd November). Post Office Regional Network Manager for Scotland and Northern England, Suzanne Richardson, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Coxhoe and we are confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future. She added: “The modernisation is part of a major investment programme to convert the Post Office network to new-style branches and this investment, the largest in the history of the Post Office, makes a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Post Office local is a new concept for delivering Post Office services from an open plan counter with Post Office products and services available alongside retail transactions during shop opening hours, allowing Post Office services to be available for longer offering greater convenience to customers.
The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, is the largest retail network in the UK, with over 11,500 branches. It is also one of the fastest growing financial services companies and is developing its online and telephony services.
September edition of Coxhoe Chronicle is now available in full colour.
The June editions of the Coxhoe Chronicle and Hill Talk will shortly be delivered to every household by volunteers. You can download a copy in full cover from the link below:
Coxhoe Chronicle September 2013.pdf
Next Blood Donor Session
The next Blood Donor session in the area will be held in Bowburn Community Centre and will be announced when known.
Please call 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment for any
Interested in swimming?
Swimming pools are available at Freemans Quay, Durham and Spennymoor Leisure times. Check out the facilities and opening times on the www.durham.gov.uk or by following the links below:
Spennymoor Leisure centre
Want to come to the next Parish Council meeting?
The next Parish Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 2014 and will be held in Coxhoe Village Hall, Coxhoe.The meeting starts at 7.00pm. Members of the public are invited to attend all meetings and at the beginning of the meeting there is the opportunity for you to have your say. Please come along. You can access the agendas and minutes of previous meetings as soon as they are publicly available.
The Parish Council would particularly like to encourage people to attend our meetings who might feel missed out because of age, disability, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, race religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
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