This year’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday 26th November from 10am to 1pm.
- Personalised Gifts
- Phoenix Cards
- Christmas Crafts
- Children’s Books
- Body Shop
- Neal’s Yard Remedies
- Elves Inc.
- Sweets and Treats
- Handmade Gifts
Santa will also be setting up a grotto; we will have refreshments available and this year’s raffle features a top prize of £150 cash!
Raffle tickets are already available – you can get them from Youth Club, Dance Fusion, GFS and Pittington Brass Band.
**UPDATE** We now have a couple of stalls available for the market – contact Julie on 07925067001 for more details
Pittington Autumn Show will be held on Saturday 10th September.
Entries should be brought to the hall between 9am and 11am. The show will be opened with a performance from Pittington Brass Band at 1:30pm. Presentations will take place at 3:30pm.
There will also be a demonstration from Dance Fusion and a exhibition by Pittington Camera Club.
Refreshments including Tea, Coffee, Cakes, Scones, Jam and Cream will be on sale throughout the show.
- Medlee of any three vegetables
- Longest runner bean
- Funny shaped vegetable
- Sponge cake
- Home made jam or preserve
- Decorated paper plate
- Lego creation
- Best photograph
- Best parish photograph
- Knitted Item
Pittington Community Association has secured a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Together with a further £50,000 from Durham County Council as part of the asset transfer process this funding will allow the replacement of the ageing central heating system that many will know has become very temperamental! Not only will the new system be more reliable, it will be more efficient and more controllable leading to lower running costs.
The work will take place during the Summer holidays, starting on 20th July and lasting for eight weeks. The work will also include the removal of asbestos from the boiler house and other areas of the building.
The work will be carried out by RM Myers and Co based in Belmont Industrial Estate and is being managed by Boxx Consultants.
During the Summer holidays we are also hoping to undertake the installation of an accessible toilet and refurbishment of the existing toilet facilities. This work has been paid for, in part, by a grant from Carol Woods and Maureen Wood when they were county councillors for Sherburn Ward and was dependent on completion of the asset transfer process.
Due to the extensive nature of the work, the hall will be closed to all users from Monday 20th July until Friday 11th September. This means there will be no summer activity program this year but we hope to be able to repeat it next year. We have also taken the decision not to hold an Autumn Fair this year as we would have liked to hold it in early September.
The hall will also have restricted use for three weeks from Tuesday 29th September until Friday 16th October due to the Field House Farm opencast public inquiry.
Following the success of the inaugural Autumn show last year, Pittington Village Hall will be holding it’s 2014 Autumn Show on Saturday 27th September.
Competition entries should be brought to the hall between 9:30am and 11am, the show opens at 1:30pm and the presentations will be held at 3pm. Entry to the show and all competitions are free of charge!
All entries must be brought to the committee room by 11 am on Saturday morning.
All vegetables to be grown in the parish
- Best Leek – freshly pulled, maximum two, any size
- Best Onion – white onions, freshly pulled, maximum two.
- Best Carrot – maximum of 3, any size
- Longest Runner bean
- Best Bloom – single flower.
- Funny shaped vegetable – single item, any vegetable.
- Best sponge cake – not iced.
- Best scone – maximum of 3.
- Best home-made jam – single jar, any flavour.
Childrens’ competitions (prize for each entry)
- Painting – a picture in paints, on paper.
- Decorated paper plate – own choice of decoration.
- Decorated cup cake
- Decorated sponge cake
- Vegetable sculpture
- Handwriting – sheets available in village hall. Primary school children only.
- Best Photograph – can be mounted, unframed.
- Best Parish Photograph – can be mounted, unframed.
Entries for the gardening categories must be grown in the parish. Children’s classes will be split into primary and secondary age groups and are open to children living or attending school within the parish.
Judging will take place from 11am.
Activities and Entertainment
Pittington Brass Band will open the show with a 45 minute concert. Competition entries will be available for viewing, along with the results.
We will be running children’s crafts in the canteen from 1:30 – 3pm.
There will be a range of refreshments available in the hall. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Village Hall.
After almost 30 years of keeping Pittington Village Hall in the best possible condition and keeping it running smoothly our caretaker Joan retired last week. Tonight she received a special thank you from Pittington Brass and from current and past committee members.
Thanks for everything Joan! Enjoy your retirement!
Pittington Village Hall will be offering a programme of activities aimed at children of all ages for the full duration of the Summer holidays, and what is even better, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund through Awards for All and from Durham Area Action Partnerships through their small grants fund the programme will be free of charge!
There will be family play for toddlers and children up to and including 5 years old three mornings a week from 10am – 12 noon. Sessions will be led by qualified workers from Durham County Council’s One Point Services.
For children aged 6-12 there will be activities led by a qualified play ranger from Inspire Youth every weekday afternoon from 2-4pm. Children under 8 will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For 13-16 year olds there will be activities led by a qualified youth worker from 6-8pm three times a week. For the first three weeks of the holidays these will be held on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For the second half of the holidays the Thursday session will move to Wednesday. There will be no session on Friday 8th August.
All sessions will include drinks and healthy snacks provided for children.
Keep an eye out on here and on our Facebook page for more information and updates.
The server running the Village Hall website suffered a major hardware failure on Thursday 15th May which meant that the site was unavailable until a replacement server was brought online over the weekend and the content restored from the backups.
At the moment the only problems we are having are with the events calendar but we hope to get those resolved soon.
The mobile cinema returns to Pittington Village Hall with The Lego Movie on Sunday 27th April at 3pm.
The film follows lead character, Emmet a completely ordinary LEGO mini-figure who is identified as the most “extraordinary person” and the key to saving the Lego universe. Emmet and his friends go on an epic journey to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business.
Find out exactly why “Everything is Awesome!”
Once again, tickets are just £2 on the door. A range of refreshments will be available including hotdogs, popcorn and hot and cold drinks.
Pittington Community Association are looking to employ a Village Hall Attendant. The job will be part time, for 20 hours per week including some weekend and evening work. Some of the work will be suitable for working from home but the majority will require regular visits to Pittington Village Hall.
The salary will be £15,000 per annum pro rata (approx. £8,100 per annum or £7.75/hour actual).
- To oversee the running of the hall and manage hall bookings
- To ensure that the village hall is an attractive property for hirers
- To open and close the Village Hall as required both during the week and at weekends
- To maintain the cleanliness of the village hall and deal with running repairs and maintenance
- To provide a positive experience for all hall users
Download the full job description here – PCA Hall Attendant Description and Conditions
Download an application form here – Hall Attendant Application Form
Questions can be emailed to the treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE – Closing date for applications is now Friday 13th June 2014
Interviews are expected to be held during the week beginning 16th June 2014 with a proposed start date of 1st July 2014
As part of the Asset Transfer process that we are currently going through to try and keep the hall open we need to know what you all think about the Hall, how you use it and what else you would like to see us doing. This all goes to help us make the case to Durham County Council that we have a viable business model for the future. Please help us to keep the hall open by completing this survey and letting us know how we can improve what we are doing.
Please complete the survey by clicking here.
Your time is much appreciated and could make all the difference to keeping the hall open!