Southbrook House to Close

The final report by Durham County Council into Community Rooms has proposed that Southbrook House, High Pittington be closed with immediate effect and that Durham City Homes will be allowed to redevelop the property as they see fit.

The full report which can be found here considers the future of 55 communal rooms in County Durham goes before the DCC Cabinet on 24th July. While most of the rooms will continue to be maintained by housing providers, and some will even receive extra support from providers, Southbrook House is one of two currently active properties where  “the housing provider would wish to take immediate action to convert into living accommodation to help meet the high levels of housing demand, to demolish or find an alternative use for the benefit of local tenants.”

Unlike the original report into Community Buildings which proposed asset transfer for both Pittington Village Hall and Southbrook House, this report gives no option of asset transfer. DCC justify their decision bases on the relatively low usage of Southbrook House and it’s proximity to an alternative venue.

Pittington Brass at Durham Miners’ Gala

Pittington Brass at the Miners Gala

Saturday 14th July sees Pittington Brass Band take part in the 128th Durham Miners’ Gala. The parade gathers in the Market Place from 8:30am before beginning the march to the Racecourse Field.

The organisers expect up to 50 bands to take part with around 70 banners.

This year sees Labour leader Ed Milliband accept an invitation to speak.  The Racecourse Field will host musical and other entertainment throughout the day with the speeches starting at around 12:15pm. The annual Gala Cathedral service begins at 3pm and will include the blessing of a number of new banners.

Visitors are recommended to use the Park and Ride service as road closures and restrictions will be more wide spread than in previous years due to the Labour leader’s presence.


Pittington Voluntary Community Newsletter and Survey


Pittington Voluntary Community

The new Pittington Voluntary Community Newsletter should have popped through your letterbox by now. If not you can view it as a PDF here – PVC Newsletter June 2012.

Together with the newsletter is a short communication survey. This survey provides an opportunity for you to subscribe to the newsletter and tell the PVC if and how you want to receive it in the future.

The communications survey can be completed online on the new three villages website by following this link.

Durham Brass Festival at the Village Hall 7th July

Durham International Brass Festival

As part of Durham International Brass Festival 2012 Community Tour the Village Hall see french group Funky Style Brass playing alongside Pittington Brass Band at 7:30pm on Saturday 7th July 2012.

Funky Style Brass

Funky Style Brass are graduates from Conservatoire National de Toulouse, France. They combine showmanship, extravagant costume and dance with their funky musical style for a fantastic, memorable performance.

Tickets are £5 for adults with accompanying children free and are available from the Post Office or on the door on the night.

Last year, Pittington Brass played in Durham Market Place as part of the 2011 festival with ‘Beat and Blow’. You can see the video here.