Field House Farm Update

The Community Liaison Committee met last week and it was agreed that information would be circulated to all CLC members soon after the meeting. This was decided to ensure that up to date details relating to the Field House site could be quickly issued and made available to the public and used to inform any local newsletters or organisations.

The documents can be found here:

Field House Project Update 10th May 2018

Field House Ecology Summary and Update May 2018

If you have any concerns or complaints regarding site issues, in the first instance, please contact: Trevor Meek: Site Manager: 07741 634 842: as he may be in a position to resolve any potential issue directly.

If you wish to raise a concern or complaint direct with Durham County Council, please contact:

Mike Tweddle: DCC Monitoring Officer: 03000 261 395 Claire Teasdale: DCC Planning Officer: 03000 261 390

Pittington Autumn Show – Saturday 16th September 2017

Pittington Village Hall Autumn Show 2017 will be on Saturday 16th September.

Entries to be received between 9am and 11am. Show opens 1:00pm Presentations 3:00pm

The show will be opened by Pittington Brass Band and then we will have routines from Dance Fusion and Durham Cavaliers Marching Band.

Pittington Photography Club will be staging another exhibition of their work.

This year’s competition categories are:


  1. Onions, shallots or leeks (3 examples)
  2. Potatoes, Carrots or other root veg (5 examples)
  3. Courgette, squash or cucumber (2 examples)
  4. Funny shaped vegetable
  5. Biggest marrow
  6. Hard fruit e.g. apple, pear (3 examples)
  7. Soft fruit (5 examples)


  1. A sponge cake
  2. Four scones
  3. Home made jam or preserve


  1. Knitted Item
  2. Stitched Item
  3. Crocheted Item

Children (under 11 and 11-16, include age with entry)

  1. Any painting
  2. A lego creation
  3. Three crispy cakes
  4. Best decorated gingerbread man
  5. An animal/monster made of fruit or vegetables


Under 11 years old:

  1. My favourite animal (any animal)
  2. My favourite colour (anything that represents your favourite colour)

11-16 Years of age:

  1. Nature (anything that represents nature, animal, bird, flowers etc)
  2. Action (any action picture)


  1. The Best of Pittington
  2. People

Autumn Show – Saturday 27th September 2014

Pittington Voluntary Community

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!

Competition Categories

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.


Job Vacancy – Village Hall Attendant

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).

General Duties:

  • 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

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

Pittington Village Hall Community Survey

Pittington Voluntary Community

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!

Green Dog Walkers Event with free microchipping


Durham County Council are running a Green Dog Walkers Event at the Village Hall to promote responsible dog ownership. There will also be free microchipping available courtesy of Stray Aid. The event will be held on Tuesday 6th August from 10am to 2pm and is part of the County Councils Responsible Dog Ownership campaign.

More information on the Green Dog Walkers campaign can be found on the County Council website.

During the campaign Pittington will also see increased patrols from dog wardens targeting dog fouling ‘hot spots’.

Business Opportunity – Pittington Village Cafe

Pittington Voluntary Community

Pittington Village Hall Association is looking into the possibility of running a cafe from the hall. This is one of a range of opportunities that we are considering to help secure the financial stability of the hall as well as improving and extending the services we offer to the community.

We are looking for an individual or company to work with us to set up and run a cafe using the existing kitchen and canteen areas of the Village Hall following any required modifications. The details of the working relationship are up for negotiation, possibilities include a commercial lease, a joint venture community interest company and a profit share agreement.

As well as running the kitchen as a cafe there could also be opportunities for catering for parties and other events as a service to users of the hall. We would also be looking at ways of making the most of the times the cafe was open by providing additional benefits such as free internet access and a community book library.

At this stage we are inviting anyone interested in this opportunity to get in touch with the committee with their ideas of how we can take this forward together. Please email with your comments and questions or to arrange to come and talk to us.

Northumbria in Bloom 2013



Littletown, Low Pittington and High Pittington are taking part in Northumbria in Bloom again this year.

Judging for Low Pittington and Littletown will take place on 15th July. Judging for High Pittington is on 16th July.

The new Parish Council are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in helping the three villages prepare for judging in any way they can. A meeting of volunteers will be arranged shortly. The Parish Council can be contacted through their new facebook page or through the Clerk Amanda Sutherland – 07415009431 – or the chairman Cllr Andrew Sowerby – 07514431867 –


Pittington Post Office move consultation

The Post Office is proposing to move the Pittington branch from its current location at 9 Graham Terrace, into the Village Shop to “create a modern open-plan branch with improved access and significantly extended opening hours for customers”.

The Post Office is inviting members of the public to give their comments on the move in a public consultation which closes on January 4.

Speaking to the Northern Echo Post Office regional network manager for the North-East, Sue Richardson, said: “We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in High Pittington and we are confident that this new modern branch will make it easier for our customers to do business with us and also secure services for the future.”

She added: “The proposed changes to the branch are part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6000 branches -about half the Post Office network – converting to new-style branches.”

Opening hours at the proposed new location will be from 6am to 8.30pm from Monday to Saturday and from 6am to 4.30pm on Sunday – an extra 63 hours a week.

Submissions can be made during the consultation by Freepost YOUR COMMENTS to Post Office Ltd
National Consultation Team
Wealdstone Post Office
1st Floor Admin
2 Headstone Drive

Via email to;
or through the Customer Helpline: 08457 22 33 44 or Textphone 08457 22 33 55.

Kids For Kids Film Festival 17th November

Pittington Village Hall will be hosting part of this years Kids for Kids UK Film Festival on Saturday 17th November.

Film Festival 2012

The event starts at 2:30pm with a free film – ‘Once upon a time in Asia’. The film suitable for ages 5+ features a selection of some of the best animated shorts from Asia.

Following the film at 3:30pm is an Animation Workshop suitable for ages 8+ to give children a go a creating their own Asian inspired animated feature. The workshop will run for 2 hours and costs £2 per person. Booking is essential for the workshop – email to book.