News and Events
17 April 2017PIT WHEEL FIELDS
THE GATE AT THE PIT WHEEL FIELDS IS TEMPORARILY LOCKED DUE TO MISUSE
APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED
BY ORDER OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
03 April 2017MORE THAN JUST BOWLS
Fishburn Bowls Club - More than just Bowls
Open Events on the table this summer:
Speed Date Bowls
and much more
Membership not required for open events. It’s local, it’s fun and it’s all less than a tenner! Parent supervision re-quired for junior events.
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
No Green Fees and Membership is just £15.00. Join us in our league battles this season.
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Tel: 07930 592 929
27 March 2017GREENFINGERS LANDS COUNCIL CONTRACT
GREENFINGERS Landscapes Limited has landed Fishburn Parish Council's grounds maintenance contract, which covers grass cutting and associated works, cemetery works and sports fields in Fishburn. The contract is for three years and subject to review.
Greenfingers is a specialist grounds maintenance organisation that already provides a full array of grounds maintenance operations to public sector clients across Northern England. They have 12 depots and the nearest to Fishburn is their Stockton depot which has been operating for over 5 years and employs up to 20 local people.
Due to the obvious seasonal nature of grass cutting operations the Parish Council has for a number of years relied on third party contractors to complement the capacity of its workforce. This latest contract will provide for improved contractor management and is also more cost effective.
Staff from Greenfingers' depot in Stockton will be delivering the contract. Director Lisa Higginbottom said: “We are very pleased to be working in Fishburn where residents and the Parish Council can be assured of our commitment to quality maintenance and customer care."
23 March 2017NEW LOGO
CONGRATULATIONS to REBEKAH WATRET of Fishburn who won the competition to design a new logo for Fishburn Parish Council.
Parish councillors judged that her winning design reflects the heritage, history, culture of Fishburn, its community and its future. The design is clear and simple - a distinctive and recognisable logo to represent the character of the parish, community and its inhabitants, and reflects local, geographic or historic significance in the area.
The Parish Council has awarded Rebekah a £50.00 cash prize for her winning design. As well as the pride in being part of this community initiative, she will also be presented with a display replica of her design. The Signs Man (Coxhoe) has kindly agreed to print the winning logo and put it in a display frame.
The new logo will be used on all future parish council stationery and documents and on the council’s website.
The logo represents:
- the mining wheel (outer circle)
- the mining community (inner circle)
- the brass band
- the farming history
- the river/Fishburn school/a little of the old logo.
14 March 2017RIBBON CUTTING MARKS OPENING OF FISHBURN'S NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART SPORTS FACILITY
FISHBURN is now home to a state-of-the-art games area thanks a £50,000 investment.
The village’s new multi use games area (MUGA) was unveiled on Saturday on the site of the overgrown, redundant tennis courts.
MP Phil Wilson joined Cllr Rachel Lumsdon who cut the ribbon - marking the play area open.
Cllr Lumsdon awarded Fishburn Parish Council’s project £28,234 from her Neighbourhood Budget, Cllr John Robinson handed over £5,000 while the council made up the shortfall.
Cllr Lumsdon said: “The MUGA will provide a new community facility while improving the local visual environment.
“Hearing the children playing on the MUGA is lovely and makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
The MUGA is designed to provide a flexible and versatile sports venue which is suitable for anything from basketball, netball and hockey to cricket, football and tennis.
Andrew Pearson, chairman of Fishburn Parish Council, said: “To see the ribbon cut is an important milestone.
“The requirement was to replace a tired old tennis court with a sparkling new multi use games area. We have been able to deliver the project ahead of schedule and within budget.”
The council is talking with local sports groups to ensure it is well used.
NORTHERN ECHO: Tuesday 14th March 2017 by Flossie Mainwaring-Taylor.
11 March 2017MULTI USE GAMES AREA (MUGA)
Fishburn Parish Council’s MUGA is open to the public.
The MUGA is provided for the use and pleasure of the whole community and we ask you to use it in such a way that others are not inconvenienced.
The Parish Council wants the facility to be well utilised by young people and local sporting organisations, so the pedestrian gate near the sports pavilion will remain unlocked for access.
NO DOGS ALLOWED. Dog owners are requested not to exercise their dogs on childrens’ play areas, sports pitches or maintained areas.
For a trial period starting from Saturday 11th March we will also open one gate (nearest the changing rooms) every day. We ask that people close the gate behind them.
We must stress that dogs are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN from being allowed on the fields. It is up to local people to take responsibility for ensuring this does not happen or reporting people who choose to ignore this. Should we find people allowing dogs on the field, or anti-social behaviour, the gates will remain locked again.
We trust that people will understand and appreciate the reasons for this.
09 March 2017NEW PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDER TO BE INTRODUCED
THE Parish Council was consulted by Durham County Council on the introduction of a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Apparently, 80% of respondents to the consultation agreed with the proposal and it is hoped that the introduction of the PSPO will reduce dog fouling and other related issues. From 1st June 2017 the following will become a fineable offence in County Durham:
•allowing a dog to stray;
•failing to put a dog on a lead when asked by an authorised officer;
•allowing dogs into fenced off designated play areas.
The existing offence for allowing a dog to foul without picking it up will continue under the PSPO. Trained council staff and Durham Constabulary staff will be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for £100 (discounted to £60 if paid within 10 working days) for breach of the Public Space Protection Order. Failure to pay the FPN will lead to prosecution, with a maximum fine of £1,000. The order will not apply to anyone who is registered as blind, is disabled or who uses a trained assistance dog.
Some parish councils have also asked Durham County Council's Neighbourhood Protection Manager for their fenced off play areas to be added to the list of parks which will be subject to this PSPO.
17 February 2017INVITATION: NEW MULTI USE GAMES AREA (MUGA)
ALL residents and local children are cordially invited to attend the official opening of Fishburn Parish Council's new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) on Saturday 11th March 2017 at 11.00 a.m. on the site of the old tennis courts after work was completed ahead of schedule. Parish councillor Andrew Pearson, Chairman of the Parish Council, will invite Durham County Councillor Rachel Lumsdon to cut the ribbon. Councillors Rachel Lumsdon and John Robinson allocated generous funding from their Neighbourhood Budget money, and the Parish Council agreed to pay any shortfall. MUGAs are equally excellent for basketball, football, hockey, cricket, tennis and netball. Their complete flexibility also makes them suitable for goal practice. It is a resource for the whole community and the Parish Council wants the facility to be well utilised by local sporting organisations and young people, so the gate near the sports pavilion will remain open for a trial period. The Parish Council asks that people close the gate behind them and stresses that dogs are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. It is up to local people to take responsibility for reporting people who choose to ignore this.
16 February 2017FISHBURN BOWLS CLUB
For Sport , For Friendship or Just For Fun
All ages, All ability levels Welcome… and very much needed!
We have bowls and a friendly qualified coach to help you quickly develop confidence and skill.
National, televised bowls competitions are open to all bowlers. You could be the next National Champion, on TV and playing for England. Every great outcome starts somewhere… Let yours start here.
Membership is just £15.00. We play April to September
Team selection is managed in the clubhouse and ONLINE. You’ll know when the games are, you’ll know when you’re playing, and you can say when you’re available… all from the comfort of your own home. We even use a minibus taxi for away games.
The modern bowls game has no age limit. The national women’s
champion is just 21. So what are you waiting for?
Contact Ken on 07930 592929
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Fishburn Parish Website
THE website is now an established part of the Parish Council. Statistics show us that it has been viewed from several countries such as Germany, Spain, Australia and America. The number of people accessing the site rises every quarter and we hope you find the information useful and interesting.
Please let us know what you think of our site and if you have any suggestions or items you would like to see then send your comments to the Parish Clerk.
Fishburn Parish Council does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of information on this site. All information is provided in good faith and is considered to be correct at the time.
It is hoped that any groups or organisations in Fishburn will broadcast their news and/or forthcoming events on here. Please contact the Parish Clerk.
Recent activity involving the Council has seen the complete refurbishment of all three play areas. Improvements have been made to the crossroads in the village, as well as the nearby village green.
Fishburn Parish Council does not have a regular newsletter. However, the Fishburn Community Partnership does produce a 'Fishburn News' newsletter every 3 months, the first edition was distributed in June 2011. Every household in Fishburn receives a copy of this newsletter. The latest version is available within the Document Library.
Fishburn Pit Wheel
The original Fishburn Pit Wheel has been installed on the site of the old Coke Works, with a paved area containing bricks dedicated to those who worked at either the Pit or the Coke Works.
An official Opening Ceremony took place on Friday 10th July 2015, starting at Fishburn Community Centre at 7pm and then transferring to the site of the Wheel at 7.30pm. Fishburn Band were in attendance. An gathering of about 400 watched the official opening by Keith Grubb and Phoebe Turner. Keith is the man who alerted Fishburn to the availability of the wheel and Phoebe is a young resident of Fishburn. They were both presented with a small memento of the occasion by the Parish Council. A presentation of a clock was also made to Billy Elliott, of Fishburn Band, in recognition of his dedication and fundraising for the Band over many years.
The Cemetery gates have been replaced, with a widening of the entrance an integral part. The design of the new gates is striking and can be viewed in the photo gallery. An extension to the Garden of Remembrance in the cemetery has also been completed.
Many people in Fishburn do not realise that the Village Green extends all the way down one side of Butterwick Road past the Co-op to the entrance to Oakdene Road. In recent years cars have been parking on the Green near to the Co-op and a lot of damage was done to the area, with dangerous holes appearing. Recent remedial work has taken place to restore the Green to its proper state and protective fencing and posts have been erected to try and prevent the damage happening again. The Co-op have removed the bollards that were in the centre of their car park to allow vehicles to pull straight through when leaving, without having to reverse.
Tubs have now been placed along both sides of the Green. Funding was also obtained by the Parish Council for 44 planters which have been placed along both sides of the Village Green. They are self watering, having reservoirs in the bottom of each pot. They were provided by a grant from the County Durham Community Foundation. The flower beds that were originally in place there were sloped and difficult to keep watered.
New roses have been planted in the flower beds at the bowling green: 'Peace' roses commemorating the centenary of the First World War to show respect for residents of Fishburn past and present who have gone to war; 'Queen Elizabeth' roses to mark the Queen's 90th birthday; and 'Nostalgia' roses as eye-catching creamy-white to bright cherry-red colour, as well as 'Remembrance' (red) and 'Beautiful Britain' (orange).
Fishburn Allotment Association has now taken over the management of the allotment site, on behalf of the Parish Council.
They have already funded some security measures in conjunction with the local Police and have been successful in obtaining a grant towards some new gates for both main entrances.
Allotment rents are now to be collected in January each year instead of April, which will help in identifying which allotments are likely to be vacant for the coming year. They can then be re-allocated in time for the majority of the growing season, instead of becoming overgrown and therefore difficult to pull round. The rent for this year from April to December 2015 is £15, returning to the normal figure of £20 for the 12 months after that.
Anyone wishing to be placed on the waiting list should e-mail the Parish Clerk giving name, home address and contact number and the details will then be passed on to the Allotment Association secretary. Allotments will be allocated strictly according to the waiting list. The yearly rental is £20, payable in January each year.
Fishburn is home to the Fishburn Brass Band, started by local miners as the Fishburn Colliery Welfare band in the 1950s. The band have won several high profile contests including the Scottish Open Champions in 2005 and the Durham County Brass Band League. The band also play on the streets of Fishburn on the day of the Durham Miners Gala and at Christmas playing traditional Christmas carols.