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FISHBURN BAND will appear at the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall on 6th October 2018. They will compete against 19 other elite bands from around the UK and it is their first visit there since 2006, when they finished 12th.

Of course, this success comes at a price and the band members are working hard to raise funds to pay the costs for a bus etc. To this end, they have a raffle running:

  1. 24" LED TV with built-in DVD
  2. Two tickets for Sage Gateshead - Kate Busby concert (Dec)
  3. £50.00 voucher (Hays Travel)
  4. Afternoon tea for two (Patisserie Valerie)
  5. £20.00 voucher (Dun Cow Inn, Sedgefield) ... plus many more prizes, so there is a good chance of winning a prize.

The band has also released their latest CD - One Voice - available at only £10.00 + postage. For further details, please contact: Malcolm Usher, Secretary - Fishburn Band on 07801 684609 or Jayne on 07790 040391.


A new transport/employment initiative is now operating in the Fishburn and surrounding area helping people to access employment where transport is a barrier – please see below information about the scheme. Residents of Fishburn are eligible to appply. Leaflets have already been delivered around the Fishburn area.

Wheels to Work is a moped-loan scheme which aims to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor public transport connections or out-of-hour work patterns.

The project has been funded by a number of Area Action Partnerships in partnership with Durham County Council, in response to a growing need to help local people get to work or college.  The idea behind the scheme is to provide a loan of a moped for 6 months to help people to establish themselves in work and/or training.

Mopeds of either 50cc or 125cc are available to people aged 16+ as long as they have a provisional or full driving licence.  The cost is £25 per week for a 50cc and £30 per week for a 125cc moped,

Riders are provided with brand new protective clothing (helmet, armoured jacket, gloves, waterproof over-trousers and high visibility vest) and a heavy-duty lock, and are also covered for bike insurance, road tax, breakdown cover, as well as regular servicing of the moped. There may be a chance to buy the moped from the scheme at the end of the loan period.

Ace Motorcycles in Pity Me, Durham provides the motorcycle training (also included as part of the scheme) which involves a full day’s Compulsory Basic Training, followed by a 2 hour CBT plus session on a separate day, when clients are provided with additional road time and are issued with their clothing and bike.

This scheme aims to make people more employable by helping them to be mobile and independent.

Tel: 0191 303 8442

Mobile 07460 068668 or 07472 668884.

Email: info@w2wcd.org.uk or gina.davies@w2wcd.org.uk

Or message them through Facebook

Please visit the website: www.wheels2workcountydurham.org.uk

Gina Davies

Project Manager

Wheels to Work is supported by grants from the North East Combined Authority (NECA), Durham County Council, a number of County Durham Area Action Partnerships, the County Durham Community Foundation and the Virgin Money Foundation.

Wheels 2 Work County Durham is a CIO registered with the Charity Commission, Number 1160215, Registered Office Bullion Hall, South Approach, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH2 2DW.


The refurbishment works at Fishburn Sports Pavilion have already started following approval on the planning side of things. The much-needed new footpaths, access ramp, and associated brick walls outside the pavilion have been completed during the August recess (break) to expedite the remedial work to the cracked and damaged paving without delay.


The gates at the Memorial Children's Playing Field have been temporarily locked as a result of vandalism. Fishburn Parish Council took the decision to close the playground as a temporary measure until it was made safe. The Parish Council regrets any inconvenience this may have caused. All the remedial works have now been completed on the equipment and surface below the giant swing, and an inspector from Durham County Council has confirmed that the play area is safe to re-open. His team will return soon to re-secure the bench that was pulled from ground.

The Council is asking people to remain vigilant to tackle on-going youth crime and anti-social behaviour in the village and anyone who has information should call police on non-emergency 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111. The message to parents is to know where your children are and what they are doing, especially during the school holidays.


Fishburn Parish Council has been working in partnership with the Cardiac Arrest Prevention Team at the University Hospital of North Durham to provide an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in the parish. Defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 50%-70%. This can be achieved through public access defibrillation and when a bystander uses a nearby AED to deliver the first shock. The unit will be accessed by a unique code obtained by an emergency call to the 999 service. The defibrillator was donated free of charge and full training will be provided on how it works in the coming weeks. It will be installed on the front wall of the Community Centre building on Butterwick Road for accessibility. The Parish Council has spent £606.00 purchasing a temperature controlled, lit cabinet, and will be responsible for on-going expenses, such as replacement pads and batteries.


PARKING restrictions will be introduced on the village crossroads to improve safety.

The Parish Council suggested the measures to address ongoing road safety issues caused by parking on both sides of the road between the stop line and a traffic island. Durham County Council has agreed to introduce parking and waiting restrictions on the C26/B1278 at Fishburn.

In 2013 a road safety audit - which showed there had been five accidents in the previous five years with six casualties - led to measures such as enhanced road markings, signs and better grip surfacing at the junction.

Last November the County Council began consultation over the new proposal. Two businesspeople objected, saying it was a waste of money and extra parking would be better and fearing the impact on trade. The scheme was backed by the police, ambulance service and parish council and Cllr John Robinson.

The highways committee considered the proposal when it met at County Hall on Thursday 5th July 2018. Members endorsed it for a final decision by corporate director of regeneration and local services Ian Thompson under delegated powers.

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