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Witton Gilbert Calendar 2019

Witton Gilbert Calendar 2019

 £5.00 Per copy

The Calendar contains monthly views in and around the village and parish It is produced to raise funds for the conservation and maintenance of Witton Dene and for activities directly associated  with the Dene.

Copies can be purchased from:

Robin Minney: tel: 0191 3711295,


 Mike Rowell 3710595   Mob 07791625644   email

Draft Neighbourhood Plan Submission

Witton Gilbert Neighbourhood Plan

Submission to Durham County Council

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been formally submitted to Durham County Council and is subject to a further 6 week consultation before being examined by an independent planning inspector. The Draft Plan and all of the background papers and evidence are available, follow the link below.

Neighbourhood plan submission stage

The inspector will be appointed by Durham County Council to ensure its compliance with the law, with national planning guidance and with the strategic policies of Durham County Council’s local plan.

The planning inspector can require amendments to be made or recommend that the Plan go forward for public referendum. Residents of Witton Gilbert Parish will have a vote on whether to accept or reject the plan. Should the community support the plan it will be formally adopted and become an integral part of the planning process when determining planning applications in the Parish.

Sensing the Seasons: Mindfulness walk through Witton Dene

A 60 minute guided Mindfulness walk through Witton Dene, suitable for most abilities


Next walks

30th November
28th December

Last Friday of every month

Refreshments available

Meeting place:
St Michael and All Angels
Church, Coach Lane,
Witton Gilbert, DH7 6SX

To find out more, contact Gillie
07508471522/0191 3711387

Bonfire & Fireworks

Saturday 3rd November; Clink Bank Field

                         Bonfire lit at 6:30                                Fireworks start at approximately 7:00

This is a regular, well attended village event, organised by a volunteer team and the Parish Council.
Admission is FREE

If you attend and have photographs you would like to share please use the contact form to share a link to images.



The Langley Estate is up for sale. In total there is about 2,615 acres, which includes a large part of the Parish to the west of Witton Gilbert village.

Land immediately adjacent to or in the village is contained within the Fulforth Farm lot which abuts Norburn Park and extends to the boundary of Sacriston,  the village allotments are also  part of the sale.

The extract below from the sales information shows  that the land directly adjacent to the village is seen as a possible development opportunity.

Interest has been expressed by a major national operator to enter into a Promotion Agreement to achieve planning consent for residential development in respect of the land shown as hatched on the sale plan. The Vendor is prepared to put interested parties in touch if required.”

To view details of the sale follow the link below :-

List of individual lots

1 Broom House Farm 633.92 acres
2 Land at Langley House Farm 596.79 acres
3 Langley House Farm and Cottages 64.42 acres
4 Langley West House Farm 213.47 acres
5 Land at Langley West House Farm 34.74 acres
6 Fulforth Farm 430.53 acres
7 Land at Blackburn Farm and Fishing Rights 75.12 acres
8 Land at Fellside Farm 198.37 acres
9 Land at Ibbotsons 107.00 acres
10 Land at Long Edge 13.66 acres
11 Langley Park Industrial Estate 23.82 acres
12 Land at Park Villas 8.02 acres
13 West Hall Cottage 2.24 acres
14 Langley Forest 202.79 acres
15 High Hedley Hope Wind Farm 2.90 acres
16 Fulforth Grazing Land 5.35 acres
17 Allotments 2.05 acres
18 1 Parkhouse Cottage 0.20 acres
The Whole The Langley Estate 2,615.39 acres

Folk Singing Sessions

Folk Singing Sessions
@ St Michael & All Angels Church,
Witton Gilbert Fridays 1-3pm
Come along and join in!

Friday 21st September
New singers & musicians welcome


For further information

Tel. Gillie on 07508471522 or 01913711387
Meeting place:
St Michael and All Angels
Church, Coach Lane,
Witton Gilbert, DH7 6SX


Neighbourhood Plan: Responses

Following the 6 week Pre-Consultation period on the Witton Gilbert Neighbourhood Plan. We publish here all of the responses received from residents, statutory consultees and other interested parties.


Follow the link below to see comments.

Pre-Consultation comments

These comments will be carefully considered before the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan in prepared and examined by an Independent  Planning Inspector, who will advise on compliance with the law and process. The Planning Inspector may  recommend changes before the plan is put to a Community Referendum or recommend further community consultation.

Witton Gilbert Playgroup

Cooper Hall,

Witton Gilbert

Open Monday – Friday 9.15-11.15

from age 2 years

A safe happy environment where your child can play, learn and develop skills whilst having fun.

Staff hold level 3 childcare and education qualifications.

Cost is £20 per week inclusive of snacks and drinks.

Please contact Joanne Embleton on 07825255532 for more information or to secure a place.

Creative writing-Get active-Mindfulness-Woodland wonders

     Activities taking place at the       breathing space project.

St Michael & All Angels Church

Witton Wordies Creative writing 

drop-in @ St Michael & All Angels Church,
Witton Gilbert Tuesdays 12.15-2.0pm
Come along and join in!

All welcome regardless of ability Every Tuesday
Term time
Now on!

Creative writing flier

Get Active

Weekly exercise group at
Wednesdays 1.45-3.0pm
With Sandra Mountjoy
For all ages and abilities.

Get active flier 2018

Introduction to Mindfulness
6 week course
Starts February 2018

The Course is an hour and 15 minute long session over 6 weeks
Wednesday 7th February—Wednesday 14th March 4.45 – 6.0 pm
At St Michael & All Angels Church
These sessions will cover
 The Key concepts of Mindfulness
 The habit of thinking & coming out of autopilot
 Breathing & Body scan techniques
 The practice of Mindfulness meditation
 Mindfulness for everyday life
 Using Mindfulness for anxiety & stress reduc-tion
Who is this course for:
Anyone who wants to learn the basics of
Mindfulness as a tool to support their personal health & wellbeing
Anyone who wants to learn new techniques to support the reduction of stress and anxiety
Led by a qualified practitioner
A commitment to the full course is required to gain most benefit. There will be some discussion & group work involved

Cost : £20

Intro 2 Mindfulness Feb 2018

Woodland Wonders!
Witton Dene Holiday Club

Tuesday 13th February
Donations welcome
These activities are aimed strictly for 5-10 years.
Under 8’s need to be supervised by a parent/carer

Children’s forest activities
★ Explore the woodland and churchyard
★ Play active outdoor games
★ Discover local wildlife and creepy crawlies
★ Learn simple green woodwork skills
★ Make crafts from natural materials
★ Listen to stories around the campfire
The activities are led by a Level 3 Forest school qualified facilitator

Booking essential
Come weather prepared
No dogs please

Woodland wonders flier Feb 2018

For further information on any of the above  contact Gillie on 07508471522                          or 0191 3711387