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16 May 2021RECREATION GROUND

THE PARISH COUNCIL has agreed that the main outer gate at the recreation ground - football fields and Multi Use Games Area - should be unlocked again until further notice, because it is important that local people and Fishburn Bowls Club members are able to freely use these facilities, but it may be ordered to be locked again at short notice if necessary, e.g. anti-social behaviour and any further incidents of substance abuse. 

16 May 2021NORTHUMBRIA IN BLOOM COMPETITION

FISHBURN has entered the Northumbria in Bloom competition again this year. The Summer judging visit will be on Monday 19th July 2021 at 10:30 a.m. The Parish Council presented Fishburn Primary School the SILVER Award in the Large Village class from the competition in 2019 for safe keeping and display.

01 April 2021MEMORIAL CHILDREN'S PLAYING FIELD

WORK has started on repairs at the Memorial Children's Playing Field, a project which has been allocated £10,000 from the Neighbourhood Budgets of Councillors John Robinson and David Brown (£5,000 each). The Parish Council has provided match funding. £2,929. This playground has been closed due to repeated incidents of vandalism. 

30 March 2021OFFICIAL RESPONSE: FISHBURN AMBULANCE STATION

THE PARISH COUNCIL has received the following response from Mark Cotton, Assistant Director at North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, regarding Fishburn ambulance station:

"I hope I can put the concerns of your constituents at ease by assuring you that we have no plans to close Fishburn ambulance station. We did put an additional vehicle onto the station in 2019 as part of the extra investment received by from commissioners to increase our staffing and vehicles. However, the station site is small and became over-crowded as a result of the additional vehicle and accompanying crew. When the fire and rescue service offered us accommodation at their new community station in Sedgefield, this was an excellent opportunity for us to ease the over-crowding at Fishburn and locate one of our additional vehicles in Sedgefield, where we’ve not had a base before."

20 March 2021FISHBURN BOWLS CLUB IN 2021

BOWLS is a sport which is enjoyed by players of all ages. A minimum level of fitness is required together with  an enjoyment of gentle exercise, fresh air, and friendly company. It is an ideal way to shake off the restrictions of the Covid pandemic.

Fishburn Bowls Club welcomes anyone, male or female, with an interest in outdoor bowling. Young children have to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Membership is not restricted to Fishburn residents, currently members have been attracted to the Club from Sedgefield, Trimdon and Thorpe Thewles. Informal coaching is readily available at no cost and without commitment.

There is no dress code beyond the wearing of shoes with flat soles. If a member wishes to play in the  club competitions  then the dress code is adhered to. This is generally grey trousers/skirt below the waist and white shirt/blouse etc above the waist.

Annual membership  provides access to the bowling green  and  the clubhouse by way of a key to the gate and the clubhouse. The green is generally available for play between the end of April and the beginning of September subject to the agreement of the Green Keeper and currently any Covid restrictions. Between these dates members can use the green as frequently as they choose without further charge. There are a number of sets of bowls at the club which can be used by potential members to help them decide if the sport is to their liking before they incur any expense.

The  Covid pandemic has resulted in the Club withdrawing this year from the 4 leagues in which it normally competes. The membership will however compete in the Club’s own competitions and it is planned that these competitions will be held on two designated days of each week during the season. Further details will be available in due course.

For further details please contact the Secretary or the Treasurer as below:-

Carol Mason – Secretary – tele  07446032450  or 01740 238443

Terry Graham- Treasurer – tele 01740 621627

Fishburn Bowls Club is located  between the football pitches and the Fishburn Youth and  Community  centre  off Butterwick Road Fishburn. Park at the gate near the football pavilion. The Bowls Club is through the gate and to the left.

08 March 2021WOODLAND CREATION

THE PARISH COUNCIL has used the funding maximum of £150 awarded by Durham County Council to purchase 80cm [whips] native species such as Beech; Birch; Hawthorn; Hazel; Hornbeam, which have been planted at the front area of the pit wheel field, focussing on bulking out existing woodland.

Members have also considered a proposal to create a woodland area (blocks of trees with paths) at the rear of the pit wheel fields, and discussed the possibility of working in partnership with Bright Water Landscape Partnership and Durham Wildlife Trust to plant native species trees to help combat climate change and boost wellbeing and wildlife. The UK needs millions more trees to reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. It is hoped that local volunteers may be interested in working with parish councillors to help bring Fishburn nearer this important goal. A unique tree planting campaign across the United Kingdom known as The Queen’s Green Canopy will be created to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The initiative will be officially launched in May 2021. Further details about how to get involved will be announced in due course.

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