A steelwork contractor, competent in the assessment of historical wrought iron structures, has now been appointed by DCC and they began work in mid September. They will design a series of temporary works systems to allow separation of the chain links and hangers in various locations for further inspection and assessment. It is a critical requirement of this phase to understand how fatigue has compromised aspects of the structure over its 190-year life.
The investigation and testing contract will be developed alongside an accredited Conservation Engineer who will assist in ensuring the methods proposed are acceptable to Historic England.
Reopening is still expected to be in March 2023.
Good news at last, Tracey Pearson and her fiancé Michael Dawson, both from the north east, are arriving soon with their dog and two children to take over the pub and they hope to be open by Christmas. Hurray! Whorlton wishes them the very best of luck and we look forward to welcoming them when they arrive.
See the Whorlton Facebook Page for further updates.
Whorlton Village Hall is holding its very first monthly COFFEE MORNING on:
Saturday 2nd October from 10.30 to Midday,
and then on the first Saturday of each month thereafter.
Saturday 6th November at 6pm on Whorlton Village Green.
There will be fireworks and warming refreshments. Please take care if you come and give generously towards the cost of the fireworks when the bucket comes round! There is no such thing as a free rocket!
The Telephone Box Appeal is going exceptionally well thanks to the many generous donations from the people of the village, one from the WVCA and from our two Local Durham County Councillors, who are both supporting the appeal.
It is expected that the K6 red telephone box should be installed next year.
If you want to rent out the hall for an event or to run some classes contact:
Gillian Connolly on 01833 627420.