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Whorlton Village Community Association and Village Hall

Whorlton Village Diary

Hatha Yoga with Jane:
Tuesday Morning Classes 9.30am to 11.00am
Whorlton Village Hall
Contact Jane for details:
Tel: 07798 801231

A Diplomat’s Wife in Russia (2016-2019): 
Sunday 25th February at 2.30pm.
Come and learn about the experiences and challenges of living in Russia. Slideshow presentation and talk by Gillian Connolly.
Ticket price of £15 per person to include afternoon tea.
The speaker will be making a donation to Ukraine.  
For bookings please contact Gillian Connolly on 01833 627420 or 07756 258500.

Dixon County Country Band:

Come and enjoy an evening of live entertainment with Dixon County five piece band performing a broad mix of country songs spanning the decades and guaranteed to get you dancing.
Saturday 2nd March at 7pm Tickets £12 per person
Cash bar & nibbles
To reserve your place please contact Liz Treadway on or telephone 07768 050197

Whorlton Village Hall Coffee Morning:  
Saturday 9th March from 10.00am till noon - £3.00per person.
All welcome to enjoy a lovely cuppa and delicious home-baked cakes.

Whorlton Women’s Institute:
The next meeting will be held at Whorlton Village Hall on Tuesday 12th March at 2.00pm followed with Thomas Wilson ‘Spring Gardening’. All visitors most welcome.

The Castle Players presents ‘The River Line’:
Not to be missed… WW II Escape Drama written by Charles Morgan, directed by Mary Stastny and playing Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April.
Ticket price £14.00 per person and to reserve your seat please contact box office 01833 627419 or email

Due to popular demand an extra performance of the River Line has been scheduled for Sunday 7th April starting 2.30pm.

Whorlton Open Gardens:
Whorlton Village Open Gardens will take place on Sunday 2nd June from 1.30 to 5pm. Entrance £5 (under 10s free). Come and see a dozen beautiful gardens and enjoy some tea and cake.
All proceeds to support the Village Hall.

For further details of events please see the bottom of this page.

St Mary’s Church, Whorlton

Sunday 25th February – 9.00am Morning Prayer

Sunday 10th March - Morning  Prayer - 9.00am

NB:  No service Sunday 24th March

Good Friday 29th March – 12 noon - Service of readings and prayers

Easter Day Sunday 31st March – 9.00am - Morning Prayer

- Sunday (2nd week in the month) – 9.00 am
Morning Prayer

- Sunday (4th week in the month) - 4.00 pm
Holy Communion

Everyone most welcome to our lovely church. We look forward to greeting new faces. Seasons greetings to all.

Whorlton Bridge News

January 2024

VolkerLaser have finished constructing their site compound in spite of having to work in horrendously inclement weather throughout December. They have received approval from Historic England to begin the job of dismantling and repairing the bridge with the scaffolding necessary to do this being installed by the end of January.

The Project Manager, Chris Mc Hutchison said, “We are very excited to finally commence the operational phase of this project” and let’s all hope for better weather moving forward!!

November 2023

The work on the builders compound within the grounds of the Lido is continuing at pace. The actual work on the bridge itself will commence after Christmas and will last some 18 months.

August 2023

It is understood from a reliable source that the Durham County Council and the contractors, Volker Laser are to sign the contract documents by the end of the month and the works are to start on site in September this year. The completion of the works is expected within 18 months.

George Stastny (WWPC Chairman)

February 2023
Update from Durham County Council

Pell Frischmann (Design Consultant) VolkerLaser (Specialist Contractor) and Blackett-Ord Conservation (Accredited Conservation Engineers) continue to work together to determine the requirements and preliminary design for the refurbishment of the bridge including updating of the cost estimates.  This work is programmed to be complete by the end of February and following a review of the proposals will then progress into a detailed design phase which will allow the programme to be finalised early in 2023 with a view for refurbishments to commence in summer 2023.  

We are also currently working with our Contractor to review options for a site compound and working space to help inform the project costings, phasing, and programming.  Whilst much of the work will occur using overhead gantries and be retained within the highway corridor, the linear nature of the site means that we will need to utilise an area adjacent the highway for temporary works, material storage, offices etc.

December 2021

Whorlton Bridge - there continues to be intermittent activity by engineers down on the bridge as they investigate the structure and assess exactly what repairs are going to be needed.

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.

Letter from the MPs office (Dehenna Davison) regarding the repair of Whorlton’s Bridge

Dear Mr Stastny,

I hope you are well. I have received the following update from Durham County Council in regard to the programme of repairs at Whorlton Bridge:
The final testing and investigation report from Taziker Industrial Ltd was received in August 2022. This has formed the basis of an assessment review by Consultants Pell Frishcmann, validating previous condition and geometric assumptions made as part of the initial assessment work. 

This review by Pell Frischmann has highlighted two areas of Taziker’s work that has been inconclusive, therefore, further testing and investigation is to be progressed over the next two months subject to agreement from Historic England, with results used to draw a conclusion to the refurbishment preliminary design process.

Durham County Council are engaged with VolkerLaser as a Principal Contractor to deliver the refurbishment scheme design and delivery alongside designers Pell Frischmann.

The requirements and preliminary design for the refurbishment of the bridge are now under consideration.

Pell Frischmann, Design Consultant, VolkerLaser (Specialist Contractor) and Blackett-Ord Conservation, Accredited Conservation Engineers, will work together to develop the refurbishment scope of work and methodologies to allow an update of the cost estimates and progression into detailed design. 

The project will progress in accordance with the timeframes stipulated by the Levelling Up Funding with completion due no later than March 2024
I’m pleased that we’re still on track for reopening by early 2024, but please do let me know if you have any other queries.

With every good wish,
James Middleton
Constituency Assistant to Dehenna Davison MP
Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland

News and Events

Copper Beech Tree Planted on the Village Green

11th November 2023

Copper Beech Tree Planted on the Village Green in Remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II

Coffee Mornings in Whorlton Village Hall

* They will be held on the second Saturday of the month. *

Hire Whorlton Village Hall

If you want to rent out the hall for an event or to run some classes contact: Hall enquiries