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Whorlton Village Community Association and Village Hall

Whorlton Village Diary

Coffee Mornings in Whorlton Village Hall
*2nd Saturday of Month

Will then be held on the second Saturday of the month from April 2023 onwards.

Sunday 3rd December at 6pm
A Christmas Tree Gathering on the Village Green:

Come and join in the festivities – Christmas carols, mince pies and mulled wine.

Saturday 9th December from 10am till noon
Whorlton Village Hall Coffee Morning & Raffle:

All welcome to enjoy a lovely cuppa and delicious home-baked cakes. Any raffle prizes would be gratefully received.
£3.00 per person.

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

St Mary’s Church, Whorlton

Sunday 17th December at 4pm
Carol Service with Barnard Castle Choir at St Mary’s Church.

Sunday 24th December at 7pm
Carol singing under the lamppost followed by Christmas.
Communion in church.

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

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

All most welcome.

Whorlton Bridge News

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 from April 2023 onwards. *

A Christmas Tree Gathering on the Village Green

Sunday 3rd December at 6pm

Come and join in the festivities – Christmas carols, mince pies and mulled wine.

Hire Whorlton Village Hall

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