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Whorlton Village Community Association and Village Hall

Whorlton Village Diary

Commencing Friday 18th November 2022
Art Classes with Neville Dawson

Friday 16th December 2022 at 6pm
Christmas Tree Gathering
The official lighting of the Whorlton Christmas Tree on the green for Christmas 2022-2023. There will be a Brass Band, Blazing Braziers, Hot Chocolate, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine and we will sing carols around the tree.  Do come and join us!

Saturday 14th January at 7pm
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band
will perform at 7pm. £20 per head to include a Louisiana Supper (veg option). Cash Bar.

Sunday 5th February 2023 at 3pm
Matinee - Castle Players present:
'Radio Revellers - Treasure Island'.
Tickets £10 - Contact 01833 627419

Saturday 18th March 2023
Gardeners Question Time in the Village Hall
Three local gardening experts and nurserymen will be on the panel to answer your questions on any topic you choose.

28th April 2023 at 7pm
Bad Apple Theatre Company present 'Eddie and the Gold Tops'

25th June 2023
Open Gardens
next year will be on 25th June when we hope all the roses will be in bloom.

Coffee Mornings in Whorlton Village Hall
Every first Saturday in the month.

Whorlton Bridge News

13/12/2021
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.
See: www.durham.gov.uk/whorltonbridge


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

Christmas Tree Gathering

Friday 16th December at 6pm The official lighting of the Whorlton Christmas Tree on the green for 2022-2023. There will be a Brass Band, Blazing Braziers, Hot Chocolate, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine and we will sing carols around the tree.  Do come and join us!

New Telephone Box

The new red telephone box is functioning as a book exchange. You bring the books you enjoyed but will never read again and help yourself to books that other people have left on the shelves. You can also bring your weekly and monthly magazines but remember to go back and remove any that don't seem to appeal to anyone else!

Open Gardens 2023

25th June 2023
Open Gardens next year will be on 25th June when we hope all the roses will be in bloom.

Coffee Mornings in Whorlton Village Hall

Every first Saturday in the month.

Jubilee Tea Party

5th June 2022
Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II

> View image here.

The Bridge Inn

13th December 2021
Meanwhile, The Bridge Inn has reopened. It has a new layout with a cosy fire and some excellent beers! Whorlton wishes Michael and Tracey all the very best for their business in 2022!

Telephone Box Appeal

The Telephone Box Appeal has gone 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.

Hire Whorlton Village Hall

If you want to rent out the hall for an event or to run some classes contact: Hall enquiries (01833) 627420