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Ushaw Moor Celebrate Start of Christmas – Decorate Our Community TREE

November 30, 2013 Leave a comment

RESIDENTS are being invited to plant and decorate a community Christmas tree.

 

The festive tree will be planted in Ushaw Moor Community Garden next week with a free family fun day being organised around the decoration of the tree.

Ushaw Moor Action Group organised the planting of the tree in the community garden where it can be seen by people passing on the main road.

Currently, the village has no lights and there is demand for a tree to give the community a festive feeling.

Other activities include card and wreath making workshops and a Santa’s grotto where children will be given a free gift.

There will also be a selection of free food and drinks on offer including hog roast, hot drinks and mince pies.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 7 from noon to 3pm at Ushaw Moor Community Garden.

via Village to celebrate start of Christmas From The Northern Echo.

Community garden arson strengthens Ushaw Moor volunteers’ resolve From The Northern Echo

October 25, 2013 Leave a comment

 

VILLAGERS have pledged to continue their efforts to improve their community, despite an arson attack setback.

A shed at Ushaw Moor community garden was burnt to the ground in broad daylight on Sunday lunchtime (October 20).

The garden, off Durham Road, opened last summer – part of an effort by Ushaw Moor Action Group (Umag) to spruce up the village and boost community spirit which has also seen the development of The Hive, a community venue on Station Road, and The Hut, a space for group activities.

The garden features displays, paths, vegetable plots, a large potting shed and a “classroom”, which is soon to become a “Men’s Cree” – a space for men to meet in an alcohol-free environment, having won funding from the East Durham Trust.

It has enjoyed support from Groundwork North East and hosted Durham Agency Against Crime’s highly successful Haggrid project, aimed at inspiring young people to stay away from crime and give them a stake in their community.

Both neighbouring schools, Silver Tree Primary and St Joseph’s RCVA Primary, have been involved.

Umag leaders were devastated to learn the shed had been set alight, but said they had suffered vandalism previously, were thankful the fire had not spread to other buildings and were determined to continue their good work.

Secretary John Arthurs said: “It reinforces to us that we’ve got work to do.

“We’re not going to be knocked back by it.

“You do get annoyed and think these people must face the criminal justice system. Perhaps they could be given some community payback and come and work in the garden.”

Volunteer David Drape-Comym said: “It feels like one step forward, two steps back.

“But we’re trying to build the garden up, bit by bit.”

Umag is now considering whether to replace the shed.

The incident has been reported to Durham Police, which is treating it as arson.

A spokesman appealed for anyone who could help the police investigation to call the non-emergency number 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

via Community garden arson strengthens Ushaw Moor volunteers’ resolve From The Northern Echo.

Kids Club – The Hut, Chestnut Grove,Ushaw Moor

October 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Kids Club is an after school activity club run by local mums and volunteers who are CRB checked and aims to provide recreational and leisure time activities for children aged 7 to 11 years in an effort to develop their physical and mental capacities and in doing so support them in growing to full maturity as individuals and members of society.

Kids Club meet every Tuesday from 5.00-6.30pm at the Hut Chestnut Grove Ushaw Moor, and provides children with a friendly, safe and stimulating environment, where they can enjoy making new friends. We provide a wide variety of activities to keep them busy after school and during school holidays, which includes the following:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Organised games
  • Board games
  • Sports (indoor / outdoor)
  • Air hockey / football table / table tennis/ pool / x box 360
  • Discos
  • Environmental project activities
  • Cookery Course
  • Gardening Club
  • Outings

via About Us.

Outstanding Achievement Award – John Booth, of Ushaw Moor Action Group

 

A COMMUNITY stalwart has won a national crimefighting award.

 

John Booth, of Ushaw Moor Action Group (Umag), near Durham, won the Outstanding Achievement Award at a House of Commons ceremony organised by the Queen’s Diamond Volunteering Awards.

 

The accolade means Umag is officially recognised as the best Neighbourhood Watch scheme in England and Wales.

 

Umag is a combined Neighbourhood Watch and residents’ association, which runs The Hive community hub on Station Road.

 

Earlier this year, Mr Booth was given Durham County Council’s Chairman’s Medal.

 

Also at the ceremony, Jim Allen, chair of Darlington Neighbourhood Watch, accepted the runner-up award for best Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.

 

Mr Allen has helped increase the percentage of homes in Darlington covered by Neighbourhood Watch from eight to 21.

via National honour for crimefighting John From The Northern Echo.

Community Garden – Ushaw Moor Action Group

Official opening of the Ushaw Moor Community Garden by the Mayor

Launch Event 9th June

The Mayor and Lady Mayoress officially open the garden.

Many thanks to those who turned out for the activities and a special thanks to the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band.

via Community Garden – Ushaw Moor Action Group.

Community Garden Takes Shape (Photos) – Ushaw Moor Action Group

Work started  on the development of the Ushaw Moor Community Garden on Wednesday 11th January 2012 and is expected to take one month to complete.

The aim of the project is to:

  • provide a quality community open space which will benefit people of all ages regardless of where they live in the village.
  • establish a learning resource for children and schools in the village, raising awareness of green and environmental issues.
  • promote the development of a “Pride of Place”
  • develop community cohesion and enhance community spirit.

The garden will provide:

  • space to grow
  • space for events and play
  • space for quiet reflection
  • space for wildlife
  • space to learn

Community Garden - Ushaw Moor

Check out more PHOTOS, by following the link below.

Community Garden – Ushaw Moor Action Group.

Community garden takes shape in Ushaw Moor

A GARDEN aimed at creating a learning resource for children while helping strengthen links between the generations in a north Durham community is starting to take shape.

Ushaw Moor Action Group has got the keys to Ushaw Moor Community Garden in the village near Durham City, following preparatory construction work on the site – allowing Friends of the Garden to begin planting.

Action group chairman John Booth: “Our group is extremely grateful for all the support we have had from residents and partners in developing this fabulous facility which will serve the needs of the community well into the future. “The garden will provide a quality community open space which will benefit people of all ages regardless of where they live in the village.

“Our aim is to develop a totally inclusive facility and we are delighted to support the Durham Agency Against Crime HAGGRID Project, which is a positive youth diversion programme based around horticulture and agriculture for young people – as well as their aims to build stronger communities through intergenerational activities.”

During the planning of the project the group engaged with the wider community through a series of consultation events to come up with a final design and to meet the aspirations of residents.

Mr Booth added, the project managed Groundwork North East would help improve people’s health and mental well-being by providing enjoyable outdoor physical activity, social contact and learning opportunities and a space for quiet reflection.

Christine Corker, senior project officer with Groundwork North East, said: “This community garden is a perfect example of what communities can achieve through working in partnership.

“Ushaw Moor Action Group is active group with drive and passion to improve the area in which they live and worked very hard to involve the wider community in this project. As a result of this success the group are now planning their next project”. The development was made possible after land was released by Durham County Council and The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and with grant funding from The Big Lottery Community Spaces fund, The County Durham Environmental Trust (CDENT) and Durham county councillor John Wilkinson’s Neighbourhood Budget.

Opportunities for volunteering will be created create in the on-going planned activities. For example food growing, garden maintenance, play, celebration and fundraising events.

via Community garden takes shape in Ushaw Moor (From The Northern Echo).