20/11/11 McDonalds Opened -
Earlier this week, the long awaited McDonalds restaurant opened, which adds to the new units ie KFC and the March Hair restaurant, all of which appear to be going well.
The Planning Application was granted for a further six retail units, however local press have stated that it has gone to the secretary of state to decide if a public enquiry is required, due to fears of it taking custom from near by Bishop Auckland Town Centre, however Ravenhill estates, and Gentoo are putting plans together to developed Bishop.
For all local residents who would like to support the application of the retails units then please write to National Policy Casework Unit, 5 St Philips Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham. B3 2PW. Its important to support our own area and hopefully attract the cinema that we all want.
21/09/2011 Parish Council Launch Website
The West Auckland Parish Council have now launched their website. It contains contact info regarding all parish councillors, financial reports, newsletters, council information, a little bit of West Auckland History, some local information, meetings and agendas and finally photo gallery. The website was populated by Sharon Hall (Parish Clerk) who worked extremely hard putting it together so well done.
A local source Informed West Auckland Web that there have been a number of collapses of Mines seams in the area of the Spring Mill Dam. And that the environmental agency are currently investigated some small holes that have appeared close to our dam. Our area was extensively mined with Ramshaw 1 and 2, West Auckland Colliery and Copland House Colliery in close proximity.
14/09/2011. World Cup Medal Saved for the Area
A RARE winner’s medal from the first football World Cup won by West Auckland Football
Club has been bought at auction for £5,200 by local businessmen. The West Auckland
team, made up mainly of miners, won the first Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy in 1909. Beating
overwhelming odds, the County Durham team beat Swiss side FC Winterhour 2-
It is thought the players had the medals minted themselves to honour their achievement, but only three are thought to exist. One owned by club captain Bob Jones belongs to the West Auckland club and one is in the National Football Museum. The last one was found in a box of football programmes bought at a car boot sale near Newcastle several years ago. The finder nearly threw the medal away several times.
Local businessmen Rob Hill, a Weardale housing developer, Rob Yorke, of Teescraft, Bishop Auckland, and John Elliott, owner of Ebac, Newton Aycliffe, bought the medal at auction yesterday.
They will give it to the West Auckland club and will ask for it to go on display in West Auckland Workingmen’s Club. Mr Yorke said: “The money came from us personally because we all felt so passionately that this medal should stay in the area. “The medal commemorates a part of West Auckland’s history that we are immensely proud of and we did not want to lose it.” Millionaire Sir Thomas Lipton organised the 1909 World Cup and invited teams from Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
The Football Association declined to send a team and West Auckland went instead for reasons long forgotten.
The club defended the trophy in 1911 when they beat Juventus, of Italy, 6-
13/09/2011 World Cup Sculpture
A GROUP behind plans for an £184,000 sculpture commemorating a group of miners winning
the first football World Cup have defended the project’s cost after plans were submitted.
Campaigners have been making preparations for the statue in West Auckland, County
Durham, for more than two years and now plans have been sent to Durham County Council
for approval. The three-
Rob Yorke, county councillor for West Auckland, said a lot of work had gone into
identifying an artist with the credentials to do the job. London-
He said: “None of this is from the taxpayers’ purse. This money was never going to be used for roads, hospitals or schools, it was allocated for arts and we might as well use it rather then let it be spent in another English city.” Andy Turner, county councillor for West Auckland, who used to play professional football as a goalkeeper, said: “This is something the village can take some pride in, and it’s always good to see football achievements being recognised.” A spokeswoman for the county council confirmed the planning department had received the plans and said it was hoped a decision could be made by the beginning of next month.
29/07/2011 Planning permission Being sort for the former focus site
The Focus site which has been derelict since the DIY store moved to a new shop nearby
in 2005 and has become a target for anti-
25/07/2011 : KFC is now Open
In the last few days the KFC finally opened its doors for business, whilst the nearby restaurant is in its final stages of build, whilst around the corner McDonalds had started work on the land again. Costa Coffee have also been granted planning permision for a new outlet on the same site. All we need now is a Cinema.
06/03/2011 McDonald's approved near potential cinema
Durham County Council has approved plans for the McDonald’s drive-
11/11/10 New Restaurant For St Helen Auckland
Now that the New Sainsbury's, Tesco and Bishop Auckland Football ground are open for business, make way for a new restaurant, and finally give more hope for the cinema.
The NEW restaurant would create 40 jobs and could kick start hopes for a cinema
in a south Durham town, a councillor said last night.Marston's Inns and Taverns
hopes to have its 180-
The restaurant will be part of the Terrace Hill development, which has also seen
the creation of a football stadium for Bishop Auckland FC, as well as a Sainsbury's
County councillor for West Auckland Rob Yorke, who is also chairman of the South Durham Enterprise Agency, said that he was more optimistic now than six months ago. Councillor Yorke said: "It's a step in the right direction and it shows businesses are interested in opening in south west Durham.
"If more leisure businesses are opening then it will attract others and it will strengthen the business case for operators." He said people across the region would travel to Bishop Auckland to use the facilities and added: "People now are going to Teesside and Newcastle for a night out. "They're travelling to see a good film and have a nice meal for 21st Century leisure and entertainment. "The final piece of the jigsaw for Bishop Auckland will be the cinema. "I'm very positive about it and think it's a case of when, rather than if."
A Marston's Inns and Taverns spokesman said: "We are incredibly excited that permission
has been granted now the hard work starts to deliver a top-
Come November/December we will have the Terrace Hill development of the new Sainsbury Store and the Bishop Auckland Football Ground and the new Tesco development open for business,
Although much to the disappointment of residents around Bishop it will be missing
the Leisure retail element (Cinema) of the Project which was shelved earlier this
year, despite a facebook page showing its support for a cinema. (the Facebook page
We can only hope that the decision is reversed in the future, as it is believe that such a development will not only draw customers from the Bishop Area but Darlington too and other areas two.
However both stores create new jobs within the area and give more choice for shopping in the bishop area, here's some photos of the progress of the development.
Original plan for terrace hill development
Works Progress below
10/ 08/2009 Jumping for Fun
On the 10th of August Outside the Eden Arms at the top of the Village Green, a number of residents decided to throw themselves of the Bungee adrenaline crane, some just for fun whilst others raised cash for charities, some where plane clothed whilst others were in fancy dress. more pictures on the Bungee webpage click here but don't forget those that did it 10 years ago in St Helens Click Here
10/08/09 The Otter, (formally the Wheatside hotel has burned down)
The Otter hotel on bildershire bank on the A68 has burned down. It is unknown at this stage what caused it, however the police are keeping guard of the area. Here how it looked as the wheatside see below
West Auckland Celebrating the Centenary of winning the First World Cup by playing the mighty Juevntus again
They may have to collect their shorts en route, but West Auckland are on their way to play Juventus. Helen Smithson reports. NOT even a last minute hitch with the team’s new shorts could stop the players smiling yesterday. The lads of Northern League minnows West Auckland FC, in County Durham, were finally on their way to Italy to face one of the world footballing giants, Juventus, minus the bottom half of their kit – their shorts are still at the suppliers.
However, the coach taking them to Turin was due to make an impromptu stop at Cambridge services, where the suppliers of the commemorative strip were to hand over the shorts. West Auckland’s present day side are marking the 100th anniversary of the club’s greatest moment when it won the first football World Cup in Italy.
In 1909, a team of workingclass men from the area, lifted the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy
in Italy, defeating Swiss opposition Winterthur in the final. They returned heroes,
and repeated the remarkable feat two years later in 1911, this time defeating Juventus
The atmosphere at West’s Darlington Road ground was buzzing with anticipation yesterday
as players, club officials, and fans – including Alan Hogg, whose greatgrandfather
Charlie Hogg was in the 1909 line-
He conceded the chances of victory were slim, but said: “It’s brilliant for West Auckland to be playing such a massive club. “We are just going to enjoy the experience, and hopefully get a few shots on goal.” Whatever the outcome in Italy – just like their 1909 counterparts – they are sure to return home as heroes.
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Good Look Lads
WEST AUCKLANDCARNIVAL SATURDAY 18 JULY 2009 ON THE VILLAGE GREEN
Carnival Queen 2008 with PC Andy Hucker, Magician, Ventriloquist, Over Twenty Stalls, Raffle, Tombola, Face Painting, Hands on Craft activity, Fire Engine, Tractor and trailer rides, Frank Hudson’s Show Trucks, Full Fairground Attractions, Hot Food, and THE WORLD CUP
1.00pm Opening Ceremony by Cllrs Andy Turner and Robert Yorke
Carnival Queen Parade, Fancy Dress Judging
1.15pm, Taekwando Demonstration, Green Dragon Martial Arts
2.00pm Teesdale Flyball Dogs
2.45pm Gymnastics Demonstration
3.30pm Bishop Auckland Junior Rugby Club, Tag Rugby Demonstration
4.00pm Raffle Draw and Presentation of Prizes
4.30pm End of formal events
All times of arena events are approximate
11/06/09 War Memorial Unveiled
A LONG running scheme to honour fallen servicemen and women from West Auckland came to fruition at the weekend.
Villagers turned out in droves to see the West Auckland Pant Memorial Garden officially
opened on Sunday by members of West Auckland Parish Council. An area of land on the
village green has been redeveloped and resurfaced around the 166-
Hazel Charlton, chairwoman of West Auckland Parish Council, expressed the authority's
gratitude to Groundwork for its help in the venture, which has taken more than five
years to complete. “It was wonderful to see so many people from the village turn
up to support Sunday's event,” said Mrs Charlton. “It was quite apt that the garden's
opening coincided with the 65th D-
08/04/2009 A General Update
The Nothern Echo today has produced a Pull out celebrating West Auckland Centenary for winning the First world Cup.
The Work being done on the Village Pant, is this still to be moved elsewhere on the village green or is it getting a make over. See Photos below.
Most of you are aware that the Oakley Beck has changed its course very slightly. it now has a meandering flow to it instead of a concrete channel like it used to have.
A fellow resident of West Auckland/ St Helen , provided this artist impression of a building that stood in St Helens alongside the railway line, ( I remember this too) but we are not sure what its purpose was, it was located on the site now ocuppied by the Durham Box and Peter Pentland factories. So please get in touch if any of you have a photo of it, or know what it was used for.
5/01/09 WORLD CUP PLAY TO PREMIERE IN APRIL
Alf Ramsay Knew My Grandfather, a play about the West Auckland football team who won the first world cup in 1909 will have its world premiere at the Gala theatre in Durham in April. West Auckland were a team of Durham miners playing in the Northern League when they were invited by the tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton to participate in the inaugural world cup in Turin, Italy.
Four teams were involved: West Auckland and the top teams from Germany, Switzerland
and Italy. “West” won the cup in 1909 and returned in 1911 to defend their title,
when they beat Juventus 6-
Simon Stallworthy, director of the Gala theatre, has commissioned internationally acclaimed playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood to write Alf Ramsay Knew My Grandfather to mark the centenary of the historic occasion.
The play will be performed at the Gala theatre from Thursday, April 16, to Saturday 25.
In the first six months of 2009 the following four plays by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood will be professionally performed:
Dirty Dusting: New Zealand, Australia and the UK (Liverpool Royal Court, March 13 to April 11).
Maggie’s End: London, Shaw Theatre, April 6 to April 18.
Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather: World premiere at the Gala theatre, Durham, April 16 to 26.
The Revengers: UK tour – kicks off @ Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, on June 8.
For further information contact Ed Waugh on (0191) 4550608