Regular Activities

  • Bizzy Bees: Weekly Mondays, 9:15-11:15
  • Social Club: Weekly, Mondays, 12:45- 3:15pm
  • Craft Class: Weekly, Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00am
  • Rainbows: Weekly, (Girls 5-7 yrs), Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm
  • Brownies: Weekly, (Girls 7-10 yrs), Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15pm
  • Happy Days Playgroup (children): Weekly, Tuesdays 9:00-11:00am. Fridays, 9:00-11:00am
  • BALM (Bereavement and Loss Meetings): Monthly, first Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm
  • Pilates: Thursday 6:15-7:15
  • Indoor Bowls: Weekly, Wednesday's 1-3pm, Fridays, 1:15 – 3:30pm
  • Aikido: Weekly, 7:30-8:30pm
  • Village Hall Association: Monthly, 1st Tuesday, 6:30-7:15pm
  • Women’s Institute: Monthly, 3rd Tuesday, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Parish Council: Monthly, 2nd Wed, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Local History Society: Monthly, 2nd Friday, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Book Club: Monthly, 3rd Sunday, 7:00-9:00pm

More information:

Bizzy Bees, we meet every Monday during term time 9.15-11.15, anybody welcome from birth to school age! £2.00 for 1st child, any child after £1.00, this includes snack and drink for the children and as much tea and coffee as the parents/grandparents/accompanying adult can drink. We are on Facebook Bishop Middleham Bizzy Bees

Julia Forbes Tel: 01740 657187

Held in the village hall every Monday afternoon 1:30-3:15pm. Enjoy a cup of tea, a chat, make new friends and a game of bingo.

Margaret Reed. Tel: 01740 654866

Doreen Wright. Tel: 01740 651341

As the youngest section of Girlguiding, Rainbows is for girls aged 5 - 7. We run every Tuesday during term time from 5-6 pm. At Rainbows we meet to make craft, learn new skills, try new food, make new friends, learn about ourselves, discover our community and have fun. And we earn badges in the process. For more information go to rainbows.girlguiding.org.uk

Ali Barker. Tel: 01740 656144

6.15-7.30 pm every Tuesday during term time.

Brownies is for girls aged 7-10 years.

We work as teams whilst encouraging individuality to learn about our community and earn badges. Recent activities have included a two night outward bounds residential and competing in Swimathon at Spennymoor leisure centre. For more information or to get involved go to Brownies.girlguiding.org.uk

Louise Flint. Tel: 01740 652892

Sue Newton. Tel: 01740 656935. Email Susannewton52@aol.com

We meet monthly on the first Wednesday from 7:00-8:30pm

Janet Deane. Tel: 01740 656391

In the village hall, £2/session on a Wednesday 1-3pm, Friday 1:30-3:30pm. We have competitions at home and away so come and enjoy a coffee, a chat and a game of bowls in a friendly environment.

Doreen Webster. Tel: 01740 656978. Contact via Tricia Little Email: Tricia.a.little@gmail.com

The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK. The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has almost 220,000 members in approximately 6,300 WIs.

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

Bishop Middleham’s WI meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Bishop Middleham Village Hall, all women are welcome. This year our President is Judith Alderson, who is also Durham’s County Chairman. In 2017 Durham County celebrated its centenary, and it 2018 Bishop Middleham’s WI was 90 years old. At our February 2019 meeting we are holding a WI birthday party.

On 4th April Bishop Middleham will be hosting a Durham County event for all WI members with a Supper and entertainment. 7pm-9pm. Tickets are on sale at our meetings. We have a full programme of events over the year, see our facebook page for more information or contact our president Judith Alderson.

Judith Alderson.Tel: 01740 654956. Email judith.alderson@gmail.com.

Sue Wade. Tel: 01740 653161

Are you interested in reading a wider variety of books?
Would you like to talk about the books you have read?
Do you want to spend time with other readers?
Then join ‘Bishop Middleham Book Club’

We meet every 3rd Sunday of the month. In Bishop Middleham Village Hall, at 7pm, DL17 9AJ - £2/session. Except August - when there is no meeting. In December we meet for a Christmas meal. We have a closed Facebook page too. All books are being sourced from West Cornforth library part of Durham County Council Library service. Our next meeting will be: Sunday 19th November. We are also part of The Reading Agency.
  • We read books we wouldn’t necessarily pick off the shelf.
  • We share our thoughts and opinions on the books we have read, we often disagree!
  • We share good reads and make recommendations
  • After we read ‘Room’ we went to see the film together.
  • We always have lots to say and plenty of laughs.
  • We have a quiz team, once a month, at The Cross Keys, we never win, but the chips are good!

Carolyn Waterworth. Tel: 07795 203091, carolyn.waterworth@gmail.com

The Bishop Middleham Horticultural and Crafts Society is a long name for a simple society! Dedicated to the planning, organising, publicising and running of the annual village show We meet around 6 – 8 times a year for an evening meeting of around 1 – 2 hours and then it is all hands on for the Saturday of the show day. Currently made up from around 10 members, the society is free to join for anyone resident in Bishop Middleham parish (this includes residents of Mainsforth and beyond including all the houses on the Bishop Middleham side of the railway as you go out towards Ferryhill).

The show is held annually at the beginning of September and the meetings consist of discussions around the classes for the show from baking and arts & crafts to flowers, vegetables and photography along with discussion of new ideas for how to get more people involved and how to make the show more of an event. The society has been running in its current form for 34 years and we hope will continue for many years to come, evolving with the needs of the village to provide a show that is a well supported and anticipated village event.

Even if you can’t get to the meetings get in touch if you can be available to help on the day or please pick up a schedule from the post office (usually available from July) and enter whatever you can on the day. If you are interested in being more involved please get in touch with any member of the committee or with the treasurer.

Deborah Dryden. Tel: 07759 321770 or deborahdryden@btinternet.com

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