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Friends of Burnhope Primary School

Initially started in the Summer Term of 2015, Friends of Burnhope Primary School is an active, friendly group of volunteers. The aim of Friends of Burnhope is to raise money for school funds.

Recent fundraising events since June 2015 have been

  • Refreshments for Sports Day

  • Halloween Discos

  • Christmas Fairs

  • Coffee Afternoons and Raffles

  • Supporting school Fun Days

Funds so far have paid for:

  • Playground markings

  • A new Christmas tree

  • A Christmas gift from a special Christmas visitor for every child in school

  • Pantomime Visit to the Theatre Royal, Newcastle 

  • Gazebos for school events 

Friends of Burnhope are currently supporting the school by fundraising to provide enrichment activities for all the children in school.

Meetings are held Monthly. Please come along if you would like to get involved with school life. New members are always welcome!

Burnhope Heritage

The following recordings are residents’ conversations about memories of living in Burnhope from the 1930’s to 1960’s.

The accompanying intro-music is from ‘The Ash Grove’ played by Dodworth Colliery Brass Band.

leisure 1
00:00 / 16:00

Thank you to the Colliery Band for their music during the introduction and interlude.

00:23 - Resident speaks about the Burnhope Brass Band.

03:38 - We learn about the different halls in Burnhope and the activities they provided-This includes the Miners Hall.

09:18 - A resident talks about what they did when they were children-cricket, dances, sports day and football.

10:40 - Residents talk about going to the cinema and the films they watched, when they were children. They also speak about the Community Centre, Methodist Chapel and youth club.

14:39 - Discussion around other groups in the community-scouts and cubs.

leisure 2
00:00 / 09:35
leisure 3
00:00 / 14:58
living 1
00:00 / 16:39
living 2
00:00 / 13:18
mining 1
00:00 / 16:06
shops and businesses
00:00 / 13:56


With our thanks to:

Alex Henry at Curiosity Creative for recording and editing these conversations

Mark Childs for the preparation of the episodes

Mid Durham AAP and the Heritage Lottery fund for funding the project

Age UK for their co-operation

The participants for their time and commitment to the project: Derek Coates, Ossie Johnson, Harry Barron,Gordon Smith, Billy Johnson, Alan Gibson, Barry Henderson, Jim Bradley, Joan Bradley.

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