Quaking Houses Village Hall News
14 Nov 2023
Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the Halloween events this year. We had fun and food (funded through DCC fun and food team) where we made scarecrows, had visits from the reptiles, snakes and spiders and carved pumpkins. People ventured through the forest of fear and enjoyed the trail, activities and treats. Then we hosted a Halloween Party with Project DJ and the children thoroughly enjoyed the games.
16 Jul 2023
Another Fantastic Gala Day at Durham
South Moor Banner once again joined Craghead Banner and the Craghead Colliery Band on their annual outing to Durham for the Miners Gala. The day began early with a parade from Craghead Village Hall to The Vic Club where we boarded the buses and set off for Durham. From the Market Square we joined the procession across Elvet Bridge and over towards the show field. This year it was Craghead Colliery Bands chance to stop and play in front of the County Hotel for the officials on the balcony. We made it to the show field in time for breakfast and to secure seating in the shade (and shelter) of the trees which helped keep us dry during a slight shower. Luckily it didn't last long and had passed by the time it was our timeslot to process back through Durham to return home. Our bus had a great return journey singing Bus Karaoke although I'm not sure the driver appreciated it as much! Overall, a great day was had by all who marched with both banners and we are looking forward to next years Gala which will be held on Saturday 13th July.
If anyone would like to join us please get in touch.
25 Sept 2021
Mini Gala Event
We unveiled the new South Moor Miners Banner display case, celebrate our mining heritage and officially reopened our hall at our Gala event on Saturday 25th September 11-5pm. This was an exciting opportunity to come together and enjoy the first large family event in our newly refurbished hall following the lifting of Covid restrictions, The Gala event, supported by the Durham Miners Association and the Marras, included a picnic*, a display of local mining banners and mining information. Entertainment was provided by a local brass band, inflatable play equipment and a colourful mini march through the town. The march featured banners from local community groups and schools, made and designed by children to represent their community identity. We were delighted that the raffle and tombola raised a fantastic £xxx. which will be invested back into our community
2 Aug 2021
New home for Miners Banner
We have recently become the new home of South Moor Miners Banner and are in the process of having a new cabinet made to display it in the reception area of the village hall. A fairly new banner, it was commissioned by a group of local people in 2017/2018 who were keen to replace the damaged banners of the past. On its first outing to the Cathedral to be blessed and the Miners Gala 2018, it was accompanied by around 100 people. It was previously housed at St Georges Church, South Moor however this has recently closed and with the cancellation of the Big Meeting for 2020 and 2021 due to Covid restrictions, the banner has not been on display for quite a while.
31 Jul 2021
Thanks to the generosity of the National Lottery Communities Fund, County Durham Community Foundation and the Stanley Fund, we have a lovely, shiny new hall. As well as decoration throughout, the sports hall has been refurbished, we have a new bar area and partitioned meeting room and new equipment. Our outdoor space has seen a considerable improvement with children's play area, seating, grass and attractive planting. We are extremely grateful for their generous support.