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Hawthorn Parish Council

Chairman : Cllr. Alan Askew

Parish Clerk: Lesley Swinbank MBA, Fellow SLCC

Springwell House, Spring Lane, Sedgefield, Co. Durham. TS21 2HS

01740 622429


Welcome to the Hawthorn Parish Council Web-Site


The site is provided to give residents & visitors information about Hawthorn and also the activities & events supported by the Parish Council.


What's happening can be seen here


Council Tax

The Parish Council has set the precept for 2018 / 2019 at £8,606. This represents a Band D council tax of £42.25 which is a zero % increase overall.

Further information here.


Christmas Celebrations in Hawthorn

See photos here for the Annual Switch on of the Christmas Tree Lights and the results of the Snowman Competition




Parish Clerk, Lesley Swinbank, has been presented with the "Outstanding Achievement Award' by the Society of Local Council Clerks in recognition of her work both as a Town and Parish Clerk and also as the Professional Development Officer with SLCC. Further details here


Community Plant Project

The Parish Council has been successful in its grant applicationto Awards 4 All for £10,000 for its Community Plant Project . More details here


Apple Orchard

The Parish Councilhas been successful with its application for a tree week grant to provide new community apple / fruit trees. These will be planted during Tree Week along the boundary fence in the play area and apples available for all to pick once the trees are mature.


Potato Planting Competition

The Parish Council is launching a new event in 2018 - more details here


Community Bulb Planting :Saturday 14th October : 10 am from the Community Centre

Come along and help plant the Spring bulbs. All welcome! Further information here


Defibrillator Training Monday Sept 25th, 6.3pm - 8pm

Another opportunity for all to learn how to use the new defibrillator which is on the outside wall of the Community Centre.

The session is free and open to all.


Sunflower Competition 2017 : Judges visted on Saturday 2nd September. Results here


Local Council Award Scheme - 'Quality Gold'

The Parish Council has applied to become a 'Quality Gold' Council'. The Award Scheme has been designed by the National body to provide the means by which parish and town councils can demonstrate they meet the standards set by the sector. It is assessed by peers and puts in place the conditions for continual improvement.

Hawthorn Parish Council achieved the Foundation Award in 2014 and now is hoping to up this to the Quality Gold Award.


Community Plant Project

The Parish Council has now made an application to the Big Lottery Awards for All for £10,000 towards a new 'community plant' project. Thank you to all who took part in the on-line survey as part of the community consultation and engagement. More details and the results of the on-line consultation are here.

We now await the outcome of the application.


Sunflower Competition

The next event is the judging of the sunflowers on Saturday 2nd September. Full details here.


Big Lunch

A big thank you to all who took part and / or helped in any way with the Big Lunch on Sunday June. 4th.

Full details and photos here. We will be repeating this in 2018 - Watch out for details.


Planning Application : Stapylton Arms

A special meeting of the Parish Council was held at 12 midday on Thursday 25th May in the Community Centre.

This was to discuss the current planning application re the Stapylton Arms. Planning Officers from DCC attended.

All members of the public were also welcome to attend and give their views and comments.

The Parish Council then considered the application. The minutes of the meeting are here and the response to the planning authority is here.


Annual Photographic Exhibition : Sunday 4th June

We welcome all your photos - 'Hawthorn through the Seasons'. Further details here


Parish Council

The election in May 2017 was uncontested with six existing Councillors being re-elected. These are

Alan Askew, Diane Hughes, Norman Hughes, Sheila Irving, Maxine Smith and George Vest.

The Parish Council co-opted Darren Ellis at their Annual Meeting of the Council which was held on 15th May, 2017.

Details here


Hawthorn Dene Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our guided walk through the Dene on Saturday April 8th and a special thanks to Chris Jones from the Co Durham Wildlife Trust who led the walk. Details and photos here


Hawthorn Spring Clean : Stop press : This has now been postponed until Sunday July 2nd.

Gloves, litterpickers and bags provided. Details here.


Annual Parish Meeting

Thank you to all who came along to the Annual Parish Meeting. This was held at 7pm on Monday March 20th in the Community Centre and was the opportunity for everyone to give their views and comments on how the Parish Council is providing your services, facilities and events.

The Annual Report is here. The Minutes are here.