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 Hawthorn Parish Council

Chairman : Cllr. Alan Askew

                                           Parish Clerk

                              Lesley Swinbank  MBA, Fellow SLCC

      Springwell House, 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

Vacancy on the Parish Council

Carolyn Winter has now been coopted onto the Parish Council. Details are here

Chairman's Award

Ken Rowe has been awarded the first Norman Hughes  in respect of his  significant contribution to our local community. Details here

Carols around the Tree

Thank you to all who took part with the Carols around the Tree and Switching on the Christmas Tree Lights Saturday December 8th, further details here

Annual Snowman Competition : Judging Saturday 22nd December, further details here

Remembrance Service

Details here

Community Bulb Planting

Saturday 13th October : Further details here 

Sunflower Competition

Results of the Competition here


The Autumn newsletter has now been delivered to everyone in Hawthorn. It can be viewed here.

Quality Gold Council

Hawthorn is to become a Quality Gold Council - more details here

The Big Lunch, Open Garden Walk, Flowerpot Festival and Photographic Exhibition were held on Sunday 3rd June.

Full details here

Annual Meeting of the Council

Councillor Alan Askew has been re-elected as Chairman of the Council with Councillor George Vest as Vice Chairman


The Summer Newsletter is now ready and will be delivered to all in Hawthorn. It can be viewed here

Garden Village

Further details here

Pre Planning Application - Story Homes

Representativesgave a presentation at the April monthly meeting of the Parish Council. An exhibition is to be arranged in June in the Community Centre.

Data Protection

The Parish Council will be in compliance with new data protection laws by the set date of May 25th 2018. Further details here

Annual Parish Meeting

Monday March 19th beginning at 7pm - in the Communty Centre. Further details here.

Hawthorn Quarry

Details of the current planning application can be found here

New Garden Village in Hawthorn Parish

Further information 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