Financial Audit 2018- 2019

End of Year Financial Audit

The Parish Council Accounts have been audited for the year 2018-2019 and have been accepted. Below are links to the documents that we are required by law to make public. The accounts are open for public inspection from 1st Ju.y 2019 to 9th August 2019 – if you wish to inspect the accounts please email the Parish Clerk to make an appointment. Links to documents are given below.

Confirmation of Exercise of Public Rights

Summary income and expenditure account

Annual Governance Statement

Accounting Statements 2018/19 for Framwellgate Moor Parish Council

Litter pick 2019 – keeping Britain Tidy

There were 14 willing volunteers on a fairly dull morning. Armed with our pickers and our bags we collected rubbish from as far North as The Avenue and as far South as the Salutation. We covered the East and West parts of the old wagonway (or trod). We also blitzed the King George V football field and used the parish vehicle to bring the collected bags up to The Pavilion for sorting and combining. Blue bags for glass, red for general rubbish, clear for cans and white for paper and cardboard. A lot of the obvious litter was beyond our reach behind wire fences, but we all felt we had made a noticeable difference to the areas covered. The general rubbish was put into the parish dumper bin, the paper and glass were recycled at Pity Me recycling centre – the cans were given to the Rotary Club of Houghton who collect and recycle drinks cans – they have a donated skip – the cans are crushed and then sold for hundreds of pounds which is then donated to charity. If anyone has suggestions for another litter pick before the 22nd April please let me know and I’ll see if it would be possible to arrange something. Please email me at

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Fire notice in The KGV (King George the Fifth) Pavilion

We are continuing our update of policies.  You can find a list under “The Parish Council ” tab – follow the link to Policies

This is the latest addition

What to do in case of a fire


Framwellgate Moor Community Centre – Christmas Fayre Poster – all you need to know

FMPC New Meetings Schedule

We have made some changes to the way our meetings are conducted.  There will be a full council meeting every first Wednesday of the month, held at The Pavilion, King James V field, DH1 5BL, starting at 18:30. All are welcome to attend.

There will be additional subcommittee meetings held in the previous month.  When there is a settled pattern to these meetings I will post advance notice of these meetings too.  These meetings will also be open to members of the community.

Until then, I will be publishing the minutes of those meetings at the same time as I post the agenda for the full council meetings.

Councillor Peter Dawson

Pavilion re-opens after refurbishment

The Pavilion at King George V Field is now open for use.  It has been completely refurbished and redecorated.  The Parish Council is now meeting at the Pavilion again after our recent use of the Community Centre.

The Parish Council meets every first Wednesday of every month at 18:30 – members of the public are always welcome.  If there are any issues you think the council should know about you can either get in touch via the website or come along to the meetings to tell us in person.

Parish Council Elections 6th May 2017

Congratulations and welcome to our new Parish Councillors:

Name of Candidate Description
WILKES, Mark Ashley Liberal Democrat
HOPGOOD, Amanda Jayne Liberal Democrat
SIMMONS, Frances Mamie Liberal Democrat
MODERATE, Terry Independent
HILLARY, Colin Liberal Democrat
MARTIN, Nigel Liberal Democrat
BEDDOES, Clive Ronald Liberal Democrat
HOLLAND, James Grenville Liberal Democrat
DAWSON, Peter Desmond Independent
WILLIS, Karon Independent
JOHNSTON, Patricia Margaret Labour Party

The first meeting of the new council is on Wednesday 10th of May at the Pavilion.  There will be an Annual Meeting for Electors at 6:15. so that residents can come and meet the new councillors and raise any matters that they are concerned about. Below is an agenda for the meeting:







Notice is given of the Annual Assembly of Electors for the Parish of Framwellgate


Moor to be held on the evening of Wednesday 10th May 2017, to be held in the


Pavilion Building, Front Street, Framwellgate Moor @ 6.15pm


Councillor T. Moderate



Chair, Framwellgate Moor Parish Council




Item Subject Time
     1. Annual Report


15 mins
     2. Any Resolutions of which written notice has been given


     3. Any questions at the discretion of the Chair


      4. Any other Business considered by the Chair to be urgent


FMPC Meetings – Venue Update

Until further notice, Parish council Meetings will be held in the Community Association Building at the Southern end of the building.

Framwellgate Moor in “Coal and Power” by David Lloyd George

This is an appendix to the book and describes Framwellgate Moor as it was pre 1925.  
The photographs at the back of the pdf are front and back views of of Newcastle Row 
(courtesy of Beamish Museum).  The book is in the Clayport library in Durham.
Coal and Power with FM photographs

This an extract from: 
Framwellgate Moor Parish: historical events of the nineteen hundreds (Adult Non-Fiction)
by George Brown.

George describes the same scene as David Lloyd George but from an historical perspective.
He was born and lived in the rows for most of his life.  After a varied career, as parish
clerk and newspaper columnist he committed his memoirs to print.  
This is a short extract of a much larger work:
A History of Framwellgate Moor_The Rows

King George’s Fields

The Parish Council were fascinated to find a bit of local history, describing how the KGV Playing Fields first came about, and we thought this would be something of interest to our local parishioners.  If have any further information or facts, then please let us know so that we can continue to add to the story of how the St Georges’s Fields came about.

The King George’s Fields Foundation was set up as a national scheme in March 1936 to commemorate the recent death of His Royal Highness King George V. To administer the project the King George’s Fields Foundation (KGFF) was constituted by Trust Deed in 1936. The Trust Deed defined a playing field as ‘any open space used for the purpose of outdoor games, sports and pastimes’.

All 471 of the playing fields were styled and called ‘King George’s Fields’. The network consists of fields throughout the UK and each playing field has the distinctive heraldic plaques on the entrance gates. The fields are as relevant to local communities now as they were when they were originally created.

We were pivotal in the creation of the project and in 1965 the NPFA became the Trustee of the Charity widening the objects of the Foundation to include the ‘preservation’ in addition to ‘establishment’ of the King George’s Fields.

Interesting Resources

Preview George Brown’s account of the transformation of the Ash Pit in his “Pages from My Scrapbook – The Ash Heap Transformed

The King George’s Fields Foundation:  also gives an overview of the scheme.

This is a Wikipedia list of all playing fields in the UK produced under that scheme: