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HOWDEN CHURCH CLOSED
ST MARY'S CHURCH PROJECT ENDS
HOWDEN VILLAGE HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHS BOOK
TRADITIONAL CRAFTS GROUP
Contact Information for Howden-le-Wear Local History Society
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|The old Workmens Club and latterly Sunnydene Lodge has now gone from Rumby Hill Bank. The building has been demolished making way for housing development. 'The Club' has been a village landmark for generations and many will recall the camaraderie,not to mention the liquid refreshment available, also, the entertainment provided by the many 'turns' held here in its hey-day. |
Launch of Walks Packs
On May 10th. 2006 two new, free, packs of Waymarked Walks round Howden-le-Wear and Crook were launched.
The Howden pack, called 'Footsteps through History', contains colour coded, directions and maps for four countryside walks in and around the village. This is 'a first' for our village and the Local History Society together with Howden Primary School are proud to have been associated in the project.
The Crook pack, called 'Crook around the Compass' offers four walks round the Crook area.
Both packs have been produced with the invaluable assistance of Wear Valley District Council's Wear Walking for Health and Durham County Council's Parish Paths Partnership. They are free of charge, presented in waterproof, plastic covers, and available, upon request, from Crook Library, Wear Valley Council Offices, Howden Community Centre, Howden History Society and several shops and other places in the area.
For more details see 'Walks' page on Howden-le-Wear web site
New Foot-bridge Opened
|Members of Howden Walking Group try out a new foot-bridge over the Beechburn at Denebridge/Rumby Hill Bank
Increasing road traffic has, for quite some time, posed a danger to pedestrians crossing the narrow Denebridge. This new pedestrian bridge, completed in November 2006 should make it safer for people walking in this area of the village.
|It was announced some time ago that The Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin, Howden-le-Wear, was to close.
Sad to say, that has now happened.
On Sunday, 27th. January 2008, The Bishop of Durham and Fth. Stewart Irwin conducted the final service, a Mass of Thanksgiving, to a packed congregation.
The Vicar, Fth. Stewart Irwin and parishioners decided due to the small number of regular members, further upkeep of the church was no longer economically viable and the process of closure had to be initiated.
The contents of the Parish Church have been immediately disposed of according to a planned 'Schedule of Works or Proposals'.
Certain church artefacts pertaining to the village have been offered to community organisations for safekeeping - the History Society being one - and also to individuals and families with close connections.
Further items have gone to other churches including St. Paul's, Hunwick and St. Catherine's, Crook.
The empty building has now been sold with plans for change of use to domestic dwelling.
The History Society was eager to record as much church history as possible and has produced a 'proddy mat' banner and booklet as lasting commemorations to the village church. We are still appealing to anyone with noteworthy information or photographs to make contact. With owners consent,photographs and documents can be copied and the originals returned. .
LOCAL HISTORY EXHIBITION
|On Saturday, 31st. March 2007 there was a History Exhibition in Howden-le-Wear Community Centre,( the old school building ) Hargill Road,
from 10am to 4pm.
The exhibition featured presentations from History Societies at Witton-le-Wear, Tow Law, Escomb, Crook and Howden. It was an ideal opportunity to discover something of the heritage of this region of SW Durham. The event was organised and sponsored by the Durham County Council Community Heritage Project and proved a great success.
TRADITIONAL CRAFTS COURSE
|'Introduction to Traditional Crafts', Taster Sessions were held in the History Room at Howden-le-Wear Community Centre, Wednesday Evenings from 6-30pm to 9pm.
This Durham County Council Community Heritage Project provided Demonstrations and Practical Sessions : only £1.oo per session :
March 28th. 2007 - Proddy Mats
April 4th. 2007 - Wooden Spoons
April 11th. 2007 - Quilting
April 18th. 2007 - Felt Making
April 25th. 2007 - Tapestry / Weaving
May 2nd. 2007 - Open Session
These courses were open to all and proved to be both educational and thoroughly enjoyable. The sessions were well attended and it is hoped to develop one or more of the 'Traditional Crafts' Courses in the future, depending upon demand and interest.
It was an ideal opportunity to experience some of the rapidly disappearing traditional country crafts skills with visiting experts on hand to demonstrate and offer advice.
- Heritage Lottery Funded -
Proddy Mat Banner worked by History Society Ladies
Council Bungalows Demolished
|Severe flooding in October 2000, when Howden Beck overflowed and water cascaded through several properties in the Hargill region, led to problems with reinstating some of the Council owned bungalows in Hargill Haven. Engineers decided the only safe course of action was to demolish the affected properties.
This has finally come about, and today, April 26th. 2007, the row of bungalows has been reduced to rubble.
CHURCH COMMEMORATIVE PROJECT
|The History Society, together with church members started a joint project to commemorate the recently closed St. Mary's Church, Howden-le-Wear. Finance was awarded by Wear Valley Council to enable the group produce a Proddy Mat Banner and publish an accompanying booklet.
The project was aptly named by local press as 'Stitched into History'.
The enthusiastic group met every Wednesday Morning throughout the Summer of 2008, in the History Room at Howden Community Centre where ladies worked on the banner and the men researched and compiled the booklet.
Anyone with anything to offer, was welcome to contribute and join in, or just call in for a coffee and a chat.
The project was successfully completed and on Tuesday, 30th. September 2008, presented to the public at a well attended exhibition in the Community Centre. ( See main story page.)
New web site available
A new web site, hosted by Durham County Council and featuring Howden-le-Wear, is now on line.
Try - www.durhamweb.org.uk/dit/Howden-le-Wear