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Durham local history Courses – Brandon and Ushaw Moor

A NEW programme of local history courses begins next week (Monday, May 12).

Dr Dorothy Hamilton will again lead a number of courses based at Shakespeare Hall, North Road, Durham.

One will focus on the history of Brandon and Ushaw Moor and will be held on Monday afternoons from May 12.

Later in the term, there will be courses on the Prince Bishops, Bede and Lanchester. The last of these will be held at Lanchester Community Centre.

Fees range from £10 to £60, with concessions available for those receiving means-tested benefits. For more information, call 0191-373-9252.

via Durham local history Courses – Brandon and Ushaw Moor.

Ushaw Moor Memories | Britain from Above

April 23, 2014 1 comment

Ushaw Moor Memories NOW on Britain From Above SITE. Join this GROUP and HELP it grow.

In the early stages yet, trialing it to COMPLIMENT the BLOG.

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Passing of the Reverend Terence Towers

January 27, 2014 5 comments

Passing of the Reverend Terence Towers

Published in the The Northern Echo on 23 January 14

TOWERS On January 20, peacefully in hospital, of Langley Park, Reverend Terence, aged 80 years, (former vicar of St. Lukes, Ushaw Moor, 1967 – 1993). Dearly beloved husband of Brenda, father of Amanda and Anthony. Friends please meet for service in All Saints Parish Church, Lanch-ester, on Thursday, January 30, at 11.15am., interment to follow in Langley Park Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to The British Heart Foun-dation.

2013 in review

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Local Colliery Band

March 28, 2013 2 comments

Hi does anyone know if Ushaw Moor had a Colliery Band ?,  of course Bearpark and Esh Colliery band is well known and still going today.

Had an email from Gavin Holman


Dear Sir/Madam,

Did your village, town or community once have its own brass or silver band?

I am carrying out research in the history of brass bands in local communities, and would like to ask if you know of any information about any such extinct bands in your area.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were the “golden age” for these bands numbering, it is said, up to 40,000 distinct bands at their peak. Many of these bands were associated with local industries, often being a “works” band. Others provided a musical focus for many small towns and villages in the days before the gramophone and the wireless. Today, in contrast, only some 1,500 or so are left active in the UK.

Sadly many of the bands left little in the way of information about their existence, and what does exist is widely scattered with individuals, local archives and national collections.

Part of my research is to identify these lost bands, to collect together material to provide a central database of information – containing a mixture of primary information as well as references to material held elsewhere (e.g. in local archives).

Any information you can provide would be gratefully received. Whether actual information or pictures of any bands, or pointers to resources, or sources for further investigation. Even knowing that a particular band existed is significant!

Currently much of the information I have collected is available online, as a freely available resource, at  – in various locations, for example, in the Reference section under “Extinct Bands” or “Vintage Pictures”.

With best wishes for your continuing research in local history,


Gavin Holman
The Internet Bandsman’s Everything Within

2012 in review

December 30, 2012 2 comments

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 24,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

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Ushaw Moor Needs your Memories

March 30, 2012 8 comments

Been a little quite March on the Ushaw Moor Memories BLOG.

The BLOG relies on YOU to submit your memories.

My last request seemed to have sparked off a few comments/memories, specifically regarding “Throwing Money At Weddings”, but the post had other posing questions, some of which were :

  • Is there a special SMELL that provokes a certain memory in your life ?
  • Which street did you grow up in ?
  • What do you remember about going to school ?
  • What was your favorite moment from school?
  • What was your first job ?
  • What were the special things that happened to you as you were growing up ?
  • What was family life like when you were growing up?
  • How did you celebrate holidays and special occasions?
  • What changes have you noticed during your life in such areas as fashion, morality and technology?

Take 10 minutes out of busy day and answer some of these question, we would love to hear about them.

Paul 🙂