Events Committee Meeting, 23rd May 2022

Decision Making

The next meeting of the Events Committee will be held at the Town Council Offices, 54 Kingsway on Monday 23rd May 2022 at 5.00pm.

Members of the Public and Press are welcome to attend.  However, in light of coronavirus restrictions and room sizes, we request that attendance is registered with the Town Clerk prior to attending to ensure that the meeting space is large enough to accommodate everyone safely. To register attendance please call 01388 207110 or email council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk by noon on WMonday 23rd May 2022.

The Chairman advises members of the Council and the public that the meeting or part of the meeting may be recorded by audio and may be by video.

A copy of the agenda and reports are now available to download on the Agendas and Minutes Page.




Mayor’s Fundraising paints a lovely picture

Outgoing Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Cllr Katie Eliot has used her time as Mayor to raised £3,000.63 for Ward 7 at Bishop Auckland Hospital via the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity.

To fundraise for the Charity, Cllr Eliot has hosted a number of events and activities, including a wonderful Mayoral Dinner at Bishop Auckland College, a Meet the Mayor afternoon tea at Fifteas Tea Room, as well as fundraising stalls at both the 2021 and 2022 Food Festivals. All events were supported by some great raffle prizes and donations from local people and companies which helped to raise such a great sum of money.

Cheque Presentation outside of Bishop Auckland General Hospital with Alison Bottoms Ward Sister and Mayor Katie Eliot.
Cheque Presentation outside of Bishop Auckland General Hospital with Alison Bottoms Ward Sister and Mayor Katie Eliot.

Cllr Katie Eliot said: “Representing this community as Mayor for 2021-22 has been a privilege. I have enjoyed every moment and opportunity that the role has given me. It has been fantastic to meet so many people from across the town, region and even internationally.”

“The last couple of years have really made us all realise how lucky we are to have such a wonderful NHS. I was taken aback when I realised that even the chair next to the hospital bed was provided by the charity, as only basic care needs are met by core funding.”

“I chose to raise funds for Ward 7 the Frailty ward here at our local hospital, they provide care for some of our most vulnerable people, including those with dementia. The charity let me know that they aspired to have new murals painted to help enhance the stay for patients, so I set my sights on raising enough to cover the cost, which I am thrilled to have achieved with a little more let to help fund other items. I was wonderful to see the murals go up this week, they are beautiful and make the ward a much more inviting place.”

“A special thank you goes to all those who supported my fundraising efforts by attending events and donating prizes, including some wonderful businesses in Bishop Auckland.”

Alison Bottoms Ward Sister at Ward 7 Bishop Auckland Hospital said: “We’re hugely grateful to the Mayor for all her hard work over the year in raising this fantastic amount of money to support our patients here on ward 7. The murals will make such a difference for improving patient experience, especially for those patients who have dementia, to make it a more welcoming environment with the addition of some tables and chairs outside of the “café”. The murals include Durham Cathedral which is a wonderful landmark, a café, bus stop and post office which we hope will bring some happy memories for our patients and something else to focus on and talk about during their stay on the ward.

“The cherry blossom tree mural has been placed over a mirrored surface which will be much more calming and less confusing for patients. Myself and other members of the ward team attended the Mayor’s Gala dinner which was a wonderful treat and the event raised quite a lot of money.”

Pat Chambers, the Trust’s Charity Manager, said: “Our charitable funds are used to enhance patient care and wellbeing in all sorts of ways and we’d like to offer a huge thank you to the Mayor for choosing us as her charity of the year and to everyone who contributed to this fantastic sum of money raised. We are hugely grateful for the support.  You can help support Your NHS Charity with a text donation simply text YOURNHS to 70480 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message, or by organising a fundraiser, please contact the team on 01325 743781 or email cddft.charity@nhs.net

Alison Bottoms, Ward Sister, Mayor Katie Eliot and Matron of Ward 7 with Mural in background
Left to Right: Alison Bottoms, Ward Sister, Mayor Katie Eliot and Matron of Ward 7 with Mural in the background




Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Council Meeting, 17th May 2022

Decision MakingThe next Annual Town Meeting will be held at No.42 Market Place, Bishop Auckland on Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 6:00pm.

This will be followed by the next meeting of the Annual Town Council to be held at No.42 Market Place, starting no earlier than 6:30pm.

Members of the Public and Press are welcome to attend. However, in light of Coronavirus restrictions, attendance needs to be registered with the Town Clerk prior to attending to ensure that the meeting space is large enough to accommodate everyone safely.  To register attendance please call 01388 207110 or email council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk by Monday 16th May 2022.

The Chairman advises members of the Council and the public that the meeting or part of the meeting may be recorded by audio and may be by video.

A copy of the agenda and reports are now available to download on the Agendas and Minutes Page.




Platinum Jubilee Picnic Party – Tickets Sold Out!

Update 10/05/2022: Tickets have sold out!

Due to the large number of applications overnight, tickets for the Platinum Picnic have sold out.

The Town Council cordially invited residents of Bishop Auckland to book tickets to the Platinum Picnic at Auckland Castle on Saturday 4th June, from 1pm to 8pm, in celebration of Her Majesty’s 70th year on The Throne.

Bookings are checked against the Electoral Register.  Each household can apply for one ticket per occupant which will be posted to your address by Royal Mail. We’re happy to say that tickets are complimentary.

Please note that Auckland Castle and grounds is a heritage site and so some terms of attendance must be met.  These will be communicated with ticket confirmation.

Tickets were awarded on a first come first served basis and subject to availability.

The Platinum Party, Vintage Car Show and small children’s Funfair do not require pre-booking.




Mayor’s Dinner Date with Ambition

Bishop Auckland Town Council Mayor, Katie Eliot, welcomed dignitaries to Ambitions Restaurant, at Bishop Auckland College on Friday (29th April 2022).  Mayor Eliot hosted a dinner as part of her fund raising activities during her year of office, where she is raising funds for the frailty ward at Bishop Auckland Hospital.‘Ambitions’ was chosen as the venue to host a dinner to enable the college to showcase their work as well as to enable some fundraising activity for new murals to be painted in order to enhance the patients stay.

Mayor Cllr Katie Eliot, Mayor of Bishop Auckland said: “It was a wonderful evening. Myself and the other Mayor’s from across the county and region were very impressed, the food was exceptional and the programme of entertainment put together by the students was beautiful. The students involved are all very talented and I hope this experience gives them the confidence to be ambitious and reach for the stars.”

“I also wish to thank the businesses of the town who provided raffle and tombola prizes for the evening. We made over £240 from a blind raffle to win a ‘Basket of Bishop Auckland’ which had gift vouchers and prizes all sourced from the wonderful businesses of our town. ”

Catering and hospitality students prepared the dinner and served the guests, art students prepared table centre pieces with the theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, music and performing art students provided a varied entertainment programme for the forty guests, some of which had travelled across the region.

The evening raised over £500 towards the Mayors fundraising for the Hospital, where during her term she hopes to raise over £3,000 for the ward to help enhance the environment for patients, by having new murals painted to enhance the environment. Over ten businesses supported the evening with the kind provision of prizes for the raffle and tombola. The show stopper being a blind raffle for a basket of Bishop Auckland which contained gift vouchers and gifts from local companies.

The event enabled practical work experience opportunities for the students, which has been a huge barrier to them during the pandemic.

Judith Layfied, Vice Principle of the College said: “We were delighted to be approached the Town Council to provide the venue, catering and entertainment for the Mayor’s dinner. It was a fabulous evening and we are extremely proud of the student’s achievements both on the day and in preparing and rehearsing for the event. I am sure this will be the beginning of a wonderful relationship, bringing together the talent of Bishop Auckland College’s students and the work the Town Council do.”

A special thanks to Bridge Creative CIC who provided staffing for a wonderful ‘Mayor’s Mocktail Bar’. Ben Tinkler, Bridge Creative Said: “We were thrilled to be asked to provide the mocktail bar for the Mayors Dinner, it was a great opportunity for our apprentices who gained valuable work experience at the event.”

Thanks also go to Bishop Auckland Golf Club who loaned the college the table cloths for the evening.

Mayors and Chairman on the Red Carpet at Bishop Auckland College
Left to Right: Mayor Louise Mather, Shildon Town Council, Mayor Harry Trueman, Sunderland City Council, Mayor Pat Hay, South Tyneside, Stacey Stoker Bishop Auckland College, Mayor Katie Eliot, Bishop Auckland Town Council, Judith Layfield Vice Principle Bishop Auckland College, Cllr, Watt Stelling, Chairman of Durham County Council, and Mayor Sandra Haigh, Great Aycliffe Town Council