Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth Parish Council

Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth

Parish Council

About the Parish Council

Your Parish Council team is made up of volunteers from the community and we all care passionately about our community and each do what we can to help maintain and develop such a wonderful place to live, work and raise families.

Notice Of Vacancy

Notice is hereby given that three vacancies have arisen in the Office of Parish Councillor. We invite expressions of interest from members of our community to join our Parish Council team.

Please see the attached notice for information on how to apply. For more information please click here.

Parish Council Services

Who are we & what we do
for Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth

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What is a Parish Council?

Parish councils were formed in England under the Local Government Act 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages.


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What we do

The parish council has the power to raise a local tax known as the “precept”. This gives our council an income of just under £50,000 per year which the team allocate to support our statutory duties, other responsibilities and community initiatives.


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How to get involved

Meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday each month in the village hall at Bishop Middleham. Agendas and minutes of meetings are published on the website and displayed on the village notice boards. There is a standing agenda item for public participation and Parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend.


November Agenda
Items to help you...

Go to our section with download forms for Standing orders, Meeting Agendas, Meeting Minutes, Finance, Complaints policy, Communications policy & Grant application forms.

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An introduction to

Your Parish Councillors


Your Parish Council team is made up of nine volunteers from the community and we all bring different skills and experience to the team and are a non-politicised group.

We all care passionately about our community and each do what we can to help maintain and develop such a wonderful place to live, work and raise families.

We are ably supported by our very experienced Parish Clerk.



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Harvey Neve

Harvey Neve [Chair]

I joined the Parish Council in 2012 to help out with the Parish Plan and now find myself privileged to be Chair of our wonderful and talented team of volunteers who all commit spare time and energy to help maintain and develop our community.

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Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth Community

We all care passionately about our community and each do what we can to help maintain and develop such a wonderful place to live, work and raise families.

Bishop Middleham Village Hall

Village Hall

A very important asset to the Parish, the Hall is used by a range of community groups, and is regularly hired for parties, meetings, presentations, and a variety of classes.


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Bishop Middleham Castle Lake

Castle Lake

Known locally as Castle Lake, this water body covers an area of 13 ha (33acres) and is a highly significant inland wetland supporting a wide range of flora and fauna, not only regionally, but also in the case of select species, nationally important numbers of birds.


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Around the Bishop Middleham village

Around the Village

The villages of Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth lie in a valley 9 miles South West of Durham and have a rich history dating back millennia. The area is dominated by beautiful open countryside and rich biodiversity with areas of outstanding beauty and historic sites of national importance.


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