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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.