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've had a vacancy on our Parish Council team since Julie Maude stepped down after a number of years doing a superb job representing people in the Parish and particularly those in Mainsforth. We are really keen for someone from Mainsforth to join our team of volunteers to help us better represent the needs of this important part of our Parish.
We are all volunteers and passionate about the community in which we live and if you feel the same, particularly if you live in Mainsforth, why not find out more about joining the team? It’s incredibly rewarding and the minimum time commitment is a monthly 2hr meeting, although there is lots more to get involved with dependent on what time you are able to offer.
If you would like to know more, please contact me via this page, give me a ring or pop along to our next meeting (2nd Wed of each month, 7pm at the Village Hall) to meet the team and get a flavour for how it all works.
Regards, Harvey Neve
Chair: Bishop Middleham and Mainsforth Parish Council. Tel 651790
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.