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.

Parish Council Meetings Update

Whilst Covid restrictions are in place meetings are being held online. Please email the clerk ( for joining details.

27th March 2020

Corona Virus Update

Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth Community Support Service

Our community support buddy system is now up and running. Just click on the buttons below to volunteer or to ask for help with the following:

Picking up a prescription
Something else
Or if you would just like to talk with someone

You should also have had a leaflet through which includes telephone numbers of volunteers for people to phone if they are not good with computers.

Volunteers need to be between the ages of 18 and 70 and able to use Whats App and Email as we will be communicating via Whats App to ensure we get messages out quickly and consistently.
If you've any concerns please give me a ring (number below).

Many thanks in advance
Harvey Neve
Chair Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth Parish Council

JOIN our volunteer group Request our SUPPORT
General Data Protection Regulations

We will only collect very basic information to allow us to contact those who need support and to buddy them up with a volunteer.
All information will be held securely, meeting the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
Your information will only be shared with those providing support.
Your information will be deleted once this service is no longer needed.

26th March 2020

Corona Virus Information

The Corona Virus undoubtedly presents us with a significant challenge which is understandably causing a lot worry across all communities. The strength we have in Bishop Middleham and Mainsforth is our very real sense of Community and our buddying service is available now should you need help or would like someone to talk with.

I want to reassure people who may understandably be feeling anxious, that help is only a click or phone call away and that they should never feel alone.

I encourage everyone to keep up to date with latest advice via the site - click here. The daily briefings from the Prime Minister are also available on, click here. For those on Facebook please follow the community page as well click here.

Joanna at The Village Store and Post Office are also co-ordinating local food deliveries for those in need. The store can be contacted on 01740 651342 or via the Facebook page.
Any key messages or information specifically for our community of Bishop Middleham and Mainsforth will also be posted here and can be seen in the stream on this web page as well.

I am also more than happy to be contacted direct on 651790 or drop me an email on
Regards, Harvey
Harvey Neve
Chair Bishop Middleham & Mainsforth Parish Council

Parish Council Services

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

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.

Agenda: April 2021
Agenda for Annual Assembly 12th May
Latest Minutes  
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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Christmas Newsletter 2019  
Parish Council Vacancy

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

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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Nicola Dexter

Nicola Dexter [Vice Chair]

I have lived in Bishop Middleham (on and off) for almost 35 years and have been a Parish Councillor since 2016. I am a keen volunteer at the village hall and help with the organising of events and courses, I represent Bishop Middleham on the Area Action Partnership, I am an active trustee of the Castle Lake Conservation Group

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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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We are here to represent and respond to the needs of the community and we do this by liaising with and listening to the views of local people, groups and businesses to help inform the decisions we make.

Contact Us

Council Chair - Harvey Neve
Phone: 01740 651790
Council Clerk - John Robinson