You may have noticed Leadgate has had its fair share of events and community projects lately. It’s certainly got a lot to do with the good work of The Leadgate Task Force.

The Task Force is a group of public-spirited villagers who are actively looking at the village environment and, where possible and within their range of skills and abilities, look to improve many aspects of the area and to assist the community.

The group also looks at environmental responsibilities that need to be brought to the attention of Durham County Council.

Let’s take a look at what’s been up in Leadgate last month.

Sprucing up Leadgate

Operation Spruce Up arrived in Leadgate on Tuesday, 4 July improvement work took place at St Ives Road, Watling Street, Durham Road, Front Street and surrounding areas.

Operation Spruce Up in Leadgate Consett
Operation Spruce Up

The scheme involved the sweeping and clearing of footpaths; painting and cleaning of street furniture, such as bollards, railings and benches; old bins being removed and replaced with new bins; weeds and chewing gum being removed; street markings renewed and the planter and Cenotaph replanted with summer bedding plants.

Leadgate Cricket Club Big Bash 2017

The Big Bash was a roaring success at the Cricket Club with over 2,500 people attending. The Dust Town Dogs played at this brilliant summer festival as part of the ‘Leadgate Big Bash’.

Leadgate Big Bash
Leadgate Big Bash 2017 – Featuring The Dust Town Dogs

It was a free all day family friendly festival with plenty of activities for children, food stalls and fabulous live music. There was a big Marquee with awesome bands providing the music.

Eden Colliery Tea and Chat Group had second event at St Ives Church more events planned and all ex Eden Colliery workers, families and interested parties are welcome

St Ives Church as part of its 150-Year Anniversary held a Wedding Celebrations including couples having a re-blessing of vows.

Schools Involving Pupils in Gardening Club

Leadgate Task Force have been helping out at Leadgate Primary School, digging flower beds and pruning back areas for pupils to use as part of the schools Gardening Club.

Recognition of Great Local Work

Local residents and the Task Force also were recognised at the Durham Community Action Volunteers event at Beamish Musuem. Well done to Brenda Surtees, Janet Lavery, David Shields and all local residents who have taken part in Task Force activities in the last year!

Article submitted by Richard Judd, Chair of the Leadgate Task Force – To find out more about their work, visit The Leadgate Task Force, and

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