Dear Consett Community

In a remarkable act of community spirit, the Spotlight Community Theatre, following their successful production of ‘Shrek’ at the Empire, Consett, has turned their triumph into a force for good. Under the leadership of Helen Featherstone and Jayne Clennell, the theatre group embarked on a journey to give back to the very community that supported their success. Their charity concert at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, inspired by Beatrix’s Heart Journey, was a poignant endeavour, raising almost £5000 to help build a sensory garden at the Freeman Hospital for children awaiting surgery.

This benevolent spirit extended to an Armistice Day concert titled “We’ll Meet Again,” performed primarily by the younger members, which delved into the history of World War Two. The proceeds from this meaningful event were generously donated to The Roxy in Leadgate, contributing £275 towards its renovations.

Looking ahead, the theatre group is eagerly preparing for their next production, “The Wedding Singer,” set to entertain audiences from the 15th to the 17th of February at the Derwent Manor. Meanwhile, the younger members of the group are gearing up for a musical revue at St. Patrick’s Church Hall later in the year. To stay updated on their activities and shows, follow them on Facebook at

The Consett Army Cadets showcased their dedication during the Remembrance Day Parade in Consett. Their involvement not only reflects the town’s strong community spirit but also highlights the role of the Durham Army Cadet Force as a significant voluntary youth organization in the region.

The ‘Consett in Focus’ Documentary Photography Group continues to beautifully capture the essence of Consett’s recreational life. Their work is a testament to the vibrant spirit and diversity of pastimes in the community. Explore their captivating visuals at

Lorraine Weightman’s narrative of her tranquil journey to Lindisfarne offers a window into the serene and historical richness of the island. Her experience, merging historical insights with personal reflections, provides a unique perspective on the spiritual side of travel.

Michael Littlemore, a local beekeeper, illustrates the importance and fascination of beekeeping. Growing his beekeeping venture from two to nine hives, Michael contributes not only to the ecosystem but also to the uniqueness of local honey production.

If you liked the February edition of Consett Magazine, please share it with friends and family. Don’t forget to contribute for the March edition – we’d love to showcase your business, charity, event, or your story!

Warm regards,
Barry Kirkham, Marco Elsy, and the Consett Magazine Team

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