Dear Friends


Happy New Year to everyone - can it really be that another year has passed and I have been Missioner for six months now, why does time seem to go faster the older you get. The last six months has given me the chance to get to know you all better either from the time I have spent visiting you or from spending time together as a group on the outings. One of the things I have learnt about the outings is that the important thing for a lot of you is not so much where we going or what we will see but that you will be able to join others for fellowship and it’s a chance to get out and about for the afternoon. We are truly blessed with an ever willing team of volunteers, who last year did a wonderful job of enabling us to have many enjoyable afternoons out. I am pleased to tell you that thanks to the continued support of the volunteers we will again have a full programme of outings this year and this will be issued shortly. Therefore I hope that as many of you as are able will join us on our outings. I am also very grateful to our volunteer visitors who again are always willing to give up their time, so for those of you who for what ever reason are unable to join us on the outings we will continue to make our regular visits to see you and share fellowship.

At least we are nearly through January and any bad weather we get now should not last for long. You might find it reassuring to know that because of the severity of the weather last winter Darlington now has a Snow Patrol Group (which DTM is part of), who will do what they can to help our senior citizens, and vulnerable people should we have any severe winter weather. Please contact me if you require any further information about this.

Don’t forget I am here to provide fellowship and give help where possible, please don’t hesitate to telephone me if you have a problem and I will do what I can. You can contact me at DTM’s office on 01325 734995 on a Monday or Thursday morning or you can leave a message on the answer machine if I’m not there (which I can listen to when I am out of the office).Alternatively you can ring my mobile telephone number 07943251357, I may not be able to answer straight away but I will ring you back as soon as I can.

Here at DTM we will continue to do out best to try and make a difference to your lives this New Year. 

God Bless


Our first outing will be on Thursday 23rd February, when Mary Drury has invited us to her house for cake and to hear her Granddaughter singing songs from the musicals. 

Jubilee Street Party


HarrogateHill Methodist Churchis organising an indoor street party on Tuesday 5th June.  We are all invited. So get your flags out and find something red, white and blue to wear. 


With Christmas in Mind on 8th November raised £300

Carol Singing at Morrison’s, North Road raised £79

Table Top Sale at St. Cuthbert’s was not a success, due to lack of publicity.


Future Events.

Quiz Nightat All Saints Church

Friday 17th February from 7.30pm Tickets are ₤6.00 per person to include pie and peas from Brian Tyreman on 464123. Bring your own drinks.

Brian is organising a Wine Tasting evening, which will be in March.

Also in March we hope to have our very popular Sponsored Hymn Singing again, perhaps a little later in the day for more people to be able to join in.

We will be holding a Tombola again in April, so if you have any unwanted Christmas presents, please do let us have them so that we can put on a good display. Phone Sue, our Missioner or Brian Tyreman on 464123 for collection.


Dates for your diary.

A.G.M. – Thursday 22nd March at 6pm

Annual Service – Monday 23rd April

Street Collection – Saturday 22nd September 


Carol Service – Friday 14th December.


Next year – 2013 – Darlington Town Mission will be celebrating 175 years.  We hope to be able to arrange some special events to mark the event.  We will let you know as soon as possible, what we have arranged. 


Quiz answers from October newsletter.

Streets of Darlington.

1. A rich fruit cake. (6-6) Dundee street

2. A deep dark hole (9) Blackwell

3. A pink wader (8-5) Flamingo close

4. No Yachts here (6-4) Marina Road

5. Little mermaid land (7-6) Denmark Street

6. A parson’s home? (8-4) Vicarage Road

7. Spicy Sausages (10-6) Cumberland Street

8. A gem of a place (4-6) Ruby Street

9. A place for fruit trees (7-4) Orchard Road

10. The three-in-one (7-4) Trinity Road


A. How many furlongs in a mile? 8

B. In the Nursery Rhyme, who ‘kissed the girls and made them cry’? Georgie Porgie

C. In the early 20thcentury where would you have gone to see Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilley and Harry Lauder perform? The Music Hall

D. In the second World War, where was ‘Station X’ based? Bletchley Park 

January Quiz.

All the answers are something to do with the seaside.

1. A central place of safety in traffic?

2. J R Hartley was one?

3. Part of the heart that gets warmed?

4. A camel train?

5. Waste material on the beach?

6. Too few on Titanic?

7. It’s only “Bill” from over the sea?

8. Hyacinth …. ?

9. Cadbury’s chewy bar?

10. Fred and Wilma’s daughter?