A message from our missioner.


I hope this finds you all well. 

In May we had our Annual ride out and tea at the Bondgate Centre.

It was a lovely day for a ride out, with clear blue skies and not too hot.

The countryside looks wonderful at the moment, with all shades of green and the vivid yellow of the oil seed rape. 

The tea at Bondgate Centre, where we were warmly welcomed, was delicious, with sandwiches, quiche and sausage rolls, scones and cakes.  We then went into the church and sang some hymns together.  It was a lovely afternoon, and I trust all who came enjoyed themselves. There were old friends to greet and new friends to make.

We are extremely grateful to our friends at the Bondgate Centre for their welcome and providing our tea.

As many of you know, I am leaving in July, when I will be moving to Chopwell near Gateshead and getting married.  It is with mixed feelings I do this, I am excited at the prospect of a new start with Paul, but leaving is hard to do.  I have enjoyed my time as Missioner, spending time with all of you, and getting to know you, and I will miss you.  I pray that God will bless you and keep you, and will continue to bless the work of the Town Mission, the volunteers, and the new Missioner.

God bless you all      Sandra.

A message from our Chairman.

As I prepare to write this note members of the Town Mission executive are preparing to select a new Town Missioner to replace Sandra who is leaving us to get married. We all wish her every blessing for a long and happy married life and thank her for all she has done for the mission.

A new missioner will of course bring change and we will need to adjust I ask you all to support wholeheartedly the work of the mission and to continue to use fully the pastoral care that the mission offers to its friends.

There is much in society today to cause us anxiety ‘No man is an island entire unto himself’ we all need each other. My hope is that you will continue to avail yourselves of all the mission has to offer as we continue to strive to serve your needs.

May God continue to bless you each and every day.

Reverend Brian Holmes Chairman

Forthcoming events

Sunshine Party at Polam School – Wednesday 29th June

Sing along and tea, at Parkgate Community Centre – July 13th.

Hope to see lots of you there.


1. Which book of the Bible begins ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’? The Gospel of St. John.

2. Which chocolate manufacturer is based in Bourneville? Cadbury

3. Which King of England went on the Third Crusade? Richard I

4. Which kind of cross appears on the insignia of the St. John Ambulance? Maltese

5. Where was Jesus arrested after being betrayed by Judas? Gardenof Gethsemane

6. Who is the most famous cousin of Benjamin Bunny? Peter rabbit.

7. Southdown, Herdwick and Romney are breeds of which animal? Sheep

8. Who wrote about Little Grey Rabbit? Alison Uttley

9. Who gives the Urbi et Orbi message every Easter? The Pope

10. Who made a series of famous decorated Easter eggs for the Russian Tsar, Alexander III? Fabergé.


Charity Wedding Receptionin January raised £2,000 for the work of the Mission.

Sponsored Hymn Singing in March raised £713.

Tombola in April raised £282.

Our Annual Service of Thanksgiving, held in May, was attended by 50 people, including the Mayor Councillor Bryan Thistlethwaite.  This raised £210 in donations.

Future Events.

Car Boot Fair– Sunday 5th June at Darlington Football club.

Community Carnival 25th June

We will be having a stall at this event to publicise the work of the Town Mission.  We will be organising games and a Tombola.


SATURDAY 23rd July 2011 FROM 5 TO 8PM.

At 23 Merrybent.

£7 per person, to include burgers, sausages, salad and dessert. Please bring your own drinks.

Tickets for this fundraising event can be purchased from

Sue Murton phone 01325-243765, or Derek Mills 01325-374758



Just in case you do not know – Anne, our previous Missioner and Brian Tyreman have become engaged to be married.  The big day is later this year.  We wish them love and happiness in their new life together.