From our Chairman:


Might I begin by wishing all who read this newsletter a Happy New Year.  2013 is a significant year for Darlington Town Mission, for it marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of DTM. Three men John Backhouse, John Pease and Anglican Vicar John Hopkins met together with the objective of founding a society for the relief of extreme poverty within the population of Darlington.

The Society which emerged was named Darlington Christian Visiting Society, recruiting of other like minded people began. Many influential people were attracted to the society; a committee was formed, the first paid full time missioner was employed and the work of the Mission began in earnest.

This year we are formulating plans to celebrate this mile stone anniversary in a manner that will give all our friends and supporters an opportunity to participate and enjoy our celebrations. Already we are the charity of the year with Sainsbury’s the Annual Town Carnival has made us their charity of the year, and we have been supported significantly by Ravensdale Bell Ringers. We are proud of the work we do, work that has always been aimed at the Christian ethos of help for others.

This was always Jesus aim to be The Good Shepherd to his sheep and for his followers to be the same in their time and sphere of influence – this was the aim and objective of our original founders and we continue in the same vein. In a modern society the nature of our work has changed somewhat – today our main aim is the elimination of isolation in the elderly.  Long may we continue with your prayers and your help.

Reverend Brian Holmes

Chairman DTM  

From our Missioner:


A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all, I hope you all had a peaceful and joyous Christmas , I was able to spend time with my daughter and granddaughter who came back from Turkey for Christmas.  Although the time passed all too quickly it was good to at least have them for a short time. Christmas seems far off now and here we are with January behind us and hopefully so is the wintery weather. Sometimes February can also bring inclement weather so please still take care when out and about and keep warm, the good news is as we get nearer to March and April we can look forward to the spring .

It doesn’t seem like a year since I prepared the programme of outings and events for 2012 and here we are now with the programme for 2013 .I hope those of you who were able to join us last year had an enjoyable time. This year thanks to our ever willing team of volunteers I have been able to put together a programme for the year which includes old favourites and some new venues, I have tried to include venues which will appeal to everyone . If anyone has any ideas about places to visit in the future I am open to suggestions (within reason).

As well as arranging outings I am also here to give practical help and information, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any problems and I will do what I can. I will also be making my visits but I hope you understand that as Friends needs vary some of you will see me more than others however if you have a particular need and would like me to call please contact me on either 01325734995 or 07943251357.

Just to finish off here are two little quotes

"Be wise in the use of time. The question in life is not how much time do we have? The question is what shall we do with it."

“There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt”.

God B less, Sue


What do you think of these?

Many of you will have had the cardboard collecting boxes for a number of years now, but these have been unsuccessful, as they soon fall apart after some use, so we have decided to distribute these new more robust collecting boxes, for you to add your change to assist our funds.  Hope you like them.  Sue will be round with them soon.



We are delighted to tell you about the success of Mary Drury's granddaughter.  She has the part of Leisl, the eldest daughter of the Von Trapp family, in Darlington Operatic Society's production of the Sound of Music. It will be on at the Civic Theatre from April 24th to May 4th. 

FUNDRAISING EVENTS since last newsletter.


Coffee Morning in November raised £185

Carol Singing at Sainsbury's raised £131

Carol Singing at Morrison's raised £81


Thanks to Brian Tyreman and everyone who helped with these events. 


Dancing our way to funds.

Thanks to Accordance Ceilidh Band who donated over £300 from their New Year's Eve Ceilidh, held in St. Mary's Hall, Cockerton. 

We are also very grateful to Ravensdale Hand Bell Ringers who braved the cold over Christmas raising funds on behalf of Darlington Town Mission. I understand that a presentation of the money raised will be undertaken soon.  

Future Events.


Beetle drive.

Monday 25th February. 7pm.


Tickets for this event priced £6 are available from Mary Drury 380665.  There will be a bring and share finger buffet supper, and a raffle.  We do hope you will bring friends along to this fun evening at Mary's house.


Come and Sing. Saturday 9th March.


10am to 1pm (approx) at Cockerton Methodist Church, on the Green. Do come and join us.

Choose your favourite hymns, then fill in the tear off slip and send it, along with your sponsor donation.(See the enclosed form) There will be a break between 11.30am and 12.15pm for soup and a bun. There will also be scones and tea.


Do you have any unwanted Christmas gifts?

We are hoping to hold a Tombola in April, so any gifts would be most appreciated.


175 Celebrations.


Service of Thanksgiving

Tuesday 30th April at 7pm.


This will be held at St. Cuthbert's Church.  To Celebrate our 175 years, The Bishop of Jarrow, Rt. Rev. Mark Bryant has kindly agreed to join us in our celebrations as well as Rev. Ruth Gee, Chair of Darlington Methodist District.  Our organist will be Andrew Christer. We do hope that you will be able to join us too.  The service will be followed by refreshments in the Church Centre.




If you did, we would like to hear from you.  Who did you work for?  We would like to invite your previous employers to our Service of Thanksgiving.


We are having a Party!

Thursday 6th June from 2 - 3.30pm.

At Elm Ridge Church Hall.


To Celebrate 175 years since the formation of Darlington Town Mission we felt we should have a party.


Do you have a party piece?

Can you recite a poem, play an instrument, do a dance, sing a song?


Would you be prepared to perform it at our 175 Celebrations party.  Do not feel pressured to take part, but we would love you to be involved with the celebrations. There will be tea and cake (of course), some games and entertainment. 


1. With which television programme would you associate the phrase 'starter for 10'?

2. A swoose is a hybrid of which two birds?

3. For what function was the leaning tower of Pisa built?

4. In which orchestral work is a cat represented by a clarinet and a grandfather by a bassoon?

5. In the nursery rhyme 'One two, buckle my shoe' what line follows '13, 14'?

6. Posie, Perkin and Pootle were the children in which BBC children's series broadcast in the 1970s and 1980s?

7. In which country do 100 santims make a lat?

8. Grandpa Dickson, Glenfiddich and Bright Smile are all roses of which colour?

9. Where is the most southerly mainland lighthouse in Britain?

10. Which Town in England has the most namesakes worldwide, with 55 of that name dotted around the globe?  


Thanks to our Missioner and all our volunteers.


In 2012 our Missioner and volunteers made over 900 visits and took 350 people on group outings. Our thanks to our Missioner for all her hard work and organisational skills and also to our volunteers who have given up their time to enrich the lives of our Friends.