Welcome to our Autumn newsletter, which means the summer is now behind us and many of you will be thinking thank goodness as it has been a bit of a wash out this year  with the coldest and wettest months recorded .However you have to feel that we at DTM were blessed as we managed to avoid the daily showers on all outings, albeit by the skin of our teeth at Thornton Hall. 

We may not have seen much sunshine during the summer but recently the sun has shone and enhanced the beautiful Autumn colours and rather than rainfall we are seeing the leaves fall. So just a gentle reminder that as the leaves settle on the footpaths please take care as they can be very slippy. But Autumn isn’t just a time when the leaves fall, it also means we are heading towards the time of the year when we start to make preparations for winter and dare I say it Christmas .

You will see from our programme that our remaining outings this year are a trip to Strikes Garden Centre in Northallerton on 12th November where you can do a bit of Christmas shopping, they not only sell plants but also gifts, books ,cards and clothes .In December we have two events one is our annual Carol Service followed by an afternoon tea on 14th December and the other I am pleased to tell you is a Jack Frost Party , Polam Hall School have invited us to this on Tuesday 11th December  3pm to 4pm , there will be sausage rolls, mince pies and seasonal songs.

I hope that you all feel that the Town Mission is continuing to achieve its aim of alleviating loneliness and isolation either by regular visits or monthly outings. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or problems and I will do my best to help.

Sue Case, Missioner


As I write this letter to all our friends the nights are closing in and the days are growing shorter. It is a time when we need our friends and family if we are fortunate to have either close at hand - many of us do not. Over the years families have become more and more dispersed. It is here that I feel organisations like Darlington Town Mission really come into their own.


We are a small mission by comparison with say Age UK; I was asked recently what we did that was different to Age UK - for a start I believe that we offer close personal pastoral care through our hard working and dedicated Town Missioner, Sue Case, and that for all we do in no way discriminate in the friends registered with us we are, at the heart of DTM a Christian Based organisation. We have always, throughout our history, been under- girded in prayer and the principles of the Gospel in regard to the care and well being of others. This has always been at the heart of our guiding principles.


We have had a good year with our friends this year, visits are up and attendance at outings is on the increase. We of course rejoice in these positive signs of growth in our work. In order for us to continue we need more volunteer drivers and eventually extra volunteer visitors.


The 2013 will see us celebrate our 175th Anniversary - we hope to make this a time of real celebration to mark what is indeed a milestone of public service to the people of Darlington. Keep us in your prayers as we keep you in ours.


In your service

Rev'd Brian Holmes

ChairmanDarlington Town Mission



A fantastic fun afternoon which raised £240 as well. The theme was kings and queens.

ElmRidge GardenParty

There was a constant queue for smashing plates and we raised £150 in the time allotted. We also received a donation from Elm Ridge of £500.

Tombola at Morrison’s Morton Park.

A very popular event which raised £160.

Town Carnival

We didn't make much money, but we made sure people knew about the organisation!


Rain showers did not put off the fun in Richard Bond's garden.  £350 raised.  Thanks to all for their hard work, especially Pat for the raffle.

Street Collection

Thanks to our volunteers and the people of Cockerton, £111 raised during the morning.



We are delighted to have been chosen as Sainsbury's Local Charity of the year for 2012-2013.  We are working with them to arrange fundraising events, and they are doing lots of events themselves to raise money for us.  Their first big event is a fun day in the store on 31st October.

Local Giving.com

Town Mission supporters can now donate online via the localgiving.com website (part of the County Durham Community Foundation). At the moment each single donation of £10, donated in this way attracts a match funding of £10 and if gift aided is worth even more. So if you have a spare £10 please make a donation now. If you do not have access to a computer, someone else can do this on your behalf.  Speak to our Missioner, Sue.  Visit www.localgiving.com/charity/darlingtontownmission


Future Events.

Coffee MorningSaturday 17th November 10am, at Cockerton Methodist Church Hall.

Entry £1.00, to include tea/coffee and a biscuit. Donations of gifts, cakes etc welcome for a cake/gifts stall. Contact Brian Tyreman on 710229.

Carol Singing-

Wednesday 5th December at 2pm.  at Sainsbury's

Thursday 6th December  2pm at Morrison's. North Road.


We need a big choir, does anyone have friends who might join us for either or both of these events? Please let us know and bring them along.

Carol Service– Friday 14th December, 2pm.  this will once again be at All Saints Church in Ravensdale Road, and will of course be followed by afternoon tea.


Dates for your diary.

Service of ThanksgivingMonday 29th April at 7pm.  This will be held at St. Cuthbert's Church.  To Celebrate our 175 years, The Bishop of Durham has kindly agreed to join us in our celebrations.

175 Celebrations.

We would like to organise some events for our special year.  Would anyone like to join a small group to help organise these?  Please contact Sue on 01325734995 or email dtmission@btconnect.com  if you would like to help.


June Quiz answers

1. We know the Queen loves Corgis, but she has also had 11 Dorgis, what is a Dorgi?A cross between a dachshundand a corgi

2. What is the Queen’s wedding ring made from?a nugget of Welsh gold

3. What year did the Queen learn to drive?1945

4. How many godchildren does the Queen have? 30

5. How many Royal Variety Performances has the Queen attended? 35

6. Which FA Cup final did the Queen first attend? 1953

7. How many portraits has the Queen sat for during her reign? 129

8. How long did Queen Victoria reign? 63 years

9. How many Grandchildren does the Queen have? 8

10. How many Corgis does the Queen have at present? 3 called Monty, Willow and Holly 

Sorry, no room for a quiz this time.

Sue Murton