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Deadline fast approaching for Durham grants

A funding opportunity open to community, voluntary and not-for-profit groups in the Derwent Valley Partnership area only has a short time left for applications to be submitted. Grants which must be over £5,000 and are usually no more than about £9,000, are made to projects that address the three priorities of the Partnership. These are… Read more

Dramatic performance commission

Dramatic artists and consultants with a connection to Land of Oak & Iron, are being sought to create a new performance which will tell our story in a unique and creative way. The Land of Oak & Iron has a fascinating heritage which will inspire the script, bringing our stories of historical heroes and hidden… Read more

Prudhoe volunteers are changing

Woodlands are very important in the Land of Oak & Iron, they cover 13% of our landscape and provide a home to many different creatures. We have two Woodland Volunteer Teams that play a key role in looking after these habitats, one that covers the whole of our area led Peter Downes and another that… Read more

Forging Ahead May 2018

With so much on offer this summer, Land of Oak & Iron is the place to be. Unearth an ancient waggonway, get lost   in our beautiful countryside or immerse yourself in our fascinating heritage. This month’s newsletter is packed with ideas for great days out and ways to get involved in our heritage. Find… Read more

Local Groups Forum

We’re calling for representatives from local special interest groups across our area to attend a special meeting, designed to create networking opportunities and encourage link-ups for you, where there is a joint purpose between different groups across the region. It’s called the Local Groups Forum and it was hugely successful last year.  For example, as… Read more

Sharing your stories

Fascinating stories of red snow, giants and the coke works with “jaws like a dragon” are being heard by volunteers capturing people’s memories of life in the Land of Oak & Iron. “It was horrible to look at and it smelled of rotten eggs. When it snowed, by tea time the snow would be red from… Read more

Chopwell WoodFest needs you

Do you have a local craft business? Or does your organisation showcase the heritage of the Land of Oak & Iron? Then why not get involved with one of the most successful events in the Land of Oak & Iron this summer. Chopwell WoodFest aims to bring the heritage of the area to life. This… Read more

Recognise your communities environmental achievements

Has your neighbourhood or village been improved recently by a local person or group? Derwent Valley Partnership are inviting nominations for projects or activities in their area, (the Durham part of Land of Oak & Iron), which have made a local community a better place to live and work. Experience has shown that undertaking work… Read more

Forging Ahead March 2018

As Spring finally makes an appearance, we look ahead to the summer and a host of exciting events. We have our Local Groups Forum in May, whilst July sees the return of Chopwell WoodFest and the opening of our new heritage centre at Winlaton Mill. We also take a look back at how we have… Read more

Don’t Miss Our Funding Deadline

There is still time to apply for Land of Oak & Iron funding for your community project, our Community Grants programme closes on Wednesday 28th March 2018. Through the County Durham Community Foundation, you can apply for funding of up to £2,000, to help support projects across a whole range of activities that will work… Read more