What a superb start to 2022, Jubilee parties got the whole parish buzzing and our communities did us all proud. Meanwhile, at the OakLeaf Sports Complex field, Great Aycliffe town council provided fun for all with a mix of entertainment while having a picnic. Singing from the fantastic Shine choir, music from the Aycliffe and Brancepeth Brass Band and super songstress Jenna Highfield made for a great evening’s entertainment. As Mayor, this year Ken Robson was escorted by the children to light the beacon
Of course, this was only the start of the festivities and Ken and Mayoress Elaine were invited to several other events including St Clare’s Lodge residential home, who kindly provided us with lunch, Simpasture Court Jubilee barbeque and local street parties.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the Civic Ceremony at St Clare’s church attended by parishioners, Councillors and Official Dignitaries from other areas. Many thanks to church officers for their fantastic service.
An invitation to Five Acres was another enjoyable visit and an opportunity to meet the children and veterans who were demonstrating their weapons collection and expertise with morse code. Also, great to meet up with Deputy Mayor Nev Jones and the lovely Dame Dela Smith, Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham, who always seems to have a beaming smile and a cheery word for everyone.
Now is the season for our popular senior citizens trips and already we are receiving great reports about these fantastic opportunities to have a day away. I am eagerly looking forward to my day out at the end of June.
Our fun in the park season is almost upon us and I know children and parents will enjoy joining in with the entertainment and games.
As a town we have all manner of entertainment throughout the year from community organisations such as Neville Community Association, Pioneering Care Partnership, Acorn Community Association, Community Spirit, and many others who are featured regularly in the Newton News and on social media. Everything from knitting clubs, crafters and sports such as golf and football facilities are provided.
Fancy playing Golf? We have a golf professional on site to help you choose equipment and give lessons, tips and advice. We even have a driving range if you feel like taking a swing.
Why not pop into our OakLeaf centre for a delicious meal, drink or to join in with the activities: indoor bowling, table tennis, pool, squash, five-a-side football, quiz night and much, much more.
Walking, cycling and keep fit classes are all available in OUR town. Hope to see you at our next event.