Dear Friends & Residents,

The Community Centre is a 140 year old former schoolhouse, a historic building serving the immediate communities of Framwellgate Moor, Pity Me, Newton Hall & Dryburn

The Community Centre is for all our community: whatever your age, gender, ethnicity or interests there are activities for everyone. There is disabled access for anyone who needs it. We are pleased to see the centre getting back to the ‘usual’ number of regular attendees. Thank you for continuing to support the centre.

Durham Area Action Partnership

The Durham Mayor, Councillor Lesley Mavin, visits our successful Wellbeing Programme.

The Durham Mayor and Durham AAP Coordinator, Craig Morgan, enjoyed their visit to our centre and joined in activities.

for more details about the visit and the new months Programme see our Wellbeing Programme page

The centre often receives ‘thank you’ letters from groups who have used the centre – we were particularly pleased to be informed about the success that the local WI group had.

Wellbeing Programme 2023

Further excellent news for the Wellbeing programme which has received grants from our supportive partners – for more details see our Wellbeing Programme page

Excellent news the Association has received additional funding. Thank you to Durham AAP for allowing us to continue this successful and much needed programme for a further six months.

Wellbeing Tuesdays – our wellbeing programme is on every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm. Please contact Carol (0191 386 3356), Wellbeing Manager, for more information on Monday to Friday mornings (9am – 1pm), or click on Wellbeing Programme link

If you want to make a booking for your activity or a children’s party please see our Facilities page and speak to Jim or Carol at the centre (0191 3863356 /

Please see our Quarterly newsletter

A quote from the Tutor of one volunteer “It is fair to say that places like Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre change people’s lives. Without kind people like you, we would not achieve any success with our students, and they would not develop as they could.”

Thank you to all our volunteers. To Mike, Dennis, Alan, Cailin, Hayley and YoYo who make running the centre so much easier. Being a volunteer is a two-way process – for the volunteer to learn or use skills and for the community centre having their contribution to the work being carried out effectively.

See our previous newsletters

The Coronation Celebration event at the Community Centre on Monday 8 May was a wonderful event. It was great to see so many families with young children enjoying it. Thanks to Cllr Amanda Hopgood, Cllr Mamie Simmons and Cllr Mark Wilkes for their grant towards running the event.

The Association has recently received a grant of £2209 from County Durham Community Foundation to buy new IT equipment for our office – a much needed acquisition as the old equipment was making life harder for our employees who are now delighted that they can deal with your enquiries much faster for the benefit of everyone.

The Association has also received funding to expand our green agenda by buying rainwater butts and composting frames. Thank you to County Durham Community Foundation for their greening initiative which allowed us to do this. The plants in our gardens will flourish and make looking after them more environmentally sustainable. This is especially true for the Magnolia tree which was planted to commemorate the start of the reign of King Charles III. See the News & Social page for more details

The Framwellgate Moor Local History Society will form as a Society at its next meeting, to adopt a Constitution, elect officers, establish the Society and look at County wide funding opportunities. On the agenda is Framwellgate Moor Miners Lodge Banner and its restoration.

To be held at 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 4 May 2023 at the Framwellgate Moor Youth and Community Centre, Front Street, Durham DH1 5BL. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. All welcomed.

New College are starting a Memory Café here at Framwellgate Moor Community Centre on Tuesday 29 December-then on the last Tuesday each month. Anyone with memory loss or memory problems is most welcome, including any family or carers…. please come along for a cuppa and chat.

There is a Post Office van, for anyone who needs their services, outside the front of the Community Centre each Tuesday (1315-1415) and Friday (0900-1000).

In preparing for a wonderful Summer of sunshine, we are looking for volunteers to assist in keeping the Community Centre gardens colourful and tidy. If you have an hour to spare from 10am onwards on the first Tuesday on each month, we would love to see you, please contact Jim or Carol on 0191 386 3356.

Click on this link to see the work towards our green credentials

The Trustees of Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Association wish to express our support for the Ukrainian people. If you are able to donate, there are many reputable charities who are willing to receive donations to support Ukrainian refugees.

Can you help please? We are recompiling the history of the centre. Do you know any ‘little gems‘ of information about the building. Please send via

We are pleased to note that groups can meet again in the centre.

However in order to continue to keep our members safe we have the following advice (please see the notice):

Please respect people wearing face masks/coverings in the centre;

Please maintain social distancing;

Please continue hand sanitising and allow people space when entering or leaving.

Charity Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that our Community Centre has received the Charity Excellence Award

Excellent news – the Association has again received Hallmark Level 1, 2 and 3 awards. We worked with the Durham Community Action team, as Hallmark Officers, to conduct a virtual inspection of the community centre premises, using photos and files to support our case. It was both helpful and interesting to carry out the inspection this way. Our Award certificates are shown at the bottom of this page. Please check the Hallmark report

Please note that the AGM took place on Thursday 6 April 2023 – further information can be found on the GOVERNANCE – Reports/Minutes page

December 2020, the Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant of £5,355 from the Sir John Priestman Charity Trust to complete the work on developing the multi- media system in the main hall.

November 2020, the Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant of £4,645 from County Durham Community Foundation towards the new multi-media development in the main hall.

Our Community Centre

Hello Friends & Residents,

The Community Association continues to adhere to Government guidelines, which means that users now have the choice of whether to wear a mask indoors. Most groups have returned to the centre post pandemic.

Our Centre Manager, Jim Pendrey and Assistant Centre Manager, Carol Callum, work in the office each morning (9am-1pm) Their office door is to the right of the main front door, at the side of the building.

We hope you continue to look after your physical and mental wellbeing and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the Community Centre as we expand our classes, services and commercial activities once again throughout 2022 and beyond.

Hallmark certificates are above

To learn more about our the Centre’s Heritage please click here.

You may wish to meet our Trustees or read our Chairman’s Welcome please click here