Monday, 18 August 2014

Esh Gospel Choir - Rehearsal Dates 2015-15

Esh village's very own Gospel Choir was set up over a year ago, and continues to go from strength to strength, performing at concerts locally as well as further afield. 

They rehearse every second and fourth Wednesday of the month in the village hall: all of the rehearsal dates and times can be found on the village calendar on this website. New members are always warmly welcome: For more information, please contact Steve Bradley (mob. 07891 752 459; email: The first rehearsal after the summer break will take place on Wednesday 27th August, 7.00-8.30pm

Watch out, watch out, there's a thief about!

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There have been several worrying reports of thefts in and around Esh in the past week: a van, parked at it's owner's property, was emptied of it's tools and equipment, and around 130 lambs have been stolen from Broomhall Farm.

Please keep your eyes peeled for any suspicious activity and report anything unusual to Durham Constabulary using their non-emergency number, 101. For a range of tips and resources on how to keep your property safe and secure, visit Durham Police's Crime Prevention webpages by clicking here.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Twit-twoo! The newest additions to Esh's birdlife come home to roost...

The amazing generosity of the village residents, who pulled together to raise over £300.00 following the theft of one of the owl sculptures in June, meant that not one but two new owls arrived in Esh yesterday afternoon, courtesy of local sculptor Lee Hoskins.  These new carvings are shaped from thicker tree trunks, meaning that they'll hold fast against against whatever Mother Nature chooses to throw at the village, as well as being far harder to pick up and run off with!

 A  team effort saw the owls hoisted into position: ropes, brute strength, and the involvement of one unsuspecting resident, summoned from his car as he returned home quietly after work, brought the carvings down from their perch on the trailer, whilst the technical expertise of metalworkers, construction specialists and hot-beverage-makers saw them bolted into a concrete base.

A third sculpture, a baby woodpecker, has yet to be positioned… where would you suggest he go?! Ideas to the residents' association email address, please!