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Committee Update – Three

Reference: My letter dated 8th February 2021


  1. Renovation.
    1. Toilet Block
      1. The toilet block roof and ceiling have now been replaced and this part of the work is complete.
      2. Hauxwell Construction has agreed to provide and fit hygienic fire proof cladding to the inside walls. Work is due to start on this 14th April 2021.
      3. The electrics to the toilet block will be reconnected when the cladding is complete. This will include the installation of the new light fittings and hand driers as a part of the contract with Hauxwell Construction.
      4. The ceiling and pipes have been painted white using self help. ( Thanks to Hilly, Luca and George).
      5. Thermostats to the 3 radiators are still in need of fitting.
    2. Double Glazing
      1. A revised and cheaper quote for wooden framed double glazing has not been found. A request has therefore been made to RDC Planning to revise the materials to be used to allow for the frames to be constructed of UPVC. The design and style will still be in keeping with the current appearance, as far as is possible, but a bottom outward opening will be included as opposed to the current top opening. It is also felt that with modern double glazing it is very difficult to distinguish between wood and UPVC
      2. In addition to replacing the windows with double glazing it is also being considered that the back door and internal front doors should be replaced with insulated doors and the external front door should be replaced with a bespoke wooden door.
      3. Air Vents. Two metal air vents on the front, outside of the building which had gone missing have been replaced and fitted by Trevor MacDonald.
  2. Funding.
    1. Expenditure
      1. Current expenditure on renovation work is as follows:
      2. A sum of £435 is outstanding on the toilet block which will be paid when the electrical work is completed.
      3. Future Expenditure. Future expenditure is as follows:
      4. Cladding. Currently agreed with Hauxwell Construction for the provision of materials and installation £1,850. This will increase slightly to cover 2 wall not included in the original request.
      5. Double Glazing.
        1. A quote of £5,441 has been received from Bishop Auckland Glazing Co Ltd. and it is likely that the company will be asked to complete the work.
        2. A quote will also be asked of Bishop Auckland Glazing Co Ltd for the proposed work on the doors.
    2. Available Funds. With the receipt of a Business Support Grant of £6,001 the Reading Room’s balances as at 09 March 2021, and after deductions at paragraph 2 are:
      1. Bank Balance. £15,314.90.
      2. Petty Cash. £86.91.
      3. Grant. The grant of £4,999 from RDC towards the cost of double glazing is not included in the above figures. This is to be paid on completion of the work.
  3. Activities.
    1. Easter. A separate report has been placed on the village website recounting the activities of Easter Sunday. Many thanks go to Hilly for her single handed effort making this annual event the success that it was!
    2. Summer Fair
      1. If all goes according to plan, and with respect to the pandemic and vaccinations, it is hoped that we will be able to hold a ‘full blown’ Summer Fair’ this year. The suggested date is Sunday 29th August. A flier has been put out to this effect with the suggestion of an animal fancy dress theme.
      2. Cash prizes are offered for the duck races. It was felt that meals etc could not be asked of businesses that have been closed for most of the year. Community donations will be asked to provide prizes for the raffle. Prizes for the Raffle will be published as soon as possible.
      3. A planning conference will be convened as soon as it is considered safe to do so. It is emphasised that if the Summer Fair is to be the celebration it deserves to be a considerable amount of effort and support will be needed.
      4. Duck Sales and Raffle.
        1. Ducks. Smithy and Mill Races £2 per duck. Children’s Wet Duck Race £1.
        2. Raffle. Cost of one strip of 5 tickets £1.
        3. Bank Transfer
          1. For people wishing to pay by bank transfer The Reading Room Community Account is sort code 20-25-29 account number 20279471.
          2. Reference should be D + surname for ducks; R + surname for the raffle..
  4. Bedding Plants
    1. An order to the value of £200 has been placed with Winstanley’s for bedding plants. These will be delivered to the Reading Room at the end of April or the beginning of May a long with 3 bags of soil. It is hoped this will be sufficient for:
      1. Approximately 10 boxes 6 of which are new replacements.
      2. Two hanging baskets for the front of the Reading Room.
  5. Community News. Members of the community should be encouraged to register on the village website by going to ‘SUBSCRIBE’. The link to the village website is: Welcome to our Web Site – Constable Burton.
  6. Comments. If you have any comments or suggestions on any of the above please let me have them as soon as possible. I will publish this letter for the community at the end of the week.

Stay safe!

Yours ever,

Major (Retd) George F Tomlin MBE
Chair, The Reading Room Committee
Constable Burton

Telephone: 01677 450194
Mobile: +447773031874

14 April 2021

Welcome to our Web Site – Constable Burton

Constable Burton Estate – Tulip Festival 2021

Constable Burton Estate Announce Tulip Festival 2021

❝ We are thrilled to be hosting our annual Tulip Festival over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 1 to Monday 3 May 2021.

Over 6000 tulips can be admired in the grounds of Constable Burton Hall.

There are exciting new colour-themed planting schemes to be revealed this year in the borders and there will be a display of cut blooms in the Festival Lawn Marquees from Chelsea Gold medal award-winning Bloms Bulbs.

Away from the tulips there are beautiful woodland walks and garden trails to discover featuring cyclamen, lilies, ferns, hardy shrubs, roses and wildflowers.

Our estate chef has created a selection of delicious festival picnic boxes for all tastes & ages. We advise pre-booking refreshments to avoid disappointment.

You can enjoy your food in our Festival Lawn Marquees or at one of the picnic areas located around the gardens.❞

D’Arcy Wyvill

Tickets available via :


Constable Burton Summer Fair 2021


It is our intention to hold our annual Summer Fair on Sunday 29th August 2021. At this time, due to the pandemic, we are uncertain as to what form it will take and more details will be published as the situation clarifies. Fancy dress will be on an ‘Animal Theme’. Importantly please note DUCK SALES ARE NOW ON!!!!

Stay safe!

Yours ever,

Major (Retd) George F Tomlin MBE

Chair, The Reading Room Committee
Constable Burton

Telephone: 01677 450194
Mobile: +447773031874

Easter 2021



The weather was sunny but with a brisk cold wind. With flags flying, Easter decorations in position, daffodils out and the cherry blossom in bloom the scene was set. I had hidden polystyrene eggs amongst the hedges and flowers on the Green, 168 in all! I had my fingers crossed that, given the pandemic, a few families at least would turn up.

First to arrive were the Lord family having had an adventure attempting to avoid the A 684. Revived by a cuppa and rabbit biscuits the boys, Freddie and Jack, were ready to start their first ever easter egg hunt. Next to arrive was Amelia with mum and dad, Chris and Tracy Hughes, with Tracy sporting her Easter bonnet. In dad’s arms Amelia, wearing rabbit ears, her rabbit biscuit was very much appreciated. 

Baskets were available for discovered eggs to be placed in and exchanged for chocolate eggs and other gifts. Our ‘hunters’ were joined by the Mill’s family, all 5 including Gran, and with Anna leading the way with Ross in tow. Lovely to see them. 

By 10 past 2 the hunt was in full swing. First back were Freddie and Jack who chose chocolate eggs, what else!? The children were presented with a table full of gifts and eggs all donated by our generous residents, thank you so much.

Next event was the Egg Rolling at 2:30pm when Otillie Wren arrived with her parents Dave and Edwina Yates. Eggs were given out, pink to the girls and blue to the boys. Ross and Anna rolled their own individually decorated eggs. On the count of 3 each race began. The excitement and the noise grew. Five races were planned but the giddy enjoyment was so great that we continued to races 6, 7 and 8. With all eggs still intact Dave came up with the splendid idea of launching the next 2 races over-arm! What a laugh and amazingly all eggs remained intact.

Prizes were awarded and finally all had a dip into the Easter Ali Baba basket for yet another gift. All was complete by 3:30pm and some very happy children, and parents, departed. What a fun afternoon which was so good to be a part of in such difficult times.

Given all of the covid restrictions the Reading Room itself was not open and social distancing had to be observed. It was good to welcome Mavis Allen who visited from her new home in Leyburn and next year it is hoped that we may welcome visitors from outside our community.

Everyone who donated to the success of the event are thanked most warmly. In addition approximately £18 were donated to the upkeep of the Reading Room. Thank you.

Hilly Dobson

Vice Chair to the Reading Room 


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