Can you help with revamp of former colliery wages office?

The home of the Easington Colliery Brass Band in Ashton Street, Easington Colliery. Picture by FRANK REID
The home of the Easington Colliery Brass Band in Ashton Street, Easington Colliery. Picture by FRANK REID

Support is needed to turn a former colliery pay office into a thriving community hub.

The building in Ashton Street, Easington Colliery, is one of the last in the Durham coalfield that is still in regular use.

Easington Colliery Band perform at the Festival of Brass Bands at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

Easington Colliery Band perform at the Festival of Brass Bands at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

Today, it is the home of Easington Colliery Brass Band, where they hold regular practice sessions.

The interior of the building is very much as it was when it was first built, with the addition of new toilets and a kitchen, but it is desperately in need of renovation.

The band is applying, with help from the local council, for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to turn the venue into a community/heritage centre for the use of local residents and schools.

Derek Landers, of the group, said: “If it can be shown that there is enough interest from the community then this will strengthen the funding application.

Derek Landers.

Derek Landers.

“The band would like to hear from any small group who feels it may be able to make use of the facility on a regular basis for meetings or social events, even if it’s just to pop in for a cuppa and a natter.

“There have been Monday morning gatherings which closed for the summer but will start up again on Monday, July 2, with an illustrated talk on the sinking of the RMS Titanic.”

Mr Landers added: “The lottery funding is a long drawn out process but work is needed now so if there are any retired tradesmen who would like to donate a few hours of their time, we’ll provide the tea and biscuits, it would be much appreciated.

“Electricians, plumbers and joiners would be most welcome.

Inside the former colliery wages office in Ashton Street, Easington Colliery.

Inside the former colliery wages office in Ashton Street, Easington Colliery.

“With support from the local residents it is felt that this could become an important focal point in Easington Colliery so let’s get together and make it work.”

Included in Monday’s talk will be tea/coffee and toast and the cost is £1.50.

The centre will be open every Monday from 10am. and the talks are planned once a month or so.

Places are limited to around 24 so those who would like to make certain of a seat should contact Mr Landers on 07768120561.

This number can also be used for any enquiries about using the building.