While researching the lively history of The Witham whilst on placement at Radio Teesdale, Lara came across articles in the Teesdale Mercury archive detailing a fund-raising concert which took place on the 14th of September 1939.
Over the last 60 years The Witham Hall has been used for and hosted a variety of activities, such as its time under the YMCA, the development of the library, various clubs and groups including craft and acting, and much, much more.
To say thank you to all of our volunteers, we arranged a hard-hat tour of the site last Thursday to see the progress of the work so far and find out about plans for the new Witham. Jan Hargrove gives an insight into the highlights of the tour.
Diane Roberts is an American writer; she broadcasts regularly and writes for newspapers such as the New York Times. She has been keeping an interested eye on The Witham’s redevelopment project and here shares her delight that work has begun.
Following her fascinating talk last week at The Bowes Museum, local author Rebecca Jenkins explains how, without the first Olympic Games, we would not be witnessing the 2012 Olympic spectacle of today.
As we make final preparations for major building work to begin on The Witham, we have glimpsed a little of the fascinating history of this 166-year building with the discovery of an envelope hidden behind a blocked up fireplace.