Services & Facilities

Blackhall Welfare Park

  • Blackhall Welfare Park, Eleventh Street, Blackhall Colliery, TS27 4LX.

Football field

Blackhall Welfare Park is situated on the northern outskirts of the Parish of Monk Hesleden. The park is managed and maintained by Monk Hesleden Parish Council. It is a flagship facility which is provides a valued recreational and leisure facility for the whole community, it is well used by local organised teams which include cricket, football and bowls.

The Park was opened in 1929, and at this time it was managed and funded by the Miners Welfare Scheme. Following the closure of Blackhall Colliery in 1981 and the subsequent demise of the mining industry, the Park was transferred to the ownership of the Parish Council in 1989. This decision secured the future sustainability of a much valued community asset which the Parish Council maintain to a high standard.

October 2010 saw the completion of new, long awaited changing rooms at the Welfare Park.  These were built with the help of funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and we think they offer some of the best facilities in the area.

                                                                Changing rooms photographs courtesy of Stan Gray.

Cemeteries – Blackhall and Hesleden

  • Blackhall Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Blackhall, TS27 4JG
  • Hesleden Cemetery, Front Street, Hesleden, Hartlepool, TS27 4PH

We constructed the memorial at Hesleden Cemetery


Both cemeteries are owned and managed on behalf of residents by the Parish Council who are also the appointed burial authority.

The grounds maintenance and burials are undertaken by the Parks and Facilities staff, should you require any information with regard to this facility please feel free to contact either the Cemetery Supervisor or the Parish Council using the details given on the contacts page.

A booklet detailing the rules and regulations governing the cemetery is available to either download or by requesting a copy directly from the Parish Council.

For further information you can download the following documents in PDF format

Please note – The Parish Council now issues permits to erect memorials.

Approval must be given before work can commence.

Blackhall Resource Centre

  • 68 Middle Street, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool, Co Durham, TS27 4EA
  • Tel: 0191 5184 900
  • Fax: 0191 5879 848
Opening Times
Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm

Resource CenterThe Parish Council working in partnership with the former Blackhall Settlement Renewal Initiative secured funding from the European Development Fund to purchase and refurbish the building in late 2005.

The building is multi-purpose it provides a training room which can be use to provide training and resources to the community.

With the demise of the District Council, the building now provides a vital signposting service to residents when they have matters of concern to be highlighted to the new Unitary Authority, Durham County Council. Residents are also able to obtain information regarding other services provided within the wider community and have access to the local policing team.

Training RoomThe Parish Council has an office in the building which enables residents to have access to their local Councillors and ensures any complaints or issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

The training room can be hired at a low cost of £16.00 per hour for the large training room or £8.00 for the smaller, should you wish to make a booking please complete the attached form and return at your earliest convenience.

Play Areas

Play areas are located at the following locations throughout the community; they are maintained by the Parish Council and inspected on a regular basis. The Parish Council would be grateful if any damage to the facilities could be reported immediately via their offices in Blackhall Resource Centre.

  • Blackhall Welfare Park, Play Area
  • Chicken’s Green, Blackhall
  • Coronation Avenue Blackhall Rocks
  • Scheme House, Blackhall Colliery
  • Hart Crescent, Blackhall Rocks.
  • Rear of Front Street, Hesleden
  • High Hesleden
  • Football field Station Road Hesleden
  • Multi Use Games Arena Hesleden

Pit Wheel Memorial, Blackhall

This Memorial was erected by Blackhall Settlement Renewal Initiative in memory of all those who worked and lost their lives at Blackhall Pit, it is now a focal point in the village, which is maintained by the Parish Council.

Public seating

The Parish Council have installed a number of seats within the Parish over the years for the benefit of residents. A review of the current provision is being undertaken with a view to replacing, removing or refurbishing existing seating.

Provision & maintenance of dog bins

The Parish Council has installed 15 dog bins throughout the Parish, these bins are emptied on a weekly basis by Durham County Council, and this service is also paid for by the Council. If you are aware of a bin near to you not being emptied on a regular basis, please contact the Parish Council.

You can be fined if you do not clean up after your dog.  Waste bags can be purchased from the Resource Centre for 50p per pack.


We have two external defibrillators located at Blackhall Resource Centre & Hesleden Methodist Chapel