Services & Facilities
Blackhall Welfare Park
Blackhall Welfare Park
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 provides a valued recreational and leisure facility for the whole community, it is well used by local organised teams which include cricket, football field and bowling greens.
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.
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
Blackhall Resource Centre
68 Middle Street
Tel: 0191 5184 900
Fax: 0191 5879 848
Monday to Friday: 9am – 1pm
The 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 used 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.
The 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 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