Middleton-in-Teesdale and Newbiggin Parish Councillors
Councillor Susan (Sue) Bainbridge
Sue has lived in Middleton-in-Teesdale for many years and is passionate about the village and the surrounding areas. She is retired (or so she thought!) She volunteers with numerous local bodies: as a Community First Responder with NEAS, a walk leader both in Middleton and Barnard Castle, a bike leader in Barnard Castle, a founder member and Trustee of the Community Fitness Suite and volunteer Gym instructor and teaches Zumba Gold, Zumba and Blockfit in Middleton Sports and Social Club. Sue is a trustee, treasurer and volunteer with Stainton Grove Luncheon Club, the Secretary at Middleton Sports and Social Club and teaches Defibrillator and CPR with any group who asks her (for example local WI groups) and has helped train both in Teesdale and in Weardale and also delivered the Heartstart programme in local schools.
Sue says, “I always had opinions about how the village looked and how the Parish Council acted, so l thought instead of complaining I’d do something about and joined the Parish Council to hopefully make the village better.”
Sue can be contacted by email: email@example.com
Councillor Ian Cartwright
Ian lived near Gateshead from the age of 10-22, leaving school at 16 and completing an engineering apprenticeship. He left the northeast at 22 to join the Metropolitan Police where he served for 30 years until retiring. He still has family near Gateshead.
Ian and his wife decided they wanted a rural community in beautiful countryside for the next stage of their lives and both wanted to return to the northeast. They remembered Teesdale from their childhoods, coming here on holidays and day trips.
Ian moved to Teesdale in January 2018 and is thoroughly enjoying life here.
He wanted to do something voluntarily and having met and talked to some of the other councillors, parish council work seemed a useful and valuable role to undertake.
Ian can be contacted on telephone 01833 640280.
Councillor Bob Danby
I moved into Middleton-in-Teesdale on the glorious twelfth in 1984 and served on and off as police officer in the area until I retired in 2008. I then worked out of the area for several years until at the beginning of 2018 I returned to live here full time, and job share the managers role at UTASS.
I have always had an interest in local matters and the work of the parish council but to date for one reason or another been unable to give the role the attention it deserves.
I’m keen to represent the views of the Middleton’s residents and ensure that their voice is heard.
Please feel free to contact me with any relevant issues you have, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 07917 304685.
Councillor Christine Gilbert
I was born Christine Watson at Garth Head Farm in Newbiggin. I attended Bridge Street school then Barnard Castle Grammar School. I worked at High Force Hotel until I got married and moved to Staindrop then Gainford before returning to Middleton. I moved into Wesley Manse in 2014 and am very glad to be back. I am a Director at Odyssey Systems a telecommunications company based in Stockton. I am always happy to talk to any parishioners about anything that they would like me to add to the Parish Council Agenda. My mission is to get more young people involved in the council as they have fresh opinions and ideas on issues affecting the whole community. My greatest pleasure is to see my grandchildren enjoying Middleton and their friends and family here.
To contact Christine call 01833 640900 or 07724 555555 or by email: email@example.com
Councillor Adam Hearn
Adam has lived in Middleton for over 25 years. He and his wife own Kingsway Centre on Alston Road. After 25 years of running the centre he retired in 2017 and now spends his time sailing yachts. Adam is an instructor with Durham Army Cadet Force (you may see him dressed up in army uniform from time to time). Adam is also a member of Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team and has a particular interest in community resilience during snow, power cuts, flooding, etc.
To contact Adam call 08458602858 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Nickie Hough
The main reason that I have become a councillor is that I have been living in Newbiggin for 30 years, during which time I have been on many committees in the upper dale, been President of Newbiggin WI, my children have been educated at Forest School and I currently work part-time in Middleton. I feel that it is now time to give something else back to the village by becoming a councillor.
I may still be considered an 'incomer' by some people (I was educated in Kent and Farnborough, and moved here from Cambridge), but as I see it, a councillor should be a good listener, have common sense and be there if parishioners require it. I feel I have all these attributes and I hope the people of Newbiggin parish will contact me with any problems or queries.
If you'd like to contact me, please do so by email: email@example.com
Councillor Dave Hynes
I was born in East London and after studying Politics at Hull University I ‘backpacked’ around the world for 2 years, a year of which was spent working in Australia and New Zealand. On return to the UK I worked in London and New York with disadvantaged children/young adults. For several years I was also involved in charity work in Rwanda helping a friend with an orphanage she had set up after the Genocide of 1994.
I have thirty years experience of running my own businesses, and now own and run a Bed and Breakfast in Middleton-in-Teesdale after moving to the area in April 2017.
Currently I am an athletics coach for Darlington Harriers and have a keen interest in wildlife conservation and history and I'm attempting to learn Spanish! I am married to Fi who was born in Barney. Fi works as a Senior Nurse for the safeguarding children team at County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust.
Councillor Charles Kirkbride
Charles has lived in Teesdale since 2000 and has many charitable interests locally including treasurer of the Cameron Trust, Chair and Chef of the Christmas Lunch Club. He helps with Food Bank and is a recognised partner with COOP food. He is a Steward of the Methodist Church and is on the Upper Teesdale Churches Together team as well as the Methodist Church Council. Charles absolutely loves our close-knit community and feels privileged to call Teesdale home; "we are so lucky, it's my ideal place on earth" he says. Charles was born in Scotland and joined the Royal Air Force straight from school where he trained as an aircraft engineer, serving for 13 years. His second career was in hospitality, for another 27 years. Although he is retired he is still an enthusiastic plane spotter and can be seen binoculars in hand, peering at every low-flying aircraft in the dale.
Charles can be contacted on 07555 266392 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor John Miller
John came to Upper Teesdale more than 30 years ago and for the past 21 has been a resident of Middleton-in-Teesdale parish. He’s a retired bank manager, was a member of Middleton Plus Development Trust for over 8 years and also volunteered at the Tourist Information Centre. John was formerly on Middleton Parish Council for 5 years, to 2004. Before that he served on Mickleton Village Hall committee. He is also a trustee of the Teesdale Radio Link Appeal. John is passionate about the area and its natural beauty and landscape.
John can be contacted by email: email@example.com
Councillor Andrew (Andy) Mitchell - Chair of the Council 2018/19
I have lived in Middleton all my life, I am married to Carol with two sons, Adam and David. After leaving school I secured an apprenticeship as a mechanic at the Central Garage in the village, then became a plant fitter at Force Garth Quarry, however most of my working life has been spent as a Firefighter for Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, as well as helping my wife run the village Post Office. I retired from the fire service in November 2016 after 32 years’ service.
I have always been interested in village life and have served as a school governor at the Primary School and was a member of Middleton Plus Development Trust. I am proud to live in Middleton and want to see it thrive as a community.
To contact Andy, telephone 01833 641368. mobile 07786 361718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Lynne Oxby - Vice-Chairman of the Council
Lynne owns a cafe in Middleton in Teesdale and lives in Eggleston.
Lynne is happy to be contacted on tel. 01833 650172 or by email: email@example.com
Councillor Kevin Tallentire
Kevin has lived in the village since 2017, and has always been interested in the local area, having spent his youth visiting his grandparents, who farmed at Middleside, most weekends.
Kev enjoys exploring the local countryside and has a keen interest in improving this great little village and listening to the concerns of any of the residents.
Kev can be contacted on tel. 07800 545503 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Mashiter - Clerk to the Council
Judith has lived in Teesdale since 1989 and has held various roles with local organisations. In addition to running a print design and publishing business, Judith has also worked as a consumer champion in the postal, health and water industry sectors. She is proud to serve her local Council as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.
Judith can be contacted on tel. 01833 640893 or by email: email@example.com