Welcome to the Winston Parish Council
Winston is a small village situation conveniently just off the A67 between Barnard Castle (5 miles) and Darlington (11 miles) in the south west of County Durham.
We hope you find this site useful if learning more about our village, the facilities within and near to it as well as learn more about the role of the Parish Council.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Winston Parish Council response to Coronavirus
When it became apparent the Coronavirus was going to have a major impact on us all, the Parish Council organised a letterbox drop to every house in the parish, inviting everyone to join in a Contact Network on Gmail, in order to provide a line of communication for relevant information and assistance if required. Over ninety families responded, some seeking help and over thirty offering to provide help and support to others. The majority are internet users but there are also a number who rely on the telephone only. These people were separately identified and the appropriate links were verified to keep these people as well informed as possible, thanks to the kindness of people ringing round.
The urgent need in the first two weeks was to provide information, to help people secure essential food supplies and to ensure that everyone was able to access medication or any other assistance. In order to help protect staff at Gainford Surgery we were able to set up a Winston Prescription Team to join the delivery service being operated out of Gainford Surgery. This has proved a huge success and the surgery staff are extremely grateful. A separate service was also set up to meet the needs of those residents who use Barnard Castle surgery.
Everyone in the village has been able to have their regular prescriptions safely delivered to their door. Our thanks are due to the volunteers who have carried out these deliveries, keeping the village and the medical staff safe. The Council were able to secure grant funding in order to provide these volunteers with the appropriate PPE to keep them safe.
The Council was also able to organise a regular weekly food delivery service from Mainsgill farm shop. The “Winston Wednesday” has proved a popular free delivery system and helped keep the villagers supplied and helped keep a local business operating. Later we were able to send out more information as other businesses in the area got organised with deliveries along similar lines.
More recently, a village resident has begun to offer links to free online arts and cultural events to help us all vary our “diet” of repeats on television.
The number of calls coming through to the support line has now shrunk to a relatively small number of individual problems, and to date, we have been able to service all of these by drawing on the kindness of the large number of volunteers who have offered and provided help.
Although we are now almost two months into lockdown and some restrictions are due to be eased, it seems like we will not be back to normal for some time. In the meantime, the Parish Council will continue to send out updates and be available to provide support to those in need.
NEW: Transparency Code For Smaller Authorities
The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 detailed new audit arrangements for parish councils like Winston Parish Council with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000. Such councils are subject to new transparency requirements to give local people the information they need to hold local public bodies to account. Click here for more information.