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The Castle Players and The Witham are inviting 4 -11 year olds to enter a competition by designing a mad hat – the winning hat will be created by The Castle Players to your design and worn by the Mad Hatter in the upcoming summer production of Alice in Wonderland in the grounds of the Bowes Museum.

The lucky winner will also get covered seating tickets for a family of 4 for the opening night on Wednesday 10th July 2019.

Entries will be judged by Teesdale Mercury editor Trevor Brookes, local Hatter Ann Gill, and the Mad Hatter himself, Ben Pearson.

To enter, design your own Mad Hat on a plain A4 sheet of paper and please remember to write your name and age on the back of your design. Hand it into The Witham along with a completed entry form by 4pm on Saturday 8th June. The Witham address is 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY.

Download your Entry Form here and good luck!

The deadline for entries is 4pm on Saturday 8 June 2019. The winner will be announced on Saturday 15 June 2019.

Read the Terms and Conditions here.

The Witham Trustees were delighted at the success of a major application to Arts Council England.

The grant, with a total value of £46,457, will support a wide range of activities and performances for all ages and all tastes for a full year.  

The grant marks a turning point for The Witham following a period of serious financial difficulty.  Trustees acknowledge that the success of the public fundraising campaign supported by The Teesdale Mercury last year played a significant role in securing the grant. 

"The level of local support demonstrated to the Arts Council that there is significant reason to invest in The Witham.  We continue to work hard to get things on an even keel;  the support of the local community remains critical", said Jill Cole, trustee of The Witham.

As well as a range of performances the grant will also help to support the continuation of popular dance-based activity such as Irish Dance, the 1940s tea dance and the Silver Swans ballet class.

Dementia Advisor Faith Walkwell writes how people living with Dementia will benefit from the new classic film matinees on the big screen at The Witham in Barnard Castle. 

Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:12

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Our Volunteer Marilyn Normanton writes about the exciting new stock at The Witham that will help fill stockings this Christmas. 

Our Volunteer Gallery attendant Sheila Boaden writes about this year’s Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour. 

We are now 14 days into our 30-day Investing in The Witham campaign and we wanted to update you with some facts about how it’s going, and thank the many who have contributed.

So far, 71 people have donated £12,001 counting Gift Aid. A number of people have set up standing orders so that they can make regular donations. In the longer term, this will make a big difference. For example, if we were able to find 100 people to make a regular donation of £10 a month, that would be worth £15,000 a year. This would allow us to programme events for almost a whole month.  If you decide to set up a standing order with your bank, please be clear to tell them when you want it to start.

People have started to add Fundraising Events to our BTDonate web page so if you have had an idea for something you can deliver yourself and which you think would help us to generate additional funds towards the campaign, please consider setting up your own challenge through that site. Fundraising challenges that are already on the site are:

Suzanne Wallace who is looking for sponsorship to run 15km in 2 hours and has already received pledges for £230 of her £500 target.

Madelene Sutton sought to raise £200 of sponsorship for her Lakeland 10 peak challenge and has already reached above her target, but her page is still open. It was an amazing solo walk.

Sarah Gent and her two daughters were targeting £500 for the Creative Chalk Challenge on Saturday 8 September and have already raised £970.

Donations can be made here BTmydonate
Via BACS Barclays Bank Sort Code 20-45-45 Account Number 40524050
By cheque made payable to The Witham Hall Ltd

Thank you again for your support for The Witham
Bob Garton
Chair of Trustees: Witham Hall Ltd.



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