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the Brightwater's lovely!

In case you haven’t heard of us, Discover Brightwater is a landscape partnership which has been funded by all of the nice people that play the lottery.

You can Discover Brightwater by following the Ancient River Skerne as it starts near the Trimdons via Hurworth Burn Reservoir then flows south near Fishburn, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe and through Darlington. Named after the old viking word ‘Skirr”, Brightwater combines a unique landscape and history with the lively communities of South West Durham

Unfortunately we weren’t given a catchy name like ‘The Dales” or “The Lakes” so we’ve had to make one up. The Skerne was originally named by our Viking ancestors; the word ‘skirr’ means bright and shining*

 – Discover Brightwater our new catchy name.

* The word ‘skirr” also means rubbish tip, but we didn’t think Rubbishwater had quite the same appeal…

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Hur w o r th Bu r n Reser v oir

News Splash

We’re already smashing the schedule to fix the Skerne, improving pathways not to mention building a brand new nature reserve…..and we’re only just getting started!!

Click below to find out what else we’ve been upto 

Heritage Open Days 2020 1

Heritage Open Days 2020

Heritage Open Days are all about celebrating community, our rich history, heritage, and sharing stories and memories
Heritage Open Days 2020 1

Heritage Open Days 2020

Heritage Open Days are all about celebrating community, our rich history, heritage, and sharing stories and memories
NATURE LOVERS ZOOM OVER BRIGHTWATER

Nature lovers Zoom over Brightwater

We want to help reveal our rich heritage, unique landscape, wonderful wildlife and friendly communities to the people of Brightwater and beyond.
NATURE LOVERS ZOOM OVER BRIGHTWATER

Nature lovers Zoom over Brightwater

We want to help reveal our rich heritage, unique landscape, wonderful wildlife and friendly communities to the people of Brightwater and beyond.
Janette

A day in the life of a VEO….

Last week we had a virtual chat with Janette (our Volunteer Engagement Officer) and she told us all about her experience as a volunteer.
Janette

A day in the life of a VEO….

Last week we had a virtual chat with Janette (our Volunteer Engagement Officer) and she told us all about her experience as a volunteer.

YOUR BRIGHTWATER NEEDS YOU!

Ready to save the planet or dig up the dirt on your ancestors?

Whatever the reason Brightwater needs you to help restore, reveal and celebrate life around the River Skerne.

We may not be able to work together face to face right now, but we’re looking at creative ways to keep the project going during this pandemic.

We’ll keep you updated so make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter or keep an eye on our website and social pages.

events & Volunteering Opportunities

To protect our staff, volunteers and the community, we have decided to postpone all digs, events and workshops due to take place before 01 June 2020. This will be continuously reviewed in accordance with current guidelines.

We’re continuing to work from home to keep the fun going. Make sure you pop back to find out about some of the great things happening in our patch, even if it is from behind your screen.

Be An Archaeologist: Roman Dig at East Park, Sedgefield 1

Be An Archaeologist: Roman Dig at East Park, Sedgefield

Together with DigVentures we’re returning to East Park to resume our archaeological dig, where people from the local area have been helping us to investigate the remains of a very unusual Roman town.

Be An Archaeologist: Roman Dig at East Park, Sedgefield

Together with DigVentures we’re returning to East Park to resume our archaeological dig, where people from the local area have been helping us to investigate the remains of a very unusual Roman town.
History & Heritage Fair

History & Heritage Fair

Join us at the FREE County Durham Forum for History & Heritage Fair. A great morning for those who love history & mystery!

History & Heritage Fair

Join us at the FREE County Durham Forum for History & Heritage Fair. A great morning for those who love history & mystery!
Register an interest in building recording projects

Historical buildings project – Register an interest

We will be carrying out a series of detailed surveys of historic mills, farms and manor houses in the Brightwater area and would love you to help.

Historical buildings project – Register an interest

We will be carrying out a series of detailed surveys of historic mills, farms and manor houses in the Brightwater area and would love you to help.

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DISCOVER BRIGHTWATER…
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You probably have lots of spare time on your hands right now. Beat the lockdown boredom and win a prize…..see if you can find the hidden link within our website.

Contact us with the secret code to be entered into our prize draw.

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