Middleton Plus Development Trust

The Trust exists to help Middleton and Upper Teesdale be a great place to live, work and visit

" Working together to nurture a thriving and balanced economy and community "

Middleton Plus is a community-led Development trust established in 1998 which works to support and develop projects which help contribute to a sustainable future for the communities of Upper Teesdale and Middleton. It is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Trust was formed in response to a village appraisal carried out in 1996 which identified issues of particular concern to local residents. Its membership brings together a wide range of local organisations. The Trust is led by a voluntary Managment Committee made up of elected representatives of a range of these organisations which include:

  • Middleton-in-Teesdale and Newbiggin Parish Council
  • Teesdale District Council
  • Middleton Working Men's Club
  • St. Mary's Parish Church
  • Middleton Methodist Church
  • Bishop Auckland College
  • Middleton Friday morning group
  • Middleton Community Association
  • Teesdale Heritage Group
  • Middleton Carnival Committee

A further four members are elected at the AGM.

Since its establishment Middleton Plus has been involved in a range of community projects including:

  • Establishing a Tourist Information Centre in Middelton in Teesdale
  • Restoration of the historic Bainbridge Fountain
  • Organisation of a series of local walking festivals
  • Production of local walks leaflets

The Management Committee is currently chaired by Frances Easby.

The Trust has an office within the Tourist Information Centre in Middleton-in-Teesdale and can be contacted there:

10 Market Place, Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, DL12 0QG.
Tel: 01833 641000.
Email: frances.easby@middletonplus.myzen.co.uk OR             liambell@middletonplus.myzen.co.uk

What is a Development Trust?

There is a network of Development Trusts across England. In principle they exist to support the regeneration of their local communities. The Development Trust Association describes a Trust as:

  • Community owned and led
  • Cultivating enterprise
  • Building assets
  • Securing community prosperity

Further information about the Development Trust Association can be found at www.dta.org.uk