Steve Bassam, now Baron Bassam of Brighton, is Labour’s chief whip in the House of Lords. But his first taste of political campaigning was during his many summer trips to Bishop’s Castle. He reminisces here about the town he visited in the 1950s and 1960s, and the impression it made upon him

Bishop’s Castle in the 1950s and 60s holds a special affection for me. As a child I visited the small, unspoiled town most summers. It was always an eagerly awaited holiday. My family’s connection with Bishop’s Castle was one result of the massive impact the war had on peoples’ lives. My mother Enid grew up in Whitby, and during the early part…

Town hall manager quits

Bishop’s Castle’s refurbished town hall is looking for a new town hall manager after Thomasina Carlyle left yesterday. She had been in the job for six months. The two assistant managers are still in post and will be supported by volunteers until a new town hall manager is appointed. It’s understood Ms Carlyle resigned some time…

Doctor invites NHS rescue team to BC

A health service team supporting “failing” practices is working in Bishop’s Castle at Dr Adrian Penney’s invitation, Dr Penney told a meeting this week. The Bishop’s Castle GP was speaking to an audience of about 70 patients at a meeting called by the Bishop’s Castle Patients Group. He said advisors from NHS England had already been to the practice a couple…

Patients gather to thank medical staff

More than 80 people turned up to Wentnor’s Inn on the Green on Thursday to thank Bishop’s Castle’s recently departed GPs Dr Adrian Fairbanks and Dr Sue Lambert, along with Nurse Eleri Fairbanks, and to celebrate the service they have given to patients. Dr Fairbanks had worked at the Bishops Castle Medical Practice for 17…

Events round-up

JUNE 2014 Town Hall volunteer recruitment fair June 5 @ 15:30 – 18:30 Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, Bishop’s Castle, United Kingdom The Town Hall will soon be open to the public and we are looking for volunteers to support the trust and the staff team in all sorts of ways.  Drop in any time between 3.30 and 6.30…