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Sue and Sylvia in Action

5 Apr 2016

A rider from South Church near Bishop Auckland contacted our local volunteer Access and Bridleways Officers Sue Gamble and Sylvia Briggs, with concerns regarding a bridleway adjacent to Coppy Crooks Farm near Shildon.

An on-site meeting led to a written report and supporting photographs, being submitted to Durham County Council.

As a result, drainage works were initially conducted by farmer Jamie Finch to alleviate a wet area.

Sue and Sylvia then made a request to the BHS Durham Committee for match funding to be made available for gate repairs and replacement.  A sum of £500 was agreed.

Durham County Council was delighted with the prospect of a joint initiative and the wheels were put in motion.

Alongside new gates at this site, Sue and Sylvia have also successfully secured the renewal of gates on bridleways at Croxdale Hall too.

This is a great result – we always welcome contact from riders reporting any problems no matter how small - "and it’s good to have found a solution in this case” said Sue.  “We are always keen to help where we can” Sylvia added.

Senior Rights of Way Officer at Durham County Council, Audrey Christie was full of praise for our dynamic duo and remarked “This is a significant achievement and we would be very keen to look at further joint projects with The British Horse Society in the future”.

If you have experienced problems with rights of way in County Durham then we would be very happy to hear from you.  We have committed and experienced volunteers like Sue and Sylvia working across the county – please email who will put you in touch with the relevant person near you.

Photo: BHS Access & Bridleways Officers Sue Gamble and Sylvia Briggs, riding Cally alongside Peter Crinnion and Audrey Christie from Durham County Council.


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