Bullion Hall Open Day, Saturday 14 May

12th May 2022
Bullion Hall Open Day, Saturday 14 May

Our Open Day on Saturday, 14 May is an opportunity to find out more about what's on at Bullion Hall and try out some free Taster Sessions. Here are the free activities you can try on the day. Plus, the Wait ‘er While Café will be open for coffee, tea and soft drinks and snacks

In the Hall
10 to 11am Zumba with Jana Fitness
Zumba achieves cardio and muscle-toning benefits by combining fast and slow rhythms burning up more calories than ‘steady-state’ exercises, such as jogging. And it’s fun!

11.00 to 12noon Let’s Dance with Maxine Gowland
Charleston, Swing and Rock n Roll your way to fun & fitness. Low impact, easy to follow & a great mood booster so “Let’s Dance” our way to better health

12 to 1pm Boxercise with Simon Charlton
Boxercise improves muscle tone, balance and agility, and relieves stress. A Boxercise session uses your entire body for a full cardiovascular workout that burns lots of calories all in one workout.

1 to 2pm Tai Chi with Dave Robinson
Tai Chi is a martial art, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements, helping to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility
In the Cabin

10 to 12pm Bullion Hall Sewing Bee
The Sewing Bee meets every Wednesday morning at Bullion Hall. Join the Bee and tutor Helen Fox for an introduction to sewing and making a spot of jubilee bunting.

11 to 12noon Clay crafts with Mama Jacks
Lisa Kenny set up Mamma Jacks to provide craft workshops across the North East and regularly works with groups at Bullion Hall. Join Lisa to make your own clay animals

12 to 1pm Way with Words with Steve Urwin
A popular performer on the Northeast live poetry circuit, join Consett poet and diarist Steve Urwin in the Cabin for a fun, friendly, informal session for anyone who wants to write creatively but doesn't know where to start. Steve is a published performer, passionate about wordplay whose work has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and has been broadcast on BBC Radio. His books include Shades of Grey (Red Squirrel Press 2009) and "So Much for the Sunshine" (Talking Pen 2013).

In the Lounge
10 to 11am Decorative panels with Alison Lowery
Alison Lowery a local artist who uses glass to create decorative pieces and jewellery. Join Alison for an introduction to making a decorative panel using Perspex.

11 to 12noon Patchwork Quilters
Cestria Patchwork Quilters and Crafters always welcomes new members, whether you are an experienced crafter or an absolute beginner who wants to try something new and fulfilling. Join the Quilters for an introduction to Quilting and sewing.

12 to 1pm Drawing with Bernadette Koranteng
Bernadette Koranteng is a local artist who teaches life drawing from her studio in Tanfield and regularly delivers art and craft workshops with group as Bullion Hall. Sharpen your pencils for this great drawing session with Bernadette

In the Activity Room
12 to 2pm Bullion Hall Ukulele Strummers
Learn to play a song in an hour with Richard Taylor from the Bullion Hall Strummers. No previous experience necessary as Richard teaches all you need to know to play a song on the ukulele

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Bullion Hall is looking for a Care Cafe Coordinator

29th April 2022
Bullion Hall is looking for a Care Cafe Coordinator

18 hours per week, there will be times when this post is required to work full time to cover for annual leave.
Starting at £9.50 per hour rising to £10.15 per hour following satisfactory completion of a six-month probationary period.

The Wait ’er while café is a well-established and much-loved community café based in Bullion Hall Community Centre. The café is staffed by adults with learning difficulties who are supported to develop independent living skills, build self-confidence and make long term friendships in this safe and supportive environment.

The postholder will work a flexible 18-hour week Monday - Friday 8am- 3.00pm. There will be times when you will be required to work full time to cover for annual leave of a colleague. (At least 5 weeks over the course of the year).

• Supervise and support the team of service users, who have medium level support needs (maximum of 4 service users per day). Enable them to develop new skills including preparation of meals, food hygiene, health and safety awareness etc.

• To support the running of this busy community café, which serves meals in-house, provides meals for activities in the building such as weekly luncheon clubs and serves take away meals to our neighbours.

• Support to enable service users to take part in other activities in the centre.

• Working with colleagues to support older people who may be taking part in activities and our various luncheon clubs.

A copy of the full job description is available here

The post holder will ensure that the service users’ health and wellbeing remains at the very heart of the day-to-day operations and longer-term developments.
It is essential that applicants have experience of working with and empowering adults with learning disabilities alongside a positive can- do attitude able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For further information, please contact Belinda on 07914755068.

To apply email your CV to you should highlight how your work experience and learning is relevant to the job description and person spec.

Closing date; 9am Thursday 19th May. Applications received after this date will NOT be considered.

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 26th May 2022.

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The Bread and Butter Things comes to Bullion Hall in May

22nd April 2022
The Bread and Butter Things comes to Bullion Hall in May

The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) is a national charity that collects surplus food from supermarkets, food manufacturers and farmers to make it available at a fraction of High St prices.
For £7.50 TBBT offers roughly £35 worth of food each week, including fresh fruit and veg, chilled food for the fridge and kitchen cupboard staples such as pasta and cereals.

On Thursday, 5 May, 2pm Bullion Hall becomes TBBT's latest community hub in Co. Durham and volunteers will be helping to sort, bag and give out up to 80 orders per week, for collection every Thursday at 2pm. You have to become a TBBT member to take advantage of this fantastic offer but there is no joining criteria and you can pay for your orders on collection with cash or card. Healthy Start vouchers are also accepted.

To try out the TBBT text your full name, postcode and name of the hub you will be using (Bullion Hall) to 07860 063304, TBBT will then send you a text every Tuesday asking if you want to order (you can order different sizes: Individual - £4, Family - £7.50 or Large Family - £15), just reply YES and you order will be delivered for collection from Bullion Hall at 2pm on Thursday.

It couldn't be easier. And your first order is free!

Visit The Bread and Butter Thing to find out more.

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Office for rent at Bullion Hall

17th March 2022
Office for rent at Bullion Hall

Are you looking for office space? At Bullion Hall, we have an office, ideal for 2 members of staff and includes a large storage area and self-contained room where office equipment such as photocopier can be placed.

The office is 23.1 square metres and rental is £ 5,845 per annum for VCSE organisations or £8686 for private sector companies. Rental charges include all utility costs, cleaning and caretaking services as well as access to a 34-space car park.

Bullion Hall is open Monday –Friday 8am- 9pm as well as occasional weekends. The centre is always staffed during opening hours by a team of caretakers who are all well qualified re health and safety, first aid, fire marshal etc. enabling staff to safely work alone outside of usual office hours.

Bullion Hall is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from Chester-le-Street train station, and less than 10 minutes from the town centre. We are well placed regionally for the A1M and the A167. There are a number of charities and social enterprise based at Bullion Hall; Wheels to Work, Integrating Children and Girls Friendly Society. Others such as MS Society, Karbon Homes and Durham County Carers Support regularly use Bullion Hall for activities, advice and support.

Bullion Hall is a busy, well-loved community centre with local residents, each day participating in a wide range of activities on offer from parent and toddler groups, martial arts and dance and exercise classes to music, art and craft groups, languages and lunch clubs. These community rooms are also available to hire.

At the heart of Bullion Hall, we have the wait er while café which daily serves delicious hot meals, snacks and cakes, to eat-in or take away as well as offering buffet services. The café holds a five-star food hygiene rating.

For more information or to visit please contact Belinda (Chief Officer) on 07914755068 or email

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Girls Friendly Society, supporting girls and young women in Chester le Street

4th February 2022
Girls Friendly Society, supporting girls and young women in Chester le Street

Erin Convery, Girls Friendly Society group co-ordinator for Chester le Street and based at Bullion Hall about the challenges girls and young women face and how GFS can help.

It’s not always easy being a girl. Girls and young women today, face a multitude of challenges; from managing friendships and relationships, to the pressures of social media. And helping them through these challenges, as a parent, isn’t easy either. That’s why GFS is bringing a different kind of after school club to Chester-le-Street.

Our volunteer-run, group for girls meets weekly to give every girl the opportunity to grow in confidence. At the sessions, we aim to help girls, make friends, have new experiences and feel inspired.

We meet on a Monday night 6-7:30pm at Bullion Hall, South Approach, Chester-le-Street DH2 2DW

Find out more at or contact the group leader on 07754325688 or

Our group couldn’t run without the amazing volunteers that support the girls. If you would be interesting in coming and supporting then please also get in touch, the more the merrier!

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Get Fitter, feel better

26th January 2022
Get Fitter, feel better

If you’ve started 2022 feeling out of sorts and needing to lose a few pounds after too many sweeties and fizz, then we have a range of fitness and exercise classes at Bullion Hall for all ages and abilities, to help you to get in shape and feeling better.

Judo, 6pm to 8pm £5 per class
Every Monday Junior Judo is on from 6 to 7pm followed by Adult Judo from 7 to 8pm. Judo training is an excellent form of physical exercise and serves as a great cardiovascular workout, improving stamina, general health and overall fitness.
Find out more: or call 07805 621 476

Keep Moving CIC, 9.30am to 10.30am, first class free then £3.50 per class or buy a 10 class pass for £30

Keep Moving offers affordable exercise classes for people who feel unfit or have a medical condition that can be improved through regular exercise. Improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance and coordination.
“Brilliant class, it kickstarted me into being more active. Love it!”
Find out more: or call 07533 852 510

Yoga, 9.30am to 11.30am, £4 per class (booking essential)

Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Regular yoga can help people with high blood pressure, aches and pains depression and stress. This class is part of Durham County Council’s Ways to Wellbeing programme offering beginners level exercise in the community.
Find out more: or call 03000 262 539

MS Yoga, 2pm to 3.15pm,

Yoga can help people who have Multiple Sclerosis in managing their condition. MS Yoga is a session specially designed for people who have Multiple Sclerosis, to help them manage their condition using gentle stretches and strengthening muscles.
Find out more: or call 07976 274 794

Tai Chi, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, £3 per class

Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. It can help reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.
Find out more: or call 07909 715 202

Zumba, 7pm to 8pm, £4 per session

Zumba achieves cardio and muscle-toning benefits by combining fast and slow rhythms and (according to medical research) burns up more calories than ‘steady-state’ exercises, such as jogging. What’s more it’s fun!
Find out more: or call 07918 239 856

Let’s Dance with Maxine, 1pm to 2pm, £5 per session

A fun dance along to fabulous vintage sounds. Charleston, Swing and Rock n Roll your way to fun & fitness. Low impact, easy to follow & a great mood booster so “Let’s Dance” our way to better health
Find out more: or call 07476 013 426

Pilates, 7pm to 8pm, £4 per session

Pilates uses particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Suitable for all ages and levels of ability and fitness, Pilates can help manage conditions lower back pain and help to maintain a healthy weight
Find out more: or call 07918 239 856

Yoga Stretch, 9.30am to 10.30pm, £5 per session

Yoga stretch is a great way to build strength and stability as well as mobility. Focusing on using your breath to calm the mind and get deeper into poses, this class is great for beginners or anyone wanting to find a little chill time on the mat
Find out more: or call 07476 013 426

NHS Better Health campaign
Looking for additional support on your journey to feeling better? The NHS Better Health campaign offers a range of resources to help you stay on track

The NHS Weight Loss Plan is available from the App Store and Google Play. The app includes a BMI calculator to help work out if you are a healthy weight, a diary to help manage your calorie intake and weekly guides offering hints, tips and actions to help achieve your goal, find out more

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children and young people's activities at Bullion Hall

14th October 2021

Looking for something to do when the school day has ended? Every week Bullion Hall has a range of activities for children and young people to enjoy, develop new skills and make new friends.

6pm to 7.30pm, Girls Friendly Society’s Amazing Girls Group is a safe space for the girls to explore new ideas and to develop their understanding of supporting and accepting one another. To find out more contact Erin Convery on 0191 370 3481 or email

6pm to 7pm Judo for girls and boys aged 5 to 15 with the British Busen Judo Association, learn throwing, hold downs, grappling and more. Contact to find our more

4.45 to 5.45pm Kidz Guitar Stand is for beginners and more experienced players who want to improve their technique. Tutor Tom Welch is accredited with the Registry of Guitar Tutors, part of the London College of Music and teaches to graded exam level. Email

6.00 to 7.30pm Bullion Hall Activity Group is a new group for young people aged 8 to 12 years old who live locally. The group’s activities include a mixture of games, sport, trips to venues in the local area such as Hollywood Bowl in Washington or Miss Elephant in Chester le Street. Contact to find out more

10 to 11.30am Bullion Hall Toddlers is a volunteer led group for children aged 0 to 4 years old. A mix of play and learning activities help children develop their confidence and social skills with other children. For more information contact

5 to 7pm Starz Drama offers fun, affordable, and engaging drama & performing arts classes for children aged 4-18 years old, to find out more email Kym Patrick at

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Bullion Hall is looking for freelance tutors

21st June 2021
Bullion Hall is looking for freelance tutors

Bullion Hall is a popular community centre in Chester le Street offering a broad range of activities to meet all interests, needs and ages from keep fit classes, to arts and crafts groups to music and dance and more.

We are looking to add to our current pool of freelance, self-employed tutors who are experienced at working in community settings. Examples of subjects that we are interested in that will compliment or enhance our current offer, include: sewing, knitting and other crafts painting and drawing, creative writing, choir and singing, exercise and wellbeing activities for example Pilates, Zumba, seated exercise, beginners and intermediary classes in foreign languages/British sign language, music, DIY and other hobbies pastimes or skills that can improve people’s opportunities for future employment

Many of the activities we currently offer are for people aged 50 and over. However, we are particularly interested in developing more classes and activities for children and young people

What to do next?

Email your CV along with a short covering letter telling us a little about yourself to
Our hourly rate starts at £25 per hour depending on skills, qualifications and experience

All tutors must be able to produce an up to date DBS check along with public liability insurance and two references.

Please note that we cannot guarantee any work for tutors and that any opportunities offered will be on a self-employed basis, the tutor being responsible for their own tax and national insurance.

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