About Us

Linda Britton, Councillor and Chair of Neighbourhood Plan Committee

"I am originally from London but fell in love with Gainford when I visited friends in the village. It took a while before we could move up as my husband was in the army but as soon as he retired we were lucky enough to finally move to the village in 2006.

"It's a truly special place. I love the river and the village green and the views of the beautiful historic houses wherever you look but most of all I love the people. It's a real mix of interesting lovely people, everyone says hello and looks out for each other, and it has a proper sense of community. I am really proud to call this my home, I feel very blessed,

"I love walking through the church yard down to the river and following it around the village. It's a beautiful walk with plenty of places to stop and observe the wildlife and stunning views and it's really serene.

I am a journalist and editor of a luxury lifestyle magazine called La Di Da.

It's very beautiful, and to me is the essence of what a good village is about it. It is small enough so people stop for a chat but it's big enough so that you constantly meet new, interesting people. I like the diversity of it too; there are people from all over the place and from all types of backgrounds and a lot of creative people. It's just a really, really nice place to live.

Councillor Joe Coomer

Gainford and Langton Neighbourhood Plan

I am originally from Hartlepool but I lived locally since we moved there 11 years ago, however, we have had ties with the area for over 35 years .

Gainford has a great heritage, expanding around a village green since early Saxon times and lots of beautiful, historic buildings.

I really like the walk from Langton to Selaby

I was a fireman for 31 years until I changed careers and became a lecturer of Law and and was also associate lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan and Sunderland Universities. I have now retired although I still do some teaching.

I would like to conserve and enhance the cultural heritage of the Parish and protect Conservation Areas from insensitive development.

Councillor Andy Smith

Gainford and Langton Neighbourhood Plan

"I am originally from Darlington but my wife's family have lived in the village for several generations.

I like the peace and quiet and the people.

The view from the top of Stobb Hill.

I am a business analyst and consultant.

I like the history and surrounding countryside and the sense of community and it's important to protect these aspects of village life.

Councillor Sarah Hannan

Gainford and Langton Neighbourhood Plan

I am originally from Surrey but have lived in the village for many years now.

I like the walks and it's a nice place to bring up children.

The Teesdale Way, we are very lucky to have this running through the village.

I am a welfare rights officer at Middlesbrough council.

It's a beautiful place to live and is a friendly, welcoming place. I like the fact that we still have a pub, doctor's surgery and local businesses such as the shops, post office and butchers which keeps the village alive and vibrant and which are essential for our elderly population.

Lisa Johnstone, Chair of Gainford and Langton Parish Council

Gainford and Langton Neighbourhood Plan

"I am originally from Darlington but have lived in Scotland and Lancashire. I moved to Gainford when my daughter was a year old in 1998 and loved the village and surrounding countryside immediately. "

I love so many aspects of life in Gainford. I believe we have the best of both worlds, we have immediate access to fabulous countryside, lovely walks and one of England’s great rivers but we are within a ten minute drive of the great north-eastern transport links, the A1M, the trans-pennine A66 and the mainline east coast railway.

I love the Teesdale Way, a long distance walk of some 96 miles which we are fortunate to have running through our village

After years of self –employment, I worked for many years with IT in the corporate and then educational sectors. Combining both I now run my own business, based in Gainford, LJ Digital Media, developing websites, providing social media and marketing for businesses and organisations and offering adult tuition in IT

I think the area of Gainford and Langton whilst appearing to be a picture-postcard, sleepy, rural village enjoys great transportation links; boasts a diversity of small businesses; and offers residents and visitors a friendly, close knit but varied community in which to live, raise children or simply visit. It is a uniquely special area.

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