Hello, I'm Evie. I'm 10 years old and I live in a small village called Barningham which
is about 15 minutes by car from Barnard Castle. I moved to Barningham when I was
4 years old. This is the house I live in, it's very old. It belongs to our landlord, Sir
Anthony Milbank. He lives in the big house called Barningham Park. He has some
tennis courts which he lets everybody play on. Next to his house there are some
offices to rent and my dad uses one of them.
Here is a field next to the offices, I went sledging down the hill in it and broke my leg.
In the field there is a stone circle. Sometimes walkers come to our village and think
it’s really ancient but Sir Anthony built it himself. One of Sir Anthony's relatives
insisted the village telephone box be green to fit in with the surroundings. This is the
Milbank Arms. Neil Turner, the pub landlord, always gives my dog Jasper treats
when we go there. According to my mum he makes wonderful cocktails. Near the
pub is the church. I like going to the 3 10 services, they happen on the third Sunday
of the month at 10 o'clock. At Christmas time we have a raffle to see who will turn
the light on in the tower.
The village has a lovely green which is a stretch of grass where you can play and
find conkers in the autumn. Sometimes men come to play quoits there. The village
hall has a book club, a cinema club and I like to ride my roller blades in the
playground. I go to Startforth School on a bus and I'm dropped back at this bus
shelter everyday. There are about 18 children living in the village but we're all
Sometimes it can be quite boring living here but the best thing about Barningham in
my opinion is the moor and the countryside. My teenage brothers like to ride their
bikes and with the gamekeepers permission they like to shoot rabbits. My sister and I
like to walk our two dogs. Our family has one of the allotments at the top of the
village now. We grew a courgette the size of a marrow. We could enter it in the
Barningham produce show. Recently I joined the Barningham History Society which I
go to when I can.
All together Barningham is a special place to live and anyone who gets a chance to
live here is very lucky.