St John's Church Lynesack

The Parish of Lynesack and Softley stems from the Church of St.John and encompasses the villages of Butterknowle, Copley, and part of Woodland as well as a few hamlets.

The area is mainly agricultural but still shows evidence of it’s pioneering days of mining and railway transport.

The pleasant countryside has many footpaths for walkers to enjoy the open air and rural freedom.


Urgently needed – living accommodation with at least 1/2 acre of  adjoining  land.

Preferably in the Butterknowle area , but willing to look at properties within a 20 mile radius of Bishop Auckland.

The person is in full time professional employment and would prefer a long term lease if possible

If you have anything available or know anyone who has, please contact Christine through the Parish Council email address


Many thanks – let’s help out if we can


Free to a good home !

The wooden hut at Copley recreation ground is no longer used

Is there anyone interested in it – free

The hut is to be dismantled and removed by the new owner

Please contact us via the website if interested

Our villages and hamlets

Below are images and information on our villages and hamlets.

Woodland is split into 2 Parish Councils, Lynesack and Softley Parish Council and Woodland Parish Council

There is 1 further hamlet , lying between Copley and Woodland, called Lanehead.



Butterknowle is the largest of our villages, encompasing an infant and junior school along with the village hall.

Here we also find the local doctor’s surgery, post off ice and 2 public houses



Copley is the second largest village and homes a memorial village hall  along with a children’s play are, football filed and garage/workshop


South Side

A small, quite hamlet to the north of Butterknowle



Lynesack is home to the glorious St John’s Church and also a former school



Woodland is split into 2 Parish Councils as stated above.

The village itself has a school, church and small local shop




The Parish Council usually meet once a month in Butterknowle Village Hall at 7pm. Normally this meeting will be on the second Thursday in the month, any changes will be given at least a week in advance.

  • The Parish Council meet to discuss local issues
  • Support the economic diversity and prosperity of the villages
  • Review planning applications and make comment as appropriate

Date of future meetings


Our next meeting is on Thursday 11th November, 2021 at 7pm in Butterknowle village hall. Agenda as posted.

Welcome to our new website

This site has been developed to give the residents of the area access to their Parish Council.

There is much more to come and we hope to regularly update these pages to communicate what the acouncil wishes to achieve throughout the year and what progress is being made on any current projects or issues which have been raised.

We hope that you find it both informative and interesting.