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.

Pinfold Medical Practice's Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Pinfold Medical Practice have recently formed a Patient Participation Group (PPG) alongside many other GP practices within County Durham. It is an effective way of communicating the views and experiences of patients which can be relayed to practice staff and also to the wider NHS groups such as the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). This help signpost issues, services and funding for our local community.

Thanks to the Lynesack and Softley Parish Council you can read our quarterly newsletters and keep up to date with current events .

Type PPG into the search area above and follow the link

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.

The Village Hall at Butterknowle, opened in 1963, was built by and for the people of Butterknowle and the surrounding area, (by public subscription). It is a registered charity and held in a Deed of Trust for the people of Butterknowle, and as such operates a membership scheme. The day to day running of the village hall is overseen by a volunteer management committee elected by the membership of the village hall at an Annual General Meeting. This management committee is responsible to the 4 nominated Holding Trustees of the village hall.
Membership is on an annual basis and subject to an annual membership fee.

Here we also find the local doctor’s surgery, Post Office and 2 public houses.



Copley is the second largest village and homes a memorial village hall¬† along with a children’s play area, football field 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 18th August 2022  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 council 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.