30 January 2011

Ponteland Historian

Newsletter of Ponteland Local History Society
20th January 2011

Sadly the introduction to the first meeting of 2011 begins with the announcement of the death of Tom Hughes.  We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Joan.  A Service is to be held in St. Mary’s Church, Ponteland at 12 Noon on Thursday 27th January.


Our speaker this evening is Graeme Young Director of the Bamburgh Castle Research Project.  Graeme will give an account of discoveries to date and future proposals.


Members will recall that because of bad weather in early December we cancelled the programmed Social Evening.  Initially it was anticipated that the event would simply be deferred by introducing an additional evening in the programme sometime during February.  Your Committee believe this is not practical and have therefore taken the decision to offer a full refund to those who purchased tickets in advance.  Our Treasurer, John Angel, has prepared his cash float accordingly and is available to start making refunds, on presentation of tickets, from this evening.  Refunds will also be available at subsequent meetings.


Members will recall the interesting presentation given by Jane Bowen (Belford History Society) on “The Poor Little House” earlier in this year’s programme.  Jane has now taken over the editorship of Tyne & Tweed and is making the following appeal for articles for future issues:-“…..The Association has published Tyne & Tweed since 1967.  It was intended to provide a means of allowing member societies and their members to publish articles and photographs about local people, places and events, which have had

an impact on their part of Northumberland, the County as a whole, or indeed at national level.  Over the years, however, the mistaken view seems to have grown that the Journal and its contents are of interest only to academics, and that contributors should have a background in higher education.  As I take over the editorship of the Journal, this is a request to consider sharing interests and knowledge with us by contributing to Tyne & Tweed……”

Jane can be contacted by telephone on 01668219653 or by email at boward@hotmail.co.uk


Members are welcome to attend all meetings of the Society which take place on selected Monday evenings in St. Mary’s Church Hall from 7.30 pm.  The next meeting on 31st January covers the regeneration of a lost landscape design by prepared Northumberland’s famous son, Capabity Brown.  The original plans for Kirkharle were rediscovered recently and a new lake and other landscape features have been created.  John and Kitty Anderson, the present owners, will be telling the full story in: “Capability Brown’s Landscape Created at Kirkharle”.

 For your diary further meetings in their programme are:
28th March AGM followed by Richard Pears – “Architectural Oddities”
18th April Chris Jones – “Historic Villages in and around Northumberland National Park


At the February meeting “Chatting about Antiques” our speaker A. S. Burman is prepared to offer valuations.  If you have a prize possession or collectors piece that is readily transportable then bring it along on the night.


26th March 2011
ANLHS One-Day School in Wooler
”Women’s Work”

18TH June 2011
ANLHS Round the County Day hosted by:
Corbridge Village Trust


A family bible, which is in very good condition, was recently donated to the Society but as it has no connection with Ponteland it is of little historic interest as an addition to our archives.  It also has no intrinsic value particularly as the family detail pages have been removed.  The Committee have therefore decided to dispose of it free to a good home.  If you are interested please contact Jean Robson or John Turner.


The University has provided a very limited number of copies of the programme cards for the forthcoming Insights public lectures, Live music concerts and the Coming of Age art exhibition.  These cards are available this evening.  Further information is available at:


The following is a selection from the programme of special exhibitions to be held in Alnwick this year:
Until 11th February
“Now & Then” - Photographic scenes of Northumberland.
February 15th to April 1st.
“Robert & The Railways” - The Art of Robert Stephenson
July 19th to September 2nd.
“What’s in a Name” - Discover the unusual jobs done in Alnwick over the years.

A Good Read

The Ponteland U3A have published a compilation of 34 Members’ recollections in “Our Wartime Memories” which is available at £5.

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