27 September 2013

Newsletter 19th September 2013

Ponteland Historian

Newsletter of Ponteland Local History Society
19th September 2013

This evening we are breaking with tradition and the presentation will take the form of a film about local waggonways. This will be introduced by Noel Adamson, from Sunniside, who studied video and film production upon retirement from Northern Electric.


Saturday 9th November
Stannington Village Hall
Further details will hopefully be made available at the October meeting.


The first outing of our calendar earlier this year took place on the afternoon of 23rd. May when 22 members visited Featherstone Castle on the banks of the South Tyne near Haltwhistle. Our host was Mr. John Clarke who guided us around this intriguing collection of buildings which make up his Grade 1 listed home and residential activity centre for children and students.

On 6th June 35 of us travelled further west to Naworth for a morning tour of the Castle, ancestral home of the Howards. Owing to a sudden deterioration in Mrs Howard’s health that morning this was substituted at the last minute for an alternative but very interesting guided tour of the adjoining gardens and grounds. We have been invited back next year to complete our tour of the Castle.
This was followed by lunch at Lanercost after which we were free to visit the Priory at our leisure.
On 11th July 45 members and guests set out for the journey south to Durham. At 11.00am we assembled at the Cathedral for a most interesting and informative guided tour before taking a buffet lunch in the Prior’s Hall. After lunch we made best use of the fine weather to enjoy the environs of Palace Green or take a stroll along the banks of the river Wear.
At 3.00pm we started our tour of the display of the Lindisfarne Gospels which formed the centre piece of a unique exhibition in the Durham University Palace Green Library.
This concluded a very successful series of outings for the year.


Saturday 26th October
Pont Charity Group Concert at 7.00pm in the Memorial Hall in support of Children North East.
“The Grainger Singers”
Tickets £8 available from Mackley & Stevens or Newcastle Building Society.

Puffing Billy Festival Events
In celebration of the first successful steam railway, which carried coal from Wylam to Lemington 200 years ago, the friends of Puffing Bully have presented a programme of events during 2013. These are ongoing throughout the region until 3rd November and more detailed information of the programme is available via puffingbilly@beamish.org.uk

Saturday 9th November
Archive Films in St. Mary’s Church Hall 3pm & 7.30pm ”Railways at War”

Please note that the Christmas Social Evening will be held on Thursday 12th December and not 13th December as printed on the programme. Tickets priced at £8 will be available at the October and November meetings.

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