Friends of Saltwell Park

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Events programme

All events are open to Members of the Friends of Saltwell Park and Non-Members.
Most events take place in, or from, the Training Centre in Saltwell Park and start at 10.30am (unless and alternative is specified).
For events in the Training Centre there is a charge of £1 Members / £2 Non Members which includes refreshments (served before the event starts so please arrive 15 minutes before the start time).
Please note, events listed below are all organised by Friends of Saltwell Park.  For information about other events in the Park please visit Gateshead Council's website
Events 2018
Saturday 10th February - Penshaw Monument
Bernard Hope returns to give us a fascinating account
of John George Lambton and Penshaw Monument.
Saturday 10th March - Friends of Jesmond Dene
Hear about the history of the Dene and the activities
undertaken by the Friends of Jesmond Dene.
Saturday 14th April - 1950's Film Music
George Hetherington returns with his piano to
enchant us with his playing.
Wednesday 25th April - AGM
7.30pm Training Centre
All welcome.  Join us from 6.45pm for refreshments
before the meeting starts at 7.00pm
Sunday 13th May - Bird Walk
Michael Turner leads us around the Park looking
and listening for birds which live in the Park or
are passing through.  Please meet at the lake side
near the Training Centre for a 9.30am start.
Saturday 9th June - Joseph Shipley
Ian Daley tells us about Joseph Shipley and
the Shipley Art Gallery.
Saturday 14th July - Bees in Parks
Barbara Keating, Tyneside Bee Keepers, helps us
learn about the progress of our colony of Honey Bees
in Saltwell Park.
Saturday 11th August - Chase Park
Peter Craig, Friends of Chase Park in Whickham,
tells us about Chase Park and the process the
Friends went through with Heritage Lottery Funding.
Saturday 8th September - Open Meeting
Come and tell us about your experiences and
concerns in the Park.
Saturday 13th October
Life in the 1930s / 40s / 50s

Andrew Clark, local author, encourages us to
discuss what life was like during these years,
with memories of the Park at this time.
Saturday 10th November - End of the First World War
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
end of the First World War, Ian McArdle from the
Lit & Phil returns to give us a fascinating talk.
Saturday 8th December
Christmas at St Chad's Church, Bensham
Seasonal fayre and songs from Urban Chorus choir.
All welcome, meet at St Chad's.

Past Events

Saturday 13th January - Family History Workshop
Thank you to Yvonne Kennedy and team for helping
us discover how to research our family trees.   
WiFi was provided for this event, and the event was
sponsored by Allay Claims Ltd.
Saturday 9th December 2017 10.30am start - AT
ST CHAD'S CHURCH ... arrive
any time from
10am for tea / coffee and biscuits - with a
festive theme.

Topic: Christmas at St Chad's
Our annual event - with Carols around the Organ. 
A lovely event to start our Christmas celebrations
and wish everyone well fro Christmas and New Year..
Saturday 11th November 2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Medical Services during World War 1
Thank you to Ian McArdle from the Literary and
Philosophical Society, Newcastle gave a fascinating
account of how the medical services coped
during WW1.  The conditions the soldiers and the
medics coped with were described in some detail
which showed the true horror of war.  We also
observed 2 minutes silence during this event.
Saturday 14th October 2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Behind the Scenes at the Little Theatre
A big hank you to Irene Crankshaw who told us about
all the work which goes on by the Progressive
Players so that plays can be put on at this notable
local building which gives pleasure to so

Saturday 16th September
2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Open Meeting
A great meeting.  Lots to hear about and lots of questions
Saturday 12th August 2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Newcastle Quayside
Thank you to Bill Saunders, who made a very welcome
return to the Friends, and told us about a lot of places
on the Newcastle Quayside which you may walk past
and not notice as they are tucked away.

What Ever Happened to Saltwell Park Museum? 
Guided Walk and Talk

A guided walk led by Michael Turner (Chair of FoSP)
around Saltwell Park looking at several of the
Grade ll listed structures. This was  followed by a walk
to the Shipley Art Gallery, with refreshments and two
further presentations by Ian Daley, Chair of Friends
of Shipley Art Gallery and Michael McHugh from
Tyne and Wear Archive Museum (TWAM).  An excellent
time had by all.

SUNDAY 16th JULY 2017

Saltwell Park's Celebration for Love Parks Week (14th-23rd July)

Wow!  What a day of brilliant music - and sunshine too!

Friends of Saltwell Park brought to you:

Music in Saltwell Park Bandstand in The Grove

Featuring Bands: NE Concert Band; Big Muddy; Urban Chorus;

and GiDiMaPa

Other activities throughout the day:

Model Boat club, Saltwell Bowlers,
Muddy Monsters and Little Movers.

Tyneside Bee Keepers,Wildlife Trust, and RSPB. 

Northumbria Police, Police Cadets and
Tyne and Wear fire Brigade.


Saturday 8th July 2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Change of View
Julian Harrop, Collections Resources Officer, Beamish
Museum,gave a wonderful illustrated talk about how
places around North Durham and Tyne & Wear have
changed over the years, using images from the
Beamish Collection.

SUNDAY 11th June
2017 2-4pm

Topic: Music in the Bandstand
The Silver Wind Band returned to provide rowsing

music in the Park - much missed by all in recent

times.  Certainly attracted good weather and a crowd!

Watch out for similar event 16 July 2017.


Saturday 6th May 2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Bees in Parks
Thank you Barbara Keating from the Tyneside
Bee Keepers - your example of a park in
Manchester which keeps bees and sells its
own honey was inspiring.  We look forward to
sampling Saltwell Park Honey in the future.

Wednesday 26th April, 2017 7pm start - arrive
any time from 6.30pm for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: AGM

All members are invited to come along to hear about

what is happening in the Park and join us to decide

who will be on the Committee for the year.

Saturday 8th April 2017 10.30am start - PLEASE

Topic: 12 Grade 2 Listed Structures in Saltwell Park

The sun shone on us as Michael Turner led the walk around
 the Park to see these structures which we usually take
for granted.  Saltwell Park has a fascinating Heritage.
Thank you Michael for an entertaining and informative walk.
Saturday 11th March 2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Capability Brown
Anthea Lang visited the Friends to enlighten us about
another local "celebrity" who created world class
gardens and landscapes.
An excellent talk, thank you very much Anthea.
It is amazing how many he influenced.

Saturday 11th February 2017 10.30am start - arrive
any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Eddie Chapman, North East Double Agent
Bernard Hope returned to tell us about this
local "Celebrity" from Burnhopefield. Bernard talked
to a packed room and everyone was enthralled by
the story. Thank you Bernard for all the research you
have done into Eddie Chapman and telling and
illustrating the story in such a fascinating way.

Saturday 14th January, 2017 10.30am start - arrive

any time from 10am for tea / coffee and biscuits.

Topic: Healthy Eating.  After the festive over
indulgence John Roughey created mouth watering,
vegetarian, healthy, recipes in front of our eyes.  We
had the opportunity to sample them afterwards - delicious.
Thank you John.

Saturday 10 December 2016

Topic: Our usual Christmas cheer with

the Big River Ukelele Band 

What a wonderful morning we had at 

St Chad's.  Tea, coffee, mince pies and

other assorted goodies, music and chat.

Has Slade's "Merry Christmas" ever been

sung in this church before?

Saturday 12 November 2016

Topic: Durham Pals

In full uniform and equipment Durham Pals 

brought to life conditions in the trenches

using examples of equipment. A real eye

opener.  Thank you Neil for an excellent


Saturday 8 October 2016

Topic: Red Cross and Saltwell Towers

Margaret Musgrave came to talk to us about

the Red Cross, past, present and future.

We all agreed that we did not

realise how much the Red Cross does - world 

natural disasters and conflict, but much closer

to home too e.g. floods in Cumbria and 

helping isolated individuals who need support.

Thank you Margaret for this fascinating insite.

Sunday 2nd October 2016 12 noon - 2.00pm
Sage Gateshead Silver Wind Band

A fabulous event - the Bandstand filled with
musicians and visitors hearing their
wonderful music.
Excellent weather too, a perfect afternoon.
A huge thank you to all the Band members
and the FoSP volunteers who came along to
move the chairs to and from the event.

Saturday 10 September 2016 10.30am

Topic: Open Meeting

This was an informal chance to discuss items

important to you in the Park. Topics discussed:

Friends of Saltwell Park Consultation; Thrive's

activities in the Park; the arrival of Bees in the

Park; the RSPB Summer Project.  We also met

Cllr Jeannie Kielty, recently elected to Saltwell

Ward, who listened to our activities and concerns

and is looking forward to working with FoSP in

the future.

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2016
Topic: Heritage Open Days

An excellent, informative walk around the 12
listed structures in Saltwell Park, thank you
Michael Turner for leading this walk.

Saturday 20 August 2016

Topic: Parks in Australia

Maria Goulding told us about the parks 

she visited in Australia. There was a lot

of inspiration for what Saltwell Park

could be like - make it even more

beautiful!  Thank you Maria.

Tuesday 23 August 2016, 7:30-9:30pm

Topic: Go Batty in the Park

Noel Jackson from Durham Bat Group 

joined us for a very interesting and 

informative talk and walk in the Park.

3 different type of bats spotted with the
bat detectors! Thank you very much

Saturday 16 July 2016
Topic: Dunston: Staiths, Steamers & Teemers

A fascinating talk by Tony Stephenson from the
Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum about the history
of Dunston as well as the Staiths.  Thank you
Tony - so much industrial history, mostly now gone.
Pleased the Staiths still there as an iconic reminder.

Saturday 25 June 2016, 9.30am


Thank you to all who attended the consultation at

Gateshead Old Town Hall.  We are collating all

the many ideas generated and will let you know

our vision for the next 5 years ASAP.

Saturday 11 June 2016, 10.30am

Topic: Visit to Whickham Hermitage Garden

Following on from our talk in April we visited this

beautiful garden. 20 Friends of Saltwell Park

enjoyed a guided tour, refreshments in the new

cafe and bought plants from a large selection.

Well worth a visit.

Sunday 8 May 2016, 9.30am

Topic: Spring Bird Walk

Thank you Michael for a very informative

walk on a most beautiful day weather wise.

The pair of swans produced their newly

hatched 6 cygnets on this day and swifts

gave us an aerial display.

Saturday 9 April 2016 10.30 am

Topic: Whickham Hermitage Garden

Thank you David Peacock MBE for your 

inspirational talk this morning.  You and the 

volunteers are obviously passionate about 

the garden. We look forward to visiting 

it on Saturday 11th June.

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Topic: Annual General Meeting

A chance for the Friends to review the last year.

Very positive meeting.  Part of the AGM was

devoted to outlining the consultation which will

happen on 25th June.  Watch this space for details.

Saturday 12 March 2016
Topic: Museum Memories

Thank you to Michael McHugh
for giving us an insight into the
future Saltwell Park Museum exhibition
at the Shipley Art Gallery.

Saturday 9 January 2016 10.30am
Topic: Nearly 40 years at the chalk face

Thanks to Bernard Hope for his very funny account 
of his life as a teacher with entertaining stories 
and unbelievable exam answers.  He cheered up a rather
dull morning, weather-wise.

Saturday 12 December 2015 10.30am
Topic:  Silver Wind Band

The Friends of Saltwell Park thank the Silver Wind
Band for  their festive melodies at St Chad’s Church

Saturday 14 November 2015 10.30am
Topic: Thrive - Chris Tait

Thank you, Chris, for a very interesting insight
into the work of Thrive.  We did not realise Thrive
did so much.  Anyone keen to help with their
 'Health and Horticulture' scheme contact Chris