Saturday 12th January 2019 - History of the Clippy Mat
An excellent talk and demonstration by Jo Wilson on rag
mats, known locally as Clippy Mats, that were a common
sight in most working class homes in the North East until
the 20th century. Today the craft is being preserved by
local groups. After the talk and demonstration we were
able to have a go ourselves.
talk recounted from the German point of view the
major events from the
offensive in March, 1918 leading
up to the Armistice on November 11th.
The talk then
continued by examining some of the reactions of the
troops and their bitter return to a deeply
unstable and dangerous homeland.
A most informative and moving talk, thank you Ian.
Displays in Shipley Art Gallery Lounge:
Saltwell Park Game "The Keeper" &
"Six Honest Servants"
Please visit the Shipley Art Gallery and see
results of our art work with Dingy Butterflies
over the summer.
Exhibition opens on Saturday 15th September
to 27th October. There will be talks by the
artists who undertook these projects on 6th
and 13th October.
More details will follow but look in the Council
Wednesday 15th August - Workshop
Toby Lloyd -Workshop
10am - 1pm Training Centre.
More information can be found about this
event by scrolling down to "Those Northern
Lights So Pretty"
Saturday 9th June -
GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH (GETNorth 2018)
The Great Exhibition of the North is coming:
22 June to 9 September
It's the biggest Exhibition in England.
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Sunday 13th May - Bird Walk 9.30am start
POLICE COMMUNITY DROP IN EVENT
(Cuppa with a Copper)
Friday 9th March 2018, between11am – 12noon at
Join PC Nicola Smith to discuss your concerns about
activities in the Park and hear about what the Friends
of Saltwell Park are doing to help make the Park more
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;
Other activities throughout the day:
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.
Wednesday 26th April, 2017 7pm start - arrive
any time from 6.30pm for tea / coffee and biscuits.
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 10 December 2016
Topic: Our usual Christmas cheer withthe 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.
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
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
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
Saturday 25 June 2016, 9.30am
Topic: YOUR PARK NEEDS YOU!
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
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.
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 swiftsgave 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 visitingit 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