16 March 2012


20th SEPTEMBER 2012 ........................ ANDREW SAWYER of  Cragside National Trust
“THE ARMSTRONGS AT HOME”  a talk about the house at Cragside and family life in an unusual Victorian setting

18th OCTOBER 2012 .......................... JOHN MATTHEWS
“A tale of two Cinemas”   the rise and fall of the Paramount/Odeon Cinema in Pilgrim Street’

15th NOVEMBER 2012 ....................... CHRIS BURGESS, Archeologist
“The Battle of Flodden Field 1513 - its 500th Anniversary”

17th JANUARY 2013 .......................... JOHN A MOREELS M.B.E. 
“ Nostalgic views of the North”

21st FEBRUARY 2013 ......................... DAVID JONES
“Barrow burn - rediscovering a medieval fulling mill”
21st MARCH 2013 ................................ JOHN and KITTY ANDERSON

18th APRIL 2013 .................................. ROBERT MOON
“TUGS of the TYNE  and WEAR”
Meetings are held in Church Hall, Thornhill Road, Ponteland and commence at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome at a nominal charge of £2                                                

Ponteland Historian March 2012

Newsletter of Ponteland Local History Society
15th  March  2012

 It is with great pleasure that we welcome the return of Alan Fendley.
Alan is a very active member of Rothbury Parish Council and a noted local historian.  His interests are many and include “The Siege of Newcastle – 1644”, “The Life of Lord Armstrong” and “The Other Geordies”.

The February Council meeting recorded a very active programme. Norham and Ladykirk LHS will host the 2013-Day School, “Flodden 500” and Mitford LHS has offered to organise the 2013 ‘Round the County’ day, including visits to the castle and Mitford Hall. 
In a further effort to raise the profile, of ANNLHS booking forms for the March 24th 2012 Day School “North East History through Art” have been sent to every branch library in the County, museums and villlage halls.

Saturday 30th June
Round The County Day, Alston & Killhope Lead Mining Centre
Saturday 10th November
ANLHS Annual General Meeting, Mitford Community Hall

Friday 20th April
The guided tour of Trinity House, built in the 16th century to support the growing maritime community of Newcastle, has been arranged for 11.00am.  The cost is £4 per person and the tour will last for about 2 hrs.
Thursday 24th May
The tour of St. Andrew’s Church, Roker is booked to start at 10.30 am.  This early 20th century church is said to be “The Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement”.  There is no charge for the tour that will take about 2 hrs. but it is proposed that we make a voluntary donation which will be collected on the day.
 This date has been earmarked for visiting Bowes Museum and Rokeby Park in Teesdale.
An introductory tour of the Museum, which lasts for about 45 minutes, has been arranged for 10.30am after which members will be free to to wander at their leisure before lunch.  There are restaurant facilities available if required.  The famous Silver Swan plays at 2.00pm prompt and this will give us ample time for the short drive to Rokeby.  The group entrance fee is £7 per person.
The guided tour of  18th century Rokeby Park will begin at 2.30pm. and the cost will be £7.
Thursday 12th July
The visit to Raby Castle, Staindrop is planned to start with coffee& biscuits at 10.30am, followed by a guided tour from 11.00 to 12.30pm.  Lunch on an individual basis is available in the cafĂ© and then you are free to explore the castle, garden and park in the afternoon.  The cost, including coffee is £11 per head.
**For all outings the majority of members have opted for travel by car rather than by coach and therefore where possible arrangements will be made to share transport.  Under these circumstances it is proposed that a contribution of £5 per passenger is made towards fuel costs for the longer journeys.

Publication of the next edition is planned for mid 2012 and items are now invited.  Ideally articles should be between 500 and 2000 words long with black and white illustrations being particularly welcome.  They should be forwarded by 1st June to jmichaeltaylor@btinternet.com or by arrangement with the editor on 01661 824017.

As part of the celebrations the Town Council is hosting a Community Exhibition in the Memorial Hall from 2nd to 5th June inclusive and all organisations in Ponteland are being invited to participate.  On each day the public will have free access to the displays from 10.00am until 4.00pm and volunteers are sought to act as stewards.  If you can spare a couple of hours during this period a list is available this evening to register your interest
The theme for the Society’s display will probably be to record major events in Ponteland over the past 60 years or so.  If you have any appropriate memorabilia or photographs that you are prepared to make available for scanning please contact John Turner on 823850 or by email.  You may recall the local newspaper “The Ponteland Observer” which was initially printed in the village – if you have cuttings from this or indeed any copies then these could possibly be a source of information for events that were reported during its short life.