22 September 2014

Christmas Social Evening

7.30 p.m. Thursday 11th December 2014
St. Mary`s Church Hall
Local chorus songs and poems by
Mike Tickell
accompanied by Alan Lynch
Followed by buffet
Tickets £8

17 September 2014

Ponteland local history society news.

Newsletter of Ponteland Local History Society

18th September 2014

Christopher Hunwick, Archivist at the Castle is our speaker this evening.
AGM 2014
Saturday 8TH Nov.- 1.15pm
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Newbiggin by the Sea

The speaker is to be Dr Keith Armstrong who is a key member of the Thomas Spence Society.  

Newcastle born Spence (1750-1814), known as the Poor Man’s Revolutionary, was a radical writer and publisher who believed strongly in press freedom and the common ownership of land. His reputation was tarnished for many years by the actions of some members of the Society of Spencean Philanthropists who were involved in the Cato Street Conspiracy of 1820, an attempt to blow up the entire cabinet.  Dr. Armstrong has been at the forefront of rehabilitating Spence’s place in radical thinking and is co-editor of a book on Spence published on 14thSept. to mark the bi-centenary of his death.
The AGM, following this presentation, will begin at 2.20pm and conclude with the raffle at 3.15pm.


Saturday 28nd Feb 2015
Members Group Meeting,
St Nicholas Church Hall, South Gosforth.

Round the County Day
Saturday 9th May 2015
Hosted by Wallsend LHS & the
Friends of Segedumum.
Dr Constance Fraser
Memorial Lecture/Study Day
Saturday ?? Oct 2015
Date & Details to be confirmed.

Saturday 7th Nov 2015
Stannington Village Hall.


An average of 30 Members and their guests enjoyed 3 very successful and interesting visits in May and June.
After a very welcome cup of tea /coffee phased guided tours of Bywell Hall at the beginning of Mayalso provided the opportunity to explore the local Churches of St. Peter and St. Andrew.  
Later that month we travelled south to the Land of The Prince Bishops to visit Auckland Castle and the nearby Roman Camp of Vinovium.  Members will be interested to know that the former private Chapel featured in the BBC TV “Songs of Praise” earlier this month.  Binchester also hit the national newspaper headlines last week following news that the Church of England has decided to dispose of the adjoining property raising fears that the archaeological remains are under threat.  Fortunately Jonathan Ruffer, the wealthy philanthropist who stepped in to save the former Bishops’ Palace, has shown interest.
The outings were rounded off in June with a return visit to Naworth CastleWe were welcomed by Mr. Howard with refreshments and an introductory talk in the very pleasant surroundings of the refurbished Great Hall.  This was followed by tours of the other parts of his home.  Some Members then moved on to nearbyLanercost Priory for lunch.

Saturday 11th October - 7pm Britannia Hotel, Newcastle Airport.



A selection of popular jazz

Doors open – 6pm.
Raffle~ Bar
Tickets - £10 available from
Mackley& Steven, 25 Main St. Ponteland


We are hoping to arrange a guided tour for Thursday 20th November.  If you are interested please indicate on the List available this evening.


On Thursday 11th.December we will be entertained with local chorus songs & poems by Mike Tickellaccompanied by guitarist Alan Lynch.  Tickets, priced at £8 will be available at the Oct. & November meetings.

01 September 2014

Pont Island News 2014 published

The Ponteland Local History Society has just published its 11th edition of "Pont Island News" which is being distributed free to members. The edition is also available to others price £4.00 including postage or electronically as a PDF file price £1.00 

This edition includes a "Dissington Hall" history by Michael & Gill Brown, an item entitled "The Curate, a Vicar and Five Engineers" by J Michael Taylor and a biography of the engineer "Robert Nicholson" by Michael Money

Readers will also find interesting Michael Taylor's item entitled "RAF Woolsington and RAF Ponteland" and the rev. Peter Barham has written an item "Commemorating the First World War- A few local churches"

Other items relating to the First and Second World Wars have been written by Patricia Stephenson and Muriel Sobo: "Two War Veterans",  "Caterpillar Club", "Family loss in the wars of the twentieth century" and "The Somme"

© The copyright of each article remains with the author and of each illustration with the artist.

ISSN 1468-1390