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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 (near the Model Boat Club building on the south side of the lake) and start at 10.30am (unless otherwise specified). Events generally last an hour and a half, and there is no need to book unless otherwise specified.
Please note, events listed below are all organised by Friends of Saltwell Park. For information about other events in the Park - such as Fireworks, Food Market and Enchanted Parks - please visit Gateshead Council's website
Events 2020 soon to be available...
Saturday 7 December 2019 10.30am
Christmas at St Chad’s Church, Bensham
The Low Fell Ukes will be playing and singing
a wide range of songs celebrating Christmas.
Saturday 9 November 2019 10.30am
Prisoners of the British
Bernard Hope returned and gave a fascinating
account of the confinement in Britain of German
Servicemen between 1939 and 1948.
Saturday 12 October 2019 10.30am
Ian Daley told us about the Great and the Good
of Gateshead. The sequel will be next March!
Saturday 7 September 10.30am
City Slickers and Country Yokels
Urban and suburban areas are increasingly popular
with beekeepers. In our countryside, intensive
agriculture is not always welcoming to honeybees,
whereas in towns and cities there is a surprising
amount of diverse food to be found. But where
exactly do our urban honeybees go?
Thank you Dr Rinke Vinkenoog for a fascinating
talk - which plants we see bees on and what types
of pollen turn up in their honey is very different.
There are quite a few books, but this has
bee experts contributions too:
Plants for Bees: A Guide to the Plants That Benefit the
Bees of the British Isles by Kirk, W. D. J., Howes, F. N. (2012) H
Tuesday 20 August 8-9.30pm
Northumberland Bat Group guided us on this
popular event- bat detectors and infra red light
to see bats in the dark. Great!
FREE LIVE MUSIC IN SALTWELL PARK
(look for the bandstand!) 1:00-3:30pm
(30 minute interval at 2:00pm)
18th August - Low Fell Ukes
25th August - Whickham Wind Band
Bring a blanket and a picnic, relax and
listen to free music from local bands!
Please note this is organised by
Gateshead Council not by
Friends of Saltwell Park
If you would like to see more live music in
Tweet #liveparkmusic to @GMBCouncil
Saturday 10 August 2019 10.30am
Despite rain before and after we joined Ian Daley
to discover the heritage of the Park.
Thank you Ian for an informative and enjoyable
Love Parks Week 2019 – 12th - 21st July
FoSP in partnership with Gateshead Council
Join Us in July:
Sunday 14th & Wednesday 17th
For a display and sailing of Model Boats –
next to the lake 10am – 4pm
Health Walk - stroll around the Park –
meet at North doors of the Towers 11am - 12noon
Bird Walk - learn more about birds in the Park -
meet at North doors of the Towers 10am – 11am
Park Practical Task morning – help with some gardening in Park -
meet at North doors of the Towers 10:30am – 12:30pm
Heritage Walk - learn more about the heritage in the Park -
meet at North doors of the Towers 1pm – 2:30pm
All events are free
Saturday 6 July 2019
History of the Tyneside Cinema
Thank you Margaret Dodds for telling
us about the history of the
Tyneside Cinema which opened in 1937
and is the last surviving news theatre
still operating as a cinema.
Saturday 8th June 2019
Amanda Cuskin joined us with volunteer John
to tell us about Bowes Railway and the
Heritage Trail Challenge. Watch out for further
information about how you can obtain your
Heritage Trail Passport and collect stamps
when you complete a trail. Thank you Amanda,
history on our doorstep. Hope Friends visit.
Sunday 12th May 2019 - Bird Walk
Michael Turner lead us around the Park looking
and listening for birds that live in the Park all year
round or are just passing through.
Lots of birds seen and heard ... including 5 cygnets
which made their first appearance today!
Weather perfect too. Thank you Michael for
a lovely walk and for sharing your knowledge.
Wednesday 24th April 2019- AGM
All welcome. Join us from 6.45pm for refreshments
before the meeting starts at 7pm.
Saturday 13th April 2019 - Lit & Phil
The Literary & Philosophical Society was formed
in 1793 and its historic library is Newcastle's
must-see visitor attraction.
Lit & Phil guide Pat Lowery gave us a fascinating
insight into its history and hidden treasures.
Saturday 9th March 2019 - Honest Graft
We entered a world of tree grafting adventures with
Tyneside Beekeeper's Association - diverse,
weird and wonderful! We discovered the benefits of tree
grafting both to us and pollination insects.
After the talk the Tyneside Beekeeper's Association
ran a grafting workshop at the Training Centre
in Saltwell Park, with tools provided.
Thank you Alistair Robinson from
Saturday 9th February 2019 - Land of Oak & Iron
Karen Daglish joined us to speak about the
Land of Oak & Iron, an area that was once home to a
world-leading iron and steel industry and is now an
area of natural beauty.
Thank you Karen, very significant history right on
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.
Saturday 8th December 2018
Christmas at St Chad's Church, Bensham
Seasonal fayre and songs from Sharon Durrant's
Urban Chorus choir. Thank you to all who
contributed to this event to make it so special.
Saturday 10th November 2018 - End of the First World War
Germany 1918: Armistice and Aftermath
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
end of the First World War, Ian McArdle from the
Lit & Phil returned and gave us another fascinating talk.
This 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
defeated 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 2019. 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
Saturday 13th October 2018
Life in the 1930s / 40s / 50s
Andrew Clark, local author, encouraged us to
discuss what life was like during these years,
with memories of the Park in those times. What
a great discussion! New stories for Andrew
too. Thank you very much Andrew - especially
from those who still remember their old
Co-op Divi number!
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 6 - 9TH AND 13 - 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Those Northern Lights, So Pretty
Dingy Butterflies. Venues across
Bensham & Saltwell, Gateshead - including
Sunday 9 September 2018 10.30am - 12 noon
Meet at Gate 1 (LittleTheatre entrance).
Be one of the first to try out the newly
created "The Keeper" game.
For more information email:
Please note the Friends of Saltwell Park are
not organising these events but we are
supporting them. If you would like to help us
to do this then please
Saturday 8th September 2018 - Open Meeting
Every one came to hear about what is going
on in the Park and tell us about their
experiences and concerns in the Park.
This time we also asked those present for
help with making all the things we do happen.
If everyone does a little bit to help then we
can make big things happen! Some of you
already do a lot. However, if you have yet
to volunteer for something and you feel
you can help us then please let us know by
Wednesday 15th August 2018- Workshop
Toby Lloyd -Workshop
10am - 1pm Training Centre.
Toby Lloyd (August 2018)
Saturday 11th August 2018 - Chase Park
Peter Craig, Friends of Chase Park in Whickham,
told us about Chase Park and the process the
Friends of Chase Park (FoCP) went through with
Heritage Lottery Funding. They have taken on
so much responsibility for their park, they are
inspiring. FoCP is very different to FoSP but we
can learn a lot from each other.
LOVE PARKS WEEK 13 - 22 JULY 2018
Sunday 15th July is Love Parks Day in Saltwell Park
Sunday 15th July 2018 - Community Open Day 11am-4pm
Following the success of last year we are pleased to be
able to tell you this event is to run again.
Saturday 14th July 2018 - Bees in Parks
Barbara Keating, Tyneside Bee Keepers, helped us
learn about Honey Bees with the most wonderful
installation and question and answer session.
If you missed it it will be in the Training
Centre tomorrow at the Community Open Day.
Saturday 9th June 2018
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.
Carol Bell, Director of the Great Exhibition of the North
gave us an excellend overview of this free summer
long programme of amazing exhibits, live performances,
displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable
For more information about GETNorth 2018
or click here.
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Sunday 13th May 2018 - Bird Walk 9.30am start
Thank you to Michael Turner for leading us around
the Park looking and listening for birds which live
in the Park or are passing through.
Quite quiet in the Park after the heavy rain but
some bird activity seen and bird song heard and
lots of ducklings.
Wednesday 25th April 2018 - AGM
7.00pm Training Centre
All welcome. Join us from 6.30pm for refreshments
before the meeting starts at 7.00pm
Saturday 14th April 2018
Thank you to Ian Daley who provided a very interesting
illustrated talk about Joseph Shipley and
the Shipley Art Gallery. Another of our local heroes.
Saturday 10th March 2018 - Friends of Jesmond Dene
Thank you to 2 enthusiastic Friends of Jesmond Dene
who told us about the history of the Dene and the
their activities. Many similarities to Friends of
Saltwell Park, lots to learn!
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
safe and secure. All welcome.
Saturday 10th February 2018 - Penshaw Monument
Bernard Hope gave us a fascinating account
of John George Lambton and Penshaw Monument.
Thank you - and we hope Bernard will return
next year as we see he has new talks to offer.
If you would like to see a full list of Bernard's
talks please visit his website.
Saturday 13th January 2018 - 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.
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