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June/July - 2012

VALLEY

Discover the Derwent Valley this summer

Packed with things to do in this wonderful part of the world Full of Summer events in the Derwent Valley

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Editor Winlaton Mill What’s On Eliza Pepper Pot column Rowlands Gill What’s On Burnofield What’ On Balman Gallery Highfield What’s On High Spen What’s On Derwent Valley photography Chopwell What’s On BlackHall Mill What’ On Hamsterley Mill What’s On Ebchester What’s On Shotley Bridge What’s On Paul McSkimmings column Phil Penny column Empire Theatre Consett What’s On Edmondbuyers What’s On Blanchland What’s On Belinda Ambrose column Roger Clegg column Kielder What’s On National Trust What’s On

Front Cover Photography the Tanfield Train Paul Hopps: paulhopps@msn.com

Belinda Ambrose A cure for MRSA!! That has got to be interesting. Find out more from Belinda’s column.

Eliza Pepper Pot Eliza appears to be giving us Lip Service, but bear with her to find out a great bacon and egg flan recipe.

Roger Clegg Summer is here and Roger tells us what summer is like through the eyes of a professional photographer with handy hints for photographers of all ability’s.

Paul McSkimmings Summer is definitely here and local lad Paul gives us some handy hints for checking out our households whilst having the BBQ.

Phil Penny Its official summer must be here as three of our columnists say it is! Phil opens his column with this declaration before telling us about his wonderful organisation and specifically two dogs looking for new homes. Vic and Alexis need a home so please take a read of this column. Derwent Valley Express is delighted to say we have already helped find a home for one of Phil’s dog’s with hopefully many more to follow.

What’s On?

Recognise any of these places? Durham, and our own Derwent Valley, have some truly spectacular hidden treasures, often where you least expect them. If these little images have got you intrigued, read through our ‘What’s On’ sections to not only find out what’s on, but also where the Derwent Valley photographer has been this month! What’s On listings are free. If you’d like to advertise a community event, simply... email: enquiries@ derwentvalleyexpress.co.uk

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National Trust page 46

Huge amount of events at the fantastic National Trust Gibside Estate.

Kielder Events page 42

From star gazing to rock climbing, Kielder has it all during June and July.

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I would like to open my column with a huge thank you to the people of Derwent valley for all the kind words following the first issue of Derwent Valley Express. It has been tremendously encouraging to hear how much you like the publication and even better to hear how many of you have had success through the publication for your community events and business adverts. We hope to improve each issue with even more local editorial and What’s On listings as well as featuring local photographers and columnists. If you would like to get involved or would like a free listing I have included some contact information on this page. In future issues we will also start to feature a Job’s page and competitions page for our readers. It will have full time/part time and voluntary positions listed from local business and organisations. The competitions will be from local organisations also with prizes to be won in the local area. If you have any positions or would like to get involved in putting up a prize for the competitions then please

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In this issue we have a packed listings page from Gibside the National Trust site on page 46 full of fun things to do this summer season. Staying outdoors we have a full listings page from Northumbria Water on page 45 telling us what we can get up to at Kielder while the sun is out. Also up at Kielder those great guy’s at Calvert Trust tell us all about what we can get up to with them on page 34. Photography of the stunning Derwent valley can be found on pages 22 and 23 and our cover shot this issue of a train at Tanfield is supplied by Paul Hopps. Our columnists this issue including Derwent valley residents Paul and Eliza Pepperpot are dotted around the publication talking about everything from health and food to greyhounds and photography. Please take a look at page 28/29 for information on a Jubilee/Olympic party in Ebchester along with an Art exhibition.

Each of our town sections are packed full with an ever growing amount of What’s On information which offer activity’s of every kind for the whole community and we also have a full page of listings of what is going on up at Consett’s Empire Theatre and Cinema. So all that is left to say is that we hope this publication can help you get the most from this summer season and we look forward to speaking to you again when we drop through your door again in August.

God Bless Robert and the Derwent Valley Express team.

Getting involved with Derwent Valley Express Calling all budding Photographers. Would you like the chance to have your photograph as the next cover of DVE? If you have images of the Derwent valley and think it would look good on our cover please do get in touch. Got an upcoming community event or regular weekly happening for the community. Well get in touch and we will list it free for you in this

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publication which reaches a potential 60,000 + Derwent valley residents. Each issue we run a double page spread of photography for our readers to enjoy. If you would like to be considered to supply these images then please get in touch. Also in future issues we will be running a jobs page free of charge to any Derwent valley

businesses and community organisations wishing to advertise full/part time or voluntary positions available. If any of the above interest you please get in touch with Robert, Claire, David or Matthew on 0191 499 0777 or enquiries@derwentvalleyexpress.co.uk

Advertising with Derwent Valley Express Getting an advert in DVE is not as expensive as you think. Adverts start from as little as £50.00 in our full colour glossy publication and with free design of your advert offered, business of any size can advertise in the huge free household distribution Express publication. So you could soon be in front of over 60,000 Derwent valley residents with your own professional advert. Contact us for further details quoting “ Get on board the Express” Email enquiries@derwentvalleyexpress.co.uk

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Valley. There is a regular group of walkers which is usually about twenty to twenty-five people. The locations change each month and all details are given on this web-page. Hopefully, we will see you out walking. Blaydon races festival picnic 9th June Blaydon Community Festival Group will host the family picnic between. 1.00pm to 7.00pm with local singers, dancers and performers providing the entertainment near Blaydon Ponds for local people to come and celebrate together. There will be stalls and ‘bunko’ booths provided by local community groups, an antique steam powered carousel, a display of historical photos and a five a side football area. On stage there will be music as well as traditional music hall entertainment featuring two magicians and a circus strongman,

a brass band and even punch and Judy, The local jazz marching band “ The Blaydon Buzzers” will be on parade and performances by all local schools and dance groups. There will be entertainment for young people as well as children and adults including a petting Zoo, a “smoothy bike”, an ox roast, a cake stall, a bouncy castle, a balloon stall with special Blaydon races balloons. Beamish Hall Best Western Hotel, Beamish, Co Durham DH9 0YB SUMMER FETE – Sunday 17th June It’s back and it’s bigger and better. The second annual Beamish Hall Summer Fete has been scheduled for Sunday 17th June. A family day packed with entertainment with lots to see and do. Stroll among the trade and craft exhibits, enjoy the fun of the fair, and treat your culinary senses in the Journal Food Market. Our Summer Fete will have something for everyone. £5.00 per person / £4.00 concessions / Under 5s free Amy Plumstead Events Coordinator  Beamish Hall Best Western Hotel, Beamish, Co Durham DH9 0YB plumsteada@beamish-hall.co.uk

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Dear readers, I am delighted to be writing this column, and hope that it inspires you too to be as passionate about food as I am. Roll up your sleeves, venture into the kitchen and take a look around. Consider whether this is the place where you can’t get out of quick enough, or, simply, a room that has now become a pit stop to microwave those pre- packed micro meals. Cook an oven bake dish from the supermarket; or a place that you just like to admire because you have just had your new designer kitchen fitted. Of course, people don’t have the time to set aside these days to prepare meals, there are far more important things to do, such as watching your favourite TV programme or working on your PC! What’s wrong with that! I here you say. We have the technology, why not use it? It makes life easier for us when time - yes, good old father time: that word which seems to hang on everyone’s lips these days - is of the essence. Indeed, there’s nothing wrong with any of this, so why all the fuss you might ask? Do we really want to go back to the days where cooking meant slaving over a hot stove for hours on end? Where cooking the Sunday Dinner meant - and literally meant - a whole days work? But, by golly, didn’t food taste good? And I’m not saying let’s start burning candles again either. It’s just that life has been made easy for us when it comes to cooking. Buying all this pre-packed food has meant we have lost the value of food: its significance and meaning in its entirety. As it passes our lips do we actually know or even care what we eat;

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lift the pastry is to roll it around the rolling pin then lay it gently over the flan case. Trim the edges and set aside in the fridge. Cut the bacon into small pieces and lightly fry. You don’t need to use any oil as there is fat in the bacon. Remove from the heat and place on a piece of kitchen roll to drain off excess fat. Set aside. Whisk the eggs, sour cream, thyme and seasoning until well combined. Add the cheese and stir in. Once the bacon has cooled down, place it on the bottom of the flan case. Another way is to add the bacon pieces to the egg mixture once the bacon has cooled then pour into flan case. Place in the oven at 180 degrees centigrade for 40 minutes or until the flan is firm to the touch. For further inspiration on; A Lost Tradition: How to cook from a bygone era, please contact Elizabeth Harding- Massey at info@elizapepperpot.co.uk or visit our website at www.elizapepperpot.co.uk I look forward to our next issue.

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Parish of High Spen and Rowlands Gill Listings for period June to July 2012 2th June 7 30pm ‘Joseph Cowen, Revolutionary Philanthropist’ Pictures and Pimms on a summer evening St Barnabas Church Rowlands Gill An illustrated talk by Mr john Oliver ,St Barnabas Church Rowlands Gill. Back by popular request Mr Oliver will tell you the history and some fascinating tales of this famous Blaydon family. Pimms and strawberries served in the garden. 23rd June 2 30pm Grand Summer BBQ Hamsterley Mill. Bring your rugs, garden chairs and children for an afternoon of fun, friendship and a few musical surprises in a lovely garden setting. Tickets and details from Maria Turner tel.01207542120 11th July 7 00pm Confirmation Service Metro Centre. Bishop Justin is confirming all candidates from the Gateshead Deanery at a service in the Town Square Metro centre. Come along and support the newest members 16th - 18th July ‘PEDAL-4-PAT’S’ One Vicar, one Area Dean, four guys and 140 miles coast to coast. Over three days this enterprising team plan to cycle from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth to raise money for the New Heating System in St Patrick’s Church. It is hoped that children from the local primary schools will join in for some of the last leg of the ride from Rowlands Gill to Tynemouth. Starthmore Road Methodist Church. Sundays 10.45 am This service is

geared towards all ages and uses more contemporary music, media and performing arts. Most Sundays we have a short time of worship together before the children and young people move into Sunday Klub. There are groups for children aged 4 to 18, with a pre school group in the crèche for 0 to 3 years. Family services are held throughout the year when all ages worship together. 6 pm, The Sunday evening service aims to utilise the best in traditional Methodist Worship. It has been said that Methodism was ‘born in song’ and with the aid of a beautiful pipe organ, the congregation enjoy singing its faith and hearing the good news proclaimed through our preachers. re:wired is a fresh take on church. It’s a chilled-out and pressure-free night of worship, teaching, discussion, music, entertainment and high quality snacks! Messy Church - Chopwell Methodist Church - On the last Sunday of every month - 5pm - Whatever your age, you are invited to a special child friendly service. Just come along - listen to the stories, join in the fun, learn some new songs!! - Within the Church people appreciate different forms of worship and we value being able to offer a diversity of styles in our services, to enable people to encounter the living God and express their worship. Holy Communion is celebrated at each service on a monthly basis and everyone who would like to, is welcome to share fully in this meal that helps us remember God’s love for us

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vegetarian dish at home, bring it along to share with others and to swap ideas and recipes, to help inspire each other with new ways to serve vegetables. It is hoped that for some sessions, a member may also offer cookery demonstrations to the other members. Out to Lunch Club Our “Out to Lunch Club” meets once a month at restaurants and cafés chosen by our members. The club offers the chance to make new friends and enjoy good food and conversation together. All ages are welcome. The cost of each meal will vary but we try to ensure that venues are chosen offering meals which do not exceed £10 per person. Members are responsible for their own bill. Venues are chosen that are easy to reach by public transport and are usually accessible to wheelchair users (please ring for more details). Please note that we are unable to provide transport. Booking your Place on the Out to Lunch Club dates Thursday 14th June 2012, 12.30 pm, Salepepe, Shotley Bridge, DH8 0HH (Please book with Trudi by Monday 11th June 2012) and Sunday 8th July 2012, 12.30 pm, The Goldon Lion, Winlaton, NE21 6RU

(Please book with Trudi by Tuesday 3rd July 2012) Trudi at Age UK Gateshead on 0191 4773559. General information about Timebank Timebank is Age UK Gateshead’s ‘good neighbour’ scheme for Gateshead residents of all ages. Timebank members use their skills to help others in their community and receive a Timebank credit for every hour they give. Credits can then be ‘cashed-in’ for help from other Timebank members. The Timebank project has been running at Age UK Gateshead since 2006 and currently has around 170 members from across the whole borough of Gateshead. This includes 14 members from Blackhall Mill or Chopwell and a further 5 who live in the surrounding area. The members living in Balckhall Mill and Chopwell have exchanged skills with each other in a great variety of ways (piano lessons, DIY tasks, befriending, clothing repairs.) Trudi Jackson , Acting Timebank Coordinator at Age UK Gateshead Tel: 0191 4773559 E-mail: timebank@ ageconcerngateshead.org.uk

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On the day that the Olympic flame passes through Gateshead, we are having our own community celebration. With a family picnic, fun run, mini games, crafts, stalls, face painting, live music, demonstrations & taster sessions from numerous community groups.

Parish of High Spen and Rowlands Gill - Listings for June 12th June - Spring Teas St Patrick’s Church High Spen. ‘The Cowens’ Pictures and Pimms on a summer evening St Barnabas Church Rowlands Gill An illustrated talk by Mr john Oliver St Barnabas Church Rowlands Gill. Back by popular request Mr Oliver will tell you the history and some fascinating tales of this famous Blaydon family. Pimms and strawberries served in the garden afterwards. Institute Hall Parent and Toddler High Spen Community Centre, Park Pavilion, High Spen, Tyne and Wear, NE39 2HA From babies to toddlers £1 per session Free Red kite walk every Monday 1.30pm – 3pm Derwenthaugh car park More info 07790085659 Blaydon races expedition Free at Blaydon library from 1st may Also local history talk 29th may Blaydon Races Festival Picnic 9th June Blaydon Community Festival Group will host the family picnic between. 1.00pm to 7.00pm With local singers, dancers and performers providing the entertainment near Blaydon Ponds for local people to come and celebrate together. There will be stalls and ‘bunko’ booths provided by local community groups, an antique steam powered

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? n o s ’ what 1st Chopwell Scout Group Provides fun, challenge and adventure to young people aged between 6 and 14. Beavers are the youngest section and offer lots of fun for 6-8 year olds. Cubs provide a bit more adventure for people aged 8-10.5. Scouts provide lots of adventure to boys and girls between 8 and 14. All sections meet at the Scout Hut, Lenin Terrace, Chopwell. Beavers meet on a Tuesday evening between 5-6pm Cubs meet on a Thursday evening between 6-7:30pm Scouts meet on a Tuesday evening between 6-7:30pm We also hold a coffee morning on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10am onwards. This is to support the development of the group. chopwellscouts.org.uk The Timebank Project at Age UK Gateshead Is supporting members to set up and run two new social opportunities for people of all ages, living in and around Chopwell and Blackhall Mill. Vegetarian Cookery Club Meets last Wednesday of month, 3-5pm at Blackhall Mill Community Centre First meeting 30th May 2012 (all welcome, though please ring Trudi to let her know you’re coming 0191 477 3559 Members are invited to prepare a vegetarian dish at home, bring it along to share with others and to swap ideas and recipes, to help inspire each other with new ways to serve vegetables. It is hoped that for some sessions, a member may also offer cookery demonstrations to the other members. Out to Lunch Club Our “Out to Lunch Club” meets once a month at restaurants and cafés chosen by our members. The club offers the chance to make new friends and enjoy good food and conversation together. All ages are welcome. The cost of each meal will vary but we try to ensure that venues are chosen offering meals which do not exceed £10 per person. Members are responsible for their own bill. Venues are chosen that are easy to reach by public transport and are usually accessible to wheelchair users (please ring for more details). Please note that we are unable to provide transport. Booking your Place on the Out to Lunch Club dates Thursday 14th June 2012, 12.30 pm, Salepepe, Shotley Bridge, DH8 0HH (Please book with Trudi by Monday 11th June 2012) and Sunday 8th July 2012, 12.30 pm, The Goldon Lion, Winlaton, NE21 6RU (Please book with Trudi by Tuesday 3rd July 2012) Trudi at Age UK Gateshead on 0191 4773559. General information about

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Timebank Timebank is Age UK Gateshead’s ‘good neighbour’ scheme for Gateshead residents of all ages. Timebank members use their skills to help others in their community and receive a Timebank credit for every hour they give. Credits can then be ‘cashed-in’ for help from other Timebank members. The Timebank project has been running at Age UK Gateshead since 2006 and currently has around 170 members from across the whole borough of Gateshead. This includes 14 members from Blackhall Mill or Chopwell and a further 5 who live in the surrounding area. The members living in Balckhall Mill and Chopwell have exchanged skills with each other in a great variety of ways (piano lessons, DIY tasks, befriending, clothing repairs.) Trudi Jackson , Acting Timebank Coordinator at Age UK Gateshead Tel: 0191 4773559 E-mail: timebank@ ageconcerngateshead.org.uk Age Concern Gateshead Are you or anyone you know feel lonely and isolated in your own home? Age Uk Gateshead run a Day centre for older people and we offer support and companionship every Tuesday at Blackhall mill community centre. We provide transport, lunch, activities and plenty of laughter. So if you live in Blackhall mill, Chopwell or the surrounding area please call  Terry Yellowley for more information on 01914773559. Sharon from ageing.well@ageukgateshead. org.uk will send you the details separately Thankyou Terry Yellowley Day centre Supervisor Age Concern Gateshead 341-343 High Street Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 1EQ Charity Reg No. 702561 email: age.resource@ ageconcerngateshead.org.uk tel: 0191 477 3559 fax: 0191 478 5307 www.ageconcerngateshead.org.uk St John’s the Evangelist Church Chopwell Sunday - Parish Mass  Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour Monday - Mass  Every Monday at 6:30 PM for ½ hour Tuesday - Mass  House mass @ Hillford Terrace Contact Parish Priest for more details

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Blackhall Mill what’s on? Blackhall Mill Community Association About us (www.blackhallmill.org.uk) Blackhall Mill is a village (originally a mining community) of some 250 households on the very edge of Gateshead District. BMCA manage a Community Centre for the benefit of people living in Blackhall Mill and the surrounding neighbourhood. The Centre is also available for private hire for meetings, parties, functions etc. The Centre was rebuilt in 2004 following intensive fund raising by the Association and the award of significant grants under the then SRB and the Included Communities Fund. The Association worked closely with a local architect to design a suitable building to high environmental standards that included a heating system powered by a ground source heat pump. A DTI Clear Skies grant was awarded to help install this. The Association also take up local issues on behalf of local people as appropriate and liaise with other agencies and voluntary organisations, such as Gateshead Council, Age UK and Durham Wildlife Trust for the benefit of the local community, user groups and the local environment. With the latter, for example, we recently liaised closely in establishing our local woodland as a nature reserve, it having previously been managed as a commercial woodland that had come up for sale. The Community Centre is used for a wide variety of activities which include regular bookings such as

yoga, martial arts, pilates, parents and toddlers, zumba, craft club, creative writing etc. We also look to private and commercial bookings and this will become increasingly important in future – bookings make up over 50% of our income at present. There are also other organisations involved who are independent, but are local and linked to the Association and include ‘Live at the Mill’ who organise live entertainment in the Centre, a singing group, Derwent Voices, a Film Club and a Sunday morning Community Café. On top of these regular bookings we also organise various fund raising events such as a Burns Night celebration and Quiz and Curry evenings and also have an annual Summer Fair and Bonfire Festival which attracts 100’s of people from the village and surrounding communities. Financing these latter two events will be something we will need to consider closely in future as the latter in particular tends to cost more than it generates. Recent developments have included our taking a 250 year lease on the building and land from Gateshead Council and installing solar panels to generate renewable energy and help us as we move towards becoming self sufficient. The Centre is available for private or corporate hire. It is located on River View in Blackhall Mill, NE177TQ For availability and rates contact: Joe Ashforth on 01207 563019 or email joeashforth@live.co.uk For other information contact Chris Cox

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on chris.cox@care4free.net Programme 2012 Blackhall Mill Community Centre Monday 6.30 – 7.30 Zumba (main hall) Contact Karen Ogle: 01207 542044 Martial Arts (main hall) 7.30 – 10pm Contact: Jeremy Dawson, 01207 561035 Craft Club (MR) 7pm – 9pm (every 2nd Monday in the month) Contact: Rita on 01207 560988 Tuesday Age Concern Lunch Club (hall and kitchen) 10am- 2.30pm Contact: 0191 477 3559 Ladies Group (MR) 6.30pm – 9.30pm Contact: Rita on 01207 560988 Wednesday Yoga (main hall) 6.30pm – 8pm Contact: Paul Rathbone, 01207 561848 Creative writing group (MR) 7 – 9 Contact Phil Macari on philmacari@ mac.com Thursday Computer Group (MR) Hopefully coming soon – For info’ Contact Mick Marston 01207 562317 Councillor’s Surgery last Thursday of

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month 6 – 7 CA Committee – first Thur’ Mar, Jun, Sept and Dec Friday Toddlers (main hall) 10am – 12pm Contact: Debbie Beeks, 01207 561154 Beginner Pilates (main hall) 5 – 6 Contact Lynn Brayson 01207-283131 Martial Arts (main hall) 7.30 – 10pm Contact: Jeremy Dawson, 01207 561035 Saturday Derwent Voices (main hall) 10.30 – 12.30, Every other Saturday. Contact: Lesley Oakden, 01207 563942 Sat eve – available for private bookings/ parties plus CA Events, LATM, Film Club Sunday Community Cafe (kitchen and cafe area) 11 – 1. (Oct -Mar) Contact Lesley Oakden 01207 563942 Sundays – available for private bookings/ parties plus CA Events, LATM, Film Club etc MR = meeting room please contact Joe Ashforth on 01207 563019 or email joeashforth@live.co.uk Occasional – Polling Station, Councillors Surgery, Private Parties, Committee meetings, Live at the Mill (LATM), Film Club etc.

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Blackhall Mill Community Centre. The martial arts class on Monday and Friday nights between 7:30 - 10:00 is actually Aikido a Japanese system of self defence which uses the opponents force against themselves and is taught by Sensei I.B.Coll 4th Dan. Anyone interested can contact me, J Dawson on 07502414584. Adults only. Jeremy Dawson St.Cuthbert’s Hall, Shotley Bridge Dance class for the more mature Wednesday 6 - 7 pm Pilates Thursday 7.30 - 8.30 pm Parents and Toddler Group Friday 9.30 am Book club Last Tuesday of the month, 2 - 4 pm. If you enjoy reading and would like to discuss books over a cup of tea, please join us. Summer Fair Saturday, 23rd June, 2 - 4 pm Telephone. Linda Short 01207 503750 The Timebank Project at Age UK Gateshead is supporting members to set up and run two new social opportunities for people of all ages, living in and around Chopwell and Blackhall Mill. Vegetarian Cookery Club Meets last Wednesday of month, 3-5pm at Blackhall Mill Community Centre

First meeting 30th May 2012 (all welcome, though please ring Trudi to let her know you’re coming 0191 477 3559) Members are invited to prepare a vegetarian dish at home, bring it along to share with others and to swap ideas and recipes, to help inspire each other with new ways to serve vegetables. It is hoped that for some sessions, a member may also offer cookery demonstrations to the other members. Out to Lunch Club Our “Out to Lunch Club” meets once a month at restaurants and cafés chosen by our members. The club offers the chance to make new friends and enjoy good food and conversation together. All ages are welcome. The cost of each meal will vary but we try to ensure that venues are chosen offering meals which do not exceed £10 per person. Members are responsible for their own bill. Venues are chosen that are easy to reach by public transport and are usually accessible to wheelchair users (please ring for more details). Please note that we are unable to provide transport. Booking your Place on the Out to Lunch Club dates Thursday 14th June 2012, 12.30 pm, Salepepe, Shotley Bridge, DH8 0HH (Please book with Trudi by Monday

11th June 2012) Sunday 8th July 2012, 12.30 pm, The Goldon Lion, Winlaton, NE21 6RU (Please book with Trudi by Tuesday 3rd July 2012) Trudi at Age UK Gateshead on 0191 4773559. General information about Timebank Timebank is Age UK Gateshead’s ‘good neighbour’ scheme for Gateshead residents of all ages. Timebank members use their skills to help others in their community and receive a Timebank credit for every hour they give. Credits can then be ‘cashed-in’ for help from other Timebank members. The Timebank project has been running

at Age UK Gateshead since 2006 and currently has around 170 members from across the whole borough of Gateshead. This includes 14 members from Blackhall Mill or Chopwell and a further 5 who live in the surrounding area. The members living in Balckhall Mill and Chopwell have exchanged skills with each other in a great variety of ways (piano lessons, DIY tasks, befriending, clothing repairs.) Trudi Jackson , Acting Timebank Coordinator at Age UK Gateshead Tel: 0191 4773559 E-mail: timebank@ ageconcerngateshead.org.uk

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Ebchester Community Association

? n o s ’ t wha Ebchester Community Centre Exercise to Music 50+ Mondays 9.30 - 10.30am 2.50 Toddlers 915 -11.15am Wed + Friday Yoga 11.00 – 1230am Monday ZumbaTonic Kid’s 320 – 4pm Tuesday Zumba 615 – 715pm Tuesday Karate 10 -12.00am Sunday 5.30 -7.30pm Monday 7.30 -9.00pm Monday 7.30 – 9.00pm Tuesday 7.30 – 9.00pm Thursday Keep Fit 6.00 – 7.00pm Thursday Street Dance -Kids 3.20 – 4pm Friday Carpet Bowls 7.00 – 9.00pm Friday St Ebba’s Coffee Morning Alt Tuesday’s 10 -11.00am Women’s Institute 7.00 – 9.30 Every third Wednesday. The Community Centre is available for hire for Dinners, Dancers, Parties, Special Occassions or Regular Classes. Telephone 01207 560 555 to arrange booking Ebchester Methodist Church

in conjunction with Ebchester C of E Primary School and St Ebba’s Church, invites you to a fun day of sport and nostalgia (01207) 502339 ST. Ebbas Way,  Consett, DH8 0PF SUMMER FETE Sunday 17th June 2012 It’s back and it’s bigger and better. The second annual Beamish Hall Summer Fete has been scheduled for Sunday 17th June. A family day packed with entertainment with lots to see and do. Stroll among the trade and craft exhibits, enjoy the fun of the fair, and treat your culinary senses in the Journal Food Market. Our Summer Fete will have something for everyone.

£5.00 per person / £4.00 concessions / Under 5s free 01207 233733 Derwentside Locality Gentle Seated Exercise 40+ Victoria Court, Consett Fridays 10.45 - 11.45am ?1.50 Zumba 40+ St Mary’s Church Hall, Consett Thursdays 6.30 - 7.30pm ?2.00 Salsacise 40+ Tuesdays St Marys Church Hall 6.00 - 7.00pm Bokwa 40+ Bishop Ian Ramsey School, Consett Tuesdays 6.30 - 7.30pm

Kirsty King-Lough Administration Officer Derwentside Locality Tel: 01207 280 119 email: kirsty.king-lough@ ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Ebchester Art Group Exhibition Saturday and Sunday 14th/15th July.

This event is organised and run solely by the artists themselves and we have been encouraged to continue by the feedback received from visitors to past exhibitions who, in their words, have been impressed by the high standard of work and the friendly, relaxing atmosphere. It has always been the aim of this exhibition to bring together a group of artists, normally between 10 to 15 in number, who live in Ebchester or within the surrounding area, to exhibit and sell their work that feature a wide range of styles, technique and variety of mediums. Through the annual exhibition, we hope to raise creative awareness in the local community as well as raising funds for a local charity as a result of our raffle which plays an important part in the whole event, many of the prizes having been generously donated by small local businesses. We also feature a prize-giving art competition for the children from Ebchester Primary School to try and encourage budding young artists of the future which is well received and supported by the school, their work is also displayed and to make it diplomatic in judging the winners, we ask the visitors themselves to vote for their favourite pictures! The forthcoming event will be our sixth exhibition and this year, we decided to move it forward from Autumn to Summer to try and avoid congestion with other local exhibitions, and so it will be held on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 14th & 15th July at Ebchester Community Centre on Shaw Lane (next to St Ebba’s Church) from 10am to 4pm each day. There is a small admission charge, refreshments are available and we look forward to seeing as many visitors there as possible. David Turner (on behalf of Ebchester Art Group)

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JUBILEE WITH TEAM EB

SATURDAY 23rd June 2012 from 9.30 am till 9.30 pm Nostalgia 50s style at Ebchester Community Centre Jubilee Picnic (Bring your own) with Spot Prizes for Fancy Dress Music, Magic & Romance to end the day TEAM EB Pentathlon Archery in school grounds Canoe racing - on River Derwent by boathouse Cycling skills - near the Post Office Orienteering - in school grounds Indoor rowing - in school grounds Pentathlon Timetable 9.30 am Sign up for the TEAM EB Pentathlon (or pre-book by calling 01207 560713) 10 am Torch Relay around Pentathlon sites (pupils from Ebchester C of E Primary School) 10.30 am Opening Event in school grounds: Pupils present their special dance in celebration of the 2012 Olympics 10.45 am to 3.30 pm Pentathlon events. Last entry for the five events 2.45 pm 4 pm Medal Ceremony in school grounds for TEAM EB winners School Children’s Sports for under-7s and under-10s 11 am till 12 midday Fun Games for pre-school children Ebchester Toddlers’ Group will lay on activities during the day Taster Sessions of Activities currently available in the Community Centre ● 12 Midday Yoga ● 12.30 pm Karate ● 1 pm Carpet Bowls ● 1.30 pm Keep Fit ● 2 pm Samba Drummers ● 2.30 pm Zumba ● 3 pm Children’s Street Dancing

Traidcraft Buy Fairtrade items and help to raise funds for school Ebchester Community Centre 10.45 am - 3.45 pm 50s Nostalgia and refreshments: ● 50s Memorabilia. Your memories of the 50s. Got some that we haven’t seen? Bring them along! ● Vintage and Classic Tractors Displayed by members of the Derwent Valley Vintage and Classic Tractor Club ● Agricultural Artefacts ● See what’s planned for the Restoration of the Boathouse. View photos of times gone by on the River Derwent. There will be a historic boat on display ● Craftspeople: Jewellery by Firefly: 2.30 pm Demonstration by Yvonne Hall ● Try your hand at Proggy Matting with Hazel Robinson ● Refreshments available to purchase from 10 am till 3.45 pm Buffet Lunch provided by Derwentside College ● All-day raffle St Ebba’s Church Art Exhibition by Ebchester Art Group from 11 am till 3.45 pm Finale in School Jubilee Picnic (Bring your own) and Children’s Piñata from 4.30 pm in the school grounds Raffle Draw Spot Prizes for Fancy Dress - As much style, bling and Jubilee paraphernalia as you like Music, Magic & Romance to end the day Provided by northeast-based jazz trio, Gypsy Moon Closing Recitation by our very own Bard, Jim Anderson


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Shotley Bridge Olympic torch relay At 4pm on Saturday 16th June the Olympic torch relay will be passing through Shotley Bridge. The Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership. which organised the Victorian Christmas Spectacular, is inviting you to spend the afternoon in the village centre, prior to the torch’s arrival.  The village will be decorated with bunting and red, white & blue flowers. Primary School children dressed up in red, white & blue will be presented with a gold [chocolate] medal.  There will be flags for children to wave, but come early as there are limited numbers of these and the medals.   Then join in the fun of a family ‘Treasure Trail’ around the village centre.   St.Cuthbert’s Hall, Shotley Bridge Dance class for the more mature Wednesday 6 - 7 pm Pilates Thursday 7.30 - 8.30 pm Parents and Toddler Group Friday 9.30 am Book club Last Tuesday of the month, 2 - 4 pm. If you enjoy reading and would like to

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discuss books over a cup of tea, please join us. Summer Fair Saturday, 23rd June, 2 - 4 pm Telephone. Linda Short 01207 503750 Shotley Bridge Methodist Church Sunday Morning Worship   10:30am Sunday Evening Worship     6pm (1st Sunday Evening in month) Sunday School  10:30am Wesley Guild 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30pm Wednesday Group (ladies) 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7:30pm North West Durham Circuit Office Leadgate Methodist Church Tyne Avenue, Consett. Co. Durham. DH8 6ER 01207 593666 ST Cuthbert’s church what’s on Monday evenings Rainbows – 5pm Brownies and guides - 6pm Wednesday - Dance class for the more mature 6pm – 7pm Thursday Pilates 7.30pm – 8.30pm Friday morning

Toddlers 9.30am St John, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge Sunday Eucharist with hymns  This is the main service at St John’s each Sunday. The service is Common Worship Order 1 in contemporary language, The younger members of the community meet in the Church hall for the earlier part of the service. There is Sunday school for the younger members and ‘The Edge’ for those a little older. On the the first Sunday of the month we have a more informal Eucharist with our music group rather than the organ and more contribution from our younger members who are with the rest of us in church for the whole service.  Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Sunday Evening Service  This is a service in the evening of the first Sunday in the month. The format varies but it is sometimes Evening Prayer (BCP rite) or Compline (Common Worship). We sing BCP evensong 4 times a year. On certain

first Sundays during the year we hold ‘special’ services such as an All Souls remembrance service (November) and Reconciliation services at the start of Advent and during Lent. Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM Tuesday Eucharist  Midweek Eucharist - a quiet reflective said act of worship. Every first and third Tuesday at 7:30 PM for ½ hour Revd Dave Wood St John’s Vicarage Snods Edge Shotley Bridge Consett DH8 9TL Tel: (01207) 255 449

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Summers here!

Finally, some well-needed and long awaited sunshine is streaming through my office window as I write my column! Now that some fine weather has arrived, our attention turns outside with most of us mowing the lawn, planting out summer bedding, and arranging barbeques! But now is a good time to look at the outside of your property to see if there are any maintenance issues and repairs needed after winter. I have listed a few aspects that may need attention: The roof: Have a look at your roof to assess the condition of your tiles or slates. If any are broken, chipped or missing, then they need some attention. Check the ridge tiles all in place and bedded properly, and if there are any holes of missing cement to the verges, again these may need some minor repairs. Spending money now on minor repairs means that your roof covering will last longer and avoid the renewal of the whole roof, which can be very costly. Have a look in the loft to see if your underfelt is damaged, if there are any tears or holes in it then repairs should be carried out. You may not have

underfelt if you have an original slate roof. It is important to carry out these repairs to keep your roof weather tight for next winter. Is there any moss on the roof, if so this should be brushed off as it can fall into gutters causing them to overflow and also eventually cause blockages to the gulleys. Which leads on to… Gutters: Now is the time to check if your gutters are clear and free from debris. Moss, fallen leaves and weeds can all find their way into your gutters and can block them and cause water to overflow when it rains. Flat roofs: Flat roofs have a limited life expectancy of 10 – 15 years. This means that they don’t last forever! If you do have a single storey flat roof over a bay window, garage or outbuilding, have a look to see if there is any cracking, blistering, holes or standing water. If any of these signs are there on your roof it may be time to think about renewing it. These types of roofs can fail suddenly and can cause damage to timber and decorations should the leak. It is always best to replace the roof covering before it leaks. If standing water is present, on renewal your builder or roofing contractor may be able to raise one end of the roof to create a ‘fall’ to allow water to run off. Woodwork: If you have any timber doorframes, doors, windows or timber cladding then they may need

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Consett/Leadgate The Greyhound House On the hope that summer has finally arrived. Why don’t you have a couple of hours out on a Sunday afternoon with all the family? Northumberland Greyhound Rescue is taking part in The Great British Greyhound Walk on Tyne Green, Hexham on Sunday June 24 at 2pm. The walk is part of a large-scale national dog walking event that aims to raise the profile of rescued and retired (ex-racing) greyhounds, showing the world what beautiful companions these dogs make once off the track. The walk is open to everyone, you don’t have to book in advance, simply come along and join in whether you have your own greyhound/lurcher or not. Many of the dogs at Eads Bush re homing kennels will be there for all to see and stroke or why not take one for a “test-drive” to see for yourself what great family pets they make. Two dogs at Eads Bush need re homing. Vic is a big black friendly boy who has been in the kennels for some considerable time. He is 7 years old and

has an extra rib which does not affect him at all. He would make an ideal family pet. Alexis will be 4 year old in July. She is a lovely girl who walks well on the lead and is very gentle around other dogs although she is not cat friendly. She has a distinctive black eye marking. If you would like to adopt either of these dogs please ring Diane on 01434 673804 or check out the other dogs at northumberlandgreyhoundrescue.org.uk or northumberland.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk.

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Dave Liddle and John Olley – Countryside Rangers Start: Waskerley Station picnic area, Waskerley village, off Castleside to Stanhope road. DH8 9DZ. GR NZ051454 OS map 87, Explorer 307 Buses: No suitable service Tues 26 June Photography walk: Expedition to Jeffrey’s chimney 10.30am (3 hours) 4 miles MEDIUM Philip Nixon – Photographer Start: Minor road off B6278 Stanhope to Blanchland Road. DH8 9XB. GR NY964475 OS map 87, Explorer 307 Buses: No suitable service Bring a camera. Walk may be cancelled in heavy rain Tues 24 July Causey Arch and Beamish 10am (4.5 hours) 7 miles MEDIUM Mike Munro – Countryside Ranger Start: Causey Arch picnic area, on west side of A6076, near Stanley. NE16 5EJ. GR NZ205562 OS map 88, Explorer 308 Buses: Go North East x30, x31 to Causey Arch Inn, Bring a packed lunch 10 week starter computer course in September watch website for details   Mick Marston, Northern Regional Co-Ordinator Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens 21 Beech Grove, Blackhall Mill, Newcastle upon Tyne NE17 7TD Tel: 01207 562 317 Fax 01207 561 317  www.farmgarden.org.uk Registered in England as a Limited Company, No: 2011023 Registered Charity No: 294494 First Diocesan Festival The first Diocesan Festival will be held at the Youth Village from 29 June -1 July 2012. It will take the theme: “Go out with joy in your heart and make disciples of the whole world” and will make an ideal starting point for the Year of Faith proposed by Pope Benedict. The Festival starts on Friday 29

June. Arrivals from 5pm and Mass for Feast of Ss Peter and Paul 7pm with the Festival Opening Session at 8pm.  On Saturday 30 June there will be a keynote speech from John Battle – a former MP deeply involved in promoting communities and social justice. There will be a marketplace of displays and information about diocesan and other groups and “seminars” with speakers including Philip Roderick (founder of Quiet Garden Movement) and Steve Murray (mime artist and well-known speaker). There will be activities for children during the main sessions. The day will end with prayer and a social. On Sunday, John Battle will give another talk which will be followed by the Festival Mass, with Bishop Seamus presiding. (Bishop Seamus will be present throughout the Festival) Accommodation is in the Youth Village chalets (limited so book early!), camping, Minsteracres (limited) and local B&Bs. Day tickets are available. The Festival is free but a booking charge of £5 is requested with each booking form. We hope that you will be able to join others from around the Diocese to celebrate and learn more about our Faith. Youth Ministry Team Diocesan Youth Village Pemberton Rd. Consett, Allensford Co. Durham, DH8 9BA 01207 592244 admin@ymt.org Beamish Hall Summer Fete Address Beamish, Hall Beamish, DH9 0YB Telephone: +44 01207 233733 Email: fete@beamish-hall.co.uk http://www.beamish-hall.co.uk Short DescriptionA family day packed with entertainment and lots

to see and do. Prices Min Price 5 Max Price 5 Comments June 2012 Price Basis Per Ticket Type Adult 5 June 2012 Concession 3 June 2012 Per Ticket Type Event Dates Name June 2012 Start Date 17 June 2012 End Date 17 June 2012 Event Dates 17 June 2012 Name 17 June 2012 Start Date End Date 17 June 2012 Consett & VDN Field Club, Walk Schedule 2012 9th June ‘A’ walk at Ambleside and Scandale Pass; 10miles  ‘B’ walk;  5.5miles 23rd June ‘A’walk at Settle and Giggleswick; waterfalls; 10.5miles ‘B’ walk;  5miles. 7th July   ‘A’ walk at Cockermouth; Lords Seat, Broomfell & Greystones;  9.3miles ‘B’ walk at; riverside;  6miles. 21st July  ‘A’walk at Bowlees; High Force & Low Force; 12miles ‘B’walk; along streams and past waterfalls; 5.5miles 4th Aug    ‘A’walk at Grassington; Mossdale Scar; 11miles ‘B’walk; The Secret Valley. 6 miles. 18th Aug  ‘A’walk at Horton in Ribblesdale; Pen-y-ghent from Helwith Bridge ‘B’walk 5.5miles. 1st Sept  ‘A’walk at Grasmere; hilly; 10miles.  ‘B’walk at Elterwater; 6miles. 15th Sept  ‘A’walk at Criffel; Waterloo Monument, ascent to 1867ft. 10miles ‘B’walk; Dalshinnie Glen; 5.5miles. 29th Sept  ‘A’walk Kirby Lonsdale; Devils Bridge toBarbondale, 12.5miles. ‘B’walk;  6.5miles. 13th Oct   ‘A’walk at Staindrop & Little Newsham; 12miles ‘B’walk; riverside; 6miles. 27th Oct    ‘A’walk; Eglingham and Blawearie; 10miles; ‘B’walk; 6mile; meal at Marina Arms. Bookings to Kathleen Reavley 0191 3703187

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Edmundbuyers Colour Your Life Come and be creative...or at least try!!! Colour Your Life is the Arts on Prescription service funded by NHS County Durham. Leisureworks manages the North Hub which includes Derwentside. It aims to promote positive mental health and well-being through creative arts and crafts activities. An open arts studio runs every week all year for both adults and families along with outreach courses in the local community.   Workshops involve painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, design, mosaics, printing mixed media, creative writing…& much more! No experience necessary, go on give it a go!! The open arts studio currently runs every week: Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley Every Monday families only 16:00 – 17:30 Every Tuesday for adults 10:00 - 12:00 or 13:00 – 15:00 The Lodge, Consett & Blackhill Park, Consett Every Wednesday for adults 10:30 – 12:30 or 13:00 – 15:00 Every Thursday family only 15:30 – 17:00 *June & July workshops features mixed textiles, mosaics and printing* Outreach courses coming up in various visual arts at Sunderland Bridge studio, Durham and Millhouse Court, Durham City To register for workshop places or find out more contact 01207 218 852 or colouryourlife@ leisureworks.net (inclusion criteria applies, self referrals welcome.) Check out the latest summer holiday activities and other programmes at Lamplight Arts Centre on www. leisureworks.net events and visit Facebook - Colour

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A691 near Lanchester). DH7 0RJ. GR NZ133485 OS map 88, Explorer 307, Buses: No suitable service Bring a packed lunch Thurs 21 June - Butterflies on the Waskerley Way 10.30am (3 hours) 4 miles EASY Dave Liddle – Countryside Ranger Start: Waskerley Station picnic area, Waskerley village, off Castleside to Stanhope road. DH8 9DZ. GR NZ051454 OS map 87, Explorer 307 Buses: No suitable service, Bring a packed lunch Fri 22 June Moth Night: Moths on brownfield sites 10pm – midnight We’ll be running a moth trap to find brownfield moths and experts will be on hand to show you these, often under-rated, creatures. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a torch Chapman’s Well Local Nature Reserve. Park at lay-by 300 metres south of Morrison Busty depot on the A6078/Lanchester Road, Annfield Plain. DH9 7ZW. GR NZ173504 £4 per person, no need to book. For more info contact Durham County Council’s Countryside Service on 0191 372 9100 or www.durham.gov.uk/countryside

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Serving the medieval village of Blanchland since the mid 19th Century For over 150 years, the Post Office has been at the hub of village life in Blanchland. Located within the old Gatehouse of the 12th Century Abbey, the building is steeped in history with the white Victorian post box being one of only three in the country. Complimenting the Post Office, the shop provides newspapers and magazines, ice creams (both from the freezer and from the soft ‘whippy’ ice cream machine), traditional sweets, jams and chutneys, biscuits, fudges, gifts and basic provisions. It’s also a good place to find out what’s happening in and around the village. The last five incumbents at the Post Office still live in the village or nearby. Hilda Askew became postmistress in 1955 and held the post for an astonishing 34 years. She was followed by Andrea Hodgson, Kath Lennon, Jacqui & Ian Dart and in 2011, Shaun & Sally Kelly took the helm. After many years of visiting the village, Shaun, Sally and son Jake have made the move from Whickham, Tyne & Wear to make Blanchland their home and hope to provide the excellent, friendly service that all the previous postmasters and postmistresses have given over the years. Come along, say hello and visit our beautiful village.

A cure for chronic staph/MRSA? After a family member had a brush with a potentially life threatening ‘hospital infection’ (thankfully nothing came of it), I researched everything I could get my hands on to find out more about staph infections and what you can do about getting rid of them? Firstly, staphylococcus aureas (staph) is a bacteria found almost everywhere. MRSA is multi-drug resistant form of staph which makes it very difficult to treat since it is so resistant to so many antibiotics and penicillin, which is why it has earned the iniquitous title of “Superbug”. So what do you do if you acquire MRSA and antibiotics are not working? According to recent trials at the University of East London, patients who have suffered for years with draining infected MRSA wounds have been successfully treated after a course of garlic pills and creams. So far, more than 250 people have been successfully treated. Not just any garlic supplement was used but one that preserves the active ingredient in garlic, allicin. Historically Garlic has been used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Roman and Chinese to treat all types of infections, its use dating back over 5000 years. As recently as World War 2, garlic saved thousands of lives by protecting open wounds from getting infected. Even Louis Pasteur studied the strong antibacterial properties of garlic in

1858. Currently there are over 2000 studies on the antibacterial qualities of garlic. Garlic is highly effective against the most resistant forms of MRSA because the herb is too complex chemically for the bacteria to become resistant to it. Medicinal grade garlic products containing stabilised allicin have excellent potency against difficult infections, however most garlic products on the market are not in the stabilised form, so use due diligence when buying an allicin containing garlic supplement. Garlic has a very safe track record; however with anything ingested there is always the possibility of an adverse reaction. Excess garlic can hinder blood clotting and you need to use it carefully if you are taking blood thinning agents, are scheduled for surgery, delivering a baby or taking certain anti- HIV drugs. Saying that, reactions with antibiotic use include: dehydration, allergic reactions, organ dysfunction, weakened immune system, gastro-intestinal upset, overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria and candida, and antibiotic resistance. Penicillin type antibiotics have been documented to cause staph bacteria to form L-forms, which lie dormant in the body for months or years. L-forms can eventually revert to their original form and cause re-infection. So, if they are doing studies in London and finding a successful treatment, it rather begs the question of why they are not doing it here. I think the answer is financial. With all things natural it’s rather difficult for pharmaceutical companies to make money out of it. An example of what I’m talking about here involves another natural product called Curaderm, a 100% cure for non melanoma skin cancer, but who’s ever heard of it? Yet, it has been researched in a London hospital with a 100% success rate. I am living proof it works and what’s more I still have a nose.

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Slaley Spring has run its course and those lazy, hazy days of summer are with us. With long, light, balmy evenings and short northern nights we have more time to get out and about to either enjoy our fabulous countryside or indulge in our summer passions. Or so we hope - it has been known to rain in the summer. Summer rain can be a delight in small doses. For photographs including the landscape it can clear away the summer haze and intensify the colours of the world around us giving brighter photographs. Rain drops on flowers can add that extra bit of sparkle and interest to a close up picture. Summer to me has three distinct phases. Early summer still has the freshness of spring with vibrant greens and coloured flora. As the freshness disappears the grasses begin to lose their greenness yielding yellows and golds to the predominant green. Finally the late summer landscape begins to look worn and ragged. At times summer submits to an almost uniform green so it is important to look for colour. Flowers are obvious sources of colour and it is a great time to photograph your friends and family. Continuing my theme of how to improve p i c t u r e s t h r o u g h composition we will look at framing a subject or scene. There

this you need the tripod’s c o n s t a n t companion – the cable release; this means that you do not have to even touch the camera, and possibly move it, to fire the shutter. With landscape and other subjects in photography it allows you to set up the camera for a picture and then wait for the ideal conditions to occur before taking that picture e.g. waiting for the clouds to get into the right position for the perfect composition of a landscape. I use a tripod almost all the time and I am so used to carrying it that I don’t even think about it. If you see big enlargements of my pictures you will see how incredibly sharp they are.

are two aspects to framing within a picture. One is looking through an archway, under a bridge, an avenue of trees etc to draw attention to the main subject. The picture of Hexham Abbey and the Market Place very clearly shows the way that this technique can add to a picture. The second is to partially frame a picture to contain interest within the picture. This is demonstrated by the branches and leaves in the picture of Haydon Bridge.

Enjoy your summer photography. On 23rd of May I will be running a one day course on HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. It promises to be an enjoyable day – if you would like to go on that day ring Colin Galloway on 01434 344277.

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Summer Events in Kielder Water & Forest Park Information about events can be found at www.visitkielder.com or by calling 01434 220 616. All events take place in Kielder Water & Forest Park during June or July. FAMILY AND GENERAL EVENTS - JUNE 10 June SHARP SHOOTERS DAY AT CALVERT TRUST KIELDER Test your aiming skills on our laser clay pigeon and archery ranges. Age 5+.Time: Anytime between 10am and 4pm. Call: 01434 250 232. Cost: £20 per person (30 clays & 15 arrows) Saturday 9 June BAT NIGHT Head out into the dusk with bat detectors and an expert leader. Time: 9:30pm – 11pm Call: 01434 240 902 or 07720 053 724 (booking essential) Cost : £10 adults, £8 concessions 27 June HIGH ROPES DAYS AT CALVERT TRUST KIELDER Tackle the hanging cargo net, sprint along the swinging logs, make it across the balancing beams. Be brave, take the leap of faith. Age 5+. Anytime between 10am and 4pm Call: 01434 250 232 Cost: £10 per person 29 June SWING AND CLIMB DAYS AT CALVERT TRUST KIELDER Fly through the air on the brilliant King Swing or conquer our mighty indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. Time: Drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm Call: 01434 250 232 (booking not required) Cost: £10 per activity per person (two turns)

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HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE JUNE - Sat 2 and Fri15 JULY - Fri 13 and Sat 21 Mankind’s space telescope orbits Earth transmitting mind-blowing images and making incredible discoveries. Includes expert discussion. Time: 8pm – 11pm Cost: Adults £10, concessions £8, family £27

SUMMER SOLSTICE Wednesday 20 June Watch the sun rise on the longest day of the year. 2am – 6am. Cost: Adults £8, concessions £7, family £22

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PUBLIC OBSERVING NIGHT JUNE - Wednesday 13 & JULY - Wednesday 18 Learn about Kielder’s incredible dark skies. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. 8pm – 11pm. Adults £8, concessions £6, family £22

Sunday 17 June JUNE NORDIC WALK Join us on a 10km Nordic walk and explore the beautiful Park. Age 16+. Time: 10am – 1pm Call: 01434 250 462 (booking essential) Cost: £12 per person (£7 with own poles)

Every Monday in July WATER DAY AT CALVERT TRUST KIELDER Try canoeing or kayaking on the beautiful Kielder Water – great for beginners. Age 5+. Anytime between 10am and 4pm. Call: 01434 250 232 (booking not required) Cost: £10 per person (half hour session)

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AURORA NIGHT JUNE - Friday 1, Sunday 3, Saturday 16 and Friday 29 - JULY - Saturday 14 and Friday 20 Northern Lights! What are they, how do we see them? Learn the scientific explanations for the aurora, tour the Observatory and use the telescopes. Time: 8pm – 11pm. Cost: Adults £10, concessions £8, family £27

TRANSIT OF VENUS Wednesday 6 June Once in a lifetime opportunity to see Venus transit across the sun. Time: 3:30am – 6am Cost: Cost: Adults £8, concessions £7, family £22

SHARP SHOOTERS DAY AT CALVERT TRUST KIELDER Test your aiming skills on our laser clay pigeon and archery ranges. Age 5+. Time: Anytime between 10am and 4pm. Call: 01434 250 232 (booking not required) Cost: £20 per person (includes 30 clays and 15 arrows)

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Tuesdays 24 and 31July WORKING FOREST OPEN DAYS Find out what goes on behind the scenes in one of Europe’s largest planted forests on this fascinating minibus tour. A chance to get up close with some truly monster machines that can fell and cut to length a tree in under a minute. Time: 2pm – 4:30pm Call: 01434 250 209 (booking essential) Cost: £10 per person Events at Kielder Observatory. Booking essential for all events via www.kielderobservatory.org

Sunday 17 June WATERAID PAIRS 3RD HEAT Fly fishing pairs event on Kielder Water. Age 17+. Time: 10am – 5pm Call: 01434 251 000 (booking essential) Cost: £72 per pair

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THE UNIVERSE Friday 22 June and Friday 6 July The big questions answered! Tour the facility and use the telescopes to gaze into space. Time: 8pm – 11pm Cost: Adults £10, concessions £8, family £27 FAMILY ASTRONOMY Saturday 23 June and Saturday 7 July Family friendly astronomy session that finishes early so the little ones don’t get too tired. 6:30pm – 9pm. Cost: Adults £8, concessions £7, family £22 STARGAZING INTRO Saturday 30 June. Discover the night sky and learn about the constellations. Use binoculars and our telescopes to stargaze like a professional. Time: 8pm – 11pm. Cost: Adults £10, concessions £9, family £27 NIGHTWATCH SPECIAL – FULL MOON Tuesday 3 July Watch a full moon rise over Kielder Water & Forest Park and explore its craters, mountains and seas with our powerful telescopes.Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm Cost: Adults £10, concessions £9, family £27

Every Friday in July SWING AND CLIMB DAY AT CALVERT TRUST KIELDER Fly through the air on the brilliant King Swing or conquer our mighty indoor climbing wall. Age 5+. Anytime between 10am and 4pm Call: 01434 250 232. Cost: £10 per activity per person

HOW THE SUN WORKS Monday 23 July Build a solar oven out of tin foil and a pizza box: it will reach temperatures of 240C. Learn about how the sun works and see it for yourself through our solar telescope. Time: 2pm – 5pm. Cost: £10, family £27

Sunday 1 July INTRODUCTION TO NORDIC POLE WALKING Boost your 2012 health and fitness program by trying out the latest walking technique and explore the beautiful Park. Age 16+. Time: 10am – 1pm Call: 01434 250 462 (booking essential) Cost: £12 per person

ROCKETS Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 July Discover what rockets are, build your own, learn how it works and take it home with you! Time: 2pm – 5pm Cost: Single tickets £10, family £27

Sunday 8 July JULY NORDIC WALK Join us on a 10km Nordic walk and explore the beautiful Park. Age 16+. Time: 10am – 1pm Call: 01434 250 462 (booking essential)

SHOOTING STARS Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July The Delta Aquarids meteor shower peaks tonight. Use the telescopes and see shooting stars for yourself. 8pm – 11pm. Adults £10, concessions £8, family £27

MOUNTAIN BIKING EVENTS RIDING SKILLS LEVEL ONE Saturday 9 June & Saturday 7 July This course is ideal for those new to mountain biking and will equip you with good core skills to improve your riding and increase your confidence. Age 16+. Time: 10am – 4pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk. Cost: £79 per person RIDING SKILLS LEVEL TWO Sunday 10 June & Sunday 15 July Develop new techniques to increase confidence and learn to successfully ride the majority of natural cross country and purpose built trails in the UK. Age 16+. 10am – 4pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@ purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) £79 person JUNIOR RIDING SKILLS LEVEL ONE Saturday 2 June & Saturday 21 July This course is ideal for kids new to mountain biking and will equip them with good core skills to improve their riding and increase confidence. Ages 9 - 16. 10am – 1pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@ purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) £35 per child JUNIOR RIDING SKILLS LEVEL TWO Sunday 3 June & Sunday 22 July Develop new techniques to increase confidence and learn to successfully ride the majority of natural cross country and purpose built trails in the UK. Age 9 – 16. 10am – 1pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@ purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) Cost: £35 per child JUNIOR FREERIDE SKILLS SESSION JUNE - Wed 6 and Sun 17 JULY - Wed 11 and 25 For advanced, regular riders. Learn skills for jumps and drops as well as riding North Shore and skinnies. Age 9 – 16. Time: 2pm – 4pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) Cost: £25 per child GUIDED EVENING BIKE RIDE JUNE - Thurs 7 and 21 & JULY - Thurs 5 and 26 Discovering forest trails with a Purple Mountain guide as evening falls is a unique experience and not to be missed. Bike hire is available or you can bring your own. Age 16+. Time: 7pm – 9pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential). Cost: £10 per person FAMILY EVENING RIDE Thursday 19 July A Purple Mountain guided ride for all the family. Venturing into the forest as evening falls is a unique experience and not to be missed. Bike hire is also available or you can ride your own bike. Ages 9+. Time: 7pm – 9pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) Cost: £10 per person WOMEN’S RIDING SKILLS LEVEL ONE Saturday 16 June & Sunday 8 July This course is ideal for women who are new to mountain biking and will equip you with good core skills to improve your riding and increase your confidence. Age 16+. 10am – 4pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) Cost: £79 per person WOMEN’S RIDING SKILLS LEVEL TWO Saturday 23 June & Saturday 14 July Develop new techniques to increase confidence and learn to successfully ride the majority of natural cross country and purpose built trails in the UK. Age 16+. Time: 10am – 4pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) Cost: £79 per person STEEP AND ROCKY – ADVANCED SKILLS Friday 13 July An advanced course aimed at developing existing skills and techniques. This course looks to improve the riders’ technical ability when riding steep and rocky terrain. Age 16+. Time: 10am – 1pm. Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk (booking essential) Cost: £39 per person FAST AND FLOWING Friday 20 July Develop cornering technique and learn about line choice and carrying speed. Learn how to build momentum on descents and how to tackle small jumps smoothly with control. Age 16+. Time: 10am – 1pm Call: 01434 250 532 or email kielder@purplemountain. co.uk (booking essential) Cost: £39 per person

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Nr Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 6BG Tel: 01207 541820 Every Saturday Tai Chi in the Park 11am – 12pm Every Saturday all year, discover the ancient art of Tai Chi in a tranquil natural setting. This is a great way to relax the mind and body. Wear something loose and stretchy i.e. comfortable t-shirt and jogging pants. £5 per lesson FREE Saturday 2 – Monday 4 June also 11 – 13 August Family Camping Weekend 9am – 8pm Give the kids a taste of the wild in the heart of Gibside’s landscape garden. Pitch your tent for three days and two nights of family adventure and activities. £50 per pitch including games, bushcraft activities and live music. Booking Essential! Tel: 01207 541820 Arrival - Please arrive on site between 9am and 11am on the 2 June 2012. Upon arrival, campers will be directed to park in Green Close Field. Saturday 2 & 16 June (first and third Saturday every month) Food & Craft Market 10am – 4pm Tasty seasonal produce and high quality crafts from local farmers and producers on the first and third Saturday every month. Enjoy a range of food, drink and craft stalls, plus tasting and cooking demos. Free entry! Dogs on leads. Tel: 01207 541820 Sunday 3 June Gibside Chapel 1.30pm – 3.45pm Enjoy a local singer and pianist play in Gibside’s grand Georgian Chapel followed by a traditional Anglican service (3pm). Free entry! Booking not needed, Tel: 01207 541820 for further details Sunday 3 June Anglican Service 3pm – 4pm Traditional Anglican service in Gibside’s grand Georgian Chapel on the first Sunday of every month. Free entry! Stairclimber available. Suitable For Families. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Booking not needed Tel: 01207 541820 Saturday 2 - Friday 8 June June Half Term Fun! 11am – 3pm Free family activities and outdoor escapades every day of half term. Join us for Foodie Tuesday, Wildlife Wednesday, Adventure Thursday and Fab Friday. Gibside tours. Free 6, 9, 21 & 23 June Gibside Health Walks 11am – 12noon Join our ongoing programme of health walks on the first Wednesday and the third Thursday of each month. Exercise at an easy pace with a friendly group and the support of specially trained volunteers whilst exploring Gibside. All are welcome. Tel: 01207 541820 Sunday 10 & Saturday 16 June Wildlife Gardening Workshop – Organic Gardening 10am – 1pm Hands-on workshop with our conservation team, offers simple advice on how to make your garden a great place for wildlife. BE Tel: 01207 541820 Free

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Sundays 10 & 24 June Music in the Park Grand Launch 1pm – 4pm Perfect picnicking and live music on the Avenue every fortnight all summer. 2012’s programme includes brass, steel, folk and jazz bands. Free Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June Open Farm Weekend 11am – 3pm Explore behind the scenes at Gibside’s very own hill top farm for animals, live music, historic machinery, family challenges, fantastic local food and far-reaching views. Free Sunday 17 June Music in the Chapel 2pm – 3pm Enjoy the fantastic acoustics of Gibside Chapel for live music from local performers and choirs inspired by a seasonal theme on the third Sunday of every month. Booking not needed, Tel: 01207 541820 for further details Friday 22 June Midsummer’s Night Hog Roast 6.30pm – 9pm Enjoy the long summer nights with free entry to Gibside for an evening wander, hog roast and outdoor music from a local band. Saturday 23 June Gibside’s Military Connections Guided Tour 11am – 3pm Uncover Gibside’s military connections guided tour of our estate’s bullet holes and bunkers before trying some wartime rations in the Potting Shed Café! Free Sunday 24 June (every fourth Sunday) Wildflower Ramble with a Ranger 2.30pm – 4pm (end time may vary) Join our Conservation Ranger on a wander through the meadows and woodlands to see the array of summer wildflowers, and the insects that feed on them. Free Sundays 1 & 15 July Music in the Chapel 2pm – 3pm Enjoy the fantastic acoustics of Gibside Chapel for live music from local performers and choirs inspired by a seasonal theme on the third Sunday of every month. Free Saturdays 7 & 21 July Gibside Food & Craft Market 10am – 4pm Tasty seasonal produce and high quality crafts from local farmers and producers on the first and third Saturday every month. Enjoy a range of food, drink and craft stalls, plus tasting and cooking demos. Free entry! Sunday 8 July Gibside Roses Day 2pm – 3pm end time may vary. Discover Gibside’s historic collection of Roses on a guided walk through the restored Victorian shrubbery and rose beds with our Head Gardener. Wednesday 11 July Outdoor Theatre: Mid-Summer Nights Dream 7pm – 10pm Enjoy this classic Shakespearean romantic comedy in front of Gibside’s Palladian chapel. Join playful fairies, star-crossed lovers and raucous travelling players for a magical summer evening of entertainment from Chapter House Theatre Company. Booking Essential - Adult - £13.50, Child - £7.50, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) - £38.00. BE Tel: 01207 541820 Sundays 8 & 22 July Music in the Park Grand Launch 1am 4pm Perfect picnicking and live music on the Avenue every fortnight all summer. 2012’s programme includes brass, steel, folk and jazz bands. Free

Saturday 21 July North East Paranormal Investigations at Gibside 9pm – 12 midnight Night time walk in search of spirits from Gibside’s past and other unexplained phenomenon. Booking Essential £25 per person. BE Tel: 01207 541820 Saturday 21 July Family Cycle Day 10am – 3pm Bring your bikes and helmets, or hire them from us, for a once a year chance to go for a gentle cycle ride around Gibside’s woods. Sunday 22 July Ramble with a Ranger 2.30 – 4pm end time may vary. Every fourth Sunday of the month join one of Gibside’s conservation Rangers on a different interactive ramble into the heart of the estate. Each month enjoy a seasonal focus on Gibside’s unique flora and fauna including roe deer, grass snakes, wild flowers and red kites. From 23 July – 31 August Summer Holiday Family Fun! Free family activities and outdoor adventures every Monday to Friday. Don’t miss: • Explorer Mondays: orienteering, storytelling or natural crafts • Foodie Tuesdays: veg head competitions, seed planting and the Food Trail • Wildlife Wednesdays: bracken-whacking, rhodi-bashing, bird-ringing or ponddipping • Adventure Thursdays: den-building, making campfires and toasting marshmallows • Fab Fridays: water fights, frisbee golf and Gibside Sports Day. www.nationatrust.org. uk/gibside for more details Saturday 28 July Gibside Bows 11am – 4pm See the historic pursuit of Long Bow archery - made popular by the aristocracy in the 18th century - brought to life in front of Gibside Hall by the Gibside Bows.

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