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Stuart Culley of Costain Construction talked to the members about the ongoing works at Testo's Roundabout on the A19.
He explained how the proposed alterations to the existing road layout will benefit road users in the near future.
As work progresses various road closures will be necessary to allow construction to take place.
Some of the new slip roads are already in use with more to come in the near future.
There will be special access to and from Nissan to enable smooth running for their requirements, although the public will also be able to use this route.
After the talk members were invited to raise any concerns with Stuart and he undertook to act on the points brought up.
Mike Falcus gave the vote of thanks and the audience showed their appreciation.


On Wednesday 12 February, we will be closing the eastbound A184 between White Mare Pool and Testo’s roundabout. It would be worth noting that this road closure will allow us to put out the traffic management for a lane closure on the A184, as further work is needed to complete the water mains diversion. We will be monitoring traffic through this area, however, it would be worth noting that some delays are expected. We would apologise in advance for any disruption caused.

Stuart Culley, Community Engagement Manager
A19 Testo’s Junction and Downhill Lane junction improvements
Costain Limited, Project Offices, West Pastures, Off Newcastle Road,
West Boldon, Tyne and Wear, NE36 0BG

Mobile: 07552 404 892




Beacon is a computerised membership recording system recommended by the Third Age Trust.

It is centrally based allowing Membership Secretaries, Group Coordinators, Group Leaders, access to the system from their own computers.

Bede of Jarrow is adopting the system with effect from 1st APRIL 2020.

Members will be able to access their own record, ensuring that their personal contact details are correctly recorded in the system.

Access is via the Member Portal.(SEE "LINKS" ON THIS PAGE)

Further information will be released nearer the effective date.



Would all Group Leaders please note that any problems they might encounter in their normal duties should be brought to the attention of the appointed Group Coordinator, Rod Gillies.



Forthcoming Speakers


March 2ndDr. Joanna BathTales of the Tyne
May 11thMatthew HendersonRemaking Beamish
June 1stRosemary Tarbit (Tyne and Wear Fire Service)Fire Safety etc
July 6thAlix DaviesDogs for Good
August3rdNancy Radcliffe5 Ways to Cheer You Up
September 7thAndy CollinsSecrets of Lewis Carrol's Places
October 5thColin FrancisTimeless Theatre
November 2ndGiles RadcliffeFirst World War Stories for Remembrance Day
December 7thJimmy PowellFamous Faces



If you have any suggestions to make that you feel would enhance our U3A, perhaps YOU have an idea for a new group or for an outing to a special place?

Please approach any Committee member with your ideas/suggestions.


It has been suggested that the U3A start a GOLF GROUP.
If you wish to be involved in this, no matter if you are a novice or a seasoned player, please see Roy Unsworth or Mike Falcus to register your interest.



Do you know of any member of our U3A who is ill, in hospital or recovering from an operation?

lf so, please let Ann Risebrough, Almoner, 0191 483 4348 know in order that she may take steps to contact them.



The Committee wish to advise all members that Bede of Jarrow U3A are fully complying with the new GDPR regulations which came into force on May 25th 2018.
This was reviewed in May 2019 and any changes required acted upon.