Berwick Upon Tweed

Other News

From time to time, non-U3A news or events happening in and around Berwick upon Tweed that you may find of interest will be posted here.

Grandparents wanted for TV programme!
A television company called Shiver Productions are developing a new television programme for a major broadcaster. They are looking for vibrant, fun and outgoing grandparents who may be interested in our project, and who have 3 or more adult (18+) grandchildren who they would like to spend more time with.

Many grandparents reportedly only see their grandchildren on average twice a year, it’s not surprising the two generations often know little about each other’s lives. In the programme, grandparents will spend one-on-one time with their multiple grandchildren in an attempt to get to know them better and see if they can offer any help. Along the way they will learn about the pressures their grandchildren face, the lifestyle choices they make, their hopes for the future and what, if anything, is standing in their way of achieving them. Our programme will allow grandparents to share their knowledge, advice and practical help while learning more about the lives, hopes and aspirations of their grandchildren. It should be a fantastic opportunity.

Filming for the programme will take place this year; this is the initial casting stage and we are only hoping to speak to people over the phone. If you are selected to be on the programme our Production team will arrange all the logistics for you!

For more information please contact Grace Dunsby on 0207 157 4588 or email at

Peregrini projects ongoing legacy
A number of our members have been involved with Peregrini Lindisfarne. Although the projects have now finished, there is a lasting legacy. One of which is educational boxes, consisting of reproduced historical objects that can be borrowed for talks etc.

Willow sculptures were also made and placed around Holy Island. These are presently in winter storage, but will be in-situ next spring and Martin Rowell has some leaflets for those that are interested. If you would like to see the archaeological dig sites. then he would be very happy to show you around; there is one at Cocklawburn, and three on Holy Island.

There is a link to their website at the top of the page.

Morris Dancing
Anyone from the U3A interested? If so just contact any of the following : Charlie:01890 818073 - Judith: 01289 388501 - Andrea: 01668 219673
Apparently its a good way of keeping fit. They say it was founded in 1992, and based in Allanton. They pride themselves on their unique dance repertoire. Dances are inspired by the local area, and so is some of the music used, thus forming a new Scottish Border Tradition of Morris Dance.
New members, whether dancers or musicians, are ALWAYS most welcome. Age and experience doesn't matter - everybody had to start at some time!
Practice season is September to the end of April, on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm - 9.15pm, in Allanton Village Hall, followed by a drink in the pub. The side dances out at various pubs/venues around the Borders/N. Northumberland from May Day (at dawn) until the end of August.

BEA - Berwick Educational Association
The Association runs courses and day schools covering a variety of subjects, from the poetry of the First World War, to local history, geology and archaeology. The courses are classroom based and some involve local field trips.
The courses are open to everyone and most are aimed at the complete beginner. A link to their website is on the right.

See the link at the top of the page to the new Freegle in Berwick website - set up by one of our members as a forum for giving away unwanted usable items rather than disposing of them at the tip. You can also search the site to see if someone is giving away something you could use. Items must be free, legal, and usable by anyone.

Walking for Health
With John Bamford. This is not a U3A group but is run by a U3A member, and all are welcome. Meet at The Maltings Arts Centre steps at 1.30pm every Wednesday. Walks around the town and surrounding areas range from about three quarters of an hour to an hour and a half. Just turn up, or for more information, contact John on 01289 302559.

With Joan Tait - Another non-U3A group, run by Joan (who runs the U3A Whist group) and all are welcome. The group meets at King James' Court in West Street at 1.30pm every Saturday. Tuition is available. Tea and biscuits are provided. For further information contact: Joan Tait: telephone 01289 305160.