Bishop Auckland & District


Many of our events are group based and follow a regular pattern of meetings or activities including Bridge, Current Affairs, French, Italian, Reading, Spanish, String Bank, 10-pin Bowling, and Walking Cricket (summer only). You will find more details about each of these on the respective group page and also on the calendar. This page provides new or additional information about planned events or information about irregular events so please check back often to see what is new.

We have now had several monthly meetings in the Town Hall so we are getting back to some semblance of normality. Please view details of the monthly meetings and the 2022 Speaker programme from the Welcome page. We shall having our AGM as usual in October before the monthly meeting. A number of committee members will be standing down and nominations for new committee members will be requested so please start giving some thought to this. Further away is the December Monthly Meeting which is always held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month rather than the 3rd Tuesday. This is because we usually have our group Christmas Party on that day. It is too early to know what will be happening in December but announcements will be made on this page as more information becomes available.

***STOP PRESS*** The Bridge Club is resuming meeting from 28th January.

The Theatre Group is back with several performances already outlooked for 2022. Please see the group page for more information.

***NEW*** The Local History group have talks planned for the first part of 2022.

***NEW*** The Garden Visits group have 8 visits planned for 2022.

***NEW*** The Science Engineering Technology group have events planned for 2022 including a joint residential trip with the Art & Architecture group.

***NEW*** Wildlife & Environment - Thursday, 3rd March there will be a talk on Seascapes. Escomb Village Hall 10.00 for 10.30 start.

***NEW*** Wildlife & Environment - Tuesday, 22nd March there will be a talk on the Brightwater Project. Escomb Village Hall 10.00 for 10.30 start.

***NEW*** 20th February 2022 The Sunday Lunch Group will be at The Bay Horse, 42 South Side, Middridge, Newton Aycliffe DL5 7JD. The last date to book a place for this lunch is Friday, 11th February.

The Art & Architecture group plan a Study Visit to Bath Sunday 24th April to Wednesday 27th April 2022. More details on the group page.

Dates for your Diary
February 2022
Thu Feb 3rdArt & ArchitectureA talk by John Findlay entitled "Painting Squints and Squinting Painters"
Fri Feb 11thLocal HistoryTim Brown: “From Bishop to Baltimore via Brooklyn”
Tue Feb 15thMeeting'Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team' by Steve Owers
Sun Feb 20thSunday Lunch GroupThe Bay Horse, 42 South Side, Middridge, Newton Aycliffe DL5 7JD at 12 for 12.30. Last date to book a place Friday, 11th February.
March 2022
Thu Mar 3rdScience, Engineering & TechnolDiscovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Thu Mar 3rdWildlife and EnvironmentWildlife Group talk on Seascapes. Escomb Village Hall 10.00 for 10.30 start.
Tue Mar 8thTheatre VisitsTheatre Royal, Newcastle to see "Waitress"
Fri Mar 11thLocal HistoryFrances Wilson: “Victorian Death”
Tue Mar 15thMeeting'Tudor Sculptural Adornment at Auckland Castle' by Andrew Ferrara
Sun Mar 20thSunday Lunch GroupThomas Wright House, High St, Byers Green, Bishop Auckland DL16 7PF. 12 for 12.30 as usual. Last date to book a place Friday, 11th March. .
Tue Mar 22ndWildlife and EnvironmentA talk on the Brightwater Project at Escomb Village Hall 10 for 10.30 start.
Fri Mar 25thGarden VisitsBirkheads Secret Gardens - car share
April 2022
Tue Apr 5thTheatre VisitsTheatre Royal, Newcastle 'Nutcracker'
Fri Apr 8thLocal HistoryVal Scully: “The people’s History of Gibside”. Garden Visits members can attend upon request.
Mon Apr 11thGarden VisitsRipley Castle & Gardens via coach. Walking groups welcome.
Wed Apr 13thTheatre VisitsTheatre Royal, Newcastle. "The Da Vinci Code"
Sun Apr 17thSunday Lunch GroupEaster Sunday - organised by Chris with details to follow.
Tue Apr 19thMeeting'Thicker than Water' by Pam Taylor
Thu Apr 21stScience, Engineering & TechnolWoodhorn Coal Mining Museum, Ashington, Northumberland
Sun Apr 24th
→Wed Apr 27th
Art & ArchitectureResidential 4-day Study Visit to Bath.
May 2022
Wed May 4thGarden VisitsAlnwick Castle & Water Gardens via coach. Walking groups welcome with possible Hulne Park walk.
Fri May 13thLocal HistoryAlan Ellwood: “The Shildon History Recall Society”
Sun May 15thSunday Lunch GroupThe Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH at 12 for 12.30. Last date to book a place Friday, 6th May.
Tue May 17thMeeting'Early Industry and Farming in County Durham' by Adrian Green
Tue May 24thWildlife and EnvironmentDetails to be confirmed after January planning meeting
June 2022
Mon Jun 6thGarden VisitsBelsay Hall, Castle, & Gardens via coach. Joint visit with the Local History group.
Sun Jun 19thSunday Lunch GroupOrganised by Pauline with details to follow.
Tue Jun 21stMeeting'The Story of the DLI and it’s Collection' by Carolyn Waterworth
Thu Jun 23rdScience, Engineering & TechnolSettle/Carlisle Railway & Ribblehead Viaduct
July 2022
Wed Jul 6thGarden VisitsBreezy Knees near York via coach.
Fri Jul 8thTheatre VisitsTheatre Royal, Newcastle. "The Book of Mormon"
Tue Jul 19thMeeting'The Spanish Gallery' by Morlin Ellis
August 2022
Wed Aug 3rdGarden VisitsHimalayan Garden & Sculpture Park via coach. Walking groups welcome.
Tue Aug 16thMeeting'Don’t shoot the messenger' by Peter Stemmer
Tue Aug 23rdWildlife and EnvironmentDetails to be confirmed after January planning meeting
September 2022
Mon Sep 5thGarden VisitsFountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens via coach. Walking groups welcome.
Tue Sep 20thMeeting'Building Belles' by Richard Pears
Sun Sep 25th
→Mon Sep 26th
Art & Architecture

The Falkirk Wheel Boat Lift/The Kelpies sculpture/Glasgow Transport Museum. Overnight at King Robert Hotel***, Stirling. Joint study trip with Science, Engineering, Technology group

Sun Sep 25th
→Mon Sep 26th
Science, Engineering & TechnolJoint study trip with Art & Architecture group.
October 2022
Tue Oct 18thMeeting'Pits, Pockmarks & Haggerleases - The story of Cockfield Fell' by Chris Lloyd
Thu Oct 20thScience, Engineering & TechnolEmbsay Steam Railway & Skipton Canal Cruise
November 2022
Tue Nov 15thMeeting'A Beginners Guide to the Universe' by Pete Edward
Tue Nov 22ndWildlife and EnvironmentDetails to be confirmed after January planning meeting
December 2022
Thu Dec 1stGarden VisitsGibside Christmas Garden - car share. Local History members welcome.
Tue Dec 13thMeetingString Band Christmas Concert