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.
UPCOMING NEW EVENTS - SEE ALSO THE SUMMARY CHART BELOW/DETAILS ALSO ON THE MAIN CALENDAR
***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|
|Thu Feb 3rd||Art & Architecture||A talk by John Findlay entitled "Painting Squints and Squinting Painters"|
|Fri Feb 11th||Local History||Tim Brown: “From Bishop to Baltimore via Brooklyn”|
|Tue Feb 15th||Meeting||'Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team' by Steve Owers|
|Sun Feb 20th||Sunday Lunch Group||The Bay Horse, 42 South Side, Middridge, Newton Aycliffe DL5 7JD at 12 for 12.30. Last date to book a place Friday, 11th February.|
|Thu Mar 3rd||Science, Engineering & Technol||Discovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Thu Mar 3rd||Wildlife and Environment||Wildlife Group talk on Seascapes. Escomb Village Hall 10.00 for 10.30 start.|
|Tue Mar 8th||Theatre Visits||Theatre Royal, Newcastle to see "Waitress"|
|Fri Mar 11th||Local History||Frances Wilson: “Victorian Death”|
|Tue Mar 15th||Meeting||'Tudor Sculptural Adornment at Auckland Castle' by Andrew Ferrara|
|Sun Mar 20th||Sunday Lunch Group||Thomas 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 22nd||Wildlife and Environment||A talk on the Brightwater Project at Escomb Village Hall 10 for 10.30 start.|
|Fri Mar 25th||Garden Visits||Birkheads Secret Gardens - car share|
|Tue Apr 5th||Theatre Visits||Theatre Royal, Newcastle 'Nutcracker'|
|Fri Apr 8th||Local History||Val Scully: “The people’s History of Gibside”. Garden Visits members can attend upon request.|
|Mon Apr 11th||Garden Visits||Ripley Castle & Gardens via coach. Walking groups welcome.|
|Wed Apr 13th||Theatre Visits||Theatre Royal, Newcastle. "The Da Vinci Code"|
|Sun Apr 17th||Sunday Lunch Group||Easter Sunday - organised by Chris with details to follow.|
|Tue Apr 19th||Meeting||'Thicker than Water' by Pam Taylor|
|Thu Apr 21st||Science, Engineering & Technol||Woodhorn Coal Mining Museum, Ashington, Northumberland|
|Sun Apr 24th|
→Wed Apr 27th
|Art & Architecture||Residential 4-day Study Visit to Bath.|
|Wed May 4th||Garden Visits||Alnwick Castle & Water Gardens via coach. Walking groups welcome with possible Hulne Park walk.|
|Fri May 13th||Local History||Alan Ellwood: “The Shildon History Recall Society”|
|Sun May 15th||Sunday Lunch Group||The 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 17th||Meeting||'Early Industry and Farming in County Durham' by Adrian Green|
|Tue May 24th||Wildlife and Environment||Details to be confirmed after January planning meeting|
|Mon Jun 6th||Garden Visits||Belsay Hall, Castle, & Gardens via coach. Joint visit with the Local History group.|
|Sun Jun 19th||Sunday Lunch Group||Organised by Pauline with details to follow.|
|Tue Jun 21st||Meeting||'The Story of the DLI and it’s Collection' by Carolyn Waterworth|
|Thu Jun 23rd||Science, Engineering & Technol||Settle/Carlisle Railway & Ribblehead Viaduct|
|Wed Jul 6th||Garden Visits||Breezy Knees near York via coach.|
|Fri Jul 8th||Theatre Visits||Theatre Royal, Newcastle. "The Book of Mormon"|
|Tue Jul 19th||Meeting||'The Spanish Gallery' by Morlin Ellis|
|Wed Aug 3rd||Garden Visits||Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park via coach. Walking groups welcome.|
|Tue Aug 16th||Meeting||'Don’t shoot the messenger' by Peter Stemmer|
|Tue Aug 23rd||Wildlife and Environment||Details to be confirmed after January planning meeting|
|Mon Sep 5th||Garden Visits||Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Gardens via coach. Walking groups welcome.|
|Tue Sep 20th||Meeting||'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 & Technol||Joint study trip with Art & Architecture group.|
|Tue Oct 18th||Meeting||'Pits, Pockmarks & Haggerleases - The story of Cockfield Fell' by Chris Lloyd|
|Thu Oct 20th||Science, Engineering & Technol||Embsay Steam Railway & Skipton Canal Cruise|
|Tue Nov 15th||Meeting||'A Beginners Guide to the Universe' by Pete Edward|
|Tue Nov 22nd||Wildlife and Environment||Details to be confirmed after January planning meeting|
|Thu Dec 1st||Garden Visits||Gibside Christmas Garden - car share. Local History members welcome.|
|Tue Dec 13th||Meeting||String Band Christmas Concert|