Houghton-le-Spring

EVENTS PLANNED

Use this page to find and check dates. It is also useful when planning future Group activity.

We list all planned events here both in date order and by Group heading.

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Coronavirus – Implications for our U3A Meetings and Activities:
We are all taking this very seriously as the health and safety of our members is paramount.
As of 16 March 2020 national advice was that from now on everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and adopt social distancing. People in "at risk groups" are to be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. People who should take particular care to minimise social contact are, among others, people over the age of 70.

All of our U3A meetings and activities were postponed. Regional and national lockdown restrictions continued throughout 2020 and into 2021. Regular communications with Committee and members were made during this very difficult time.
All of our activities have now restarted. However, individual Members must continue to assess their own personal risk to decide whether or not to participate in any restarted activity, must not have Covid 19 symptoms and, if participating, comply with Covid safe measures.


Dates for your Diary
August 2022
Thu Aug 18thLocal HistoryBeamish Museum. Joint Local History and Gardening Group Visit.

Group Day Ticket £12 per person. Whole group to enter together through fast track at 11am. New 1950s Town developments. 10.00am at the church arch or just before at Margaret's house. Pay for the bus on the day. Likely to be about £5 depending on final numbers.
Thu Aug 18thGardeningBeamish Museum. Joint Local History and Gardening Group Visit.

Group Day Ticket £12 per person. Whole group to enter together through fast track at 11am. New 1950s Town developments. 10.00am at the church arch or just before at Margaret's house. Pay for the bus on the day. Likely to be £5 depending on final numbers.
Fri Aug 19thWalkingHoughall Woods with Joan Saville
Meet 11am at Poplar Tree Garden Centre for a circular walk through Houghall Woods
Fri Aug 19thReal Murder Mystery GroupReal Murder Mystery Group held monthly on a Friday at Kepier Hall from 11am to 1pm. Everybody welcome.
Mon Aug 22ndUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
Tue Aug 23rdQuiz GroupQuiz 1.30pm to 3pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Chilton Moor.
Wed Aug 24thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Thu Aug 25thPainting and DrawingThis is a group for anyone who wants to try drawing and/or painting, whether an experienced artist or complete beginner. St Andrew’s Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm .
Sat Aug 27thOutingsSkipton and Boundary Mill. £20. We will stop at Skipton first and have Lunch then move on to Boundary Mill. If you do not want to go to Boundary Mill you can stay in Skipton and we will pick you up on the way back.
Bus leaves Houghton 8.00 at the miners' cottages, Church at 8.05. Then Seaham. I will try to put all the Seaham people on the same bus. 8.15 Mill Inn, 8.20. Deneside, 8.15 Costa.

Payment will be collected at the August U3A meeting. In an envelope please with your name, telephone number and the name of the trip.
September 2022
Thu Sep 1stKurlingKurling Group 11am to 12.00 in the Sports Hall behind the Welfare Hall in Houghton
Fri Sep 2ndLet’s TalkLet's Talk - held once a month at Kepier Hall on a Friday between 11am and 12 noon.
Mon Sep 5thUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
Tue Sep 6thGardeningInformal visit to Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham. Recently re-opened and now owned by the National Trust. Gardens are immaculate. £8 entry at Reception on the day. Some members are meeting at Belmont Park and Ride at 11am. There is car parking on site at a charge or public car parks in Durham City.

No Meeting at St Andrew's Church Hall today.
Wed Sep 7thLocal HistoryMeeting at the Wild Boar 6pm to 7.30pm.

Payment needed today please for Harewood House Christmas admission on Thursday 17 November. £12.50 in cash in an envelope with your name, name and date of event and amount.
Wed Sep 7thSinging for FunEverybody Welcome. We are just singing for fun, you don't have to be perfect. Join us, the First Wednesday in the month at St Andrews Church Hall, 11.00 am until 12.30 pm. Suggestions for songs welcome.
Thu Sep 8thPainting and DrawingThis is a group for anyone who wants to try drawing and/or painting, whether an experienced artist or complete beginner. St Andrew’s Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm .
Fri Sep 9thMeditation GroupMeditation Group Initially for 6 weeks. Held at the Community Room at Kepier Hall, every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. £3 per session with a Meditation Coach, plus approximately £1 for the hire of the room. If you are interested please click the bird on the Meditation page to contact the Co-ordination, as there is a limit to the number of members that can be accommodated.
Tue Sep 13thMeetingCommittee Meeting. Welfare Room 2 at 2pm
Wed Sep 14thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Thu Sep 15thLocal HistoryRipley Castle, Gardens and Village. Joint Local History and Gardening Group Visit.

Guided Tour at 11.30am of Grade 1 listed country house and gardens £10. Non refundable from 2 weeks in advance of visit. 9.30am at the church arch or just before at Margaret's house. Pay for the coach on the day. Likely to be in the region of £15 depending on final numbers.
Thu Sep 15thGardeningRipley Castle, Gardens and Village. Joint Local History and Gardening Group Visit.

Guided Tour at 11.30am of Grade 1 listed country house and gardens £10. Non refundable from 2 weeks in advance of visit. 9.30am at the church arch or just before at Margaret's house. Pay for the coach on the day. Likely to be in the region of £15 depending on final numbers.
Fri Sep 16thReal Murder Mystery GroupReal Murder Mystery Group held monthly on a Friday at Kepier Hall from 11am to 1pm. Everybody welcome.
Fri Sep 16thMeditation GroupMeditation Group Initially for 6 weeks. Held at the Community Room at Kepier Hall, every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. £3 per session with a Meditation Coach, plus approximately £1 for the hire of the room. If you are interested please click the bird on the Meditation page to contact the Co-ordination as there is a limit to the number of members that can be accommodated.
Sat Sep 17thLocal HistoryAn Afternoon at Lambton Castle. 4pm to 7pm. Fund raising event for St. Barnabas Church hosted by the Earl of Durham.

Buffet Meal. Licensed Bar and two free drinks in with ticket price. Entertainment - The Operatic Society of St. Andrew's Church at Roker will sing songs from their shows. Tickets £16 per person. Tickets are non refundable. Minibuses leave church arch at 3.15pm or before that at Margaret's House. Please let Margaret know if you are getting on at her house. Pay for the bus on the day. Likely to be about £4.50.

Access and Parking. Please do not enter via the Picktree entrance as the car park there is a long way from the castle. Use the Burnmoor access road. Coming from Shiney Row and before St Barnabas Church turn right at the roundabout by the petrol station. The road winds though a housing estate before going into the private Lambton Castle Estate. The route will be well signposted. Parking is 100 yards from the castle door. Minibuses and cars can drop off at the castle door before going to park. There will be some parking for blue badge holders right outside the castle. Portaloos will be installed outside the castle including a specialist one for disabilities.

We have two full minibuses. If anyone else wants to go by car please ask me if I have any spare tickets owing to someone dropping out and if not you can call the ticket sellers directly. Their telephone numbers are on the St. Barnabas Church, Burnmoor website.
Mon Sep 19thUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
Tue Sep 20thMeetingMonthly u3a meeting held at 2pm.
Speaker. Linda Davidson - Talk to be advised
Wed Sep 21stGamesGames Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club
Thu Sep 22ndPainting and DrawingThis is a group for anyone who wants to try drawing and/or painting, whether an experienced artist or complete beginner. St Andrew’s Church Hall from 2pm to 4pm .
Fri Sep 23rdMeditation GroupMeditation Group Initially for 6 weeks. Held at the Community Room at Kepier Hall, every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. £3 per session with a Meditation Coach, plus approximately £1 for the hire of the room. If you are interested please click the bird on the Meditation page to contact the Co-ordination as there is a limit to the number of members that can be accommodated.
Tue Sep 27thQuiz GroupQuiz 1.30pm to 3pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Chilton Moor.
Wed Sep 28thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Fri Sep 30thMeditation GroupMeditation Group Initially for 6 weeks. Held at the Community Room at Kepier Hall, every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. £3 per session with a Meditation Coach, plus approximately £1 for the hire of the room. If you are interested please click the bird on the Meditation page to contact the Co-ordination as there is a limit to the number of members that can be accommodated.
October 2022
Sat Oct 1stOutingsYork and McArthur Glen. £18.
Mon Oct 3rdUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
Tue Oct 4thGardeningSt Andrew's Church Hall 2 - 4pm.

Payment needed today please for Harewood House Christmas admission on Thursday 17 November. £12.50 in cash in an envelope with your name, name and date of event and amount.
Wed Oct 5thLocal HistoryMeeting at the Wild Boar 6pm to 7.30pm.
Wed Oct 5thSinging for FunEverybody Welcome. We are just singing for fun, you don't have to be perfect. Join us, the First Wednesday in the month at St Andrews Church Hall, 11.00 am until 12.30 pm. Suggestions for songs welcome.
Thu Oct 6thKurlingKurling Group 11am to 12.00 in the Sports Hall behind the Welfare Hall in Houghton
Fri Oct 7thLet’s TalkLet's Talk - held once a month at Kepier Hall on a Friday between 11am and 12 noon.
Fri Oct 7thMeditation GroupMeditation Group Initially for 6 weeks. Held at the Community Room at Kepier Hall, every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. £3 per session with a Meditation Coach, plus approximately £1 for the hire of the room.
Tue Oct 11thMeetingCommittee Meeting Welfare Hall Room 2 at 2pm
Wed Oct 12thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Fri Oct 14thMeditation GroupMeditation Group Initially for 6 weeks. Held at the Community Room at Kepier Hall, every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. £3 per session with a Meditation Coach, plus approximately £1 for the hire of the room.
Mon Oct 17thUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
Tue Oct 18thMeetingMonthly u3a meeting held at 2pm.
Rock Choir
Wed Oct 19thGamesGames Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club
Fri Oct 21stReal Murder Mystery GroupReal Murder Mystery Group held monthly on a Friday at Kepier Hall from 11am to 1pm. Everybody welcome.
Sat Oct 22ndOutingsCarlisle and Gretna £20.
Tue Oct 25thQuiz GroupQuiz 1.30pm to 3pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Chilton Moor.
Wed Oct 26thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Sat Oct 29thOutingsLiving North Christmas Market (at Gosforth). £8 plus entry.
Mon Oct 31stUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
November 2022
Tue Nov 1stGardeningSt Andrew's Church Hall 2 - 4pm.
Wed Nov 2ndLocal HistoryMeeting at the Wild Boar 6pm to 7.30pm.
Thu Nov 3rdKurlingKurling Group 11am to 12.00 in the Sports Hall behind the Welfare Hall in Houghton
Fri Nov 4thLet’s TalkLet's Talk - held once a month at Kepier Hall on a Friday between 11am and 12 noon.
Tue Nov 8thMeetingCommittee Meeting Welfare Hall Room 2 at 2pm
Wed Nov 9thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Mon Nov 14thUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
Tue Nov 15thMeetingMonthly u3a meeting held at 2pm.
Speaker Bernard Hope - War Graves Commission and the work they do.
Wed Nov 16thGamesGames Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club
Thu Nov 17thLocal HistoryHarewood House at Christmas. Joint Local History and Gardening Group Visit. £12.50.
Thu Nov 17thGardeningHarewood House at Christmas. Joint Local History and Gardening Group Visit. £12.50.
Fri Nov 18thReal Murder Mystery GroupReal Murder Mystery Group held monthly on a Friday at Kepier Hall from 11am to 1pm. Everybody welcome.
Sat Nov 19thOutingsWynyard Christmas Market. £8 plus entry.
Tue Nov 22ndQuiz GroupQuiz 1.30pm to 3pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Chilton Moor.
Wed Nov 23rdCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Mon Nov 28thUkulele GroupThe group meets on a Monday morning every 2 weeks in St. ANDREWS CHURCH HALL from 10.30am to 12 noon and is for ukulele players from beginner to the more experienced.
December 2022
Thu Dec 1stKurlingKurling Group 11am to 12.00 in the Sports Hall behind the Welfare Hall in Houghton
Fri Dec 2ndLet’s TalkLet's Talk - held once a month at Kepier Hall on a Friday between 11am and 12 noon.
Tue Dec 6thGardeningSt Andrew's Church Hall 2 - 4pm.
Wed Dec 7thLocal HistoryMeeting at the Wild Boar 6pm to 7.30pm.
Wed Dec 14thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
Fri Dec 16thReal Murder Mystery GroupReal Murder Mystery Group held monthly on a Friday at Kepier Hall from 11am to 1pm. Everybody welcome.
Wed Dec 21stGamesGames Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club
Wed Dec 28thCraftCraft Group 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Houghton Bowls Club.
January 2023
Wed Jan 4thLocal HistoryMeeting at the Wild Boar 6pm to 7.30pm.
Tue Jan 17thMeetingMonthly u3a meeting held at 2pm.
Thu Jan 19thLocal HistoryWinter Social Lunch at The Wild Boar 12.00 to 2.30pm. Picture Quiz – Stars of the Stage and Screen of Years Gone By and Local History Group Quiz based on our visits and articles.
February 2023
Tue Feb 21stMeetingMonthly u3a meeting held at 2pm.
March 2023
Tue Mar 21stMeetingMonthly u3a meeting held at 2pm.