Issue 122                        11th July 2022         

Annual General Meeting

This is a final reminder to those of you who have signed up for the AGM of the Elders Council on Wednesday 20th July 2022, from 2-4pm.
Registration will be between 1:30pm until 2pm.
The event is being held in the Pandon Room at the Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Access to the venue is via the Grand Entrance on the Ceremonial Way, where you will be registered and guided to the available facilities.
We are looking forward to seeing you on the day and sharing excerpts of our work.

What's the Elders Council doing?

Older Voices

The next broadcast will be on Sunday 17th July from 2-4 pm.
The subject will be 'Out and About' and will cover activities available to us all over the summer months.
Bill Harbottle will be sharing trips he has taken, which are in the EC Rider.
Nick Lambert will be talking about the Ramblers Association.
There will be a guest from the Natural History Society of Northumberland.
The regular gardening slot, bird report and our popular Points of View section will provide something for everyone.

You can hear the previous show by clicking the link below. 
This was all about the cost of living and included guests from Citizens Advice, Welfare Rights and Search Newcastle.

Older Voices (205), the magazine radio show of the Elders Council of Newcastle, 2 July 2022. by LLARCooperative | Mixcloud

If you have any suggestions for future programmes, please let us know.

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Board of Trustees

EC was recently awarded a grant from Awards for All to enable Unfolding Theatre deliver a Creative Week during August, in our key neighbourhood areas.
A Performance is being planned for October to coincide with Older People's month.

A summer Intern has been appointed (funded by Newcastle University) to help with marketing for Older People's month of Festivities.
We look forward to learning new skills from Tejal, and hope that you will welcome her if she contacts you.

We continue to work with our Community Partners to highlight the work and activities available for Older People.
If you would like to get involved with Age Proud Newcastle and our events, please contact Barbara or Clare via the following methods.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
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Public Toilets Campaign

The availability of public toilets is a topic which is important to many of us, as it can make or break our ability to go out and about easily.
It’s a subject close to our hearts and an issue we have raised over many years.
Elders Council is pleased to support ACORN The Union in its current campaign to improve the provision of public toilets throughout the city. 
You can hear Shaun from ACORN talking to Barbara Douglas and Richard Finch about the campaign by clicking on the following link.
LLARCooperative's Stream | Mixcloud

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
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Age Friendly City Centre

We continue to work with the Age Friendly Newcastle group and our community partners to ensure that our City is accessible to all.
If you have any issues you wish to be raised then please send us an email, letter or telephone call to make us aware.

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Elders Council at the British Society of Gerontology Conference

Elders Council featured in the recent BSG Conference during which Steve Whitley from Older Voices presented alongside Arlind Reuter featuring her successful PhD on the role of older people as content creators in community radio and the development of the Later Life Audio and Radio Co-operative. 

Members of the EC Board also participated in the on-line conference, gathering insights from the latest research on ageing. 

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Facebook and Twitter

Please follow us on social media, invite your friends and family as well.
This is where we share our bulletins, magazine and events so don't miss out!

Interests and Activities

Radio Tyneside 

Our friends at Radio Tyneside can now be heard on DAB Radio across Newcastle and Gateshead.
They produce and present a variety of programmes 24 hours a day on 93.6 FM, not only for the local Hospitals but for the whole community.
If you would like to view the schedule then please click the link below.

Home - Radio Tyneside

The Baltic, Gateshead

The 20th birthday of the Baltic will be celebrated with a weekend of special events on 16th and 17th July.
There will be four exhibitions, an Art Car Boot Fair, tours, music and food and drink available.
You can also view the resident kittiwakes, as seen recently on BBC2's Springwatch.

Take a quick look at the Baltic Newsletter to find out more.

SEARCH Newcastle July Activity Calendar

From Tea Dances to Tai Chi, Singing for your Brain to Seated Exercise, Walking, Swimming or Information.
Take a look through the calendar link below to find out what interests you and when it is available.

Activities – Search Newcastle

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Jesmond 'Royal Route' Guided Walk

On 20th August 2022 there will be a guided walk by Ouseburn Park Volunteers.
Join in and follow the route taken by the Prince and Princess of Wales on this day in 1884 when they officially opened the parks. 
Starting from Heaton Park and finishing in Jesmond Dene, meet at the Main gates at 11.00 am in Heaton Park near the junction of Warwick Road and Heaton Park Road - What3Words: ///
The walk will last about 2 hours so stout shoes advisable.
A suggested donation of £5 will be payable on the day, and there is a limit on places, so please book early



 Ouseburn Valley News

The Ouseburn Festival | Ouseburn Trust 
Saturday 16th July from 1000 - Midnight

Tuesday 19th July 1830-2030: Seven Stories Artists meet-up for writers, authors, illustrators

Ouseburn Valley News | Update July 2022 (


Silverline Memories

Tea Dances are resuming from Thursday 7th July 1-3pm at Brunton Park Community Centre, tickets £4 per person
Monday Cafe events, weekly at 1pm in St Aidan's Room at the Brunton Park Community Centre.
There will be a new Charity Shop to raise funds for Silverline, drop off at The Dene Centre.

To purchase tickets, and for more information on what is happening

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North East National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS Group)

Did you know that more than 10 million people in the UK live with arthritis?
This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11 am, in the cafe inside the Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street.
They offer support, including how to manage your symptoms, and a wide range of activities and events.
They have their own Facebook group which you can request to join, below.

North East (Newcastle) NRAS Group | Facebook


Newcastle Noir 2022
Friday 9th December to Sunday 11th December 

If you are interested in the 'darker side' of reading then this might be right up your street.
Organisers are currently preparing the schedule for this event and the programme should be available by the end of August, ready for booking in September.
Events are sold out very quickly so be prepared.
You can view their website here or follow Newcastle City Library on Facebook.


Volunteering, Research and Consultations
Police Race Action Plan

In order to ensure that the UK has a Police Force that is anti-racist and trusted, the Strategic Independent Advisory Group in Northumbria are seeking views on this proposed plan.
If you click on the link below you will have an opportunity to give your own feedback on this.
Your views will be confidential.
The consultation closes on 28th August 2022.

Police Race Action Plan | College of Policing


VOICE Global

The Imperial Clinical Trials Unit are seeking information from people with disabilities regarding their experiences in taking part in research.
If you would like to share your views on this then click on the link shown below, where you can register your interest.

Shining a spotlight on the inclusion of disabled participants in clinical trials (SHINE) - VOICE (


VOICE Global

If you would like to take part in evaluating a physical and social activity programme for older people being tested in Newcastle, then click on the link below to register your interest.

Feedback on planned evaluation of a physical and social activity programme for older people - VOICE (




Bus 53 from Newcastle to the Sage Gateshead

We have previously been informed that this bus service is unlikely to operate from 24th July due to financial cuts, however, it is currently not dropping off at the Sage due to planned roadworks as a result of the new building under construction.
Information on the Gateshead Council website states that the roadworks will take place between 6th June and 23rd October 2022 with partial road closures during this time.
There is also similar information on the Go North East website.
Please tell the bus driver where you are going, and they should tell you where the nearest or most accessible stop will be.


Newcastle City Council Car Parking Charges

The City Council have amended proposals for parking charges as a result of feedback to an earlier  public consultation. 
They do however intend to charge for city parking up to 7pm in the evening for on=street and surface car parks. There will also be a standard hourly charge for Sundays rather than the existing fixed daily charge.
The new fees will come in to force in August, once all the signage has been updated.
You can find out more by clicking the link below.

Proposals amended for car parking charges following public consultation | Newcastle City Council

The National Archives

If you have an interest in tracing your Ancestors, you may want to know that there is an exciting research project called Beyond 2022 taking place.
This will digitally reconstruct the Record Treasury of Ireland, which was destroyed by fire in June 1922, losing seven centuries of Irish history in the process. 
For more information, and how to follow the National Archive work, click on the link below.
Exploring the Beyond 2022 project... and other news from The National Archives (


For all your InfoNOW News for week ending 8th July, click on the link below.
You will find more research opportunities, Action days, upcoming events and news.
The spotlight this week is on Travel and Holidays.

InfoNOW News is out today (


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