Issue 120                 June 13  2022         

Congratulations Chris, on being awarded the British Empire Medal

What's the Elders Council doing?

EC Rider 2022

So, you are thinking about going on one of the trips listed in EC Rider, but you are not sure how accessible the venues you want to visit are? 
Why not check on Home | AccessAble 
so that you can really plan for a great day out! 
EC Rider is available on our website here.
or you can request a hard copy from the office contact details below.

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

Older Voices
Our Older Voices Radio Show has now moved to its new spot on Sunday afternoon from 2 pm - 4 pm every alternate week. The next broadcast is on Sunday 19 June (102.5Fm or LLARC later as a podcast This broadcast is on the theme of Neighbourhoods and our own Clare Levi will be there to talk about her work in three neighbourhoods. There will also be that perennial problem of public toilets or rather the lack of them discussed. 

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email 

Facebook and Twitter

You might miss an activity or news of an event, but if you follow us on Facebook or check our tweets you definitely won't!

Interests and Activities

Newcastle High School for Girls 

Newcastle High School for Girls has a history of over 300 years of teaching the young women of the North East from its earliest foundation in 1876. 
There is a great deal of archives available to view online at

If you have something you would like to donate or loan for digitisation then please contact Polly De Giorgi,

Peace Pole Community Art Project 

Jesmond is celebrating by asking people to design and decorate a pole.
The poles will be provided.
Sound odd or interesting?
Discover more by contacting

Active Ageing Programme

Mondays, 1 pm - 2 pm at Healthworks, Adelaide Terrace,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8BE
The free Active Ageing programme is an opportunity for people aged 55 and above to socialise whilst improving their health and wellbeing through small group activities delivered by the Community Health Improvement team.
  ☎ phone:0191 272 4244

There's a large programme of events and they take place at different venues from Aqua aerobics at Elswick pool to Yoga at Westerhope Community Association. You can check their events calendar and see if there's something for you, or phone to see what's available. 
☎ phone:  0191 273 7443

All White Everything But Me

 A play inspired by the life of tennis champion,
Althea Gibson at Alphabetti Theatre.
If you would like to join a group from the Elders Council to see this show on Saturday 18 June at 1.00 pm please get in touch. Alphabetti operates a 'Pay What You Feel' policy, so you pay whatever you can afford or wish to at the end of the show.
Email or call 0191 208 2701

What's on in Newcastle and Gateshead in June?

This is where you can find out just click the link.

Win a pair of tickets for the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition

The Laing Art Gallery is running a great prize draw for visitors who pre-book tickets during June for either Liquid Light: Painting in Watercolours 
or The Lindisfarne Gospels.   

The prize is a pair of VIP tickets for you and someone else to attend the Lindisfarne Gospels preview evening on Friday 16 September before it opens to the public on Saturday 17 September


Company of Elders is a group of inspirational Welsh elders (aged 72-95) using the internet to devise and perform live theatre shows
based on their lived experiences.
Constellations promises to be a celebratory Life Story performance about loneliness and belonging in a hyper-connected world.
The show will be performed live on Zoom, so audiences around the world can witness inspirational older people share their stories, their imaginations,
their humour and their honesty.
Tickets are priced ‘pay what you can’. 
June 15: 1pm-2pm BST June 16: 1pm-2pm BST
June 16: 7pm-8pm BST June 17: 1pm-2pm BST
You need to visit the website to book

Fenham Association of Residents (FAR)

 A new friendship group is starting up at FAR House, Acanthus Avenue, Fenham. It aims to help you make new friends and get out of the house.
It will be every two weeks on Tuesdays at 10 am, 
the next meeting is on 21 June
☎ phone:0191 274 9264

St James Heritage Group

This group have announced their summer programme, it involves a range of activities; find the full programme by clicking here.

AgeUK Gateshead

AgeUK Gateshead has an LGBTQIA+ friendship group for older people (aged 55+) for residents in Gateshead and Newcastle. Meet for a cuppa and a chat at Harry's Bar, Grey Street (opposite the Theatre Royal) Monday 27 June 1 pm - 3 pm and every two weeks after that. For more information
☎ phone: 0191 477 3559 

Curious Festival

Curious Festival is an award-winning annual celebration of LGBTQIA+ culture across the North East. There's a whole programme of events so you need to check out what's on and where via the website.

St. Martin's Centre

Tech Social over 55s

Do you want to get more out of your smartphone/tablet etc? St Martin's is working with the city council to bring short courses to help you with this.
Starts Friday 10 June 10.30 am - 12 noon
You need to phone to book a place.

Fit & Fab over 55s
Improve your strength and balance in a fun class suitable for all abilities
Thursday 10.30 am - 11.30 am 
There is a small charge of £2 per class
For more information:
☎ phone: 0191 276 4002

Harambee Pasadia Festival

Harambee Pasadia festival is a 4-day (23rd to 26th June) music and arts extravaganza in celebration of diverse cultures, foods, music, artists, and fusions of the African diaspora.   This year it's being held in Barnard Castle so you might fancy a bit of camping out over the 4 days, they are on the lookout for volunteers and that could be right up your street! Check everything out on their website

Jesmond Library

There's a good programme of events and activities from talks to working in the community orchard. This takes you to the events programme 
and this to the Community Orchard

Masala Festival

 Here's another festival, this is a bit closer to home.  GemArts is teaming up with Gateshead Art Diamonds and Gateshead Arts Team to engage people of retirement age in creative workshops at Gateshead Central Library to celebrate Masala Festival 2022. Here's the link with all the information you need.

Nominate your favourite park

Nominating your favourite Urban Green park couldn’t be simpler!  Just share what makes the park special to you and an original photo showcasing the park in all its splendour.  Nominate your favourite park now at
  UK's Favourite Parks 2022 | Fields in Trust

Seaton Delaval Hall

After 4 years of refurbishment, the Hall is now open again. The link takes you to National Trust leaflet about the Hall

Volunteering, Research and Consultations
Volunteer Archeologists

The Hadrian's Wall Community Archaeology Project is going to be digging test pits in Benwell on Friday 1 July between 10 am and 4 pm.  
There will be two digs - one on the Pendower Estate and the other in the grounds of Shafto Court on Ferguson's Lane.  On Pendower they will be looking for remains of the Roman presence almost 2,000 years ago, and on the Shafto Court site, they hope to uncover evidence of the medieval village of Benwell.    
They are looking for volunteers to help with the digging for all or part of the day.  Visitors are also welcome to come along and watch what is happening and talk to the archaeologists on site.
If you are interested contact Kerry Shaw at this email address:


Cost of living crisis support package.

Key announcements made by the Chancellor on 26/05/2022
include the following –
 • A non-repayable £400 grant for all households to help with rising energy bills.
• A one-off payment of £650 for those on certain means-tested benefits.
• A one-off £300 top-up for pensioners who receive winter fuel payments.
• A one-off £150 payment for those on certain
non-means-tested disability benefits.
• An extra £500 million to be paid into the 'Household Support Fund'.
Some people may qualify for all four payments meaning a combined £1,500 per household in total. All the payments, bar the Household Support Fund, will be paid to consumers automatically –
you don't need to actively opt in or take action to qualify. 

(Thanks to North East Pensioners Association, NEPA, for this concise summary)

Metro News - Very Early Warning

In preparation for the new, improved Metro trains the line between Pelaw and South Shields will be closed for 12 weeks from 12 September 2022. 

Healthworks Top Tips for Energy Saving

Some of you will be doing a lot of these already but it's worth a look
just to see if you can save an extra few pounds.

The Centre for Ageing Better

To mark Pride Month 2021, they've gathered stories from a number of older LGBT+ people to share their perspectives on inequality, community, and how attitudes towards LGBT+ people have changed. Here's the link

Magic Weekend Rugby Super League Road Closures

St James’ Park is to host the Magic Weekend, where six Super League rugby matches are to be held over the weekend of 9 and 10 July 2022.  This will mean several roads will be closed in the city during that weekend.

Great North 10K Run

There will be some temporary road closures, mainly around the quayside in Newcastle on Sunday 3 July 2022 for the Great North 10K 
diversion routes will be signed.

Stagecoach North East

Stagecoach North East has just opened a new customer contact centre. The telephone number is: 0345 241 8000. Their opening hours are Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm and Saturday & Sunday 9 am-5 pm. 

Making Carers  Visible, Valued and Supported

Making Carers Visible, Valued and Supported – a new report from Carers UK published during Carers Week you can read the full report by clicking the link

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