Issue 114                            14 March 2022         

Elders Council Warm Welcome (formerly Mile Castle)

We are looking forward to seeing you at our first ‘Warm Welcome’ at Newcastle Building Society, Northumberland Street on
Wednesday 16 March 10.30 am – 12 noon. 
We will be joined by members who will share examples of their writing from the Words and Worlds creative writing sessions which took place during lockdown.  We will also be asking you for your ideas of what you would like at future sessions.  We are really looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces.  Let us know if you can come by phoning or emailing us

☎ phone: 0191 208 2701
or email

What's the Elders Council doing?

Concessionary Travel Pass (CT)

 This matter  (renewing your bus pass) was raised by a member and luckily another of our members has contacts at Nexus and was able to
get a reply to the problems.
This is the reply from a member of staff at Nexus.

'We are trying to sort this out as soon as possible. I'm sorry for any inconvenience or stress it has caused. The time it was taking us to process a renewal application rose to 28 days before Christmas, though we have now reduced this to 17 days. - - - We are steadily reducing the backlog but I have asked we make it possible for people to apply for renewal more than 28 days in advance.  This needs a small change in the online software.
The big change I want to see is the introduction of automatic renewal for those people who have used their card (bus pass) in the previous year. - - - I hope to have it in place later this spring.' (Thanks Bill H)
☎ phone:0191 208 2701

or email

Project ICE meets Cyberguardians

On Wednesday 16 March 2.00 – 4.00 pm, Project ICE is running a special session with the Cyberguardians from Low Lights to give you tips on how to stay safe online. The session will be held at Northumbria University City Centre Campus (room to be confirmed). 
If you would like to come along, please let us know by emailing or contact us on 0191 208 2701 or email

 Wellbeing for Life 

The next meeting is on 6 April at 10.30 am and is a follow-up to a session a couple of months ago. The title is: Access to Health Care Services - Follow-up
This will be a hybrid meeting with some spaces in the library but also available on Zoom. You do need to register and say whether you want to be in the library in person or attend via Zoom; 

Older Voices

The theme for the next broadcast on 1 April is ' Geordie Culture'. Are you an expert or a novice on this subject? Listen in to the programme and see what you think. Steve will present this show and I'm expecting
there will besome 'Geordie stories'!
It's available on Nova Radio 102.5fm and you can catch up later when
it appears on MixCloud

Age Friendly Neighbourhoods

Small sparks grants of up to £200 are available for activities that involve and include older people in Byker, Walker or West Fenham.
Small Sparks Events
Come along to a lunch time party to find out more and discuss your ideas.  There will be a range of activities, refreshments and information.
Monday 28th March 12-2pm at St Martins Centre, Roman Avenue
Monday 4th April 1-3pm at Denton Burn Community Centre, Slatyford Lane
Monday 25th April 12-2pm at Treetops, Walker Road
Please book by calling 0191 2082701 or  email


Social Media

Don't lose out on opportunities, keep up to date with our Facebook Page and Twitter 

Interests and Activities

St James Heritage and Environment Group

Guided Walk: Tyne Riverside Country Park and the Coke Ovens
Friday 18 March 1.30 pm
  This is a pleasant country walk, with views along the river,
exploring the history of this area.  
Meet at the site of the Battle of Newburn Memorial which is on the riverside at the eastern end of the Tyne Riverside Park, near the entrance.
Places limited.  Booking essential.

  First flowers in St James' Graveyard

This is a great time of year to visit St James' Graveyard.  Daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops are springing up all over.  Why not come and visit us on a
Wednesday morning between 10 am-1 pm.
The graveyard is also an important heritage site, containing the graves of several people who played a significant role in the development of Tyneside, such as Richard Grainger, the city centre developer and John Buddle, the world-famous mining engineer. You can explore the graveyard yourself or take a short guided tour - please check in advance if you would like a guided tour.


Search operates from the west end of the city and has a programme for older people (55+) including - A Memory Tea with Singing for the Brain on 16 March at 1.30 pm at St James Church Benwell; Benwell Heritage Walks March 16 at 1 pm meet at the cafe in Nuns Moor Park or Dance through the Decades every Monday at 11.30 am. at the Robert Stewart Memorial Church, Wingrove Road. There's a lot more too but you need to contact Search to book and you can find out what else is available then.
☎ phone: 0191 273 7443

Events at Linskill Centre 

There are some interesting heritage talks coming up in March at the Linskill Centre, if you'd like to book on to any of them, please follow the links tother Eventbrite booking pages for them. Events are £3 a session per person. Hope to see some of you at these sessions next month and please do share with others who may be interested.

L.S. Lowry with Ian McArdle, Monday 21 March 6.30 pm

L.S.Lowry's creative work is much better known than the man himself. This talk looks at the relationship the artist enjoyed with the North East of England. Find out all about him and his work in this talk presented by local historian Ian McArdle. This is an online event.

L.S. Lowry with Ian McArdle Tickets, Mon 21 Mar 2022 at 18:30 | Eventbrite
The Centre also offer other activities and you can find out
about these at their website:

What's On in March across NewcastleGateshead

Well Idris Elba is going to be here in March and Kynren is back in June and in Sunderland 'The Jersey Boys' is on stage at The Empire Theatre. This latest news sheet has much more information click the link:

Born Free Lion Sculptures

Coming to Exhibition Park from Monday 4 April to the end of June a new installation featuring 20 full-size lions and cubs in bronze. They are free to view. There is more information about the sculptures here:

Creative Arts Project

To generate awareness about carers’ experience of  Covid 19, an online Creative Arts Project created a banner called 'Tower of Strength'.A video showing pictures of the carers beautiful artwork can be viewed here >

The Urban Green Newcastle Enterprise Team

 The team is delighted to announce that they will be welcoming Tennis for Free back to Gosforth Central Park on Saturday 12 March please contact
and Sunday 13 March at  Exhibition Park the contact is here:
both start at 2 pm will run weekly until Mid-December.  
Booking is required via the links above

Free Community Education Workshops

There is a variety of free workshops available here, some are aimed at young people. This Adult First Aid (over 19 years) aims to build confidence and willingness to help in a first aid emergency using the objects around you.
You can book online using this link:
The courses are offered face to face or on a digital platform contact details 
☎ phone:07514311995

Theatre Royal

You will need to be quick to catch the dance company of the Netherlands Dans Theater as the performances are 15 and 16 March 
The box office is 0191 232 7010. 
There are several theatres in the city and local area and it's worth looking at websites, perhaps getting regular emails just to see
what's available and what suits you.

Newcastle Bereavement Service Adult Walk Talk & Support

The walking group provides a time to walk and talk at a relaxed pace with others who share similar experiences.

The walks take place on the last Friday of each month meeting at 1.15 p.m. for a prompt 1.30 start. They walk in the Derwenthaugh Country Park starting at Blaydon Tennis Club, Spa Well Road, NE21 6JA. There is ample car parking, or there is a regular bus service passing the club.

☎ phone: 0191 2191035

Js & Bs Singers

The choir, led by Simon Davies-Fidler, will sing
Part 2 of Handel's 'Messiah' and Vivaldi's 'Gloria' 
at the church of St James and St Basil, Fenham.
The performance is 10 April and starts at7.30 pm 
Tickets are available through Eventbrite, the link is here:

Key Ring

Chain Reaction provides activities for older people in the East end of Newcastle. 
There is something each day, Monday has 'Drop-in Arts and Crafts' starting at 1.30 pm at Heaton Community Centre through to Friday where it's a light lunch and then bingo and a quiz start at 12.30 pm at Walker Parish Church.
Contact for further information :
☎ phone:07436 161 330 or 07967 366 824

Volunteering, Research and Consultations
Newcastle City Council

Would like to invite you to take part in a traffic-related consultation about various streets in the Fenham area on Let's Talk Newcastle Online.
Here are the details: The Council has made an experimental traffic regulation order to introduce the prohibition of driving restrictions and waiting restrictions on various
streets in the Fenham area.    Find out more and give us your views here: We will use your responses to inform our decision about these restrictions. You can find out what will happen next on, or email:

Moving into supported housing

This study will share its findings on older people moving into supported housing and the barriers they may face. For some, there is an additional barrier
of hoarding behaviours.
Join the researchers on Wednesday 30 March at 10 am online
Booking is required contact: 

Key Ring

Chain Reaction provides activities for older people in the East end of Newcastle. 
They are seeking volunteers to help with a whole range of opportunities
using your time and your talents.
Contact for further information :
☎ phone:07436 161 330 or 07967 366 824


Deaflink Support Groups

Deaflink run groups for those with hearing loss and also a Tinnitus group. The next meetings are: Hearing loss Support Group 2 pm 5 April.
Use this link to book:
Tinnitus Support Group 2 pm 22 March.
Use this link to book
Booking is essential as spaces are limited
 For any further information contact Louise:

Action Fraud

Watch out for fake text messages pretending to be from the NHS. Since January, 412 victims have reported losses totalling more than £531,000.

Be aware of requests for personal information in messages
claiming to be from the NHS. 
Be alert to links or attachments in unexpected messages
claiming to be from the NHS.
Do not respond to requests for money, bank details or passwords.
The NHS will NEVER ask for payment or any financial details
How to report scam messages:
If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to 
If you are suspicious about a text message,
forward it to the number 7726 (it’s free of charge).

Mental Health North East 

This is the Bulletin for February. It has some useful contact addresses and phone numbers, it's worth a peek in just to see what's there.

The Ouseburn Trust

Open this link to discover Ouseburn's Heritage at a talk at
The Cumberland Arms plus a lot more

Integrated Care Bulletin

Here's the 4 March edition of the Bulletin


This is the February 24 issue of the newsletter from the NHS. There is a lot of information including information on the launch of gambling addiction clinics and news of a new cancer drug

We want to know what you think! 

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