Issue  131                   21 November  2022         

Dear bulletin reader, please take a moment to tell us what you thought about imAGE 2022.  There are just 6 questions, it won’t take long and would be a great help to us!  Click the link to answer the questions.


What's the Elders Council doing?

InformationNOW needs some help

InformationNOW is the information website for people in Newcastle, where you can find local organisations, helpful information, events and news.
InformationNOW was originally coproduced with
the Elders Council over 15 years ago.
 Can you spare an hour and a half to talk with Lauren from InformationNOW about their current online information? 

Friday 2 December 10.30 am to 12 noon at City Library

Refreshments will be provided. If you have your own mobile device, tablet or laptop that you can bring along to use during the session please do. Devices can be provided to use during the session. Let Lauren know in advance if you need to borrow a device on the day. If you can look at the websites before the session that would be helpful. or

Contact details to book are below.


Older Voices  the radio show of the Elders Council

The next show will be on December 4 with the theme 'The Cost of Living' Wendy is the presenter for this show. Guests from Welfare rights and Citizens Advice will be offering their advice to you. The team will be offering you their own favourite money-saving tips. Here are the many ways you can listen
1. Live on 102.5FM Nova Radio North East    2.
Or you can catch up here:

If you haven't yet listened in to one of our radio shows why not try this one on 'Hidden Newcastle' with an interview from John Grundy.
(This is the 'catch-up' podcast and has already been broadcast live.)

Facebook and Twitter

We hear that more and more 65+ people are using the internet and social media. So make sure when you get online and on social media you follow us or at least like us!

Interests and Activities

Visit York Christmas Market 

There is a bus trip to York Christmas Market on Wednesday 7 December price £15.00 leaving Bewick Street Newcastle at 9 am. There are some seats still available. Please use the contact details here to book your seat.
 ☎ phone:01914144537

Shieldfield Weaves

Why not try these Free craft sessions? They are part of an Arts residency and are available  at The Forum Cafe, Wretham Place, Shieldfield. 
Dates still available to give it a go are:
November 24; December 1 and December 8
Please use the contact below for any further information.

Make Do and Mend

 The group uses drama, live music, songs, and photography to tell the true stories of everyday folk in the early 1950s: a travelling salesman, farmer and pharmacist, young teachers and housewives striving
to create a better future for their children. 
Make Do and Mend is created and performed by members of the Queen’s Hall Adult Drama Group, directed by Theatre Sans Frontieres. The performances are at these places and you can book via the links given for each performance.

Tuesday 29 November 2.30 pm Haltwhistle Library –
Wednesday 30 November 2.30 pm – Bellingham Library
Thursday 1 December 7.30 pm – Queen’s Hall Arts –

Gannin' Alang the Wall
Friday 16 December 2 pm at Fenham Library
Celebrate Saturnalia with a showing of a film (made by the St James Heritage and Environment Group) about the real route of Hadrian's Wall through Newcastle, with festive mince pies. It's great fun and informative!  Don't miss it. 
You must use the email address to book for this event.

Christmas at the Sage

Follow the link below to see all that's on offer at the
Sage Gateshead this Christmas

Live Jazz @ Lunchtime

Here's a treat for music lovers, go down town to hear jazz, blues and country at a jammin' session. It's the Tuesday Music Social starting on Tuesday 22 November at Prohibition (formerly The Jazz Cafe) from Midday-3pm.
It's on the ground floor and right next to Central Station :) Free entry 

Christmas at Search

Search is offering a range of activities for people across in December. You must book for all of the events you wish to attend.
27 November Christmas Concert with live music
at St James and St Basil's Church Fenham
1 December Christmas Social Evening at Throckley Community Hall
7 December Christmas singing for the brain
at Robert Stewart Memorial Church (dementia friendly)
13 December Christmas coffee morning at
Blakelaw Community Centre with a  live band
21 December Christmas singing for the brain at
Bishop's Court Fenham (dementia friendly)
21 December Christmas Tea Dance at Denton Burn Methodist Church
For further information and to book please contact 
☎ phone: 0191 273 3447

The Brunswick Club

 They meet weekly and all retired men and women are welcome. They meet at Brunswick Methodist Church Hall in Newcastle
at 10.30 am. each Tuesday morning.
The club is currently in its 60th year and our weekly meetings are led by a wide variety of speakers on a wide range of subjects.  For any further information here are the contact details: Email:

☎ phone: 0191 487 9836
Christmas Concert by Newcastle Student Orchestra and Choir

This is on 4 December at 7 pm at Jesmond United Reform Church. 
Tickets £5 with Concessions £3

Armchair Travels

If you fancy travelling but for whatever reason can't then why not do a bit of armchair travels with George? It's every Monday at 2 pm click the link to find out more. Sounds like it might be fun, you could give it a try.

Getting Together Matters

Volunteering Matters run the Getting Together Matters service for older people. These are regular free activities that take place virtually, online, by post, and phone and include: 

Ridwan’s Armchair Travel on Mondays 2pm - 3pm
Lifelines Quiz Tuesdays 11am - 12pm
Gentle Armchair Exercises Tuesdays 12pm - 1 pm
Creative Writing Readthroughs Tuesdays 2 pm - 3 pm
Seated Pilates Wednesdays 11am - 12pm
Bridge Volunteering Matters Wednesdays  and Fridays 
Sing Well, Lifelines Body, and Breath Wednesdays  and Fridays 
Traditional Pilates Wednesdays 1pm - 2pm
Coffee and Catch Up Thursdays 11 am - 12pm
Sunday Sounds online chat group for older people
 Christmas Crafts at the Grainger Market

Plenty of crafts classes taking place in the Grainger Market
over the coming weeks.
Book up on eventbrite for crafts including festive jewellery to puppet making.
It's all free.
Come and have some fun and learn something new.
This link takes you to all the dates and activities

Volunteering, Research and Consultations

The Thomas Pocklington Trust

The Thomas Pocklington Trust and is looking to recruit volunteers with lived experience of sight loss to join their Northumberland and Tyne & Wear
Sight Loss councils.
 For more information on the work of the Sight-loss councils please see here:
 Sight Loss Councils - Influencing positive changefor vision impaired people

If you would like to ask any questions please use the contact details below
☎ phone: 07773 216814

Have you had a Heart Attack?

Do you know anybody aged 18-85 who has a history of cardiovascular disease, or who has had a heart attack? NIHR Patient Recruitment Centre: Newcastle is looking for people to take part in a clinical study
that looks at particular proteins in the blood.

Taking part involves a blood test at their modern facility in Fenham, Newcastle, and a short follow-up phone call with one of their team.
☎ phone:0191 282 3655. 

End Social Care Disgrace Public Meeting

This will be held on 5 December starting at 6 pm and it is a Zoom meeting
Use this link to register and receive the Zoom invitation
 Discuss how we can build a massive head of steam to radically
transform Adult Social Care.

New Specialist Hospital Plans

Two online sessions have been organised where the architects and interior designers will share some of the latest designs for the building.

Tuesday 29 November at 3.30pm - to book your place go to 
 Wednesday 7 December at 6.00 pm - to book your place go to 


City Council parking is going cashless

The Council is proposing to end coin payments in our pay and display parking, all parking in the city will be via cashless payments only. This will mean the amendment of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne (Off Street Parking Places) Order to remove coin payments as a valid payment method. Going cashless will includes rolling out 'PayByPhone' to locations that don’t have this option. Ticket machines will be card-enabled and available at every location.
This would be applicable at every parking pay and display across the whole city. 
The Elders Council has made representations
to the City Council regarding this matter.

Any comments to make about this please respond by 29 November 2022 using the contact details below.


Newcastle's Cost of Living Support

The City Council have gathered much information together in one place on their website. There is a whole lot of stuff there from energy advice to free childcare.
Please take a look and use it or let others know
where they can find helpful information. 
Here is the Link


Sustainable Warmth Scheme

Are you eligible to receive help under a new scheme to be warmer in your home, lower your carbon emissions, and save money on your fuel bills this winter?
 Householders can apply to receive improvements to increase the comfort and warmth in their home. The scheme offers a wide range of insulation measures, and renewable technologies, such as air-source heat pumps and solar panels.

The Sustainable Warmth scheme is open to homeowners, and private tenants, where the home has a low energy rating and a low annual income. You can find out if you are eligible for the scheme by visiting

Carers- this is for you!

Carers Rights Day - Thursday 24 November 2022 from 2 - 3.30 pm
You are invited to the Mansion House, Jesmond, to find out more about carers and the support available to you.

Register using this link

North East Pensioners Association

Please follow this link to sign the petition to end NHS privatisation.  We have teamed up with 'We Own It' to promote their petition, which will go to local NHS leaders. Recent research by Oxford academics indicates that privatisation has increased the number of preventable deaths.

We want to know what you think! 

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