Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth- Hartlepool- 13/9/2014

The  Year of Hilda – Celebrating 1400 years since her birth

A special FREE event on Saturday 13 September in St Hilda’s Church Hartlepool.

Michelle Brown, a renowned authority on the Lindisfarne Gospels, will  speak on The Influence of Hilda and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

10.00am  for coffee, lecture starts at 10.30am.

More info from Rev Chris Collinson on 01429 267030.

English Heritage Aerial Photography Workshop 20/9/2014

A day workshop in Thornton le Street by English Heritage with a mix of theory
and practice. Booking is required.

English Heritage will give the first of a series of workshops on archaeological techniques at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 20
September from 10.00am to 3.00pm with a one hour lunch break.

The series is intended to stimulate research into the archaeology of the county and provide researchers with the skills necessary to work to a professional standard. It will be conducted by Dave MacLeod, Operational Manager, and Dave Knight, Investigator, of the Aerial Investigation and Mapping Section based at York.

Aerial survey is the single most important tool for the discovery of archaeology sites in
England and plays an important role in many aspects of the National Heritage Protection Plan directed by English Heritage. It is a broad term used to describe the various activities related to the recording of sites and landscapes from the air. This includes the taking of new photographs, along with interpretation and mapping using both new and archive photographs. It is one element of the broader field of remote sensing that provides information about the ground surface and sub-surface without needing direct contact.

Each year hundreds of previously unknown sites are discovered through the Aerial Reconnaissance programme and specialist staff identify even more through the analysis of features visible on existing photographs. Major projects are coordinated through the English Heritage National Mapping Programme. Individual sites are investigated to help understand
important new discoveries and to help with their management. A number of national and local archives are available.

The workshop will be a mix of theory and practice. Numbers will be limited so places must be
booked in advance for each workshop which will cost £20 per person.
Payment should be in favour of English Heritage and posted to John Sheehan at 4 Arden Mews, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1EN.

Lunch is not provided. An additional charge of £2 will be made on the day to
cover accommodation and refreshment costs.

Enquiries to John Sheehan by telephone 01609 771878, or email (mailto: .

Day Conference: Beyond the walls: The baths, temples, villages and fields outside the forts on Hadrian’s Wall: recent discoveries

Wallquest and the Arbeia Society present a day conference:

 Beyond the walls: The baths, temples, villages and fields outside the forts on Hadrian’s Wall:  recent discoveries


Saturday 15 November 2014

Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields

Society members/concessions:                 £15

Non-members:                                              £20

WallQuest participants:                               £5

(includes morning and afternoon tea/coffee but not lunch)

For further information or bookings please contact:
The Secretary, Arbeia Society, Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, NE33 2BB.
Telephone: (0191) 4544093.

‘Fires of the North’ programme, running on the Northumbria coast between 25 Aug (St Aebba’s day) and 4 Sept (St Cuthbert’s Day)

A unique venture bringing together three iconic National Nature Reserves and three major national organisations – Lindisfarne NNR (Natural England), Farne Islands NNR (National Trust), and St Abb’s Head NNR (National Trust for Scotland) – around the figure of Cuthbert, the ‘Fire of the North’, and evoking a time when the ancient kingdom of Northumbria straddled what is now England and Scotland.

On 4 September (St Cuthbert’s Day) last year a beacon/fire was lit by National Trust Rangers on the Inner Farne to commemorate the time in 687 when monks did the same to signal to Lindisfarne the death of Cuthbert on the Inner Farne.

The event celebrated the life of Cuthbert, and especially his strong links with nature and the animal kingdom. As the North’s patron saint he became known as the ‘Fire of the North’.


Mon 25 August (St Aebbe’s Day)

St Abb’s Head NNR – Liza Cole and John Woodhurst

Liza, the National Trust for Scotland’s Senior Ranger at St Abb’s Head NNR will talk about the Reserve, whilst local historian John will explore Cuthbert’s links to St Abbs, stressing the importance he gave to nature and the animal kingdom.

Meet at St Abb’s Head Nature Centre (Grid Ref NT 913674) at 1pm to walk to Kirk Hill, the site of   St Aebbe’s Anglo-Saxon monastery.

Thurs 28 August

Inner Farne NNR – National Trust Rangers and John Woodhurst

John will meet the 11, 12, 1 and 2 o’clock sailings from Seahouses to the Inner Farne, and in a short walk/talk offer the opportunity to find out more about Cuthbert’s links to the Farnes, referencing the archaeology with sites extant today, and stressing Cuthbert’s self-sufficient lifestyle as a hermit. NT Rangers will also be on hand to talk about the wildlife of the Inner Farne.

Standard boat booking from Seahouses to Inner Farne (NT landing fees apply to non members – see NT website for details), and meet John and NT Ranger on landing.


Sun 31 August (St Aidan’s Day)

Lindisfarne NNR – Laura Scott and John Woodhurst

Reserve Warden Laura will talk about Lindisfarne NNR, and John will do his regular walk/talk, ‘Cuthbert – Lindisfarne’s First Nature Warden?’.

Meet at Window on Wild Lindisfarne building (Grid Ref NU129419) at 12.30 pm to walk around the Harbour, along the Heugh, across to St Cuthbert’s Island, and back via the ‘Sacred Corridor’ to St Mary’s Church.

Thurs 4 Sept at Dusk ca.8.30-9.00pm (St Cuthbert’s Day)


Beacons/Fires to be lit on Inner Farne and St Abb’s Head

NT Rangers will repeat the beacon/fire from last year near the lighthouse on Inner Farne.

St Abb’s Head beacon/fire will be on a hill close to St Abb’s Head lighthouse, with a linked walk from Kirk Hill to the site led by Daniel Rhodes, National Trust for Scotland Archaeologist (meet foot of Kirk Hill – Grid Ref NT914687 at 7.30).

John will lead a group from the Window on Wild Lindisfarne building (meet 7.30) to the Watchtower on the Heugh to view, weather permitting, both beacons/fires. Along the way he will give a shortened version of his ‘First Nature Warden’ talk.



Lindisfarne – 01289 381470 or

Inner Farne – 01665 576874 or

St Abb’s Head – 01890 771443 or


Please wear suitable footwear and be prepared for all weather. Bring a drink/snack. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kirknewton Archaeology Festival 15-17th August 2014

The Kirknewton Archaeology Festival will be based in Kirknewton in the Northumberland National Park. The event builds upon the hugely successful event held two years ago and is organised entirely by Voluntary Rangers with the assistance of staff at the National Park and Northumberland County Council and on the Gefrin Trust.

The event will take place first on the 15th, 16th and 17th of  August 2014 with a series of Guided Walks between August 31st and September 5th.

Highlights include:

*        Demonstrations of ancient crafts including pottery, textiles, horn and wood carving;

*        Visits to the Anglian Royal Township site of Ad Gefrin by archaeologist Roger Miket

*        Have a go archery

*        A one-day literature course on Border Ballads (advanced booking essential)

*        Exhibition featuring the work of local archaeological societies
For more information check out the leaflet:

Click to access Kirknewton-Festival-Leaflet-2014.pdf

Or contact Northumberland National Park on 01434 605555

Flodden Peace Centre August 2014- WWI Exhibitions, Hiroshima Day and The Railway Men

Flodden Peace Centre at Crookham – August 2014

Monday August 4th 11 – 3pm 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I including three exhibitions, stained glass art installation and Solemn Ceremony

  • Till Valley Archaeological Society (TilVAS) WW1 local history exhibition featuring those who fought and died from Crookham and the surrounding villages.
  • British Legion exhibition.
  • Exhibition and Speaker, Mike Fraser on Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary during WW1 Sir Edward, great nephew of Earl Grey. Sir Edward conducted most of his government affairs from Falloden Hall, Northumberland.
  • Mike Fraser speaks on new research of local conscientious objectors and their tribunals.
  • Local musicians are invited to play during the day.
  • Poppy flowers planted in the garden are blessed and solemn commemoration ceremony.
  • Ringing of the Peace Bell
  • Guided tours of the Peace Garden.
  • Dedication of stained Glass art installation devised by Heather Fisher, in the Peace Garden.
  • Refreshments served throughout the day.

Timetable for the day:

11am Opening.

11 – 3 Three Exhibitions

11 – 11. 45am Garden: Ringing of the Peace Bell, Solemn commemoration, and dedication of art installation.

12 -12.30 Meet at Garden Gate: Guided Peace Garden Tour.

1 – 2 Hall: Speaker and Question and Answer time with Mike Fraser on Conscientious Objectors and their local Military Tribunals.

2 – 2.30 Meet at Garden Gate: Guided Peace Garden Tour.

3pm: closing, ringing of Peace Bell.

Free event – Donations divided equally between the Crookham Branch of The British Legion and Flodden Peace Centre.


Wednesday August 6th 7pm 9pm– Hiroshima Day.

7pm – A short ceremony by the weeping Pear Tree in the Peace Garden.

7.30 Introductory presentation of book The Railway Man, by Eric Lomax provided by Sabrina Maule who worked with, and typed early drafts of Eric’s book over a twenty-year period

Sabrina taught Arts and Technology at Tweedmouth Middle School. She worked for many years for Eric Lomax while he was writing ‘The Railway Man’, typing up drafts before and after Eric’s visit to Japan to meet Nagase Takashi.

Sabrina, 20 years ago, when she was at home with small children, started working for Eric Lomax, typing up the drafts of ‘The Railway Man’ and continued to work on it until publication.   She has interesting stories to tell about the experience – in particular the transformation in Eric after he met, and forgave, Nagase Takashi.

Kathy Teirnan, local published author (‘Place of Repose’), will lead the book discussion. We may be able to persuade her to bring some copies to sign and sell.  The discussion will be yours, feel free to come if you have seen the film or the book or neither! Kathy Tiernan lives in Berwick, and has worked as an English teacher, arts administrator and shiatsu practitioner. She is currently working on an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Refreshments will be served.

Free Event – Donations to the Flodden Peace Centre and towards expenses of guest speakers.


Friday 22nd August 7pm – 9.30pm screening of The Railway Man

The evening begins in the Peace Garden with presentation by George Frewing aged 11 yrs and family, of money raised during The Wooler Wheel cycling event in the spring, sponsored by Doddington Ice Cream and Borders Radio. George raised £270 to contribute to the hand carved oak garden furniture and wooden swords of the combat zone. The Peace Centre is grateful to all the sponsors and to George for making it possible. George Frewing attends St Pauls RCVA Middle School in Alnwick and is very well known for his sporting successes. He plays for Alnmouth Cricket team, as well as Nothumberalnd County Cricket; and plays football for Alnwick and the County. Cycling is part of his fitness training for squash, rugby, and golf at Foxton. His father John Frewing of Warkworth accompanied him on the 30k cycle ride. The Frewings were able to stop for a picnic breakfast and learn about the Peace Centre while on the ride.

Refreshments served in the hall, prior to screening.

7.30 pm Screening of film (112 min) Fit for viewing 15 years or more.

7.30pm – 8.30pm Guided Tour of Peace garden for those aged under 15 yrs, and any older people who care to join the tour.

The 22nd August 2014 will be the 150th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Geneva Convention in 1864 to protect the sick and wounded in armies in the field paving the way for the 1949 Geneva Convention, of which Japan was not a signatory, during the Second World War.

Free event – Donations for refreshments and the Flodden Peace Centre Garden are welcome we require a further £300 towards remaining seating and to purchase some more dark and forbidding trees at the entrance to replace some originals which sadly have not survived transplant in the early days of the garden.


Full details and directions to Flodden Peace Centre available at See the events section and the Flodden Peace Centre pages of the Eco Museum website.


Tel: Rev Mary Taylor tel: 01896 756990