06 April 2019
Spring Newsletter

Quick view of what's in the Newsletter
Volunteers and Committee Members Needed
Thursday  4th April Snake Davis with Burden of Paradise
Monday 8th April Ben Houchen at Hurworth Village Hall 2pm
Saturday 13th April  Easter Coffee Morning 10.30 am – 12.00 Noon
Tuesday 30th April Reading Room AGM 7.00pm
May - Walks around the boundary of Neasham Parish
Tuesday 7th May   Hands on Theatre present ‘The Desert Queen’
Saturday 8th June  Afternoon Tea & Unveiling of the Spirit of Neasham
'A Perfect Paradise': Eryholme from 1066 A J Pollard PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER

The Reading Room, as most of you will know is Neasham’s village hall which is run as a charity by a small committee with three trustees. It has been well supported over the years by village residents and provides a range of successful community events, as well as a welcoming venue for a variety of different classes and clubs.

We are losing some committee members in April, so are now looking for more volunteers to either join the committee or to register as volunteers to help with events. We are particularly looking for people who, with help and support are interested in organising events including large events e.g Duck Derby, Christmas Dance and other social events.

In addition, I have informed my fellow trustees and committee members that I will be standing again for the forthcoming year (April 2019 to April 2020) and that if elected it will be my last year as Chair. I hope that this will give the opportunity to work with someone who is prepared to take over the role and allow for a full and effective handover.

If you are interested in supporting the Reading Room as a volunteer, committee member or as Chair please email NeashamRR@gmail.com giving the details; Name/Address/Email/Phone/How you could support,
 no later than Monday 29th April.

Our next AGM is on Tuesday 30th April at 7.00pm. We hope to see you there.
Lesley Blundell,
Chair, Neasham Reading Room
Thursday April 4th Snake Davis with Burden of Paradise…
Snake has played sax with M People, Eurhythmics, Take That, Ray Charles and many, many more. Dave has played bass with Martha and the Vandellas, Edwin Starr and the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. Helen has sung with The Eagles, Emmylou Harris and Little Feat. 
Ben Houchen (Tees Valley Mayor) will be appearing at Hurworth Village Hall on Monday 8th April at 2.00pm.
He will talk about recent developments relating to Teesside International Airport, the SSI site in Redcar and other topics of interest. He is happy to speak to you, listen to what you have to say and to answer any questions you might put to him.
This is a free event and places will be limited. So, to ensure you get a seat please do contact me and I'll add your name to the list.
 And, if you know of anyone else who might be interested please do spread the word. Refreshments will be available by donation.
Bill Drumm | 01325 720694 | bill.drumm@talk21.com
The ever-popular Easter Coffee Morning - Saturday 13th April
10.30am - 12noon

Come along and join us for tea/ coffee and delicious cakes. Entrance is free. As well as our usual bookstall, there will be an Easter Egg Raffle and much more...
Tuesday May 7th Hands on Theatre present THE DESERT QUEEN
A new play by award winning
playwright David Farn and directed by Neil Armstrong
Join Gertrude Bell, archaeologist, mountaineer, map maker,
librarian, confidante to Lawrence of Arabia and Churchill,
on her pioneering adventures in the Alps and desert at a time
when women were supposed to be at home doing crochet.
Tickets £10 each, press the button below or email neashamrr@gmail.
Purchase tickets for The Desert Queen here...

Neasham Community Walks around the Boundary of Neasham Parish

Historically, communities performed a Parish perambulation - an annual walk/ride to affirm the boundaries of the Parish (ie beating the bounds).  As far as we know, this has never happened in Neasham. 

Therefore, we have decided to plan one for 2019 and we invite Neasham residents (and their friends)to join us, to meet other residents and to discover parts of Neasham Parish you may have never seen before.

A series of walks have been planned around Neasham Parish using the walks listed in the Neasham Reading Room website.  These walks are of various lengths and are family friendly and healthy!. We encourage walkers of all ages and abilities to join us in this community event.  Each walk will start and end at Neasham Reading Room.

Wednesday 1st May - Meet Neasham Reading Room - 6pm - approx. 5 mls
Reading Room   - Sockburn Lane  -  Liberty Lodge  -  Fish Locks  -  Low Dinsdale -  Reading Room  

Friday 3rd May - Meet Neasham Reading Room - 6pm - approx. 5 / 6 mls
Reading Room  -  Cold Comfort  -  Low Maidendale  -  Hurworth Moor  --  Skipbridge  -  Neasham Springs  -  Reading Room  

Monday 6th May - Meet Neasham Reading Room - 2.30pm - approx. 4 mls
The walk itself begins and ends at Low Dinsdale Church.  You can either meet us at the Church or travel with us in convoy to the Church.
Low Dinsdale Church  -  Woods -  M St G   -   golf course  -  Dinsdale Park  -  golf course – Low Dinsdale Church

Saturday 11th May - Meet Neasham Reading Room - 10.30am - approx. 3 mls
Reading Room  -  Newbus  -  River Tees Loop  -  Newbus  -  Reading Room

More details:   Tel:  Lee on  01325 720205
Everyone taking part in the walks does so at their own risk.

Save the date!
Saturday 8th June

Afternoon Tea and unveiling of the Spirit of
Neasham.. More details to follow
'A Perfect Paradise': Eryholme from 1066 A J Pollard

Described in 1775 by the lady of the manor, Elizabeth Montague, as a 'perfect paradise', Eryholme has had an eventful history. Piecing together a narrative from a range of sources, Tony Pollard tells the story of the landowners, the villagers, their changing fortunes, their religion and their engagement with the wider world over almost thirty generations from the Norman Conquest to Brexit. The
40,000 word paperback, including 40 illustrations and maps, is scheduled for September 2019.

Subscribe at the special pre-publication rate of £10 per copy instead of £14. 99 By subscribing for just £10 per copy you will
• Have your name entered in a list of subscribers in the volume
 • Receive copies at the pre-publication price of £10 (excl p&p) per copy
 • Be invited to the book's launch

CONTACT By email eryholmeparishcounci@gmail.com
or by post The Parish Clerk, Rose Cottage, Eryholme DL2 2PF
For information on what’s happening in the Reading Room and Neasham visit www.neashamreadingroom.org.uk
Neasham Reading Room | Sockburn Lane | Neasham | Darlington | DL2 1PH
Trustees | Lesley Blundell - Chair | Lee Puchala - Secretary | Barbara Metcalfe – Treasurer
Registered Charity Number – 520854 | NeashamRR@gmail.com
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