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Northern branch

The Northern branch roughly covers the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham, Cumbria and some of North Yorkshire, with about 170 members in the area. The exact area covered is determined by postcode regions and can be seen on our Post Code Map. We do have a list of 'active' members who receive regular information on events. If you wish to be on it please contact Bill Schardt.

Bill Schardt
Email: bill.schardt2@gmail.com


Upcoming Events

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Previous Events

Visit to the Nuclear Power Station at Hartlepool on 13th November

We have arranged a visit to the Nuclear Power Station at Hartlepool on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 10.30 am. The nuclear power station is situated on the northern bank of the mouth of the River Tees, 2.5 miles south of Hartlepool in County Durham, North East England. The station has a net electrical output of 1,190 megawatts, which is 2% of Great Britain's peak electricity demand. The electricity is produced by two advanced gas-cooled reactors.

Numbers are limited so please let me know if you would like to join us.

St Catharine's Day Lunch on Saturday 17th November

We will be arranging a St Catharine's Day Lunch on Saturday 23rd November 2019 (the nearest Saturday to St Catharine's Day) at 1pm, at Luciano's, Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 2FP. It is easily reached by bus or Metro, and there is ample parking nearby. Please let me know if you would like to attend.

Visit to Ushaw College, County Durham on Thursday 16th May at 10am

Ushaw College was founded over 200 years ago to educate students for the Roman Catholic priesthood. It is a magnificent collection of buildings designed by very distinguished architects including Pugin, and building continued for much of the 19th century. The College closed in 2011 due to lack of vocations for the priesthood, and some of the buildings are now used by Durham University.

We arranged a General Tour of the College starting at 10.30am. After a buffet lunch we did the "Hidden Ushaw" tour and saw the parts of the college that are not usually open to the public, including the former dormitories.

Visit to Shildon Railway Museum Saturday 19th May at 11am

We have arranged a visit to The National Railway Museum at Shildon (AKA Locomotion), County Durham DL4 2RE. Meet at the museum at 11am on Saturday 19th May. Several members of the Northern Branch have already said that they will be there. If you are coming along please let me know so I can look out for you. See the Museum's website at https://www.locomotion.org.uk/ .

Walk at Marsden, South Shields on Saturday 15th July at 11am

We have arranged walk of about 4 miles from Marsden, South Shields, for Saturday 15th July. It will be led by one of our members, Ian Evans. We will start at the top of the Marsden Grotto lift at 11am. For those of you with satellite navigation the address of the location is Coast Rd, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 7BS.

I will be waiting at the meeting point with a rainbow-coloured umbrella, so you should be able to spot me! Trainers, walking shoes or light boots are recommended.


Branch Annual Report 2016


Last modified 5th March 2020