Jesmond Community Festival 2017  


 
 
The Jesmond Community Forum Festival   12 May - 4 June 2017           Follow Jesmond Community Festival on Facebook                                  

The 2017 Jesmond Community Festival starts with a warm-up event on Friday 12th May, features an spectacular fair on Saturday 13th and continues with more than 100 more events through to Sunday 4th June. As usual, there is something for everyone, from toddlers to pensioners, with choral concerts, talks, readings, open days, family fun activities, walking tours, jazz, competitions, a fair and much more!..

Most Events Free!
Unless otherwise stated, all the events in this programme are free, although some require booking in advance. Where charges are made, they are kept low, to cover costs, or to raise money for a named charity.

The full programme is on this site, below. Most events will be free and open to all, but in some cases there will be a small charge, and advance booking will be necessary for a limited number of the most popular events.

Most of last year's venues are taking part again in 2017, but for the first time we also look forward to some exciting new events and, of course, the Fair on the first Saturday, Sat 13th May.

For further information in due course, keep watching this website, or our Facebook page.
Or you can pick up a free programme from Oxfam Books and Music, Jesmond Library, or various other community locations.


A PDF of the Festival Programme is available to download here.

   
  Festival Preview
Sat 6 May
11:00am

3:00pm

 
 
St George's Spring Fete
St George's Church Green and Church Hall, Osborne Road
Plants, cakes, books, bottles, raffle, teas, as well as every kind of music, from classical to community choirs, craft beers, children's activities and stalls from Jesmond Food Market
a chance to pick up a Festival Programme and put all your favourite events into your diary!
 

 
 
Festival Launch
Fri 12 May Follow Jesmond Community Festival on Facebook
4:00pm

7:00pm

 
 
Big Tidy Up!
97 & Social, 97 Osborne Road
Community Litter pick. Free and open to all.
Meet at 97 & Social on Osborne Road for a two hour litter pick, after which we will return to 97 & Social for refreshments and an opportunity to relax.

Organised by Keep Jesmond Clean.
For more information email keepjesmondclean@gmail.com.


 
Evening
time to be confirmed

 

Bats and Moths
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene
Learn about the different species of bats that live in the UK before we set out on a short walk and see which ones we can find.

Don't forget your torch! We will also be running a moth trap throughout the evening.
Suggested age 8+.
Booking essential. Contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 281 2082.
5 per person.

 
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10am

4:00pm

 

 
Grand Festival Fair
St George's Church green and Church Hall
Entertainment, Music, Food, Crafts, Fun, Community Groups and Market, on the Green or, if the weather is poor, in the Church Hall. Information about Festival events.
Come and join the Fair!


Entertainment will include musicians from West Jesmond School and City Youth Music, classic bikes from the Royal British Legion and the bells (and bellringers) of St George's.

 
Sat 13 May
9:30am

12noon

 

Messy Church
Holy Trinity Church, Churchill Gardens
Enjoy the toddler play zone, crafts, story and songs along with a coffee and refreshments.
Call in for as little or as long as you wish.
 



10:00am

12:00noon

 
Great British Tennis Weekend
The Northumberland Club, North Jesmond Avenue
Free event offering a range of tennis tasters, coaching and fun for the whole family. Competitions, prizes and giveaways.

All age groups and abilities welcome, all equipment provided.
10:00am

12 noon

 
 
Pond Dipping and Moth Morning
Jesmond Dene Nature Area (across the Ouseburn from Pets' Corner)
We'll go through the moth trap from the night before, to see what we have managed to catch and try our best to identify them, before we let them go.
Try pond dipping to see what lives under water in the Nature Area.
Drop in, and stay as long as you like.
More information from the Visitor Centre on 0191 281 2082.
 
10:00am

3:00pm

 
 

 
Ouseburn Park Open Weekend
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre,
Jesmond Dene

Find out what the Friends of Jesmond Dene and the Volunteer Rangers get up to, and how they help and support the parks staff in keeping the Dene such a popular visitor attraction.
History displays, information about the archive project, the "Adopt a Plot" scheme, video footage of wildlife and history walks.
Drop by on Saturday or Sunday.
Visitor Centre and Gift Shop open.
 
 

 
10:30am

11:45am

 
 
Messy Church
St George's Church, Osborne Road
Lots of fun for children ages 0 to 10, their parents and carers.
Play, crafts, chat and refreshments, with a baby corner for those too young to stick and paste!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Why not combine Messy Church with a visit to the Grand Festival Fair?
 
 
7:00pm

9:00pm

 
Philonious Funk
Jesmond Library, St George's Terrace
Members of the Northumbria Students' Union Funk Band perform some of their favourite funk tunes.
Presented by Jesmond Residents Association.
Expect a great night out!
 
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4:30am

7:30am
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Dawn Chorus
Ouseburn Parks, Jesmond Dene
Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. Join the Rangers and Volunteer Rangers on this early morning walk through the Dene to listen to the delightful sounds of the birds.
After the walk enjoy a breakfast roll, a hot drink and some footage of other wildlife in the Dene.
Suitable for adults and older children (12+). Booking essential.
Contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 281 2082 to book your place.

 
start at
9:00am
 
 
Junior Parkrun
Town Moor, west of Exhibition Park
Free 2km run for children aged 4-14.

 
Register in advance at www.parkrun.org.uk/townmoor-juniors.

 
10:00am

12:00noon

 

 
Heritage Tours
Jesmond Old Cemetry, Sandyford Road
Meet at the South Lodge, adjacent to the Sandyford Road entrance, for a guided tour of this historic backwater, last resting place of John Dobson, Emerson Bainbridge and John Fenwick.

There is no car parking available. Wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
Turn up 15 minutes before the tours commence. No charge, but donations welcome.
Any queries to Ray Hayes (07936 534 084).
10:00am

12noon

 
Great British Tennis Weekend
The Northumberland Club, North Jesmond Avenue
Free event offering a range of tennis tasters, coaching and fun for the whole family. Competitions, prizes and giveaways.
All age groups and abilities welcome, all equipment provided.
 
10:00am

3:00pm

 

 
Ouseburn Parks open weekend
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene
Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. Join the Rangers and Volunteer Rangers on this early morning walk through the Dene to listen to the delightful sounds of the birds.
After the walk enjoy a breakfast roll, a hot drink and some footage of other wildlife in the Dene.
Suitable for adults and older children (12+). Booking essential.
Contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 281 2082 to book your place.
 
2:00pm

3:00pm

Semitones
Cestria house, 45 Sanderson Road
An informal concert for residents, staff and friends

Access to Cestria House is restricted, so if you wish to attend, leave extra time to check with staff in advance.  
2:00pm

4:00pm

Open Day at the Orchard
Jesmond Community Orchard, St Andrew's Cemetery, Tankerville Terrace
A late celebration of May Day, with the fruit trees in blossom

Enjoy activities, crafts and games for children and adults and discover one of Jesmond's most attractive hidden corners.  
6:00pm

8:00pm

 
 
Storytelling Open Mic night
Cake Stories, Brentwood Avenue
An evening of story telling. Bring your favourite story to read, sing or perform.
Any format fine, stand-up jokes, drama, a song or a bed-time story.

Free admission. Hosted by Cake Stories. Cakes, drinks and food available to purchase.  

Mon 15 May
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10:00am

12noon

 
 
Toddler Group
Jesmond Parish Church Hall, Eskdale Terrace
Our toddler groups provide a large, fun and safe place for you to come with your under 5's and enjoy a wide variety of structured and free play activities.

Come along and try out a session for 2 per family (also takes place on Wednesday and Friday mornings).
For more information contact anne.leonard@church.org.uk .
2:00pm

3:30pm

 
Knit and Natter
St Hildas Church, Thornleigh Road
Come and join us, knit for a good cause and natter for fun!
Wool and needles supplied, or bring your own if you prefer.
Refreshments. Free.
 
6:00pm

7:30pm

 

 
All Together Now!
Jesmond Library, St Georges Terrace
Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance invites you to enjoy a musical performance by Semitones,
join in the singing, and learn about local work being carried out to develop the potential of musical interactions in dementia care.

To mark Dementia Awareness Week

 
6:30pm

8:00pm

 
 
Cricket Coaching for Girls
Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue
Try out fun cricket coaching for girls and women aged 13 to pensioners.
Free taster sessions.


Bar open from 5:00 pm.

 
7:30pm

9:30pm

 
 
 
Flower Arranging
St Georges Church Hall, Osborne Road
Demonstration of flower arranging by Pamella Alexander, Secretary of the Northumberland and Durham Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangers.


Presented by Jesmond Women's Institute.
The arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. Donations welcome.  

Tues 16 May
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10:00am

12:30pm

 
 

 
Ouseburn Park Volunteer Open Day
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene
Meet the Friends and Volunteer Rangers, and find out what they get up to. We have various different volunteer opportunities: guided walks, practical sessions, bee keeping, events, the archives, and lots more. Find out more about our activities and let us have your ideas for other ways people could contribute to the well-being of the Dene, its wildlife and visitors.
For more information contact the Visitor Centre on 0191 281 2082 or email parks&countryside@newcastle.gov.uk.
If you would like to volunteer, but can't come along to Jesmond Dene today, please get in touch anyway!
2:00pm

5:00pm

 

 
Portland Bowling Club Open Day
Portland Bowling Club, Hutton Terrace
One of the County's oldest private bowling clubs opens its doors, for men of all ages.
A great opportunity to visit one of Jesmond's hidden gems and, if you wish, try out bowls in a near perfect setting.
If you want to try bowling, flat soled shoes or trainers will be required.
Licenced bar, tea and coffee
7:00pm

9:00pm

 
 

 
The Jesmond Debate
Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue
"Is private education good or bad for society as a whole?"
Speakers: Bernard Trafford (currently Head of Newcastle Royal Grammar School) and Gerry Keating (formerly a teacher at Newcastle Royal Grammar School).
After the main speakers have made their presentations, members of the audience will be invited to make their contributions.
The Jesmond Debate is organised by the North East Humanists.
7:15pm

9:00pm

 
 
The Rock Project
Adult Taster

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Churchill Gardens
Adults : try out bass, guitar or drums.
places are limited. Contact Paul Gibson in advance by on 07802 234843 or newcastle@therockproject.com.

Wed 17 May
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10:00am

12 noon

 

 
JesCraft
JesSpace, above 1901 Caffe Bistro, Jesmond Methodist Church, St Georges Terrace
Learn some new craft skills, or refresh older ones.
The group spends the time knitting, crocheting, sewing, cross-stitching and embroidering and we will be more than happy to teach anyone willing to learn.
If you have your own needles please bring them along.
Free.
1:00pm

3:00pm

 

 
Open House
Jesmond Methodist Church, St Georges Terrace
Our doors are open to anyone who needs space for relaxation and rest during a busy week, whether that's a break from work, kids or exam prep.
Come along and spend as long as you need. Your are welcome to bring along something to do or read.
There will also be a prayer space, drawing materials and books available, and friendly conversation, should you wish.
Tea, coffee and cake. Free entry.
2:00pm

4:00pm

 
Circle Dancing
Jesmond Library, St Georges Terrace
A taster session with Liz Hammer, including tea and refreshments.
Enjoy a fun and sociable time as you learn dances from around the world. Donations please.
Suitable for all ages, and you don't need a partner.
Donations welcome
6:00pm

8:00pm

 

 
Heritage Tour
Jesmond Old Cemetry, Sandyford Road
A guided tour of this historic backwater, the last resting place of John Dobson, Emerson Bainbridge and John Fenwick.
Meet at South Lodge, adjacent to the Sandyford Road entrance.
No car parking available. Wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
Turn up 15 minutes before the tour starts.
No charge, but donations welcome.
Any queries to Ray Hayes 07936 534 084.
7:00pm

8:30pm

 

 
Poetry Please?
Please Yourself!

The Holy Name Church Hall, Towers Avenue
Bring along a published poem of your choice, to share over a glass of wine with fellow poetry lovers, in an informal and relaxed setting.
 

Thurs 18 May
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10:30am

12 noon

 
Senior Men's Club   -   Women also welcome!
Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue
Each week a nominated speaker gives a talk on their specialist subject.
Come and enjoy this week's speaker.
Tea and coffee available from 10:00 am.

 
10:30am

1:30pm

 
"Vintage" lunch club   -   Adult Taster
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Churchill Gardens
Light lunch and conversation for the over 60's.
 
2:00pm

4:00pm

doors open 1:30pm

 
Put a Song in your Heart
Chapman House, Newcastle High School for Girls, Junior Department, Sandyford Road
An afternoon of fun and frivolity for the over 50s, including entertainment provided by the children of the school and afternoon tea.
Hosted by Newcastle High School for Girls and the Elders Council of Newcastle.
Open to all over 50s.
Free transport available from various stops in Jesmond, contact 0191 275 9745 to book.

 
2:00pm

4:00pm

 
Afternoon Tea Club
Holy Name Church, Towers Avenue
Afternoon tea, with a slide show with images of Old Jesmond, musical entertainment, and a raffle
People of all ages welcome.
2 charge includes tea, all accompaniments and the raffle.
3:50pm

5:00pm

 
 
Quench   -   after school cafe
Jesmond Parish Church Hall, Eskdale Terrace
Start winding down for the weekend! Come down, grab a snack, then kick back and relax, or challenge your mates to a game of FIFA or Table Tennis.
Open to everyone in school years 7-13. Free entry: just pay for what you buy. Contact dan.mcbride@church.org.uk for more info.
4:00pm

8:15pm

 

 
The Rock Project   -   Taster
Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue
For ages 7-11: 4:00 - 6:00pm
For ages 11-18 : 6:15 - 8:15pm
Try out bass, guitar or drums.
Places are limited. Contact Paul Gibson in advance by on 07802 234843 or newcastle@therockproject.com .

 
6:00pm

7:00pm

 
Streets for People   -   a Thursday evening talk
Jesmond Library, St Georges Terrace
Speaker: Phil Jones Associates, urban designers of the proposed Jesmond-wide plan.
Sponsored by Jesmond Safe Cycling and Jesmond Residents Association.
3 a head, to help keep our library open.
6:00pm

8:00pm

 
 
Guided Walk   -   St Marys Chapel and Well
Meet at Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene
A walk in Jesmond Dene taking in the history of St Mary's Chapel and the Old Well in the company of volunteers who are passionate about the parks.
3 per head. Booking essential; phone 0191 281 2082.

 

Fri 19 May
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9:30am

11:30am

 
Trinity Tots
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Churchill Gardens
Toddler Group for babies, preschool age children and their parent(s).
 
10:30am

12 noon

 
The Friday Cafe
St Georges Church Hall, Osborne Road
Open to all
We warmly welcome those affected by dementia.
4:00pm

8:15pm

 
School Concert
Jesmond Library, St George's Terrace
West Jesmond Primary School concert
Open to all! An informal concert of singers and instrumentalists from West Jesmond Primary School, performing a variety of music.
Coffee and refreshments.

7:00pm

10:00pm

 
City Youth Music   -   Young Bands Night
Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue
a Jesmond Festival Gig showcasing young local bands and music performers of school age.
Refreshments. Tickets at the door.

 
7:30pm

9:00pm

 
Compass Acapella
The Church of the Holy Name, Towers Avenue
A 40-strong chorus, conducted by Susan Jones.
Their repertoire contains songs from the swing era, through the '60s to the present day.
The chorus comprises men from all walks of life, based in the North East of England, who enjoy singing a range of popular songs a capella (without accompaniment) in four part close harmony.
7:45pm

9:45pm

 
 

 
An Evening of Comedy and Magic
Jesmond Parish Church, Eskdale Avenue
Special guest John Archer's with his unique brand of comedy and magic, along with hearing about how the God of the Bible changed his life.
John was the first man to fool the famous magic duo Penn & Teller, while Dynamo - Magician Impossible has called him "the funniest man I know"!
4 adults, 2 concessions. Book at www.jpc.org.uk/jesmondfest or phone 0191 212 7414.

 

Sat 20 May
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10:00am

1:00pm

 
 

 
Light Amid Shadow, A Quiet Morning
Jesmond United Reformed Church, Burdon Terrace
An army Chaplin in World War 1, Rev GA Studdert-Kennedy ("Woodbine Willie") worked through his experiences in the trenches in poetry, with a touch of wry humour.
led by Rev Ruth Crofton, we will look at his life and poetry, with time allowed to reflect in quietness.
Starts at 10:30am
Coffee from 10:00 am, bring a packed lunch for afterwards, if you wish.

 
10:00am

3:00pm

 
Jesmond Food Market
Armstrong Bridge, off Jesmond Dene Road
Jesmond's monthly food market returns, featuring all the best produce from around the region: bread, meat, cheese, vegetables, pickles, cakes, street food and much more.
The market is supported by Jesmond Residents Association and Food Newcastle and organised by Anna Hedworth of The Grazer.
10:00am

3:00pm

 
Jesmond Dene Arts Market
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene
Around 20 top local artists, designers and crafters, with something for all tastes and budgets.
The Arts Market is supported by Loveartnortheast and Newcastle City Council and organised by Lesley McNish.
10:00am

4:00pm

 

 
Gospel Choir Workshop
Jesmond Parish Church Halls, Eskdale Terrace
A fun filled day learning a variety of gospel songs - then sing the next day at the Jesmond Parish Church evening service, with a band.
No previous singing experience or ability to read music required, just lots of enthusiasm!
Free entry, but please book your place at www.jpc.org.uk/jesmondfest.
11:00am

1:00pm

 
 
Family Fun Day and Barbecue
Jesmond Nursery, 8 Osborne Road
An exciting day with various fun activities, indoors and out, including a bouncy castle, face painting and charity raffle.
Everyone welcome, free entry!
11:00am

2:00pm

 

 
Art Exhibition, Stalls, Books, Food
St Hilda's Church and Church Hall, Thornleigh Road
Art exhibition includes work from West Jesmond Primary School, Percy Hedley Foundation Northern Counties School and other local artists.
Stalls include books, preserves, ginger wine and more.
Art exhibition includes work from West Jesmond Primary School, Percy Hedley Foundation Northern Counties School and other local artists.
Stalls include books, preserves, ginger wine and more.
12 noon

2:00pm

A Taste of Nations
Jesmond Methodist Church, St George's Terrace
A taste of home cooked food from around the world. Event ends when the food runs out!
Free.
10:00am

3:00pm

 
Spice of Life Film Club
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Churchill Gardens
The award-winning film "Boyhood", an American coming-of-age drama, which used the same cast over the period 2002 to 2013.
After the film there will be an opportunity to discuss issues raised.

 
7:30pm

9:45pm

 
Axum - the Elderly Brothers
Jesmond Library, St George's Terrace
Folk band "Axum" make a welcome return to Jesmond Library, with traditional tunes from around the British Isles.
Support from vocal harmony group "The Elderly Brothers".
The 5 entry fee goes to support Jesmond Library and the Festival. Pay at the door.
Refreshments available at half time.
8:00pm

10:00pm

 
 

 
House: Youth Event
Jesmond Parish Church Halls, Eskdale Terrace
If you are in school years 9 - 13 then House is for you: it's what Saturday nights were made for. Come join us for a relaxed evening in the cafe, get stuck into some epic Table Tennis and Football battles or simply play the night away in our Gaming Zone.
It's your House!
Contact dan.mcbride@church.org.uk for more info.

Sun 21 May
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9:00am
 
 
Junior Parkrun
Town Moor, west of Exhibition Park
Free 2km run for children aged 4-14.

 
Register in advance at www.parkrun.org.uk/townmoor-juniors.

 
11:00am

3:00pm

 
Steam Train Rides
Exhibition Park, off Brandling Park or Claremont Road
Come and ride on the model railway as guests of the Tyneside Society of Model and Experimental Engineers.
Children and adults welcome!
The tracks are situated behind the Wylam Brewery Building, at the Northern edge of the park.

 
11:00am

6:00pm

 
Classic Bikes
Royal British Legion Car Park, Lonsdale Terrace
Re-live those old memories! The fantastic Jesmond classic and custom motorcycle show, presented by members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch

Refreshments and food on sale.

 
11:00am

7:00pm approx

 
Minor Counties Cricket
Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue
Northumberland County Cricket Club v Lincolnshire CCC.

See www.newcastlecc.org.uk for latest information.