NEWMP Events
03/11/2018 - Chester-le-Street Wars End Concert
The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street Proudly present:-

Wars End Chester-le-Street Centenary Concert Celebrating the end of W.W.1

St Mary and St Cuthbert's Parish Church on Saturday November 3rd 2018

Time 7pm


Durham Army Cadet Force Borneo Band
Youth Connection Singers
Jane Westgarth, Soprano
Robert Nicholson, Baritone/Tenor
A finale of popular songs from the era and some traditional "Last Night of the Proms" music
Narrator Marjorie Dodds our Town Cryer

A joyous celebration of the peace which followed the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country, serving armed forces personnel who still do so today.

Tickets £8.50 adults £5 under 16 year olds

Available through Rotary members and Fred Richards on 0191 3882312

08/11/2018 - Alan Grint's Book Lauch
10/11/2018 - Beamish Remembrance Weekend
NEWMP will be at Beamish Museum on Sunday only the 11th November 2018 as part of Beamish Remembrance Weekend centenary. We will be situated upstairs in the Bank in the town next to the Masonic Hall.

10/11/2018 - Durham County Local History Society Talk
Behind the Lines: making a film about Spennymoor's contribution to medical services in the Great War

A talk by Dr John Banham

City Theatre

2.30pm 10th November 2018

10/11/2018 - Felling Heritage Exhibition
The Mayor of Gateshead is to Unveil a seat in Felling Square on Friday 9th November at about 12 o clock. This year the Felling Heritage Exhibition coincides with the Remembrance Weekend. NEWMP will be attending the Exhibition for the first time. So if you have any family names on a local War Memorials, or any photographs, Memorabilia we would be more than pleased to see you.

From 10am to 4pm at the Church Hall next to Felling Methodist Church, 20 Coldwell Street, opposite the Bay Horse Public House.

10/11/2018 - Wor Stories
St Mary's Heritage Centre
Saturday 10th November 10.30am – 3.30pm
As we celebrate the centenary of the Armistice, which effectively ended the First World War, we look back at the stories and histories of some of the men from this region who gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice.

Lonely Tower Media are sharing some of their war films, with a showing every hour, and members of the North East War Memorials Project, Gateshead Local History Society and the WEA’s Turbulent Times project will be on hand to talk about their WW1 projects and the work that they do.

Free entry.

For more information: 0191 433 4699


11/11/2018 - Beamish Remembrance Weekend
NEWMP will be at Beamish Museum on Sunday the 11th November 2018 as part of Beamish Remembrance Weekend centenary. We will be situated upstairs in the Bank in the town next to the Masonic Hall.

11/11/2018 - Hamsterley Forest
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018, 4pm & 7pm Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL13

Calling all Privates; get your boots on & get ready to march…

In this promenade theatre performance, Soldiers, Conscripts & Volunteers alike will be plucked from the rolling hills of Durham and plunged into the murk and stink of the First World War. Your Mission? Join the Peart family and bring them home. Follow your guide as you navigate gas attacks, trench warfare, & brutal bombardment amid the destruction of the fields of France.

Join a trio of County Durham youth theatres as they bring local stories of WW1 to life in this outdoor theatre performance within Hamsterley Forest. Developed by Jackass, Turrets & WASH in collaboration with acclaimed theatre company Burn the Curtain & local professional artists, actors & musicians, Dulce Et Decorum est is a hard-hitting journey of resilience, courage & the truth behind that old lie; Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

This is an outdoor promenade performance and will take place regardless of weather conditions. Please arrive at the Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre at least 15 minutes before the performance start time wearing suitable clothing and footwear and bring a torch regardless of which walk you sign up to.

Please note:

There are two different walks for this show at each performance.

Volunteer: This walk is designed to challenge you. Volunteers will be walking on the less used paths of the forest so is suitable for those who have a reasonable level of fitness.

Conscript: This walk is designed to be accessible for those with access needs or those that would like a more leisurely walk.

Hot refreshments and drinks are available to buy from Mandy's Kitchen

Recommended ages 8+ (parental discretion is advised)

If you have any queries or concerns please contact Saturday 10th November, 10 am-4pm, Information Day & Programme of Talks
A full programme of short illustrated talks by well-known speakers on a wide range of subjects. A chance to hear up to four talks during the day. Book stalls and demonstrations. Full details of all events will be posted on our website before purchasing tickets.

This project has been made possible with funding from Northern Heartlands, County Durham Community Foundation's #IWILL funding programme, 3 Towns Area Action Partnership, Durham County Council's Community Learning Programme, F&PC Scotto Charitable Trust, Gaunless Gateway and the National Foundation for Youth Music.

11/11/2018 - Northumbria at War Armistice Centenary
To mark the centenary of the Armistice which, in November 1918 brought to an end four years of bitter conflict, the Project will present a week of public events at the Memorial Hall, 10 Frank Street, Wallsend, NE28 6RN.

Monday 5th to Saturday 10th November, 10 am-4pm and Sunday 11th November 2018, 11 am-2pm; Project Display & Exhibition:
A full review and exhibition of the work of the Project from 201 1-18 with audio visual presentations, online database, key publications, casualty map and printed materials, plus another chance to see the six large and five smaller exhibitions including: The Somme, Tyneside and the Battle of Jutland, Dominion Geordies and Geordie Doughboys.

Friday 9th November 2018, 7.30 pm -11 pm Concert and Project Review:
Featuring musical entertainment from local bands and choirs. Tickets on sale from April via the Memorial Hall and Project Workroom, B9, Linskill Centre. North Shields.

Saturday 10th November, 10 am-4pm, Information Day & Programme of Talks
A full programme of short illustrated talks by well-known speakers on a wide range of subjects. A chance to hear up to four talks during the day. Book stalls and demonstrations.
NEWMP will be in attendance so please come and visit us.
Full details of all events will be posted on the website Contact:

11/11/2018 - Waldridge The Battle's Over

Waldridge Parish Council

We are holding an event on The Village Green at Waldridge, opposite Chester Street on Sunday 11 November to commemorate the end of World War One. Parking available in the Village Hall.

We will have displays from the Sea, Air and Fire Cadets. Hermitage school will be providing some entertainment from a small group of drama students.

Carol Harris, curate at Wingate and Wheatley Hill, who used to be a Parish Councillor at Waldridge for many years, will be overseeing the evening.

The Last Post will be played by Carl Thompson followed by two minutes silence, we will then light the beacon.

We have purchased a 6 foot Tommy silhouette which will be on display on the evening and will be installed elsewhere in the Parish after the event.

Refreshments will be served, we would love to see you there.

18/11/2018 - Lanchester Project Poppies

Lest We Forget

14th Lanchester Boys’ Brigade in conjunction with Croft View Halls and other organisations and enthusiastic community members, is aiming to produce over 2,500 poppies and display them on the lawns in front and up the side of Lanchester Methodist Church at the end of October and during part of November 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. This will be similar to the poppies around the moat at the Tower of London but on a much smaller scale. The poppies will all be individually made from air dried clay, gloss painted red and be around five inches in diameter.

Poppies will be displayed at the three war memorials in the village. We will place a poppy for every solider that is remembered at the war memorial on the village green, at the war memorial and they will have a dog tag with the name of that solider on it. The same will be done at the War memorial by the All Saints RC Church. It is hoped that these poppies will have been made by some of the children from the different organisations in the village or who have attended a poppy workshop. The gates leading to the Church of England is also a war memorial and we will fix poppies to these gates.

We are personalising some of the poppies with a dog tag showing the name of a fallen soldier from any war or indeed with a name of someone that you may just want to remember. A charge of £10 would be made for these personalised poppies, they will be a part of the display and at the end of November 2018 you get to keep that poppy together with the tag and a commemorative certificate. We accept requests for these personalised poppies from anyone anywhere in the world and have already received a request from Canada. Normal poppies without a dog tag will be sold after the display has been dismantled for £5 plus £2.50 p & p (if required). All money raised after costs will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

This display will be in Lanchester but it has encompassed the whole region, with people from the surrounding villages taking part, making and painting poppies on a regular basis.

We are learning more about those from the village who made the ultimate sacrifice and we hope to print a booklet once the display has finished with all this information, including details and photographs of the display.

The project was first mentioned at the Boys Brigade in July 2016 and has now grown into a community event.

We have a workshop every other month and so far have made 2,765 of which 1,792 are painted and in storage.

The display will be open from November 1st until Sunday 18th November 2018

Lanchester Methodist Chapel will be open during this time 9.30am to 8pm serving tea and coffee. Displays on local men and women named on Lanchester War Memorials.

Two Festival of Remembrance services held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November. Ticket only events.

Orders are still being taken for poppies. £10 for a special poppy with a dog tag and £5 for one without a dog tag.

If you want further information please contact Eric Hepplewhite or 07969 808958 or 01207 521323

20/11/2018 - Washington -Now This Lousy War Is Over
6 new songs about Washington men, written and performed by Fool's Gold. Spoken links by Wessington U3A. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Nov 11th at North Biddick Club 12 noon

Nov 12th at Usworth Holy Trinity 2.00pm

Nov 13th at Beamish Museum 11.30am

Nov 16th at Washington Holy Trinity 7pm (to help raise funds for Church Hall)

Nov 19th at North Biddick Club 1.00pm.

Here are the tickets - free (except Nov 16).

If you wish to come and want a ticket with your relative's name on, let us know. If you just want a ticket(s) let us know.....and specify/choose which performance.

In 1918/19 Harraton Parish gave out mugs and cups and saucers to the children and old people. Washington and Usworth Parishes gave out tribute medals to the servicemen (and women?). We have produced memorial tickets each with the name of one of those who didn’t return.

Contact Peter Welsh If you want further information

29/11/2018 - Talk in Durham
Janet Brown will be speaking about the Project to Durham Rotary in Ramside Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
31/12/2018 - Durham Cathedral - Armistice Living With the Peace
Open Treasure Exhibition Programme

Tuesday 25th September to early 2019

Discover stories of local regiments the Durham Light Infantry and Northumberland Fusiliers and how people adapted as peace slowly returned.

04/03/2019 - To Serve King and Country Exhibition
Bowes Museum
To Serve King and Country Exploring the Role of Teesdale in WW1

October 20 2018 to March 3rd 2019

Since 2014 the Bowes Museum has been developing a digital Roll of Honour to record the names of those who left the 44 Townships of Teesdale "to serve King and Country2 in the armed forces, navy and as nurses.

The project is uncovering the unknown stories of men and women whose lives were forever changed by the Great War, mapping the impact of the First World War upon the communities of Teesdale.

This exhibition commemorates Teesdale's response to the call to arms during the First World War and marks the culmination of the Museums' five tear commemoration period supported by the National Lottery. The response of local people, home front and heroism in the face of war will unfold through memorabilia, stories and accounts as you explore this poignant exhibition. There will be a programme of events and activities throughout the exhibition. For further information visit www.the

12/03/2019 - Talk at Swarland
Janet Brown will be speaking about the Project to Swarland Moor Local Heritage Group in Swarland Village Club at 7.30 p.m.
21/03/2019 - Talk at Ponteland
Janet Brown has been asked to speak about North East War Memorials to the Ponteland Local History Society.