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Entries now open for photography exhibition

Jesmond Methodist Church seeking illustrations of community life, report Maria Loupa and Nelly Stavropoulou

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As part of this year’s Jesmond Community FestivalJesmond Methodist Church will be organising a photography exhibition, which will be launched shortly after the beginning of the festival on 27th April and run until 5th May.

The exhibition organisers are calling for entries regardless of photographic skills and level of expertise, as long as the photographs are taken in Jesmond throughout the year. Chris Coleman of the Jesmond Methodist Church told Jesmondlocal: “We hope it will illustrate the various events that take place here and give an impression of what life in this community is like. Jesmond Methodist Church feels very much a part of the community and we want to celebrate with it throughout the Festival”.

The photographs can be either colour or black and white and must be printed on A5 size photographic paper. Participants can submit a maximum of six photographs and provide titles and the name of the photographer. The photographs that best depict Jesmond’s identity will be selected by a committee and presented at the exhibition.

Chris Clarke, member of the festival organising group said: “When we heard about this idea, we thought that it would add a great extra ingredient to this year’s festival. I very much hope that as many people as possible will respond to the request for photographs”.

Entries must be submitted by 15th April to Christopher Coleman at 16 Churchill Gardens, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 1HB.

For more information contact Chris Coleman at: mrctcoleman@gmail.com


Friends of St George’s organises vintage clothing event

Fashion enthusiasts gather in Jesmond next weekend in support of church, reports Maria Loupa

#098. Your favorite article of clothing

The Friends of St George’s will host a vintage clothing event at 2pm on Saturday 10th March in St George’s Church Hall that will include an illustrated talk by Judith Liddell, an experienced collector of and expert on vintage clothes and accessories. The topic will be “The development of fashion over the past 100 years” and Liddell will be using photographs and live models to display selected items from her own collection.

The venue is a good match for the vintage atmosphere of the event. St George’s, built in the late 1880s, is a local architectural landmark, listed as grade one by English Heritage and containing examples of Arts & Craft style: mosaics, stained glass and woodwork.

There will be an entrance fee of £5 on the door, which will include refreshments – tea or coffee and cakes. A raffle will also take place, with a prize donated by Liddell. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their own vintage clothing and bring along any vintage items to show and share with others interested in all things vintage. Organisers say the event will offer the opportunity to network and find out about vintage shop and outlets, in and around the area of Newcastle.

The Friends of St George’s organises a range of events such as concerts, musical events, family events, social events, talks and lectures which are open to the public. It is a charity set up to expand the role of St George’s in the wider community and to support the maintenance and improvement of the church building, and ancillary buildings used by the church congregation and the wider public.

For those interested in supporting their cause and joining the Friends team, there is a £10 subscription fee and in return members are granted a reduction on the entry costs of most events.

*As published in http://jesmondlocal.com/2012/03/friends-st-georges-organises-vintage-clothing-event/.


Celebrate Christmas early with Globe Café

Local Christians to take 50 international students to the Lake District next weekend, reports Maria Loupa

Photograph: Globe Cafe

A local church is offering to take 50 international students on a weekend trip to the Lake District.

On 16th December, the Global Café, which is hosted by Jesmond Parish Church, will take the 50 students to the Bassenfell Manor in the Lake District, famous for its lakes, mountains and attractive market towns to celebrate an early Christmas (with traditional Christmas dinner).

The organisers say it will be a time full of fun and rest, activity and conversation – a chance to escape from the city.  The cost is £70 per person and includes all food, accommodation and transport. The final date for bookings is this Monday, 12th December.

Globe Café is an international students’ meeting point that takes place in Jesmond Parish Church hall. Every Monday night from 7.30 to 10.00pm free coffee is served, and an additional meal provided  for £2. A variety of activities are also organised, from “desserts from around the world” to line dancing.  The café’s organisers say they understand how arriving in a foreign country can be very challenging for many students – the difference in customs and in culture can be radical so their purpose is to help make this transition a little less painful.

They also organise day trips and weekends away, like a recent visit to Hadrian’s Wall. The café, which has been running for more than 14 years, aims to offer a welcoming and safe meeting place for international students studying in Newcastle. Students get the opportunity to meet British people, to learn about their culture and practise their English. Organised by Christians who live locally, the café aims to help international students feel more at home in Newcastle during their time here and around 120 international students visit the café every Monday night.

For more information on the trip and the café’s activities, visit Globe Cafe’s website at www.the-globe.org

*As published in http://jesmondlocal.com/2011/12/celebrate-christmas-early-globe-caf/



Seeing in the New Year with The Suggestibles

A night of film noir, musical theatre and impromptu sketches based on the audience’s suggestions with The Suggestibles, report Maria Loupa and Nelly Stavropoulou


The Suggestibles – Bev Fox, Gary Kitching, Ian McLaughlin, Carl Kennedy and Rob Atkinson – will be returning to Jesmond for their first ever New Year’s Eve performance at The Mixer.

event will begin at 9pm The and last until 2am, and includes a 2 hour improv show with interval snacks and drinks to “fuel” the audience’s suggestions. Everyone will be offered a complimentary glass of bubbly and the stage will transform into a dance floor until 2am.

The improv comedy group  joined forces with Steve Steen –  a regular guest with the Comedy Store Players at the Comedy Store in London – for a live show at The Mixer last month. Bev Fox and Gary Kitching from The Suggestibles talked to Jesmondlocal about their future plans, their relationship with the audience and gave their own point of view on the art of laughter.

You can watch their interview here:



*As published in http://jesmondlocal.com/2011/12/year-suggestibles/


Fundraising jazz night for St George’s


Church Blue Jazz Quintet to raise money for lighting fund, report Nelly Stavropoulou and Maria Loupa


St George’s hosts a jazz evening this weekend in aid of the church’s lighting fund.

Blue Jazz Quintet (Karen Rann on soprano sax, Jeff Smith on tenor sax, Chris Finch on piano, Dave Parker on double bass and Michael Howard on drums) will be performing this Saturday, 26th November in St George’s Church Hall from 7pm.

Organisers say that despite the good acoustics that the Grade 1 listed church offers, many of the choirs and orchestras wishing to perform there are discouraged because of inadequate lighting facilities – extra lighting needs to be hired each time there a musical performance takes place.

Tickets can be purchased from the church office or at the door. Tickets cost £15 each (or £12 for Friends of St George’s members). The price also includes supper – home-made soup and rolls, plus sausages in buns.

*As published in http://jesmondlocal.com/2011/11/fundraising-jazz-night-st-georges/



iCan Week: Children brainstorm ideas to tackle food poverty

West Jesmond Primary School students discuss ways of helping iCan project

As part of our iCan Week – five days of news stories, features, interviews, slideshows and videos in support of a local charity initiative that tackles food poverty – Year Six students at West Jesmond Primary School took a break from their afternoon lessons to discuss how they could help tackle food poverty in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sixty pupils divided into small groups to brainstorm ideas on how their school could raise awareness about iCan – a scheme from FareShare North East whose organisers believe that if each person in Newcastle upon Tyne donated a single can of food, food poverty in the city could be eliminated.

In their separate groups, the children came up with can-collecting activities, and they shared some of their original ideas with JesmondLocal. Watch the video by our reporters Katrina Stevenson, Alexandra Carr and Maria Loupa here:

Interview with Mamma Mia star

Nelly Stavropoulou and Maria Loupa talk with singer Tasha Seale, minutes before her live performance at The Cherry Tree

Tasha Seale returned to The Cherry Tree this week (Monday 7th November), keeping a promise she had made to restaurant owner Peter Wardle while touring with the Mamma Mia cast. 

Seale, who was asked to step on stage for an impromptu song on her day off from a 2009 tour of the UK, was supported by the Stuart Collingwood Trio – Collingwood on piano, Neil Harland on bass and Paul Smith on drums. Working for the first time together, the ensemble offered their own twist on a selection of songs, the night opening with Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, which set the mood for a night of classic jazz and blues songs.

Her repertoire included songs by artists such as Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee who, as she told Jesmondlocal, shaped her musical taste while growing up. Seale also commented on the contemporary music landscape and the increasing return to the jazz element.

A Jesmond local herself – Seale used to live in the area – she described Jesmond’s atmosphere as friendly and vibrant. She said she was happy to be back and hopes to have the opportunity to visit again.

Listen to Seale’s interview: Tasha Seale talks to Jesmondlocal

Here’s a taste of Seale’s performance: Tasha Seale sings ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’

For more information on upcoming musical events, visit The Cherry Tree website.

*As published in http://jesmondlocal.com/2011/11/interview-mamma-mia-star/

p.s: You can also listen to a selection of Tashas’s songs here http://soundcloud.com/user9723680/tasha-seale-concert.. it could work as the ideal list to kick back with!


Five-day beer festival starts tomorrow

Ales, ciders and family events at Jesmond’s Cricket Club, reports Maria Loupa

The third Real Ale and Cider Festival opens tomorrow (Thursday 3rd November) at 5pm at Newcastle Cricket Club on Osborne Avenue.

Running until 7th November, the festival offers a variety of beers to choose from: 20 real ales, 6 local brewers, and 14 brands from around the UK including award-winners Jaipur and Kipling. There will also be a selection of 10 different ciders and perries (pear ciders).

Last year’s event attracted around 1,000 people, but this year organisers say they are hoping for 1,300 to 1,400 people.“Our aim this year is to educate as many people as possible – including the many students who live locally – about real ale,” says the club’s Rob Creswick. “Local beers and ciders are part of our national heritage and culture and we should learn to appreciate them”.

The Festival’s main supporter is CAMRA, which is an independent, voluntary, consumer organisation and aims is to promote real ale, real cider and the traditional British pub. Its contribution to the festival will be a purpose-built bar with hand pumps, which will give the cricket club a more traditional, English style. Its members will also be helping with the serving of the beers and providing expert advice on the wide selection, so that people visiting can be well-informed on what they’re drinking.

The entrance fee is£2 – prices for the beers and ciders vary, but the average price for a pint will be no more than in any bar, says Creswick, at around £2.70.

Start-time on Friday is 2pm, while on Saturday the action begins at noon, with a feast of football in the upstairs Pavilion Bar – NUFC vs Everton, then Man Utd vs Sunderland.

Doors open at noon on Sunday – is traditionally the festival’s “family day,” so family activities, including face-painting, will take place from 3.30pm. On the final day, Monday 7th November, doors open at 5 pm and the festival concludes with a raffle draw for 50 bottles of real ale at 10 pm.

*As published in http://jesmondlocal.com/2011/11/fiveday-beer-festival-starts-tomorrow/


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