CL print - Newcastle City Council

CL print - Newcastle City Council


To the July/August edition of

Citylife magazine.

I just want to say a huge welcome to

Anna Foster from Metro Radio who has

kindly agreed to find time in her hectic

“rock ‘n’ roll” life to have a bit of a

gossip with us.

Well, Summer is here and things are

hotting up! In this edition we tell you

all about our Summer sports activities,

so get your trainers on for some fitness

and fun.

On a more serious note - do you know

your local councillor? Find out who they

are and how to contact them. And on

page 28 meet our new Lord Mayor and

hear about his sporting challenge.

Before I go, I would just like to

congratulate Jane Bell who features on

our front cover. She works for us and

has just won Apprentice of the Year –

what a star!

Well, have a smashing summer and the

Citylife team will look forward to

speaking to you in September.

Kind regards

Julie Knox – Editor, Citylife.

Competition Winners

From the March/April’s Citylife

Moscow Ballet performs Swan Lake winners were: L Gordon,

Gosforth; N Slee, Newcastle upon Tyne; C, Sunderland;

R Rosenquist, Newcastle upon Tyne; K Kirby, North Tyneside;

M Easton, Hillhead Estate; B Gray, Chapel House; D Ash,

Newbiggin Hall Estate; S Elliott, Lemington; J Espie, High

Heaton; B Harker, Fenham; and M Hayward, Gosforth.

Getting Spiritual - clairvoyant competition winners were:

S Burnip, Jesmond; E Stirling, Heaton; K Horwood, High

Heaton; G Heron, Chapel House; A Whitley, Blakelaw;

K Leckey, West Denton; and M Atkinson, Fawdon.

The Gusto restaurant and bar competition was won by

I Coghill, Gosforth. The Beach Boys competition was won

by S Elliot, Lemington. D Willia, Throckley won a pair of

tickets to see Guo Yue as did J Black, Gosforth. E Storey,

Fenham and S Murphy, Brunswick Village won a pair of

tickets each to see the Tianjin Opera Troupe.

From the May/June edition Citylife

The Lennex Davis competition has been withdrawn as his

concerts at Gosforth Civic Hall were cancelled. The winners

of the Great North Miners book were: L Totton, West

Denton; A Hamilton, NE2; and S Mooney, High Heaton.

The tickets to see Oh! What a Night were won by P Robson,

Walkergate; L Watson, Heaton; and A Frizzell, Hillheads

Estate. We’ll bring you the winner of the Bindi competition

in the next issue of Citylife.

Front cover:

Jane Bell, Apprentice of the Year

Design by Paul Burgess Graphic Design

Photos by Steve Brock (unless otherwise credited)

Citylife is produced by

Newcastle City Council

and printed by NCJ

Media Ltd.


6 Help with rent and

council tax

8 Our new recycling


12 Know your


19 Summer reading


30 Be cyberbullying


33 Have your say

on alcohol

34 Better support

for carers

36 Newcastle’s

first Pride


If you’ve got any

questions or suggestions

for Citylife, we want to

hear from you. Please call

0191 211 5073 or email:

Useful numbers

Newcastle City Council switchboard

0191 232 8520

Council Tax and Housing Benefit enquiries

0845 111 4101

Payments for Council Tax; parking fines;

and other council bills (debit and credit

cards only) 0845 111 4199

Envirocall – the one-stop environmental

hotline 0191 274 4000

Neighbourhood Helpline 0300 1000 101

Find out more at

If you would like a free

copy of Citylife in large

print or on tape, please

call 0191 211 5073.



Gordon enjoys the

carers’ day out

Citylife info

There are six issues of Citylife every year.

The next edition is due out at the end of


Contacting us

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cannot get access to them. If you live in a

flat and would like to discuss this problem

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What a load of rubbish

Every day we pick up around 27 tonnes of litter from our

streets, that's the equivalent of four double-decker buses,

every 24 hours.

Our staff do a great job, but we'd like

you to do your bit to make our city

look even cleaner and greener.

Our surveys tell us that dropping

rubbish is near the top of your list of

bugbears about living in Newcastle.

That's why we've developed a zerotolerance

approach to litter-bugs. If

we catch you dropping litter, and that

includes anything from a crisp wrapper

to a cigarette end, anywhere in the

city you'll be slapped with a £50 fine

and a possible court appearance.

But tough enforcement is only part

of the solution, we’re also

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encouraging people to change their

ways and stop treating the city like a

giant rubbish tip.

Our environmental campaign,

ourNewcastle, aims to make you aware

of the difference you can make, by

taking part in clean-ups or by

recycling as much as possible. See

pages 8 to 11.

The message is simple, from recycling

waste to picking up litter to saving

energy, if it will make our

environment more enjoyable or help

preserve it for future generations, we

want you to do it.

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Please note: Competition is open to nominations for Newcastle City

Council staff only.

High Level


The High Level Bridge reopened

on May 30 to great fanfare and

few will be happier than the

city’s pedestrians, cyclists and

bus travellers.

Not only is the treasured Grade 1

listed structure back in action to

provide a quick, direct link between

the centres of Newcastle and

Gateshead, but it’s also free from the

cars and lorries which can make daily

journeys an ordeal.

After a complex, three-year

restoration, the public transport-only

route, one-way from north to south,

will preserve Robert Stephenson’s

classic structure for another 50 years.

Gone is the single carriageway, with

buses slowing to a crawl to inch past

each other on the narrow lanes. Buses

and taxis are now restricted to 20mph,

making the experience all the more


And whilst a few commercial and

business drivers are unhappy that they

can’t cross the bridge, this is for

important safety reasons. We can all

feel lucky that the bridge is back in

service. At a cost of £40 million, the

bridge’s owners Network Rail had to

dig deep into their pockets to ensure

the viability of the project.

So next time you cross the bridge and

gaze at the spectacular views of the

quaysides, enjoy it to the full.


Newcastle City Council’s

Udecide team is celebrating

after scooping an award for

“Innovative Engagement”.

Presented by the Academy for

Sustainable Communities, the award

recognises a locally run pilot scheme

where children and young people were

allocated a pot of public money and

were given the the opportunity to

decide how to spend it.

The inclusive process involved children

aged from three to19, from a wide

variety of backgrounds and

geographical areas of the city. In all,

£120,000 was made available from the

Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

More than 2,000 children and young

people were involved with the project,

helping to influence ideas for events

and later voting on them.

The scheme was integral to a

successful Big Lottery bid, which

generated more than £1m for play in

Newcastle over three years.

In addition, in May 2008 Udecide gave

children a say over the allocation of

£2.2m of Children’s Fund monies for

the city.

Other supported projects ranged from

samba drums for a special school and a

play area at a project for homeless

families, to kit for a boys' and girls'

boxing club

and trim

tracks at a

number of


City for Peace

Thursday 10 July sees the launch of Newcastle - City for Peace,

a celebration of friendship between people and communities.

There will be music, dance and films

plus stalls and stands from a wide

range of organisations and

communities. The Lord Mayor of

Newcastle will officially launch City for

Peace, with the help of celebrity


Why not come along, enjoy the fun

and help celebrate everything that

makes Newcastle a neighbourly and

inclusive city? There's no need to

book, just come to the Banqueting

Hall of the Civic Centre between 10am

and 3pm on 10 July.

City for Peace has the backing of many

groups in Newcastle committed to

working for understanding, respect and

harmony among all our people and


The idea came from Hari Shukla, an

honorary freeman of Newcastle ‘The

aim is to focus attention on those who

are disadvantaged and discriminated

against’ said Hari ‘from the victims of

racism, homophobia or bullying to

those excluded by circumstances such

as homelessness, poverty or disability’

‘We're asking all citizens to play their

part. It's a great city but we can do

more - will you commit yourself to

working for understanding and respect?’

For more information phone Angela

Hamilton on 0191 211 5019 or email


Anna Foster

Firstly can I start by saying it

is a miracle that I have made

it to print!

Yes when Julie, the lovely editor of

Citylife, offered me the chance to talk

to you every couple of months in a

brand new column I jumped at the

opportunity but did worry that being a

mother, wife, cleaner, cook, slave to

Tony Horne in the Morning on Metro

Radio and athlete in training for The

Great North Run, time would indeed

run away with me. However, here I

am, ready and raring to go...well as

A sign of fire safety

Pupils at Northern Counties School in Jesmond, Newcastle

have been the first in Tyne and Wear to have a fire safety talk

with a difference.

Firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and

Rescue Service recently visited the school, to

deliver a fire safety lesson in sign language.

While the Service has an ongoing education

programme, this was the first time sessions

have been communicated in sign language.

Northern Counties School provides

education and care for children with complex

communication needs, including a large

number of deaf children who use sign


Children saw a specially subtitled fire safety

video, a chip pan fire demonstration and had

a look around a fire appliance.

Watch Manager Steve Graham, whose six year

old son, Euan, is profoundly deaf and attends

the school, went along to help his colleagues

by signing what they said to the children.

Steve explains: "The children really enjoyed

having fire appliances at the school.

Capturing their imagination with exciting

displays helped us get across our serious fire

raring as you can be when you get up

at twenty five past four every day!!

The last few weeks have been fairly

hectic in the Foster household, as well

as living the “rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle of

a thirty five year old mother of three

(that is to say lots of ferrying,

washing and hoovering!) I have also

been pretty busy in and out of the


For the second year in a row I spent

the middle of June hosting the

MetroCentre fashion shows which was

good fun. However, being surrounded

by size eight, 20 year olds is never

good for a lass’s confidence. So I did

what every self respecting girl does in

that situation, I gorged myself on

some rather splendid comfort food at

Newcastle’s newest restaurant, Starters

and Puds.

It’s just next to The Theatre Royal on

Shakespeare Street and is situated

underground which makes it a cosy

place to eat. I had mini sticky toffee,

chocolate torte, banoffee pie and

treacle tart! You can try spanish

meatballs, steamed mussels or Thai

spring rolls, what the heck, have em

all! Plus any establishment that has

leopard print loo seats is worth a

return visit in my book!

After all that unashamed eating, I

have balanced out the guilt by

starting to train for this years Great

North Run. I will once again be


donning my two bras and unattractive

leggings to pound the streets from

Newcastle to South Shields.

As ever I will be running for Metro

Radio’s charity Cash for Kids and hope

to raise lots of money this year. If you

fancy getting fit, losing weight and

supporting children in our area, then

email me at Anna.Foster@metro and you could be a part

of the very slow Team Foster!!

Of course, with the summer hols

looming if you are a parent like me

you will be desperate to find ways of

entertaining your offspring over the

next couple of months.

I have always been a big fan of The

Laing Art Gallery is really worth a

safety messages."

Kevin Gardner, District Manager for Newcastle

said: "Trying to prevent fires from happening

through education is a major part of the work

we do, and reaching vulnerable groups who

may be at greater risk of fire is a priority for us."

The school’s headteacher, Judith James,

said: "We are very grateful to Tyne and Wear

Fire and Rescue Service for providing this

unique lesson to our pupils. They learnt a

huge amount and we’re delighted this has


Kevin continued: “Tyne and Wear Fire and

Rescue Service does more than put out fires

and carry out rescues. The Service also

works to prevent them from happening in

the first place. This is just one example how

we do this.”

For more information on how to stay

safe from fire visit or

We have a meal for two to give away to the fabulous

new bistro Starters and Puds. To enter our competition

just answer the following question: Where is the new

Starters and Puds bistro situated?

Northumberland Street Westgate Road Shakespeare Street

Name ...............................................................................................

Address ............................................................................................


Post Code ............................ Phone ...................................................

Send to Freepost CITYLIFE by 25 July.

Remember to put all of your coupons into one envelope

visit. Entry is free and there are lots

of arty activities on over the summer

to keep the bairns from driving you


Tony is heading for sunny Australia,

but the show will be in the capable

hands of Brian Moore, the Dogsbody

and myself. So, please drop me an

email at the above address over the

summer. I will reply but I must warn

you my typing is just like my running

...Very slow!

Happy holidays!

Anna xx

Steve Graham with his son Euan


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Are you a



If you are, we need you to tell us

about any changes in your

circumstances which could affect

your Housing and Council Tax Benefit.

Changes in circumstances you need to tell us:

• If you change address.

• If you stop or start receiving Income

Support or Jobseekers Allowance.

• If there are changes to members of the

household. For example births, deaths or

people moving in or out.

• Details of any benefits awarded or benefits

ending. These include Working and Child

Tax Credits, Incapacity Benefit, Disability

Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance,

Industrial Injuries, Carer’s Allowance, Child

Benefit, Severe Disablement Benefit and

Retirement Pension.

• If you start or stop work for any reason.

• If your landlord changes the amount of

rent you are charged.

• If there is a significant change in your

savings or investments, either they go up

or down. These include any bank,

building society, ISAs, shares, bonds,

savings certificates, and so on.

• If you buy or sell a property or if you rent

one out.

This list is a guide only. If you are in doubt

about what change should be reported

please phone us on 0845 111 4101 for advice.

How to report a change

• Phone – 0845 111 4101;

• In person at any of our customer service


• Email –; or

• In writing - Housing and Council Tax

Benefits, P.O. Box 1UP, Newcastle Upon

Tyne, NE99 1UP.

Changes to Housing

Benefit for private


The government has changed Housing

Benefit to make it fairer and easier to use.

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a new

way of working out Housing Benefit for

some tenants on a low income who live in

private rented accommodation.

The change affects tenants renting their

home from a private landlord. LHA applies

when a private tenant makes a new claim for

Housing Benefit. LHA also applies if a

private tenant already claims Housing

Benefit and they change address or have a

break in their existing claim for more than

one week.

LHA is based on:

• the area the tenant lives in and the rents

most people in the area are paying;

• who lives in the property; and

• what money the tenant has coming in

and what savings they have.

It is not be based on how much rent is

charged (but on a flat rate allowance known

as the Broad Rental Market which is set by

the Rents Service).

In most cases Housing Benefit is paid direct

to the person claiming Housing Benefit. And

wherever possible it is paid directly into a

bank account. It is up to them to then pay

their rent directly to their landlord. If you do

not have a bank account, you can get advice

on how to open an account from us.

For more information contact the Benefits

service on 0845 111 4101 or e-mail

Make the

move to Direct

Debit and

discover the

easiest way to

pay your

Council Tax!

Why pay by Direct Debit?

Paying your Council Tax by Direct

Debit saves us time and money,

helping us pass these savings onto


There are many other reasons why

you should make the move to Direct


It’s more convenient

• Saves you time – no more trips to

our offices.

• No queues, no fuss, no stress.

• Choice of three dates to pay each


For peace of mind

• Your bill is paid automatically.

• No chance of forgetting to pay.

It’s safer and more secure

• No need to carry cash payments.

• Gives you greater control over

your money.

• You get the Direct Debit


How do I apply?

Paying your Council Tax by Direct

Debit couldn’t be easier! All you

need is a bank or building society

account then just fill in the form

enclosed in your Council Tax bill and

send it back to us.

If you can’t wait that long, call us on

0845 111 4199 or visit your local

customer service centre and we’ll

give you a form to fill in.

You can also find the form for paying

Council Tax by Direct Debit at


And, more information on Council Tax

is available from

Contact Centre offers a

five star service!

Staff in the corporate Contact Centre are delighted with a new

survey that asked customers how well they are doing. One customer

said “This was a five star service” and another said “I’d give the

Contact Centre ten out of ten.”

Our corporate Contact Centre currently deals

with calls to the switchboard, Council Tax and

Housing Benefit enquiries, parking payments,

e-payments and the new Neighbourhood

Helpline. We handle 900,000 calls each year

and we are looking to expand the range of

services we offer.

Around 400 customers took part in the

survey and researchers phoned them to ask

questions about how helpful, polite and

knowledgeable Contact Centre staff are. 91%

of customers said they were satisfied with

the overall service provided.

We also consulted residents taking part in a

citywide customer service focus group about

their experience of contacting us by phone.

One commented “I would suggest that the

council encourage people to use the

telephone more often…”. Another said “I

rang about Council Tax because I wanted to

change the day of payment. I received a

follow up call to see how the prior call had

gone …that is good service!”

In fact, 95% of customers found our Contact

Centre staff to be helpful. Councillors were

also given an opportunity to have their say

and one remarked, “As far as I can assess,

my constituents receive a better service due

to the Contact Centre.”

The research included a number of ‘mystery

callers’ carried out by experienced

researchers posing as customers.

A massive 98% of customers are satisfied

with the opening hours of the Contact

Centre. Phone calls are taken from 8am to

6pm, Monday to Friday so that customers

arriving home from work can call to speak to

an experienced officer.

Staff in the Contact Centre have not stopped

to catch their breath, though! Earlier this year,

the council decided to keep the non

emergency helpline going – after the

government withdrew funding. It had proved

a popular and successful service with local

people. It was re-launched as the

Neighbourhood Helpline on a new number

0300 1000 101. This 24 hour service deals with

council related anti-social behaviour such as

noise nuisance, litter, vandalism and so on.

But we’re not stopping there - by the end of

this year we hope to have gained national

recognition for our efforts by getting the

Customer Service Excellence Standard

(formerly known as Charter Mark).

Councillor Anita Lower, Executive Member

for Community Safety and Regulation said "I

am extremely pleased by the positive

feedback we have been given. The whole

team has worked exceptionally hard to build

a good reputation and now our customers

are letting us know just how good they think

the service is. It's a fantastic result for our

Contact Centre."

Setting the standard

in customer service

For several years now, customer service

centres (CSCs) across Newcastle have been

dealing with face-to-face enquiries from

customers. Residents, visitors and

businesses use the centres to contact us for

information and advice about over 90 council

services. We regularly ask customers for

their views on how we are doing.

Once again, the results of our customer

satisfaction surveys are outstanding this year.

We asked customers how helpful and

efficient our staff are, if they felt they were

treated fairly and how satisfied they were

with our overall service. Our Outer West CSC

even scored 100% on two of their results,

being helpful and efficient. Whilst at Kenton

CSC, 99% of customers surveyed felt they

were treated fairly. Staff at the Civic Centre

CSC continue to deliver consistently high

quality services each year, scoring 97 % for

helpfulness, efficiency and fairness. The

popular East End CSC is well used and

appreciated by its customers with 94% of

respondents satisfied with the overall service

they received. Staff at the East End CSC are

looking forward to moving into a new larger

building just a few doors away at the end of

the year which will provide more private

interview rooms and more payment points to

improve levels of service.


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Recycling gets rolling

Our new recycling scheme – which will replace the

black boxes with new recycling wheelie bins - hit the

streets last month. We’re already seeing improvements

in the amount of materials we collect.




David Large of

Walker is delighted

with the new


“We’re keen recyclers and

it’s great to be able to

recycle so much on our

doorstep. We’re especially

pleased that you can now

recycle cardboard as well

as paper so easily.”

How to use your new

recycling wheelie bin

Your recycling wheelie bin comes with a black caddy

which sits inside the top of your bin.

Use the caddy for:

Use the main part of the bin for:


Glass goes in the caddy, NOT the bin.

The materials in the main part of the

bin are sorted by hand, so any glass

put in this section could cause injuries.

It could also lead to the paper and

cardboard collected being contaminated

with glass. If this happens, the paper

mills won’t recycle it.

United fans score

in the Recycle

and Win draw!

Three generations of a Toon-barmy family scored big time

when they enjoyed a VIP day out at the Newcastle v

Chelsea match after winning the top prize in the Recycle

and Win! prize draw.



We can dump valuable materials

in a hole in the ground or we can

recycle them. It’s not a difficult

choice is it? But just in case you

need some more persuasion…

• One recycled tin can would save

enough energy to power a

television for three hours.

• One recycled glass bottle would

save enough energy to power a

computer for 25 minutes.

• One recycled plastic bottle would

save enough energy to power a 60-

watt light bulb for 3 hours.

• £36m worth of aluminium is thrown

away each year.

• Glass is 100% recyclable and can

be used again and again.

• Recycled paper produces 73% less

air pollution than if it was made

from raw materials.

• It takes just 25, two litre pop bottles

to make one adult-size fleece.

Don’t forget: You can also make a

difference by buying less; choosing

products with less packaging; re-using

things instead of throwing them away;

and buying recycled products.

We’ve started collections in Gosforth,

Lemington, Newburn and Walker and

we’ll be extending the service to the

whole city over the next nine months.

In the meantime, please do your bit

and carry on using your black box

until you get your wheelie bin. If you

The new recycling bin and inner caddy

don’t have a black box, let us know

and we’ll get one out to you.

Don’t worry – we won’t be wasting the

black boxes. We’ll be using the ones

we collect from residents during the

roll-out as spares and then recycling

them when we’ve finished.

If you have any questions about the recycling collection or if you

don’t have a black box, contact The Bin Hotline.

Phone: 0191 278 3022 or 278 3023 (8.30am – 6pm Monday –

Friday) email:

David Cox, 61, of Newburn won 5

seats and meals in Reed Print's

Gallowgate Club Suite at St James'

Park. Mr Cox shared his prize with his

two children, son-in-law and grandson

who are all lifetime supporters of

Newcastle United.

Mr Cox (pictured above), a retired

firefighter, and his whole family have

all been keen recyclers since we

launched our recycling service in 2003.

Mr Cox said: "The day was fantastic

from start to finish. We still can't

believe we won this wonderful day out

- just for recycling. If more people

recycled, it would help the

environment and reduce Council Tax

waste bills!"

Mark Reed, Managing Director of Reed

Print added: "Reed Print actively

encourages our clients to use recycled

paper and paper from sustainable

forests. We're delighted that our

donation has helped to encourage

more people to take on board the

recycling message!"

Other lucky winners won a £500 cash

prize, three first class National Express

east coast rail tickets, organic

champagne and shopping vouchers.

The Recycle and Win! draw is open to

any Newcastle residents who use their

black recycling boxes or their new

wheelie bins. Just make sure you put

your box or bin out on collection day

and you could be a winner too!


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Eager to help the


Pedal-powered smoothies are on the menu at Kids’ Kabin

in Byker thanks to a £4000 grant from leading green

support services company Eaga.

we can actually go ahead’’ said Dan

Alliband from the BAN Waste group.

Eaga supports projects that educate,

raise awareness and demonstrate

engagement in addressing

environmental issues at a grass roots


To find out more about making an

application, contact the Community

Foundation on 0191 222 0945.

Kids’ Kabin which provides activities

for children aged eight to 16, will run

a six-month project developing

environmental machines built around

bicycles. As well as the smoothie

maker, they’re planning to set up a

cycle-powered amplifier for the music


Will Benson from Kids Kabin said: “We

have been given a great opportunity

with this grant to allow children to use

creative approaches in understanding

environmental issues. Children learn in

different ways and by using this handson

method they can get a real grasp of

the amount of energy different

electrical appliances use.”

Eaga handed out a total of £80,000

with the help of the Community

Foundation to organisations around

the region in a bid to get their

environmental projects off the ground.

Newcastle Healthy City Project

received a £13,200 grant which the

BAN Waste project will use to work

with local communities on a range of

projects to reduce food waste.

One of the projects will be installing

wormeries – which use worms to

munch through food waste and turn it

into top quality compost – in five

locations across the city.

“We are delighted to receive this grant,

BAN Waste has been wanting to carry

out this work for some time and now

August Bank Holiday

Bin Collections


collection day

Monday 25 August

Tuesday 26 August

Wednesday 27 August

Thursday 28 August

Friday 29 August


collection day

Tuesday 26 August

Wednesday 27 August

Thursday 28 August

Friday 29 August

Saturday 30 August

These changes apply to your refuse, garden waste and

recycling wheelie bins.

There is no change to black box collections.

New website makes it easier

to report faulty streetlights

SEC Lighting Services, the company which maintains and replaces our

streetlights, has set up a new website.

You can find out more about the streetlight replacement and report

faults online.

Laura Armstrong, from Eaga helps out Will Benson and some Kabin crew

The Spacenet

Pupil power takes park

into the space age

Summer visitors to the Iris Brickfield community park in

Heaton will be able to enjoy a great new range of play

equipment which was all chosen by local children.

We had £50,000 to spend - £45,000

from the developers of Chillingham

Garden Village and £5000 from the

local ward committees.

We wanted to make sure that we spent

the money on things the community

wanted. So we asked local schools,

nurseries, park users and community

groups what they’d like to see.

They came up with some great ideas

and the park now has bird and bat

boxes and an improved pond. We have

also put in new recycled plastic

benches and bins around the park.

There was £45,000 set aside for play

equipment – enough for three

separate pieces. We wanted pupils at

Chillingham Road and Ravenswood

Primary Schools to choose how we

used it so we worked with Udecide to

give them a vote.

We gave every child in both schools a

leaflet with pictures and descriptions

of seven different pieces of

equipment. They told us which ones

they liked best – and least - by

ticking smiley or sad faces.

This gave us a short-list of five. Our

Enviro-Schools team and Stephen

Green, the local Neighbourhood

Response Manager, then organised a

special event for 30 pupils from each

school in partnership with the

Udecide Team.

The children saw presentations on

each piece of equipment and asked

questions about them. They then

voted for or against each piece using

special electronic pads.

Their top three, which were being put

into the park as Citylife went to press,


• Spacenet, a rope structure that kids

can climb;

• Funtrail, an adventure trail which

promotes fitness and active play;


• A selection of play equipment,

which includes a set of swings,

seesaws and roundabouts for young


The Enviro-Schools team works with

schools across the city to help

children and young people learn

about caring for our environment

in a fun and enjoyable way. To find

out more, call Alistair Wilson on

0191 277 3572 or email:

Our expert panel prepares to be grilled

Decision time

Casting their votes

What is Udecide?

Udecide is a new way of giving

children and young people more say

in Newcastle. You can find out more

on page 26.


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Know your Councillors


Benwell & Scotswood







Over the next four pages we

introduce you to the city’s

councillors and give you

details of their ward surgeries.

To get the latest ward surgery

information, call members’

services on 0191 211 5042.

Sir Jeremy




39 The Drive



upon Tyne


0191 285 1888




11 Highwood


Denton Burn


upon Tyne

NE15 7UR

0191 274 7623




36 Thorntree


Denton Burn


upon Tyne

NE15 7AR

0191 274 1159





2 Lavender




upon Tyne


0191 281 8507





27 Oulton Close

Meadow Rise


upon Tyne


0191 271 5625





3 Maudlin Place

North Fenham


upon Tyne


0191 242 1448





'Ruach' 32

Fawdon Lane



upon Tyne


0191 284 4763





3 Bloomsbury




upon Tyne


0191 284 5662





The Beeches

4 Fawdon Lane



upon Tyne


0191 285 1528




19 Caldew


Slatyford Estate


upon Tyne


0191 274 3696





65 Netherby

Drive Fenham

Newcastle upon

Tyne NE5 2RU,

0191 274 8075

0191 274 6969

01670 855 983





15 Pangbourne



upon Tyne

NE15 8UX

0191 243 1426




c/o Members'

Services Unit

Room 150,

Civic Centre


upon Tyne

NE99 2BN

0191 230 0399




c/o Members'

Services Unit

Room 150,

Civic Centre


upon Tyne

NE99 2BN

0191 284 8088




32 Ivy Road



upon Tyne


0191 213 1641






North Heaton






































113 Allendale




upon Tyne


0191 265 8995


18 Merchants


St Peter's Basin


upon Tyne


0191 276 1358


36 Ravenswood




upon Tyne


0191 240 3068

0777 621 3186



5 Colnbrook


Kingston Park

Newcastle upon



0191 286 7869



21 Grey Street

Brunswick Village


upon Tyne

NE13 7DT

0191 236 6818

0788 511 1146



27 Oulton Close

Meadow Rise


upon Tyne


0191 271 5625



2 Heathdale


High Heaton

Newcastle upon

Tyne NE7 7QR

0191 209 9992

0775 645 4291



36 Etherstone


Cochrane Park


upon Tyne


0191 266 5168



12 Boundary


High Heaton


upon Tyne


0191 281 7018



58 Combe Drive

West Denton


Newcastle upon

Tyne NE15 8XD

0191 267 4156

0770 693 9999



41 Ingoe Street



upon Tyne

NE15 8DQ

0191 264 6738

0771 161 5262



16 Rokeby




upon Tyne

NE15 8AE

0778 797 6480



5 Clipstone




upon Tyne

NE15 9LU,

0191 267 4045



33 Apperley

Denton Park


Newcastle upon

Tyne NE5 2JT

0191 264 1376

0788 288 5047


27 Hewley




upon Tyne

NE15 9PU

0191 267 3562

0752 255 1741



144 Biddlestone



Newcastle upon

Tyne NE6 5SP

0191 240 1084

0798 433 3804



441 Chillingham




upon Tyne


0191 265 7813



28 Victoria



upon Tyne


0191 261 9753

0774 786 2582


East Gosforth


North Jesmond







30 Chapel




upon Tyne


0191 264 4811





c/o Room 150

Civic Centre


upon Tyne

NE99 2BN

0191 243 4357

0799 970 0701





17 Styford

Gardens, South

West Denton


upon Tyne

NE15 7RQ

0191 243 4357





7 Honister



upon Tyne


0191 285 7725

0798 049 8445





29 Keyes




upon Tyne


0191 285 8255





2 Westfield Park



upon Tyne


0191 285 3337




37 Benwell




upon Tyne


0781 236 8173




15 Dobson



upon Tyne


0191 273 3550

0785 1340 866




c/o Members'

Sevices Unit

Room 150,

Civic Centre

Newcastle upon


NE99 2BN

0191 211 5042





73 Grosvenor




upon Tyne


0191 281 0030





57 Larkspur




upon Tyne


0191 281 9625





69 Osborne




upon Tyne


0191 281 4657





108 Heaton

Park Road



upon Tyne


0788 777 4666





157 Stratford



Newcastle upon

Tyne NE6 5AS

0191 265 9850

0798 600 5382





63 Teviotdale




upon Tyne


0191 209 4115





9 Chelton Close



upon Tyne

NE13 7NF

0191 236 3161

0780 956 6995





9 Moorfield


upon Tyne


0191 285 0454


Shipley OBE



Leader of the

Council’s Office

Civic Centre


upon Tyne

NE99 2BN

0191 211 5151


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Know your Councillors

Know your Councillors - Ward Surgeries




77 Roseberry



upon Tyne


0191 209 4352

0796 756 4595





45 Laburnum




upon Tyne


0191 263 5947




Labour Group


Room 254

Civic Centre


upon Tyne

NE99 2BN

0191 211 5154

South Heaton




Flat 3

40 Chillingham



upon Tyne


0191 228 9251






45 Laburnum




upon Tyne


0191 263 5947





34 Valley View



upon Tyne


0191 212 1076




c/o Room 150

Civic Centre


upon Tyne

NE99 2BN,

0191 211 5042





24 Glenthorn




upon Tyne


0191 281 0685




6 Percy Terrace


upon Tyne


0191 285 9882

0191 227 3745





3 Mowbray




upon Tyne


0775 369 1204





11 Broomfield

Road, Gosforth


upon Tyne

NE3 4HH,

0191 246 1571

0774 085 1241




8 Middleton



upon Tyne

NE4 9NB,

0191 241 4489

South Jesmond





6 Manor House




upon Tyne


0191 281 4657

West Gosforth


Shepherd RD



27 Bath Terrace



upon Tyne


0191 284 8473





166 Wingrove




upon Tyne


0191 273 4727





34 Valley View



upon Tyne


0191 429 8675

0789 999 1527





2 Westfield Park



upon Tyne


0191 285 3337




1 Croydon Road



upon Tyne

NE4 5LN,

0191 273 6418

John Stokel-



1 Keyes Gardens


upon Tyne


0191 285 3447





17 Ladybank

Chapel Park


upon Tyne


0191 264 1302

0770 920 0804




51 Yetholm


Newbiggin Hall


Newcastle upon

Tyne NE5 4ED

0191 271 0126

0779 146 4476





51 Borrowdale




upon Tyne


0191 263 0017

0780 123 1294






10 Ingleton



Newcastle upon

Tyne NE15 9DR

0191 267 2448,

0777 956 0073





202 Trevelyan


Newbiggin Hall



upon Tyne


0777 182 6790




51 Borrowdale




upon Tyne


0191 263 0017





50 Grosvenor

Way, Highgrove



upon Tyne


0191 267 0228




202 Trevelyan


Newbiggin Hall



upon Tyne


0788 161 1808


2nd Saturday of each month:

Except August, December and Bank Holidays

Denton Burn Library, West Road 10am - 11am

3rd Saturday of each month:

Except August, December and Bank Holidays

Benwell Library, Atkinson Road 10am - 11am

4th Saturday of each month:

Except August, December and Bank Holidays

Ferguson's Lane Community Association

10am - 11am


1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Blakelaw Library, Binswood Avenue

5.45pm - 6.45pm

2nd and 4th Monday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Fenham Library, Fenham Hall Drive

5.45pm - 6.45pm


1st Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Byker Community Centre, Headlam Street,

Byker 10.30am - 11.30am

1st Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

St Martin's Church Hall, Roman Avenue

9.30am - 10.30am

2nd Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Allendale Community Centre,

Allendale Road, Byker 10am - 11am

2nd Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

The Chevron, Gordon Road 11am - 11.30am

Last Thursday of each month

The Willows Club, Scrogg Road 6pm - 7pm


1st Tuesday of each month

St John's Church, Kingston Park Shopping

Centre 6pm - 7pm

3rd Tuesday of each month

Robert Allen Court, Brunswick

6.15pm - 7.15pm

Brunswick, Hazlerigg and Dinnington

15 minutes before Parish Council meetings

See parish notice boards for variations


Last Thursday of each month*

(Except Christmas and New Year)

St Georges Church Hall, Boundary Gardens

6.30pm - 7.30pm


Every 2nd and last Monday of each month:

Except Bank holidays and between

Christmas and New Year

Interview Room, Outer West Customer

Service Centre, West Denton Shopping

Centre 9.30am - 11am


1st Saturday of each month

Street Stall on Gosforth High Street

(next to BOOTS) 10am - 12 noon

3rd Tuesday of each month

Gosforth Residents Association Community

Centre, Christon Road 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Other locations will be arranged in the

ward - see local community notice boards

Contact the Community Co-ordinator on

0191 211 6289


2nd and 3rd Saturday of each month:

Except August

The Library, Cruddas Park Shopping Centre

11am - 12 noon

4th Saturday of each month: Except August

Benwell Health Resource Centre, Adelaide

Terrace 11am - 12 noon


Every Thursday Fawdon Community Centre,

Fawdon Park Road 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Second Monday of each month

Customer Service Centre, North Kenton

5.30pm - 6.30pm


1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays (LAB)

Slatyford Tenants Hall, Pooley Road

11am - 12noon

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays (LAB)

Fenham Library, Fenham Hall Drive

6pm - 7pm

1st Monday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays (LIB DEM)

Fenham Library, Fenham Hall Drive

5.45pm - 6.45pm

4th Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays (LIB DEM)

Denton Residents Hall, Slatyford Lane

10am - 11am


1st Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Kenton Bar Drop-in Centre, Mallowburn

Crescent 10.30am - 11.30am

1st Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Kenton Neighbourhood Centre, Hillsview

Avenue, North Kenton 10.30am - 11.30am

2nd Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Montagu Estate Residents Association

(MERA) Hall, Wyndley Place, Montagu Estate

10.30am - 11.30am

3rd Tuesday of each month: Except August

Cowgate Leisure Centre, Harehills Avenue

5.30pm - 6.30pm


1st Thursday of each month: Except August

Lemington Centre, Tyne View

10.30am - 12 noon

2nd Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Lemington Centre, Tyne View

10.30am - 11.30am

3rd Wednesday of each month: Except August

Waverley Primary School, Maple Close,

Dumpling Hall 6pm - 7.30pm


1st Saturday of each month (LAB)

Blucher Methodist Church, Blucher Colliery

Road, Blucher Village 11am - 12 Noon

1st Wednesday of each month (LIB DEM)

Community Centre, corner of Newburn

Road/Park Road 10am - 11am

2nd Saturday of each month (LAB)

The Grange Centre, Newburn Road

11am - 12 Noon

2nd Wednesday of each month (LIB DEM) -

from July The Grange Centre, Newburn

Road, Throckley 10am - 11am

3rd Saturday of each month (LAB)

Newburn Library, High Street, Newburn

11am - 12 Noon

3rd Saturday of each month (LIB DEM)

Walbottle Institute, Walbottle Road,

Walbottle Village 10am - 11am

4th Saturday of each month (LIB DEM)

Blucher Methodist Church, Blucher Colliery

Road, Blucher Village 10am - 11am

4th Thursday of each month (LAB)

Walbottle Institute, Walbottle Road,

Walbottle Village 5.30pm - 6.30pm


2nd Wednesday of each month*

(Except Christmas and New Year)

Ravenswood Youth Centre, Ravenswood

Road 6 pm-7.30 pm


1st Thursday of each month: Except August

Jesmond Library, St George's Terrace,

Jesmond 6pm

3rd Saturday of each month: Except August

Jesmond Library, St George's Terrace,

Jesmond 10am


2nd Monday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

Caring Hands, Wretham Place, Shieldfield

11.30am - 12.30pm

2nd Thursday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

United Reformed Church, Heaton

Road/Cardigan Terrace

6.30pm - 7.30pm

3rd Saturday of each month:

Except August and Bank Holidays

St Ann's Tenants Association Hut, Breamish

Street, Battlefield 10am -11am


1st Saturday of each month

Gosforth Library and Customer Service

Centre 11am - 12noon

3rd Wednesday of each month

Brunton Park Community Centre,

Princes Road 6.30pm

Councillors can also be contacted by

telephone at any reasonable time.


Last Friday of each month

Molineux Grafton Community Rooms,

Heaton Park Road 6pm-7pm

Last Saturday of each month

Charles Street Community Centre

9am - 10am

Last Saturday of each month

Trewitt Road Community Centre

10.30am - 11am


No surgeries. Councillors can be contacted

at any reasonable time.


1st Thursday of each month

Walker Library, Welbeck Road

6pm - 7pm

2nd and 4th Friday of each month

Lightfoot Sports Centre, Wharrier Street

6pm - 7pm

3rd Thursday of each month

Monkchester Community Centre,

Monkchester Road 6pm - 7pm


1st Saturday of each month: Except August

and Bank Holidays

Walkergate Primary School, Sutton Street,

Walkergate 11am - 12noon

Councillors also hold advice stops in

streets across the Ward - residents are

informed in advance


1st Saturday of each month (Not Bank

Holidays) Gosforth High Street - Street

Surgery (directly outside the main entrance

to the shopping centre) 10am - 12 noon

2nd Wednesday of each month

Gosforth Customer Service Centre and

Library 1pm and 2pm

Councillors can also be contacted at any

reasonable time


2nd Thursday of each month

Room 1, Westerhope Methodist Church,

Stamfordham Road 9.30am - 10.30am


4th Monday of each month

Prior to, and in same venue as ward

committee meeting 6.30pm

4th Saturday of each month: Except August

or Bank Holidays. Moorside Primary School,

Beaconsfield Street (Shared surgery with

Wingrove Ward) 10am - 10.45pm

4th Saturday of each month: Except August

or Bank Holidays. St Matthew's Church,

Summerhill Street 10.45am - 11.30am

There will also be regular city centre

surgeries - please contact your councillor

for details.


1st Tuesday of each month: Except August

and Bank Holidays Community House, 4

Clarewood Green, North British Estate off

Stanhope Street 6pm - 7pm

2nd Tuesday of each month: Except August

and Bank Holidays

Robert Stewart Memorial Church Hall,

Wingrove Road 6pm - 7pm

3rd Tuesday of each month: Except August

and Bank Holidays Community Centre,

Morpeth Street, Spital Tongues 6pm - 7pm

4th Saturday of each month: Except August

and Bank Holidays Moorside Primary

School, Beaconsfield Street - (Shared

surgery with Westgate Ward) 10am - 10.45am

4th Wednesday of each month: Except

August and Bank Holidays CHAT Shop,

Philip Street, Arthur's Hill 6pm - 7pm


1st, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month

(Except August) Library, Newbiggin Hall

Shopping Centre 10am - 11am

2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month

(Except August)

Westerhope Comrades Club, Newbiggin Hall

Shopping Centre 11 - 12 noon

4th Sunday of each month (Except August)

Poacher's Cottage, Callerton Village

11am - 12 noon

For the latest information on when

ward surgeries are held, please call

member services on 0191 211 5042

or look on our website at


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everyone’s tomorrow


Building bridges

Active ageing receives

a public health boost

A new three year programme, funded by the New

Leaf New Life Big Lottery well-being programme, is

now underway.

It is aimed at encouraging

greater participation of people

over 50 in physical activity.

Initially the programme will

focus on developing new active

ageing programmes in both the

city centre and Inner West areas

of Newcastle, offering older

people more opportunities to

stay fit and active.

One example of this new

programme is a 50’s+ cycling

programme called ‘On Yer Bike’

which currently runs from

Exhibition Park. Aimed at the

total beginner and novice cyclist,

this 13 week programme seeks

to build confidence and develop

cycling skills in a safe and

supportive environment led by

fully qualified cycling instructors.

New worker Michelle Mordue is

delighted with the response: “It

is proving to be so popular that I

am already taking names for a

reserve list in the hope of

developing a second programme

later in the year.”

If you want to learn more about ‘On yer bike’ or any future

partnership working or networking opportunities, phone

0191 255 1985 or email


In the last edition of Citylife, we told you about our

in-house recycling scheme helping people with

disabilities to access work.

This time, we are focusing on our

WorkFirst team, which matches the

needs and skills of adults with

disabilities, with those of the local

labour market.

Our team is dedicated to helping

adults to develop their work-ready

skills. We do whatever it takes to help

someone achieve their goal of

employment in the city.

Everyone who takes part in the

scheme has their own keyworker who

works with them to develop a

personal development plan. This

helps them to work towards short to

medium term goals and looks at their

longer term plans for employment.

Keyworkers help people access further

education and training. This includes

basic skills and travel training, so

they are supported until they are able

to travel independently.

Once they have gained the skills and

knowledge they need for the work

that they are looking for, the

keyworker then helps them to get a

job they are interested in.

This includes supporting the job

seeker to find information on local

jobs in job centres and in the papers.

Keyworkers also help with on-line

applications, cold calls and mail


They support the job seeker through

the interview process and they are

there to help them to settle into the


The keyworker even offers an aftercare

service supporting the employer

to maintain and develop the role.

They also regularly check to make sure

that every thing is working out for

both the employee and the employer.

Steve Williamson, Team Leader, said

”WorkFirst offers a unique service to

both job seekers and employers.

We have proved that adults with

disabilities can be very successful in

gaining the right skills to access a

huge variety of local jobs. They now

have more choice and more

opportunities and can be very

successful with the right

encouragement and support from the

WorkFirst team”.

WorkFirst is part of our Supported

Employment Initiatives.

If you would like more information

phone Steve Williamson on

0191 278 8100.

Watch out for our next feature in

September on WorkStep.

Edward Denham

Edward was referred to the WorkFirst team in 2003. His first

work experience placement was at the Marriot Hotel Gosforth.

In 2004 Edward’s keyworker

approached the head of human

resources. She in turn spoke to the

chef who ran the department that

Edward was working in. They agreed

to employ Edward under the

supported permitted work rules.

Edward is still working at the

Marriott and is a well established

member of the kitchen staff team.

He is liked by his colleagues and

managers. He is eager to do his

work and learn anything new.

Edward continues to be supported

by WorkFirst with any employment

issues and development needs that

may be identified by the Marriott

Hotel or Edward.

between young

and old

Increasingly we are getting clear messages about

the importance of providing opportunities for young

and old to come together to share ideas, experiences

and get to know one another.

We would like to find out more

about what is already happening

in the city and to feature projects

which bring the generations

together in the next issue of


This will coincide with UK Older

People’s Day on 1 October 2008

which will have a major focus on

intergenerational work.

If you have a good story to tell,

please contact Citylife on

0191 211 5073 or email no

later than Monday 21 July 2008.

If you are looking for ideas,

contact the Centre for

Intergenerational Practice and

sign up for their newsletter

by logging onto or or

01782 844 036.

Safe at home with Telecare

Most of us want to live independently in our own

homes for as long as we can.

Telecare can give us the

reassurance that help is never

far away when needed, and it

doesn’t take away any of our


Many of us are already familiar

with community care alarms.

Telecare can offer that little bit

more as it can detect hazards

such as fires, floods or gas leaks,

or health and safety risks like

falling or if you forget to take


Telecare uses new technology to

monitor your home

environment. When any of your

Telecare devices are activated

they automatically dial our 24-

hour response centre, who can

send a mobile warden to help or

call the emergency services.

Telecare doesn’t interfere with

your everyday life, so it is often

the least restrictive care option

for older people, people with

physical or learning disabilities

or mental health issues, and

people who are carers for

others. The capabilities of the

devices and services are

advancing all the time, and in

some cases a special Telecare

package can be created to meet

your needs.

To find out more about Telecare

phone 0191 278 8699 or email: web:

Samiulla Ahmed

Sami as he likes to be known was referred to WorkFirst at the

beginning of 2005. At this time Sami wanted to explore

working in retail.

While his keyworker searched for a

placement he encouraged Sami to

look at local vacancies. And he

supported him with job searches at

his local Job centre.

At this time Sami received training

in retail from Shops for Jobs and

decided to open up his work search

from retail to labouring, cleaning

and office work.

Sami started with the recycling

scheme at the civic centre in June

2006. At this time the scheme was

unpaid and was being used as an

opportunity for employment training.

At the end of November 2006 Sami

was appointed into a 15 hour post

with our Neighbourhood Services


Sami is now an established staff

member who is willing to pass on

what he has learned to the new

staff in his section.

In April 2008 Sami was feeling more

confident and felt ready to increase

his hours building up to full time.

His WorkFirst keyworker made a

referral to the WorkStep programme.

WorkStep supports people who have

disabilities into employment of

more than 16 hours a week.

Sami Ahmed said “WorkFirst has

helped me develop my skills and

get into real employment”.

Courses Fair

Monday 14 July, 10am to 8pm

St James Park, Alnwick Suite

• Find the right course for you

• See displays of current learners’ work

• Enrol on a course

Have fun, improve your employment prospects and get a

qualification in a friendly and supportive environment. It may

not cost as much as you think! Courses range from Plastering

to Level 4 NVQs.

For more details, phone 0191 277 7497.

Look out for the Guide to Lifelong Learning dropping through

your letterbox in July.


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All change

for our


Newcastle Libraries have an exciting

programme of new library developments,

Gosforth Library is now open, High

Heaton and Benwell Library will be

completed before the end of the year and

the new City Library opens next summer.

Libraries are also being transformed in many other

ways. New technology means that you don’t always

have to go to a reference library to consult reference

books when you want information, we can make them

available on PCs, some you can even access from

home, all you need is your library membership number.

Self-service machines are being introduced in all of

our new libraries but don’t worry, your friendly

library assistants are still there to help you choose

books or find information.

The way people access music and film has changed

and fewer people are borrowing CDs from libraries.

You can now download music using the computers in

some of our libraries and we hope to extend this to

all of our libraries. We want to find out if you would

like to borrow computer games or films on high

definition blu-ray DVDs as well.

Because we want our service to be responsive to

your needs we are asking Citylife readers to help us

by completing our questionnaire, so please cut this

out and hand it in at any library or council customer

service centre in Newcastle.

What’s your

favourite book?

Our former Lord Mayor Councillor Peter

Arnold, shared his views about reading with

Tianna Burns, aged 9 and poet Craig

Bradley who took part in the celebrations

to mark 100 years of Benwell Library.

She asked the Lord Mayor about the types of

stories he likes and how often he reads. He

revealed that he loves to read for pleasure

every day and that he enjoys all types of books

from mysteries to Russian poetry. However, the

book he would take to his desert island would

be ‘Kim’ by Rudyard Kipling. Tianna on the

other hand, likes fairy books and the Tracy

Beaker stories by Jacqueline Wilson.

Opening times and Access

Would you use a library

• in a building shared with other community services. Yes No

• with longer opening times using self service at some times of the day. Yes No

New City Library (please tick the times you prefer)

Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm 8am-8pm 8.30am-8.30pm

Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm 8am-5pm 8.30am-5.30pm

Sunday 10am-4pm 11am-5pm

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This year’s National Summer Reading Challenge is all about

sport, so if you’re aged 4-11 why not join in with this free

‘Team Read’ at your local library?

• Lots of new books to read

• Games and sports

• Competitions

• Science workshops

• Wii Fit ‘experience’

You can win a certificate, as well as your very own

Olympic bronze, silver or gold medal!

So what are you waiting for? Come along to the

special ‘Team Read’ events, workshops and activities,

which will run from 21 July to 6 September and on

the following days have lots of fun along the way in

this National Year of Reading!

Day Library Time

For more information about any library activities:

Phone: 0845 002 0336 Click on

Monday Newbiggin Hall 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday Benwell 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Fenham 2pm – 3pm

Outer West 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Thursday Blakelaw 2pm – 3pm

Cruddas Park 2pm – 3pm

Denton Burn 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Jesmond 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Kenton 10.45am – 11.30am

Newburn 2pm – 3pm

Walker 2pm – 3pm

Friday East End 10.30am – 11.30am

Fawdon 11am – 12noon

Gosforth 10am – 11am

Moorside 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Saturday Blakelaw 10.30am – 12noon

All events are free. Some events may have a limited

number of spaces. Remember all children under the age

of eight must be accompanied by a parent or carer.


Mela 2008

24 and 25 August.

12 noon – 7pm

The Mela is a free event, based around

Punjabi, Pakistani, Bengali and Hindi

cultures. It is open to anyone who wants to

learn more, be entertained and meet new

people, as well as enjoy different music, art

and food.

This year’s line up includes the hottest

contemporary Asian acts, as well as

traditional displays of music and dance.

Taking place in Exhibition Park, the Mela

promises to be a weekend packed full of

fun. There will be music, games, stalls and

exhibitions to help everyone have a bank

holiday to remember.

For more information go to or phone

0191 277 2067.


Bring this voucher along to the Mela

information tent to be included in a free

prize draw to win prizes such as a meal

for two and Leisure Plus passes.

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If you’re looking for family fun and

adventure this summer, you’ll find it in

one of Newcastle’s quirkiest and most

fascinating places – the Ouseburn Valley.

And just to make things really

interesting, a great new guide to the

valley puts children in charge, and adults

in the hot seat.

Called Ouseburn Explorer, the colourful booklet of

four easy-to-follow walks gives children questions so

they can quiz their adult companions, and hidden

answers for their eyes only.

It’s the latest publication from the city’s Newcastle

Community Heritage Project, whose aim is to widen

access to local heritage.

“We think this will be a great way for children and

adults alike to really look at and learn about the

Ouseburn,” says project staff member Alison

Stancliffe. “There are curiosities everywhere you turn

in the valley. Strange chimneys, odd turrets, orange

water, flying horses and so much more. Do one walk

and you’ve found out some tall tales to tell, do

them all and you become a mine of information!”

Designed to last up to an hour each, the four walks

focus on different aspects of the valley. They explore

the area’s hidden history and the little river that

gives the valley its name. Children can look beyond

the buildings to the creatures living in and around it,

including the Stepney Bank Stables’ famous horses.

The Stables and Seven Stories already attract lots of

families to the Ouseburn Valley, and Ouseburn

Explorer is a great way to unlock even more of its

secrets. It will be on sale at Seven Stories and

Stepney Bank Stables in the Ouseburn, and in

Newcastle’s tourist information and museum outlets,

for £3.99.

Or, you can order a copy by sending a cheque for

£4.50, payable to `Newcastle City Council’, to

Newcastle Community Heritage at the Ouseburn

Byker Regeneration Centre, Spillers Quay, Newcastle

upon Tyne, NE6 1BU.

You can also find out more by logging onto


Citylife has teamed up with Newcastle

Community Heritage to offer two lucky readers

a free copy of the Ouseburn Explorer booklet.

Just answer the question below -

Which river does the Ouseburn flow into?


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Address ……..………………………………….



Send to FREEPOST CITYLIFE no later than 25

July. Don’t forget to put all your coupons

into one envelope.

Be a Quayside


Unlock the secrets behind 12 special

buildings on the quayside and find out about

12 people connected with them, on an easy

to follow trail.

Our colourful sticker trail booklet has a great

panorama of the quayside as well as lots of

fascinating facts. It comes in a handy pack complete

with crayons and pictures. The Quayside Discovery

Trail is on sale at Newcastle’s Visitor Information

Centres, for £1.50.


To win a copy of the Quayside Discovery Trail

answer the following question -

What was the name of the banker’s daughter

who eloped from a house on the Quayside?


Name ………………….……………………….

Address ……..………………………………….



Please send your answer to FREEPOST

CITYLIFE no later than 25 July. Don’t forget

to put all of your coupons in one envelope.

Summer fun for families

Fun with FiS

The Families Information Service holds information

on what’s going on across the city during the

summer holidays from libraries and museums to

leisure centres and theatres.

We can send you information about activities for

different age groups or a general information pack

about what’s going on. There are activities for the

whole family such as fun days, play schemes for the

younger children and plenty of ideas to get active

and creative for teens.

If you need part or full-time childcare over the

holidays you can also contact us to find out about

your nearest holiday scheme or childminder.

Call us on 0191 277 4133, email us at or check out to find out more.

Parks and rangers’ events

Saturday 12 July, 1.30pm – 3pm

Creepy-crawly hunt and pond dip

Benwell Nature Park

Join the rangers to discover what strange animals

you can find in the park’s pond and mini-beast area.

Under 13s must be accompanied by an adult.

Disabled access is limited.

Sunday 13 July, 2pm – 4pm

Minibeast hunt Information Room, Millfield House,

Jesmond Dene. Come and join our hunt for some

minibeasts. Disabled access is good.

Sunday 13 July, 2pm - 4pm

Music in Nuns Moor Park

For information, phone 0191 211 6205.

Sunday 13 July, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Salvation Army Band Leazes Park at the bandstand

Tuesday 22 July, 2pm – 4pm

Nature Trail

Information Room, Millfield House.

Become a wildlife explorer as you trek through

Jesmond Dene. Contact Lynette on 0191 284 6884.

20 July - 17 August, 2pm - 4pm

Summer Sundays

There will be afternoons of music and children’s

entertainment at various parks throughout the city

Phone 0191 211 6215.

Sport in the Parks At various parks throughout the

city there will be afternoons of sports coaching

during the summer school holiday in August.

Phone 0191 211 6215.

Every Wednesday during the holidays from 23 July,

1pm - 3pm

Street Games Hodgkin Park North

Phone 0191 211 6205.

Sunday 14 September, 11am – 4pm

Newcastle Allotment and Garden Show

Civic Centre, Banqueting Suite For an entry form,

contact the Allotment Office on 0191 232 8520.

Sunday 14 September, 11am – 4pm

‘Paws in the Park’ Dog Show. Paddy Freeman’s Park

Lots of stalls to visit and classes for your dog to

enter. Phone 0191 211 6214.

For an up to date list of park and ranger events

visit:, or pick

up a leaflet from a library, leisure centre or

Customer Service Centre.

Activate your summer

Isn’t it great to feel alive during the summer months?

When it’s lovely and warm, you just want to get a bit more active don’t you?

Newcastle Leisure has a whole host of things you

can do this summer – even if the sun doesn’t quite

make it out from behind the clouds as much as

you’d like. And with the kids off school, there’s

plenty for them to do.

You can find sports centres and pools at the

following locations:

• Eldon Leisure in Eldon Square

City Pool on Northumberland Road

• Gosforth Pool

• East End Pool, just off Shields Road

• The Lightfoot Centre in Walker

• Outer West Pool and Impulse Gym just off West

Denton Way

• Elswick Park and Pool

• Scotswood Sports and Social Centre on Denton Road

• Newburn Activity Centre

• Cowgate Leisure Centre

Most of the following activities take place between

21 July and the end of August. Please make sure to

call the centre to check whether they are open

outside of the times mentioned.

Newcastle Leisure centres are closed on Bank

Holiday Monday, 26 August.

Fusion card

Many events for children at Newcastle Leisure

venues are free or discounted with a Fusion card.

To find out how your child can get one, visit one of

our centres.

To find out what Fusion is about, visit

Celebrate the

great outdoors with

Newburn Activity


There are exciting activities taking place

at Newburn Activity Centre this summer.

Our adventure activities will keep the most active of

youngsters entertained and tired out by day’s end.

Activities revolve around the river in bell boats,

kayaks and speedboats, while biking will explore the

countryside. And if the weather is a little murky,

we will be scaling the heights with indoor climbing

and archery.

At the same time, younger family members can access

our soft play for the summer holiday price of only £1,

or take part in our Monday teddy bear’s picnics.

There is a lot more taking place.

Call 0191 264 0014 to get a copy of our leaflet and

book early to avoid disappointment.

Bouncing higher summer days

You can join in crafts, water sports, street games and

much more on Wednesdays between 12.30pm and 4pm

• 30 July

• 6 August

• 13 August

• 20 August

£1 or free to Fusion card holders.

Activities must be booked and paid for in advance.

Parental consent forms are required.

For more information about times and prices,

phone 0191 264 0014.


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Fun for kids at Eldon Leisure

Free to Fusion card holders, Junior Allsports takes

place on weekdays between 10am and 12noon and

2pm and 4pm. Or, if they want to try something

different, you could sign the kids up for the

climbing course on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The

two-day courses take place between 10am and

1pm and there’s an intermediate course on

Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 August. These are

also free to Fusion card holders.

If their interest is more gym-based, Impulse

Evolution takes place every weekday between

1pm and 5pm. You will have to come with them

to do an induction if they haven’t worked out at

Impulse before. Participants have to be between

13 and 15 years old.

The dancers (10-15 years old) in your family can

sign up for Hip Hop Aerobics on Wednesday

afternoons, and if dancing isn’t their thing they

could do Kids’ Karate for eight – 15 year olds.

East End Pool

Summer at the East End Pool means fun

and fitness as well as a huge range of

leisure activities. Whatever your age or

ability – there is something for you.

In the water:

• Adult swimming

• Women only swimming

• Fun sessions

• Underwater hockey

• Toddler session

• 50s+ swimming

• Competitive swimming

• Aqua natal swimming

• Swimming lessons

• Disabled swimming club

• Sauna

• Steam room

In the dance studio:

• 50s+ exercise class

• Bodyblast

• Step aerobics

• Total body conditioning

• Bodytone

• Pilates

• Ab attack

• Boxerkick

• Stepping stones

• Karate

• Yoga

• Cardiac rehab sessions

Starting at the East End Pool:

• Weekly guided walks at 10am every Tuesday and


• Bike rides every Thursday at 9.30am (bikes are


Walkers and cyclists should meet in the Street Café

in the centre.

For more information about costs,

call 0191 277 1277.

Fusion sessions

Swimming – free to children with a valid Fusion


• Monday 2pm – 4pm

• Tuesday to Friday 10am – 12noon

• Tuesday 5pm – 6pm

• Wednesday 4pm – 6pm

Family Fusion session

Sunday 10am – 1.15pm (last admission 12.30pm)

Also at the centre

The East End Library has a large range of books to

cater for every need as well as a children’s library,

CD and video section, and free internet access.

For more information about what’s going on at

the centre, phone 0191 278 8444.

Win a bike competition!

During the summer holidays everyone

who use the East End Pool can fill out

a form and be entered into a prize

draw for a bike. The winner will be

drawn on 29 August. You must go

into the East End Pool to be eligible.

City Pool

Not all of our summer activities are

aimed at the younger members of your

family. There’ll be adult only swimming

in the City Pool’s main pool throughout

the school holidays.

All adult-accompanied children under eight can

have a free swim in the learner pool.

For more information call the City Pool on

0191 277 1844.

Elswick Park and Pool

For tiny people

• Women and toddlers’ swims

Wednesday between 9.30am and 11am

For the kids

• Free junior swimming sessions

Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am – 11.30am,


1.30pm – 2.30pm

• Inflatable sessions

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,

Thursday and Saturday 1.30pm – 2.30pm


10.30am – 11.30am

Tennis, basketball and football coaching will be

available through out the summer holidays, phone

for more information.

For the grown-ups

• Adults only swim Monday 8pm – 9.30pm

• Over 50s swim Monday 10am – 11am

The sauna, steam room and gym are available at a

discount with a swim.

Fusion Sessions

Wednesday Swim 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Saturday Gym 10am – 11.30am

Sunday Family Swim 10am – 11am

For more information, phone 0191 277 3456.

West Gate Centre

for Sport

There’s plenty to keep the youngster

occupied this summer at the Centre for


Youth Gym Monday and Wednesday 1pm – 2pm

Trampoline Monday 1pm – 4pm (one hour sessions)


Alternate Tuesdays starting 22 July,

1.30pm – 3pm and 3pm – 4.30pm


Alternate Tuesdays starting 29 July,

1.30pm – 3pm and 3pm – 4.30pm (to be confirmed)


For the under fives, Thursday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

except during the Sports Festival

For sevens and over, Thursday 2.30pm – 4pm

except during the Sports Festival

Games include Kwick Kricket, rounders, relay races

and so on.

Multi Sports session

Friday 1pm – 3pm

Register now for the West

Gate Centre for Sport Sports’ Festival

20-22 August, 11am – 4pm

Join us in a three-day extravaganza of sport

coaching and fun games. We have the best coaches

available to improve your basic skills in football,

basketball, trampoline and much more. This course

will be one of the highlights of your summer

holidays. Book your place now, don’t miss it!

For more information phone 0191 241 7700.

Outer West Pool and Impulse Gym

Children’s fun inflatable sessions

Monday 2pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday 10am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 10am – 11am and 2pm – 3.30pm

Thursday 10.30am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3.30pm

Friday 10am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3pm

Saturday 10am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3.30pm

Morning sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and

Saturdays, and afternoon sessions on Wednesdays

and Fridays are free to Fusion card holders.

Sundays only – A grown-up can swim for free when

accompanied by a child holding a Fusion card.

ASA Aquatics programme

• Children’s crash course Monday 18 – Friday 22

August, 9.15am – 10am

• Children’s once a week swimming lessons (Stages

1 to 5 and levels 6 to 8)

• Adult swimming lessons

• Flip n fun (Diving Stage 8)


Sports and Social


Activities for children over the

summer holidays.

Monday and Friday, 1pm – 3pm, £2

• Trampoline

• Badminton

• Table tennis

• Fitness room for children over ten years old.

Wednesday, 1pm – 3pm, £1

• Outdoor football

• Volleyball

• Handball

• Street Cheer (cheerleaders)

Monday, Wednesday and Friday,

1pm – 3pm, £2

• Soft play for the under sixes.

For more information, phone 0191 274 3716.

Impulse Evolution – the gym project for 13 to 15

year olds

• Monday to Friday 1pm – 5pm

• Saturday

8.30am – 4.30pm

• Sunday

9am – 12 noon

Free sessions for Fusion card holders on Saturdays

between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Also available from the

Outer West Pool

• Late swimming every Tuesday evening until


• Over 50 session, Wednesdays 11am – 12 noon –

no children

• Women’s evening, Wednesdays 5.45pm – 8.30pm

• North and Outer West Walkie Talkies programme

for July and August.

For more information, visit the Outer West Pool

reception or call 0191 277 7980.

Gosforth Pool

Learn to swim

• Children’s crash course lessons

(10 half hour lessons cost £39)

Contact the pool for starting dates and times

• Baby lessons, 21 July – 1 August

10am – 10.30am

• Individual tuition

(£13.50 per half hour. Fusion card discounts


Free Fusion sessions


• Monday

• Tuesday

• Wednesday

• Thursday

• Friday

• Saturday

• Sunday

2pm – 3pm

10.30am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3pm

10.30am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3pm

10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 3pm

10.30am – 11.30am

2pm – 3pm

10.30am – 11.30am

Gym induction sessions

• Monday 9.30am – 12noon

• Wednesday 1.30pm – 4pm

• Friday 2pm – 4pm

• Saturday 10am – 3pm

Only for the adults

• Monday 7.05pm – 8.45pm

• Tuesday 5.30pm – 8.45pm (ladies only)

• Thursday 7.05pm – 8.45pm

For more information

phone 0191 284 3696.

Your Newcastle

Leisure centres can

be found at

City Pool

Northumberland Road, NE1 8SE

Phone 0191 277 1844

Cowgate Leisure Centre

Harehills Avenue, NE5 3HD

Phone 0191 286 9521

East End Pool

Hadrian Square, Byker, NE6 1AL

Phone 0191 278 8444

Eldon Leisure

High Friars, NE1 7XY

Phone 0191 277 1277

Elswick Park and Pool

Beech Grove Road, NE4 6SQ

Phone 0191 277 3456

Gosforth Pool

Regent Farm Road, NE3 3HD

Phone 0191 284 3696

The Lightfoot Centre

Wharrier Street, NE6 3BR

Phone 0191 278 2800

Newburn Activity Centre

Grange Road, Newburn, NE15 8ND

Phone 0191 264 0014

Outer West Pool and Impulse Gym

West Denton Way, NE5 2QZ

Phone 0191 277 7980

Scotswood Sports and

Social Centre

Denton Road, NE15 7HB

Phone 0191 274 3716

West Gate Centre for Sport

Westgate Community College,

West Road, NE4 9LG

Phone 0191 241 7700

For more information about Newcastle

Leisure, visit


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The Lightfoot Centre

Walker is United

(Show Racism the Red Card)

Saturday 19 July, 10am – 3pm

A family festival to celebrate diversity and

combat racism.

Activities include:

• A girls’ football tournament

• Soccer skills

• Hair braiding

• Face painting

• Arts and crafts

• International food

• Dance mats

• Kids’ gym

• Drumming workshops

• Bouncy castle

• Hip hop dance performances

• And lots more

The Lightfoot play scheme

Mondays to Fridays (except Bank Holiday -

25 August) 10am – 12 noon and 1 – 3pm

Activities include: trampolining;

team games; kids’ gym, dance mats, football,

Cowgate Leisure


Our summer activities are provided in

partnership with Cowgate community

forum, the Play Service and Children’s


The Cowgate Leisure Centre play scheme

Monday to Friday (except Monday 25 August and

Wednesday 27 August), 10am – 12noon and

1pm – 3pm

Activities include trampolining, team games,

football, soft play for under sevens and lots more.

Phone 0191 286 9521.

Art and food

Tuesday and Thursday, 10am – 12noon

Arts and crafts sessions and food activity sessions

offering great fun, educational skills and creativity.

For more information, contact Lyndy Mountain on

0191 277 1775 or Rachael Arnott on

0191 277 1784.

Family fun day

Wednesday 27 August, 10am – 3pm

Fun, games and activities for all the family,

including face painting, balloon art, soft play,

trampoline, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, football,

basketball, fitness inductions and much more.

All children under eight must be accompanied by an

adult and everyone should be dressed appropriately

for activities.

For more information phone 0191 286 9521.

skating, soft play and small bouncy castle for

under sevens; and much more.

Under-eights must be accompanied by an adult

and everyone must wear appropriate clothing for

the activities (including socks for trampoline)

For more information, phone 0191 278 2800.

Fusion community

fun runs

Each young persons’ fun run is about two

miles along tracks suitable for all ages and

abilities. You will receive a free t-shirt and

bottle of water for taking part.

The runs take place on:

• Sunday 27 July, starting and finishing in

Hodgkin Park

• Sunday 3 August, starting at the Lemington

Centre and finishing at Newburn Acitivity


Pick up an entry form from your local sports

centre or phone 0191 278 3093.

Bouncing Higher

Did you ‘Bounce On’ last year? Well,

bounce higher this year with a great mix of

sports, adventure, arts and play acitivites for

children and young people.

Get bouncing at

• Newburn Activity Centre

• The Lemington Centre

• All Saints Community College

• Westerhope Institute

For more information, phone

0191 278 3093.

Have smashing fun

with tennis

Have you watched Wimbledon and felt

inspired to pick up a racket?

Throughout the summer, Newcastle Tennis

Development Scheme is offering a range of junior

and adult courses. All abilities are catered for and

equipment is provided.

If you’ve got a Fusion card, the cost is £8. If you’re

an adult, prices start at £15 with a LeisurePlus card.

The courses take place at

• Bohemians’ Tennis Club

• Benwell Hill Tennis Club

• David Lloyd Club

• Gosforth Tennis club

• Walbottle Campus

The Newcastle Tennis Development coaches will also

be visiting schools, giving young people the

opportunity to try their hand at mini-tennis, tennis

or skills festivals.

For more information, phone 0191 278 3093.

Soccer Weeks

We’ve got football happening all over the

city this summer. For your chance to join in,

check out:

Monday 21 July to Friday 25 July

at West Gate Centre for Sport

10am – 2.30pm - Boys and girls aged eight to 14

10am – 1pm - Boys and girls aged five to eight

Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August

at West Gate Centre for Sport

10am – 12noon - Boys and girls aged four to seven

(Beginners’ course - ‘Mini Kickers’)

Monday 4 August to Friday 8 August

at Lightfoot Sports Centre

10am – 2.30pm - Boys and girls aged eight to 14

10am – 1pm - Boys and girls aged five to eight

Monday 11 August to Friday 15 August

at West Gate Centre for Sport

10am – 2.30pm - Boys and girls aged eight to 14

(FUSION Fun Day - Friday 15 August ONLY)

Monday 18 August to Friday 22 August

at Lightfoot Sports Centre

10am – 2.30pm - Boys and girls aged eight to 14

(FUSION Fun Day - Friday 22 August ONLY)

All soccer activities are provided by Newcastle

Football Development Scheme.

For more information phone 0191 278 3093.

Take part in the MCC

Spirit of Cricket

Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 3pm for

seven to 10 year olds.

Monday 4 August to Friday 8 August

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 3pm for

11 to 14 year olds

All cricket activities at Newcastle Football Centre,

Benwell with the Newcastle Cricket Development


For more information phone 0191 278 3093.

North East Heritage

Skills Fair

Come and get your hands dirty at the North East Heritage

Skills Fair!

There’s everything from

blacksmithing, lime pointing and

stone masonry to horse-logging,

woodland crafts and steeplejack

displays. You can meet the

skilled tradesmen in your region,

see the crafts people in action

and then roll up your sleeves

and have a go yourself.

The fair is at the Gibside Estate

near Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield

in Gateshead on 11, 12 and 13

July, 10am – 4pm daily and

admission is free!

For more information phone

0191 232 9279 or visit

Be amazed this summer

NewcastleGateshead is the place to be this summer.

Get face-to-face with a former

Prime Minster 150 feet in the air or

witness a massive eighth bridge

being built from bamboo across

the Tyne. Don’t miss being part of

some of the most talked about

events of 2008, all part of

Newcastle Gateshead’s world-class

festivals and events programme.

Hotel Monument

15 Aug-15 Sept, Grey’s Monument

Renowned Japanese artist,Tatsu

Nishi’s vision to create a fullyfunctioning

hotel room at the top

of Grey’s Monument is set to

become reality when Hotel

Monument opens, subject to

planning, on 15 August. Day

visitors and overnight guests will

be able to enjoy views from the

top and meet Earl Grey, around

which the room will be carefully

constructed. For information and

how to book tickets visit

Bambuco bridge

across the Tyne

In July an Australian company,

Bambuco, will use 20 tons of

bamboo to create a massive

temporary bridge between the

Tyne Bridge and Gateshead

Millennium Bridge. Its construction

will be a real spectacle with a crew

of skilled riggers displaying

extraordinary nerves of steel and

amazing agility. On the evening of

Friday 18 July, a magical evening

event will celebrate the moment of

its completion and mark the start

of SummerTyne. The bridge will be

on display over the festival’s

opening weekend - though

crossing is strictly reserved for the

skilled Bambuco team!

30 and 31 August 2008 in

Exhibition Park

A two-day festival in the lungs

of the city, including:

• local music • arts

• food • kids’ activities

• traders and campaign groups

• community entertainment and

• practical ways you can make a

difference to the environment

Visit or email for more information.

Walk through time

with City Guides

Ever walked past some old building in the heart of the city

and thought ‘I wonder who lived there?’ Or saw a statue of

some long forgotten hero and wondered who it was? Well,

there’s a team of experts who are able to answer your

questions and take you on an amazing tour of the city.

Members from the Newcastle

Association of City Guides are all

qualified to reveal the secrets of

the city and have specialist local

knowledge on a wide range of

topics, from architecture to the

city’s famous sons and


Before they hit the streets, each

guide must complete a rigorous

eighteen month training course

in all things Newcastle.

Following that, the Green Badge

qualification, accredited

nationally by the Institute of

Tourist Guiding, allows them to

visitor guide professionally

across NewcastleGateshead.

Recipients of that highly

regarded award include Maureen

Toward who has been a Green

Badge City Guide for around

four years and a Newcastle City

Guide since 1991.

She said: “Our guided tours

give people the opportunity to

have a look behind the scenes of

our city’s famous streets and

landmarks. It’s also great when

you can point out to local people

some of our hidden gems and

tell them about their history.”

John North, who has recently

Maureen and John show you the way

been awarded his Green Badge,

qualified as a Newcastle City

Guide six months ago.

He said: “I’ve always been

enthusiastic about the city’s

buildings and history so being a

city guide has given me the

chance to promote Newcastle

and Gateshead’s rich and diverse


“The guides also allow us to

highlight the lives of those who

have contributed to the life of

the city including Bewick, Grey

and Armstrong and the


You can pick up “Explore

Heritage” including the full 2008

programme of guided tours from

Tourist Information Centres and

Libraries, phone 0191 277 8000

to have a copy sent out to you or

download a PDF from


This year the leaflet also lists

guided tours in some of our best

buildings and how to access

those “hidden gems” not always

open to the public.

For more information about our

latest guided tours go turn to

What’s On, on page 42.


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Mini beast fun for

Gosforth school kids

A group of school children from Gosforth kick-started the month of

May hunting for mini beasts and pond-dipping with staff from

Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

Year one pupils from Archibold First School

visited the Trust’s St Nicholas Park Wildlife

Garden to learn more about creatures which

live both on and off dry land.

Meeting up with the Trust’s people and

wildlife officer Lynette Whitehouse, the

children learnt about the need to have

respect for wildlife and how to identify and

handle certain creatures found in the garden.

This term the pupils are learning all about

mini beasts from their habitats, appearances

and characteristics to their lifecycles and

food cycles.

Lynnette Whitehouse said “It is great when

school children visit us as it gives us the

opportunity to tell them all about the

environment in which they live. It makes

them more aware of what is going on

around them”.

The final word must go to the year one

pupils whose enthusiasm was not

dampened by the rain. Thomas Davidson

said: “The pond-dipping was my favourite

because I caught two stickleback fish and

one was huge!”.

Below: Archibold pupils search for mini beasts

Elswick Park and Leisure

Centre refurbishment

We have recently got new funding to help with the refurbishment of

Elswick Leisure complex.

We hope to create a more modern

environment which will promote the benefits

of well-being. We aim to increase awareness

about obesity and cardio-vascular diseases

within the local community.

The leisure centre will continue to provide

a range of aqua-therapy activities and there

will be new cardio fitness facilities on site.

A new secure cycle shelter will encourage

visitors and staff to cycle to and from the

leisure centre.

The leisure complex is in Elswick Park

grounds. Elswick Park has historic links to

Charles I (1539 – 1628) and associations with

the monks of Tynemouth Priory.

The land was given to the Newcastle

Corporation around 1975 and after redevelopment

it was opened to the public in

1980. The park still provides a home for

wildlife and contains a diverse range of


Citylife will keep you up to date on the

redevelopment and will let you know when

work is expected to be completed.


swimmers dive

into the money!

Newburn swimming club has taken the

plunge and bought brand new diving

blocks thanks to you!

The club was voted as one of the winning

projects to be awarded almost £4,000 from

the Udecide participatory budget

This unique grant scheme gives local people

the power to spend some public money, to

benefit their community. This means that

residents get to share some of the

responsibility for what happens where they

live, and make some real changes.

Local people did just that by listening to

over 30 suggested projects at an unusual

event at the Centre for Life.

Adrian Allen, Head Swimming Coach for

Newburn Swimming Club said “ The event

was special because it gave residents the

chance to make their own decisions and

vote about how the money would be spent.

It really was a great opportunity for local

people to make a real difference to the

places where they live. Thanks to the grant,

we now have modern diving facilities at the

club, and we would like to encourage more

young people to come along to the club and

join in the fun”.

Newburn swimming club is open to anyone,

whether looking for fitness or fun. It is also a

competitive club that trains swimmers up to

national level

For advice and information on Udecide

phone Maggie McKenna on 0191 211 5893 or

go to

If you would like to get involved in Newburn

Swimming Club go to the Outer West Pool

on the first Saturday of the month at

2.45pm or email

Don’t forget to use our walk-in

centre during weekend evenings

People are being reminded that if they suffer a minor injury or ailment

– especially during the evening of a weekend - they can access the

walk-in centre which recently opened in the east end of Newcastle.

Based at the new £8 million Molineux Street

NHS Centre, Byker, the walk-in centre

provides another way patients can access

healthcare in the community.

If you suffer from ailments or minor injuries

such as cuts, burns, strains, sprains and

minor eye injuries you can now be treated at

the centre, instead of having to go to hospital.

The walk-in centre is open 8am to 10pm,

seven days a week, and no appointment is


Patients will be seen by experienced nurse

practitioners, some who can prescribe

medicines. For minor injuries of children

under two years old – parents should take

their child to the Royal Victoria Infirmary

minor injury unit which is open from 9am-

4pm or your nearest hospital accident and

emergency department.

Phone: 0191 275 5862 to find out more

information or to check if your injury can be


Give your views on urgent

healthcare services

A public consultation to improve access to urgent healthcare has been

launched in Newcastle.

The consultation, which started on 1 May

2008 and lasts for three months, gives local

people the chance to air their views and

experiences about urgent healthcare


These are the services people need if they

suddenly become ill, or have an accident,

whether serious or minor. They include

services available during the day in GP

surgeries, overnight, at weekends and over

bank holidays from the out of hours GP

service, walk-in centres, minor injuries units,

accident and emergency departments,

ambulance services, emergency admissions

to hospital and NHS Direct.

We want your views on draft plans, shaped

following earlier discussions with the public,

for the way these services should be

delivered in the future.

If you are interested in responding to the

consultation, which will end on 25 July, go

to or

phone 0191 202 2023.

Consultation on

new health centre

development in Newcastle

Local people are being asked for their

views on the development of a new health

centre in Newcastle to improve access to

GP and other healthcare services.

They are also being asked to comment on

the development of a further two new GP

practices in the city.

A consultation is running until 5 August to

seek comments on where the new health

centre should be sited and what services

should be included.

The health centres will each include GP

services providing bookable and walk-in

appointments, available from 8am to 8pm,

seven days a week. They will include a range

of other healthcare services such as x-ray,

ultrasound, echocardiography and specialist

services, for example, musculoskeletal for

muscle and bone problems and skin clinics.

The two additional new GP practices in

Newcastle will provide the usual range of GP

services but could also focus on other

services such as childhood obesity, teenage

pregnancy, alcohol and substance misuse

and mental health services.

The developments follow an announcement

by the Department of Health to boost

capacity in primary care services. This was

following the initial findings of a major

review of the NHS by Prof Lord Ara Darzi.

In Newcastle the areas under consideration

for the new health centre and new GP

practices are Cowgate/Blakelaw,

Byker/Walker, Great North Park, Elswick,

Scotswood/Benwell and Lemington.

During the next three months there will be

meetings with local communities to seek

comments on the new development.

Further information is available at

or by phoning 0191 202 2014.


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City welcomes new Lord

Mayor and Lady Mayoress

Councillor David Wood was formally elected as the new Lord

Mayor of Newcastle at a ceremony at the Civic Centre this May.

As well as representing the Walker area

of the city, Councillor Wood was given

the title of Newcastle’s first citizen.

He will be supported during his civic

year by the new Lady Mayoress, his

wife and fellow Walker councillor

Margaret Wood.

Citylife spoke to Councillor Wood

about becoming the new Lord Mayor.

What do you hope your civic

year will bring?

I hope to be able to bring my own

personality to the role of Lord Mayor

but still remembering what a

tremendous honour and privilege it is

to represent this wonderful city.

What is your chosen charity?

I’ve decided to choose two charities

which I’ve been involved with for

many years. Our city’s hospitals do an

amazing job, so I’ve chosen the

Newcastle Hospitals Trust Charity to

be one of my official charities. I’ve

also chosen to support fuel poverty

charity National Energy Action.

What are you looking forward to

as Lord Mayor?

The duties and role of the Lord Mayor

are many and varied and I hope to be

able to visit as many local groups and

schools as I can during the year. The

position of the Lord Mayor belongs to

everyone in the city and hopefully as

many people as possible can share in

whatever way they can.

Is the role as you expected?

Being Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor

for the past 12 months has given me

an insight into the role. Whilst being

a councillor for nearly 20 years, I

never really appreciated how busy the

role could be. Most of all I

underestimated how much residents of

the city appreciated the role.

Challenge the

Lord Mayor

During his civic year the Lord

Mayor would like the opportunity

to meet Newcastle's young sports

people and experience a wide

variety of sporting activities from

aerobics to yoga.

We invite you to challenge the Lord

Mayor to participate in your

favourite sporting activity.

If the Lord Mayor cannot meet the

challenge himself, he will provide his

'Champion' to assist him.

To arrange a challenge write to the

Lord Mayor's Office, Lord Mayor's

Chambers, Civic Centre, Newcastle

upon Tyne, NE1 8QA, telephone

0191 211 5050 or email

Lord Mayor’s Award Scheme

Earlier this year, our Community Development Unit arranged a

focus group to seek residents’ views on the introduction of a

citizens’ awards scheme in Newcastle. We listened to your views

and the recommendations from the focus group were considered at

the Honours Panel in early March.

They felt that there clearly was a need to celebrate and recognise the

contribution which individuals made to life in the city and that these awards

should be reserved for those who have made an exceptional contribution.

The new scheme will be known as the Lord Mayor’s Awards and

administered through the Lord Mayor’s Office. It is hoped that the first

awards ceremony will take place in the autumn of 2008.

For further information on the awards scheme phone 0191 211 5050

or email

Help build Civic Centre’s history

If you remember the building of the Civic Centre or know

anyone involved in its construction, we want to hear from you.

This November sees the building

celebrate its 40th anniversary and

Newcastle City Council would like those

who worked on the building to get in

touch and share their experiences.

We would also like to hear from staff

who were working in the building

especially those who were involved in

its official opening which was

performed by His Majesty King Olav V

of Norway on the 14 November 1968.

If you have any special memories of

this day or if you worked on the

building please write to Ian

Humphries, Lord Mayor’s Office, Lord

Mayor’s Chambers, Civic Centre,

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QA or


Free for every Citylife reader *

2008 is our 80th anniversary - and we'd like Citylife readers

to celebrate with us!

Saturday 26 July

Every reader (over 18's) can request

their free tickets and receive:

• admission

• one drink

• snack supper

Over the past three years, readers

of Citylife have enjoyed some great

nights here. If you've never

experienced the electric atmosphere

of live greyhound racing - then

don’t miss this opportunity.

How do I get my tickets?

Simply call the stadium reception

on 0191 210 5300 and quote


First 200 callers only. Please

remember to quote Citylife when

ordering your tickets.

*Over 18s only please

Highland cows help

breeding birds

Our rangers recently welcomed some new arrivals to

the grasslands at North Walbottle.

Some Highland cattle, well known for

their shaggy coats and long horns, are

spending the summer there, managing

the grass in an environmentally

friendly way. By their munching, the

cows will create a more interesting

grass sward of differing lengths. Their

droppings will attract insects which

the skylarks will feed on.

The fields, which were once part of

the Coronation Pit, have been used for

hay cropping for the last six years.

The return of cattle will help the

skylarks, those lovely birds whose

soaring song is a sign that summer is

finally here. Skylarks are a protected

species whose numbers have declined

by more than half in recent years.

They are highlighted in our

Biodiversity Action Plan as a species

which needs our help to survive.

Skylarks nest on the ground, where

they are very vulnerable to

disturbance by dogs. Dogs running

loose in the field will frighten the

birds away from their nests and their

chicks may die. The skylarks see dogs

as predators, even if they don’t

deliberately chase them. So it is

important that visitors stay out of the

fields and keep to the public

footpaths around the outside.

Highland cattle have a reputation for

carefully avoiding the birds’ nests, and

as cows are vegetarians, the birds are

not afraid of them!

If you would like to know more about

farmland birds such as the skylark and

grey partridge, a free leaflet is

available which will help you identify

the birds.

You can also contribute valuable

information towards our survey by

completing a questionnaire about the

farmland birds you have seen. You can

get the leaflet by phoning our

ecologist, Derek Hilton-Brown on

0191 277 7195 or you can email him at

or you can pick one up from the

Rangers at the Visitor Centre, Tyne

Riverside Country Park at Newburn.

Tyneside Cinema - the waiting is over

The Tyneside Cinema opened the doors of its spectacular revamped

home on Pilgrim Street on 22 May.

Visitors can come and marvel at the

amazing transformation of this much

loved building. You will be dazzled

by the colours and designs of the

mosaics on the ground and first floor;

slip back into the reassuring

restoration of the classic cinema; and

enjoy the sumptuous leather seats

and sofas in the classic circle.

Why not stop and linger for a drink

and something to eat in the muchloved

coffee rooms, together with the

Intermezzo Café Bar on the ground

floor? There is also a third place for

you to enjoy a drink or discuss the

merits of the latest film in the

dazzling third floor Tyneside Bar.

It will not just about seeing a film, it

will be a great night out in

sophisticated surroundings!

For more information check out their


and the local press for details of

programmes. You can contact the

Tyneside cinema box office on

0845 217 9909.

Newcastle United’s commitment to

the community

Newcastle United is using the power of football to raise educational

standards and promote healthy lifestyles in the city.

Newcastle United Foundation is the club’s new charity arm. It aims to use the local

passion for football to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people

and families in our region. We are supporting the Foundation to run a number of

community and education projects which will benefit residents.

Kevin Keegan tells kids – Get

Match Fit!

Manager Kevin Keegan launched the

brand new ‘Match Fit’ initiative when

he visited St Vincent’s Primary School

in Walker to talk to the children about

healthy eating and keeping fit.

Match Fit aims to increase physical

activity and health awareness in

children under 11 in the East End of

Newcastle. Over the next three years,

the club will be sending messages to

youngsters that good food, fitness and

football can be fun and enjoyable!

Match Fit is funded by the Premier

League PFA Community Fund and

delivered in partnership with Newcastle

City Council and Newcastle PCT and as

part of the Lean East campaign.

For more information about Lean

East and Match Fit go to

Young Toon Fans get a kick out

of playing football

Young people in the West End of the

city are getting their ‘Kickz’ playing

football thanks to Newcastle United.

The Club is running free sessions for

12 to 18 year olds at Westgate Centre

for Sport every Monday, Wednesday

and Friday night.

60 young people will get a chance to

train with professional football coaches

and play matches. They are encouraged

to learn and develop new skills, and make

new friends in a fit and healthy way.

During the season, the youngsters had

a chance to visit St James Park to

meet Manager Kevin Keegan and

played a competitive match against

the Sunderland Kickz Project at the

Club’s Academy.

Kickz aims to engage young people in

constructive activities and increase

playing and coaching opportunities. It

helps to break down barriers between

the police and young people and

reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Kickz is delivered in partnership with

a number of partners, including

Northumbria Police, Newcastle City

Council and the Youth Offending Team.

If you live in the West End and would

like to find out more about Kickz,

phone Newcastle United community

department on 0191 461 1330.


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Come and play!

It’s a really exciting time for us, but

you might be wondering what exactly

it is we do.

Play is a vital part of a child’s

development and is really important

to their health and happiness.

It also helps them develop skills for

life, understand the environment around

them and it brings families, friends and

even whole communities together.

We know many of you are worried about

letting your children play outside

because of heavy traffic, a lack of space

and the occasional ‘no ball games’ sign.

So we’re here to provide fun and safe

environments for our children.

We also provide year round and

holiday activities for children aged

five to 12 at our five play-centres in

Nunsmoor, Benwell, Scotswood, Byker

and Walker, and at community centres,

church halls and schools.

There have been several developments

recently which will help to improve

and increase the play opportunities for

our children even more.

Newcastle Play Strategy

We have written a plan which looks at

all the play areas, parks and green

spaces, across the city and what we

can do to improve them for everyone.

It also looks at what else can be done

to make it easier for children and their

families to play more safely in the city.

Lottery funding for

children's play

Earlier this year we successfully bid

for £735,000 of Lottery money and

Una MacDermott and her team

Hi! I’m Una MacDermott and, as I’m Head of Play, I’ve

probably got the best job title at the entire council!

attracted an extra £365,000 to

improve our play facilities, and we’ve

now been able to introduce:

• a street play project based in

Cruddas Park;

• new playworkers working with

children with disabilities;

• a new games area in Denton;

• refurbishments to play areas in

Waverly Park, Kingston Park Green,

City Stadium, Heaton Park,

Westerhope Park; and

• a holiday playscheme in Gosforth.

‘Playbuilder' status

We were also successful in a bid for

£1million to develop our play areas.

The funding will be used to develop

adventurous play using

environmentally friendly materials to

create attractive community play

spaces across Newcastle.

To celebrate all these changes we held

a competition with local children to

design a new logo for us. We had

loads of fantastic entries, but our

favourite was designed by Liam

Surtees of Walkergate. The design will

now appear on all our leaflets, letters

and uniforms. Congratulations Liam!

We’ll also be celebrating our National

Play Day with special family play

events on Northumberland Street and

in Exhibition Park between 10am and

3pm on 6 August. I really hope we see

you there!

If you want anymore information

about Newcastle Play Service and the

play opportunities we provide,

please contact me on

0191 278 2852 or email

Also check out

for information.

Are you cyber-bullying


Both students and parents at some of our schools have been

learning about the dangers of cyber-bullying.

We gave our youngsters tips on

staying safe while using the internet

and their mobile phones, and what to

do if affected by cyber-bullying.

Special workshops for their parents are

also being run by our RESPONSE antibullying


“It's vital that children and young

people, who are particularly good at

using new technology, use their

mobiles and the internet safely. As

technology develops, so do bullying

techniques and schools, parents and

young people have to work together

to prevent it and to tackle it head on

wherever it happens,” said Michelle

Crawford from the team.

The RESPONSE team works across the

city to help our schools develop the

way they tackle bullying, including

providing training for school staff and

helping schools develop student peer

mentoring programmes.

The team have also developed a

secure online system for schools to

report incidents of bullying and detail

their response, and an anti-bullying

accreditation scheme, Accreditation

for Action.

Staying safe from cyber-bullying -

advice for children and young


• Always respect others online as you

would on the street.

• If you publish a picture or video

online, anyone can change it or

share it. Think before you send - it

could be out there forever!

Diplomas in Hair and Beauty and

Business Administration and Finance

will now go on offer to students

aged 14 - 19 from September 2009.

The first series of the diplomas – in

Construction and the Built

Environment; Engineering; Society

Health and Development,

Information Technology; and

Creative and Media - will be on offer

to students aged 14 to 19 at city

secondary schools and Newcastle

College from this September.

• Treat your password like your

toothbrush - change regularly and

never share. Try not to give out

your personal details to online

contacts. This can include:

Messenger ID, e-mail address,

mobile number, home address or

any pictures of you, your family or

your friends.

• Block the bully. Find out how you

can block unwanted messages.

• Never retaliate. If you receive

unwanted messages, don’t reply as

this could make the problem worse.

• Save the evidence.

• Make sure you tell someone. Share

what is happening with your mum

and dad or carer, your teacher, your

friends, or other members of the


Advice for parents and carers

• Talk to your children: understand

the ways in which they use the

internet and their mobile phones.

Use the above anti cyber-bullying

code as a starting point for


• Use the tools: most software and

services on the internet has built in

safety features - such as MSN

block contact list and save

conversations, and setting social

networking profiles to private. Find

out how to use them.

• Speak to your internet service

provider and mobile phone companies

to see what protection they offer.

New diplomas for


The government has announced Newcastle will be among the

first cities to offer new subjects for teens.

The diplomas will be offered at three

different levels, with the two highest

being the equivalent of GCSE A*-C

grades and A-level qualifications.

Newcastle is one of only 10 areas

in the country approved by the

government to deliver all of the

first five diplomas, which form part

of the government's 14 - 19 reform.

For information on the diplomas

phone Tim O’Grady on

0191 211 5318 or go to

Howzat! Cricket

tickets reward perfect

school attendance

Over fifty pupils who went a whole month without missing a

minute of school were rewarded with free cricket tickets

after we teamed up with Durham County Cricket Club.

One winning pupil with 100%

attendance and no late marks in all of

March won four tickets to see Durham

Dynamos take on Yorkshire Carnegie at

the Riverside Stadium.

Durham mascot, Chester the Lion, also

visited Wharrier Street Primary School

in Walker to present the school's

winning pupil with their tickets during


Private fostering

Is someone else looking

after your child?

• Are you making arrangements for

someone else (not a close relative

of yours) to look after your child

for 28 days or more?

• Have you already made

arrangements for someone else to

look after your child?

The law says that you must tell

your local children’s services

about this.

Chester the lion and one thrilled Newcastle student

"Regular attendance at school is very

important if children are to do well. It

will help them aim high and have the

best possible chances in life,” said

Gillian Sanders, our Attendance

Initiatives Development Officer.

Pupils were also rewarded for perfect

school attendance throughout May

with a prize draw for free family

tickets for the Centre for Life.

Are you looking after someone

else’s child?

• Have you agreed to start looking

after someone else’s child (not a

close relative) for 28 days or more?

• Are you already looking after some

else’s child? If so, you could be

privately fostering.

The law says that you must tell your

local children’s services about this.

Children’s services must provide you

and the child with support and advice

and ensure the child is safe.

If you live in Newcastle and you think this may affect you, please phone

the Initial Response Service on 0191 277 2500.

Five minutes with...

Christine Clark,

School Choice Adviser

We have recently employed Christine as our School Choice

Adviser. We thought we would see how she is settling in and

find out all about the services she will be offering.

What is your new role?

I am the new School Choice

Adviser, which means that I am

here to provide advice and support

to families about choosing the

right secondary school.

How will chidren and parents or

carers benefit from the services

you offer?

I can provide support to families to

help them to make the best and

most realistic choice of secondary

school. I explain the admissions

process and how the appeals

process works. I can get specific

information about uniforms and

travel arrangements. And I can find

out how schools have performed in

Ofsted reports.

What is the best bit about your


Working with local parents and

The campaign wanted to bring

together all the breastfeeding mothers

in the city, to feed at the same time

and promote the acceptance of


children to find a school which is

right for them and helping to take

away some of their worries and

concerns. I really feel like I am

making a difference.

Do you work across the city or in

specific areas?

I work across all areas of the city.

But I will be focusing on the

transfer between primary and

secondary schools.

What do you have planned in the

next year?

I plan to visit all secondary and

primary schools in the city to meet

Parent Support Advisers and Parent

Link workers. I will be putting

together promotional material

which will be sent to all schools,

libraries, and children’s centres.

Where do people go to if they

want more information?

You can contact me on my mobile

07775 800 763 or by email

I’m waiting for your call!

Christine’s post is funded by an

annual grant from central

government for three years. It

provides arms length support for

parents during the transfer

between primary and secondary


You can also phone Christine on

0191 277 4462.

The Big Breastfeed

Breastfeeding mothers across the city came together to join in

the Big Breastfeed campaign at the Monument in May.

As part of the awareness week, there was

also an information stand at High Friars,

Eldon Square where people could get

more information about breastfeeding as

well as free gifts bearing the “Breastfeed

fit 4 life” slogan.

The campaign is being run by

Newcastle Breastfeeding Support


For more information about the

campaign and how to get involved,

phone Natasha Moulding on

0191 272 7824.


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Delivering support

to every child

We want all children in the city grow up to be well-rounded, happy, healthy

young adults who feel able to make a valued contribution to their families and

society as a whole.

Our Inclusion Services aim to support

children and young people to achieve

their full potential by working in

partnership with our local schools and

a variety of other partners.

It is vital that our young people are

able to attend, enjoy and achieve

whilst at school. We are ambitious for

all young people and are keen to

support them all to succeed at school

and into adulthood.

We are sure that all parents and

carers share this and we want to work

closely with you all to help us to

achieve this.

These are some of our Inclusion

Services you and your child may

come into contact with -

Healthy schools team

We work to reduce younger

pregnancies and support young

women who are pregnant. We are

tackling obesity and trying to

increase the take up of school

lunches. We are also focusing on anti

bullying, substance misuse by young

people, emotional health of children,

travel to school and participation in

high quality PE and sport.

We are striving to achieve National

Healthy School Status (NHSS) for all



Psychology Service

We work with children and young

people from birth to 19 who may

experience problems with learning,

getting along with others or who

have other physical or medical


We aim to work closely with parents

and carers to help children whatever

their difficulty, overcome barriers to

achievement. We want them to

become the best they can and be

included in their community.

Schools, with the permission of

parents and carers, can make a

referral to our service.

Education Welfare


We deal with issues relating to school

attendance. We can also offer

support with issues such as bullying,

exclusion from school, special

educational needs, child employment

and child protection issues.

We play an important role in

establishing and maintaining links

between school and home. We offer

support to families to help children to

make sure they take full advantage of

the educational opportunities

available to them.

Our service accepts referrals from

schools, parents, children, and other

family members, statutory and

voluntary agencies.

For more information phone

0191 277 4500 or email

Special Educational

Needs Teaching and

Support Service


Our team of specialist teachers and

support assistants work with children

and young people with special

educational needs in schools across

the city

We have a special team that works

with very young pre-school children

with special educational needs in

their homes and through support


Our service works closely with

parents, carers and adults in schools

and other settings. We offer training,

support and guidance with speech,

language and communication, autism,

dyslexia, co-ordination difficulties,

physical disability and hearing and

visual impairment.

The Jump Ahead project is an

innovative school-based project which

works with young children with

attention difficulties and problems

with co ordination. It provides lots of

fun activities which help these

children improve their skills whilst

involving their parents in the


We are launching Dyslexia Friendly

Schools across the city to encourage

and support schools to be dyslexia

friendly. We want to make sure

children and young people get the

best possible support and reach their


Special Educational

Needs Development

and Administration


We provide additional funding to

schools for children and young people

with complex Special Educational

Needs (SEN). We carry out statutory

assessments and reviews of children

and young people with SEN. We also

deal with placements and transport

for children with SEN.

Behaviour Support


We support children and young

people, their schools and families

with emotional, behavioural and

social issues.

We have a team of teachers, support

assistants and educational

psychologists working in partnership

with schools to help children and

young people to maximise their

potential for learning.

We support schools in developing

their Social and Emotional Aspects of

Learning curriculum (SEAL). This

helps children and young people to

develop their social skills, empathy,

motivation, managing feelings and

self awareness.

If you would like more information

on any of the Inclusion Services,

please phone Jane Crawford on

0191 211 5303 or email

You can read more about the work of

another Inclusion Services at the

Linhope Pupil Referral Unit in West

Denton in the next edition of Citylife.

The Future

is here!

By the time you read this,

the first schools transformed

by our Building Schools for

the Future project will have


Phase one of our £180 million

Building Schools for the Future project

is nearing completion. This means new

facilities for 16 of our schools, which

are being either refurbished or entirely

rebuilt – the biggest ever investment

in schools in the history of Newcastle.

In June, the first new schools to be

completed – Canning Street Primary

and Thomas Bewick Special School -

enjoyed their first lessons in their

new look homes.

Four more schools, Walkergate Primary,

Kenton College, Walbottle Campus

(first phase) and Stocksfield Ave

Primary will move to new schools in

September, while the first phase of

the refurbishment of Benfield School

was also completed in June.

The work includes:

• new buildings, classrooms and

outside spaces designed to

encourage and inspire learning, and

access to new technologies to

support teaching;

• better sports and PE facilities helping

promote health and fitness; and

• a wider range of extended services,

facilities and activities for out-ofschool

access by young people,

families and communities.

The completion of the first stage of

the Building Schools for the Future

programme makes 2008 a very exciting

year for the Newcastle school children

who will benefit from rebuilt and

refurbished schools, and also for the

schools from the second phase of the

project, where work will be starting

next year.

We are determined young people in

Newcastle have the very best learning

opportunities and the highest quality

facilities. The Building Schools for the

Future programme is allowing us to

make sure every child in Newcastle

gets the education they deserve.

The project is managed by a Local

Education Partnership made up of

Newcastle City Council, Aura Learning

Communities and Building Schools for

the Future Investments.

Aura Learning Communities is a

consortium including Sir Robert

McAlpine, Robertson Capital Projects

and PB (Parsons Brinckerhoff).



say on


How do you want the

authorities to tackle

this issue?

• Binge Britain: Hospital

admissions 'rise 300%' since

introduction of 24-hour


• Ban the bargain booze.

• Police report 50% more

women drunks.

• Is British drinking out of


There isn’t a day that goes by

without newspaper headlines

like this warning us about the

dangers of alcohol. But what are

the facts?

Did you know that the North

East has more people who drink

at harmful levels than the rest of

the country?

We have fewer services for treating

people with serious alcohol

problems and longer waiting

times. We also top the league of

binge-drinkers in England.

Alcohol misuse affects individuals,

families and communities. It is a

major factor in anti-social

behaviour and crime. It affects

everything from the quality of

home life, family finances,

education, health and how safe

we feel on public transport.

This is a serious problem for the

city and one that the Newcastle

Partnership aims to target with

the city’s first ever multi-agency

alcohol strategy. The strategy sets

out how all the agencies are

going to deal with this issue

including the police, the council,

the Primary Care Trust and the

voluntary and community sectors.

There are four main areas that

the strategy deals with:

• stopping alcohol from being a

problem in the first place by

sending out safe drinking

messages and targeting


• improving services for problem

drinkers and their families

• taking strong legal and

enforcement action to stop

under-age drinking, alcohol

related violence and

irresponsible drink promotions

in pubs and shops

• working together to

co-ordinate services and plans

to ensure Newcastle is a

healthier and safer for everyone

The Newcastle Partnership is

asking for your views about

what you want tackled first. Have

your say on what you think the

authorities should be doing and

what are the key alcohol issues

that affect your life and


Your views will be gathered

along with those from GPs,

police officers, the licensed

trade, pub landlords, teachers,

students, health professionals,

community groups, elected

members, the council and many

others. All of these views will

direct how the partners of the

Newcastle Partnership will work

together to tackle this issue. It’s

important that you have your

say on how we make Newcastle

a safer and healthier place to

live and work in or visit.

To read the full consultation document and strategy please go


The Newcastle Partnership includes Newcastle City Council,

Northumbria Police, Newcastle Primary Care Trust and other public,

private, community and voluntary sector organisations who work

together to improve the quality of lives of Newcastle’s residents.



Let us know your views on

alcohol and you could win

£50 of Eldon Square

vouchers. All the information

you provide will be treated as

strictly confidential.

Please rank the top three statements in order that you would

like to see tackled by the Newcastle Partnership and partners:

(1 being most important and 3 being least important)

• Improve services for people with serious drinking

problems and their families

• Reduce the number of people going into hospital

with drink related illnesses or injuries

• Educate people about harmful drinking levels


• Penalise shops who sell alcohol to children

• Have tough consequences for people who cause

anti social behaviour or commit crimes when drunk

• Work with licensed premises and supermarkets to

stop irresponsible drinks promotions

• Work with schools to educate young people about

the dangers of harmful drinking

• Tackle problems in the city centre as a

consequence of binge drinking

• Tackle problems of drink related disorder

• Encourage people to take more responsibility for

their own drinking habits

Finally - is there anything else you think we should be doing?








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Better support

for carers

So how can being involved with Carers Centre

Newcastle make a difference to you as a carer?

Your Homes Newcastle -

first in North East to get top

marks from watchdog

Dawn got in touch with the

carers centre when she and her

family were coping with the

devastating news that her

husband had fibromyalgia (a

debilitating disease). This meant

a change in their financial

situation as well as having to

deal with the physical and

emotional challenges of his

condition. We arranged for a

Welfare Rights Officer to visit the

family and this resulted in

benefits being secured. A

support worker encouraged

Dawn to take a break from

caring and consider her own

needs. With encouragement,

Dawn went on a confidence

building course which has had

astounding results. She now has

a voluntary job, has completed

her jury service, is tackling her

driving test and is looking

forward to more successes in

the future.

Linda contacted the carers

centre for help in managing her

son’s individual budget.

She cares for her adult son as

well as her mother. Linda now

receives support at meetings,

enjoys massage sessions and

going for a meal with the

Evening Dining Out Group. She

enjoyed a day of relaxation at

Minsteracres Retreat Centre

organised for Carers Week by

the centre.

Carers Centre Newcastle is an

information, advice and support

service for unpaid carers in the

city. Carers make a significant

contribution to community care,

yet their role is not always

recognised or understood. One

in eight people in Britain is now

a carer and most of us can

expect to be a carer at some

point in our lives. Not all carers

live in the same household as

the person they care for, but all

have taken on a major

commitment to care for a

dependent relative or friend on

an unpaid basis and this can

have a significant impact upon

their own lives.

Contact Carers Centre Newcastle on 0191 260 3030 or go to

Carers enjoy a walk at Minsteracres

Glen Lumsden of the Hancock pub signs up to smoke free with

Angela Wallis, Health Improvement Officer

Getting the

smoke free

message across

It is one year since the smoke free legislation was

introduced and our work to make Newcastle a smoke

free city has been a huge success.

We have carried out more than

1,800 visits to shops, businesses

and entertainment venues

across the city. Ninety nine

percent have complied with the

new rules that prohibit smoking

in enclosed public spaces.

We’ve also continued to offer

advice and support to businesses

and respond to phone calls from

the public who want to tell us

about alleged breaches of smoke

free legislation.

And the last twelve months have

also seen tough new measures

put in place to stop young

people from starting smoking in

the first place. From October it

became illegal to sell tobacco

products to anyone under the

age of 18 – an increase from the

previous age limit of 16 – and

shopkeepers must clearly

display signs explaining the new

age restrictions.

Our Trading Standards service

has been working hard to make

sure retailers are aware of the

new age limit. We sent under 18s

into 46 shops across the city to

try to buy cigarettes and not a

single sale was made.

Smoke Free Newcastle is a

group of people representing

statutory and voluntary

organisations and is coordinated

by Newcastle Primary Care Trust

and Newcastle City Council. The

aim is to improve the health of

people living and working in the

city and contribute to a better

environment for all.

If you want to give up smoking,

the Newcastle and North

Tyneside NHS Stop Smoking

Service offers practical advice

and support on giving up. Phone

0191 219 5111 for more

information and details of stop

smoking sessions or visit

We’ve just been given the findings of our latest government inspection - and

it’s exciting news for tenants and leaseholders of Newcastle City Council. We

have been rated as providing an ‘excellent’ service which has excellent

prospects for further improvement.

We are the Arms Length

Management Organisation

(ALMO) that Newcastle City

Council set up in April 2004 to

manage its 32,000 council

homes. The inspection was

made by the Audit Commission,

an independent public spending

watchdog. On a scale from zero

Over 15,000 homes have been


Our work on supported housing impressed inspectors

to three stars they gave us a

three star ‘excellent’ rating, which

is the highest rating possible.

This makes us the first housing

organisation in the north east to

achieve that standard.

The inspectors were particularly

impressed with our work on

supported housing and financial

inclusion. They praised us for

putting customers firmly at the

heart of everything we do. They

singled out our approach to

tackling anti social behaviour in

estates and our multi-million

pound Modern Homes

refurbishment programme for

particular praise.

Their report says we have a

'strong performance culture' and

that tenant involvement in our

broad range of services is

excellent. It also highlights the

fact that eight of our most

important teams have been

awarded the government’s

coveted Charter Mark status in

recognition of their superb

customer service.

Inspectors found that customer

satisfaction with our services is

increasing year-on-year with more

than 78 percent of tenants

satisfied and the report praises our

'welcoming and knowledgeable'

staff. The overall appearance of

estates and multi-storey blocks is

good and we deal with the

majority of complaints we receive

within ten days.

The report also recommends

how we can continue to offer

three star services and

highlights areas where we can

improve. If you’d like to read

more about the inspection

please visit our website at or the Audit

Commission website at


The search is

on for the

North East's

best neighbour

We are working with the

Evening Chronicle to

promote the No 1 Neighbour

Awards, which will recognise

and reward the contribution

that great neighbours can

make to communities.

The winner of the No 1

Neighbour of the Year award will

take home £1,000 and a hand

crafted trophy at a ceremony

hosted by radio and television

personality Kathy Secker.

Two of the categories - 'North

East Neighbour of the Year' and

'North East Contribution to the

Community' - are open to

everyone in the North East -

whilst the other three categories

- 'YHN Tenant or Leaseholder of

the Year', 'YHN Community

Award' and 'YHN Young Person's

Community Award' - are

exclusively for tenants and

leaseholders living in YHNmanaged

homes in Newcastle.

Nomination forms are available

in Your Homes Newcastle

Housing Offices across the city

or through the YHN website at The closing

date for nominations is August

13. If you're nominating

someone, make sure you give

examples of what makes your

neighbour special!


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Pride Parade

and the Pink


Get your glad rags on and start

painting your banners in

preparation for Newcastle’s first

ever Pride Parade.

The parade, organised by Northern Pride, will

be taking place on Saturday 12 July and will

begin at 12pm at Newcastle Civic Centre.

It is a new and exciting lesbian, gay, bisexual

and transgender (LGBT) ‘not-for-profit’

festival for the North East. Residents will be

coming together to ensure that Pride

celebrations become part of the region’s

cultural celebrations.

You will be able to learn more about LGBT

history or dance the night away, admire the

work of LGBT artists or chill out at a Pink

Picnic. There is definitely something for


The parade will end at Leazes Park to kick off

the Pink Picnic at 1pm. It will be a relaxed

affair with lots of activities to take part in.

Young people and families with children will

have lots to do when the Play and Youth bus

rolls up.

Whether you want to try your hands on the

DJ decks or get your face painted, there will

be activities to suit you whatever your age.

The sporty among us will be represented too,

with football and rugby teams showing us

how it’s done. For those of us who haven’t

played sport since school there will be an

opportunity to take part in relaxed and

informal ‘taster’ sessions.

There will be lots more besides: with

information stalls, music and much more.

Of course, if that all sounds a bit energetic

then you could just pack a picnic, chill out

and watch the world go by!

For more information on Northern Pride

phone Sian Broadhurst LGB Community

Development on 0191 277 7539 or


Seven Stories Writers and Artists Group

Seven Stories Writers and Artists Group (SSWAG) began life two years ago. Two

courses at the Centre for Lifelong Learning had attracted a group of talented

students who returned year after year.

SSWAG members live across the North East, as far

apart as North Yorkshire and Alnwick, and are

passionate about producing good books for children,

from picture books to books for teenagers. They

meet once a month to discuss their work and find

new ways to improve their skills.

They even have associate members in Canada.

Illustrator Anne Yvonne Gilbert recently left

Newcastle and moved there with her husband

graphic artist Danny Nanos. They believe that this

unique group of writers and illustrators is a very

exciting venture and they are hoping to start a

satellite group in Toronto.

SSWAG is very proud to be exhibiting some of its

members’ work at Seven Stories. They wanted to

show residents just how many stages actually go

into creating a book.

You can see everything from the very first glimmer

of a scribbled idea, to first drafts and all the

intervening stages up to completion and

Recent cycling improvements being pedalled across

the city and aimed at making Newcastle more cyclefriendly


• 45 new free public bike racks, with more planned

for the future. The racks give you somewhere safe

and secure to leave your bike, and reduce the

number of bikes chained to railings on the street.

New racks are available on St Mary’s Place East,

Saville Row, Pilgrim Street, Quayside, Clayton

Street and Newgate Street. Racks are also

available in the car parks at Eldon Gardens, Dean

Street, Oxford Street, Manors and Grainger Town,

which are monitored by car park attendants and

include lockers.

• £272,000 investment in cycle routes across the

city, including both off-road cycle paths and

dedicated cycle lanes.

• New maps of the locations of city cycle routes

and lanes, and sites of bike racks across the city.

• Publication of a magazine, “Get Cycling in

Newcastle”, available in libraries, schools, pools

and leisure centres and the Tourist Information

Centre, giving advice on getting started in

cycling, choosing the right equipment, safety

and maintenance tips along with guides on the

routes and cycle lanes of Newcastle.

The recruitment of the city’s first dedicated Cycling

Officer responsible for the co-ordination of the

city’s cycling policy.

“As a compact city, Newcastle is ideal for cycling. A

bike is one of the best ways of getting around there

is – it’s free, clean, green and it keeps you fit - and

publication. This is quite a unique opportunity to

see how they create stories and illustrations.

The group feel they are very lucky to be so closely

involved with Seven Stories, which is the only

exhibition space in the UK dedicated to the

celebration of children’s literature. It is an exciting,

vibrant, and stimulating environment which

encourages and inspires the group.

Come and see the exhibition which tells the story of

who they are and how they work. You may even find

yourself inspired whatever your age or experience!

The exhibition is open during Seven Stories normal

opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm,

Sunday 11am – 5pm. If anyone is only going to the

SSWAG exhibition (and not the other Seven Stories

galleries) then entrance is free.

You can phone Seven Stories directly on

0845 271 0777 or Alisoun Gardner Medwin on

01661 852 318 or email

for more information.

Pedal power for Newcastle as city

gets on its bike

Newcastle is getting into gear with a series of new developments aimed at cutting

congestion, confronting climate change and helping people to be fit and active – by

leaving their car at home and getting on their bikes.

we want to encourage more people to do it, and to

support the people who already do,” said Gary

MacDonald, our Transport Policy Manager.

“The new routes and racks open up the city to

cyclists and give people greater opportunities to

bike to work, to the shops, and on trips out and

the more people who are getting on their bikes, the

better it is for our environment, the better it is for

their health, the better it is for congestion, and the

better it is for business too, as more bikes mean

less cars on the road.”

Stella Carmichael, Fairtrade council officer, Malcolm Gluck, Chris Jewitt, chair of Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership

Fabulous Fairtrade!

Newcastle is a Fairtrade City. Fairtrade promotes a way of trading that means

a better deal for growers and small scale producers in developing countries.

It aims to guarantee producers in the Third World a

fair price for goods including bananas, chocolate,

cotton, coffee and tea.

It has been a busy few months for our Fairtrade

team as they continue to get the message out that

fairly traded goods are great quality and buying

them makes a real difference to some of the world's

poorest people.

BBC Newsreader George Alagiah, Patron of the

Fairtrade Foundation, came along to a Fairtrade

business breakfast in Newcastle. He talked to

leading business people in the city about how they

can support the movement.

Newcastle hosted a Fairtrade wine tasting with

renowned wine buff Malcolm Gluck lending his

Newcastle City Council

Changes to the complaints procedure

From 8 May 2008, the responsibility for

considering complaints that a councillor may

have breached the Code of Conduct for Members

has moved to the standards committees of local

authorities. Previously, such complaints had to

be made to the Standards Board for England.

What this means to you

If you want to complain about the conduct of a

member of Newcastle City Council, or a member

of one of our parish councils, you must submit

your complaint to:

The Standards Committee

Newcastle City Council,

c/o Mrs V A Dodds, Monitoring Officer and

expertise to the event that was held at the city's

Art Works Galleries.

Newcastle also hosted the second meeting of the

Regional Fairtrade Forum where we brought together

people from across the region to decide how the

North East can best promote Fairtrade.

And on 20 September, there will be another Fairtrade

Fayre in the Grainger Market in Newcastle, where

you'll have a chance to buy fairly-traded goods and

meet the people who make and sell them.

To find out more about Fairtrade in

Newcastle phone Stella Carmichael on

0191 211 6117 or you can email

Code of conduct for members: complaints process

Head of Legal Services,

Civic Centre,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

NE99 2BN

Any complaint should be made using an

appropriate complaint form which can be

requested from the Council’s Head of Legal

Services or Head of Democratic Services at the

above address.

The committee can only deal with complaints

about the behaviour of a member. It will not

deal with complaints about things that are not

covered by the Members Code of Conduct. If you

make a complaint to the committee it must be

about why you think a member has not followed

the Code of Conduct.

Name the mascot

and win spectacles or

sunglasses worth up

to £150!

To celebrate their

second birthday,

Gosforth Eye


encouraged local

youngsters to get

creative when

they asked them

to design a

company mascot.

The winning mascot was created by Craig Watson of

Kenton School and it will be used throughout the

business, on their newsletters and their website.

In the second part of their celebrations, they are

looking for a name for their mascot. So get your

thinking caps and send in your entries. The winner

will win spectacles or sunglasses to the value of £150!

Please send your entries no later than 25 July

directly to Gosforth Eye Company, 223-225

High Street Gosforth, NE3 1HQ or email

Please include your name, address and contact

telephone number. Please do not send your

entries to Citylife.

Bringing people and

opportunities together

Community Transport Newcastle is part of a

national charity helping local people to

access local opportunities. They operate from

two sites in the East and West End of

Newcastle and have four areas of activity

which you may be interested in.


They have built up an excellent reputation for

delivering high quality training and provide work

experience to local people. People who take part

can receive nationally recognised qualifications.

Furniture recycling service

Local people can donate good quality furniture

which can be made available to others in the

community. This reduces waste and recycles

resources for the benefit of the environment. They

will even pick up and deliver the items for you!


Whether you are looking for something rewarding to

do with your leisure time, or looking to develop your

confidence or gain work experience, they have a

volunteer role for you.

They are happy to accept whatever time you have to

offer and will pay out of pocket expenses. The

community bus is getting more popular, so they

would particularly like to hear from you if you would

like to volunteer as a driver.

If you would like to find out more phone

0191 265 9267 or email


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Council Diary 30 June 2008 - 26 August 2008

All the meetings listed

below are open to the

public. Times are correct at

time of going to press, but

please check in case of any

changes. Unless otherwise

stated, all meetings take

place in a Committee Room

in the Civic Centre.

No meeting

Audit Committee

Phone Jo Miller on

0191 211 5119

City Council

Phone Linda Couch on

0191 211 5121

30 July 2008 at 11.30am




Phone Linda Couch on

0191 211 5121



Phone: Judith Curran on

0191 211 5119

24 July 2008 at 5pm

Corporate Parent

Advisory Committee

Phone Elaine Campbell on

0191 211 5183

11 July 2008 at 9.30am

1 August 2008 at 9.30am

22 August 2008 at 9.30am


Control Committee

Phone David Long on

0191 211 5129

16 July 2008 at 4pm


Phone Bernard Dale on

0191 211 5121

7 July 2008 at 5pm

Holocaust Memorial Day

Working Group

Phone Andrew Rothwell on

0191 211 5610



Phone Elaine Campbell on

0191 211 5183

14 July 2008 at 9.30am

Newcastle Great

Park Advisory


Phone Susan Armstrong on

0191 211 5122

24 July 2008

25 September 2008

Planning and Transport

Strategy Committee

Phone Judith Curran on

0191 211 5119

7 July 2008 at 4.30pm

Procurement Committee

Phone Ian Stearman on

0191 211 5166

Shared Housing

Working Group

Phone Steve Laws on

0191 211 5118

18 July 2008 at 4pm

Standards Committee

Phone Jo Miller on

0191 211 5119


17 July 2008 at 1pm

Children and Young People

Scrutiny Panel

Phone Victoria Demchenko

on 0191 211 5184

8 July 2008 at 4pm

Environment Scrutiny Panel

Phone Terry White on

0191 211 5119

28 July 20087 at 2pm

Health and Adult Services

Scrutiny Panel

Phone Rob Smithson on

0191 211 5184

15 July 2008 at 3pm

Scrutiny Management


Phone Elaine Campbell on

0191 211 5183

21 July 2008 at 4pm

Regeneration Scrutiny Panel

Phone Rob Smithson on

0191 211 5184

14 July 2008 at 1pm

at the Mansion House

Neighbourhood Scrutiny Panel

Phone Steve Laws on

0191 211 5118


If no venue given, please ring

extension number listed.

22 July 2008 at 7pm – In ward.

Dates, times and venues to be


Benwell and Scotswood Ward


Phone Amy Redpath on

0191 211 6264

24 July 2008 at 7pm

(Venue to be confirmed)

Blakelaw Ward Committee

Phone Helen Warneford on

0191 211 6286

15 July 2008

(Venue to be confirmed)

Byker Ward Committee

Phone Cardine Collinson on

0191 278 3129

24 July 2008 at 6.30pm

Castle Ward Committee

Phone Sue Wannop on

0191 211 6263

7 July 2008 at 7pm

(Venue to be confirmed)

Dene Ward Committee

Phone Amanda Quinn on

0191 278 3196

17 July 2008 at 6pm

Denton Ward Committee

Phone Dorothy Procter on

0191 277 3533

14 July 2008 at 7pm

East Gosforth

Ward Committee

Phone Ann Gilks on

0191 211 6296

To be confirmed

Elswick Ward Committee

Phone Susan Johnson on

0191 278 3136

22 July 2008 at 2pm

Fawdon Ward Committee

Phone Rob Gillie on

0191 211 6265

24 July 2008 at 10.30am

Fenham Ward Committee

Phone Amy Redpath on

0191 211 6264

To be arranged

Kenton Ward Committee

Phone Amy Redpath on

0191 211 6264

24 July 2008 at 6pm

Lemington Ward


Phone Andy Eastwood on

0191 277 3540

15 July 2008 at 6pm

Newburn Ward


Phone Andy Eastwood on

0191 277 3540

2 September 2008

North Heaton

Ward Committee

Phone Susan Johnson on

0191 278 3136

North Jesmond

Ward Committee

Phone Paul McKinnell on

0191 211 3183

23 July 2008 at 6.30pm

Ouseburn Ward Committee

Phone Elizabeth Grace/Cass Winlow

on 0191 278 3193

To be arranged

Parklands Ward Committee

Phone Amy Stillwell on

0191 211 6272

Wednesday 9 July 2008

(Time and Venue to be confirmed)

South Heaton

Ward Committee

Phone Caroline Collinson on

0191 278 3129

8 July 2008 at 6.30pm in a

committee room at the Civic Centre.

South Jesmond

Ward Committee

Phone Paul McKinnell on

0191 278 3183

To be confirmed

Walker Ward Committee

Phone Debra Lagun on

0191 278 3180

8 July 2008 at 6.30 pm - In Ward

9 September 2008 at 6.30pm

- In Ward

Walkergate Ward Committee

Phone Carol Lamb on

0191 278 3199

10 July 2008 at 6.30pm

Westerhope Ward Committee

Phone Judith Paxton on

0191 277 3533

Westgate Ward Committee

Phone Elizabeth Grace on

0191 278 3193 and Cass Winslow

on 0191 211 6289

16 July 2008 at 6.30pm

(To be confirmed)

West Gosforth

Ward Committee

Phone Ann Gilks on

0191 211 6296

15 July 2008 at 7.15pm - In Ward

Wingrove Ward Committee

Phone Susan Johnson on

0191 211 3136

2 September 2008 at 6.30pm

- In Ward


Ward Committee

Phone Helen Warneford on

0191 277 7938


happening in

the East


The official opening of Belmont Green

took place on Saturday 3 May following

months of hard work by the local

community to design a pocket park on

Walker Road.

The new park complements the improvements

to footpaths, the addition of a cycle lane and

additional planting on Walker Road between

Monkchester and St Anthony’s Road. Janet

McLean, a former resident of the area who

had played an important role in planning and

design in the area, officially opened the park.

Janet was joined by Nick Brown MP and

Councillor John Shipley in complimenting

local residents for their contribution and

recognising Belmont Green as a further

improvement to the Walker Riverside area.

Over 200 residents and children came along

to see their hand-made cobbles, the new

French oak seats and a granite circle which

includes dozens of words chosen by local

school children and residents.

The residents worked closely with Belmont

Area Residents’ Group, Newcastle City

Council, Places for People and Bridging


Bridging NewcastleGateshead is working to create great places to live in parts of

NewcastleGateshead. Want to know more? Visit, email or call 0191 277 2666.

Back row: Anne Mulroy, Director of BNG; Nick Brown MP; Cllr John Shipley, Leader of

Newcastle City Council (centre back); Karen Brown, Walker Riverside team and Father

Dominic Madzimure of St Anthony’s of Egypt joined residents including former resident

Janet McLean (centre front) to open Belmont Green.

What’s happening in the West End?

Door to door salespeople are being

shown the cold shoulder by elderly

residents as part of a clampdown on

rogue traders. A ‘no cold calling zone’

has been set up in streets around

Scotswood in a bid to cut doorstep

crime. Posters and flyers warning

prospective traders that they are not

welcome have been posted around the

controlled zone, which is among the first

of its kind in the region.

Forty bungalows in Ferguson’s Lane, Yewcroft

Avenue and Broadmead Way have been

equipped with sophisticated ‘dome cameras’,

making it possible for residents to assess

each visitor through a preset channel on their

televisions. The scheme is run in partnership

between the city council, Your Homes

Newcastle, Northumbria Police and the

residents’ association and is funded by Your

Homes Newcastle, Safe Newcastle and

Bridging NewcastleGateshead.

Louise Stobbart, of the Scotswood and West

Benwell Neighbourhood Management

Initiative said: “The main aim of the scheme

is to deter bogus callers or anyone who

might try to prey on the more vulnerable

members of our community. We want to

make people feel safer in their own home.”

Residents have also been issued with

information packs containing contact

numbers and window stickers to be

displayed as a further deterrent.

Residents in the Benwell area joined forces

with the Benwell Neighbourhood

Management Initiative in May to give their

neighbourhood a week-long spring clean.

The aim of the week was to improve the

environment and this year’s activities all had

an environmental theme. Activities included

a community litter pick competition led by

the neighbourhood wardens, a junk music

workshop and making and selling hanging

baskets. The week rounded off with a

relaxing teddy bears’ picnic in Ladykirk Road

community garden. Carolyn Wood, Benwell

Neighbourhood Manger said: “The aim of

this week was to give the area a spring clean

and ultimately make Benwell an even better

place for now and the next generation.”


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Biking for


Dave Johnston and Peter

Harrison work for our Leisure

Services at Eldon Leisure.

Dave and Peter have been

Newcastle United season ticket

holders for over 15 years and

are loyal supporters of Bobby

Robson and the Toon army.

When they heard about the Sir

Bobby Robson Foundation they

decided to try and raise some

money. They will be cycling from

coast to coast. Their route will take

them from Whitehaven to Penrith

and onwards to Barnard Castle.

On day three they will cycle to

Tynemouth covering a staggering

160 miles.

If you would like more

information you can phone Dave

and Peter at Eldon Leisure on

0191 277 1277 or email Peter at

Donations can also be sent

directly to The Sir Bobby Robson

Foundation, PO Box 307, Heaton,

Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7QG.

Please quote charity reference

number SBR /06/08.

An international success!

Residents in Cowgate had great fun at a recent International Family

Day held at Cowgate Neighbourhood Centre.

Building on the success of last year’s

event, residents came along to join in

with the celebrations and fun was had

by all.

There were various activities including

face painting, wall climbing,

tattooing, Chinese arts and crafts, nail

art and t-shirt painting.

Hidden talents were spotted at the

karaoke stand, and families teamed up

to take part in the quiz. There was

bingo throughout the day and a

chance to taste a selection of dishes

from around the world.

The day was a huge success and was

supported by Cowgate Community

Forum, Family Health and Community

Project, The Youth Service, Play Service

and supportetd by Arts Development,

Ward Co-ordinators, Sure Start Blakelaw

and Leisure Services.

For further information regarding

activities in the Cowgate area,

contact Amy Redpath, Kenton Ward

Co-ordinator on 0191 211 6264.

Low cost love affair?

Have you flown easyJet, Jet2 or Ryanair for pleasure or business

during the last three years? If so, Dr Mark Casey at Newcastle

University would like to speak to you.

The arrival of low cost airlines in the

region has changed our holiday and

travel experiences over the last

decade. Low cost airlines now provide

an affordable link between Newcastle

and major cities across Europe.

Mark wants to talk to Newcastle

residents (aged 18 and over) for his

research on how the arrival of low cost

air travel has changed the way we

travel and holiday.

His research is focused upon the many

potential benefits and positive

experiences low cost air travel has

given to Newcastle residents. Has the

arrival of low cost air travel increased

the number of trips you take each year?

Do you own a holiday home which you

can now easily visit using low cost

airlines? Have you visited countries and

cities using low cost airlines which you

thought you would never be able to

see? For those residents who also travel

for business, have the low cost airlines

allowed your business links with Europe

to grow stronger?

For more information or to take part

in Mark’s research please email him

at before

15 September 2008.

All interviewees will be entered into

a prize draw (to be drawn late Oct

2008) with the chance to win £50

in easyJet vouchers.



Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July


The 12th annual Ouseburn Festival will

take place across the Ouseburn Valley.

Always a highlight on the region’s

events calendar, this year’s festival aims

to celebrate the region’s diverse culture

by bringing together communities and

groups from the Ouseburn Valley to

provide entertainment for all the


There is a huge range of activities

available for all ages – from horse

riding and boat building to plays,

exhibitions, open studios and music.

There’s so much to do, its guaranteed

fun for all the family! Visit for

continued updates.

For further information on the

Ouseburn Festival please contact

Claire Dupree at or call

07748 907914, or Angela Barker at or

call 0191 275 5612.

SunWalk 2008

Charity Walk the Walk is holding

their next SunWalk in Newcastle

on 7 September.

Families and friends of all ages will

take on a 5k, 10k or half marathon

power walk. Whilst they are all getting

fit and having fun, they will be raising

money for breast cancer charities.

For more information about the

SunWalk and information on how to

register go to

Waywood launches

new selling gallery

Waywood launched its new selling

gallery in May. Waywood Art

Boutique is a place for buying and

selling contemporary art.

You can shop for unique small

presents or invest in a piece of art for

the office or home.

Gallery staff and artists are on hand to

advise on choosing, purchasing and

displaying art for investment or pleasure!

Opening times are 11am – 3pm

Wednesdays to Saturdays at 31 High

Bridge Street, Newcastle.

Pregnant women go

back to basics

Expectant parents in Newcastle can benefit from a new

business providing antenatal classes.

Birth Basics has been set up by

Janine Rudin, who has been

providing antenatal classes in the

area for five years.

She runs two types of classes to meet

the needs of expectant women.

Positions, Movement and Relaxation

for Labour courses are women-only.

Women can relax and bond with their

baby. They can practise positions for

labour and simple breathing

techniques to ease tension and

anxiety. This course costs £40.

Birth preparation courses are for

expectant women and their birth

partner. The course is packed full

of information on different ways of

coping with contractions and how

birth partners can provide support.

It also covers complicated labour,

caesareans, plus recovery from birth

and coping strategies for life with a

new baby. This course costs £60.

New classes have started at the

Trinity Centre Gosforth. Or you can go

to the Linshill Centre in Tynemouth.

One-to-one sessions are also

available for people who are unable

to attend a group course.

For more information go to or you can


Queen’s award for Scotswood


Congratulations to the volunteers at Scotswood Neighbourhood Centre who have

been granted the Queen’s Award for all their hard work. The drop-in centre

based at 221 Woodstock Road, Scotswood, offers a range of advice and support


Ouseburn Market – 13 July

Visit the arts, crafts and flea market from 11am - 4pm in the atrium

of the Star And Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Ouseburn.

Its a great place to grab a bargain or

pick up something a bit different.

There will be 15 stalls offering a

diverse range of products from

independent designers and artists as

well as private traders offering good

quality second hand and vintage


Hot and cold drinks will be served from

the bar area along with some great

music from a DJ from 1pm onwards.

Entrance is free to the public.

The venue is wheelchair friendly and is

located at the top of Ouseburn Valley

opposite the Tanners pub.

For further info please visit or email

Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery

Ken Scott our Bereavement Services Officer has been working with

the Friends of Jesmond old cemetery.

It is a group of people who voluntarily work in the cemetery and tidy the graves

of the famous Newcastle citizens buried in the cemetery.

They are looking for more volunteers to work with them.

If you are interested contact Ken Scott on 0191 211 6940

or email

Adults needed for new Guide unit

Girlguiding Newcastle is on the lookout for adult volunteers to help

with the opening of a new Guide unit in Heaton to meet rising

demand for places from local girls.

All other Guide units in the area are

currently full and another group is

needed to provide places for girls who

are waiting to join Guides. It is hoped

that the new unit, for girls aged 10 to

14, will open in September 2008.

Volunteers in guiding can get just as

much enjoyment out of it as the girls

– many go on international trips and

go to concerts.

Volunteers are needed to work directly

with the girls, either at weekly Guide

meetings or in another supporting role.

Win a meal at the Tavistock Italia

Tavistock Italia is now widely regarded as one of the premier

eateries in Newcastle, having wowed critics and customers alike with

its special blend of understated elegance and irresistible charm.

Citylife has teamed up with

restaurant owners Tavistock Leisure,

to offer two lucky winners the chance

to dine for free and sample the

restaurant’s sophisticated


One winner will receive an evening

meal for four, to be taken on a day of


To enter, tell us which of the following is in Italy?

Antwerp Genoa Houghton le Spring

Help is needed at this new unit and in

Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger

units across Newcastle.

To volunteer for Girlguiding Newcastle

at this or any other unit please

contact the County Office on

0191 224 4021, email or


their choosing (subject to availability)

with a complimentary bottle of house

wine thrown in.

The second lucky entrant will be able

to enjoy a ‘lazy Sunday afternoon’ at

the jazz club with a free Sunday lunch

for four and a complimentary bottle of

house wine.

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Address ……..…………………………………........................................



Send to Freepost CITYLIFE by 25 July.

Don’t forget to put all your coupons in one envelope.

Terms and conditions: Competition prize is subject to availability. The meals

must be taken at the Tavistock restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside and can not

be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer. No alternatives will be given.


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October edition is Friday 8 August.



Blandford Square 232 6789

18001 0191 232 6789

Sound & Vision This exhibition examines

the difference between analogue and digital

broadcasting and traces the history of

broadcast media over the last 100 years. Free


New Bridge Street 232 7734

18001 0191 232 7734 (text phone)

Mon - Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm

Until Sun 13 July

Love Love is a new National Gallery

touring exhibition which looks at the ways

artists have responded to the pains and

pleasures of love over the centuries.

From Sat 26 July

Painting in the Open Air Yorkshire artist

Ashley Jackson's haunting moorlands

landscapes have made him one of the

country's most successful watercolourists.

Untold Stories: Experimental Chinese

Ink Painting Traditional Chinese ink

painting will be given a new lease of life

in this new exhibition. Free


Northumbria University 227 4424

Mon-Thurs 10am- 5pm, Fri and Sat

10am-4pm. (Closed Bank Holidays)

Until Fri 18 July

Stephen Chambers Prints

Brita Granström Painting from life

From Fri 1 August

The People Show

Sponsored by Cravens. Free



Jesmond United Reformed Church

281 4676

Programme includes Pongos Youth Choir: 'A

Musical Tour' including traditional, gospel

and Eastern European music (5 July),

Engelspiel: 'Great Things' - British music

for soprano, baritone, flute and Bob Bell

(organ) - 'Not an Organ Recital' - organ

music in lighter vein (26 July). All

performances are at 12 noon and are free

but there is a retiring collection.

Fri 8 to Sun 10 August

The Distraction Weekender

£5 per day (no advanced tickets)


Westgate Road 0844 477 2000

Tues 10 July at 7pm Goo Goo Dolls £19.50

Wed 27 August at 7pm

The Animals with Steve Cropper £19.50


443 4661

Fri 18 – Sun 27 July

SummerTyne 2008 This year's festival

includes big names, the Americana

Weekend with free outdoor programme,

family events and activities. The season

also features KD Lang, Sinéad O’Connor

and Martha Wainwright. SummerTyne is

part of NewcastleGateshead’s world-class

festivals and events programme, managed

by culture10, based at NewcastleGateshead




Hexham Parks

Sat 12 July from 12.30pm to 6pm

On the Sele in Hexham Parks, a free

festival for young people that’s all about

expression, with live bands, board, blade,

BMX, Team Extreme professional riders,

graffiti wall, acrobatics, dance, acoustic

acts and more. For eight to 25s, plus the

young at heart. Under 13s accompanied.

Details on, or on

the day ring Hexham Tourist Information

Centre 01434 652 220.


Gateshead Quays

Sat 16 to Mon 25 August

As part of the EAST ’08 festival, Tokyo

Picnic Club (TPC), founded in Japan as a

contemporary art unit, is going to

celebrate Newcastle/Gateshead as

PICNOPOLIS - the city of picnic. With a

gigantic airplane with the grass on its

back and smaller babyplane installations

around the city, TPC connects the public

spaces, the local food industries, and the

people of Newcastle/Gateshead.

For more information go to



Westgate Road 0844 493 9999

Fri 11 (4.30pm) and Sat 12

(11am and 2pm) July

Milkshake! Live ‘My First Concert’

For the first time ever Milkshake! is hitting

the road with a colourful LIVE concert!

Get ready for a new, action packed all

singing, all dancing musical extravaganza.

Fifi & Bumble, Peppa & George, Rupert

Bear, Little Princess, Noddy & Tessie Bear

and Mr. Bump & Little Miss Daredevil all

together on one stage! £14.50 and £12.50.

Fri 22 (2pm and 5pm) and Sat 23 August

(11am and 2pm)

CBEEBIES at the Theatre

There'll be plenty of excitement and

surprises as the Jakers, Bill & Ben, Boo

and even the Koala Brothers get in on the

action as they join together with Tommy

Zoom to combat the dastardly deeds of

Polluto. £14.50 and £12.50.

Wed 13 September at 7pm

The Best of British Variety Tour

Featuring Cannon & Ball, Paul Daniels,

Frank Carson, Jimmy Cricket, Brotherhood

of Man and the Krankies. £25


Stephenson Road 265 5020

Tues 15 – Sat 19 July at 7.30pm

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to

the Forum



A slapstick comedy musical about mistaken

identity in Roman times by Stephen

Sondheim. Book by Larry Gelbart and Burt

Shevelov. £9 (£7)


0844 811 2121

Death defying acrobats and classic

musicals are just some of the

entertainment coming to the Theatre Royal

this summer. The Flying Dragon Circus

makes its European premier in Newcastle

on 15 to 19 July. It’s a ground breaking

celebration of the very best of Chinese and

European circus traditions. The family

entertainment continues with the return of

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor

Dreamcoat from 1 to 13 September

featuring Any Dream will Do‘s Craig


Date Month Tour Meet at Time

13 July Stories behind the Stones The War Memorial, Wordsworth 2.30pm

Street, Gateshead

16 July West Wall and Blackfriars Grey’s Monument 7.15pm

22 July Pages of History Lit and Phil, Westgate Road 6pm

27 July A Taste of Newcastle Grey’s Monument 2.30pm

30 July Saints and Sinners Grey’s Monument 7.15pm

3 August Armstrong’s Garden Pets Corner, Jesmond Dene 2.30pm

6 August Nasty Newcastle Castle Keep 6.45pm

10 August Newburn Newburn Library 2.30pm

13 August Bridges of the Tyne Castle Keep 6.45pm

17 August Arty Facts Grey’s Monument 2.30pm

20 August Civic Centre (Tickets must Outside the Council Chamber 6.45pm

be obtained in advance)

24 August As aa cam thro Sandgit Quayside Law Courts 2.30pm

27 August Top of the Town St Thomas’ Church, Haymarket 6.45pm

These walks are no smoking. To book or for more information go to the Newcastle

Tourist Office, 28 Market Street, NE1 5BQ or telephone 277 8000. £3 (£2)

Heartbreak Productions have given Citylife tickets to see their productions to

celebrate their return to Jesmond Dene. We’ve got a family ticket for Midsummer

Night’s Dream and a pair of tickets to see Charley’s Aunt or Henry V.

To win just tell us what is the name of the famous Shakespearean theatre?

The Globe The World The Sphere

Please tick which show you would like tickets for.

Henry V 23-25 July

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 26-27 July

Charley’s Aunt 31 July- 3August

We’ve also got two family tickets to see Barney at the Journal Tyne Theatre

on 30 August.

To win just tell us what colour is Barney?

Sun sets on

theatre fun

This summer the play’s the thing as our region’s stages present a wide

selection of dramas and musicals including future classics and

children’s favourites. Here are some treats to tempt you.

Below: The lovable purple dinosaur

Barney comes to the Journal Tyne

Theatre on Sat 30 and Sun 31

August. Barney Live! The Lets Go

Tour takes children of all ages on a

magical journey to a toy factory

including an Imagination Machine.

£12 (£10). For tickets and

information phone 0844 493 9999.


A Midsummer

Night’s Dream


Charley’s Aunt

Heartbreak Productions returns to

Jesmond Dene with another selection

of Shakespearean and classic stories.

They start with Peter Pan on Fri 18

to Sun 20 July. Henry V will follow

from Wed 23 to Fri 25 July. The

Shakespearean classic A Midsummer

Night’s Dream takes place on Sat

26 and Sun 27 July. Their summer

season closes with Charley’s Aunt on Thurs 31 July to Sat

3 August. For tickets and times call Northern Stage on 230 5151 or

go to (See competition on page 42).

Above: The Theatre Royal plays host to the world wide smash

Disney’s High School The Musical from Mon 21 July to Sat 2 August.

Sing along with Troy, Gabriella and their friends in this uplifting musical

featuring songs Breaking Free and We're All In This Together. £11.50 -

£32.50. For tickets and information phone 0844 811 2121.

Right: New York

matchmaker Dolly Levi

sets out to capture the

heart of wealthy

merchant Horace

Vandergelder in the

classic musical

Hello, Dolly.

The show, featuring

songs Hello, Dolly and

Motherhood, stars

Anita Dobson in the

lead role and Darren

Day. The show, at the

Sunderland Empire,

Purple Yellow Pink

Above: Eurovision Song Contest

fans will be able to relive the

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excitement as the Theatre Royal

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Eurovision from Mon 7 to Sat 12

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Fri 18 July The Brute Chorus

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this interactive musical with Les

service in Tyne & Wear

The Bubble Project £5

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Dennis and Mel Giedroyc.

Sun 20 July Watermelon Slim £12

£10.50 - £26.50.

For tickets and information runs from Mon 18 to Sat 23 August. £12 - £30.

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For tickets and information phone 0844 847 2499.


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