My stomach is nice and slim. At least one of them is. It’s the other three or four that are the problem. I’m fond of telling people my doctor’s instructions, “You mustn’t run anymore because […]
The weather held out for the annual Ryton Show yesterday afternoon. Here are a few photos. Check out Mr. Paul James Kirsopp!
Ryton Buskers Group – this Sunday
You will have seen the posters in Ryton advertising the Ryton Village Show, held at the cricket club on Sunday, 17th September. The Ryton Buskers Group will be in the main marquee (handy for the […]
Where did August go?
As previously stated on this blog, my employment with a single organisation lasted for 37 years by the simple expedient that no one else would have me. Against their better judgement (obviously) Gateshead MBC have […]
Coffee in the Courtyard
Our Coffee in the Courtyard event (Ryton Community Library) was a roaring success. Held last Saturday morning, many people from Ryton and the surrounding areas dropped in to see us. As you can see from […]
Foodbank collection point in Ryton
Rytonian Alison Stancliffe has kindly been in touch to tell us about the Gateshead Foodbank. Alison writes: “Did you know Gateshead Foodbank has a food collection point in Ryton? The folk at Ryton Methodist church […]
Rhyme Time – end of term party
Rhyme Time, run by Ryton Library volunteers, runs during term time every Monday morning (except Bank Holidays) in the hall at Ryton Methodist Church from 10am to 11am. It’s proving to be so popular however, […]
Greenside Banner Tales picnic
.A wonderful Sunday afternoon in the sun, celebrating 51 years since the last shift at Greenside Pit. Greenside Cricket Club provided the venue, I even managed to win a coconut! Here are some pics. It’s […]
Our jubilee – scrapbook of Ryton 1965 – you must see this!
I am indebted to David Richardson who has supplied the following photographs courtesy of Beamish Museum. The photographs are pages of a scrapbook compiled in 1965, possibly by a member of Ryton WI. One or two names immediately spring out, such as Howard Taylor, Mary and Tommy Charlton, and several familiar names appear among the patrons and members of the 54 Club. Other notable Rytonians from days gone by are featured, Ronnie Boyle, of Boyle’s general dealers, and who remembers Mr. Hughes? Click on an image to view full size. They can be downloaded to facilitate better viewing, however all are the property of Beamish Museum and must not be reproduced without their permission. For best results use a lap or desk top computer.
A word on local history
Ann Wolstenholme asks: “Does anyone have a photo of Croft House, now the Buffs, up near Emmaville Hall? I am researching a gentleman who lived there in 1900’s. He’s called Thomas Spark Batey. If anyone […]
I’m grateful for the NHS
Some years ago I had lunch with a new acquaintance called Rhona. Throughout our three courses I was given a detailed account of her bowel operation, and an itemised list of the debris recovered by […]
The People’s Kitchen
The People’s Kitchen in Bath Lane , Newcastle, serves food to homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable folk in the area three times a week. It also organises events and gives out good, second-hand (or new) clothes […]
Sporting opportunities at Thorp Academy
Thorp Academy, which is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust, has officially launched an exciting new sports scholarship programme for students. The Academy is building on its finest ever GCSE results in 2016 by heading […]
Community Nature Event ….. update
Nikki Woodward, WildGround Project Leader, Durham Wildlife Trust, reports that the Community Nature Event in Ferndene Park on Saturday, 18th March was an outstanding success with many individuals and families taking part. The bird ringing […]
When mothers cheese you off…..
Some years ago, at a posh function, I found myself seated beside a retired headmistress. We got chatting, and I mentioned that my father had recently died. “Oh honey,” she said, “Dads do that.” She […]
A word from Mid Tyne Lions Club
Lions clubs provide extensive opportunities for men and women to learn and grow while serving locally and internationally. Mid Tyne Lions Club was formed in 1991 and became a Registered Charity in 2008. We are […]
Ryton Festival 2017
I’ve known about the Ryton and District Festival of Music, Speech and Drama since being taken along as a toddler. Sitting in the audience, it was clear to me that I possessed a talent far […]
Alternative Valentine – by Jammshed
Ryton band Jammshed have a new album out very soon. Have a listen.
Ferndene Park update
WildGround have now finished working in the dene in Ferndene Park. The trainees have all passed their course and some of them already found employment in the environmental sector. They’ve left behind lots of new […]
New Principal at Thorp Academy Sets the Bar Higher
Andrew Jordon (pictured with students above) is the new executive principal at Thorp Academy, which is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust (NET). He has confidently set the bar higher for its students and staff […]
Success for the Thorp Academy Debating Team!
Students from Thorp Academy (Thorp) in Ryton, have reached the regional finals of the national Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition. This academically acclaimed competition has been the premier performance for Thorp’s debating team, battling […]
Party Time at Rhyme Time!
What a lovely morning I’ve had today at the Rhyme Time Christmas Party in the Ryton Methodist Church Hall. Rhyme Time is a popular event for babies and pre-school children, and it’s held every Monday […]
Busy in retirement
I’ve dreamt of retirement every day since the 6th of September, 1965. This was the 249th day of the year 1965 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 116 days remaining until the end of the […]
The Hawk Walk with Hector – a great Christmas gift
I’m a fan of all of Ken Loach’s films, including the most recent I Daniel Craig. For me however, his best will always be Kes, the 1969 film based on the novel by Barry Hines. […]