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 […]
More St. Agnes magic! Years One and Two
I was privileged to be invited to yet another wonderful St. Agnes production this afternoon, the Years One and Two nativity play, Midwife Crisis. The standard was well up there, nothing less than I’ve come […]
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 […]
Oh yes they do! St. Agnes do it again!
There was some controversy in the press last week over a head teacher charging a quid per person for parents/relatives to see a nativity play. A right old hooing and hahhing. One father wrote, in […]
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. […]
Broadway comes to Thorp
The old school hall at Thorp Academy was the keeper of many memories for my peers and me, so it was sad to see it tumble down during the summer. However I was fortunate enough […]
Ryton Festival of Music and Drama 2017
Did you know that Wendy Craig and Sir Thomas Allen both took part in Ryton Festival of Music and Drama? From the mid-1950s Wendy Craig appeared in British films such as The Servant (1963) and […]
Here’s what’s going on in the park
The project leader for Wildground, Nikki Woodward, has been in touch to give an update on Ferndene Park. I used the park last month when my four-year old niece and nephew were here along with […]
“You need to get yourself along to the Pickle Palace,” Heather told me a week or two ago. “The where?” “The Pickle Palace in Greenside. Harriet’s been telling me about it, they make lots of […]
A heritage site and working museum
How many times have you driven or walked past the brown signs for the Path Head Water Mill beside Pumphrey’s on Summerhill? If you’ve never been there, go and have a look – as I […]
Another year of Sixth Form success for Thorp
Mandy Peel has been in touch with me. Mandy works for the Northern Education Trust (Thorp Academy sponsors) and has been involved in issuing all the good news about their excellent GCSE results. The students […]
Bollywood comes to Ryton!
Ryton Community Library, in conjunction with GemArts, held the second of two summer holiday events this afternoon. Last month you could come along and have a bash (quite literally) at African Drumming. Today it was […]
Clara Vale Bingo
I visited the Bingo club in Clara Vale this afternoon, organiser Helen and club members kindly let me take some photographs for this blog, see them here and on the Clara Vale page. This friendly […]
Clara Vale Craft Group in the Village Hall
Clara Vale Craft Group have kindly been in touch to see if rytonian.com can help promote them. They meet in Clara Vale Village Hall on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7pm […]
Goodbye Domestic Science & Art
These rooms belonged to the Domestic Science and Art departments in my day. Mr. Skelton was my art teacher. He’s a lovely guy and I met him again a few years ago when I visited […]
Picnic in the park… The Last Shift Festival
Greenside Pit closed 50 years ago yesterday. Thank you to the proud keepers of our heritage for bringing our village together for an afternoon on the green. Hard work goes into organising a wonderful event […]
Puttin’ on a show!!
When it comes to putting on a show, St. Agnes RC school in Crawcrook do it in style. Mrs Hankin kindly invited me along to what she termed as “A concert in the yard.” I […]