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7th May - Greening Wingrove Update


There are a few things to update everyone about so hang on to the back of your jumpers, and here goes ……

  1. A Greening Wingrove Retail Waste Strategy and Preparing for the Waste Commission
  2. New e-mail address for Katrina
  3. Circus Central comes to Greening Wingrove … and with a party in  the Park!
  4. Litter Picks
  5. Friends of Nuns Moor Park
  6. Volunteers
  7. Booking the Bike Garden Pavilion
  8. New walking and cycling projects
  9. Greening Wingrove’s future

10. Rugby League tickets

11. Contacting Greening Wingrove

12. Green jobs



We’re convening a short-life task group to identify actions that might curb waste and litter from shops and other businesses in our area.  Dave Webb, one of the Greening Wingrove CIC Board members, has been researching the problem and has produced insights into a way forward.  As a result, Dave is willing to convene the task group.

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 9 May at the Pavilion in the Bike Garden, Nuns Moor Park, at 6.45 pm.

If you would like to be involved with the group, please come along or get in touch.

The other item that will be considered at the first meeting is an invitation to Greening Wingrove to make a presentation to the Newcastle Waste Commission on Friday 19 May in the afternoon.  The invitation from the City Council states that this would ‘help inform the Commission’s thinking in terms of what works from a community partnership perspective – e.g. what incentivises people to get involved, how initiatives can grow from small litter picks to more developed work around food waste etc.’

We have lots of evidence that we could present based on our anti-litter, survey and other work over the past 3-4 years, but we’d need to get this into shape for a coherent stab at influencing the Commission.

There is more info about the Waste Commission via the following link:  https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/radical-new-approach-waste

New e-mail address for Katrina

There’s a new e-mail address for Katrina Jordison, our Community Organiser for the anti-litter campaign.  This is: k.jordisongreeningwingrove@gmail.com

Katrina’s former e-mail address disappeared suddenly due to circumstances beyond our control.  So, apologies if anyone has tried to e-mail her without success in the past week.  We’re working at getting access to any e-mails that may have gone to the old address.

Circus Central comes to Greening Wingrove … and with a party in  the Park!

Circus Central will be in Nuns Moor Park from 31 May until 4 June.  There’ll be more details soon, as well as info about a community party linked with the Circus on Sunday 4 June and celebrating the centenary of the Park.  If you would like to help in planning the party, please contact Andrew Teasdale via: ATeasdale@wea.org.uk

 Litter Picks

There have been some breakthrough moments in the anti-litter campaign recently with many new friends helping out and the emergence of volunteer ‘street champions.’   We have the monthly litter pick in Arthur’s Hill (next one is on Saturday 20 May at 11.00 am), a popular Wednesday afternoon weekly litter pick from outside the mosque on Wingrove Gardens at 4.00 pm, and we’re about to start a new ‘after the weekend’ litter pick in Nuns Moor Park.

For more details, please contact: k.jordisongreeningwingrove@gmail.com

Friends of Nuns Moor Park

The Friends of Nuns Moor Park group is beginning to make more of an impact with some good work last Sunday on weeding the tulip bed that was planted just inside the front gate of the Park.

For details of coming activities contact Andrew : ATeasdale@wea.org.uk


We’re looking for some volunteers to help with defined pieces of work.  If you are interested in offering a skill, please get in touch.  In particular, it’d be really helpful to have someone with an interest in health and safety to look after a few tasks at the Bike Garden Pavilion (eg keeping the building risk assessment up to date, doing the monthly water supply check).  If anyone is interested, again please get in touch.

 Booking the Bike Garden Pavilion

 Bookings of the Bike Garden and Pavilion are on the rise again.  Una Bradley who has largely managed the bookings system, with some assistance from Kerryanne, is moving on from the role but will be active in the Garden.  Una has done a terrific job (many thanks, Una!).

Gerry Hunwick from the Greening Wingrove CIC Board will take on the bookings manage role from next week, and the Greening Wingrove Project team will help as well.  Thanks Gerry!

If you are interested in hiring the Bike Garden and Pavilion for meetings, social events, children’s parties, then please contact:


 New walking and cycling projects

We’ll be restarting a Bike Hub at the Bike Garden shortly with help from Bike4Health who have lots of good ideas for supporting interests in cycling and offering Dr. Bike sessions.

And the Time Exchange will be organising walks linked with the Bike Garden shortly as well.

Both projects have been made possible by funding from the City Council.

Greening Wingrove’s future

With the end of the Greening Wingrove Big Lottery funding in August, we’ve been looking at the future of Greening Wingrove.  A good deal of work has been done on business planning to equip the Greening Wingrove CIC to carry forward the legacies of the Lottery funded project.  It won’t be easy to find alternative resources to match the scale of the Lottery funding, but we’re working on it.  The CIC’s board will shortly be holding a special session to do more detailed planning, but if you would like to help in any way, do let us know.  We’ll update everybody as things develop.

Rugby League tickets

Newcastle will host the Rugby League ‘Magic Weekend’ on 20-21 May.  We can put forward names of residents who have been active in the community for consideration for free tickets.  There will be two tickets for each day, though more may become available.  If anyone is interested in being considered, please get in touch by this coming Sunday evening (7 May) via: nigel.todd@newcastle.gov.uk

Names received will be forwarded on to the programme organisers.

 Contacting Greening Wingrove

Just a reminder about how to keep in touch with Greening Wingrove.  The following should help:

Facebook Pages for updates and comment:

Green jobs

Lastly, here are notes about some new jobs:


Sports Worker at Nunsmoor Centre Trust


I am sharing details (see attached) of an exciting, new, freelance post with you all.

Nunsmoor Centre Trust have been awarded the contract by Newcastle City Council to take this Sports Connect work forward.

We already facilitate the Access Fund for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. This post will be working with children and young people with additional needs and disabilities to find appropriate mainstream sporting/youth organisations that will work inclusively to include the child/young people who would like to access the sport that is available.

This is about sport in its widest sense, so non competitive healthy living activities will be included (such as horse riding for pleasure, country walking, group cycling, keep fit etc in addition to all the competitive sports) The approach is very much about enabling and supporting the child, or young person, who has additional needs / disabilities to get involved in clubs/organisations that can provide sports and healthy living activities within their local community.

Please share this with anyone that you feel might be interested in this post.  Thank you.

Best wishes


Alyson E. Hampshire


Nunsmoor Centre Trust

Tel 0191 2414098

Mobile 07903929448


Gardening Assistant


We are looking for an assistant to help us with our  organically and sustainably run gardening and nursery business.

The gardening work would be 3 to 4 days per week around the Corbridge, Stamfordham and Matfen area. There would be 1 to 2 days per week work in the nursery which is based in Bingfield, 6 miles north of Corbridge off the A68.

We would prefer someone who is self employed and with own transport.

We are looking for someone who is willing, with a keen interest in gardening organically and can also be relied upon. Horticultural qualifications welcome but not necessary - we can give guidance and training if so required.

Hourly rate between £8 and £10 per hour depending on experience.

Many thanks

Andrew Davenport

Gardener's Cottage Plants


tel 01434 672594 or  07500 895052 


That’s probably enough for now!

Best wishes.



Greening Wingrove CIC

March 16 - Greening Wingrove

This message is being sent on behalf of Nigel Todd.

 Greening Wingrove aims to help green the streets of Wingrove. Can you help us give out trees to the local area? We are looking for members of the Greening Wingrove CIC to help us to let other know about small trees that are available to streets throughout Wingrove.

We are running two sessions over the next two weeks:

  •  Thursday 23rd Februrary Afternoon – Volunteers to help flyer streets in Fenham
  • Friday 3rd March Afternoon – Volunteers to help with door knocking.

 We’d like to invite people to come along to both or just one event. Also, if you are interested in receiving a tree, please get in touch.  There are lots of different ways you can help Greening Wingrove. For more information, please contact Andrew ateasdale@wea.org.uk

Christmas 2016 Roundup

Sunday 4th December - Christmas Craft Fair: 11am - 3pm at Jesmond Dene Centre

Tuesday 6th December - Christmas Crafts At the Lemington Centre Tuesday 6 December 1pm - 3pm. Adults only £5 per person, includes light refreshments. Booking is essential as space is limited.

Thursday 15th December - "Christmas At The Cafe" at St. James and St. Basils in Fenham: 10.30am- 2.30pm

Christmas Eve - Pet Friendly Carols & Readings at St Johns in Newcastle - 6pm, All Pets welcome

Click the posters for more information

 16 Christmas Craft Fair poster 1

 16 xmas at the cafe


16 xmas eve flyer



Christmas Crafts At Exhibition Park - 11th & 18th December

Christmas Crafts at Exhibition Park, 11am –12.30pm and 1-2.30pm on Sunday 11 (for adults) & 18 December 2016 (for families)

Come and have fun making your own Christmas door wreath from natural materials. Meet at the compound near the lake.
Adults only £5 per person, includes light refreshments. Booking is essential as space is limited. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

 Adults only £5 per person, includes light refreshments. Booking is essential as space is limited. Please phone 0191 2812082 to book.

Fruit On The Tyne Conference - 5th November

Fruit on the Tyne is a conference for community gardens, farms and orchards in the North East on Saturday 5th November, 9:30am – 3:30pm at Nunsmoor Centre, Studley Terrace, Arthur's Hill, NE4 5AH.

Free event with lunch and refreshments provided sponsored by WEA Greening Wingrove!

This is the second WEA Green Branch conference on this theme recognising the growing interest and benefits of community growing projects in the North East. The conference aims to support these projects and develop networks. The conference has been named Fruit on the Tyne but will invite groups not only from Tyneside and Northumberland but also Gateshead and County Durham.

The day will provide:

  •  Presentations from local groups to share lessons, challenges and experiences from their projects
  • Lunch and Marketplace for stalls
  • Participatory workshops on topics to spark ideas and inspire

To register for the event and see the programme for the day please follow this link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fruit-on-the-tyne-conference-tickets-27626232806

We look forward to sharing an interesting and inspiring day!