Christmas Raffle 2017

Friends of Jesmond Dene and the Volunteer Rangers are holding a Christmas Raffle to raise funds to replace the decking in the nature area; this will make it safe for children to enjoy pond dipping for years to come.
The attached poster mentions some of the main prizes but other are being added. We will publish a full list nearer the draw.
Tickets are £1 each and may be purchased at the Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene (next to Millfield House Café).
The Raffle will be drawn at 2:30pm on Sunday 17th December 2017 in the Visitor Centre as part of The Christmas Decoration Event being run by the Rangers, the Friends of Jesmond Dene and the Volunteer Rangers.
 

Add a bit of the Dene to your Christmas Decorations this year!

On Sunday 17 December, come and make your very own wooden reindeer and table centre piece with the Rangers and Volunteer Rangers at Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene (next to Millfield House Café).
Family tickets are £10 and will enable you to make one reindeer and one
table decoration. Maximum 2 adults per child.

Sessions are: 10 – 11am, 11.30 – 12.30pm or 1.30 – 2.30pm

Places are limited; book early to ensure your place:

Phone: 0191 2812082
E-mail: parks&countryside@newcastle.gov.uk

The Visitor Centre and Gift Shop will also be open.

 

The Friends of Jesmond Dene needs you!!

We are looking for new members to join our charity to ensure that Jesmond Dene remains the wonderful asset that it is for future generations.

We are particularly looking for volunteers to help the committee with:

  • Book keeping / Treasurer
  • Social media
  • Website maintenance & development
  • Marketing

If you are interested and would like to be part of our amazing charity, please contact the Secretary, Sue Stokel-Walker on 0191 2853447; 07542 386398 or email her at malvern1956@hotmail.co.uk

 

Open Weekend includes AGM plus talk on Hidden History

Please come along to the Friends’ Annual General Meeting on Sunday (14 May) at 2 p.m. in the Classroom at the Visitor Centre in Jesmond Dene. After the business meeting, Carlton Reid will give a talk on discovering old cycleways, entitled ‘Hidden History’.

This is part of our Open Weekend, with lots of activities and displays on wildlife, history and projects in the Visitor Centre between 10am and 3pm each day.

 

Update on the Parks Consultation

Hopefully, you will have heard about the Parks Consultation being conducted by Newcastle City Council. The Consultation will continue until 21st April 2017. The Council is seeking views on its proposal to transfer the operation, delivery and maintenance of a large proportion of the city’s parks and allotments to a new Charitable Trust. Jesmond Dene and its linked parks are all included in this proposal.

A number of public engagement drop-in Events have been held across the city. If you missed them, the information provided at these Events is still available online at https://letstalknewcastle.co.uk/surveys/info/470 and you can still complete the Consultation Survey, until 21st April.

The next stage of the Consultation is Workshops. These are being run by Open Lab, a cross-disciplinary research centre at Newcastle University. The website says: We are offering a number of 2 hour workshops, which provide you with opportunities to explore specific aspects of the Council’s proposals for Newcastle’s Parks, and share your ideas. Workshops are for groups of no more than 25 people on a first come, first served basis. To book your place, follow the link at https://letstalkparks.co.uk/workshop-signup/ indicating your preferred workshop date and location.

Nature Area Hillside Project

This year, amongst other tasks, the Volunteer Rangers will be developing the hillside area of the Nature Area. The Nature Area project, funded by the Heritage Lottery, was completed in 2013 although regular maintenance is still carried out.

The Hillside Proect will involve tree felling, removing low growing vegetation and then planting with smaller, native and more suitable trees and bulbs.

The trees and vegetation removal will allow more light in the area and along with planting native trees will increase its biodiversity.

This project is funded by the Friends of Jesmond Dene. If you would like to be involved or have any questions, please contact Sarah (Phone: 07966264391 or email sarah.capes@newcastle.gov.uk)

Timber: Some of the felled timber will be processed into logs to sell as firewood but some will be left as lengths or rounds for schools or wood turners. If you are interested in buying any timber, please get in touch. All proceeds go to the Volunteer Rangers and Friends of Jesmond Dene.

National Nest-Box Week event, 20th Feb

Come and join the parks staff and volunteers on this bird themed day as part of National Nest Box week. You will make a wooden bird nest box, a wooden bird feeder and several other feeders, all to take home with you.

Monday 20th February
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre – Jesmond Dene

Family activity sessions: 10 – 11am or 11.30 – 12.30pm. Family activity session ticket: £10

Walks at 9.30 – 11am or 11.30 – 12.30pm Walks are free-of-charge, but please book.

Please bring binoculars for the walk if you have them, but some will be available if not.

All children must be accompanied.
Bookings essential for family activity sessions and bird walks.

Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre
Phone: 0191 2812082
E-mail: parks&countryside@newcastle.gov.uk

Halloween Pumpkins to Christmas Wreathes – Ouseburn Parks Events – October 2015 to December 2015

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Tuesday 27 or Saturday 31 October 5.30 – 8pm
Halloween Pumpkins and Walk
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene (next to Millfield House Café)
Charge – £5 per child and £2.50 per adult.
Come along and carve a pumpkin lantern (pumpkins will be provided) We will then go for an evening walk through the Dene to see what we can find, there may be eyes watching us from all sorts of places!! We’ll return to the Visitor Centre for hot chocolate and pumpkin soup. Minimum age 6 years. Booking essential, please call the Visitor Centre to book your place and for more information on 2812082.

Sunday 22 November 1.30 – 3.30pm
Bird Feeders
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene (next to Millfield House Café)
£2.50 per wooden feeder
The colder weather is here and the birds need all the help they can get. Why not come and make a bird feeder, and get some tips on easy ways to feed the birds over the winter. Contact the Rangers for more information on 2812082.

Saturday 12 December 10am – 12pm
Christmas Wreaths
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene (next to Millfield House Café)
£10 per person (includes refreshments)
Come along and make your own Christmas Wreath. All materials will be provided but if you have a pair of secateurs, please bring them with you. Places are limited; book early to ensure your place, 2812082 and for more information. This is an event for adults, so sorry, no under 16s.

Sunday 13 December 12.30 – 4pm
Family Festive Fun
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre, Jesmond Dene (next to Millfield House Café)
A joint event with the Volunteers, Friends of Jesmond Dene and the Rangers. Come and try your hand at making some simple Christmas decorations from natural and recycled materials. There will be a charge of £2/£1 for the decorations. There will also be Christmas Carols, light refreshments, tombolas and raffles. This is a drop in event. For more information please contact the Rangers on 2812082.

Thursday 17 December 10 – 12pm
Christmas Wreaths
Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre (next to Millfield House Café)
£10 per person (includes refreshments)
Come along and make your own Christmas Wreath. All materials provided but if you have a pair of secateurs please bring them with you. Places are limited; book early to ensure your place, 2812082 and for more information. This is an event for adults, so sorry, no under 16s.

Lord Armstrong themed Heritage Open Day at Cragside

Lord Armstrong, the Victorian industrialist who gifted Jesmond Dene to the people of Newcastle, built Cragside, near Rothbury.

There will be a Heritage Open Day at Cragside on 10th September, to which anyone with an Armstrong connection is invited to attend.

More info http://www.journallive.co.uk/lifestyle-news/newcastle-features/2011/07/25/victorian-children-revealed-61634-29111652/

Fresh new look!

Jesmond Dene

This site has been uploaded with lots of fresh content and pix. The previous website for the Friends of Jesmond Dene was last updated in 2007 so a makeover was long overdue.

The site will be updated regularly. New content will be flagged up on our new Twitterfeed.

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