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One evening, 20 venues, a fantastic free night of culture in NewcastleGateshead

Bored of the usual Saturday night routine? Then get ready for a Saturday night out with a twist as the North East’s fantastic free culture crawl hits the streets once again!


Several venues in the Ouseburn will be taking part in this years Late Shows, check out.


Roots and Wings




This is a very interesing new Community Interest Company based in the Ouseburn providing a hireable space and specialising in, well, everything creative. From Graphics to corporate identity through music and pottery.


The Roots and Wings Team are currently securing a space and of course they recently featured at the excellent GLEAM showcase.


The full website is in the post, (I will update the address as it comes online -Alex)




Company Aims


To provide daytime workshops in creative activities. Events, exhibitions and gigs (inside and out) in the evenings and a simple weekend café open to all. Whilst accommodating existing users by keeping the space hireable at a subsidized rate to community groups. We’re also aiming to act as a kind of information centre telling everyone (via big blackboards) that visits us what’s going on in the valley that night/week/month.

Congratulations to the supporters of the The Free Trade who, having sucessfully seen-off another attempt to steal their view. This group now have their own web site where they can relate their ongoing campaign to ensure that this watering hole continues to enjoy what must be one of the best views of the river and bridges.




I have also upadated the wiki pages here on Ouseburn Interactive with the above link, click here The Free Trade

As December becons and Eric's excellent Ouseburn interest events email list turns festive, you can expect this Notice Board to relate some of the many local gatherings taking place.

If you are organising such a community event, drop me an email and I will post the details FOR FREE! my email is metacypher@yahoo.co.uk - Alex



 Or if you would prefer send your event details or subscribe to Ouseburn Interest mailing list  heritage@ouseburntrust.org.uk

St Ann ’s Church pre-Christmas Fete

Here’s some information about the St Ann ’s Church pre-Christmas Fete to be held on Saturday 17th November.

Click here to download and print out this A4 poster for your own Notice Board.



 Open Studios

for further details of this years Ouseburn Open Studios and the free "hop-on, Hop-off" bus service visit



36 Lime Street will unlock its doors for the eagerly awaited annual Open Studios event on 24th and 25th November between 10am and 6pm. Entry £1.50, under 18's free.


36 Lime Street studios house an eclectic mix of creative businesses. The open weekend provides the public with a unique opportunity to buy and commission work from over 40 of the most accomplished artists, designers and makers in the region. The work ranges from furniture to jewellery, paintings to puppets, sculpture to design, and ceramics.


Due to the increased interest in the Ouseburn Valley , this well received annual event is more popular every year, and is an excellent opportunity to buy unique presents, try out new activities, or just find out more about artists and creative businesses.


More information will be available on their website very soon.



The Mushroom Works will also be taking part in this event, check out their website



I’ll keep you informed about the event as I find out more myself. If you are an artist or craftsperson and your studio will be taking part why not let me know and I’ll pass the word on.


The Planning application for the building site at the confluence of Tyne and Ouseburn has been withdrawn for further consultation to take place, but will be back on the agenda for the November Development Control meeting.

for further information on this site, the many withdrawn planning applications and the significant community input into the consultation process please click on Development

Shouts-out to local creative folk...

Thinking about a pension?  


Not sure where to start


Don't be one of the 70% of people in the creative sector without one...


Following the last round of very successful seminars, further series of FREE Pension for Artists seminars is being run between September and November, including one in Newcastle on 22 October.  They will provide information to artists and creative practitioners about their pension options. 
"Extremely useful. Essential information"  "Excellent - great, lively and honest presenter"  Previous seminar attenders


Click on this link for info on Pensions for Artists




A new Companies Act was passed in November 2006, introducing radical changes that will affect all companies.


The Act is being introduced in stages. The latest batch of changes came into effect on 1st October 2007.

Click here for further details

Effects of the Companies Act 2006 on Private Companies


Call for Artists to submit proposals for Art Cars

For Further information click on the link above

also have a look at www.artcarparade.co.uk


On a sunny summers day the hustle and bustle of life in the city is reduced to the sound of the cars and lorries passing overhead on byker bridge.

the birds are singing and could that have been a Red Admiral butterfly that just flew past?

Well yes it could have been, the Ouseburn Valley has a broad variety of wildlife and if you would like to know more you can click here to download theOuseburn farm 2007 Butterflies butterfly summary.doc

(the file size of this word document is large at 1.5M, as this is a free-to-use service, this file will be removed when I need to free up some wiki memory, that is unless some generous patron upgrades this wiki for me- see "add features" at bottom left of this page)

I support the campaign to Free Burma

Click on the above link to read more about Myanmar

To all artists in Gateshead, Newcastle and the North East,


Do you sometimes feel like running to the hills?

I know I do, well the Revd Jim Craig, Community Arts Chaplain in Bensham and Gateshead, is organising another one of his great artists retreats, if you missed the first on here is another chance to treat yourself to a bit of "me time"


North East Artists Retreat

Click on the above link to find out more



Revd Jim Craig

Community Arts Chaplain in Bensham and Gateshead St Columba House Peterborough Close Gateshead NE8 1NL rev.jim@btopenworld.com   07918 659088



Support the Rock


The Journal is asking its readers and the wider North-East community, to demonstrate their faith and confidence in Northern Rock by opening an account. I would also like to support NR, not just because they always offer the best mortgage rates, but to underline the great work done by NRs associated charity -the Northern Rock Foundation (which recieves 5% of NR pre-tax profits).



just look at the bottom of any North East Social Enterprise letterhead and recognise the importance of NRF within our community.


Journal- Support the rock Link



Personally, I believe NR will come through this and return to pole position in the mortgage market. As a Company Treasurer myself, I know the prudence of arranging a pre-emptive overdraft to avoid a possible cash flow crisis. Global finance markets provoked NRs request to the Bank of England and even though the Bank of England responded positively, consumer confidence fell away rapidly, thankfully that confidence is gradually returning.



I feel the lesson for us all is that the confidence to borrow within a stable economy leaves us as a nation, vulnerable to the inevitable fluctuations in global markets. It is apparent that consumers act as a group, regardless of the facts, knowing that withdrawing their money made NR weaker, a knee-jerk self-fulfilling prophesy, the consumers were protected yet the shareholders suffered. - Alex



Join Bruvvers as they open in their new home at The Round with On The Ropes an exciting, gutsy portrayal of a Tyneside lass making her way into championship boxing! Inspired by the short stories of FX Toole the writer of Million Dollar Baby, be prepared for blood, sweat and tears and some evocative soul and R&B music as Bruvvers do what they do best.


@ THE ROUND Theatre    -    Between The Cluny Bar and Seven Stories  on Lime Street, Newcastle.


Friday 28th – Sat 29th Sept then Tues 2nd  - Thurs 4th Oct.   7.30pm      Price £8.99


Please visit website -  http://www.the-round.com/v1/home.php   for more info.


If you are interested in science, technology and performance art then here is a treat


9th October 2007 - 6pm

Stelarc Installation Lecture

Life Conference and Banqueting - £5.00*

Throughout October, the Centre for Life will host the installation piece ‘Walking Head’ by artist Stellarc which examines the technological terrain that we now inhabit and the increasingly blurred distinction between the living and the dead, exposing biological bodies as inadequate and obsolete. In this unique lecture, Stelarc will present images, animations and video clips in a multi-screen presentation and demonstration.

All lectures start at 6pm. Events marked with * require advanced booking on 0191 243 8210, seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open 45 minutes before the start of each lecture.


Social Enterprise


Social Enterprise Tyneside 


Improving the Power and Importance of your organisation.

Working with your local community and beyond.





Social Enterprise Tyneside are holding a series of free events aimed at organisations with social aims and community centres/church halls within North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Newcastle wishing to become more sustainable.

Click on  Social Enterprise to read more





The Ouseburn Trust are offering places upon a graduate mentoring program for folk wishing to better themselves in business, places are limited so click on

Social Enterprise and read more.


There's to be an event for older people at the former OWSA building on

Thursday 6th September. Please see the attached document. If you can't open

the attachment please let me know and we'll get it to you in a different

format. Click hereinvitation to OOPF.doc to download file


If you or anyone you know would be interested in attending please contact

Caroline Collinson on 278 3129 or caroline.collinson@newcastle.gov.uk




Drawing Space

Local Artist Angela Hughes, has started a drawing school in the valley, for those budding Artists (and more accomplished creative sorts) to practice their skills in front of a life model with a professional tutor at hand to help hone the old hand-eye coordination. 

My wife attended previous classes and her progress over the 6 weeks meant that all our friends all got a hand-drawn originals as festive gifts. - Alex


Community Radio


I was delighted to stumble upon NE1 FM at the weekend.

If you have not tuned in already, retune your dial to 102fm

and they are looking for Volunteers so get yourself down there and help out.


Local radio is the way forward, bringing communities together, and if you do not like the music - grab your vinyl and get down there!



I am so pleased for Mike and the whole Bruvvers team and I wish them every success with this lovely theatre -in the round.

Support local live theatre and book your seats now!, their programme has somthing for everyone, check it out.-Alex

Main website


wiki page The Round


Bolam Coyne consultation, possible new Live / Work spaces in South Byker

click here Housing to get involved and say what space you want to live / work in


Another new feature on PBWiki is the addition of a slideshow feature, to test this plugin i have created

a Photo Gallery with the first feature being the recent La Fura del Baus performance on Spillers Quay.

If you would like to add to this Ouseburn Valley pictorial resource drop me a line, metacypher@yahoo.co.uk, - Alex

I have added a new feature

Diary of Events

I hope this is helpful for drawing together and accessing all the info available

For those contributors who would like their own exclusive Diary, try the new "Point-and-Click" editor (if your Browser supports it)

Are you an artist?, ever wondered how you will support yourself and your family later in life? This scheme addresses one half of the "Don't own a house- Don't have a Pension" dilemma faced by artist's.

Pensions for Artists


Global Young Social Entrepreneurs' Competition


Are you 30 years or younger? Are you a social entrepreneur? Is your social enterprise ICT enabled?


If YES, we have an exciting news to share with you!

If NO, help us to spread the news to them....


Apply Now!



Take part in the Global Young Social Entrepreneurs' Competition and win a chance to be sponsored to attend the Young Social Entrepreneurs' Forum @GK3, 11-13 December 2007 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.


For more info click here Social Enterprise




East End Alliance




The Alliance is an independent network of community and voluntary sector groups in East Newcastle upon Tyne.


Our mission is: “To improve the community’s role in developing local solutions to local problems”.


We help the community and voluntary sector to deliver ‘local solutions to local problems’ and so participate as an equal partner in the regeneration of the area.


We support and resource members of the network to ensure that they can make an informed and effective contribution to local governance.


We provide a point of contact with local residents, community and voluntary sector groups and so facilitate effective community consultation and joint-working.


East End Alliance

Walker Library, 554 Welbeck Road, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2PA.


Telephone: 0191 275 9477

Email: enquiries@eastendalliance.org.uk


After presenting to the recent Ouseburn Regeneration Forum, Social Entrepreneur Jim King has forwarded Ouseburn Interactive their website link




So ...Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programmes are now Just a Phone Call Away - 0845 4567 030.


Addictions UK is the leading provider of Home Based Addiction Treatment Service - it is Affordable - Effective and Confidential.

"We can reach people who cannot access other more traditional and expensive treatment regimes."


24 hour recovery service is available including detox support by arrangement.

Report local environmental problems on-line with this new website


although we do also have the Envirocall number 0191 274 4000



The report of the government inspector looking into the proposed barrage across the Ouseburn under Glasshouse Bridge has recently been published. If you’d like to read it here’s an interesting link.





The following section has been taken from the government inspector's report into the objection relating to the Ouseburn Barrage. -Alex


Overall Conclusions


In my opinion, the wide-ranging regeneration and socio-economic benefits that would arise as a result of providing the proposed barrage in the Ouseburn would clearly outweigh the limited environmental impacts that would remain after mitigation. I accordingly conclude that the case for making the Order, as amended, and conferring on NCC the CPO powers contained therein is compelling and in the public interest.


I likewise conclude that it would be in the public interest to grant the associated application for deemed planning consent.


I also conclude that the S19 Certificate should be granted. In coming to these conclusions I have taken into account the ES and other environmental information, including comments and representations made by statutory consultees and members of the public.


R M Barker



So the Government inspector seems to be giving a green light to the Barrage Alex

Download a copy of the report

Fans of the Baghdaddies might like to know that they’re playing at

The Tanners Arms


Friday 2nd February

before they go on their tour of China .


The gig’s free, the pub usually has at two or three cask ales available, they’ve a good range of bottled ciders and for those who feel naked without their laptop there’s free Wi-Fi internet access.


What more do you want? -Eric

Dora Frankel dance


Here is the flyer for Tales and Postcard, a Dance piece created by Dora Frankel dance.


It's on at the Caedmon Hall, Gateshead, Feb 3rd, and the Arc, Stockton, Feb 10th. Would be great if you could come and support this exciting work. And please pass the info to anyone else you know who you think would be interested.


Click here to Download a Flyer



For more reading click here


Local Puppets get a National Voice

Click here to read the full press release PuppetShip


Local Social Entrepreneur, Alex Finnegan, has made it though to the finals of a national competition organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition. The competition is called "New Idea, New Business" and is an opportunity for four lucky Social Entrepreneurs to sell their Ideas to 800 of the top Social business leaders from around the UK and beyond .


Alex, a founding Director of Ouseburn based, PuppetShip CIC along with his Puppeteer wife, Alison Mc Gowan, PuppetShip CIC propose to purchase and convert a 120ft ship into a 100 seat Puppet Theatre, flexible workshop space and Cafe, these spaces will then be hired to creative businesses, generating a sustainable income stream in order to finance a Community Outreach Programme, delivering puppetry shows and workshops into the region's most deprived communities.


For more information follow this link



Ouseburn Interactive is delivered on a voluntary basis by Alex Finnegan as part of PuppetShip CIC's benefits to the wider community as a Community Interest Company.

Google Earth

a page with all the links you need to become part of the Google Earth community.

Its like a Digital Globe, get a mouse with a scroller and fly/Dive/Zoom around this 3D model of earth, mapped with satellite images - Cool!

So I have just been on a 2 1/2 week social Enterprise Research project to Southern India and I think I will have to make a special Wiki. -Alex


These are the UnLtd Blog feeds

UnLtd Learning Journey 2006

Blogs Page

Nathalies Podcasts

Mathews Blog

Our local publisher, Martin Ellis, recently produced a book about one man’s experiences in the Spanish Civil War.


To Make The People Smile Again is based on the experience of George Wheeler. An ordinary man, George volunteered to go to Spain to help the Spanish people in their fight against fascism and to defend the democratically elected government. It is an accessible, quick read that can be enjoyed by everyone who likes a good story and is essential reading for anyone with even the slightest interest in the Spanish Civil War. A dramatisation is about to be broadcast on the BBC World Service.


The BBC World Service dramatisation has come about following conversations whilst enjoying beer in the Cumberland Arms between Martin Ellis of Zymurgy Publishing and Steve Chambers. Steve is a well respected dramatist who has had many plays broadcast and performed on stage.


The book has sold well throughout Britain and has been translated into Spanish by one of the biggest Spanish publishing houses and is available throughout the Spanish speaking world. The BBC World service has 42 million listeners.


It will go out in the BBC World Drama slot on Saturday 6 January at 2001hrs GMT on 648 MW or Freeview 710 / DAB digital / Sky digital 0115 or online at www.bbcworldservice.com and select “BBC World Drama” from the drop down programmes list.



Victoria Tunnel secures funding



Brick Works

Nick James extends his Mushroom Works CIC format in the ouseburn.

Community Radio


Thats a good idea, support this group NOW, community radio empowers educates and entertains.




Check it out, and get down to the Cluny

local bands and DJs at the Cluny on Wednesday 13th December. Tickets cost £4.50 and are available via the website http://www.ne1fm.com/


Rock for Da Kids

Local listings magazine NARC in conjunction with promoter Prancey Dog is putting on an all day charity event at the Cluny on Sunday 10th December to raise funds for the RVI Children's Ward.


Lots of bands will be playing and there'll be auctions throughout the day. Sounds like a good day out for only £5, check the website http://www.myspace.com/narcandprancey

Ouseburn Trust

Winter Warmer

Fun and games to get to know your neighbour!!

Monday 11th December

6.00pm - 9.00pm

Upstairs at the Cumberland Arms


Everyone welcome

Free entry

Free mulled wine and nibbles

Lots of board games - or bring your own

Mellow DJ tunes

As the coverage of this site increases we have included an Environmental section

I have added a Schools section where information relating to local schools can be added by our contributors -Alex

Welcome to new Ouseburn Interactive members Seven Stories

for information relating to their latest exhibits and events follow this link

Seven Stories

New Victoria Tunnel Web Site

nice one Phil


Xsite Architecture moves into Valley

Memory Net opens in the Discovery Museum


Hi Alex,


I thought I'd email and let you know that the Memory Net exhibition is now running at Discovery Museum People's Gallery. I have invited members of the Coble and Keelboat Society to the museum this Saturday (22ndApril 06) from 12 to have a look round. If you can make it you would be welcome to come along as well, or indeed visit at a more suitable time. If you think you may be able to come along let me know,


Many thanks,




See http://candks.pbwiki.com/ for more Coble and Keelboat information -Alex


I see there are Contractors in McFees yard, hope those nice mill stones are going to be kept safe! -Alex


  • Accelerator keys: Alt-E to edit your wiki pages, then Alt-S to save, Alt-C to cancel, and Alt-P to preview.

Excellent!-Alex, ah late result, it doesnt seem to work yet, D'oh! (Use Control -S on Mac!)

I think it is worth directing you all to our

Mushroom Works Gallery page,

if you have not already viewed it?

keep up to date with how our site changes by clicking on "Changes" to view all recent changes.

Check out our new

Featured Artist Feature

Spillers Mill Closure


It was announced during the week that Spiller’s mill on the Quayside will close soon. I don’t know what will happen to the building, but I have a horrible feeling that I’ll be able to guess. - taken from Eric's local news email by Alex


we need to start some debates to bring people in to this forum.


Initial proposals for threads

Parking and Cars



I am interested to hear what people think about the offical Ouseburn valley site - is it easy to navigate, can you find the information you want quickly enough, or at all? Is it attractive and accessible? What is missing?

Any responses to info@ouseburntrust.org, thanks very much! - Kirsten



The Official Ouseburn Valley site can be found at



Personally, I think it is a good web site which represents many of the organisations in the Valley, the navigation is fine with plenty of information and contact details. The magnifier view on the interactive Map is a bit freaky especially as my eyes are burnt out staring at this screen for hours. The map could have links to the web sites of each organisation.

I am looking forward to seeing the new ouseburn trust's web site, though -Alex


I have just found this site about the Cully- Alex

this site has been evicted, If the creators of cully site read this, please come and post yer info. metacypher@yahoo.co.uk




Are you prepared for the bird Flu?

We all hope it will never happen, but just incase it does check out


note - best viewed in a good frame of mind


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