March 2020

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Learn a new creative skill with an artist led workshop, enjoy the fresh air on a walk discovering birds of the Derwent Valley, or join us for a fascinating evening talk over a delicious meal and glass of Prosecco.
To find out more, read on or take a look at our what's on pages.

Welcome to the Land of Oak & Iron Newsletter

With Spring in the air, we're starting to see a bit more sunshine as the days get a little longer and hopefully warmer.

We are also looking forward to planning lots of new events for this season - so whether you prefer to be indoors or out, hopefully there's something you can take part in.  Make sure you don't miss out on the walks, talks and creative workshops by booking your place today.

We also bring you some of our latest news including details of a new exhibition by artist Cathy Duncan and tree planting at Allensford.
Watch a short film about the Heritage Centre by one of our funders and other films on our YouTube channel.
The Sword Makers of Shotley Bridge

Discover our heritage with the latest in our fascinating evening talks.

In 1687 German sword makers settled in Shotley Bridge by the River Derwent where there were supplies of ironstone, water, wood, millstone grit and a sea route from Newcastle to London.  There are few records of the early years of sword makers to explain why they came to England.

Find out more in this illustrated talk by Paul Heatherington, exploring a little known chapter in British sword making, set within a turbulent period of history. 

Tickets £12.50 per person, including a delicious evening meal and glass of Prosecco or juice.

Booking essential.
Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Are you looking for a unique gift for Mother's Day?

Consider booking a workshop experience where 'Mum' can spend time being creative and learning a new skill - chatting over a coffee and taking away something beautiful she has made herself.

In our 'Wildflower Stitches' workshop, award winning artist Donna Cheshire will help you to create a piece of textile art inspired by native wildflowers, using materials such as hand dyed fabrics and lace, along with hand and free embroidery.

'Album Making' is the next in our monthly workshops with local crafter Gail (who also works in café shrub).  Using decorative papers you will create a small album with little pockets and places to store photographs and keepsakes.

Why not treat yourself too and spend some special time doing a creative workshop together.
Find out more about these and our other creative workshops.
Lots more events to join in with - find out more.
'Fireweed and Furnaces' exhibition

Coming soon to our Heritage Centre, is an exhibition celebrating the new interpretation panels that have started to appear at various locations across the Land of Oak & Iron, with the first of these situated at the Heritage Centre and Crowley's Dam.

The exhibition will feature original lino print artworks by artist Cathy Duncan, who was commissioned to create the beautiful illustrations for each of the interpretation panels - you might recognise Cathy's work from the front cover of 'Men of Iron'.

The display will also include illustrated details of nature and landscapes in the wonderful sketch books of designer Steve Pardue, who created the interpretation panels.

Find out more.

At the beginning of the month, some of our wonderful volunteers teamed up with staff from the Land of Oak & Iron to plant trees in Willow Burn Wood near Allensford.

A mixture of one hundred Oak, Mountain Ash and Cherry trees were planted during the day, adding to the young trees already planted in Willow Burn Hospice's memorial woodland.

Looking across the landscape, it was lovely to think we were helping to create a woodland for future generations to enjoy.

Find out more.

Join us in café  shrub for our relaxed Friday evening tapas, drink and live music events.

We are now open late on alternate Friday evenings until 8.30pm - the next dates are: 13th & 27th March; 10th & 24th April and 8th & 22nd May - then every other Friday thereafter.

So, if you’re looking for a place to stop off on your way home from work or a relaxed evening out ahead of the weekend then café shrub is the ideal place to be.

No booking required.

Find out more.
Apprenticeship Awards

Congratulations to Tyne Riverside Café  who have received an award for Apprenticeship Employer of the Year.

Café staff, based in Tyne Riverside Country Park, attended Newcastle College's Apprenticeship Awards event at St James' Park in Newcastle during National Apprenticeship Week.

The Employer of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution made by an employer to support apprenticeships within the workplace.  It celebrates the significant investment and time dedicated to apprenticeship integration within their business.

Well done also to Stephen Clark, an apprentice at the café, who was shortlisted for the Special Recognition Award.

Find out more.
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