Monthly Archives: January 2014

2014 Environment Group Clean Up days

Ouseburn Bridge and Farm, January 2014.

Ouseburn Bridge and Farm, January 2014.

We are so pleased with the difference that our volunteers have made to the Ouseburn Valley in 2013 that we want to do it again!

We take on a variety of tasks that suit the interests of those attending, usually a bit of weeding, some litter picking and sometimes one of the bigger jobs with dense undergrowth.

We’ll provide the materials – and a hot lunch on the day events. Volunteers can join in for a whole day or just for an hour or two and can pick the tasks that are the most appealing or satisfying.

First clean up of 2014

The first snowdrops have poked their heads through the undergrowth in the Ouseburn Valley, so this Sunday would be a good time remove any litter, so that they can be appreciated.

There are lots of nice looking little ferns popping up along the paths – but they’re deceptive – they’re the beginnings of summer’s giant hogweed or cow parsley which block the pathways! So it would also be good to pull some of them out now.

Two and a half hours is long enough for most people on a winter weekend, but we do hope you can join us for a little time on Sunday. We meet at Ouseburn Farm at 1:00pm. Wear warm clothing and footwear that can cope with mud and sharp things (such as thorns and broken glass).

Clean up dates for 2014 are:

Sunday January 26th afternoon (1pm – 3:30pm)

Thursday Feb 20th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

Saturday March 15th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

Monday April 14th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

Thursday May 22nd morning (10am – 12:30pm)

Thursday June 5th afternoon (1:30pm – 4:00pm)

Saturday July 5th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

We hope you’ll want to join us then (and we WILL send you reminders if you’re on our Environment Group mailing list!). Sometimes we have to postpone clean up events due to weather. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, we put updates on there if this is likely.

To join the Ouseburn Futures Environment Group, email us at – and tell us if you’d like to hear news about our clean up events.

Arts and Creative Industries meeting and survey

The annual meeting of the Ouseburn Futures Arts and Creative Group takes place at the Biscuit Tin Studios’ Gallery on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at 5.30pm.

We will be voting for a Chair and Deputy Chair for 2014 at this meeting. Please send in names, together with names of proposer and seconder to by 5pm on Tuesday 21st January 2014.

We will also be talking about what events we should hold this year. It would be helpful if you could fill in our questionnaire about what events you might want, what you want on the website, and type of workspace you have now and/or would want in the future.


Discuss Ouseburn’s future!

Come along and get involved in the discussion about Ouseburn’s future at Ouseburn Farm on Tuesday 28th January 2014.

What future for Ouseburn? What have we learned from the last few years? Where should we be going? What are the key issues in taking Ouseburn forward? What should we be concentrating on?

The panel of speakers to spark off discussion at our Ouseburn Futures Open Meeting has been announced!

  •  Dr Ian Baggett, Managing Director of the Adderstone Group, developers and managers of residential and office property (HQ in Ouseburn), which has developed 2 properties in Ouseburn.
  • Kathryn Hodgkinson, glass artist and Cobalt Studios director.
  • Tim Bailey, partner at xsite architecture, Foundry Lane (they designed the Toffee Factory).
  • Pauline Murray, of Polestar Rehearsal Studios and the band Penetration.

The following 3 panellists are to be confirmed:

  • Harvey Emms, Assistant Director of Development, Newcastle City Council.
  • Kate Edwards, Chief Executive of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Childrens Books, and formerly worked for the Ouseburn Partnership.
  • Ali Rhind, textile artist based at 36, Lime Street, and resident.

And the panel chair will be Councillor Stephen Powers, Ouseburn Ward, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council.

Doors open at 5.30pm, Ouseburn Futures AGM at 6.00pm, open meeting discussion 6.30 to 8.00pm. All welcome! Please RSVP to if you’re coming (so we know how many for refreshments).

Download a copy of the flyer (pdf file).