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Join in our July Clean Up!

Rubbish in Ouseburn June 2014

Rubbish in Ouseburn June 2014

There will be lots of visitors to the valley for the Ouseburn Festival (including NARC. Fest) on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014 so we would like to do our best to make paths passable and safe for everyone.

Do join us – the more of us the better! We can provide not only equipment and tools but also lunch at Ouseburn Farm.

Meet us outside Ouseburn Farm at 10.30am – or if you can only join us for the afternoon, meet us at Ouseburn Farm at 1.30pm.

Please come dressed suitably for sharp and thorny conditions (long sleeves and trousers tend to be best where there are thorns and nettles).

If you’re interested in getting involved in our new Ouseburn environment project and learning some new skills, find out more at our general meeting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25th June 2014 at Ernest, Boyd Street, Ouseburn. If you can’t come to that meeting and are not already on our mailing list, please email environment@ouseburnfutures.org.uk to ask to be included.

 

Our March clean up day was a breeze

Our clean up day in March was more breezy than a breeze maybe, but it was great to welcome some new volunteers. It’s amazing how quickly an area can be cleaned up when half-a-dozen or more people descend on it with litter pickers, bin bags, a brush, and a lot of determination! We also trimmed back nettles and brambles from paths so that they remain passable in summer.

In the morning, we tackled the area around Crawford’s Bridge, the muddy end of Foundry Lane, and the area between Crawford’s Bridge to the culvert opening, the former outdoor riding area, up to the old culvert arch and steps under the railway viaduct. The morning’s ‘treasures’ included a discarded bicycle wheel, quite a lot of broken glass. The wildlife sightings included a close up view of a lively little goldcrest.

We had delicious soup in the warmth of Ouseburn Farm’s café before the afternoon team set off to tackle the wooded area just to the North of the orchard and pond. There were dumped or abandoned clothes, pillows, and what were probably sleeping bags at one time – all soaked so heavy as well as quite muddy – in addition to the usual sort of rubbish.

A very big thank you to all the volunteers who helped in clearing so much rubbish on our March clean up day! If you would like to feel the same glow of satisfaction as we did at the end of the day, you’re very welcome to join us on our next clean up day, Monday 14th April 2014. If you can only spare an hour or two, you’re still very welcome. We meet at Ouseburn Farm at 10.30am, and then start the afternoon shift from there around 1.30pm.

Later on Monday 14th April, from 5.30pm to 7pm at Ernest, Boyd Street in Ouseburn, we also have a general Ouseburn Futures open meeting which will focus on plans for projects to improve cycle routes and the environment, and our new constitution. All are welcome!

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 info@ouseburnfutures.org.uk if you’re coming (so we know how many for refreshments).

Download a copy of the flyer (pdf file).