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The Baby Bereavement Support Group
Joanne Morton-Lake who is the Chairman of voluntary community group called The Baby Bereavement Support Group which is based in Hartlepool, will talk about their valuable work. The group covers the whole of the North East and down as far as Peterborough.details
Speaker Bob Crocker on English Ceramics
Bob Crocker will be talking about English Ceramics. He has spent years as a notable antique dealer down on the south coast and should give a fascinating insight into the world of antique porcelain, etc. The meeting takes place at Chilton Country Pub.details
The Reg Vardy Band
The Reg Vardy Band plays at Brandon Welfare Hall. They are 35 times North of England Brass Band Champions. Entrance is free.details
This year the Swans will swim again for their chosen charity 'Breast Cancer Campaign' at the Swimathon at the Freemans Quay swimming pool in Durham on Saturday 22 November at 11.30am with fond memories of one of their pens, Alex Ayton -details
Elvet is part of the City of Durham and is one of the oldest settlements in the Durham City locality. It is first mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles in 762 AD as Aelfet ee (trans: Elvet or Swan Island). The 'island' is believed to be the site of what became the City of Durham on the hill in the large 'swan neck' loop in the River Wear.
It was within this 'swan neck' meander, in 995 AD, that St Aldhun settled with his monks and the relics of the Christian Saint Cuthbert. The construction of the famous cathedral that dominates and characterises the city was begun in 1092 AD.
The original Elvet Bridge on this site was built by Bishop Hugh Pudsey in about 1160 AD. It was added to in 1228 and later by Bishop Fox in 1495. There were originally 14 arches, of which only 10 now remain, two of which are overbuilt. In 1771 the bridge was severely damaged by floods. In 1804-5 the width of the bridge was doubled. The bridge is now closed to vehicular traffic.
In 1986 the Cathedral and Castle, high on this famous river site, was designated a World Heritage Site.
Foundation - Thought of The Week
Meetings and events happening soon
Thursday 23rd November 19.00
Speaker PDG Terry Long - RYLA
Thursday 30th November 19.00
Durham 3 clubs meeting
Speaker Abi Atkinson
Thursday 7th December 19.00
Committees and Business Meeting
Sunday 10th December 11.00
Collection at Sainsbury's
Community and Vocation
Thursday 14th December 19.00
Club Christmas Meal at Hallgarth
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