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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
Wine Tasting Event
The Languedoc Winetasting Event Thursday 11th June 2015, 7pm for 7.30pm at Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Green Lane, Durham, DH1 3JU Tickets 15 pounds (including 3 glasses of wine from the region's vineyards), from Wendy Byatt, tel.: 0191 5861362details
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 3rd May 18.30
District Assembly or Scatter
Thursday 10th May 19.00
Committees & Business meeting
Sunday 13th May 13.00
Swimathon – Spennymoor Leisure Centre
The swans will swim again for Breast Cancer Care and the chosen charity of Spennymoor Rotary Club
Thursday 17th May 18.30
Fish & Chips Supper
Monday 21st May 09.00 - 18.00 Thursday 24th May
Purple4Polio Grand Tour
May 21st – 24th District checkpoint Beamish Museum
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