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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
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
Cards and signed prints by Colin Richardson
A sale of cards and prints by Colin J. Richardson in aid of the artist's chosen charities on Saturday 6th of December 2014 from 9.30am to 4.00pm at Durham Town Hall.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
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 28th September 19.00
Speaker Rtn. Paul Keeley District Planting Champion
Thursday 5th October 19.00
Committees and Business Meeting
Thursday 12th October 19.00
Tapas Evening at Peter and Gwen's
Home made tapas at Peter and Gwen's home Low Meadows in Lanchester
Thursday 19th October 19.00
Speaker Darren Hughff
Darren Hughff will share his thoughts about what happened in Yugoslavia
Sunday 22nd October 14.00
Sponsored walk around Durham
A walk organised by Peter Atkinson
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