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Treasure Hunt – Newcastle City Centre –
Meeting up at Greys Monument at 1.30pm. From 2.30-4pm a café has been booked for coffee and cakes at the Café Royal in Nelson Street just off the Monument to enjoy time together after the Treasure Hunt.details
Fundraising Quiz Night Pittington Village Hall - Community Fundraising event (Defibrillator )
Thanks to our President Tom Sharples funds have been raised to install defibrillators in Brandon and Pittingtondetails
Donations 'Pay for a Day' St Cuthbert Hospice
Support for the Living Well Centre in loving memory of John Sinclair, Howard Pattinson and Jerzy Kowalczyk. To raise the funds Tom Sharples, Mark Sinclair and Maja Kowalczyk took on a sponsored Lake District walk from Glenridding to Helvellyn – and back.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
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