St Marys
St Mary’s Hall
Wanley Street, Blyth
NE24 1DP
Contact: Carol Trinder

Meetings on 3rd Tuesday in the month at 1pm – Note Change of Time
(No meetings in July and August)
All visitors are welcome


Date Subject of Talk Speaker
19th December 2023 Christmas Cheer Alison Thorburn
16th January 2024 AGM
20th February 2024 History of Picture Postcards George Nairn
19th March 2024 Herring Lasses Chris Killen

Reports of meetings

November 2023

Blyth branch report for meeting held on Tuesday 21st November. We had 23 present with some new faces which was good to see. Brian Godfrey gave a presentation of old photographs and postcards of Blyth. This had everyone remembering past events and old buildings which no longer exists.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 19th December with Alison Thoburn with her Christmas Cheer.

October 2023

At the meeting held on Tuesday 17th October. We had 12 members present and 4 apologies.

Alan gave us an interesting talk on Blyth Police Station with pictures of what it was like before it was closed. This was followed by some questions, which Alan answered. Some old photos was also handed around of the building and surrounding area.

Next meeting is on Tuesday 21st November with Brian Godfrey talking about “Blyth”.

September 2023

At the meeting held on Tuesday 19th September we had 11 members present and 4 apologies. Everyone enjoyed a very interesting and informative talk by Kevin Johnson. He told members how to access the website and about all different aspects of the society. Also what information is available that can help you with your family history. Various questions were asked and Kevin was able to answer all queries. We also had a member join the society.

June 2023

Our meeting saw only 9 members present and 5 apologies. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t help but we still had a very interesting talk on Bedlington Remembered by Barry Mead. This gave an insight into the changes over the years and how it is hoped that the old station buildings will be saved.

We have no meetings in July or August. Next meeting is Tuesday 19th September with Kevin Johnson on NDFHS Website.

May 2023

We had 12 members and 4 apologises for our meeting on Tuesday 16th May. A brilliant talk on Paddy Freeman Remembered was given by Joyce Jackman. As well as some good family history about Paddy and his life the talk illustrated his impact on Newcastle and the surrounding areas.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 20th June with Barry Mead and his talk Bedlington Remembered.

April 2023

At the Branch meeting held on Tuesday 18th April we had 14 present and 2 apologises. David Hastings gave a excellent talk on the RNLI with the title ‘Wooden boats and Iron Men’. He is a very good speaker and very interesting.

Our next meeting on Tuesday 16th May is Joyce Jackman talking about Paddy Freeman Remembered.

March 2023

Our meeting on Tuesday 21st March was well attended with 22 present. This included new visitors who we hope will return. Prof John Heckels gave a brilliant talk on DNA in family history. Which everyone found interesting and useful.

Our next speaker is David Hastings on Wooden Boats and Men on Tuesday 18th April.

February 2023

We had 21 present at our February meeting including guests.

The speaker was the very interesting George Nairn who took us on a journey from the Tyne to the Tweed with Old postcards. It was lovely to see how places have changed and wonderful to hear some of the messages that was written on the backs of the cards. George as a speaker is recommended to other Branches.

January 2023

Our AGM held in January saw 11 members attend with 6 apologies. We now have a new chairperson Debbie Trinder as our previous chairperson Susan has had to stand down due to health problems. The rest of the committee was re-elected. It was also decided to stop the website and have a Facebook page instead, this should be ready by next month.

December 2022

The branch held a Christmas get together.

(Last updated 5th December2023)