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
17th May 2022 Estate Records – a workshop Joyce Jackman
21st June 2022 Yes We Have Folk Costumes Leslie Bentham

Reports of meetings

April 2022

Our meeting on Tuesday 19th April had 14 members attending with 3 apologies.

Everyone enjoyed a very interesting talk on Blyth Battery by Colin Durward. Colin gave a the history of the site with slides to show what it was like and how the various buildings are now used. Also showing slides of what displays are in the different buildings and the work that the soldiers done during their time there.

March 2022

Branch report from Blyth held on Tuesday 15th March. We had 13 present which included four new faces.

We started with introductions and also what family names each person was researching which included some very unusual surnames being mentioned. Ron also told everyone about the new branch website that is now available to our members.

This was followed by a Members forum on corner shops. What a lot of memories everyone had remembering all the shops that have now disappeared. Some photographs of past shops were handed around now mostly houses.

February 2022

Meeting held on Tuesday 15th February, we had 10 members present.

Our talk was on The Great North Road In Picture Postcards, by George Nairn. It was very good and unusual talk showing old postcards from Durham to Berwick, going along the old A1 and how it has changed over the years.

Next meeting Tuesday 15th March at 1pm this will be a member’s forum with memories of the corner shop as Colin White is unable to attend.

January 2022

We had our meeting on Tuesday 18th January at 1pm which is earlier than usual. This was our AGM and Members Forum, we had 12 members attending. The previous committee have all been re-elected and Andrew Conway was also voted on. Voting also took place to decide whether to change the time of our meetings. 11 out of 12 wants to change to afternoon meetings, so this will be our new arrangement. Although this may not come into effect until September as it will depend on speakers already booked.. Members Forum followed with discussion and photos of School days memories which went down very well

December 2021

Our meetings started once again in September, it was good to see everyone. We average about 12 members attending now. But sadly we lost one of our oldest members, Cathy Jackson, in December. She will be a big miss.

On Tuesday 18th January we will have our AGM and the members will be voting to change from evening to afternoon meetings. We are hoping to see some new faces in the coming months and increase our membership.

(Last updated 6th May 2022)