Countdown begins to Jesmond Festival

Volunteering opportunities are still available for anyone who wants to get involved in Jesmond Community Festival – which is just a couple of weeks away.

With 69 events over 16 days organisers believer there is “something for everyone”.  The wide variety of events will be taking place in 24 different venues, in locations all over North and South Jesmond, giving the whole community a chance to try or experience something new: from mother-and-toddler events at Brandling Village Pre-School and Jesmond Nursery, to cupcake decorating at West Jesmond Primary School and magic workshops in Jesmond and Sandyford.

There’s a Junior Bands Night at Newcastle Cricket Club and the Festival Young Bands Night, both run by Jesmond Youth Music Group. A Student Showcase and Mirth Machine, both run by Newcastle University students, will take place at the British Legion. There will also be an orchestral concert, loads of choral music and readings, outdoor activities and several events targeted at 50-plus audiences.

It all starts off with the Festival Parade, Oxfam Open Air Stage, and Grand Festival Fair, all taking place on Saturday 19th March, and ends on Sunday 3rd April with an Open Day at the Northumberland Club and Heritage Tours of Jesmond Old Cemetery. Most of the events are free, or at very low cost.

To find out more about the upcoming festival a full programme is available here and a PDF version here. Alternatively a hard copy can be picked up from Oxfam Books and Music, Jesmond Library, or various other community venues.

The following is a list of events which may still be looking for volunteers to help:


Events needing volunteers

Date
Saturday 19 March 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from St George’s Church, Osborne Road, to West Jesmond School 

Festival Parade

11:00am onwards, assemble on the Green outside St George’s.

Depart mid-day, led by the Town Crier, Carnival Float, Vintage Car, Musicians and Entertainers.

Route from St George’s Green via Osborne Road, Acorn Road, St George’s Terrace, Thornleigh Road, Forsyth Road Bridge to West Jesmond School.

Come and join the Parade!

All welcome, especially if you bring flags or fancy dress!

Volunteers needed, either to take part in the parade, or to act as volunteer marshals. If you are interested, contact Clarke@newbrough.fsnet.co.uk .

Ouseburn Parks – Jesmond Dene

Waterways Celebration Event

12 mid-day – 3:00pm

Free family fun event celebrating our waterways. Join the Rangers and Northumberland Wildlife Trust at this watery themed event. Have a go at pond dipping, craft activities and nature trails. The Volunteer Rangers will be having a tombola and will be available to answer questions about Volunteering in the Dene and the other Ouseburn Parks. For more information please contact Sarah or Mike on 0191 281 2082 or email ouseburn.parks@newcastle.gov.uk

Sunday 20 March 

Jesmond Old Cemetery, Jesmond Road 

Bramble Clearance

10:00am – 1:00pm

Come and help the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery tidy up one of Newcastle’s most historic cemeteries. Tools and safety training provided. You must book in advance by emailing info@jesmondoldcemetery.co.uk .

 

Tuesday 22 March Ouseburn Parks – Jesmond Dene 

Volunteer Taster Session

10:00am – 1:00pm

Are you looking for a new way to keep fit or just spend more time outdoors? Do you fancy volunteering in the Ouseburn Parks? Come along to this taster session to find out more. All equipment will be provided but please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. For meeting place, more information and to book your place contact Sarah or Mike on 0191 281 2082 or email ouseburn.parks@newcastle.gov.uk .

Saturday 2 April 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 2 April (continued)

 

 

Ouseburn Parks – Jesmond Dene 

Volunteer Taster Session

10:00am – 1:00pm

Are you looking for a new way to keep fit or just spend more time outdoors? Do you fancy volunteering in the Ouseburn Parks? Come along to this taster session to find out more. All equipment will be provided but please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear. For meeting place, more information and to book your place contact Sarah or Mike on 0191 281 2082 or email ouseburn.parks@newcastle.gov.uk .

St George’s Church Hall, Osborne Road

Semitones Open Rehearsal

3:00 – 5:00pm

Bring your musical instrument and join in to play, or just come and listen to this informal performance, sponsored by Semitones and the Friends of St George’s Church. Mixed classical and popular music by a small orchestral group. Refreshments.

Sunday 3 April The Northumberland Club, North Jesmond Avenue 

Open Day

10:00am – 4:00pm

All ages welcome. Come and try out tennis, badminton, table tennis or squash, or just have a stroll around the beautiful grounds. Some rackets and balls available to borrow. Bar/café open.

If you’d like to volunteer, whether taking part in the festival parade, marshalling, clearing brambles in Jesmond Old Cemetery, doing outdoor work in the Dene, playing a musical instrument or improving your tennis or squash, send an email to clarke@newbrough.fsnet.co.uk

 

One thought on “Countdown begins to Jesmond Festival”

  1. Gillian kenyon says:

    I you are interested i would be happy to talk to someone in connection with Cool Cooks (children’s cookery company base in Jesmond) offering a possible activity at the Jesmond Festival

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