Boldon - Down Your Way

Some of the members of St George's Church in East Boldon enjoying refreshments in the drawing room at Hesleyside House.
Some of the members of St George's Church in East Boldon enjoying refreshments in the drawing room at Hesleyside House.
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Members and friends of St George’s Church in East Boldon visited Hesleyside House and Gardens near Bellingham and Wark recently. Over 40 ladies were personally welcomed to the house by owner William Charlton, his wife Anna and their children who were home on school holidays.

This hidden Northumbrian gem is set in acres of natural landscape part of which had been designed by Capability Brown. The house started life as a Northumbrian Pele House built and lived in by the Charlton family, and from the early 1600s it has been gradually extended and developed by the family into the house it is today complete with its own chapel. History shows that the family had been involved over the years in Border Riever activities across Northumberland. After being welcomed into the house by the family, who hosted the serving of the refreshments themselves, the group was split into two and taken around the house and the gardens by each of the owners, who related its history. This delightful day-trip finished with a visit to the market town of Hexham. The day was voted a great success.

Pupils at Hedworth Lane Primary School in Boldon Colliery are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. Last September 2kg of seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they have spent several months of microgravity before returning to earth in March this year. The seeds were sent as part of a Rocket Science, and educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency. Hedworth Lane is one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. Pupils will not know which seeds are which until the end of the experiment.This will enable pupils to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

A St George’s Day Festival is being held at the church on Front Street in East Boldon. On Saturday there will be a celebration of English music to mark St George’s Day and The Queen’s 90th birthday. Entertainment will be provided by the Benefice Music Worship Group and the People’s Silver Mission Band (based in South Shields). All are invited to support this event where you will be transported over the centuries with a wide variety of music. Refreshments will be provided.

Next Tuesday the Boldon’s History Society will meet in The Grey Horse in the function room at 7pm. Sue Balmer will talk about ‘How well do you know your Boldons’. The May 31 meeting will be held in Seaham Hall. A coach has been arranged to take members who would like to go. Pick up will be at 6.30pm in The Grey Horse car park and seats should be arranged with the chairman. Sadly, dear member and great friend of the society, Denise Robertson, who died recently, was to accompany the group on that visit to give a talk to members on the history of Seaham Hall. Sincere condolences go to Brian Thubron, husband of Denise and treasurer of the group. She will be greatly missed.

If you are looking for a function room for a wedding, birthday, christening etc. there are rooms of various sizes, with or without a bar, for hire at the Boldon Community Centre on New Road, Boldon Colliery. Contact the centre on 0191 536 8085 for more information.