Calendar of Society Events 2016
Tues. 23 Feb
DERWENTWATER CROSS WREATH-LAYING AND 7th ANNUAL COMMEM. LUNCH AT LANGLEY CASTLE
Meet at the Derwentwater Cross, near Langley, NE47 5LU, at 11.30 am for a short ceremony, followed by the wreath-laying. Lunch at 12.00 for 12.30 pm in the Josephine Restaurant, Langley Castle Hotel for a short ceremony followed by the wreath-laying.Lunch at 12.00 for 12.30 pm in the Josephine Restaurant, Langley Castle Hotel.
Wed. 24 Feb
SOLEMN HIGH REQUIEM MASS, HEXHAM
Commemorating those who died in the 1715 Jacobite Rising; at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Hexham, NE46 2EB, 7.00 pm.
Sat. 19 March
THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES: HISTORY AND PLAYING
A Talk in the Chapel at Dilston at 11.00 am by Piper to the Society, Nick Leeming. Members have enjoyed Nick’s music and now have the chance to find out more about this special instrument.
Sat. 16 April
CULLODEN ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL SERVICE
At the Gaelic Society of Inverness and the National Trust for Scotland’s Commemoration of the 270th Anniversary of the Battle of Culloden at 11.00 am, Prof. Hugh Cheape will give the address and our Society wreath will be laid by John Nicholls MBE. Meet in the foyer of the Visitor Centre at 10. 30 am for processional walk to the Great Cairn on the battlefield at 10.45 am.
A Jacobite study session, The Jacobite ’45 Reconsidered, starting at 1.30 pm, will be led by Dr Andrew MacKillop, Dr Allan MacInnes and Dr Christopher Duffy, military historian and author. Tickets are free but securing of places in advance is advised (Tel. 01463 796090).
Sat. 7 May
THE RISE OF THE WIDDRINGTON FAMILY
A Talk in the Chapel at Dilston at 11.00 am by Karenza Storey. In 1632, Roger Widdrington of Cartington remarried and built a new Jacobean house on the banks of the River Coquet. Karenza Storey came to live there, and has published a number of articles about her research into the Widdrington family from its earliest days.
Fri. 17 - Sun. 19 June
VISIT TO PRESTON, TOWNELEY HALL, STONYHURST COLLEGE AND GREAT MITTON
Postponed from 2015. Visits to the church at Great Mitton, wherePeregrine Widdrington is buried; Towneley Hall, near Burnley,home of the Towneleys for nearly 500 years; and Stonyhurst College, the RC independent school of Jesuit origins, with itscollection of Jacobite portraits, books and relics – including LordDerwentwater’s blood. At Preston, Members will commemorate thebattle or ‘fight’ that ended the ’15 Rising on 14 November 1715.
Mon. 15 - Fri. 19 August: STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT
(NB Additional event)
DILSTON CASTLE AND CHAPEL
This precious heritage site,near Corbridge, will be open to the public STRICTLY BY PRIOR APPOINTMENT from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Introductory talk, guided tour of the Castle, exhibition on the 1715 Jacobite Rising. An opportunity to bring your friends and relations to see this 15th-century fortified tower-house and rare 17th-century recusant Catholic Chapel, the remains of the former seat of the Radcliffe family. Free entry for Members. Entry charge for non-Members: £5 to include tea/coffee (charge refunded if joining The Fifteen on the day). Ring
John Nicholls on 01573 470746 to book a place and obtain further
Sat. 30 July
LORD CREWE ARMS, BLANCHLAND: SUMMER SOCIAL
The Square, Blanchland, Consett, County Durham, DH8 9SP.
Lunch at 12 Noon in the former property of the Radcliffes, home of Dorothy Forster and supposed hiding-place of her brother, Tom. Ring Lorrraine Hunter (0191 2965443) to book and pay £5 deposit.
Sat. 24 Sept
(NB Date postponed for one week from that originally published.)
HESLEYSIDE HALL: HOME OF THE CHARLTONS
Meet at Hesleyside Hall, Bellingham, NE48 2LA, at 1.00 pm for a guided tour of both inside and outside the ancestral home of the Charlton family, who have lived there in an unbroken line since 1346. Visit, followed by tea/coffee and scone on the lawn (weather permitting): £15 per person.
Sat. 8 Oct
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL SOCIETY COMMEM. DINNER
Eslington Villa Hotel, Station Road, Low Fell, NE9 6DR, 7.00 for 7.30 pm, with Guest Speaker and Quiz-Master, Geoff Hughes. Payment in due course. Expressions of interest would be welcomed.
Sat. 29 Oct
THE BLACKETTS OF WALLINGTON HALL
A Talk in the Chapel at Dilston at 11.00 am, by Liz Finch on behalf of the National Trust. The talk focuses on the Wallington branch of the Blackett family with reference to any involvement in the ’15 Rising in the North-East.
Sat. 26 Nov.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
PLEASE NOTE: We regret that this meeting has had to be POSTPONED until early 2017. Notice of its rescheduled date will be given on this page as soon as possible. For further information, if necessary, please contact the Hon. Sec., Elizabeth Finch (e-mail: email@example.com).
Sat. 17 Dec.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE BLACK BULL, CORBRIDGE
Following last year’s successful lunch, it is proposed to return to the Black Bull in the heart of Corbridge. to celebrate the forthcoming festive season. Please contact Committee Member Janet Lawson if you require details of menu choices, cost, how to pay and how to book your place in advance of the event (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
PLEASE NOTE: Members will be advised of the dates and times, apart from those specifically listed above, when access to Dilston Castle and Chapel will be possible. This will be by prior arrangement and subject to the approval of the owners, Cambian Dilston College, who have a duty of care to their students.
It is hoped to have these heritage buildings accessible to the public on specific days in August under these conditions and also for there to be opportunities for Members to help with general maintenance and improvements on site on pre-arranged afternoons from March to September, weather conditions permitting and with the consent of Cambian Dilston College. Members are reminded that no dogs are allowed in the College grounds.
Contact John Nicholls MBE on 01573 470746 for more information.