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Enchanted Parks

NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival

Saltwell Park, Gateshead

The winter is full of surprise secrets and suspense, Snow and Ice hide, unkown gifts are disgusted under dressed up trees to delight and excite. THings in Saltwell Park are not what they seem - Enchanted Park returns in 2011.

There Will be a small charge for the tickets this year and we expect them to go very quickly, so book quickly and don’t miss out! Tickets will be released for sale from Tuesday 1 November.

All tickets are £6 each. Children under 16 are free and music be accompanied by an adult. To buy tickets call the Box office from 1 November on.


Theatre Event Showcased Local Talent

Local people from Bensham and Saltwell took part in a show at The Little Theatre earlier this year. The show was designed to give local people a chance to see ‘who does what’ in the local community. ‘K’alive’Ocope’ was a show devised by, and all about local talent. The acts were varied in nature, and ranged from music to drama, from story telling to genealogy, and from film to dance. Local schools Kelvin Grove Primary, and Caedmon Primary took part in the show, whilst Corpus Christi Primary School produced artwork to decorate the theatre, in the style of bunting. The show was a great success and attracted a full house. The participants rehearsed for approximately 6 weeks before the show, which attracted publicity in the Evening Chronicle and on Radio Newcastle. Event director Pete Ross, of Little Cat Theatre said, “Everybody worked really hard to put on a show for the local community, and the feedback from the audience was excellent.” Pete continued “The local community is made up of people with all sorts of talents and abilities. We were able to help demonstrate some of this to their neighbours, and hopefully encourage more people to take part in further activities.” The show also featured a film ‘Changing Faces’, recorded with the residents of Rosewood House in Bensham, in which elderly people remembered and reflected on their experiences from a lifetime living in the area. “We gained financial support from the local councillors’ Communities Fund, and were able to further develop some of the projects. For example, the children of Kelvin Grove Primary School were able to record their original song ‘The Motorman’ (all about the Bensham Tram Crash in 1916) at the Sound Room recording Studio, and we made a documentary about the process.” There are further K’alive’Oscope events planned for 2012, and we hope to bring you news of these in BASE early next year.

Please contact us at BASE if you are interested in taking part in any type of performing.


Keep Warm, Keep Well

1) Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (64-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). You can also use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you’re in bed.

2) Wrap up warm, inside and out. Several thin layers of clothes are better than one thick layer. Don’t forget to wear hats, gloves and scarves. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.

3) Keep active. Move around at least once an hour and don’t sit down for long periods of time. Even light exercise will help keep you warm.

4) Look out for elderly friends and neighbours. Check they’re safe and well through the winter. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather. If you are worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact Gateshead Council on 0191 433 3000 or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.


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