2nd September 2017
The preview of "Past My Sell By Date?"
a retrospective exhibition of ceramics by Peter Seddon
27th August 2017
KEAP Creative's 'Big Draw' on the beach. This year's image is a lighthouse.
27th August 2017
Young visitors to the Rocket House try out the gadgets!
Rocket House Preparations
Stan Green (one of our respected volunteers) who has so generously built a half sized replica of a rocket cart for display delivers it to the newly restored Newbiggin Rocket House.
5th July 2017
Afternoon Tea for Newbiggin Residents
The Coop donated a significant amount of money for us to host an afternoon tea for those Newbiggin residents living in sheltered accommodation or by themselves. The afternoon went down very well with background music, bingo and a slideshow, Thanks to Newbiggin Coop!
25th June 2017
Heritage Skills Initiative
The North of England Civic Trust organised a series of Heritage Skills Initiatives where traditional craftspeople demonstrated their crafts. The Maritime Centre, on behalf of Newbiggin Heritage Partnership, was pleased to host a number of these as part of its contribution to the community. Below are a number of examples of what was happening on Sunday 25th June.
4th June 2017
MGB CLUB MEETS AT NMC BEFORE DRIVING TO DURHAM
31st May 2017
STONE CARVING IN THE COURTYARD
28th May 2017
KEAP Creative Raku Event
in the Courtyard
Saturday 6th May 2017
Preview of Morris Manson Exhibition
in the Latimer Room
February 3rd 2017
Preview of "Rock & Ritual"
An exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Gordon Highmoor
December 14th 2016
Buskers Night hosted by Sam Gibson.
This free event continues on alternate Wednesdays.
November 13th 2016
RAKU EVENT with KEAP Creative
The weather wasn't promising; it was threatening to rain all afternoon but we managed to continue through the drizzle with a cohort of keen and enthusiastic participants thoroughly enjoying their experimental pot glazing and raku kiln firing.
November 10th 2016
November 10th saw a fantastic performance of contemporary dance by the Eliot Smith Company and a worthwhile question and answer session after the performance. Very well attended and greatly appreciated. We will have to have more of these!
November 10th also saw Chris Ord's book launch "Becoming". Chris gave a talk about the background to the book and read some passages.
Heritage Lottery Fund grants substantial figure for the restoration of The Rocket House
MEET THE ARTIST
To coincide with her exhibition in the Latimer Room Maggie Hickman Smith gave a very interesting talk about her background and her influences before going on to demonstrate some of her techniques and answer questions.
Images from the Tall Ships Regatta weekend when the Maritime Centre in partnership with other community groups organised a Fringe Festival to coincide.
Two large billboards produced by the Maritime Centre for the Blyth Tall Ships Regatta were installed in Blyth.
The newly refurbished Courtyard
The courtyard has now been tidied up, reflagged and used as extra "Hidden Gallery" space. At present it contains a series of ceramic panels depicting 'Sea, Rocks & Mary Joicey' which was inspired by the video in the Mary Joicey Hall. There is also a series of ceramic panels depicting the return of Jonathan Livingston Seagull to Newbiggin Maritime Centre. These were originally in the Latimer Room but have moved to make way for art exhibitions by invited artists. There are also two 'Marine' panels produced by pupils of Windsor First School in 2008.
We are still considering what else to do with the new space but in the meantime you can look forward to a Raku Event in November. (Details on the Events page)
The Windsor Marine Panels
These two panels were produced by pupils (and staff) of Windsor First School in workshops run by KEAP Creative and were originally installed at Windsor First School in 2007. They were rescued from the school before its demolition and reinstalled in our courtyard in 2016.
John Eric Rothwell
Two new permanent Paintings by John Eric Rothwell have been installed in the Breakwater Café to complement the changing monthly exhibitions. There is a brief description of them to be found on the side of the blue cupboards.
The Hunkleton Stone revealed 25th July
Another successful night for our community with the delivery of the iconic artefact on our shoreline.
The stone is an erratic a boulder which was rolled to Newbiggin during the last ice age; ie it is not native in its geology to us - probably from north Northumberland/Scottish border. There may be other such boulders in Newbiggin and the district but these may be buried. This one was exposed because it was lying on the clay on the beach. The stone has been a part of Newbiggin for hundreds of years and has been a landmark in the many maps and notes since Newbiggin as a seaside community discovered itself in the 1800's.
The stone was always a popular spot for courting couples or persons wanting somewhere to sit and also somewhere to climb onto when the tide came in and dive off it into the sea.
As the level of the bay began to sink from the 1950's the stone became less visible between tides and it was only the Spring tides when some of the stone appeared from out of the water.
A significant effort was undertaken by Tim & Richard Martin to locate the stone in 2005/2006 as it had sunk below the sand - destined to be lost forever. With the use of measuring tapes and steel pins driven into the sand the stone was located and its chart position recorded on a GPS instrument.
During 2007 negotiations were carried out with Wansbeck District Council to arrange to have the stone lifted onto the new sand during the Bay project of that year. With permission given the stone was lifted and the GPS position noted. Once the sand importing was completed the stone was placed back in its original (higher) position.
In recent years the rise of the high water sand level has caused the stone to disappear until it was lost. Tim Martin spent some time on the beach with pins but despite his best efforts nothing was found. Undaunted further discussions took place with NCC and a chart position given for the stone but this had to be located using satellite technology to get a target area on the beach. Michael Ross duly came along to help with his Smart phone and a box was set out on the beach around 50 foot square. Again coordinates were placed on the sand and a night of knocking a long pin into the sand followed. After 2 hours nothing was found and with the light fading Keith Shirley offered to try a few random hits of the pin. On the third attempt the pin hit rock with a drastic scramble with shovels the stone was located some distance under the sand. With the stone located and coordinates set up it was not going to be lost.
Richard Martin began discussions to find a machine to lift the stone and Newbiggin Heritage Partnership agreed to pay for the costs of transporting and deploying a machine on the beach to expose and lift the stone. Local company Hubbway Plant Hire of Cramlington came along and after a preliminary site meeting the large excavator arrived tonight and after around 2 hours of skilful manoeuvering of the massive stone the erratic was aloft again and on show to the community.
Thanks to everybody who enabled this project to be delivered where skill, resourcefulness and determination delivered a massive result.
The Opening of Maggie Hickman Smith's Exhibition in the Latimer Room on July 1st
Our Party - Celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday
Thank you to all our guests for coming to celebrate the Queens birthday with us. We loved having you. A huge thank you to Crossroads for making and donating the fabulous cup cakes & Doddingtons for gifting the delicious ice cream. Both went down a treat. Harry you were the best 'Bingo Caller' - volunteers, Mick, Trevor and Alan thanks.
Our D Class Inshore Lifeboat
We have been restoring the D Class lifeboat and we are now approaching completion. We have discovered its name and will be displaying some information about it in the near future. Watch this space.
Mary Joicey Engine Room
We have recently installed lighting in the engine room of Mary Joicey so that you can now see inside more clearly.