NEWMP Events
24/06/2018 - South Shields Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day - South Shields
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields NE33 2LA

Family fun day organised by bad-landers motorcycle club. Starting with cavalcade of motorbikes along the seafront into bents park, followed by marching troops, army, navy & air force, then veterans and cadet forces. Includes military vehicles, kids fun fair, trade & charity stands including NEWMP with live music throughout the day.

01/07/2018 - Leadgate Local History Exhibition
Sunday July 1st 2018 11.00- 15.00 Leadgate Community Centre

Leadgate and the First day of the Somme
North East War Memorials Project
Consett and District heritage Project
South Moor WW1 Group
and many more

07/07/2018 - Hartlepool Heritage Festival
Hartlepool Heritage Festival, Saturday July 7th 2018 11am to 3.30pm at the Borough Hall, The Headland. Hartlepool Headland Local history Group are joining with the Hartlepool Armed Forces Liaison Group with events on various locations on the Headland.
07/07/2018 - Leadgate End of War Celebration Tea
7th July 2018 from 2pm, Leadgate Methodist Church

Tea, cakes, music and possibly dancing all in the style of 1918 Fancy Dress Welcome

Admission £2.50 by ticket only

Tickets from Fosters and Davisons in Front Street

Phone Andy Plant : 01207 500405

15/07/2018 - Morpeth Picnic in the Park
The North East War Memorials Project will be having a presence at this year's Picnic in Carlisle Park at Morpeth.
24/07/2018 - Talk at Seahouses
Janet Brown will be talking about the project to the Seahouses and District Rotary Club in The Old Ship Hotel, Seahouses, at 7 p.m.
07/08/2018 - Talk at Stanhope
Janet Brown will be talking about War Memorials in St.Thomas's Church, Stanhope at 6.30 p.m. This is part of the Weardale Festival.
12/08/2018 - Weardale Festival
The 2018 Weardale Festival will take place from 4th to 12th August at St Thomas Church, Stanhope.

The theme is 'The Great War Years' commemorating the end of WWI and it is hoped to include a number of topics including Trench Art, Prisoners of War, War Memorials and the role of women who served as V.A.D.'s.

Janet Brown will be speaking about war memorials on 7th in St.Thomas's Church at 6.30 p.m.

A cascade of poppies hanging from the church tower is planned (if we can get enough poppies!) which will be a great visitor attraction.

More details to follow.

26/08/2018 - North East Military Vehicles Rally
Rally at Ryhope Pumping Museum, Sunderland

Sunday August 26th
Monday August 27th

11am to 4pm

NEWMP will be there!

How to find us

Ryhope Engines Museum is located just off the B1522 (formerly part of the A1018), three miles south of Sunderland city centre, next to Ryhope General Hospital, and is signposted from several points in Ryhope village.

Ryhope Engines Museum

Waterworks Road




0191 521 0235

There is plenty of free parking on the site. For bus access request Ryhope General Hospital

27/08/2018 - North East Military Vehicles Rally
Rally at Ryhope Pumping Museum, Sunderland

Sunday August 26th
Monday August 27th

11am to 4pm

NEWMP will be there!

How to find us

Ryhope Engines Museum is located just off the B1522 (formerly part of the A1018), three miles south of Sunderland city centre, next to Ryhope General Hospital, and is signposted from several points in Ryhope village.

Ryhope Engines Museum

Waterworks Road




0191 521 0235

There is plenty of free parking on the site. For bus access request Ryhope General Hospital

08/09/2018 - Cancelled: Alnwick Western Front Conference
The following event has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales.

‘At the Top of the Curve? - The BEF Striding Towards Victory in 1918’

The Northumberland Hall, Market Street, Alnwick, NE66 1TN 09:30-16:30 (Doors open 09:00)

Tickets £15 (includes tea/coffee)

Available from Dave Barras, Branch Secretary Tel. Nos.: 07703 603792 E-mail:

Guest Speakers & Subjects

Colin Buxton (Branch member) ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’

Andy Robertshaw (University College London) ‘Sinews of Victory! – Logistics & the 100 Days’

Richard van Emden (World War 1 Expert & Author) ‘1918: The Decisive Year in Soldiers Own Photographs’

Rob Thompson (City University of London) ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Operation ‘Llandovery Castle’ - The Secret Move of Canadian Corps to The Amiens Battlefield, August 1918’

Conference Chairman - Professor John Derry

15/09/2018 - Washington Summer Carnival
NEWMP will be at Washington Carnival
29/09/2018 - Durham at War Conference
Durham at War Conference County Hall Durham

"Lest We Forget"
29 September 2018
9am - 4pm (Talks begin: 10 am)

06/10/2018 - Newcastle St. Nicholas Concert
North East War Memorials Project


The North East Remembers


St. Nicholas Cathedral

Newcastle upon Tyne

Saturday 6th October 2018

5.30pm - 7.30pm

Featuring the Band of 5 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and

Backworth Male Voice Choir

Joining us to honour the fallen from the North East we have special guests from Ypres, Arras and the Somme

Please be seated by 5.00pm

Free Admission

All Welcome

13/10/2018 - Chester-le-Street Conference WFA
Durham WFA's 2018 conference, which will take place on 13 October 2018.

The speakers and subjects are:

Prof. Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls, Oxford University) - The Allied Strategic Position Before the Spring Offensive

Prof. Holger Afflerbach (University of Leeds) - Why Germany Lost the War in 1918

Prof. Alexander Watson (Goldsmiths, University of London) - The Collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Dr J. P. Harris (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) - The BEF in the Hundred Days

Prof. John Derry has kindly agreed to return as our conference chairman.

For tickets, please contact Roger on 07594964930

Conference Flyer

03/11/2018 - Chester-le-Street Wars End Concert
The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street Proudly present:-

Wars End Chester-le-Street Centenary Concert Celebrating the end of W.W.1

St Mary and St Cuthbert's Parish Church on Saturday November 3rd 2018

Time 7pm


Durham Army Cadet Force Borneo Band
Youth Connection Singers
Jane Westgarth, Soprano
Robert Nicholson, Baritone/Tenor
A finale of popular songs from the era and some traditional "Last Night of the Proms" music
Narrator Marjorie Dodds our Town Cryer

A joyous celebration of the peace which followed the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for their country, serving armed forces personnel who still do so today.

Tickets £8.50 adults £5 under 16 year olds

Available through Rotary members and Fred Richards on 0191 3882312

10/11/2018 - Durham County Local History Society Talk
Behind the Lines: making a film about Spennymoor's contribution to medical services in the Great War

A talk by Dr John Banham

City Theatre

2.30pm 10th November 2018

11/11/2018 - Northumbria at War Armistice Centenary
To mark the centenary of the Armistice which, in November 1918 brought to an end four years of bitter conflict, the Project will present a week of public events at the Memorial Hall, 10 Frank Street, Wallsend, NE28 6RN.

Monday 5th to Saturday 10th November, 10 am-4pm and Sunday 11th November 2018, 11 am-2pm; Project Display & Exhibition:
A full review and exhibition of the work of the Project from 201 1-18 with audio visual presentations, online database, key publications, casualty map and printed materials, plus another chance to see the six large and five smaller exhibitions including: The Somme, Tyneside and the Battle of Jutland, Dominion Geordies and Geordie Doughboys.

Friday 9th November 2018, 7.30 pm -11 pm Concert and Project Review:
Featuring musical entertainment from local bands and choirs. Tickets on sale from April via the Memorial Hall and Project Workroom, B9, Linskill Centre. North Shields.

Saturday 10th November, 10 am-4pm, Information Day & Programme of Talks
A full programme of short illustrated talks by well-known speakers on a wide range of subjects. A chance to hear up to four talks during the day. Book stalls and demonstrations. Full details of all events will be posted on our website

18/11/2018 - Lanchester Project Poppies

Lest We Forget

14th Lanchester Boys’ Brigade in conjunction with Croft View Halls and other organisations and enthusiastic community members, is aiming to produce over 2,500 poppies and display them on the lawns in front and up the side of Lanchester Methodist Church at the end of October and during part of November 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. This will be similar to the poppies around the moat at the Tower of London but on a much smaller scale. The poppies will all be individually made from air dried clay, gloss painted red and be around five inches in diameter.

Poppies will be displayed at the three war memorials in the village. We will place a poppy for every solider that is remembered at the war memorial on the village green, at the war memorial and they will have a dog tag with the name of that solider on it. The same will be done at the War memorial by the All Saints RC Church. It is hoped that these poppies will have been made by some of the children from the different organisations in the village or who have attended a poppy workshop. The gates leading to the Church of England is also a war memorial and we will fix poppies to these gates.

We are personalising some of the poppies with a dog tag showing the name of a fallen soldier from any war or indeed with a name of someone that you may just want to remember. A charge of £10 would be made for these personalised poppies, they will be a part of the display and at the end of November 2018 you get to keep that poppy together with the tag and a commemorative certificate. We accept requests for these personalised poppies from anyone anywhere in the world and have already received a request from Canada. Normal poppies without a dog tag will be sold after the display has been dismantled for £5 plus £2.50 p & p (if required). All money raised after costs will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

This display will be in Lanchester but it has encompassed the whole region, with people from the surrounding villages taking part, making and painting poppies on a regular basis.

We are learning more about those from the village who made the ultimate sacrifice and we hope to print a booklet once the display has finished with all this information, including details and photographs of the display.

The project was first mentioned at the Boys Brigade in July 2016 and has now grown into a community event.

We have a workshop every other month and so far have made 2,765 of which 1,792 are painted and in storage.

The display will be open from November 1st until Sunday 18th November 2018

Lanchester Methodist Chapel will be open during this time 9.30am to 8pm serving tea and coffee. Displays on local men and women named on Lanchester War Memorials.

Two Festival of Remembrance services held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November. Ticket only events.

Orders are still being taken for poppies. £10 for a special poppy with a dog tag and £5 for one without a dog tag.

If you want further information please contact Eric Hepplewhite at or 07969 808958 or 01207 521323

20/11/2018 - Washington -Now This Lousy War Is Over
6 new songs about Washington men, written and performed by Fool's Gold. Spoken links by Wessington U3A. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Nov 11th at North Biddick Club 12 noon

Nov 12th at Usworth Holy Trinity 2.00pm

Nov 13th at Beamish Museum 11.30am

Nov 16th at Washington Holy Trinity 7pm (to help raise funds for Church Hall)

Nov 19th at North Biddick Club 1.00pm.

Here are the tickets - free (except Nov 16).

If you wish to come and want a ticket with your relative's name on, let us know. If you just want a ticket(s) let us know.....and specify/choose which performance.

In 1918/19 Harraton Parish gave out mugs and cups and saucers to the children and old people. Washington and Usworth Parishes gave out tribute medals to the servicemen (and women?). We have produced memorial tickets each with the name of one of those who didn’t return.

Contact Peter Welsh

29/11/2018 - Talk in Durham
Janet Brown will be speaking about the Project to Durham Rotary in Ramside Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
31/12/2018 - Durham Cathedral - Armistice Living With the Peace
Open Treasure Exhibition Programme

Tuesday 25th September to early 2019

Discover stories of local regiments the Durham Light Infantry and Northumberland Fusiliers and how people adapted as peace slowly returned.

12/03/2019 - Talk at Swarland
Janet Brown will be speaking about the Project to Swarland Moor Local Heritage Group in Swarland Village Club at 7.30 p.m.
21/03/2019 - Talk at Ponteland
Janet Brown has been asked to speak about North East War Memorials to the Ponteland Local History Society.