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Old March 23rd, 2011, 12:32 PM   #101
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Drinkers fight to save Shieldfield Social Club
by Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle
Feb 16 2011

RESIDENTS are banding together to fight plans to bulldoze a much-loved Tyneside social club in order to build student digs.

A shop, bar and enough flats to house 105 students will replace Shieldfield Social Club if plans get the green light from councillors later this year.

Owner Danieli Holdings Ltd, which took on the failing club six months ago, will send the proposal to Newcastle City Council this week but a petition against the development already has the signatures of hundreds of disgruntled residents.

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It's all go in Shieldfield!

The talk locally is that Tesco will take the shop unit in the new development. Meanwhile, Sainsbury have posted a liquor application on the boarded-up unit on the ground floor of the student residential block next to Christ Church (directly opposite the new Northumbria campus).
I used to have my lunch break in Shieldsfield Club (and sometimes The Globe) when I worked at Wares & Bartlett in Warwick Street, so it came as a bit of a surprise when I read this posting.

The Planning Application for this one has been made to NCC under reference :

2011/0305/01/DET | Erection of 4-storey building to provide student accommodation (21 pods/105 beds), provision of bar (A4), retail (A1) at ground floor and associated car parking, landscaping, refuse storage, cycle parking and boundary wall | Shieldfield Social Club Shield Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1XR

http://planningapplications.newcastl...=LGT3VEBS09700

Appears that the plan is to demolish the Club and build new - originally they had planned to use the existing building and erect a couple of floors up above.

Plenty of objections to the plans and I see that as an appeasement to the former members of the Club a Bar will be part of the build which will be open to the public.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 12:46 PM   #102
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Bee aware! - Jesmond Cemetery

Bee aware!

This News Item from Newcastle City Council @ http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/press.ns...25785D00574953

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24/03/2011

The council has installed special bee houses for masonry bees found to be living in the walls of Jesmond Cemetery.

Masonry bees make small chambers in the soft mortar of walls to breed and hatch their lavae. Recent repair work revealed that the boundary walls at the cemetery provided an ideal habitat for the bees.

As the repair work would prevent the bees making new living chambers, the council has installed special bee boxes on the cemetery walls. This will provide a new, specially designed habitat for the bees.

Nigel Hails, Director, Neighbourhood Services said: “The council is committed to conserving the local habit for bees and this forms part of our ISO 14001 and Eco Management Audit Scheme accreditation.

“The council’s has developed a specific Bee Strategy and has already undertaken considerable work to tackle the problem of declining bee populations. The provision of the new bee houses is one more way the council is contributing at a local level to help this global problem.”

Wildflowers which provide a nectar and pollen source for the bees have also been planted near to the cemetery walls to increase species diversity and enhance habitat conditions.

Masonry bees burrow into mortar joints to create chambers where they lay their eggs. The bees stock the chamber with pollen and nectar before its sealed to allow the eggs to hatch and when ready the bee will then leave the chamber and the cycle begins again. This does not damage brickwork and mortar, and only takes advantage of existing decay.

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Old April 12th, 2011, 11:18 AM   #103
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Green campaigners in Jesmond aim to weed out plastic bags
by Andrew Glover, The Journal, April 12th 2011


GREEN campaigners in Newcastle have plans to make their suburb a plastic bag free zone.

Shoppers visiting a busy Jesmond street are being urged to bring their own bags and stop relying on plastic carriers provided by traders. The initiative has been launched in the Acorn Road area of Jesmond, Newcastle, where businesses are signing up to pledge they will use less free carriers.

Dedicated members of the Transition Jesmond group are behind the drive to make the area more sustainable. They carried out a petition of local shoppers and found nearly 85% would be willing to carry a reusable bag. Over 60% said they would be strongly in favour of making the area free of plastic bags and more than 90% agreed with traders charging for single use bags.

The group has devised a scoring system which awards green leaf symbols to show shoppers how committed traders are to the campaign.

Shops displaying three leaves either charge customers for a plastic bag or do not offer them at all. Two leaves shows the business is taking action to reduce the use of plastic bags and one leaf indicates the trader is due to introduce a plan to reduce the use of bags within a year.

Campaign organiser Tony Waterston said: “We took inspiration from Modbury, the town in England that has no plastic bags".


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Old April 12th, 2011, 07:38 PM   #104
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what if you have to carry lots of shopping home and can't simply carry your goods a short way or to your parked car?

when i was in the US i noticed a lot of places only offered paper bags which made it virtually impossible to shop there if you didn't have a car as you couldn't transport your shopping back home walking or on the bus.

suppose for local convenience shopping it is not so bad though.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 11:24 AM   #105
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Big plans for Sandyford Park Site of
Central Newcastle High School

by Nicola Weatherall, The Journal, April 13th 2011


AN INDEPENDENT school has announced major building plans which will join together its youngest pupils for the first time.

Central Newcastle High School currently runs its junior school on two sites.

The nursery for Year Two classes are based at West Avenue, Gosforth, and its Year Three to Six classes are located at Chapman House in Sandyford Park.

Head teacher Hilary French said: “This is an exciting time for our junior school. We have told parents of our plans to renovate and refurbish our school at Chapman House and we will be seeking planning permission both for the changes and to move the whole of our junior school to this site from September 2012.

“We are in the early stages of the process, but we wanted to notify parents as soon as possible so that they can help us shape our plans for the future.”

She added: “Central High is very fortunate to be part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) network of schools; the GDST will be fully funding the project.”

Chapman House, previously known as Nazareth House and Villa Real, was designed by John Dobson in 1817.


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Old April 17th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #106
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walking along Jesmond Road today I seen that the "for sale" signs up on the Youth Hostel building are they relocating or are they dead?
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Old April 17th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #107
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walking along Jesmond Road today I seen that the "for sale" signs up on the Youth Hostel building are they relocating or are they dead?

Just closing down, unfortunately.

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Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but the YHA hostel on Jesmond Road is set to close by the end of this year:

http://www.yha.org.uk/about-yha/pres...-strategy.aspx
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No great surprise, the YHA are really struggling to match the better, more modern and better value private sector hostels. With Newcastle set to have 4 hostels all in the city centre, I guess they just couldn't compete.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 08:14 AM   #108
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When I was walking the dog in Jesmond Dene this morning I noticed that there was an application for licensing at Fishermen Warf to allow for dancing and films good luck to the with that.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 09:56 AM   #109
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Fisherman’s Lodge back open, but . . .
bring your own booze

by Joanne Butcher, The Journal, April 19th 2011


FINE dining restaurant the Fisherman’s Lodge has finally re-opened – but for the time being, it’s bring-your-own drink.

The luxury eating house, in Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene, closed in February due to money problems.

After weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, the venue finally started serving food to customers again on Thursday.

But due to licensing problems, the restaurant can’t serve any alcohol – so diners will be asked to bring their own bottle.

Jamie Howell, director of the company behind the restaurant, said that he expected it to be running as normal by May.

“We are now open and have been serving customers, but we have had a few more setbacks,” he said.

“We have to wait 28 days for a new licence for the venue from the council, so at the moment we can’t serve any alcohol. But diners are welcome to bring their own wine for no char


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Old April 20th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #110
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Stained glass window restoration complete
at St George’s Church, Jesmond

by David Whetstone, The Journal, April 19th 2011



ONE of the region’s finest stained glass windows can finally be seen in all its glory in time for Easter – but it nearly didn’t make it.

The £50,000 restoration of the west window at St George’s Church in Jesmond, Newcastle, revealed an “appalling” botch job made more than a century ago which suggests its survival has been close to a miracle.

The scaffolding came down yesterday in front of the window at St George’s, one of only three Victorian or Edwardian Grade I-listed churches in the region.

The vicar, the Rev Dr Nick Chamberlain, said: “The money for the restoration was raised by the congregation, from donations large and small, for which we’re very grateful.

“Also by the Friends of St George’s, an organisation for people who are interested in supporting the artistic heritage of the church.

“The stonework around the window was also cleaned by a team of volunteers using toothbrushes who put in a huge amount of time, for which we are also very grateful.”

Dr Chamberlain said a memory box containing volunteers’ names and toothbrushes had been hidden high up in the elaborate stonework.

“It hasn’t been cleaned for 100 years so hopefully it won’t be found and opened for another 100 years,” he said.



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Old May 25th, 2011, 11:35 AM   #111
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Spa plans for disused stables at Jesmond Dene House
by Kim Carmichael, The Journal, May 25th 2011


A 140-YEAR-OLD rule will have to be overturned if plans for a luxury spa are to become a reality.

Bosses at Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene House plan to transform the property’s disused stables into a multi-million pound leisure facility, complete with a swimming pool, cafe and treatment rooms.

However, an 1871 covenant restricting what the land can be used for could put a stop to the project. The covenant was made between Sir William Armstrong and his business partner Andrew Noble. The document states the land “shall not be used as a tea garden or public house or place of public entertainment or as a manufactory of an offensive nature”.

Now Newcastle City Council has applied to have the restriction lifted. Council lawyers have argued the covenant would impede the use of the land as a spa facility. The site, used as police stables for a number of years, is currently in a state of disrepair.

Although local residents have welcomed news the building will be renovated, concern has been raised over the removal of the historic covenant.

Robert Wooster, of the Friends of Jesmond Dene, said: “This application is asking for the covenant to be lifted to allow a redevelopment of the old police stables in the grounds of Jesmond Dene House.

“We’ve no problem with the development but we’re worried that if this covenant is lifted, it could lead the way for other planning applications. We wonder whether it is really necessary to remove the covenant


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Old May 25th, 2011, 02:44 PM   #112
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The site, used as police stables for a number of years, is currently in a state of disrepair.

And it played its part in the 1944 'ARP Scandal', when it was found (among many other wrongdoings) that the chairman of the Watch Committee and members of his family had stabled their horses here at public expense.
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Old May 25th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #113
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. . . . an 1871 covenant restricting what the land can be used for could put a stop to the project. The covenant was made between Sir William Armstrong and his business partner Andrew Noble. The document states the land “shall not be used as a tea garden or public house or place of public entertainment or as a manufactory of an offensive nature”.
The City's lawyers are being scrupulous in attempting to avoid violating the Covenant, and indeed any domestic conveyancing solicitor handling a property purchase in much of Newcastle will warn the buyers of the restrictive covenant on their property.

However, I went to very great length some 20 or 30 years ago to investigate the Covenant on my own property, and found that it would only be a restriction if the person who imposed it, or their heirs (or other person though some other transfer of rights) was going to take any action. I traced the person who had inherited that right in my case. He had recently retired from a law firm in Edinburgh, his only interest was golf. Ne had no intererst in enforcing some regulation concerning properties 100 miles away, which he'd never seen, and has no interest in. In fact, he seemed irritated by my trying to pursue the matter with him.

So maybe its just a case of lawyers doing what lawyers do best . . . .
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you seem a bit obsessed about the 1944 ARP scandal WBF!

As Bill Hicks once said "It was a long time ago - let it go!"
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you seem a bit obsessed about the 1944 ARP scandal WBF!

As Bill Hicks once said "It was a long time ago - let it go!"
Our history affects our present, Greg.
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NO!!!!!!
If part of the deal is “shall not be used as a tea garden or public house or place of public entertainment or as a manufactory of an offensive nature”. Then that's the deal.
Greg go back to reading Rand rather than quoting the toxic Bill Hicks.
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If these old Covenants we enforceable, then I'm sure someone would have ensured that they were used to prevent the now-ledgendary bars on Osborne Road.

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"Unless with the previous consent in writing of the vendor no trade business manufacture or calling of any description shall be carried on on the land sold or in any house or erection thereon and in particular no shop, inn, tavern, Warehouse or other place of bussiness shall be erected thereon and no house or building thereon shall be used as a lodging house or for the purpose of any public or private institution or society or for the sale of ale, beer, wine or Spirits but without such consent as aforesaid to the contrary all the houses are to be used exclusively for private residences and nothing snall be doned or suffered on the premies which shall be a nuisance or annoyance to any neighbouring residents and unless with such conset as aforesaid to the contrary no building or erecticion commenced on the said land shall remiain thereon in an incomplete or unfinished state for a longer period than 12 calendar months from its commencement and every breach of each stipulation contained in this clause shall be under a penalty of £20 for the first six calendar months and a further penalty of £5 for every succeeding calendar month during which any stipulations contained in this clause shall be violated such penalties respectivley to be recovered by the Vendor in each case in full as liquidated damages ascertained and assented to for each breach notwithstanding any variance of degree of importance in any of the breaches or stipulations"
In fact, there was legal argument about the applicability of these Covenants on Jesmond Bars 10 or so years ago, and no one could be found who would be able and willing to enforce them.

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Spa planned for old stables at Jesmond Dene

Dear All

Not at all sure that I've done this correctly but newspaper story today talks of plan to potentially replace old stables with modern buildings.



http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...1634-28758176/
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NO!!!!!!
If part of the deal is “shall not be used as a tea garden or public house or place of public entertainment or as a manufactory of an offensive nature”. Then that's the deal.
Greg go back to reading Rand rather than quoting the toxic Bill Hicks.
I'm not really sure what you're suggesting here. Are you suggesting that if things are currently not allowed, then nobody should try to ask for the rules to be changed? So nobody can build anything because then they'd have to ask for Planning Permission? Laws, permissions and covenants are constantly changing, that's the way the world works. Makes it interesting
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I'm with Chatton on this one, I see no reason to leave that covenant in place.
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