Valley News Round-up (Nov 24th)

Open Studios, Ouseburn Futures and how to help Ouseburn Farm grow!

Open Studios 2013 hi-res copy

With a day left, there is still time to get your hands on a unique Christmas gift at Ouseburn Open Studios. There are pop-up shops at Toffee Factory and Ouse St Arts Club, showcasing some of the very best Northern design talent. Have a browse around the vast array of artists’ studios and maybe even pick up some of their work. The residents of Mushroom Works for example have carried on the tradition of their popular 20×20 range (that’s 20cmx20cm artworks selling for a bargain £20) – so get along while stocks last. There is also no shortage of pop-up eateries and opportunities for hands-on artistic experience, so you really can make a day of it down in the Valley.

Birds 2 x Fiona Rutherford hi-res copy

View the full list of Open Studios venues here

It’s not all about the art ­­­- popular vintage shop Small Change, next door to Star and Shadow, is open till late over the weekend.

The Ouseburn Futures group have a special stand set up on the third floor of 36 Lime St, where you can find out more about their various initiatives including a proposed Neighbourhood Forum. There is also the opportunity to purchase Bridging the Ouseburn, a 44 page book charting the history of bridges over the Lower Ouseburn Valley.

Find out more about Ouseburn Futures

victoria_tunnel_ouseburn_trustOn the subject of community, congratulations to the Ouseburn Trust for winning Small Tourist Attraction of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards for the Victoria Tunnel. Tunnel coordinator Clive Goodwin and his team of volunteer guides thoroughly deserve the award for their outstanding enthusiasm and knowledge about the area. If you have yet to experience this part of Newcastle’s hidden heritage, what are you waiting for?

You can book to take part in a tour of the Victoria Tunnel via the Ouseburn Trust website

And finally, we should all be picking up our phones tomorrow (Monday 25th November) in ITV filmingsupport of Ouseburn Farm. They have been shortlisted to win The People’s Millions grant, which will be used to help provide 30 raised bed vegetable plots for 30 families to come and learn where their food comes from. The project is not just about growing food ­- it also fits in with the charity’s ethos of helping growth within the community.

Watch the video below to find out more about the campaign…

Video courtesy of Ouseburn Farm

The telephone number will be released at 9am on the Ouseburn Farm and People’s Millions website and on Ouseburn Farm’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and the programme is to be televised at 6pm. People are allowed to vote up to 10 times, so there is plenty of opportunity to show your support!