Bridget Kennedy has just started her one-month ENTWINED residency at Bellingham Heritage Centre. Bridget is interested in the shaping and history of land through geology, weather and human endeavour and how these relationships are reflected in the tools and technologies used in rural locations. She creates work which is site or circumstance specific, often making objects which combine craft-based, hand making methods with more traditional Fine Art techniques. Previous work has involved making small portable looms, weaving with them outdoors and incorporating materials found at a particular site into the weaving. We look forward to seeing how Bridget will respond to the Heritage Centre’s vast collections and extensive knowledge of its volunteer staff to inform and inspire her work.
Save the date: Bridget Kennedy will be showing works in progress at an open studio event on Saturday 17th July at Bellingham Heritage Centre.
Our 2021 seasonal display celebrates the 130th anniversary of the birth of Roderick James Thompson (1890-1982). This is the cover of the new book on this well known Bellingham figure.
The name of Rod Thompson still raises a wistful smile among the older residents of Bellingham. Everyone knew him. Everyone has a story to tell about him. He is remembered, above all, as the proprietor of Rod’s Snack Bar, who regularly supplied the buffet for dances held in the Town Hall. Few, however, will appreciate that he was an enterprising photographer who, in the first quarter of the 20th century, produced some fine studio portraits, photographs recording local events and a series of local postcards. Our 2021 seasonal display and a new book pay a tribute to the work of Roderick James Thompson who has preserved the Faces and Places of bygone Bellingham. Read more...
Books are available from the Heritage Centre or Cogito Books in Hexham.
At the AGM on 25th May 2021 at Bellingham Town Hall the entire committee were re-elected. In addition there is one co-option which did not arrive in time for election. The committe now comprises:
- Steve Gibbon - Chairman, Trustee, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor
- Wesley Turnbull - Vice-Chairman, Maintenance, Trustee
- Katrine Anderson - Treasurer
- Stan Owen - Trustee, Historian, Seasonal Exhibitions
- Terry Bragg- Committee Member, Trustee
- NIcola Bell - Committee Member, Sector Advisor, Visitor Surveys
- Clare Mackey - Committee Member, Shop Manager, Volunteer Co-ordinator
- Tony Brotherton - co-opted Committee Member, special projects
Wednesday 26th May 2021 saw a long Covid delayed visit of Kenny and Gerry Durking from Glasgow. Their grandfather, Daniel Durkinn, was a stationmaster at Flastone (and elsewhere) and he moved from the village in 1934. As a mark of recognition of his services at Falstone the villagers presented Mr Durkin with a clock which Kenny and Gerry have now kindly donated to the Heritage Centre.
Our AGM for 2021 has been delayed from its usual slot in February. The delayed AGM will be held on Tuesday May 25th at 7pm in the Town Hall Bellingham. We have chosen larger premises as the usual Methodist Hall is not yet available and a larger premises allows for better social distancing.
Social distanced seating will apply and refreshments will be limited to tea/coffee/wine (in take away cups) and biscuits. Please wear a face mask or shield unless you are exempt.