1. Clow Beck – 17 October at 9.30am are holding a very informal ‘Introduction to Volunteering’ event at Clow Beck, nr Croft and we would be delighted if you could join us and bring anyone you think might be interested in volunteering. The purpose of the event is to provide more information about the Trust, the environmental work we do with young people and vulnerable groups and our plans for the future.

If you are interested in helping us, we will ask you to provide us with information about yourself. This will mean we can match you with volunteering projects that suit you. The event will start at 9.30 with coffee and an introduction from Aonghus Gordon, followed by a tour of the Clow Beck site. We will then run a few taster workshops for everybody to join in before serving lunch. During the course of the event, we will ask you to complete a simple questionnaire to identify the type of projects that would suit you and we will require all volunteers to be CRB checked. At the Clervaux Trust, there will be a wide variety of volunteering opportunities across the organisation, including work with our students, land based projects and help with operating our commercial enterprises at Clow Beck and eventually at Bishops House in Darlington.

If you would like to join us on October 17th, please let me know by calling 0780 8501553 or sending an email to rick.mccordall@clervaux.org.uk.

2. Bantling Lime Kilns, nr Annfield Plain 21st October and 28th October

Event 1: Rebuilding and lime pointing. 10.30am – 4.30pm Wednesday 21st October 2009 This event will commence with an introduction to the project that aims to restore Bantling Lime Kilns, followed by a presentation on working on limekilns. The second part of the day will involve a site visit to Bantling limekilns where participants can work alongside contractors on site on rebuild work and lime pointing.

Event 2: Core consolodation work. 10.30am- 4.30pm Wednesday 28th October 2009 This event will also begin with an introduction to the project, the site and kilns, however the second part of the day will focus on core work- working with contractors on site on the core work required at the top of the kilns. Both events are free of charge, but places are limited.

If you could ask anyone who is interested to contact me directly on 01207 524803/ 07966 330024, or email grace.wallace@groundwork.org.uk

2. Dry Stone Walling Taster Day 7 November 2009, 10am – 4pm Allendale Golf Club. Leigh Dobson is leading where proceeds go to DSWA Northumbria.

3. Tyne Tunnel 2 Site Visit on Thursday 26th November 2009 1pm start. Details * Please note spaces are very limited on this site visit* Constructing Excellence in the North East is delighted to announce its first visit to Tyne Tunnel 2. Andrew Coapes, Technical Manager, TT2 Ltd will give a presentation on the New Tyne Crossing followed by a site visit to see construction in progress.

Parking is available at the TT2 offices at Tyne View. Directions are available on request when booking.

If you would like to book for this event please register your attendance with Leanne McAngus on 0191 383 7435 or leanne@cene.org.uk

Warmest regards, Andie Harris (NECT)