Easington Circular Walk

WE started our walk from Easington Colliery car park and onto the coastal path, coming back onto and crossing the main road and up through the fields to arrive at the Welfare Grounds. Our path (which virtually run parallel to Seaside Lane) continued along the side of these grounds and into a fenced field with horses grazing. Apples were offered but they showed little interest but a couple sauntered over to accept the gifts. Onwards into a housing estate which much to our groups delight led us to a zip wire. As can be seen from the photographs a ride was essential a good laugh was had by all. We then continued on our way arriving at Easington Village Green then onto Pettwell Lane a quiet country lane leading us past the Canada housing estate. A fine view of the coast from this vantage point, the walk then joins the new pathways laid around the Pit Cage area and onto our walks finishing point.


Below are few images taken on the walk in April.

New Group

Travel Group.

 This is a new group endeavouring to bring variety to holidays. At the May meeting please listen out for information regarding a 2020 holiday.

See details below for one of the holidays under consideration.

The Romantic Danube

Sailing on board the Viking Gullveig

Departing 11th April 2020

Seaham Harbour U3A group are organising a 7-night river cruise on board one of the new Vikings Longships, the Viking Gullveig to sail from Budapest to Nuremberg on the 11th April 2020.

This Exclusive Offer includes all of the following: –

  • Return flights from either Newcastle or Teesside
  • Full board throughout Plus wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch & dinner
  • An included daily excursion by an expert guide
  • River-View Staterooms
  • On board gratuities
  • £50 per person on board credit
  • £1000 per person Early Booking Discount
  • An Extra 5% U3A discount (included in the costings below)

*Offers applicable when calling 01670 829922 and quoting Seaham Harbour U3A

F grade Standard stateroom £1515 pp

D grade French balcony stateroom £2133 pp

B grade Veranda stateroom £2418 pp

The above prices are based on twin share. The E grade stateroom for sole use is £2486

  • Prices may reduce further depending on numbers.


May Walk Friday 3rd

Easington Circular

At the bottom of Seaside Lane (B1283) turn left and follow road round to car park which is at the bottom of the path leading up to the Pit Cage.

Nearest Postcode SR8 3QH

Bring an apple for the horses.

Walk starts at 11.00am.  

Bring a drink and a snack.


April Walk.

Thank you to Alan Smith who led our walk on Friday 5th.

Starting at The Seaton Inn we walked to Burdon Village with Alan providing snippets of information about the population of the village and the shooting of a resident.

We managed a peek at Burdon Hall (well the chimneys anyway) then onwards to Warden Law where Carol Hindmarch told us about a Jug with unusual decoration that was unearthed at the quarry; a Roman item now in the British Museum. Also, that the monks carrying St. Cuthbert’s body probably passed this way on their journey to find a resting place for it.

We continued down Salter’s Lane passed the Wind Turbines, turning left to head towards the old railway line following this back to Seaton.

A sunny but windy day did not spoil a walk we all enjoyed.

Once again, our thanks to Alan for guiding us.


Seaton Circular

Bob had a rest so Alan led fifteen of us on the walk this morning, enjoying near perfect weather apart from a rather cool wind blowing down from the North.

We all enjoyed the bracing conditions, with a few gentle inclines to get the heart rate going.

We were spurred on by the thought of coffee or lunch at the Seaton Lane Inn, a perfect end to the walk.

Seaton Lane Inn is good spot for coffee or lunch, the staff are friendly and helpful.

Many thanks Alan


March Letter from Northumbria

Kelvin Rushworth (Wooler U3A), kelvinregnat@outlook.com Publicity Officer, Northumbria Region U3A

Hello U3As

Local weekly newspapers After my introductory letter to you, I received a number of comments about me ‘ignoring’ local weekly newspapers. Just to be clear, I see any press releases being sent to the six ‘regional daily newspapers’ (mentioned previously) being sent by me, as Northumbria Region U3A Publicity Officer. I do not intend to send press releases elsewhere. I am a huge fan of local weekly newspapers; they are so well read, often on the very day of publication, by many more people than the purchaser. I buy the Northumberland Gazette AND the Berwick Advertiser and read them cover-to-cover every week! I see any press releases for these local weekly newspapers being sent by Publicity/Press Officers or Chairs of local U3As. Just as I see any press releases to the major national daily newspapers being sent by Liz Drury at National U3A. Of course, this does not preclude any of us sending press releases to any newspapers anywhere!

Third Age Matters By now, local U3A subscribers to our national magazine will have received the latest edition. I wanted to congratulate those local U3As and individual U3A members in our region for submitting material … and succeeding in getting it published. Well done. If anyone in your local U3A has written material for your own newsletter and/or submitted material to your local weekly newspaper, please do not let that effort go to waste! Be sure to submit the same material and good quality photos to the editor of The Messenger, Mary Barlow on regnewseditor@gmail.com (next deadline date is looming … Friday 12 April 2019), to the editor of Third Age Matters, Francis Beckett on coasttocoast@u3a.org.uk (submit them any time and they will be considered for the next or future editions) and to the editor of the National U3A Newsletter, Liz Drury on elizabeth.drury@u3a.org.uk (deadline date is around the last day of every month).

New Publicity Network launched Following the enthusiasm of some delegates at the recent Good News Regional Workshop in Newcastle, a new Publicity Network has been launched. Membership is open to the person in your U3A who is responsible for publicising your many and varied activities in any kind of local media (eg your weekly newspapers, parish magazines, local authority news). For now, as Publicity Officer for Wooler U3A, I am acting as the convenor of the Publicity Network. Any relevant and interested members can contact me via the Networks page of the Northumbria Region U3A website or direct, as above.

With very best wishes to you and your members Kelvin