Archive for Change Project



Archive for Change are working with St. James’ Centre for Heritage & Culture on an exciting new project. Watch this space for forthcoming events soon.

Archive for Change is a film archiving project that aims to gather and exhibit some of the many stories of urban change from the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne, site of one of the largest regeneration areas in the UK

Heritage & Environment Group AGM & Celebration Event, 15th May 2012


Come and join us for a Celebration Event on

Tuesday 15th May between 2pm-6pm 

St James’ Church, Benwell Lane 

  • Meet the ancestors!  Come and meet some of the famous and not so famous people who used to live around here.  Explore the graveyard and find out about some of those buried there
  • Drama in the graveyard!  Watch our new film “Stories from the Past” showing local children in the graveyard performing their own plays about the history of Benwell
  • Brighten up our heritage!  Help us plant more flowers around the graveyard
  • Refreshments and information

All welcome. This event is free to members of St James’ Heritage & Environment Group.  Membership costs £2 for a year or £10 for life membership.  This entitles you to vote at the meeting and to attend events free of charge.  Join or renew your membership on the door

Heritage and Environment Group AGM and celebration event – Thursday 19th May 3pm-7pm

Make Our Outdoor Space More Beautiful

Come and join us on Thursday 19th May between 3pm-7pm  St James’ Church, Benwell Lane for A Celebration Event

  • Join us in exploring and enjoying the churchyard
  • Plant a hanging basket or pot with bedding plants to take home (plants, equipment and help provided) or help with planting around the entrance of the church
  • Refreshments, displays, information

This event is free to members of St James’ Heritage & Environment Group.  Membership costs £2.  This entitles you to vote at the AGM and other General Meetings, and to attend events free of charge.  Join or renew your membership on the door.

The Big Buddle Event

John Buddle

Over 60 people attended the Big Buddle Event on Monday 21st March. The sun shone brightly as we travelled to the Rising Sun Country Park in Wallsend where the audience enjoyed tea and scones before listening to a talk by Eric Turnbull about the importance of the Wallsend Collieries where John Buddle began his early career.  Leaving the park, we travelled to the site of Buddle’s home near the river at Wallsend and followed the route of his funeral procession into Newcastle.  Lunch was at the Mining Institute, where Dr Eric Wade talked about Buddle’s importance as a mining engineer and his influence in the development of the coal industry. Finally we ended up at St James’ Church where Buddle’s funeral service was held and visited his grave in the churchyard. Sitting in the church under a bust of Buddle himself, we heard about the ambitious plans to re-develop this building as a centre for heritage and culture before listening to a talk about John Buddle’s life and achievements from David Kidd.  Tea and cakes rounded off a really great day.

“The King of the Coal Trade” John Buddle

The Group hopes to develop a series of informative and educational booklets about Local Heroes who are associated with Benwell and Scotswood. In the past, our area was one of great importance, associated with rich families of landowners, industrial pioneers and business magnates. Their names are known across Newcastle, throughout Tyneside and some across the world. We have worked with local experts and friends at the Mining Institute to produce our first booklet about the King of the Coal Trade, John Buddle, who is buried here at St James’ alongside his sister. John Buddle was the man who gave the land on which the church was built and who specified where he was to be laid to rest. You can read all about him in the booklet here by clicking on the link below, or you can obtain a copy free from us at the church or from the Mining Institute on Westgate Road.

buddle 8pp booklet v6 final