WBG Update 5

Hello everyone,

Well it’s done! The banner is finished!!!

What a wonderful journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you who has become involved in, interested in and excited about this group!!

I’m so honoured to be able to unveil this at Redhills with many of you there to celebrate all the hard work and effort you have each poured into it.  Your passions have really come across in such a beautiful piece of art and you should all be very proud!!!

So much has been happening, I haven’t had the opportunity to keep in touch as much as I would have liked, I hope you’re all keeping up to date with our Facebook, Instagram pages for all the latest news.  It won’t be too long before we have a website for you to enjoy too.

The most recent piece of news is that the incredible Charlie Hardwick has agreed to be our patron and she is really excited about the whole thing!!!  I’m really looking forward to working with her.

We have a couple of events still to go in the lead up to the big meeting on the 14th July.  As always it would be brilliant to see as many of you with us as possible!

First of all, our last craft get together, will be held at Easington Welfare Hall on Saturday 23rd June, where we will be making sashes, standards and roses to bring with us on the day of the march.  I am so sad not to be able to make this session as the culmination of what we have achieved this year, but there will be plenty of people there to teach you how to create these things and you can take them home as a memento of what has become an incredible group.  More info here…


Secondly, we are attending the Old King Coal festival in Beamish to march one of the historic banners we have as well as advertise our group with the hopes of getting even more women involved in the future.  If you would like to come along and help us you would be most welcome. If you would like to help on the marquee please be at the Marquee Tent at 9.15am to meet us there. If you would like to come along for the march alone it is 11.30 in the Colliery Yard.  We will be there both Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July.

More details below……..

Old King Coal – Banner Parade Information

Wednesday 27th June – Sunday 1st July 2018

Old King Coal celebrates the rich mining heritage of the North East. On the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday local schools will be coming to parade their school banners.  On Saturday and Sunday we will be holding a banner parade.


You will need to pick up your banner from its location before the parade begins.  Please assemble at 11.30am on Saturday 31st June and Sunday 1st July in the Colliery Yard and our stewards will direct you to the starting point of the parade.

The banner parade will begin on 12:00pm on both days.  The parade will then proceed clock-wise around the site and will finish at approximately 12.30pm on the Events Field.  After the parade on both days you will be able to re-display your banner in its location for the rest of the event.

Entry to the Museum

We will be able to provide you and those helping to carry the banner free entry to the Museum on both days.  We will be able to provide discounted entry vouchers for £6 for members of your community who would like to come and support you during the weekend.  Please let Siân Fox know how many discounted tickets you would like and they will be distributed when you come to set up your banner. We may be able to provide insurance for the banners to be displayed for the duration of the event at the museum.  Unless specifically stated, please park at the Main Entrance of the museum.

Siân Fox on 0191 370 4320, sianfox@beamish.org.uk.

THEN, The BIG ONE!!!          Redhills Revolution: a Celebration of women.

There is a load of info on our facebook event and we have had plenty of people offer to help on our stall.  If you would like to get involved I am sure we can find a place for you, just give us a shout at: womensbannergroup@gmail.com .

We are especially interested in anyone willing to donate food for our tea tent.

The line up for this event is jam packed with incredible artists you will be sure to have an equally incredible time!!!

The whole thing kicks off at 3pm on Wednesday 11th July and continues through the afternoon and evening until around 10pm.

This will be your opportunity to see the community banner fully completed and on display  for the first time ever in the Miners Hall, where it will stay until the march on Saturday the 14th July.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again, I hope you’re all well.

My next update will probably be “Plans for Gala Day”!!!!!!!!!

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything at all.

Lots of love, respect and solidarity

Laura xx