Current events

'Beyond Praise - Thomas Kenny VC'
Tues 14 Nov 7.00pm

Thomas Kenny was a private in the 13th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry when he was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour, and  was the first of six soldiers to be awarded VC from the DLI. A County Durham pitman from South Wingate he joined the army at the outbreak of war and served throughout the conflict, eventually returning to his home and life underground.This documentary film produced by Lonely Tower Film & Media and Wheatley Hill History Club tells not only his story, but the story of the incredible relationship between Kenny and the man he rescued, Lt Philip Brown. Running time 1 hour 25 minutes.

£3. Reserve your tickets by calling the Box office  0191 433 6965 or 0191 433 4699 Or buy online at www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

“A Cut-price Christmas Carol"”
Tues 12 December 7.00pm

We are pleased to welcome back members of the Progressive Players and the writing group, The Scribblers, to St Mary’s with another Christmas themed radio play. This time it’s a Dickens’ story given a Geordie twist. There’s Jinky Scrooge, the property magnate, his partner Shakey Marley, some ghosts, Cushy Butterfield, Hurke and Bair (a pair of grave robbers), ‘Tiny’ Tim, a local singer/songwriter, and Mr Bloomer, the local baker, to name but a few. Look out for the singing Hinnies dropping in throughout and Bobby Thompson narrating the tale – It’s A Cut-price Christmas Carol (working title, The Revenge of the Stottie!). Enjoy a mince pie in the interval.

£5. Reserve your tickets by calling the Box office  0191 433 6965 or 0191 433 4699 Or buy online at www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson

“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!"
Tues 9 January 7.00pm

Of course we do but when did all this happen? At the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign a social visit to the seaside was not within the experience of many people yet by the end of her reign seaside resorts had been developed and coastal towns were a haven for holidaymakers. The delights of open beaches, bathing machines, promenade entertainments, donkey rides and deckchairs attracted thousands to the seaside. Malcolm Grady makes a welcome return with this new lighthearted talk.

£3. Reserve your tickets by calling the Box office  0191 433 6965 or 0191 433 4699 Or buy online at www.gateshead.gov.uk/whatson