What does a quiet Market Town in deepest Northumberland offer you young people? Quite a lot actually.
Try Chess. It’s a fascinating game, of strategy, moves and counter moves. It will absolutely keep you mentally on the boil. Chess is alive and well in the Tyne Valley. Tynedale Chess Club meets in The Angel Radcliffe (opposite the The Angel Inn in Corbridge) on Tuesday nights at 7.00pm. They are in the early stages of setting up junior chess, and might benefit from your help. The person to contact is Tim Wrigley by email: email@example.com, or telephone: 01434 681487. Or go on their website and take it from there.
Try Triathlon. One Life Racing is one of the North East’s largest triathlon clubs for both young people and adults. One Life Racing is a Hexham community based club that provides the chance to try out, train and compete in the combined sport of triathlon. We have the largest Junior membership in the North East Region.
Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced triathlete, we pride ourselves on welcoming athletes of all abilities.
The ethos of the club is simple – it’s about doing the best for you and having a lot of fun along the way. It’s an ethos that has also produced some fantastic talent from the youngsters in the club to our more experienced members!
Training for junior members is as follows:
Monday (alternate weeks): 6.30pm to 7.30pm during Spring and Summer only
Wednesday: Junior swimming 6pm to 7pm; and 7pm to 8pm
Friday: Junior running 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Sunday: Swimming 6pm to 6.45pm; 6.45pm to 7.30pm; and 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
See us on Youtube, at out inaugural kids triathlon in Hexham in July 2013.
Contact our club secretary Kate Charlton at Secretary@OneLifeRacing.co.uk
Hexham Youth Initiative
The HYI aim is to help young people in Hexham make the most of their leisure time and play an active role in the Community. We can also help you set up your own projects and find funding for things you want to achieve. We have a Youth Café with a music studio and leisure facilities and run lots of different activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Drop-in Sessions, After School Groups and Holiday Schemes.
The HYI is based in the Community Centre in Gilesgate. Check out our website or visit us on Facebook – Hexham Youthy
Take a look at Core Music, down Market Street, a very busy not-for-profit social enterprise that buzzes with opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and music styles. It’s a one-stop shop for everything musical and you can learn to play an instrument, make contacts with other budding and experienced musicians – they have a well stocked shop, an instrument hire service, books and sheet music as well as tuition, workshops, clubs and sessions. The folk are friendly – pop in and chat or ring to find out more on 01434 601993. Like them on Facebook – Core.Music.CIC and follow them on Twitter @coremusichexham
Jazz for Young People
Tyne Valley Jazz Ensemble (TVJE)
An introduction to Jazz ensemble playing and improvisation.
10 rehearsals per term in term time, progressing to concerts, workshops and possible residential events. Cost £35 per Term.
No formal grades required (approx 2-4/5)
Age range: approx 9-12/13
All Brass, Woodwind and Rhythm section (Piano, Bass Guitar/double Bass, electric Guitar, Drums, Percussion) welcome.
Tyne Valley Youth Big Band (TVYBB)
Build on your ensemble and jazz experience to explore the diverse jazz ensemble genres of Swing, Latin, Funk and Rock, and developing improvisational skills.
10 rehearsals in term time, progressing to concerts, workshops and possible residential events. Cost £40 per Term.
No formal grades required (approx 5-8)
Age range: approx 12/13-19
Traditional Big Band instrumentation
For more information on both these Jazz opportunities, contact David Hignett: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hexham offers lots of opportunities for you to take part in a whole range of activities. Kathy Keady is the person to contact if you want to know how to get in touch with a club, for a sport you haven’t tried in Hexham yet.
Kathy’s North County Leisure’s sports development person, based in Hexham, ready for your call on 01434 613220. She’s also keen to hear if there is any sport you would like to see provided. At the moment she’s hoping to get weight-lifting and boxing going, and another very new opportunity in Hexham is dance. Or you can email Kathy at email@example.com .
The Wentworth Leisure Centre offers a fantastic range of activities. Swimming, swimming lessons, badminton, keep fit, Zumba – the list goes on.
Don’t forget, a group of you can get together and hire the sports hall – for indoor hockey or 5-a-side footy. In school holidays there are special programmes. Just go their website .
Tenpin bowling is very popular at the Wentworth – you can go on your own for a couple of games – beat your last high score. Or go in a group with your pals, and beat them!
Cinema: You can check here what is on at Hexham’s Forum Cinema. Not every small market town can boast its own community cinema, but Hexham can.
The Uniformed Services:
The uniformed services’ youth groups are always eager to have new recruits and can be contacted as follows:
Army Cadet Force: directly to 2Lt Sean Ferguson on firstname.lastname@example.org.
They meet in the TA Centre, Hencotes on Mondays and Thursdays between 7 and 9 pm. They can also be contacted on their website NorthumbriaACF or on their Hexham Facebook page. Cadets are aged between 12 and 18. Incidentally, they also have vacancies for adult personnel.
Air Training Corps: directly to Flight Lieutenant Heather Farrimond on mailto:email@example.com. They meet in the TA Centre on Wednesdays and/or Fridays between 7 and 9 pm. They accept cadets between 13 and 18 but do not accept recruits older than 17. There is a civilian committee to support fund raising activities and they are also seeking adult volunteers. Visit their website at www.224hexhamaircadets.co.uk.
Scouts, Guides and Boys Brigade are active in Hexham, with regular sessions, fun activities and friends. For older teenagers activities can become very adventurous. The best ways to make contacts are:
- for the Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and Rangers use the national website,
- for the Scouts, David Hefferin invites you to visit the website of the 1st Hexham Scouts,
- for the Boys Brigade, Mark Knowles asks you to click through to the Tyneside Boys Brigade and find out about the 1st Hexham.
We are very lucky in Hexham to have a Rowing Club, based on the River Tyne – where else! Kevin Oates, the HRC Chair says “We are a small, friendly club with a wide variety of members – young and old, lads and lasses, long and short – come and join us! Members of the club take part competitively in many of the local regattas (and even some further away) but you are welcome to join for fun and fitness”. You can email Kevin: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Hexham QE High School has a strong rowing tradition too. If you are a pupil there, you just need to ask who to contact.
You have two golf courses to choose from in Hexham, Tynedale Golf Club and Hexham Golf Club. Tynedale GC offers Intermediate (18-21) and Junior (under 18) memberships, and with the latter two lessons with the ‘pro’ are included free. Hexham GC offers Intermediate, Junior and Trial Junior membership fees.
On Saturday afternoons Hexham’s Canoe Club takes over the Tyne Green riverside. Beginners are welcome on Saturday afternoons at 1.00 (introduce yourself to the coach) and coaching is provided. More experienced canoeists have sessions in the evenings in winter in the swimming pool.