Art Exhibition May 4th 2014: The Lie of the Land, Trevelyan College Durham

SCR Member Gillie Bradshaw (nee Cawthorne) presents a solo exhibition of pastels and watercolours from Sunday 4th May to June 6th at Trevelyan College.
All SCR members and their guests are very welcome to attend the preview (free) on Sunday 4th at 11.30am.

“I just love walking the hills around Alston and Garrigill”, said Gillie. “The weather wraps itself around the landscape and me like a comforting but wild blanket! The Lie of the Land is a series of paintings reflecting those times when I have been captivated by the view – near and far – from the gaze of a curious cow to the cloud mantled hills hiding their secrets. I hope you feel the fresh breeze in your hair.”

The Lie of the Land: Trevelyan College, Elvet Hill Road, Durham. Open 10am-6pm daily, 4th May-6th June 2014

Nenthead, Pennines



SCR Seminar & Buffet: 14 Years of Missionary work in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe

SCR Seminar & Buffet: 14 Years of Missionary work in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe

May 8th 2013: Please join us for a terrific seminar by the Revd. Dr. and Mrs Joseph Harper and Miss Nyasha Chifundo

14 Years of Missionary work in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe by Revd. Dr. and Mrs Joseph Harper

‘Hope and Despair’

‘Thrift and Generosity’

Fulfilment and Disillusionment’

With the aid of visuals … Joseph and Barbara will, in addition to showing the tourist spots such as Kariba Dam and Victoria Falls, give reflections and insights covering their teaching/administrative /pastoral work as missionaries in Zimbabwe covering areas such as Salisbury (now Harare) Mazoe, Howard Institute, Bulawayo, Sinoia and Gwelo.

Whilst their earlier years of service ( 5 years at a time), in this wonderful country were safe and generally trouble free as they worked among the African Shona (in the North) and the Indebele people (in the South)……the later years proved to be tense and unpredictable …indeed dangerous, as  terrorists………the so called ‘freedom fighters’, moved into the country from across the borders, resulting in disruption and misery and missionary deaths, to both Africans and Europeans alike.

As the country took the political move towards U.D.I many people fled the country whether to South Africa, Britain or even Australia. African Independence was not far away and as the political situation worsened  it became less safe to live even in the Rhodesian towns and villages. As one can guess…the Rhodesian security forces found it almost impossible  to patrol the country’s borders as well as maintain law and order within the country.

Joseph and Barbara hope to make the lecture interesting from every angle whilst Miss Nyasha Chifundo ( a recent Ph.D. Student from Zimbabwe), will offer her views and insights from a more recent perspective.

Fisher House Cafe:
May 8th 2013
Seminar: 6.30pm – 7.30
Free to all and guests welcome

Buffet Reception afterwards £5 per person. Guests welcome. Please can you let Lyn know if you will be coming for the reception (for catering)  via:



The seminar if free for all to attend and will be followed by a finger buffet for SCR members and their guests (£5 per person).

Holy Island

Walking the Pilgrims’ Way to Lindisfarne

Sunday April 21st 2013: Walking the Pilgrims’ Way to Lindisfarne – 1pm, 

SCR Members and their guests are cordially invited to join us on a special walk to Holy Island hosted by our ‘Writer in Residence’ Richard W Hardwick. We shall walk two miles to the island and a further mile to the town centre. One to two hours should be sufficient for a slow walk over with a retreating tide. There will be a talk by Richard before the walk and a talk about Lindisfarne by Pearl Saddington (Assistant Director of Bede’s World) upon arrival on the island.

See also Richard’s blog:

More details to follow!

Ustinov College SCR AGM & Wine tasting, quiz and buffet

Ustinov College SCR AGM & Wine tasting, quiz and buffet

Come and join us to celebrate another year of the SCR with a wine tasting & buffet and meet fellow members.

Wednesday May 15th

AGM. 6.30pm

Nominations are invited for the following SCR posts:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Social Secretary
  • Membership Secretary
  • Mentor Representative

7.30pm Buffet and Wine Tasting with fun quiz.

After the AGM we shall have a finger buffet followed by a fun ‘blind’ wine tasting of some classic grapes varieties from around the world. See if you can guess them all!

To help us with catering/buying, please book a place for the buffet/wine tasting by May 10th by emailing Lyn on and pay on the night please.

Costs £15 per person. (Great spread & decent wines!)