To contact Heaton History Group about:

Booking for a talk please email Maria on or ring 07443 594154

Membership email Caroline on

Research queries email the HHG research team on

All other matters email Chris on

or speak to any of the following members of our committee at any talk or event.

Arthur Andrews


Arthur became a committee member in 2016 and took over the running of the bookstall at the beginning of 2018. His main interest, however, is finding interesting characters with close Heaton links, researching them and then writing, hopefully, an interesting article to be published on the HHG website.

He came from North Shields but found, through doing a family history course after being made redundant, that relatives on his father’s side had lived in Tenth Avenue and had attended Chillingham Road School. He also spent a lot of his youth being a competitive member of Heaton Amateur Swimming Club. Hence his interest in Heaton.

Alan Giles


Alan, a Brummie, came to Newcastle in 1965 to study and stayed.  After 54 years considers himself a naturalised Geordie.  He spent a working life in education and is now retired and pursuing lifelong interests in history and folk music.

He is a founding member of Heaton History Group and currently chairperson.

Maria Graham

Maria has spent most of her life living close to the Heaton/High Heaton area and has always had a keen interest in history. She has been part of the group since it began and look after the bookings for the talks. She loves the diversity of the talks and meeting people with similar interests.

Maria’s career has been spent working in both public and commercial libraries,  finally moving to admin at Northumbria University.  She took early retirement in 2013 and has many hobbies including reading.  She is a member of the Dorothy Dunnett Society and has written a few articles for the quarterly magazine. She would love to know if there are any other readers out there.

Brian Hedley


 Brian grew up in Heaton, later moving to High Heaton; attended Chillingham Road School and Heaton Grammar School before studying Materials Science at Bradford University.

He qualified as an accountant with Newcastle City Council, later working for Tynedale Council and subsequently in the NHS with Northumberland and Sunderland Health Authorities.

He is treasurer for Prudhoe Golf Club Seniors and also REMAP (a charity providing adaptations to less able-bodied individuals); also, a trustee for St. Oswald’s Hospice.

Brian is currently speaker secretary for Heaton History Group and always looking for suggestions for good local speakers and / or topics for our monthly programme.

Clair Henderson


Clair works for a Midlands based tech company looking after HR and projects, but since Covid-19, relocated back to the NE and now lives in Whitley Bay. Originally from Trewhitt Road, her family have strong roots in the Heaton and Byker area going back many generations. From a very young age Clair has had a hobbyist level interest in family and social history especially this area and really enjoys researching and learning about the people, buildings and lives of the locals. She recently took up knitting and gardening and is looking forward to helping out with HHG wherever it’s needed.

Chris Jackson


Chris is a Mancunian who moved to Newcastle in 1981 and to Heaton soon afterwards. She studied archaeology and Latin before working first as a librarian and then in careers information.

She was a founder member of Heaton History Group in 2013 and has been secretary ever since. She also produces our newsletters and maintains the website content and is an active member of the research group.

Chris particularly enjoys researching and writing about Heaton’s history.

Contact Heaton History Group through Chris on

Robin Long


Robin was born and bred in Seaton Delaval but fell in love with (and married) a Heaton girl, Kathryn Scott of Trewhitt Road. They have lived in Cochrane Park since 1972. Both Kathryn and Robin have been members of Heaton History Group since inception and Robin has contributed articles relating to St Gabriel’s Church where he is treasurer. A glutton for punishment, he has been treasurer of HHG since February 2018.

Robin worked in the insurance industry for 40+ years starting as a junior clerk with the NFU Mutual in Osborne Road and ending his career running his own brokerage, Wansbeck Insurance Services in Bedlington.

Mark Nelson


Mark originally hails from Northamptonshire and move to Newcastle in the late 90s to attend Northumbria University where he studied electronics and then IT.

After a brief spell working in London he returned to Newcastle and has been living in Heaton ever since.

Mark modestly claims to be more a consumer of history than a contributor but he plays a crucial role making sure the sound and vision works at the talks, being the technical whizz behind our website and generally helping Heaton History Group run smoothly.

Michael Proctor


Michael is a former nurse and civil servant. Born and brought up in Ashington, he has lived in High Heaton since 1988. He joined Heaton History Group after taking early retirement in 2013. He became actively involved in researching the stories of local people as part of the Heaton Avenues in World War 1 project and has continued that interest, now convening the HHG research group. Michael joined the committee in 2015 and acts as its committee secretary.

He is also actively involved with the Aln Valley Railway in Alnwick, where he is involved in carriage restoration as well as being a diesel engine driver and trainee fireman.

Peter Sagar

Peter Sagar has been a resident of Heaton since July 1991, during which time he has taken an active part in the community in a number of ways. He is a well respected local historian who has many published articles to his name.

Peter has an M Phil in the regional identity of north east England from the University of Northumbria and is a founder and company secretary of A Living Tradition, which seeks to help people in our region to learn more about our great traditions of human rights and community cohesion and to be inspired to help continue them.

Finally, he is a qualified teacher of history and geography and has taught these subjects for over 30 years.

 Fiona Stacey


 Fiona arrived in Falmouth Road in Heaton in 1968 aged 6 having moved from rural Scotland. She attended Chillingham Road School and went on to Manor Park School.

She spent her working life in dentistry within the NHS and Newcastle University taking early retirement in 2017.

Fiona has always had a great interest in history and did well at school in the subject but managed to fail her O level somehow. She joined Heaton History Group as a member in 2016, and enjoyed it so much she volunteered to be part of the committee.

Caroline Stringer

Caroline was born in Sheffield, brought up in Northumberland and went to secondary school in Newcastle. Following a degree in social anthropology at Edinburgh University she moved to London and then Oxford to work in publishing but the lure of Newcastle was too great and she returned to a job at the Museum of Antiquities – early history group training! After a few years she retrained as a careers officer and worked for the next 30 years at Newcastle Careers Centre and then Northumbria University.

She has lived in Heaton for 22 years and was a founder member of Heaton History Group as its first treasurer and is now membership secretary. She was involved in some of the research for the ‘Heaton Avenues in Wartime’ project and a particular joy of this was meeting the living family of one of the people she had researched. She enjoys attending the talks and events and meeting so many like minded people there.  Other interests include crime fiction, gardening, films and being a heritage volunteer in the local studies section at Newcastle City Library once a week.

And Alan Morgan, eminent local historian and author of Heaton: from farms to foundries’ and many other books,  is our Honorary President.

3 thoughts on “Committee

  1. oldheaton Post author

    Received by email from Ian Clough:
    Getting to know better the members of our committee (with crystal clear mug-shots as well) has been fascinating. It also makes us realise how lucky we are to have such a committee considering what busy lives they lead. Nice to know that the history of the Heaton we all love has such an allure as to bind such an industrious, committed and much appreciated crew together.

    Cheers, Ian

  2. Brian Taylor

    Although I have lived in Suffolk for the last 60 years. I still remember attending Chillingham Road school from 1952 to 1955 I have a photograph of the 1954 School Cricket team. Would it be of interest to your society.


    Brian Taylor

    1. oldheaton Post author

      Hi Brian,

      Thank you for thinking of us.

      I think the school would be especially interested as they have a small museum and, in normal times, host regular open days. If you could send it digitally to with any information you have about who is in the picture, we can share it with them.

      If you’re on Facebook, there is also a group called Heaton Now and Then where people share pictures like that.

      Best wishes,

      Heaton History Group


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