FoT Fundraiser – 10th March 2018


DATE: 10th March 2018. Saturday night.
VENUE: South Shields Sailing Club.
Pie & Pea Supper. Stalls. License Bar. Music by Beaconband.
Raffle. Catchup & Chat.

Ticket Cost: £10 per person.
System: Bank transfer only please to.

Barclays Friends of Thurston Community Account.
Account number 43355357
SORT code. 20-80-47

Please include your name on the transfer.

We look forward to seeing you there.

More information can be found on the Friends of Thurston facebook page

Friends of Thurston Christmas Party

Friends of Thurston Christmas Party

Saturday 9th December 2017

12 – 3pm

at Simonside Climbing Wall, South Shields, NE34 9SD

3 hours of entertainment.

A visit from Santa Claus with presents, party food, drinks, goody bags, raffles, prizes and lots more.

Tickets £10 per child (adults and children under 1 free)

Contact Sonia Morton at for more information/tickets.

Friends of Thurston Donation

Generous Donation from The Friends of Thurston Group 

Thurston OEC would like to say a very big thank you to the Friends of Thurston Group for their continuing support of the centre. The “Friends” have been fundraising to aid Thurston with the purchase of Stand Up Paddle Boards for the centre.

Andy Stubbs from the Friends of Thurston Group visited the centre yesterday to hand over a cheque for £700 to Head of Centre, Andy Sallabank.

We are sure the new activity will prove very popular with visitors to the centre.

If you would like to know more about The Friends of Thurston Group please visit their facebook page at

Friends of Thurston Group

Are you interested in becoming a Friend of Thurston?

The ‘Friends of Thurston’ group was originally set up in 2008 by a band of keen, willing volunteers looking to develop a campsite at Thurston utilising the old shower block and Victorian walled garden area. They were successful in obtaining a grant from the Lottery  ‘Awards for All’ and set about the task over a number of weekends.

The original Friends of Thurston group in 2008

Their enthusiasm and dedication to task saw the old potting shed get a new roof, its interior slate walls were cleaned and re-pointed and a mezzanine floor  installed resulting in a really useful campsite kitchen with storage area. In addition the shower block was given new entrance points from the campsite, new cubicle showers and light sensors.
Continued support is always thankfully received with plenty of projects awaiting manpower and finance to get off the ground.
The ‘Friends of Thurston’ group aims are to:
1.   Apply for grants and fund raise
2.   Organise working parties to complete projects and with group support plan outdoor activities weekends.
The group is open to adults that are over 18 and Families only.
The AGM is this Thursday 12th March 2015, 7.30pm at Simonside Wall. If anyone is interested in joining then please come along.
Thurston OEC would like to thank Andy Stubbs for his involvement and continued support with the Friends of Thurston group.

Work on the Lean-To. Dec 2014.