January Newsletter

Welcome to the January 2018 Thurston OEC Newsletter.

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Welcome to the January 2018 Newsletter. We wish you all a very happy New Year!.

Training News

During January we have been making the most of the winter weather by updating, refreshing and sharing our skills and knowledge.

Staff from our sister centre over in South Tyneside, Simonside OA, came to stay with us for a few days. We packed plenty in: advanced First Aid techniques, winter skills on Helvellyn and an evening paddle on the lake on the giant SUP’s.

Then it was up to Scotland for some Winter Mountaineering for some of the Thurston team, followed by a weekend of paddling on the North Tyne and Eden.


Well done to Centre Assistant / Trainee Instructor Josh on passing his Mountain Leader Award (summer). The ML is a big tick for any aspiring Instructor and we are proud of both of our Trainees for gaining the award during their time with us.

Friends of Thurston News

A big THANK YOU to the Friends group for our new Cooker and Fridge. These fantastic additions to our camping barn were made possible by the efforts of the Friends group in securing a successful award from the CAF Fund.

Tickets are now on sale for the Friends of Thurston fundraiser on the 10th March 2018. Please see the Friends of Thurston facebook page or the Friends of Thurston category in our News feed for more details.

50 years of Thurston.

To celebrate 50 years of Thurston OEC we will be holding an Open Day on the 24th March 2018. An opportunity to help us look back on 50 years of providing Outdoor Education:

  • Refreshments
  • Outdoor Activity Taster Sessions
  • Guided Tours of the Centre and Grounds

More details to follow……..

Don’t forget to keep in touch. Find us @ThurstonOEC on facebook and twitter