Community love is in the air in Blackhall

An alternative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is taking place with a vintage style tea party at Blackhall Community Centre.

Residents are invited to come together on 14 February and step back in time to take part in craft activities, listen to music, watch films from yesteryear, learn about the area’s history and enjoy local performances.

Alison Paterson, Manager at Blackhall Community Centre, said: “What an exciting opportunity to provide an alternative event for Valentine’s Day and help spread the community love. It has been a great opportunity for us to do some partnership working with East Durham Creates and Cinegi Arts and Film. It’s an event not to be missed and for just £2 there is some tremendous entertainment to be had.”

Guests can sample cakes donated by Blackhall WI and food from Haswell Mencap as part of the traditional afternoon tea. Blackhall Local History Group will also be in attendance, showing photographs of Blackhall over the years.

The film footage shown will be provided by Cinegi Arts and Film, a digital film distribution service which enables local venues to screen footage from its catalogue of filmed theatre, music, dance, ballet, opera, treasures from Britain on Film and archive arts and documentary titles from the BFI.

Nikki Locke, Head of East Durham Creates, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Blackhall Community Centre to create a new kind of Valentine’s event that everyone can enjoy.

“This has also provided a unique way to launch the wonderful content on offer to local venues from Cinegi Arts and Film and it’s great to see how the community have made this event their own – it’s one not to miss.”

Any venue managers interested in finding out more about Cinegi Arts&Film are invited to attend a free introductory session from 3-4pm on 14 February at Blackhall Community Centre, immediately before the vintage tea party. Find out more at

Tickets for the vintage tea party, which takes place from 4-7pm on 14 February, cost £2 and are available from Blackhall Community Centre.