Christmas Newsletter 2016

Derwent Hill in 2016 - our customers, staff, recipes and winter walking advice

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Derwent Hill!

Derwent Hill staff team doing happy jazz hands on the lawn

Our Customers

2016 has been another great year, with more young people enjoying Outdoor Education residentials at Derwent Hill, gaining new skills, confidence and independence.  We have seen an increasing number of delegates on our Management Development and Teambuilding courses and we have also hosted some large adult groups in our Education Centre.

Fully equiped primary pupils posing in the gorge

We love receiving feedback about the difference an Outdoor Education residential can make to a young person.  Shae Paterson (age 9) was inspired to write this poem during her recent Explore course residential:

A poem from a pupil that visited Derwent Hill

Social Media

Our social media streams (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) tell your stories.  Thank you for engaging with us on these forums and for the wonderful feedback.  Please share with your friends.


The Educational Visits Advisory Service has seen a big increase in business this last year. As well as offering advice and guidance on school visits for all Sunderland schools, we now provide the same service for the majority of Cumbrian schools and also deliver EVC training courses to all Durham and Newcastle schools. To help deliver this increase in work, Nigel Hooker increased his hours to full time and now works alongside Andy Morris in delivering this service.

Our Staff

The following members of staff left Derwent Hill this year:

General Assistants Amy Quigley, Libby Scott, Sebastian Sterkowicz, Heather & Jackie Hodgson

Chef Dave Holden

Administrator Jo Gillyon

Apprentice Tutors Iain MacKinnon & Coralie Neil

And of course our Centre Director Steve Lenartowicz

Our Operations Manager Sue Middleton also leaves at the end of January after 23 years of service.

We wish them all the very best.

We welcomed the following new staff to the Derwent Hill team:

Apprentice Tutors Robin Amor Trainer & Rachel Burr

General Assistants Lesley Johnston, Eileen Parker, Jordan Cooley & Jack Morris

And of course our new Centre Director Matthew Ellis


Continuing our tradition of providing you with a Derwent Hill recipe at Christmas, you can follow this link to No 3 Tangy Tomato Soup and No 4 Sumptuous Strawberry Cheesecake.  We look forward to seeing your pictures on Facebook!

Winter Walking Advice

If you are out and about on the hills this winter, the BMC has some great advice:

BMC New Hillwalkers Leaflet

Winter Hillwalking Advice

Enjoy your Christmas wherever you are and we hope to see you in 2017!