NORTH EAST CHINESE ASSOCIATION
25-27 STOWELL STREET, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, NE1 4YB, ENGLAND.
North East Chinese Association (NECA) was founded in 1979 by a group of volunteers
endeavouring to establish useful free services originally aimed at the local Chinese
community in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Throughout the years the Association has gradually
gained recognition from Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council and other organisations.
The Association operates mainly from its Community Centre at 25 Stowell street,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which was procured and established as a result of financial support
from the City Council and fund raising from the Chinese community in 1983.
In June 1995, the Association successfully obtained charity status from the Charity
Commissioners for England and Wales. Its objectives were then firmly recognised and
they can be summarised as follows:
- to benefit people who are in need of its facilities because of their youth, age and
- to promote racial harmony and equality of opportunity.
- to promote the education of the Chinese language and culture.
- to promote the education of good citizenship and good health.
The Association runs regular programmes and services such as the weekly lunch meetings
for the elderly. With the support of Age Concern, this meeting provides low cost
lunches for the elderly and a meeting place for them. The lunches are attended by
nearly 100 old age pensioners every week. Another regular service is the Chinese
Sunday School which gives Chinese classes to students aged between 6 and 13 years.
English classes for adults are also held regularly.
During the Chinese New Year and other Chinese festivals such as the recent Mid-Autumn
Festival week in October 2001, the Association organises cultural and promotional
events. The aim is to share the Chinese Culture and traditions and to promote better
understanding between local communities. Often, the Association invites artists and
persons with traditional knowledge and skills (e.g. Feng Shui, Tai Chi and acupuncture) to
give demonstrations at the Community Centre.
The activities of the Association are widely diversified. The activities
mentioned above are only a few examples. The Association is managed by its Executive
Committee and many activities are organised by its Working Groups which include the
Elderly Group, the Woman's Group, and the Chinese Language Class. 2001 also saw the
establishment of the Chinese Traders Action Group, which has so far organised the
Mid-Autumn Festival promotional programme in October 2001 with financial support from One
North East. The Association and its Action Group are now actively co-operating with
Grainger Town Partnership and Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council to make plans for the
regeneration project for the China Town area in Newcastle. Hopefully, this will
result in a new phase for China Town in Newcastle, hence helping to bring prosperity,
harmony and a good name for the City. (This picture of Stowell Street in 1995 was
reproduced with the kind permission of Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Library).
THE CHINESE ASSOCIATION TOMORROW'S HISTORY PROJECT.
The project title was History of the Chinese Community in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Since 1940 and the main theme of the project was the development of China Town in
Once the grant from the Tomorrow's History Project was approved in August 2001 a
Working Group was formed. The initial steps were the identification of work tasks
and the distribution of them to the members in the Group. One main source of
historical facts and materials came from the senior citizens who were connected with the
Chinese Community and involved with the development of China Town in
Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The material obtained was then verified with historical
publications and then by further counter interviews.
In September 2001, two primary schools were invited to visit the Association's premises
and some of the historical material already available at that time was introduced to the
pupils. The historical materials obtained will be donated to the Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Library Local Studies Centre and will therefore be available to the public in the
future. Selected material was put onto presentation boards and exhibited in the
Association's premises and therefore made available to the general public. We will
continue the Project into the future by exhibiting the presentation in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
City Library from 4 March 2002 for two weeks. The exhibition will then be returned
to the Association's premises for a longer term display at least until the end of April
2002 where the general public will be able to view when the Association is open.
STOWELL STREET 1969.
(Reproduced with kind permission of Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Library)
Tomorrow's History Project has encouraged the members of the Chinese Community to look
back at their history in the North East of England, the work involved in establishing the
Community and China Town in Newcastle and look forward to the future. One question
is frequently asked by the members; How else can we contribute to the area in which we
The Association is currently operating with Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council and
Grainger Town Partnership planning the regeneration of the China Town Area. It is
the hope of the community that the project will materialise hence helping to bring
enjoyment in culture, art and leisure to the general public.
The very popular Chinese New Year Festival Celebration in Stowell
"When the two lions met."