Tyneside CHE Group

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Tyneside CHE Group was a CHE group based in Tyneside. It was founded in July 1972.[1]

Tape/slide kit

In 1978 the group produced a tape/slide kit entitled Homosexuality – A fact of life, for use in schools. It portrayed two teenagers, Dave and Jane, becoming aware of their sexuality.[2]

Showing of the kit in schools was banned by Newcastle council[3] and a move to buy it for County Durham schools was turned down by the Area Health Authority.[4]

Derek Oyston

Derek Oyston was a member of Tyneside CHE Group; in his will he left a substantial legacy to CHE.


  1. Peter Scott-Presland, Amiable Warriors, Volume One, page 575.
  2. John Ezard, "Homosexual project kits go on sale", The Guardian, 5 December 1978.
  3. Letters page, Evening Chronicle, 30 November 1978
  4. "No to film on homosexuality", Durham Advertiser, 1 June 1979.