6th July 2017 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in South East Northumberland
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Blyth Youth Link - Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity
BBC Inside Out - Anniversary of Northern Rock collapse
British Red Cross - Community Connector Introduction
Barnardo’s - Barnardo's Supported Lodgings
Bede Academy – support for Environmental projects in Blyth


Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)
Sport England
BBC Children in Need
Community Foundation

CVA Blyth Valley - contact details, opening hours and standing item


CVA Blyth Valley

Room for Hire
We have a small office for hire in our premises in Beaconsfield Street, Blyth.

The hire of the room includes heating, lighting and electricity.  Tenants would also have full use of our kitchen facilities, disabled access toilets and communal areas.  Interested parties should contact Thom Bradley at CVABV on 01670 353623 / thom.bradley@cvabv.org.uk


What’s on in South East Northumberland 

What’s OnTo view what’s on in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley please click here.

New Hartley Memorial Hall - Carpet Bowls
If you are interested in carpet bowls pop along to the New Hartley Memorial Hall.  Every Friday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00pm

Seaton Sluice Community Centre
Family Fun Day, Saturday 8th July, 1:00 – 4:00 pm - FREE
Cinema Club – La La Land, Thursday 13th July, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, £2.50 Donation 
Village Clean Up, Saturday 15th July, 9:30 – 1:30 pm. FREE LUNCH

Cramlington Community Arts Project - First Monday of the Month artmaking sessions with professional artists. 10am - 12noon at Cramlington Village Community Centre, East Farm Terrace, Cramlington, NE23 1DT.

Azure Charitable Enterprise – Azure hold regular Disco nights at the Nelson Club, Nelson village, Cramlington from 7 – 10 pm, cost: £3 see attached for 2017 dates.

Blyth Artisan’s Market 2017, Saturday 8th July 2017
Arts and Craft and food stalls will be held in the Keel Row shopping centre and outside on the market place.  Keel Row Shopping Centre and Blyth Market, Blyth, Tel 07909688174

Buffalo Community Centre, Blyth - Craft Share Blyth, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2017.  We are seeking crafters and craft groups from South East Northumberland who would like to join us either for one day or the weekend to promote their group and their craft.  Craft items and supplies can also be soldRead more ….


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusSunday 9th July, 0900 from Cobalt - Park life ride: riding through a number of the lovely local parks in the area. Will be around 40 miles in total with a cuppa and cake on route.

July ride list now available on our website, as usual the team have come up with some good rides. 


Extra two day ride confirmed.
While the main WATBike group is away for the Northern Ireland trip, we are arranging an additional two day ride for Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.  This ride, guided by Claire and Stephen, is titled “Posh Panniers” - a mixture of roughing it and living in luxury! 

Whilst this is an unsupported ride and you will be expected to carry your own luggage, the overnight accommodation is the lovely Riverdale Hall Hotel in Bellingham.  They have all the amenities you could wish for – including a pool – so pack your swimming gear in your panniers!  The price of the trip also includes a three course dinner and the food is outstanding.

The distance covered each day will be around 45 miles.  On day one, the route will take you from Cobalt to Bellingham via Kirkley, Whalton, Dyke Neuk, Scots Gap and “the wannies”; the return journey on Sunday will be back through Wark and Stamfordham. Total cost for the ride is £95 per head. We currently have about 4 spaces left.

Great North Bike Ride 2017
As usual this fab ride from Seahouses to Tynemouth is on Sunday 27th August. Support this great cause and book your place through the website http://www.greatnorthbikeride.com/   We will be supplying transport up to the start point from Cobalt and Blyth if you require it. 

A personal plea from Colin!
On Sunday 30th July, WATBike are supporting the Annan to Tynemouth 100 miler, specifically for the Northern Head and Neck Cancer charity. I am cycling it as a participant, and hoping to raise some money for the charity. Most of you will know this is very close to my heart, having suffered (and still having problems) from neck and tonsil cancer 4 years ago.  Would you be kind enough to help me raise money for this great cause.  I will be carrying a sponsor form over the next few weeks, or you can donate on the following Just Giving crowd funding site.  Every penny will be appreciated. Thanks in advance. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/colinhall-watbikee

Colin 07918 075187.


Children North East – Blyth Youth Link

Children North EastYouth Link Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity
Young people today don’t always get the kind of help they need to overcome their difficulties.  They need someone who still knows how it feels to be young........

Are you aged 18 to 25?
Are you looking for a new challenge or a career change?
Would you like to help young people?
Could you spare 2–3 hours per week?
Can you travel to South East Northumberland easily?

Then come and join us.  More….


BBC Inside Out

BBC Inside Out  Anniversary of Northern Rock collapse
  BBC Inside Out in Newcastle want to speak to organisations who were funded by the
  Northern Rock Foundation about their efforts in finding replacement funding and any
  cutbacks they have implemented in the wake of the closure.

Inside Out are making a half hour film on the collapse of Northern Rock due to be broadcast in September (the 10 year anniversary of the collapse of the bank). They would like to explore the work done by the Northern Rock Foundation - how it was a major source of funds and how its closure had an impact on charities and organisations in the region.

If you would like to be involved, please contact Dave Morrison via email or on 0191 2441248.


British Red Cross

British Red CrossCommunity Connector Introduction
Time:             10am-12pm
Date:              Monday 17 July 2017
Location:        Community Enterprise Centre, Ridley Street, Blyth, NE24 3AG

As your Community Connector for Blyth, Northumberland, I would like to invite you to an introduction to the project which commenced on the 1st May 2017.

This will be a chance for you to learn more about the aims and values of the project and gain a better understanding of my role and how the project may assist you, but also how you may assist me. This a new project for the Red Cross and I really believe the service that is offered can and will make a difference.

Please attend and bring a summary of your role within your organisation and a little about how you think the Community Connector project can assist you and your clients. The more we know and understand each other’s roles and priorities the greater the chance of success.

Further info from: Michael Rickwood, Community Connector, Blyth, Northumberland
Mobile: 07808243708  /  Email: mrickwood@redcross.org.uk



Barnardos   Barnardo's Supported Lodgings
   Barnardo’s Supported Lodgings services offer temporary accommodation for
   young people leaving care or facing homelessness.

If you have a spare room and would like to help a vulnerable young person get in touch with Barnardo's via their website or email carol.preston@barnardos.org.uk.


Bede Academy

Calling Environmental projects in Blyth
On the 17th July students of Bede Academy participate in an activity day based around looking after the environment.

Any projects that would like support from the students on 17th July please contact:

Rebecca Butler
HOD Geography




Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

Architectural Heritage FundFunding to Regenerate Historic Buildings
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) which supports the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings, has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Project Development Grant scheme (up to £25,000) is the 16 August 201.

Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site.

The AHF also makes Project Viability Grants of up to £5,000 to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition. Applications for grants of less than £5,000 can be made at any time and they aim to give a decision within 6 weeks.

Decisions on grants £5,000 and over are made by Trustees at their quarterly Council meetings, deadlines are 16 August 2017 for 27 September Council meeting, 1 November 2017 for 13 December Council meeting.

More info at:  http://ahfund.org.uk/grant/


Sport England

Sport EnglandNew Families Fund
The aim of the fund is to offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together. A particular focus will be to support parents on low incomes with children aged 5-15 living in areas of high deprivation; and to make sure their children have positive experiences of sport and physical activity.

Sport England will be seeking applications from organisations, both sporting and non-sporting, who understand children and families and have a proven track record of working with them.

Potential examples include housing associations, family -focused charities, parent support organisations and outdoor activity providers.  The anticipated size of funding for projects from the Families Fund will be from £50,000 up to £500,000 for the right project

Closing date for applications is 3pm on the 17 August 2017.

More info at: https://www.sportengland.org/funding/families-fund/apply-to-our-families-fund/


BBC Children in Need

Children in Need logoSmall Grants Programme
Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that help children and young people experiencing:

Closing date for applications is the 1st September 2017.

More info at:



Community Foundation

LEAFLocal Environmental Action Fund
Projects should have a very clear environmental focus, but should also show how they can have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities. See guidelines for full criteria. Priorities are woodlands and trees, pollution and litter and projects that encourage walking, cycling as sustained transport options to address environmental issues.

To make an application to a specific fund please read the fund guidelines and deadline information here.

CVA Blyth Valley

Contact Details

22 Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2DP
Tel: 01670 353623  / Email:  info@cvabv.org.uk  /  Website:  www.cvabv.org.uk
Registered Company No: 5860971  /  Registered Charity No: 1116430

Thom Bradley, Chief Executive Officer: thom.bradley@cvabv.org.uk
Pauline Blake, Capacity Building Officer:  pauline.blake@cvabv.org.uk
Sybil Pattie, Administrator:  sybil.pattie@cvabv.org.uk

Opening Hours

Office Opening Hours:   Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Room for Hire / Resources

CVA Blyth Valley has a downstairs small meeting / training room for hire.  The room is fully accessible, holds 8 people comfortably around a boardroom–style table, and includes the use of a whiteboard, projector, screen, OHP and Wi-Fi availability.

Cost is £5 per hour  /  £15 per half day  /  £25 full day  (refreshments will be extra)

To book and check availability please contact CVABV on 01670 353623 or email: info@cvabv.org.uk

Resources (charges apply – please enquire!)

CVA Blyth Valley is supported by Blyth, Cramlington Town Councils as well as local trust funders.

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