18th 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
Headway Arts - Bringing Back Blyth Carnival


Skipton Building Society
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
W H Smith Community Grants
Sir James Knott Trust

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.

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.

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 soldMore

Briardale Community Centre, Blyth
Stepping Up – Summer Craft Workshops for Women in August. See attached.

Sure Start Children’s Centres Blyth Valley -  see attached Summer Activity Programme for South East Locality Children’s Centres.  The Family Fun Events are £1 per child and must be paid at the time of the booking.  Bookings can be made at any Children’s Centre.  Families must include a child under 5 and live in the Blyth Valley Area.


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusJuly ride list can be viewed at: 

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. http://www.riverdalehallhotel.co.uk/

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.


Headway Arts

HeadwayBringing Back Blyth Carnival
Headway Arts are this summer working with Blyth Town Council to bring back the Blyth Community Carnival.

Headway Arts aim to involve local people and community groups in bringing back the Blyth Carnival, drawing inspiration from the old time carnivals, circus and vintage entertainments from Blyth's unique history.  On 26th August there will be a Community Carnival Parade to Blyth Market Place which will kick off an afternoon programme of performance on the community stage and around the market place. Blyth will host the very best of dance, music, circus and street theatre from an array of regional artists. There will be an international market and the afternoon will finish with rock-a-billy and lindy hop dancing with Anth Purdy.

People of Blyth this is your event and we need your help to make it happen. 

There are a number of ways to get involved: 

Carnival Club
Carnival Club workshops will take place at Headway ArtSpace in late July and throughout August. Workshops will start on the 25th July with drop in sessions every Tuesday 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm. These sessions are available without booking – but it would be great if you could call in advance and let us know how many will be attending so we have an idea of numbers.

Starting on Monday 7th August workshops will also be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm. You can come to all of them or just one – it’s up to you. Places on these days are limited so please let us know if you are coming by booking a place on 01670351962 or emailing kerri@headwayarts.co.uk.

All workshops are free and open to everyone although young people under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Group bookings are available.

On Tuesday evenings starting on the 25th July there will be sessions by: Blyth Valley Samba 6.30pm-9.30pm and Carnival Parade Costumes 4.30pm-6.30pm

All materials are provided and Headway Arts’ creative team will be on hand to help people design and make their own costumes, walking floats, models, banners and other colourful items to carry in the parade.

Community Centres and Groups – we challenge you to represent, come build a float and walk in the parade!

Performers, groups and artists – want to be part of the parade and perform on our community stage?

Businesses – can you offer some support or sponsorship? Dress your windows with a circus or theatrical theme? Enter a float into the parade? Make a donation?

Basically we’d love to hear from anyone who wants to get involved; making, dancing, acting, singing, stewarding…it’s Blyth’s own Carnival… come along and get involved!

Headway Arts, Headway ArtSpace, The Old Church, Waterloo Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 1BY.  01670 351962 /  admin@headwayarts.co.ukk




Skipton Building Society

Funding for community groups
Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving community funding scheme offers grants of £500 to small groups and organisations who want to make a difference in their neighbourhood.

Deadline for applications is 31st July 2017. Find out more at the Skipton Building Society 


The Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Coalfields Regeneration Trust LogoThe Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reopened the enquiry survey for the Coalfields. Community Investment Programme providing funding up to £10,000. We also offer practical help to organisations/groups operating in the former coalfield areas in England.

1.    The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Funding Support is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Our offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry and applying for funding relating to a project is on the following page:


Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

2.    The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Practical Help is a range of free services and resources available to registered/incorporated organisations such as registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations operating in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities.

For more information please see the link below:



Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust

Catherine Cookson   The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust offers grants to
   charitable organisations working in the North East of England.

The Trust supports a wide range of activities including education and training, environment and conservation, arts and culture as well as general charitable purposes. The Trust’s principal aim is to identify and meet the local needs of the area in which Dame Catherine was brought up and resided. In particular the Trust supports work with young or disadvantaged people.

Applications can be made at any time and will be considered periodically throughout the year.  Grants of between £250 and £100,000 are available.

More info at The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust


W H Smith Community Grants

WH Smith Trust   Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for
   grants of up to £500 from the W H Smith Trust.

   The Trust uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across
   the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where W H Smith operates.

The next deadline for applications is the 30th September 2017.

More info at:  https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/community-grants-application/



Sir James Knott Trust

The Sir James Knott Trust   The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of
   people living and working in the North East of England.

More info at: http://knott-trust.co.uk/


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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