3rd August 2107 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
Headway Arts - Bringing Back Blyth Carnival
Escape Family Support - Trustee Position
Grace: Northumberland Rape Crisis - Event in Morpeth, Rattlesnake
European Social Fund – Free Information Event


Comic Relief
The Hospital of God at Greatham
BBC Children in Need
Greggs 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
Please see attached for events happening at the centre in August, September and October 2017.  The Centre provides meals on a Thursday, see attached menu.

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

WATBusAugust list now on our website, have a peek and see what takes your fancy.

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.  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….


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.  

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 commenced on 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 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.uk


Escape Family Support

Escape Family SupportTrustee Position
Would you like to make a difference to people’s lives in Northumberland?

The role: Trustee: an average of 1 day per month.  We offer flexible arrangements for people to get involved with the charity, from full trustee to Associate.

Who should apply: People who want to make a difference to the lives of people and the communities of Northumberland? You are likely to have skills and experience in any of the following areas: management, finance, fundraising, marketing, banking, community and youth work, volunteer support, health, education or social work and/or experience of addictions.

Time commitment: an average of 1 day per month. Board meetings are held bi-monthly late afternoon. Other meetings are arranged around people’s diaries.

Location: HQ is based in Ashington. Most meetings are held in Cramlington.

About ESCAPE Family Support: We are a successful locally-based, community-led charity which was established in 1995. We employ 11 people and have over 50 active volunteers. We have been awarded many local, regional and national awards for the quality of the services we provide.

Our Mission: Enabling individuals and families to live healthy lives, free from the impact of addictions and risky behaviours.

Our Needs: ESCAPE Family Support is looking for new trustees who are passionate about making a difference. Committed to the values and principles of our organisation, you will work alongside existing board members at a strategic level to provide support to a small but highly experienced management team. You will be using your time to help govern, advise, oversee policy and direction and assist with the leadership and general promotion of ESCAPE Family Support.

What to do next: If you are interested in this voluntary position, please contact Janet Murphy, Chief Executive, in the first instance on: 07812 983 610

Closing date: Thursday 31 August 2017.


Grace – Northumberland Rape Crisis

Event in Morpeth
Rattlesnake is an epic tale, based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse.

Rattlesnake is produced and performed by Open Clasp and Live Theatre in association with York Theatre Royal.  All monies from ticket sales will be donated to Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN). RCTN is the organisation that runs Grace in Northumberland.  Tickets from £5.80.

Date / time:     Monday 2nd October 2017, 2pm - 4pm
Venue:            Morpeth Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE16 1LZ

More info a: www.rattlesnakerctn.eventbrite.co.uk


European Social Fund – Free Information Event

The Northumberland North East Technical Assistance team is holding a free information event to give prospective applicants more details on the focus of the ESF calls, what areas they will address and how a potential application for funding should be approached.

Date:             Thursday 17th August 2017, 10.00 - 12.00
Venue:          County Hall, Northumberland County Council.
Please view the link below for more information and to register a place:





Comic Relief

Comic Relief  Comic Relief’s new older people’s funding programme
  A £1.5 million fund to engage older people aged 65 and over from ‘harder to reach’
  groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills, knowledge and
  experience to contribute to their communities.

  Comic Relief are looking for proposals which put older people at the centre of the work, designing and developing activities or opportunities which meet their needs, interests and priorities.  The deadline for applications is midday 29th August 2017.

More info at:



The Hospital of God at Greatham

Hospital of God at Greatham  The Hospital of God makes grants to other voluntary organisations. They aim to
  support charities working in lower profile areas of work that reach people who are on
  the edges of society.

  More info at http://www.hospitalofgod.org.uk/grant-making.html



BBC Children in Need

Children in Need logo   Small 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

Closing date for applications is the 1st September 2017.

More info at:



Greggs Foundation

Greggs Foundation   Local Community Projects Fund
   The Local Community Projects Fund makes grants of up to £2,000 to
   help organisations based in local communities to deliver activities that
   they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Organisations are able to apply once per calendar year.

Local Community Projects help to build resilience within a local community such as trips and activities.

More info at:  https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants


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.

Unsubscribe, Privacy policy