17th August 2017 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in South East Northumberland
Newsham Community Matters - Summer craft events for Blyth children
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Blyth Youth Link - Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity
Headway Arts - Bringing Back Blyth Carnival
Citizens Advice Northumberland - Vacancy
Voices Northumberland - Safeguarding training 


Big Lottery Fund / Awards for All
Northumberland County Council - Community Chest
Sherburn House Charity
Hadrian 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.

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.

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.


Newsham Community Matters

Summer craft events for Blyth children
Parents with young children in Newsham who are stuck for something to do over the summer holidays are being invited to a series of family craft events.  Organised as part of the Newsham Community Matters project the events will take place on August 23rd and 30th at St Bede’s Hall, and are aimed at younger children and their parents.

The free, drop-in sessions will include craft activities and games and will run from 2pm-4pm. Dodgy Clutch Theatre Company will be coming along to the session on to the 30th to run workshops for children and put on a performance.

The Newsham Community Matters project was developed by the council earlier this year, after the council canvassed opinion in the community about what they would like to see developed.  With the help of a £26,000 grant from NE Procurement, weekly courses and activities were developed with the aim of improving the lives of people in the area.

The project focuses on three themes, IT Matters, such as help with job applications and benefit claims; Practical Matters, such as First Aid, tenancy advice and confidence building, Craft Club and Newsham Natters Lunch Club and Family Matters, such as cooking on a budget and healthy lifestyle advice. Courses are held weekly at the Church of Yahweh, St Bede’s Church Hall and The Pavilion in Newsham.  A community group has now been set up as charitable trust to take the project forward.


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusAugust bike ride list:

This Saturday sees our next two day ride from Hartside all the way to Bryness, looks a like a fab route, good luck to all doing it. Sharon and Gill leading this one.

Sunday 20th we have a choice of two 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. http://www.riverdalehallhotel.co.uk/  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 working with Blyth Town Council to bring back the Blyth Community Carnival.  Their aim is 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.

See poster and dates for workshops.

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


Citizens Advice Northumberland - Vacancy

Telephone & Digital Services Assessor 

See attached.


Voices Northumberland

Voices NorthumberlandSafeguarding training 
Are you and your staff/volunteers/trustees up to date with your safeguarding training?

We encourage you to plan ahead to ensure you get the training you need when you need it.  If you intend to apply for funding you are often asked if your team has participated in safeguarding training appropriate to their role. VoiCeS deliver a range of safeguarding training. 

For our full timetable of dates/times & venues please click here.




Big Lottery Fund / Awards for All

Awards for AllIn 2015 we launched our strategic framework, with the core principle of People in the Lead - putting our customers and those in the communities we serve at the heart of everything we do.  As part of our ambition to support a greater number of people and local organisations who want to make their communities better places to live, we have made improvements to our most popular funding stream.

The newly named National Lottery Awards for All has been improved:

Our customers have played a key role in helping to design our new approach and materials.  It’s the first time we’ve taken this approach and we’ll be doing more of it in the future.

Check out our website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk to see our new guidance and application form.


Northumberland County Council

NCC logo   Improved Community Chest scheme is relaunched

A much valued community funding scheme has been improved and relaunched by Northumberland County Council.
One of the key improvements to the authority’s Community Chest Fund is a new grant aimed specifically at the under 18s.  Read more …


Sherburn House Charity

Sherburn House CharityThe Sherburn House Community Grants Programme aims to support voluntary and community groups and organisations. 

The Programme provides grants up to £5,000 to support charities, voluntary-led organisations and projects that have an incredible impact in their community, enabling them to continue their work and make vital improvements to their service.  Deadline for next round of applications is 1st September 2017.

More info at: Sherburn House Charity


Hadrian Trust

Hadrian Trust logoThe Hadrian Trust makes grants to charities and groups working for the benefit of the people and the environment of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham, including Hartlepool.

Deadline for applications is 11th September 2017 for their October meeting.

More info at:  Hadrian Trust


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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