1st February 2018 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - AGM Notification
CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in South East Northumberland
Headway Arts - Come On Down festival
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Northumberland Youth Link / Your Future Matters
Contact North East – In Contact publication


The Ted Weekes Fund
The Garfield Weston Foundation
Awards for All
BBC Children in Need
Sir James Knott Trust

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


CVA Blyth Valley - AGM Notification

Annual General Meeting 

Our AGM will be held on:

Thursday 15th February 2018 at 4:00 pm

The Community Enterprise Centre, Ridley Street, Blyth, NE24 3AG

All Welcome.


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 

To 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.


Headway Arts

Help support Come On Down!
We have started a very exciting crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds for our upcoming Come On Down festival. A festival of inspiring performing arts for and by learning disabled artists.There are some fantastic rewards including original artwork from our very own PrintAble group. 

We would love your help to spread the word about this great cause you could donate, share or like. Any donations however small will make a significant difference.  

Donate now


WATBike / WATBus

Monthly two day ride programme will be published soon.
First up will be our annual Lindisfarne ride, which is booked for Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. This will be a gentle introduction to two day rides, with around 30 - 35 miles being covered each day (starting in Coldstream on Saturday and finishing in Wooler on Sunday).  

Other plans for the year include a tour of Teesside, a reversal of last year's Carlisle to Penrith the long way ride; a panniers adventure to the fabulous new Sill facility at Once Brewed; another Scottish Coast to Coast; and a re-run of the West Yorkshire loop that we did two years ago (as we've now recovered from the Pateley Bridge climb!) 

Please drop us a line on cycling@watbus.org.uk or ring 01670 522111 to book on any of our rides, and as of now, Wednesday evenings are FREE!

WATBike sell clothing, shoes, bags and other assorted cycling accessories at affordable prices and would be pleased to accept any of your unwanted cycling bits & pieces to add to their stock. All proceeds go to support the WATBus Charity.

Bike Services  -  WATBike have a team of experienced mechanics ready to carry out a full range of servicing & repairs. Just call 01670522111.


Children North East

Children North EastNorthumberland Youth Link

Youth Link Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity

Why not stand out from the crowd – sign up to become a Youth Link Mentor and help young people.

Are you aged 17 to 25?
Are you looking for volunteering hours or a new challenge?
Not sure which career path to follow?
Can you spare 2–3 hours a week?

Find out more through facebook 'Children North Est Youth Link' and click 'sign up'

Your Future Matters

Are you female?
Do you live in Northumberland?
Are you aged between 11 – 18?
Have you been directly and / or indirectly affected by violence or abuse?

Would it help to have someone near your own age to talk to?  Your Future Matters can offer you support from another young person aged 17 – 25 !   Find out more ….


Contact North East

Please find attached the latest edition of In Contact, the quarterly newsletter from Contact North East.


Funding Information


The Ted Weekes Fund

Community Foundation   The Ted Weekes Fund at the Community Foundation welcomes
   applications from community groups in support of children and young
   people's projects operating in the areas of New Hartley and Seaton Sluice.

The fund was established in 2002 and to date it has made grants amounting to over £132,000 to local community groups across a variety of projects including sports, school holiday activity programmes, arts projects, and IT equipment.

Grants from £500 to £2,000 are available for equipment and resources for activities, small running costs (for example room hire), and inspirational trips or visits.

Deadline for applications is 19th February 2018.  For info at Ted Weekes Fund 


The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools.

The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs. Groups in need of revenue funding should apply to the Foundation’s main grants programme. Funding is available for:

·        New community facilities.
·        Improvement of community facilities.
·        Items that require a sizeable investment eg purchase of minibus.
·        Improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use.
·        New buildings or extensions to an existing building for community use eg new kitchen,
         meeting room or storage facility.
·        Improvements to, or renovation or refurbishment of, an existing building such as installing a
         toilet and servery in a rural church for community use.
·        New fixed playground equipment, climbing walls or multiuse games area in a public playing
·        Purchase of large or expensive items if it is crucial to supporting local people eg minibus for
         elderly day care, equipment for a training room, community café fit out.
·        Purchase of land or property with a minimum of a 25 year lease with a clear community

Total project costs must be above £30,000.  The deadline for applications is 30 June 2018.

More info at: Garfield Weston Foundation website.


Awards for All

Big LotteryAwards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

You can apply if your organisation is a:

·   voluntary or community organisation
·   registered charity
·   constituted group or club
·   not-for-profit company or community interest company
·   social enterprise
·   school
·   statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to tell us in your application how your project or activity will:

·   bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
·   improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
·   enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible

It’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning. We feel that your project or activity will be more successful as a result.

We’re also keen to support smaller organisations and will consider your income when making a decision.

More info on the Big Lottery website.


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 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of:

Closing date for applications is 1st March 2018.

More info on the BBC Children in Need website


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.

The next Trustee meeting will be held on Friday 23rd of March 2018.  The deadline for receiving completed applications for this meeting is Thursday 1st March 2018.

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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