Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council

Making A Difference In Your Community Today

PictureBlakelaw and North Fenham Community Council is based within Newcastle City Council's Blakelaw Ward. The Community Council is split in to 3 Wards within the Parish boundary, Blakelaw, Cragston and North Fenham.

Parish Boundary Map 
BLAKELAW ward map.pdf

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council is a local community council serving the people of Blakelaw and North Fenham.

Community Councils (also known as Parish Councils) are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve electorates and are independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax). Residents will know they live within the Community Council area as they will pay this additional precept charge. Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council are 1 of 10,000 local councils in England with over 30% of the country parished with 100,000 councillors serving in these local councils. Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have 12 seats on the Council with 9 of those seats currently being filled leaving 3 vacancies spread across all 3 Wards. The role of Community Councillor is not a paid role and those elected put themselves forward as volunteers.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council works hard to improve community well-being and providing better services. Our activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community well-being.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council support community groups, campaign for community safety and crime reduction measures, hold their own community events, litter bins, street cleaning and youth projects amongst a number of other support community initiatives.

John Wears

Chair

Blakelaw Ward

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James Gill (Jimmy)

Vice Chair

Blakelaw Ward

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Ann Keenan

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

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Violet Rooke

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

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Lorraine Birkett

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

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Judith Parkin

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

Irene Teasdale

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

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Marilyn Irving

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

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Vacancy

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

Juna Sathian

Community Councillor

North Fenham Ward

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Vacancy

Community Councillor

North Fenham Ward

Vacancy

Community Councillor

North Fenham Ward

Helen Richardson

Clerk to the Community Council


FOR ALL MEETINGS OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL INCLUDING DROP INS AND SUB GROUPS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAIR OR CLERK TO THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE VENUE


Community Council Meetings

Meetings are  held on the second Thursday of each month, (except August and December), at 6pm in the Community Room, Moorland House, Moulton Place, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3RY.  You are advised to check the location on each agenda.  Please see the below for the agendas and minutes of each meeting.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and raise any issues before the commencement of the formal business.  If you wish to speak during the formal business session, please indicate this to the Chair by raising your hand.  The Chair will conduct the order of speakers and will indicate who will speak next. 

The Community Council also hold a monthly drop in session on the first Thursday of each month, (except August and December) at 5.30pm in the Community Room, Moorland House, Moulton Place, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3RY.  

Standards and Codes

The Standards (Parish/Community Councils) Sub Committee, oversees the operation of the codes of conduct by providing guidance assistance and training. See the Code of Conduct Code of conduct 2019.pdf

2022/2023 - Agenda's and Minutes 

Date 
Agenda
Minutes 
14 April 2022 (Cancelled)Agenda 14.04.2022.doc
Meeting cancelled and rearranged to 28/04/2022
28 April 2022 (rearranged)Agenda 28.04.2022(rearranged).doc
Minutes 28.04.2022.doc
12 May 2022 (AGM)AGM Agenda 12.05.2022.doc

09 June 2022Agenda 09.06.2022.doc

14 July 2022

August 2022No Meeting 
08 September 2022

13 October 2022

10 November 2022

December 2022 No Meeting 
12 January 2023

09 February 2023

09 March 2023


Sub Groups 

Date
Sub GroupAgenda Chair (for further information please contact the Chair)
08 June 2022Community Engagement Agenda 08.06.2022.doc
Juna Sathian
07 July 2022Environment 
Violet Rook
04 August 2022Staffing (Closed Group)
John Wears 
01 September 2022Community Engagement 
Juna Sathian
06 October 2022Environment
Violet Rook
03 November 2022Community Engagement 
Juna Sathian 
01 December 2022Staffing (Closed Group)
John Wears
05 January 2023Budget Meeting 
John Wears 
02 February 2023Community Engagement 
Juna Sathian
02 March 2023 Environment
Violet Rook
March 2023Staffing (Closed Group)
John Wears 


2021/2022 - Agenda's and Minutes 

Date 
Agenda
Minutes 
08 April 2021Agenda 08.04.2021.doc
Minutes 08.04.2021.doc
POSTPONED
13 May 2021 - AGM 
AGM Agenda 13.05.2021.doc
POSTPONED due to the continuation of holding digital meetings lapsing 
 20 May 2021 - AGM - to be held at English Martyr's Church Agenda 20.05.2021 (Rescheduled from 13.05.2021).doc
Minutes(AGM) 20.05.2021.doc
BNFCC Annual Report 2020-21[3390].pdf
10 June 2021
Agenda 10.06.2021.doc
Minutes 10.06.2021.doc
 08 July 2021 Agenda 08.07.2021.doc
Minutes 08.07.2021.doc
 August 2021 - No Meeting

 16 September 2021Agenda 16.09.2021.doc
Minutes 16.09.201.doc
 14 October 2021Agenda 14.10.2021.doc
Minutes 14.10.2021.doc
 11 November 2021Agenda 11.11.2021.doc
Minutes 11.11.2021.doc
 02 December 2021 - Special Meeting Agenda 02.12.2021.doc
Minutes 02.12.2021.doc
13 January 2022
Agenda 13.01.2022.doc
Minutes 13.01.2022.doc
10 February 2022
Agenda 10.02.2022.doc
Minutes 10.02.2022.doc
10 March 2022
Agenda 10.03.2022.doc
Minutes 10.03.2022.doc


Sub Groups 

Date
Sub GroupAgenda
Chair (for further information please contact the Chair)
04/02/2021Community Engagement GroupBNFCC Comms Meeting 04.02.2021.doc
Jimmy Gill 
03/06/2021Community Engagement Group Agenda 03.06.2021.doc
Juna Sathian 
01/07/2021Environmental Group Agenda 01.07.2021.docx
Violet Rooke 
21/09/2021Community Engagement Group
Agenda 21.09.2021.doc
Juna Sathian 









2020/2021 - Agendas and Minutes 

Date 
Agenda
Minutes 
09 April 2020 No Meeting (COVID - 19)
14 May 2020 - No AGM till 2021Agenda 14.05.2020.doc
Minutes 14.05.2020.doc
11 June 2020Agenda 11.06.2020.doc
Minutes 11.06.2020.doc
09 July 2020Agenda 09.07.2020.doc
Minutes 09.07.2020.doc
 13 August 2020  Agenda 13.08.2020.doc
Minutes 13.08.2020.doc
10 September 2020Agenda 10.09.2020.doc
Minutes 10.09.2020.doc
08 October 2020Agenda 08.10.2020.doc
Minutes 08.10.2020.doc
12 November 2020Agenda 12.11.2020.doc
Minutes 12.11.2020.doc
10 December 2020 - No Meeting 

14 January 2021 Agenda 14.01.2021.doc
Minutes 14.01.2021.doc
11 February 2021 (meeting postponed to 18 February 2021)Meeting postponed to 18/02/2021Meeting postponed to 18/02/2021
 18 February 2021Agenda 18.02.2021(rescheduled from 11.02.2021).doc
Minutes 18.02.2021.doc
11 March 2021
Agenda 11.03.2021.doc
Minutes 11.03.2021.doc


2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes 




Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 

Each year Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council are required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). Once the return has been approved by the External Auditor, it is published on the Council’s website.

2021 - 2022

Public Right of Inspection Notice

Public-rights notice 2021-22.docx

AGAR 2021 - 2022

Signed AGAR (10.06.2022).pdf

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 

Asset Register 2021 - 2022.xlsx

Risk assessment 2021 - 2022.docx

2020 - 2021

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021 

PKF Littlejohn (signed).pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice of conclusion of audit_2021[1786].docx

Public Right of Inspection Notice

Public Right of Inspection (14.06.2021 - 23.07.2021).docx

AGAR 2020 - 2021(amended)

Amended Part 3 AGAR 30.08.21(Initialled)[5771].pdf

Annual-Return-Part3-2020-21-3-e-enabled.pdf

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2020 - 2021

Asset Register 2020 - 2021.xlsx

Risk assessment 2020-2021.docx

2019 - 2020

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2019 - 2020 

Section 1&2 AGAR (Signed Off).pdf

Section 3 AGAR (Signed Off).pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Notice of conclusion of audit_2020[1786].docx

Public Right of Inspection Notice 

Public Right of Inspection (01.09.2020-12.10.2020).docx

AGAR 2019 - 2020

AGAR 2019 - 2020.pdf

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2019 - 2020

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2019-20.docx

2018 - 2019 

AGAR 2018 - 2019  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community Council

Accounts 2018 - 2019

Copy of B&NFCC 18-19 accounts.xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2018 - 2019 

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2018-19.docx

2017 - 2018

AGAR 2017 - 2018  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community  Council 

Accounts Certificate March 2018.pdf

Accounts 2017 - 2018

Copy of B&NFCC 17-18 accounts.xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2017 - 2018

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2017-18.docx

2016 - 2017

AGAR 2016 - 2017  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community  Council

Accounts 2016 - 2017

Copy of B&NFCC 16-17 accounts.xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2016 - 2017

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2016-17.docx

2015 - 2016

AGAR 2015 - 2016  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community  Council

Copy of B&NFCC 15-16 accounts (1385).xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2015 - 2016

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2015-16.docx





Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council aims to improve the social and economic welfare of the residents of the Parish. It is essential that any organisation requesting financial assistance will be expected to support the aims of the Council and that its activities address at least one of the following objectives:-

  1. To enhance community cohesion
  2. To develop social inclusion
  3. To alleviate deprivation   

Applications must be from a community based organisation. The Council will not consider applications from individuals, projects that are political or religious projects that do not demonstrate social or economic benefits.

You can apply for a grant funding by completing the below grant funding application(click on the link), don't forget to read the guidance notes thoroughly and ensure you have ALL relevant documents requested before you submit your application.

Grant Application June 2020.docx

Grant application guidance notes June 2020.doc

Grant Monitoring Form June 2020.doc


In 2021 - 2022 Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have provided financial support to:

Holly Court

Blakelaw Flats TARA

Blakelaw Juniors Football Club

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council also donated a laptop to an apprentice via Projects4Change 

In 2020 - 2021 Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have provided financial support to:

Projects4change - Youth Work

Blakelaw Club Juniors Football

In 2019/20 Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have provided financial support to:

Blakelaw Pensioners Association 

Newcastle West Kinship Carers 

Blakelaw Flats Tenants and Residents Association

Holly Court Club

165 Tenants and Residents Association

Fostering in Newcastle 

Jelly Tots Messy Play 

Little Learners Nursery - Blakelaw

Newcastle United Foundation 




Congratulations 

Congratulations to Community Councillor Irene Teasdale for being honoured in the Queens Platinum Jubilee Honours List and receiving a British Empire Medal for her services to the community in Newcastle upon Tyne - Well done Irene 

SEARCH Activity Schedule June 2022


Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 

Save-the-Date!

Join Unfolding Theatre at Betty's Hut and Garden in Cowgate on Friday 3rd June for the Platinum Jubilee Family Fun Day. We promise you a day filled with food, live music and DJ, family storytelling, pop-up performances, cracking craft activities and lashings of strawberries and cream - LUSH!

We'll be there 11am - 3pm, along with our pals at Projects 4 Change - come along to find out what unfolds?

Free event. Everyone welcome.

You don't have to pre-book tickets but you might like to join our Facebook event for the latest news and updates - don't forget to save to your calendars!

https://buff.ly/3wFOaSe

Tik Tok Awareness Leaflet 

Tik Tok Flyer[2374].pdf

Thomas Walling Primary School - Queen's Green Canopy

Mr Serfontein, Deputy Lieutenant, attended Thomas Walling Primary Academy on Monday 11th October, 2021. He addressed an assembly of pupils, explaining the significance of the Queen's Green Canopy and included some very interesting facts about trees. The children thoroughly enjoyed joining in with his 'wow' moments and felt very excited and privileged to be the recipient of one of only 70 birch trees as part of this important initiative. Following the assembly, Mr Serfontein planted the birch tree (betula ermanii) with members of the School Council. It now has pride of place on 'the hill' outside of the school's dining hall, where it can be viewed every day.             

More information about the Queen’s Green Canopy, ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’, can be found at this website:

 https://queensgreencanopy.org       


COVID19 - Updates 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

STOLEN - Community Defibrillator - STOLEN

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community successfully obtained a life saving Defibrillator to help support the community and all the residents in the area of Blakelaw and North Fenham.  With the support of the North East Ambulance Service and Your Homes Newcastle, the defibrillator has been placed on the outside of Moorland House. 

Useful Links 

Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878

www.newcastle.gov.uk

www.projects4change.org   


Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council aim to provide a community newsletter 4 times per year.  If you would like to contribute to our newsletter.  Please email bnfcc@outlook.com with your request.  Our Newsletters are below:

March 2020

BNFCC Newsletter MARCH 2020[10699].pdf

June 2020 

BNFCC Newsletter JUNE 2020[11955].pdf

October 2020

BNFCC OCTOBER 2020[2071].pdf

Christmas Update December 2020 and 2021 Calendar 

BNFCC 2021 calendar[2072].pdf

January 2021 

BNFCC COVID final Flyer January 2021.pdf

INTRODUCTION TO WELLBEING COACHING 

DELIVERED BY MARO PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT


We are now working with MARO Personal Development to offer residents of Blakelaw and North Fenham this free course.

Are you interested in a role as a wellbeing coach? If so enrol on our FREE online introductory course.

A wellbeing coach can help people achieve their goals in life by applying the principles and processes of life coaching to achieve lifestyle improvements. The wellbeing coach stands by the client as an advocate of their health and wellbeing whilst inspiring and supporting their growth and development.

Our FREE introductory course will give you an awareness of the role of the wellbeing coach.

Course Start date – Ongoing dates - please just ask

Course length - There is a 2-week window for you to complete the course and you can access the course any time to undertake your learning.

Course duration - The course should take you around 4 - 5 hours to complete.

Course Modules

Introduction to the course

The Role of a Wellbeing Coach

The Benefits of Wellbeing Coaching

Hot Topics in Wellbeing Coaching

Wellbeing Coaching in the Community and Workplace

Building a Wellbeing Coaching Business

Next Steps

Course assessment - There an external assessment at the end of the course in a format of a quiz.

Course access - You will access the course through our Moodle platform the URL is https://www.maropersonaldevelopment.online.

On completion - On completion you will be emailed a MARO Personal Development Certificate.


About us - if you would like any more information about MARO our information is on our website maropersonaldevelopment.com . If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us, via email or by phone on 0191 903 5629 or +447368306854.

 

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council Needs You!


If you are proud of and love the area you live in, if you are community focused and want to be part of a supportive, forward thinking community oriented committee, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council need you!

The Community Council are looking for 3 volunteers to represent the North Fenham Ward, 1 volunteer to represent the Cragston Ward and 1 volunteer to represent the Blakelaw Ward areas of the Community Council Parish Boundary.

For further details about the role and how you can become involved please contact John Wears, Chair at johnwears@bnfcc@gmail.com or Helen Richardson, Clerk at bnfcc@outloook.com for further information.



Election Notices 

Notice of Uncontested Election 2019.pdf


BLAKELAW AND NORTH FENHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL 

CHRISTMAS UPDATE  

Despite the recent Coronavirus uncertainty Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have continued to work hard supporting various organisations within the community, below is an update of what has been happening including some photographs for everyone to see. 

Christmas Trees Christmas has started in the world of Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council.  On the 27 November, off we went on a special journey to Northern Christmas Trees based in Gosforth to select 2 very special Christmas trees.  These special trees were being donated by the Community Council and heading off to 2 special venues to brighten up the faces of the staff and children at Hilton Primary School and Thomas Walling Primary School.  The trees were picked and delivered to the schools last week and I’m sure you’ll all agree they are beautiful.  It was a pleasure to be able to donate these gorgeous trees to our community.


Anyone for a Christmas Selection Box  Did you know there are around 900 children attending the both Thomas Walling and Hilton Primary Schools and Little Learners Nursery in the Blakelaw and North Fenham Parish boundary area.  With a little help from the Community Council, Santa Claus managed deliver to the schools and the nursery a selection box for everyone – we hope that you all enjoy your sweet treats. 


Christmas Tree Hamper Appeal  It is with great pleasure that Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council were able to donate £500 worth of food to support the Christmas Tree Hamper appeal in aid of the community’s older residents who will be spending Christmas on their own this year.  We hope that those receiving a hamper this year enjoys all the surprises inside.



IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK ALOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Christmas has started in the world of Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council.  On the 25 November, off we went on a special journey to Northern Christmas Trees based in Gosforth to select 2 very special Christmas trees.  These special trees were being donated by the Community Council and heading off to 2 special venues to brighten up the faces of the staff and children at Hilton Primary School and Thomas Walling Primary School.  The trees were picked and delivered to the schools at the beginning of December and I’m sure you’ll all agree they are beautiful.  It was a pleasure to be able to donate these gorgeous trees to our community.


  • Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Meeting are held at Moorland House, Moulton Place, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3RY
  •  07588154441
  •  bnfcc@outlook.com
  •  Drop in sessions: 5.30pm - 6.30pm - 1st Thursday of the month except August and December Community Council Meetings: 6pm - 7.30pm, 2nd Thursday of the month except August and December

POSTPONED - TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE  - Blakelaw and North Fenham Charity Night - 15 May 2020

Charity Night – 15 May 2020
Following a number of updates from Government regarding the COVID 19 virus, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have made the difficult decision to cancel our Charity Night in aid of Changing Lives due to be held at Blakelaw Club on the 15 May 2020. We are hoping that this event can be rearranged and will be working alongside Blakelaw Club with a view to rearranging. If you have already bought a ticket for the event this will be valid for the rearranged event, if you wish to obtain a refund on your ticket, please return it to the Community Councillor you purchased it off and they will provide a refund. We will provide updates regarding a the new date as and when we can. If you have any queries please contact our Clerk, Helen on bnfcc@outlook.com or 07588154441

As part of the ongoing work the Community Council are undertaking in support of their Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, they will be holding a charity night following their Annual General Meeting. They will be supporting Changing Lives who play an important role within the community not only in Blakelaw and North Fenham but across the whole of Newcastle and the North East.

The evening will be held at Blakelaw Social Club and will be welcoming "The Amazing" Jackie Hudson and Anthony Loughlin alongside a raffle, tombola and domino cards.

Tickets are now on sale for fabulous price of £3 each. Please contact Blakelaw Club or one of our Community Councillors for your tickets.
POSTPONED - charity night in aid of changing lives POSTPONED - charity night in aid of changing lives
we stand with ukraine 
An Appeal to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees

The Chair of Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council has issued a statement regarding the conflict in Ukraine Cllr John Wears, said: “I am sure I speak for all the residents in Blakelaw and North Fenham when I say that we are deeply saddened by the appalling events taking place in Ukraine. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people, and any residents with family or friends in the country, at this most difficult time.

If residents wish to show their support to the Ukrainian people I would encourage them to make donations.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council and the residents of Moorland House have offered their Community Room as a collection point for donated items before arranging for them to be dropped off at a distribution centre

If you wish to donate any items please drop them at the Community Room, Moorland House, Blakelaw every Monday between 10am and 2pm or 5pm and 7pm starting this Monday 14 March.

List of required items (based on information from aid providers):

Personal hygiene products
- soaps, shower gels, shampoos and hair conditioners, hairbrushes
- tooth brushes and toothpaste, for children and adults
- antiperspirants and deodorants
- face and hand creams.
- sanitary napkins, tampons, panty liners
- larger sanitary pads for women in puerperium and nursing pads
- wet wipes, diapers/Nappies (various sizes), tissues, cotton pads

Medical supplies
- first aid kits
- bandages, gauze and swabs, tourniquets, plasters, disposable gloves
- anti-pain, anti-fever and anti-inflammatory medication for children and adults
- vitamins for children
- Cough and sore throat medicine

Medicine for stomach problems
For children, to keep them occupied / distracted. To help them smile:
- colouring books and crayons / markers
- small puzzles
- small mascots / cuddly toys
- sweets: chocolates, bars, snacks, etc.

Food items:
- baby porridges and fruit / vegetable snacks in tubes (not jars), instant foods such as soups etc., long-term foods such as dried or canned goods, etc.,
- paper towels, cutlery and disposable plates
- sleeping bags, mats, bedding
- power banks, batteries, flashlights

Clothing in different sizes (please bring new items):
- women's and children's underwear
- Cotton T-shirts, sweatshirts and tracksuits, cotton leggings for women
- thermoactivated clothing
- women's slippers, children's and women's pyjamas, bath towels

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept used clothing.

Why not bring your children along to Moorland house to draw and colour a picture for the children of Ukraine

Thank you 

Message from the Chair of the Community Council  

Following the Community Council receiving a complaint, I would like to confirm that Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council are not affiliated to any Political Party or Organisation.

The Community Council does NOT endorse any one Candidate in the up and coming Elections in May 2022.

I would like to wish all Candidates the very best of luck 

Community Councillor John Wears, Chair, Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council