Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council

Making A Difference In Your Community Today

important information regarding COVID -19 (Coronavirus)



Northumbria Police Survey (Updated 26/07/2020)

Northumbria Police is committed to providing an outstanding service to its communities. We want to understand how safe you feel in your neighbourhood and how effective you think our feel our policing service has been.
Your views will help us to shape the future of local policing in your area.
You can take our survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NorthumbriaPolPublicPerceptions20/ 

Stay Safe, Shop Local (Updated 26/06/2020)

Please find attached information about plans for changes to shopping areas on the West Road and Adelaide Terrace. Visit the website https://newcastledistrictshoppingcentres.commonplace.is/ for more information and to have your say. 

Adelaide Terrace email with links[11971].pdf

West Road email wth links[11970].pdf

Test, Track and Trace Update (01/06/2020)

NHS-test-and-trace[11881].pdf

Public Health England COVID19 Surveillance Summary(29/04/2020)

Public Health England Survellienace Report COVID19 Epidemiological Summary.pdf

Northumbria Police - Domestic Violence Update (29/04/2020)

For two million victims of domestic abuse, home may not be the safe place it should be.

We can help support you if you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can contact Northumbria Police by telephone on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

If you dial 999 and are unable to speak, the emergency operator will ask you to dial 55 and to follow their instructions to quickly put you in touch with police.

You can also get information and report incidents online via our website www.northumbria.police.uk

There is also a wide range of support services that we work closely with to support victims of domestic abuse.

These services are available across our force area and offer fantastic support to victims in need of advice and information.

Area specific:
Northumberland
DASN – Domestic Abuse Service Northumberland
01670 820199

North Tyneside
Harbour
0191 2513305

Gateshead
Domestic Abuse Team Gateshead
0191 4333333

Newcastle
NIDAS- Newcastle Integrated DA Services
0191 2146501

South Tyneside
Impact Family Services
0737 5788835

Sunderland
Wearside Women In Need
0800 0665555

General:
Angelou Centre
(support for BME/refuges)
0191 2260394
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000247
Men’s Advice Line
0808 8010327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
0800 9995428

Extract from the press release on "www.gov.uk" w/ebsite from the Department of Education (updated 20/04/2020)

Disadvantaged children across England are set to receive laptops and tablets as part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Devices will be ordered for children in the most vital stages of their education, those who receive support from a social worker and care leavers.

The government will also provide 4G routers to make sure disadvantaged secondary school pupils and care leavers can access the internet – where those families do not already have mobile or broadband internet in the household.

The country’s major telecommunications providers will make it easier for families to access selected educational resources by temporarily exempting these sites from data charges.

Newcastle City Council (Link updates automatically)

www.newcastle.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Waste Collection Updates - Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections

Travel & Transport Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

Coronavirus Leaflet - April 2020(updated 10/04/2020)

april coronavirus-leaflet[11303].pdf

Blakelaw Post Office Closure(update 10/04/2020)

Whilst we are aware that the Blakelaw Post Office had closed at the end of March 2020 due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Post Office have provided the below notification to BNFCC on the 9 April:-

"Dear Sir/Madam

We’re writing to advise you about the unplanned temporary closure of the above Post Office.

For further information please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:

Consultation Hub - NE5 3PN

You can also refer to our FAQs on the Coronavirus Pandemic and Changes to the Post Office Network on our Consultation Hub home page www.postofficeviews.co.uk. We will update this as more information becomes available.

A customer information poster will be displayed in branch.

Yours faithfully

Audra Mirjah-Clarke
Post Office Ltd" 

 Northumbria Police (update 10/04/2020)

We're asking you to stay vigilant after it’s been reported thieves are targeting valuable items left in parked vehicles or in insecure homes and garages.
As a result our officers across our force area will be carrying out targeted patrols in key areas to deter thieves as well as continue enquiries to locate suspects and recover stolen items.
We’re reminding you to take extra steps to make sure your valuables are secured to prevent yourself falling victim to crime.
Remember to:
• Not leave valuables in your car
• Don’t leave your car keys in porches or near to the front door
If you are concerned of anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood please report it online via our website.
Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Online Support and Guidance(update 31/03/2020)

The Government has today announced that additional online support and guidance will be offered for people struggling during the #COVID19 pandemic. You can find the resources here 👉https://bit.ly/3auwRWP

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council Food Bank Donation(updated 28/03/2020)

In order to support our local community in this ever changing COVID-19 crisis, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have agreed to make a donation in the sum of £500 to the Newcastle West End Food Bank in support of their ongoing work.

In the coming days and months if you find yourself in a position where you need to use this type of support please locate your nearest Citizens Advice(click on the link) “your nearest Citizens Advice” who will be able to make a referral. You can also be referred by a charity, someone like a GP or a social worker.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council would also encourage all residents to come forward with other suggestions that we can consider and progress. We are however unable to provide personal donations to residents.

Please look at our website for reliably sourced updates information www.blakelawnfenhamcommunity-council.com

And remember:

“the world came together as the people stayed apart” 

 Stay safe everyone!”

Thomas Walling Newsletter and Statement (updated 28/03/2020)/

Thomas Walling Newsletter 27March2020.docx

"This week has been turbulent for all the Academies each facing their own challenges and pushing through these no matter the obstacles presented with. All pupils should be commended for the effort they have taken this week to log in and complete the work provided on-line.

Staff within the Trust have been using Google Classroom to upload work, take classes and set tasks. Attendance of pupils at the Academies is being monitored closely along with those pupils who have not been attending also. This has been a large job for staff especially the welfare teams to check and manage all of our vulnerable children.

Moving forward the Trustboard are in discussions in regards to a fantastic new virtual learning environment which they hope to be launched after Easter.

The next stage of the strategy is to develop a way pupils can complete written work which can then be submitted and marked by the teacher.

Staff have also been given the opportunity to volunteer for the NHS with line manager approval.

100 Things to do with the Kids (updated 26/03/2020)

Tips for entertaining kids[11034].docx

Streetwise Young Peoples Project (updated 26/03/2020)

If your child or children /young people you know are stuck in the house looking for something to do, you can point them in the direction of Streetwise Young People’s Project. The Youth Workers are broadcasting live 3 times a day on Instagram @Streetwise_Newcastle 2pm 4pm 7pm Mon-Friday & 2pm 4pm Saturday. The broadcasts are aimed at young people between 13-25yrs old. Streetwise are also offering mental health and wellbeing support in the form of Skype, messenger and phone calls, to young people who need it. If you would like more information you can email them at admin@streetwisenorth.org.uk, check out their website Streetwise Newcastle, their Facebook Streetwise Newcastle or call them on 07852 107803.

NHS - Advice (link updates automatically)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Citylife Line  (updated 28/03/2020)

As of today (Friday March 27), residents who need help accessing essential services, or who need support as social distancing and isolation measures impact on their existing support networks, can alert Newcastle City Council of their situation.

This can be done online at www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylifeline or by calling 0191 2778000. This number will go live at 11am on Friday March 27

Please read, share and support where you can, the new Citylife Line is now open. Read more about how this works and watch a short video clip on our website.

Citylife Line has been set up for people wanting to volunteer their time while also providing a service for people to register their need for assistance.

It has launched today (Tuesday March 24) with a webform at www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylifeline for people wanting to volunteer their time to support the wide range of established community organisations across the City or offer another type of support service to the City.

Coronavirus (COVID - 19)(Link updates automatically)

This page focuses on information and updates from a variety of reliable sources:- 

For updated information please access the websites below:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Increased COVID - 19 Related Fraud (updated 19/03/2020)

Please see link to below which highlight the issue of increase fraud related to COVID 19.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports-increase-by-400-in-march

Kooth.com - online support for young people(updated 24/03/2020)

Services Kooth Statement Supporting COVID19 BCP[11028].docx 

Safe Guarding Adults information for those self-isolating (updated 24/03/2020)

Safeguarding adults info for self-isolating (004)[11033].pdf

About Us


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.

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.

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.

Your Community Councillors


John Wears

Chair

Blakelaw Ward Cllr John Wears - Chair Mobile: 07716 623 862 Email: johnwears.bnfcc@gmail.com

Ron Clarke

Vice Chair

Blakelaw Ward Cllr Ron Clark - Vice Chair Phone: 0191 286 1890 Mobile: 07836 562 525 Email: N/A

Ann Keenan

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward Cllr Ann Keenan Phone: 0191 271 6547 Mobile: 07817 272 982 Email: annkeenan1952@gmail.com

James Gill (Jimmy)

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward Cllr James (Jimmy) Gill Mobile: 07986 131 306 Email: jimmygill.bnfcc@gmail.com

Violet Rooke

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward Cllr Violet Rook Email: v.rookbnfcc@gmail.com

Lorraine Birkett

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward Cllr Lorraine Birkett Email: larlar_birkett@hotmail.co.uk Mobile: 07545 162 320

Karen Ferry

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward Cllr Karen Ferry Email: jimkazferry@aol.com Mobile: 07939 326 178

Irene Teasdale

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward Cllr Irene Teasdale Email: irenesbuffets@hotmail.com

Marilyn Irving

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward Cllr Marilyn Irving email: marilynirving@hotmail.com Mobile: 07891551318

Vacancy

Community Councillor

North Fenham

Vacancy

Community Councillor

North Fenham

Vacancy

Community Councillor

North Fenham

Helen Richardson

Clerk to the Community Council

Email: bnfcc@outlook.com Mobile: 07588154441

meetings now being held via zoom - please contact THE CLERK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION



ALL MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL INCLUDING DROP INS AND SUB GROUPS WILL NOW BE HELD BY ZOOM, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAIR OR CLERK TO THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR FURTHER DETAILS


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.  

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

 13 August 2020  

10 September 2020

08 October 2020

12 November 2020

December 2020 - no meeting 

14 January 2021 

11 February 2021 

11 March 2021 


2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes 



Annual Governance & Accountability Return



2019 - 2020

Draft accounts for 2019 - 2020 are prepared however due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions regarding holding meetings the accounts are not able to be agreed and signed off by the Community Council prior to being sent to our external auditors PKF Littlejohn Ltd.  This will be undertaken once face to face meetings resume.

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





Grant Funding


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 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 




Community Council Newsletters



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

SAVE THE DATES!



WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!!

SAVE THE DATES (FURTHER DETAILS TO FOLLOW)

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community would like residents to save the below dates in their diaries:

POSTPOSED - 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

POSTPONED - WHITBY TICKETS ARE NOW SALE - Spring Community Coach Trip - Saturday 25 April 2020 

Whitby Trip – 25 April 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 community trip to Whitby being held on the 25 April 2020. This trip will be rearranged to a future date to be confirmed. Our current ticket list will be carried forward to the new date and updates will be provided as and when we receive them. If you have any queries please contact our Clerk, Helen on bnfcc@outlook.com or 07588154441

Summer Community Coach Trip - Saturday 15 August 2020

Voting on a destination will start soon

Christmas Community Coach Trip - Saturday 5 December 2020

Voting on a destination will start soon 

Afternoon Tea - date to be confirmed 

Kids Christmas Party - date to be confirmed 


POSTPONED - charity night in aid of changing lives



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

POSTPONED - Community Coach Trips


SAVE THE DATES - Details to follow

POSTPONED - Whitby Trip – 25 April 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 community trip to Whitby being held on the 25 April 2020. This trip will be rearranged to a future date to be confirmed. Our current ticket list will be carried forward to the new date and updates will be provided as and when we receive them. If you have any queries please contact our Clerk, Helen on bnfcc@outlook.com or 07588154441

Summer Community Coach Trip - 15 August 2020 - POSTPONED 

Christmas Community Coach Trip - 5 December 2020 - POSTPONED 

Free Distance Learning Courses


Free accredited distance learning course

Starting January 2020


The Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council is committed to improve the service we offer to local residents.

As part of our community mental health and well-being project we are now working with Newcastle College to offer a range of Free accredited courses to the residents of Blakelaw and North Fenham.


NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Well-being 

Start Date by end of January 2020

 

This course is aimed at learners who would like to develop awareness in Well-being both at home and the community.

The course will develop your knowledge in Stress Awareness, Alcohol Awareness, Personal Safety and Dementia Awareness.


Course Material can be sent by email or posted to you

Completed Course work submission date 2nd March 2020


This is a distance learning course, you will be allocated a college tutor to answer any questions about your course work or give you support where required



To apply or for more information please email: BNFCC@outlook.com

Community and City News




Newcastle City Council - Lets Talk

Newcastle City Council has just launched a Consultation about their thoughts on changes to Transform our City Centre.

These comprise changes to three areas of the City: Changes to Blackett Street, Changes to Northumberland Street and changes to Other Areas of the City.

The Consultation is only open for three weeks

Further information is available online at

https://newcastle.gov.uk/our-city/transport-improvements/city-centre-improvements/transforming-our-city

Community Defibrillator 

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. 


Need More Information?



Parish Boundary Map 

BLAKELAW ward map.pdf

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

Election Notices 

Notice of Uncontested Election 2019.pdf

Useful Links 

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

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878

www.newcastle.gov.uk 

Projects4change

www.projects4change.org    








Contact Us


  • 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

MAY 2020 - competition time - we have winners!


 


MAY 2020 

“COMPETITION TIME - AND WE HAVE A WINNER”

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council held 2 competitions due to the postponement of their Whitby trip and charity night – these events WILL both be rearranged when it is safe to do so.

Well done to you all, our winners of the raffle are:

  1.  Marie Vincent (42) - Hamper
  2. Gemma Middlesmas (14) - Candle Set
  3. Katherine Christie (8) - Harding and Bayliss Set
  4. Michelle Keenan (31) - Perfume Set
  5. James Gill (32) - Ringtons Hamper
  6. Alan and Elaine Richards (30) - Ringtons Hamper
  7. Carole Josling (34) - Ringtons Hamper
  8.  Margaret Taylor (7) - Ringtons Hamper
  9.  Samantha Gibson (24) - Ringtons Hamper
  10. Liz Patton (75) - Ringtons Hamper
  11. Tanya Marshall (29) - 2 Ringtons Union Jack Mugs

Our second competition was for our children and young people. Blakelaw and North Community Council had an excellent response, we have some very talented artists in our community.  Sadly, we were only able to select one design to be printed but everyone is a WINNER  - well done to you all.  

Our WINNER was Mason with the below design.  Mason will have his card printed and sent as a thank you to key workers, those who work within a caring role and our NHS - you are all truly hero's in our eyes.  

Winning Design 

Well done Mason 

Runners up 

Well done to Jack, Leo and Callum 


Well done Lola 


Well done Isla 


Well done Hannah - Image to follow