Making A Difference In Your Community Today
Northumbria Police would like to issue a polite reminder to residents as we approach what can be a busy time of year for all of our emergency services. In particular we would like to highlight the potential for bin thefts and the associated fires during the darker, colder nights and especially around Bonfire night which is soon to be upon us. Police will be conducting patrols throughout this period however we would appreciate any assistance in regards to the matter. Namely, may we request all residents to reasonably secure and/or store their bin out of sight, if possible. Also, can we please be mindful of any combustible items that may be in our gardens e.g. wood, sofa, mattresses, and other large items of rubbish as they will be a prime target for use to start fires in our local area. Can we also urge residents to report any instances of fly tipping to Envirocall at the earliest opportunity via the following link: https://envirocall.newcastle.gov.uk/ alternatively they can be contacted via Phone: 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'Your Local Services'. Lastly, if an incident needs to be reported to the police please call 101 for all non-emergency issues but always 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, incidents can be reported online at the Northumbria Police website.
PCSO 4525 Michael Todd, Northumbria Police
SAVE THE DATE - Community Council Coach Trip
“SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY 21 MAY 2022”
WHO WANTS A TRIP TO WHITBY?
After a significant period of uncertainty, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council are now in the process of planning a community coach trip filled with fun, laughs, bingo and prizes, this event is for all ages, families, couples and singletons.
To be doubly sure that we don’t have to cancel our much needed outing we are planning to hold the trip on Saturday 21 May 2022.
Tickets will be available early next year and further details will follow on how to get you hands on them. We can definitely promise a fabulous time will be had by all. Don’t forget you need to live within the Parish boundary but if you’re not sure just ask.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS IN JANUARY 2022
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.
2021/2022 - Agenda and Minutes
|Date ||Agenda||Minutes |
|08 April 2021||Agenda 08.04.2021.doc||Minutes 08.04.2021.doc|
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.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 2021||Agenda 16.09.2021.doc||Minutes 16.09.201.doc|
|14 October 2021||Agenda 14.10.2021.doc|
|11 November 2021|
|December 2021 - No Meeting|
|13 January 2022|
|10 February 2022|
|10 March 2022|
|Date||Sub Group||Agenda||Chair (for further information please contact the Chair)|
|04/02/2021||Community Engagement Group||BNFCC Comms Meeting 04.02.2021.doc||Jimmy Gill|
|03/06/2021||Community Engagement Group||Agenda 03.06.2021.doc||Juna Sathian|
|01/07/2021||Environmental Group||Agenda 01.07.2021.docx||Violet Rooke|
|21/09/2021||Community 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 2021||Agenda 14.05.2020.doc||Minutes 14.05.2020.doc|
|11 June 2020||Agenda 11.06.2020.doc||Minutes 11.06.2020.doc|
|09 July 2020||Agenda 09.07.2020.doc||Minutes 09.07.2020.doc|
|13 August 2020||Agenda 13.08.2020.doc||Minutes 13.08.2020.doc|
|10 September 2020||Agenda 10.09.2020.doc||Minutes 10.09.2020.doc|
|08 October 2020||Agenda 08.10.2020.doc||Minutes 08.10.2020.doc|
|12 November 2020||Agenda 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 18/02/2021||Meeting postponed to 18/02/2021|
|18 February 2021||Agenda 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
|Date||Agenda||Minutes and Chairs Report|
|11 April 2019||Agenda 11.04.19.doc||Minutes 11.04.19.doc|
|09 May 2019 (including AGM)||Agenda 09.05.19.doc||Minutes 09.05.19.doc|
|13 June 2019||Agenda 13.06.19.doc||Minutes 13.06.19.doc|
|11 July 2019||Agenda 11.07.19.doc||Minutes 11.07.19.doc|
|August 2019||No Meeting|
|12 September 2019||Agenda 12.09.19(1).doc||Minutes 12.09.19.doc|
|10 October 2019||Agenda 10.10.19.doc||Minutes 10.10.19.doc|
|14 November 2019||Agenda 14.11.19.doc||Minutes 14.11.19.doc|
|09 December 2019 - Special Meeting||Agenda 09.12.19.doc||Minutes 09.12.19.doc|
|06 January 2020 - Budget Meeting||Agenda 06.01.2020.doc||Minutes 06.01.2020.doc|
|09 January 2020||Agenda 09.01.2020.doc||Minutes 09.01.2020.doc|
|13 February 2020||Agenda 13.02.2020.doc||Minutes 13.02.2020.doc|
Chairs Report 12.03.2020.pdf
|12 March 2020||Agenda 12.03.2020.doc||Minutes 12.03.2020.doc|
2020 - 2021
Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Public Right of Inspection Notice
AGAR 2020 - 2021(amended)
Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2020 - 2021
2019 - 2020
Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2019 - 2020
Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Public Right of Inspection Notice
AGAR 2019 - 2020
Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2019 - 2020
2018 - 2019
AGAR 2018 - 2019 - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community Council
Accounts 2018 - 2019
Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2018 - 2019
2017 - 2018
AGAR 2017 - 2018 - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community Council
Accounts 2017 - 2018
Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017
AGAR 2016 - 2017 - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community Council
Accounts 2016 - 2017
Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2016 - 2017
2015 - 2016
AGAR 2015 - 2016 - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community Council
Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2015 - 2016
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:-
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.
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
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 – Monday 9th November 2020
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.
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
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 aim to provide a community newsletter 4 times per year. If you would like to contribute to our newsletter. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Our Newsletters are below:
Christmas Update December 2020 and 2021 Calendar
Blakelaw Post Office is Open and Hours of Business - updated
From Monday 17 May 2021:
Monday 10.00am - 3.00pm, Tuesday 10.30am - 3.00pm, Wednesday 10.30 - 3.00pm, Thursday 10.00am - 3.00pm and Friday 10.00am - 2.30pm.
The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company
Creative support to develop work skills for people with learning disabilities and autism. For further information please see the below flyers.
Unfolding Theatre - Door Step Stories
The Unfolding Theatre are delivering Doorstep Stories sessions to local families during February half term. They are planning to be in Blakelaw on 17th & 18th February. All the details and how to book are at the link below:
Families with children aged 3-8 in the area who would be interested please sign up - you won't be disappointed.
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.
You should not travel to red or amber list countries or territories. Some countries and territories will change status from 30 June. Check what you need to do to travel internationally.
Step 3 restrictions remain in place. There is currently a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap and it is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July. From 21 June you can have more guests at weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events following a funeral depending on venue capacity and how many can be safely accommodated with social distancing. Follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do.
All adults in England can now book COVID-19 vaccinations. Book your vaccinations on the NHS website.
Government Steps out of Lockdown as at 21 June 2021
As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.
This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply - we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.
As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, we will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.
Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen - and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.
Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).
Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.
Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.
By Step 4 which will take place no earlier than 19 July, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.
We hope to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3. This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where we will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection. The same Events Research Programme will guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.
As we move through each of these phases in the roadmap, we must all remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives. We are going to have to keep living our lives differently to keep ourselves and others safe. We must carry on with ‘hands, face, space’. Comply with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place. Meet outdoors when we can and keep letting fresh air in. Get tested when needed. Get vaccinated when offered. If we all continue to play our part, we will be that bit closer to a future that is more familiar.
Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council Coronavirus Information Flyer
Newcastle City Council - Welfare and Wellbeing Support
If you, or someone else is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
If you need to report a concern to Social Care Direct, call 0191 278 7878.
Our Welfare and Wellbeing Team works from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 3pm.
What support do you need?
Food and Essential Items: Ask your friends and family for help, shop online, or contact a local food bank.
Money: Check our Welfare and Benefits pages for financial support
Work: Check the latest advice from the government here.
Children: Contact your children’s school to ask about school work, and see if they can deliver free school meals home. If you need nappies or other essential items for young children, contact your community family hub.
Caring responsibilities: Ask friends or family if they can help. Contact Newcastle Carers who may be able to give tailored advice.
Physical Health: Think about how you can get active at home with help from Sport England.
Medication: Speak to your GP or pharmacy to arrange to have your medication delivered.
Animals: Ask friends and family to help. Find the latest government guidance here.
CEV residents are encouraged to register online through the National Shielding Support Service www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support this will give you access to priority supermarket slots. If you require support to register complete our form and we will call you back to help you register.
For further information please click on the link www.newcastle.gov.uk/welfare
Newcastle City Council (Link updates automatically)
Waste Collection Updates - Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections
Travel & Transport Guidance -Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance
British Red Cross Carers Emergency Card Information (updated 18 October 2020)
The Carer’s Emergency Card offers free emergency support to adults living in Newcastle whose carer suddenly becomes unable to return and offer them care in the usual way. This could be because of a personal crisis such as sudden illness, accident or other emergency which occurs while they are away from home. The scheme supports carers to draw up an emergency contact plan or keep safe an existing plan. It is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, providing a rapid response in the event of a personal crisis as well as additional planned support to allow the carer to attend personal appointments.
If the cared for person is living in Newcastle upon Tyne, you may complete the attached registration form (please feel free to go on to a separate document if you wish to add additional information) and email to Carerscard_Northeast@redcross.org.uk or post it back using the following Freepost address: Carer’s Emergency Card, British Red Cross, FREEPOST NEA5668, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8SR. Alternatively, if you prefer, I can call you directly and complete the registration form over the phone.
NHS Test and Trace: It will become mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data and to keep this for 21 days. This will be enforceable by law. Business who must collect this data include bars, restaurants, hairdressers, local authorities, libraries and places of worship. You can find more information on which businesses should collect data and how to store it safely here.
Border enforcement: The government plans to simplify the Passenger Locator Form and increase enforcement to ensure those returning from abroad are quarantining if required to.
Planned pilots: Pilots planned for sports events will be limited to small numbers with strict conditions in place. Plans for audiences to be able to return to conferences and other events from 1 October are being reviewed.
Restricted opening hours: The government will restrict the opening hours of certain businesses in lockdown areas with an option for this to be extended national in the future if necessary. These restrictions are not currently in place in Newcastle.
Please be aware that there are local lockdowns in place in some areas of the UK. You should check whether this applies to the area you are planning to visit before travelling. More information on where local restrictions are in place can be found here.
CRISIS Support (freephone number)
If you need urgent help with your mental health or learning disability call 24/7
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Adults - 0800 652 2863
Children and young people - 0800 652 2864
Be Litter Aware - Dispose of masks and gloves properly(see attached poster)
Projects4Change are delivering a number of sessions throughout the summer holidays. Please visit their website or Facebook page for further information.
Website - www.projects4change.org
Test, Track and Trace Update (01/06/2020)
Public Health England COVID19 Surveillance Summary(29/04/2020)
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.
DASN – Domestic Abuse Service Northumberland
Domestic Abuse Team Gateshead
NIDAS- Newcastle Integrated DA Services
Impact Family Services
Wearside Women In Need
(support for BME/refuges)
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Men’s Advice Line
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
Coronavirus Leaflet - April 2020(updated 10/04/2020)
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.
• 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.
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
“the world came together as the people stayed apart”
Stay safe everyone!”
100 Things to do with the Kids (updated 26/03/2020)
NHS - Advice (link updates automatically)
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:-
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.
Kooth.com - online support for young people(updated 24/03/2020)
Parish Boundary Map
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
Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH
Telephone No. 0191 278 7878
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@email@example.com or Helen Richardson, Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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.
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 2021.
I would like to wish all Candidates the very best of luck
Community Councillor John Wears, Chair, Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council