Contents: 1.Hello, what's new?
3.Events and news
2.Doorstep film screenings 4. Funding
April 2012 Newsletter Welcome to the Art e Facts monthly arts development e newsletter for South East Northumberland. If you would like to include any of your arts and cultural events, please contact Sophie Millington on firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th April :)
About Us Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure arts development department is responsible for projects and programs that encourage high levels of participation and appreciation of the arts in South East Northumberland. We are funded by Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England Joanne Burke Sophie Millington Arts and Film Development Officer Arts Development Apprentice (01670) 542267 (01670) 545351 JBurke@bval.co.uk email@example.com
Hey Everyone, You may have noticed that Helens contact details are no longer here! She has been offered a temporary 9-month secondment to Arts Council England as Relationship Manager Engagement and Participation until 30th September 2012. However Jo Burke is covering her so she will be the main contact! :) Also keep watching whatâ€™s coming up as there are going to be many fantastic activities this year and you don't want to miss out!! Remember to keep submitting things you want to include. Sophie :]
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LONG TERM PLANS FOR THE ARTS The much anticipated South East Northumberland Arts Development Study by Sara Robinson is now completed and available at www.queenshall.co.uk/about-us/studies-reports/<http://www.queenshall.co.uk/about-us/studies--reports/>
Regular activities by area BEING UPDATED. We are going to update Sara Robinsons â€˜Regular activities by areaâ€™ if you have an entry let us know (date, time, location etc..) Be sure to check out the activities a cross South East Northumberland by opening the link below. Click on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet as you don't want to miss out on the activities going on in the local area! http://www.queenshall.co.uk/userfiles/SENstudy-regular%20activities%20by%20area.xls
Get stARTed, online directory of artists and creative groups Arts development are creating a new online directory of artists and creative groups in the area. If you would like to register your activities please complete this form and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morpeth Town Hall Market Place Morpeth NE61 1LZ
Frank Kingdom of Heaven Rescigno 01670 510743
Seaton Sluice Community Centre Off Beresford Road Seaton Sluice NE26 4QX
Kathryn Quinn The Iron Lady 0191 2376304
Whittingham Memorial Institute, Whittingham, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 4UP
Ian Blakey War Horse 01665 574384
The Salvation Army Hartford Road West Badlington NE22 6HU
Richard The Muppets Wearmouth 07940034745
Newbiggin Maritime Centre Church Point Newbiggin by the Sea Northumberland
Mark Labrow War Horse 01670 819251
Sunday 6th May
The Ogden Sisters Newbiggin Maritime Centre Church Point Newbiggin by the Sea Northumberland NE64 6DB Start Time: 7:30 pm Box Office:01670 811951 Good evening ladies and gentlemen, step into our parlour’ "We welcome those who have trodden this earth before and we welcome those who are treading it for the first time. But what, I ask, have you come to see? You don’t know. We don’t know. But what we do know is that nobody knows." The celebrated Ogden Sisters invite you to quench your lust for..... the truth!! A dark tale of three broken sisters unveil as an audience voyage to the physical realm, through the etheric region and right up to the brass knocker of a portal door.
Saturday 10th May
The Stu Brown Sextet Whittingham Alnwick Northumberland NE66 4UPStart T Start Time: 7:30 pm Box Office:01665 574964 The Stu Brown Sextet was formed to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the band leader, Raymond Scott, whose wacky, eyeball-popping ‘cartoon jazz’ used in the Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1940’s onwards and, more recently, in Ren and Stimpy, and The Simpsons. His manic, offbeat compositions, such as ‘Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals’ and Square Dance for ‘Eight Egyptian Mummies’ are performed with zest and spontaneity by Stu Brown’s brilliantly orchestrated sextet
Thursday 17th May
Threads Northumberland Church of England Academies The Josephine Butler Campus Litchfield Close Ashington Northumberland NE63 9RX Start Time: 7 pm Box Office:01670 816111 Keiradance, a fresh and distinctive fusion of contemporary and Irish dance styles, a show which includes live traditional music and song. Threads explores ideas about migration, including the fierce emotions experienced when longing for home. Keiradance offers an atmospheric, lively evening that much like an Irish Ceilidh, has your foot tapping and you heart leaping from the first beat of the drum………
Would you like to present shows in your venue? Highlights is Northumberland’s rural and community touring scheme. It works in partnership with a network of village halls and community venues to tour professional theatre, dance, music and children’s shows to places with limited access to events. Because the scheme receives funding, it is able to offer shows to venues at affordable prices – reducing the risk to promoters and making ticket prices affordable for audiences. The scheme does not require super facilities but needs a supportive team who are able to sell tickets and attract an audience. We promote shows in community and church halls, schools and even a cricket pavilion! If you are a venue in the South East of the county and are interested in presenting shows for your community call Esther on 07813 696 759 to find out more. For further information visit www.highlightsnorth.co.uk"
Northern Flame What is special about your community? Would you like to participate in the making of an exciting new film to celebrate the journey of The Olympic Torch through your town or village? The Torch travels through Northumberland (see the map attached) between 14th and 16th June. To mark this auspicious event Northumberland County Council has engaged Magic If to collaborate with members of the communities to develop a 20-minute film that highlights the stories, heritage and cultureof the people who live here. The film will showcase at the Berwick Media and Arts Festival in September before a tour of the communities and other venues, and will also be distributed online. Northern Flame (working title) is one of 2000 projects nationwide that has achieved the coveted London 2012 Inspire Mark for progressing the Olympic Torch Relay values of Peace, Unity and Friendship. Magic If is a local production company specializing in community-focused films. They are renowned for being fun and inspiring to work with, and have won four Royal Television Society Awards since forming in 2007. Maybe you have a story to tell, or know of a fascinating character or place that would make a fantastic subject for a short documentary. It’s a wonderful opportunity to show your hometown to the world, collaborate with like-minded people, and learn some new skills along the way. Working with you to develop your ideas we can help you get involved in different ways such as: • Capturing the torch’s journey through your town on camera. • The research and filming of a 1-minute piece to camera about the area you live in. • Providing a piece of art, poetry or music that can be woven into the story. • Providing old photos or film footage that evoke the heritage of your home. Workshops and/or filming sessions need to take place through May and early June, prior to the shooting of the relay itself! If you are interested please reply to BevFox@MagicIf.com by Friday 27th April including your name, group name (if applicable) location and telephone number, and they will contact you soon after.
MOVE IT community dance deliver a range of dance and fitness activities throughout the South East of Northumberland. All ages and abilities are welcome to the weekly sessions and classes are all very reasonably priced! For information about classes please contact Sophie Johnson: email@example.com 01670 542589. www.bval.co.uk Facebook – BVAL Make-a-Move Leisure Inclusion Team or Sophie MakeaMove. Twitter – @BVAL_MAKEAMOVE Monday: Young @ Heart = 11.00-11.45, Nelson Village Community Centre. First Step = 12.30-1.30, Ashington Sure Start. Adult Salsa = 1.00-2.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Cheer Camp! = 4.30-5.15, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Hoop Dance = 5.15-6.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Just Jhoom! = 7.00-8.00, Seaton Delaval Arts Centre. Tuesday: Boogie Babies = 10.3 -11.00, Seaton Sluice Community Centre. Buggy Fit = 10.30–11.30, Astley Park. ZUMBA = 1.00-2.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. JUST JHOOM! = 8.00-9.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. BOP 2 the TOP = 4.15 – 5.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth Funky Divas = 4.15-5.00, Sporting Club Cramlington. Wednesday: Buggy Fit = 10.30-11.30, Seaton Sluice Community Centre Adult Salsacise = 3.00-4.00, Bedlington Salvation Army. Break-a-Move = 4.00-4.45, Concordia Leisure Centre. BOP to the TOP = 4.30-5.15, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. Cheer Camp! = 5.15-6.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. Hoop Dance = 5.15-6.00, Seaton Sluice Community Centre. Thursday: Boogie Babies = 9.30 - 10.00, Astley Park. Young @ Heart = 10.30-11.30, Seaton Sluice Community Centre. Buggy Fit = 10.30-11.30, New Hartley Community Centre. Funky Divas = 4.15-5.00, the Buffalo Centre, Blyth. Ability 2 Play Dance = 4.30-5.15, Concordia Leisure Centre. ZUMBA & Adult Hoop Fitness = 7.00-8.00, Seaton Delaval and Holywell Community Centre. Friday: ZUMBA = 11.30-12.15, Bedlington Salvation Army. Dance ‘N’ Beats = 3.00-4.00, Cramlington High School. FREE Mini Moves = 4.00-5.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre. Mega Moves = 5.00-6.00, Northburn Sports and Community Centre.
The 2012 Newbiggin Art Trail leaflet is now available from various outlets in Newbiggin (The Old Ship, The Maritime Centre, The Library) and can also be downloaded from www.keapcreative.org.uk or www.mynewbigginbythesea.co.uk The Art Trail this year has had nine new pieces installed on the side of The Old Ship, in Ocean View, along the Promenade and at the end of Melrose & Meldon Terraces. There are now over 55 pieces. In addition a number of miniature sculptural heads have been installed in hidden spots along the promenade between the Piazza and the Horseshoe Steps. You are invited to discover as many as you can. Their story ÂłSafe HavenÂ˛ is available on the two websites above and also on www.theoldshipnewbigginbythesea.org.uk. Or if you prefer you can read it in the bar of the Old Ship.
The Arts Forum meets at the Arts Centre now the first Monday of every month from 7 - 9. Cakes and Tiaras which will involve free tea and cakes and art activities to celebrate the Jubilee. This will be held at the Arts Centre and more details will follow closer to the day. They still have some rooms available to rent in the building, for details prospective tenants can telephone Laura Mathieson on 07595456127. Similarly we still have some capacity in the building for room hire on an hourly or daily basis at very reasonable rates. There are numerous art groups we are involved in, creative writing, photography, Live Art, general painting etc, details for these are on the website www.newbigginartsforum.org.
The Hind, Dewley, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6DT
1st May-Singers Night 8th May-Singers Night 15th May-Steve Hicks and Lynn Gouldbourn 22nd May– Singers Night 29th May– The John Wrightson Band
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5th June-Singers Night 12th June-Kieran Goss 19th June-Singers Night 26th June-Pipe Dream
John Wrightson Band
John Wrightson has spent many years involved in music in his native North East. Initially working with bands on the club circuit he became interested in acoustic/folk music and since 1988 has been a prolific writer of excellent songs, dealing with thought provoking, contentious issues, ever since.
Goss’s brand of folk/pop that borders on alternative is tender and insightful, honest and raw, and shows a songwriting talent of great depth. Worse Than Pride is a beauty.
They originally got together to perform at charity events but very soon included ventures into the local folk and pop scene. Although having played guitar for many years, Peter and John are relatively new to “gigging” throughout the North East, while Pat has appeared at many venues all over Britain, both on her own and with various bands.
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Vision for Ashington landmark
Ashington Community Development Trust has a vision for a key landmark in the heart of the town centre.
The Trust, with a vision to enhance the quality of life for people in Ashington, is developing ideas to help bring back into use the upper floors of the former Co-op Building (Central Arcade) on Woodhorn Road. Could this major landmark in the centre of the town become a Community Arts Centre, which could serve the whole of South East Northumberland?
There are some vibrant centres within the region, such as The Maltings in Berwick, Alnwick Playhouse, Queens Hall in Hexham. The Grade II Listed Building, which is still treasured by many, has the potential to rise again as a facility which could serve local communities.
The Development Trust is very keen to get the community’s ideas and views on what they would like to see happen to the Central Arcade. With community support and commitment, there could be some real opportunities to bring this classic building back into use. The Trust is keen to discover and identify the level of support and enthusiasm in the town for such a project. They are engaging with the community and will be running a series of workshops to develop these ideas. To help raise its profile and promote the building, the Trust has moved its operational centre into the Central Arcade, next to the Nisa supermarket, where they are trading as “The Deputy’s Kist”. In addition, Wansbeck Performing Arts Academy have moved into the ballroom where they continue to deliver a positive range of activities with the support of the local community. Kevin Lillie, the Trust’s business development officer, said “The Central Arcade is the key iconic building in Ashington and brings back many fond memories with local people. The jewel in the crown is the former ballroom which has tremendous opportunities to be used for cinema, concerts, dance and theatre, as well as rehearsal space for local groups.” This development could complement the Ashington Leisure and Community Facilities project, being proposed by Northumberland County Council. Ashington has the opportunity to become the centre for arts and leisure in the region and build upon its world renowned heritage and reputation!
Doodle Workshops is dedicated to making Arts & Crafts accessible to everyone. Tuition is available in screen printing, ceramics, glass fusing, slumping and laminating, silk painting, glass painting, quilting & handicrafts, machine knitting, textiles and lots more ......... Rooms are available for individual or group tuition and also for hire. The rooms are equipped with silk screen printing table & exposure unit, potters wheels & kilns, sewing & knitting machines and overlockers, hot press, looms and projectors Exhibition space is available to showcase and sell the work of local artists & commissions undertaken Art & Craft materials are on sale at competitive prices and items can be sourced & ordered. CHILDRENS ARTY PARTIES You can book your children in for their party and they all go home with their unique hand made piece. Favourites have been sock monkeys, Silk or Glass painting but sheâ€™s happy to cater to your needs. I can also offer clay where they will have to wait for the firing but it will be unique to them Address :
77 Station Road Ashington Northumberland NE63 8JY Telephone: 01670458322 firstname.lastname@example.org
After the last four yearâ€™s very successful Late Shows this event is going to be repeated again this year on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May. We are looking for a large team of volunteers aged 18 or over to help us with these evening events. Each volunteer will be allocated a venue. The role will include welcoming visitors and giving information, handing out freebies and leaflets, directing people to free buses and getting feedback from visitors. Travel expenses and free T-shirts will be provided. The main event is on the Saturday evening where museums and galleries across Newcastle and Gateshead are open between 7 and 11 pm. The city will again become alive with culture, with free admission to over 50 venues and a variety of exciting activities taking place. More information about the event can be found at www.thelateshows.org.uk There will be two briefing sessions held at the Discovery Museum, Archives Education Room for this event on 8th May at 10am or 9th May at 6pm. At these briefing sessions we will provide you with further information about the co-ordination of the evening and answer any queries you may have. The session should last approximately one hour. If you would like any more details or to sign up to a briefing session, please contact us at email@example.com or telephone 0191 2772299. If you have any friends who would like to be involved, then the more the merrier!
The North Eastâ€™s only dedicated contemporary theatre Festival is back! Friday 4th - Sunday 6th May 2012 will see Gateshead Town Centre being transformed by a breathtaking line-up of new theatre from around the world for an explosive bank-holiday weekend. With over 30 performances, 7 workshops, 1 live music gig, daily discussions and parties, including a DJ set by Tim Shaw (WHQ) and the first ever inter- theatre Skype darts tournament, the ÂŁ30/ 20 festival pass is a bargain! Nominated in its inaugural year for the Best Newcomer award at The Journal Culture Awards, the 2012 festival promises even more fantastic theatre. Some of the most innovative and exciting new work created in the region will be featured within a curated programme of nationally and intern nationally acclaimed contemporary theatre never seen before in the North East. Included in the line-up this year are award winning Unfolding Theatre, Third Angel, Fiona Wright, Michael Pinchbeck, a smith, Spanish, multi-award winning theatre company Sleepwalk Collective, Portuguese artist Bruno Humberto, Los Angeles improv-performer Mel Cowan and many more. Also, 2012 sees the launch of GIFTed, the Festival's strand for up and coming talent from recently graduated & graduating theatre students from all over the country, including Massive Owl from Dartington College of Arts, Tenderfoot Theatre from Manchester Met and Alice Malseed from Goldsmiths, with a guest appearance from MA students from Osijek Academy of Arts, Croatia. We look forward to welcoming you to GIFT!
Box Office: Gateshead Old Town Hall- 0191 433 6965 Www,gateshead.gov.uk
Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, Northumberland ,NE24 2DS www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk
Music Music Music Sat 5th & Sun 6th May - 7.30pm Blyth Music & Theatre Company, Beaconsfield Operatic Society and The Phoenix Theatre come together to present an evening of music from show past and present.
Blake Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd June - 7.30pm ***PLEASE NOTE*** This show has extremely limited ticket availability Book now to avoid disappointment Blake’s incredible journey started in 2007 when four school friends reunited on Facebook and quickly took the music world by storm as they mixed the sound of classical, pop and musical songs. Since that time they have released three award winning albums, have travelled the globe, sung for Royalty, performed at Wembley, Twickenham and Wimbledon. This is the third time that Blake return to the Phoenix Theatre having fully sold out each previous show - Early booking is strongly recommended!
The Westenders Sat 9th June - 7.30pm The show features six performers who are all past cast members of the London production of Les Miserables and collectively have over twenty years experience in London’s West End Musicals. Also featuring the highest quality musicians, you’ll enjoy great vocal arrangements and superb staging along with the WestEnders’ gentle humour and tales of life on the boards. The Westenders warmly invite you into their musical world and take you through many of your favourite shows.
Mining a Golden Seam January 14th 2012 to May 7th 2012 TEMPORARY EXHIBITION Mining a Golden Seam is an exhibition of embroidery and textiles by members of the Embroiderers' Guild in the North East region. The artworks in this exhibition are inspired by the north east mining industry, it's communities and geology as well as by our timeless fascination with gold.
Spirit of Northumberland February 11th 2012 to June 17th 2012 TEMPORARY EXHIBITION Ashington Camera Club presents new work inspired by the people, places and traditions of Northumberland.
Invasion! February 11th 2012 to September 3rd 2012 TEMPORARY EXHIBITION See amazing props and costumes from your favourite sci-fi films and television shows including Star Wars, Doctor Who, Aliens and many more. Come face to face with iconic robots including Robby the Robot, B9 and Robocop. It's an out of this world experience on your doorstep! Admission Charge: £3.95 Adult, £3.50 Concession, £2.95 Children and £12.50 (2 + 2)Family Ticket.
Woodhorn always have things to do for the whole family. To find out about he latest exhibitions and events or for more information and opening times, visit the website: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com This stunning 18th century house, garden and surrounding land has recently been handed into the care of The National trust. Opening times and further details call 0191 237 9100 or visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-seatondelaval-hall.html The watch house was built in 1880 as a base for the Seaton Sluice volunteer life saving company. It served as a lookout, training base and social venue for over 110 years before it closed in 1990. during its history, the volunteers were involved in a number of notable rescues from wrecks on the coast between Whitley Bay and Blyth. The museum is open on Sundays between 2pm and 5pm from June to September. If you would like to rent a beach hut, please contact Blyth Sports Centre reception on: 01670 542222 Daily lets are available for: £15.50 per day. Plus £5.00 refundable deposit.
Blyth Battery is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 3rd April– 30th September, from 11:30am-4pm. Guided tours of the site are available when possible. The Battery is also open on a number of additional days throughout the year. The Dave Stephens Centre has an excellent meeting space with a fabulous view of Blyth’s coastline. The community room is perfect for meetings, seminars, training sessions or workshops. The room can host up to 30 people theatre style and up to 24 people board room style. All bookings and arrangements to be made with at least one weeks notice via Concordia leisure Centre central administration on 01670 542564
Owl Project and Ed Carter: FLOW Flow is a tidemill â€“ a floating artwork on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal water wheel. The building houses electro acoustic musical machinery andi nstruments that respond to the constantly changing environment of the river, generating sound and data. The specially commissioned floating artwork, which visitors can board for free, will stay on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside throughout the summer as part of Artists taking the lead, one of twelve public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils, celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information visit www.flowmill.org ~Flow is a collaboration between Owl Project and Ed Carter. ~Flow is invigilated by BALTIC Crew and members of staff from The Sage
Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
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Beginners MODERN JIVE CLASS AND FREESTYLE @ forest hall social club NE12 9DQ every Wednesday & CRAMLINGTON VILLAGE CLUB NE23 6QJ Every THURSDAY 8pm – 10.30 PM Beginners class 8pm Freestyle and individual coaching 8.40 – 10.30pm ENTRY ONLY £3 firstname.lastname@example.org
Modern jive is a fun, male led, partner dance which consists of a huge number of eclectic
moves which take their origins from rock and roll, swing, lindy hop and salsa. It is very
easy to learn and footwork is minimal. With just 6 classes it is usually possible to learn
sufficient moves so that you can join in with a freestyle session with some confidence.
You don’t need to come with a partner as everyone just mixes up whether beginner or
experienced, this form of dancing is very social.
WORLD WAR II NIGHT AN EVENING OF MUSIC, DANCE AND ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATING THE PEOPLE.
Saturday 19TH May 2012 @ BLYTH HIGH STREET CLUB High St, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 1DR
7.30 PM - 11.00 PM
Rationing style –bring your own buffet For tickets please email email@example.com PROCEEDS TO THE DALES SCHOOL, BLYTH, BLYTH BATTERY & HELP THE HEROES
COLIN BORDIEC -TRIBUTE TO GEORGE FORMBY MUSIC OF THE ERA, to dance and singalong. “During the war years the local dance halls raised the spirits of the people. They were the escape from the mundane, the misery of rationing and the hard physical work most people did. ............................... You could live your dreams for a few sweet hours.”
Northern Stage is part of The Late Shows 2012! They are hosting a project called Handbag by Geraldine Pilgrim and we need 120 female and 26 male performers aged over 16. See the piece originally performed at Battersea Arts Centre here: http:// www.artsadmin.co.uk/artsonline/99/handbag-video We are looking for people who would like to take part. Dates and times are as follows: Rehearsals Thursday 17 May: 6-10pm Friday 18 May: 6-10pm Dress rehearsal Sat 19 May: 6pm - 9pm 6 Performances Sat 19 May: 9:30pm - midnight To be involved in the performance please go to: http://www.northernstage.co.uk/take-part/perf/handbag
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is open for entries!
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an international celebration of the art of film, set in the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Each year the Festival captures the imaginations of thousands of visitors from North East England, South East Scotland and across the UK, and attracts hundreds of submissions from around the World. The Festival is open for entries, seeking moving image works of all types narrative and experimental, live action and animation, fiction and documentary - within the theme of Pictures In Motion. The programme is curated thematically, and this year we focus on the relationship between the still and the moving image. Entitled Pictures in Motion, the Festival will feature work that has been created by artists who have moved from photography into filmmaking, or that have been inspired by the still image. The Festival closes for entries on 29th June 2012, and meanwhile a call for proposals for commissions will follow end March. The dates for the 8th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival are 19th â€“ 23rd September 2012, and the programme will be announced and tickets go on sale mid August. Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is proud to be supported by Arts Council England and Creative England. Tweet: @berwickfilmfest is open for entries for its 2012 programme 'Pictures in Motion.'
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Education and Learning Programme (Charities; Local Authorities; Schools & Colleges; Out-of-School Clubs; Supplementary Schools; Youth Clubs) The Paul Hamlyn Foundation invites applications to its Education and Learning Open Grants Programme. In particular, the Foundation is looking to fund projects that address the themes of; tackling school exclusion and truancy, developing speaking and listening skills and supplementary education. The costs that can be covered by the Foundation's grants include running costs such as staff salaries and overheads such as stationery, rent, rates and utilities. There is a two stage application process: First stage applications can be made at any time. Those that are successful will be invited to make a second stage application. For more information, visit: http://www.phf.org.uk/landing.asp?id=3
Northumberland Community Chest Scheme Community groups and voluntary organisations across Northumberland provide a whole host of activities and services which support their communities. These groups are often enthusiastic to do more to meet the demands and needs of their communities, but their ambitions are often constrained by available resource. The County Council has therefore put in place a ‘Community Chest’ scheme which gives local organisations a chance to continue doing what they do best or bid for funding for something they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. The funding can be used for a range of purposes including events, or for the purchase of equipment, however the ideas should come from the communities themselves, based on what they feel their neighborhood needs. The Council has made £300,000 available in 2011/12 which will be administered through a straightforward application process. Local County Councillors through the 3 Area Committees in Northumberland will consider all applications. Purpose of Community Chest The Community Chest Scheme is a Northumberland County Council initiative to provide access to funding support to deliver priority activities appropriate to each of the 3 Areas as determined by the 3 County Council’s Area Committees. How do I get an application form? Application forms are available from the Locality Development Team within Northumberland County Council, and can be obtained from the website: www.northumberland.gov.uk/communitychest.
The Fidelio Trust Grants Programme (Colleges; Arts Festivals; Art Organisations; Art & Culture) The Fidelio Trust provides funding for individuals or groups of exceptional ability to enable them to receive special tuition or coaching. • Participate in external competitions. • Be supported for a specially arranged performance. • Receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The next application deadline is the 1st June 2012. For more information, visit: http://www.fideliocharitabletrust.org.uk/index.php