Church receives cash boost for renovations

St Mark's URC in Amble.
St Mark's URC in Amble.

A fund-raising campaign to help a church carry out essential repairs has received a cash boost from Amble Town Council.

St Mark’s URC is collecting money to make safe its ceiling, so the venue can be used as a worship area and community space.

The project will cost in the region of £13,000 and those involved had asked the town council for a £1,000 donation.

While members were reluctant to hand over a four-figure sum, they agreed to give £500 to the cause, saying they welcomed the fact that the venue will be available for community use.

However, members turned down a request from Amble Business Club for £400 to help with floral decorations on part of Queen Street, which would include purchasing baskets.

Councillors felt they couldn’t support the application because it was only for a certain section of the shopping street, instead of all of it, and added that they had the responsibility to support the town as a whole.

Coun Helen Lewis said: “As a town council, we have a duty to the whole town, not just a small part of it.”

Coun Jeff Watson said he believed it was up to the businesses themselves.

But members said it was a good initiative and encouraged traders to put up floral displays outside their shops.

Change for youth project

The long-standing project manager of Amble Youth Project, Maureen Middlemiss, is stepping down from her position, Coun Jeff Watson said. He told members of the town council that the Project would be looking to recruit a fund-raiser to work one day a week. He added that the group is in a sound financial position.

Garden awards

Entries are wanted for a new secret garden category, as part of Amble Garden Awards. Send an image of the garden to ambletc clerk@btconnect.com by July 2. The winner must open the garden to the public for an August weekend. The main judging is on June 29.

New councillor

Katrina Cassidy has been co-opted onto the town council. She has lived in the town since 2001 and works for Northumbria Police. She is active in community groups, such as Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers and Amble Community Team.