East Chevington Parish Council

Helping the area get active

A summer of sport and fitness is on the way in the Chevington area as the parish council strives to help villagers try out a mix of activities.

Inevitably there will be football for teenagers, but also activities to appeal more widely, from dance to art and bungee trampolining.

At this month’s meeting councillors agreed to bring back Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure (BVAL), which ended leisure activities without warning in the area when hit by national funding cuts.

They also heard advice from Hadston-raised John Robertson, founder of the Kick Start charity, which works at the council’s Red Row Welfare. He said it was a great idea, but the activities had to be well-chosen and well-publicised.

“We have got some fantastic tennis players in this area, but there are only about three clubs – private clubs – between Blyth and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Why can’t we give tennis as much push as football, because kids want to play it?”

Home-cooked food on the card

A food bank is being set up at Hadston’s Sure Start children’s centre as part of a countywide scheme to help families cope with austerity. The local community centre and the church are being asked to act as collection points for donated food. The children’s centre is also planning cookery lessons for parents.

Reaching out to pupils’ parents

Amble’s James Calvert Spence College is starting an outreach cycle of meetings to keep in touch with parents in Hadston, Widdrington and outlying parts of Amble. Chairman of governors Coun Dickinson said it was becoming a good school under the leadership of former Ofsted inspector Christine Graham.

Foul play claimed at the Welfare

The beautiful game is failing to beautify Red Row Welfare.

At Monday night’s meeting, councillors heard that spectators left the area littered with bottles and crisp packets, and players walked mud all through the building, though they were supposed to leave their boots at the door.

Improved access and dipping

Work to enhance a pond in the community park for wildlife and people is

hoped to be carried out with £5,000 from UK Coal. A jetty for wheelchair access and pond-dipping is proposed at the drainage pond.

The park was provided by the Grainger Trust in association with house building.