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Blyth Community Volunteers
Meet in the car park of the Town Council offices (Arms Evertyne House) or catch us in the Market Place - look out for the banner. Equipment will be taken to the Market Place and sanitised but please bring gardening-type gloves if you have them.
Litter picking is back!
Blyth Community Volunteers have organised the following dates for litter picks and would love for you to join them. Click the link below to see the scheduled dates (Saturdays and Tuesdays)
Friends of Ridley Park - One Lottery
One Lottery is offering a great prize at the moment.
Anyone joining before 17 July will have the chance to win a fruit and veg box, delivered once a month directly to their door for a full year (as well as the weekly FORP draw and the national weekly £25,000 prize).
Meals on Wheels - Support Local
Crowe & Atkinson Ltd bring your meals to your door - contact free.
Includes firm favourites: Meatballs, Roast Lamb, Ham Salad, Fish & Chips, Shepherds Pie & many delicious desserts!
Support local and contact Crowe & Atkinson today to place your meals on wheels order.
Virtual Tour of LV50 - Royal Northumberland Yacht Club
Royal Northumberland Yacht Club have been busy creating a “virtual” tour of LV50 and also linking with local schools to create some really exciting online learning opportunities that are aligned to the national curriculum. RNYC took the opportunity to inform the National Historic Ships organisation and we are really excited that we have won the award of a Flagship of the Year 2021.
The link to the tour is https://friendsoflv50.org.uk/tour.htm
Bridge Northumberland - Free Support/Training
Bridge Northumberland is a voluntary programme to help people living in Northumberland who are out of work and aged 16+ to overcome barriers to training, education and work.
Bridge welcome referrals and want to support as many people as possible with their fully funded free programme.
Support is FREE if you are:
- Age 16+ & Living in Northumberland
- Not in education, employment or training
Text or call - 07818 511689
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Refer yourself via Bridge’s website.
Wild Oysters Project
Local Delivery Partner for England: Groundwork North East & Cumbria
Wider Partnership: Zoological Society of London, BLUE Marine Foundation, British Marine
The Wild Oysters Project is a marine restoration project, which aims to restore native oysters back to self-sustaining levels in UK seas, which in turn will provide clean water, healthy fisheries, and plentiful biodiversity.
Why should we restore native oysters?
Native oyster numbers have declined by 95% since the mid-1800s due to over-harvesting, habitat loss, pollution and disease. This has resulted in native oyster reefs being classified as the most threatened marine habitat in Europe. Here in North East England, there are no remaining oyster reefs.
Oysters provide key ecosystem services including improving water quality by increasing water clarity and removing excessive nutrients. Healthy oyster beds are hugely productive, with a rich biodiversity of associated species, having a positive effect on the health of the entire ecosystem, including building resilience to climate change.
Where will you be working to restore oysters?
This project will create rehabilitation hubs across the UK to secure national ecosystem recovery of native oysters and the services they provide.
In North East England, we have the Tyne & Wear hub, leading the restoration efforts for the project in England. A further two hubs are located in Scotland and Wales.
How are you planning to restore oysters?
There are two major barriers to oyster recovery: i) low number of oysters left in the wild to reproduce, ii) lack of suitable habitat available for oyster reefs to form and thrive.
To get more oysters back into the coastal system, our Tyne & Wear oyster rehabilitation hub hosts 47 oyster nurseries over two estuarine sites – Port of Blyth, and Sunderland Marina. The oyster nurseries are microhabitats, each containing 27 mature oysters, which will reproduce and release oyster larvae. Over the 3-year project, these nurseries will release over 3 billion larvae into the North Easts coastal waters.
We will also rehabilitate areas of the seabed nearby, to better suit oyster larvae settlement requirements. This might involve adding a layer of cultch (hard substrate such as gravels and old shells) to the seabed in locations we think our released larvae will reach.
Public Engagement & Education
Our restoration hubs are located where there were once thriving oyster fisheries, and oysters were once a part of local culture. To reignite the public’s emotional and cultural attachment to oysters, we will engage local communities to help care for the oyster nurseries, whilst educating them about the ecological significance of our oyster.
Our scientists will be monitoring our oyster nurseries and reefs to track the positive impact our interventions are having on local marine biodiversity, and sharing our experiences to encourage others to contribute to this systemic change. We hope this monitoring will be supported by our local citizen scientists.
Image Credits: Ashleigh Tinlin-Mackenzie, BLUE Marine.
To get involved:
Email - email@example.com – add Tyne & Wear to the subject line
To follow our progress:
Twitter - @Wild_Oysters
Instagram – @wild_oysters_project
Website - https://wild-oysters.org/
Image Credits (left to right) - Gerald Legg, BLUE Marine, ZSL,
Isabella Heap Tidy Up
A tidy up of the Isabella Heap took place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April.
Update following the event coming soon.
Walking Maps in Northumberland by John Harris
Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?
Walking in Northumberland is the website for you!
**Please adhere to the current lockdown restrictions and only go out to exercise once per day in your local area**
With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.
John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Northumberland (part of the Walking in England suite of websites – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!
Lost, Found and Told - New Audio Tales for Northumberland
Free to residents of Blyth thanks to funding from Blyth Town Council
Local performing arts company November Club are delighted to bring you Lost Found and Told, a collection of seven original short stories written by Fiona Ellis, set in the border county of Northumberland.
Lost, Found and Told is inspired by traditional fairy tales and draws on the rich heritage and landscape of Northumberland. Originally conceived as a live performance, Covid-19 restrictions has transformed it into an audio production.
With original music from Katie Doherty woven throughout, Lost Found and Told promises to enchant and captivate the whole family. Listen at home in the comfort of your living room or grab your headphones and head to the heart of Northumberland and walk and listen to the tales right where the action happens. This works for some of the stories better than others.
Blyth Town Council awarded a Community Grant towards the project as the live production would have been performed in Blyth. With the change of plan to an audio production, this funding now means that residents of Blyth can access the stories for free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send @NovemberClubMorpeth a direct message on Facebook if you are a resident of Blyth, including your full postcode.
You will be sent a unique code to access the tales for free.
Lost Found and Told is suitable for children age 8+ but younger (and older!) family members will enjoy listening to the tales as well.
We would like to let you know about an exciting project delivered by Carers Northumberland to support unpaid Carers in our community access employment, training and/or education.
SILX Employability Project & Teen Bar
Do you know someone aged between 16-25?
Do they need support with housing, budgeting, benefits, debt, CV enhancements, work experience or volunteering?
Silx have been advised National Youth Agency that one to one provision can be maintained by appointment only which is COVID-19 safe.
We can provide free online courses - support with CV’s - Cover Letters - Job Search - plus help and support with benefit advice.
We can also offer virtual support by email, Zoom - facetime. If you need any help or support
Please contact 01670 351356 or email email@example.com
Newsham & New Delaval Youth Forum
- Based in Newsham Pavillion - Youth Provision for people aged 11-19 - variety of activities, including arts, outdoor sports, health workshops and cooking skills for young people.
Blyth Cricket Club
Blyth Cricket Club is at the heart of our community, inspiring and influencing the growth, quality accessibility of cricket in our area.
The club has a number of teams from Under 9’s age group, girls, womens and adults. Coaching is available for all members.
All ages and abilities are welcome to join the club.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Or find them on Facebook via “Blyth Bobcats”
Blyth Town Council would like to promote any community interests on this page.
Contact us via email if you have any submissions, email@example.com