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Fun event to mark first anniversary

A free Alice in Wonderland themed fun day took place at Newsham Pavilion to mark the first anniversary of Newsham Matters.
A free Alice in Wonderland themed fun day took place at Newsham Pavilion to mark the first anniversary of Newsham Matters.

A family fun day was recently held to celebrate the first birthday of a community project in Blyth.

Newsham Matters was set up by Northumberland County Council to improve the lives of people living there and tackle anti-social behaviour and low levels of employment.

To mark the anniversary, the community was invited to a special birthday event at Newsham Pavilion.

The free Alice in Wonderland-themed fun day included face painting, fancy-dress competitions, children’s arts and crafts, performances from Dodgy Clutch Theatre company and a special tea party.

Newsham Matters was set up in March 2017 following consultation with residents in the area to establish community issues and suggestions for improvements.

From this, a series of themes were developed – including Youth Matters, IT Matters and Practical Matters – and a range of activities, groups and classes were set up to support these themes, such as a Learning Hive, lunch and craft club, and a community allotment.

The project has brought together a range of local agencies and youngsters have also benefited from a programme of activities developed by the British Army Reserves and Silx Teen Bar, which focused on leadership skills and communication skills.

Coun John Riddle, cabinet member for housing at the county council, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people celebrating this important milestone for the Newsham Matters project.”