Newsham families enjoy day trip to Beamish Museum

Families from Newsham, Blyth enjoyed a fun day out at Beamish Museum thanks to community project.

Newsham Community Matters was launched by Northumberland County Council in March as a way of bringing the community together and instilling pride in the area.

As part of the project families were offered a day trip to the open air museum, and on Wednesday (19 Apr), 65 children and adults enjoyed a fun-packed outing.

The Newsham Community Matters project was developed by the council, with the help of a £26,000 grant from NE Procurement, to offer courses and activities which can help improve the lives of people in the area.

Newsham Community Matters will focus on three themes, IT Matters, such as help with job applications and benefit claims; Practical Matters, such as First Aid, tenancy advice and confidence building, and Family Matters, such as cooking on a budget and healthy lifestyle advice. Courses are held weekly at the Church of Yahweh, St Bede’s Church Hall and The Pavilion in Newsham

A Community Interest Company is in the process of being set up so residents can grow and take the project forward.

Irene Willis, a member of the project committee group, said: “We had a fantastic day out at Beamish. It was lovely to see the children all enjoying themselves and the community coming together to create some great memories.”

Other sessions and groups coming up as part of the project include, a Lunch Club at St Bede’s Community Hall on Wed 26th April at 12.15pm and a free Boxercise taster session in Newsham Pavillion on Fri 28th April at 10.30am.
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