Hey everyone! We’re always looking to improve the services and facilities we provide at the Buffalo Community Centre. We have a short survey up at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/blythbuffalo and it would be great if we could get some feedback.

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Police in Blyth have launched a targeted operation to improve the quality of life for residents in Blyth and have made the issue a neighbourhood priority.

Officers from the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing team will be working in partnership with Safer Northumberland to launch the ’12 streets campaign’ in the Cowpen Quay area of the town.

The campaign forms part of Operation Merlin – a project aiming to protect the most vulnerable in the community and provide help for residents who need it the most.
The campaign will focus on 12 streets in Cowpen Quay and run throughout February and March. Officers will work closely with the local authority and other key agencies to address issues such as anti-social behaviour, waste accumulation, drug offences, road safety, lighting and rogue landlords.

Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector, Grant Dawson, said: “The 12 streets campaign is a real partnership effort and aims to improve quality of life for residents of Cowpen Quay and make it an even safer place to live in.

“The campaign is a direct result of intelligence gained from the community last year when officers and Volunteer Police Cadets carried out over 500 door-step visits. During the visits officers and cadets talked to residents about key issues of concern and where they would like to see police and partner action.

“We’re committed to not only tackling issues such as waste and fly tipping but getting to the root of the problem and working with our partners to prevent the issues reoccurring.

“We will be working closely with Safer Northumberland and other key agencies to identify residents who are vulnerable in the community and ensuring they are directed to the right agency and receive the right support.

“Throughout this month residents will see an increased police presence in Cowpen Quay as officers carry out the operation and we encourage anyone who may have concerns or who may be worried about a vulnerable neighbour, relative or friend to speak with an officer face-to-face so we can take appropriate action.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “I welcome this proactive policing from Northumbria Police which is working with partners to tackle issues of great importance to local residents. Protecting the vulnerable is an absolute priority for me and I am confident that this project will have a positive impact for our communities in Blyth. I look forward to seeing more projects develop as part of Operation Merlin and wish this campaign every success.”

Northumberland County Councillor Liz Simpson, chair of Safer Northumberland, said “This initiative is all about agencies working together for the long-term benefit of the community.

“It’s important we provide long-term solutions as well as quick fixes, but no one organisation can do everything. That’s why so many agencies have come together to provide a range of support and solutions.”

The 12 streets includes Wright Street, Beaumont Street, Disraeli Street, Salisbury Street, Gladstone Street, Hambledon Street, Durban Street, Goschen Street, Balfour Street, Maddison Street, Hall Terrace and Hodgson’s Road areas of Cowpen Quay.

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact police on 101.

NEW Cuppa with a copper (1) docx feb 16-1

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The BAM! Sistahood! Project, an intergenerational project, focuses on the cultural, social and political heritage of four generations of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women in the North East of England, an untold and so far undocumented chapter of regional history.

BAM! SISTAHOOD believes in empowering and skilling up women to self represent their heritage in an authentic way and take ownership of that heritage, Participants, volunteers, the Angelou Centre and women and black led organisations have developed this project in partnership with academic institutions, cultural and heritage organisations and artists across the region.

Collectively we will Unravel, Research, Document, Create, Promote, Share and Archive Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women’s Heritage.


About The Angelou Centre

One of the few surviving ‘black-led’ women’s projects in the North East, the Angelou Centre is well known and regarded as a quality community organisation and training provider where BAMER women are supported by a team of multilingual and culturally diverse staff and volunteers. Our passion and commitment to advance economic and social independence for BAMER women and children has enabled us to establish and develop an organisation that addresses the wide-ranging needs of our beneficiaries.www.angelou-centre.org.uk

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of diverse heritage.




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Update from Wed 22nd April
At the Holliday Inn at Seaton Burn for the Northumberland Clubs for Young People awards. Good night with lots of good entertainment from members of the various clubs, including our own Stryke Karate, who were represented by 5 members of the club. The students compiled and choreographed their own routine and performed in front of over 170 people. This is the first time that they have done anything like this. They were brilliant. Well done you lot.
Also on the night there were some awards presented to members of our association.
Foster Burt received a joint award for Trustee of the Year, while in the Key Stone Awards both Stuart Olley and Jen Brown both received a Bronze award.

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Tues 9th June.

The Irene Parker Pride of the Buffalo awards were held.

Hosted by Foster Burt and Brian Brown. We had a good turnout on the night.
The awards are as follows.
The Denise Mitchel Young person of the year award:-
Winner – Elise Brown
Champion – Flic Wilkinson
Silver – Fran Wilkinson

The Margaret Bennett spirit of youth award:-
Winner – Ryan Cullearn
Champion – Kurt Smith
Silver – Suzanne Devlin

Volunteer of the year:-
Winner – Angela Cox
Champion – Susan Olley
Silver – Jim Wormesley

Foster Burt service with a smile award:-
Winner – Jen Brown
Champion – Linda Cox
Silver – Angela Turnbull

Best community project:-
Winner – Blyth Spiritualist Centre
Champion – Tuesday Art Group
Silver – Stryke Karate

The Irene Parker Pride of the Buffalo Award
Adaline Keoh

Well done to all who won and those who were nominated.
Keep up the good work.

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We’re at the Pride of Northumberland Awards in Ashington tonight to celebrate some of our members being presented for their achievements in the community!

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This Saturday (4th Dec) there will be a Christmas event.

Come along and see Santa.

From 2pm to 4pm. All welcome.

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Feel free to pop into the centre on 17th November between 10-12pm for an informal chat and a cuppa with our friendly local coppa.

Call for more info.

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As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on how we arrived at this point in our association’s history. Cowpen Quay Community Association (CQCA) has grown from a small group of mothers who, in 1974, set up a simple youth club in St John’s Hall in Cowpen Quay, Blyth. Since that time we have expanded to become the vibrant provision of educational, social and sporting activities that we offer today in the Buffalo Community Centre.

During the past 40 years we have seen legislation that has changed the way we deliver services, had periods of hardship where we have struggled for funding to continue to provide our service, and seen exciting ideas and projects take place. But what has not changed in the last four decades is the people who have given so freely of their time and energy as volunteers over those years. Just like 40 years ago, we have compassionate and caring volunteers and staff to deliver our services. In the 33 years that I have served as secretary in our management committee, I have witnessed a true caring that is born out of an undertaking to serve our community to the very best of their ability, with every day giving our groups, volunteers and staff the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

We celebrated our 40th anniversary by holding the first, of what we hope to be many of, the Irene Parker ‘Pride of the Buffalo’ awards ceremony. These awards are in memory of Irene Parker who devoted herself to our association for many years as a member of our management committee.

Our award winners were: Pride of the Buffalo – Margaret Bennett, Volunteer of the Year – Jimmy Womersley, Young Person of the Year – Carl Robinson, Spirit of Youth – Suzanne Devlin, Service with a Smile – Stu Olley, Best Community Project – BME group I am proud of our 40 years of service and our unchanging mission, and the exceptional people supporting us. Here’s to another 40 years of making a difference in the lives of others.

Secretary CQCA

Brenda Robinson, MBE – Cowpen Quay Community Association

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We would like to share our deepest thanks to everyone who has helped donate to the food bank. Several very heavy bags have been sent to the food bank now which is great news!

The collection doesn’t stop here however! If you have any spare non-perishable food please bring them down to the centre and they will be sent to a local food bank.

Many thanks!

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