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We have taken the very difficult and sad decision to close the community centre and platform 1 until the end of April where we will reassess the situation and take further guidance from the government. This is based on current government advice and our commitment to valuing and promoting the safety and health of our community.

If anyone has tickets booked for bands upto 8th May you can either get a full refund or you can hang onto them until we can reschedule the bands. If you’d like a full refund I will be in the office today and tomorrow and Tuesday 24th 9 – 12. The doors will be closed but please either knock on the window or call the centre on the number below. we are trying to minimise contact where possible. The same applies to the cinema screening of Judy which was due to take place on Tuesday – you can either hang on to your tickets or come for a refund.

I am working with Ashington WI organising a ‘crafting mission’ for those people who get a little bored during isolation we will be asking you to help us in creating a ‘memory quilt / isolation quilt’ You will be given a square of fabric and asked to design a pattern / image on the square and when we are all free to move around we will collect the squares and put together a quilt which can be displayed locally. You can use any medium to decorate your square e.g. cross stitch, embroider, patchwork, buttons, paint, felt pens, crayons, its up to you and your creative mind! This is in the early stages of development so please bare with me whilst I get this organised. If you are interested in taking part can you please email / text / message me your name and address so we can drop off your square – which can be either posted through your letterbox or we are also putting small box of craft materials (bits of fabric/ buttons/threads etc… anything we feel you can use – if you haven’t got any craft materials and want to take part please add this to your message. These boxes will be left on your doorstep.

The next project is crochet (now I don’t know how to crochet either but it’s something I’ve wanted to learn so I’m going to give it a go). we are going to ask people to crochet a square so that we can do a Christmas Tree – again this idea is in it’s infancy because we need to find somewhere for the finished tree and if we could have one in Bedlingtonshire and one in Ashington that would be fab (obviously if we get loads of squares we can dot them all over Northumberland!) – if you’re interested in taking part – again contact me – if you don’t have wool I’m sure we can sort that out too. I have attached a picture of a crocheted Christmas Tree. You will receive a pattern and if you don’t have supplies then we can deliver that too.

If we have a lot of interest I will probably look to set up a facebook page so that people can share ideas / suggestions etc…

For those of you that were looking forward to this weekends Festival of Arts Bedlington which has had to be postponed, they are going to have a DIGITAL festival of online content starting this Friday – photos, artwork, poetry and animation find that on this page: https://www.facebook.com/festivalofartsbedlington/

Northumberland folk are made of stearn stuff and we will get through this – already I have seen such awesome community spirit. Please keep yourselves safe and do not ever be embarrassed to ask for help. Mental health is important at this time so; if like me you have anxiety or a complete sense of foreboding at times – switch off the TV, take time out with a nice cuppa, watch out your window, count the different birds or have a chat with someone. There are many different free apps that are great for meditation – our Pilates instructor Jill has got some great advice on her page https://www.facebook.com/jillatespilates/

There are also different isolation help groups available with some good advice and support:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/isolationhelp/
https://www.facebook.com/Bedlingtonisolationsupport/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2553824051559101/

For other advice and support:

Information from Northumberland County Council: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Health.aspx…

Citizens Advice – Debt or Energy advice call 01670 339960 or text DEBT to 81400 (they will call you back)
Universal Credit Help to claim – 08001448444

If you are worried about a child or adult’s welfare in Northumberland contact onecall – 01670 536400 http://www.northumbria.nhs.uk/our-serv…/adult-social-care/…/

Some local businesses are now doing deliveries to your door – Glentons Bakery are offering a delivery – call 01670 818062

Please keep safe – never give out large amounts of cash or bank details or card details and use someone you know and trust whenever possible.

I will be working from home from next week but always contactable by email telephone or social media if you need anything or just want to chat please feel free to call me.

Please keep checking in with our social media pages as we will be providing updates when we can.

Email: eastbedlingtoncommunitycentre@gmail.com
Facebook: eastbedlingtoncommunitycentre platform1musicvenue
Telephone: office – 01670 828808 Mobile: 07717833288

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any concerns, questions or queries. We will continue to support the community as much as we can.

Stay Safe and Well
Michelle

East Bedlington Community Centre plays a major role in the Bedlington community. First and foremost, East Bedlington Community Centre is a place of gathering where our members can come together to socialise and engage in healthy activities together. The centre was designed to provide a wide range of activities to all members. Contact us today or call in for a chat.

A registered charity (#1150904), the fully refurbished building is in the heart of Bedlington Station, providing accessible facilities for the whole community.  The centre is run by a board of Trustees, with a mixture of paid staff and volunteers

Platform Trading Ltd.

Our trading arm – Platform Trading Ltd – organises live performances, band nights, bingo, entertainment, and operates our fully licensed community cafe (The Buffet Car).  It is a not-for-profit wholly owned subsidiary of the charity and is managed by three directors.