Big Local North Cleethorpes activity update for June 2022

This is our short monthly briefing on what Big Local North Cleethorpes has been up to during June 2022. Many ongoing initiatives continue month on month, but here is our update on the new activities. If you are interested in more information or want to follow up on anything outlined here, please contact us at Big Local North Cleethorpes: (Email: john@vanel.org.uk or karl@vanel.org.uk)

This month included National Neighbourhood Watch Week; Carers Week; Volunteers’ Week; month of Community; Armed Forces Day and, of course, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. Residents, community groups, our team and partners spent the month using these opportunities to attend events, work with residents and to talk about the work Big Local North Cleethorpes is doing.

Arts and Culture

Our popular craft session for local people continues to meet in the community shed at 82 Grimsby Road on Tuesday from 12 to 3pm. All welcome just ask us about it…

An urban arts fringe festival is being planned to be held on the North Prom in September which is being partly sponsored by Big Local North Cleethorpes. More information and promotional materials will follow after the July meeting.

John has been working with Glynne Bulman and Pippa Curtin to gather the submissions for the gallery display in Louth for the second week in July.

Supporting Older People

Work on distributing scams booklets; delivering fraud prevention talks; working with Neighbourhood Watch Groups and the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams; plus working with other groups supporting older people, continue month on month.

Scams booklets sponsored by Big Local can now be found in the police station at The Knoll, the library and many of the charity shops around Cleethorpes and at 82 Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes.

We can still provide small items of personal and household security equipment to residents in DN35 7 and DN35 8 postcodes. Please check the website or contact us by email for details of what is available and to make a request.

Supporting Young People

This month one further family in North Cleethorpes received a donated chrome book to help their children with their studies. Families who have already received devices have been giving feedback on the help they have provided to their young children.

The group of young people at the Reynolds Family Hub continue to tend to their garden space and prepare for the arrival of a new sandpit in early July.

Over Jubilee Weekend, Daubney Street Neighbourhood Watch Group held an event on Sussex Rec getting the young people from in and around their street involved in activities. The Hangout provided funding to support some of these young people’s craft activities.

Jubilee weekend also marked the end of 5 days of family friendly activities in Sidney Park. This was organised through a collective effort from the Sidney Park Partnership, comprising groups that operate on the park; the Green Influencers Project; local Councillors and of course huge numbers of residents. The event was very well attended throughout the week and lots more ideas for the park have arisen from the Partnership since and will be implemented throughout the summer.

Environmental

Daubney Street Neighbourhood Watch Group have now replanted all of their street planters with help from a grant fund we supported them to access.

Hangout funding was provided to help Daubney Street purchase plants and hanging baskets which the young people in the street then planted up themselves.

Work continues to support Beacon Hill Allotments and Gardening Society in Cleethorpes now that they have become an Allotment Watch. We are encouraging them to explore new ideas with funding their community initiatives on site. A scams and fraud awareness briefing session has been scheduled for later in the year.

A new Green Influencers Eco Group has been started at Beacon Academy and they have secured a starter grant from Ernest Cook to support their campaigning. Their work is linked to Cleethorpes Plastics free campaign – contact John for more info.

John attended the Plastic Free Cleethorpes meeting encouraging businesses, schools (including Beacon Academy) and other facilities to reduce their plastic use, this is to support the process following Jenny leaving her VANEL this month.

John is in correspondence with the Environment Agency regarding the advisability or otherwise of draining Chapman’s Pond.

The Pocket Park group have agreed to look at the costings and possible funding routes to achieve the plan outcomes and then get the Council to fulfil their commitment to support the process.

Community and Partnership working

We published our first, printed Big Local North Cleethorpes newsletter for quite a while in June. These were distributed at Armed Forces weekend in Cleethorpes and a small supply are still available at 82. A digital version is on our website here:

June 2022 – Big Local North Cleethorpes

The Community Mini-Hub @ 82 Grimsby Road is a small meeting room at our office that can be rented by groups and individuals for small meetings. If you are interested in hiring the room, see our website for more details.

Marie Green continues to hold Councillor surgeries on a monthly basis at 82 Grimsby Road if you need to see Marie, please book directly with her.

Four Clee Clubs continue to run weekly at 82 Grimsby Road. We have an Ancestry Group; a Model Making Group; Craft Group and a Gardening Group. If you have an idea for a social interest group, please contact us – we will be please to help.

The Young Reporters Group meet fortnightly, and an article is printed in the Grimsby Telegraph every week, Sandra Ritchie has agreed to help support the group with John following Jenny Hodson moving to a new job.

For more information about anything above, please contact us.