Big Local North Cleethorpes activity update for July 2022

This is our monthly briefing on what Big Local North Cleethorpes has been up to during July 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: or

Arts and Culture

Big Local agreed to sponsor the Cleethorpes Reclaim Urban Arts Festival Fringe festival which will take place on the weekend of 23rd and 24th September 2022. The event will include live painting of walls at Cleethorpes Library and on North Promenade as well as music and other activities. More details will be shared on the Big Local website and on the Urban Arts Festival Facebook page as plans evolve.

Artwork from the recent Rona Arts Festival at St Aidan’s church has now been delivered for display at an art gallery in Louth.

The craft sessions for local residents continue to meet in the community shed at 82 Grimsby Road. (Tuesdays 12-3pm)

Lyns Powles has taken on a North Cleethorpes young man, Cameron, as a work experience opportunity and he has been tasked to produce a North Cleethorpes comic strip and will be running a workshop at Lyns’ studio.

Supporting Young People

A sandpit funded by CYC The Hangout and Big Local has now been delivered to the Reynolds Family Hub garden for the benefit of young people who go there. A Green Influencers group meets there on Thursdays from 4-5pm to develop the garden space.  The sandpit will be ready for later in the year; the vegetables are being picked with the children; plans are being made for further planting and growing elsewhere at the Family Hub and a butterfly house is also being prepared.

Two further families are being reviewed to receive chrome books donated by Big Local which will help with education for their children to help with homework. These will be delivered in August.

The Sidney Park Partnership has developed a programme of support for families and young people using Sidney Park during the summer holidays.  The programme has been sponsored by Big Local as well as matched by other funding, including the Family Hub and Ward councillors, and is already underway and engaging local people. Something will be happening for young people almost every day on the park throughout the holidays. Other partner organisations are involved, and volunteers are helping throughout. Further funding has been obtained from The Hangout and other grants.  Watch the Sidney Park Partnership Facebook page for ongoing details of what is happening in the park over the summer.

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, continued this month.

In July, a few more older people in Cleethorpes have now received home and personal safety equipment through our Big Local funded equipment provision.  This offer is ongoing and still available for older people in DN35 7 & 8 postcodes. Contact Karl or John to make referrals.

Additional scam/fraud warning sessions are being organised for local older people in Cleethorpes over the coming months.

Please remember that the community shredder at the Age UK office in Cleethorpes can be used by anyone to dispose securely of personal data and information.  Please call in during their opening hours.

Neighbourhood Watch Groups in Sidney Sussex and Croft Baker Wards continue to receive support through Big Local and VANEL.  Anyone interested in starting up a new Neighbourhood Watch group should get in touch with Karl.


The roundabout at Issacs Hill has once again been brightened up for the summer with hanging baskets sponsored by Big Local.  At the same time, the Big Local sponsored potted Palm Trees have been placed back on North Promenade and around the Pier. The street light basket will go up again in August.

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.

John has asked Hodson Architects to provide the costings of implementing the plan and from there John is to investigate the possible funding routes, there is a meeting on the 17th of August with Council Officers and the Pocket Park Group to start the process of partnership working properly.

John is supporting Gareth Kaye and Sand Ritchie to get the council to allow development of the small building on Sussex Rec.

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.

On our behalf, Marie has asked about the provision of toilet facilities on the North Promenade at the Tourism scrutiny panel and will bring it up at the whole council meeting in August.

A representative from the Neighbourhood Policing team drops-in to the office every Wednesday if you need to speak to an NPT member just let us know.

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 is now supporting the group with John following Jenny Hodson moving on to a new job.

Richard prepared and submitted the 6-month report to the Local Trust, as we are half way through the final year of the current Big Local North Cleethorpes business plan.

For more information about anything above, please contact us.