Take part in VE celebrations

Take part in VE celebrations

The Armed Forces Charity have been in touch and would like to include rural communities in the celebration of VE Day. 

8th – 10th May 2020 will see the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.  There will be many celebrations being undertaken in villages and community halls.

If you would like any information or like to spread the word to your communities please click below to download an information file. Download Here

Please be kind enough to register your involvement by going to the VE Day 75 Website – www.veday75.org as soon as possible or by no later than 1st May 2020.

Registering enables them to keep in touch with you, update you on progress, and inform the media of your participation nearer the time, as well as letting local people know what is happening in their area.  The website also has lots of top tips, and downloads for you to use and share along with up and coming press releases for you to edit.



National Village Hall Census Launched

Following on from a highly successful Village Halls’ Week that involved over 700 village halls from across the country, actively engaged 18 MP’s and attracted coverage from Countryfile, national Newspapers and resulted in #villagehallsweek trending on Twitter. ACRE has now launched its national survey of village halls, following up on the last survey carried out 10 years ago.

ACRE carried out national surveys in 1988, 1998 and 2009 these all paved the way for essential license changes, informing policy and securing the recent £3m improvement grant fund.

ACRE will use the data collected to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to provide the very best support.

ACRE wants to encourage all kinds of community buildings that provide facilities for their communities to take part. Not just traditional village halls but community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, community centres, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.

ACRE’s Deborah Clarke commented ”Whilst it’s essential for us to have the hard data as evidence to support our work the information collected will paint a picture of the social and economic impact on communities of having a hall in their community and it provides a detailed look at social change over time. We are extremely grateful to all the hall committees that give their time to manage village halls and will take the time to complete this survey”

Too find out more the Survey has a dedicated page on the ACRE website.

Survey instructions it is advisable to read these before starting the process.

Copy of the questions to view ahead of completing the survey you may like to discuss this with your committee members

Please allow around an hour to complete the survey

This is the link to complete the survey on-line.

Please share this message with any community facility in your area so we can get the as many responses as possible.

#BigLocalCommunityConversations …… still time to have your say……


Residents and local businesses are being encouraged to share their ideas on how they would like to improve opportunities and facilities within eleven villages in East Cleveland.

#BigLocalConversations have already taken place in Liverton, New Skelton, Charltons, Boosbeck and Loftus with further conversations due to take place in Easington, Lingdale, Skinningrove and Liverton Mines.

East Cleveland Big Local Villages, Tees Valley Rural Action and Social Enterprise Acumen are working in partnership to host a series of conversations to bring together local talent, skills, energy, individuals, groups and organisations who want to make a difference in the community where they live.

Rita Lawson, CEO of Tees Valley Rural Action, the Locally Trusted Organisation providing support and guidance to the East Cleveland Villages Big Local and managing the funds on their behalf, commented: “East Cleveland’s Big Local programme is now half way through its 10 years and following a refresh of the Partnership, under the leadership of their new Chair, Linda White from Carlin How, they are now looking to put together an action plan for the remaining five years.

“We are hoping to generate new ideas and fresh thinking to help us to improve opportunities instead of focusing on many of the same ideas on how we can spend the funds. This is about engaging with the 11 villages that make up the East Cleveland Big Local area and looking at how to challenge the status quo and come together more closely to make a lasting change in their villages. It is also about harnessing the skills and enthusiasm of individuals who would not ordinarily get involved in such initiatives so that there is a legacy of community champions in the eleven villages of East Cleveland.”

Social entrepreneur Kate Welch OBE and CEO of Social Enterprise Acumen CIC commented: “We’re keen to hear people’s views on why they love to live where they live, what ideas they have to make it an even better place and how they can help to make their ideas a reality.”

Back in 2012, £1m was awarded for 10 years to help to make a lasting difference to each of the eleven villages in the East Cleveland Big Local area. Villages include Boosbeck, Carlin How, Charltons, Dunsdale, Easington, Lingdale, Liverton Mines, Loftus, Margrove Park, New Skelton and Skinningrove.

East Cleveland Villages Big Local funding currently has five priorities, improving access to employment and services, encouraging enterprise, further business development in the area, promote tourism and bring communities together so they live healthier lifestyles and ensure all families and individuals have support for their needs within their local community. However, these are subject to change following the report as a result of each of the #BigLocalConversations.

At the heart of The National Lottery’s Big Local is to empower local people, help them to become more resilient and dynamic where people and communities flourish by making decisions on what is best for them and the area in which they live.

For further information on East Cleveland Villages Big Local visit www.ecvbiglocal.co.uk or Social Enterprise Acumen visit www.socialenterpriseacumen.co.uk

Big Local Conversations will take place on the following dates, times and locations across East Cleveland.

If you have missed your date don’t worry Kate and the team would love to hear from you and you can still be involved using the contacts above.

• Liverton                Wed 22 Jan, 3-6pm                       Liverton Village Hall
• New Skelton        Thurs 23 Jan, 3-6pm                     Hollybush Activity Centre
• Charltons              Wed 29 Jan, 3:30pm-6.30pm     Charltons Village Hall
• Boosbeck              Thurs 30 Jan, 3-5:45pm               Boosbeck Village Hall
• Carlin How            Tues 4 Feb, 3-6pm                        Carlin How Village Hall
• Margrove Park     Wed 5 Feb, 3-6pm                         Margrove Village Hall
• Easington              Thurs 6 Feb, 3-6pm                      Easington Community Centre
• Skinningrove        Tues 11 Feb, 3-6pm                        Skinningrove Village Hall
• Lingdale                 Thurs 13 Feb, 4-6:30pm               Lingdale Village Hall
• Dunsdale               Thurs 25 Feb, 3-6pm                    Baby Moon, Dunsdale
• Loftus                     Tues 28 Feb, 3-6pm                      Venue TBC
• Final Event            TBC to take place at the beginning of March 2020


Velo29 Events Sponsored by East Cleveland Villages BIG Local Bring to You The 4th Klondike Grand Prix

The 4th Klondike Grand Prix, an Elite Race on a Circuit and the opening round of the HSBC Spring Cup!

Velo29 Events Sponsored by ‘East Cleveland Villages BIG Local’ a lottery funded group of 11 Villages in East Cleveland to develop, support and create a lasting legacy to the people of East Cleveland.

All the biggest teams and riders will descend upon Guisborough on the 19th April 2020 for this now well established early season classic. The circuit is one of attrition, it favours the strong rider, not really a climbers circuit despite the 3 significant hills on each of the 3 main laps.

The Elite race will start at 12:00 prompt and rollout through to Dunsdale. The flag will drop as we turn right to Sandy Lane (Errington woods) and the racing will start immediately, the riders will turn right through New Marske, onto the A174, we join the main circuit at 4 Lane ends, it’s over 100 miles to complete the circuit the riders will do 3 laps, then one small lap, then return home from Boosbeck, Margrove Park, Charltons, Slapewath back to Guisborough via Whitby Road for the nail biting finish!

The finish line will be at Westgate Guisborough in front of Sunnyfield House where huge crowds will gather to enjoy the excitement. A great race for Elite riders to take part in and for the crowds to enjoy.

Keep in touch with all the developments over at Velo29 Events and East Cleveland Villages BIG Local