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  • Civic Head Attends Veterans and Elders Institute's Volunteer Celebration - 5th January 2024

    It was a pleasure for the Civic Head to attend Ashington Veterans and Elders Institute’s recent volunteer celebration night.

    Volunteers and Funders enjoyed the celebration of the Veterans and Elders Institute’s impactful community service events and initiatives.  The Institute’s dedication and contributions to the Ashington community are deeply appreciated.

    On behalf of Ashington Town Council, we extend our congratulations and gratitude to the Institute for its meaningful work empowering and enriching the lives of Ashington residents. We look forward to continued partnership and collaboration in serving this community we all care about.

    The Ashington Veterans and Elders Institute reported on it’s Facebook page; “Absolutely cracking night tonight at the institute. The fabulous Alfie Dobson sings put on another stomping show for us…that’s the third time we’ve had him here and it won’t be the last - brilliant!  This was a free night for our amazing supporters, put on thanks to a donation from Asda Ashington…  60 plus active invited supporters of the institute had a night on us…free bingo, free quiz, free raffle, free tea and coffee and free pies and peas…as a token of our appreciation for their amazing connections with us.  We even had the Civic Head of Ashington Town Council, Victor Bridges and his wife join us.  Thanks to Glenton’s Bakery for another batch of perfect food, thanks to everyone who set up, served, cleared away, sang along, called the bingo and organised another super quiz….”

  • Civic Head attends Mortal Fools Performance 'Through The Wardrobe' - 12th December 2023

    The Civic Head, Councillor Victor Bridges recently attended a performance by Mortals Fools youth theatre, Through The Wardrobe. The Fools Fest included two evenings showcasing our Ashington, Tyne Valley, Highfield Middle School & online youth theatre groups creative work. 

    Mortal Fools supports young people make sense of the world, gain confidence, find their voice, understand their learning preferences and how to support others, gain communication skills, enhances their employability, cultivates wellbeing and of course, is an opportunity to be creative! 

    The Civic Head comments; ” I wish to thank Mortal Fools for Inviting Me to Fools Fest and extend my appreciation to Mortal Fools theatre company for welcoming me to attend performances of “Through The Wardrobe” as part of their recent Fools Fest. Getting to see firsthand the creative work and dedication of Ashington, Tyne Valley, Highfield Middle School, and online youth theatre groups was incredibly inspiring.

    Mortal Fools’ youth theatre program provides a valuable opportunity for self-expression and personal growth through the arts. Performing and creating helps young people make sense of the world, find their voice, and enhance their wellbeing. By supporting Mortal Fools, our community is helping make these types of enriching creative experiences possible for local youth.

    I encourage all who can to consider getting involved with Mortal Fools Theatre, whether as an audience member, donor, sponsor, or volunteer. The arts and creative outlets are so important for our next generation”.

    Find out how you can support Mortal Fools as an individual and/or as an organisation via:

  • Empowering Wellbeing Through Art: Civic Head Presents £500 Cheque to Blossoming Communities - 6th December 2023

    As part of Ashington Town Council’s small grant scheme, the Civic Head, Cllr Victor Bridges presented a cheque of £500 to Blossoming Communities today. This substantial contribution aims to cover the costs of arts and crafts materials for the weekly wellbeing workshops held at Hirst Pavilion.

    Sustaining Creativity for Community Wellness

    Blossoming Communities has been dedicated to fostering wellness within the community through engaging arts and crafts workshops. The weekly sessions provide a space for individuals to express themselves creatively while promoting mental and emotional well-being.

    The donation of £500 is specifically allocated to cover the costs of art supplies for these workshops. With an average expenditure of £20 per week on resources, this grant will significantly aid in sustaining the group’s activities for the next six months. The financial support ensures that participants can continue to explore their creativity without any financial barriers, contributing to a positive and inclusive environment.

    Impactful Community Collaboration

    This collaboration exemplifies the importance of town councillors recognising and supporting initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being of their residents. 

    The funds will go a long way in providing a variety of materials, from paints and canvases to crafting supplies, enabling participants to fully immerse themselves in the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression. The workshops not only offer a creative outlet but also foster a sense of community and connection among participants.

    Looking Towards the Future

    With this generous donation, Blossoming Communities can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those involved in the wellbeing arts and crafts workshops. The sustained support will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and longevity of these community initiatives.

    The Civic Head comments; “As we celebrate this wonderful collaboration, we look forward to witnessing the continued blossoming of creativity, camaraderie, and well-being within the Hirst Pavilion community”. 




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