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The Big Byker Jumble Sale

Rumble in the Jumble

The Big Byker Jumble Sale

Saturday November 1st

12pm to 3pm

Fundraising event for our ongoing costs and community projects.

20p Entry

Byker Community Centre

Headlam Street



(0191) 2655777



October 2014

Annual Report to Tenants

Welcome to our first Annual Report to tenants called ‘Building Byker’s future together…our journey so far’. This document sets out some performance milestones which we have completed since stock transfer and celebrates early achievements.




Chirton House Refurb

The £1.1 million refurbishment of the Grade II listed building Chirton House in Byker is underway thanks to investment from the landlord Byker Community Trust (BCT) and Newcastle City Council.

Working with contractors Gentoo Construction, BCT appointed the job at the start of the year to create 16 modern 1 and 2 bedroom apartments from the existing care home.

Jill Haley, Chief Executive of the BCT said: “A key aim of BCT is to add value to the community and wider neighbourhood through its investment on the estate. Unemployment is high here and providing much needed employment and training opportunities is a priority for BCT.

“As part of the tendering process we asked Gentoo to demonstrate what added value and economic gain they could bring to the Byker community and its wider neighbourhood through their contractual agreement with us. Equally as important with this contract was that Gentoo’s design team were able to demonstrate their experience of adapting historic sites to modern needs whilst respecting and retaining their special interest.

“The design of the new self-contained apartments has been able to preserve the character and appearance of the existing Grade ll* listed building. We have worked alongside English Heritage and have restricted any non-essential changes to the outward appearance of the building, whilst incorporating the Byker design elements that make the properties in the area so unique and instantly recognisable.”

Managing Director of Gentoo Construction Allan Thompson said: “We are delighted to get started on site, creating high quality sustainable housing where people want to live. We’re also thrilled to be offering some local employment opportunities to the residents of Byker throughout the build process.”

Gentoo Construction has worked closely with BCT, looking for employment opportunities suitable for local unemployed people. As a result of this two Byker residents have been appointed as general construction employees.

Mark Ford, who currently volunteers in local community projects in the area and has been appointed as an employee on site, said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Gentoo Construction in a manual role as my most recent jobs have been in retail which haven’t given me a great deal of job satisfaction.”

Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Marion Talbot, said: “The city council has worked very closely with the Byker Community Trust to ensure that the refurbishment of Chirton House into affordable housing meets the needs of local residents and is in-keeping with the look and feel of the local neighbourhood.

“Chirton House was a former council building which had become redundant. Refurbishing it has prevented it from becoming an eyesore and enabled it to provide housing for older people and those with disabilities who have lived in the community and can continue to do so as their housing needs have changed.

“The creation of new jobs is critical to the health of our local economy, so it’s particularly pleasing when those job opportunities go to local people helping local families - as in the refurbishment of this local landmark.

“The city council has made a significant investment in this project as we recognise it will enhance the housing offer in the Byker community, and we look forward to it opening next year.”





There are lots of new volunteering opportunities for a residents in Byker!

Head over to our volunteering opportunities page for more details or take a look at the flyers below



Annual General Meeting

Byker Community Trust

Byker Community Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting at Byker Community Centre on Wednesday 17th September 2014 starting at 5pm.

For more information please follow the link below:




Value For Money


Byker Community Trust is working hard to ensure tenants and residents receive good value for money services.

Please follow the link for more details



Saved By Grant

Byker Bowling Club

A historic bowling club in Newcastle’s East End has staved off the threat of closure for a second time thanks to a vital grant from Byker Community Trust (BCT).

With its ageing grass cutter no longer up to the job and members struggling to raise the money to replace it, Byker Village Bowling Club faced possible closure with just eight years to go before its centenary. Now the club has been saved, thanks to a grant of £8,000 from BCT, which owns and manages the Byker Estate on behalf of residents.

The club was one of 13 local groups to benefit from the first round of BCT’s Participatory Budget Scheme, alongside organisations like Byker Community Centre, the Hat-Trick football project and Byker Sands Sure Start Centre.

Jill Haley, BCT’s Chief Executive, said: “Local groups are using the scheme to provide everything from children’s activities to apprenticeships, so it’s great to see our funding helping to secure the bowling club’s future as well. With this new equipment, the club can safeguard one of Byker’s oldest institutions as well as welcoming new members from different parts of the community.”

The grant paid for a new grass cutter, as well as storage equipment for the Headlam Street-based club.

“The new equipment is an absolute godsend,” said club secretary Alec Lamb, who lives on the estate. “We have to comply with national requirements from the English Bowls Association to compete in local leagues, and other teams often complained about the state of the green. The old grass cutter was second hand when we bought it eight years ago, and was constantly breaking.

“The club has been at Headlam Street since it was founded in 1922, so it would have been devastating to see it close because we couldn’t cut the grass properly. The estate was even demolished and rebuilt around us in the 1960s and 70s."

The club nearly closed two years ago due to City Council spending reductions, but members rallied round and took over the maintenance and running of the 92-year-old institution themselves. The members – whose well-stocked trophy room includes two consecutive Rington’s Cups and two veterans’ league titles – compete in four leagues around the North East.


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