Welcome to the Ponteland Community Partnership

Community volunteers get off to a flying start for 2018 after the success of 2017

What happened during a very successful 2017:

  • Bridleway “Callerton Lane – Rotary Way” given a revamp with additional trees, wild flowers and the installation of 2 educational interpretation pedestals.
  • Receiving the Northumberland Highly Commended “Love Award”
  • Supporting the Town Council with its entry to the RHS “Britain in Bloom” who were awarded with silver gilt for the small town category & “Northumbria in Bloom” gold.
  • Tidying up the first part of the bridleway from Rotary Way towards the Airport.

Community Partnership’s Old Railway Line Project

Second Stage of the Project starting off 2018

On a beautiful spring morning, wet and boggy under foot, the second stage of our most recent project took place, organised by the Community Partnership and the support of the Countryside Officer on Saturday 17th February 2018 focusing on the next stretch of the bridleway from Rotary Way towards the Airport.

What was the reason for this Project?

After the overwhelming response from last year’s bridleway project the community requested that all of this “Old Railway Line” should have the same attention; they value this community asset and want to encourage more residents to enjoy this facility by improving the experience and raising the awareness of its heritage for generations to come. Since last year the Neighbourhood Plan has secured this bridleway as a wildlife corridor, this gives it extra protection for the future.

What was the “Old Railway Line Project?

After a safety training groups of volunteers set out to give a little love and attention by planting 100 trees (Hazel, Hawthorn, Ash and Rowan) litter picking and hand pruning along the Bridleway. This work will allow extra cover to help the wildlife secure food in the form of seeds and berries and cover for nesting later in the spring and years to come. Over the years a lot of the natural habitat has been eroded away leaving areas that suffer from exposure giving the wildlife limited cover when searching for food.

Northumberland County Council has supplied the trees and later in the year will install perch benches to be positioned alongside the 3 Educational Interpretation Pedestals which show local heritage along the route towards the Airport. These pedestals complement the 2 already positioned at Callerton Lane and Rotary Way.

Each pedestal shows our local heritage, how the area depended on the existence of the railway and the surrounding natural environment.

  • One pedestal of the area where the ICI Explosives Depot was located,
  • Another shows the historical Prestwick Colliery daily life,
  • The furthest pedestal shows the original Woolsington Airfield.

Where did the funding and support come from?

  • The project was supported by the land owner – Ward Bros.
  • The Community Partnership has been able to access the funding required for the educational pedestals from the Community Foundation – Local Environment Action Fund.
  • Project Supported by Northumberland County Council Countryside Officer who have supplied 100 trees.

Who were the volunteers?

35 volunteers representing U3a, Friends of Ponteland Park, Town Councils – Footpath Users Group, Ponteland Community Partnership, Ponteland Greenbelt Group, Ponteland Lions, residents, 733 (Newcastle Airport) Air Cadets, Scouts and Scout Explorers.

Air Cadet will be able to use this activity towards their “PIPE Participation in Public Events.” and Explorer Scouts can use the volunteering for their “Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

A selection of comments from the users of the bridleway on the morning of 17th February

A local person dog walking “This has been a brilliant idea to improve this area – Thank you to all concerned”

7 cyclists from Gateshead “ We always use old railway lines for cycling and this has been a great ride so far, we are off to Stamfordam from here and then back to Gateshead.

Two local walkers” We have just seen these new pedestals, never knew there was so much local history and environmental influence at our back door; they certainly complement the original ones at Callerton. The information is quirky and really interesting – never knew the Town Moor had been considered for the Airport!” “Nice to see so many young people helping out”

What is the final stage of the Project and when is this likely to happen?

By the end of March the side skimming  of the pathway and hard core reinstatement work will be undertaken by Ward Bros and around early April 3 perch benches, given by Northumberland County Council, will be installed at the side of the educational pedestals. Once completed wild flowers will be planted later this spring.

Our future Plans?

The Community Partnership hopes to add on another small project to this for those in a health recovery programmes. Walkers will be able to see the number of steps undertaken between each of the pedestals, hopefully with enough funding this will start from Callerton Lane through towards the Airport at each of the 5 pedestals on route. A perch bench will also be positioned, for a rest – if required, at each of the pedestals.

The community partnership was set up in 2003 to identify the things that really matter to people of all ages who live and work in Ponteland Civil Parish which could and would improve their quality of life.

To achieve these aims we intend to involve the community, businesses, local organisations and the Town Council in creating meaningful realistic projects which would be funded by a variety of sources. The community partnership shares the vision of the Neighbourhood Plan and supports the community aspirations for Ponteland in the future.

To keep up to date with our progress please view the Pont News & Views, which is delivered to you free of charge.

We would welcome your ideas for new projects that would benefit the ‘quality of life in the Civil parish of Ponteland’ if you have any ideas please use our contact page to get in touch or come to our monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of every month, except December, at the Town Council Offices at Meadowfield Court (opposite the Medical Centre), Meadowfield Estate.

What is a Community Partnership?

Partnerships are – in the broadest sense – connections between and among people and groups to share interests, concerns and create visions for the future.
Historically, partnerships have been formed to educate, open discussion and address and solve problems among all parties involved and affected as well as stakeholders in all parts of the problems/issues and solutions.

What is the Ponteland Community Partnership?

A group of like minded volunteers who also represent local groups or organisations who share a common idea to identify and improve the quality of life in Ponteland.

When did it start?

The Ponteland Community Partnership started in the early 2004 and was set up under the Local Government Act of 2000 at a time when Ponteland was part of Castle Morpeth Borough Council.

Which organisations work with the Ponteland Community Partnership?

Ponteland Town Council
Ponteland Civic Society
Ponteland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Ponteland U3A
Ponteland Ageing Well
Ponteland Community Trust
Ponteland Local History Society

What are we trying to do?

  • To identify activities and projects for those who live or work in Ponteland that will improve their quality of life no matter what their age.
  • To access funding to provide for these activities or projects.

Background to Community Partnerships

Partnerships in the community abound in the professional literature of social work, adultP1210046 education, and basic literacy education, religious or church work and among governing entities to name just a few environments. Partnerships are – in the broadest sense – connections between and among people and groups to share interests, concerns and create visions for the future.
Historically, partnerships have been formed to educate, open discussion and address and solve problems among all parties involved and affected as well as stakeholders in all parts of the problems/issues and solutions.

Partnerships are created when:

  • there appears to be no one person or group responsible for the issue;
  • it doesn’t seem possible to solve the problem or address the situation by just one group – due to magnitude, lack of knowledge or amorphic nature of the issue;
  • the cost of solving the problem or addressing the issue is too costly for one group to address; and/or,
  • it is important to have a large number of people involved to inform, and buy-in to the process.

The best partnerships are those (either formal or informal) that:

  • Have an organisation or a Pont-87-webstructure to them.
  • Have a vision, mission, and goals
  • Are designed to change as issues evolve and problems are solved
  • Find ways to involve people face-to-face but make maximum use of emerging and existing technologies
  • Build in a sustained maximum activity and involvement by stakeholders and other participants
  • Provide necessary plans such as business, marketing and communication plans
  • Promise and produce a product or results which benefits all group/process members
  • Design an active and interactive initial learning period and maintain ongoing learning for stakeholders and participants
  • Establish and maintain effective communication and ongoing dialog