Happy 10th Birthday No.28!

Tuesday, 20th August 2019

Lily-Ann Brown cutting the anniversary cake with Claire Heaviside from No.28

Hexham's No.28 project celebrates it's 10th birthday in style

August 15th 2019 marked the 10th anniversary for the No.28 Community House in Hexham, and Karbon’s Community team went along to join the celebrations.

The birthday event, which was held at Priory School in Hexham, providing a fun filled day for all the family with a delicious BBQ, a petting zoo, GoKarts, arts and crafts, and a sports day.

Active Northumberland also brought a rowing machine and an archery set to let people have a go at a new sport.

The event was greatly supported by key members of the local community. Attendees included Hexham East Councillor Cath Horner, Localities Coordinator of the NHS Jude Deeks, Sam Gilcrest from West Northumberland Food Bank, Keda Norman from Hexham Youth Initiative, and the Heads of the Hexham Community Partnership Peter Rodger and Rosemary Theobalds.

Karbon had a strong presence at the event, with representatives from the Community Investment, Estate Services, Foundations for Life teams, alongside the Hexham housing officers.

Community Investment Manager, Paul Moralee, who attended the celebration event said: “I love the No.28 Community House and all the work that goes on there. It’s a real hub of the community in Hexham East and it was great to be able to celebrate its tenth birthday with both the No.28 team and the many members of the local community that use the project.”

“The work of Number 28 mirrors that of Karbon’s perfectly, which is why the partnership has continuously grown from strength to strength. It brings people together, through a variety of groups and activities with something to suit all ages, helping to create a strong, sustainable community which benefits the many Karbon residents living in the area.”

No.28 is a project that was originally set up to help regenerate Hexham’s east end.

The house itself is a Karbon property, 28 Derwent Road, that the project has access to rent free, and Karbon has an SLA in place with the Hexham Community Partnership who manage the running of the project. Karbon and Northumberland County Council support the project through much-needed funding.

Claire Heaviside, No. 28 project manager, said: "There's so many people to thank, not just for all the fantastic help and support everyone gave us on the day of our 10th birthday, but to all the wonderful people who have massively contributed to No.28 over the past 10 years. We have amazing volunteers at the project who always go the extra mile and make the work we do possible, so a big thank you to them.

"From supporting residents in times of great difficulty to learning essential life skills, and even learning to make jam, we've done it all."

The project hosts a wide range of initiatives to make local residents feel part of the community, ranging from creating a community garden, hosting a branch of the Northumberland Credit Union, and many weekly clubs, activities and community get togethers.

The project has recently become an accredited UK online centre for their digital skills project, the Tynedale Lions opened their first Men’s Shed in the garden of property earlier this year, and the community Bank has a collection point there.

We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays in years to come as the project continue to thrive as a central hub for the community.