About Chopwell Regeneration Group
People in Chopwell have been talking for decades about how to improve our village, there has always been a very strong community spirit and a passion and willingness to improve our village. In April 2017 a group of people met up to talk about how we could take action and make some of these ideas happen and the Chopwell Regeneration Group was formed.
Our members are the heart and soul of our organisation. We currently have around 120 members who each pay £5 a year membership fee. Membership is not a requirement to take part in our activites, but is open to anybody who shares our vision and passion for Chopwell. We would love for many more people to join and to get more involved in what we do in Chopwell. The membership fees contribute to the overheads of our organisation including insurance and accountancy fees as well as the cost of maintaining our website and producing our quarterly newsletter.
Community Involvment and Consultation
Projects and Grants Received
Since starting in April 2017 we have carried out the following significant projects:
- The Chopwell Community Orchard set-up with funding Greggs Charitable Trust.
- With funding from the National Lottery, support from Gateshead Council and a large number of volunteers we carried out a Brighten Up Chopwell month to try and brighten up our village by clearing rubbish, tidying up, fixing, painting and planting flowers and cherry trees.
- We raised funds to put Christmas lights up and down our village.
- The Ballinger Trust part-funded the development of this website.
- Land of Oak and Iron funded a training programme for two local unemployed people to learn to repair bikes.
- The Ballinger Trust funded 3 benches being installed after being refurbished by the Men’s Shed.
- With support from the Co-op community fund and land provided by The Chopwell Official’s Club a group of volunteers have created the Chopwell Community Allotment.
- With funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery we have installed signs in Chopwell Wood directing visitors to our village.
Community Events and Activities
Our volunteers run regular events across the year for the village to enjoy. These bring us together to have fun and get to know each other, and also raise money for us to reinvest in the village.
So far these have included Maker’s Markets, Chopwell Big Weekend, Pop-up restaurants, pizza and quiz nights, a jumble sale, a car boot sale and an auction as well as planting events and litter picks.
Please check out our Facebook page, the newsletter and this website for information on upcoming events.
How you can get involved
- Join us at our bi monthly public meetings.
- Volunteer to help us deliver our activities. Even an hour or two can really make a difference.
- Become a member.
- Follow us on Facebook for regular news and updates on upcoming activities.
- Give us feedback on what we do, and ideas for new activities and projects.
- Join us at our events and activities. Everyone is very welcome, and you don’t need to be a member to join us. It’s a great way to make new friends and get to know your neighbours.
- If you enjoy an activity you would like to develop, and share with others in the village you could bring the idea to the public meetings or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to support you in developing your idea, and it could be a great way to share your passion with others.
- If you live in the village look out for our quarterly newsletter through your letterbox. It includes news about what we are doing, and also news from our partner groups in the village. If you don’t live here, we post the newsletter on the website too.
We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission. All of our activity must be for the good of the community, and all funds raised must be used to meet our aims, and not to make profit for individual directors or members.
The organisation was originally a Community Interest Company established on 31 May 2017 but on 15 May 2019 the organisation was converted into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and so is now a registered charity (charity no. 1183436)
Chopwell Regeneration CIO (known as Chopwell Regeneration Group) has a board of Trustees, but it is also a member organisation and our members are involved in every key decision made.
Chairman – Jodie Barwick-Bell
Secretary – Jacqueline Quincey
Treasurer – Mark Bell
Our trustees are all volunteers and do not receive any payment for their services.
The Chopwell and Blackhall Mill Partnership
Chopwell Regeneration Group know the importance of working together with other local organisations to help and support each other and share resources, news and events. In addition by jointly working on projects together we can accomplish more than by working in isolation. We have therefore worked with Chopwell Community Association, Blackhall Mill Community Association and the Friends of Chopwell Park to form the Chopwell and Blackhall Mill Partnership to formalise our support for each other and how we work together to benefit the community.
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Reports for 2020
You can view our 2020 reports by clicking the relevant links below.