Welcome to your Fenham 'Where I live' web pages

This site gives you the opportunity to have your say and find out what's going on in your local area.  By using the links on the right hand side of this page you can find out about local services, key contacts, community groups, volunteering, local meetings and events.

Don't forget!!  If you collected 6 loyalty stamps over the summer you need to redeem them by 31 October 2014.

Over the summer holidays children and young people had the opportunity to earn a free activity if they took part in our loyalty scheme.  Anyone aged between 5-18 years old, who took part in the summer programme (PDF 2.44MB) from Monday 21 July - Sunday 31 August 2014 earned loyalty stamps.  If you collected six stamps across the summer holidays don't forget to redeem your free activity at one of the following venues before 31 October 2014:

Please contact the venue to check availability before redeeming your free activity.  Terms and conditions apply.(PDF 10KB)

Fenham Ward Get Togethers

The date for the next Fenham Get Together is to be confirmed. 

 The last Fenham Get Together took place on Saturday 16 August.  This was a family fun day held at Holy Cross Church and was enjoyed by over 300 local residents.  To find out more about what happened on the day, read our feedback sheet (2MB).

Fenham Ward Committee held two 'get togethers' for local residents in October.  These 'get togethers' were an opportunity to come along and speak to elected members, council officers and other people from your neighbourhood.  You talked to us about what you like in Fenham and what could be improved.  Below you can view a summary of the information we gathered.

Tuesday 8 October 2013 - Feedback from Slatyford (pdf 89KB)
Thursday 24 October 2013 - Feedback from Fenham (pdf 89KB)

To view the public papers for Fenham Ward Committee click here.

You can also contact us via Twitter (@letstalkncl) or on our Facebook page.

Social Streets

Are you on Facebook?  Would you like to spend more time talking to your neighbours?  Social Streets could be the thing for you!  If you would like more information email amy.stillwell@newcastle.gov.uk


Decent Neighbourhood Standards

Decent Neighbourhood Standards are our guarantee that we will play our part in making sure everyone lives in a clean, green and safe place, with decent access to services where local needs are met. Decent Neighbourhood Standards are about identifying areas of our city where there is greatest need for investment and support. We need to be clear that providing decent neighbourhoods will not solely depend on the work of the Council.

We’ve done an assessment for every ward in the city based on seven standards. These are based on statistical data and local people’s views taken from the residents’ survey.  The baseline assessment of these for your ward is as follows:

Please click here for residents information. 

If you would like to know more about the Decent Neighbourhood Standards, or would like to get involved in contributing toward them, email Paul Marshall, Senior Regeneration Specialist at paul.marshall@newcastle.gov.uk

Details on the technical process and data sources that support the Decent Neighbourhood Standards Baseline Assessments can also be obtained by emailing paul.marshall@newcastle.gov.uk


Welfare Reform - headlines

This is a very brief overview of the main welfare reform changes to people’s benefits and the impact, taking place now and in the next few years. Some people are exempt. Details about this and where to get more information is at the end.

Background to welfare reform
Welfare reform means reductions in social security spending of £18 billion a year until 2014/15, which is about £83 million a year in Newcastle. A further £10 billion cuts is proposed by 2016. The impact is worse in areas of higher benefit dependency. For example, Newcastle has 14% (28,790) on out of work benefits, York has 7%.

People incapable of work

  • People on incapacity benefits are being reassessed under the tougher Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Based on Government figures, 4,000 Newcastle residents will fail this test and have to sign on as at a loss of about £40 a week.
  • Payment of contribution based ESA will stop after one year. This could mean a loss of over £90 a week for couples whose income is too high to fall back on an income related benefit. This could affect 468 in Newcastle.

Tax Credits
Cuts to Tax Credits have taken place since 2011. For example, the amounts have reduced, including help with childcare cost. And access to working Tax Credit has been restricted. For example, the hours that a couple with children have to work in order to get Working Tax Credit has increased from 16 to 24 a week. This cut alone has meant that someone on £8,000 a year wages has lost their Working Tax Credit of £62 a week. The overall cuts to people’s Tax Credits amounts to about £1,000 a year.

Housing Benefit (HB)

  • From 2011, HB for private tenants (Local Housing Allowance) is limited to cheaper properties and 4 bedrooms (resulting in 3,000 in Newcastle losing from £4 to £34 a week) and from May 2012, single people aged between 25 and 35 are losing up to £31 a week help with their rent.
  • From April 2013, the under occupancy rule or the ‘bedroom tax’ means that working age social housing tenants (council housing and housing association tenancies) may experience a HB cut of about:
  • £12 a week for one spare bedroom, and
  • £22 a week for two or more spare bedrooms.
  • Some exceptions apply and councils may help with discretionary payments.

Children and benefits

  • Child Benefit was frozen and will be withdrawn for higher earners from 2013.
  • Lone parents are having to claim Jobseekers Allowance instead of Income Support when their youngest child turns 5.

People with disabilities
From April 2013, Personal Independence Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance for those aged between 16 and 65. 10,000 DLA claimants in Newcastle will have claim this new benefit. Based on Government figures, nearly 2,000 in Newcastle are expected to lose out at least £5 million a year. This amount will be higher due to losing connected benefits.

Older people
Retirement age is rising from 60 to 65. So too is the age for claiming a Winter Fuel Payment and Pension Credit, where each year of delay moving from JSA to the more generous Pension Credit means a £3,632 loss for a single person and £5,395 for a couple.

Welfare to work measure
490 people a month are being sanctioned in Newcastle for failure to comply in increased work related activities, such as mandatory work activity. Sanctions mean reduced or no Jobseekers Allowance for 2 to 26 weeks. The Government are increasing this to 3 years.

Universal Credit from October 2013
All income related, working age benefits will be replaced by Universal Credit from October 2013 to 2017. Claimants will have different levels of job market requirements. People will be expected to claim it online and the housing element will be paid direct to the tenant. ‘Real time’ wages information will automatically adjust a person’s Universal Credit. Some may benefit but some will lose out. For example, 25,000 families may lose up to £3,500 a year with the cut to the extra for disabled children. Some will be temporarily protected on a frozen amount if their old benefits were higher than Universal Credit.

Other big changes from April 2013

The household benefit cap may mean that some unemployed working age families (over 100 in Newcastle) with 4 or more children will see a cut in their Housing Benefit. Exemptions include those on Working Tax Credit or DLA.

The Government expect local councils to take over parts of the social fund and the Council Tax Benefit scheme, which means people of working age paying more, and at least £3 a week, unless exempt.

Further information and advice

Newcastle Welfare Right’s website has a lot more detail about welfare reform and where to get independent advice in Newcastle. And sign up for a ’benefit bulletin.’  www.newcastle.gov.uk/welfarerights

Let’s talk digital

We need your support to get faster, reliable and stable internet in Newcastle. We are currently bidding for funding and as part of this process, we need to show there is demand for these services in our city, so please pledge your support now on the let’s talk digital website.

Your pledge will mean that we can show funders why they need to invest in better broadband for Newcastle’s residents and businesses.

For more information please contact Cliff Jesset, 0191 278 2854.

Working together for children and young people

Local youth groups are working together to make sure young people get the most from living in Fenham.

The Fenham Children and Young People’s Network brings together the community and voluntary sector organisations working with children and young people in the ward, along with the local Play Service and Youth Service representatives.

To view a copy of their latest report click here (PDF 1.13MB)

Using the principle of ‘No decision about me without me’, everyone has agreed that a first priority should be to give local children and young people a voice. When you ask about local facilities, opportunities and places to go, young people have very clear views about where they feel safe and what they like or want to change.

Councillor McStravick, Chair of Fenham Ward Committee, said “I’m delighted to see this opportunity for more people to get involved in our community decision-making. I’d like to encourage young people to tell us what they would like to see and do in Fenham – we can only make positive changes to the place where we live with your help”.

As well as helping set the agenda for the Fenham children and young people’s network, the information will be used to inform the Decent Neighbourhood Standards for Fenham and make sure the youngest citizens are able to make their mark on the local community.

Crime and Community Safety

If you would like to find out more information about the Fenham Police team please click here. The Fenham Police Team work hard to tackle crime and community safety issues in your area. Make sure you always phone 999 if it is an emergency. If it is not an emergency you can telephone the Police Non Emergency Line on 101.

Fenham has a regular meeting of local officers who look at ways of resolving local crime and community safety issues.  The key crime and community safety messages from SNAPS are:

  1. Make sure that your personal property (particularly home and vehicles) are kept safe and secure. Security mark your valuables and never leave them on display in your vehicle. Lock your door when you return home to avoid a sneak in burglary occurring. Secure your windows and doors when you are not at home or are in the garden.
  2. Be cautious with any new purchases, opportunistic thieves may try to take them from you. Never leave anything on show in your car.
  3. The SNAPS group encourages residents to provide information about handlers and outlets of stolen goods and confirm that any information would be treated confidentially. 
  4. The SNAPS group encourages residents to come forward with information about crime and anti social behaviour in the area.
  5. Never let workmen in to your home without checking their identity and call the police if in doubt.
  6. Make sure you put away your garden tools to stop burglars using them to break into your home.
  7. Be aware that there has been an increase in lead thefts in the Fenham area.

The Neighbourhood Police Team will be out and about in a number of locations over the coming months.  These locations include Lidl, Fenham Library and the Co-op on Cedar Road.  For more information about dates and times, view the police website here.

Key facilities and services

Use our online map to find your nearest local facilities such as schools, libraries, leisure facilities, recycling sites and heritage information such as listed building and ancient monuments.

Visit the Service Finder page to view details of the wide range of services and facilities in the Fenham ward.  This includes details about:

  • Neighbourhood Services is one of the council's departments and is responsible for dealing with the cleanliness, safety and improvement of the local environment. 
  • The Arts Development Team believes that participation in the arts helps create a city within which all people can achieve their potential - a city that is inclusive and democratic.
  • Newcastle Welfare Rights Service gives independent information and advice on benefits and debts.  For information on your local offices you can visit Newcastle Welfare Rights Service website www.newcastle.gov.uk/welfarerights
  • Income Generator Team is formed by the Newcastle Welfare Rights Service and the Revenues and Benefits section of Newcastle City Council. They offer advice (do not represent at tribunals) on benefits and tax credits through drop-in sessions held at various locations throughout the city. Home visits can also be arranged.
  • Newcastle Debt Advice is a partnership of debt advice agencies. Our aim is to deliver fast simple access to free advice and information for people with debt, rent or mortgage problems.  The advice line is open from 8.30am until 12 noon and from 1.00 to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, we also have a 24 hour answer phone.  For further information phone:  0191  277 1711.
  • Health Trainers – making healthy choices easier have a team of Community Health Trainers who can help you to make better health choices. They can provide people with information about local services, community groups and projects. They can support people to stop smoking, reduce stress and anxiety, get fit and make friends and make healthy and safe relationship choices.
  • Active Newcastle is a four-year campaign funded by Sport England, Newcastle PCT and Newcastle City Council. Its aim is to make it easier for people who live or work in Newcastle to do more exercise more often.
  • Fusion is a two-year City Council led scheme that aims to increase participation in physical activity amongst children, young people and family groups across Newcastle. The scheme offers free activities at council managed leisure centres and pools and at partner organisations. 
  • Sure Start Fenham Children’s Centres is for children under five years old and their families living in the Fenham area. Skilled staff are on hand to give help and advice about health, parenting, family support, play and childcare.
  • Schools in the Ward we have a number of schools and one nursery in the ward. You can find out more information by clicking on the name of the school below.
  • Willow Avenue Community Nursery. Phone: 0191 2744563
  • Stocksfield Avenue Primary School. Phone: 0191 274 8434
  • Sacred Heart RC Primary School. Phone: 0191 274 6695
  • Sacred Heart RC High School. Phone: 0191 274 7373
  • Your Homes Newcastle which covers Fenham is based on Two Ball Lonnen.  Fenham Housing Office is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm. You can contact the office by phone 0191 277 1200 or email: fenham@yhn.org.uk and more information about the services provided by YHN please visit the YHN website www.yhn.org.uk
  • Libraries residents in the ward have access to Fenham Library which offers a range of services and activities. Residents living in Slatyford may find it eaiser to access Denton Burn Library.
  • Customer Service Centre you can access a range of useful services from paying your rent to benefits advice at a Customer Service Centre. The nearest Centre to Fenham is the West End Customer Service Centre and Library on Condercum Road.
  • Places of Worship
  • Holy Cross Church, 16 Whittington Grove, NE52QP. Phone: 0191 275 3916
  • West End United Reform Church, Lanercost Drive,NE5 2DE. Phone: 0191 274 8497
  • St Roberts RC Church, 151 Cedar Road,NE4 9PH. Phone: 0191 273 3903
  • Hindu Temple, 172 West Rd, NE4 9QB. Phone: 0191 273 3364
  • Sports and Leisure residents in the area can access the purpose built sports centre at the West End Centre for Sport. This has a range of activities available for a range of abilities and age groups.
  • You can also go swimming at Fenham Pool.
  • Mears Home Improvement Ltd the new name for Anchor Staying Put is now part of Mears Group and has been renamed Mears Home Improvement Ltd.  Being part of Mears gives customers access to a broader range of support and services.  Mears Group is a leading provider of repair and maintenance services for social housing and private home owners.

Historic Fenham

The name “Fenham” translates as, “at the marches”. This is due to the nature of the soil. The land has been used for agriculture and small scale mining. The road that is now called “Two Ball Lonnen” was an ancient lane (Lonnen) predating the construction of the West Road in 1751. The West Turnpike was built to enable the commander-in-chief of the British Army, General Wade to plan a quick response to a planned French invasion and move his equipment to Carlisle, along the course of Hadrian's wall. The Fox and Hounds public house on the West Road, was a coaching inn and dates from around this time, although the present building was put up in the early 1930s.

It was the threat of a Napoleonic victory that led to Newcastle city leasing 11 acres of the Town Moor as a site for barracks in 1806, a site which grew over time and had housing for soldiers and their families. Fenham was once described as a small township of 420 acres in the parish of St Andrews and the manor of Elswick. Much of the land still has restrictions on the building of any licensed premises, due to the religious links to previous owners.

In 1185 this land was presented to The Knights Templar, a Christian military order created during the Catholic Crusades to Jerusalem and when they were disbanded ownership transferred to the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. By the time of the civil war it belonged to the Royalist supporter, Sir Thomas Riddell and the land was confiscated by the crown.

This land was recovered by the Riddells, but then sold in 1695 to John Ord. It was in the ownership of John’s brother William when he became High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1768. These lands pass on through his family line. He built Fenham hall in 1745 and they owned most of the land in this area until the early 1900s. The Hall itself wasn’t always their only home and for a time (1810-1835) it was home to the Clarkes, the grandparents of the poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Hall was bought in 1905 by the Society of the Sacred Heart and became St Mary’s training college. In 1904 the area was incorporated into the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Ord family also bought the ancient Manor and estate at Whitfield, Northumberland. William Ord made his fortune developing lead and silver mining at Whitfield and coal mining at Benwell and Fenham. His eldest son, William (1752–1789), also went on to become High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1777.

It was not until the 20th century that the area of pretty countryside became a residential area. In 1898, when it was sold to “The Northern Allotment Society”, it was described as; inferior to Jesmond because of the lack of transport links, but superior because of the cleaner air, due to its elevated position above the city. The Allotment Society became the limited company “Fenham Estates” and in 1907, when the tram line was extended from Central Station via Barrack Road, housing was built on a large scale. Fenham continued to grow as transport links improved with trolley buses and bus links to Westerhope.

It’s first public building was St Monica’s church on Wingrove Road (1905) and the first shops were on Nuns Moor Road (1906-1909). Many of Fenham’s larger properties were built at this time, mainly by the wealthy middle classes. Moorside North shows Art Nouveau tendencies mingling with traditional British cottage architecture by the 1930s. The church of St. James and St. Basil was built by Sir James Knott, a wealthy Newcastle shipowner, in memory of his two sons, James and Basil, who were both killed in the First World War. The area expanded further with housing being built between the two World Wars as part of the government push to build homes for heroes. 

Are you part of a group or organisation with an interest in the local heritage of Fenham? You can also find out what other local heritage information is available across our website.