Whitley Bay

Whitley Bay

Welcome to the Whitley Bay 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Whitley Bay as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.

The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Whitley Bay with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers

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  • September 26, 2018 Film

    This emotional video celebrating Whitley Bay has been shared and viewed by over 70,000 people on social media and won the hearts of thousands.The film, called We’re Coming Home, was created by three locals: author Sue Miller who wrote the script, teacher Stephen Mason and the film maker Chris Ainsley. “I've lived in Whitley Bay all my life,' explains Chris. 'But when I came back from a year’s travelling I could see the changes that had happened and sense the difference in the way people were starting to feel. I wanted to capture some of that and help build the momentum. A film seemed like an ideal way to do it.” Teacher and actor Stephen Mason, who for years worked in Whitley Bay’s pubs and clubs said: “I jumped at the chance to take part. I work with young people and it felt like a great opportunity to challenge how we all think about our individual responsibilities to those around us - what we each do and what we say to make a difference.” “Creating our community means how we all choose to live together. Everyone has a part to play, so the film’s really a call to arms. We’ve come a long way,' says author Sue Miller 'but we’re not taking anything for granted. However, it doesn’t do any harm to recognise, every once in a while, just how hard everyone’s worked and what an amazing place we have on our doorstep.”

  • September 14, 2018 Film

    Thanks to students from Whitley Bay High School for making this short report.

  • September 14, 2018 Film

    A short film about Whitley Bay Big Local's community shop.

  • May 26, 2018 Film

    Whitley Bay Big Local has supported the carnival for several years - with time and money. Resurrecting the carnival was something a lot of residents wanted to see and everyone is encouraged to participate. Lots of work goes into helping people think about how they want to be involved, making costumes, providing workshop space etc. This film of the carnival tells the story of why it is a significant local event and illustrates how fun events are so important.

  • May 25, 2018 Film

    This film outlines how WBBL has responded to local concerns and the kinds of activities it has delivered - from contributing to the council's seafront regeneration to the community activities taking place in the community hub.

  • February 10, 2017 Film

    What do Whitley people really want for their town?

  • January 5, 2017 Film

    Meet Nick Wright who is helping to bring Whitley Bay back to its former glory.

  • August 5, 2016 Film

    On 5th August 2016, WBBL brought together residents, volunteers, community organisations, local businesses and public agencies to tell their stories about how Big Local is making their town an even better place to live.

  • September 23, 2015 Film

    Residents of Whitley Bay come together at their Big Local Community Forum to reflect on what’s happened so far and share ideas for the refreshed community plan.