Northfleet North

Northfleet North

Welcome to the Northfleet North '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 Northfleet North 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 Northfleet North with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

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  • October 28, 2022 Film

    This film tells Peter's story: a local Northfleet resident who founded the secret Garden community business, then joined the Big Local partnership, became the chair and then went on to become a local councillor and the Mayor of Gravesham.

  • October 27, 2022 Film

    Many Our Bigger Story films show physical change in Big Local areas - the new community centre or improved play facilities. This film captures how involvement in Northfleet Big Local has changed the lives of local residents

  • October 8, 2021 Film

    Northfleet Fun Day on 30th August 2021 was the first large scale Big Local event for two years - following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. This film is a record of the day and local residents, Big Local partners and workers describe on the day on why this community event was important and then reflect on how the Fun Day went and what had changed, following the pandemic, from previous years.

  • December 8, 2020 Photo

    Here at Northfleet Big Local we are pleased to be able to provide our friends at Hive Hope and Make Lunch families, a limited number of "Let's Create" packs. One for 4 - 12 year olds and another for 13 - 18 years. The packs have been funded by Kent County Council,, Arts Council England and National Opera House Bridge. Supported by GBC and whole host of wonderful organisations and artists.

  • December 8, 2020 Photo

    At long last the tiles designed and made by local residents for the Sturge Fountain wall project were put in place. Huge thanks to everyone involved they look fantastic. We hope to start the next batch in the autumn so if you have an idea for a design do let us know.

  • June 15, 2020 Audio

    During this period of lock down I was aware that some residents were suffering with extreme isolation, those shielding in particular. Many residents in our area have no access to outside space and I felt their stories needed to be heard, they were able record themselves in their homes safely. Hardip and her young family were already almost 12 weeks in to lock down. Here's her thoughts. Mandi Knight; Northfleet North Big Local

  • May 19, 2020 Film

    Having chatted to people on my daily walk about and the weekly foodbank it became apparent that some people were struggling with being cooped up in blocks of flats and were starting to feel anxious and some were even scared to go shopping messages of positivity were the next step. People responded to these by writing their own outside their houses. Mandi Knight: Northfleet North Big Local

  • August 9, 2019 Film

    With the creation of Ebbsfleet Garden City there are major " and rapid " changes happening surrounding the Northfleet Big Local area. This film records those changes and the views of Big Local partners, local residents and other stakeholders on the impact of those changes, the voice that the community has in influencing changes " as well as people's hopes and fears about change. This is a companion piece to the "Change in Northfleet' film recoded at the same time during Northfleet Big Local's summer event 2019.

  • August 9, 2019 Film

    Things are changing in Northfleet. This film records those changes and the views of Big Local partners, local residents and other stakeholders on how things are changing and plans for the future. This is a companion piece to the "Change all around Northfleet' film recorded at the same time during Northfleet Big Local's summer event 2019.

  • August 2, 2019 Photo

    In June 2019 Our Bigger Story hosted a 2 day event for all the case study areas. During this time, each of the OBS areas mapped their journey. Here are a few photos.

  • April 10, 2019 Photo

    We held 2 sessions for residents and volunteers to come along and clean up our streets. Bacon rolls and Easter eggs were waiting as a thank you. We had 27 volunteers in total and collected 33 bags of rubbish and a shopping trolley!

  • August 12, 2018 Film

    This film is a record on the Northfleet Big Local Fun Day in August 2018.This is one of two Fun Days Big Local organises each year to promote the work of the partnership and community groups active in the community. In addition the day aims to bring together people from the different estates in Northfleet to tackle isolation and build local networks.

  • June 22, 2018 Photo

    Our first community BBQ in our new hub Northfleet Central

  • October 21, 2017 Film

    This film is a record of the opening of the Northfleet Central Community Hub in October 2017. The Hub is a Northfleet Big Local initiative which has saved a local resource for the community.

  • November 11, 2016 Photo

    We had local historian Christoph Bull come to our weekly community cafe to give a talk about the history of the area. The talk was certainly very interesting and well received by all, including those who remembered some of the history first hand.

  • November 11, 2016 Photo

    We held a mini pop up market in Northfleet North. The suitcase conga brought residents together by selling unloved items at a bargain price. We had suitcases full of bargains snaking around The Hill, whilst listening to Cuban and Bhangra music!

  • October 29, 2016 Film

    This film records the changes being brought about " for those using services, volunteers and the wider community " by three projects supported by Northfleet Big Local: CAS Training Solutions, Hive Hope Foodbank and the No Walls Garden.

  • August 24, 2016 Photo

    Gravesham arts is an organisation who deal with artistic and creative events in Gravesham. Based at The St Andrews Arts Centre. Northfleet Big Local were lucky enough to be invited to hold 6 stalls at a fantastic event in Gravesend this summer.

  • August 24, 2016 Photo

    We have been holding a monthly community market in Northfleet North, each month the number of stalls and customers is growing. It has been a scheme that is growing in popularity and has a really lovely traditional feel about it.

  • July 12, 2016 Photo

    Here are pictures from The North Northfleet monthly community barbeque which brings together the residents from within our Big Local area. Residents can come and meet each other and enjoy some tasty food in the surroundings of The Secret Garden.

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    June 14, 2016 Text

    After local consultations, North Northfleet agreed a refreshed plan for year 3 in February 2016. This identifies the continuation of funding for projects addressing unemployment locally and ongoing support for community groups.

  • July 6, 2016 Photo

    This was North Nortfleet'ssecond Big Local Christmas market. We had live music from the Big Local music club, a hog roast and a variety of stalls. It turned out to be a fantastic event with over 400 residents coming out to enjoy the festivities!

  • July 7, 2016 Photo

    Our scheme delivers a variety of sports in the Northfleet Big Local area. We reward those involved with a trip to The Olympic Park!

  • August 1, 2015 Film

    A short film about Northfleet History, With 2 large developments on the horizon, Northfleet North is inevitably going to look different. We are very keen to highlight the importance and heritage of the area!

  • July 6, 2016 Photo

    This is North Northfleet's annual summer celebration. It is a big community event which we use to showcase all of the different activities that The Big Local is involved in and where we celebrate all of the good work that our volunteers do.

  • July 18, 2015 Film

    The North Northfleet summer celebration was held on 18th July 2015. The aim of the day was to publicise Big Local and to celebrate its successes over the year.

  • July 11, 2016 Photo

    This new playpark was opened by the community for the community. Local company Lafarge leased the land, which has now been taken on by CVS. Big Local funded the project and the playpark will be maintained by the Seven Avenues Residents Association.

  • July 11, 2016 Photo

    An ongoing local project with Northfleet school for girls. Each year they design and make tiles which display the rich heritage within Northfleet. They are positioned at The Hive, in a location where many people can walk past and admire them.

  • July 25, 2014 Film

    Peter Scollard talks about his social enterprise No Walls Garden. Peter is an UnLtd Star People Award Winner. Star People is a partnership between UnLtd and Local Trust offering Awards from 500 for people living in Big Local Areas.

  • July 11, 2016 Photo

    This area started off as an over grown piece of land until it was transformed by No Walls Gardens and St Botolphs Church into a community space. It now hosts a monthly barbeque and craft sessions as well as growing its own fruit and vegetables.

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    November 27, 2015 Text

    North Northfleet's Plan outlines Big Local's aspirations for the area. Against Big Local outcomes, the Plan identifies the response to needs identified by the local community.

  • July 16, 2013 Film

    Big Local's pilot projects have been designed to provide areas with support and advice. Northfleet is Big Local's first People, Place and Environmental pilot project case study.