Donations for Dancers

Mayor Malcolm Peden visited two community groups of behalf of Newbiggin by the Sea Town Council last week and presented them with cheques following successful small grant applications.

The first presentation was to Newbiggin Double M Line Dancing. Mrs. Margaret Cape, the organiser of the group had applied to the Town Council Grants Committee for funding towards the cost of a CD Boom blaster that would enable clearer sounds to be heard at their twice weekly sessions. The Mayor presented Double M Line Dancing with a cheque for £200 towards this project.

The group of 25+ members has been meeting for over 15 years with members mostly coming from the Newbiggin area although some come from as far as Blaydon and the group certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves.

The Double M Line Dancing Group meet at Simonside Church Hall in Newbiggin twice a week:

Monday between 13.15 and 14.45 & Wednesday between 19.00 and 20.30

If you wish to join the Double M Line Dancing Group or would like further details, please contact Margaret Cape on 07857258363

The second presentation was to another long standing dance groups, Newbiggin by the Sea Tea Dance who have also been meeting for more than 15 years.

Mrs. Elizabeth Pyle had applied to the Council small grants scheme to help the senior citizens with running costs and the Town Council Grants Committee approved a donation of £150. The Tea Dance attracts over 20 members each week from Newbiggin and the surrounding area to participate in Modern Sequence Dancing; they even managed to persuade the Mayor to partake in the Tayside Tango!

The Newbiggin by the Sea Tea Dance meet every Wednesday at Newbiggin WI Hall between 14.00 and 16.00

If you wish to join the Tea Dance or would like further details, please contact Elizabeth Pyle on 01670 817517.

Mayor Peden said “what a pleasure it was to meet with both groups, they gave warm welcomes and it is fantastic that residents of Newbiggin have opportunities to get involved with dancing groups that provide benefits to the general wellbeing.”

Dancing is known to have many physical and mental health benefits; including


  • Better heart health
  • Stronger muscles.
  • Better balance and coordination
  • Stronger bones
  • Lower risk of dementia.
  • Improved memory
  • Reduced stress
  • More energy.
  • Socialisation


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