About the Village Trust

The Village Trust is a registered charity, which aims to improve the environment in the village and promote high standards of development, whether in new buildings or the renovation and alteration of existing ones.

We aim to secure the protection and improvement of features of public and historic interest and encourage an interest in the history of the village and surrounding areas.

Issues that we have addressed over recent years include the desirability and standard of new development proposals and changes to the use and appearance of existing buildings, a wide variety of traffic and highway issues, litter and dog fouling. We have arranged for the erection of plaques to provide information about people and buildings of historic interest, organised village litter pick days and had a variety of speakers at our open meetings. We have presented Design Awards for the best new development, following a poll of members. We have published booklets of items about the history and development of the village, produced a leaflet of heritage trails and a booklet on the history of the village.

Every three months the Trust holds an Open Meeting, in the “our Lady of the Rosary’ Catholic Church Hall, for members and guests to raise and discuss issues arising in Shotley Bridge. We circulate a newsletter to members before each meeting and post this and the agenda on the village notice board and on this website.

Further information and a summary of our annual accounts are posted on the Charity Commission’s website