Archive for the ‘Britain in Bloom’ Category

Open meeting

October 19, 2014

The meeting of the Village Trust, for members, residents and businesses, is being held on …

Tuesday 21 October 2014


[Refreshments – 7.15pm]

Our Lady of the Rosary

Roman Catholic Church Hall

Snows Green Road

On the Agenda …

‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge 

update & presentation of front garden and hanging basket awards

Village Centre Improvements 


‘Heritage’ Shotley Bridge 

slide presentation of old photos

working group initiatives

Councillors’ report

Any other business

– Christmas Tree lighting & carols

Daffodils galore

October 18, 2014

On Saturday morning 10 volunteers from the Trust spent a couple of hours planting more daffodils, heathers and tulips in grass verges and sustainable beds.

Hopefully this will enhance the appearance of the village in the Spring.

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A Night at the Races

October 12, 2014

There are just a few tickets left for the Race Night next Saturday. Thank you to all the local businesses who have sponsored the races or provided a raffle prize and those who have donated bottles of wine or ticket money.  We are aiming to raise £700 for the ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge fund. It should be an entertaining evening.

Race Night

Blooming Shotley Bridge wins ‘Silver Gilt’

September 17, 2014

Congratulations to Shotley Bridge which has received a ‘Siver Gilt’ Medal in the village category of this year’s Northumbria in Bloom competition. We were awarded 10 more points than in 2013, so we need just 7 more points next year to achieve ‘Gold’ status.

Thank you to the Blooming Committee, the volunteers from the Trust, Shotley Bridge Junior School, residents and local businesses, without whose efforts this award would not have been possible.

Blooming Shotley Bridge Silver Gilt Certificate 2014

NiB presentation 2014

Have a look at the judges comments and marking sheet.

Presentations for the Trust’s own garden and hanging basket awards will be made at the next Open Meeting on Tuesday 21st October.


August 28, 2014

The Village Trust raised £164 at the FunDay last Monday on its ‘Pick a Prize’ stall, for the Blooming Shotley Bridge fund.

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Tickets are now on sale for the next fundraising event in October.  We need to raise £800 each year to continue planting the tubs and troughs in the village.

Race Night

Judges tour

July 22, 2014

Yesterday, two judges from Northumbria in Bloom were escorted around the village by members of the ‘Blooming’ committee.

They seemed impressed with what they were shown during the 2 hour walkabout.  But we won’t know until September how well we did.

Thank you to all the businesses, residents, school and volunteers for putting on such a good show.

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Improvements to ‘The Cut’

July 13, 2014

Also known as the ‘Hen Run’, the well used footpath between Briary Gardens and The Terrace has been ‘adopted’ by the Trust as a wildlife conservation area, as a part of its Blooming Shotley Bridge Initiative.

This week a dozen volunteers have been cutting back the overgrown vegetation which has been taken for composting, by the County Council.  The stream has been cleared and debris removed.  Bulb and wildflower planting has been undertaken to improve the site’s biodiversity and habitats for wildlife have been created, including a stone and wood sculpture at the bottom entrance. A ‘bug hotel’, bat and bird boxes have been made by volunteers and school children.


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Summer planting

June 7, 2014

This morning, 22 volunteers from the Trust planted the tubs and troughs with over 1000 sumer bedding plants.

Antirrhinum, Tagetes, Bidens and Lobelia were planted to give a mix of yellow, orange and white flowers, in celebration of the RHS Britain in Bloom 50th anniversary this year.

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Sustainable beds

June 1, 2014

The Village Trust has ‘adopted’, for improvement and maintenance four raised beds in the village centre.



The bed in the triangle has been planted with herbaceous plants and bulbs, whilst the bed opposite Rumi’s now has perennial shrubs and climbers.  The pansies there will be replaced with bulbs after flowering.



The Sunflower seeds sown in the bed opposite the Golden Flower have now germinated.  When in flower there should be a mass of golden yellow, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom.



Volunteers will be planting a golden theme in the tubs and troughs this weekend, which will hopefully be in full bloom when the Northumbria in Bloom summer judging takes place on 21 July.


Spring judging

April 22, 2014

Two judges from Northumbria in Bloom came today to assess the ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’ entry in the village category.

Members of the Blooming committee showed them around the conservation area, Junior School grounds and ‘The Cut’, which has been added to the judging area as there are plans for nature conservation improvements.

Although it was raining, the village looked bright and colourful with the winter bedding.

Summer judging is scheduled for the 21 July.

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Litter pick thank you

April 6, 2014

On Saturday morning 11 members of the village trust managed to collect over 20 bags of litter from the village’s streets and open spaces.  Thank you for taking time out of your weekend.

Thank you also to all the pupils at Shotley Bridge Junior School who collected litter from the school grounds and adjoining play park, before their Easter holidays.

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Poster competition

April 4, 2014

150 pupils from Shotley Bridge Junior School were invited by the village trust to take part in an environmental poster competition again this year.  Easter eggs were awarded this morning, by Sue Shaw from ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’, to the winners of each year group.


Tubs in full bloom

April 2, 2014

Despite the lack of recent sunshine and warm weather, the spring tubs in the village are looking colourful in full bloom.

I took these photos in the sunshine yesterday so that we can show the Northumbria in Bloom judges on 22 April, if the daffodils and tulips are past their best by then.

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Willow Burn donation

March 26, 2014

Yesterday, at the Trust’s Open Meeting, a cheque for £1275 was presented to the Willow Burn Hospice, on behalf of the Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership. The money was raised at the Partnership’s Victorian Saturday event last November. After receiving the cheque from Garth Johnson the Trust’s treasurer, Sue Fox gave an update on funding for phase II of the development at Maiden Law, Lanchester, for which £2.2m will be needed. She also made a plea for more volunteers to help with administration and event management.

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Clare Singleton also gave a presentation about Blooming Shotley Bridge and members discussed the future activities of the Trust.

For more information about volunteering, fundraising and events have a look at the Willow Burn website.


March 15, 2014

Shotley Bridge Junior School were nominated by the Village Trust to accept tubs from the HAGGRID Project (Horticulture, Agriculture, General Education and Individual Development).  The Derwent Valley Partnership has supported this local project at Consett and Blackhill Park, which has provided an opportunity for young people aged between 11 and 18 to learn a range of environmental based skills with the aim of getting them involved in local community-based activities.

The tubs were presented yesterday by students from Consett Academy, who helped plant them up. They will brighten up the main entrance to the school and will be maintained by pupils there.

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Police in Consett have given pots, compost and other equipment seized from drugs farms to community projects in the area. The Haggrid and Eddy groups, which work with young people in the town, are using  them to help improve the local area. For more information about the project, take a look at  this news article in The Chronicle.

Shotley Bridge dresses up

December 3, 2013

More pictures and a video of the Victorian Christmas Spectacular have been posted on ‘The Works’ website – the new digital magazine about life in Consett. Click on each photo to enlarge.

The Works

Christmas event success

December 1, 2013

Yesterday, on a fine crisp day, many local residents and others from further afield turned out to enjoy activities and shopping in the village centre, whilst raising money in support of Willow Burn and Blooming Shotley Bridge. Colin Briggs, Look North regional newsreader, arrived with Father Christmas to announce the start of the event and enjoyed chatting to local residents during the morning.

Norman Hogg, a committee member of the Village Trust did an excellent job of Town Crier, keeping everyone informed of the programme.

We are especially grateful to the North East Carriage Company who for the fifth consecutive year has  provided the well presented and popular horse and carriage rides, in support of our local charities. Not only do the horses look spectacular but they also help to slow the traffic down.

The day ended with carol singing around the tree to the sound of Consett Brass, which was lit by Father Christmas with an encore of fireworks in the sky. Thank you to local councillors Stephen Robinson and Peter Oliver who continue the tradition of providing the tree and to Scott of Reaction Fireworks who provided the finale.

Thanks also to all the participating businesses, entertainers, school choirs, volunteer stewards from Shotley Bridge Village Trust and the support of the local policing team.

If you have any different photos please email them to me at for inclusion in our photo gallery.

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Hanging Basket Awards

November 19, 2013

These awards were to be presented at the last open meeting of the Village Trust on 29th October, but the recipients were unavailable to collect their certificates and vouchers.

They have now all been presented, congratulations.

Residential category winner: Snows Green House. Runners up: Bluebell Cottage & 3 Riverside.

Business category winner: Sale Pepe. Runner up: Moon Jewellery.

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Planting violas

November 2, 2013

This morning volunteers planted 50 tubs in the conservation area, just in time before the heavens opened at lunchtime.  The bulbs and plants will be well watered in by now, as it has poured down most of the afternoon.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of  RHS Britain in Bloom, we have planted yellow daffodils and red tulips having a yellow & orange centre together with orange, yellow and white violas.

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October open meeting

October 30, 2013

At the meeting on Tuesday evening an update was given on Blooming Shotley Bridge and the decision was taken to enter the competition again next year and to strive for a gold award.

A report was also given on the results of the public consultation carried out by Durham County Council on 10th September, about their five proposed schemes for the S106 funding to improve the village centre.  Here is the report if you would like to read it.

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