Archive for the ‘Clubs and groups’ Category

Shotley Bridge AFC

December 7, 2022

This picture has been provided by a subscriber who want know if anyone had information about the people in the photo, which was taken during the 1906/7 season. The location looks to be the recreation field [now Riverside housing estate] behind the Crown & Crossed Swords at the bottom of Church Bank.

Shotley Bridge Directory

August 24, 2017

The Trust has published an update to the directory of  community facilities, clubs and groups. It has now been delivered to most residents in Shotley Bridge. The original directory, published in 2010 was well out of date and few copies were still available. It is hoped that the new directory can be kept up to date annually with revisions posted on-line.

Thank you to our local Durham County Councillors who provided a grant to help fund the publication.

If you do not have a printed copy it is available from most of the local businesses that have advertised in the brochure or alternatively download the on-line version. [1.6MB]

Friends of Red Kites

July 6, 2015

A very interesting and informative talk was given to members of the Trust and guests, after the AGM last Thursday. Harold Dobson from the Friends of Red Kites in the North East of England Group gave an excellent illustrated talk about this rare and most spectacular bird, which is often seen in the skies above the village.

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Between 2004 & 2007 the Northern Kites Project re-introduced 94 red kites into the lower Derwent Valley where they continue to breed. The Friends Group was formed in 2009 to maintain interest and involvement in protecting and maintaining the red kite population in the valley.

Further information about the Group and how to become a member can be found on the Group’s website.

Exhibition of local interest

April 15, 2015

The Consett & District Heritage Initiative is holding another exhibition which will include old photos of Shotley Bridge and the Consett area. There is ample parking on the Sherburn Road car park and refreshments are available each day.

The Trust will be displaying some of its own photos and collections from local residents.

CDHI Poster May 2015


October 24, 2014

Forty people turned out last Tuesday on a windy night to the Trust’s autumn Open Meeting in the Catholic Church Hall.  Sue Shaw [secretary of the Blooming Shotley Bridge working group] gave a presentation about the work of the volunteers and the Silver Gilt award from Northumbria in Bloom. John Worters [chairman of the Trust] presented certificates and gardening vouchers for the Trust’s own front garden and business hanging basket awards. The meeting unanimously agreed to support the Trust’s entry in the village category of Northumbria in Bloom in 2015.

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Residential Front Garden Awards

Golden Gardens …
5 Riverside
20 Derwentdale
26 Snows Green Road

Gardens …
77 Snows Green Road
81 Snows Green Road
Greengarth, West Law Road

Business Hanging Basket Awards

Golden Baskets …
Adam & Eve Fashions

Baskets …
Moon Jewellery [Winner]
Sale Pepe [Runner Up]

Jeff Singleton [secretary of the Trust] gave an update on the village centre improvements being organised by the County Council and paid for with S106 funds from the housing development on the former hospital site. He also gave a slide presentation of old photographs, as an introduction to the setting up of a Heritage working group to pursue various initiatives.

Play tennis for free

May 11, 2014

Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Club are taking a very active part next weekend in a major LTA initiative to promote tennis across the country – the GREAT BRITISH TENNIS WEEKEND.

There will be free play, free coaching, free use of balls and rackets etc for all who go along – for whole families as well as individuals. They will also have some special membership deals on offer over the weekend.

This link gives further information on the event across the country, and allows people to pre-register to ensure they are expected and welcome when they arrive:

The Club’s website at is now packed with information about events, coaching, team matches etc, and includes an up-to-date diary so all members can check at a glance to make sure there will be courts free before going to play.

GBTW Postcard


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.

Family Fun Day

August 15, 2013

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A FREE family fun day is being held on Monday 26th August 2013 between 1pm and 6pm at Shotley Bridge Cricket Club.

Organised by the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Community Partnership activities will include:

  • Zorbing
  • Bouncy castle
  • Bungee jumps
  • Slides
  • Rodeo bull riding
  • Exhibitions & stalls
  • Live music

As there will be limited car parking at the cricket club, a free YMCA bus will be available (every 30 minutes) from The Cricketers to the fun day from 12.30pm onwards.

Community groups and organisations will  be taking part in the fun day including the Scouts, Consett Rugby Club, Boxing Club and Newcastle Falcons.

Shotley Bridge Village Trust will have an exhibition celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, some historic photos and details of proposed village centre improvement schemes.  There will also be a Tombola to raise funds for Blooming Shotley Bridge.

Exhibition of local interest

May 2, 2012

Next week, from the 9th – 12th May, Consett & District Heritage Initiative will be holding an exhibition of historic photos in St Patrick’s Church Hall, Consett.

They now have a Facebook page, with over 1500 members.

The Trust will be represented, showing old photos of Shotley Bridge and information about the history of the village.  Refreshments will be available, so please call in if you are shopping in Consett.

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Broadoak Nature Reserve

January 22, 2012

Ebchester Village Trust are hosting a talk in Ebchester Community Centre at 8pm on Wedneday 8 February.

The talk will be given by Duncan Hutt from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, who are taking over the management of the Broadoak-Hollings Hill quarry sites.  Duncan will provide an indication of their plans for this site and a chance to discuss them with him.

The talk will be preceeded at 7.30pm by the AGM of the Ebchester Village Trust. The formal part of the AGM will be kept as brief as possible but will include an update on the activities of the Trust and various projects in the pipeline for the coming year that may be of general interest.

Old Shotley Bridge photos

April 11, 2011

The Trust had a display of old photographs at the Consett and District Heritage Initiative’s open day in the Heritage Centre, Blackhill & Consett Park last Saturday.

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Local people have been donating their photographic collections to scan into the Heritage Centre’s photographic archive and there are some interesting photos of Shotley Bridge. I intend putting a gallery of old photos of the village on this site later this year.

Heritage Open Day

March 13, 2011

The Consett and District Heritage Initiative is holding another exhibition at the Heritage Centre in Blackhill Park on Saturday 9th April 2011, 12-4 pm.

The Trust is supporting the Initiative to help preserve the history of Shotley Bridge and will have a display table of old photographs at the event.

The research room at the Heritage Centre is open on a Wednesday, where old documents, artifacts and photographs can be looked at.   Permanent displays about the history of the area are being created in the foyer.

The artifacts include some from the ‘Consett Steelworks Exhibition’, which used to be in the Shotley Bridge Heritage and Tourist Information Centre.

Please let me know if you have any artifacts or records of the area that you are willing to donate or loan to the Heritage Centre. In particular, the Centre is compiling a digital archive of old photographs and is appealing to borrow personal collections for scanning.

Hospital Support Group

September 8, 2010

Shotley Bridge Hospital Support Group now meets every two months in the staff restaurant, near the main entrance.  On Wednesday night the main topic under discussion was the future of the hospital once the Durham and Darlington Primary Care Trust is abolished in 2013.

[Update – As the hospital restaurant closed in February 2016 the Group now meet at the Lodge, Consett & Blackhill Park.]

Bank Holiday weekend at The Spa

August 20, 2010

Four days of events will take place next weekend on the Spa Grounds at the Shotley Bridge Cricket Club.

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August sees the cricket club’s 3rd Annual Beer Festival, in conjunction with CAMRA. Tickets are £4 on entry. On the Sunday, Consett Rotary Club are holding a charity cricket match, in aid of Willowburn.

Then on Bank Holiday Monday, 11am-5pm, the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill and Shotley Bridge Partnership are holding a Shotley Spa Fete. There will be live bands in the marquee, a few stalls with zorbing, paintballing, an assault course and a bouncy castle, for children. This event is free entry, being funded by the Partnership and there is a minibus service from Blackhill, as parking is limited.

Directory distributed

February 20, 2010

2400 households in Shotley Bridge and Benfieldside should receive a copy of the Shotley Bridge Directory through their letterboxes over the next two weeks.

The Directory, which was published by the Trust last December, provides information on community facilities, clubs and groups in the village and at Snods Edge. It also includes a map of the area together with information about the history of the village and the Village Trust.

If you do not receive a copy, pick up one from local businesses or Consett library. Alternatively you can download it here.

Shotley Bridge Directory

January 7, 2010

The funding application to Durham county Council’s ‘Grants for Groups’ for the new leaflet was successful and the Shotley Bridge Directory was published last month. The full grant of £1200, administered by the Derwentside CVS & Volunteer Bureaux, has paid for the design and printing. It is intended to use the advertising revenue from local businesses to produce an updated reprint for next year.

The Directory provides information on community facilities, clubs and groups in the village and at Snods Edge.  It also includes a map of the area together with information about the history of the village and the Village Trust.

Village Directory

November 23, 2009

Work has started on designing the first Shotley Bridge Directory, providing information on community facilities, clubs and groups in the village and at Snods Edge.  A grant application has been made and this, together with advertisements from local businesses, should pay for 10,000 copies to be printed in time for distribution at the Victorian Christmas Weekend.

Residents will also receive a copy through their letterboxes, which will be delivered by volunteers.  The funding will also cover an updated reprint in December next year.

The publication will also include information about the history of the village and the Village Trust.