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Local Heritage List

November 3, 2021

Shotley Bridge is one of eight pilot areas in County Durham where the County Council is seeking nominations to add to a new Local Heritage List.

This is a new national project known as the Local Heritage Listing project, a partnership project supported by Government and Historic England. The main purpose of the project is to begin to compile a list of County Durham’s heritage assets which are not currently protected either through legal or planning processes. These could be buildings, structures, items of street furniture, landscapes, open spaces or street signs, for example.

The Village Trust has been asked to promote the project and will itself be nominating potential sites.
If you wish to be involved and have suggestions of what to include on the Local List you can nominate them on the project website. The website gives a thorough overview of the project as well as the nomination form and associated guidance. 

You need to either use a grid reference or ‘what3words‘ to precisely identify the location of a site. Just click on the map and note the 3 words in the top left corner. Or you could use the app on your phone.

Deadline for submissions is 5.00pm on Sunday 21 November 2021.

Nominations that meet the established criteria will go to a panel made up of representatives from each pilot area, which will have an independent chair. Once the panel have made their decision, nominations that have made it to the Local Heritage List will be put on the Keys to the Past website.

Remembrance Sunday

October 31, 2021

There will be a short Act of Remembrance in St. Cuthbert’s Church, Church Bank on Sunday 14th November.

A warm invitation to any to gather at 10.50am in church, with a two minute silence at 11am.

The regular Eucharist will move to the earlier time of 9.30am on Remembrance Sunday.

All are welcome.

There will also be an Act of Remembrance at 3pm at the Memorial Cottages on Front Street.

This year is also the Centenary of the Cottages, which were erected in memory of men from the neighbourhood who fell in the First World War.

The Shotley Bridge War Memorial Cottages Trust took it in hand to save the buildings and in 1992 the cottages were refurbished.

  

Derwent Valley Car Club Survey

March 8, 2021

The Derwent Valley Car Club is a community-based car club, set up by Blackhall Mill Community Association. The pay-as-you-go electric car club offers hourly and daily rates, with no mileage fees and full insurance cover. Thanks to funding from Innovate UK, they plan to install a double EV charge point in Shotley Bridge. The new EV charge point will be available for residents, the public and members of the Car Club.

They are seeking resident, visitor and business views on the location of the charge point, information on Electric Vehicles and potential demand for the car club. They have prepared a short survey which the Village Trust is helping to publicise.

If you are a local resident or regularly visit the village centre please spare 5 minutes to fill in the online survey, before 21 March.

Find out more about the Derwent Valley Car Club.

S B Hospital – updated clinical model

February 28, 2021

The County Durham CCG has proposed an updated clinical model for future services at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.  

A programme of virtual engagement sessions has now been arranged throughout March. You can find details of these and an update about the project on their website where there is also a video presentation from NHS staff about what is included in the plans.

Go to the online survey to comment on the proposals.

Shotley Bridge Hospital Services

February 4, 2021

The County Durham CCG is planning the next round of public engagement on what services are to be provided at Shotley Bridge Hospital.   

In order to arrange an appropriate number of sessions, they are trying to understand the levels of interest in each of the following service areas:

  • Chemotherapy / Medical Investigations
  • Outpatients (including Therapies, Women’s services, Community care, primary care and Minor surgery)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation beds
  • Urgent Care (including diagnostics)
  • Well-being services (including group spaces and opportunities for the voluntary sector)

If you are interested in participating in an online discussion about any of these topics follow this link to sign up for the event and say which sessions you wish to attend. [before Thursday 11th February.] 

They want to be able to make sure that participants are able to engage as fully as possible in the conversations in each of the sessions and therefore would hope to have groups that aren’t too large.


They will then get back in touch with you once they have confirmed the programme, which will likely take place throughout March.

Spring Litter Pick Cancelled

March 20, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak it has been decided to cancel the litter pick arranged for 28 March. We may reorganise it for September if the situation improves.

Open Meeting and Litter Pick

March 9, 2020

There will be no Village Trust Open Meeting in March this year. The next meeting for members and residents will be on 19th May at 7.30pm in the Catholic Church Hall, after the AGM that evening.

The annual spring litter pick is being held on Saturday 28 March this year, in association with Litter Free Durham’s ‘Big Spring Clean’. Volunteers who can spare an hour or two are meeting at the car park next to the Golden Flower at 10am. We aim to tidy up the village centre and along the roads leading out from it. Litter pickers, gloves, hi-viz vests and sacks are provided.

The Big Spring Clean is LitterFree Durham’s annual campaign, operated and delivered by Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council.

Both councils work in partnership with LitterFree Durham to plan and execute the campaign every year.

The aim of the campaign is to reduce the amount of litter in the county by engaging with as many members of the community as possible through litterpicking activities and education in schools accross the area.

The campaign was first launched in 2010 to further LitterFree Durham’s work on the Stop the Drop Campaign that had been promoted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.  Since then it has grown year on year by attracting new groups and by maintaining engagement with previous participants.

Christmas Tree and Carols

December 1, 2019

Yesterday evening the Christmas Tree in the village ‘Triangle’ was switched on and pupils from Shotley Bridge Primary School came to sing carols. Thank you to our County Councillors for providing the funding again.

Open Meeting – 8 October

September 26, 2019

The next Open Meeting of the Trust is to be held on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30pm. Members, guests and residents all welcome.

Community Noticeboard

August 18, 2019

The Village Trust now has a new community noticeboard in the village centre.

The Trust’s old wooden board that was erected in 2002 had become very dilapidated and the opening locks had been vandalised.

Fortunately, our local county councillor, Stephen Robinson, agreed to fund a new board from his Neighbourhood Budget.

It is intended that the left hand side of the board will be used for Village Trust notices whilst the right hand side will be made available for posters of other community organisations in Shotley Bridge.

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Pooper Snooper

August 1, 2019

The Village Trust has started using “Pooper Snooper”: a free mobile app designed to help communities tackle the issue of dog fouling. The Trust has marked all the existing dog waste and litter bins on a map, so that dog owners can find the nearest bin for wrapped waste. 

It is also being used to mark the location of dog fouling. Over time ‘hot spots’ will build up showing the problem areas that will be reported to the council.

Watch the video to find out more … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq9ZGcBgkFo&feature=youtu.be

Download the app from Apple …  https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/pooper-snooper/id1371970577 

or Google … https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.natural_apptitude.poopersnooper

 

For further information, Durham County Council’s web site explains the law, how to get rid of dog waste and report problem areas, plus campaigns and schemes to tackle dog fouling … http://www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling.

A Consett man has recently been prosecuted [with a legal bill of £763] for failing to clean up after his dog and pay the fixed penalty fine … http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/21856/Consett-man-prosecuted-for-dog-fouling-offence

AGM & Open Meeting

May 5, 2019

The Trust’s AGM is to be held on 21st May 2019.

It will be followed by an Open Meeting at which Sarah Burns, Locality Director for the Clinical Commissioning Group, will be giving a presentation on the future of local NHS Services in the Consett area.

All welcome.

April Open Meeting

March 10, 2019

The next meeting of the Trust will be on Tuesday 9th April.

Members and residents all welcome.

 

October Open Meeting

October 2, 2018

The next meeting of the Trust will be on Tuesday 16th October. Susan Nolan from CEED will be explaining about their ‘Street Trees’ project. Members and residents all welcome.

Open Meeting – 24 October

October 22, 2017

The Trust’s next ‘Open’ meeting is being held this Tuesday at the Catholic Church Hall on Snows Green Road. Meeting starts at 7.30pm with tea & biscuits before at 7.15pm.

There will be an illustrated talk about the Listed Buildings in the village. Did you know that there are around 30 buildings of architectural or historic interest that have been listed by English Heritage [now Historic England].

Heritage Exhibition

October 7, 2017

The Heritage Initiative are holding another Exhibition next week in Consett, which will include ‘now & then’ photos of Shotley Bridge.

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]

Free Funday

August 22, 2017

The annual Funday for local residents, organised by the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Community Partnership, is on Bank Holiday Monday …

It used to be held at Shotley bridge Cricket Club.

New rules for dog owners

June 6, 2017

Dog owners are being advised of new rules that came into force in County Durham at the beginning of June.

Durham County Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to encourage responsible ownership and tackle issues such as dog fouling and strays.

The order, which will replace the existing Dog Control Order introduced in 2009, means that it is now an offence to:

  • Fail to pick up dog mess
  • Allow a dog to stray
  • Fail to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  • Allow a dog into any fenced-off play area named in the PSPO, which includes the new play area on Snows Green Road

Anyone seen flouting the new rules will be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), reduced to £60 if paid within 10 working days. Failing to pay the FPN will result in court action and a possible fine of up to £1,000.

The order will not apply to anyone who is registered blind, is disabled or who uses a trained assistance dog.

Find out more about the new enforcement powers on the County Council’s website.

Exhibition of Local Interest

April 9, 2017

The next exhibition organised by the Consett & District Heritage Initiative is being held in a months time. The Trust will be putting on a display of old photographs of Shotley Bridge at the event.