Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

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.

Land of Oak & Iron

March 7, 2017

The next meeting of the Shotley Bridge Village Trust is on 21st March. Please invite your relatives, friends & neighbours to come along.


Kath Marshall-Ivens, Community Engagement Officer, from Groundwork will be giving a presentation about the ‘Land of Oak & Iron’ Landscape Partnership.  This 4 year project, hosted by Groundwork NE & Cumbria, is supported by a £2.2 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Working with local communities and partners it aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, industrial and cultural heritage of the Derwent Valley. There are now 14 projects being delivered until 2020, with many opportunities for local people, groups and organisations to get involved through a range of different activities.


For more information about the Partnership and opportunities to get involved go to their website.

‘Land of Oak & Iron’ Project

January 6, 2017
Groundwork are looking to recruit volunteers to help record memories of Shotley Bridge’s cultural, social and natural heritage. Volunteers will be offered training on how to prepare for an interview and use recording equipment, before going into schools and youth settings, to record the memories of parents and grandparents. Other community groups will also be invited to take part.
The recordings will be used for interpretation material and will be stored in a digital archive.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, they should contact Joanne directly and she will send them an application pack.
As well as helping with recording memories Groundwork are also keen to recruit individuals who can help link them up with existing groups or people known locally who could be interviewed.

Snows Green Playpark

December 17, 2016

The construction of the brand new play equipment at the Snows Green Playpark is nearing completion.

There is a separate fenced area for toddlers.


Carol singing by the tree

December 7, 2016

Many thanks to the 200 children and adults from the Shotley Bridge Primary School who walked down to light the Christmas Tree and sing carols on a fine night last Saturday.

Unfortunately the batteries in the ‘sound blaster’ did not like the cold temperature, so the singing was ‘A Cappella’.

The event raised £86 for the ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge fund. Thank you to all who donated and the volunteer stewards.

Christmas Tree

November 13, 2016

This year the village Christmas tree will be lit up on Saturday 3rd December. Thanks to our local councillors for providing funding again.

Shotley Bridge Primary School choir will be there to sing carols after the lighting of the tree at 4.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to watch or sing along.

We will also be collecting donations for ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge at the event.


Mobile Post Office

August 15, 2016

A new mobile post office service is now operating from the Crown & Crossed Swords car park, twice a week.

It will be there on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9.30 and 11.30am.

Please try to support this service as it needs to be sustainable.


Post Office

AGM & Shotley Bridge History

June 30, 2016

Thirty two members and local residents attended the AGM & Open Meeting held on 21 June. As the Trust’s Chairman was away on holiday a summary of his report was given by Garth Johnson, acting Chairman. Have a read of the Chairman’s Annual Report to find to what the Trust was involved in during the last year.

As Garth had decided not to stand for re-election as Treasurer, but remain on the Executive Committee, Andrew Thompson was elected to fill the post. The other committee members were also re-elected.

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Unfortunately, the guest speaker Grace McCombie was unable to attend. Instead, Jeff Singleton [Secretary] gave an illustrated talk based on “The History of Shotley Bridge”, a 32 page booklet that had been researched and recently published by the Trust’s Heritage Working Group. Copies were available for Trust members to purchase.

AGM & Open Meeting on 21 June

May 10, 2016

The Trust’s next Open Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 21st June, after its AGM.

Grace McCombie, Buildings Historian, will be giving a talk on ‘The Buildings of Shotley Bridge’.

She is a researcher, lecturer and writer about sites and buildings and the development of settlements in the North East. She has contributed to many architectural-historical conferences, books and journals, especially the Pevsner series.

The meeting is open to both members and residents.

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Shotley Bridge Hospital Support Group

May 7, 2016

Following the closure of the hospital restaurant in February 2016 the Group now meet at the Lodge, Consett & Blackhill Park.

MP Pat Glass attended the last meeting on Friday 6th May to find out about the Group’s concerns about the downgrading of facilities at the Community Hospital this year amid rumours about its closure.

The Chief Executive of the Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust that provides services at the hospital [although it is owned by NHS Property Services] is to be invited to the next meeting.

For further information see the report in the Advertiser.

Old photos exhibition

May 5, 2016

Next week, the Consett & District Heritage Initiative is holding a 3 day exhibition at the Methodist Church Hall  in Consett.  There will be displays of old photos of the local area, including Shotley Bridge.

If you are in Consett at the end of next week, come and find out about the history of the area. The exhibition is also open on Friday evening, if you cannot attend during the day. There is ample parking nearby in the Sherburn Road car park.

CDHI Poster May 2016

25 Bags of Litter

March 19, 2016

This morning 17 volunteers collected 25 bags of litter in & around Shotley Bridge.

Thank you to all those who helped to make the village cleaner.

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Big Spring Clean tomorrow

March 18, 2016

This year the Shotley Bridge annual spring litter pick, organised by the Trust, is being held on Saturday 19 March

Big Spring Clean 2016

Volunteers to meet at the Golden Flower car park in the village centre at 9.30am.

Gloves, bags, pickers and hi-viz vests will be provided, if you don’t have them.

Spring Open Meeting

February 24, 2016

The next Open Meeting of the Trust is to be held in three weeks time on Tuesday 15th March.

Andrew Thompson will be giving a short illustrated talk about the Shotley Bridge Swordmakers. All welcome.

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Lit up at last

December 6, 2015

Tonight the Christmas tree in Shotley Bridge is shining brightly.

There was a slight delay when a car fell off a towing truck just beside the triangle.

IMG_0019Carols were sung by a small crowd to mark the start of the festive season.

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Switch on postponed

December 5, 2015
Due to the adverse weather conditions the switch on of the Shotley Bridge Christmas Tree and carol singing this evening has been CANCELLED.
Instead, a smaller event without the Primary School choir, will be held at 4.30pm tomorrow, Sunday 6th December.
There will be carol sheets if you wish to come and sing.
The weather forecast is quite good.

Switch on time

December 2, 2015

The village Christmas tree has been ‘planted’ and wired up by the County Council in readiness for lighting up on 5th December, this Saturday. Thanks to our local councillors for providing funding again.

Shotley Bridge Primary School choir will be there to sing carols at 4.30pm, followed by the lighting of the tree.

Everyone is welcome to join in.


October Open Meeting

October 18, 2015

The next Open Meeting of the Village Trust is to be held on Tuesday evening 20th October.  There will be a slide show presentation about the Trust’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom. Everyone is welcome.

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Wet FUN Day

September 1, 2015

Bank Holiday Monday afternoon at The Spa Grounds was a little soggy! It didn’t dampen the Consett Rugby Club’s ‘Strong Man’ competition nor the children’s enthusiasm for the inflatables.

Numbers visiting the event were well down on previous years and consequently the Village Trust only raised £50 for its ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’ Fund with its Tombola and Children’s Lucky Dip, compared to £180 & £160 on its stall in 2013 & 2014. Thank you to the volunteers at the event and the support from local businesses, members and residents who donated prizes.

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Community Fun Day

August 25, 2015

For a sixth successive year, the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill and Shotley Bridge Community Partnership have a FREE Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday at the Shotley Bridge Cricket Club.

The Village Trust will have a Tombola and Children’s Lucky Dip – raising funds for Blooming Shotley Bridge next year.