Archive for the ‘Competitions’ Category

Photo competition ends this month

September 4, 2012

This is the last month for entering the Trust’s photo competition, with entries closing on 30/9/2012.

This year the theme is “Sports, Games and Outdoor Activities in Shotley Bridge”.  Have a look at the competition poster and rules.

Here again are the winning entries from the 2011 competition …

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Judging complete

July 4, 2012

Today, Eddie & Albert came to judge the Trust’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom, which is part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Campaign.

During the hour long presentation the Blooming Shotley Bridge Steering Group showed the judges around the village.  A 15 page portfolio had also been prepared which covered all the judging criteria. Only 50% of the marks are now given for Horticultural Achievement, with 25% awarded for both Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation. The results of the competition will not be announced until September 11th.

The judges were asked to choose the best 3 Front Gardens from the Steering Group’s shortlist of 10, in the Trust’s Front Garden Awards.  The results and prizes for these will be presented at the next open meeting.

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Treasure Trail winners

June 22, 2012

83 families took part in a Treasure Trail last Saturday, organised by the Shotley Bridge Business & Community Partnership, as part of the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations.  All the correct returned answers were placed in a draw for ‘day out’ passes to local attractions. Click on the image to find out the winners.

Thank you to the Derwent Manor Leisure Club, Hall Hill Farm and Killhope for donating the prizes and to Lydia Price who designed the mini Treasure Trail and also donated prizes. She is going to design  a full scale Treasure Trail for the village, which will be published later this year.  Meantime, if you fancy having a go at one of her other Treasure Trails in County Durham visit her website.

Line the streets

June 15, 2012

The Olympic torch is on it’s way.

It arrives in Newcastle this evening and sets off for County Durham tomorrow morning from Gateshead.

The torch is due to arrive in Shotley Bridge just after 4pm on Saturday 16th June.

The Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership has decorated the village centre with bunting, and if you come down during the afternoon [from 1pm] the Partnership are handing out flags to wave and presenting chocolate medals to primary school children dressed in red/white/blue. As there are limited supplies come early!  There is also face painting at Sarah Thew Photography.

Families can take part in a Treasure Trail around local businesses, with the chance of winning ‘day out’ passes to local attractions.  To obtain the flags and medals and to take part in the Treasure Trail you will need to go to Butler & Gee Accountants.

If you would rather stay at home you can watch the Olympic Torch Relay live on the BBC website.

Photo competition 2012

June 7, 2012

The Trust’s 2012 photographic competition has been launched.

The theme of the Competition is “Sports, Games and Outdoor Activities in Shotley Bridge”.

Click on the poster to find out more and don’t forget to look at the competition rules.

The Village Trust, Sale Pepe, Sarah Thew Photography and Designs Unique are sponsoring the competition this year.

Olympic torch relay

May 20, 2012

At 4pm on Saturday 16th June the Olympic torch relay will be passing through Shotley Bridge.

The Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership. which organised the Victorian Christmas Spectacular, is inviting you to spend the afternoon [from 1pm] in the village centre, prior to the torch’s arrival.  The village will be decorated with bunting and red, white & blue flowers. Thanks to John Beales for putting up and taking down the bunting, free of charge.

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Primary School children dressed up in red, white & blue will be presented with a gold [chocolate] medal.  There will be flags for children to wave, but come early as there are limited numbers of these and the medals.   Then join in the fun of a family ‘Treasure Trail’ around the village centre.  All correct entries will be included in a draw for family ‘day out’ passes. There will also be business ‘special offers’ and face painting.

Further information about the Torch Relay can be found on the Durham County Council website.

May newsletter

May 13, 2012

Take a look at the Trust’s May Newsletter, which includes an agenda for the forthcoming AGM & Open Meeting on March 22nd.

There will be an update on ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’, this year’s photographic competition and information about local Olympic and Jubilee events.

It starts at 7.30pm, with refreshments served from 7.15pm.  Please note that a different venue is being used, with very good disabled access, at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Hall, on Snows Green Road.

The meeting is open to non-members, but if you are interested in joining, please go to the Membership page for details.

Spring judging

April 26, 2012

Two judges from ‘Northumbria in Bloom’ toured the village for an hour this afternoon, to assess the Trust’s entry in the A2 villages section of this year’s RHS ‘Britain in Bloom’ campaign.

25% of the marks will be awarded from this first visit, with the remainder following the summer visit on 4th July.

Horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation are the three themes which will be judged.  ‘Britain in Bloom’ is no longer just about ‘pretty flower displays’.

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Front garden competition

April 23, 2012

As part of ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’ the Trust is again holding a competition for Best Front Gardens within the Northumbria in Bloom entry.

All eligible residents have received a leaflet. [click to enlarge]

Shotley Bridge ‘In Bloom’

March 18, 2012

The inaugural meeting for all the entrants in Northumbria in Bloom took place at Spennymoor Town Hall last Tuesday. There are 14 places entered in the ‘village’ category, including Shotley Bridge.

The first judging will be in April, to see the spring bedding, followed by a second to see the summer displays. The presentation ceremony will be held on September 11th, if we have success in winning an award.

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Open meeting photos

February 28, 2012

Here is a slideshow of photos taken at the Trust’s last Open Meeting on Thursday 23rd February. Pause each photo if you wish to look in more detail.

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A cheque was presented to Sue Fox from Willow Burn and prizes to the winners of the photo competition. An update on “Blooming” Shotley Bridge was presented  and a report given on local issues by Councillor Stephen Robinson.

Open meeting

February 1, 2012

The next open meeting will be held in the Junior School hall on Thursday 23rd February at 7.30pm.  Refreshments will be available from 7.15pm.

Presentations will be made  to the photo competition prizewinners and Willow Burn, following the charity collection made during the Victorian Christmas Spectacular.

Last week for voting

January 24, 2012

Only 7 days left for voting in the  Trust’s “Nature and Green Spaces in Shotley Bridge” photo competition.

The 6 shortlisted photos are on show in Sale Pepe Restaurant, until the end of the month, where there is a box for you to cast your vote.

The two pictures receiving the most votes will receive a prize and the winning picture will be displayed in the restaurant for a further 12 months.

Photo competition judging

November 20, 2011

The Trust’s “Nature and Green Spaces in Shotley Bridge” photo competition is now open for public judging.

The Village Photographic Competition is now in its final phase. The judges have agreed a shortlist of 6 and it is now up to YOU to vote on which you think is best!

The 6 contenders  are on show in Sale Pepe Restaurant where there is a box for you to cast your vote.  Voting is open until 31 January 2012. Please come along to see which you like the most!

Tyne Rivers Trust

October 14, 2011

At the October Open Meeting last Wednesday, Paul Atkinson, Rivers Officer of the Tyne Rivers Trust, gave an interesting presentation about the work of that Trust, particularly in relation to the River Derwent.

For more information, visit their website.

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Clare Singleton gave an update about Blooming Shotley Bridge and the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’.  It was generally agreed that the village should enter the Northumbria in Bloom competition proper next year. Four certificates and £10 Beveridge vouchers were presented to the best Front Gardens in the Trust’s Award Scheme, as selected by the Northumbria in Bloom visiting judge.

Garth Johnson talked about the judging for the photo competition and Jeff Singleton outlined the Trust’s involvement in the Victorian Christmas Spectacular, being held at the end of November. Volunteers would be needed again to help steward the event. Councillor Stephen Robinson gave his report on the local issues which he had been involved with since the last meeting.

Photo competition extended

July 30, 2011

The deadline for entries into the Trust’s “Nature and Green Spaces in Shotley Bridge” photo competition is being extended until the end of September.

The new initiative was launched on the 1st May to encourage people to create images which may be used to promote the village and support other activities such as Northumbria in Bloom.

Photographic competition

May 1, 2011

Shotley Bridge Village Trust is launching a new initiative to encourage people to create images which may be used to promote the village and support other activities such as Northumbria in Bloom.

The theme of the Competition is “Nature and Green Spaces in Shotley Bridge”.

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The theme of the Competition is “Nature and Green Spaces in Shotley Bridge”.

All entries must be photographs as .jpg images taken within Shotley Bridge or views of Shotley Bridge from elsewhere.

The following details must be included with the submitted photograph: Name and Address and email address of Photographer, location, view and date taken.

Up to 5 entries may be submitted per person.  The entry must be your own work and not previously submitted in another competition.  There are three categories of submission – Adult, Age 11 – 15, Under 11 – on May 1st 2011.

Winners agree to the use of their photograph on the Village Trust Website and for public display in Shotley Bridge or on other sites used by the Village Trust.  The name of the photographer will always be disclosed when a photograph is used in this way.

Entries to be sent by email to between 1st May 2011 and 31 July 2011.


The judging will take place in 3 stages:

(1)  A panel of judges representing the Village Trust, Sarah Thew Photography and Mike McFarlane Photography will select the winners of the Under 16 and Under 11 categories.

(2)  The judges will then select a shortlist consisting of the 4 best photographs from the Adult category together with the winners of the Under 16 and Under 11 categories.

(3)  The shortlisted pictures will be displayed (anonymously) on a board in Sale Pepe Restaurant where members of the public will be able to enter a vote in a Ballot Box for a period of one month.  The two pictures receiving the most votes will receive a prize and the winning picture will be displayed in the restaurant for a further 12 months.

NB.  It is possible for someone in the younger categories to win the overall prize!


First Prize (donated by Sale Pepe) £100 voucher

Second Prize (donated by Sarah Thew) £50 photo voucher

Under 16 Prize (donated by Mike McFarlane)  1 day photography tuition

Under 11 Prizes (donated by Village Trust)  First:  £20 cash; Second £10 cash.

ENQUIRIES TO: shotleypic@gmail .com

Willow Burn presentation

March 9, 2011

At the Village Trust’s Open Meeting last night, a cheque for £1380 was presented to a trustee of Willow Burn. The charity collection was held during the Victorian Christmas Spectacular last November.  Paul Jackson gave a talk about the hospice at the former Maiden Law Hospital site in Lanchester, stating that they had now raised £1.5 million towards the £5 million target for new buildings. Construction of phase one of the new facility would be starting in the near future.

Clare Singleton and Sue Shaw gave a presentation on the Trust’s Britain in Bloom entry in the Neighbourhood Awards Scheme and Garth Johnson gave details about a photographic competition.

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Victorian Christmas Spectacular photos

December 22, 2010

Sorry for the delay in posting these on the site but I did not have time before going on holiday.

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Thank you to all those who made the effort to dress in Victorian costume. Despite the snowy weather the event was a great success and visitors gave generously to charity. When all the collection tins are returned and counted I will post a report about the money raised for Willow Burn and the Village Trust ‘Britain in Bloom’.

Thank you also to the Methodist Church for hosting the entertainment and the Village Trust volunteer stewards who helped to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

Victorian Christmas Spectacular

November 6, 2010

Arrangements have now been finalised for the Victorian Spectacular, in 3 weeks time, on Saturday 27th November 2010. Posters are on display throughout the area and flyers will soon be coming through letter boxes.

Throughout the day, there is an entertaining programme of events, in the village and at the square, culminating with the lighting of the Christmas Tree by Santa at 4.30pm.

Download  a preview of the Victorian Christmas Spectacular Flyer