Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

The Snods Christmas Fayre

October 31, 2016

This year the Village Trust will again be raising funds for ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge at The Snods Christmas Fayre on Saturday 19th November.

There will be a ‘Bottle Tombola’ where every winning ticket is a bottle bag with a surprise inside, which could be Whiskey, Wine, Water or a bottle of something else!

We still need a few more bottles and bags if you would like to donate items for the tombola … please give to Sue Shaw at Shotley Villa West, on The Terrace.

There will also be a raffle for a limited edition print by Mildred Sheeran, ‘The Charms of Shotley Bridge’. Tickets are on sale before the event at Harrington Brown Estate Agents, where the framed artwork can be seen until Friday 18th November.

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Pansies and litter

October 19, 2016

Last Saturday our volunteers planted the winter bedding in the Trust’s tubs and planters.

This year we have planted multi coloured pansies instead of violas, which were not as successful as in previous years. Tete a Tete daffodils, iris and tulip bulbs have been planted too. The County Council will be planting up the barrier baskets to match.

If you would like to help tidy up the village, there is to be a litter pick and sweep up on the morning of Saturday 29th October. We are meeting in the car park next to the Golden Flower at 9.30am. Litter pickers, bags and hi-viz vests will be provided. Bring your own gloves and tools to cut down weeds and sweep paths.

Shotley Bridge History Walks

September 5, 2016

For the second year the Trust is giving guided walks during the “Heritage Open Days” festival, in September.

This time the walks are based on the Trust’s Shotley Bridge History booklet that was published in June.

There will be a choice of 4 walks, guided by the Trust members who researched and wrote the publication.

The 32 page booklet will be on sale for £3 at the end of each tour. Shotley Bridge pin badges will also be available for £2.

Let’s hope the weather conditions are more favourable than last year!

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Follow this link for information about other places to visit during the Heritage Open Days festival

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.

Origins & Growth of Shotley Bridge

May 12, 2016

The Consett & District Heritage Initiative exhibition is now on at the Methodist Church, Station Road, Consett. It will be open tomorrow from 10am until 8pm and on Saturday from 10pm until 4.30pm. There are three rooms full of photos and paintings.

The Village Trust has a couple of exhibition boards devoted to the Origins and Growth of Shotley Bridge. [Click on an image to enlarge.]

Look out for the illustrated booklet about the History of Shotley Bridge that has been researched, is being printed and will be available to buy and view on-line later this year.

Unveiling of the ‘new’ Pant

May 12, 2016

This lunchtime the replica of the Pant that originally stood at the corner of Front Street and Snows Green Road was “officially” unveiled by Durham County Council. Representatives from Storey Homes, Classic Masonry, Beamish Museum, the Stakeholder Group, the BBB&SB Partnership, Durham Police and the Village Trust were invited to the ceremony.

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It was the culmination of over four years commitment by the Village Trust, working in partnership with the Shotley Bridge Stakeholder Group, local councillors and officers from Durham County Council to bring to fruition a range of environmental improvement projects in the centre of the Shotley Bridge Conservation Area:

  • An enhanced lighting scheme
  • New paving on Front Street
  • New coping stones around the raised bed on Snows Green Road
  • Two additional parking bays on Cutler’s Hall Road
  • A new seating area
  • A replica drinking fountain
  • Demolition of a dilapidated bus shelter
  • Two new metal & glass bus shelters

These projects were prioritised by the Stakeholder Group, supported by Local Councillors Stephen Robinson and Peter Oliver and paid for with Section 106 funding from the Storey Homes Housing Development on the hospital site, with a contribution from the Public Transport budget and help from the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Partnership.

See also the press report in the Northern Echo.

 

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.

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Replica Pant

April 25, 2016

Today a new replica pant was erected near the Crown & Crossed Swords PH, to commemorate the bringing of a piped water supply to the village 130 years ago, in 1886.

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The original is at Beamish Museum, following its removal in the 1950s to allow for improvements to the junction of Front Street and  Snows Green Road.

Funding for the replica has come via the Story Homes housing development near Shotley Bridge Hospital. It is part of the S106 project for ‘urban realm’ improvements in the village centre.

Durham County Council are organising an ‘unveiling’ event after lunch on Thursday 12 May, which will mark the completion of the project.

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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Swordmakers talk

March 17, 2016

There was a good turnout at the open meeting on Tuesday evening. Although there were technical issues with the projector communicating with the laptop, Andrew Thompson’s talk about the Shotley Bridge Swordmakers was very interesting and informative.

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He is one of the five Trust members on the Heritage Group who are writing about the History of Shotley Bridge. His chapter on the Swordmakers is one of ten in the 36 page booklet which is to be published in time for the Trust’s AGM on 21 June.

After the AGM, Grace McCombie, buildings historian will be giving an illustrated talk about the historic buildings of Shotley Bridge.

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
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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.

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Raising funds for ‘Blooming’

November 14, 2015

Blooming Shotley Bridge will be raising funds again at ‘The Snods’ Christmas Fair next Saturday 21st November, 10am – 4pm.

Our stall will have both ‘New’ and ‘Nearly New’ items, many suitable for Christmas presents, plus a Tombola and children’s ‘Lucky Dip’

All items have been donated by SBVT members and friends and proceeds will be used to buy bedding plants, bulbs and shrubs for Shotley Bridge conservation area.

‘Shotley Bridge’ pin badges will be on sale, at only £2 each.

Winter bedding for Spring flowers

October 18, 2015

Daffodils, tulips and violas were planted in the tubs on Saturday morning, in readiness for a good show of colour throughout the conservation area next Spring.

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Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped to organise the event or planted the tubs.

Exhibition of old photos

October 3, 2015

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

Entry is free and there is ample parking on the Sherburn Road car park.

If you are in Consett at the end of next week pop in for a cuppa and find out about the heritage of the area.

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Heritage Open Days

September 5, 2015

For the first time the Village Trust has registered an event during the HODs festival.  It is organising guided tours and self guided walks around the village this coming weekend, based on the Shotley Bridge Heritage Trail booklet that was published in April last year.

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If you want to explore other places have a look at the Heritage Open Days website.

The festival runs from 10-13 September and you can experience local history, architecture and culture for free.

 

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.

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