Archive for the ‘Local businesses’ Category

The Triangle

March 8, 2019

Half a dozen Trust members spent a couple of hours this morning collecting debris, moss and leaves from the Triangle in the centre of the village. The block paving around the history board has been cleared of moss and weeds. Eighteen  bags of compostable materials were removed, for the council to collect.

Thank you to the volunteers and to Isabella’s who provided complimentary coffees on completion.

The council intend cleaning the moss from the tarmac areas and repainting the fencing and furniture. Two new seats are also to be provided with the last of the S106 money from the Storey Homes development on the former hospital site.

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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 The original directory, published in 2010 was well out of date and few copies were still available.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]

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

Blooming report

October 25, 2015

Over thirty members of the Trust attended the recent Open Meeting, at which a report was given about the Trust’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom this year.

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Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our bid for ‘Gold’, being just 4 marks [out of 200] short of attaining the top award in the competition, but we managed to achieve our highest score ever and another ‘Silver Gilt’, for the third consecutive year.


Disappointed that the extra improvements and  volunteer effort this year had only resulted in achieving another ‘Silver Gilt’, it was announced that the ‘Blooming’ committee had decided not to enter the competition in 2016.  It was emphasised, though, that the high standard of planting in the tubs, baskets, troughs and sustainable beds throughout the conservation area would be continued by volunteers next year, but without the extra work behind the scenes needed to impress judges. Hopefully the local businesses will continue with their own floral displays too, to keep Sholey Bridge ‘Blooming’.

The slideshow presentation given at the meeting was taken from the photographs in the Portfolio, which had been presented to the judges when they visited in July …

Business Awards

October 30, 2014

Three businesses were presented with certificates and Beveridge’s vouchers today, for the quality of their hanging baskets this summer.

The Trust organised the competition as part of the village’s Northumbria in Bloom entry.  Congratulations to …

Eve FashionsWinner of the Golden Basket award

Moon Jewellery – Winner of the Hanging Basket award

Sale Pepe – Runner Up of the Hanging Basket award

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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.

‘Blooming good’ Race Night

October 20, 2014

Thank you to all those who supported the ‘Night at the Races’ social event on Saturday.

We raised £840 for the Blooming Shotley Bridge fund, which will enable the Trust to plant the village with flowers and shrubs in 2015.

Every business in the village helped support the event and fund raising with donations, raffle prizes and sponsorship.

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Open meeting

October 19, 2014

The meeting of the Village Trust, for members, residents and businesses, is being held on …

Tuesday 21 October 2014


[Refreshments – 7.15pm]

Our Lady of the Rosary

Roman Catholic Church Hall

Snows Green Road

On the Agenda …

‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge 

update & presentation of front garden and hanging basket awards

Village Centre Improvements 


‘Heritage’ Shotley Bridge 

slide presentation of old photos

working group initiatives

Councillors’ report

Any other business

– Christmas Tree lighting & carols

A Night at the Races

October 12, 2014

There are just a few tickets left for the Race Night next Saturday. Thank you to all the local businesses who have sponsored the races or provided a raffle prize and those who have donated bottles of wine or ticket money.  We are aiming to raise £700 for the ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge fund. It should be an entertaining evening.

Race Night

Judges tour

July 22, 2014

Yesterday, two judges from Northumbria in Bloom were escorted around the village by members of the ‘Blooming’ committee.

They seemed impressed with what they were shown during the 2 hour walkabout.  But we won’t know until September how well we did.

Thank you to all the businesses, residents, school and volunteers for putting on such a good show.

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Shotley Bridge Heritage Trail

April 20, 2014

The Trust has published a booklet of 3 heritage walks, starting from the village centre.

SB Heritage Trail

They are available at:

Mrs B’s Bakery

Moon Jewellery

Vintage Rose Florist

Imago Beauty & Holistics

Sale Pepe

Kings Social Club


The booklets are free but a donation to the Shotley Bridge Village Trust would be appreciated. 

Alternatively download a .pdf version of the SB Heritage Trail.


Willow Burn donation

March 26, 2014

Yesterday, at the Trust’s Open Meeting, a cheque for £1275 was presented to the Willow Burn Hospice, on behalf of the Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership. The money was raised at the Partnership’s Victorian Saturday event last November. After receiving the cheque from Garth Johnson the Trust’s treasurer, Sue Fox gave an update on funding for phase II of the development at Maiden Law, Lanchester, for which £2.2m will be needed. She also made a plea for more volunteers to help with administration and event management.

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Clare Singleton also gave a presentation about Blooming Shotley Bridge and members discussed the future activities of the Trust.

For more information about volunteering, fundraising and events have a look at the Willow Burn website.

Shotley Bridge dresses up

December 3, 2013

More pictures and a video of the Victorian Christmas Spectacular have been posted on ‘The Works’ website – the new digital magazine about life in Consett. Click on each photo to enlarge.

The Works

Christmas event success

December 1, 2013

Yesterday, on a fine crisp day, many local residents and others from further afield turned out to enjoy activities and shopping in the village centre, whilst raising money in support of Willow Burn and Blooming Shotley Bridge. Colin Briggs, Look North regional newsreader, arrived with Father Christmas to announce the start of the event and enjoyed chatting to local residents during the morning.

Norman Hogg, a committee member of the Village Trust did an excellent job of Town Crier, keeping everyone informed of the programme.

We are especially grateful to the North East Carriage Company who for the fifth consecutive year has  provided the well presented and popular horse and carriage rides, in support of our local charities. Not only do the horses look spectacular but they also help to slow the traffic down.

The day ended with carol singing around the tree to the sound of Consett Brass, which was lit by Father Christmas with an encore of fireworks in the sky. Thank you to local councillors Stephen Robinson and Peter Oliver who continue the tradition of providing the tree and to Scott of Reaction Fireworks who provided the finale.

Thanks also to all the participating businesses, entertainers, school choirs, volunteer stewards from Shotley Bridge Village Trust and the support of the local policing team.

If you have any different photos please email them to me at for inclusion in our photo gallery.

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Spectacular programme

November 24, 2013

Less than a week to go to the next Victorian Christmas Spectacular in Shotley Bridge. The programme for Saturday, arranged by the Shotley Bridge Business & Community Partnership, has been sent to print. Here is a preview…

Businesses Programme

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Hanging Basket Awards

November 19, 2013

These awards were to be presented at the last open meeting of the Village Trust on 29th October, but the recipients were unavailable to collect their certificates and vouchers.

They have now all been presented, congratulations.

Residential category winner: Snows Green House. Runners up: Bluebell Cottage & 3 Riverside.

Business category winner: Sale Pepe. Runner up: Moon Jewellery.

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Victorian Christmas

November 12, 2013

The flyers for the Shotley Bridge Victorian Christmas Spectacular, on Saturday 30th November, are now available at  local businesses in the village centre.  They are also being delivered by Village Trust volunteers in the local area.

Flyer front Flyer back

Christmas Starts Here

November 5, 2013

The Shotley Bridge Business & Community Partnership is finalising the programme for its Victorian Christmas Spectacular at the end of November.  This year it is a one day event …

A3 poster

Silver Gilt Medal

September 17, 2013

Today the Village Trust was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal certificate at the Northumbria in Bloom awards ceremony, held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Thank you to all the volunteers, residents, businesses and the junior school who helped us achieve this award.

The photos show John Grundy presenting the certificate to members of the Trust.

Silver Gilt Medal

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Blooming Baskets

July 21, 2013

Instead of ‘Best Front Garden’ Awards, the Trust decided to have “Best Hanging Basket’ Awards this year, with separate categories for businesses and residents.

The Northumbria in Bloom judges agreed to judge the baskets and the awards will be presented at the next Open Meeting of the Village Trust in October.

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