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Men in Black

July 10, 2013

Two volunteers spent yesterday evening painting the heritage board and seats in the ‘Triangle’ in readiness for the Northumbria in Bloom judging next week.

The recent warm and sunny weather is helping the hanging baskets, tubs and barrier baskets to come into full bloom.

Open Meeting presentations

April 10, 2013

At the Trust’s Open Meeting last night a cheque for £1,030 was presented to Sue Fox, representing Willow Burn hospice, on behalf of the Shotley bridge Business & Community Partnership.  The money was 75% of the charity collection during the Dickensian Christmas Spectacular plus contributions from the Eve Fashion Show and Imago Raffle. £340 was raised for the Blooming Shotley Bridge fund.

Presentations were also given by Dawn Reed [Durham County Council] on options for  improving the village centre, and Sue Shaw [Blooming Shotley Bridge] about the Northumbria in Bloom entry.

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Saturday Spectacular

December 15, 2012

The Saturday of the Dickensian Christmas Spectacular remained cold but dry and there was a reasonable turnout to the event organised by the Shotley Bridge Business & Community Partnership. More photos have been posted in the Pages section under Photo Galleries including more images from the previous Victorian Christmas events.

Thank you once again to all the contributors and entertainers who gave their time to help raise money for Willow Burn and Blooming Shotley Bridge. Particular thanks to SBVT volunteer stewards and the North East Carriage Company who provided rides through the village centre and helped slow the traffic down!

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Christmas tree lit

December 7, 2012

Thank you to all those who turned out to see Santa light the village Christmas tree tonight, despite the cold and wet. Consett Brass played whilst carols were sung. Businesses had extended opening times. Santa was at Sarah Thew Photography and the art show and Dickens Trail were in Butler & Gee.

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Also thanks to the Shotley Bridge Village Trust volunteers who helped to steward the evening and the local councillors for funding the tree and lights again. [Click on any image for a slide show.]

This weekend

December 6, 2012

The Shotley Bridge Business & Community Partnership are holding their annual Christmas event in the village centre.

This weekend

On Friday evening the programme of entertainment starts at 6.00pm with the pealing of the church bells at St Cuthbert’s. The lighting of the Christmas Tree is at 7.00pm.

On Saturday morning Santa arrives by horse & carriage at 10.00am and rides in the carriage will be available until 2.00pm or until the horses become tired.

Musical entertainment in the Methodist Church starts at 1.00pm.

Please note that there will be no Christmas Fayre at Shotley Bridge Village Hall this year.

Dickensian Christmas Spectacular 2012 programme

Dickensian Christmas

November 1, 2012

The Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership has finalised its plans for the Christmas Spectacular this year, which will be held on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December. Posters and leaflets have been printed. [Click on the images to find out more.]


Open meeting report

October 17, 2012

The Trust’s last open meeting on the 16th October was well attended for a discussion about ‘Improving the Village Centre’.  Fiona Clarke and Nicola Duckworth, from the County Council explained that there was £125,000 of ‘S106’ money available, from the new Shotley Bridge Hospital housing development, that can only be spent within the ‘Article IV Area’, the core of the Conservation Area. It has to be spent by the end of 2014 on improvements to the urban realm but cannot be spent on maintenance works. The officers proposed that some of the funding could be spent on completing the repaving of the footpaths in front of the business premises and invited suggestions of other improvements from those present.

Blooming Shotley Bridge was also on the agenda, with an explanation of the scoring system for the Northumbria in Bloom ‘Silver Award’. Certificates and gardening vouchers were presented to the 3 winners of the Trust’s ‘Best Front Garden’ awards. The Trust’s volunteers will be planting the winter bedding in the tubs on Saturday 27th October.

The 2012 Dickensian Christmas Spectacular was announced, being held this year on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December.  The Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership are finalising the programme and leaflets will be distributed at the beginning of November.  Participating businesses are each contributing £100 to fund the event. Volunteer stewards from the Village Trust are needed for both days.

The Photographic competition has had few entries this year, insufficient for the judging to go ahead.  Councillor Stephen Robinson gave a report on items of interest that he had been involved with since the last meeting.

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What a difference …

August 15, 2012

… six weeks make to Blooming Shotley Bridge.  When I made the last post after the Northumbria in Bloom judges had visited, the tubs and barrier baskets were not very colourful.  Now with a lot of rain and more sunshine they are in full red white & blue colour.  This blog has been on its summer break during the intervening time, whilst London2012 has taken centre stage.

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The colourful bunting in the village centre has also made a big difference to its appearance and will remain until after the Paralympics. Thank you to the businesses who put up hanging baskets and to John Beales who made an excellent job of putting up the Union Jack flags above their windows.  Thank you also to the Village Trust volunteers who continue to water and look after the bedding plants.

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.

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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Race night success

March 12, 2012

Last Saturday the Trust raised £698 in support of Blooming Shotley Bridge. Thank you to all those who bought tickets or gave donations and to the YMCA for hosting the event. It would not have been a success without the support, also, of 14 local businesses which sponsored the races or gave raffle prizes.

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Massive thank you

March 7, 2012

The Village Trust has received a thank you letter, on behalf of the Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership, for raising funds at the Victorian Christmas Spectacular.

To read the letter form Willow Burn click on the image twice.

Post Office closure

February 23, 2012

The temporary closure of the Shotley Bridge Post Office has been announced, following the resignation of the sub postmaster and the withdrawal of the existing premises at 43 Front Street for post office use.

The business will close on March 7th but the Post Office are looking to restore a service in the village, as soon as possible, if suitable premises can be found.

A Night at the Races

January 18, 2012

This year the Trust has entered the village in ‘Northumbria in Bloom‘ and volunteers will be planting the trough and tubs with summer bedding in June.

On Saturday March 10th, the Village Trust are holding a social event at the YMCA to raise funds in aid of ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge‘.  Local businesses are sponsoring the event.

Tickets are available from the Trust’s secretary. Please email:

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Victorian photo shoot

November 2, 2011

The local press were in the village centre today taking photos to help publicise the forthcoming Victorian Christmas Spectacular.

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Everything is almost in place now for the event on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November.  Lets hope for mild weather this year

Victorian Christmas Spectacular

October 25, 2011

Once again, this year, the Trust is supporting this community event, organised by the Shotley Bridge Business & Community Partnership.

It is being held in the village on the 25th & 26th November.

On Friday evening the Christmas Tree will be lit with music and carol singing in the ‘square’.

On Saturday morning Santa will arrive by horse and carriage after which there will be carriage rides through the village centre.  The Methodist Church will be hosting the afternoon’s entertainment and all the churches and village hall are providing refreshments at their Fayre or open day.

This is a charity event with 75% of all the money raised going to Willow Burn and 25% to the Trust’s ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’ fund.

The participating businesses are funding all the expenses of the Spectacular and 15,000 leaflets are to be distributed soon, showing the programme of events.

You can click here for a preview of the flyer.


October 4, 2011

In Durham Town Hall this evening, Blooming Shotley Bridge was awarded the highest category of ‘outstanding’ in the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Award’.  The judge had awarded the Trust 87/100 points.

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This year there had been 46 entries from across the region in this non-competitive award scheme, organised by the Northumbria in Bloom committee.

A big Thank You to all the businesses, residents and volunteers who helped the Trust achieve success.

Judging imminent

July 30, 2011

We have been notified that the Britain in Bloom judge will be visiting the village on the afternoon of Tuesday, 2nd August, to see what improvements have been made since the Trust entered the RHS “It’s Your Neighbourhood” award scheme last year.

The Trust has raised funds for the planting of 50 tubs and local businesses and residents have made a fine effort to make the village bloom.  As well as gardening achievement, though, the assessment will include community participation and environmental responsibility.

Judging will also be undertaken for the Trust’s own Front Garden Awards.

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