Archive for the ‘Meetings’ Category

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 …

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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Friends of Red Kites

July 6, 2015

A very interesting and informative talk was given to members of the Trust and guests, after the AGM last Thursday. Harold Dobson from the Friends of Red Kites in the North East of England Group gave an excellent illustrated talk about this rare and most spectacular bird, which is often seen in the skies above the village.

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Between 2004 & 2007 the Northern Kites Project re-introduced 94 red kites into the lower Derwent Valley where they continue to breed. The Friends Group was formed in 2009 to maintain interest and involvement in protecting and maintaining the red kite population in the valley.

Further information about the Group and how to become a member can be found on the Group’s website.

AGM & Open Meeting

May 31, 2015

The next Meeting of the Village Trust is to be held at the end of June, on Tuesday evening 30 June.

The AGM will be followed by an Open Meeting, when the ‘Friends of Red Kites’ group will be giving an illustrated talk on Red Kites in the Derwent Valley.  Everyone is welcome.

Agenda 30 June 2015For more information about the Red Kites go to …


Memorial Cottages

March 25, 2015

David Wright and Ian Pattinson gave a very informative talk last evening at the Trust’s Open Meeting.  38 persons listened intently about the origins of the Memorial Cottages, one of only two such memorials in County Durham, built in memory of men from this neighbourhood who died as a result of service in the Great War.  It was evident that a huge amount of research had been undertaken by David and Ian about the cottages, those named on the original memorial and the additional 15 persons that were added to the new plaque, unveiled last Remembrance Sunday. They intend to publish a book on the subject.




Open meeting agenda

March 3, 2015

The next Open Meeting of the Village Trust is to be held in 3 weeks time, on Tuesday evening 24 March, when Russell Black will be giving a talk about the Memorial Cottages.  Everyone is welcome.

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Spa Grounds development

February 27, 2015

A proposal for housing development and new cricket facilities at the Spa Grounds is finally being considered by Durham County Council, following a protracted period of consultation and report submissions. The scheme was first considered by Derwentside District Council in 2009.

The planning application is being considered by members of the County Planning Committee in the Council Chamber at County Hall, next Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at 2pm.

If you have a couple of hours to spare the committee report is an interesting read.

The report states that the original Derwentside decision, where members were minded to approve the application, is no longer relevant to the determination of this application, because that decision is now considered to be flawed owing to the lack of crucial information. Therefore, the application needs to be considered afresh with all material considerations properly assessed and a new decision made.

It is being recommended for refusal by officers.


The planning committee resolved to refuse permission.  Have a look at the reasons in the decision notice.

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

Open Meeting 8 July

July 9, 2014

The meeting last evening was reasonably well attended with 24 persons present & 10 apologies.

With the exception of Carolyn Baker, all the existing committee members were prepared to stand and be re-elected.

Corinne Walton from the Derwent Valley Partnership gave a talk about the work of the organisation and the £10,000 small grants fund that had been set up this year. As a local group she invited the Trust to apply for funding, up to the value of £1000.



AGM & Open Meeting

June 24, 2014

The next Open Meeting of the Village Trust is to be held in Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church Hall on Tuesday 8th July at 7.45pm.

It is preceded by the Trust’s AGM at 7.00pm, refreshments at 7.30pm.



1.     Introduction and apologies

2.     Chairman’s report

3.     Treasurer’s report and annual accounts

4.     Election of Committee and Officers

Open Meeting

5.     Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership – small grants scheme

6.     Village Centre Improvements – update

7.     ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge – update

8.      Land of Oak and Iron – update

9.      Village Heritage – forming a working group

10.    Councillors’ report

11.    Any other business


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.

Open Meeting & Big Spring Clean

February 28, 2014

Apologies for  inactivity on this blog over the past couple of months. There has been little of interest to report.

The next Open Meeting of the Trust is to be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at Our Lady of the Rosary  Roman Catholic Church Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7.15pm.

This is an open meeting for all members, guests, and local residents. Find out about the Village Trust or simply join in the discussion.

Agenda items

Victorian Christmas Spectacular

  • Cheque presentation to Willow Burn

Improving the Village Centre

  • Report from Stakeholder meeting

Shotley Bridge in Bloom

  • Reports from inaugural meeting and Moorsholm visit

New Initiatives

  • Alternative uses for the Methodist Church
  • Land of Oak and Iron – Heritage Lottery Fund bid
  • Heritage links
  • Scarecrow weekend
  • Other ideas

Councillors’ Report

Any other business


Another date for your diary is the Big Spring Clean litter pick being held on Saturday morning 5th April. Meet at the Golden Flower car park.


October open meeting

October 30, 2013

At the meeting on Tuesday evening an update was given on Blooming Shotley Bridge and the decision was taken to enter the competition again next year and to strive for a gold award.

A report was also given on the results of the public consultation carried out by Durham County Council on 10th September, about their five proposed schemes for the S106 funding to improve the village centre.  Here is the report if you would like to read it.

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Next Open Meeting

October 27, 2013

An open meeting of the Village Trust is to be held this Tuesday, 29th October 2013 at 7.30pm. The venue will be Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church Hall on Snows Green Road.

Refreshments will be served before the meeting at 7.15pm.

All welcome.


Introductions and apologies

Improving the Village Centre – update 

Northumbria in Bloom update and presentation of ‘Best Hanging Basket’ awards 

Victorian Christmas Spectacular

Councillors’ Report

Any other business

BBB&SB Partnership Report

August 20, 2013

The Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Community Partnership has issued an Update Report of some of the actions from their last meeting. The report is a new idea and any views would be welcomed.

There is some useful information about speeding vehicles, dog fouling, cyclists & the Derwent Valley Big Tree plant.

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Don’t forget to visit The Derwent Valley Life community website, a local resource which is administered and monitored by the Derwent Valley Partnership.

25th Anniversary

June 22, 2013

The Trust celebrated its 25th anniversary at the AGM last Tuesday. Councillor Stephen Robinson cut the cake and everybody else ate it.

There was an exhibition of the work of the Trust over the last 25 years and a ‘Then & Now’ display of village photos.

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The Open Meeting discussed  the County Council’s detailed proposals for  urban realm improvements in the village centre but more estimates are needed before a final list of schemes can be agreed.

Diary date

May 20, 2013

The next open meeting of the Village Trust is to be held on Tuesday 18th June 2013 at 7.45pm. The venue will be Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church Hall on Snows Green Road.  The Trust’s AGM will be held before the meeting at 7.00pm following which refreshments will be served. All welcome.

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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Presentation to Willow Burn

March 22, 2013

The next Open Meeting of the Trust is being held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9 April 2013 at Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church Hall on Snows Green Road.  Refreshments will be served from 7.15pm.  All welcome

The Dickensian Christmas Spectacular event last December raised £300 for “Blooming” Shotley Bridge and £1000 for  Willow Burn.  A cheque presentation will be made at the meeting and there will also be updates on “Improving the Village Centre” and ” Northumbria in Bloom”.

Village centre improvements

December 3, 2012

Members of the Blooming Committee met officers of the County Council today to discuss the list of potential improvements to the village centre that had been discussed at the last open meeting of the Village Trust.

£125,000 is being provided, as part of the Section 106 funding, from the new housing development on the former Shotley Bridge Hospital site.

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