Archive for the ‘Partnerships’ Category

Heritage Exhibition

October 7, 2017

The Heritage Initiative are holding another Exhibition next week in Consett, which will include ‘now & then’ photos of Shotley Bridge.

Free Funday

August 22, 2017

The annual Funday for local residents, organised by the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Community Partnership, is on Bank Holiday Monday …

It used to be held at Shotley bridge Cricket Club.

Land of Oak & Iron

March 7, 2017

The next meeting of the Shotley Bridge Village Trust is on 21st March. Please invite your relatives, friends & neighbours to come along.


Kath Marshall-Ivens, Community Engagement Officer, from Groundwork will be giving a presentation about the ‘Land of Oak & Iron’ Landscape Partnership.  This 4 year project, hosted by Groundwork NE & Cumbria, is supported by a £2.2 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Working with local communities and partners it aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, industrial and cultural heritage of the Derwent Valley. There are now 14 projects being delivered until 2020, with many opportunities for local people, groups and organisations to get involved through a range of different activities.


For more information about the Partnership and opportunities to get involved go to their website.

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.


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.




Chester-le-Street visitors

July 12, 2015

Yesterday a group of visitors from the Chester-le-Street & District Area Action Partnership were given a tour of the village centre. Its Improved Environment Task Group came to find out what the Shotley Bridge Village Trust had achieved for our village and how it had happened.



August 14, 2014

The annual Fun Day organised by the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Community Partnership is being held again at the Spa Grounds on August Bank Holiday Monday.

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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.



Old photos exhibition

May 6, 2014

The next photographic exhibition by the Consett & District Heritage Initiative starts tomorrow in the Methodist Church Hall, Station Road, Consett.

There will be old photos of Shotley Bridge and the Consett area on display.
CDHI Poster May 2014

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.


March 15, 2014

Shotley Bridge Junior School were nominated by the Village Trust to accept tubs from the HAGGRID Project (Horticulture, Agriculture, General Education and Individual Development).  The Derwent Valley Partnership has supported this local project at Consett and Blackhill Park, which has provided an opportunity for young people aged between 11 and 18 to learn a range of environmental based skills with the aim of getting them involved in local community-based activities.

The tubs were presented yesterday by students from Consett Academy, who helped plant them up. They will brighten up the main entrance to the school and will be maintained by pupils there.

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Police in Consett have given pots, compost and other equipment seized from drugs farms to community projects in the area. The Haggrid and Eddy groups, which work with young people in the town, are using  them to help improve the local area. For more information about the project, take a look at  this news article in The Chronicle.

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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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.

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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 …

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Physical Activity Roadshow

August 27, 2013

Durham County Council is promoting a FREE ‘physical activity roadshow’ in Blackhill and Consett Park this Friday (30th August) between 10am and 12 noon.


Successful Fun Day

August 26, 2013

The BBB&SB Partnership’s Fun day at the Spa today proved to be very popular and thoroughly enjoyed by all, in the glorious sunshine.

The Village Trust had various exhibitions within their gazebo and the tom-bola and treasure hunt raised £182 for the ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge fund. Thank you to the volunteers who helped and all who gave contributions and bought tickets.

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The winning square of the Treasure Hunt was drawn by local councillors Stephen Robinson and Peter Oliver and the prize was awarded to Jade MacGregor.

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.

BBB&SB Meeting Update Report 10-8-13

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

Family Fun Day

August 15, 2013

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A FREE family fun day is being held on Monday 26th August 2013 between 1pm and 6pm at Shotley Bridge Cricket Club.

Organised by the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill & Shotley Bridge Community Partnership activities will include:

  • Zorbing
  • Bouncy castle
  • Bungee jumps
  • Slides
  • Rodeo bull riding
  • Exhibitions & stalls
  • Live music

As there will be limited car parking at the cricket club, a free YMCA bus will be available (every 30 minutes) from The Cricketers to the fun day from 12.30pm onwards.

Community groups and organisations will  be taking part in the fun day including the Scouts, Consett Rugby Club, Boxing Club and Newcastle Falcons.

Shotley Bridge Village Trust will have an exhibition celebrating it’s 25th anniversary, some historic photos and details of proposed village centre improvement schemes.  There will also be a Tombola to raise funds for Blooming Shotley Bridge.