Archive for the ‘Partnerships’ Category

Slam Dunk the Junk

May 20, 2013

Volunteers are needed to help Slam Dunk the Junk in Derwent Valley

The Derwent Valley Partnership have organised two morning litter picks in the Shotley Bridge area this Wednesday [Derwent Walk] and the first Monday in June [Shotley Bridge playpark and field].  The community litter picks are being delivered as part of the Derwent Valley Partnership’s ‘Slam Dunk the Junk’ programme which also includes dog micro-chipping and educational assembly activities.

The attached poster provides full details of where and when the community litter picks will be taking place so please spread the word to your friends and neighbours – the more volunteers they have, the more rubbish can be collected.  [Click on image to enlarge.]


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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Derwent Valley Landscape

March 17, 2013

There is to be an open public consultation event to discuss the Derwent Valley Landscape Partnership National Lottery bid at Citizens House in Consett on Wednesday 20th March at 4:30- 6:30. The aim of the event is to find out what local people would like to see happening in the Derwent Valley area as part of this bid.

Along with partners, Groundwork North East are developing this bid.   The aim is to secure up to £3 million to help to protect and develop the cultural, natural and industrial heritage of the Derwent Valley, increasing visitors and improve the environment for people and wildlife. Groundwork are currently in the early stages of developing the funding bid and want to make sure that it represents what the local communities in the area want. [Click on the poster to enlarge.]

Groundwork also has just launched an online survey about the project at 

Derwent Valley Consett Event Poster

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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Family Fun Day

August 22, 2012

For a second year, the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill and Shotley Bridge Community Partnership are hosting a free Fun Day for local families at the Cricket Ground, Shotley Spa, this Bank Holiday Monday, from 1-6pm. This year there is a community games theme, inspired by London2012.

As there is limited car parking on site, please walk to the event or catch the free YMCA bus if you can. It leaves from the Cricketers PH at 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00 & 14.30 and stops at all the bus stops down Durham Road to Shotley Cricket Club returning at 16.00, 16.30, 17.00 & 17.30.

The Village Trust will have an exhibition about Blooming Shotley Bridge and a Tombola stall to raise funds for future planting.

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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.

Olympic torch relay

May 20, 2012

At 4pm on Saturday 16th June the Olympic torch relay will be passing through Shotley Bridge.

The Shotley Bridge Business and Community Partnership. which organised the Victorian Christmas Spectacular, is inviting you to spend the afternoon [from 1pm] in the village centre, prior to the torch’s arrival.  The village will be decorated with bunting and red, white & blue flowers. Thanks to John Beales for putting up and taking down the bunting, free of charge.

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Primary School children dressed up in red, white & blue will be presented with a gold [chocolate] medal.  There will be flags for children to wave, but come early as there are limited numbers of these and the medals.   Then join in the fun of a family ‘Treasure Trail’ around the village centre.  All correct entries will be included in a draw for family ‘day out’ passes. There will also be business ‘special offers’ and face painting.

Further information about the Torch Relay can be found on the Durham County Council website.

Keeping … safe

March 15, 2012

If you need to contact your local neighbourhood police officers you have a number of options shown in this poster.

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Alternatively go to the local PACT meetings, which are held in the Blackhill Baptist Church Hall on the first Thursday of each month, as part of the Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill and Shotley Bridge Community Partnership meetings.

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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.

Victorian Christmas photos

December 3, 2011

Photos from the Victorian Christmas Spectacular held at the weekend have been posted on YouTube homeYouTube homeYou Tube.

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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.

Victorian Christmas Video

January 18, 2011

I’ve posted a two and a half minute video of the event held in Shotley Bridge village centre on Saturday 27th November 2010 on the Facebook site – Shotley Bridge ‘The Village’

Charity fundraising

January 10, 2011

The final total for the charity collection at the Shotley Bridge Victorian Christmas Spectacular on 27 November 2010 has broken last year’s two day total of £1500.

£1840 was raised on the day, this year.  £1380 will be presented to Willow Burn and £460 to the Trust’s Britain in Bloom Initiative at the Open Meeting next month.

A big thank you to all the businesses, church and community groups that raised money as well as the Shotley Bridge Infant and Junior School Choirs, Consett Brass and the Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir who provided entertainment on the day.

Also, special thanks should be given to Mr & Mrs Santa, the North East Carriage Company and the Methodist Church, for making the day such a success.

Victorian Christmas Spectacular photos

December 22, 2010

Sorry for the delay in posting these on the site but I did not have time before going on holiday.

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Thank you to all those who made the effort to dress in Victorian costume. Despite the snowy weather the event was a great success and visitors gave generously to charity. When all the collection tins are returned and counted I will post a report about the money raised for Willow Burn and the Village Trust ‘Britain in Bloom’.

Thank you also to the Methodist Church for hosting the entertainment and the Village Trust volunteer stewards who helped to ensure that the event ran smoothly.