Archive for the ‘Photos’ Category

Exhibition of Local Interest

April 9, 2017

The next exhibition organised by the Consett & District Heritage Initiative is being held in a months time. The Trust will be putting on a display of old photographs of Shotley Bridge at the event.

Shotley Bridge History booklet

February 5, 2017

The Trust’s latest publication on the history of Shotley Bridge is still on sale at Harrington Brown Estate Agents, in the village centre.

There are 10 chapters in the 36 page booklet with a map and photographs of sites and buildings referred to.

It is also possible to buy the booklet on-line from eBay with PayPal …

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291978953083

History Book front page

Snows Green Playpark

December 17, 2016

The construction of the brand new play equipment at the Snows Green Playpark is nearing completion.

There is a separate fenced area for toddlers.

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Exhibition of Local Interest

September 23, 2016

Consett & District Heritage Initiative are holding another exhibition in October. The Village Trust will have a display of old photographs of Shotley Bridge and the Shotley Bridge History booklet will be on sale.

CDHI Poster Oct 2013

Red white & blue

July 20, 2016

Despite not entering Northumbria in Bloom this year, the Trust’s tubs, barrier baskets and sustainable beds are looking colourful.

Thank you to all the volunteers who planted and maintain them. Thanks also to Durham County Council for planting the barrier baskets to match our colour scheme this year.

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AGM & Shotley Bridge History

June 30, 2016

Thirty two members and local residents attended the AGM & Open Meeting held on 21 June. As the Trust’s Chairman was away on holiday a summary of his report was given by Garth Johnson, acting Chairman. Have a read of the Chairman’s Annual Report to find to what the Trust was involved in during the last year.

As Garth had decided not to stand for re-election as Treasurer, but remain on the Executive Committee, Andrew Thompson was elected to fill the post. The other committee members were also re-elected.

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Unfortunately, the guest speaker Grace McCombie was unable to attend. Instead, Jeff Singleton [Secretary] gave an illustrated talk based on “The History of Shotley Bridge”, a 32 page booklet that had been researched and recently published by the Trust’s Heritage Working Group. Copies were available for Trust members to purchase.

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.

 

AGM & Open Meeting on 21 June

May 10, 2016

The Trust’s next Open Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 21st June, after its AGM.

Grace McCombie, Buildings Historian, will be giving a talk on ‘The Buildings of Shotley Bridge’.

She is a researcher, lecturer and writer about sites and buildings and the development of settlements in the North East. She has contributed to many architectural-historical conferences, books and journals, especially the Pevsner series.

The meeting is open to both members and residents.

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Old photos exhibition

May 5, 2016

Next week, the Consett & District Heritage Initiative is holding a 3 day exhibition at the Methodist Church Hall  in Consett.  There will be displays of old photos of the local area, including Shotley Bridge.

If you are in Consett at the end of next week, come and find out about the history of the area. The exhibition is also open on Friday evening, if you cannot attend during the day. There is ample parking nearby in the Sherburn Road car park.

CDHI Poster May 2016

Replica Pant

April 25, 2016

Today a new replica pant was erected near the Crown & Crossed Swords PH, to commemorate the bringing of a piped water supply to the village 130 years ago, in 1886.

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The original is at Beamish Museum, following its removal in the 1950s to allow for improvements to the junction of Front Street and  Snows Green Road.

Funding for the replica has come via the Story Homes housing development near Shotley Bridge Hospital. It is part of the S106 project for ‘urban realm’ improvements in the village centre.

Durham County Council are organising an ‘unveiling’ event after lunch on Thursday 12 May, which will mark the completion of the project.

Spring Bedding in Bloom

April 15, 2016

Daffodils and tulips planted by the Trust were in full bloom this week in the conservation area, giving a colourful display. The violas are flowering too, which will hopefully give colour until the Trust’s volunteers plant up the tubs with summer bedding at the end of May.

25 Bags of Litter

March 19, 2016

This morning 17 volunteers collected 25 bags of litter in & around Shotley Bridge.

Thank you to all those who helped to make the village cleaner.

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Swordmakers talk

March 17, 2016

There was a good turnout at the open meeting on Tuesday evening. Although there were technical issues with the projector communicating with the laptop, Andrew Thompson’s talk about the Shotley Bridge Swordmakers was very interesting and informative.

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He is one of the five Trust members on the Heritage Group who are writing about the History of Shotley Bridge. His chapter on the Swordmakers is one of ten in the 36 page booklet which is to be published in time for the Trust’s AGM on 21 June.

After the AGM, Grace McCombie, buildings historian will be giving an illustrated talk about the historic buildings of Shotley Bridge.

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.

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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 …

Winter bedding for Spring flowers

October 18, 2015

Daffodils, tulips and violas were planted in the tubs on Saturday morning, in readiness for a good show of colour throughout the conservation area next Spring.

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Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped to organise the event or planted the tubs.

Exhibition of old photos

October 3, 2015

The Consett & District Heritage Initiative is holding a 3 day exhibition at the Methodist Church in Consett.  There will be displays of old photos of each settlement in the Consett area, including Shotley Bridge.

Entry is free and there is ample parking on the Sherburn Road car park.

If you are in Consett at the end of next week pop in for a cuppa and find out about the heritage of the area.

cdhi poster for Oct 2015

 

Wet FUN Day

September 1, 2015

Bank Holiday Monday afternoon at The Spa Grounds was a little soggy! It didn’t dampen the Consett Rugby Club’s ‘Strong Man’ competition nor the children’s enthusiasm for the inflatables.

Numbers visiting the event were well down on previous years and consequently the Village Trust only raised £50 for its ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’ Fund with its Tombola and Children’s Lucky Dip, compared to £180 & £160 on its stall in 2013 & 2014. Thank you to the volunteers at the event and the support from local businesses, members and residents who donated prizes.

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Calendar competition

September 1, 2015

Just a reminder about the photo competition for our 2017 calendar. The flowers in the village are looking lovely at present and with the good weather forecast for the week ahead it is an opportune time for getting your cameras out and going for a walk.

Calendar competition

Judging complete

July 20, 2015

This morning, judges from Northumbria in Bloom walked around the conservation area with volunteers from Blooming Shotley Bridge.

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They seemed impressed with the floral decorations, sustainable planting, heritage initiatives and wildlife areas.  The clean streets, lack of litter and dog fouling was also admired. Thanks to all the volunteers, residents, businesses, the Junior School and County Council  for their efforts in putting on a good show.

Competition results will not be known until September.