Archive for the ‘Volunteers’ Category

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.

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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.

‘Land of Oak & Iron’ Project

January 6, 2017
Groundwork are looking to recruit volunteers to help record memories of Shotley Bridge’s cultural, social and natural heritage. Volunteers will be offered training on how to prepare for an interview and use recording equipment, before going into schools and youth settings, to record the memories of parents and grandparents. Other community groups will also be invited to take part.
The recordings will be used for interpretation material and will be stored in a digital archive.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, they should contact Joanne directly and she will send them an application pack.
As well as helping with recording memories Groundwork are also keen to recruit individuals who can help link them up with existing groups or people known locally who could be interviewed.
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Christmas Tree

November 13, 2016

This year the village Christmas tree will be lit up on Saturday 3rd December. Thanks to our local councillors for providing funding again.

Shotley Bridge Primary School choir will be there to sing carols after the lighting of the tree at 4.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to watch or sing along.

We will also be collecting donations for ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge at the event.

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Pansies and litter

October 19, 2016

Last Saturday our volunteers planted the winter bedding in the Trust’s tubs and planters.

This year we have planted multi coloured pansies instead of violas, which were not as successful as in previous years. Tete a Tete daffodils, iris and tulip bulbs have been planted too. The County Council will be planting up the barrier baskets to match.

If you would like to help tidy up the village, there is to be a litter pick and sweep up on the morning of Saturday 29th October. We are meeting in the car park next to the Golden Flower at 9.30am. Litter pickers, bags and hi-viz vests will be provided. Bring your own gloves and tools to cut down weeds and sweep paths.

Shotley Bridge History Walks

September 5, 2016

For the second year the Trust is giving guided walks during the “Heritage Open Days” festival, in September.

This time the walks are based on the Trust’s Shotley Bridge History booklet that was published in June.

There will be a choice of 4 walks, guided by the Trust members who researched and wrote the publication.

The 32 page booklet will be on sale for £3 at the end of each tour. Shotley Bridge pin badges will also be available for £2.

Let’s hope the weather conditions are more favourable than last year!

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Follow this link for information about other places to visit during the Heritage Open Days festival

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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Agenda for SBVT Meeting

June 7, 2016

The next meeting of the Shotley Bridge Village Trust is on 21 June. All welcome.

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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.

Clean cut

April 5, 2016

This morning, eight volunteers of the Village Trust spent a couple of hours cutting back vegetation, clearing the stream and removing debris from the path.

Thanks to Carol, Jeff, Keith, John S, John W, Margaret, Richard & Sue for all their hard work. The Cut looks lovely & clean and the new bulbs and plants have made a big improvement.

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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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Big Spring Clean tomorrow

March 18, 2016

This year the Shotley Bridge annual spring litter pick, organised by the Trust, is being held on Saturday 19 March

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Volunteers to meet at the Golden Flower car park in the village centre at 9.30am.

Gloves, bags, pickers and hi-viz vests will be provided, if you don’t have them.

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.

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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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.

Tubs planted

June 7, 2015

Sixteen Trust volunteers helped on Saturday morning to make a start on planting 44 tubs with summer bedding and 6 with sustainable perennials.  Two new double tiered oak barrel planters have been purchased with a grant from local councillors, which have also been filled with colourful geraniums, surfinia [petunia] and lobelia.

The Council will be planting the Trust’s barrier baskets which volunteers will continue to maintain.

More plants have also been donated and purchased for the sustainable beds, which the Trust plants and maintains, on behalf of the Council.

Blooming ready

June 4, 2015

The Trust has started preparations for the Northumbria in Bloom summer judging in 7 weeks time.  The  judges will be visiting on the morning of 20 July.

50 tubs have been emptied and topped up with compost ready for planting up with summer bedding, by volunteers on Saturday morning and weeds near them have been sprayed. As an experiment, 6 of the tubs are being planted with sustainable plants that will not need to be removed twice a year.  Although £100 has been allocated for this, it should save money in the long term. The Trust spends up to £500 a year on summer bedding and a similar amount on winter bedding and bulbs, as residents tell us that they prefer colourful displays. The bulbs are replanted in open spaces in the autumn.

Keeping the area free of leaves, road grit, dog dirt and litter are important judging criteria.  Please help our volunteers by putting dog pooh bags and litter in the bins provided. Cigarette ends are a particular problem in the village centre, particularly outside pubs and restaurants, even though businesses provide outside bins for their customers.

Many smokers do not realise that throwing away a cigarette end is a littering offence. The County Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens are issuing fines to people doing this in a public place, as it is an offence, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Anyone dropping litter can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80. Thirteen people who did not pay their fines for dropping cigarette ends in County Durham were taken to Court yesterday.

More information about your local Neighbourhood Warden Team is available on the County Council website.

Judges in Bloom

April 14, 2015

Yesterday, three judges from Northumbria in Bloom were shown around the village during their spring visit. Although only 20% of the total marks are awarded at this stage in the year, it gave the Trust an an opportunity to showcase the area and explain the improvements which have been carried out or are planned. Particularly as none of the judges had visited us before.

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Cleaned Up

March 21, 2015

A dozen volunteers turned out this morning to tidy up the village. A big thank you to all who helped.

All the roads leading from the centre of the village were cleared of litter, throughout most of the conservation area.

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Big Spring Clean

March 17, 2015

This year the Trust has arranged its annual litter pick on Saturday 21st March, to coincide with ‘Community Clear Up Day’, a national initiative by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.  We will also be helping to support the Litter Free Durham Initiative.

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If you can spare an hour or two, meet at the Golden Flower car park at 9.30am and bring gloves.  Bags, pickers and tabards will be provided, if you don’t have them.

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