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.
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 …
January 2, 2017
The Trust was sad to hear of the death of Geoffrey Fisher in December.
Geoffrey was a founder member of the Village Trust and for many years was the secretary. He made a huge contribution to the work of the Trust, particularly through his interest in and knowledge of architecture and the history of Methodism.
His enthusiasm and contribution to our activities will be greatly missed.
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.
December 7, 2016
Many thanks to the 200 children and adults from the Shotley Bridge Primary School who walked down to light the Christmas Tree and sing carols on a fine night last Saturday.
Unfortunately the batteries in the ‘sound blaster’ did not like the cold temperature, so the singing was ‘A Cappella’.
The event raised £86 for the ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge fund. Thank you to all who donated and the volunteer stewards.
November 13, 2016
This year the village Christmas tree will 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.
October 31, 2016
This year the Village Trust will again be raising funds for ‘Blooming’ Shotley Bridge at The Snods Christmas Fayre on Saturday 19th November.
There will be a ‘Bottle Tombola’ where every winning ticket is a bottle bag with a surprise inside, which could be Whiskey, Wine, Water or a bottle of something else!
We still need a few more bottles and bags if you would like to donate items for the tombola … please give to Sue Shaw at Shotley Villa West, on The Terrace.
There will also be a raffle for a limited edition print by Mildred Sheeran, ‘The Charms of Shotley Bridge’. Tickets are on sale before the event at Harrington Brown Estate Agents, where the framed artwork can be seen until Friday 18th November.
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.
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.
September 23, 2016
The next meeting of the Shotley Bridge Village Trust is on 4th October.
Fiona Jane Carvell and Joan Murray, local artists who live in the village, will be giving an illustrated talk about how the village and area have influenced their artwork. There will be a selection of limited edition prints if you wish to buy any of their paintings.
Please invite your relatives, friends & neighbours to come along.
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!
Follow this link for information about other places to visit during the Heritage Open Days festival
August 20, 2016
The Trust’s latest publication on the history of Shotley Bridge is now on sale at Harrington Brown Estate Agents, in the village centre.
They are normally open 9-5 every day except Friday [9-4.30], Saturday [9.30-1.30] and closed Sunday.
There are 10 chapters in the 32 page booklet with a map and photographs of sites and buildings referred to.
Later this year we hope to be able to sell the booklet on-line.
August 15, 2016
A new mobile post office service is now operating from the Crown & Crossed Swords car park, twice a week.
It will be there on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9.30 and 11.30am.
Please try to support this service as it needs to be sustainable.
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.
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.
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.
June 7, 2016
The next meeting of the Shotley Bridge Village Trust is on 21 June. All welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.