We are beginning to get details of the first few events being planned for the 2024 Jesmond Community Festival. Next year’s Tour de Jesmond is likely to take place on Sunday 5 May. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Jesmond Choral Group are to give a concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience”, while the North East Recorder Orchestra and the Northumberland Orchestral Society will also be back. If you have ideas for a festival event next year, email email@example.com .
Today’s walk in Heaton Park, organised by the Friends of Jesmond Dene, benefitted from glorious weather.
(3 June 2023)
The results of this year’s Glorious Gardens competition were announced in Jesmond Library on 24 May. The winning Large Garden was entered by Julia Murden of 47 Larkspur Terrace; the best Container came from Catherine Snowden, 34 Kingswood Avenue; the winning Wildlife Garden was at 2 Wolseley Gardens (Jamie Jones); and the winning Pocket Garden was at 60 Holly Avenue (Peter and Penny Udall).
Many congratulations to the winners, to all who entered the competition, to the organisers, and to Waitrose and Acorn Hardware, who donated prizes.
This year John North combined forces with fellow City Guide Dee Pass, in order to accommodate more people onto his popular guided walks. This year’s topic was “Tyneside Flats to Tankerville” and included a variety of pieces of local history from the Jesmond Cinema through West Jesmond School to Newcastle High School for Girls and more. Less well-known corners were the house where Nancy Spain, the writer and media personality, lived, and the community garden established by enthusiasts from the United Reformed Church.
The winners of this year’s Jesmond and Sandyford Plastic Free Awards for North and South Jesmond have been announced.
The winner for North Jesmond was the Pink Lane Bakery and Cafe, Acorn Road, whose award was presented by Wendy Young at a meeting in Jesmond Library. Pink Lane stated “Reducing plastic use is really important to us. For more than ten years we have used only recyclable brown paper bags, and we switched to compostable coffee cups and lids a couple of years ago. All our daily logistics are done by electric van or cargo bike.”
The South Jesmond winner was the Urban Green Cafe in Exhibition Park, who particularly emphasised their use of compostable takeaway packaging and have recently introduced a 25p discount for customers who bring their own cup.
Congratulations to both winners, and to the organisers of the competition, who come under the banner of Keep Jesmond Clean.
Keith Jewitt telling tales of Seafarers and Shipwrecks in All Saints Cemetery this morning (22 May).