A Song for the Orchard

A Song for the Orchard

The result of the “Song for the Orchard” competition have been announced by Jesmond Community Orchard.
The overall winners were Jennie Steele and Hal Lockwood for “A Song for the Orchard”. The runner up is Garry Jenkins with “Wassail we all wassail”, while third and fourth were Aidan Tate and Crispin Welby with “Damson in Distress” and “Song to the tune of Waltzing Matilda” respectively.
It is planned that the winning songs will be performed at next year’s Wassailing event in the Orchard.
Holy Trinity Church Centenary Exhibition

Holy Trinity Church Centenary Exhibition

The 2022 Jesmond Community Festival is now largely finished, and what a success it has been! But a number of the festival events are continuing, in one way or another.

One example is the Centenary Exhibition at Holy Trinity Church in Churchill Gardens NE2 2HB, which continues until September. Admission is free; the display is in the Church, and is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, and on Sundays from 1pm to 3pm.

The exhibition will interest anyone interested in the history of this part of Jesmond, and provides an opportunity to see a series of stunning stained-glass windows, and fine oak carving by Ralph Hedley and Percy Appleby. The Grade 2* listed building was consecrated as a war memorial church in September 1922, and the exhibition also provides a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the church members who make up the congregation.

Favourite “Reet Royal” Bear

Favourite “Reet Royal” Bear

The favourite teddy bear in this year’s “Reet Royal” Teddy Bear Trail, as chosen by trailers, was “May Queen”, who could be found under an umbrella in Jesmond Community Orchard. Runner up was “King Cuddles”.

There was also a prize draw from amongst all competitors. The overall winner of a super voucher from EXIT Newcastle was Oscar (aged 9); other winners were Hugo and Ralph (5 years and under); Stella (6-8 years); Kaitlin and Emily (9-13 years); and Geoff (14+).

Plastic Free Jesmond and Sandyford

Plastic Free Jesmond and Sandyford

The overall winners of this year’s Plastic Free Jesmond and Sandyford Award were Michael Holland and Sarah Lewis for their comprehensive efforts to cut down on the use of plastic in their home, and reduce waste.

Second place went to Emma Jane Graham and Harriet, and Commended were Chloe Munro, Hannah Hales, Rona Lunt, Rufus Edwards and Kirisha Aarvold.

Glorious Gardens 2022

Glorious Gardens 2022

The winner of the Larger Gardens category in this year’s Glorious Gardens competition was 25 Larkspur Terrace (pictured). Other category winners were Wildlife Friendly (28 Salisbury Gardens), Edible Garden (58 Buston Terrace) and Smaller Garden (44 Lansdowne Gardens).

Many congratulations to the winners, and to the organisers of this excellent awards scheme, the Greening Jesmond Group, greeningjesmond@gmail.com !