May 2022

Jesmond Community Festival

The 2022 Jesmond Community Festival


A Reet Royal Teddy Bear Trail

The Teddy Bear Trail is organised by the Friends of Jesmond Library. 

This year’s favourite bear was “May Queen”, who could be found in Jesmond Community Orchard, whilst the runner up was King Cuddles.

There was also a Prize Draw for competitors, the overall winner of which was Oscar (aged 9), who won a super voucher from EXIT Newcastle. Other winners were Hugo and Ralph (5 years and under); Stella (6-8 years); Kaitlin and Emily (9-13 years) and Geoff (14+).

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Photographic Competition

Sponsored by Jesmond Community Forum and the Friends of Jesmond Library. The theme for this year’s competition is “Jubilant Jesmond”. Interpret the theme in any way you wish. The best photographs will be used in our 2023 Jesmond Calendar. For a copy of the full rules of the competition, and an entry form, email or pop into Jesmond Library. The closing date for entries is not until Saturday 24 September 2022, but you can start taking photographs now!


Glorious Gardens Awards 2022

Organised by the Greening Jesmond Group. The winners of the 2022 competition were:

Wildlife Friendly: 28 Salisbury Gardens;

Edible Garden: 58 Buston Terrace;

Larger Garden: 25 Larkspur Terrace; and

Smaller Garden: 44 Lansdowne Gardens.

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A Song for the Orchard

The winning song,  “A Song for the Orchard” was written by Jennie Steele and Hal Lockwood, while the runner-up was Garry Jenkins with “Wassail we all Wassail”.

Third and fourth were Aidan Tate and Crispin Welby, with “Damson in Distress” and “Song to the tune of Waltzing Matilda” respectively. The winning songs will be performed at next year’s Wassailing event in Jesmond Community Orchard, who organised the competition for the 2022 Jesmond Community Festival.




Plastic Free Prize 2022

Plastic waste is harming our planet! It’s littering our streets and polluting our oceans. We want to celebrate everyone making positive changes to help Jesmond become plastic-free.

The winners of this year’s main award were Michael Holland and Sarah Lewis, for their comprehensive approach to reducing waste in the home; second place went to Emma Jane Graham and Harriet; and Commendations went to Chloe Munro, Hannah Hales, Rona Lunt, Rufus Edwards and Kirisha Aarvold.