May 2021

Jesmond Community Festival

The 2021 Jesmond Community Festival.


Teddy Bear Trail

To be organised by the Friends of Jesmond Library

Jez the Ted will be returning for another stroll around Jesmond in late May 2021. We hope to have two routes this year, including a shorter one for very young children. It is very likely that COVID rules of some sort will still be in place, so we will be ensuring that there is minimal paper and human contact.

At present we are looking for volunteers to host a teddy. Bears should be dressed in costume (related to a children’s story or film) and given a “catchy” name. If you prefer, we can supply the dressed teddy.

Watch out for further information! In the meantime, if you have any queries, or if you would like to be one of this year’s teddy bear hosts, email  or telephone 07747 359607.

Photographic Competition

Sponsored by Jesmond Community Forum and the Friends of Jesmond Library.

The theme of this year’s competition is “Vibrant Jesmond”! Interpret the theme in any way you can: perhaps something colourful, lively or fun.

The best photographs will be used in our 2022 Jesmond Calendar. For a copy of the full rules of the competition, and an entry form, email . As well as a prize for the best photograph submitted by an adult, there will be a special prize for an entrant aged 16 or under. The closing date for the submission of entries will be Saturday 25 September 2021.

Glorious Gardens Awards

Organised by the Greening Jesmond Group

Even though the Jesmond Festival had to be cancelled in 2020, we still managed to hold the Glorious Gardens competition. Joint winners of the Pocket Gardens section were 47 Sunbury Avenue and 56 Queens Road, while the Larger Gardens category was won by 55 Reid Park Road. The best Wildlife-Friendly Garden was judged to be 24 Lansdowne Gardens, whilst the winner of the Community Gardens category was Myrtle Grove Community Garden.

The rules and dates for the 2021 competition are now being finalised, so watch out for further details! The awards will be presented on the early evening of Friday 28 May.



Miniature Gardens Competition

Organised by Jesmond Community Orchard

To be held in the Orchard, between Sunday 16 May and Sunday 23 May. Further details to be announced at a later date.




Children’s Book Reviews

The  2021 Children’s Book Review Competition for Years 4 and 5 will once again be organised by Oxfam Books and Music and the Friends of Jesmond Library. Children will be asked to write a review of a favourite book and submit it either through school or direct to Jesmond Library. Winning entries will be displayed and receive prizes.

Watch out for further information, including the closing date for entries. If you have any queries email .