May 2020

Jesmond Community Festival

The 2020 Jesmond Community Festival.


Teddy Bear Trail

Organised by the Friends of Jesmond Library

Jez the Ted will return for another stroll around Jesmond. However, the trail has had to be postponed until a later date.

Joan Aarvold and her team of teddy bears have sadly had to decide that this year’s Teddy Bear Trail will not be able to go ahead for the time being. Hopefully it will be able to go ahead late in the summer holidays, or even the autumn half-term, but that will, of course, depend on Public Health restrictions being eased.
Meanwhile there is nothing stopping any of you placing your favourite bear in your window, for any passing child to spot!

Photographic Competition: “Focus on Jesmond”

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

Enter photographs showing your interpretation of this year’s theme “Focus on Jesmond”. Entry forms and full rules from Jesmond Library or from . If you are spending a lot of time at home, why not focus on the view from your window, or take your smart phone on your exercise walk?!

Closing date for submission of entries Saturday 26 September.

The best photographs will be used in our 2021 Jesmond Calendar.

Glorious Gardens Awards

Organised by Keep Jesmond Clean

Even though the Jesmond Festival has had to be cancelled, we would still like to hold a Glorious Gardens competition. Details are yet to be confirmed but we will delay the closing and judging dates until later in the summer.

So if you have a front garden of any size visible from the street, please consider entering our competition! Gardening and tending to plants has been proven to improve physical and mental health, and we hope that over the next few difficult months people will find some pleasure and hope in their plots, however small. Enforced isolation might be the perfect time to get some fresh air and carry out those jobs in your garden that you have been putting off!

As Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”!

For more information email your name, address and telephone number to .

There will be four categories, for pocket gardens (approx 2.5 x 4 m), larger gardens, wildlife friendly gardens, and community gardens.

Children’s Book Reviews

Following the cancellation of the 2020 community festival, this competition, organised by Oxfam Books and Music and the Friends of Jesmond Library, has now been re-launched on line.

Children, write a review of your favourite book and win a prize! The competition is open to children in Years 4,5 and 6 in local schools. Write a short (one page) review of your favourite book, include an illustration if you like, and say why you would recommend the book to other children. Include your name, age, year group, school and contact details. Submit it by email to by 19 May 2020.

Winners and commended entries will be displayed in Oxfam and the library, when they are able to re-open, and announced on the library Facebook site. There will be small prizes for the winners and commended entries.

Extra Event for West Jesmond School: Oxfam “Drop a Book” Donations

Pupils of West Jesmond Primary School will be donating their spare books to the Oxfam Book Shop.