May 2020

Jesmond Community Festival

The 2020 Jesmond Community Festival.


Teddy Bear Trail

Organised by the Friends of Jesmond Library

Jez the Ted was intended to 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 at a later date, 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 the Greening Jesmond Group with Keep Jesmond Clean

Even though the Jesmond Festival had to be cancelled, 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.

For more information and a full list of winners and runners up, email .


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.