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Old May 28th, 2011, 12:23 PM   #121
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I certainly think the covenant should be changed to allow a tea garden. Make a nice change from the Starbucks, Costas and the like that are spreading like a rash.
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Plaque will commemorate achievements of Muriel Robb
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, February 1st 2011


THE memory of a Tyneside Wimbledon tennis champion who died tragically young is to be revived. Muriel Robb, who was a member of Jesmond Lawn Tennis Club in Newcastle, played in the Wimbledon singles event four times and was never less than a quarter finalist.

In 1902 she won the women’s singles championship, and she also took the Irish, Welsh and Scottish national singles titles. No man or woman had achieved this feat before her and none have done so since.

Sadly, Muriel died at her home in Osborne Road in Jesmond at the age of only 28.

Now Newcastle City Council is to put up a commemorative plaque to Muriel either on her birthday of May 13 or to coincide with this year’s Wimbledon. The site for the plaque would be either the gates of the Jesmond tennis club in Osborne Road or Muriel’s birthplace at Haldane Terrace in Jesmond, which still stands

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Honour for North East Wimbledon champion
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, June 11th 2011


Nancy Robb with the trophy her relative Muriel Robb won for tennis in 1901

A WIMBLEDON winner from the North East is at last being publicly honoured, more than a century after her achievements.

On Tuesday, Newcastle Lord Mayor Geoff O’Brien will unveil a city council commemorative plaque to Muriel Robb, which will be sited on the Osborne Road gates of Jesmond Tennis Club where she was a member.

As a backdrop to the ceremony, club members will play in period dress from the start of the last century, when Muriel won her titles.

The Journal reported earlier this year how Muriel’s exploits had been largely forgotten, and calls were made for a plaque to rectify the situation.

Muriel, from the Robb family of Hexham who owned the town’s store of the same name for many years, played in the Wimbledon singles event four times and was never less than a quarter finalist.


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Old June 12th, 2011, 10:20 AM   #123
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Jesmond Library closes for improvement works
BBC Newcastle "Tyne" Website, 14th March 2011


Jesmond Library was built in 1963 and has a Grade II listing

A Newcastle library has closed for two months for improvement works.

Jesmond Library was built in 1963, and the £40,000 scheme will recreate the original internal look of the Grade II-listed structure.

There will be also be a new front desk, automatic doors and self-service machines, similar to those installed at Newcastle's City Library.

Read More - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-12738376

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Jesmond Library to Open up New Chapter
Newcastle City Council Website, 9th June 2011


Jesmond Library will reopen on Monday, 13 June at 9am after a £40,000 refurbishment to make the building more accessible.

The building includes automatic doors and will now provide a new community room with kitchen facilities as well as a new accessible public toilet.

Customers will also be able to enjoy over £5,000 of new stock and the building has had new flooring and lighting installed plus self-service equipment which has been popular at other libraries.

Built in 1963, Jesmond Library on St Georges Terrace, is one of the most distinctive in the city and is grade II listed and the new contemporary lighting and other improvements aim to complement its original look and feel.

On a recent visit to the library, Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “I am delighted that the residents of Jesmond will soon be able to use their newly refurbished library. The building is a valuable resource and these improvements have helped provide better access for everyone and will generate more community use.

The refurbishment complements the distinctive architecture of the building, bringing it up to date with the latest technology.”


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Old June 12th, 2011, 11:21 AM   #124
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Jesmond Library will reopen on Monday, 13 June at 9am after a £40,000 refurbishment to make the building more accessible.

The building includes automatic doors and will now provide a new community room with kitchen facilities as well as a new accessible public toilet.

Customers will also be able to enjoy over £5,000 of new stock and the building has had new flooring and lighting installed plus self-service equipment which has been popular at other libraries.

Built in 1963, Jesmond Library on St Georges Terrace, is one of the most distinctive in the city and is grade II listed and the new contemporary lighting and other improvements aim to complement its original look and feel.

On a recent visit to the library, Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “I am delighted that the residents of Jesmond will soon be able to use their newly refurbished library. The building is a valuable resource and these improvements have helped provide better access for everyone and will generate more community use.

The refurbishment complements the distinctive architecture of the building, bringing it up to date with the latest technology.”


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One little piece of trivia from a City Guided Walk of Jesmond last Wednesday was that Jesmond Library was the last 'suburban library' built by NCC when it opened in 1963.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 11:31 AM   #125
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One little piece of trivia from a City Guided Walk of Jesmond last Wednesday was that Jesmond Library was the last 'suburban library' built by NCC when it opened in 1963.

and one little bit of "NH Trivia", is that I was there in that only recently opened building (as a young lad me and my mother had cycled round there) when we first heard that President Kennedy had been shot.

Most people, around at the time, seem to be able to remember where they were when they heard that Kennedy had been shot!
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Old June 25th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #126
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Who had the genius idea of putting speed bumps in Jesmond Dene which are actually big stone blocks with square edges? Scum. Actual bumps or ramps, fine. But this is stupid.
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Old June 27th, 2011, 02:27 PM   #127
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Seems that the Jesmond Cinema site is to have a Sainsburys there - they have put in a licence application:

http://gis.newcastle.gov.uk/Licensin...=11/04383/PREM

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Old July 15th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #128
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Luxury houses plan for La Sagesse School
by Rob Pattinson, Evening Chronicle, July 15th 2011



A FORMER convent school could be converted into luxury housing if developers push ahead with their plans.

Plans have been drawn up for the Jesmond Towers building now owned by tycoon Freddy Shepherd.

The former Newcastle United owner bought the £5m site, which includes the former La Sagesse School, in 2009.

While no formal planning application has yet been received by Newcastle City Council, an exhibition has been held in Jesmond to give local families the chance to view ideas for the estate.

Now a letter has been sent out by developers on behalf of the Shepherds, stating a planning application for the whole site is expected to be lodged next month.

New details have also emerged of proposals for the grade II-listed Jesmond Towers building, which could be converted into 10 apartments.

Two lodges in the grounds, which originally served the mansion, will be restored, while a further two will be built.

Freddy said: “This is a very exciting period for us. We have spent a lot of time carefully pulling together plans, which we are happy with. But it is important whatever we do fits in with the local community and has the support of nearby families. The updated plans, including impressions of the development we are proposing, will be available to see this month.


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Old July 15th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #129
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Noticed site offices and machinery on the Osborne Road former garage site today.
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Old July 30th, 2011, 08:07 PM   #130
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I noticed that two of the town houses in Jesmond Road are now "to let" and one is up for sale.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 11:35 AM   #131
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Campaigners claim victory in Jesmond Dene land wrangle
by Kim Carmichael, The Journal, August 3rd 2011


COMMUNITY campaigners have claimed victory in a decade-long legal wrangle over a historic patch of land in Newcastle.

A dispute broke out between property developer Mohammed Ajaib and locals at Castle Farm, in the city’s picturesque Jesmond Dene. Mr Ajaib bought the farm and a field south of it in September 2000 and renovated the former Castle farmhouse, creating two plush new properties.

Mr Ajaib, who owns Newcastle comedy club The Hyena, also built stables and an exercise area for horses.

However, locals claimed the rest of the land – known as Donkey Field – contained public footpaths and should be left open to walkers. The Friends of Jesmond Dene lodged an application to officially acknowledge public right of way across the small meadow, which lies between Jesmond Dene and Paddy Freeman Park. The group relied on evidence it said showed local walkers had been using four footpaths since as far back as 1950.

A decade of legal wrangling came to a head in January, when Newcastle City Council refused the application for public right of way to be acknowledged.

But now an inspector from the Lands Tribunal has overturned the decision and ruled in favour of the Friends of Jesmond Dene. The application, made under section 53 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, was the first of its kind in Newcastle in recent years.


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Legal row over Jesmond Dene beauty spot
by Kim Carmichael, The Journal, February 10th 2011



A BITTER legal wrangle has broken out between a landowner and walkers at a historic city beauty spot.

Castle Farm has been at the heart of Newcastle’s picturesque Jesmond Dene for centuries. Once used for crop farming and cattle grazing, the site was once a hub of agriculture.

But when property developer Mohammed Ajaib bought the farm and a field south of it in September 2000, he decided on an overhaul. The Tyneside businessman renovated the former Castle farmhouse, creating two plush new properties.

Mr Ajaib, who also owns Newcastle comedy club The Hyena, also built stables and an exercise area for horses.

However, a decade-long dispute over the rest of the land – known locally as Donkey Field – could stop any further building taking place.

The Friends of Jesmond Dene campaigners lodged an application to oppose the plans, officially acknowledging public rights of way across the small meadow, which lies between Jesmond Dene and Paddy Freeman Park.

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Old August 11th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #132
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Newcastle City Council Website, 9th June 2011


Jesmond Library will reopen on Monday, 13 June at 9am after a £40,000 refurbishment to make the building more accessible. The building includes automatic doors and will now provide a new community room with kitchen facilities as well as a new accessible public toilet.

Customers will also be able to enjoy over £5,000 of new stock and the building has had new flooring and lighting installed plus self-service equipment which has been popular at other libraries.

Built in 1963, Jesmond Library on St Georges Terrace, is one of the most distinctive in the city and is grade II listed and the new contemporary lighting and other improvements aim to complement its original look and feel.

Read More - http://www.newcastle-city-council.go...B?opendocument

Paid my first visit to the re-furbished library today.

It was only a very quick visit, but the main thing I noticed was that the large central circular counter-area has now completely gone, and you can just walk straight through where it used to be!

After so many years of it being the way it was, it was quite 'weird' to be able to do that.

Also, the front entrance doors are now automatic opening doors.

The two photos below, attempt to capture both of those new features . . .





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Paid my first visit to the re-furbished library today.

It was only a very quick visit, but the main thing I noticed was that the large central circular counter-area has now completely gone, and you can just walk straight through where it used to be!

After so many years of it being the way it was, it was quite 'weird' to be able to do that.

Also, the front entrance doors are now automatic opening doors.

The two photos below, attempt to capture both of those new features . . .
Looks good but I wonder if folk realise that it is a Grade II Listed Building - also that it was the last suburban Library built in Newcastle

Listing text, courtesy of the British Listed Buildings site @ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...castle-upon-ty

Description: Jesmond Branch Library

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 April 1998
English Heritage Building ID: 469233

OS Grid Reference: NZ2528166590
OS Grid Coordinates: 425281, 566590
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9933, -1.6064

Location: Sunbury Avenue, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 3HD

Locality: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Local Authority: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Tyne And Wear
Country: England
Postcode: NE2 3HD

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NZ 26 NE
ST GEORGE'S TERRACE
Jesmond Branch Library
1833/9/10059
II

Branch library. 1962-63. Harry Faulkner Brown of Williamson, Faulkner, Brown and Partners.

Steel frame painted black. Precast pink granite aggregate panels. Grey brick to administration block. Flat roof. Circular plan to main lending area with "saw-tooth" arrangement of external windows and panels. This is connected to a two-storey administrative block. The "saw-tooth" walls of the circular lending area enables light to be introduced to the side of the bookcases, which are built into the long edges of the serrations, backed by aggregate panels and with glazing above. Recessed fully glazed entrance. This little library is built to a high standard of design, detailing and finishes and uses its circular plan to occupy its corner site with elegance.

Awarded RIBA Bronze Medal in 1965. (Architects Journal: 1963-: 1235; Architectural Review: 1963-: 427, 442, The Builder: 1963-: 671-674).



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Old August 11th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #134
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I was in Acorn Road, Jesmond, this morning.

Apart from the start of foundation works at the new Waitrose at the Osborne Road end, there are a few other 'retail changes' taking place there at the moment:

1 - Archers Ice Cream is opening on August Bank Holiday . .

Photo taken today . .



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Exquisite Award Winning Ice Cream Comes to Jesmond

Milk from the 5am milking from the Jersey herd at Walworth Darlington will be transported up the A1M daily and made into the many different award winning fresh Italian gelato ice creams using locally sourced ingredients to guarantee absolute freshness on the premises at Jesmond.

The parlour will have a tasteful Italian theme where you can sit and relax with a Special Sundae a Knickerbocker Glory or just a simple scoop of ice cream. Archers also have their own unique blend of coffee that can be made with Jersey milk or semi skimmed. If its not an Ice Cream you fancy don’t worry a small selection of awesome cakes will be on offer.

Archers Jersey Ice Cream Jesmond will pride itself on outstanding customer service.

We look forward to seeing you at our grand opening August Bank Holiday weekend.
http://www.archersjerseyicecream.com...o-jesmond.html


2 - The former 'Mills Newsagents' and recently 'LeBeado' premises, is now to become a much larger version of the 'BoilerHouse Hairdressers', currently
in smaller premises next door to it . .

Photo taken today . .



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I remember that newsagents as being 'information central' for room and flat lets, its window full of postcards and scrappy bits of paper.
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I was in Acorn Road, Jesmond, this morning, and 'Archers Ice Cream' is opening on August Bank Holiday . .

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Exquisite Award Winning Ice Cream Comes to Jesmond

Milk from the 5am milking from the Jersey herd at Walworth Darlington will be transported up the A1M daily and made into the many different award winning fresh Italian gelato ice creams using locally sourced ingredients to guarantee absolute freshness on the premises at Jesmond.

The parlour will have a tasteful Italian theme where you can sit and relax with a Special Sundae a Knickerbocker Glory or just a simple scoop of ice cream. Archers also have their own unique blend of coffee that can be made with Jersey milk or semi skimmed. If its not an Ice Cream you fancy don’t worry a small selection of awesome cakes will be on offer.

Archers Jersey Ice Cream Jesmond will pride itself on outstanding customer service.

We look forward to seeing you at our grand opening August Bank Holiday weekend.

http://www.archersjerseyicecream.com...o-jesmond.html
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Looks Good!!!

This is from their Website . . .

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I seen the kingfisher in the dene this morning, hadn't seen him for months and months (I say "him" what ever one has a lot of "red") anyway fingers crossed it's returned.
The geordie kingfisher is flashy and feisty!
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I seen the kingfisher in the dene this morning, . . . . .
Excellent news!
I last saw it in April, between the Old Mill and Fisherman's Lodge.
Meanwhile, its been good to see four swans making regular appearances in the Ouseburn (mainly downstream of the culvert but saw two in Jesmond Dene last week)
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Was in Jesmond dene the other day and was impressed with the works that have taken place, nice to see the bridge that has been put in too, shame some Chav has daubed his name on it already!!!
My only concern was the loose material used on the footpaths as if we have a really heavy downpour or severe snowfall later in the year it would be washed away!
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Jesmond traders aim to eradicate the plastic bag
by Rob Pattinson, Evening Chronicle, August 29th 2011



We know how bad they are for the environment, and most of us try not to use them. Have traders now decided they’ve had enough of plastic bags? ROB PATTINSON reports.

Pictures of carrier bags endangering wildlife are almost as well known as images of the abandoned sacks littering our beaches and fields.

Most people have kitchen drawers crammed with shopping bags, but now efforts are being made to reduce the number given out on Tyneside.

A “plastic revolution” is under way in the leafy neighbourhood of Jesmond which sees a group of traders, known as Transition Jesmond, aiming to eradicate the plastic bags from their streets.

The Jesmond scheme uses a rating scale to identify traders who are reducing their plastic bag use.

The top level of three leaves has already been awarded to 12 out of 21 local stores.


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