Welcome to High West Jesmond!
Today we are launching our new High West Jesmond website, which aims to bring together information on several different community groups plus local information and news for residents living in High West Jesmond and for those with a connection to High West Jesmond.
A thriving urban community
Many of you will already know that High West Jesmond is a thriving urban community in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne. We are well situated between Jesmond and Gosforth – and between the Town Moor and Jesmond Dene.
Our great situation means that our residents engage easily with the wider city and its wonderful hinterland.
You may have noticed on our home page that we have featured on 4 aspects of High West Jesmond and this website contains some information on the following groups:
HWJRA was established to support the residents of the local area: to promote the benefit of the inhabitants of High West Jesmond by working to maintain and improve the quality of life, preserve the character of the area and ensure that development does not adversely affect the local environment; and to assist residents in exercising their rights as members of the community including empowering them in dealing with statutory and other relevant authorities.
We represented High West Jesmond residents in their opposition to the original plans to build a ‘motorway style’ Blue House Roundabout on the green land of the Town Moor in 2016 and we have been actively representing residents views as a core member of the Blue House Roundabout Working Group since this was established in autumn 2016.
We have also been representing residents views on the proposal to introduce communal bins into High West Jesmond. It is fair to say that this proposal has not been popular – in fact 95% of High West Jesmond residents voted AGAINST communal bins in a recent poll.
We are also involved with work that the council has initiated for streets for people as Jesmond is one of three areas of Newcastle where this project is to operate.
We aim to continue to represent and support our community.
FOVALD was established to manage, maintain and protect the open spaces in High West Jesmond known as The Valley and Little Dene.
FOVALD has a vision for a local park that provides opportunities for local residents, including children, families, young and older people, to play, relax and socialise and also where the surrounding vegetation, including trees, shrubs and plants, and the stream, are managed and maintained to not only provide an attractive setting but also to encourage nature conservation and wildlife.
Lending a Hand to maintain our green spaces
In addition members of our community have been Lending a Hand to maintain the green spaces in High West Jesmond – a group of volunteers now meet every week and have made a real difference to the quality of live in our community. FOVALD oversees this work and we are grateful to the volunteers for their time and hard work. You can read more about the work of Lending a Hand on this website.
High West Jesmond has three seperate allotment sites at:
- Little Moor Allotments
- Triangle Allotments
- High West Jesmond Allotments
Our allotments are an inegral part of our community and we aim to add further information on them in the coming weeks.
If you operate a business in or from High West Jesmond and you are interested in being featured on our businesses page then please get in touch with us.
Whether you operate from one of the retail outlets across High West Jesmond or your business is run from your High West Jesmond home this is your opportunity to reach your local community and set out the products or services that your provide.
We will update information on our standing pages from time to time, but the best place to find out the latest information is via our News pages.
We have included a number of posts on this website regarding the heritage of High West Jesmond, including memories and photographs from some of our current and former residents.
You can see these items by selecting Heritage from the Categories side bar on this webpage.
If you have any old photographs and memories relating to High West Jesmond we would love to heard from you! Please contact us via the Contact page.
New digital communications
As part of the work to create this website we have reloaded a good number of ‘back stories’ – these are things that did happen and communications and news that was circulated around our community over the past year. You can see these on our News pages.
In the past as we did not have a website to anchor our content on at the time our earlier communications were by:
- hard copy newsletters/leaflets through the door;
- by email for those who had signed up to distribution lists; and
- via the community noticeboard outside the shops on Newlands Road.
This website now provides a further digital platform to share information with High West Jesmond residents and those with a connection to our community.
In addition you can follow us on our social media accounts.
Our social media accounts
In addition High West Jesmond Residents’ Association (HWJRA) has a Facebook group – if you are a High West Jesmond resident you are welcome to join us at the following link – www.facebook.com/groups/HWJRA/
We are on Instagram too – and we would love you to share your photographs of High West Jesmond with us! if you are an Instagram user then our handle is @highwestjesmond and you can read our tweets on a computer at the following link – www.instagram.com/highwestjesmond/
Thanks for visting our website
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you found it useful finding out more about our High West Jesmond community in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.