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Public encouraged to attend Union Chain Bridge consultation events

A series of consultation events with local residents, teachers and community groups will be held this month as further progress is made on the second round National Lottery bid for the Union Chain Bridge project.

Public meetings will be held in Paxton and Horncliffe to provide an update to local people and stakeholders about the project ahead of the bridge’s 200th anniversary in 2020.

Union Chain Bridge: crossing borders, inspiring communities, is an ambitious cross-border project to conserve the historically and internationally significant Union Chain Bridge and deliver an exciting and engaging programme of events, activities and learning opportunities.

The project is currently in a one year development phase after initial support for National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was approved in March 2018, securing a £360,000 development grant.

During this development phase consultation meetings have been organised to offer local people an opportunity to get involved in the development of activities and events and share their stories about the bridge.

The public events are open to all and the details are:
  • Wednesday 17 October, Paxton Village Hall, 7 to 8pm
  • Thursday 18 October, Horncliffe Memorial Hall, 7 to 8pm

If you would like more information contact Jane Miller, Union Chain Bridge Project Coordinator, on 07768 557698 or email

Scottish Borders Council, Northumberland County Council, community group the Friends of the Union Chain Bridge and Museums Northumberland – formerly known as the Woodhorn Charitable Trust - are working together on the scheme.

Built by Captain Samuel Brown in 1820, the Union Chain Bridge is currently the oldest operational suspension bridge in the world still carrying vehicles, and through securing National Lottery support, it is anticipated that the bridge project can also deliver many cultural, heritage, educational and community benefits.

A spokesperson for the partners of the Union Chain Bridge project said:

Alongside conserving and promoting the Union Chain Bridge, our project also aims to raise the profile of nearby attractions, providing learning opportunities for young people inspired by the bridge’s innovative engineering, and developing meaningful cross-border heritage projects and partnerships. 

“The Union Chain Bridge project also aims to use the structure and its conservation to develop educational resources for the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects from early years up to postgraduate
level, inspiring a new generation of scientists and engineers to follow in the footsteps of Captain Samuel Brown.

“Engagement with the public is absolutely vital if this project is to be a success, and we would encourage as many people as possible with an interest to come along to one of the consultation events.”
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