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12 December 2016
Attended the Mayor of Ferryhills Civic Carol service, held at St Luke’s Parish church, Ferryhill. We sang carols and were accompanied by Ferryhill Town Band and the choir from the Broom Cottages Primary School. It was a very good service and well attended, thank you to the Mayor Peter Atkinson for inviting us.
13 December 2016
Attended the Castlegate Cup Christmas Kindness Tea Party held in Preston Hall, Stockton. The event was aimed at the lone and elderly of Stockton and this part of the event was designed to reproduce a vintage tea party, through decoration, food and music, with the aim to make people feel welcome, build friendships and make better communities.
It seemed to be having the desired effect, because on speaking to everyone there they were positive and making new friends. Even now, a week after the event, people who attended are saying it helped them to integrate. A special thanks to the Castlegate Centre and Staff and to Tracy Surtees (manager). Unfortunately I had to leave just as they brought the cakes in, never mind keeps the pounds off (who am I kidding)
Attended the Cleveland Police Carol Service at the Tabernacle, Stockton, where we were treated to songs by the very talented Whinny Banks Primary School Choir, I say without fear of contradiction they performed beyond their years. We also had the Cleveland Police band playing, again a fantastic night of Christmas carols. All proceeds were in aid of St Georges Police Children’s Trust, a very worthwhile trust. Thank you to everyone involved had a great night.
14 December 2016
Attended Town Hall, Stockton where I hosted the monthly Citizenship Ceremony. There were 8 people taking the oath and pledging their allegiance to the Queen and country from different part of the world.
Attended the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Barry Hunts Christmas Carol service, held in St Nicholas Church , Guisborough . There were choirs from local schools as well as the Dalesmen Male voice choir. We were treated by a special rendition by the Mayor, Barry, to A White Christmas, to my surprise he sounded good. Pleased I wasn’t asked to do a solo at my service, I think the full room then would have been decimated by at least half. Well done to Barry and the rest of the choirs we had another great night.
15 December 2016
Attended the meeting of Full Council at the Town Hall, where I presented cheques to the charity arms of the three Armed Force battalions that have Freedom of the Borough from proceeds from the annual Duck Race. The meeting also considered a motion that had been put forward. No other main issues. The full meeting is available on the Stockton website.
I then attended the Fishing Club, Yarm for the meeting of the Royal British Legion. I was greeted with warmth and enjoyed the evening talking and I have actually joined the Legion so will become more involved when I have finished my year as Mayor.
16 December 2016
Attended the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir Concert at Borough Hall, the Headland. We were treated to an eclectic mix of songs from Christmas Carols to show numbers, I have to say what a stunning sound they made, it was really impressive. They have attended the Royal Albert Hall, London and performed in front of hundreds of people, it was great to see that the Hall was full tonight. I would like to thank the Mayor of Hartlepool Rob Cook for inviting us as he is also one of the choir, it was a fantastic experience.
17 December 2016
Attended Daisy Chain Family Activity Day at Calf Fallow Farm, Norton, I was shown around by Katie Carmen. What a complex, I was shown the newly completed Sensory Play Area which had been funded by Cummins, Punch Robson and TS Young Guns. The play area comprised of zones for each age group and enabled the children to express themselves either as groups or individuals, with innovative play equipment. I opened the new area and immediately the children started to play on all the equipment, you could see the obvious excitement and delight in their faces.
I was shown around the rest of the facility which included fenced off areas with pigs, alpacas, goats, ponies etc., then an insect and reptile house. This is an unbelievable centre boasting fantastic views. It is all credit to the staff and fundraisers who work hard to provide all this for autistic children and their families, there is also an amazing main building that houses the offices and other play and sensory areas.
Attended Living Proof Parish, Stockton, where I was greeted by Pastor John Nwator, I attended this event last year as Deputy Mayor and really enjoyed it. We were treated to gospel music and Christmas Carols sung by a choir then also a children’s choir. I would like to thank Pastor John for the hospitality shown to us.
I then attended 201 Field Hospital Christmas Function at Army Reserve centre, Norton, we were looked after well by the officers as you would expect. There was a live group on, TWISTER, who played rock type music, however I got up and danced showing a few moves (I’ll regret it tomorrow). I was made to feel really welcome and enjoyed the night.
18 December 2016
Attended the Butterwick Light Up A Life service held in the grounds of the hospice, Stockton. It was pleasing to see so many people there and it was plain to see that some of the emotions of some relatives were still raw but they still joined in. It is because of the fantastic service and care that Butterwick offer that I chose them as one of my Mayors charity, it was emotional when we sang the carols and especially when the reading I Am Still Here was read out. Don’t forget if you want to volunteer or donate contact www.butterwick.org.uk
I then went to St Francis Church, Ingleby Barwick where the Mayors Chaplin Clay Roundtree was clergy. We had the Christmas service with the Ingleby Barwick Choir adding their talented voices to various carols. I would like to thank Father Clay and the congregation for making us feel welcome.