Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 11 December 2017


Monday 11 December 2017


Attended the Mayor of Ferryhill’s Civic Carol Service at St Luke’s Church, Church Lane, Ferryhill




Entrance to St Luke’s Church, Ferryhill

With the invitation from the Mayor of Ferryhill, Councillor John Lindsay we attended the Carol Service at St Luke’s Church in Church Lane, Ferryhill.



 With other North east Civics at St Luke’s Church.


The Carol Service was in aid of the Mayors good causes which are Dementia UK, Little Treasures Autism Group and Approach Too. The service started with the carol ‘Once in Royal David City’ after which we had Welcome and Bidding Prayer. The first reading Micah 5: 1-4 The prophet Micah foretells the glory of Bethlehem, was delivered by the Mayor of Ferryhill John Lindsay, which was followed by the Carol ‘O little town of Bethlehem’.  Reading 2 Luke 1: 26-38 The Angel Gabriel salutes Mary, was delivered by the Head Teacher of Cleves Cross School Mrs Lazenby, and the children from Cleves Cross School sang ‘It was on a starry night’ and a Calypso carol. Reading 3 Luke: 1-8 St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus was delivered by a member of staff of Broom Cottages School, and children from Broom Cottages School sang ‘Silent Night’ and Gloria.


We all sang ’While Shepherds watched their Flocks by Night’.  

Reading 4 Luke 2: 8-20, The shepherds go to the manger was delivered by Mrs Pauline Northcott, Head of Dean Bank Primary School, and then we all sang the carol ‘It came upon the midnight clear’. Children from Dean Bank Primary School then sang ‘Little Drummer Boy and I saw Three Ships come sailing by’.




Reading – Luke 2: 1-8 Reading 5 Matt 2 : 1-12 The wise men are led by a star to Jesus was delivered by Mrs Diane Wing, Church Warden of St Luke’s Church followed by us all singing the carol ‘Away in a Manger’. This was followed by Reflection on Christmas by the vicar of St Luke’s Church.

Carol ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ was sung by all, and then we had The Intercessions and the Lord’s Prayer delivered by the vicar of St Luke’s.


The Blessing – May the joy of the Angels followed the Lord’s Prayer and the final carol ‘O come all ye Faithful’ was sung by all to conclude the evenings proceedings.


John Lindsay then invited everyone back to the Parish Centre for refreshments which was welcoming on this cold frosty evening. The Christmas tree in the centre of the church was decorated with ribbons in memory of past church members who were no longer living but who are remembered at Christmas time which was a nice way to commemorate.


We wished John the best for Christmas and Good tidings for the New Year, and hoped every success in his charity work.



Brass band service.


Tuesday 12 December 2017

Attended North Tees Hospital to promote the Mayor’s Charities.



With representatives promoting our three charities at North Tees Hospital


With Meningitis Now representatives 


To further the promotion of the Mayors Charities we organised and set up one of the NHS barrows in the foyer of North Tees Hospital with the aim of talking to the public in the awareness of the three charities. Our three charities being;


Our first charity is Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Care. We have chosen this charity as in Stockton there are over 2000 people affected by some form of Dementia and the figure is increasing year by year. We wish to support the charity to make sure Stockton is at the forefront of helping people with Dementia; ensuring services are in place so they can access familiar local facilities and maintain their social networks.

Our second charity is Meningitis Now, the only charity that is dedicated to fighting Meningitis in the UK. This disease can affect anyone, at any age, at any time and can kill within hours. For those who survive, the aftermath can be devastating and lifelong.


Our third charity is Motor Neurons Disease Association. MND is a progressive disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Messages gradually stop reaching muscles which leads to weakness and wasting. And there is currently no cure for the disease. It kills six people living with the disease per day in the UK. But we want to help those people living with the disease to receive the right care in the right place at the right time.


During the afternoon we collected over £100 in support of our Charities, which we thank the public for their generous contributions in aid of the good causes. All the charity representatives thanked us for our contribution in promoting their charities as every penny is a welcoming help.



With Terry and Sue Laing (Meningitis Now) and Gale Tweed (Cleveland Alzheimer’s)



Attended Cleveland Police Carol Service at Stockton’s Baptist Church, The Square, Stockton


Chief Constable Ian Spittal address


It was with great pleasure to be invited to the Cleveland Police Annual Christmas Carol Service at the Stockton Baptist Church in Church Road, Stockton. Reverend John Bruce opened the service The Prophesy of the Messiah’s Birth – Isaiah 9:2, 6-7, this was followed by the carol ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, with the first verse by Stacy Dobson.

The Welcome and Bidding Prayer was delivered by Paul Ferguson, Cleveland Police after which we all sang the carol ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’. The first reading was delivered by Simon Nickless, Deputy Chief Constable of the Cleveland Police, Luke 1: 26- 33, 38 – The Annunciation to Mary. This was followed by carols sung by Whinney Banks Primary School Choir. 

The second reading was delivered by Brian McCarthy, Christian Police Association, Luke 2: 1-7, then we all sang the carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. The third reading was delivered by David Humble, Chair of Stockton Town Pastors, and then we all sang the carol ‘Mary’s Boy Child’.  The forth reading was delivered by David Robinson, Chief Officer, Special Constabulary; then we heard the fantastic singing of Stacy Dobson who gave a solo performance.



First reading – Simon Nickless.


The fifth reading, Little Donkey was delivered by Eileen King Amber Graham, Cleveland Volunteer Cadet Programme.

During the interlude a collection took place in aid of the Police Roll of Honour Trust and the Cleveland Police Band performed a number of tunes for us to enjoy, followed by the carol ‘Hark the herald angels sing’ which we all sang. The sixth reading, The incantation of the Word of God – John 1:1-14 was delivered by the Reverend David King, Force Chaplain to the Cleveland Police.


Ian Spittal Chief Constable of the Cleveland Police delivered his Christmas message. All things good to all men. Prayers and blessings were delivered by the Rt Reverend Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby and we then finished with the Carol ‘O come all ye Faithful’.  

For a welcoming break we had some refreshments in one of the church’s anti rooms, and met up with the Chief Constable Ian Spittal. We thanked him for our invitation and the wonderful service provided by the police service and wished him well in his retirement.


 Stacy Dobson – solo performance.



Whinney Banks Primary School Choir.



Cleveland Police Band.


Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hosted the Citizenship Ceremony at the Town Hall, High Street, Stockton


This month there were 21 guests out of which 11 took part in the ceremony and swore the oath of allegiance to our queen and Country and became British Citizens. The 11 delegates came from 8 different countries such as;

  • Azerbaijan
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Poland
  • Thailand



Attended the Durham Light Infantry Annual Dinner at the Army Reserve Centre, Stockton Road, Middlesbrough


Colours – DLI, The Light Infantry, The Rifles


It was an honour to be invited to the Stockton Branch of the Durham Light Infantry, Light Infantry and Rifles Association Christmas Dinner at the Reserve Army Centre on Stockton Road Middlesbrough. Through the invitation of Lt Colonel (Retired) John R Heron TD President we were warmly welcomed into the centre and introduced to the Officers of the Durham Light Infantry Association.  To maintain the spirit of the Durham Light Infantry amongst all ranks is to keep in touch with those who have served in the Durham Light Infantry, The Light Infantry and The Rifles.

To maintain the comradeship which exists in the Regiment, and to promote social intercourse by arranging functions and by establishing branches. Also to afford opportunities of mutual assistance and to investigate cases of distress and hardship, and to obtain assistance when possible.



 Laraine in discussion with Colonel Heron


We had a brilliant evening with ex officers of the DLI discussing past experiences and what the future holds for our forces. The Christmas Dinner was excellent and finished off with a round of toasts to The Regiment, The Branch and The Loyal Toast to HRH Princess Alexandra. We thanked Colonel Heron for a pleasant evening and wished him and his colleagues a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.


With retired officers of the DLI


Thursday 14 December 2017

Attended Abbey Hill Academy Enterprise Christmas Market at Ketton Road, Stockton on Tees


At the invitation Catherine Jackson, and Lyndsey Thornton we were delighted to be in such good company of youngsters at the Abbey Hill Academy. This is a magical place where young students aged between 11 to 16 who have learning difficulties and disabilities learn, grow, inspire and achieve. We walked around the school and observed the students taking part in activities related to enterprise. The students were holding an enterprise Christmas Market for parents and carers and most of the items on sale were made by the students themselves.


It was a really fun day talking and mixing in with the activities of the market, with a lot of the students wanting to take photos with the Mayor and Mayoress, a day to remember.


We thanked the Teachers and the students for inviting us to the venue, giving us the opportunity to be part of their community activities for the day. We wished them well for Christmas and New Year.


Thursday 14 December 2017

Attended the 10 Year Anniversary of Catalyst at Georgian Theatre, Stockton


Presenting the picture of the Infinity Bridge to Guru Dhasaratha


It was a pleasure to be in attendance to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Catalyst. Our Leader Bob Cook said that we are extremely fortunate in this borough to have such a talented committed and dedicated Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and we are equally fortunate to have in Catalyst an Organisation committed to providing an effective voice, representation and support for the sector. The relationship between the Council and Catalyst is as strong today as it was 10 years ago and we are proud to support them and to work in partnership with them, to make sure that we can all work together as effectively as possible for the people of the borough.

Thanking Bob for his kind words it gave me the pleasure of presenting a picture of the Infinity Bridge to Guru Dhasaratha in recognition of all that Catalyst does to support the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. I know from the many organisations that I visit in my role as Mayor and indeed from the charities that I support as Mayor that the role of Catalyst is greatly appreciated. Therefor on behalf of Stockton on Tees Borough Council, I thanked Guru and all the staff and volunteers at Catalyst for all the superb work they do and extend our thanks and best wishes for continued success in the future.



Friends of Catalyst



Attended the Mayor of Chilton’s Civic Carol Service at St Aydan’s Church, Eden Terrace, Chilton, Durham.

At the invitation of the Mayor of Chilton, Councillor Tonya Duprey, we were warmly welcomed to the Civic Carol Service at St Aidan’s Church in Chilton. The Service started with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ played by the Ferryhill Town Band, then followed the Welcome and Bidding Prayer by the Reverend A Richardson, and the we all sang ‘Come and join the Celebration’. The first Reading Isaiah 9 – The prophet foretells the coming of the saviour, was delivered by Councillor Peter Davies of Chilton Town Council, then we all sang ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. Reading 2 Luke 1: 26-28, The Birth of Jesus Foretold was read by Councillor Tonya Duprey, Mayor of Chilton, which was followed by the children of Chilton Primary School with their Christingles singing ‘Hope of Heaven’. Reading 3 Luke 2: 1-7, The Birth of Jesus was read by Mrs Kathleen Greathead from Sacred Heart Church, then we all sang the carol ‘Away in a Manger’. Reading 4 Luke 2: 8-20, The Shepherds and Angels was read by Children from Chilton Primary School, then we all sang the carol ‘While Shepherds watched their flock by Night’.




With other civics from Darlington, Chilton, and Shildon


Address by the Reverend A. Richardson



Ferryhill Town Band




Reading 5 Mathew 2: 1-12, The Visit of the Wise Men, was delivered by a member of the St Johns Ambulance, then the children from Chilton Primary School sang a Calypso carol- This Christmas. Reading 6 St John 1: 1-18, The Word Became Flesh, was read by Mrs Kathleen Edmenson, of St Aiden’s Church, followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

We all sang ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’, followed by the Blessing and finally we all sang ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ to end the service. After the service we all went back to the church hall for refreshments and met up with the Mayor of Chilton Tonya Duprey, thanking her for the invitation and wishing her and colleagues a Merry Christmas and a New Year of peace and happiness.


Friday 15 December 2017

Attended the Road Safety Quiz Final at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, The Square, Stockton



School’s Road Safety Quiz Final.

Prior to the final there were a number separate rounds amongst many other schools in the Stockton Borough who were involved in the competition. This venue was held at the Baptist Tabernacle in Stockton, and the finalist were schools from St Pauls, Eaglescliffe and St Patricks. It was terrific to see the support for these schools from other students and families, the noise was deafening throughout the afternoon.


Before the start of the competition I welcomed all the students to the venue and thanked everyone for the invitation to the Annual Road Safety Quiz, it was a privilege to be there. It was great to see so many schools from across the borough getting involved in the quiz and their knowledge was so impressive. I hoped that what they learnt over the course of the competition stayed with the students in the future, that they continue to be safe pedestrians and cyclists, and when they get older become safe drivers. I’ve got to say, some of the questions I had difficulty in answering, and got me thinking to do some research, bringing me up to date on the highway code.


Thanks must go to all the staff that had been involved and organised the quiz over the past month, and the final event on this day. But most of all I congratulated all the students taking part and a big well done goes out to the St Pauls school who were the overall winners on the day.


Laraine was delighted for St Patricks school coming runners up in the competition as she is a former member of St Patricks school in Thornaby.



St Patrick School – Runners up in the Road Safety Quiz Final.


Saturday 16 December 2017

Attended the Living proof Community Church Christmas Carol Service at 21 Prince Regent Street, Stockton on Tees.



Children of the Redeemed Christian Church of God singing Christmas Carols.

It was a pleasure to be invited to the Living Proof Community Parish for their Annual Carol Service and end of Year Party. When we arrived we were entertained by the ladies choir singing gospel tunes which was extraordinary, they just sounded like the Three Degrees except that there were more of them.  

We were warmly welcomed by Pastor John Uche Nwafor who talked about the advancement in Christian Religion and how they assisted the disadvantaged and wanting to further promote integration amongst all people. At the start of the service we had prayers and worship from the Pastor and then thanked all the special guests and invitees for attending the service, and then gave a welcoming address.

The ladies choir then sang ‘Joy of the World’ and ‘Silent Night’ and the children gave a church performance of the Birth of Jesus Christ. The ladies choir sang carols ‘O come all ye Faithful’ and ‘O Holy Child of Bethlehem’, followed why Jesus was Born delivered by the Pastor.

In my address I was thrilled to be invited to this Christmas themed event, as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain. More so the Mayoress and I were excited to hear the wonderful Christmas songs performed by this year’s carol singers and I hope they did too.  It was a great opportunity to come together as a community; a community celebrating the festivities of Christmas, and lets continue embracing a memorable moment for the town and hoped that everyone enjoyed the service.

Following my address I presented certificates to the children for their good work throughout the year then the children were active in a number of games such as Name the Game and Name that Hymn. The ladies choir then sang a number of carols, ‘Once in Royal Davids City’ and ‘Long Time ago in Bethlehem. We had closing prayers then down to light refreshments with everyone on the stage performing Gospel Dancing throughout.


We had a marvellous time and thanked the organisers for a wonderful evening and wished them well for Christmas and the New Year.


The ladies choir relaxing before their performance



Junior choir



Ready for refreshments



Saturday 15 December 2017

Attended the Mayor of Shildon’s Charity event at Shildon Civic Hall


undefinedShirley Mayor of Shildon.


It was at the invitation of the Mayor and Escort of Shildon, Shirley and Peter Quinn that we attended the Sixties Night (A ticket to ride back to the sixties) at the Shildon Civic Hall in Shildon. Along with other civics we were entertained by The Sixties Mania Group who were excellent in performing Beatles, Rolling Stones, Swinging Blue Jeans and many other sixties groups. They were incredible with their style of music, as it brought it all back to us, listening and dancing at the Outlook or the Astoria in Middlesbrough or the Kirklevington Country club with the McCoy’s. A nostalgic moment lived by all.


During the evening we had a raffle in aid of Shirley’s nominated Charities which raised about £500. After being exhausted with dancing, trying to reinvent my youth which was an impossible task we had our dinner which was excellent.  

We thanked Shirley and Peter for a great evening, they always put on a superb show, then wished them well for the future and a good Christmas and the New Year.



The Sixties Mania Group



Shirley thanking everyone for their attendance to the Sixties Night