Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

December 2018

Mayors Carol Service

On Friday, 7 December, I hosted two carol services at Stockton Parish Church. There are so many schools that want to get involved and showcase the talents of their pupils that there is just too many to fit into one service! Both events were spectacular, and it really is true that we have some amazingly talented children in our Borough. I would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all the schools who came on Friday, you made the day very special for me.

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December Engagements

The first week of December was very busy, and started with an early Monday morning visit to the Royal Mail Sorting Office on Durham Road to show my support to all those working this very hectic period. I then attended the Graduation Ceremony at Teesside University and the launch of a recipe book by Arrival Practice at Drakes the Bookshop. On the Thursday I attended North Shore Academy’s inauguration ceremony for their school election, and was pleased to see young people getting interested and involved in the democratic process. On Sunday, 9 December, I attended a wonderful carol service at Spennymore – it’s really starting to feel like Christmas!

December was a very busy month, attending lots of different Christmas events including Cleveland Police’s carol concert, Bella Canta Ladies carol concert, Stockton Riverside Colleges production of Miracle on 34th Street, and Cinderella at Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm School.

On 13 December I received a cheque from Mike McGrother for my charities for the money that he raised from the sale of the Sunflowers that were part of the very moving Remembrance Commemorations. On the same day I was very proud to present a cheque for £1,100 that the Council had raised for Show Racism the Red Card to Curtis Fleming.
During December I visited Abbey Hill Academy to see the fantastic work they do at the school as well as attending the Annual Road Safety Quiz. The Quiz brings schools from all over the borough together to learn about being safe pedestrians, cyclists and – one day – drivers.

The Christmas theme continued as I helped to wrap hampers for The Gift, which was part of Stockton Sparkles celebration. The hampers were made up of the kind donations of the public and then distributed to Care Leavers, The Moses Project, and the Mary Thompson Fund (which happens to be one of my nominated charities). There was an amazing amount to wrap and it showed how generous the people of our Borough are! The Saturday before Christmas I judged the best dressed market stall in Stockton High Street and attended the excellent Carols on the Green event at Norton on Sunday 23 December.