Monday 27 February 2017
Attended Whinstone Primary School, Ingleby Barwick for their Unicef Presentation Assembly, this was held in two assemblies because of the amount of pupils. As the title says it was dedicated to Respect in our modern societies, I informed the pupils of my role as Mayor and how I impact on the local society, I then read out a poem I had written on the subject of Respect, it seemed well received. I took questions from the children and got the usual: Are you rich? Do you live in a big house? How do you do a proper salute? There were some excellent questions which showed some pupils had researched the role of Mayor. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit and hope the pupils got something of what the Mayor does and my views on Respect. Thank you to everyone at the school, especially Emma, for their hospitality.
Attended the Mayor of Hartlepool, Cllr Rob Cook, Charity Indian dinner at Sheesh Mahal, Hartlepool. This was an excellent meal, not too hot so no need for copious amounts of lager, never won on the raffle again I really should just donate the money, one day! My thanks go to Mayor and the staff at the restaurant for their hospitality and great food.
Tuesday 28 February 2017
Attended Mayor of South Tyneside Charity Fish and Chip supper at Colemans Restaurant South Shields. This is an award winning fish and chip restaurant and supper was held in aid if the Mayors charities Diabetes UK and Carers Association. Excellent meal, can see why it’s so highly rated! Yes you can guess no raffle win (one day). I would like to thank the Mayor, Cllr Alan Smith, and the staff, Cath at the restaurant, for their hospitality.
Thursday 2 March 2017
Attended the Town Hall at the count for the ballot for the Youth Parliament elections, electing a new Youth Parliamentary member for the Stockton area . The count showed that there was a large turn out with all the candidates doing well, I admire these young people putting themselves forward for this post it shows courage and a sense of purpose in wanting to represent the youth of Stockton which is a huge commitment. Well done to all that took part especially to Lucy Grogan who goes to school in Redcar but lives in Stockton. However, there has to be a winner and the pupil elected to represent Stockton area in the Youth parliament is Maisy Best from Conyers School and Alex Chorlton-Wilson from Northfield School was elected as deputy. Again well done to all who took part there, is always the youth assembly seats! A big thank you to All the SBC staff that took part in the count, this was expertly carried out as always.
Attended the Mayors Civic Award panel meeting in Municipal buildings, we went through the short list of finalists from a staggering 82 entrants. This, as the panel agreed, was a hard job with so many people and organisations deserving of awards for their work carried out in the community. Categories were: Young Person Award; Service to the Community- Individuals; Service to the Community – Groups and Organisations; Health and Wellbeing; Green Award; and Carer/Foster Carer Award. After a lot of deliberation we selected winners, in one case a shared win, and an extra category was added. Well done to all that were nominated and to the eventual winners. Thank you also to the panel which proved to be a difficult job.
Attended Eastern Rravens Trust Charity Art exhibition at the ARC, Stockton. This is a locally registered charity in Stockton which provides Young Carers Support service, supporting isolated and disadvantaged children, young people and families. I was introduced to the staff and the young people who are and have benefited from the scheme, these young carers gave accounts of how the trust has helped them when needed and I have to say what a credit they are to the scheme, they spoke with positive attitudes and explained how they act as carers, none looking for accolades just being honest. I then opened the Art display which I have to admit was a powerful statement in photos of the people involved as carers and training. I would like to thank the Eastern Ravens Trust for inviting me and to the staff of the ARC for putting on such a fantastic display which is the only one in the North. www.easternravenstrust.org.
Friday 3 March 2017
Attended the Civic Head of Northumberland’s Cllr Alan Sambrook, Charity Ceilidh night at Linton Village Hall. This night was held in aid of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund and Northumberland Scouts. I am not a dancer but gave it a go, I think I didn’t injure anyone and lost about a pound in weight, I was spun around like a Catherine wheel, its good fun if you know what you’re supposed to be doing. Yes you have guessed it no raffle win. Anyway thanks to Alan and his staff for the hospitality show to us.