Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 26 February 2018

Monday 26 February 2018

Attended the Mayor of Hartlepool’s Charity Curry Night at Sheesh Mahal, 3 Seaton Reach, Coronation Drive, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool


Attendance of civics at the Sheesh Mahal Restaurant


Met up with civics from around the north east, some as far as Wooler in Northumberland, to attend the Mayor of Hartlepool, Paul Beck’s, curry night at the Sheesh Mahal Restaurant in Seaton Carew. The evening’s event was in aid of Pauls charity appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support and The Rifty Youth Project.

There was a three course meal laid on for us and with other civics we enjoyed a wonderful evening listening to some Oriental music. The meal consisted of Poppadoms with an array of pickles, and Chicken Tikka for starters. The main course was a choice between many dishes, my preference was for the Chicken Tikka Masala with egg rice, and coffee for afters; delicious.

During the evening in support of Paul’s charities we participated in in the raffle draw and heads or tails, raising over £400 in the process. Paul thanked everyone for coming to support his charities on this bitter/freezing evening, as it was much appreciated.

We thanked Paul and the staff of the restaurant for a superb evening of delicious cuisine, and wished him well in his charity work for the rest of his Mayoral year.


Paul Beck welcoming everyone to the charity night


Mary French Mayoress of South Tyneside – Raffle winner


Paul Beck thanking everyone for turning out on this cold frosty evening.


Tuesday 27 February 2018

Attended the Civic Awards Panel, at Ground Floor Conference Room, Municipal Buildings, Stockton

It was a privilege to be part of Civic Awards Panel to consider nominations received during the Municipal Year, in respect of the Mayor’s Civic Awards Scheme for 2017/18. There were a total of 76 nominations received, which is the highest number received since the awards began.

The award categories were:

  • Young Persons Award (aged up to 18 years old)
  • Service to Community Award - Individuals
  • Service to Community Award - Groups and Organisations
  • Service to Community Award - Businesses
  • Health and Wellbeing Award
  • Green Award
  • Carer/Foster Carer Award

Very difficult to choose the overall winners in all categories as they all had interesting/heart-warming stories to tell. But winners were selected at this meeting, and they will be invited to receive their award from me as part of a ceremony during the Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday 4 April 2018.


Unfortunately my engagements for the rest of the week were cancelled due to poor weather conditions