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February 2019

At the beginning of February I had the fantastic opportunity of attending the official opening of Thornaby Community Fire Station. Cleveland Police have a community team based in the Station and it is the base for the Brigade’s water rescue unit, as well as having a room that community groups can hire for meetings and activities. It really is a superb asset to the community!

I was invited to attend the Licensing of Reverence Jennie Sharpe as Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Christchurch, which includes two churches – St Chad’s and St John the Baptist –serving the communities Hardwick, Ragworth and Roseworth. I have been to several Licensing ceremonies in the Borough now and they are all very lovely. I joined the Tees Valley Chinese Community Centre to celebrate Chinese New Year, with entertainment provided by the Chinese School and Ladies Group. I attended Justice First’s fundraising event, showing my support for the work that they do to help those in need. I also showed my support to the Mayor of Redcar by attending his Concert at Guisborough Rugby Club that was held in aid of his charities.

I had the privilege of officially opening the Stockton and District Advice and Information Service’s new premises in Wellington. The organisation was previously based in Bath Lane, so it is great that they now have a more visible location in the heart of Stockton’s town centre to provide essential advice and information to residents.

A joint celebration was held for the Social Worker of the Year Awards and Young People’s Poster Competition Award Winners at the LiveWell Dementia Hub. Social Workers in our borough do a superb job to help individuals in the Borough so it was lovely to see them receive recognition for the very difficult work they do. The poster competition was held to mark World Alzheimer's Day last year and the theme of the poster was “Living well with dementia”. While I was not involved in picking the winners, I could clearly see why they won – their artwork was fantastic!

As you may have already seen on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Facebook page, I joined Fairfield Library in celebrating their first birthday on 20 February. This is a fantastic facility right in the heart of the community, sharing it’s building with a private nursery run by The Barn Childcare, and I was very proud to be there to celebrate its first successful year in operation after refurbishment.

Two of the roads on the new Jubilee Gardens Development on Norton Road have been named after prominent former councillors Steven Smailes and Bob Gibson, and there was an official ceremony to unveil the road signs. Both Steven and Bob were dedicated in their service to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, and I think it is very apt that the roads they are named after are on the site of what was Hill’s where they both worked. What a great tribute to them!

The Council’s Home Safety Association held an event in Billingham Town Centre on Monday, sharing information with the public and highlighting how to make your home safer. I attended to show my support and it was a very successful event, with lots of people showing an interest


Charity Dinner Dance

On Friday 8 February I hosted a charity Dinner Dance at Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee to raise funds for my nominated charities. It is the biggest event in my fundraising calendar, with just under 400 people attending on the night, from all over the North East including my fellow Civics, businesses, partners, and council members. It was a fantastic evening with delicious food, fabulous entertainment from the South Martins who packed the dance floor, and some wonderful lots that guests bid for on the live auction and silent auction. My guests also had opportunities to win hundreds of prizes on the tombola, raffle and envelope draw!

All the prizes were donated by local businesses, fellow councillors, and staff, so a big thank you goes to everyone who contributed