23 January 2017
Attended Teesside Park Shopping Centre, where I opened the newly refurbished and extended NEXT Store. What a difference the extension, which includes home wear section, makes, the store has literally added a third to its size and will be a welcome addition to the park. It is obvious from the refurbishment that the store has put its faith in the shopping centre and is well placed. Good luck to all in the store I am sure it will be a resounding success.
Hosted a tour of the Town Hall by a group of 2nd Stockton Brownies and Rainbows. We are always happy to see groups attend the Town Hall to see the heritage of our area and Town Hall.
They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and I hope we see more of these younger types of groups so we can instil in them some local and civic pride.
25 January 2017
Attended the Town Hall to chair the meeting of Full Council. Business was conducted as usual with one motion being presented, debated and subsequently passed.
27 January 2017
Attended the Masonic Lodge at Ferry Hill where their Mayor hosted a Charity Burns night. The event was held in aid of Mayors charities Great North Air Ambulance, Ferry Hill Ladder Centre and St Lukes church. We had the traditional burns salute to the haggis and the march of the haggis. Following the meal they had the Compass Rose Ceilidh band, managed to do a few jigs without injuring anyone. Thanks go to the Mayor Peter Atkinson and his staff for the invitation and hospitality shown. Still no raffle win!!
Saturday 28 January 2017
Attended Charity Burns Night at Shotton hall, Peterlee, at the invitation of Mayor Mary Cartwright, we were piped in and the traditional burns haggis celebration took place before the haggis was piped out. We had a haggis meal, can I thank the Mayor and the staff for the hospitality shown.
Sunday 29 January 2017
Attended St Josephs RC Church , to attend Annual Thanks Giving service on behalf of Butterwick Hospice. I attended this last year and it was a very moving tribute to the life and work of Mary Butterwick and the Hospice. It never ceases to amaze me the dedication the staff and workers at the hospice put in for the care of the terminally ill and their relatives and friends.
Thank you for the invite again it was truly moving. If anyone wants to contribute to the hospice please contact [email protected]