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January has been quieter, but I have had a few interesting engagements including being at the Licensing of Reverend Paul Johnson as an Association Minister to the Parish of Billingham and the Conferment of Degrees Ceremony at Durham Cathedral. The Stockton and Yarm Branch is one of my nominated charities this year, so it was fantastic to go to the Royal British Legions Northumbria Region Annual Conference, that took place in Billingham, to support them.
I also attended the EID Fusion Festival Evening, which was a celebration of how well the event in Ropner Park in the summer went and looking forward to 2019’s event. Hartlepool’s Mayor held a Burns Night to raise money for his nominated charities – one of which is also the Royal British Legion - and it was great to show my support… but I didn’t have any haggis!
I was privileged to open a much needed Multi Use Games Area near Somerset Road in Norton, I am sure the community will make very good use of the new facilities. Then on 27 January I attended a very moving Thanksgiving Service for the Butterwick Hospice. The service is for the families and friends of those who spent their last days at the hospice and was a beautiful event.
I will be ending January by Re-launching Stockton’s Local Offer for Special Educational Needs (SEN). This is a fantastic website for children with SEN and families to find services, activities, and information, and acts like a One Stop Shop. If you haven’t been on it, I urge you to take a look!https://www.stocktoninformationdirectory.org/…/localoffer.p…