4 July 2016.
This is the Mayoresses Birthday but our work has still to go on in the community.
Attended ground breaking ceremony at the site of proposed shopping centre on the Rings, Ingleby Barwick. This shopping parade will provide much needed additional facilities for the residents such as Bistro, Butchers etc. A lot of work has gone into this scheme by the developers, local ward councillors and Stockton Borough Council. This is yet another step in providing Ingleby Barwick with much needed resources.
Councillor Patterson,the architect Fahim Farooqui and myself
Attended the premises of Reef Stream Gloucester House, Church Road Stockton, met with owner Jeff Highfield and his wife Caroline. Next to their headquarters they have refurbished and rejuvenated Gloucester House a 250 year old Grade 2* listed building, they have now provided a very high standard variety of offices to accommodate a variety of businesses. They have managed to retain nearly all of the original integral infrastructure and façade, making a very pleasant working environment. Working together with the Council these premises will help to regenerate the town centre with jobs and businesses whilst keeping their original architecture.
Attended the Cleveland County Scouts AGM at the Riverside, Middlesbrough. This was a very well attended event with scouts from all over the Cleveland area. We were given a talk on the Youths role in modern day scouting by Hannah Kentish the UK Youth Commissioner. I also had the opportunity to check my season ticket seat was still there for the coming season.
It has been a long day starting at 9am and finishing at 11 pm.
5 July 2016
Attended the ARC, Stockton for the celebration of the Stockton U3A (University of the 3rd Age). This organisation has been set up for the education of the public in particular education of middle aged and older people. What a great time I had talking and learning about what this organisation is about, they made us feel entirely welcome with their motto of Learn, Laugh and Live very evident.
Forthcoming events that might interest people who wish to attend.
6 July 2016 ( No let-up, even though it’s my birthday ).
Attended Teesside High School, for Senior School Celebration of Achievement, the students were acknowledged for their achievements over the year with some outstanding outcomes. We were also treated to a piano solo and a duet by the students giving excellent pieces.
Strange custom in the Council office I had to buy the staff cream cakes!
Attended Northfield School Summer Arts Show. I was really impressed by the art works that had been exhibited in particular a scene where the students had made papier mache shoes and laid them out to replicate the scene of shoes left by people of the holocaust (truly thought provoking).
Well done to all the exhibitors.
7 July 2016
Attended the 60th Celebration of St Chads Church, Roseworth. I was shown when the church had originally been opened all those years ago; it was obviously at the heart of the community. I wish them the best of luck in the future and their efforts to encourage more people to attend this lovely church and a join the already hard working parishioners.
Attended Riverside Stadium for the Vision for Education Stockton School Sports Awards, in conjunction with Stockton Schools Partnership. These awards were to recognise children from all over the Stockton area who had shown dedication in all aspects of various sporting activities. I was amazed at the dedication shown by all the nominated children and adults, in not only competing in sports but helping and teaching others, we were treated to two sets of school children showing us their moves and interpretations of dance. I was privileged (I think) to be handing out the awards with Craig Heap Olympic gymnast and commentator. Craig then gave a half time talk about how he got into gymnastics and his journey through his career, luckily we were time constrained but even then his wit and chirpiness made us run over. Craig will be off to Rio to commentate on the Olympics, I wish him and our Olympic team the best of luck.
What a great night thank you to everyone involved.
9 July 2016
Attended Muster on the Parade ground at Queens Campus Stockton. This show features War-games, model vehicles, re-enactment displays, all in model form! It was interesting to see the various types of battlefield on show, one with even a star wars theme, also model trains and someone recreating the old Stockton Railway Station. On one display a lady dressed up in the costume that a medieval knight would have worn, these garments, helmet, chainmail, sword, weighed about 5 1/2 stones. Needless to say the battles never lasted long!
Attended Pirate Day on the quayside next to the Endeavour Ship, there were loads of side shows, music, quite scary Pirates. It did start to rain on and off during the day but finished up bright sunshine, it was great to see so many people turning out despite the weather at the start, I even handled a snake for the first time! We then hitched a ride on the Teesside Princess and launched the ducks for the duck race, the winners each receiving some good prizes (alas! never me).
10 July 2016
Attended Legal matins at Durham Cathedral, we attended at the request of High Sherriff for Durham, Mr Gerard Salvin, the service was attended by presiding Judges of the Northern Circuit, High Court Circuit Judges and other member of the Judiciary and legal profession.