Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Week Commencing 24 July 2017

Thursday 27 July 2017

Attended Meeting with Scott Bros

As Mayor of the borough it was my honour to welcome representatives from the Chinese business quarter to Stockton on behalf of the Council and the residents of the Borough of Stockton on Tees.

It was also a privilege to offer our hand of friendship and wished them a great success during their visit to the area.

I then presented some small token gifts to remind them of their visit to Stockton.


Friday 28 July 2017

Attended the Book Launch for local Author Lauriane Povey at Drake Bookshop, Silver Street, Stockton

It gave me great pleasure to be invited to the evening book launch of Killing You Again by Stockton’s very own Lauriane Povey, and also to welcome the many avid readers who turned out on the night.

This is Laurianes third book that she’s published. She published her first book, Living A Nightmare, back in 2011 at just 15 years old, and her second book, Vail of Anonymity was published in 2014. By my calculation, publishing one every three years, by the time she gets to my age she could have completed about 20 more. And of course more if she becomes a prolific writer, writing one a month like Stephen King.

The proceeds from the launch for the night were very kindly donated by Lauriane to our three charities, and proceeded to let everyone know a little bit more about them and these are Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Care, Meningitis Now, and Motor Neurons Disease Association.


Lauriane – Launching her new book’ Killing you Again’.

I thanked Lauriane and all those that bought the book in the evening, for donating to our three charities, it was greatly appreciated.

But most of all I wished Lauriane every success for the future, not only as a Stockton Councillor and her degree studies, but also to the work she was contributing to the literary society in providing superb written work for others to enjoy. It was a pleasure to be in the company of such a talented person.

undefined Many family, friends and councillors enjoying the moment and purchasing the new book.

The event took place at the Drake Bookshop in Silver Street Stockton, just off the High Street, an enterprising place with a good selection of publications, if you don’t see it, the owner will try to get for you, no problems. Contact details if or Tel 01642 909970.


Saturday 30 July 2017

Attended the Mayor of Hartlepool’s Civic Service at St Hilda’s Church, The Headland, Hartlepool

We were formally invited to Mayor of Hartlepool ‘s Civic Service at St Hilda’s Church on The Headland, Hartlepool.



St Hilda’s on the Headland, Hartlepool


St George -  beautiful stained glass

We were warmly welcomed at the church entrance by Paul and Mary Beck, Mayor and Mayoress of Hartlepool who presented us with tea and coffee before the service start.

With other dignitaries, Mayors and VIP’s we were ushered to our seats to enjoy the Civic Community Celebration Service. We were welcomed by the Reverend Verity Brown with opening prayers, before we sang the hymn Praise My Soul The King of Heaven. We then had short prayers followed by An Act of Penitence.

The reading, 1 Corinthians 12: 12-26, was delivered by the Gill Alexander, Chief Executive of Hartlepool Borough Council.


Paul Beck giving thanks for the support of his charities.

Councillor Paul Beck, Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, thanked everyone for attending the service and the support of his charities. The charities we were supporting on the day were  Macmillan Cancer Support and The Rifty Youth Project. 

We then sang the hymn I Vow to Thee My Country, followed by the Reading of Luke 10: 25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council. All Things Bright and Beautiful was the order of the day for the next hymn, followed by the Address and Prayers of Intercession by the Reverend Ann Anderson. After the Lord’s Prayer we sang the Hymn, Jerusalem, this was followed by the Blessing delivered by the Reverend Ann Anderson.

After the service we joined the Mayor and Mayoress for drinks and light refreshments, it was a warm and welcoming event and thanked Paul for the invitation and wished him well in his charity work.

undefined A Short History of St Hilda