Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

week Commencing 5 June 2017

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Attended the Catalyst Achievements Awards at Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees


Steve Rose presiding over the celebrations


Harry Mears – Saxophonist 

We were honoured to be part of the celebration of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. It was thanks to Steve Rose, Chief Executive of Catalyst, for inviting myself and the Mayoress to this prestigious award ceremony and expressed our thanks to Catalyst for making the evening possible.

The evening was marked by the attendance of the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for County Durham Mr Mark White OBE DL, Leader of Stockton Borough Council, and other VIP’s for the Catalyst Awards.

It gave us an opportunity to see and acknowledge the amazing work being done in our Borough.

The evening entertainment was sponsored by Bondgate IT, with Harry Mears a saxophonist of Mellow Moments, who trained as a musician in the army and played with a sixties band for a few years. The other artist performing on the night was singer Francine Luce-Lakan who was born in France and started her career as a singer songwriter in Martinique and has been on the international scene since 1980. Both performed exceptionally well.

Catalyst is the voice, representatives and support for Stockton on Tees’s voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. They aim to push forward the conditions in which their 800 members deliver their services. They have a vision of a coherent single sector, working together in partnership to shape and deliver the services that are needed by the community to build a better social structure for the Borough.


Winner of the outstanding achievement winner - Dorothy Rose



Winner of the Health Impact Award Winner - Raindrops to Rainbows

Research has shown that there are over 450 active community groups, sports groups, CICs, charities and trusts active in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees, and almost all of them have the support and assistance of over 40,000 volunteers, be that in the form of traditional volunteering, fundraisers, schools, and students, trustees, corporate social responsibility, or active and involved communities. Without the efforts of those willing to donate their time, effort and knowledge to good causes, Stockton-on-Tees would not be the great place to live that it is today.

The Catalyst Achievement awards are now in the eighth year of recognising and celebrating the contributions made by the volunteers and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, to benefit the communities and people of Stockton on Tees.


Winners of the Community Group Award – Friends of Ropner Park

Categories ranged from;

  • Community Group Award – Winners Friends of Ropner Park
  • Innovation Partnership and Enterprise – Winners Smiles Nursery
  • Health Impact Award – Winners Raindrops and Rainbows
  • Community Spaces Award – Winners BELP-The Clarence Allotments. Voice and Influence Award – Winner Kath Sainsbury
  • Community Arts Award – Winner Going for Independence CIC
  • Community Sports Award – Winner Lee Shackleton
  • Trustee of the year Award – Winner Elsie McDonald
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award – Winner Luke Nelson
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – Winner Luke John Frost
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Winner Dorothy Rose

This year saw the highest number of nominations ever received for the Catalyst Achievement Awards, and all of those shortlisted should feel proud of their invaluable work. Thanks also go to the judging panel who took on the difficult task of shortlisting this year’s finalists and picking each overall winner.


Friday 9 June 2017

As the returning officer I was requested to attend the Parliamentary Elections in the Borough of Stockton on Tees and read out the results when the count had been completed at Thornaby Pavilion. 

The Parliamentary elections results were read out as follows.

Stockton North -  Alexander Cunningham, Labour Party, held the seat.

Stockton South – Paul Daniel Williams, Labour Party, won the seat the from the Conservatives


Saturday 10 June 2017

Paid an impromptu visit to the Sci-Fi Market in Stockton High Street


The amazing animatronic dragon



Star Wars – Storm Troopers

The town centre provided a Sci- Fi specialist market, Kapow, which made a successful return for all to enjoy.

There was an exciting array of features and activities on offer including a wizard school, wand making workshop, daleks, superheroes and storm troopers and an amazing 10 foot high dragon.There were also traders selling a range of sci-fi, TV and film related toys, action figures and collectables.

Families and visitors of all ages enjoyed a packed day of displays and workshops and can thank the organisers of the partnership between Stockton BID, and Stockton Borough Council for providing this energetic show.


Happy Knitters – good services to charities

We also met up with some prolific knitters who povided knitwear for charity, the wool was given to the knitters by a kind stall holder free of charge with the premiss what they could knit would be sold and the proceeds given to a charity of choice. They were a happy bunch and enjoyed their work, clickety clacking away, knowing some positive good would be their end product.


Sunday 11 June 2017

Attended the South Tyneside Civic Service at South Shields and St Hilda’s Church Market Place South Shields


Marching to St Hilda’s Church


We had the pleasure of attending the Mayor of South Tyneside Parade and Service on invitation from Councillor Olive Punchion Mayor, and Mrs Mary French Mayoress.


St Hilda’s Church

We marched from the South Tyneside Town Hall with the British Legion band and air cadets to St Hilda’s Church at the Market Place in South Shields, which was about a mile away.

The service was conducted by the Father Chris Fuller who welcomed us into the church.

The first hymn was All Things Bright and Beautiful, followed by opening prayers. A reading from the prophet Isaiah 6: 1-10 was read by Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of the Council, followed by the hymn, I Vow to Thee My Country.

Mrs Patricia Driver read part of the Gospel According to Mathew 5: 1-12, then Father Chris Fuller provided the sermon on the vagaries of present day issues, which was befitting and to the point.

The Commitment speech was then given by the Mayor Olive Punchion and thanked everyone for attending the service.

The hymn, Lord of All Hopefulness was sung, and then prayers were concluded with the Lord’s Prayer and the National Anthem. The final hymn, was ‘O Jesus I Have Promised’ followed by the Final Blessing by Father Chris Fuller.


South Tyneside Council chambers.

After marching back from St Hilda’s to the Town Hall, we shared refreshments with the rest of the guests, then took a tour of the newly refurbished Council Chambers and Mayors Parlour, which was very impressive.

There was a tombola ongoing, which helped to promote and aid the Mayors charities, after which Olive Punchion once again thanked everyone for coming along and supporting her charities. Another good occasion had by all. 


One of the fine stained glass windows in the Council Chambers