Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 9 May 2016

9 May 2016

Attended the Mayor of Hartlepool’s farewell Supper at the Sheesh Mahal Indian Restaurant, Hartlepool. This is the last time we will see the Mayor Councillor Mary Fleet in her Mayoral role along with quite a few of the other Mayors as their term finishes in May. We have made quite a few friends and met some wonderful people. So we wish them all luck in their future roles.


11 May 2016

We received a visit in the Town Hall from the 1st Egglescliffe Beaver group; they were shown around the Town Hall including the Mayor chamber. The look of wonderment when it was explained to them some of the artefacts that were bequeathed to Stockton by various dignitaries was a pleasure to see. One of the main questions related to a box of sweets that lay on the Mayors desk, they have been there that long I wouldn’t have even opened them. They were told of the heritage of Stockton and the famous people and achievements that we are noted for.


12 May 2016

Morning received a visit from the International Friendship Force from Wisconsin, America. They were given a tour of the Town Hall and in the Council Chamber it was explained to the sometimes graphically by Kevin the history of Stockton and its people, also added a bit of banter about how America came into being according to him. They were really appreciative and were overwhelmed when presented with a Stockton plaque and letter to remind them of their visit. Their aim is to promote world friendship


Afternoon attended the Butterwick Hospice Care for Children and Adults in Stockton. As one of my chosen charities I was keen to visit the site and find out in depth what facilities they provided. I was astounded by the high standard of care and counselling they gave to patients and relatives alike, it’s a tribute to the staff and officers of this facility that it is highly regarded by everyone. The Adult part of the centre is mainly used by people of Stockton whilst the Children’s centre is used by all the surrounding areas, all the facilities are up to date and greatly assist in making life more bearable for the patients. Keep up the fantastic work.


Evening attended Preston hall museum Victorian Street were a large group of CEOs ( about 60 ) had assembled to complete a CEO sponsored SLEEPOUT. The idea is to sleep out overnight in order to raise funds for the homeless and displaced people in the Teesside area. This is the third SLEEPOUT organised by the founder and Chairman Andy Preston and Dave Allen the organiser, the previous two were held at the Riverside Middlesbrough so we were more than pleased to host this event in Stockton. It seemed a fitting place to hold such an event as the ambiance of the street gave an authentic feel to the whole concept of being out on the streets. I have got to admit that it was cold with a cold wind blowing through the street area, I did notice some liquid refreshments of the medicinal kind being smuggled in, to date they had raised over £30,000 which is a staggering achievement with I believe more money to come. Hope everyone got some type of sleep and that they managed to keep the cold out. Well done to everyone involved and good luck in the future. Web site details


13 May 2016

Attended the opening of the LOVE Stockton Centre which is situated on High Street, Stockton. This shop proves what can be achieved when likeminded people, faiths and groups get together. This innovated facility offers a place where people can go for snacks and tea or seek out one of the many agencies housed there for help and advice or just someone who will listen to them. A lot of people have given up their time and expertise to ensure that this centre works and I know it will, best of luck to all involved.


15 May 2016

Mayors Sunday, I walked along with other dignitaries and invited guests to the Parish gardens in the Parish church Stockton. In the grounds it was full of people all here for the service and dedication. It was a fantastic atmosphere with a gospel band and the service being led by the Reverend Mark Miller/Reverend Clay Roundtree (Mayors Chaplin) and a sermon by David Taylor-Black (of Stockton Baptist Tabernacle). It was an honour to do a reading and do my act of dedication, I was then presented with a bible and led a prayer. It was then that representatives from my chosen charities got up and said some words, BUTTERWICK HOSPICE – Graham Leggatt-Chidgey (CEO), then Terry Lang on behalf of MENINGITIS NOW, Terry gave a heart wrenching speech in which he recounted his own tragic loss to this terrible disease. I became emotional also with memories of what could have been when my son contracted the disease, I got up to speak on behalf of BOWEL CANCER UK and recounted how we had lost some friends and two of our other friend having caught the disease one of which recovered after treatment but another dear friend had to have his bowel taken away. I had to take a moment to compose myself as I didn’t think it would be so emotive! We were witnessed to three full baptisms in an inflatable hot tub and then a gentleman dressed in shirt, tie and smart trousers came forward and was also baptised. The rest of the morning went great with everyone one singing loudly to the hymns, we took a free collection for the Mayors charities and raised a staggering £592 (amazing). After the service we were inundated with people wanting to take photographs (I might be famous for a day on Twitter/Facebook).

I want to thank everyone who came and to Reverend Mark Miller, Reverend Clay Roundtree, Pastor David Taylor-Black , the band and the officers and staff who assisted in making it a day I will remember for a long time. Feedback from people and dignitaries who attended remarked on how good and refreshing an event it was.



Evening attended the Mayor of North Tyneside charity Greek evening, this is one of the last functions before they retire. Again it was good to interact with other dignitaries and inform them of what has been happening in Stockton and what the future calendar is. We have made some good friends and although they will retire from their roles they stated that they would be coming to Stockton’s future events.